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Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 9:03pm
Story Linux Graphics Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 8:50pm
Story Libreboot Drama Continues, GNU Might Keep The Project Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 8:46pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 8:30pm
Story Linux 4.7.5 Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 2:38pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 1:56pm
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 1:55pm
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 1:54pm
Story Tizen News Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 1:45pm
Story Apricity OS 09.2016 Release Roy Schestowitz 24/09/2016 - 9:46am

Development News

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  • Ada Gets Promoted To Being A First-Class Language In Coreboot

    Coreboot has mainlined a months-old patch to make the Ada programming language "a first class citizen" in this low-level open-source project.

    As of today in Coreboot GNAT runtime system was also added today for the Ada code.

  • LLVM Still Pursuing Apache 2.0 License + GPLv2 Compatibility

    It's been a while since last talking about the discussions among LLVM developers about re-licensing the project. The re-licensing is moving forward and they are settling on the Apache 2.0 license plus explicitly stating compatibility with GPLv2.

    For the past year they've been eyeing the Apache 2 license for the LLVM stack over their University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License, which is similar to the three-clause BSD license.

  • Update on Node.js npm Tool and Express Module

    The second day at Node Interactive Europe last week had two keynotes that concentrated on specific tools and modules. Kat Marchán talked about the npm packaging tool, and Doug Wilson explored the state of the express module.

  • Git Developers Want Your Feedback (2016 Git Survey)

Microsoft 'Love', Openwashing, and More Layoffs

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  • Does Microsoft really love Linux?

    Microsoft has always had an…uneasy…relationship with Linux, to say the least. But a writer at The Verge is convinced that Microsoft does indeed love Linux these days, and that its stormy Linux past is now behind the Redmond giant.

  • PerfView is now Open Source On GitHub [Ed: Microsoft uses PerfView in an openwashing effort in order to market proprietary Visual Studio, which adds surveillance to compiled code]

    The readme associated with the GitHub repository has getting started information (how to fetch the repository, how to build, test and deploy the code. We use Visual Studio 2015. You can download a free copy of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition that has everything you need to clone, build test and deploy PerfView. Thus you can get going with PerfView RIGHT NOW. The instructions on the PerfView repository tell you how to get started even if you know nothing about GIT (although knowing something about GIT and Visual Studio certainly helps).

  • Microsoft will close its Skype office in London [Ed: in recent years, as Microsoft pretends to be "Open" (it's the opposite), layoffs have become routine at the company]

    Microsoft is going to close Skype’s London office, in a move that could impact the jobs of the nearly 400 people employed there. The company told the Financial Times that is will “unify some engineering positions,” but that it “will be entering into a consultation process to help those affected by the redundancies.”

    The London office is a key part of Skype’s history, since it was the primary engineering site and headquarters of the company before Microsoft acquired it, and it also survived Skype’s strange interlude under the ownership of eBay before it was acquired by the big M.

    While the move is no doubt a blow to London’s tech scene, some former insiders told the FT that it’s also not a surprise to see it go, largely because a steady stream of executive departures over the last few years have foretold a shift in the locus of power at the company. Post-acquisition, Microsoft has also done a lot of product work on Skype, with plenty of integration with Office 365 and a number of feature introductions that bring it closer in line with Slack.

Ubuntu Phone OTA-13

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Wine-Staging 1.9.19

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  • Wine-Staging 1.9.19 Released

    Wine-Staging 1.9.19 was released this weekend as the latest experimental patch-set atop of the newest bi-weekly Wine release.

  • Release 1.9.19

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.19 is now available.

Games for GNU/Linux

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  • Dragon Bros action platformer release in Early Access with Linux support

    We certainly aren't short on action platformers! Dragon Bros [Official Site, Steam] recently released with Linux support in Early Access.

  • Check out 'Binaries' if you fancy an eye bending challenge on Linux

    The developer of 'Binaries' [Official Site, Steam] sent me a copy of their game to check it out and it's impressive. It's a platformer where you're controlling two balls at the same time, each in slightly different level layouts, it's genius.

    The game was quietly released for Linux a few months after the Windows version and the developers forgot to even announce it. They only announced it at the start of this month. So you can be forgiven for not knowing about it.

    The game is made by Ant Workshop Ltd, who come from my own homeland of the UK. That hasn't swayed me towards it at all though (honest!), it's just a brilliantly designed game. It also has a small amount of our terrible humour in it.

  • Face hell in 'Devil Daggers', now available for Linux

    Are you ready to face hell? I sure wasn't apparently. Devil Daggers [Official Site, Steam] is now out for Linux and I took a little look.

    Devil Daggers is a first-person arena style shooter, you're essentially always trying to beat your previous scores, and everyone else. What's really cool is you can download a replay of anyone's game to see how they did it. The game is rather simplistic, but it's brilliantly designed to hook you in.

