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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
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/04/2015 - 11:01pm
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

Six Clicks for Linux beginners: Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet

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Linux
Ubuntu

I've used almost every desktop on the planet, but Ubuntu 15.04 with the Unity 7 interface may be the easiest. Heck if my now 82-year-old mother-in-law can be an Ubuntu user, you can be one too!

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GNOME 3.16: The Sleekest Linux Desktop to Date

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GNOME
Reviews

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?

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Nvidia and Graphics News

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Cirrus7 Nimbini: Yet another mini-PC powered by Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

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.

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Egg-shaped Linux mini-PC targets emerging markets

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Linux

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.

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New Major OTA Update for Ubuntu Touch Released

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Ubuntu

Canonical has finally released a third OTA update for Ubuntu Touch, and users should start receiving them in the next few hours.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Is Coming, to Upgrade or Not to Upgrade

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) has hit final freeze, and users will now be confronted with an important choice, to upgrade or not to upgrade.

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Wine Announcement

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Software

The Wine development release 1.7.41 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- More Known Folders supported in the shell.
- Some more support for kernel job objects.
- More MSI patches improvements.
- Some theming fixes.
- Various bug fixes.

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Latest TPP leak shows systemic threat to software freedom

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GNU
Legal

Key congressional leaders have just agreed on a deal to fast track the fast-tracking of TPP. While the threat of TPP has persisted for years, now is the time to fight back!

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Roommates hospitalized after stabbing one another during heated iPhone vs. Android debate

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Android
Mac

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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How Forge.mil changed the way the US DoD develops software

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OSS

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.

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Gnumeric 1.12.22 Released with ODF and XLSX Import/Export Improvements

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GNU
Linux

The Gnumeric open source spreadsheet editor used in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux, including Xubuntu and Lubuntu, received a new maintenance release today, April 17, as part of the GNOME 3.16.1 desktop environment.

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System76 Unveils Futuristic Desktop Computer Powered by Ubuntu 14.10

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Ubuntu

System76 has announced the immediate availability of Sable, a powerful desktop computer powered by the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux.

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Dutch parliament: Vendor dependence too high a cost

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OSS

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.

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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.

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GNOME's Evolution 3.16.1 Released with over 65 Bug Fixes

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Software
GNOME

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.

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Also:
GNOME Builder IDE Gets a Massive Update in GNOME 3.16.1

GNOME's Orca Screen Reader Gets New Improvements in GNOME 3.16.1

GNOME 3.16.1 Brings Improvements to Evolution, Boxes, and Orca

Encryptr Zero-Knowledge System Based Password Manager For Linux

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Linux
Reviews
HowTos


Encryptr zero knowledge based password manager

Encryptr is free and Open-Source password manager that is based on a very secure 'Zero-Knowledge Crypton Framework'. Zero-Knowledge system does not allow even a server to know what data is being sent and saved on the server by user. Encryptr saves all of your passwords, credit card data, PINs, or access codes, in the cloud with a simple and sleek user interface. The following tutorial instructs installing Encryptr on Ubuntu/Linux Mint or other Debian based distributions.

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Why It Doesn't Matter for Linux If Windows Becomes Open Source

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Linux
Microsoft

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.

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Canonical Updates Mobile OS A Week After First Ubuntu Phone Launched

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Ubuntu

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.

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When to choose closed or open source

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OSS

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.”

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