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Story The Ubuntu Phone That Transforms into a PC Will Be Built by BQ Rianne Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Story SourceForge commits reputational suicide Rianne Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 7:26pm
Story Nintendo Nixes Android Rumors Roy Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 7:25pm
Story First Open Automotive Grade Linux Spec Released Rianne Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 7:20pm
Story Qt 5.4.2 Released Rianne Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 7:16pm
Story diet4j: run Maven modules directly, and avoid gigantic JARs and WARs j12t 02/06/2015 - 6:35pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 1:13pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 1:11pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 1:10pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 02/06/2015 - 1:01pm

Ubuntu MATE Devs Want to Know If You'd Like an Ubuntu MATE Basic Edition

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu MATE developers are looking for community feedback regarding the creation of a new alternative image that would pack a minimum amount of packages and that would fit on a single CD.

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Dell Launches IoT Gateway Powered by Ubuntu Core

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GNU
Linux

Dell is making a push to enter the Internet of Things ecosystem, and it's doing so with a new device aptly named Dell IoT Gateway, which is powered by Ubuntu Core, among other things.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • LightSail [Linux-powered] solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew

    The Planetary Society reports that the Carl Sagan-inspired spacecraft rebooted as predicted, and the ground team is once again in touch. There's already a software fix waiting in the wings, and there will be a decision on when to deploy it "very soon" -- if all goes according to plan, the Society will deploy the vehicle's namesake sails soon afterward.

  • Linux 4.1-rc6 Kernel Released
  • Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.1 Release Candidate 6

    It's Sunday, so guess what?! Linus Torvalds has just announced yet another Release Candidate (RC) version for the forthcoming Linux kernel 4.1, available for download and testing right now.

  • Intel Broadwell HD Graphics Tests With Mesa 10.7 Git

    While Mesa 10.7 just recently entered development, the Git code is often benchmarked on Phoronix, and with not having delivered any Intel Broadwell Linux graphics tests in some time, here's the latest numbers as of this weekend.

  • Libav Adds H.264 & HEVC Encoders For NVIDIA's NVENC

    Following FFmpeg in supporting NVENC for NVIDIA's GPU-based video encoding on Linux systems, the forked Libav project has now written up their own NVENC support for H.264 and H.265/HEVC.

  • How Warm Does The Intel Compute Stick Get?

    The Compute Stick plastic case does get warm when benchmarking, but not scorching hot.

  • New Benchmarks Of Eltechs ExaGear For x86 Apps On ARM

    In the past we've written about Eltechs' ExaGear Desktop software that claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU and allows x86 Windows/Linux programs to run on ARM. The company has sent over their latest benchmark results of their latest performance claims.

  • Xen Orchestra 4.0 Brings Docker Support, Improved Design

    The Xen Orchestra team announced this week their next big release: Xen Orchestra 4.0. Xen Orchestra 4.0 has been in development for over nine months now and is codenamed Double Bass.

  • Synergy - Keyboard and mouse sharing utility

    Using two machines concurrently can cause a few problems. I find it's too cumbersome to use two keyboards and two mice to control the computers. KVM cables are frankly overkill for my needs, taking up too much room in what already is tight a space. But there is a software solution that meets my simple requirements. The software is called Synergy, a simple keyboard and mouse sharing utility. It's multi-platform software (running on Linux, Windows and OS X) and released under an open source license (GNU General Public License v2).

  • Warlocks Vs Shadows, 2D Action RPG Tested On Linux, Very Promising

    I’ve taken some time to take a look at Warlocks Vs Shadows which is a really great looking 2D side-scrolling action RPG.

  • Evolving KDE survey: You still have time

    On Monday morning, June 1, Lydia will be extracting the Evolving KDE survey results for us to review. Which means that you still have all day today (Sunday) to take this very short survey. As we’ve stated before, the survey will remain open afterward, but this deadline is for analysis and presentation at Akademy.

