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Story Ubuntu Touch Devs to Concentrate More on the Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Branches Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 1:20am
Story Phones and Devices Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 1:20am
Story Home security gateway runs Linux, features glowing orb Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 1:18am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 1:18am
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:59am
Story TPP Article 14.17 & Free Software: No Harm, No Foul Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:18am
Story Systemd File Triggers Proposed for the Fedora 24 Linux Operating System Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:14am
Story GNU/FSF Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:12am
Story openSUSE Leap bring SUSE Linux Enterprise out in the open Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:12am
Story Beautiful Chapeau 23 Linux Now Has a Second Beta Release, Based on Fedora 23 Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2015 - 12:09am

KDE Plasma 5.5 Beta Has Too Many New Features to Count and Over 1000 Fixes

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The KDE Community just announced the release of KDE Plasma 5.5 Beta, which brings a ton of new features and significant changes.

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Nvidia Driver Now Supports Xorg 1.18, It's Getting Difficult to Track Them All

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Nvidia has published a new Linux driver that brings a few fixes and support for X.Org xserver ABI 20 (xorg-server 1.18). It's not a major update, but it has been pushed already to a few repositories.

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Organize your cooking with an open source recipe manager

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Take the time to weigh your options, and answer some basic questions. Which device is easiest for me to access in the kitchen? How is the system I store them on backed up? What features are a dealbreaker? Whatever you decide, here are a few open source software solutions to recipe management you might want to consider.

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Why I chose Wordpress for my college football blog

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At this point, I started making WordPress websites—taking a theme and customizing it to create a branded site for companies. I definitely felt empowered. WordPress is open source, and I am grateful for this, as it has become the very core of many successful businesses across the globe. It is the core of what I do every day, whether writing, consulting, or developing a website.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Update Officially Released

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A new OTA update for Ubuntu Touch has been released, and users should start receiving it right about now.

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Solus 1.0 Operating System to Launch Before Christmas

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The Solus operating system is approaching a stable release once more, and it looks like we might be able to boot that elusive 1.0 version before Christmas.

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Editable version UK’s ODF guidance

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A free software advocate has created an editable version of the UK government’s Open Document Format manuals, the “ODF Guidance”. Making the texts available on the Github software development repository facilitates others to edit, update and translate the texts, explains Paolo Dongilli, uploaded the documents to Github on 28 October.

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Bulgaria to start open source repository

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The government of Bulgaria has proposed to start a repository for open source software. The government also wants to make it mandatory to use the web based code revision and code management system for all future government software development projects.

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ZigBee home automation design kits use RPi-based gateway

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Silicon Labs unveiled reference designs for home automation and lighting networks, based on its ZigBee SoC and middleware plus a Raspberry Pi-based gateway.

Silicon Labs, which bills itself as the ZigBee market share leader, has integrated its ZigBee “Golden Unit” Home Automation (HA 1.2) software stack, “EM358x” ZigBee mesh networking SoC, and various ZigBee sensor and lighting technologies in several reference designs for home automation. The Dimmable Light Switch, Connected Lighting, Door/Window Contact Sensor reference designs work with a WiFi and Ethernet ready ZigBee Gateway Reference Design that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B SBC.

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

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Review Wileyfox is the first new British phone brand in over a decade, and it’s hoping to cash in on the Shenzhen economic miracle.

Not so long ago, cheap Android phones were synonymous with “Landfill”. There was usually something lacking. But rapid advances in component manufacturing and packaging have seen companies enter the market offering extraordinary value for money. The upstarts offer near high spec devices for a fraction of the cost of a top brand flagship, benefiting from huge economies of scale gained by selling into India and China, and some novel (for hardware) low or zero margin business models. These are dubbed “flagship killers” or “super midrange” devices. So if Chinese startups can do it, why can’t we?

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Ubuntu Desktop with Unity 8 to Handle Background Apps and File Access Differently

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Ubuntu will soon work on phones and desktops, so people are asking whether the desktop will have the same restrictions. The answer is not as straightforward as you might think, and the Ubuntu developers are still analyzing how much access will be granted to users.

