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Story Meizu MX4 Pro Spotter Running Ubuntu Touch Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 7:20pm
Story KDE Telepathy 0.9.0 Released Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 7:17pm
Story Porteus 3.1 RC1 Is a Bleeding Edge Slackaware-Based Distro with Linux Kernel 3.17 Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 6:05pm
Story Five Best Linux Desktop Environments Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 5:57pm
Story IBM Tweaks Power-Linux Discount Deal In Europe Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 5:56pm
Story Parsix OS Is an Interesting GNOME and Debian 7.0 "Whezzy" Blend Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Free Software is Europe’s second chance Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 5:51pm
Story OpenBSD Passes 300,000 Commits Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 5:44pm
Story Marble Atlas Review – Alternative to Google Earth Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 6:54am
Story Kickstarter pulls Anonabox, a Tor-enabled router that raised over $585,000 Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2014 - 6:45am

Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time

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“It’s not some Google-way-or-the-highway kind of thing,” the company’s vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer said in an interview on Tuesday. His comments came as Google rolled out Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop, which is designed to power a wide range of other devices beyond the usual phones and tablets.

Lockheimer acknowledged that hardware makers have less flexibility to customize Android for use on watches, TVs or in cars, but said that is not necessarily a permanent situation. He said Google wanted a bit of time to make sure it had the basics right in these new areas before allowing deeper customization of the software experience.

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Right Side of History, Fedora 21 Looking Good, and KWayland

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In a bit of a slow news day today we still found out that Fedora 21 is looking good. Jim Zemlin says "Linux is on the right side of history" and The Document Foundation says, "Thanks" for the all the cool dough. In other news, Jack Wallen tries to make sense of Ubuntu release cycles and how it effects older machines. And finally today, Martin Gräßlin introduces KWayland.

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today's howtos

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Gaming

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Integrating Trac, Jenkins and Cobbler—Customizing Linux Operating Systems for Organizational Needs

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GNU
Linux

Organizations supporting Linux operating systems commonly have a need to build customized software to add or replace packages on production systems. This need comes from timing and policy differences between customers and the upstream distribution maintainers. In practice, bugs and security concerns reported by customers will be prioritized to appropriate levels for the distribution maintainers who are trying to support all their customers. This means that customers often need to support patches to fill the gap, especially for unique needs, until distribution maintainers resolve the bugs.

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CrossOver 14.0 Makes Installing Windows Apps Easier

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Software

CodeWeavers has put out a major new release of their Wine-based CrossOver software.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver 14 features improvements to the installation of Windows binaries by using a new automatic configuration feature for detecting/downloading/installing system components needed to run particular Windows applications. CrossOver 14.0 also boasts support for Quicken 2015 and supports a number of new upgrades.

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Patent trolls have one fewer legal loophole to hide behind

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Legal

Using this form, patent trolls can attack their victims without having to explain why they think the patent has been infringed. A similarly weak charge in any other lawsuit could be brushed aside early in the process. By using the approved, simple form, the attacker can ensure its victims are unable to successfully stem the attack in an inexpensive "motion to dismiss."

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How my uncle became a Linux user

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Linux

It has been a month since my relatives from Bradford visited us here in Manchester. Our usual routine if they come to spend the holidays with us is to go to the gym to work out, to run on the treadmill and play pingpong. The best part of the workout, which we enjoy the most, is swimming afterwards. We get relaxed at the jacuzzi and then get hot and sweaty inside the sauna. It is a good exercise and offers relaxation after a stressful day of work. We have so much fun in the gym.

We arrived home around 8:00 pm after having a good round of walk in Manchester City Stadium. We were lucky to see the Manchester City football team; they had a match against Roma, so crowds were flooding in the streets. There were about a thousand spectators coming to watch the game who walked past us.
At home I prepared the meal. We had candlelights and red wine to enjoy while having our soup, vegetable salad and chicken for dinner; mango smoothies were the final dessert.

After the meal we chatted about the economy, healthcare, jobs, business, and technology in the U.K. I have learned a lot from Albert, my aunt's husband. He is an economist.

Albert explained to me that he was struggling with his PC. It was a brand new PC. It had a touchscreen and the laptop was thin and powerful. Albert's problem was not the laptop. As it turns out, his problem was Windows. The computer came with Windows 8. He already wasted a lot of money because shops exploited him. He did not even have an office suite installed. The computer was useless. He hardly used it. He hardly even had any files on it.

I then explained to Albert about GNU/Linux. I told him about Stallman and GNU. I also told him about the dirty tricks of Microsoft and about the true Bill Gates, including his involvement in GMO. Albert listened to me and he wanted to know more. I hope he learned something from me, just as I had learned from him.

The following morning I asked my husband for help. He was working all night and in the morning he was available to help Albert. Based on Roy's analysis, the machine was full of malware or some other mess. It was almost impossible to do anything with it. Windows 8 was hard to work with and it was hardly even possible to download and install a program like LibreOffice. The interface was confusing. It took ages to do very simple things.

Albert insisted that we should install GNU/Linux, but we didn't have a recent version of a distro at that time. Either way, Albert was so frustrated with Windows that he was willing to throw it all down the drain, along with his files.

This was my first time seeing Windows 8. I usually use Android or KDE. Microsoft Windows has become full of pop-ups, spam, marketing and other garbage. I am glad to use GNU/Linux and Albert will soon join us. By all means, Albert now wants to use Open Source and he already learns how to use LibreOffice.

