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Blog entry Airdroid - Transfer Files Between Android Phones/Tablets And Linux (Any Distribution) Mohd Sohail 01/02/2015 - 2:51am
Story If You Like the Terminal, You Will Love the Terminal-Only Alpine Linux OS Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 11:27pm
Story Android Wear just got very, very smart Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 10:43pm
Story Leftovers: Software Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 10:33pm
Story today's howtos Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 10:32pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 10:31pm
Story Pro tip: Find tons of open-source Android software with F-Droid Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 10:28pm
Story Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 9:33pm
Story US Army and FOSS Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 9:27pm
Story Mark Morton: Why we chose an open source website Rianne Schestowitz 31/01/2015 - 9:24pm

If You Like the Terminal, You Will Love the Terminal-Only Alpine Linux OS

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Linux

Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution Alpine Linux is based on based on musl libc and Busybox, which make up the terminal, has been upgraded once more and is now available for download.

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Android Wear just got very, very smart

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Gadgets

Google's Android Wear software just got smart - very smart - simply because it integrates Google Now top to bottom. With an update to Google Now comes an update to Android Wear, and what we're seeing today is an explosive update that'll make the suggestions for directions and sports scores you've been getting so far seem like drops in a barrel of friendly, and I daresay helpful, updates from apps of all kinds. Everything from eBay auction updates to the ability to "Download Venice" - all on your wrist, very soon.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Pro tip: Find tons of open-source Android software with F-Droid

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If you're looking for truly open-source software for the Android platform, you don't have to do a ton of searching or check through licenses from within the Google Play Store. All you have to do is download a simple tool called F-Droid. With this tool, you can download and install apps (from quite a large listing) as easily as you can from the Google Play Store.

You won't, however, find F-Droid in the Google Play Store. Instead, you have to download the .apk file and install it manually. Once it's installed, the rest is just a matter of searching for an app and tapping to install.

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Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD

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Linux

The manufacturing goal was $250k USD and thanks to the extension they're now set to close the campaign at the end of today at around $400k. With the extra funds, they're planning to add hardware kill switches for the microphone/camera and for all RF/WiFI/Bluetooth adapters. Those behind the project are also looking at replacing the HDMI port with two mini Thunderbolt ports.

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US Army and FOSS

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Mark Morton: Why we chose an open source website

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Drupal

Platforms like Wordpress and Drupal, which are maintained by a community of users, can be a cost-effective and flexible option for charities, writes the digital media manager at Epilepsy Action

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Also: Sydney developer brings open source e-commerce to WordPress

Pondering the Fate of Open Source & Software Licenses

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OOo
Legal

Having used OpenOffice for several years on the Panasonic Toughbooks I use in the field, I've avoided buying into traditional or subscription-based services. While enterprises may have a different view on licensing, cost most always figures into the decision-making process. So if they go the subscription route, they'll have to then ask what strategies they can use to lower those costs. Will they be able to haggle on price?

If the subscription model does become the norm, will OpenOffice and other open-source software thrive, dive, or stay the same in market share? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt

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Linux

Open Lunchbox is the latest project attempting to do an open-source laptop design. Open Lunchbox is trying to do their laptop project in a modular, open hardware design.

How Open Lunchbox claims to be different from the other modular computers and laptop projects that claim to be open-source friendly is that "Open Lunchbox will the first open source modular laptop that is powerful enough for everyday use...The problems with other so called open laptop projects have been either not being x86, not being powerful enough to use as a laptop, not being open or not being an actual laptop."

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Get a paycheck in open source, be a social activist

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Ross currently serves as director of member services with the Linux Professional Institute. He has over 15 years of experience as Linux trainer and has authored several books on Linux and open source software.

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Also: Breaking out of the 'comfort zone' with open source

Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) vs. Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

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Linux
Ubuntu

The battle for the best modern desktop still rages on. Two of Linux world’s favorite distributions are often difficult to choose from, especially if you are new to the penguinland. Whether you are a dabbler, a budding programmer, or an ever-curious tinkerer; choosing your first Linux desktop is a tough choice. Asking on the Internet for random people to make that choice for you, adds even more to the confusion. They will give you various answers, from Slackware and Fedora to Ubuntu and Plan 9. However, if you filter their responses to only pick the most popular ones, the distribution deathmatch can boast of only two contenders in the ring: Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

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solydxk Ready for the transition and new ISOs

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Debian

The team has been toiling night and day to make the transition to Debian Jessie and Debian Wheezy as smooth as possible for you.

Everything is ready and you should now be able to upgrade. If you experience connection problems while attempting to upgrade this is probably due to a request overload of our server. Just wait a bit and try later.

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GNU/Linux Grows Well In Argentina

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Linux

A government announces a programme to distribute GNU/Linux to schools and it takes a few years to roll out.

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Oracle Releases Node.js Tools

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Back at its OpenWorld event in 2014, Oracle announced it was working on a Node.js driver for its database products. The resulting code was released last week, as open source code with an Apache 2.0 license.

The driver is now available from GitHub, and includes tools for working with JavaScript objects and arrays, and for translating between Oracle and JavaScript data types. It’s designed to handle transactions, and to work with Oracle’s built-in scaling tools. This includes the ability to quickly end transactions in the event of server failures – allowing Node.js applications to quickly failover to another database, without losing user data.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Pro Might Be Soon Upon Us

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Samsung has been pretty silent when it comes to tablets in the last few months. The Korean tech giant rolled out the Galaxy Tab Active at IFA 2014, but that was just a rugged, re-branded version of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0-inch model.

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Failing at Linux

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Linux

We’ve written plenty of articles about helping you switch over to Linux from your current operating system. However, even with all of those materials at hand, it’s sometimes still difficult to take the leap of faith and actually try it out.

So, this article will be all about questions you might have about switching, and what you can do to ease yourself into the world of Linux. If you read it from start to finish, you’ll have plenty of answers and tips to succeed at Linux.

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Don't Fear the Penguin

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It was a slow news day today for Linux but a few tidbits stood out. First up is Danny Stieben with his article persuading prospects how easy Linux really is.

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Alpine Linux 3.1.2 released

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Linux

The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.1.2 of its Alpine Linux operating system.

This is a bugfix release of the v3.1 musl based branch. This release is based on the 3.14.30 kernel which has some critical security fixes.

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