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Chromebook Gains, Microsoft Worries

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GNU
Linux
Google

NPD reveals that Chromebook sales are exploding and Microsoft is starting to get worried.

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Can Linux speed in-car systems? Software may reduce development time, costs

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Linux
OSS

The open-source software revolution is coming to the car. Most in-vehicle infotainment systems sold today use proprietary software, with the underlying code tightly controlled by automakers and by a few major software providers, such as Microsoft Corp. and Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems. Now the auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers.

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SAILFISH OS HARDWARE ADAPTATION DEV KIT RELEASE 1.0

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Development
Linux

Months back, we had Sailfish OS released on Nexus 4, in very alpha stage while many things didn’t work and after any update they got better and better and more stuff started working.

Now though, Jolla is asking YOU to port the OS to your Android device (Running Cyanogen Mod 10.1.x) while it’s hot.

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Wine 1.7.22 Arrives with Lots of Fixes for Games

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GNU
Linux
Software

Wine 1.7.22 is a new development version of the software that has been announced and its makers have implemented quite a few changes and improvements, not to mention various fixes for a huge number of Windows applications.

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The DragonBox Pyra Moves Closer As OpenPandora Successor

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Linux
Gadgets

Michael Mozrek gave a presentation recently about his work as the project lead on the DragonBox Pyra, the slated replacement to the Open Pandora handheld Linux game system.

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Top 5 Linux Gaming Emulators

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Linux
Gaming

The history of Linux in gaming is quite poor, but this year so many changes happened in this area that we might be able to review top commercial video games very soon. By commercial I mean those created by most significant gaming companies like Ubisoft or Bethesda, and not indie video games. Even though real gaming in Linux based operating systems got a boost this year, emulators were everywhere to be found, for most known video game consoles.

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Debian 6.0.10 "Squeeze" Is Out and It's the Last Point Release

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Debian

This tenth point update is actually a very important one because it’s the last one in the life of this branch of the Debian distribution, which was released back in February 2011. The developers have announced that no more major updates will be made for Debian 6.x “Squeeze, but there are also some good news.

Only a month ago, the Debian devs also said that Debian will actually become an LTS release (long term support) and that the operating system will continue to receive security updates (different from the one released today) until February 2016. This would effectively mean that Debian 6.x will feature six years of support and that is more that even more that Canonical provides for Ubuntu.

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BitKey: A secure, Debian-based Live OS for bitcoin transactions

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Linux
Debian

The official description of BitKey says that it is a “self-contained read-only CD/USB stick with everything you need to perform highly secure air-gapped Bitcoin transactions.”

It is a side project of the developers of TurnKey Linux, a Debian-based distribution that provides a set of ready-to-use server virtual appliances.

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Canonical Issues Final Warning for Ubuntu One Closure, Get Your Files Now

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Ubuntu

“This is the FINAL reminder to make sure you have retrieved all your data from Ubuntu One filesync, as we will be deleting all the content permanently on 31st July 2014. After that date, we will no longer be able to retrieve any of your files.”

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Indian phone makers look to penetrate Russia

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Linux

Local smartphone makers Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Intex have eaten into market shares of multinationals Nokia and BlackBerry, though South Korea’s Samsung still leads the market. Now the four are eyeing Russia.

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"I'll Be Back" -- After Reviving Meego Dreams, Jolla Preps for India Launch

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Linux

Mobile operating systems are kind of like comic book heros or horror movie villains -- just when you think they're gone for good, they come back with a new bag of tricks. Thus is the case of Sailfish OS, a challenger that's on the verge of launching a high volume product to the burgeoning Indian market.

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First Android One phone landing in October?

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Android

Ironically, in the world of mobile, there’s more than just one One. HTC, for one, has several Ones, and not forgetting the OnePlus One. One? One.

Room for One more? How about Android One? Launched at this year's Google I/O, it’s aimed squarely at emerging markets, and we’re hearing that the first handset might land as early as October.

While Android Silver will see Google working closely with its best mates at the high end of the spectrum, the aim of Android One is to make a decent phone that’s truly affordable for every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sanjay, Raj and Mukul across the world.

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[Pictures] Samsung Z (SM-Z910F) Tizen in Gold

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Linux

The Tizen Samsung Z (SM-910F) Smartphone did make an appearance at the recent Tizen Developer Summit Russia 2014, and eager Russian developers were able to get their hands on some Tizen Smartphone goodness.

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Chromecast Now Lets Users Move Android Content to Their TVs

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Android
Linux
Google

Android smartphones and tablets are great devices for many tasks, but sometimes you just wish you had a bigger screen to see the videos and other content that you are viewing. Now you can do just that, using Google's $35 Chromecast dongle, which has just been upgraded to push Android content from your small devices to your television screen.

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Faults in Linux 2.6

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Linux

Six researchers (including Julia Lawall of the Coccinelle project) have just released a paper [PDF] (abstract) that looks at the faults in the 2.6 kernel.

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Could we See a Linux Tablet Brought to Life with Ubuntu Touch?

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Linux
Ubuntu
Gadgets

Yes, some may argue that Android is molded from Linux Kernel, but the ability to be able to run bash scripts purely in a Linux environment that is not adulterated and polluted with non-Linux features is truly a tech Shangri-La for hardcore Linux lovers.

This helplessness in getting our wish fulfilled for a Linux tablet has many of us desperately digging for a solution that could satiate our thirst for Linux.

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Docker networking: How Linux containers will change your network

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GNU
Linux
Server

Docker is making Linux containers a lightweight alternative to hypervisors; network engineers must be prepared. Find out what you need to know about Docker networking.

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Musing: Microsoft to offer its software on Linux – A theoretical consideration.

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GNU
LibO
Linux
Microsoft
OOo

BREAKING NEWS: MICROSOFT RELEASES ITS OFFICE SUITE FOR LINUX

Take a few seconds to consider how you would feel, then maybe be kind enough to hear my view.

So it’s great? Microsoft’s flagship product now available to those who in the past had only LO, Abiword etc to chose from. Now you can run natively on your Linux box that which Windows users have been for years.

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MicroXwin Creators Have A PC That Runs Debian & Android Together

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Android
Debian

For right now they have ported this unified Linux distribution to an MK808 mini-PC stick. At VolksPC.org isn't too much more information right now, but the page explains, "Many desktop distributions such as Debian are already available for ARM and x86. But Debian ARM does not support YouTube playback and because of a lack of drivers, HD video playback is just not possible. Android, on the other hand, does this very well and also has many applications not available on Debian. So we created a unified distribution that allows both Android and Debian LXDE/XFCE applications to run simultaneously at native speeds. On ARM, our distribution is based on a modified ARMHF Debian Wheezy rootfs."

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GCC Code Gets Updated For Go 1.3 Language

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Development
GNU

Released the middle of last month was Google's Go 1.3 programming language. Updated Go 1.3 code is now landing within the GNU Compiler Collection.

Go 1.3 offers many changes and improvements throughout, Godoc static analysis support, GC supports Native Client execution sandbox on 32-bit/64-bit x86 architectures, and experimental support for new operating systems. Those unfamiliar with last month's release of Go 1.3 can read more via the release notes. There's also other commentary about the Go 1.3 language update via the Go Blog.

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