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Ubuntu Core Changes The Game For Container Operating Systems

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This last couple of weeks has seen some tension within the Linux Container world as CoreOS launched its Rocket container and questioned Docker’s longer term motives. Adding fuel to the fire today comes Canonical with its new “snappy” Ubuntu core. The new rendition of of Ubuntu is a minimal server image that shares the same libraries as today’s Ubuntu but via a simpler mechanism. Most importantly, the snappy approach allows Ubuntu to provide stronger security guarantees for applications. Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically and rolled back if needed – an approach to systems management that lends itself to container deployments.

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​Best Linux Desktop of 2014: Linux Mint 17.1

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Personally, I prefer Cinnamon -- so that is what I used. With Cinnamon 2.4, you get a few minor new features. For instance, you can set directories to different colors to make them more visible in Nemo, the Cinnamon file manager. Cinnamon has also been tightened and cleaned up. The result is a faster, more memory efficient desktop. The one bug I've seen to date is that some desktop icons, such as the computer, can't have their names changed. So, for example, I can't rename "Computer" to "Blitz," my Dell desktop's real name.

Over all, though, that's like complaining about a scratch on a 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Racer: Mint's still the best available desktop today.

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Xojo: A Linux development suite that doesn't really support Linux

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Development
GNU
Linux

If a company is going to support Linux... it needs to actually freaking support Linux.

In one of my past lives, I was a software developer. And even though I no longer code for a living, I still find tinkering with various languages, IDEs, and frameworks more fun than I probably should. Truth be told, I consider playing with a new development environment to be a bit of a hoot. (Yes. I just wrote “bit of a hoot.” That's how confident I am in my own masculinity.)

I'm also not the kind of guy to be prejudiced for – or against – any particular language. Python? Awesome. C++? Tons of fun (in an “I-like-to-hurt-myself” kind of way). Pascal, BASIC, Smalltalk and JavaScript? All delightful. I like 'em all... for the most part.

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AMD Catalyst 14.12 Linux Driver Released -- Huge Update!

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Today's Catalyst 14.12 for Linux delivers OpenCL 2.0 support, VA-API video decoding with H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 format support, and distribution-specific packages offered at AMD.com for Ubuntu and Red Hat. There's also many bug fixes, support for modern kernel versions / xorg-server, potential performance improvements, and a range of other work.

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Significant ACPI & Power Management Changes In Linux 3.19

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Linux

Rafael Wysocki of Intel mailed in the ACPI and power management changes for the Linux 3.19 merge window. As said by the ACPI/PM subsystem maintainer, "This time we have some more new material than we used to have during the last couple of development cycles."

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Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

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Development

Worried Oompa-Loompas are questioning security guards and combing the wilds of Mountain View after it was discovered that Google has allowed a product, the Android Studio IDE, to escape from the Chocolate Factory's near-impenetrable Beta compound.

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Fedora 21 Release Review: An Impressive Developer Workstation

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Fedora is among the most respected Linux-based distributions. Known as a bleeding edge operating system it offers the latest technologies at the earliest stages. It’s also known for working with upstream projects instead of patching things downstream.

Fedora displays both qualities due to the fact that Fedora/Red Hat developers are among the leading contributors to many major open source projects, including the Linux kernel; they work for everyone and not just for their own distribution.

Fedora 21 has just been released and I have been playing with the beta for a while. There are now three editions of Fedora: server, workstation and cloud. Since I am using it for my desktop I downloaded and installed the Workstation.

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Nginx gets $20M, because an open-source web server is just the beginning

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OSS

Developers know Nginx as a popular open-source web server they can use to run websites. But some of the people behind Nginx, at the startup by the same name, aren’t content with that achievement on its own. They want to build a big company around the technology.

Which is why investors are now giving the startup $20 million, Nginx announced in a statement today.

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Open source all over the world

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OSS

Phil Shapiro. "I administrate 28 Linux work stations at a small library in D.C. I consider these folks my coworkers and colleagues. And it's wonderful to know that we can all feed into the energy and share ideas. My main interests are how FOSS intersects with dignity, and enhancing dignity.

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Ubuntu Developer Tools Center Renamed To Ubuntu Make, Sees New Release

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Ubuntu Developer Tools Center, a project to allow easy installation of common developer tools, has reached version 0.2. With this release, the project was renamed to Ubuntu Make, based on name proposals from the community.

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To Leak or Not to Leak? That is the Question ….. Samsung Z1 Tizen SM-Z130H

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Gadgets

The reasoning of no reveal is that Samsung’s launch strategy is secret, like many companies, but it looks like they will do a “soft launch” ie a press event and a URL to where you can buy this product in India, and I don’t know how the Samsung marketing machine will position the Tizen phone and how they will convey some of the Information in our possession, so in an effort to not damage the Samsung marketing strategy for Tizen we have chosen NOT to reveal anything. It is hoped that Samsung appreciate this move.

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Is Google coming back to the open community on document formats?

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Google
OOo

At the ODF Plugfest in London, Google’s head of open source told the audience that work once once again in progress extending OpenDocument support in Google’s products.

At the opening of the event, Magnus Falk, deputy CTO for HM Government, told the audience that the decision to adopt ODF (alongside HTML and PDF) as the government’s required document format is now well in hand. When asked by an audience member about various government agencies that currently require submissions from the public in Microsoft-only formats, Falk said that all such departments must make a migration plan now for how they will achieve use of the required formats.

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LibreSSL 2.1.2 released

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BSD

We have released LibreSSL 2.1.2, which will be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of your local OpenBSD mirror soon.

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New data center OS allows single-source command for Linux servers

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Linux
Server

Mesosphere, a startup that provides commercial support for the Apache Mesos cluster management system, has debuted a "data center operating system."

Mesosphere DCOS uses the Mesos project to gang together machines running Linux, whether hosted in any number of clouds (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) or running on nearly any kind of infrastructure (bare metal, OpenStack, VMware).

Widely deployed at scale by companies like Twitter and Airbnb, Mesos has a proven track record. However, Mesosphere DCOS is designed to manage not only the applications but also the systems they run on.

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Also: Mesosphere Raises $36M for Application Data Center OS

Cloud Foundry Foundation Matures--Becomes A Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

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Linux

The way the deal is structured sees the Linux Foundation become the contracting service provider to the Cloud Foundry Foundation and offer all the services that it requires – Cloud Foundry Foundation employees will technically be Linux Foundation hires and Cloud Foundry Foundation events and the like will be managed by the Linux Foundation.

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Linux Mint 17.1 review—less change is good change

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While most of what's new in Mint 17.1 will be seen in the updated desktops, there are some common components to both Cinnamon and MATE. While accessing some of these new tools varies slightly by desktop, the results are the same in both. Right away, you'll notice the login screen is among these new and improved elements.

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Do you need programming skills to learn Linux?

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Linux

A few months ago I took the Introduction to Linux course offered through edX. It's an 18 chapter course with lots of reading, some videos, and a casual level of testing your knowledge. I wrote about the first six chapters and how the course works in, What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux.

My main goal in taking the course was to get a better, high level understanding of Linux. I didn't have to install Linux but wanted to, so before I started chapter 7, I did. I wanted to test out some of the things I was learning, and 'learning is doing' to a large extent.

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