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Story Linux Australia suffers another data leak Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 8:43am
Story CrossOver, Wine RC, and a Final Release in 2015 Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 3:48am
Story Knoppix 7.6 Now Available Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 3:06am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 2:50am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 5:31pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 4:34pm
Story Mesa/Graphics Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 4:30pm
Story LinuxG on Ubuntu, Mint Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 4:21pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 4:19pm
Story Nouveau Kepler Re-Clocking Is Working A Lot Better On Linux 4.4 Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2015 - 3:56pm

GNOME's Nautilus File Manager Now Shows SD Cards and External Drives in the Sidebar

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As reported earlier this week, the GNOME Project announced the release of the second and last maintenance version for the current stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, bringing updates to numerous GNOME apps and core components.

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4MLinux 15.0 GNU/Linux Distribution is Now in Beta, Based on Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS

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We reported a week ago that the developer of the 4MLinux project informed us about the Beta release of the 4MLinux Core 15.0 distribution. Today, November 15, Zbigniew Konojacki announces the immediate availability of 4MLinux 15.0 Beta.

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Firefox Enables FFmpeg Support By Default

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For those with FFmpeg present on their system, Mozilla developers have finally enabled FFmpeg support to be used by default.

Firefox on Linux has relied upon GStreamer for media support, but with the patches merged last month is support for Libav 9 or FFmpeg 1.2 or newer by default.

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Android Leftovers

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Enlightenment 0.19.13 Open Source Desktop Environment Fixes 40 Bugs

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The development of the open source Enlightenment desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux operating system by default, or available from the default software repositories, announced the release of Enlightenment 0.19.13.

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CentOS-Based SME Server 9.1 RC1 Is Out, Adds Windows 10 Support for SME Domain

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The Koozali SME Server development team, through Terry Fage, announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the first Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming SME Server 9.1 server-oriented operating system.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Ubuntu 15.10

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Ubuntu still provides one of the best and most intuitive desktops for Linux.

Installing Ubuntu is simple and hardware support is handled brillliantly.

The repositories are full of great applications and the default applications within Ubuntu whilst small in number are well thought out and fully featured.

Unfortunately the one let down is the Software Centre. The software is old, tired, confused, unintuitive and fails to do the one thing for which it is designed to do.

My advice is to install Ubuntu and then get Synaptic. After you have done that replace Totem with VLC and Firefox with Chrome.

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Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 Images Updated, Along with the Raspberry Pi 2 One

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Canonical's Michael Vogt informs us about the release and immediate availability for download of the tenth image of the stable Snappy Ubuntu Core 15.04 operating system for embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

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Ubuntu Has a Cool Option to Change the Volume with the Mouse Wheel

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There are some less known features in Ubuntu, but they are usually announced or presented at some point during the development cycle. There is a really nice feature that allows users to change the volume in the OS, but it's not advertised.

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Wow, this Android phone is stupid cheap

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Sometimes you’re in the market for a super cheap phone. Whether you’re just looking for a stopgap replacement, a backup or a burner, having a cheap and cheerful smartphone around is something worth considering.

Today, Motherboard spotted a TracFone on WalMart’s website, developed in partnership with LG, that has pushed the price of an Android smartphone down to less than $10.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.55 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Pulse audio driver.
- Various fixes for Microsoft Office 2013 support.
- Some more implementation of the Web Services DLL.
- More fixes for the latest C runtime version.
- Improvements to the Makefile generation.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

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today's leftovers

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  • KNewPasswordWidget lands in KWidgetsAddons

    A new widget called KNewPasswordWidget has been added to the KWidgetsAddons framework, starting from 5.16. I decided to create this widget because sometimes you cannot just use KNewPasswordDialog to ask the users for a new password. This is the case when you need to add further options to the same dialog. This widget is meant to be easily embedded in such a custom password dialog, without having to code it from scratch.

  • Handing over the reins

    As some of you might know, I started the application Cantor in KDEedu a couple of years ago, since I didn’t want to rely on comercial computer algebra systems during my studies, and because all the free alternatives seemed to lack a decent graphical interface. Since then Cantor has grown to support all kinds of different mathematical languages due to numerous contributors from all over the world.

  • fwupd and DFU

    Once all this new code has settled down I’m going to be re-emailing a lot of the vendors who were unwilling to write vendor-specific code in fwupd. I’m trying to make the barrier to automatic updates on Linux as low as possible.

