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2013 has been a dramatic and controversial year for graphics in Linux, yet actual changes to the overall graphics stack have so far been more incremental than revolutionary. But with us closing in on several Linux distributions' Long-Term Support releases this is to be expected, as stability weighs stronger than novelty among consumers of these products. This next summer may be a safer window for distros to undertake major transitions; we should expect to see major graphics system transitions in desktop distros at that point. The landing of XWayland support in the X server can be seen as an early indicator of a Wayland desktop future, since it's a crucial prerequisite.

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OpenShift Welcomes CentOS to the Red Hat Family--Origin Adds CentOS Support

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OpenShift's support for CentOS, Fedora and RHEL now makes OpenShift, Red Hat's Open Source Platform as a Service available on more Linux distributions than any other PaaS offering on the market today. CentOS has long been a favorite Linux distribution for cloud and web hosting providers like Hostgator and GoDaddy. Perhaps these announcements will encourage them to offer PaaS as a value-added service in the near future.

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Delhi government to switch to free software

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Delhi: Delhi government is set to opt for free software. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held initial discussions with free software guru Richard Stallman. The meeting was facilitated by Joseph C Mathew, former IT advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala V S Achuthanandan, before he was shunted out falling foul of the powerful official faction of the CPI {M} in Kerala. The first phase will be introduced in the education sector. Significantly, this new initiative follows close on the heels of Kejriwal’s announcement that monopolies will not be allowed in the retail sector. Stallman said that he shared the philosophy of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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Focal: Open Source Camera App for Android

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Serious Android photographers need a serious camera app that offers advanced functionality and is not overloaded with useless features. They need something like Focal. This open source app is still at an early stage of development, but it already shows a lot of promise, and it has the potential to become a viable alternative for Android photography enthusiasts.

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Debian May Be Leaning Towards Systemd Over Upstart

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For months now the Debian Technical Committee has been tasked with deciding between systemd and Upstart for the future init system of the Linux distribution that also has a FreeBSD kernel port, etc. The debate has been long and ongoing. Among other opinions, Ian Jackson of the committee came out last month in favor of using Upstart while Russ Allberry came out in favor of systemd.

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Raspberry Pi hands-on: PiHub and Bluetooth

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So far I have looked at the Raspberry Pi NOOBS Linux distributions: Raspbian, Arch and Pidora; the XBMC focused Raspbmc and OpenELEC; and the non-Linux RISC OS. Then in the most recent post I discussed the Pi Camera and USB WiFi adapters. Speaking of the camera, there was a very interesting new post on the Raspberry Pi web site about a python interface and a web page for accessing the Pi camera.

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Google's Nest Acquisition Shines a Light on Linux Home Automation

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Farther below, we look at five more new Linux-based products that similarly start at a few hundred dollars: the Ivee Sleek, Ninja Blocks, BlackSumac's Piper, Belkin's WeMo, and WigWag. Like Nest, all of these systems let you remotely interact with a main controller device over web-based cloud platforms via Android and iOS apps to control a variety of household devices.

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Mentor’s IVI stack updated with GENIVI 5.0 compliance

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Mentor Graphics released a GENIVI 5.0 version of its Linux-based Automotive Technology Platform IVI stack that supports Sourcery Analyzer profiling.

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3.5-inch i.MX6 board runs Linux at a cool 2.3 Watts

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Advantech’s first ARM-based SBC is a signage oriented 3.5-inch embedded board called the RSB-4410 that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 at just 2.3 Watts

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First Tizen OS smartphone canceled in Japan

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Sorry Samsung, you're stuck with Android for a little bit longer. Plans for the first Tizen phone have been cancelled as a phone network in Japan admits there's no room for another player alongside Android and the iPhone.

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