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6 Secrets Every Windows User Should Know About Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

Linux has progressed quite a bit in recent years to where it has become a better and better alternative for Windows users. If you’re simply tired of Windows, don’t want to pay for new Windows releases, or you’re still running Windows XP, it’s always a good time to take a good look at whether Linux can work for you.

If you’re still a bit unsure, here are six secrets that Windows users may not know about Linux. Knowing these these six secrets should make you more comfortable trying Linux out. Interested? Let’s get started.

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Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels

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A startup called Savioke has unveiled a Linux- and ROS-based SaviOne hospitality robot, currently being tested at a California hotel for room service duty.

Savioke’s “SaviOne” stands three feet tall, weighs less than 100 pounds, and can roll along at a typical human walking pace of 4 mph. The touchscreen-equipped robot lacks arms or legs, but can operate a smart elevator on its own via a wireless signal.

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Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15

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Reiser

While the Linux 3.16 kernel is now stable, a few days ago the Reiser4 file-system was finally ported to Linux 3.15.

Edward Shishkin released Reiser4 for the Linux 3.15.1 kernel last weekend. Besides being ported to the kernel interface changes for Linux 3.15, there's also two bug-fixes for the out-of-tree file-system. Most of the Reiser4 activity these days continues to just be porting to new kernel versions and bug-fixing. Edward is down to being one of the only main developers left and there's expected to be no effort to mainline the controversial file-system without the support of a major Linux ISV/IHV.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux

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Linux

Linux. It's been around since the mid '90s, and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents.
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IBM, Linux Foundation, Universities Partner on Open Source Mainframe Computing

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Linux
Server

IBM says the channel is in dire need of more professionals with mainframe server administration expertise, and just in time for the new school year, it is promoting a partnership with the Linux Foundation, Marist College and Syracuse University to deliver those skills through a new series of MOOCs on open source operating systems.

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Review: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

Canonical is pushing hard to expand Ubuntu into new consumer markets. In the past year, we’ve seen shiny prototypes of Ubuntu-based mobile phones and tablets, and the company hasn’t given up on its 2012 vision of getting Ubuntu onto TVs either. What’s more, serious work is underway on converging all of these roles into a single chameleonic OS, something even Microsoft hasn’t tried to tackle.

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Why isn't all government software open source?

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The federal government is the single largest purchaser of code in the world. So why is this code—taxpayer-funded and integral to the day-to-day working of our democracy—so often hidden from public view? There are two sides to answering that question: Why does the government so often build on closed platforms, and once built, why isn't the code released to the public?

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Linux Kernel 3.16.1 Is Out and It's Now the Most Advanced Version Available

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Linux kernel 3.16 was released only a little over a week ago, so it stands to reason that an update was bound to appear sooner or later. Linus Torvalds also skipped the release of the first RC for Linux kernel 3.17 RC1, so this build is actually now the most advanced out there.

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Ansible, an open source startup with Red Hat roots, doubles down on Durham

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OSS

Ansible, a Durham-based IT automation startup with Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) roots, is doubling down on Bull City.

That’s according to CEO Saïd Ziouani, who tells me the 30-employee shop will cross the 100 mark next year.

“Our goal is to continue to grow aggressively in the Durham area,” he says, adding that all facets of the business can happen from Durham.

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Open source in the NHS: With choice comes responsibility

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Just because a trust has taken an open source approach, it does not mean you have to take all that work, control, ownership immediately – you can take as much as time as you want to develop those abilities. Also, with a community interest company in place to support the management of the code, there will be a structure in place for clinicians to really have some input into the way the system is developed, whilst maintaining the integrity of the code for better patient experience and outcomes.

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Motorola’s ‘Shamu’ the rumored Nexus 6 surfaces

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Google

A couple of weeks ago we reported rumors were circulating that Motorola was building the next Nexus (6). Now we can add a little more speculation to the Nexus rumor mill for your enjoyment.

There has been wide speculation that a device ‘Codename Shamu’ is the Nexus 6 although this has not been confirmed by either Google or Motorola. However Shamu suddenly appeared on the GFX Benchmark Database fuelling suggesting that the Nexus is getting nearer and nearer.

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Small banks turn to open source solutions to cut costs

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As of March, only a third of 1,589 urban co-operative banks that have been told by the central bank to migrate to a core banking system have done so. The rest of the market is up for grabs.

"Open source-based products, which could bring down the total cost of ownership, have become a credible alternative for decision makers," said Aniruddha Paul, CIO of ING Vysya.

The bank which has over 500 branches in the country started upgrading its core banking platform last year and completed the project in February.

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The Gentle Art of Muddying the Licensing Waters

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OSS
Legal

I've been writing about free software for nearly 20 years, and about Microsoft for over 30 years. Observing the latter deal with the former has been fascinating. At first, the US software giant simply dismissed free software as unworthy even of its attention, but by the early years of this millennium, that was clearly no longer a viable position.

As I've charted elsewhere in my "Brief History of Microsoft FUD", it made various attempts to discredit open source, all of which were dismal failures. As it became clear that this strategy would not work, it adopted another, somewhat more sophisticated. This involved trying to match aspects of open source without actually embracing it. The first manifestation of this was "shared source":

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Librarian Council, NITDA Train Professionals in Open Source Software Application

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Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has organized a skill gap workshop in information and communication technologies for librarians.

According to the organizers, the joint workshop with special focus on application of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in library operations was aimed at equipping librarians with skills to measure up new challenges in the ICT sector and be able to deploy and apply the knowledge to improve the lot of all information seekers.

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CoreOS Acquires Quay.io for Private Docker Repositories

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Linux

Linux virtualization startup CoreOS now offers an alternative to the private repositories offered by Docker Inc.

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Upgrading libraries to open source Koha system

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OSS

I am constantly looking for ways to make my life easier whether it's keeping track of my kid's school activity schedule or not loosing my grocery list. For this, I often look for open source solutions. Why? Because most of the time the open source solution is simple and doesn't have unnecessary bells and whistles that I don't need, and even if I need those extra bells and whistles, I know that someone else out there also needs it and most likely has coded it already.

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