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Story Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15 Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:46pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:28pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:27pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:26pm
Story The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:12pm
Story IBM, Linux Foundation, Universities Partner on Open Source Mainframe Computing Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 2:51pm
Story Review: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 2:48pm
Story Why isn't all government software open source? Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 2:21pm
Story Linux Kernel 3.16.1 Is Out and It's Now the Most Advanced Version Available Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 12:27pm

Linux 3.17 To Drop Old POWER Processor Support

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Linux

The PowerPC pull request for the Linux 3.17 merge window reveals that support for pre-POWER4 hardware is being eliminated. Among the affected hardware is POWER3 and IBM RS64 processors, which are from the late 90's. POWER3 was used in IBM RS/6000 servers at the time and clocked at only a few hundred megahertz. Support for the old POWER hardware is being dropped since its Linux usage is minimal these days and the support was already regressed for some kernel releases.

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Facebook Is Hiring To Make Linux Networking Better Than FreeBSD

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Linux
BSD

Facebook is hiring another Linux kernel engineer to join its growing kernel team. The goal for the new employee will be to make "the Linux kernel network stack to rival or exceed that of FreeBSD" and carry out other improvements to the Linux network stack.

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Manjaro 0.8.11 Pre2 Lands with Xfce, Openbox, KDE, and NET Flavors – Gallery

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GNU
Linux

A new preview version of Manjaro 0.8.11, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has been released for the Xfce, Openbox, KDE, and NET flavors.

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PCLinuxOS 2014.07 Arrives with Linux Kernel 3.15.4 and KDE 4.12.3 – Gallery

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS comes with many flavors, but the default is actually KDE. The developers also make a few other versions, like KDE MiniMe, LXDE, or FullMonty, but this is the main one downloaded by most users.

The distribution actually follows a rolling release model, which means that new major features and other changes are introduced regularly through the update channel. Every month, the download ISOs are regenerated with the new update, but if you already have the operating system installed you only have to update it regularly.

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First Update to KDE Frameworks 5

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KDE

KDE has today made the first update to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks are our addon libraries for Qt applications which provide numberous useful features using peer reviewed APIs and regular monthly updates. This release has 60 different frameworks adding features from Zip file support to Audio file previews, for a full list see KDE's Qt library archive website Inqlude. In this release KAuth gets a backend so you can again add features which require root access, KWallet gets a migration system from its KDELibs 4 version and support has been added for AppStream files.

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Plasma Addons - Where we are in Plasma5

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KDE

When we were building towards 5.0, we made the choice to focus all the effort on the core, and not release plasma-addons. It would have been simply too much work and quality of the core would have suffered.

The intention was to start bringing them back from 5.1, which will be in approximately 2 months from now.

The amount of stuff in plasma addons is huge.

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Oracle Solaris 11.2 Officially Released

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OS

Oracle Solaris, one of the most widely deployed UNIX operating systems, which delivers critical cloud infrastructure with built-in virtualization, simplified software lifecycle management, cloud scale data management, and advanced protection for public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, has finally reached version 11.2.

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Best Android tablets (August 2014 edition)

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Android

Given the broad choice, and combine that with rock-bottom prices, there's never been a better time to pick up a new Android tablet. Here are the best Android tablets for August 2014.

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Qubes 2 RC2 Is Probably the Most Secure Operating System in Existence – Gallery

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GNU
Linux
Security

Qubes, an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing, which is based on Xen, X Window System, and Linux and can run most Linux applications and utilize most of the Linux drivers, is now at version 2 RC2 and it's ready for testing.

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Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

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Android
Microsoft
Legal

Microsoft's wrestling match with Samsung may just be a contract fight, or it could be the beginning of a war over the validity of Microsoft's Android patents.

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China Issues Ban On iPad, MacBook Pro, And Other Apple Products For Government Use

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Mac

China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited to purchase of several Apple products for government use.

Reportedly, the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. Interestingly, they appeared on the same list in draft form just a month ago. It's no surprise really, when you consider the Chinese state media already declared the iPhone a "threat to national security."

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Computer Dating, Linux Style

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Linux

Look…let’s face this together. Dating can suck.

When you’re young, it’s an adventure. One has relatively little baggage, the emotional scars are few and you haven’t even begun to think about dating’s therapeutic value yet. In other words, the dating world is your oyster.

