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Story Open source training and the Red Hat Challenge Labs Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 8:26am
Story Fedora Notifications, 0.3.0 Release Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:42am
Story ChromeOS vs Linux: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:33am
Story Android powered Nvidia Shield tablet now available for pre-order Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:32am
Story FOSS Around the World: Latin America Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:22am
Story OpenMediaVault 1.0 review Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:12am
Story SUSE Parent Merger, Microsoft Copying Linux, and Predictions Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 7:07am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 12:15am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 12:15am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2014 - 12:14am

IPA Font license added to license list

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GNU
OSS
Legal

We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the IPA Font license. It is a copyleft free software license for fonts, incompatible with the GPL.

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OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk

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LibO
OOo

OpenForum Europe, an advocacy group focusing on IT openness in government, issued a press release earlier today announcing its launch of a new public Internet portal. At that site, anyone can report a government page that offers a document intended for collaborative use for downloading if that document is not available in an OpenDocument Format (ODF) compliant version. The portal is called FixMyDocuments.eu, and you can show your support for the initiative (as I have) by adding your name here (the first supporter listed is the EU's indominatable digital champion, Neelie Kroes).

The announcement coincides with the beginning of another initiative, Global Legislative Openness Week, which will involve global activities annd "events hosted by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and members of the parliamentary openness community." A full calendar of events is here.

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Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Ben Skeggs sent in his Nouveau DRM driver changes for the drm-next tree of open-source NVIDIA driver improvements that will land in Linux 3.18.

With the DRM merge window now closing earlier in the cycle, David Airlie is cutting off new features for the next kernel merge window from landing into drm-next after -rc5 of the current kernel. Thus, this week is the cut-off for new DRM driver functionality aiming for Linux 3.18 with Linux 3.17-rc5 having been released. As such, Ben Skeggs sent in his big batch of Nouveau DRM improvements.

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With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS' driving seat

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Android
Google

Under Android One, Google has developed its reference hardware designs — meaning OEMs no longer have to develop and test their own smartphones; they just pick up Google's ready-to-wear versions and get manufacturing. Google already has three local Indian smartphone makers signed up to do just that — Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax — all soon be be selling Google-designed, Android One-powered devices for around $100.

Android One uses a stock version of Android, as seen on its Nexus products — meaning no UI customisation is possible — but Google has graciously offered to let OEMs and mobile operators add their own apps to handsets running the OS. The operators don't seem to mind the disintermediation much, and have teamed up with Google to launch Android One mobile plans to coincide with the launch of the new phones.

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Greens urge Saxony to consider open source use

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OSS

The Alliance 90 / The Greens in the parliament of the German state of Saxony are urging for a feasibility study on moving the state's public administrations to free and open source software solutions. The political group, free software users themselves since December 2011, say that lower IT costs and advantages in IT security should drive public administrations to using free and open source software.

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Everything You Need to Know About Meizu MX4, the Upcoming Ubuntu Phone – Gallery

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Ubuntu

The new Ubuntu Touch operating system from Canonical will power the new Meizu MX4 phone and it will be out in December, according to the latest information posted by the Chinese company. We now take a closer look at this new phone to see how it will hold up with an Ubuntu experience.

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Austrian gov computing centre lauds OpenOffice

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OSS

Austria's Bundesrechenzentrum, the federal government-owned computing centre praises the wide range of application uses of Apache OpenOffice, a free and open source suite of office productivity tools. The solution can be adapted to the data centre's needs, integrated in its specialist applications and also allows document to be created and submitted automatically and semi-automatically. OpenOffice is the standard office suite at the computing centre since 2008, installed on 12000 PCs across the organisation.

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Rebuild of Debian using Clang 3.5.0

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Debian

As a parallel approach, we started to implement a suggestion from Linus Torvalds and a few others. Instead of trying to fix all upstream, where we can, we tried to update clang to improve the gcc compatibility.

gcc has many flags to disable or enable optimizations. Some of them are legacy, others have no sense in clang, etc. Instead of failing in clang with an error, we create a new category of warnings (showing optimization flag '%0' is not supported) and moved all relevant flags into it. Some examples, r212805, r213365, r214906 or r214907

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Open source datacenter computing with Apache Mesos

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OSS

Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that provides efficient resource isolation and sharing across distributed applications or frameworks. Mesos is a open source software originally developed at the University of California at Berkeley. It sits between the application layer and the operating system and makes it easier to deploy and manage applications in large-scale clustered environments more efficiently. It can run many applications on a dynamically shared pool of nodes. Prominent users of Mesos include Twitter, Airbnb, MediaCrossing, Xogito and Categorize.

