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Story Analysis Of The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 10:53pm
Story Cinnamon 2.6 to Get Systemd Support Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 10:24pm
Story 5 favorite Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 10:05pm
Story Security problems need to be made public: Linus Torvalds Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 9:49pm
Story What’s new in SUSE LINUX 12? Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 9:33pm
Story Microsoft Can’t Sell Laptops or Phones Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 8:59pm
Story Will Google Glass 2.0 be the next iPod? Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 8:52pm
Story PLANNING FOR FEDORA WORKSTATION 22 Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 8:28pm
Story Adobe's Photoshop Ditched for Krita at French University Due to Lack of Support Rianne Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 10:21am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 19/01/2015 - 9:11am

Samsung Smart TVs Hint at Tizen-Run IoT

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Linux
Movies

Samsung announced at last week's International CES a new line of smart TVs powered by the open source Tizen operating system. Beginning with this year's models, all of Samsung's smart TVs will run on Tizen.

Samsung has taken the lead in developing Tizen, which is a derivative of Linux, and this is its first deployment as a smart TV platform. Tizen supports the Web standard for TV app development.

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Soylent 1.3 Review

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Reviews

For some, food and the act of eating are merely about sustenance. That mindset is antithetical to the way I approach gastronomy. That said, when Soylent hit the crowd funding scene, I was intrigued. And I wasn’t the only one. They had over $2M in pre-orders using Tilt and have since raised roughly 1.5M from venture capitalists.

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AllSeen Alliance Launches Open Source AllJoyn IoT Gateway Agent

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OSS

The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration created to advance the Internet of Everything (IoT) through the AllJoyn open source software project, has released the AllJoyn Gateway Agent, an extension of the AllJoyn framework that delivers remote access, device management and fine-grained security and privacy control.

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Linux-based hexacopter avoids obstacles using Intel RealSense

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Linux

Ascending Technologies demoed an enhanced “AscTec Firefly” hexacopter, running Ubuntu on Intel-based computers and featuring six Intel RealSense 3D cameras.

One of the coolest demos at CES 2015 was the AscTec Firefly drone demo at Intel’s big IoT extravaganza. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined several members of the Ascending Technologies team to play a drone version of Pong in which they paddled the hexacopter away by simply by moving toward it. The trick is enabled by the hexacopter’s six Intel Realsense 3D depth cameras combined with advanced inertial sensor and fusion algorithms running on an onboard Ubuntu Linux driven computer.

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Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run X.Org Apps Like LibreOffice

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Touch already has a good selection of apps and more are added everyday, but it looks like Will Cooke from Canonical managed to get the Writer tool from LibreOffice to run on a phone. This opens up a wealth of opportunities.

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LibreOffice 4.4 RC2 Is Now Ready for Testing

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LibO

The Document Foundation has just announced that the second Release Candidate for the new LibreOffice 4.4 branch has been made available and is now ready for testing.

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Fedora 21 now available on Digital Ocean

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Red Hat
Server

It's raining Droplets! Fedora 21 has landed in Digital Ocean's cloud hosting. Fedora 21 offers a fantastic cloud image for developers, and it's now easy for Digital Ocean users to spin it up and get started! Here are a couple of tips:

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ChaletOS Goes After Windows Users, Provides Uncanny Resemblence

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OS

The Linux platform has seen a surge of new users, who are usually migrating from Windows or at least they are trying Linux for the first time. Some developers think that it's a good idea to give users something familiar, so that their first experience on the open source platform won't be all that strange.

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Ubuntu Convergence Is Here and Working, This Music App Is Living Proof

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Touch platform has a number of applications that have been developed specifically for this platform, but they are actually working on the desktop as well. The same is true for the Music app, which already looks great.

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AMD Radeon Graphics Performance With The Linux 3.19 Kernel

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

With the Linux 3.19 kernel stabilizing nicely, here's a first look at the open-source AMD Radeon graphics performance using this new kernel that will be officially released in the weeks ahead. The Linux 3.18 kernel was compared to the latest Git code of Linux 3.19 for several different AMD Radeon HD series and Rx 200 series graphics cards.

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Locally Integrated Menus in Ubuntu 15.04 to Have Always Display Option

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu developers added a new feature called locally integrated menus for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and it was extremely well received. In fact, some users have been asking for some refinements and it will be improved in the near future.