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today's leftovers

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  • Docker Reaches Across Universes at Dockercon EU

    The open-source Docker container project provides tooling that enables application virtualization in a way that is more agile than other traditional approaches.

    The agility of Docker containers is being used by developers in a number of unique and innovative ways to solve challenges big and small. At the Dockercon EU conference in Barcelona, Spain this week, the best and the brightest of those innovative Docker use-cases were on display.

  • Wine Is Now Under A Code Freeze For Wine 1.8

    It was announced today via WWN 402 that last week's Wine 1.7.55 is the last development freeze with now going into a code freeze for version 1.8.

    Wine 1.8 will likely be released by year's end and until then will be weekly release candidates to ensure sufficient test coverage, as noted by the World Wine News.

  • Library versioning

    KDE Frameworks (and, in the past, kdelibs) approached this by defining some arbitrarily high minor version (typically 90+) to indicate pre-releases for the next major release. So the pre-release Frameworks were numbered like 4.90.1.

    So where is all of this going? Well, CMake provides a helpful function to write package version information files that allow find_package() calls to only find compatible versions. So if you use the SameMajorVersion scheme, find_package(Foo 4.3) will find Foo 4.3.0 and Foo 4.5.2, but not Foo 4.2.5 or Foo 5.1.1. However, if project Foo uses the “high minor = next version prerelease” scheme, it will also find Foo 4.90.1, which is not compatible with Foo 4.3.

  • Wireshark 2.0 Open-Source Network Protocol Analyzer Officially Released with New GUI
  • Wireshark 2.0 Released, UI Rewritten In Qt5

    Wireshark, the well known open-source network packet analyzer, has finally reached version 2.0!

    While its user interface was originally written for GTK+, Wireshark 2.0 marks the point that it's been rewritten in Qt! It's been more than two years of work and now this Qt version of Wireshark is out there after going through several development releases.

  • GNOME Shell Browser Plugin Crash in Mozilla Firefox Patched for GNOME 3.18

    The GNOME developers have announced the general availability of a new maintenance release for the GNOME Shell component of the stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.

  • systemd 228 Arrives for GNU/Linux Systems with Over 20 Improvements
  • G11n team ends Fedora Activity Day on high note

    On November 1st – 3rd, 2015, the Fedora Globalization (G11n) team held their Fedora Activity Day (FAD) in the Red Hat office in Tokyo, Japan. A Fedora Activity Day is a mini-conference where contributors get together to work on major tasks related to Fedora. The G11n team met with objectives of working on Fedora 24 development plans, brainstorming on a Fedora globalization workflow, and deciding strategy for different Fedora products.

  • Here's What's New In Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 for Ubuntu Phones

    While many of us are still waiting to receive the Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 software update on our Ubuntu Phone devices, the developers have just published the entire changelog with all the juicy details.

  • Linux Mint 17.3 Beta "Rosa" MATE Edition Is Out and Ready for Testing

    The MATE edition of Linux Mint 17.3 Beta "Rosa" was released along with the Cinnamon one and it's one of the two main flavors of the Linux Mint distribution. There are also Xfce and KDE versions, not to mention edition that are based on Debian, but those are not the main focus of the team.

  • Rugged 3.5-inch SBC runs Linux on Bay Trail, is loaded with I/O

    Arbor Technologies unveiled the “EmCORE-i230G,” a 3.5-inch form factor SBC featuring Intel Atom E3800 CPUs, a wide array of I/O, and -40 to 85°C operation.

    Like many other single-board computers targeting applications such as outdoor kiosks or industrial signage, Arbor’s EmCORE-i230G leverages the high-speed processing and graphics performance of Intel’s E3800 processors, along with their low power consumption. The board’s 3.5-inch form-factor remains one of the most popular SBC formats for embedded and industrial applications, alongside the ever popular Mini-ITX. Other recent Bay Trail-based SBCs in 3.5-inch format have included Aaeon’s GENE-BT06, ADL’s ADLE3800HD, Axiomtek’s CAPA840 and CAPA848, Nexcom’s EBC 355, and the WinSystems SBC35-CC405.

