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X.Org Server 1.14.6 & X.Org Server 1.15.1 Released

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

There's stable release updates out this Sunday evening for the X.Org Server.

Matt Dew has announced the releases of xorg-server 1.14.6 and 1.15.1.

The X.Org Server 1.14.6 release has 15 fixes/changes over the 1.14.5 point release.

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Linux 3.15-rc1 Was Just Released & It's Real Big

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Linux

The first release candidate to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available and it marks the close of the kernel merge window for about two months. Linux 3.15 is poised to be a very exciting kernel release.

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Microsoft sued over browser miscue that led to $731 million EU fine

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corp's board faces a lawsuit over the way it handled an error with its Internet Explorer browser that ended up costing the company a record-breaking $731 million fine by European antitrust regulators.

The lawsuit, brought by shareholder Kim Barovic in federal court in Seattle on Friday, charges that directors and executives, including founder Bill Gates and former chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, failed to manage the company properly and that the board's investigation was insufficient into how the miscue occurred.

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Why Samsung is the Mitt Romney of the Android world

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Android
Mac

Samsung has always come across as a bit of a sleazy company to me. Something about the company has always just rubbed me the wrong way. Whenever I see a Samsung ad or read a story about them I feel like I’ve been slimed. It’s a feeling akin to dealing with a used car salesman or an insurance salesman, you just know that they are full of crap and you feel dirty after dealing with them.

You could even call Samsung the Mitt Romney of Android manufacturers. I lived in Massachusetts when Romney was governor so I knew what a grinning sleazebag he was, and despite that I held my nose and voted for the trouser snake back in 2012 simply because I felt he was slightly less bad when it comes to the economy than four more years of Dear Leader Obama (next time remind me to vote third party…a pox on both their houses…ugh!). But I felt dirty after I cast that vote, and that’s how Samsung makes me feel: dirty.

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Google never copied Apple’s iPhone, says Android executive

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Android

Lockheimer, who joined Google in 2006, was called by Samsung’s lawyers as a witness to demonstrate how the popular Android operating system was well into development before the first generation iPhone was introduced in 2007.

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Taking Kubuntu 14.04 for a Spin: What’s Up in KDE 4.13?

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KDE
Ubuntu

Kubuntu versions usually ship with a pretty standard set up of KDE, and Trusty makes no exception. You will find the clean, default and usual KDE interface, but fear not, for it is highly configurable and you can practically make it look and behave in any way you like it. Kubuntu Trusty will ship in four days with one of the latest and bleeding edge versions of KDE, 4.13.0.

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Open source gives new life to old Windows XP machines

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GNU
Linux

Linux has become the dominant operating system for internet sites, powering Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others. It is also the dominant operating system powering Android phones and tablets, televisions, home routers and many other devices.

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Tesla Model S owners hack their cars, find Ubuntu

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Linux
Ubuntu

After wiring into the car's communications system, forum user "nlc" was able to find a number of ports and tap into the data flowing to the center console and navigation screens. Others soon joined in the fun and amongst the slightly esoteric bits of information the "hackers" eventually discovered was that the sub-system runs on a version of Ubuntu operating system, which is a Linux variant.

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Chris Roberts Confirms Linux Support for Star Citizen?

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

One of the users of Reddit named ‘Moyels’ has posted a quote, which suggests that Star Citizen might get the support for Linux after all.
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Linux 3.15 Can Almost Be Compiled Under LLVM's Clang

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Linux

A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel.

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One Week Until Lubuntu 14.04: Lightweight, LTS, Tidy [Overview with Screenshots]

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Ubuntu

With Ubuntu 14.04 closing in to the release date, which is set for April 17th, I took Lubuntu for a spin from the daily live ISO image. Lubuntu is the most lightweight distribution in the Ubuntu family (the other one being Xubuntu which uses Xfce), using LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), as well as a set of applications intended to be low on resources.

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Linux 3.15 Picks Up New Notebook Support

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Linux

The x86 platform driver update was pulled today for the Linux 3.15 kernel, which includes new notebook support.

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Linux 3.15 Can Resume From Suspend 7~12x Faster

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Early on in the Linux 3.15 merge window there were improvements to significantly speed-up suspend and resume for systems, but now there's another late merge of a patch that has the capability of speeding up the resume time from suspend by 7~12x for at least some laptop/desktop systems.

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Linksys launches new router with open source code

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OSS
Gadgets

Linksys has started shipping a new router, and it’s touting its latest offering as the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to provide thorough wireless coverage throughout the home through its four external antennas.

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Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Part III, “Governance, Progress, and More Ideas”)

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Red Hat

The idea is really to make more people feel empowered, not to introduce more bureaucracy. And, as Fedora continues to get bigger, some of the things that FESCo currently does can be delegated. FESCo meetings won’t be four hours every week, because many of the technical decisions can be offloaded to these working groups, so it’s a structure that’s set up for growth.

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Btrfs Gets A Few More Linux 3.15 Changes

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Linux

For the Linux 3.15 kernel were already a lot of Btrfs bug and performance fixes, but now late into the 3.15 merge window have been some more fixes.

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Desperately Seeking Linux Programmers

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Linux

Few people know just how pervasive Linux has become, and that is causing a big problem for companies that increasingly rely on it. "There is a shortage of software developers in the U.S. The employment rate for these jobs is down to 2.3 percent in the last quarter. The opportunity for jobs is now there for people who come in to get this training," said Dice President Shravan Goli.

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Best Alternative App Stores for Linux

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GNU
Linux

The concept of app stores, though popularized by Apple, followed by Android, has been around for a long time. In fact, Linuxians know that it was in the penguinian world of software that the concept of app store basically originated. A software housing a collection of apps stored in a convenient location was something Linux users have loved and still love.

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Overclocking w/ Linux, Heartbleed Ideas, and LibreOffice 4.2.3

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LibO
Linux

Today in Linux news is a lot of suggestions on what to do to avoid the pitfalls of Heartbleed and InfoWorld.com runs down some in simple terms. In other news, Phoronix.com is reporting that NVIDIA overclocking is back with latest drivers. And finally, a fresh LibreOffice 4.2.3 was released yesterday.

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Budge up VMware, array upstart Tintri's ramming in Red Hat Linux KVM

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Linux
Red Hat

Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in San Francisco, California, between 14 and 17 April.

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