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Of course USA loses in cyber war - NSA and friends made sure it would happen

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

There is a reason why China and others are trying to move away from Windows to Linux and other alternatives, and it is not to avoid sending its hard earned dollars to Cayman Islands (or whatever tax haven Microsoft is using these days to collect the majority of its income. Smile

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ASF publishes long-overdue Code Of Conduct

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OSS

We pride ourselves at The Apache Software Foundation on our principles of "community over code" and "don't be a jerk". But, alas, we've been slow to codify some of these things in public. Part of this, I'm sure, is that it’s easy to think we all just know how we're supposed to treat people, and so you shouldn't have to say, right?

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Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla project is dedicated to tackling these challenges. Our community makes Firefox products that are loved and used the world over, all in service of our mission to protect the Web. We are also hard at work teaching thousands more people how to help build the Web, developing innovative open source technologies for others to leverage, protecting individual privacy and establishing technical standards.

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Linus Torvalds Launches Linux Kernel 3.19 RC1, One of the Biggest So Far

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Linux

The first Linux kernel Release Candidate has been made available in the 3.19 branch and it looks like it's one of the biggest ones so far. Linux Torvalds surprised everyone with an early launch, but it's easy to understand why.

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Advocacy group: ‘ICT procurement is broken’

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OSS
Legal

Public administrations in the EU are hindering competition by asking for specific brands and products when procuring software solutions, says OpenForum Europe, an organisation campaigning for an open, competitive ICT market. “No progress has been made in recent years. In fact the practice of referring to brand names in public procurement has become more widespread”, OFE says.

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7-Way Linux Graphics Card Comparison With Civilization Beyond Earth

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Gaming

The performance of Civilization: Beyond Earth on Linux is quite demanding. The OpenBenchmarking.org test profile of Civilization Beyond Earth uses roughly the high image quality settings and for this article the tests were done at 1920 x 1080. As the results are about to show, even with modern graphics cards, it's quite a chore putting out a decent frame-rate at 1080p for this strategy game.

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EU to fund Free Software code review

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OSS

The European Parliament has approved funding for several projects related to Free Software and privacy. In the EU budget for 2015, which the European Parliament adopted on December 17, the Parliamentarians have allocated up to one million Euro for a project to audit Free Software programs in use at the Commission and the Parliament in order to identify and fix security vulnerabilities.

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First Alpha of Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Out for Chinese Users, It's a Possible Windows XP Replacement

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Kylin, a Chinese Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and developed in collaboration with Canonical, has been promoted to version 15.04 and the first Alpha in the series is now ready for download and testing.

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Open-Source NFV Group Readying Software Releases for 2015

In a recent post on the organization's blog, Chris Price, chairman of the technical steering committee (TSC) for the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), said the panel is reviewing a broad array of project ideas to see what ones will be pursued by the committee. In addition, the wider OPNFV community will focus on establishing an integration and baseline platform while also creating several NFV-related projects that will find their way into the OPNFV's second release of 2015.

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On Docker, CoreOS, open source and virtualization

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Server

But before Docker co-founder and CTO Solomon Hykes got a chance to board the plane, he got word that operating-system provider CoreOS announced its own Rocket container technology, which caught the Docker team off guard, according to Docker CEO Ben Golub in this week’s Structure Show.

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8 open-source holiday gifts

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OSS

The holiday season is in full swing and you may still have a few people to check off your gift-giving list. If you're at a loss for what to buy the open-source-focused engineer or maker in your life, take a gander at these 8 open-source gifts.

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Red Hat Chief Jim Whitehurst: Open Source Is Spurring Innovation

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Red Hat
Interviews

Customers around the world are changing their perceptions about open-source technology, making it more mainstream, and open source is driving innovation at enterprise and cloud services giant Red Hat (RHT) , according to its president and chief executive Jim Whitehurst.

Red Hat, the world's largest provider of open-source solutions, reported fiscal third-quarter results Thursday that topped Wall Street's revenue and profit estimates, sending its shares up more than 9% in after-hours trading. In an interview after earnings were released, Whitehurst discussed Red Hat's performance and outlined how the company plans to stay ahead of the competition in its core markets.

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Also: Red Hat CEO: Cybersecurity is a major problem

Samsung working on another Tizen based Smart Camera – NX500

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Linux
Gadgets

Samsung has had a busy year with Tizen and not only in with Smart watches. Following the release of the first Tizen Smart Camera, the Samsung NX-300M, we have had the NX Mini, NX 30 and recently the NX1.

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The Best Linux Tools for Teachers and Students

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GNU
Linux
Software

Linux is a platform ready for everyone. If you have a niche, Linux is ready to meet or exceed the needs of said niche. One such niche is education. If you are a teacher or a student, Linux is ready to help you navigate the waters of nearly any level of the educational system. From study aids, to writing papers, to managing classes, to running an entire institution, Linux has you covered.

If you’re unsure how, let me introduce you to a few tools Linux has at the ready. Some of these tools require little to no learning curve, whereas others require a full blown system administrator to install, setup, and manage. We’ll start with the simple and make our way to the complex.

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The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

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GNU
Linux

As the year draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on the good and bad of 2014.

In this article I am going to list my favourite alternative Linux distributions of the year.

What constitutes as an alternative Linux distro? To define the alternative, we need to look at the mainstream distributions first.

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Devil-Linux 1.6.7 released

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GNU
Linux

Devil-Linux 1.6.7 has been released! This release brings lots of software updates. Please see the change log for details.

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Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

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Android
Linux
Reviews

This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits a $110 price target though the reduction of RAM to 1GB and the elimination of the WiFi/Bluetooth radio module, though it still possesses the power of a Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC clocked at around 1GHz.

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Linux, the overweight king of cloud: Will this change anytime soon?

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GNU
Linux
Server

Nick Hardiman argues that the problem with Linux is that multi-purpose distros, which are great for cloud computing jobs, are making the server OS fat.

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Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

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Server
Ubuntu

Canonical’s stripped down “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform.

If you’ve followed along over the last few weeks, that’s not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google’s Compute Engine platform earlier this week. It was pretty obvious that AWS’s EC2 would be next.

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Public Interest, Software Freedom and Open Standards

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LibO
OSS

...importance of working with upstream projects and initiatives for a government like the UK Government.

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Public interest and software freedom are not always aligned, in the sense that software freedom grant rights to users of Free Software but does not imply users will get what they want; in this case however, these two notions could become very much aligned. The same holds true for Open Standards: if major chunks of the UK’s public sector’s pool of documents is migrated to ODF, there is something close to a liability – and an opportunity- for this Government to ensure the format continues to thrive and be improved.

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