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Enlightenment E19 Officially Released With Its Own Wayland Compositor

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GNU
Linux

While E19 didn't come out last week as talked about, it was released this morning! The Enlightenment E19 update is a huge upgrade over E18 or E17, especially if you're an early Wayland adopter.

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4MLinux Multiboot Edition 10.0 Beta Lets Users Install Latest Ubuntu and Fedora over Network

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Red Hat
Ubuntu

4MLinux Multiboot Edition 10.0 Beta, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), has been released and is now ready for testing.

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MEGA has a Linux client now, offers up to 50 GB of free space and client-side encryption!

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GNU
Linux
Server
Web

For Linux users, there are plenty of Dropbox alternatives, MEGAsync being the latest entrant. The service was the brain child of Kim Dotcom, founder of now defunct Megaupload, and it was launched on 19 January 2013 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the seizure of his previous enterprise. MEGAsync now has a dedicated Linux client as well (unlike Google Drive).

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Running KDE Plasma 5 on Kubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17 KDE

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GNU
KDE
Linux

KDE Plasma 5 is a completely new desktop experience for KDE users. built using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5 and it introduces an updated artwork concept with cleaner visuals and improved readability, called Breeze, along with improved high DPI support and a converged shell, as well as a fully hardware accelerated graphics stack.

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Linux Mint 17.1 to Be Called "Rebecca"

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GNU
Linux

The Linux Mint developers have decided to announce the name of the next version of their distro, 17.1, and it's going to be "Rebecca."

The Linux Mint code names were never something very important, not for the developer and not for the community. It's hard to pinpoint the names of the previous releases, but that's not really an issue. The distribution is known for many other good things and the name is not really an important feature.

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Ho Hum “9” Inaction

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Real innovation happens in FLOSS and GNU/Linux where the pace of innovation sometimes is annoyingly fast. In the last few years, FLOSS has brought us the cloud in real measure, better and faster IT generally, Android/Linux and “apps”, more distros and rearrangements of the desktop than you could ever think of shipping, and most amazing of all, growth of >100% in users at a price of $0 to end-users.

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The True Measure of a Successful Open Source Project

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OSS

A question I get a lot is, “What makes an open source software project successful?” This isn’t a simple question, as every project is really different. But certainly there are some common characteristics: a vibrant and open community and ecosystem of contributors, an innovative goal or technology and investments from a diverse set of stakeholders are just a few.

Business benchmarks and market share help measure the success of a project over time. A blockbuster like Linux can tout nine code changes per hour, $10.8 billion in shared R&D investment and millions of developers. It runs 65 percent of smart mobile devices, 95 percent of high performance computing market, 55 percent of the embedded systems market, and most of world’s stock exchanges.

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Google reveals the first ultra-cheap Android One smartphones

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Android
Google

Google has unveiled the first smartphones to run on its Android One platform, a standard designed to help push affordable smartphones in the developing world. The initiative kicks off in India, where Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn are all selling phones with 4.5-inch screens, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processors, dual-SIM slots, microSD expandable storage, and FM radios.

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Acquia to deliver government's cloud-hosted, open source CMS

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Drupal

Boston-headquartered Drupal services company Acquia will deliver the federal government’s govCMS project.

The project to create a standard content management system for federal government agencies was announced in May.

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Speed or torque? Linux desktop vs. server distros

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GNU
Linux

My post about splitting up Linux distributions along dedicated server and desktop lines has produced interesting feedback. The comments -- both in public and privately via email -- are all over the place.

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How to lobby for open source and Linux in schools

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GNU
Linux
OSS

About eight years ago, I started lobbying to bring more Linux and open source software to high schools and higher IT vocational institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Here's how I did it and what you can learn from it to do the same where you live.

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