Then you find yourself at midlife, when you’ve accumulated a large pool of of crises. You know, stuff like that divorce or two under your belt, some strong political or religious beliefs that are deeply ingrained and…oh yeah…that messy conviction for hacking that’s still on your record. These are things that tend to narrow down the potential list of candidates for life-long bliss.

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Distro Hopping, Ubuntu's #1, and Open Source Death

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-s

Today in Linux news, Softpedia is reporting that Ubuntu is the fasting growing operating system in India. Tarus Balog says it seems like "the ideal of open source software" is dead. Linux.com has the top 10 Open Source software titles that rock the Web and Dmitry Kaglik says Zorin OS has stopped him from "distro hopping."

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The Story Behind Acquisition of ‘MySQL’ by Sun Microsystem and the Rise of ‘MariaDB’

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OSS

A database is an information organized in such a fashion that a computer program can access the stored data or a part of it. This electronic file system is stored, updated, selected and deleted using a special program called Database Management System (DBMS). There is a huge list of DBMS, a few of which makes to the list here are – MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, LibreOffice Base, Microsoft Access, etc.

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Ubuntu Shopping Lens (Scopes) Declared Legal in UK and Most Likely in European Union

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Ubuntu

The UK authorities have declared that the Ubuntu Shopping Lens are legal and that no laws have been broken, either in Great Britain or in the European Union.

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Android head-up display responds to voice and gestures

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Android

Navdy’s Android 4.4 based automotive head-up display (HUD) combines a projected display with voice and gesture controls to interact with smartphone apps.

Transparent head-up displays (HUDs) are becoming increasingly available as pricey options for luxury cars, promising to improve driver safety by keeping eyes on the road. Now, San Francisco-based startup Navdy is introducing a one-size-fits-all aftermarket solution for the 99 percent. The Navdy HUD is available at a steep discount of $299 throughout August before moving to $499, and will ship in early 2015.

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Cartagena hosts Latin American Ubuntu convention

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Ubuntu

Colombia’s Caribbean tourism hotspot Cartagena is set to host a regional convention on computer operating system Ubuntu from August 14 and 16, offering workshops and presentations from Latin America’s Ubuntu experts.

Cartagena invites operating system enthusiasts from all over Latin America to the convention.

Speakers

Bhavani Shankar (India)
Marcos Alvarez (Peru)
Fernando Lanero (Spain)
Fernando Garcia (Uruguay)
Darwin Proaño (Ecuador)
The convention is hosted by the Latin American Ubuntu community and is led by Loco Teams Ubuntu Colombia. They’ll be supported by Technological University of Bolivar.

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Google under threat as forked Android devices rise to 20% of smartphone shipments

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Android

Android dominates the world’s smartphone market. A new report from analyst firm Strategy Analytics pegs the Google-owned operating system’s global market share at 85 percent. That means that nearly nine in ten phones shipped are built on Android.

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NVIDIA 343 Linux Driver Improves EGL Support, Fixes Many Bugs

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Graphics/Benchmarks

NVIDIA today has announced their first beta Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD driver release in the 343.xx driver series. As expected, this release drops pre-Fermi hardware support from the Linux mainline driver code-base.

As we have known for months, those with GPUs older than the GeForce 400 "Fermi" series, you'll need to use NVIDIA's 340.xx legacy driver from here on out until you're able to switch over to the open-source Nouveau driver. The NVIDIA 340 legacy driver will still maintain support for newer Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases along with prominent bug-fixes, but won't otherwise receive new driver features, etc. NVIDIA's now maintaining multiple legacy drivers and they've been doing a good job at still supporting these drivers for vintage hardware for several extra years.

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Gesture-controlled home automation hub runs Linux

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Linux

Sydney, Australia-based Ninja Blocks was one of the earlier entries in the Linux home automation game. The startup’s open source Ninja Block hub launched on Kickstarter in 2012, and began shipping in a more advanced version last October. The $199 Ninja Block Kit integrated a BeagleBone Black SBC and an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and offered remote access via smartphone apps and a cloud service. Using a 433MHz RF radio, it controlled vendor-supplied sensor inputs including motion detectors, contact closures, temperature and humidity sensors, and pushbuttons.

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