Use Tails to Avoid Prying Eyes

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Debian

It was a bit of a slow-news day today, however, www.engadget.com has a bit of a summary of Tails in the context of avoiding certain prying eyes. www.deccanherald.com posted an overview of Linux for its readers a few days ago saying, "It may not be widely known, but Linux did revolutionize computing." Red Hat has been hogging the headlines lately, but www.futuregov.asia recently published a two-part interview with Harrish Pillay, Red Hat Global Head for Community Architecture and Leadership.

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This is Amazon’s smartphone

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Android
Gadgets

According to details from multiple sources, Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it will also include 2GB of RAM. It will run a heavily customized version of Google’s Android operating system similar to the version that powers Amazon’s tablets.

Our sources state that the phone’s display will measure 4.7 inches diagonally, making the handset’s screen a bit smaller than recent flagship offerings from Samsung and HTC. The handset also have comparatively low pixel density, featuring 720p HD resolution compared to 1080p HD resolution on many rival devices.

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Samsung Tizen smartphones now slated for 2Q release

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Linux
OSS

The interview raises hope among Tizen fans that the open source Linux-based platform will not fade away or be limited to other device categories such as Tizen’s Gear 2 smartwatches, which were announced in February at Mobile World Congress, and have recently begun to ship to mostly favorable reviews.

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Linux-Based Autonomous Sub Leads Malaysia Airlines Flight Search

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GNU
Linux

It would appear that the Bluefin-21 now searching the Indian Ocean offers a similar, but perhaps more powerful computing system. Bluefin lists a 4GB flash drive, plus additional payload storage. The craft also incorporates GPS, RF, Iridium, and strobe communications, and can connect via Ethernet at short range for downloading data at shipside. Other features include a dead-reckoning drift that is typically less than 0.1 percent of distance traveled.

Linux has figured in a variety of autonomous aquatic craft, including the Liquid Robotics' solar-powered Wave Glider SV3, designed in part by Java creator James Gosling. On the low-end, you can go underwater (with a tether) with the BeagleBone Black based OpenROV UUV.

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SystemRescueCd 4.2.0 Recovery Distro Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

SystemRescueCd is a very famous Linux distribution that has been developed with a single purpose in mind, to be a system rescue disk that is able to run from bootable CD-ROM or USB stick. As the name implies, this OS is only useful after your computer has already crashed and you really need the data.

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Google Mounts $100K Project Ara Dev Challenge

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Android
Google

Modular product design is the wave of the future, said Shardul Kazi, Toshiba America senior VP, who sees the concept being extended to tablets and other products. Google is offering developers a carrot to help make that future materialize, in the form of a $100,000 prize for Project Ara innovation. The rules for the competition will be released in May

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Open Source enables government business continuity

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OSS

It is not unknown to hear about closed-source software companies that end technical support and security patches for their products. It is a technique that some of them use to force their customers to upgrade to a newer version. In addition, some unfortunate circumstances may force the companies to go out of business and in the process they abort their products as well. Such circumstances often leave the users with a choice between hard place and a rock.

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Also new: Welcome to the open source renaissance

NVIDIA might be working on G-SYNC Linux support

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Graphics/Benchmarks

NVidia GSync is proprietary technology found on supported NVidia cards that reduces tearing, stuttering, input lag, and other similar gaming problems by not having the monitor’s refresh rate be fixed but rather it’s a dynamic refresh rate that will scan out whenever the GPU is finished rendering. Till now, this feature was only limited to Windows 7, 8 & 8.1. But maybe due to the flurry by the developers to bring games to Linux and game engines being released on Linux, it could be anyone’s guess that NVidia thought it to be a good time to give Linux users the full feature package too. Add to that Valve pushing Steam machines and Steam OS and NVidia has all the more reason to give their much needed attention in bringing more features to Linux.

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Councils stage open source revival

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OSS

Local councils behind an ambitious public open source software scheme that flourished briefly with boom-time investment under the last government are attempting to revive it under the cost-cutting coalition's digital strategy.

But their old rival Microsoft is making its local government come-back too, after a 10-year gestation with the London Borough of Newham under a deal that became the focus of bitter opposition between the proprietary and open source software camps.

Last time, with central government funding but only lacklustre policy support, Bristol City and Camden London Borough built an open source content management system that was propagated as far afield as India and Bremen.

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Open source software: a guide for SMBs

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OSS

Many businesses are realizing the benefits of open source. According to a recent report, up to a third of IT professionals are already using the technology and this figure will grow.

Open source is often cheaper, more flexible and easier to manage than its licensed counterparts. If you've got some technical ability, the basics are easy to implement yourself, with a multitude of "DIY" guides available online.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Leftovers: Software

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Software

today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Screenshots

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Reviews

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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