The Developers Can Get The First MDK (Module Development Kit) Of Google’s Project ARA In July

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Android
Development

The default phone will only have support for wifi and will be available in three sizes: small, medium and large. If you want to have the features of a normal phone, you will need to buy different modules for connectivity, camera, touchscreen and others. The modules will be attached via magnets, to be easy to replace modules, without having to restart the phone.

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SparkyLinux 3.4.1

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GNU
Linux

SparkyLinux 3.4.1 LXDE, e18, Razor-Qt, MATE, Xfce, Base (Openbox) and GameOver x86_64 is ready to go.

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ARM MPD Still Not Doing Open Drivers; ARM Vendors Hiding Behind Linaro

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Linux
Hardware

Luc Verhaegen is out with another insightful blog post about ARM's "Midgard" architecture, ARM MPD still being rather closed-up, cites a recent Q/A about ARM's Jem Davies commenting on Linux drivers, and how ARM vendors hide behind Linaro.

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Why Women in Tech Can, and Should, Write a Better Resume

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Linux
Interviews

Experience with Linux is an important thing – a track record of tinkering and involvement in the open source world. Working in drivers, embedded Linux, etc. At this point companies are desperate for Linux talent. The most important thing to show is you've gotten hands-on with bits of the kernel, whichever ones are interesting to you personally. Time spent as a site reliability engineer or working in a DevOps environment is particularly attractive to employers these days, as are well rounded sys admin skills. Even if you just run Linux as your primary operating system and know how to tinker with your machine, you’re ahead of many candidates.

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Rugged Android tablet boasts all-day battery

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Android

Via’s “Viega” is an IP65-ruggedized, 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android 4.2 on a Via dual-core SoC, providing 9-hour battery life and optional 3G and GPS.

Via Technologies is getting into the rugged Android tablet market. The Viega tablet runs a fairly modern Android 4.2 build, and is designed for the showroom floor, warehouse, construction site, and other enterprise-level mobile computing environments, says Via.

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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Reviews

KDE Applications and Platform 4.13.3 Is the Last Update in the Series

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KDE

The KDE Project developers have released the third maintenance version for Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces, bringing some new, much needed fixes.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

Privacy-Oriented Tails 1.1 RC1 Gets Lots of Security and Bug Fixes

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Debian

Tails is a distribution based on Debian and Tor technologies whose purpose is to keep its users as anonymous as possible. Even though Tails is not exactly a new distribution and has been around for quite some time, it has become a lot more popular after Edward Snowden said that he used it to hide his footprints when he delivered the documents to various media outlets.

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DNF 0.5.4 Released

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Red Hat

0.5.4 has been released today.

A major improvement in this release is the repo priorities config option. With it the admin can enforce packages of a certain repository to take precedence over other ones during an upgrade even when the prioritized packages have lower version. The original DNF bug is here, the functionality is known from Yum Utils as “priority plugin”.

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QEMU 2.1.0 RC2 Open Source Virtualization Software Is Ready for Testing

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Software

QEMU 2.1.0 RC2, a generic open source emulator and virtualizer that can run OSes and programs made for a different machine, has been released and is available for download.

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GCC 4.9.1 Released

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GNU

The GNU Compiler Collection version 4.9.1 has been released.

GCC 4.9.1 is a bug-fix release from the GCC 4.9 branch
containing important fixes for regressions and serious bugs in
GCC 4.9.0 with more than 88 bugs fixed since the previous release.
In addition to that, GCC 4.9.1 release supports OpenMP 4.0 also
in Fortran, rather than just in C and C++.

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XBMC 13.2 Beta 1 “Gotham” Arrives with a Ton of Fixes

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Software

It's been several months since the release of the XBMC 13.0 “Gotham,” probably the best and most complete release in the history of this software. The developers implemented some remarkable new features, but it looks like there still are things to fix and changes to be made.

“About a month ago we released our 13.1 version which included several bug fixes compared to the 13.0 release. Because of the fact that not all fixes could be included in that point release, we now are happy to announce a 13.2 beta1 version. This includes an additional list of fixes, that should resolve some of the common problems reported by users. Unfortunately we cannot fix all things reported. Hopefully you will understand. Below you will find a list of most important fixes included in this release.”

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Manjaro 0.8.10 Receives Its Third Update Pack

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GNU
Linux

The Developers on Manjaro Linux developers are pleased to announce the third update pack of Manjaro 0.8.10.

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Spotify migrate 5000 servers from Debian to Ubuntu

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Debian
Ubuntu

A while back we decided to move onto Ubuntu for our backend server deployment. The main reasons for this was a predictable release cycle and long term support by upstream (this decision was made before the announcement that the Debian project commits to long term support as well.) With the release of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we are now in the process of migrating our ~5000 servers to that distribution.

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The Next Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) Versions May Be Built Only On The Stable Versions Of Debian

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Debian

Building Linux Mint 17.1 on the same code base as Linux Mint 17, the developers have more time for improving the already existing Linux Mint specific applications and implement newer desktop environments until 2016, while security fixes will be implemented five years from now.

Also, by creating point releases, the users will be able to easily get the latest updates (if the systems use the same code base) from the command-line, by performing regular system upgrades, or get the Linux Mint 17.x images, which already contain the latest versions of the packages.

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DistroWatch resolves its domain registrar problems

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Web

Last week the Linux world was surprised to find that DistroWatch was not available at its usual domain name. Many wondered what was happening with the site, and it turned out that it had some domain registrar problems. Ladislav Bonar clarifies what went wrong last week and assures DistroWatch readers that the site has already been transferred to a new registrar.

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