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|Story||The NHS must embrace open source to improve||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 11:32pm|
|Story||Is OpenOffice Dying?||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 11:28pm|
|Story||"No Reboot" Kernel Patching - And Why You Should Care||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 11:22pm|
|Story||Android Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 11:02pm|
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|Story||Sourcegraph: A free code search tool for open source developers||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 10:51pm|
|Story||GCC 5.1 released||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 10:46pm|
|Story||76 Everyday Linux User Guides For Beginners||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 10:42pm|
|Story||Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Now Works on Raspberry Pi 2||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 10:34pm|
|Story||Report Shows Linux Developers Are Increasingly in Demand||Rianne Schestowitz||22/04/2015 - 10:31pm|
I’ve been an advocate of change on the Linux desktop for some time—at least until Ubuntu Unity came around. Once I started using Canonical’s entry into the desktop space, the race (for me) was over. Unity was my choice. I was fairly certain it would take a massive improvement on the desktop to get me to move away from my default.
That improvement might have come along—with the number 3.16. I’m talking about GNOME. The latest iteration of what was once the ruling king of the Linux desktop has made a strong case for wooing me away from Unity.
With that said, I wanted to take a moment to not just introduce you to the GNOME 3.16 desktop, but show you how to get a few things done with it. But first … what’s new?
Linux users have long had a love-hate relationship with Nvidia. On the one hand, Nvidia’s proprietary graphics drivers have always been the best-performing ones for Linux gaming. On the other hand, Nvidia has been so hostile to the open-source community that Linus Torvalds literally gave it the middle finger a few years ago. Torvalds also called them “the single worst company” the Linux developer community has ever had to deal with.
To the dismay of linux die hards, the Linux 3.19 kernel only has basic support for the new Nvidia Maxwell GPUs. This includes only the basic mode-setting without hardware acceleration (Phoronix via Fudzilla) in Nouveau. Just in case you don’t already know, Nouveau is the beloved reverse-engineered, open source driver used by the Nvidia-Linux community as an alternative to the proprietary linux driver.
The NVIDIA 349 driver series has been stabilized today for Solaris, FreeBSD, and Linux with the debut of the NVIDIA 349.16 update.
It looks like AMD might finally be close to publishing the code to their new AMDGPU kernel driver that's key to their new unified Linux driver strategy where their open-source stack and Catalyst share a common, open-source kernel driver.
Today we bring good news for Linux users, especially for the Ubuntu lovers. Nimbini mini-PC is the youngest and smallest member of the cirrus7 mini-PC family. As you may know, Cirrus7 is a Germany-based company which received Red Dot Product Design Award last year. Just like its big brother Cirrus7 Nimbus, the Nimbini is completely fan-less and as a result is a quite, compact desktop for everyday usage.
An “Endless Computers” Kickstarter project is pitching a Celeron-based PC for emerging markets starting at $169, featuring a new “Endless OS” Linux distro.
A San Francisco based startup called Endless Computers, is close to its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter. Funding packages for its Linux-based Endless Computer start at $169 with 32GB, moving to $189 when you add WiFi and Bluetooth. The price goes to $229 when you also add a 500GB HDD. There are also options to give computers away to poor schools and students around the world. The project closes May 15, with shipments due in June.
Local Tulsa station KTUL reports that police responded to reports of an altercation at the Evergreen Apartments complex at 1 a.m. on Friday morning. Police learned that two roommates who lived in one of the apartments had been drinking and arguing over which popular smartphone platform was superior. Eventually they smashed their beer bottles and began stabbing one another with them. One roommate also smashed a beer bottle across the back of the other man’s head.
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The primary goals of developing the open source Forge.mil community were to create a more open and transparent development process that could remove barriers to reuse, encourage collaboration, and discourage proprietary or closed systems. Build such an extensive, collaborative community required a powerful and adaptable Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform to enable code reuse and quality improvements, as well as improve of time to market for new applications. Ultimately, the DoD chose CollabNet’s TeamForge ALM platform as a foundation on which to build Forge.mil.
The Dutch government’s lack of vendor independence is too high a cost for society, the Dutch Parliament concludes. The government should enforce its policy on open standards in ICT procurement and should also devise exit strategies - to reduce its dependence on ICT suppliers.
Member of Parliament Astrid Oosenbrug (Pvda), one of the two MPs who authored this week’s open source resolution, says the BIT will help public administrations to require open standards and determine strategies that result in a level playing field for open source.
The GNOME Project has recently announced that the powerful Evolution email and groupware client has been updated for the GNOME 3.16.1 desktop environment, a maintenance release that fixes over 65 bugs.
The power of the Linux platform doesn't reside in the fact that it's open source, although it does play an important part. It's all about the community of developers who want to make things better, and most of the time they don't want anything in return, other than recognition for their work. This is not something that you see in the Windows dev community that aims to make money.
Also, Linux is a great platform because there are hundreds of distros out there. Some might think this is a weakness, but it's not. Great ideas found and implemented in one project will eventually land in all the others. Innovation is encouraged and often recognized by most of the other developers.
Last week, the first Ubuntu phone to ever be commercially available came out on BQ's website. Although there is just one Ubuntu device on the market right now, and it hasn't been out for long, Canonical has already released an update.
This development should show, both to consumers interested in Ubuntu phones as well as OEMs who might consider another open source alternative to Android and Firefox OS, that Canonical is serious about supporting its mobile operating system.
Catalyst IT founder Don Christie says one argument in favour of open source is that coding isn’t difficult.
Most of the time that means others can quickly replicate closed software. He says: “They are going to replicate it anyway. It can be better to make it open source and get the benefits of better code.”