Metaswitch Contributes Virtualised Network Code To Open Source

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UK-based Metaswitch Networks has given away some of its network virtualization code to the open source community, designating it as Project Calico.

The technology integrates with OpenStack and provides the framework for orchestrated IP routing between virtual machines (VMs) and host machines, along with internal and inter-data centre interconnects. It describes Layer 3 virtualisation techniques, and is aimed at large cloud data centres.

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LinkedIn behind the scenes: How open source software can transform a company – and the world

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Open source also helps the branding of our engineering team – the fact that we work on world-class technical problems, the scale of the problems we have to solve, and the complexity of the features that we’re building. Being able to showcase our technology to the world is something that hopefully is going to be attractive to world class engineers around the world, which we would love to have work for us.

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Arch Linux 2014.07.03 Is Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

Even if it was officially announced last week, we think that it is very important to mention here that a brand new Arch Linux ISO image is now available for download from the usual places, even though it was expected on the first day of July.

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Moto E: Is this the World's Best Cheap Smartphone?

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Android

Although Nexus remains the flagship line for everything new and shiny Android, a new, or rather an old player is taking the market by storm. Motorola, with its simplicity and its unbeatable price has become the next big thing in the Android world. Bringing the same pure Android experience of Nexus smartphones and the cool features of many flagship phones, Motorola's line of products seems to make everyone love Android. What makes Motorola’s new smartphones so special is the fact that they could fit into anyone's budget. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One, iPhone 5s, or even Nexus 5, these devices are designed to fit your pocket, both literally and figuratively.

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Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Will Include the Kernel and Graphics Stack of Ubuntu 14.04

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Ubuntu

Canonical, through Leann Ogasawara, has announced a few hours ago, July 10, that they will drop support for HWE (Hardware Enablement) Stack from the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system.

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"Among The Sleep" Broke, Fedora 21 Branched, and LXLE

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Today in Linux news, Adam Williamson posted that Fedora 21 has been branched off from Rawhide. GamingOnLinux is reporting that the wonderfully intriguing adventure game "Among the Sleep" is broken for most Linux users while Phoronix is reporting that Witcher 2 does. We have a review of LXLE as well as Katherine Noyes' 11 Ways LXLE "will make you forget all about XP." There's a wee bit of GNOME news and Andy Tannenbaum is retiring.

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GNOME's Tracker 1.1.1 Released with a Brand New Extractor

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Software
GNOME

The Tracker 1.1.1 release brings a brand new extractor, improves the extraction of content from ODT files by omitting line breaks and embedded tabs, and adds previously untranslated strings to the control component of Tracker.

Furthermore, the --watch command-line option has been added in order to allow the user to watch for database changes, language, author, and copyright information can now be extracted from ISO images, and AppData with screenshots for application stores has been added.

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EU's Anti-Open Source Approach to Procurement

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In recent posts, I've looked at the increasing use of open source software by governments in countries as diverse as China, Russia, India and Germany. Here I want to contrast those moves with the continuing failure of the European Commission to embrace free software - with huge costs for European citizens as a result, to say nothing of lost sovereignty.

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4MLinux 9.1 Reaches Beta Stage of Development with the Core Edition

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Development
GNU
Linux

Now that all 4MLinux 9.0 editions, including Allinone, Media, Game, Multiboot, Server, Rescue, and Core have been officially declared stable, it is time to move on with the development cycle and introduce you to the 4MLinux 9.1 release.

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NVIDIA Contributes Re-Clocking Code To Nouveau For The GK20A

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Hardware

One of the biggest challenges with the Nouveau open-source graphics driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware in recent times has been with regard to GPU / video memory re-clocking. As a minor step forward, NVIDIA has contributed re-clocking patches for the GK20A graphics processor.

Re-clocking has long been a big challenge for the Nouveau driver to obtain maximum graphics performance while also maintaining optimal performance-per-Watt and being efficient while idling. With the Linux 3.16 kernel for select generations of GPUs is faster performance but it can be buggy while now today for Tegra K1 owners NVIDIA has come to the table with re-clocking code for the "GK20A" GPU found within this high-end NVIDIA ARM SoC.

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KDE Software Compilation 4.14 Beta1 Has Been Officially Released

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KDE

On July 10, KDE officially announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the upcoming KDE Software Compilation 4.14 graphical desktop environment.

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AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

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Graphics/Benchmarks
OSS

AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.

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Android: Number one with a bullet

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Android

When Gartner dealt its tarot cards to read the future of end-user computing devices it saw the market growing by 4.2 percent. The best they can say of the Windows-dominated PC market is that it's flat-lined. So, who's winning in the overall end-user market? It's Android, and no one else is even close.

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Imaginative Raspberry Pi Concepts Are Still Proliferating

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Linux
Hardware

As we've noted here many times, when it comes to the top open source stories of the past couple of years, it's clear that one of the biggest is the proliferation of tiny, inexpensive Linux-based computers at some of the smallest form factors ever seen. Surely, the diminutive, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi, priced at $25 and $35, is one of the most widely followed of these miniature systems. It's been implemented for use in home security systems, synthesizers and even in a supercomputer mashup using Lego pieces to bind the parts together, as seen in the photo here.

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Leftovers: Software

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11 ways LXLE Linux will make you forget all about XP

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Linux
Microsoft

Windows XP’s long run may have finally come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your XP-era hardware has to go too. No indeed: There are numerous options available in the Linux world, and one shining example is LXLE.

A brand-new LXLE 14.04 made its debut a few weeks ago, and it’s packed with new features while remaining lightweight and speedy. With an XP mode among several other desktop options, this zippy OS needs less than a minute to boot and get online. Don’t try that on your Windows machine.

Ready for a look? Read on, then, and see what your older PC hardware could be doing.

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today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Linux Kernel Testing Philosophy

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Linux

Almost all Linux kernel developers, if not all, are very active Linux users themselves. There is no requirement that testers should be developers, however, users and developers that are not familiar with the new code could be more effective at testing a new piece of code than the original author of that code. In other words, developer testing serves as an important step in verifying the functionality, however, developer testing alone is not sufficient to find interactions with other code, features, and unintended regressions on configurations and/or hardware, developer didn't anticipate and didn't have the opportunity and resources to test. Hence, users play a very important role in the Linux Kernel development process.

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