Fedora 21 Looks To Have A "Playground" Repository

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Red Hat

The Fedora Playground Repository would effectively be a staging area for new packages before they are up to the standards of being added to the main Fedora repository. Fedora Playground packages would be packages destined for inclusion into the main archive along with other packages that are never going to make it there. Stability wouldn't be guaranteed by this archive and it would continue to meet Fedora's strict requirements for packages needing to be free software and cannot contain proprietary or patented software.

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Hackable home automation controller runs Android

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Android

Habey has launched a Kickstarter project for a hackable, Android-based “HIO Wallpad” home automation controller that offers PoE for drop-in deployment.

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Huawei Ascend Y530, First Take: Entry-level smartphone with 'simple' Android UI option

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Android
Gadgets

It isn't easy being an Android smartphone maker these days. Your flagship handsets are scrutinised for cutting-edge features, yet they're criticised if these features seem to be unnecessary, or are unnecessarily complicated.

Ever faster multicore processors are sometimes deemed by reviewers to be faster than needed, with the trade-off between power consumption and responsiveness often cited. Higher-resolution screens can be dismissed, as there comes a point where pixel count goes beyond being a factor in smooth text and graphics rendition. What's a manufacturer to do in the face of such criticism?

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AAEON EMB-BT1: A Linux-Friendly, Mini-ITX, Atom "Bay Trail" Board

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Graphics/Benchmarks

For those after a low-cost mini-ITX board for use within an HTPC, SOHO file server, or other low-power situations, AAEON has out an interesting board called the EMB-BT1, or more formally the AAEON EMB-BT1-A10-3825. This mini-ITX motherboard has onboard an Intel Atom E3825 "Bay Trail" SoC for delivering decent performance out of the six Watt SoC and having open-source-friendly graphics under Linux.

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CRYENGINE to Arrive on Steam for Linux Soon

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Gaming

When Crytek announced that it was going to provide support for the Linux platform in its CRYENGINE technology, the community immediately understood that this was a game changer for developers and the future of Linux as an entertainment platform.

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MongoDB 2.6: Our Biggest Release Ever

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OSS

You’ll see the benefits in better performance and new innovations. We re-wrote the entire query execution engine to improve scalability, and took our first step in building a sophisticated query planner by introducing index intersection. We’ve made the codebase easier to maintain, and made it easier to implement new features. Finally, MongoDB 2.6 lays the foundation for massive improvements to concurrency in MongoDB 2.8, including document-level locking.

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Hamachi Graphical Frontend Haguichi 1.0.24 Now Has Systemd and Upstart Support

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Linux
GNOME

This is not the big update that everyone has been waiting for, but at least there are a few things that will definitely catch your eye. For example, support has been added for systemd and upstart to control the Hamachi service, the network list is now immediately updated after going online or offline in a network, and the update interval count is now reset after each manual update.

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NVIDIA Releases 337 Linux Driver With Overclocking, Better EGL

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

This past weekend I wrote about NVIDIA planning to release a huge Linux driver update that would finally bring overclocking support under Linux to GeForce 400/500/600/700 series hardware. That milestone has now been realized with the 337.12 Beta driver release and besides overclocking it has a bunch of other features.

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Ubuntu Touch Gets More Fixes with the Latest Images

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu for phones and tablets has confronted with a number of blockers in the development, but that hasn't stopped its makers from implementing new features and fixing some bugs.

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HP quietly introduces $349 Slate 8 Pro Business tablet

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Android
Gadgets

If you want to be totally up-to-date, HP has the answer for you -- though it will cost you a little bit. The company has stealthily launched the Slate 8 Pro Business edition, which is similar to the non-Business version save for one key difference: It runs the latest version of Android -- 4.4, or KitKat.

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Replace the Retiring Windows XP with Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

Any option other than keeping your existing Windows XP system is going to cost money, hassles, or both. So why not give Linux a try? It is a mature, rock-solid professional computing platform you can rely on. You can download it for free, copy it to a USB stick or DVD, and try it without installing it to your hard drive. If there is enough room on your hard drive, you can install Linux alongside XP and choose the one you want to run at boot. If your XP computer is powerful enough and you have your original installation media, you can run XP inside a virtual machine on Linux. Yes, you can have it all.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-35 Distro for Backup Is Ready for Testing

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GNU
Linux
Debian

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 7, 2014," reads the official changelog.

The Linux kernel has remained the same, 3.13.6, and this is one of the most recent ones available. It's very likely that the next development version will feature Linux kernel 3.14.

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AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Hardware

As expected AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 295X graphics card this morning as the "world's fastest" for those with $1500 USD to spare.

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Raspberry Pi to Deliver a Modular Device for Businesses

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Linux
Hardware

As we've reported many times, the diminutive $25/$35 Linux computer dubbed Raspberry Pi has emerged as one of the biggest open source stories anywhere over the past couple of years. It's attracted all kinds of developers and tinkerers, is now running many different flavors of Linux, and there is even now a supercomputer consisting of many Pi devices lashed together with Lego pieces. In some of the more exotic new applications for Raspberry Pi, it's being used in music, robotics and security scenarios.

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Koushik Dutta releases AllCast beta for Amazon FireTV

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Android
Gadgets

It’s interesting to note that, according to Koush, the APK is the “regular Android APK,” and can be used to mirror your Android phone with any other suitable Android device. As we all know, the Fire TV does run on Android and although, on the surface, it may not be immediately familiar to most Android users, its roots are the same and have allowed the app to work seamlessly.

The Fire TV offers gaming as well as the usual offerings of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course, Amazon Prime’s usual movie offerings. While it is the newest offering on the block, and separates itself from the crowd with the option to run Android games, rumors abound of Google‘s own Android TV, which, as usual, will seek to usurp all forerunners. The battle for the living room started some time ago, and it continues to rage on. 2014 seems like a perfect year for breakthroughs, and consumers from all financial brackets should be in for a grand treat.

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Former Chief Security Officer for Microsoft the Chairman of the Board of Firm Behind Heartbleed®

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
Security

A serious conflict of interests that nobody in the media is talking about; Codenomicon is headed by Microsoft’s Howard A. Schmidt

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How Git redefined open source software development

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Development
OSS

It's not hard to come up with a dozen different reasons why the rise of open source development has been a watershed event in both the software and hardware industries. All of us can build new web applications faster with our feet firmly planted on the shoulders of jQuery, Bootstrap, and Apache. Languages like Ruby, PHP, and Python power the Internet, and operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD provide the foundation for thousands of companies and services.

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Will it ever be the year of the Linux Desktop?

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GNU
Linux

It used to be a rallying cry, then it turned into speculation and finally it became a joke: That the next year, or the one after that, or very soon at least, would be “the year of the Linux desktop”. Even the meaning of the term has changed a bit, depending on the time and the publication. Maybe it means the year when Linux will be a majority operating system on desktop computers. Maybe it means that Linux accounts for a significantly increased share of the market.

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For HTPC folks, XBMC recommends an upgrade from Windows XP to Linux

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

It's doubtful there are many people out there at this point that don't already know that support for Windows XP will come to an end tomorrow, April 8th. Despite that, a number of individuals and businesses will continue to run the operating system.

This doesn't likely apply to those maintaining an HTPC, as this tends to be a more geek-savvy set, but no doubt a few are out there. For those users, XBMC has passed its judgment, and the verdict is Linux.

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