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Story Tizen Store in Indonesia now supports Iocal currency (IDR) Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 6:33pm
Story So much for the “Microsoft loves Linux” phrase Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 5:01pm
Story GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" Desktop Environment Is Officially Out, Here's What's New Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 4:38pm
Story Ditching Microsoft Office? Tips on how to switch to LibreOffice Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 4:16pm
Story Beginning Grep for Linux SysAdmins Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 4:11pm
Story Lenovo reportedly blocking Linux on Windows 10 Signature Edition PCs (updated) Rianne Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 4:06pm
Story Warning: Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Install Linux On Its “Signature PCs” Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 11:07am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:57am
Story Kernel Space: Graphics Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:56am
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:52am

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.17 Tool for Creating Snaps on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Today, September 16 2016, Canonical's Sergio Schvezov was proud to announce the release of yet another maintenance update to the Snapcraft tool that helps application developers package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu and other Linux OSes.

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Nextcloud and Canonical Introduce Nextcloud Box to Create Your Own Private Cloud

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Today, September 16, 2016, Nextcloud informs Softpedia about the launch of a new hardware product, the first in the company's history, in collaboration with Canonical and WDLabs.

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today's leftovers

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  • Linux Kernel 4.4.21 LTS Is a Big Update with Over 200 Changes, Update Now

    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.4 as the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about the twenty-first maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.4 Updates GPU Drivers, Adds OverlayFS and EXT4 Improvements

    Today, September 15, 2016, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the Linux community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

    Linux kernel 4.7.4 is now the most advanced stable kernel that exists for GNU/Linux operating systems. However, looking at its appended shortlog and the diff from the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.3, we can't help but notice that the changes implemented in today's release are pretty small in number. Only 59 files were changed, with 614 insertions and 282 deletions.

  • Got the writing bug? An introduction to bibisco

    The writing bug bit me again recently, so I started seeking alternatives and came across bibisco. The application is a personal project of Andrea Feccomandi, who is its sole author. It's licensed under the GPLv2, and freely downloadable from the website, with builds for Windows and 32- or 64-bit Linux. The source code is available on GitHub.

  • [Older] The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time

    Distrowatch started their much discussed ranking system in 2002.

    Whilst only a guide to the success of a distribution it provides an interesting historical view over how the Linuxsphere has changed in the past 14 years.

    Each distribution has a page counter which counts the hits it receives each day and these are counted up and used as a hits per day count for the Distrowatch rankings. To prevent abuse only 1 page count is registered from each IP address per day.

    Now the merits of the numbers and how accurate they are may be up for debate but hopefully the following list will be an interesting insite into the history of Linux.

    This list looks at the rankings since 2002 and highlights the distributions that have hit the top ten in any given year.

    There are some interesting facts to accompany this list. For instance there is only 1 distribution that has been in the top 10 throughout all 14 years although if you count Red Hat and Fedora as one distribution then you could say 2.

    Another interesting fact is that only 3 Linux distributions have ever held the top spot at the end of any given year. You can get one point for each distribution you name.

    28 distributions have appeared in the top 10 in the past 14 years proving that whilst it maybe easy to rise to success it is just as easy to fall out of favour.

    This list is in alphabetical order because it would be hard to do it on rankings as they fluctuate so much per distribution.

  • Rugged, fanless Skylake box-PC has triple GbE and dual HDMI

    Aaeon’s rugged, fanless “Boxer-6639” industrial box-PC features 6th Gen Intel (Skylake) processors plus triple GbE, dual HDMI, and six RS-232/422/485 ports.

  • Open Files Faster With Bookmarks Indicator for Ubuntu
  • Avoid ACCIDENTAL ALL CAPS With This Nifty Indicator Applet
  • [How To] Get Android Notifications on the Ubuntu Desktop

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Dell XPS 13 With GNU/Linux Improved

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  • Dell XPS 13 Returns With Kaby Lake, Ubuntu, Rose Gold Finish

    Dell joined the Intel Kaby Lake party and announced that the latest update to its XPS 13 notebook PC will feature the new 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processors. The company will also offer a developer version of the lightweight laptop that comes loaded with Ubuntu, and the XPS 13 received a new color option in the form of Rose Gold.

    The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s thinnest and lightest laptop offering, weighing in starting at 2.7 lbs. and coming as thin as 9mm. The machined-aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, along with the display’s Corning Gorilla Glass, gives the device a durable, yet sleek construction.

  • Windows 10 haters: Try Linux on Kaby Lake chips with Dell's new XPS 13

    Rejoice Linux fans; the OS will work on laptops with Intel's Kaby Lake chips.

