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Red Hat Puts Out Ceylon 1.0 Language, Compiler

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Red Hat is out this week with their first production release of Ceylon, a modular, modern, and statically-typed programming language for Java and JavaScript Virtual Machines. Ceylon 1.0 consists of a language specification, compiler, and Eclipse IDE integration.

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Salix Ratpoison – An Esoteric Distro For The Alpha Geeks

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If you don’t care much about fancy desktop bling, and think the keyboard is still the best means of interacting with the computer, then you’ll find yourself at home with Salix Ratpoison 14.0.1.

If you haven’t heard of it before, think of Salix OS as Slackware with the convenience of a package manager.

The developers of Salix OS think of the distro a bonsai: small, light and a product of infinite care. They prune the list of apps that make up a release to make sure they aren’t packing in multiple apps for the same job.

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Fedora 20 Beta KDE [screenshots]

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Samsung debuts its spanking new Tizen OS-for-mobes .... in a camera

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While lawyers pettifog their patent arguments in the Apple-Samsung World Series, the South Korean has been quietly recruiting partners and developers to Tizen, and has launched its first Tizen-based product – a camera, not a phone.

While the South Korean company is acting as evangelist-in-chief for the Tizen operating system, the project itself has a couple of years of history behind it, having been established in 2011 by the Linux Foundation.

It's been a bit of a slog: back in May, the project still expected its first smartphones to land by the end of this year, something that's proved unachievable.

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Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" goes beta

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First things first, what the heck is a Heisenbug? It's not a made-up word. It's programmers' jargon, spun off from Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, for "A bug that disappears or alters its behavior when one attempts to probe or isolate it." For Linux users it's also Red Hat's next community Linux, Fedora 20.

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13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine

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For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve's Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?

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Pear OS 8: Linux-based software for tablets, desktops (inspired by iOS)

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Pear OS is a Linux-based operating system designed to combine the beauty of Apple software with the utility (and open nature) of GNU/Linux.Pear OS is a Linux-based operating system designed to combine the beauty of Apple software with the utility (and open nature) of GNU/Linux. A year ago that meant making Ubuntu look like OS X. Now it apparently means giving Ubuntu an OS X and iOS 7-style user interface. A year ago that meant making Ubuntu look like OS X. Now it apparently means giving Ubuntu an OS X and iOS 7-style user interface.

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How Hard Is It to Switch to Linux?

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In the end, Linux is great for a lot of things, even if you don't use it as your main OS. It's perfect for setting up a home theater PC without buying Windows, or reviving a super old machine. But if you want to really dig deeply and use it as your main operating system, just know that things are going to be a little different than Windows or OS X. For some, it's well worth the effort, but others may find that it's too much work for little payoff. The only way you can know is to try it out for yourself.

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Leftovers: Android

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  • How Configure an Android Development Environment on Linux
  • Google Debuts Nexus 5, KitKat Combo

    Google's Nexus 5 has arrived, along with the newest version of the Android operating system, KitKat. The phone offers a number of improvements over its Nexus predecessor: It's lighter, thinner and faster. The KitKat software offers several other advantages, including better image processing, more sophisticated search capabilities and improved memory management.

  • Steve Wozniak: Apple Should Work With Google and Samsung

    Wozniak told the BBC that Apple would be more powerful if it had a good professional relationship with Google. Apple would be able to improve services such as voice-assistant software Siri (thanks to Google's search-engine ties) and even develop better wearable tech, such as smartwatches and augmented-reality glasses, Wozniak said.

  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to hit Android in 2014
  • Ode to Project Ara

    Modularity in smartphones could "go a long way to overcoming whatever inflexibility is left in the system of small, cheap computers," blogger Robert Pogson suggested. "Rather than just tweaking software, the end user or retailer can mix and match bits of the hardware, too.

Linux 3.13 To Support EFI On ARM

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While EFI was originally developed by Intel and largely targeting x86 platforms, the EFI 2.3 specification does exist for Itanium and ARM architectures too and early this year the UEFI Forum had shown a proof-of-concept UEFI boot environment for ARMv8. With the EFI pull for the Linux 3.13 merge window, the Linux EFI support extends to ARM.

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