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Linux Distribution Upgrade or Fresh Installation?

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When the time comes around for your distribution of choice to release a new iteration of its platform, you are faced with a seemingly simple choice—to upgrade or do a fresh installation. On one hand, you wind up having to do less work. On the other, the end result is a clean, fresh start.

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Open Source History: Why Didn't BSD Beat Out GNU and Linux?

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Linux
BSD

If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.

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The Reason Why It's Hard to Buy a Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

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Canonical and Meizu have set up a rather complicated way of getting the new Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, but it's all done on purpose. Unfortunately, not everyone sees this and this has led to some strange conclusions and comments from the community.

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Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be Last Release as Official Ubuntu Flavor

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The first Alpha for Kubuntu 15.10 was made available yesterday, but the announcement itself was overshadowed by a worrying statement from the developers. It looks like the future of Kubuntu, in the greater Ubuntu family, is uncertain.

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Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd

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Linux
Reviews

The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice.

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$25 JavaScript-savvy HDMI stick runs Linux

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Marvell unveiled two new Kinoma IoT prototyping mini-PCs, including a “Kinoma HD” stick running Linux and the open source JavaScript 6 KinomaJS framework.

Marvell successfully launched its Linux-based $99 Kinoma Create JavaScript prototyping device on Indiegogo in March 2014, and sold it retail at $150. In March of this year, the company open sourced the KinomaJS JavaScript framework that runs on the Create, and now it has announced two new IoT-focused Kinoma devices — the FreeRTOS-based Kinoma Element and Linux-based Kinoma HD — with tempting pre-order price tags of $20 and $25, respectively. The devices ship in the fourth quarter.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.46 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Improvements in the BITS file transfer service.
- Still more progress on DirectWrite implementation.
- Support for shared user data on 64-bit.
- Various C++ runtime improvements.
- Some more support for the 64-bit ARM platform.
- Various bug fixes.

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Also: Wine 1.7.46 Arrives with Fixes for Windows Steam Client

Ubuntu Touch Family Gets Another Device, Meizu MX4, Codename "Arale"

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The Ubuntu Touch family has just received a new member, and the developers will need to take into account the fact that a new platform is out there, in the hands of regular users. It also means that a new code name is needed, and in this case it's "arale."

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today's leftovers

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  • Voice of the Masses: Which company does the most for Linux?

    While part-time hobbyists do plenty of great work on GNU/Linux, most of the code thesedays comes from paid developers. So for our upcoming podcast, we want your opinions: which company does the most for Linux? You might argue that Red Hat or SUSE contribute the most with their patches and efforts to get Linux into enterprises, or you may say that Intel or Canonical are doing the best work.

  • Windows versus Linux for businesses
  • Starting Your IT Career With Linux (A Slide Show)

    Interested in starting a new career in IT? Linux is one of the hottest technologies in the market today, with tens of thousands of job openings, and salaries outpacing many other IT specialties. This presentation demonstrates the steps you should take to launch your career in Linux.

  • Linux Foundation Funds Internet Security Advances

    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative has selected three security-oriented projects to receive a total of $500,000 in funding.

  • Linux 4.1 Goes Long Term for Support

    Linux 4.1 was officially released by Linus Torvalds on June 21, marking the first major update to the Linux 4.0 kernel which first debuted in April.

  • Kubuntu Wily Alpha 1
  • KDEPIM report

    We are in good way to have a stable version for 15.08.

  • KDE Plasma 5.3.1 testing

    After several month of packaging in kde overlay and almost a month in tree, we have lifted the mask for KDE Plasma 5.3.1 today. If you want to test it out, some infos how to get it.

  • Calligra's Kexi 3.0, a Microsoft Access Alternative for Linux, to Use KDE Frameworks 5

    Jaroslaw Staniek, one of the developers of the Kexi open-source database creation tool distributed as part of the Calligra office suite for the acclaimed KDE desktop environment, has unveiled details about the development progress of Kexi 3.0.

  • more menus

    Since last blog post I have been designing and implementing a room menu for Polari.

  • GNOME 3.17.3 Has Been Officially Released

    Frederic Peters has just informed us about the immediate availability of the third snapshot for the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

  • GNOME 3.17.3 Released
  • Notes: future plans

    This is the second in a series of posts about recent design work for GNOME’s core applications. As I said in my previous post, the designs for many of these applications have evolved considerably, and we have major plans for them. Help is needed if these plans are going to become a reality though, so we are looking for contributors to get involved.

  • Tumbleweed — what’s the holdup

    It has been around 10 days since the last update to opensuse Tumbleweed. That would have been snapshot 20150612. This is a brief note to explain the delays.

  • Valve Announces SteamOS 2.0 Preview Release Based on Debian 8.1 Jessie

    On June 25, Valve was more than happy to announce the immediate availability for download and testing of the first preview release of the next major version of its SteamOS Linux distribution, dubbed Brewmaster.

