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Story FOSS Events Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 10:18am
Story IBM Is Not 1st American Company To Open Source Code To China Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 10:08am
Story Leftovers: BSD (and OpenBSD Turns 20) Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 9:44am
Story Is Open Source Facilitating Collaboration? Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 8:27am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 8:17am
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 8:11am
Story BackBox Linux 4.4 review Rianne Schestowitz 18/10/2015 - 7:57am
Story The state of KDE: Pretty but unstable Rianne Schestowitz 17/10/2015 - 7:21pm
Story Ubuntu Touch Facing Account Authentication Issues, Could Offer Feedback Option Rianne Schestowitz 17/10/2015 - 4:57pm
Story Why hardware needs to go open source Rianne Schestowitz 17/10/2015 - 4:54pm

News from the GIMP 2.8 development

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GIMP

gimpusers.com: First off, no, there is no news on a release date of GIMP 2.8. It is still unclear when GIMP 2.8 will be released. While waiting we took a new look at the development which brings cool new functions into GIMP!

The Chakra Project - Innovating on KDE and Arch Linux

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Linux

all-things-linux.blogspot: The Chakra project started out releasing a live CD based on Arch Linux with KDE4 for the desktop, initially to make it easier and quicker to install an Arch system with their favorite environment, while also providing an unofficial Arch live CD to test drive the distribution

Installing the Boxee beta on Ubuntu 10.10

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Software

linuxtrends.com: Although the October 10 release of Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) had been anticipated for many months, and despite Ubuntu being Boxee’s primary Linux target, Ubuntu 10.10 users have been disappointed to discover that the current Boxee beta won’t install on Maverick.

Optimization in KWin 4.6

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KDE

blog.martin-graesslin.com: Apart from the scripting interface KWin will not ship any major new feature in 4.6. Most of the work I did for 4.6 was to improve the overall performance of our compositing engine.

The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs

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Software

makeuseof.com: Does a Linux user need antivirus software? If you insert your thumb drive regularly into Windows computers, for example, it might be infected, meaning you’re spreading malware with it and not even knowing it.

Unity: Some Further Clarification Points

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Ubuntu
  • Jono Bacon: Unity: Some Further Clarification Points
  • Using Unity – Day 5 How Does It Compare to Gnome Shell?
  • Ubuntu 10.10 upgrade woes
  • 4 steps to freedom

Star Trek Enterprise Owner's Manual

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Movies
  • Star Trek's Enterprise now has an owner's manual
  • Texas Supreme Court Cites The Wisdom Of Spock On Star Trek

Jumping the shark, no. 14.

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Linux

paul.frields.org: With only two days left until Fedora 14 release, I went ahead and upgraded the behemoth in my home office, a Dell XPS 730x workstation, to the new “Laughlin” release.

KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt

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KDE

phoronix.com: Well, here's some interesting weekend news: there's a polarized discussion taking place right now among core KDE developers about merging the KDE libraries into upstream Qt.

The best anti-virus out there

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Ubuntu

idreamoflinux.com: Last week my mom forwarded an email to me and I started to laugh. The email was to warn me about a virus that is spreading and destroying peoples data.

Eating Your Own Dogfood

Jon maddog Hall: I started saying this many years ago when I noticed that the Unix product managers at Digital Equipment Corporation were not using Unix in their day to day work. They had Microsoft Windows systems on their desktop, and would often go over to VMS to use “EDT” (the VMS text editor) for doing “real editing”.

Open Source License Used Widely In App Store Apps

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OSS

groundreport.com: According to a study from OpenLogic, a software services vendor, licensing for open source are used widely in app store apps for mobiles.

Minecraft Halloween Update

  • Minecraft Halloween Update is out – can you take on The Nether?
  • Generative wallpapers for Ubuntu: Game of Life
  • Happy Halloween With Ubuntu Pumpkin

Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: Do you remember SplashTop? It's the instant-on Linux environment that was originally embedded into select ASUS motherboards three years ago. So what has DeviceVM and their SplashTop achieved this year?

What the Pro-MS Office video does not say

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Microsoft

mandrivachronicles.blogspot: Microsoft released a video attempting to persuade people to use their proprietary office suite. Not surprisingly, there has been a wide reaction to it and some people even claimed that Microsoft had finally revealed its true stance concerning open source software.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 10.10

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu Studio 10.10 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • The Next Star Wars Could Be Shot Using Open Source Software and Hardware
  • MintMenu 5.1.6 on openSUSE, Fedora, and Mandriva
  • Merging SVN Repos Explained
  • 11 Uses for an Old PC
  • Gentoo PAM developments
  • Eschalon: Book II 1.05 Is Released
  • Are Red Hat's Earnings Worse Than They Look?
  • SELinux enforcing for console activity
  • Mock-up: intelligent, ambient Boot Splash
  • VLC developer takes a stand against DRM in Apple's App Store
  • Ubuntu Forum to get facelift
  • Latest features of dpkg-dev: debian packaging tools
  • "Mint to Xbox... come in Xbox"
  • From information overload to Dark Ages 2.0?
  • Lighting the Fuse for an Enterprise FOSS Explosion
  • Debian Installer 6.0 Beta1 release