  • PaperTrail - Powered by IBM Watson

    On the final semester of my MSc program at Columbia SEAS, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a seminar course taught by Alfio Gliozzo entitled Q&A with IBM Watson. A significant part of the course is dedicated to learning how to leverage the services and resources available on the Watson Developer Cloud. This post describes the course project my team developed, the PaperTrail application.

  • Google’s new ‘Wallpaper Art’ app puts beautiful artwork on your Chromebook

    Google has many side initiatives, and one of them is the Cultural Institute that digitizes works of art from museums and archives around the world and puts them online.

    Today, their Art Project released an app for Chrome OS that updates the wallpaper of your device to a different piece of art from their collection every day. Expect “masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet, all the way to contemporary works from street artists around the world,” according to Chrome evangelist François Beaufort in announcement post. If today’s piece doesn’t jive with your artistic taste, you can skip to the next wallpaper in the app.

  • Google Wallpaper Art app turns your Chromebook into an art gallery

    Chromebooks have been red hot sellers on Amazon for some time now. But if you're someone who has had a boring desktop on your Chromebook, you can now spice it up with Google's new Wallpaper Art app. The app will refresh artwork every day and features many different wallpapers from noted artists from the past and present.

  • Calculate 15 Scratch KDE Screenshot Tour
  • Netrunner 2015.11 Rolling Screenshot Tour
  • Blogging, Podcasting, or Video?

    While I was initially attracted to the notion of sharing some of these thoughts in an audio format, I have decided to focus instead more on writing. This was partially informed by my back of the napkin research, but also in thinking about how we best present thoughts.

  • Bad Voltage Episode 54 Has Been Released

    Every two weeks Bad Voltage delivers an amusing take on technology, Open Source, politics, music, and anything else we think is interesting, as well as interviews and reviews.

  • Almost a beta

    Yet another 200+ lines of updates in the ChangeLog.txt of slackware-current. It’s obvious that Pat has been watching the LinuxQuestions threads closely. And we are again very bleeding edge, with the Gnu Compiler Collection 5.2.0!

  • Stock in Motion: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fil Ltd Decreased Stake in Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) by $10.36 Million as Shares Declined
  • Red Hat, Inc. Price Target Update

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT): 17 Analyst have given the stock of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) a near short term price target of $85.06. The standard deviation reading, which is a measure by which the stock price is expected to swing away from the mean estimate, is at $5.09. The higher price target estimate is at $92 while the lower price estimates are fixed at $72.

  • Robolinux 8.2 Raptor LXDE Edition (Debian Based OS With Support For Windows Apps) Has Been Released
  • Your donations at work

    I’ve just published the most recent Community Donations Report highlighting where donations made to the Ubuntu community have been used by members of that community to promote and improve Ubuntu. In this report I’ve included links to write-ups detailing how those funds were put to use.

  • Linux AIO: Ubuntu 15.10 available

    Linux AIO is a project to package multiple flavours of a distribution in one ISO within a DVD size limit. Users can try each flavour live or install on their systems. In essence the difference lies mostly in the desktop environments. This is an invaluable source of distributions for distro hoppers. Note that there are issues, some of which are unresolved due to distro dependencies. However, for most of it, the stuff works.

  • NAS boxes double as media players, run Linux plus Android

    Qnap’s TAS-168 and dual-bay TAS-268 NAS devices run both Linux and Android on a dual-core ARM SoC, and offers private cloud and media player capabilities.

    Qnap is positioning the single HDD-bay TAS-168 and dual-bay TAS-268 at the bottom of its Home NAS line below the faster, dual-bay TS-231 and the higher-end, dual-bay TS-251 launched in 2014. Like these systems, the new TAS devices are mini-towers and run Qnap’s Linux-based NAS OS. In addition, Qnap claims the devices are the first home network-attached storage devices that also run Android.

  • H3-OLinuXino fresh out of reflow oven – our first quad core OSHW Linux SBC prototypes are ready

    Now these first prototypes will be put on heavy testing before we run the board in production. We want to see if they will be able to run Linux yet or just Android.

  • Dangerous Exploit found in Chrome for Android

    A rather critical Exploit has been uncovered in Google's own 'Chrome for Android' app which allows malicious programs to be installed without user intervention.

Phoronix on Kernel, Graphics

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  • BFS Scheduler Updated For The Linux 4.3 Kernel

    Con Kolivas has released the BFS scheduler v0.465 with support for the Linux 4.3 kernel.

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on BFS while this week he released a new version that seems primarily just about adding Linux 4.3 kernel compatibility. This is significant as he didn't end up releasing a BFS update for Linux 4.2.

