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Story PC-BSD 10.1.1 To Bring New System Updater, Qt5 Utilities Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 9:57am
Story Hoogland Expounds and Ticking off Linus Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 9:48am
Story IBM and Top Linux Distros Team Up to Drag x86 Workloads Onto Power Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 9:37am
Story Aptik Backups Your Favorite PPAs/Themes And Icons/App Settings In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Mohd Sohail 23/01/2015 - 6:53am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 3:01am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 3:00am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 23/01/2015 - 3:00am
Story Designing with Linux Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 10:48pm
Story Chrome 41 Beta: New ES6 Features and Improved DevTools for Service Workers and Web Animations Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 10:31pm
Story The most obvious user for Linux isn't who you think Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 9:33pm

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Allwinner Accused of Breaking Linux License Rules

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Linux
Legal

Fabless processor company Allwinner Technology Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China) has been accused of violating the GNU General Public License (GPL) under which Linux is distributed.

The alleged violations are within the software development kits that support the writing of software for some of Allwinner's 32-bit system-chips, according to Linux-Sunxi, a community of open-source developers that has formed around the Allwinner SoCs. The Linux kernel is at the heart of the Android operating system, and therefore a significant factor in the tablet computer market which has been a key part of Allwinner's business to date.

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Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Switch to Each Leading Linux Desktop

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GNU
Linux

The perfect desktop is undoubtedly the one you would design yourself. However, lacking the necessary time and expertise, many users hop instead from desktop to desktop desktop with the same enthusiasm as others hop between distros, hoping to find the ideal distribution.

In many cases, they never find their ideal, and for good reason -- even the simplest Linux desktop is a mixture of advantages and disadvantages.

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Git Vulnerability Closed in Ubuntu OSes

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Ubuntu

Canonical published some details about a Git vulnerability that has been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

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PC-BSD 10.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Fedora 21 Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks

For your viewing pleasure today are some benchmarks of PC-BSD 10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 and Fedora 21 when testing with both the GCC and LLVM/Clang compilers.

FreeBSD 10.1 was released back in November along with PC-BSD 10.1 and its new TrueOS. It took a bit of time though to get some benchmarks completed of FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.1 due to running into issues loading the updated OS on a few test systems I frequently use for Linux testing. In particular, disk/SATA issues on multiple systems when booting the PC-BSD 10.1 installer. Fortunately, I came across one of the powerful workhorse systems that played nicely with PC-BSD 10.1

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Satechi Smart TV Box review: Android-based set-top box does a lot, but doesn't make it easy

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Android
Reviews

Every streaming device, from your aging Blu-ray player to your Roku, has limitations. At some point, you’re going to want to stream a service that your device doesn’t support. When that happens, your only big-screen option is to plug a laptop, tablet, or smartphone into your HDTV. That way, you get a real operating system with complete flexibility.

But that’s a hassle. These devices aren’t designed to be controlled from across a room. And even when they have remote controls, they’re usually not that good.

The Satechi Smart TV Box offers a way around this. It’s a streaming device, designed specifically for plugging into your TV and controlling from across the room. But it runs Android. If your Android phone or tablet can do it, the Smart TV Box can probably do it, too.

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KDE Plasma Desktop Massive Update with New Login Manager and Theming for GNOME Apps

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KDE

Plasma, the desktop for the KDE project, has been updated once again and the KDE Community has detailed all the wonderful improvements and numerous fixes that have been implemented.

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Fedora 22 To Have Direct3D 9 Mesa State Tracker, Add Wine Support

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Red Hat

For those doing Windows gaming with Wine on Fedora Linux installations, the experience will potentially be better for Fedora 22 if using the open-source Gallium3D Radeon or Nouveau drivers.

One of the Fedora 22 changes being mentioned today is the Direct3D 9 state tracker "Gallium Nine" that landed in Mesa 10.4 that can interface with a patched version of Wine to offer better D3D9 performance on the open-source drivers. This state tracker is an alternative to using Wine's Direct3D to OpenGL translation layer. Users relying upon this state tracker have generally reported very positive results.

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Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 31.4.0 with Better Add-on Manager

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla community has just released a new update for the Thunderbird email client and the developers have made a couple of important changes to the application and corrected a few security problems.

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Automated Unreal Engine 4 Benchmarks For Linux

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Linux
Gaming

The Steam Linux game benchmarking advancement that was talked about in the earlier article is help from Valve in being able to gain rights from game publishers to redistribute OpenGL game traces to use as benchmarks for newer AAA Linux games that otherwise don't support automated benchmarking. That article though went over some of the downsides in benchmarking Linux games with OpenGL traces. The Metro Redux testing advancement though was something that coincidentally also got finished up this past week.

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Systemd Gains IP Forwarding, IP Masquerading & Basic Firewall Controls

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Linux

The systemd project is off to a quick start in 2015 with already seeing over 200 commits (granted, in 2015 systemd development skyrocketed with nearly 5,000 commits). With the newest work that's landed, the networkd component to systemd has been improved with new features.

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Popular Open Source CSS Frameworks for Developers

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Development
OSS
Web

Whether you’re a CSS rookie or frontend virtuoso, frameworks can be used effectively during the early stages of development. Crafting a website from scratch is sometimes useful and oftentimes necessary. But it’s not the only solution in this wacky open source wonderland.

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A Deeper Dive Into the Shark Tank: How Open Source Technology Enables Agile Business Growth

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OSS

ABC’s Shark Tank is a US television show and a favorite among American entrepreneurs. Each week, business owners offer up a piece of their equity in exchange for cash from savvy and respected investors. It’s exciting to see entrepreneurs get their dreams funded — but what do these contestants have in common? And although a majority are using WordPress, what other platforms and CMSs are these businesses running on?

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Q&A: Red Hat CIO talks sharing, collaboration, and openness

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Red Hat

In this interview, Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon discusses the role he sees for openness and collaboration in the innovation process. Congdon also highlights the benefits offered by the open hybrid cloud model, and shares advice for IT leaders who want to guide their business partners on their journey to the cloud.

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Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Tests On Linux 3.19

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

After last week delivering initial open-source Radeon DRM driver tests on Linux 3.19, here's similar treatment in testing out the new Linux 3.19 kernel with the Nouveau DRM driver for open-source NVIDIA graphics.

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22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests With Metro Redux On Steam For Linux

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Gaming

A few days back I wrote about being able to finally get the Metro Redux game benchmarks running in an automated manner under Linux to the point that we're now able to test it with the Phoronix Test Suite. With Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux now running well for our testing purposes, I've carried out performance tests of these two games with twenty-two AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Linux. Besides looking at the normal FPS result there's also frame latency metrics, power consumption data for each of these graphics cards, performance-per-Watt metrics, and GPU thermal results. If you're wondering what graphics card works best for your needs for OpenGL 4.x Linux gaming, here's an interesting look with the Metro Redux titles that premiered on Steam for Linux back in December.

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IoTivity is a new open-source attempt to establish Internet-of-Things standards

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Web

IoTivity is hosted by The Linux Foundation and will release a reference implementation of the IoT standards defined by the Open Internet Consortium (OIC), which has more than 50 members including Intel and Samsung.

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