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Fixing Slow, Choppy and Laggy Maverick
  • DNS cache
  • Music And EXIF Metadata Information In Nautilus
  • How To: Run applications on port 80 without being root user
  • How to record screen activities in Ubuntu
  • Transcode Videos In WebM, Under Ubuntu
  • Manage Gnome Plymouth splash theme using Splash Screen Manager
  • The easiest SVN tutorial ever
  • Copying with scp from STDIN
  • Improve Firefox Speed
  • Password-less ssh
  • Mobile broadband on Ubuntu
  • Enable IMAP push (Gmail) in Evolution
  • Linux authentication login with USB device
  • Rsync : A handy tool to sync with
  • How To Connect MySQL with Open Office on Linux

Seasons After Fall – Puzzle, Platform Game

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Gaming

linuxgamingnews.org: Seasons After Fall aka Seasons is a cute 2D platform/puzzle game made with the 3D program Blender.

What Developers Think

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OSS

informationweek.com: Why do you need to know what companies' developers are up to, including what tools they're using? Developers are the early adopters, and the decisions they make can have a big impact on a business' IT capabilities and strategies for years to come.

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FriendlyElec has launched a 100 x 64mm, $129 “NanoPC-T4” SBC that runs Android or Linux on a Rockchip RK3399 with 4G DDR4, native GbE, WiFi-ac, DP, HDMI 2.0, 0 to 80℃ support, and M.2 and 40-pin expansion. FriendlyElec has released its most powerful and priciest hacker board to date, which it promotes as being the smallest RK3399-based SBC on the market. The 100 x 64mm NanoPC-T4 opens with a $129 discount price with the default 4GB DDR4 and 16GB eMMC. Although that will likely rise in the coming months, it’s still priced in the middle range of open spec RK3399 SBCs. Read more

today's leftovers

  • How to dual-boot Linux and Windows
    Even though Linux is a great operating system with widespread hardware and software support, the reality is that sometimes you have to use Windows, perhaps due to key apps that won't run under Linux. Thankfully, dual-booting Windows and Linux is very straightforward—and I'll show you how to set it up, with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04, in this article. Before you get started, make sure you've backed up your computer. Although the dual-boot setup process is not very involved, accidents can still happen. So take the time to back up your important files in case chaos theory comes into play. In addition to backing up your files, consider taking an image backup of the disk as well, though that's not required and can be a more advanced process.
  • Weather Forecasting Gets A Big Lift In Japan
    This is a lot more compute capacity than JMA has had available to do generic weather forecasting as well as do predictions for typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions – the weather forecasting alone is predicted to run 10X faster, according to Cray.
  • Bitwarden Password Manager Adds Command Line Vault
    Bitwarden, the secure, open source password manager we talked about recently, added a command line tool to its list of apps you can use to access your passwords. Bitwarden CLI is currently in public beta testing, and according to its documentation, it includes all the features available in other Bitwarden client applications, like the desktop or browser extension.
  • GSoC’18 Week 1
    The first week of the coding period was great and I got to learn a lot of new things. My mentors help me on every stage and the work is going on as planne [...] Improvement in the overall UI is still in progress. Other than this, I have been working on refactoring the current code for this activity and breaking the whole code into various elements. For the next week, my main task is to complete the overall UI of this activity and add more geometries for drawing.
  • Time to Test Plasma 5.13 Beta
    The forthcoming new release of Plasma 5.13 will have some lovely new features such as rewritten System Settings pages and Plasma Browser Integration. But we need testers. Incase you missed it the Plasma 5.13 release announce has a rundown of the main features. If you are an auditory learner you can listen to the Late Night Linux Extra podcast where Jonathan “great communicator” Riddell talks about the recent sprint and the release.
  • GSoC students are already hacking!
    We always enjoy that new people join openSUSE community and help them in their first steps. Because of that, openSUSE participates again in GSoC, an international program in which stipends are awarded to students who hack on open source projects during the summer. We are really excited to announce that this year four students will learn about open source development while hacking on openSUSE projects. The coding period started last week, so our students are already busy hacking and they have written some nice articles about their projects. ;)
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  • Aaeon reveals two rugged, Linux-ready embedded PCs
    Aaeon unveiled two Linux-friendly embedded systems: an “AIOT-IP6801” gateway equipped with an Apollo Lake-based UP Squared SBC with WiFi and LoRa, and a “Boxer-8120AI” mini-PC with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 module and 4x GbE ports. Aaeon announced that three of its Linux-ready embedded systems have won Computex d&j awards, including two previously unannounced models: an Intel Apollo Lake based AIOT-IP6801 gateway based on Aaeon’s community-backed UP Squared board, as well as a Boxer-8120AI embedded computer built around an Arm-based Jetson TX2 module.
  • Last Call for Purism's Librem 5 Dev Kits, Git Protocol Version 2 Released, LXQt Version 0.13.0 Now Available and More
    Purism announces last call for its Librem 5 dev kits. If you're interested in the hardware that will be the platform for the Librem 5 privacy-focused phones, place your order by June 1, 2018. The dev kit is $399, and it includes "screen, touchscreen, development mainboard, cabling, power supply and various sensors (free worldwide shipping)".

