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Story The Divisive Linux Community Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 8:04pm
Story Allwinner reveals new octa-core and 64-bit quad-core SoCs Rianne Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 8:04pm
Story AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 7:50pm
Story 7 free tools every network needs Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 6:44pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:43pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:43pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:41pm
Story KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Rianne Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:32pm
Story Manjaro Unity Community Edition Is Arch Linux-Based and Powered by Unity Rianne Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:23pm
Story The Big DRM Graphics Driver Changes Land In Linux 3.18 Rianne Schestowitz 14/10/2014 - 5:19pm

KDE’s Plasma used in Hobbit movies [Video]

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KDE

KDE Software continues to be the best of the breed Open Source projects which stays ahead of its time – thus the science fictional name ‘Plasma’ for its desktop environment. KDE’s Plasma desktop remains the most popular, community driven projects.

As we reported earlier that KDE Software is being used beyond enthusiasts, it’s used by Hollywood to create blockbusters, logic defying, films like Gravity. Now we have spotted KDE’s Plasma desktop in the post production of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films.

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Meizu MX4 Pro May Give New Life To Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu

After a few rumors that Meizu may be using Ubuntu Touch as its "stunning new OS," there seems to be some confirmation that the rumors are real after what appears to be a Meizu MX4 Pro device was spotted in the wild running Ubuntu touch.

The Meizu MX4 Pro is rumored to come with a 5.4" screen, a 20nm Exynos 5430 from Samsung (the same one that the Galaxy Alpha uses), a 20MP camera (likely from Sony) and 3 GB of RAM. There was a leaked spec sheet pointing to 4 GB of RAM, which technically would be possible even with a 32-bit chip like the Exynos 5430, through an extension, but right now that makes little sense until 64-bit chips arrive on the mobile market.

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Cutelyst 0.4.0 is out!

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Development
KDE

This is yet another big step for Cutelyst, this release bring several important fixes to the last version, and stabilizes the API a bit more. So far I have successfully deployed 3 commercial applications build on top of Cutelyst + Grantlee5, and the result is great.

If you don’t know Cutelyst yet it’s a Web Framework allowing you to build web applications using Qt, for more info check (this blog and) our website/wiki which is still work in progress: http://cutelyst.org or join #cutelyst on freenode

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Diversity is a crucial component of meritocracy

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Red Hat
Interviews
OSS

The culture and environment in an open source community makes a big difference, and the same is true for company cultures. A lot has been written about this issue elsewhere, and you can find some great examples of how this happens on the Geek Feminism Wiki FLOSS webpage. In open source communities and at Red Hat, there's a strong desire for meritocracy—letting the best ideas win, regardless of their source. But diversity is a crucial component of meritocracy. How can we be confident that we have access to the very best ideas, if we are missing the perspectives of distinct groups of the population? Including people from many different backgrounds and cultures leads to greater diversity of thought and ideas. Research indicates that diverse groups are more innovative and make better decisions. For the technology industry and for open source communities, the lack of women is particularly concerning, because women represent half of the global population and workforce. In the past few years, I've also become increasingly interested in the role of unconscious bias and how it impacts the job application and interview process. Our human tendency is to instinctively prefer and value people who send unconscious signals that they're one of us—that they share our beliefs, background, or other social interests. It's easy for us to overlook the contributions of someone who comes from a different gender or culture. We don't even realize that we're doing it, and we construct explanations for our preferences that seem rational. Unconscious bias a fascinating topic, and plenty has been written about it, so I encourage everyone to seek out that information and put it to good use. It's something that Red Hat now educates our associates on, as part of our job interviewer training. I think it's equally relevant when it comes to cultural norms within open source communities.

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Many ACPI & Power Management Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel

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Linux

Rafael Wysocki sent out his first aligned set of changes of ACPI core and power management changes he's planning on volleying over to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window.

There's many ACPI/PM changes as usual per kernel cycle and they affect a few thousand lines of code (anticipated 3.18 merge window ACPI/PM pull: 130 files changed, 3968 insertions, 1528 deletions). Those curious about all of the ACPI/PM changes or if they have one of their issues fixed, you can see Rafael's mailing list post that is basically a pre-pull message to ensure all patches have been queued up.

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Gummersbach completes switch to open source

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OSS

The German town of Gummersbach announced that this summer it has completed its switch to Linux PCs, retiring a decade-old proprietary operating system no longer supported by the IT vendor. The migration has saved the town a five-figure sum, and Gummersbach expects a further reduction of IT costs, a combination of savings on proprietary licences and lower hardware costs.

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Untangle Next Generation (NG) Firewall Is Now Based on Debian "Wheezy"

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Debian

Users might know this distribution by its old name, which was the Untangle gateway. The name changed a while ago into Untangle Next Generation (NG) Firewall, but the system has remained true to its roots. It's now based on Debian "Wheezy" and it's using the 3.2.0 branch of the kernel.

