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ReactOS 0.4.1 Released

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The ReactOS team is proud to announce the release of version 0.4.1 a mere three months after the release of 0.4.0. The team has long desired an increased release tempo and the hope is that this will be the first of many of faster iterations.

Due to the brief period of time between the two releases, 0.4.1 is ultimately a refinement of what was in 0.4.0. That is not to say that there are no new features of course, and a few highlights of both categories are listed below.

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ChaletOS 16.04 Transforms Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Into a Windows 10 Lookalike

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ChaletOS developer Dejan Petrovic today published a quick tutorial to teach users of his ChaletOS 16.04 operating system how to transform their desktops into Windows 10 lookalikes.

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ChaletOS 16.04 Linux Arrives for Windows Refugees, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Today, May 16, 2016, Dejan Petrovic has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of his newest ChaletOS operating system.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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The advertiser is a company called Open Mobile Platform, founded just last month. The company is pitching the Linux-based system as something for large enterprises and privacy wonks who are seeking "trusted" mobile solutions.

It will initially be offered in Russian to meet local demands and regulatory requirements before being pitched overseas.

The operating system is reportedly built on top of the Sailfish OS, a production of Finnish company Jolla, which was formed by former Nokia engineers.

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Own a Raspberry Pi? You need to download this Raspbian Linux OS update -- here's what's new

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No matter how great hardware is, you need software to make it have any value. After all, what good is a computer without an operating system? Who would want a powerful graphics card without drivers? A good computing experience is the successful marriage between hardware and software.

A great example of this is the Raspberry Pi. At first, the specs and diminutive size pull you in, but then you must ask, what can you do with it? You will need to install an operating system to get started, and one of the most popular is Raspbian. Today, that lightweight Linux distro gets a big update. There are some significant updates here, so trust me when I say you need to get it!

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Exton|OS Is an Untroublesome and Fast Linux Distro Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Today, May 12, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the release and immediate availability of a new build of his Exton|OS Linux kernel-based computer operating system.

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Remix OS brings Android to the desktop on its first all-in-one PC

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Jide, the company behind desktop-orientated Android fork Remix OS, has put its software in an all-in-one PC for the first time. The firm partnered with Chinese manufacturer AOC to create a Remix OS-powered desktop device that's aimed at China's enterprise market. This isn't a powerful computer by any stretch of the imagination (nor is it the first all-in-one device to run Android, or a variant thereof), but it's still interesting to see what Jide is doing with its software.

Remix OS is still in beta, but it essentially turns Google's mobile OS into a desktop operating system. The software adds floating windows, keyboard and mouse support, a Start menu lookalike, and file manager. The software is available to download for free, and we were impressed with its capabilities when we tried it out at MWC earlier this year.

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Q4OS Linux Devs Bring the Trinity Desktop Experience to Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs

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Softpedia has been informed by the Q4OS project about the availability of the Q4OS GNU/Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B single-board computer.

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Solus to Offer Users a Brand-New and Modern Graphical Package Manager

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Today, May 9, 2016, Josh Strobl of the Solus Project informed the Solus community about the latest improvements and software updates that landed on the stable software repositories of the GNU/Linux operating system.

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CoreOS Funding Hits $48M as Container Momentum Builds

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At the CoreOS Fest event here, CoreOS is announcing a new $28 million round funding, bringing total funding to date to $48 million. In addition to the new funding, CoreOS is unveiling multiple new efforts, including a new version of its etcd distributed key store, BitTorrent-based container image pulls with QuayCTL and JWTproxy technology as a new way to authenticate microservices.

CoreOS also is announcing a new collaborative effort with Project Calico to integrate CoreOS' flannel networking technology.

