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Will Canonical force Linux Mint to license Ubuntu binary packages?

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The article is being quite kind when it calls the possibility of licensing "short-sighted." I think it will anger many Linux users and developers. Whether or not Canonical has the right to do it is totally beside the point. The mere fact they are considering it indicates that the company may have totally lost touch with the true spirit of the open source community.

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What’s New In CentOS 6.5?

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The pace of development for CentOS can sometimes seem frustratingly slow. But, for an industry that values stability and predictability over access to bleeding edge features, a distribution that’s slow to change is a virtue. So, when CentOS does have an upgrade, it’s definitely worth paying attention to. In the most recent release, there are a number of features that will be of interest to web hosting companies and we are going to have a look at some of the major changes here.

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Linux Likely to Run Google Robots and Amazon Drones

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When Andy Rubin left his job heading up Google's Android team earlier this year, it turned out he was heading for an even more droid-like project: robots. Rubin revealed to The New York Times that the Google "moonshot" he's been working on is a robot project.

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MintBox 2 review – not as fresh, still as minty

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The MintBox 2 is here, and it’s more powerful than ever. Just how much power are you getting for nearly £400 though?

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Valve SteamOS set for launch on Friday

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Valve's Linux-based gaming-centric operating system SteamOS will be with us by the weekend, as the company plans to get the first prototype Steam Machine boxes in front of beta testers tomorrow.

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Btrfs hands-on: Exploring the error recovery features of the new Linux file system

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This is my final post in this series about the btrfs filesystem. The first in the series covered btrfs basics, the second was resizing, multiple volumes and devices, the third was RAID and Redundancy,and the fourth and most recent was subvolumes and snapshots.

I think (and hope) that all of those together give a reasonable overview of what the btrfs filesystem is, what you can do with it, and how you can do some of those things. In this post I will wrap up a couple of loose ends - error recovery, and integration with other standard Linux utilities - and try to give a recap of the series as a whole. For complete and authoritative information, please refer to the Btrfs Wiki at kernel.org.

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Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

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This is the main reason why Windows barely gets a look-in in today's cloud world. When I ask FOSS devops-type colleagues about it, their responses range from incredulity to hilarity. Why on Earth would they want to deploy on Windows? What possible advantage would it give them? These guys wield Puppet and Chef to deploy vast swarms of headless virtual Linux systems. Microsoft and proprietary software doesn't feature in their world; some weirdos run Mac laptops but that's about it.

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Let the Linux gaming begin! Beta Steam Machines are shipping and SteamOS is ready

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Valve's Linux-based Steam Machines gaming console starts shipping today to a few beta testers. SteamOS, it's Linux for gamers, is scheduled to be released to everyone at the same time.

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AirPlay alternative mirrors and streams to TVs and PCs

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AirTame is developing an AirPlay-like protocol for PC-to-PC content streaming and screen mirroring, plus a Linux-based dongle for AirTame rendering on TVs.

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Dell Builds New Linux Network Operating System

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The new Dell Networking N-series includes new silicon, hardware chassis and a new Linux-based operating system. The new switches include the N2000 and N3000, both 1 GbE switches with 10 GbE uplinks. Dell's refreshed campus portfolio competes in a highly competitive space dominated by Cisco, with HP and Juniper also pushing hard for market share.

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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