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Infographic: The Complete History of Android – Cupcake to Android M

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Android is an interesting operating system and over the years has gone through some massive changes and evolutions to become the system that we are all familiar with now. Today we bring you the history of Android OS infographic designed with the help of The Smart Phone Company . That said, have you ever wondered about the history of Android OS, each release and how Android has evolved through the generations? Well, chances are that most people associate Cupcake as the first generation of Android, but those who remember, will know there were a couple of generations before. In fact, as you might expect, it all started with Android 1.0 which came pre-loaded on what was the first commercially available android device, the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 depending on where you were.

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

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Development
Linux

When you run a program as setuid, it runs with all the permissions of that user. And if the program spawns new processes, they inherit the same permissions. Not so with filesystem capabilities. When you run a program with a set of capabilities, the processes it spawns do not have those capabilities by default; they must be given explicitly.

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Free and Open Source: Can New Startup Disrupt the Robos?

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OSS

A robo advisor that is free and open source quietly went live last month and may put more pressure in the digital wealth management space with a unique business model that emulates other open source icons such as WordPress or Magento.

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Should SAP open source HANA?

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There may well be a fair few raised eyebrows at SAP with this headline but there is a seriousness attached to it that is worth exploring. I am not the only one who has thought of this. A few years ago, when SAP Mentor/developers were getting a good amount of attention from SAP’s technical folk, the licensing topic was never very far from people’s minds.

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Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE RC Is Out and Based on MATE 1.10 - Screenshot Tour

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Linux

Linux Mint developers have just revealed that Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" MATE RC is now available for download and testing. It integrates the latest MATE 1.10 and numerous other changes and improvements.

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Also: Linux Mint 17.2 RC "Rafaela" Cinnamon Officially Released - Screenshot Tour

Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Google
Security
Debian

"Anyway, I haven't said that banning such software from Debian would be the only solution... but at least these incidents come far too frequent recently, so apparently something needs to be done at Debian level to pro-actively prevent future cases/compromises like this."

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Minio Lands $3.3M Seed Round To Build Out Open Source Storage Project

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When venture capitalists open their wallets and hand out $3.3 million for a seed round, you have to figure the new company has some industry veterans with startup experience, and such is the case with Minio, an open source cloud storage product being built by veterans from Gluster.

Gluster was purchased by Red Hat in 2011 for $136 million.

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Learn KVM and Linux App Development with Linux Foundation Instructor Mike Day

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Linux
Interviews

Linux Foundation instructor Mike Day is an expert in Linux hypervisors and led IBM's work on the Xen and KVM hypervisors as a Distinguished Engineer. But he came upon his calling almost by accident, having been “thrown into the project with colleagues who had worked on hypervisors for more than a decade,” he said.

“It was a real challenge for me but not too long after that I became viewed as an expert on the subject,” said Day, who now teaches KVM and Linux developer courses for Linux Foundation Training.

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Small is beautiful – free software column

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Free software, like the web, is promoted by corporations when it is useful to their profit margins. Many disparate organisations collaborate and contribute to GNU/Linux and other free and open source software projects, because they are beneficial to their bottom lines and seldom for altruistic reasons. Contributing to GNU/Linux reduces development costs and encourages open standards. open standards are useful because they reduce barriers to entry for technologies that were ‘not invented here’.

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SteamOS Finally Gets Update with the Liberation Font

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Debian
Gaming

Valve's SteamOS has been updated once more and the developers have upgraded many of the default packages. More importantly, they have also added a new font called Liberation, which was requested by the community.

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LibreOffice 4.4.4 to Arrive Very Soon, RC2 Is Out and Ready for Testing

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LibO

The Document Foundation has revealed that the second RC (Release Candidate) for the LibreOffice 4.4.4 branch has been released and it should now be available for download and testing.

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The Linux Foundation opens scholarship program -- will you apply?

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Linux

Are you happy with your life? Maybe you are stuck in a dead-end job. Maybe you are unemployed and living on your mom's couch. Hell, maybe you just need to enhance your skills for your current job. You know you need to make a change, but you keep putting it off. What is a smart path to take?

Linux. Yes, careers involved in Linux are in high demand. Getting certified in some way is not only personally rewarding, but also improves your employment potential by bolstering your resume. If you do not have money for such a thing, I have good news -- you could get a scholarship from The Linux Foundation. In other words, you can get a free education and certification. Will you improve your life by applying?

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Ships to use open source for sea ice information

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Ships in the Arctic and Antarctic are turning to using open source software that helps them navigate near or in sea ice-infested waters. This year, the tools are to be used by the Swedish icebreaker Oden, and at least one Antarctic tourist vessel. The software solution, part of EU-funded research projects, is being developed by European scientists.

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Linus Torvalds: Linux Kernel Would Be OK in a Couple of Months If I Die

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Linus Torvalds built the Linux kernel almost 25 years ago, and he's still the main developer that determines the direction of the project. So the natural question that seems to arise all the time is what the future of the Linux kernel will be if something happens to him. Linus seems to know the answer to this as well.

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Open source licensing important for future of Internet of Things

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OSS

Open source licenses and the software programs that go along with them are critical to bringing great minds together to build great technology that spans boundaries while solving real world problems.

I believe open source licensing will continue to play a part in IoT, and I think it has to given the breadth of what IoT is all about. Today many IoT solutions are proprietary as different startups and companies investigate the technology. This is great for pushing the boundaries of what is possible, what will work, and what won't work. However, each of these proprietary solutions is created in silo of each other. They cannot communicate as there are limited standard protocols for this new generation of technology to adopt. This, by definition, ends up limiting the Internet of Things because it's now "Company A's Internet of Things that can talk to each other, but not to Company B's Internet of Things." This is commonly seen in household consumer products today. I have home lighting automation that can't speak to my home security automation that can't speak to my home TV automation.

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Tor Browser 4.5.2 Is Out with the Latest Tor Anonymity Network Software

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Security

On June 16, the Tor Project, through Mike Perry, announced the immediate availability for download of the second maintenance release of the Tor Browser 4.5 web browser for users who want to navigate the Internet anonymously.

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Git 2.4.4 Open-Source Distributed Version Control System Released with Several Fixes

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The Git development team was happy to announce on June 16 the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release for Git 2.4, the stable branch of the widely used open-source distributed version control system.

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Official Raspberry Pi Case starts at $8.59

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the first official case for the Raspberry Pi, which exposes all ports and features a clip-on lid for adding HATs.

A variety of third-party enclosures for the Raspberry Pi have become available over the years, but the vendors no doubt realized the Raspberry Pi Foundation would eventually build one of their own. The time has come, with the unveiling of the “Official Raspberry Pi Case.”

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Default compiler for Tumbleweed updating to GCC 5

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SUSE
  • Default compiler for Tumbleweed updating to GCC 5

    The newest GNU Compiler Collection was checked in today to openSUSE Factory, which is the rolling development code base for Tumbleweed, as the default compiler, so all packages will be rebuilt against GCC 5 and the next Tumbleweed snapshot will include GCC 5.1.1

  • OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Switching Over To GCC 5.1.1

    The current stable version of GCC 5, GCC 5.1.1, has been added to openSUSE Factory and in turn will see all packages rebuilt against this new compiler and this will become the default compiler in the openSUSE Tumbleweed snashot due out later in the week.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Switches to GCC 5 as Default Compiler

    On June 16, the openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, had the great pleasure of announcing that the Tumbleweed version of the openSUSE Linux operating system has moved to the 5.x branch of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection).

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