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Edward Snowden Used the Tails Linux Distro to Stay Hidden

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Security
Debian

The name Edward Snowden will be remembered as one of the biggest whistle-blowers in recent history, if not the most important one. People know more about Edward Snowden than they know about close relatives, but it seems that little has been revealed until now about this methods and how he managed to remain undetected. It all has to do with Linux, of course.

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Are Windows Users Disappointed When They First Try a Linux OS?

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Linux
Microsoft

Linux-powered operating systems have become user-friendly for quite some time and long gone are the times when you needed Linux knowledge to make an OS work. However, people still make assumptions about the open source world, but they are usually wrong. Are Windows users disappointed in what Linux has to offer? Is Linux a proper contender as a desktop operating system?

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BeagleBone Black doubles flash, embraces Debian

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Hardware
Debian

BeagleBoard.org announced a slightly pricier Rev C version of the BeagleBone Black that doubles eMMC flash and switches from Angstrom to Debian Linux.

To celebrate the first birthday of the BeagleBone Black, BeagleBoard.org is shipping a new version of the open source hacker SBC called the Rev C. An update on the BeagleBone Black Wiki says the board will be slightly more expensive than the $45 Rev B, which will be phased out when the C version starts shipping May 5. The additional $10 to $15 pays for the only apparent hardware upgrade: a doubling of onboard eMMC flash to 4GB. The device will also ship with the more user-friendly Debian Linux instead of Angstrom.

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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.13

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Development
KDE

April 16 2014 - The KDE Community proudly announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering new features and fixes. Major improvements are made to KDE's Semantic Search technology, benefiting many applications. With Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform frozen and receiving only long term support, those teams are focusing on the transition to Frameworks 5. This release is translated into 53 languages; more languages are expected to be added in subsequent monthly minor bugfix releases.

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Will Android TV kill Google’s Chromecast?

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Android
Google

When I first heard about Android TV I also wondered why Google was bothering with it given how successful the Chromecast seems to have been with consumers. It seemed quite odd to me that Google would suddenly decide to take on Amazon and Apple when it already had a very popular TV product.

But I think if you take another look at this it actually makes some sense. The Android TV device will most likely sell for around the same price as the Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV: $99. So it will be competing at a slightly higher spot in the market than the Chromecast, which sells for about $35.

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10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr To Get A Near Perfect Desktop

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be released tomorrow and since many of you will install it as soon as it's released (or maybe you're already using Ubuntu 14.04), here's a list of 10 useful things to do to get a near perfect desktop.

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Ubuntu Can Run Apps Designed for Firefox OS from Firefox Marketplace

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu

We tested Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta (Trusty Tahr) with the Firefox Marketplace and we managed to get a few games and applications running. To top things off, users can even lock the apps to the Unity launcher, making them permanent.

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EU countries 'prefer open specifications'

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OSS

The EU member states that are working on interoperability and alignment of e-government services say open specifications are crucial to building European public services. Open specifications allow the EU's public administrations to align their approaches to interoperability, according to an analysis of the interoperability programmes in 19 member states. The study flags the need to monitor the use of open technical specification and standards.

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First-Person Programming Game Glitchspace Arrives on Steam for Linux

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Linux
Gaming

“We created a node-based programming system for Glitchspace, called Null. Null allows for chunks of functionality to be applied to objects with ease, and makes the programming a visual, dynamic, and instantaneous feature. Objects in Glitchspace are either programmable, or non-programmable. You can make an object programmable through decryption using a decrypter, and similarly you can make it non-programmable through encryption using an encrypter,” reads the official Steam website.

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Computer lab management tool in over 500 Greek schools

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OSS

More than 500 schools all over Greece are using Epoptes, an open source solution to manage and monitor school PCs in computer labs. The application is now also being used by schools in Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and in many other countries. "Epoptes is already available in more than 33 languages, including non-European."

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AMD demos next-gen x86 server APU running Fedora Linux

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Red Hat

Chipmaker AMD has announced a major milestone in the development of its enterprise software ecosystem with the first public demonstration of its second-generation AMD Opteron X-Series APU, codenamed "Berlin," running Fedora Linux at the Red Hat Summit 2014.

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Leading Linux Players Rapidly Shift Their Emphasis to the Cloud

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Linux

This week, not only is Red Hat touting its success at getting a number of notable enterprises to choose its Linux platform and OpenStack offering for deployments, but Canonical is rolling out Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and highlighting it as the best way to build out an OpenStack cloud environment. These efforts underscore that leading Linux platforms and cloud computing are going to be joined at the hip going forward, and the players behind them will need to offer top-notch support and compatibility.

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UDOO: a Linux/Arduino compatible board on Steroids

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GNU
Linux
Hardware

In the past months we presented the Arduino Yun and Arduino Galileo boards. Today we present you a new board, quite more powerful, but still Arduino compatible and powered with GNU/Linux. It’s an all Italian board called UDOO.
Indeed, now almost every month we see the birth of a new platform that integrates processors capable of hosting GNU/Linux with the Arduino architecture, in emulated form, or with a dedicated microcontroller. Now is the time to UDOO but we already see looming on the horizon the availability of Arduino Three, and who knows what other boards in the meantime.
UDOO project comes from the idea of the founders to provide a tool for digital learning: high computing power combined with the world of microcontrollers with maximum ease of use, will form a new generation of designers, makers and developers with the knowledge necessary to develop projects in the fields of digital / physical computing.

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Samsung's Android Wear watch and Google-less phone coming this year

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Android
Gadgets

Samsung's first attempt at putting together an advanced smartwatch based on Android, the Galaxy Gear, met with a very rough reception at the tail end of last year, and the company quickly switched to its own Tizen software for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. In emailed comments to The Verge, Samsung has confirmed Yoon's timeline of a 2014 release for its new smartwatch and clarified that it will indeed be using Android Wear. Together with the Gear Fit, which runs its own custom software, Samsung will soon be supporting three different operating systems for its wearable devices.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Ubuntu

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days.

The Linux company made the availability announcement of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, codenamed "Trusty Tahr" on Tuesday, coincidentally alongside chief rival Red Hat holding its Red Hat Summit in San Francisco.

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Red Hat Announces Several Enterprise OpenStack Deployments

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Red Hat

According to a new announcement, several dozen organizations have embarked on proof-of-concept deployments for Red Hat’s OpenStack offerings, with customers around the world now moving to enterprise implementations.

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Preparing the ground for the Fedora Workstation

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GNU
Linux
Red Hat

Things are moving forward for the Fedora Workstation project. For those of you who don’t know about it, it is part of a broader plan to refocus Fedora around 3 core products with clear and distinctive usecase for each. The goal here is to be able to have a clear definition of what Fedora is and have something that for instance ISVs can clearly identify and target with their products. At the same time it is trying to move away from the traditional distribution model, a model where you primarily take whatever comes your way from upstream, apply a little duct tape to try to keep things together and ship it. That model was good in the early years of Linux existence, but it does not seem a great fit for what people want from an operating system today.

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Learn How to Contribute to the Linux Kernel, Take the Eudyptula Challenge

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Development
Linux

If you want to contribute to the Linux kernel but aren't sure where to start, the Eudyptula Challenge could be a great way to test your programming skills and learn how to participate in the kernel community.

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