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Story Webconverger 28 Is a Great Linux OS for Internet Cafes and Kiosks Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:42pm
Story Linux 4.1 Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:17pm
Story No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:16pm
Story Benchmarks of Linux RAID Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:12pm
Story QtWebEngine Poses Problems For Debian, Distribution Vendors Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:04pm
Story Events Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:03pm
Story Ubuntu 15.04 Gets Its First Vulnerability Fix Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 7:00pm
Story Canonical Making First Steps Towards Ditching DEB-Based Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 6:56pm
Story What's Next for Apache's Open Source Office Suite, OpenOffice? Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Ubuntu 15.04 Reviews Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2015 - 6:44pm

The Curious History of Komongistan (Busting the term “intellectual property”)

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Legal

The purpose of this parable is to illustrate just how misguided the term “intellectual property” is. When I say that the term “intellectual property” is an incoherent overgeneralization, that it lumps together laws that have very little in common, and that its use is an obstacle to clear thinking about any of those laws, many can't believe I really mean what I say. So sure are they that these laws are related and similar, species of the same genus as it were, that they suppose I am making a big fuss about small differences. Here I aim to show how fundamental the differences are.

Fifty years ago everyone used to recognize the nations of Korea, Mongolia and Pakistan as separate and distinct. In truth, they have no more in common than any three randomly chosen parts of the world, since they have different geographies, different cultures, different languages, different religions, and separate histories. Today, however, their differentness is mostly buried under their joint label of “Komongistan”.

Few today recall the marketing campaign that coined that name: companies trading with South Korea, Mongolia and Pakistan called those three countries “Komongistan” as a simple-sounding description of their “field” of activity. (They didn't trouble themselves about the division of Korea or whether “Pakistan” should include what is now Bangladesh.) This label gave potential investors the feeling that they had a clearer picture of what these companies did, as well as tending to stick in their minds. When the public saw the ads, they took for granted that these countries formed a natural unit, that they had something important in common. First scholarly works, then popular literature, began to talk about Komongistan.

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Open source, IoT-ready Udoo hacker SBC starts at $49

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Android
Linux
OSS

The open source, IoT-focused Udoo Neo SBC has won Kickstarter funding. The Neo runs Android or Linux on an i.MX6 SoloX, and has WiFi, BT, and Arduino hooks.

Seco’s Udoo project unveiled the Udoo Neo single board computer in prototype form in early March. The project went to Kickstarter yesterday to formally launch the tiny Linux- and Android-ready hacker board and raised its modest $15,000 goal in just 80 minutes. We say modest because the Udoo project has already won a fair share of popularity in the community SBC world with open-spec SBCs like the Udoo Quad, and probably didn’t need a Kickstarter campaign to find success with the Neo. The campaign is now running in the $60,000+ range, with 43 days to go.

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These Are the Best Android Smartphones You Can Buy

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Android

Android smartphone buyers are spoiled with choices. New handsets from manufacturers such as HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung are hitting store shelves all the time. So choosing which new phone to get — and when to get one — can be daunting.

Yahoo Tech is here to help. Read on for the best Android phones to buy right now (April 2015). Whether you’re on a budget, are looking for a big-screen behemoth, or just want the overall best smartphone, these are the Android handsets to get.

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Kubuntu 15.04 Users Can Install the Gorgeous Plasma 5.3 Beta Desktop

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Ubuntu

Kubuntu 15.04 will be made available tomorrow as a stable release, along with all the flavors from the Ubuntu family, and it will be powered by KDE Plasma 5.2. To make things even better, developers have decided to make the latest Plasma 5.3 Beta available to willing users, as well.

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Next Ubuntu Touch Major OTA Update Will Change the Base to Ubuntu 15.04

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Ubuntu

Canonical is working to switch the base for Ubuntu Touch to the 15.04 branch, and the devs are sure that it's just a matter of time. From the looks of it, the next major OTA update for Ubuntu Touch will switch the system to the new vivid base.

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VMware introduces new open source projects to accelerate enterprise adoption of cloud-native applications

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OSS

VMware has announced two new open source projects built to enable enterprise adoption of cloud-native applications – Project Lightwave, an identity and access management project that will extend enterprise-scale and security to cloud-native applications; and Project Photon, a lightweight Linux operating system optimized for cloud-native applications.

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IPFire 2.17 Core 89 Linux Firewall Distribution Brings Numerous Improvements

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Linux
Security

On April 21, Michael Tremer announced that a new maintenance release for IPFire, a Linux distribution that can be used by beginning and experienced system administrators alike to deploy a firewall, proxy server, or VPN gateway on their infrastructure without too much hassle, is available for download.

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Fedora 23 to Use Wayland and Python 3 by Default, Will Be Released in Fall 2015

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Red Hat

The Beta version of the forthcoming Fedora 22 Linux computer operating system was released on April 21, as reported by Softpedia, but it is time now to look at some of the features to be implemented in the next major release of the Red Hat-sponsored distribution, Fedora 23.

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The Fighting Unicorns charge into robotics competition with open source edge

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Open source has a strong tie to the FIRST value of gracious professionalism. What it boils down to is sharing what you know with others. There are countless other ways that open source is used in FIRST. Teams embrace a culture of sharing and learning for the good of all—an open source culture. And, at all levels of the program, from grade school to high school, kids are being taught numerous skills—including the value of open source. The world of FIRST is full of students, mentors, and volunteers who make it all happen and worthwhile. I cannot say enough how much the mentors and volunteers do, and how important they are. I want to take a moment to thank them for their time and dedication!