It's been a while since we had a major update for this distribution, but this latest one is actually quite consistent and much bigger than anyone would have expected. If you are an Untangle user, this is the perfect time to upgrade.

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Spotify is Powered by Linux and Open Source

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GNU
Linux
Server

Spotify can aptly be called the "Netflix for music." The company started off in 2008 and by 2014 it boasts more than 40 million users with 10 million paid subscribers. The Swedish company is yet another example of how Linux and open source enable businesses to serve millions of customers using state-of-the-art, shared technologies.

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Kano's DIY computer teaches kids to code, and now it's available to everyone

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Linux

Kano, the runaway Kickstarter success that raised $1.52 million on a promise to teach kids how to code and assemble a Raspberry Pi-based computer, is now widely available to the public. Priced at $149.99, the kit includes everything you need to get started — other than a display, which you'll need to provide yourself. (An HDMI cord comes in the box.) But beyond that, it's all there: the Raspberry Pi, a custom-made Bluetooth keyboard with built-in trackpad, the plastic case that holds this mini-computer together, and plenty of stickers and colorful options for customizing your Kano. The first of two illustrated guides walks younger users through piecing Kano together, and most everything in the kit is color coded to make setup a breeze for all ages. The second book will teach you how to start using the Kano OS software, which comes preloaded on an SD card that plugs into the Raspberry Pi.

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Third Release of KDE Frameworks Brings a Multitude of Fixes

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KDE

Releases of KDE Frameworks are now a monthly feature. The release of KDE Frameworks 5.3 brings many small, but important fixes including:

KWindowSystem has added features needed for future versions of KWin,
KTextEditor used in Kate fixes memory leaks,
Frameworkintegration was fixed for Qt 5.4, and
KActivities can load plugins at runtime.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

The Linux Desktop-a-week review: Cinnamon

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Reviews

In the end, I like Cinnamon. It's high-quality, beautiful, and the team that works on it should be incredibly proud of what they've done. I just can't imagine the scenario in which I'd use it over something else.

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Many ACPI & Power Management Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel

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Linux

Rafael Wysocki sent out his first aligned set of changes of ACPI core and power management changes he's planning on volleying over to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window.

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Also: Linux 3.18 Gets Better Wacom Tablet & Sony Controller Support

Uganda Takes on Free and Open Source Software

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OSS

On this historic Wednesday, the Government was interfacing with the IT community to discuss among others the draft FOSS and Open Standards Policy and the National FOSS Strategy. This is the very reason that made it indeed historic, finally FOSS has arrived. While a few other African countries make mention of FOSS in their ICT related policies, one can hardly identify those that have come up with specific policies and strategies addressing FOSS. South Africa and now Uganda are going the extra mile to take the bull by the horn with the hope that others may follow.

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Sleek Mini-ITX industrial PCs come in four Intel flavors

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Linux
Ubuntu

Logic Supply unveiled four Ubuntu-ready, Mini-ITX industrial PCs based on Intel Celeron (Bay Trail and Ivy Bridge) and Core (Haswell-ULT and Haswell) CPUs.

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The GNOME Infrastructure is now powered by FreeIPA!

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GNOME

The GNOME Infrastructure is now powered by Red Hat’s FreeIPA which bundles several FOSS softwares into one big “bundle” all surrounded by an easy and intuitive web UI that will help users update their account information on their own without the need of the Accounts Team or any other administrative entity. Users will also find two custom fields on their “Overview” page, these being “Foundation Member since” and “Last Renewed on date”. As you may have understood already we finally managed to migrate the Foundation membership database into LDAP itself to store the information we want once and for all. As a side note it might be possible that some users that were Foundation members in the past won’t find any detail stored on the Foundation fields outlined above. That is actually expected as we were able to migrate all the current and old Foundation members that had an LDAP account registered at the time of the migration. If that’s your case and you still would like the information to be stored on the new setup please get in contact with the Membership Committee at stating so.

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man-pages-3.74 is released

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Software

I've released man-pages-3.74. The release tarball is available on kernel.org. The browsable online pages can be found on man7.org. The Git repository for man-pages is available on kernel.org.

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Acer Chromebook 13 (FHD): Initial impressions

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GNU
Linux
Google

The performance of the device is about acceptable (unfortunately, I do not have any comparison in this device class). Even when typing this blog post in the visual wordpress editor, I notice some sluggishness. Opening the app launcher or loading the new tab page while music is playing makes the music stop for or skip a few ms (20-50ms if I had to guess). Running a benchmark in parallel or browsing does not usually cause this stuttering, though.

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HTC Nexus 9: First leaked image emerges

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Android

After months of rumors and leaks, we're now witnessing the first leaked images of what may be the upcoming Nexus 9. The image, leaked by @upleaks, features the Nexus branding as well as an HTC logo at the bottom and what appears to be a more squarish form factor than most Android slates.

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