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Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 8:34pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 8:30pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 8:24pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 8:23pm
Story Dell Venue 8 Tablet, Nvidia Shield Portable jump ahead to Android 5.1 Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 7:27pm
Story Container standards: Patching over the cracks Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 7:22pm
Story Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, but still not consumer-ready Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 7:06pm
Story NBD Vulnerabilities Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:55pm
Story Ubuntu Touch Transforms into a PC with Just a Bluetooth Mouse - Video Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:52pm

​Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to forge cloud and container unity

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Open-source communities seem to do a better job than standards committees in creating new software that sticks to a common plan. In the latest example, The Linux Foundation, is once more fostering a new group: The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF, building on the newly laid foundation of Kubernetes 1.0, will seek to bring unification and creativity to cloud native applications and services.

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Also: ​Google releases Kubernetes 1.0: Container management will never be the same

Ubuntu Trends, Mozilla Thunderbird, Canonical Licensing

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  • Ubuntu Trends: Part 1

    One thing to note about these graphs is 2015 is not yet complete so there can be change that will occur in 2015. The statistics should not necessarily be considered to correlate to Ubuntu overall losing popularity. Data from Google Trends for instance overall shows a downtrend for other desktop operating systems which likely correlates to end users focusing and spending more time on mobile these days.

  • Canonical Updates Mozilla Thunderbird in Ubuntu to Version 31.8.0 Instead of 38.1.0

    Almost all Ubuntu users out there have asked us almost daily when Canonical will upgrade the default and only email client used on their Ubuntu Linux operating systems, Mozilla Thunderbird, to the latest version available.

  • Linux Top 3: SLES 11 SP4, Chromixium OS 1.5 and Canonical Licensing

    There are few Linux distribution as popular as Canonical's Ubuntu and yet in the eye of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Canonical has taken some liberties with Free and Open-source licensing.

GCC 5 Is One Week Away From Landing In Ubuntu 15.10

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Matthias Klose sent out an update on Monday for landing GCC5 into Ubuntu 15.10 on 31 July. Besides this update being huge for the new compiler features, switching over to GCC 5 might be a bit nasty due to a partial ABI transition within their C++ standard library (libstdc++6). Due to this, coming with the landing of GCC 5 will be a rebuild of more than three thousand packages.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Update to Arrive in Approximately 6 Weeks

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After the successful launch of the OTA-5 update for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak has sent in his daily report to inform us all about the planning of the next major update for Ubuntu Touch, OTA-6.

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Also: Watch: Applying the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update on BQ Aquaris E4.5

Profile of an Everyday FOSS Developer

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Software. It’s been a thing that has fascinated me for decades. As a layman, the fact that lines of gibberish can be aligned to make a computer do the things wanted or needed is almost miraculous and resides in the shadows between magic and science. I am almost childlike when being shown how that gibberish makes devices do their stuff…stuff I want to to do.

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Emmabuntus 3: take it all

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Emmabuntus 3 boots in to a standard Xfce screen with an Emmabuntus-themed wallpaper and a toolbar at the top. There is a menu button in the top left corner and several icons in the notification area in the top right corner: network, battery and volume indicators, as well as date, time and username.

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GNOME's Evolution 3.17.4 Open-Source Groupware Client Brings Over 50 Bugfixes

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The Evolution open-source groupware client, which provides email and calendar capabilities to various GNOME-based GNU/Linux distributions, has been updated recently as part of the forthcoming GNOME 3.17.4 desktop environment.

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Neptune 4.4 Distro Released with Linux Kernel 3.18.16 LTS and Better 3D Performance

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The developers of the Neptune Linux distribution, a Linux kernel-based computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and built around the KDE4 desktop environment, proudly announced the immediate availability for download of Neptune 4.4.

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4G LTE M2M/IoT router offers open Linux SDK

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Linux

NetComm unveiled a Linux-based 4G wireless router for M2M and IoT, equipped with a Sequans LTE module, a NAMUR sensor input, and remote management software.

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today's leftovers

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Linux Foundation Additions and Phoronix Catchup

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Kernel

Graphics

Benchmarks

  • The Insane Power Use Of Benchmarking Linux Every Day

    While a lot of results are produced on LinuxBenchmarking.com of daily automated open-source/Linux tests and separately on Phoronix.com, these results do not come free but require a great deal of resources to keep going.

  • AMD's Latest Open-Source Driver On Linux Is Getting Competitive With Catalyst 15.7

    With the big Catalyst 15.7 Linux driver update released last week and the continued evolution of the open-source AMD Linux driver in the Linux kernel and Mesa Gallium3D, here are fresh benchmarks of six different AMD Radeon graphics cards when being tested on both the open and closed-source drivers to represent the AMD Linux gaming experience this summer.