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OSS Leftovers

  • Openlab: what it is and why it matters
    Six months on from its announcement at Openstack Summit Sydney in late 2017, community testing project OpenLab is in full swing. OpenLab was initially formed by Intel, Huawei and the OpenStack foundation as a community-led project for improving SDK support and also introducing other platforms like Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry to the Openstack environment. Ultimately the idea is to improve usability in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Melvin Hillsman sits on the governance board along with Dr Yih Leong Sun of Intel and Chris Hoge from the Foundation. Hillsman moved from Rackspace to Huawei to work specifically on the project. "The reason we think Openlab is important is, basically, Openstack for some time has been very specific about testing and integration for Openstack services, focusing only on the projects started at Openstack," Hillsman tellsComputerworld UK at the Openstack Vancouver Summit. "It's been working very well, it's a robust system. But for me as a person in the user community - my getting involved in Openstack was more on the operator-user side.
  • Open source innovation tips for the customer-driven economy
    New technologies, ranging from big data and blockchain to 3D printing, are giving rise to new opportunities and challenges for companies today. To stay competitive, organizations need to become more intelligent, customer-centric, and increasingly agile to cope with changing business demands. The worry for many companies which are trying to innovate is that while the speed and scope of applications are expanding rapidly, the variety and complexity of technology is increasing simultaneously, putting pressure on their IT infrastructure. Speaking at the SUSE Expert Days 2018 held in Singapore recently, Dr Gerald Pfeifer, VP of Products and Technology Program, SUSE, told attendees that these prevailing trends have come together to make Open Source the primary engine for business innovation.
  • Qualcomm is able to release the Snapdragon 845 source code in 6 weeks
    Qualcomm‘s latest high-end system-on-chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, was announced at the Snapdragon Tech Summit back in December. The chipset offers 4 Kryo 385 (A75 “performance”) and 4 Kryo 385 (A55 “efficiency”) CPU cores, the latest Adreno 630 GPU, the Spectra 280 ISP, the Hexagon 685 DSP, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and a new Secure Processing Unit (SPU). The Snapdragon 845 SoC is a powerhouse in benchmarks and it is already available in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and the OnePlus 6. Developers on our forums have been itching to get their hands on a device with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, but there’s just one thing that has made some developers worry about the future of development on the platform: The lack of publicly available source code for the kernel, HALs, framework branches, and more on the CodeAurora Forums.
  • Kata Containers 1.0 Released, Formerly Intel Clear Containers
    Back in December was the announcement of Intel's Clear Containers being spun into a new project called Kata Containers in collaboration with other organizations. Kata Containers has now reached their version 1.0 milestone. Kata Containers 1.0 is now available for this container technology designed for offering a secure and scalable container experience built atop Intel VT technology.
  • What's new in OpenStack?
    As OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier referenced in his opening keynote, the uses which OpenStack is seeing today expand far beyond what most who were involved in the early days of the project could have ever imagined. While OpenStack started out primarily in the traditional data center and found many large-scale users, particularly in the telecommunications industry, who were using it to manage huge installations of traditional x86 server hardware, the flexibility of OpenStack has today allowed it to thrive in many other environments and use cases. Today, we see OpenStack powering everything from academic and research projects to media and gaming services, from online retail and e-commerce to manufacturing and industrial applications, and from finance to healthcare. OpenStack is found in all of these different places not just because it is cheaper than using the public cloud, not just because it makes compliance with various regulations easier, but because its open source code makes it flexible to all sort of different situations.
  • Should Red Hat Buy or Build a Database?
    For a decade, at least, observers of the company have speculated about whether Red Hat would or should enter the database market. The primary argument, one made in this space eight years ago, has historically been that Red Hat is de facto leaving potential dollars on the table by limiting itself to operating platform and immediately adjacent markets. In a more recent piece, analyst Krishnan Subramanian adds that Red Hat is at risk because databases represent a control point, one that the company is effectively ceding to competitors such as AWS or Microsoft.
  • Tidelift Raises $15M Series A From General Catalyst, Foundry, & Others
    This morning Tidelift, a startup focused on helping developers work with open source technology, announced that it has closed a $15 million Series A round of funding co-led by General Catalyst, Foundry, and Matthew Szulik, the former CEO of Red Hat, a public open source-centered technology company. The subscription-powered startup has an interesting business model which we’ll dive into shortly, but it’s worth noting that the open source space as a whole is quite active. It’s something that Crunchbase News covered last year, describing how startups working with open source software have enjoyed a dramatic rise in investor interest. That puts Tidelift in the midst of a trend.
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