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Ongoing developments – the kernel column

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Linux

Linus Torvalds announced Linux 3.18-rc5, noting that “Hmm. We had a very calm -rc4, and I wish I could say that things continued to calm down, but… Yeah, rc5 is clearly bigger than rc4 was. Oh well.” He proceeded to note that rc4 had been smaller than usual and that the content “[looks] fairly normal”. All in all, the level of churn is about what one would expect in the latter part of a kernel development cycle. We’ll have a full summary of 3.18 in our next issue.

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Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users

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GNU
Linux
Mac

Despite my affinity for the Linux desktop, I'm still part of the Mac world, thanks to my wife and her preference for OS X.

As such, this means helping out with TimeMachine backups, software updates and handling anything that might happen to come up when she needs a hand. Much like one might find with the Linux desktop, left alone, the Mac does a pretty good job of just "working" and allowing its users to get their daily duties completed without much hassle.

In the past, I've heard rumors about folks coming from OS X to Linux and sometimes, even switching from Linux over to OS X. After all, users of both platforms tend to rely on the web browser as their primary software application.

However, I want to dive into the idea that a multitude of Mac users are switching to Linux. In this article, I'll explain why multitudes of Mac users aren't switching to Linux, and I’ll provide some specific exceptions on the occasions when they are.

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Linux goes to CES

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GNU
Linux

CONSUMER electronic devices are the star of the yearly International CES but this year’s show saw Linux playing a strong supporting role.

Many people don’t know it, but they’re already using Linux in their day-to-day lives by way of one of the most ubiquitous devices—the smart phone. If you use an Android phone, then you’re already using a specialized version of Linux—along with about 1.1 billion other folk who bought an Android device in 2014. (That, says market research company Gartner, compares to 262,615 iPads and iPhones sold in the same year.)

A number of products and developments at this month’s CES, however, extended the reach of Linux even further.

In Las Vegas, Panasonic unveiled the first smart TV to use the Linux-based Firefox OS as a platform for smart TV apps that users will be able to download from Mozilla’s Firefox Marketplace. Firefox OS isn’t the only Linux kid on the TV block, however, going up against LG’s webOS, Samsung’s Tizen and Google’s Android TV platform, which will be used by Philips, Sharp and Sony.

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9 Linux distros to watch in 2015

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GNU
Linux

A list of the most interesting Linux distros to keep up with in 2015.

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3 ways to run 'normal' Linux on a Chromebook

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GNU
Linux
Google
HowTos

I’ve had the good fortune of having a Chromebook Pixel to work on for the last few months. And, despite what my preconceived notions told me, I’ve actually quite enjoyed working and living in ChromeOS on a day-to-day basis.

But, I’m a nerd. And nerds need to tinker, which means that I needed to try every possible method of running “traditional” (i.e. “not ChromeOS”) Linux distributions on this laptop as humanly possible. Here are the three methods currently available and my experiences with them.

First and foremost: Installing Linux directly on a Chromebook and wiping out ChromeOS.

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Gen-2 SmartThings hub migrates to Linux

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Linux
Hardware

SmartThings debuted a 2nd generation home automation hub that moves to Linux, and adds new sensors, battery backup, optional cellular, and premium services.

Prior to Samsung’s acquisition of SmartThings last August, the company told us its next-generation home automation hub would likely move from an embedded RTOS (real-time operating system) to Linux. A SmartThings rep now tells us the newly announced second-generation SmartThings Hub does indeed run Linux. Not so surprisingly, consider the Samsung acquisition, the rep also said “We will be moving to Tizen over time.”

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How HP Helion can enhance enterprises’ move towards open source clouds

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OSS

Implementing the cloud in your company is a major decision, and could be even more major than many other decisions about IT provision your company has made in the past.

Whereas client systems and servers are relatively generic, meaning you can switch vendors whenever the total cost of ownership provided by a new vendor makes it sensible to do so, a cloud provision can easily lock you into one vendor.

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Update on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and FIPS 140 validations

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Red Hat
Security

Red Hat achieved its latest successful FIPS 140 validation back in April 2013. Since then, a lot has happened. There have been well publicized attacks on cryptographic protocols, weaknesses in implementations, and changing government requirements. With all of these issues in play, we want to explain what we are doing about it.

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Also: Mysteries of NUMA Memory Management Revealed

Here is How I Built my First RPM

Native WhatsApp Shown Running on Samsung's Z1 Tizen Smartphone

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Linux

Samsung first-ever Tizen smartphone, the Z1 has gained a mythical status. The handset has been announced, delayed, cancelled, brought back from the dead only to make itself scarce again.

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