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Out in the Open: The Little-Known Open Source OS That Rules the Internet of Things

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Badgers spend a lot of time underground, which make it difficult for biologists and zoologists to track their whereabouts and activities. GPS, for example, doesn’t work well underground or in enclosed areas. But about five years ago, University of Oxford researchers Andrew Markham and Niki Trigoni solved that problem by inventing a wireless tracking system that can work underground. Their system is clever, but they didn’t do it alone. Like many other scientists, they turned to open source to avoid having to rebuild fundamental components from scratch. One building block they used is an open source operating system called Contiki.

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WebOS is back in one million living rooms

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LG is today congratulating itself on selling one million of its webOS smart TVs. After announcing the new Smart+ TVs at CES in January, the Korean manufacturer released a range of models in March, and took just under four months to hit today's milestone. It's now predicting it will sell 10 million by "the first half of 2015."

"Rather than continuing to add more and more functions into our smart TVs that few people will ever use," says LG's head of TV In-kyu Lee, "we've decided to focus on simplicity ... consumers seem to share our view that this is the right direction for the evolution of smart TVs going forward." The new models are still in the process of being rolled out globally, and LG says webOS TVs will be in over 150 markets by the end of June. It's also planning to bring more "LG Smart+ TV Experience Zones" to retail outlets in order to better promote the range.

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Sphere 1.4 Is an Icon Pack for People Who Don't Like Flat Operating Systems

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The Sphere icon pack is made by Achim Karsch and features over 24.000 icons for the operating system, covering pretty much all the known applications out there.

“I really wanted to create another theme, but over the time I'm coming back to my old design Sphere. The most icons, you find in the web, are regtangled designed, looks like iOS design. I want to create something else, something special for linux systems. I think the sphere design looks good and is a opportunity for all those other icons out there.”

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Release notes for the Genode OS Framework 14.05

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With Genode version 14.05, we address two problems that are fundamental for the scalability of the framework. The first problem is the way how Genode interoperates with existing software. A new concept for integrating 3rd-party source code with the framework makes the porting and use of software that is maintained outside the Genode source tree easier and more robust than ever. The rationale and the new concept are explained in Section Management of ported 3rd-party source code. The second problem is concerned about how programs that are built atop a C runtime (as is the case for most 3rd-party software) interact with the Genode world. Section Per-process virtual file systems describes how we consolidated many special-purpose solutions into one coherent design of using process-local virtual file systems.

In line with our road map, we put forward our storage-related agenda by enabling the use of NetBSD's cryptographic device driver (CGD) on Genode. Thereby, we continue our engagement with the rump kernel that we started to embrace with version 14.02. Section Block-level encryption using CGD explains the use of CGD as a Genode component.

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Porteus Kiosk Edition Is an Operating System Based on Slackware and Firefox

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Porteus 3.1 (Kiosk Edition) is based on Slackware 14.0 and relies on Linux kernel 3.12.20 and Firefox 24.0. It's a 32-bit system, which is entirely locked down to prevent tampering with any of the components (including the browser).

“This distribution release includes bug fixes, software updates and new features. At a mere 50 megabytes, the Porteus Kiosk Edition ISO includes just the libraries and utilities required to run Firefox in a secure environment, making this a perfect fit for kiosks and other web terminals.”

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Clive: A New Operating System Written In The Go Language

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Clive is the new operating system announced on Friday and is written in Google's Go programming language, features a "new weird file protocol" called ZX, and uses parts of the Plan 9 operating system. Clive is also going to run on a modified Nix kernel.

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ClearOS 6.6 Beta 1 Released

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Version 6.6 Beta 1 of the RHEL-derivative ClearOS is now available with new packages for this Linux distribution designed to serve as a network gateway/server.

ClearOS 6.6 Beta 1 is based on the latest upstream RHEL/CentOS packages while introducing packages for WordPress, Joomla, Tiki Wiki, and other changes. ClearOS 6.6 development also focuses upon IPv6 network support and ClearOS 7 compatibility.

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Windows OS 'replaceable' by Chinese counterparts

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Chinese OS developers are thrilled at news of the ban on Windows 8 by the central government, as the decision presents an opportunity to seize market share in the future, Xinhua news said on Thursday.

"Domestic OSes are already an alternative to Windows in terms of security, and also easy to use", the agency continued. This is a result of over a decade of investment in research and development by Chinese developers. A number of domestic OSes are currently available, and some can be downloaded free of charge. Usage of Chinese OSes will help reduce the costs for local computer manufacturers and end-users.

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SliTaz 5.0 RC2 Is a Minimalistic OS Built from Scratch

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SliTaz, an open source and minimalistic Linux distribution built from scratch, has announced that a new Release Candidate in the new 5.0 branch is now ready for testing and download.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.19 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- New JSProxy DLL for automatic proxy configuration.
- More OLE Accessible Object support.
- Improvements to the XML writer.
- Fixes for various memory issues found by Valgrind.
- Initial headers for Direct2D support.
- Various bug fixes.

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Red Hat: Ansible Tower, Patent Promise, and Shares Declining

  • Red Hat’s automation solution spreading among APAC enterprises
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Add-on board expands i.MX6 UL SBC

MYIR released an add-on board for its Linux-driven, i.MX6 UL-based MYS-6ULX SBC that adds a second LAN port, plus CAN, RS485, camera, audio, and RTC. In April, MYIR released a Linux-powered MYS-6ULX SBC, which was notable for being available in two different versions using NXP’s low power, Cortex-A7 i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) or the more affordable, and almost identical i.MX6 ULL SoC. Now, MYIR has released an “MYB-6ULX Expansion Board” designed to stack onto either model. The $21.20 accessory adds a second 10/100 Ethernet port to the MYS-6ULX, as well as new CAN, RS485, audio, micro-USB, RTC, and camera functions. Read more

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