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Google Chrome 37 Dev Brings Multiple Fixes and a KDE-Only Feature

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Google

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is just the development branch. It's possible that some of the features integrated in this version of the browser will never make it to Beta and Stable.

Google Chrome Dev is the place where the developers implement new features and where the majority of fixes are added. There have been very few times when the Dev release wasn’t large, and this is not one of those times.

According to the changelog, pause and buffer are now suppressed for local resources, an input data parser has been added for Mojo message validation tests, a loop in GN has been fixed, a trivial end-to-end (in-process) test of Mojo shell has been added, libxslt has been added to the GN build, the LLVMpipe GL driver is now loaded in the Chromoting desktop session, the same vk non-overscroll solution is now used for both the login and lock screens, and a bug that occurred on search has been fixed.

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How to Install Linux on a Chromebook

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Linux
Google

The HP Chromebook 14, with its 14-inch screen, 1.4-GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD, is a capable companion. It offers an inexpensive means of computing well in virtually any Wi-Fi environment. However, the Chrome OS isn’t for everyone. Costing $299, you can turn a Chromebook into an inexpensive PC running Linux.

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How Does IBM's Power8 Stack Up Against Competition?

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Should Intel Relevant Products/Services Xeon-based system manufacturers be worried? IBM just started shipping the next generation of Power Systems services with its Power8 processor Relevant Products/Services. The processor can be licensed and is open for development through the OpenPower Foundation -- and Big Blue is making some big claims.

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"Shatter" Might Finally Materialize For The X.Org Server

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A new African student developer from Cameroon, Nyah Check, has proposed working on Shatter with financing provided by the Endless Vacation of Code. Here's the synopsis for what he hopes to accomplish, "This project seeks to support shatter rendering in a multi-head Xephyr by dividing rendering between multiple Xephyr GPUs screens by using the impedance layer to the X server. This will comprise of polishing the current implementation of the impedance layer and testing for shatter rendering on two Xephyr GPU screens. This would be the scope of this summer's project which will eventually continue to completely add shatter and replace Xinerama by splitting the protocol objects from the driver objects modularizing the acceleration architectures and framebuffer layers under the driver rending layer and the damage, protocol decode layers under the protocol layer interface, communicating through the impedance layer interface. This removes duplicate protocol processing and storage of information lowering Xinerama multiplexing to the impedance layer boundary. This would enable multiplexing below the protocol screen."

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Woolworths smashes Windows and switches to Chrome OS

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Linux
Google
Microsoft

Retail giant Woolworths has announced a massive IT transformation program, confirming it will phase out its huge collection of Microsoft Windows desktops in favour of 8000 Google Chrome OS machines.

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Chromebooks Carve Out a Niche in School Districts

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Google

Last year, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota school district in the U.S. purchased a fleet of Chromebooks--portable computers runnng Google's Chrome OS--for use by students, and now, a year later, school district officials are out with a review of the experience. Specifically, the Sioux Falls School District spent over $4.5 million on Chromebooks to arm students in third through twelfth grades with, and the School Board is heralding the program's success.

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OpenStack Designate Brings DNS as a Service Into Incubation

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OSS

I've been following the Designate project, which provide OpenStack DesignateDNS-as-a-Service for OpenStack for some time. It's a project that seems painfully obvious to me, enabling DNS features within an OpenStack cloud deployment.

DNS is a critical network service and without it, I really don't understand how OpenStack service providers could possibly properly scale a business. If DNS isn't inside OpenStack it's outside of it, with a more manual and more painful, less 'cloudy' approach.

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Mesosphere Raises $10.5 Million to Create Massive Linux Clusters

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Linux
Server

Thanks to the advent of multicore processors, the average data center these days has access to a massive amount of compute capacity. Tapping into it efficiently, though, is another thing altogether.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Rackspace

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Rackspace has lately been in the news for its stock market gains and a potential acquisition. But over the past 16 years the company has become well known, first as a web hosting provider built on Linux and open source, and later as a pioneer of the open source cloud and founder of the OpenStack cloud platform.

In May, Rackspace became a Xen Project member and was one of three companies to join the Linux Foundation as a corporate member, along with CoreOS and Cumulus Networks.