CAINE 6 “Dark Matter” review

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Ubuntu

CAINE 6 is the latest edition of CAINE, a Linux distribution designed for digital forensics. It is based on Ubuntu and this latest edition is based on Ubuntu 14.04. CAINE is an acronym for Computer-Aided INvestigative Environment.

CAINE 6 uses an installation application called systemback and is the first CAINE installer that I could not use. No matter where I tried to install CAINE 6, systemback failed to start.

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Android 5.0 debuts on phone, tablet, and Nexus Player

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Android

Google unveiled a Motorola-made Nexus 6 phone, an HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet, and an Asus-made $99 “Nexus Player” Android TV device, all with Android 5.0.

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Also:

  • Android users get ready to taste the sweetest lollipop of all

    Android users have been waiting patiently for the next version of their favorite mobile operating system and today Google announced the final release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 will appear on new Nexus devices such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player console. It will also be available in the next few weeks for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10.

  • Google Android 5.0 Lollipop released

    The moment Android fans have been eagerly awaiting for months finally arrived on Wednesday as Google finally announced release details for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android L’s most obvious new feature is the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 comparison preview | Android L vs iOS 8

    Apple and Google have both recently unveiled their upcoming mobile operating system updates, both set to be released this autumn. Google's offering is Android Lollipop, while Apple's is iOS 8. Here, we compare the two in our Android Lollipop vs iOS 8 comparison preview, to determine what's in store for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Android tablets later this year.

KDE Plasma 5.1 Is Available For Ubuntu 14.10 And Ubuntu 14.04, Via PPAs

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KDE
Ubuntu

KDE Plasma 5 comes with many important apps ported in Qt5, the new Kicker Menu, a new default theme called Breeze and new wallpapers, new monochrome icons, support for hardware acceleration via OpenGL and OpenGL ES, an updated KDM (KDE display manager) and an enhanced lockscreen, among other changes implemented.

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Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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Linux
Gadgets

The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

The kernel unification means developers will be able to cook something up for both devices at once, rather than needing separate ROMs for each. This is a great start, but there are plenty of Z variant models that could benefit from this AOSP treatment as well.

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New open hardware: Raspberry Pi B+

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Linux
Hardware
Reviews

The main differences between the B+ and the Raspberry Pi model B are the new model has:

four USB ports (versus two in the model B )
a microSD card (versus a full size SD card in model B )
a video jack integrated with the audio jack (versus two separate jacks in the model B )
GPIO pins extended to 40 pins (versus 26 pins in the model B )
lower power consumption
four mounting holes
What has not changed:

The price, it is $35 USD
The amount of RAM, it has 512 Mb

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AMD Catalyst AI Performance With "Tonga" On Ubuntu Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Along with today's R9 285 GPU scaling tests from Ubuntu, other Linux graphics tests I ran from the AMD Radeon R9 285 GCN 1.2 graphics card is a check whether to see Catalyst AI is doing much on Linux.

In the past I've found the Catalyst AI feature exposed by AMD's Catalyst Linux driver to be next to useless: AMD's Catalyst A.I. Is Good For Few Linux Games and AMD Catalyst A.I. Useless Under Linux?. But with this latest Catalyst Linux driver (fglrx 14.30 series) and newest graphics card (R9 285) I decided to run the OpenGL tests again on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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New platform for open source in SA

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OSS

A new organisation wants to promote the use of open-source software in South Africa’s public and private sectors.

“Not using this software in South Africa is detrimental to our economy and skills development,” says Open Source Software for South Africa (OSSSA) founder Charl Botha.

Open-source software is software that does not conform to traditional software licence models and can be used and distributed freely.

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Fedora 21 Is Looking & Working Very Well -- Best Fedora Release Yet?

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Red Hat

While we're still likely at least months out from the official release of Fedora 21, I've been running it a lot since last month's F21 Alpha release and it's been working out very well. Fedora 21 is easily shaping up to be the best Fedora release yet and the stability/saneness of the development packages is also a charming change compared to some of the more notorious Fedora releases of the past.

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Linux is on the right side of history, says open source figurehead

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Linux

JIM ZEMLIN is excited. We've caught up with him backstage at LinuxCon in Dusseldorf where, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he has just given a keynote. But it's not that which is exciting him right now. It's the fact that he's in the home of Kraftwerk.

"The other people with me in the room hadn't heard of this band, but did you know that Kraftwerk are from Dusseldorf? One of the original German electronica bands! I told you guys!" he beams.

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Munich sticks with Free Software

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GNU
Linux
OSS

On Tuesday, Munich's first mayor finally reacted to an inquiry by the Green Party (in German) related to rumours regarding a possible switch back to a Windows-based desktop environment. The answer to the inquiry shows that there is no factual basis for the claims made by first mayor and second mayor. An evaluation of the IT infrastructure and -processes is underway. FSFE calls on the city council to include vendor independence as well as interoperability as factors in the investigation, since they were central reasons for Munich to switch to Free Software in the first place.

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Why I Think Unity Is the Best Desktop Environment for Productivity

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Ubuntu

There is always a question that is gnawing the Linux community, namely "which is the best desktop environment?" That is a very hard question to answer and most of the time it's all about personal preferences, but it all boils download to one thing, usability.

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