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Story Another great experience in Fedora bug reporting: Wine font fix solves my web-browsing problem Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 1:01am
Story The top 14 hidden features in Windows, iOS, and Android Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 12:46am
Story Android-on-ARM mini-PC draws less than 7W Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 12:37am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 9:09pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 9:08pm
Story Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18 Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 8:03pm
Story Rugged mini-PCs have four gigabit ports, run Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 7:56pm
Story LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 7:49pm
Story Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 7:47pm
Story Acer Offers New Desktop Chromebox Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 7:36pm

GitHub, Seagate, Western Digital & Others Join The Linux Foundation

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Linux

With LinuxCon starting today in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced their latest sponsorship recruits for some major organizations that are now backing the foundation.

Adapteva, GitHub, SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital are the latest organizations joining the Linux Foundation. Nearly all Phoronix readers should now GitHub along with storage companies Seagate and Western Digital. Adapteva is the start-up Parallella super-computing board.

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Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Early benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel have indicated faster performance for AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver thanks to Radeon DRM improvements.

There's plenty of Radeon changes for Linux 3.17 among which is properly-working AMD Radeon R9 290 (Hawaii) graphics support after these high-end GPUs were busted on the open-source Linux driver for countless months. Linux 3.17 also expands where Radeon Dynamic Power Management (DPM) is enabled, supports uncached and write-combined GTT buffers, Userptr support, and there's GPU VM improvements among other fixes and improvements.

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The Top Open Source Cloud Projects of 2014

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OSS

OpenStack is the most popular open source cloud project, followed by Docker and KVM, according to a survey of more than 550 respondents conducted by Linux.com and The New Stack and announced today at CloudOpen in Chicago.

The results reflect the rising popularity of a new generation of open source projects that for the most part are less than five years old and aimed at meeting the growing enterprise demand for cloud computing infrastructure. In turn, these young projects are showing favor but the strength of the more solid technologies have a certain degree of longevity that is also reflected in the results.

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GNOME 3.14 Beta Makes GLSL Optional, Supports Wayland Gesture/Touch Events

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GNOME

For the upcoming GNOME 3.13.90 release are updates to GNOME Shell and Mutter that bring a few notable last-minute changes.

The GNOME 3.13.90 Beta release is scheduled to happen today and as such the Mutter and GNOME Shell updates were checked in this week. With the Mutter 3.13.90 comes an enforcement that XSync() is only ever called once per-frame, the GLSL support is optional, gesture and touch events are now handled on Wayland, and there's a variety of other fixes/changes. The Mutter 3.13.90 changes can be found via its release announcement.

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Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6

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Android

It is likely I will buy an iPhone 6, but there are many things I like about Android that I doubt we will see come to an Apple flagship smartphone any time soon.

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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

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Microsoft
OSS

Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software.

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LaKademy 2014 - KDE Latin America Summit

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KDE

Two years have passed since the reality of the first Latin American meeting of KDE contributors in 2012 in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Now we are proud to announce that the second LaKademy will be held August 27th to 30th in São Paulo, Brazil, at one of the most important and prestigious universities in the world—the University of São Paulo.

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Linux Growth Demands Bigger Talent Poo

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Linux

Today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen we're making an announcement that signifies the natural next step in helping to build a qualified talent pool of Linux professionals worldwide:The Linux Foundation Certification Program.

We sought to create a new Linux certification program that is innovative, highly valued among Linux pro’s and employers and advances the state-of the-art of certification exams. We think it's a different approach to testing and can help advance Linux by bringing more Linux talent into the market. The exams are available anytime, anywhere; performance based with testing in the command line; and distribution flexible.

Let me tell you a bit more about why we believe this is so important. Linux today powers most of the technology infrastructure that runs our daily lives. It is the fastest growing platform in nearly every sector of technology from embedded systems, mobile devices and consumer electronics to the cloud, enterprise server, high performance computing and more.

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Linux Foundation to offer new certification for IT workers

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Linux

With an eye toward deepening the global Linux talent pool, the Linux Foundation today announced that it will offer two new certifications for engineers and administrators.

The Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator, or LFCS, and the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer, or LFCE certificates will be granted to applicants who pass an automated online exam. The cost will be $300, although the foundation will hand out 1,000 free passes to attendees at LinuxCon, where the announcement was made.

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More: Linux Foundation Debuts Linux Certification Effort

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 1 Is an Interesting Debian and GNOME 3.12 Combination

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GNU
Linux
GNOME
Debian

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 1, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, has been released and is now ready for testing.