    Three new models of Dell's slick XPS 13 Developer Edition will be available with Ubuntu OS and 7th Generation Core processors in the U.S. and Canada starting on Oct. 10.

  • Dell updates Torvalds' preferred XPS 13 laptop: New Intel chips, rose-gold finish

    Dell has refreshed its popular XPS 13 laptop with Intel's seventh-generation Core processors. The update brings a longer battery life, among other improvements, and a new rose-gold option for those who want a change from the usual silver.

    The move brings Dell's XPS 13 in line with other hardware carrying Intel's new chips, such as the recently-released Lenovo Yoga 910.

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  • KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Now Available In Beta Form
  • KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Now in Beta, to Offer a Unified Look, GTK+ Support on Wayland

    Today, September 15, 2016, KDE developer and ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Beta preview of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment.

    Now that KDE Plasma 5.7 series reached end of life two days ago with the release of the fifth maintenance update, KDE Plasma 5.7.5, it is time for us to look further to the next major version, KDE Plasma 5.8, which not only it will be supported for two years as the first LTS (Long Term Support) Plasma desktop, but will also offer a comprehensive list of new features and improvements.

  • GNOME 3.21.92 Is The Final Step Before Next Week's GNOME 3.22

    GNOME 3.21.92 was announced this morning as GNOME 3.22 RC2, which serves as the final development milestone prior to next week's official GNOME 3.22.0 official desktop debut.

  • GNOME Weather METAR Data Fixed In New Update Rolling Out Now

    A quick follow up to the issue of broken weather forecasts in GNOME Weather on Ubuntu 16.04: they’re working again! Not automatically, obviously. If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 you’ll need to install any pending updates, among them new bindings for the ‘libgweather’ library that adds support for the new METAR data bindings.

Memory Lane, Cooking w/ Linux, Red Hat's New Digs

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Earlier this year a Red Hat logo was spotted at 300 A Street in Boston sparking rumors of an expansion. Well, today it was confirmed. In other news, Gary "the Everyday Linux User" walked us down memory lane with a glance back at distributions that graced the top 10 at Marcel Gagne has put "Cooking With Linux" on YouTube and another project has jumped the GNU ship.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • A Promising New eBook Reader for Linux Appears

    I don’t spend as much time reading as I should, even though I own a Kindle and an Android tablet.

    It’s not that I have a shortage of things to read, either. I have a huge backlog of eBooks.

    The reason is simple that when I’m “idling” I’m typically in front a regular computer, be it my desktop or a laptop.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a simple, straight-forward ePub reader app for the Linux desktop. Calibre is overkill (not to mention more of an eBook manager than an eBook reader) and the apps available in the Ubuntu Software store look horribly outdated.

  • What's your favorite tool for remote team collaboration?
  • Insomnia 3.0 Is a Slick Desktop REST Client for Linux

    Looking for a free, easy-to-use REST client for the Linux desktop? Don't lose sleep: get Insomnia.

  • New Version of Museeks Music Player Now Available to Download

    A new version of cross-platform music player Museeks is now available to download. The Museeks 0.7.0 update adds a number of improvements, including the ability to see cover art of playing tracks, a new first-run guide to help you add music to the player, and an option to run the app with a native window titlebar.

  • GNU Bash 4.4 Released With Wide Variety Of Changes

    GNU Bash 4.4 was released today with a wide variety of new features and changes.

  • Apple Releases CUPS 2.2 Printing System
  • Libreboot Leaves The GNU, The Free Software Foundation Denounced
  • libreboot is not GNU Libreboot anymore

    The Free Software Foundation recently fired a transgendered employee of the FSF, just for being trans, because some transphobic cissexist people wrote negativly about her. The FSF fired her because they thougdt she, rather than the assholes bullying her, was causing the FSF potential damage. As a result, she was fired from the FSF.

  • LLVM Clang 3.9 Mostly Trails GCC In Compiler Performance

    Following yesterday's GCC 5 vs. 6 vs. early 7 benchmarks, to no surprise LLVM's Clang compiler was brought up in the comments. I had already been running some fresh LLVM Clang benchmarks on this same Intel Xeon system and have those results to share now with Clang 3.8 and the newly-released Clang 3.9.

    This is the first time in a number of months I've carried out a large comparison of GCC vs. Clang using the latest compiler releases. For today's article are the GCC 5.4.0, GCC 6.2.0, and GCC 7.0.0 20160904 compiler benchmarks compared to LLVM Clang 3.8.0 and the new Clang 3.9.0 release. Interestingly, these benchmarks show a number of performance regressions in the generated binaries under Clang 3.9.

