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Recapping The Top Changes Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel

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In talking about the Linux 3.14 kernel on pretty much a daily basis now for the past few months and already having run dozens of benchmarks from Linux 3.14 in its Git state, here's a recap of some of the most exciting work for this new kernel:

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Tux Takeover: GOG.com Adding Linux Games

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Gaming

Linux Bugs but Proprietary the Threat Says Shuttleworth

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Linux security threats have been in the news lately but Mark Shuttleworth, of Ubuntu Linux fame, said we should be scared of proprietary systems like Windows and Mac. I'm not sure where the Chrome OS security patches story fits in, proprietary or open - oh, that's right, somewhere in-between, but ZDNet is reporting on that. The Register is running a story on Red Hat's unified security management system for upcoming Fedora 21. Jamie Watson has run more Linux tests on his latest laptop and another Indian state government is switching to Open Source.

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Cumulus Lands Another SDN Supporter for its Linux Offering

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SDN company Midokura this week said it will support for Cumulus Networks' Linux network operating system in its network virtualization software.

The combination will enable customers to manage workloads on virtual and non-virtualized infrastructure using Midokura's MidoNet product. MidoNet is a distributed network virtualization system that is designed to allow service providers and enterprises to build flexible and easier-to-manage virtual networks.

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Catalyst 14.3 Beta Linux Driver Fixes OpenGL Performance Issues

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Linux

AMD has released a new Windows and Linux Catalyst proprietary graphics driver. The Catalyst 14.3 Beta for Linux doesn't advertise any new features, but it comes with some bug-fixes.

While no new hardware support or features are listed, the resolved issues will be a delight for some AMD Catalyst Linux users, especially Radeon Linux gamers.

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Chrome OS security holes found, patched

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Google

Linux is very secure. Google's Linux-based Chrome OS, with its auto-updating and security sandboxing, is even more secure. But, neither is perfect. At Google's own Pwnium hacking contest and HP Zero Day Initiative's (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, three new sets of security problems were found in Chrome OS... and then immediately patched.

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Jolla Releases Its "Ohijärvi" Sailfish Linux Update

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Jolla made available today its much anticipated v1.0 update of Sailfish, their mobile Linux distribution running on Wayland and powered by Nokia's former MeeGo code.

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The easiest way to turn your app idea into an appliance

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Development
Linux

Jason Kridner is the co-founder of BeagleBoard.org, where he has helped create open source development tools such as BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone, BeagleBoard, and BeagleBoard-xM.

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TN state departments asked to switch over to open source software

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Linux
OSS

With the Microsoft Corporation deciding to stop technical assistance for Windows XP operating system next month, the Tamil Nadu government has advised all its departments to install free open source software BOSS Linux.

“Consider installing BOSS [Bharat Operating System Solutions] Linux as one of the mandatory operating system,” said an order issued by Information Technology Department. Listing various aspects in support of the software developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the order said BOSS Linux, by virtue of being open source software, can be modified to specific needs.

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Decking Out Linux for the Senior Set

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"This is a subject very near and dear to me," Linux Rants blogger Mike Stone told Linux Girl over a fresh Tequila Tux down at the blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon.

Though Stone spent several years teaching "how to" computer courses for faculty and staff at a local university back in the 90s, "all those years barely prepared me for my greatest challenge: my own mother," he said.

To wit: After buying his parents a Windows 95 computer way back when, "I sat her down and showed her how to use the basic hardware," he explained. Yet "even after hours a day over the course of weeks, the computer was too much for her. Windows just had too many options, and she kept getting herself into places she couldn't get out of.

"I literally spent years looking for environments that would make her comfortable," Stone went on. "She went through the Windows OSes (95, 98, ME and finally XP) and some Linuxes -- Red Hat first and then a couple variations of Ubuntu. She always found ways to get herself into trouble."

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