  • Debian 8.1 to Arrive on June 6

    Debian 8 (Jessie) was announced only a month ago, and now its developers are preparing the first point update for it and they even have a precise date in mind.

  • wattOS R9 Switches Back to Ubuntu, Now Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Biff Baxter from the wattOS team had the pleasure of announcing this past weekend that the ninth release of their Ubuntu-based operating system is available for download.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Goodbye, SourceForge.

    ourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

  • SourceForge Accused of Bundling GIMP with Adware

    If you’ve downloaded a copy of GIMP for Windows from SourceForge in recent days, you may want to double check to make sure you didn’t get other programs installed as well. Some copies of the “open source Photoshop” were apparently being offered with for-profit adware bundled with the installer.

  • Now, open-source platform emojidex offers emojis as service

    Washington: Now, a new project, named emojidex, is offering emojis as a service that allows developers to share new emojis with each other and add them to their apps and websites.

  • Indian Wikipedia page grows to 800K page views a month

    The Odia language is spoken by more than 40 million people in the Indian state of Odisha (the 9th largest Indian state by area) and its neighboring states, as well as, the Odia diaspora living outside India. With over 5000 years of literary heritage, the Odia language has been recognized as one of the oldest South Asian languages and has been given the status of a "classical language" by the Indian government.

  • NU grad aids Nepal relief effort through open-source mapping

    When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, the world wanted to help the people, but few were as well-placed as 1998 NU graduate Neil Horning, who lives in Kathmandu.

    Already well-known to the open source mapping community for a human rights mapping website called NepalMonitor.org, Horning had only to grab his laptop and make his way through the rubble to be tapped for a new assignment.

    He would be the new coordinator of Quakemap.org, born the day after the quake in a high-tech workshop called Kathmandu Living Labs.

  • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Develops a Code Of Conduct

    Over the last decade there has been a gradual adoption of Code-Of-Conduct statements at events and within organisations, including at FOSS4G events and within OSGeo projects. Adopting a good Code-Of-Conduct consolidates expectations about respectful behaviour at events and forums, ensuring they are safe, welcoming and productive and helps communities discretely address indiscretions should they occur.

  • An Open Source Toolchain For iCE40 FPGAs

    FPGAs are great, but open source they are not. All the players in FPGA land have their own proprietary tools for creating bitstream files, and synthesizing the HDL of your choice for any FPGA usually means agreeing to terms and conditions that nobody reads.

  • Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Dissapears from Official Store

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Ubuntu

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu phone has disappeared from the official store, and there is no information as of yet why that has happened.

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Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 6 SR4 Released, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Linux
Ubuntu

Black Lab Software had the great pleasure of informing us earlier today, June 1, about the immediate availability for download of the fourth service release (SR) of the Black Lab Enterprise, Education and Forensics Desktop 6 distributions.

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wattOS R9 Released!

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OS
Ubuntu

The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the newest version of wattOS – Release 9 – (also known as R9). We have made the switch back to Ubuntu as the upstream distro and built the latest version from 14.04 LTS for long term support and stability.

We have simplified things this time around with wattOS and are only releasing two types of desktops. Previously having the extra desktop versions created additional work. This time we are more focused and have released only two desktop versions.

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Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation App Available Now for Ubuntu Phones, Powered by OpenStreetMap

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Ubuntu

Developer Marcos Costales had the great pleasure of unveiling what it appears to be the first ever turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system from Canonical, which powers the so-called Ubuntu phones.

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Tanglu 3 Beta Is Based on Debian 8 Jessie, Features Linux Kernel 4.0, GNOME 3.16, and KDE Plasma 5.3

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OS
GNU
Linux

Matthias Klumpp from the Tanglu development team had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta release of the upcoming Tanglu 3 Linux operating system.

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3 ways Google's Android Pay is better than Apple Pay

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Android
Google

Believe it or not, Google's Android Pay makes it simpler and more rewarding to pay for things with a phone than the already easy-to-use Apple Pay.

