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Weston Gets Tailored For Tizen IVI, Car Makers Fond Of Wayland

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Patches are continuing to be reviewed and refined for introducing weston-ivi-shell, a reference shell for Wayland's Weston compositor within the world of In-Vehicle Infotainment systems, primarily for Tizen.

Nobuhiko Tanibata of the Japanese DENSO company has been spearheading work that's been public since the beginning of March for providing a reference shell for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. The developer originally explained, "This patch series adds a reference implementation of a shell for In-Vehicle Infotainment system; IVI, libraries on the shell to manage layout of User interface; UI, and samples how to use them."

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This Week Is GDC: Great News For Linux Gamers

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

- Valve is showing off new Steam Controller prototypes and we will likely hear more from Valve's hardware partners about forthcoming Steam Machines.

- Valve's VOGL debugger and how it will help out game developers in porting/debugging Linux OpenGL issues. The VOGL code was open-sourced just a few days ago.

- We should learn more about Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. Unreal Engine 4 has an OpenGL renderer and Android support and will most likely feature native Linux support. Hopefully there will be some interesting Linux-native games coming out powered by UE4 in the future.

- Crytek is finally showing off to the public their CryEngine Linux support.

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Linux 3.14-rc7

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Linux

Now, things might change, and maybe next week ends up being another ugly week, but with some luck that won't happen and this is the last rc.

Go out and test. It all looks good..

Linus

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Linux Kernel Developer Panel Preview: Introductions and Projects

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The Linux kernel developer panel at Collaboration Summit in Napa, Calif. next week is our first opportunity this year to hear directly from Linux kernel developers about which issues and features are top-of-mind for the kernel community now and in the year ahead. Kernel developers Jens Axboe, Matthew Garrett, Mel Gorman, Greg Koah-Hartman, and Dave Chinner will take the stage for a technical discussion moderated by Jon Corbet. Here, the panelists have answered a few of Corbet's preliminary questions to get the conversation started.

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Inside Linux Lite - An interview with Jerry Bezencon

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GNU
Linux

Linux Lite was created to dispel myths that a linux based operating system is hard to use.

We're passionate about informing people that there are alternatives to proprietary operating systems.

The free software and open source world is a place from which you can take, but you must give back. This is a chance for people on our team to give something back.

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Time Warner’s Live Chat Doesn’t Speak Linux

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GNU
Linux

I know for an absolute fact that Time Warner’s backbone is made up of Linux and Unix servers. And they want to tell me that I need a Windows system to access their online chat support?

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Linux Distro’s, FOSS and the advocates behind them – Some food for thought?

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GNU
Linux

This article has been inspired somewhat by a group of people who for many years (for reasons unknown) have targeted Linux newsgroups and forums with the sole purpose of disrupting the advocacy that occurs. These “people” will use any means necessary in order to do that and looking at the amount of posts they make all day every day, one has to conclude that either they have a financial interest in free software being hobbled in the eyes of the mainstream, or worse, they merely have nothing else to do but post all day. One chap in particular who I believe falls into the later category has recently (on top of thousands of words in posts daily) taken to making videos to highlight these “major issues” with Linux. Now just what an allegedly married man with kids and a computer business is thinking of spending so much time in this way is anyone’s guess but it did help to inspire this article.

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OpenStack's top operating system: Ubuntu Linux

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Linux
Ubuntu

This isn't too surprising. Ubuntu has made a point of working closely with OpenStack. Although most people think of Ubuntu as just a desktop operating system with designs on becoming a smartphone power, it has also long been a major cloud player.

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Linux 3.15 To Support DRM Render-Nodes By Default

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David Herrmann sent in a patch on early Sunday (along with some other patches to be covered in another article) for enabling support for DRM render-nodes by default with the next Linux kernel cycle.

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Meizu to allow other devices to run its Flyme OS?

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Android
Linux
Gadgets

Meizu is thinking to take the “Xiaomi route” and allow other phones to run its own version of Android. Called Flyme OS, Meizu’s platform builds on top of the Android core adding quite a few enhancements and tweaks along the way, all of which helped made Meizu phones popular in the first place.