  • Chrome 54 Beta Brings Custom Elements V1: Create Custom HTML Tags

    Google today is rolling out the Chromium/Chrome 54 web-browser beta, which incorporates several new features for web developers plus media platform improvements for Chrome on Android.

Games for GNU/Linux

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The open-source Dronecode dog fight

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Dronecode's Platinum members are 3DR, Intel, and Qualcomm. Dronecode, which uses Linux as its base, is sponsored by The Linux Foundation. Dronecode's governance, however, is completely independent of the Foundation.

This fork happened because of the Platinum's members' "overwhelming desire to be able to make a proprietary autopilot stack." They were able to do this, wrote Tridgell, because "the structure and bylaws of Dronecode are built around exceptional power for the Platinum members, giving them extraordinary control over the future of Dronecode. This is a fundamental flaw in a project meant to promote free and open-source software as it means that the business interests of a very small number of members can override the interests of the rest of the members and the community."

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Open Source AMDGPU Driver Now Detects All Linux Kernel Supported AMD Radeon GPUs

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On September 15, 2016, Michel Dänzer had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the xf86-video-amdgpu 1.1.1 update to the open source AMDGPU graphics driver for AMD Radeon GPUs on GNU/Linux platforms.

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Oracle abandons NetBeans to Apache

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True, NetBeans has its die-hard supporters. Zoran Sevarac, a member of the NetBeans Dream Team, for example, likes the proposed deal. "It's a great thing, and it means that NetBeans has an exciting future. The NetBeans community is very positive about this step and sees this as a logical (and good) way to proceed."

Gosling, in a Facebook post, agreed. "NetBeans is moving to Apache! Oracle has decided to open up NetBeans even more, so that folks like me can more easily contribute to our favorite IDE. The finest IDE in existence will be getting even better, faster!"

It's a nice thought, but the community is small and getting smaller still. Still, unlike OpenOffice, NetBeans does has significant programmers who want to improve it, so perhaps NetBeans may yet reinvent itself. I'm just not betting on it.

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RaspAnd Project Now Lets You Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Raspberry Pi 3

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today, September 15, 2016, about the availability of a new build of his RaspAnd project that lets users run Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system on Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

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Snapcraft GUI Makes Snap Packaging a Breeze, Install It Now in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu app developer Keshav Bhatt informs Softpedia today, September 15, 2016, about the release of the Beta of his up and coming graphical user interface (GUI) for Canonical's Snapcraft tool for creating Snap universal binary packages.

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Movie Review: Snowden (2016)

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As a Linux fan, one thing that dissapointed me was the use of way more Microsoft Windows and Mac OS in the computer screen shots... than Linux. Sure there was a ton of command line windows and text streaming by... but usually with a Windows logo at the bottom left corner. I don't think the word "Linux" was ever mentioned. One thing that was highly featured in the film was the"Electronic Frontier Foundation" (EFF) sticker Edward had on the back of his laptop. At times it almost felt like a commercial for the EFF... and that was a good thing.

I don't think I spoiled the movie too much and I highly recommend you go and see it. By the way, since we got such a late start, the cinama folks gave each audience member a free ticket to see another movie. That was awesome. Thanks Regal Gallatin Valley Cinemas 11!

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Lite 3.0

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Lets start with the positives because there are many. The first thing is that Linux Lite works and it is easy to use.

You can install most of the major packages using a simple tool and you can install updates and drivers quite easily.

There is a major downside and that is the lack of EFI support. I could understand this if Linux Lite was targeting older hardware but it comes in a 64-bit version and I would imagine most 64-bit computers are EFI enabled.

The target audience for Linux Lite is clearly the average computer user but it is at an immediate disadvantage to Linux Mint which is easier to install and just as easy to use.

I will leave it on a positive though. The artwork within Linux Lite is excellent with really good theming and hey, Steam works.

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Chapeau 24 "Cancellara" Linux Distro to Be Based on Fedora 24, Linux Kernel 4.7

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Chapeau Linux developer Vince Pooley is back in action after being away the entire year, and it looks like his preparing to launch a new version of the Fedora-based GNU/Linux distribution.

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GNOME Boxes Virtual Machine Manager Supports USB Redirection for Background VMs

Now that the Release Candidate of the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is out, it's time to take a look at some more features that are coming to it this fall.

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Also: GTK+ Now Shows Activate Menu in VirtualBox, Requires XDG-Shell 6 for Wayland

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