“Many of the applications and infrastructure that we need to run for internal use or for customers run best on Linux,” said Paul Voccio, Senior Director of Software Development at Rackspace, via email. “This includes all the popular language frameworks and open virtualization platforms such as Xen, LXC, KVM, Docker, etc.”

In this Q&A, Voccio discusses the role of Rackspace in the cloud, how the company uses Linux, why they joined the Linux Foundation, as well as current trends and future technologies in the data center.

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Chrome OS Features to Look for in Current Chromebook Crop

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With Father's Day right around the corner, some dads out there might be requesting a new Chromebook. Chromebooks, which run Google's Chrome OS, have quietly become quite popular among notebook buyers. As of this writing, Chromebooks are among the top 20 most popular computers available on Amazon, and sales continue to grow steadily. Although the devices got off to a slow start, Google has found a way to attract customers. With that in mind it might be a good time to revisit Chromebooks' operating system, Chrome OS, and talk about key features that make the Chromebook so attractive. While users were uncertain at first about the concept of using a Web-based operating system, Chrome OS morphed into something far more usable and appealing to the average computer user since it was first released in 2009. Not only are computer users more comfortable with accessing cloud applications and storing their data in the cloud, but Google has added a number of features that make it convenient to use Chrome OS productively. This eWEEK slide show will cover the factors that made this platform appealing to notebook PC users.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Announcement Likely Tomorrow

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Red Hat
Server

Red Hat was just sending out press invites this afternoon for a virtual event tomorrow regarding "an exciting product" that will be announced.

Registration for the online event happening tomorrow (10 June) at 11AM EST can be found at RedHat.com. The site says it's about, "redefining the enterprise OS."

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Reports Cites Google Surpassing Microsoft in Browser Market Share

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Microsoft

ADI technology analyst Tyler White speculated that two underlying market forces are boosting Google's numbers. “First, device defaults matter,” White said. “Internet Explorer leverages its Windows OS dominance to gain share as the default Web browser for the majority of people online. Today mobile OS is more important, giving Google and Apple a leg up with default status on Android and iOS.”

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VLC reveals it is working on Chromecast support for iOS, Windows, Linux and Mac

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Google
OSS

Most everyone, at least the tech-savvy who read this, are familiar with VLC Player -- the Video LAN Client. It's a jack-of-all trades media player, that is capable of handling pretty much any format you can throw at it, no matter how obscure it may be.

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Google Chrome 36 Beta Brings More Fixes for Linux Aura

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Google

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has just received another update for the 36 Beta branch of the software.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is not the stable branch, which means that you shouldn't rush to replace your current one. There still are a number of stability problems, but the development is progressing quite nicely.

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Chromebooks Can Finally Play Movies and Shows Offline

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When Google launched Chrome OS, it touted it as a nearly entirely cloud-centric operating system. In fact, it wasn't designed to store data or applications locally at all, or do anything local, really.

Since then, Google has wisely hedged that bet, and it is doing so in a big way as it finally gives Chromebook users a way to watch Google Play Movies and TV offline. Google announced offline viewing last month and new Chromebooks are indeed pulling the feat off via a new app for Chrome OS.

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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Linux
Server

The devices support a variety of Linux distros, with KVM and Xen virtualisation support, Java and GCC development support.

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Cavium ARMs New Server Chips

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Cavium is aiming be a force of nature in the ARM chips market with its new ThunderX lineup of system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs announced today. Alongside the ThunderX announcement, Cavium is also partnering with multiple Linux distributions, including Fedora and openSUSE.

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Canonical and Mirantis Team Up on Enterprise OpenStack Support

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Ubuntu

Mirantis and Canonical today announced a joint collaboration to offer private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu. The two companies plan to invest in continuously testing compatibility between Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu to ensure that the Mirantis OpenStack distribution works seamlessly with Ubuntu. The companies will also collaborate to offer an OpenStack solution that is fully supported.

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My Name is Brian and I Build Supercomputers in My Spare Time

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Server
Ubuntu

The NUCs run Ubuntu server and are storage hosts and the primary interface to the external world. The system has 8x Parallella boards and a shared gigabit Ethernet switch, giving a peak performance of around 208 GFLOPs.

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Chromebooks Head for Nine New Countries, with Cloud Computing in Tow

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In a blog post constructed as rhythmic verse, Google has confirmed that Chromebooks--portable computers running the Chrome OS platform--are coming to nine new global regions: Norway, Denmark, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we've reported,

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