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GNOME Shell and Mutter Updated for GNOME 3.14, Nvidia Corruption Fixed

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The GNOME development team, through Florian Müllner, had the pleasure of announcing the other day that new maintenance releases are available for the GNOME Shell and Mutter components of the GNOME 3.14 desktop environment, despite the fact that GNOME 3.16 will be officially announced tomorrow, March 25, 2015.

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Five key skills for Linux job seekers

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A recent report from the Linux Foundation and Dice revealed that there is a high demand for Linux professionals, but organizations are finding it difficult to find qualified candidates. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report discovered that 92% of IT managers are planning to hire Linux professionals in the next six months, but 88% stated it is difficult to find the right candidates.

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HP Expands Open Source Cloud Push

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When Hewlett-Packard rolled out its Helion cloud infrastructure last May, it pledged to invest $1 billion over two years to deliver converged infrastructure geared toward hybrid IT platforms. Making good on that pledge, the company announced Helion Rack on Tuesday (March 24), a preconfigured private cloud based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry technologies.

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Also: Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects

Report: Linux takes leading role in IoT-obsessed market

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Spurred on by IoT, open source Linux will grow from a 56.2 percent share of embedded device shipments in 2012 to 64.7 percent in 2017, says VDC Research.

Earlier this month, VDC Research released a report on the embedded OS market that says embedded Linux is growing in adoption in a market increasingly obsessed with the Internet of Things. The popularity of open source as well as the need for more advanced wireless and security stacks have helped Linux gain share from Microsoft’s Windows Embedded and from real-time operating systems (RTOSes), according to VDC’s “The Global Market for IoT and Embedded Operating Systems.”

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Plasma 5.2 Bugfix Update

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KDE

Tue, 24 Mar 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.2.2. Plasma 5.2 was released in January with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

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Tiny COM adds wireless and storage to i.MX6 Dual SoC

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Linux
Ubuntu

Variscite released a tiny “VAR-SOM-DUAL” module starting at $46 that runs Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 Dual, and offers onboard WiFi and Bluetooth.

Last November, Variscite announced a smaller version of its VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 computer-on-module called the VAR-SOM-SOLO. Whereas the VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 supports the full range of Freescale’s Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 system-on-chips, including the quad-core version, the similarly SODIMM-interfaced VAR-SOM-SOLO is limited to the single-core, i.MX6 Solo. Now Variscite has released a version that supports the 1GHz, dual-core i.MX6 Dual SoC.

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Red Eclipse 1.5 Overview & Screenshots

    Red Eclipse is a free, open-source first-person shooter based upon the Cube 2 engine, with both single-player and multi-player support. It’s a fantasy shooter that bundles a very large number of maps and comes with modes such as DM, CTF or Defend and Control. For some reason, the game always gives me a feeling of calm, and the music theme is really great. So let’s take a brief look at this new version.

  • Reversi, A Classic Board Game Released On Steam For Linux, Developer Postmortem

    Radium was released for Windows on Desura last year. After getting greenlit for Steam earlier this month with a promise of a Linux version, it made its Linux début on Steam shortly after.

  • Warlocks Renamed To Warlocks Vs Shadows & Now On Steam For Linux

    Warlocks vs Shadows is an action RPG/brawler game set in a fantasy world invaded by shadow monsters. I've followed it since Kickstarter, and it looks great!

  • Pythetron : A 2.5d Shoot’em Up for PC, Mac and Linux
  • How to run Windows software in Linux: Everything you need to know

    Linux is more capable than ever. With over 1000 Linux games available on Steam and a general shift towards more web-based desktop software, there’s less need for Windows than ever. After all, you can now watch Netflix on Linux without any hacks, and you can even use Microsoft Office on Linux—a web-based version of it, at least.

    But, as most dedicated Linux desktop users will eventually discover, there comes a time when you just need to run a particular piece of Windows software on your Linux PC. There are quite a few ways to do so. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Frozen Depths: Clear, cold perfection

    I promised I wouldn’t hold out too many roguelike games unless they could show off something unusual, either thematic or mechanic. The *angbands from a week ago were all viable games, but either didn’t bring anything new to the table, or just didn’t quite satisfy.

Leftovers: Screenshots

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Android Leftovers

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DevOps principles resonate with student Linux program

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Linux

It was 2010 when the first 600 Linux laptops began rolling out to classrooms in our seven elementary school buildings. We knew we had to think differently about device and patch management. There would be some commonality between elements of our elementary classroom systems, the default XFCE desktop environment, for example. But my team and I also wrestled with techniques to better support instructional technology requirements that varied widely by grade level.

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How to do fast, repeatable Linux installations

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Linux

Some of my recent articles have been about the Linux philosophy and its impact on the daily activities of system administrators like myself. One of the basic tenets of the Linux philosophy is to use software leverage, and one of the important corollaries of that tenet is to automate everything.

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Federal open source software activities are growing

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Patricia M. Loui-Smicker of Hawaii was confirmed by the Senate, just the other day, as a director of the Export-Import bank. Not the kind of routine confirmation that makes the news. Gilberto de Jesus of Maryland withdrew his nomination to be chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reported favorably on a bill "to reduce the operation and maintenance costs associated with the Federal fleet by encouraging use of remanufactured parts."

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A Trip Down (Computer) Memory Lane

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The world of free software seems constantly fresh and exciting, so it always comes as a shock - to me, at least - to remember that it has been around for more than 30 years now. Richard Stallman announced the GNU project back in 1983, but this month, there's another important anniversary: the publication of the GNU Manifesto.

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New version of SecureDrop, open-source whistleblower submission system originally created by Aaron Swartz

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At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources.

Version 0.3 has been over a year in the making, and is the result of extensive feedback from both news organizations who already have SecureDrop—like the New Yorker and The Intercept—and from a security audit done by iSec Partners. In addition, we have a new website for SecureDrop, SecureDrop.org, which will serve as a hub for all the news organizations that have installed their own instances, and where you can find all the information you need to use it yourself.

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GNOME’s Epiphany Web Browser Gets Support for HTML5 Web Notifications

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The release of the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment is imminent, so package maintainers are still updating their GNOME apps these days in preparation for tomorrow’s big announcement.

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New Linux Foundation Members Invest in Linux to Advance Embedded Devices, Systems

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Cirrus Logic, Treasure Data, and Xilinx are joining the organization.

As consumers and mobile workers have begun to favor seamlessly integrated devices in their day-to-day lives, the use of embedded Linux in a wide variety of technologies has grown immensely. From big data platforms to integrated circuits and wearable technology, today's new members represent a range of possibilities for embedded Linux. By investing in Linux, these companies are able to maintain technical superiority, adhere to their own vision, and tap into an expansive community.

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Xiaomi's New Mi TV 2: A 40-Inch Android-Powered Smart TV for $320

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The new TV features a 40-inch full HD LED panel by Sharp with 5000:1 contrast ratio, a Cortex-A9 quad-core 1.45GHz CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage and a MIUI TV Android-based OS. In terms of playback, it offers H.265 10-bit hardware decoding, allowing you watch H.265, H.264, MPEG4, and REAL, as well as other mainstream video formats like RM, FLV, MOV, AVI, MKV, TS and MP4. Xiaomiappears to be playing up its gaming credentials, too, and boasts that it measures just 14.5 millimeters front-to-back at its thinnest. It appears to be available with a range of bright rear casings, too, that my help you jolly up your pad.

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