With more than one billion active Android users, that's going to give mobile payments a big boost in 2015, at least in the US. This is no half-hearted Google Wallet.

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Docker Delivers Security Configuration Checking Tool

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Server
Security

The Docker Bench for Security script is packaged as a Docker container to make it easier to run and test. One of the CIS Benchmark's recommendations is to limit container privileges to only what is needed to run. Somewhat ironically, the Docker Bench for Security script is a very high-privilege container that has broad access to host resources—usually something a container should not be able to do. That said, as a security testing tool, the container does need the broad access to validate host configuration for container deployment properly.

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Manjaro OpenRC 0.8.13 - reinventing init without systemd

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Reviews

It would be an understatement to say that systemd's introduction as the dominant init system for modern Linux distros has stirred controversy. Both opponents and supporters of this new way of doing things have tended to get rather excited - to put it mildly - whenever the topic of systemd comes up on various tech blogs and forums. Defending one's choice of init systems from critics has become a sort of moral obligation, if not a way of life. Take the "wrong" side of the argument on your favourite tech forum, and you can expect a deluge of heated comments, frequently containing accusations of "troll" and even nastier descriptive words not suitable for publication.

I suppose it's natural for geeks to get emotional about their operating system. In fact, if you've seen the 2013 movie Her, it's predicted that in the near future not only will we be able to love our own personal operating system, but also have sex with it. Indeed, I think we're already there, to judge by the way people have become attached to their mobile handsets.

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Dell Announces Cheaper Ubuntu-Powered Inspiron 14 3000 Series Laptop

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GNU
Linux

Immediately after unveiling the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Ubuntu Edition laptop, the renown hardware manufacturer also published details about their smaller, 14" Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Series laptop powered by Ubuntu Linux.

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Mandriva : An obituary

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MDV

Mandriva is certainly a rather unique company; it has also been the company for which I was privileged enough to work two times, one in 2003 as an intern for several months. Back then I used to handle the national resellers’network. The second time was ten years afterwards in 2012 and 2013, this time as a consultant helping them with their Open Source strategy and their marketing activities. One can see how this company is rather special for me. During my last “tenure” there I got to know what we now know to be the “last” team of Mandriva, its last incarnation as a company. Last week, we learned that the company has been liquidated, which essentially means not just that the company filed for bankruptcy, but that the company as such exists no more. Mandriva went several times (three times?) into bankruptcy, but was never obviously liquidated. At this stage I have no idea what became of the assets, nor its subsidiaries.mandriva-logo-opts

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Tiny Core Linux 6.3 Has Been Officially Released, Download Now

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GNU
Linux

The developers of Tiny Core Linux, one of the smallest GNU/Linux distribution in the world, were proud to announce the release of Tiny Core 6.3.

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Latest Manjaro Linux Update Patches the Nasty EXT4 RAID Data Corruption Bug

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Linux

On May 30, the Manjaro Development Team, through Philip Müller, informed all Manjaro Linux users about the immediate availability for download of the tenth update for the stable Manjaro Linux 0.8.12 distribution.

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Also: Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 RC2 Comes with KDE Plasma 5.3.1 and KDE Apps 15.04.1

Linux 4.1-rc6

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Linux

It's been a fairly normal week, although I can't say that the rc's
have exactly started shrinking yet. No, the rc's haven't been all that
big to begin with this release cycle, and things have been fairly
calm, but I'd be happier if we didn't have noise in raid5 and
device-mapper at this stage.

That said, it's not like rc6 is a big rc, and things look normal. This
is about half drivers (mainly scsi target, networking, and graphics,
plus the aforementioned raid and dm changes, with other random fixes).
The rest is fairly evenly split between architecture updates (alpha
stands out), filesystem updates (xfs, cifs and overlayfs) and "misc"
(networking, turbostat tool update, documentation).

Most of the fixes are really quite small. Shortlog appended, skimming
it gives a flavor of the kinds of things we have here.

Linus
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