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Apple- and Microsoft-backed patent group ends its war on Android

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And just like that, the Rockstar Consortium's lawsuit campaign against Android is over. The patent holding group (backed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) has sold all of its commonly held patents to clearinghouse RPX for $900 million, or a fraction of the $4.5 billion the total patent pool was worth a few years ago. Rockstar will accordingly drop the lawsuits that it still had left, including those leveled against HTC, LG and Samsung. Don't worry that RPX will promptly turn around and sue someone else, either. It already has a deal to license those patents for defensive purposes to a group of 30-plus companies, including Google and Cisco, while the Rockstar companies get to keep their licenses.

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nOS Infinity Is a Unique-Looking OS Powered by KDE – Gallery

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nOS Infinity is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment. It's built for old and new computers and it's quite different from what you might expect.

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Jolla's Sailfish OS Update 10 Is Now Available

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The tenth update to Jolla's Sailfish mobile operating system is now available. This update is version 1.1.1.26 and is codenamed Vaarainjärvi.

This latest update to Jolla's Sailfish OS includes the device lock now supporting alpha-numeric codes, copy-paste support between Android and native Sailfish apps, Mail app improvements, new overlays for maps, search improvements, unification to the accounts framework, new MMS settings, UI improvements, and an assortment of other improvements.

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Efl and Elementary 1.12.2 releases

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Here is another update for the 1.12.x series for EFL and Elementary, courtesy of the EFL team. The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) is the prefered native development framework for Tizen and provides all the libraries you need to create powerful applications.

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Inside CoreOS Linux, Why Fleet and etcd Matter [VIDEO]

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CoreOS has emerged over the course of 2014 to become an interesting approach to building and deploying a Linux distribution, focused on container deployment.

Helping lead the development of CoreOS is CTO Brandon Philips. In a video interview with ServerWatch, Philips explains how the key components of Linux ServerCoreOS, including Fleet and etcd, come together and how the Linux distribution works.

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Linux Lite 2.2 Is a Light and Fun OS for Users Disappointed in Windows

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The final version of Linux Lite 2.2, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS created to show people just how easy it is for non-technical folks to use a Linux distribution, has finally arrived and it's packed with a lot of changes and improvements.

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Arch-Based Manjaro Users Express Concern Over Update Strategy

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While I've ran benchmarks of the Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution in the past and found it a convenient way to play with Arch and overall a nice distribution, it seems for users running it day in and day out aren't entirely satisfied with the update strategy of Manjaro.

Manjaro's stable repository isn't frequently updated but the developers strive to update it about bi-weekly and by default there's no continual flow of fresh packages from Manjaro. Right now though Manjaro's stable repository hasn't been updated in over one month -- since 25 October -- and that includes no security fixes.

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GenodeOS 14.11 Now Supports Intel's Wireless Hardware

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Released today was version 14.11 of the Genode OS Framework, an interesting open-source OS research project we've been following for a few years now.

The big addition to Genode OS 14.11 is the addition of an Intel wireless stack. The latest Intel WiFi hardware is now supported by Genode thanks to its developers porting the Intel WiFi driver from Linux (iwlwifi) along with WPA supplicant application support to enable WiFi WPA access.

Genode OS 14.11 also brings an implementation of a trading scheme for CPU resources. There's also a new dynamic linker, Raspberry Pi networking support, new GUI components, and other changes.

More details on the new release of Genode OS 14.11 can be found at Genode.org.

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Ubuntu 14.10 MacBook Air Tests With Linux 3.18, Mesa 10.5

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This week I posted some OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 benchmarks from a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air. Ubuntu 14.10 out-of-the-box was largely performing better than Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release while today are some more Ubuntu OpenGL numbers tossed in for the graphics tests when upgrading against Intel's latest HD Graphics code for Linux.

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Parted Magic 2014.11.19 Now Has Boot Repair Option

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Parted Magic is a Linux distribution that features numerous tools for disk management, such as GParted and Parted. It’s one of the best distros of its kind, but also a commercial OS.

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  • Ostatic and Archphile Are Dead
    I’ve been meaning to write about the demise of Ostatic for a month or so now, but it’s not easy to put together an article when you have absolutely no facts. I first noticed the site was gone a month or so back, when an attempt to reach it turned up one of those “this site can’t be reached” error messages. With a little checking, I was able to verify that the site has indeed gone dark, with writers for the site evidently losing access to their content without notice. Other than that, I’ve been able to find out nothing. Even the site’s ownership is shrouded in mystery. The domain name is registered to OStatic Inc, but with absolutely no information about who’s behind the corporation, which has a listed address of 500 Beale Street in San Francisco. I made an attempt to reach someone using the telephone number included in the results of a “whois” search, but have never received a reply from the voicemail message I left. Back in the days when FOSS Force was first getting cranked up, Ostatic was something of a goto site for news and commentary on Linux and open source. This hasn’t been so true lately, although Susan Linton — the original publisher of Tux Machines — continued to post her informative and entertaining news roundup column on the site until early February — presumably until the end. I’ve reached out to Ms. Linton, hoping to find out more about the demise of Ostatic, but haven’t received a reply. Her column will certainly be missed.
  • This Week In Creative Commons History
    Since I'm here at the Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit this weekend, I want to take a break from our usual Techdirt history posts and highlight the new State Of The Commons report that has been released. These annual reports are a key part of the CC community — here at Techdirt, most of our readers already understand the importance of the free culture licensing options that CC provides to creators, but it's important to step back and look at just how much content is being created and shared thanks to this system. It also provides some good insight into exactly how people are using CC licenses, through both data and (moreso than in previous years) close-up case studies. In the coming week we'll be taking a deeper dive into some of the specifics of the report and this year's summit, but for now I want to highlight a few key points — and encourage you to check out the full report for yourself.
  • ASU’s open-source 'library of the stars' to be enhanced by NSF grant
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    Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record. The awards total $7 million in funding for the ASU researchers over five years.

R1Soft's Backup Backport, TrustZone CryptoCell in Linux

  • CloudLinux 6 Gets New Beta Kernel to Backport a Fix for R1Soft's Backup Solution
    After announcing earlier this week the availability of a new Beta kernel for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is now informing us about the release of a Beta kernel for CloudLinux 6 users. The updated CloudLinux 6 Beta kernel is tagged as build 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.26 and it's here to replace kernel 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25. It is available right now for download from CloudLinux's updates-testing repository and backports a fix (CKSIX-109) for R1Soft's backup solution from CloudLinux 7's kernel.
  • Linux 4.12 To Begin Supporting TrustZone CryptoCell
    The upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel cycle plans to introduce support for CryptoCell hardware within ARM's TrustZone.

Lakka 2.0 stable release!

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0! This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated! We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult. Read more Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

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