  • Unigine 2.3.1 Now Supports GPGPU Computing Via Compute Shaders, Renderer Improvements

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Updates for Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04 & 12.04 LTS

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Just a few moments ago (September 19, 2016), Canonical published several security advisories to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about the availability of new Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu releases.

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Also: Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Zorin OS 12 Linux Enters Beta with Many New Features

Solus Users Are the First to Get the Mozilla Firefox 49 Web Browser, Update Now

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The Solus developers announced a few moments ago on their project's official Twitter account that the latest Mozilla Firefox 49.0 web browser has landed in the main software repositories.

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Universal prototyping shield supports numerous Arduino models

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On Indiegogo, Awesome PCB’s $13 “ArduShield” prototyping shield supports a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Uno R3, Mini, Mini Pro, and Nano.

The ArduShield “universal” prototyping shield is notable for supporting a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Mini and Mini Pro. Created by Polish developer Szymon Mackow at his company, Awesome PCB, the ArduShield is available for $13 for another 23 days on Indiegogo, where it has successfully funded. (The $8 early birds are all gone.) A $17 version adds a breadboard, and $22 gives you two ArduShields. All packages ship in November. A stretch goal has added a footprint for a WS2812 RGB LED.

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Black Lab Linux 7.7 Officially Released with Latest Security Updates from Ubuntu

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Today, September 19, 2016, Black Lab Software's CEO Robert J. Dohnert informs Softpedia about the release of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Black Lab Linux 7 computer operating system series.

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After Ten Years, Vim (Vi IMproved) 8.0 Open-Source Text Editor Is Here

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After ten long years, the popular Vim (Vi IMproved) open-source and cross-platform text editor used by many programmers worldwide has received a major update that brings lots of interesting new features and improvements.

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Top 10 Open Source CRM

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Clearly, finding the right open source CRM (customer relationship management) for your business isn't as simple as randomly selecting one. To be sure, there are plenty of good open source CRM apps, but still: you must carefully weigh features, function, licensing and support, for your own needs.

In this article, I'll share my top open source CRM picks. And with any luck, you'll find one that'll be a great match for your business!

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Ubuntu OTA-13 lands with new keyboard languages and more

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Although not very popular, Canonical has been ploughing ahead with its Ubuntu Touch OS. Today, the latest over-the-air update has arrived on devices. OTA-13 brings with it several improvements including to language support and performance.

Ubuntu OTA-13 introduces Copy and Paste on legacy applications, Korean and Latvian keyboards, an improved Emoji keyboard and various app startup time improvements (calendar, calculator, camera, dialer). The release also brings with it various synchronization improvements: users will now be able to sync multiple calendars and have the option to sync these calendars with the open-source cloud solution, OwnCloud.

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It’s official, Linux was released on September 17, 1991

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25 years ago, on August 25, 1991 Linus Torvalds announced the kernel he was working on. That kernel later became Linux. August 25th is celebrated as the birthday of Linux. But the interesting fact is that August 25 is not the date when Linux was released.

In an interview during LinuxCon North America (Toronto), Torvalds told me that the first release of Linux (version 0.01) was never announced publicly. He uploaded it to an FTP server and sent an email about it to people who showed interest in it.

When I asked about the date for the first release, he said that didn’t remember the date as he lost all the emails about it. Later, during a keynote discussion with Dirk Hohndel (VP and chief open source officer of VMware) at LinuxCon, he said that the only way to find the date is by finding the tarball of the first release and check the time-stamp.

On September, 17, 2016, Torvalds announced on Google+

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Grab a FREE 3D Tizen Experts Watch Face Courtesy of LuxuryWatches

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LuxuryWatches has made a special edition 3D Tizen Experts watch face and is giving away copies of it for FREE to our readers. This new 3D looking watch face has been made specifically for the Gear S2, and it should work with the Gear S3 once it releases in early October. The watchfaces have also been programmed to alter brightness depending on external light on it by making use of the S2’s Internal light sensor.

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Rolling Release Vs. Fixed Release Distros — Which Linux Distributions Are Better?

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Different methods are available for updating Linux distributions. On this basis, we can broadly classify various distros as rolling distributions and fixed release distributions. Rolling means that the updates are pushed as soon as they are coded. In fixed release, the updates are tested thoroughly and pushed at once.

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Private cloud server and IoT gateway runs Ubuntu Snappy on RPi

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The “Nextcloud Box” is a private cloud server and IoT gateway that combines a Raspberry Pi, running Snappy Ubuntu Core, with a WDLabs 1TB HDD.