  • Ubuntu Family Does Their 15.10 Alpha 1 Releases
  • Canonical banks on Ubuntu’s exclusivity for success

    Over the last few years, there have been several releases of mobile phones designed with open-source operating systems: Mozilla, Canonical, Samsung, and Jolla to name a few companies that have ventured into that industry. Their operating systems aim to break through the global dominance of Android and iOS — although Android has been their biggest challenge as phones based on it are the most popular in countries in which those companies have targeted customers. But none of these companies has been successful on a large scale; they have seen success with niche groups of customers, but nothing that can make a dent in Android’s global presence. Still, they haven’t thrown in the towel, and in some cases, have done quite the opposite.

  • Meizu MX4 open-source smartphone running Ubuntu Touch reaches Europe: Available to buy via invites
  • The best Ubuntu phone has the most convoluted purchasing scheme

    After months of anticipation, the high-end Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone is going on sale—sort of.

  • Meizu’s MX4 sheds its Android skin for Ubuntu on June 25

    The MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be available in Europe starting tomorrow, Canonical announced on the Ubuntu Insights blog, but will only be available to those who obtain an invite through an “interactive origami wall” on the Meizu website. The origami wall will be “filled with fun and interesting glimpses” of the latest Ubuntu phone, alongside the occasional randomly-generated invite.

  • Jonathan Riddell Steps Down From The Kubuntu Council
  • Joint Statement from the CC and KC
  • The Ubuntu MATE Boutique Is Now Open for Business

    Today, June 24, the Ubuntu MATE team had the great pleasure of announcing that the Ubuntu MATE Boutique is now open for business and will offer you all sorts of interesting products.

  • Sierra Wireless Releases New Embedded Module Powered by Linux

    The Internet of Things is big marketplace and we keep hearing about companies like Intel, Dell, and Canonical who are trying to make some headway, but there are other competitors out there that are working just as hard and who are also using Linux as backbone, like Sierra Wireless for example.

  • Spire Payments’ Linux POS range certified to support Compass Plus TranzWare system

    Spire Payments’ new suite of Linux-based POS terminals (the SP range) continues to gain global acceptance by achieving Compass Plus approval for TranzWare system.

  • Arrow Electronics Introduces Open Source Board with New Freescale i.MX 7 Microprocessor

    Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced at the Freescale Technology Forum that it is now offering an open-source, specification-compliant board that is based on the new Freescale i.MX 7 microprocessor. Arrow also collaborated with Qualcomm Atheros Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, on the board’s Bluetooth & Wi-Fi capabilities and with Linear Technologies on the board’s power supply.

  • Google removes "always listening" code from Chromium

    After including closed-source code that enabled Chromium to listen in to a computer's microphone, Google bowed to backlash and removed it from the open-source browser.

  • BMW: ‘Our competitor is not Audi, Jaguar Land Rover or Mercedes but consumer electronics players’

    BMW is bringing software back in-house so it can deliver seamless digital experiences for its customers - something more valued than horsepower or engines in today's market, its digital business models lead said.

  • 10 Reasons Tape Backup Remains Important to the Enterprise

    Digital tape is about the hardest-to-kill storage IT there is, unless you count carving out data onto rocks, the way it was done hundreds of thousands of years ago. Tape technology celebrated its 63rd birthday on May 21; IBM first made available its IBM 726 Magnetic tape reader/recorder in 1952. Strangely, unlike later IBM tape drives, the original 726 could read tape backward and forward. Tape has managed to get better with age. When tape first went to market, the media itself weighed 935 pounds and held 2.3MB of data. In 2015, that much tape weighs closer to 12 pounds, and 2.3MB would comprise one large photo or a short pop song. Tape storage densities are broken regularly; IBM's tape team recently demonstrated an areal recording density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on low-cost, particulate magnetic tape. The breakthrough represents the equivalent of a 220TB tape cartridge that could fit in the palm of your hand. Companies such as Iron Mountain, Spectra Logic, IBM and others maintain large installed bases of tape storage around the world. Here are some key facts about tape storage.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Thursday's security updates
  • DOST 2015: Ceph Security Presentation

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Red Hat Summit and News

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Fedora: The Latest

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Android Leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS

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OSS

LibreOffice 5.0.0

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LibO
  • LibreOffice 5.0.0 Release Candidate

    Libreoffice is steadily nearing its 5.0.0 release moment. According to the release schedule, this is supposed to be unearthed somewhere early August. The source code for its first release candidate was made available a few days ago.

  • Equalize Width/Height

    In LibreOffice 5.1 I've added an equalize width/height pair of adjustments to the "shapes" submenu when multiple objects are selected. Equalize Width and Equalize Height which adjusts the width/height of the selected objects to the width/height of the last selected object.

Linux 4.2 DRM Updates: Lots Of AMD Attention, No Nouveau Driver Changes

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David Airlie has sent in the main DRM driver updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel. There's a lot of open-source graphics driver work represented by this pull request, but sadly no Nouveau (open-source NVIDIA) changes were incorporated for Linux 4.2

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Also: Audio Code For Linux 4.2 Has Skylake Attention & Other Improvements

Google has quietly launched a GitHub competitor, Cloud Source Repositories

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Development
Google

Google hasn’t announced it yet, but the company earlier this year started offering free beta access to Cloud Source Repositories, a new service for storing and editing code on the ever-expanding Google Cloud Platform.

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