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Various bits of news about operating systems

Though “barely an operating system,” DOS still matters (to some people)

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OSS

Earlier this month, I spent a day working in the throwback world of DOS. More specifically, it was FreeDOS version 1.1, the open source version of the long-defunct Microsoft MS-DOS operating system. It's a platform that in the minds of many should've died a long time ago. But after 20 years, a few dozen core developers and a broader, much larger contributor community continue furthering the FreeDOS project by gradually adding utilities, accessories, compilers, and open-source applications.

All this labor of love begs one question: why? What is it about a single-tasking command-line driven operating system—one that is barely up to the most basic of network-driven tasks—that has kept people’s talents engaged for two decades? Haven't most developers abandoned it for Windows (or, tragically, for IBM OS/2)? Who still uses DOS, and for what?

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Linux Mint Developers to Backport Apps For 17.x

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Linux

The newly launched Linux Mint 17 is now based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and all the next major releases will use the same codebase, which will be Linux Mint 17.1, 17.2, and 17.3. The upcoming Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, if everything goes according to plan.

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The OS That Switched From Linux To BSD Is Now Making Its Own GUI

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BSD

JabirOS, the distribution formerly powered by Ubuntu that changed to a FreeBSD base and then proclaimed itself an independent FreeBSD fork, is trying to invent its own user-interface.

Muhammadreza Haghiri of the Jabir Project wrote into Phoronix today to share news about their Cadmium UI, a new HTML5 GUI they're trying to use for their BSD-forked operating system. Their new Cadmium UI is written using HTML5 with CSS3 and JavaScript while depending upon the Impress.js library. This HTML5 GUI integrates with the Duck Duck Go search engine and rollApp. Some details on Cadmium UI can be found via the project's blog.

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CentOS 7 Comes on the Heels of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

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Red Hat

The CentOS 7 Linux operating system became generally available July 7, providing users with a freely available desktop, server and cloud operating system platform. CentOS, an acronym for Community Enterprise Operating System, is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 enterprise OS, released June 10. Unlike RHEL 7, which is a commercially supported enterprise Linux release that requires users to have a paid subscription, CentOS is free. That said, CentOS lacks the support, services and certifications that Red Hat provides its RHEL subscribers. CentOS does, however, provide the same basic technologies as RHEL 7, but for those who don't need or want the additional enterprise-grade commercial services, CentOS is a free alternative. Red Hat is now an official support and partner of the CentOS community, as well, ever since a surprise announcement in January. CentOS inherits the same XFS file system used in RHEL 7, which provides a file system that can scale up to 500 terabytes. Docker container virtualization support is also part of the CentOS 7 platform. In this slide show, eWEEK examines the CentOS 7 Linux operating system.

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Red Hat to be a Key Contributor to and Benefactor of the Kubernetes Project

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Red Hat

A few weeks ago, I covered the news that Google had released Kubernetes under an open-source license, which is software to manage computing workloads across thousands of computer servers and leverage docker containers. We've also covered Google's announcement that some vey big contributors have joined the Kubernetes project, including IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Docker, CoreOS, Mesosphere, and SaltStack. They are working in tandem on open source tools and container technologies that can run on multiple computers and networks.

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Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Mac
Ubuntu

As it's been some months since last running any Linux vs. Mac OS X performance benchmarks, up today are benchmarks of the latest OS X 10.9.4 release on a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air compared to running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the same hardware with also upgrading against the Linux 3.16 development kernel.

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Red Hat CEO Whitehurst on VMware, OpenStack and CentOS

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Red Hat
Interviews

"Open source gives us brand permission to enter a ton of categories," said Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

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Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

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Ubuntu

Some hits and some misses as Canonical tries to cover everything from the smartphone to the desktop to the cloud.

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Canonical and Ubuntu Helped Munich Save Millions of Dollars by Ditching Microsoft Products

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Linux
Ubuntu

The City of Munich has become one of the most prominent examples of a city administration that switched from Microsoft products to open source, and it looks like Canonical and Ubuntu were an instrumental part of that change.

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Open Source boost as Linux Conference heads to Auckland

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Linux

Seen as a meeting place for the free and open source software communities, the Linux Conference is set to be held at the University of Auckland early next year.

