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Buffalo launches first Pogoplug device with internal storage

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linuxfordevices.com: Buffalo Technology announced a web-accessible "Buffalo CloudStor" networked-attached storage (NAS) device for home users with up to 2TB of storage, based on Cloud Engines' Linux-driven Pogoplug device.

Simple Scan Brings Much-Needed Sanity to SANE

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linuxinsider.com: Scanners have long been a configuration nightmare for Linux machines, but the Simple Scan app can make routine, repetitive photo and document scanning chores much easier than apps like Xsane.

VIA's Open Linux Graphics Driver Has Been Defenestrated

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  • VIA's Open Linux Graphics Driver Has Been Defenestrated
  • There May Finally Be Better ATI Linux Video Playback
  • Intel Bumps libva: Android & Sandy Bridge Friendly

A Big Comparison Of The AMD Catalyst, Mesa & Gallium3D Drivers

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phoronix.com: As was alluded to in our New Year greeting, we have been working on a massive graphics card / driver comparison under Linux. Beginning with ATI/AMD hardware, we have tested a series of graphics cards spanning the Radeon X1000, HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, and HD 5000 generations using the very latest drivers.

A Tale of the Synaptics "ClickPad"

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zdnet.co.uk: When I wrote about my Shiny New Lenovo Ideapad S10-3s, I mentioned having various problems with the "buttonless touchpad". I now know that the device in question is actually a Synaptics ClickPad, which is a multi-touch enabled touchpad with integrated buttons.

Meet the SmartBook: Tablet, netbook, MID and more in one.

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omgubuntu.co.uk: Always Innovating’s new Smart Book device is so much of everything that’s it’s almost hard to describe.

Sandy Bridge is the biggest disapointment of the year

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semiaccurate.com: If you try to use Sandy Bridge under Linux, it is simply broken. We tried to test an Intel DH67BL (Bearup Lake) with 2GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3, an Intel 32GB SLC SSD, and a ThermalTake Toughpower 550W PSU.

System76: Bringing Linux to the desktop, 1 stupid-fast computer at a time

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zdnet.com: The netbooks were perfectly nice,and represented a solid choice for schools. However, System76 also sent me a high-performance, consumer-oriented laptop to evaluate in the broader context of desktop Linux.

The Interesting Tale Of AMD's FirePro Drivers

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phoronix.com: AMD announced twice this year optimizations to their FirePro driver software, but in reality these "optimizations" were largely unsustainable and not optimizations as much as they were attempting to address driver regressions from the past.

PlayStation 3 code signing cracked

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theregister.co.uk: Hardware hackers claim to have uncovered the private key used by Sony to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems.

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Kernel: Linux 4.15, TLDR, and Linus Torvalds' Latest Rant

  • Linux 4.15 Adds AMD Raven Ridge Audio ID
    Not only is AMD Stoney Ridge audio (finally) being supported by the Linux 4.15 kernel, but it also looks like Raven Ridge audio should now be working too.
  • Linux 4.14.2 Fixes The BCache Corruption Bug
    Normally I don't bother mentioning new Linux kernel point releases on Phoronix unless there are some significant changes, as is the case today with Linux 4.14.2.
  • TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been
    If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to help you solve your problem. TLDR is another way of looking at documentation. Rather than being a comprehensive guide to a given tool, it instead focuses on offering practical example-driven instructions of how something works.
  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds: This is what drives me nuts about IT security
    Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has had enough of security people who don't think about developers and end-users. After blasting some kernel developers last week for killing processes in the name of hardening the kernel, Torvalds has offered a more measured explanation for his frustration with security myopia. While he agrees that having multiple layers of security in the kernel is a good idea, certain ways of implementing it are not, in particular if it annoys users and developers by killing processes that break users' machines and wreck core kernel code. Because ultimately, if there are no users, there's not much point in having a supremely secure kernel, Torvalds contends.

Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu. Posted today to the community.ubuntu.com was a Unity maintenance roadmap, reiterating the hope by some in the Ubuntu community for Ubuntu Unity to become an official LTS distribution of Ubuntu. They are hoping to make it an official flavor alongside Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, and others. Read more Original/direct: Unity Maintenance Roadmap