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Story Linus' Systemd Indifference, PCLOS Review, and Rebecca Rianne Schestowitz 16/09/2014 - 6:45am
Story IPA Font license added to license list Roy Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 11:45pm
Story OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 11:41pm
Story Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 11:24pm
Story With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS' driving seat Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 8:14pm
Story Greens urge Saxony to consider open source use Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 6:05pm
Story Everything You Need to Know About Meizu MX4, the Upcoming Ubuntu Phone – Gallery Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 6:01pm
Story Austrian gov computing centre lauds OpenOffice Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 5:51pm
Story Rebuild of Debian using Clang 3.5.0 Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 5:32pm
Story Open source datacenter computing with Apache Mesos Rianne Schestowitz 15/09/2014 - 5:19pm

This Week's Fedora Delay, Sparky Review, and New SteamOS

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-s

Today in the Linux news feeds is the migration of Turin to Ubuntu. The Mukt scored an interview with Monty Widenius. Fedora 21 is delayed again by another week and SteamOS got updated. The Hectic Geek recently reviewed SparkyLinux 3.5 with Enlightenment 18 and Jack Wallen asks if "convergence" is hindering Ubuntu.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Android
Google

To help bridge the gap between its two mobile platforms, Google has released a beta version of a technology that allows Chrome OS users to run Android apps on their desktops.

Google OS boss Sundar Pichai first previewed the tech in March, during one of the less buzzed-about segments of his I/O conference keynote.

Dubbed the App Runtime for Chrome, it's a way of packaging Android apps so that they will launch and run on Chrome OS, via a special runtime implemented using the Chocolate Factory's Native Client (NaCl) in-browser binary execution tech.

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CD-Sized Image Of BSD-Based TrueOS Released For Servers

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BSD

In announcing their quarterly package updates that bring a wide assortment of improvements, the PC-BSD crew shared they managed to make a CD-sized image of their TrueOS server operating system.

TrueOS is the PC-BSD-based installation option intended for servers. While PC-BSD is aimed at an easy BSD desktop experience, TrueOS is aimed at providing a easy server experience while providing many of the same components as found in PC-BSD, which in turn is derived from the FreeBSD package base.

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Retrogaming With Linux

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Linux
Gaming

You might be surprised to learn that outside of work, bringing up three children and a dog and writing about Linux that I try to find time for other hobbies such as being a navigator at classic car rallies and playing old computer games.

This article looks at the options available for potential retrogamers using a fairly standard Linux Mint or Ubuntu setup.

There are already specialist Linux distributions available for playing computer games such as Puppy Arcade. If you just want to play games casually then running a whole distribution to do so might seem a bit overkill.

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AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

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Linux
OSS

The AXIOM Beta camera is designed to support two different image sensor modules (including the Cmosis CMV12000 that can allow up to frame rates up to 300 FPS), uses a Xilinx Zynq 7010/7020-based dual-core ARM SoC, supports various lens mounts, boasts three HDMI outputs with 4K support, and features a variety of built-in devices including a 3D accelerometer, 3D magnetometer, and 3D gyroscope. The camera, of course, runs Linux and fully open-source software. The camera's hardware is also designed to be modular and upgrade friendly over time.

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Running The Oibaf PPA On Ubuntu 14.10

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Ubuntu

While Ubuntu 14.10 is finally getting X.Org Server 1.16, it doesn't yet have Mesa 10.3 but that can be easily addressed via third-party packages.

Mesa 10.3 will hopefully still make it into Ubuntu 14.10 ahead of its debut next month since Mesa 10.3 brings many new features to the commonly used open-source Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau graphics drivers (along with promising drivers like Freedreno and VC4). If you want to try running the newest open-source user-space graphics driver code on Ubuntu 14.10, it can be easily achieved today using the well known Oibaf PPA.

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Fedora 21 Alpha to slip by one week

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Red Hat

Today at Go/No-Go meeting it was decided to slip Fedora 21 Alpha release
by one week due to unresolved blocker bugs [1] and no release candidate
available. More details in meeting minutes [2].

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There is no reason at all to use MySQL: Michael Widenius

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Interviews
OSS

MySQL was once the most popular open source database (it still is), but it’s popularity and deployment is declining under the ownership of Oracle. The founder of MySQL Michael Widenius “Monty” was not happy when Oracle announced to acquire MySQL through Sun Microsystem. He created MariaDB, an open source, drop-in replacement of MySQL, which is gaining popularity lately.

