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Samsung SmartThings pickup could mean new role for Tizen

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Linux

Samsung is acquiring home automation firm SmartThings, setting up the potential integration with Tizen inside an upcoming Linux version of the SmartThings hub.

As TechCrunch predicted a month ago, Samsung announced an agreement to acquire SmartThings. In July, TechCrunch pegged the sale at $200 million, which if true would be a steal compared to the $3.2 billion Google paid for home automation vendor Nest Labs — and that was before Nest acquired Dropcam. In any case, Samsung is not revealing the cost.

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PiPhone interview with Dave Hunt

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Development
Linux
Interviews
Security

Turning your Raspberry Pi into a mobile phone is a lot simpler than you’d think, albeit a little chunky. Linux User talks to Dave Hunt about one of his many pet projects.

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German researchers develop defense software: Potential protection against the "Hacienda" intelligence program

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GNU
Linux
Security

Grothoff and his students at TUM have developed the "TCP Stealth" defense software, which can inhibit the identification of systems through both Hacienda and similar cyberattack software and, as a result, the undirected and massive takeover of computers worldwide, as Grothoff explains. "TCP Stealth" is free software that has as its prerequisites particular system requirements and computer expertise, for example, use of the GNU/Linux operating system. In order to make broader usage possible in the future, the software will need further development.

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Skype stops working on older Android phones leaving Linux users in the dark

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Android
Linux

LINUX USERS will be left out in the cold following Microsoft's announcement that it will retire older versions of Skype for Android.

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CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16

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Linux

Besides looking at how the raw performance was impacted by using the different scaling governors, the AC system power consumption was monitored and the performance-per-Watt also measured using the Phoronix Test Suite as was the CPU frequency states. This testing is very straight forward so let's get right to the results.

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Best Alternatives to Tor: 12 Programs to Use Since NSA, Hackers Compromised Tor Project

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GNU
Linux
Security
Debian

Tor May Have Been Compromised, Linux Based OS's Like Tails Offer The Best Supplement

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The market share of Windows Phone reduced to only 2.5%

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Android
Linux
Microsoft

There used to be a time when GNU/Linux was kept under mysterious 1% market share. Today mobile Linux Android owns over 85% of the market share leaving the once market leading iOS behind. But its not a tragedy for iOS that it’s market share has shrunk, the real tragedy is for Microsoft whose Windows Phone market share has gone down to mere 2.5%; just 1.5% ahead of what Linux used to have on desktops.

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The 5 easiest to use Linux distributions on older hardware

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Linux

This is part 3 in a series aimed at making it easier for people to choose the right Linux distribution for them.

In the first part of the series I listed a number of the best desktop environments and the Linux distributions that use them.

In the second part I listed the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for modern hardware based on their ease of use.

This article lists the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for older computers based on their ease of use. Note that there will be a further article for the best distributions to run on ancient hardware.

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And Several Months Later....

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GNU
LibO
Linux
GNOME

We are moving our production GNOME desktop to new physical hardware. After some discussions and reviewing work loads, we decided for now to stay with GNOME 2. The older server was cloned and was finally moved to the new hardware. The server is 100% solid state drives with 80 hyperthreaded cores. This increased capacity was needed for the next project:

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4MLinux Server Edition 9.1 Beta Is a Small and Interesting Distro

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GNU
Linux

4MLinux Server Edition, a special distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, is now at version 9.1 Beta.

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