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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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The Huawei P8 represents the classiest and most capable Android from a Chinese manufacturer yet, and a strong advance from last year’s P7. The hardware design is superb and it has a terrific camera. The biggest differentiator is actually quite useful: the microSD slot doubles up as a SIM slot, too.

The stuttery performance and annoying popups that marred last year’s P7 have been banished. There’s a lot to like with thrown-in features like call blocking and security.

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Can LibreOffice successfully compete with Microsoft Office?

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LibO

Michael Meeks, a leading LibreOffice developer, says the open source suite is currently being used by about 20 million Linux users. (LibreOffice is included in many Linux distributions.) He adds that update requests are also regularly received from 120 million different IP addresses – with one million new ones appearing every week -- and suggests that in total there may be 80 million LibreOffice users around the globe.

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Aragon publishes updates of eGovernment software

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OSS

The government of Aragon (Spain) has published updates of the open source software it uses for 25 eGovernment services. The updates have been available at the repository of Spain’s Centre for Technology Transfer since late last month.

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Solus Gets Daily ISOs, Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS, and More

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OS

The Solus operating system has just received its first daily ISO, and it looks like the team is well on its way to promote the first RC. The developers are moving closer to a stable version, and things seem to be on the right track.

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Galicia publishes open source tools

The government of Galicia (Spain) has made available three open source solutions over the past year, one for PC classrooms, one for land-management, and a third for computer network enhancement. The tools are available at Galicia’s software repository, and information about the solutions is now also available at Spain’s Centre for Technology Transfer (CTT).

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Samsung sells a million Tizen Z1 Smartphones in less than six months, more models coming soon

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Linux

Samsung now plans on delivering a Gold variant of the Z1 next month and has also confirmed more models are on the way. The Z1 launched at 5,700-Rs whist the second Tizen handset is expected to go on-sale for between the 8,000-Rs 15,000-Rs range. We have previously reported on a rumoured Samsung Z3, so this could signal it’s launch? The handsets will also be manufactured in India at Samsung’s factory in Noida.

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GnuCash 2.6.7 Open Source Accounting Software Fixes Multiple Issues

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On June 28, the GnuCash development team had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and update of the seventh maintenance release of the stable 2.6 branch of one of the best free financial accounting software, GnuCash.

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Introducing the Default Wallpapers of the GNOME 3.18 Desktop Environment

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GNOME

We reported earlier this week that the GNOME Project has announced the availability of the third snapshot of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, GNOME 3.17.3, a release that brought in new features and plugged numerous annoying bugs.

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LINUX, RUBY AND WEB CODING LAB FOR GRADUATE TRAINEES OPENS AT SCI-BONO

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Linux

The Simplon course was developed in France to teach skills in Linux, Ruby on Rails, CSS, Javascript, Meteor.js and other web development langauges. Co-founder Andrei Vladescu-Olt attended the opening of the SAP-funded laboratory, and explained that there’s more to the course than coding.

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Tiny Core 6.1 Raspberry Pi Edition Comes with Linux Kernel 3.18.10 LTS

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Béla Markus has announced the immediate availability of piCore 6.1, a special edition of the Tiny Core Linux operating system specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC).

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Meet Nova OS, Cuba's National Ubuntu-Based Linux Operating System

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OS
Ubuntu

It was recently brought to our attention that there's a Linux kernel-based operating system out there developed in Havana, Cuba by students at the University of Computer Sciences and sponsored by the Cuban government.

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Is Google the New Microsoft?

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Google

Yeah, Google. The company that’s popularized two Linux distributions — or at least, two operating systems using the Linux kernel. The company that’s given consumers free use of Docs and Drive, and which owns and operates the servers where tens of millions of people store their photos and music — and for free unless they like music too much and need extra storage. Google, which through its browser gave Linux users the gift of Netflix — something of a trojan gift, to be sure, but a valuable gift just the same.

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Official Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" ISO Images Are Out

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The Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" ISO images for both the Cinnamon and MATE flavors have been released, although the official announcement hasn't been made available just yet.

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Buying a Meizu MX4 with Android to Flash Ubuntu Is Not a Good Idea

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Now that Ubuntu for phones has also landed on the Meizu MX4 a lot of people might want it, but it's difficult to get. Some people might get the idea of buying a regular Meizu MX4 with Flyme OS, but they wouldn't be able to get Ubuntu on that device or at least not in a safe way.