  • Btrfs Seems To Finally Have Failed Me On A Production System

    In the Phoronix server room for our Linux hardware testing and the LinuxBenchmarking.com daily performance tracker there are 16 of the 56 systems running Btrfs as their root file-system. While those systems have been chugging along for months and many of them running the latest daily Git kernel, I've finally had one of the systems run into some apparent Btrfs file-system issues.

Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Clang/LLVM

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Development
BSD

Leftovers: OSS

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  • The Open Source Initiative Welcomes Mifos Initiative

    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) this week welcomed The Mifos Initiative as the latest Affiliate Member to join the global non-profit focused on promoting and protecting open source software, development and communities.

  • Pixar Presents A Blender To Renderman Plugin

    Earlier this year pixar released a free, non-commercial version of Renderman, their photo-realistic 3D rendering software used within the company's animated movies. Coming out now thanks to work by Pixar and the community is a Blender-to-Renderman exporter plug-in.

  • Haiku OS Working On A Systemd-Inspired Boot Daemon

    Haiku OS, the BeOS-inspired open-source operating system, has reached the point of being feature-complete for launch_daemon, their new boot/service manager partially inspired by systemd.

  • Containerizing OpenStack with Docker, Google joins the OpenStack Foundation, and more
  • Free Training on Hadoop and Big Data Proliferates

    The good news is that free and low-cost training offerings for Hadoop are proliferating in both classroom settings and online. Here are just a few opportuntities you can take advantage of.

  • Virtualized Hadoop: A brief look at the possibility

    Hadoop, or formally Apache Hadoop, is the popular software for creating clusters of computers to handle large data sets, known familiarly as big data. It is an open source project that has gathered support from Yahoo! (where it began as a project in 2005), Cloudera, Hortonworks, Twitter, LinkedIn, VMware, Intel, and others.

  • Open Document Format 1.2 Makes It As Latest ISO/IEC Standard

    The Document Foundation announced this week that ODF (Open Document Format) v1.2 has been published as an international standard by the ISO/IEC.

  • SPI Has Published Their 2015 Annual Report With A Look At Debian, Arch Financials

    Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the organization that represents the finances for Arch Linux, Debian, FreeDesktop.org, and other countless other free software projects, has published their annual report that offers a glimpse into the financials of these open projects.

  • What is open science?

    In his autobiography, Just for Fun, Linux creator Linus Torvalds argues that the open source process tends to mirror the scientific enterprise. "Science was originally viewed as something dangerous, subversive, and antiestablishment—basically how software companies sometimes view open source," he writes. And like science, Torvalds suggests, open source drives innovation: "It is creating things that until recently were considered impossible, and opening up unexpected new markets."

  • 5 human-powered open hardware projects

    Thanks in large part to open hardware platforms like BITalino, biosignals are no longer bound to the walls of a medical practice; whether you're looking for the next cool project or to learn something new over summer vacation, physiological computing has plenty to offer. This article highlights a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Pyston Continues Working On Performance Optimizations

    Pyston, the Dropbox-backed open-source Python implementation that leverages LLVM for greater performance, is continuing to tweak its implementation for maximum performance potential.

  • PHP 7.0 Beta 1 Brings Better Performance, New Language Features

    The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Beta 1. This is the third pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

  • PHP 7.0 Beta 1 Brings Better Performance, New Language Features

A solid experience with SolydXK

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SolydXK is a desktop distribution based on Debian's Stable branch. SolydXK originally began as an unofficial spin of the Linux Mint project, but has since grown into its own distribution with its own repositories. SolydXK is available in two editions, Xfce and KDE. While both editions strive to offer complete desktop solutions out of the box, the Xfce edition offers a faster, more resource friendly approach. The KDE edition provides more features and configuration options. At the time of writing, both editions of SolydXK appear to be offered as 64-bit x86 builds exclusively. I decided to try the project's Xfce edition (SolydX) and found the distribution's ISO was 1.4GB in size.

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No Agents Needed to Monitor Containers, Says Sysdig, Just Linux Kernel Changes

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Advocates of conventional VM environments have touted this as a key disadvantage of containers. If it is, then both VMs and containers share the problem. Virtual components are intended to be self-contained. Docker has begun to break through this barrier with its latest exploration of a plugins ecosystem. But even this may underscore the need for containers to report their health, and the opportunity for containers to one-up VMs yet again by beating them to a standard approach.

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Leftovers: KDE/Qt

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