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Linux Distribution Upgrade or Fresh Installation?

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When the time comes around for your distribution of choice to release a new iteration of its platform, you are faced with a seemingly simple choice—to upgrade or do a fresh installation. On one hand, you wind up having to do less work. On the other, the end result is a clean, fresh start.

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Open Source History: Why Didn't BSD Beat Out GNU and Linux?

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If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.

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Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd

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The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice.

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$25 JavaScript-savvy HDMI stick runs Linux

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Marvell unveiled two new Kinoma IoT prototyping mini-PCs, including a “Kinoma HD” stick running Linux and the open source JavaScript 6 KinomaJS framework.

Marvell successfully launched its Linux-based $99 Kinoma Create JavaScript prototyping device on Indiegogo in March 2014, and sold it retail at $150. In March of this year, the company open sourced the KinomaJS JavaScript framework that runs on the Create, and now it has announced two new IoT-focused Kinoma devices — the FreeRTOS-based Kinoma Element and Linux-based Kinoma HD — with tempting pre-order price tags of $20 and $25, respectively. The devices ship in the fourth quarter.

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Linux 4.2 DRM Updates: Lots Of AMD Attention, No Nouveau Driver Changes

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David Airlie has sent in the main DRM driver updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel. There's a lot of open-source graphics driver work represented by this pull request, but sadly no Nouveau (open-source NVIDIA) changes were incorporated for Linux 4.2

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Also: Audio Code For Linux 4.2 Has Skylake Attention & Other Improvements

Tizen Leftovers

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  • Tizen – The Emperor has no clothes

    The current “Tizen community” setup is transparently “community theater” rather than being a real community model.

  • [Developer] An Introduction to Tizen 2.3 Application Architecture

    Tizen’s architecture is appealing to both Web and Native developers alike. We have a Web API that allows app developers to create programs using HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and also a Native API that allows you to code in C / C++. Tizen is going to target a whole array of devices including TV’s, smart phones, watches, tablets, In-Vehicle Infotainment, and smart appliances.

  • Weather Network Smart TV app now on Samsung Tizen TV
  • Schedule for Tizen Developer Summit India Bengaluru 2015 Released

    The Schedule for the upcoming Tizen Developer Summit India 2015 in Bengaluru, India 30-31 July. This is a technical two day event aimed at application and platform developers that want to learn more about the Tizen Operating System (OS). There will be technical content for App developers, platform designers, ISVs, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn more about Tizen.

Korora 20 "Peach" Reaches End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Korora 21 Linux

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Korora Project has informed its users that the Korora 20 "Peach" Linux distribution reached EOL (End of Life) status on June 23, 2015, which means that it will no longer receive security patches and software updates.

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LinuxQuestions.org Turns Fifteen

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WOW. Fifteen years ago today I made the first post ever at LQ, introducing it to the world. 15 Years. I know I've said it before, but 5,354,618 posts later the site and community have exceeded my wildest expectations in every way. The community that has formed around LQ is simply amazing. The dedication that the members and mod team has shown is both inspiring and truly humbling. I’d like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation and feedback. While there is always room for improvement, that LQ has remained a friendly and welcoming place for new Linux members despite its size is a testament to the community. Reaching this milestone has served to energize and refocus my efforts on making sure the next fifteen years are even better than the first fifteen.

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Why Linux Web Hosting Is Good For Bloggers And Entrepreneurs

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I have been writing this blog since 2012 and I have been asked a number of times by other bloggers why I still use Google's Blogger service as opposed to a hosted Wordpress site.

The truth is that I still very much see Everyday Linux User as a hobby. It isn't a job and I am not actively trying to make money by doing it. I find the Blogger interface easy to use and the spam filters work quite well. I tried using Wordpress a while back and it became quickly apparent that with more power came more responsibility as I spent more time trying to keep Wordpress from being bombed by spammers than actually writing.

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Linux 4.1 Speeds Up Intel Atom SoCs

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The release of the Linux 4.1 kernel is more significant than most, and not only because it was designated as a long term stable (LTS) release, or that it included contributions from 1,539 developers, the most in in Linux history. The release improves Btrfs file-system support for massive servers, adds encryption support to the latest ext4 file system, and offers enhanced support for Chrome OS, RAID 5/6 storage, and ACPI power management on 64-bit ARM systems.

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