It’s not only become the default database of the leading open source operating systems, but is also replacing MySQL at WikiMedia and other major organizations and companies. Recently SkySQL merged with MariaDB’s parent company Monty Program Ab, increasing its developer force. We reached out to Monty to talk about the changing database landscape. Read on…

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Kolab creates a privacy refugee camp in Switzerland

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KDE
Security
Web

The disclosure by NSA contractor Edward Snowden has exposed the ‘out-of-control’ surveillance system of the US and the UK. The more stories we are getting from Guardian and NYTimes, the more people are losing trust in the proprietary solutions offered by the companies which operate from the US and seemingly work closely with the spy agencies.

This is a category of people who don’t yet understand the dangers of breach of privacy, but the more we are moving our lives into the digital world, the more important it is becoming to take control of our communication and privacy from the prying hands of those for whom we are the product.

Then there are those need this privacy, due to the profession they are in or for purely sensible reasons that our privacy should be respected.

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Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 beta: New software for Linux developers

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Red Hat

Want to keep your operating system on the straight and stable while at the same time using cutting edge development languages and programs? Then Red Hat has the tools for you with its beta release of Red Hat Software Collections (RHSC) 1.2.

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Catalyst For X.Org Server 1.16 Readied, Updates In Ubuntu 14.10

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

Two months after the release of X.Org Server 1.16, AMD finally has readied a Catalyst Linux driver update that is compatible with the latest xorg-server ABI. This driver is being sent into the Ubuntu 14.10 archive and thus allowing the entire Linux graphics stack in Ubuntu 14.10 to finally be updated.

Sent into utopic-proposed on Tuesday was a new fglrx driver version. The new fglrx driver is labeled 14.201-0ubuntu1 as a new upstream Catalyst/fglrx release. While there is no full change-log for this driver, the Ubuntu change-log notes that the driver is compatible with xorg-video-abi-18 as the Application Binary Interface requirements for X.Org Server 1.16.

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Tizen IVI build with Yocto now available

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Linux

For developers and commercial companies Interested in Tizen IVI, here is the Tizen IVI image with Yocto, provided by Ronan from Eurogiciel.

You can find links for Tizen IVI image. https://wiki.tizen.org/wiki/Build_Tizen_with_Yocto#Bootable_USB

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Mozilla Officially Releases Thunderbird 31.1.1

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Moz/FF

The latest major Thunderbird release, 31.1, saw the introduction of a lot of features and fixes. These kind of changes were sorely missed and the devs managed to improve the application, even if it's no longer actively worked on.

Now, a couple of issues have been found in the Thunderbird 31.x branch and, apparently, they warranted an update, but the version number has changed very little. According to the changelog, an issue where mailing lists with spaces in their names couldn't be autocompleted has been fixed and an occasional startup crash has been corrected.

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GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 On Intel's Haswell-E Platform Under Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

With my Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux review out there, one of the quick to be requested extra tests is benchmarking the i7-5960X 16-thread processor with LLVM/Clang against GCC. Here's some initial data comparing the compilers for this $1000+ processor.

From the Core i7 5960X system with Gigabyte X99-UD4-CF motherboard, 16GB DDR4 memory, and 128GB SSD, Ubuntu 14.10 was running on the system with its stock Linux 3.16 kernel. For this quick, one-page testing of the i7-5960X compilers I used the packaged GCC 4.9.1 amnd LLVM Clang 3.5.0 compilers found within the Ubuntu 14.10 package archive.

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The State of ZFS on Linux

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Linux

The ZFS on Linux kernel driver performs the same block device operations as its counterparts on other platforms. As a consequence, its ability to ensure data integrity is equivalent to its counterparts on other platforms and this ability far exceeds that of any other Linux filesystem for direct attached storage.

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KitKat now powering almost a quarter of all Android devices

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Android

According to stats published by Google, the newest Android release, codenamed KitKat, is powering around one out of every four Android devices accessing the Google Play store.

The data, which is based on smartphones and tablets accessing the Google Play store over a 7-day period ending on September 9, 2014, shows that Android 4.4, codenamed KitKat, is installed on 24.5 percent of devices.

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The most exciting Android tablet this year is coming from Dell

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Android

You wouldn't know it by the name, but the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is shaping up to be a pretty special tablet. Measuring a measly 6mm in thickness, this Atom-powered Android slate surpasses even Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in the race to be the world's thinnest tablet. But whereas the Sony device has sizeable bezels all around its display, the Venue 8 has almost none on three of its sides. There's less than an inch of bezel on one side, which houses the speaker and front-facing camera while also serving as a handle for the user. It's the same approach that Sharp took with the Aquos Crystal smartphone and the visual effect is just as striking.

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