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Also: CoreOS gets funding boost and showcases new open source capabilities for containers

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  • Learn from the Experts at The Linux Foundation’s Europe Events
    The Linux Foundation has released session details for three major conferences coming up this fall: MesosCon Europe, Embedded Linux Conference / OpenIoT Summit Europe, and LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe. MesosCon Europe, which will take place August 31-September 1 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is an annual conference organized by the Apache Mesos community, bringing together users and developers for two days of sessions about Mesos and related technologies. This year, the MesosCon program will include workshops to get started with Mesos, keynote speakers from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.
  • The Firebird Project's Firebird Relational Database
    Firebird distills its identity into the phrase "True universal open-source database" and boasts not only of being "free like free beer" but also, fittingly, of being "free like a bird". The latter permits anyone to build a custom version of the Firebird, as long as the modifications are made available for others to use and build upon.
  • Report: Austria can benefit from Big Data solutions
    Big Data solutions can contribute significantly to Austrian public administrations, a working group concludes in a report published in June. Benefits include improved quality of life, finding optimal business locations, and offering better guidance to citizens. The report by the Big Data working group aims to help public administration when considering Big Data solutions, providing legal, economic and technical context.
  • Report: over half of Spain’s regions now use SaaS
    In 2014, 59% of Spain’s regional governments used Software as a Service, according to the 2015 eGovernment report published on 30 June by PAe, Spain’s eGovernment portal. Next most-used cloud computing service is Infrastructure as a Service (40%), and third is Platform as a Service (20%). The usage of cloud computing is just one of the attributes of and indicators for eGovernment services that are aggregated in the report. The document shows the use of document management systems and support of electronic signatures. The text looks at interoperability, open data portals and eParticipation, lists region’s maturity levels of eGovernment services, from the availability to download forms online to the fully electronic management of applications.
  • Software Freedom in Kosovo, Waiting for Xfce Mint & More…
    It’s not FOSS, but I reckon the biggest story in tech this week, ignoring claims of Russia hacking for Trump, is the sale of Yahoo to Verizon for $4.8 billion. Considering that traffic watcher Alexa says the site is the fifth most visited address on the web, that seems like something of a bargain to me. Add to that Yahoo’s prime Silicon Valley real estate and the price seems to be in the “it fell of the truck” category. The sale puts Verizon in control of both America Online and Yahoo, so I suspect we’ll be seeing Verizon trying to compete with Google and Bing for a share of the search advertising market. [...] We’ve also heard from Software Freedom Kosova, which tells us it’s issued this year’s call for speakers, which will be open through September 15. This will be the seventh year for the Kosovo event, which aims to “promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge” — all laudable goals in my estimation. Potential speakers should know “the topic must be related to free software and hardware, open knowledge and culture.” Mike DuPont, the SFK member who made us aware of the event, told FOSS Force, “There might be travel expenses for qualified speakers.” The event will take place October 21-23.
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    David Munn, head of IT at the Greater London Authority, explains what technology his organisation has adopted in order to help individuals keep innovating
  • Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink
    Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share [...] Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we’d be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn’t play in our society.
  • France’s Insee and Drees publish microsimulation model to increase transparency
    Insee (Institut national de la statistique), the French public agency for statistics, and Drees (Direction des études du Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la santé), which is in charge of surveys at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, has published the source code of the microsimulation algorithmic model called Ines.
  • Plant Sciences pushing open-source berry model
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  • The Global Open Data Index to be updated
    Open Knowledge International, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes openness and transparency, has decided to update the survey for its Global Open Data Index. This index measures Open Data publication in 122 countries.
  • This Startup Created the Ultimate Open-Source Prototyping Product
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  • Friday's security updates
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Sailfish OS 2.0.2

  • Sailfish OS 2.0.2 In Early Access With Variety Of Improvements
    Jolla announced today that their Sailfish OS 2.0.2 "Aurajoki" mobile operating system release is available as early access. Sailfish OS 2.0.2 makes it easier to take screenshots via the volume buttons, a variety of new keyboard layouts, a new layout on the media app, a new Sailfish OS logo, simplified backups, browser improvements, support for flash when recording videos, the cloud services now supports the VK service, dual SIM support on capable devices, Dropbox and OneDrive integration in the photo gallery, and a wide variety of other fixes and improvements.
  • [Early Access] Sailfish OS 2.0.2 Aurajoki
    This update contains of many bug fixes and new added features such as taking screenshot by holding down volume buttons for 0.5 seconds, added keyboard layouts for Indian languages Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil and Bengali, new layout on Media app’s front page, new Sailfish OS logo and many more.