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March of the penguins: how we migrate from UNIX to Linux

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Linux

Multiple CIOs have told me they planned to modernise all of their databases, but -- constrained by cost and time -- only managed to tackle the 20% that yielded 50% of the value. The remaining 80% remains a major drag to IT; we're kicking the can down the road.

UNIX platforms such as Solaris on SPARC and AIX on Power store data in a different format than Linux on x86 (big-endian versus little-endian).

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Bitcoin Scoops Linux Media Award at CeBIT 2014

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Linux
OSS

Bitcoin has won a Linux award at CeBIT 2014 – Europe’s premier tech trade show.

The award was handed out at the Linux New Media Awards 2014, where bitcoin was named the ‘most innovative open-source project’.

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Google’s Chromecast Arriving In UK On 19 March

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Linux
Google

People in UK have good news coming their way. So far, those who wanted to lay their hands on Chromecast had to import one from the United States. But it won’t be necessary anymore. It has been reported in Android Police website that starting Wednesday, interested buyers can source it from a retailer.

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Debian, Mint (LMDE), SolydX and Tanglu, compared and contrasted

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GNU
Linux
Reviews

When I wrote about the Linux Mint Debian Edition Release Candidate last week, I promised to look at it in more detail when the final release was made.

Someone then suggested that I compare LMDE to the new Tanglu distribution (thanks for that), and that sounded like a good idea to me. But I'm not one to do things in a small scale, and to be honest I have been really interested in and pleased by the SolydXK distributions since I wrote about them last December and again in January.

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Zorin OS Cubed, "Fresh" LibreOffice, and Year of Linux

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OS
LibO
Linux

In today's search was two Zorin OS reviews and a recommendation. The Document Foundation released the second update to the 4.2 branch of their popular office suite. Jamie Watson got a new Acer laptop and test drove several popular distributions on it. Computer Weekly online has published an article on Unix to Linux migrations and Simon Phipps put out a new post titled 2014 is the year of the Linux desktop.

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Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development

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Marvell has reached its Indiegogo goal for “Kinoma Create,” a Linux- and JavaScript-based hardware/software platform for quick and easy development of IoT gizmos.

Kinoma Create is defined by Marvell’s Kinoma division as a “construction kit” for developing Internet of Things (IoT) consumer electronics and companion apps. The platform “helps software developers become makers, makers tackle projects with less hassle, and designers prototype products faster,” says Marvell.

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3 easy Linux alternatives for Windows XP refugees who don't want a new PC

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Linux has a reputation for being designed for geeks only, but that’s old history. Many modern Linux distributions exceed the user-friendliness of XP, and they’re free to download. If you don’t like the feel of one, you can easily switch to another. What’s more, each Linux distribution comes loaded with useful software such as productivity suites, modern browsers like Chrome or Firefox, and photo and music management apps.

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2014 is the year of the Linux desktop

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Linux

I'm sure there will be objections from people who want to define "the year of the Linux desktop" differently. There will be those fans of GNU/Linux distributions like Ubuntu who will object that the Linux Desktop has not arrived until we're all running KDE and Gnome. I fear those folks have a while to wait. Others will object because there are still so many copies of Windows and new PCs are still shipping with Windows. That's a fair point, but I believe even those users are actually Linux Desktop users. As I argued last year, Linux has already won on the Windows desktop.

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NASA’s R2 bot to receive legs via SpaceX

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SciFi

The 330-pound Robonaut 2 measures 3 feet, 4 inches tall from the waist, and is equipped with more than 350 sensors. Its stomach-located brain runs Linux on 38 PowerPC-based processors. The robot is operated remotely by humans, using the Robonaut Tele-operation System (RTS). This telerobotics system requires a ground- or space-based user to wear a 3D visor, vest, and pressure-sensitive gloves. (For more on the R2, see our original coverage.)

According to the OSRF, the R2 team also uses the open source Gazebo simulator to simulate R2 for development and testing. NASA and ROS.org released their Gazebo models of the R2 and the ISS as open source.

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Valve fires another shot in its war against Windows gaming dominance

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

Valve is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to insure that Windows will no longer be the dominant platform for computer gaming, and this will be a good thing for gamers over the long haul.

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