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This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman CEO In The Male-Dominated Open-Source Software World

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Interviews
Ubuntu

Jane Silber is the CEO of Canonical, a 650-employee software company best known for two things. Its Linux operating system, named Ubuntu, that competes with Windows and Macs, and its bold plan to take on Apple, Google, and Microsoft with soon-to-be released phones/tablets/internet TV devices.

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When "Free" Can Suck.

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GNU
Linux
OSS

When I first started The HeliOS Project, I was using Librenet on my personal computer. Libranet had a per-user licensing agreement in order to make the effort pay and a single user license was for 69.00 If I remember correctly. Jon Danzig and I worked out a multiple licensing agreement that we could both live with. The fact is, Jon almost gave those licenses away because he believed in what we were doing. Jon's untimely death in 2005 eventually resulted in the Libranet venture striking their tents and moving on.

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5 Games You Can Play from Your Linux Command Line

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

When it comes to gaming, Linux has taken major steps forward. What once was a deserted island for gamers has now become a growing arena for both gaming fans as well as game developers. With each passing week, we see more and more gaming franchises debuting on this platform. Thanks to the massive investment of Steam in Linux, you can now have a full-fledged gaming experience without booting up your Windows installation.

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Mozilla brings Indian communities together

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Linux
Moz/FF

Mozilla organized two national events in India during the month of June this year: Indic FirefoxOS L10n Sprint 2014 and Mozcamp Beta 2014.

Indic FirefoxOS L10n Sprint 2014 was more of an implementation-based sprint with the goal to motivate Indic language localization teams to translate strings for its upcoming Firefox OS based $25 phone. Mozcamp India Beta was an event for meeting mentors, planning for the future, and strategizing Mozilla’s mission in India.

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Linux 3.16-rc5

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Linux

Things are looking normal, and as usual, I _wish_ there was a bit less
churn going on since it's getting fairly late in the rc cycle, but
honestly, it's not like there is anything that really raises any
eyebrows here.

The bulk of this is drivers - with acpi and gpu sticking out, if only
by a hair. It's pretty mixed, really (hid, hwmon, iio, thermal, clk
drivers, libata, pinctrl, etc). There's the usual architecture updates
(mostly arm, some powerpc), there's some docbook fixes, and there's a
couple of filesystem fixes (f2fs, kernfs and ext4). With a smattering
of small core fixes (mainly cgroup) too.

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GSRC Brings New & Updated GNU Packages

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GNU

The GSRC remains one of GNU's less known programs and is an easy way to download and install GNU software.

GSRC is short for the GNU Source Release Collection and is a BSD Ports-like system for installing packages. The new version out this past week is GSRC 2014.07.06 and it primarily updates existing packages while adding a few new packages.

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Cubietruck review

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Android
Reviews

The follow-up to 2013’s upgraded Cubieboard2 single- board computer (SBC), the Cubietruck was originally known as the Cubieboard 3. A departure from the family’s traditional narrow circuit board layout led to a name change prior to launch and, if nothing else, it helps differentiate the more powerful design from its predecessor.

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Chitwanix OS 1.5 Uses a Modified Cinnamon 2.0 Desktop Environment

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OS
Ubuntu

Chitwanix OS, an Ubuntu-based operating system developed by a group of Linux users from Nepal that uses its very own graphical desktop environment forked from Cinnamon, has reached version 1.5 and it is now available for download.

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Linux Kernel 3.2.61 LTS Officially Released with Support for New Devices

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Linux

According to the changelog, Linux kernel 3.2.61 is a quite big release that introduces better support for the x86, ARM, PowerPC, s390 and MIPS architectures, improves support for the EXT4, ReiserFS, Btrfs, NFS and UBIFS file systems, fixes random networking and sound issues, and includes a plethora of updated drivers (Wireless, InfiniBand, USB, ACPI, Bluetooth, SCSI, Radeon and Intel i915)

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6 Upcoming Linux-Based Smartphone Operating Systems That Aren’t Android

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Android
Linux

Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry 10 aren’t the only smartphone operating systems vying for a place in your pocket. There are other smartphone operating systems in development — and they’re all Linux-based.

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