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Fedora 22 Beta Arrives with Plasma 5 & GNOME 3.16

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Red Hat and The Fedora Project Team today announced the release of Fedora 22 Beta, the last developmental release before Final. The default Workstation ships with GNOME 3.16 but spins are available with KDE Plasma 5, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Sugar in 32-bit and 64-bit. There are even spins for gaming, robotics, security, media creation, ARM, Docker, and more not counting the Server and Cloud images. If you can't find a Fedora to fit, then you don't need Linux.

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Clonezilla Live 2.4.1-11 Adds Linux Kernel 3.16.7, Cloudfuse, AWS S3, OpenStack Swift

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GNU
Linux

Steven Shiau announced on April 21 the immediate availability for download and testing of Clonezilla Live 2.4.1-11, a small Live CD ISO image that helps users with disk imaging tasks.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.12 Now Has GNOME 3.16.1 and Linux Kernel 4.0

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Linux
GNOME

A new update has been released for Manjaro Linux 0.8.12, and numerous improvements have been made, not to mention the fact that GNOME 3.16 is now available to download from the repositories.

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Can Microsoft Really Rival Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

Why the high numbers for Linux? Linux is more stable. Linux servers have been known to run without failure for several years. That’s because Linux handles multitasking and process management better than Windows. That is debatable on the mobile area since many cheap Android (a Linux descendant) devices often freeze. Linux is also more secure since it’s built as a multiuser operating system from the ground up. It is better at sandboxing or containing applications and processes from the root system than Windows does. Linux servers are also minimal targets of hackers and malware, though not exactly a guarantee but it’s something to take advantage of. As for hardware requirements, Linux can be run on most computers. Depending on the distribution, Linux can run very smoothly on ten-year old computers. Lastly, all Linux distributions are free though some versions for the enterprise, like Red Hat, offer technical support for a fee.

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KDE Applications 15.04 , Frameworks 5.9 and linux 3.19.4 available

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KDE

KDE's first release of its 15.04 series of Applications and Frameworks 5.9.0 are now available to all Chakra users. With this release kde-workspace has also been updated to version 4.11.18 and kdelibs to 4.14.7. Have in mind that the applications that have been ported to Frameworks 5 will not be updated but remain at their previous versions, as they are being prepared to be included in the upcoming Plasma5 switch.

According to the official announcement, starting with this release KDE Telepathy and kdenlive will be shipped together with the rest of KDE Applications.

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Linux-friendly TI SoC takes on FPGAs in DAQ apps

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Linux

TI’s Linux-ready 66AK2L06 SoC for high-speed data acquisition apps features dual Cortex-A15 cores, four DSPs, a digital front end, and a JESD204B interface.

The 66AK2L06 system-on-chip is the latest salvo by Texas Instruments in a long-running campaign to demonstrate that DSP-based SoCs can more efficiently and easily perform tasks typically done with FPGAs and ASICs. The Linux-supported 66AK2L06 aims to replace FPGAs with what it claims is an easier, cheaper, faster, and more power efficient way to directly connect to ADCs, DACs, and AFEs for high-speed data generation and acquisition. Applications are said to include avionics, defense, medical, and test and measurement equipment.

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5 Best Android Phones [April, 2015]

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Android

With several new Android flagships now on shelves, those in the hunt for a new Android smartphone have some more options to choose from. With that in mind, we want to help narrow things down for those that need things narrowed down as we take a look at the device’s we think represent the best Android phones for April, 2015.

In March, Samsung and HTC announced brand new flagship smartphones in the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and HTC One M9. The three devices are finally on shelves at top carriers in the United States and around the world giving Android enthusiasts and those torn between iOS, Android and Windows Phone three more options to look at.

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Fedora 22 Beta Server Edition Now Uses XFS as the Default Filesystem

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Red Hat

We've announced earlier today the immediate availability for download and testing of the Fedora 22 Beta operating system. Included is the Live Workstation Edition for which we've prepared an in-depth screenshot tour.

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Also: Fedora 22 Beta Workstation Screenshot Tour: GNOME Never Looked So Good

Fedora 22 Beta KDE Plasma 5 Screenshot Tour

Fedora 22 Beta Xfce Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu 15.04 Arrives Tomorrow with Linux Kernel 3.19.3

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is arriving tomorrow, April 23, and it will be using a modified Linux kernel 3.19.3. The developers say that they are also preparing Linux kernel 3.19.4 and 3.19.5 for the upcoming updates.

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Also: Ubuntu 15.04 Is Now Available on All System76 Products

Pioneer brings Android Auto to aftermarket car audio systems

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Android

With the introduction of Pioneer’s latest aftermarket car audio systems, Android users with Apple CarPlay envy now have access to the same kind of in-car phone integration that iOS fans enjoy—as long as they’re willing to spring for an aftermarket radio to get it.

That's because for now, at least—like Apple CarPlay—Android Auto has yet to make an appearance in a system from a mainstream automaker. The Android Auto website does list 28 carmakers set to roll the system out soon. (Android Auto is compatible only with Andoroid OS 5.0—aka Lollipop—or later.)

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XPQ4 Theme Pack Provides Uncanny Resemblance with Windows OS

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GNU
KDE
Linux
Microsoft

XPQ4 is a funky open source theme that aims to provide Linux users with the look and feel of a Windows desktop. It might seem weird at first, but this is probably one of the most advanced solutions available right now.

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Also: Evolving KDE

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