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Story CS:GO & TF2 Extensively Tested On The Newest Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 5:48am
Blog entry Vacation Photos Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 5:38am
Story 6 tips for adopting open source Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 1:36am
Story AMD's HSA Run-Time Library Is Now Open-Source Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 1:28am
Story Shrunken SODIMM-style Cortex-A9 COM delivers the goods Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 1:22am
Story Scholarship Winner Sandeep Aryal Aims to Bring Open Source to Nepal Rianne Schestowitz 14/11/2014 - 1:18am
Story Canonical to Announce Development Partnership with Major Telecom Company – Video Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 9:28pm
Story Canonical's Plans For Unity 8 & Mir In Ubuntu 15.04 Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 9:17pm
Story ownCloud Enables True Universal File Access via Cloud Service Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 8:00pm
Story Ubuntu Linux Will Work To Slowly Demphasize 32-bit Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 6:50pm

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INTERVIEW: FLORIAN EFFENBERGER

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Interviews

For our first magazine interview, we got some cheap flights and headed out to Kaufbeuren, an attractive Swabian city an hour’s train ride from Munich. This is where we met Florian Effenberger, Executive Director at The Document Foundation (he was chairman at the time of this interview), and Alexander Werner from the Foundation’s membership committee. This is the non-profit organisation at the heart of LibreOffice, the famous fork of OpenOffice.org now dominant in every Linux distribution. We were able to ask Florian about the split, about arguments over a new name and what wheat beer he’d recommend as a souvenir for our journey home.

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Salix Live 14.1 Is a Light Slackware-Based OS with a Windows Vibe

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Slack

The Live version of Salix has been in the works for quite some time and the developers have made a lot of changes and improvements since the previous release in the series. In fact, the Live editions for the Salix flavors have been largely ignored in the past couple of years, but that is changing with this release.

Salix is one of the few Linux distributions still maintained that is using Slackware as the base. Many of the older, similar distros have gone away completely and others have changed their base. The Linux ecosystem is all about diversity, so it's a good thing that some developers are still trying to keep the Slackware dream alive.

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Adobe launches Brackets v1.0, an open-source text editor for Web designers

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Adobe has just released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free open-source text editor that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, for coding HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Brackets is aimed at Web designers and developers, with focused features like Live Preview to easily jump between browser view and source code for quick edits, inline editors to work on specific bits of code without pop-ups or additional tabs, and preprocessor support baked in. Users can also download and use extensions to add functionality to aid their workflow, such as Git integration and JSHint support.

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Google Chrome 40.x Dev Released, PDF Rotation Buttons Finally Fixed

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It's not clear what Google is doing with the version numbers for Chrome, but for now it looks like 40.x is not really a problem. The devs are still making small improvements to the application and each new edition brings a few new features.

There are three different branches for Google Chrome: stable, Beta, and dev. The dev version is where all the major changes are implemented and it's the most unstable of all. The Beta iteration is all about fixes and smaller changes, and the stable one is used by the majority of users. There is very little incentive to use anything else than the stable branch, but users are always welcome to test the others.

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Diving into Plasma’s 2015

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In terms of user demographic, we’re almost certain to see one thing happening with the new Plasma 5 UI, as distros start to ship it by default, this is what these new users are going to see. Not everybody in this group of users is interested in how cool the technology stack lines up, they just want to get their work done and certainly not feel impeded in their daily workflows. This is the target group which we’ve been focusing our work on in months since summer, since the release of Plasma 5.0. Wider group of users sounds pretty abstract, so let’s take some numbers: While Plasma 5 is run by a group of people already, the number of users who get it via Linux distributions is much larger than the group of early adopters. This means by the end of next year, Plasma 5 will be in the hands of millions of users, probably around 10 million, and increasing. (This is interpolated from an estimation of Plasma users in the tens of millions, with the technology adaption lifecycle taken as base.)

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Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn : Lightweight and Configurable

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“Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.” About ubuntu MATE

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Obsidian supports OSSSA in driving open source

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Open source software specialist Obsidian Systems has been listed as an official supporter of the Open Source Software for South Africa (OSSSA) organisation, and has joined a growing network of supporters and collaborators championing the value of OS in trade, industry and government.

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Hands-on with the Kano: The Linux kit that wants to help kids love coding

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Linux

Kano, a small British start up with strong Israeli ties, set out to make the inside workings of a modern computer accessible to children again. The idea behind the project is get kids coding and hacking themselves, and was inspired by one of the founders' seven-year-old cousin who wanted to build a computer and wondered if it could be made as easy as playing with Lego.

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OpenStack Event

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Ubuntu Touch RTM Gets Major Update – Video Tour

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A new Ubuntu Touch RTM version has been released and the developers have made a number of important fixes, not to mention all the improvements that have been made to the backend.

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GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 videos posted online

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Movies

Presentation videos from GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 have now been posted online. The conference, which this year was held from July 18 - 20, 2014 in Cambridge, England at the University of Cambridge, featured nearly thirty presentations on tools in the GNU toolchain including GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection, and GDB, the GNU Project Debugger. Developers shared tutorials and insights in addition to discussing development plans for various projects within the GNU toolchain.

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Pisi Linux 1.1 KDE

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KDE
Linux

Pisi Linux has continued its activities after 1.0 and we reached our second stable version 1.1. This version resulting from intensive studies; strong, stable, comfortable to use, safe and so fast. The strength of the structure to prevent damage to your system uses hardware safely to the end. Also in this release, along with many innovations were offered to us.

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ReactOS Finally Supports Reading NTFS Volumes

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ReactOS, the open-source OS aiming for binary compatibility with Windows 2000, finally supports reading NTFS volumes.

ReactOS was most recently talked about on Phoronix for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishment from this open-source developer group is read support for NTFS file-systems.

Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

While ReactOS now has NTFS read support, it's still lacking write support.

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Sweet Spot: A visual look at the delicious history of Android

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Let’s face it: the masses don’t care about IT; at least not in the way that we do. This has, is, and presumably always will be, a problem that OEMs, software developers, and marketing firms have learned to accept. Put simply, the world-at-large just doesn’t care about operating systems, CPU cores, or firmware updates.

Even new types of products such as bendable tablets and smartphones won’t appeal to many at first, and one need only look at the general reaction to current glimpses of the future to understand the resistance.

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openSUSE 13.2 and Fedora 21 Beta Released

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The top stories today were the releases of openSUSE 13.2 and Fedora 21 Beta. WRAL looks at Red Hat at 20 and Matt Hartley guides folks to Ubuntu laptops. The openSUSE Tumbleweed/Factory merger is complete and a migration guide has been posted. Other tidbits include OpenBSD replacing OpenSSL with LibreSSL and The Register joking about a character on The Code named Sgt L. Torvalds.

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Nexus 9 Review: A Powerful Tablet…for Android Die-Hards Only

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Google has had a really good thing going with the Nexus 7 these past two years. With its 7-inch display, it was the tablet equivalent of a paperback book: effortless to tote around, and cheap enough ($200 for the first-gen; $230 for last year’s model) to be a no-brainer purchase. It was perfect for e-books, games, email, video, websites and social feeds. With its great display, ample power and pleasing portability, it felt like it was worth more than its price tag.

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