Nextcloud, Canonical, and WDLabs have collaborated on launching the Nextcloud Box, defined as “a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform.” The private cloud device provides the open source Nextcloud storage, syncing, and communication software on Snappy Ubuntu Core running on a Raspberry Pi 2. The system also includes a 1TB PiDrive HDD from WDLabs, and a SanDisk microSD loaded with Snappy. Apache, MySQL and Nextcloud 10 are pre-installed on the HDD.

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Also: Nextcloud Box: A cloud for your office or living room

Tizen Store to Support More Countries for Samsung Z2 Launch

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The Samsung Z2 has already been succesfully launched in India and South Africa, with indicators showing the Kenya launch will be soon. This is the third Tizen based Smartphone that has been released by Samsung. Previous models were the Z1 which was launched in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, and the Z3 which was only distributed in India.

Now, looking at the Tizen Store website, we see that the site itself now supports languages in the following countries and implies these will be the launch markets for the Z2: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nigeria, Nepal, Kenya, India, Ghana, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The store has already started accepting payment in some of these countries.

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Also: Samsung Tizen Store Now Available to Users in Indonesia

Epiphany 3.22 (and a couple new stable releases too!)

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It’s that time of year again! A new major release of Epiphany is out now, representing another six months of incremental progress. That’s a fancy way of saying that not too much has changed (so how did this blog post get so long?). It’s not for lack of development effort, though. There’s actually lot of action in git master and on sidebranches right now, most of it thanks to my awesome Google Summer of Code students, Gabriel Ivascu and Iulian Radu. However, I decided that most of the exciting changes we’re working on would be deferred to Epiphany 3.24, to give them more time to mature and to ensure quality. And since this is a blog post about Epiphany 3.22, that means you’ll have to wait until next time if you want details about the return of the traditional address bar, the brand-new user interface for bookmarks, the new support for syncing data between Epiphany browsers on different computers with Firefox Sync, or Prism source code view, all features that are brewing for 3.24. This blog also does not cover the cool new stuff in WebKitGTK+ 2.14, like new support for copy/paste and accelerated compositing in Wayland.

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Revisited: Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE + Xfce

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The KDE and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" recently came out. Over a month ago, I had reviewed the MATE edition, and while I was generally happy with how it worked, there were a handful of minor usability issues and other niggles that detracted from the experience enough that I couldn't recommend that a newbie install it by him/herself. Given that, I wanted to see if maybe the KDE or Xfce editions could make up for the deficiencies that I observed in the MATE edition. Follow the jump to see what each is like. Given that the main base of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" is common to all of these editions, I'm not going to spend too much time rehashing things like application installation for their own sake; instead, these reviews will be shorter, and will focus on the differences relative to the MATE edition.

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2016 LiFT Scholarship Winner Ksenija Stanojevic: Learning Linux Driver Development

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A few years ago I decided to try Linux and it was surprisingly easy to install and use. Since I started with Ubuntu there were already lots of tutorials online for beginners. Initially I was interested in learning about the Linux kernel but using Linux led me to discovery of new tools such as vim, git, and bash shell.

I started experimenting with the kernel over a year ago when I wrote a simple hello module and loaded it into the kernel. After that I started making simple fixes using scripts such as and submitting patches. My confidence grew and eventually I joined the Eudyptula challenge to deepen my knowledge and I started making even bigger changes to the kernel tree. After being accepted into the Outreachy program, I had the opportunity to learn more about driver development and also got to work on embedded ARM devices running the Linux operating system.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Valve's Steam Controller With SteamOS/Linux Support Is Now Listed For Just $35
    If you have been put off from ordering a Steam Controller for your SteamOS/Linux gaming system due to the $50 USD price-tag, it's been marked down to $35. Back in June it was temporarily reduced to $35 USD but then a few days later shot back up to $50 at major Internet retailers. Judging from those that clicked our Amazon links, it was of interest to many readers. If you missed that discount the first time around, the Steam Controller is back to being listed as a $34.99 product. It's not clear how long this deal will last or if it is permanent -- there has been speculations about a "Steam Controller 2" but I haven't seen any public confirmation yet.
  • Game Developer Chooses To Connect With Pirates, Reaps Rewards As A Result
    One imagines that this kind of thing builds up goodwill amongst potential buyers of PM Studio games. Some of the comments on the thread state as much. It won't do anything with the pure-pirate folks out there, but, then again, nothing will. Worrying about those that were never going to buy the game would have been wasted time and energy. Instead, the developer chose to try to win over those that might indeed want to support its efforts. Here's hoping PM Games gets the positive reinforcement needed to confirm that this kind of thing is the right way to deal with piracy. And that other studios are paying attention, as well.
  • InXile Entertainment announced Wasteland 3, will use crowdfunding on fig
    I'm going off their twitter and other sites for the main info right now, as it seems we are still not on InXile's press list. It is already confirmed to have Linux support, along with multiplayer, vehicles, and some form of base building.