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Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 11:23am
Story Open source forms the backbone of the most significant projects Rianne Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 11:07am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:24am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:23am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:22am
Story Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:09am
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Story Raspberry Pi was created to solve talent crisis at Cambridge: Eben Upton [Interview] Rianne Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 8:53am
Story We interview Michael Hall, Ubuntu app development liason Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 8:53am
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today's howtos

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German researchers develop defense software: Potential protection against the "Hacienda" intelligence program

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GNU
Linux
Security

Grothoff and his students at TUM have developed the "TCP Stealth" defense software, which can inhibit the identification of systems through both Hacienda and similar cyberattack software and, as a result, the undirected and massive takeover of computers worldwide, as Grothoff explains. "TCP Stealth" is free software that has as its prerequisites particular system requirements and computer expertise, for example, use of the GNU/Linux operating system. In order to make broader usage possible in the future, the software will need further development.

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Skype stops working on older Android phones leaving Linux users in the dark

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Android
Linux

LINUX USERS will be left out in the cold following Microsoft's announcement that it will retire older versions of Skype for Android.

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WhoaVerse for social communities, built on open source

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OSS

When a WhoaVerse user deletes their account, all voting history is deleted from the database. Any comments that the user has made and their author tag get overwritten with the keyword "deleted," as well as all of their text and link submissions.

WhoaVerse has built-in mechanisms for vote manipulation prevention. New user accounts are unable to downvote submissions unless they have at least 20 Comment Contribution Points (CCP) and they are limited to 10 upvotes per day. Another feature which sets WhoaVerse apart from similar platforms is its redesigned user profiles area, which displays the comment and submission history for a user. WhoaVerse user profiles do not have voting buttons which helps reduce "downvote attacks".

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Small, But Not Too Small, Cheap Computers

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Android

As the market for Android/Linux smartphones matures, they get bigger and more powerful.

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CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16

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Linux

Besides looking at how the raw performance was impacted by using the different scaling governors, the AC system power consumption was monitored and the performance-per-Watt also measured using the Phoronix Test Suite as was the CPU frequency states. This testing is very straight forward so let's get right to the results.

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Best Alternatives to Tor: 12 Programs to Use Since NSA, Hackers Compromised Tor Project

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GNU
Linux
Security
Debian

Tor May Have Been Compromised, Linux Based OS's Like Tails Offer The Best Supplement

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Will Android L help prevent fragmentation in wearables?

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Android

Fragmentation has been a big problem for Android for a long time, and it's caused quite a bit of frustration among users who have been unable to update their devices to the latest version of Android. Google is aware of this, and back in July Dazeinfo looked at how Android L might affect problems with fragmentation (including wearables).

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OpenMandriva Lx: Not the KDE You Knew

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KDE
Reviews

I am familiar with the KDE desktop. Before I gravitated to the Cinnamon desktop, I was an avid KDE fan. To my surprise, OpenMandriva's implementation of KDE was much different than I had expected. KDE can be all over the place -- or utterly stark. Setting up desktop animation options can be frustrating and time consuming. The KDE desktop default settings are balanced and sensible.

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The market share of Windows Phone reduced to only 2.5%

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Android
Linux
Microsoft

There used to be a time when GNU/Linux was kept under mysterious 1% market share. Today mobile Linux Android owns over 85% of the market share leaving the once market leading iOS behind. But its not a tragedy for iOS that it’s market share has shrunk, the real tragedy is for Microsoft whose Windows Phone market share has gone down to mere 2.5%; just 1.5% ahead of what Linux used to have on desktops.

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Kernel Developers Begin Work On CPPC Processor Performance Controls

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OS

Ashwin Chaugule of Linaro has announced his experimental kernel implementation of Collaborative Processor Performance Controls (CPPC) that is part of the ACPI 5.1 specification.

