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Opera for Linux to Get a Stable Version Soon

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The Opera browser is now based on Chromium and this simple fact has delayed the release of a stable Linux version for more than a year. Now, the Linux platform will finally get a release and some final touches have been made to the client.

The developers have improved a number of features that are already available in the browser. For example, users will not be able to drop a PDF file in browser tab that already has a similar file opened, deleting the entries in History now works as it should, the correct font is used all the time, and the new Bookmark feature that has been recently made available has been improved.

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Dear clueless assholes: stop bashing bash and GNU.

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This is a defense of the most prolific and dedicated public servant that has graced the world in my lifetime. One man has added hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars of value to the global economy. This man has worked tirelessly for the benefit of everyone around him. It is impossible to name a publicly traded company that has not somehow benefitted from his contributions, and many have benefitted to the tune of billions. In return for the countless billions of wealth that people made from the fruits of his labor, he was rewarded with poverty and ridicule. Now that the world is done taking from him, they are heading to the next step of villifying him as incompetent.

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Calibre for Linux Review – The Best App for Anything Related to eBooks

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I reviewed Calibre back when it was at version 0.8.24 and the 1.0 version was nowhere in sight. Even back then, the software was chock-full of features and options. It was difficult to imagine that it could bring even more improvements to the table, but it did.

In fact, it's safe to say that a large number of eBook readers crossed paths with Calibre at one point or another, and it's likely that most of those users found what they had been looking for.

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FPGA-enabled vision system uses USB3 cams, runs Linux

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NI unveiled a fanless, rugged vision computer that runs NI Linux on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers an FPGA and support for 350MB/s USB3 Vision cameras.

National Instruments (NI) has delivered its NI Linux Real-Time OS on a variety of embedded industrial computers and control systems, including its recent CompactRIO 4-slot Performance Controller. Now, the company is applying NI Linux to machine vision with its new USB3 Vision compatible NI CVS-1459RT.

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Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project

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The project is launching with thirty-eight founding companies, including many of the largest IT companies in the world. Importantly, they include not only cloud and service infrastructure vendors, but telecom service providers, developers and end users as well. (Disclosure: my firm and I represent the Linux Foundation and OPNFV).

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AMD Catalyst 14.9 Linux Driver Is Out, Release Disappoints, as Usual

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The AMD developers have announced that a new Catalyst 14.9 Linux driver is now out and that it brings support for a couple of new operating systems and a few bug fixes.

New AMD Linux drivers don't arrive as often as the community wants or needs them and the company doesn't have the best track record in the open source world. As it stands right now, there are two kinds of drivers available to Linux users, one that's open source and another one that's proprietary. Catalyst 14.9 is made by AMD and provides better functionality than the open source one, but it doesn't get updated too often.

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Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals

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After launching last month on Kickstarter, the project has turned into a failure and all development has ceased. Operating System U by Andrew Bernstein only raised $1,948 of its $50,000 goal over the month-long period for the OS that claimed numerous advantages over Ubuntu and Windows 8. Andrew then posted, "Unfortunately OS U was unsuccessful. I truly, truly appreciate everyone who backed us, but unfortunately since we where unsuccessful, combined with other circumstances, OS U will not have any more continued development."

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Web Software vs. Native Linux Software

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In years past, it wasn't uncommon to rely on a particular operating system because of the software it provided. Mind you, this was before the popularity of web-based applications that can work on any Internet-capable platform. Back then, any task – ranging from word processing down to video editing – had to be done from locally installed software.

Flash forward to now, web applications today have the ability to offer office suite functionality and make live edits to various forms of video/audio media. In this article, I'll explore the differences between locally installed Linux applications and their web-based counter parts.

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OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

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After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel.

OverlayFS is a simple union file-system already used by some live DVD/USB Linux distributions like Mageia and OpenWRT. OverlayFS has been trying for years to get mainlined in the Linux kernel but not all kernel developers have been happy with it -- some objecting it's incomplete, not happy with the design, etc.

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Open-spec control oriented SBC builds on RPi COM

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Calao Systems unveiled a Linux-ready, industrial “PinBall” SBC based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, plus special M2M and home-automation models.

Grenoble, France based Calao Systems plans to ship the PinBall single board computer in the fourth quarter starting at about 325 euros ($413) in single units. The open-spec SBC is available in a “Core access” model, as well as in an Industrial Automation and Robotics (IAaR) model aimed at M2M applications, and a Home and Building Automation (HaBA) model with KNX support. All the systems are based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, and ship with an RPi-compatible open source Linux BSP.

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