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'PC Plus' Machines Being Prepped For CES To Run Android On Windows In Retaliation Against MSFT

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How desperate are OEMs to make lemonade out of the Windows 8.1 RT lemon? They’re going to be pushing something called a “PC Plus” initiative at CES this year, which in a nutshell is simply the ability for Windows tablets and laptops to run Android apps or dual-boot Windows and Android.

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6-Way End-Of-2013 Linux Benchmarks

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As some extra weekend benchmarks as we near the end of 2013, here are test results when comparing Debian GNU/Linux 7.2, Ubuntu 14.04 in its current development state, Fedora 20, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Beta 1, and openSUSE 13.1.

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Something new in the land of Linux distros

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If you have been following the news and stories on Linux distributions since over ten years like I have been, you tend to have a fairly standard view -yet an educated one- about what’s going on with them, why every year since about 2002 this could have been the year of the Linux desktop, how Mandriva almost made it but was beaten off by Ubuntu, and why Android and likely Ubuntu are triomphing not on the desktop itself but on the phones and tablets.

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PCLinuxOS 2013 KDE Desktop Review

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PCLOS

This quarterly release from PCLinuxOS delivers the latest from KDE, LXDE, and MATE. Or you can try the famous PCLinuxOS Full Monty ISO which includes most/or all of the desktops listed above. I am slightly behind on my KDE updates so I will be reviewing PCLinuxOS 2013.12 KDE. For those that are wondering, this distribution is available in 32 or 64 bit architecture.

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Kobo Aura HD eReader is Linux-friendly

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So you can quite easily add your own existing ebooks to the Aura HD; however you can also, if you wish, take advantage of Kobo's online ebook store. If you purchase ebooks from the store or even just wish to sample a preview, it will be added to your Kobo account and automatically synced to your device, which is nice. But if you wish to only buy and use DRM-free ebooks, you can do so and avoid the Kobo store altogether.

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GnuCash 2.6 Tries To Improve Open-Source Accounting

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GnuCash continues to serve as one of the few open-source accounting programs and with the 2.6 release there's new low-level features. With the GnuCash 2.6 release being announced on Sunday, they have now migrated from GConf to GSettings for their reference storage. GnuCash 2.6.0 also has new date handling, Guile 2 compatibility, improvements for custom reports and documents stored outside of GnuCash, and improvements to the Business Module.

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X.Org Server 1.16 Planned For A July Debut

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After shipping X.Org Server 1.15 today with its new features, Intel's Keith Packard has laid out plans in conjunction with Oracle's Alan Coopersmith for X.Org Server 1.16, the next major release due out in 2014.

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First Samsung Tizen phone hits the FCC?

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Gadgets

Samsung’s first Tizen phone reportedly will debut at Mobile World Congress Feb. 23, and will reach consumers in Europe and Japan in the second half of 2014.

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ASUS Zenbook Prime Linux Benchmarks

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The Zenbook Prime (UX32VD-DS72) features an Intel Core i7 3517U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, dual 128GB SSDs capable of RAID 0, Intel HD Graphics 4000 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 1GB graphics, and a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display. After last week's Optimus testing article that compared the OpenGL performance to Windows, these benchmarks are just comparing the overall laptop/ultrabook performance to six other portable systems with Intel CPUs and spanning several generations of hardware.

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GNOME Software 3.11.3 Adds More Featured Apps

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The GNOME Project has announced a few days ago that a new development release towards the stable GNOME Software 3.12 application for the GNOME desktop environment is available for download and testing, introducing two new features and lots of bugfixes.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Smartphone game: Ground Effect, Tizen Racing Game FREE for Limited Time
    Ground Effect is a mobile game where you have to ride and drive your hovering aircraft on the sea. There are currently three races: Race, Ghost Race and Just Cruise. The race is the normal race where you have to you have floating cones on the water and you need to go through them to make a checkpoint there, YOU ALSO HAVE NO CHOICE!! You have to go through to make the next pair of cones light up indicating that those are the ones you need to go through. There are different racing ships, a yellow, purple and white; a white and red one; a green goo one on a white background; a flame one on a black background; a red and yellow one; a blue, white and red one; a yellow and black one; an orange and green one; a blue, black and a tiny bit of white; and a black and red one.
  • Wine Staging 2.2 Comes Hot on the Heels of Wine 2.2 with CSMT Optimizations
    Wine Staging 2.2 has been released today, February 22, 2017, and it's coming hot on the heels of last week's Wine 2.2 development release to bring various under-the-hood improvements to its CSMT (Command-Stream Multi-Threading) feature. Being based on Wine 2.2, Wine Staging 2.2 inherits all of its new functionality, including the ability to set the default Windows version to Windows 7 for newly created prefixes, the implementation of additional Shader Model 5 instructions, initial support for double-buffered theme painting, as well as the new Direct3D command stream improvements.
  • The Linux-supported MMO 'Albion Online' finally has a release date, new huge update in March
    The rather good MMO 'Albion Online' finally has a proper release date! I am looking forward to creating a guild with some Linux gamers.
  • SuperTuxKart Is Now on Steam Greenlight — Go Vote!
    Yup, the iconic open-source karting game is hoping to rev up enough interest to snatch a space amid the shelves of the Steam games store. “After a lot of requests and months of hard work we are launching SuperTuxKart on Steam Greenlight,” the team explain in a blog post (in which they also cite some of your comments from this site).

Security News

New Input Drivers and TinyDRM in Linux 4.11 Kernel

  • New Input Drivers For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    Dmitry Torokhov has submitted the input feature updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. One of the new input drivers for Linux 4.11 is the Zeitech touchscreen controller. The new Zeitec driver is zet6223 and supports the ZET6223 I2C touchscreen controller. Another new driver is for Samsung "touchkeys." The Samsung Touchkey support is the new tm2-touchkey driver and allows for touch key and LED functionality on the Exynos 5433 TM2 development board.
  • TinyDRM Queued For Linux 4.11
    TinyDRM has been queued in DRM-Next for landing with the in-development Linux 4.11 kernel. TinyDRM aims to provide "a very simplified view of DRM for displays that has onboard video memory and is connected through a slow bus like SPI/I2C." TinyDRM includes SPI and MIPI-DBI support.

Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation. Read more