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Samsung Continues to Lessen Android Dependence

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Samsung's partnership with members of the Linux Foundation appears to be bearing fruit. The partnership's mobile operating system -- dubbed Tizen -- is Linux-based. Samsung's initial Tizen phone rollout was rocky: The company's highly anticipated Samsung Z launch in Russia was quickly canceled last year, and the company blamed concerns about the ecosystem for the delay. Unfortunately, in many cases, ecosystem development presents a "chicken and egg" problem: Developers won't build apps until you have users, and users won't select your product until you have apps.

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YotaPhone drops Android for Sailfish OS

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You may not have heard of them but Yota is a Russian company who dared to be different with their YotaPhone 2 smartphone. While most manufacturers tend to stick to tried-and-tested designs, Yota took a risk with the YotaPhone 2 and if you somehow haven’t heard of it, the dual-screen smartphone was one of the most unique Android devices ever made.

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Solus Gets Linux Kernel 4.1.1 LTS and UEFI Fixes

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The Solus project is powering on, and they released a new daily built for their system, fixing many of the issues that affected the first version, including a nasty EFI bug.

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Solus Gets Daily ISOs, Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS, and More

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The Solus operating system has just received its first daily ISO, and it looks like the team is well on its way to promote the first RC. The developers are moving closer to a stable version, and things seem to be on the right track.

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Meet Nova OS, Cuba's National Ubuntu-Based Linux Operating System

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It was recently brought to our attention that there's a Linux kernel-based operating system out there developed in Havana, Cuba by students at the University of Computer Sciences and sponsored by the Cuban government.

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Solus Is the First OS to Get Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS

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The Solus operating system is not out just yet, but it has the honor of being the first one to get the new Linux kernel that was released today, 4.1.

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Solus Distro Is Getting Linux Kernel 4.0.5

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The Solus operating system is still under development, but the first stable version should be out in a couple of months. The developers are working to implement the latest Linux kernel 4.0.5, which the most advanced version available right now.

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Update on Solus Project, One of the Most Interesting Upcoming Operating Systems

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It's been quite a while since we got a substantial update for the Solus project, but the developers have kindly obliged, and they have shared the progress they made with the community.

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elementary OS Drops Sourceforge Hosting

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Sourceforge currently has some big problems and many projects have decided to change their hosting providers. The service has been accused of infusing some Windows executables with Adware and things just got worse from there. elementary OS devs have decided that it's a good time to move on from Sourceforge as well.

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Also: elementary OS' File Manager Receives over 20 Bugfixes, New Open File Dialog

Voyager X8 Is an Interesting and Fast OS Based on Debian 8.1 and Xfce 4.12

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Voyager X8 is a new Linux distribution based on Debian 8.1 "Jessie", and it uses the Xfce 4.12 desktop environment. The developers have integrated a large number of apps, and they've also made sure that it runs on systems with UEFI.

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Octa-core Cortex-A53 hacker SBC sells for $60

FriendlyARM’s $60, open spec “NanoPC-T3” SBC runs Android or Linux on an octa-core Cortex-A53 SoC packed with wireless and media interfaces, plus 8GB eMMC. The over-caffeinated board builders at Guangzhou, China-based FriendlyARM have shipped their highest-end hacker board yet. The NanoPC-T3 is almost identical to the NanoPC-T2 board, but swaps out the quad-core, Cortex-A9 Samsung S5P4418 SoC for a layout-compatible S5P6818 with eight Cortex-A53 cores that can be clocked dynamically from 400MHz to 1.4GHz. Last month, FriendlyARM’ unveiled an $11, quad-core NanoPi M1 single board computer with similarly open source hardware and Android and Linux software. Read more

today's leftovers

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Security Leftovers

  • Cockpit 0.104
    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.104 release.
  • FFmpeg 3.0.2 "Einstein" Multimedia Framework Released with Updated Components
    Today, April 28, 2016, the development team behind the popular FFmpeg open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has released the second maintenance release in the stable FFmpeg 3.0 "Einstein" series. FFmpeg 3.0 was a massive release announced in mid-February, which brought in numerous existing changes, including support for decoding and encoding Common Encryption (CENC) MP4 files, support for decoding DXV streams, as well as support for decoding Screenpresso SPV1 streams.
  • Using bubblewrap in xdg-app
    At the core of xdg-app is a small helper binary that uses Linux features like namespaces to set up sandbox for the application. The main difference between this helper and a full-blown container system is that it runs entirely as the user. It does not require root privileges, and can never allow you to get access to things you would not otherwise have.
  • Build System Fallbacks
    If you are using Builder from git (such as via jhbuild) or from the gnome-builder-3-20 branch (what will become 3.20.4) you can use Builder with the fallback build system. This is essentially our “NULL” build system and has been around forever. But today, these branches learned something so stupidly obvious I’m ashamed I didn’t do it 6 months ago when implementing Build Configurations.
  • Node.js version 6 is now available