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Linux Founder Linus Torvalds 'Still Wants the Desktop'

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Linux

The Linux faithful gathered today at LinuxCon to hear core Linux developers, especially Linus Torvalds—and the audience wasn't disappointed. In a keynote panel session, Torvalds spoke of his hopes and the challenges for Linux in 2014.

Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman moderated the discussion and commented that Linux already runs everywhere. He asked Torvalds where he thinks Linux should go next.

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Thanks For Making Games Faster: Top 10 Quotes from the Linux Kernel Developer Panel

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Linux
Gaming

Linux gamers owe a debt of gratitude to kernel developer Andy Lutomirski for his recent work getting 32-bit programs to run faster on a 64-bit kernel, said Greg Kroah-Hartman during the Linux kernel panel today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America.

“A lot of people thought, who cares? It turned out Valve cares,” Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and Linux Foundation Fellow, said. All of their games are still 32-bit applications but Valve wanted them to run on the 64-bit architecture, he said.

“You just sped up all the gamers,” Kroah-Hartman said on stage to enthusiastic applause. “You made their machines run faster without realizing it. Thank you.”

“You're welcome,” said Lutomirski, a relative newcomer to kernel development.

Kroah-Hartman, who moderated the panel discussion, was joined on stage by Linux Creator Linus Torvalds as well as kernel developers Andrew Morton from Google, Shuah Khan from Samsung, and Lutomirski, a co-founder of AMA Capital Management. Their discussion covered a range of topics from the top challenges facing the kernel community, to the toughest bugs they've fixed and everything in between. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion, below. The full session will be available soon on the Linux Foundation YouTube channel.

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The Many Things You Can Build With A Raspberry Pi

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Linux
Red Hat
Hardware

Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers.

The two Fedora contributors cover the back-story of the Raspberry Pi for anyone that's been sleeping under a rock, how to go about getting parts for the RPi, and the process to get Linux running on the ~$35 ARMv6 system. With Linux running on the Raspberry Pi, the possibilities are nearly endless for this low-cost development-friendly board.

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Raspberry Pi Devices Spread in Schools, Help Teach Programming

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Linux
Hardware

According to a new DigiTimes report, sales of credit-card sized Raspberry Pi devices, which run Linux, remain very strong. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that 3.5 million units have sold worldwide, with demand from China and Taiwan staying strong. The devices are helping to teach children basic programming skills and are arriving in educational systems all around the world.

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These Are the Biggest Android Tablets That Money Can Buy

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Android

How big do you like your tablet? If you're designing a kid-friendly device that can be used as an easel, learning resource and game platform, the answer is probably: roughly Monopoly-board big.

No, 10 or even 12 inches isn't going to do it for you. You're going to want a device with a 20- or 24-inch display, like nabi's new Big Tab tablets, made by Fuhu. The Big Tabs are the biggest Android slates we've ever seen for sale (although there have been demos of significantly bigger models).

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GNOME's Window and Compositing Manager Mutter 3.14 Beta 1 Gets More Wayland Improvements

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GNOME

Florian Müllner has announced that Mutter 3.14 Beta 1 has been released, featuring a number of changes and improvements.

According to the changelog, Xsync is now called once per frame, GLSL is now being used by Mutter, gestures and touch events on Wayland are now being handled properly, support has been added for the un-minimize compositor effects, the frame background has been set to None, and backend methods have been added to handle keymaps.

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AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver Preparing For A World Without An X Server?

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Server

AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server.

While there's no announcement out of AMD indicating any future support directions for their Catalyst Linux driver, it seems their Catalyst driver will soon be equipped with an option for building the driver packages without X.Org Server support, a.k.a. no building of the fglrx DDX driver.

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KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.14

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KDE

for the release of KDE SC 4.14 are available for Kubuntu 14.04LTS and our development release. You can get them from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. It includes an update of Plasma Desktop to 4.11.11.

Bugs in the packaging should be reported to kubuntu-ppa on Launchpad. Bugs in the software to KDE.

To update, use the Software Repository Guide to add the following repository to your software sources list:

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What is a good EPUB reader on Linux

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Linux

If the habit on reading books on electronic tablets is still on its way, reading books on a computer is even rarer. It is hard enough to focus on the classics of the 16th century literature, so who needs the Facebook chat pop up sound in the background in addition? But if for some reasons you wish to open an electronic book in your computer, chances are that you will need specific software. Indeed, most editors agreed with using the EPUB format for electronic books (for "Electronic PUBlication"). Hopefully, Linux is not deprived of good programs capable of dealing with such format. In short, here is a non-exhaustive list of good EPUB readers on Linux.

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