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MEGA has a Linux client now, offers up to 50 GB of free space and client-side encryption!

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Server
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For Linux users, there are plenty of Dropbox alternatives, MEGAsync being the latest entrant. The service was the brain child of Kim Dotcom, founder of now defunct Megaupload, and it was launched on 19 January 2013 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the seizure of his previous enterprise. MEGAsync now has a dedicated Linux client as well (unlike Google Drive).

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Running KDE Plasma 5 on Kubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17 KDE

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KDE
Linux

KDE Plasma 5 is a completely new desktop experience for KDE users. built using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5 and it introduces an updated artwork concept with cleaner visuals and improved readability, called Breeze, along with improved high DPI support and a converged shell, as well as a fully hardware accelerated graphics stack.

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Linux Mint 17.1 to Be Called "Rebecca"

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Linux

The Linux Mint developers have decided to announce the name of the next version of their distro, 17.1, and it's going to be "Rebecca."

The Linux Mint code names were never something very important, not for the developer and not for the community. It's hard to pinpoint the names of the previous releases, but that's not really an issue. The distribution is known for many other good things and the name is not really an important feature.

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Ho Hum “9” Inaction

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Linux
Microsoft

Real innovation happens in FLOSS and GNU/Linux where the pace of innovation sometimes is annoyingly fast. In the last few years, FLOSS has brought us the cloud in real measure, better and faster IT generally, Android/Linux and “apps”, more distros and rearrangements of the desktop than you could ever think of shipping, and most amazing of all, growth of >100% in users at a price of $0 to end-users.

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Speed or torque? Linux desktop vs. server distros

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Linux

My post about splitting up Linux distributions along dedicated server and desktop lines has produced interesting feedback. The comments -- both in public and privately via email -- are all over the place.

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How to lobby for open source and Linux in schools

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GNU
Linux
OSS

About eight years ago, I started lobbying to bring more Linux and open source software to high schools and higher IT vocational institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Here's how I did it and what you can learn from it to do the same where you live.

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Linux 3.17-rc5

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So I should probably have delayed this until Wednesday for sentimental
reasons: that will be 23 years since I uploaded the 0.01 source tree.
But I'm not an overly sentimental person, so screw that. I'm doing my
normal Sunday release.

And as I mentioned in the rc4 notes, the previous rc was pretty small,
possibly because neither Greg nor Davem had sent in any updates that
week. Guess what? David's networking updates came in an hour after I
did rc4, and sure enough Greg came in this week too, so - surprise
surprise - rc5 isn't as small as rc4 was.

Oh well. It was too good to last.

I also got a report of an *old* performance regression in the dentry
cache (since 3.10 - positively ancient), and that in turn made me look
around some more, and there were a few other special cases that could
cause us to not do as well as we should. I fixed some of it, and Al
fixed the rest. So hopefully we not only fixed the reported
regression, but are actually doing better than we used to.

Anyway, the size of rc5 means that I'm certainly not cutting the
release early, which means that I will have to think about exactly
what I will do about the next merge window. Because it looks like it
might end up conflicting with my travel around LinuxCon EU. I haven't
quite decided what I'll do - I might release 3.17 normally, but then
just not open the merge window due to travel. Or, if there are more
issues than I think there will be, maybe I'll delay the 3.17 release.

We'll see.

Regardless - the rc5 changes is about half drivers (networking, gpu,
usb, input, ata..) with the rest being mostly a mix of filesystem
updates (the aforementioned performance thing in the core vfs layer,
but also some NFS export issues found by Al and misc other stuff),
architecture updates (arm, parisc, s390) and core networking. And a
smattering of other. Shortlog appended.

In other words, things look fairly normal, even if I'd have been
happier with rc5 being smaller. But with the bump from networking and
drivers, I'm not going to claim that this was either unexpected or
particularly scary. I'm hoping we're done now, and that rc6 and rc7
will be noticeably calmer.

Knock wood.

Linus

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Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd

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Interviews

Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral.

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Hello World: Videos That Teach Linux To Kids

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Linux

Recently, they launched a new series, “Superusers: The Legendary GNU/Linux Show,” which stars Aramis, a gnu who bares a strange resemblance to Richard Stallman, and a penguin named Adelie. The pilot episode for this series, called “Help,” deals with the Linux command by the same name and features some clever wordplay, utilizing lyrics from the old Beatles song. This would be in keeping with the brothers’ idea of making sure their videos appeal to kids and adults alike.

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SK Telecom to Open a New “Do-it-yourself” Era in Network Equipment

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The network operating system will be based on Linux, with that solution that can offer a variety of features such as switching, routing, load balancing, firewall, and distributed denial-of-service. In addition, network virtualization, software-defined network controller, and other related features will be made available. Atto Research, the specialist in software-defined networking, will take the job of development work.

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