Kernel News

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  • Core Technology: Signals

    In the world of Linux system programming, a signal is an event that’s delivered to a process by the kernel. A signal says to the process “something has happened that you might want to respond to”. A few signals are generated as a result of something that the program itself is doing (usually something bad), but most of them originate from sources external to the program itself.

  • Freescale Makes Significant Investment in Real Time Linux

    Freescale has just announced they are joining the Real Time Linux (RTL) Collaborative Project as a Gold Member. Freescale joins Google, National Instruments, OSADL, and TI with a significant investment because they value the strategic importance of this open source project and the benefits it creates for their customers.

    For years, Freescale has offered full Linux board support packages to their customers which represent a broad range of industries including robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation and medical.

  • NVIDIA Updates Legacy Drivers For X.Org Server 1.18

    NVIDIA yesterday released the 358.13 Linux graphics driver as the newest mainline driver. This week, however, they've also updated their legacy drivers for X.Org Server 1.18.

Leftovers: Software

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  • ownCloud 8.2 Gets Its First Point Release with Over 100 Improvements

    On November 18, ownCloud announced the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of their open-source ownCloud 8.2 self-hosting cloud server solution for GNU/Linux operating systems.

  • GNU Wget 1.17 Command-Line Download Manager Gets FTPS and HSTS Support

    Giuseppe Scrivano, the maintainer of the open-source GNU wget command-line download manager utility for GNU/Linux and other UNIX operating systems, has announced the release of wget 1.17.

  • Schedule Tasks Based On Various Conditions With `When`

    Using "When", you can set your desktop to perform various tasks depending on certain conditions. For instance, you can synchronize files, perform some cleanup actions, auto import photos from external storage devices and many other tasks (these are examples and require adding commands or scripts to "When"), all based on conditions such as a command exit code or output, a given time interval, file/folder changes and more.

  • Opera 33 No Longer Starts FFmpeg If Codecs Are Already Loaded

    Opera Software ASA has just revealed that a new stable version of the Opera browser has been released and is now available for download.

    The first stable build of the Opera 33.x branch was launched on October 27, but developers don't abandon a particular branch after it is made available, even if most of the effect goes into the other builds that are being worked on.

Android Leftovers

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Open source projects rely on donated time—what motivates participants?

    The study’s authors collected data from approximately a thousand R contributors who responded to a questionnaire distributed via e-mail. The respondents were asked about what drove them to participate in the project, with possible answers including taking pleasure in applying their skills and feeling a sense of responsibility toward the scientific community. They were also asked about extrinsic motivators, such as the potential that their work could help with academic advancement. Additionally, the surveys included questions about the characteristics of the software development work (e.g. repetitive, technical, social) and the demographics of participants.

  • Implementing open source requires tough staffing, IT calls
  • Import old email archives into Gmail using these open source tools from Google

    If you want to try these open source tools yourself, you can download them at Github (mail-importer and import-mailbox-to-gmail). Unfortunately, mail-importer appears to only support Thunderbird at this time. If you used a different client, you will need to wait for a future update. If you are savvy enough, maybe you can tweak the source to make it work. I have a large Lotus Notes archive saved -- I won't hold my breath on that one being anyone's priority.

  • Celebrate GIS Day 2015 with 3 open source alternatives to Google Maps API

    If you're looking to get started with web mapping, here are three libraries which are worth checking out.

  • Stickers

    Basically, stickers are a great way to promote open source projects. Also – fun! For more “Rules of sticker club” go HERE.

  • LinuxCon Europe – Day 1
  • SQL CRUD: what’s good and what’s crud?
  • Setting up a Digital Ocean remotely hosted WordPress blog

    After considering our options, we decided to try using a Digital Ocean “Droplet” to host a WordPress blog. Here, I want to tell you how that went, and give a few pointers. This might be a good idea for some of you. And, I’ll explain what the heck Digital Ocean is in case you don’t know.

  • RoboTutor team using open source tools to address short supply of teachers, schools

    Where were these Carnegie Mellon University researchers when Sister Thomas Catherine was frightening me and other good little Catholic school 3rd graders back in the day?

