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Story Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued Roy Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 8:58am
Story The future of Audacity, interview with the team Roy Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 8:52am
Story Fedora Linux Developers Ask Users to Decide the Instant Messaging Integration into the Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 1:31am
Story GNOME Builder 3.16's Second Point Release Brings More Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 1:25am
Story Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015 Rianne Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 1:09am
Story OnePlus One Ubuntu Touch to Get MultiROM Manager Support Rianne Schestowitz 20/04/2015 - 12:56am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 19/04/2015 - 10:34pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 19/04/2015 - 10:33pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 19/04/2015 - 10:26pm
Story ChromeOS 42.0.2311.87 (Official Build) (64-bit) – A brief look Roy Schestowitz 19/04/2015 - 10:07pm

Exploring SuperX 3.0

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Version 3.0 of SuperX can be downloaded as a 1.6GB ISO file. There are two builds available, one for 32-bit and another for 64-bit machines. Booting from the live media brings up the KDE desktop environment. The desktop's wallpaper is soft blue. On the desktop we find a single icon for launching the distribution's system installer. At the bottom of the screen we find the application menu, task switcher and system tray. Clicking the application menu button brings up a full screen application menu with large, colourful icons. I want to talk about the application menu more, but first let's briefly talk about SuperX's system installer.

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The 5 best distros for the Gnome desktop

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Gnome 3.16 was released recently and I considered it to be one of the best Gnome releases ever. A few weeks ago we did an extremely popular story on some of the best distros which offer great Plasma experience. So I decided to check out which distros offer a similar kind of Gnome experience.

I have been using Gnome 3.16 on several machines and I am extremely impressed with the improvements, though I think there is still a lot to be improved. From among all the distros that I used, I picked those that offered the best Gnome experience out of the box.

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Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon review

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Debian

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a desktop distribution that’s based on Debian. It’s from the same folks responsible for Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop.

The latest edition, Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (LMDE 2), code-named Betsy, was released on April 10 (2015). Upgrading from LMDE 1 to 2 is not yet supported, but that should change soon. If you’re using Linux Mint 17, do not attempt to upgrade because the distributions are not compatible.

Installation images for the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments were made available for download. This article offers a very cursory review of LMDE 2 Cinnamon.

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Ubuntu Touch Port for OnePlus One Gets WiFi Support

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We announced at the end of February 2015 that Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system is being ported to the OnePlus One smartphone device.

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Latest Antergos Live CD Includes GNOME 3.16, Based on Arch Linux

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On April 12, the Antergos development team, through Dustin Falgout, announced the immediate availability for download of an updated installation media for their Antergos Linux distribution based on the upstream Arch Linux operating system and featuring the latest GNOME 3.16 desktop environment.

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9 ways Android Wear is better than the Apple Watch

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Right off the bat, you have many more Android Wear options because a bunch of different companies have taken their own shot at an Android-powered smartwatch, including Motorola, LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Sony. There are 8 different designs so far.

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[Corrected] Linux AIO Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Includes Both Cinnamon and MATE Flavors

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After announcing the release of Linux AIO Ubuntu, a set of Live DVD ISO images that contains all the relevant flavors of the Ubuntu operating system, Željko Popivoda had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of an updated Linux AIO LMDE 2.

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PARCC Selects Open Source Platform for Non-Summative Assessments

"Open source was a key requirement of the PARCC non-summative assessment tools delivery system because it allows us to more easily integrate the platform with other partners and opportunities in the future, as well as leverage the collective open source community contributions to the platform development," said Jeff Cuff, director of technology at Parcc Inc., the nonprofit organization that manages the assessment system on behalf of the PARCC states, in a prepared statement. "Even more importantly, it is a highly economical approach for the states participating in the consortium, providing significant savings for maintenance compared to other options."

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Desktop Linux Made Easy

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Ask any casual Linux enthusiast whether Linux is easy to use and they'll tell you once installed, it's very simple to navigate. The problem with the Linux desktop in 2015 isn't how easy the desktop environment(s) are to work with, but whether the applications provided are easy enough for the average user at a workstation.

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KDBUS To Be Included In The Linux 4.1 Kernel

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After being in development for years, KDBUS has been called for integration into the Linux 4.1 kernel by Greg Kroah-Hartman.

KDBUS is effectively D-Bus in the Linux kernel for high-performance and secure IPC with the kernel. KDBUS has been especially sought after by systemd developers, is being used for new Linux sandboxing of apps, and PulseAudio will likely end up using it for data transmission, among many other potential use-cases.