An increasing amount of x86 and ARM64 hardware is expected in the marketplace soon that supports CPPC, which is a new interface for CPU performance control between the OS and platform, while right now it's just exposed by a limited number of systems. Here's more from Ashwin's description:
CPPC is the new interface for CPU performance control between the OS and the platform defined in ACPI 5.0+. The interface is built on an abstract representation of CPU performance rather than raw frequency.

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The 5 easiest to use Linux distributions on older hardware

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Linux

This is part 3 in a series aimed at making it easier for people to choose the right Linux distribution for them.

In the first part of the series I listed a number of the best desktop environments and the Linux distributions that use them.

In the second part I listed the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for modern hardware based on their ease of use.

This article lists the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for older computers based on their ease of use. Note that there will be a further article for the best distributions to run on ancient hardware.

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Project aims to build “fully open” SoC and dev board

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Hardware
OSS

A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit “lowRISC” SoC that will enable fully open hardware, “from the CPU core to the development board.”

University of Cambridge spinoff “lowRISC” is a not-for-profit company with a goal of making a completely open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards. The first step is to develop a new system-on-chip design based on the new, 64-bit RISC-V ISA developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

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And Several Months Later....

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GNU
LibO
Linux
GNOME

We are moving our production GNOME desktop to new physical hardware. After some discussions and reviewing work loads, we decided for now to stay with GNOME 2. The older server was cloned and was finally moved to the new hardware. The server is 100% solid state drives with 80 hyperthreaded cores. This increased capacity was needed for the next project:

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4MLinux Server Edition 9.1 Beta Is a Small and Interesting Distro

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GNU
Linux

4MLinux Server Edition, a special distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, is now at version 9.1 Beta.

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The world's largest PC maker now sells more smartphones than PCs

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Android

The world's largest PC maker, Lenovo, now sells more smartphones than PCs. In an earnings report issued today, Lenovo revealed the swing to smartphones thanks to sales more than doubling between April and June. Lenovo sold 15.8 million smartphones in the recent quarter, compared to 14.5 million PC sales. Lenovo says its rise in smartphone sales can be attributed to the market shifting from premium handsets to the mainstream, and increasing demand from emerging markets.

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Reiser4 Now Available for the 3.15 kernel, so what?

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Linux
Reiser

A recent announcement was made stating that the Reiser4 file system, successor to the ReiserFS, was ported to the 3.15 Linux kernel. Following the 2006 conviction and incarceration of the mastermind that original conceived this project (Hans Reiser), a few dedicated developers continued supporting this file system despite the odds stacked against them. In the last decade, the Linux kernel has seen newer file systems, most of which are integrated into the mainline kernel tree (i.e. btrfs, ext4, etc.). Reiser4 was rejected for inclusion some time back, and most of its developers moved on (one or more of which are currently working on btrfs).

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Google's Got An Open Source Android Problem

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Android
Google

Open source has been very good to Google's Android operating system. Unlike previous mobile operating systems like iOS (available only to Apple) or Windows (available for a fee and on Microsoft's terms), Android was free to use (or, as venture capitalist Bill Gurley pointed out in 2011, sometimes under generous subsidies).

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Installing Ubuntu on an old netbook with hair tearing and profanity

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Ubuntu

After a few extremely frustrating hours trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the latest version of the Ubuntu operating system for desktop PCs and laptops, on an older netbook style laptop (one with only USB ports) I finally succeeded.

There was one crucial piece of information missing which, if I’d had it, would have made the whole process take perhaps half an hour. But I didn’t have that piece of information and, as a result, there was a lot of tearing out of hair and profane utterances …

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Camp Shelby to host Linux training

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GNU
Linux

Officials from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center announced Wednesday that the base will host a Linux Professional Institute certification training academy, making it the first-ever military installation to offer the program.

According to a press release sent out from Camp Shelby, Linux — a computer operating system that uses open source software development and distribution model — runs almost 97 percent of supercomputers in the world, including those for scientific research, military, defense intelligence and major corporations.

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