    CMU today informed us that a team of its researchers is taking aim at the $10 million grand prize of the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition, the goal of which is to empower children to take control of their own learning via tablet computers, software and the like. The competition was announced about a year ago.

  • LLVM's Clang Lands More CUDA Improvements

    Just days after writing about GPUCC as Google's open-source CUDA compiler built atop LLVM and how to compile CUDA code with LLVM, more improvements have landed.

    There's now support for CUDA compilation by default as one of the most prominent changes today. "Currently clang requires several additional command line options in order to enable new features needed during CUDA compilation. This patch makes these options default." That change was done by Artem Belevich at Google.

  • These Biohackers Are Creating Open-Source Insulin

    The 370 million people worldwide with diabetes rely on injections of insulin to regulate the amount of sugar in their blood, since their bodies can’t make the hormone themselves. Since there are no generic versions available in the United States, insulin is very expensive—that cost was likely a large proportion of the $176 billion in medical expenditures incurred by diabetes patients in 2012 alone. Now a team of biohackers with Counter Culture Labs, a community lab in Oakland, California, wants to pave the way towards generic insulin, and they’ve started a crowdfunding page for their project.

  • OpenCar wants to open source in-vehicle infotainment

    The OpenCar suite of offerings come together to work in a way similar to the software developer kits (SDK) offered for various tech and platforms. Everything from Web-based applications like WordPress to gadgets like the Apple Watch have developer kits associated with them so that third-party programmers can build software to work with them. In many ways, what OpenCar is offering is the platform for an SDK for in-car infotainment. Automakers still have to sign on and make their software compatible, but in return they can open their vehicle infotainment to outside developers without compromising its integrity or their control of the experience, branding, and legalities.

  • How will the children of the future learn about science?

    As our understanding of the world expands, it is important to ensure that that knowledge is equally accessible by all members of our society. This is vital to the progress of humanity. This philosophy, which is shared by the open source software movement, is not new; it has been around since the 1600s when the first academic journals were published for public reading. The Jupyter Notebook hints at what the academic journals of tomorrow will look like and paints a promising picture. They will be interactive, visualization-focused, user-friendly, and include code and data as first-class citizens. I believe that these unique characteristics will go a long way toward bridging the gap of understanding between the scientific community and the general public through both narrative and code—a gap that, when bridged, will have a significant impact on our society.

  • EC brings pan-European open data together on European Data Portal

    On November 16, the European Commission launched the European Data Portal, which will serve as a central gateway to data published by administrations in countries across Europe, from the EU and beyond. Currently over 240,000 datasets from 34 European countries can be accessed through thirteen different categories and a multi-language search function.

  • Greek geodata project extends open data platform

    The Greek government’s open geodata platform ( is making available as open source several tools and extensions to CKAN, a commonly used data management system. The development of reusable tools to help publish and discover open geospatial data is one of the goals of the PublicaMundi project that built Greece’s geodata platform.

  • Betty Hacker embeds open hardware electronics into cakes

    The code I used can be found below.

  • You might want to hug this book: a review of 'Git for Teams'

    Git has a bit of a reputation as being difficult to learn and even more difficult to master. Because it's such a powerful and flexible tool, it is easy for users to make hard-to-correct mistakes. When working with others, it becomes even easier to get out of sorts. Git for Teams aims to solve that problem by not only teaching the reader how to use Git, but how to use teams.

Six nifty and quite useful open-source Android apps that can be found on F-Droid

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Last week, we showed you some open-source alternatives to Google's own set of Android apps. Found on F-Droid, one of the popular third-party app repositories for Android, these allow you to substitute some of the stock Google apps on your phone with open-source substitutes.

We usually associate Android with Google, and that's perfectly fine. Android is an open source OS that can be freely modified and used by just anyone willing to do so, but having the proprietary Google apps and services, the pushing force behind the OS, is a trickier business. Manufacturers need to pay Google before they can be use its "Gapps" (publicly accepted acronym for "Google's apps and services") package.

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Leftovers: Security

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