  • Cooling Is Finally Set For The Dozens Of Linux Benchmarking Systems

    After months of continually trying out different methods of cheap yet effective cooling for the 60+ systems running daily Linux benchmarks, I'm finally happy with now having been one week of the room maintaining an ambient temperature of 68~72F (20~22C).

  • Nouveau NV50 Gets Basic Compute Support, A Step Towards OpenCL

    Just one week after Mesa Git received Nouveau NVC0 compute support, the NV50 Gallium3D driver for pre-Fermi GPUs has also received basic compute support.

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Want an open-source deep learning framework? Take your pick

    Earlier this week, Google made a splash when it released its TensorFlow article intelligence software on GitHub under an open-source license. Google has a sizable stable of AI talent, and AI is working behind the scenes in popular products, including Gmail and Google search, so AI tools from Google are a big deal.

    Today on GitHub, TensorFlow, primarily written in C++, is the top trending project of the day, the week, and the month, having accrued more than 10,000 stars in about one week.

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  • Fosscomm 2015 - Event Report

    FOSSCOMM (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) is a Greek conference aiming at Open Source enthusiasts, developers, and communities. It has been hosted in various cities around Greece and its goal is to promote the use of FOSS in Greece and to bring FOSS enthusiasts together.

  • IBM Delivers Secure Hadoop in Analytics Cloud

    For organizations wanting to run data sets and perform quick data analytics without having to use statistical software packages, IBM Cloud Infrastructure for Analytics offers a secure, cloud-based analytics platform that is now backed by a feature called Secure Hadoop. Secure Hadoop protects data that is moving to and from a cloud platform and data at rest, which gets encrypted and remains protected when moved to IBM's SoftLayer object storage or the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

  • LLVM Enables New SLP Vectorize Option By Default
  • PGI and NNSA to Open Source Fortran Compiler

    Today the NNSA and its three national labs announced they have reached an agreement with Nvidia’s PGI software to create an open-source Fortran compiler designed for integration with the widely used LLVM compiler infrastructure.

  • Freeciv founded 20 years ago today!

    The Freeciv project was founded on November 14 1995, by Peter Joachim Unold, Claus Leth Gregersen and Allan Ove Kjeldbjerg. The three Danish students created this open source strategy game while studying computer science at Aarhus University. Today, 20 years later we have interviewed the founders of the project to find out about the early history of Freeciv.

  • GNU Pem: an amazing tool

    GNU Pem is a handy tool to help you keep track of your personal income and expenses. It is portable across all platforms GNU Linux, MS Windows, Apple OS X, FreeBSD, you name it.

  • AgCommand API goes open source

    AGCO Corp. announced that its AgCommand Application Programming Interface now is open to approved third-party developers and service providers of farming applications, such as management dashboards and mobile apps.

    This new capability will enable AGCO customers to access their machine data through their other farm and fleet management tools.

  • Go Bern Council! FLOSS!

    I don’t know why FLOSS should have to be voted in a council but here we have it again. IT departments should just announce smaller budgetary requests and make it happen. Bern, like many jurisdictions in Europe will have Free Software sooner or later.

  • UK Open Government Network after one year: 600 members and counting

    After one year, the UK Open Government Forum now has over 600 members. The platform was established by Involve in November 2014 on behalf of the UK Open Government Network (OGN). It aims to help coordinate work on the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and build and support the open government movement in the UK.

  • Machine learning spotlight, Vanderbuilt U's medical robots, and more open source news
  • Help port Python packages to Python 3

    Not only is this is a great opportunity to make an impact on the software that the community uses every day, but it’s also a chance to gain one of the more rare and exclusive Fedora badges, Parselmouth! To help show how you can help, Fedora Python maintainer Matej Stuchlik answered some of the Community Operations team’s questions on the Community Blog.

  • OpenMP 4.5 Now Available

    OpenMP 4.5 was formerly known as OpenMP 4.1 but was renamed due to the massive changes for this popular parallel programming API.

  • Ideas for OpenDocument

Machine Learning

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Security Leftovers

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What are Firefox OS Smart TVs everyone talks about?

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Firefox OS Smart TVs are televisions that run based on the Firefox OS platform from Mozilla. It was announced in early 2015 on the Panasonic VIERA series, It has now been fully launched and is available across the world.

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Mozilla Finally Kickstarts Firefox for iOS

Solus Gets GNOME 3.18 Packages and Support for Locally Installed Extensions

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The Solus developers have announced a few important changes, improvements, and updates that have landed for their distribution. There are quite a lot of items that have landed over the past few days, so users do have a lot to look out for.

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