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Also: Linux 4.1 Will Improve AMD Bulldozer's ASLR Entropy Issue

PMEM Persistent Memory Driver Coming For Linux 4.1

Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes

Linux 4.1's Staging Pull Has Patches Courtesy Of OPW/Outreachy

3DR's Solo Drone Boasts Dual Linux Computers Running Dronecode

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3DRobotics today announced its first Linux-based drone, a Solo quadcopter touted as the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to support full control of GoPro cameras and deliver live-streaming HD video to mobile devices. The ground controller, as well as the drone's Pixhawk 2 autopilot, integrates a 1GHz Cortex-A9 computer running Linux. The Solo is available for pre-sale at $1,000, or $1,400 with a GoPro gimbal, with units shipping via 2,000 locations starting May 29.

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GNU Linux-libre, Free as in Freedo

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Linux

GNU Linux-libre is a project to maintain and publish 100% Free distributions of Linux, suitable for use in Free System Distributions, removing software that is included without source code, with obfuscated or obscured source code, under non-Free Software licenses, that do not permit you to change the software so that it does what you wish, and that induces or requires you to install additional pieces of non-Free Software.

Our releases can be easily adopted by 100% Free GNU/Linux distros, as well as by their users, by distros that want to enable their users to choose freedom, and by users of those that don't.

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RDO OpenStack Promises Easy, Free Open Source Cloud Computing

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OSS

RDO is a version of OpenStack designed for use on CentOS, a Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Actually, "based on" is a bit of a stretch, because CentOS is basically the RHEL source code recompiled by third parties—which is totally legal and kosher with Red Hat, of course, since the source is open. The only difference between CentOS and RHEL is that the former comes with no enterprise-class support or ecosystem integration.

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Also: Hello Geode: Pivotal GemFire is now open source

The Culture of Freedom: Free Software, Free Speech

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For the concluding part of may talk, I explored how this open source methodology manifested itself in the world of open publishing. The fact that it is net-based is hugely important, because it means that the barrier to publishing has been lowered almost to the point of disappearing. That matters, because as A. J. Liebling famously said: "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one". Today, thanks to the Internet, we have all the advantages of owning a press without any of the massive costs or organisational issues.

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Review: Sabayon 15.02 KDE

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This weekend has been a little slower than usual for work, so I have a little more time to do a review. Several weeks ago, I downloaded the latest version of Sabayon and kept it for a time (as now) when I'd be free to do a review. Moreover, looking through the archives of this blog, I realized that it's been almost 3 years since I've looked at Sabayon, so a fresh review is long overdue.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The Best Android Phone Of All Time

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There has been something very surprising about the levels of interest I’ve seen with the S6 and S6 Edge, namely that the interest seems to be focused now, as the phone goes on sale, on the S6 instead of the Edge.

This is the reverse of what I noticed when I published my initial hands-on reviews of the device from a pre-brief held in London ahead of their launch at Mobile World Congress. And indeed, I was at MWC – I was a guest of Samsung, covering the show for one of my British publishers – and the buzz there was all about the Edge.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • tree: Two and a half years later.
  • GNU social: Federation against the social model of Twitter

    This model of federation is criticized by many new users who land on GNU social having had the experience of socialization of Twitter and Facebook. They label this difference “federation issues” and complain that conversations they participate in only show messages from the person that they themselves follow or other people in their node. The solution is as technically simple to implement as it is dangerous.

    What such a request would do, in reality, is break the federation of content based on implicit contracts and open the doors to the aggregation of everything, everywhere, breaking any chain of trust. That is, it would remove the basis for allowing the nodes to create spaces for real conversation. By breaking this model of federating content, we would be importing the social model of the great centralizers, the Facebook-Twitter model, into the spaces and networks that we built on the basis of tools like GNU social, Diaspora, Friendica, etc.

  • GCC 5.1 Release Candidate Now Available

    A short time after branching GCC 5 and initiating GCC 6.0 development, the first GCC 5.1 Release Candidate has surfaced in marking the big GCC 5.

  • GCC 5 Is Branched, GCC 6.0 Enters Development

    GCC 5 is to be the first release under the GNU Compiler Collect's new versioning scheme. The new versioning scheme is outlined on the GCC develop page. Right now the code is at GCC 5.0.0 for the GCC 5 branch but it will become GCC 5.0.1 when in the pre-release state and GCC 5.1.0 will be the first release from the GCC 5 branch, GCC 5.2.0 will be the second release from the GCC 5 branch, etc.

  • Using Digikam and ownCloud to share family pictures

    Soon after my daughter was born, I became increasingly concerned about sharing her pictures in Facebook. I’d usually post one picture of her, and see it quickly reshared by family and friend. Yes, it was flattering, but with privacy concerns growing daily, it left an uneasy feeling.

  • Valve Gives Mesa Developers Access to All of Their Present and Future Games

    Valve is now offering its entire catalogue of games to the Mesa developers in order to reward them for the work they've put into this open source project.

  • Valve Giving Away Their Past & Future Games To Mesa Developers

    Valve are giving away their games for free again, and this time it has been extended to include developers of the Mesa project.

Antergos 2015.04.12

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Android Leftovers

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