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NVIDIA SHIELD ANDROID TV REVIEW

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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Some of its biggest selling points include 4K and NVIDIA Grid support. If you love gaming, have a powerful rig with a robust NVIDIA GPU, and want to enjoy one of the best in class Android TV experiences, then the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is a sure bet. If you’re more of a casual gamer, then there are less expensive options, but if you want to have something that packs a wallop, streams your games, and is quite future proof, then we highly recommend it. Further, we’ve given it our highly coveted Editor’s Choice Award for being a rock solid Android TV device!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 -- Android at its finest [Review]

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Once again, consumers in the market for a new Android phone have tough decisions to make. While hardcore Android purists will understandably opt for the Nexus 6 to get fast updates and greater tinker capabilities, the Galaxy S6 is the better choice for all others. It is a more well-rounded experience.

Samsung has crafted a phone that is not only a piece of art, but is a comfortable size and has superior security with biometrics. The fingerprint reader is more important than having the ability to run custom ROMS. In 2015, there is no excuse for any flagship smartphone to ship without a fingerprint scanner.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is Android at its finest. Highly recommended.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • 12 hot application container startups

    And where there is a hot new technology, there are of course hot startups.

  • RadeonSI Gallium3D Gets New OpenGL 4 Bits

    David Airlie landed some of the OpenGL 4.x code he's been playing with for AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver on the HD 7000 series GPUs and newer.

  • Looks as if Wily got Plasma 5.3.1.
  • Riak KV, Basho and Kolab

    As I have mentioned in earlier blog entries, Kolab Enteprise has gained data loss prevention (DLP) functionality this year that goes above and beyond what one tends to find in other groupware products. Kolab's DLP is not just a back-up system that copies mails and other objects to disk for later restore, it actually creates a history of every groupware object in real-time that can later be examined and restored from. This will eventually lead to some very interesting business intelligent features.

  • Debian-Based Linux Distro SparkyLinux 4.0 Is Out Now. Installation Guide [With Screenshots]

    SparkyLinux 4.0 is new release of this Debian based operating system, it is created on the testing branch of Debian and comes with multiple desktop environments. Its lightweight linux distro and this latest release comes with Linux kernel 4.0.5. The new release is available with KDE, Xfce, MATE, LXDE, and LXQt desktop environments.

  • Red Hat Summit Highlights Docker, RHEL 7.2 Roadmap and More

    This year's Red Hat Summit brought together the company's executives, customers and partners from June 23 to 26 to discuss technology trends and product innovation. A key theme this year was Docker container technology, with Red Hat announcing its Atomic Enterprise Platform and the OpenShift Enterprise 3 platform. Atomic Enterprise brings an enterprise-grade supported host platform for the deployment and orchestration for Docker containers, while OpenShift is a platform-as-a-service offering targeting developers building, managing and deploying containers. At the conference, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst emphasized that open-source technology's value isn't just about licensed code, but about collaboration and communities. No Red Hat Summit event would be complete without at least one session on the roadmap for the core Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, and the 2015 event was no exception. The next major update for the platform, RHEL 7.2, will include new performance capabilities for virtualization, security and networking. Here's a look at highlights from the event.

  • Samsung aligns with Red Hat mobility platform

    Many Samsung customers still struggle to bring their businesses to the mobility space, according to Robin Bienfait, chief executive innovation officer for Samsung Business Services.

    “Leveraging the platform that Red Hat offers will allow us to bring that back end to the end user in the mobility domain,” she told theCUBE cohost Stu Miniman during Red Hat Summit 2015.

  • Round-up: 12 Braswell-based Mini-ITX boards

    In recent weeks Aewin, ASRock, BCM, BioStar, ECS, and MSI have collectively announced a dozen Braswell based Mini-ITX boards that are all able to run Linux.

Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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HowTos
  • Scripting in Scribus
  • Monitor Server Resources with Collectd-web and Apache CGI in Linux
  • Install Novius OS on a CentOS 7 VPS
  • That heisenbug in touchpad KCM is fixed

    KDE touchpad configuration module supports both Libinput touchpad driver and Synaptics driver. Newer versions of distros like Fedora 22 comes with both libinput and synaptics drivers installed, where libinput driver is chosen by default for touchpads. Some users wanted to use synaptics driver and tweak all options exported by it using the touchpad KDE control module. To do so, simply uninstall the libinput driver (xorg-x11-drv-libinput) and touchpad kcm uses synaptics driver which makes all the kcm options tweak-able. Some of those users reported that after uninstalling libinput driver but keeping synaptics driver (xorg-x11-drv-synaptics), touchpad KCM displayed the error message “No touchpad found” and no options were editable as reported in this bug.

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