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Systemd: Harbinger of the Linux apocalypse

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Now that Red Hat has released RHEL 7 with systemd in place of the erstwhile SysVinit, it appears that the end of the world is indeed approaching. A schism and war of egos is unfolding within the Linux community right now, and it is drawing blood on both sides. Ultimately, no matter who "wins," Linux looks to lose this one.

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10 years later, Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Microsoft

A few years ago, Linux sites were buzzing that the city of Munich, Germany was going to kick Windows to the curb and roll out a Linux-based OS on all their government desktops. […]

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Raspbian explained

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Debian

That’s a little bit mind-boggling but I think I understand. So if Raspbian is a version of Debian, is there ‘pure’ Debian on Raspberry Pi?

Yes there is. In fact, there was Debian for Raspberry Pi before there was Raspbian. It was the version specifically designed for the CPU that the Raspberry Pi uses, as not every Linux distro has a version that will run on Raspberry Pi.

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Release: SymphonyOS 14.1 Now Available

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GNU
Linux

We are happy to announce the release of SymphonyOS 14.1, the second release in the Phoenix series. This release includes several bugfixes over the 14.0 developer preview from earlier this year including. Update to an Ubuntu 14.04 base system Improved handling of menu generation and proper updating of the menu system when system changes occur Improvements to the logout functionality Replacement of Slim DM with LightDM Security updates to the local httpd Fixes to installation from DVD While this new release still receives a beta title and should not be considered stable it is a large step forward and we hope...

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Robolinux Xfce 7.6.1 Will "Blow Windows Users' Minds" – Gallery

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Microsoft
Debian

The Robolinux developer doesn’t hide the fact that he's interested in the Windows audience and he is targeting those particular users with this Linux distribution. Sure enough, regular Linux users can also take advantage of the distro, but the OS features a few options that should only prove interesting if you are already running a Microsoft product.

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The Time to Recommend Linux & FOSS Is Now

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OSS

When I first started using Linux twelve years ago, no one I knew, other than folks on the local LUG, were interested in giving Linux or FOSS a try whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong; my friends were nice. They supported my enthusiasm for this Linux thing I’d discovered, but were politely uninterested when I suggested they might want to give Linux a try too. That didn’t surprise me at all. Hell, I’d been trying to get people to give Star Office a try since the turn of the millennium and they wouldn’t go for that either, even though they were paying through the nose for MS Office.

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Linux 3.17-rc1

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I'm going to be on a plane much of tomorrow, and am not really
supportive of last-minute pull requests during the merge window
anyway, so I'm closing the merge window one day early, and 3.17-rc1 is
out there now. Well, it's been out for a while now, but the network
was bad enough where I'm traveling that I couldn't get this
*announcement* out.

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Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down

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The new "Toshiba HDD Active Protection Sensor" driver is for the accelerometer found in recent Toshiba laptops (HID TOS620A). The driver receives an ACPI notify event when the sensor detects a sudden movement or harsh vibration and then another ACPI event when the movement/vibration has passed.

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Intel Starts Sending In Graphics Patches For Linux 3.18

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While Linux 3.17-rc1 isn't even out yet, the merge window is coming to an end and Intel OTC is already starting to send in pull requests to the drm-next branch for merging into the next cycle, Linux 3.18.

Daniel Vetter as the Intel i915 DRM maintainer sent in his first pull request to David Airlie for getting the DRM driver changes queued up early for the next cycle. More pull requests are expected for the Intel driver in Linux 3.18 with this just being the changes that are queued and ready for further testing by the community.

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Dented Linux mobile OS Sailfish has taken a new route to market as Three in Hong Kong prepares to start selling the smartphone-that-could-have-been from Jolla.

The Linux-based OS has had a tortuous history. The open source OS, based on the MeeGo operating system, was first developed, and then dropped, by Nokia. Since then it has been picked up by a crew of ex-Nokians and seen limited distribution.

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Also : 'The Third Mobile Operating System Is Here' Declares Jolla As It Launches In Asia With Three Hong Kong

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

One problem with Linux has been its implementation of system calls. As Andy Lutomirski pointed out recently, it's very messy. Even identifying which system calls were implemented for which architectures, he said, was very difficult, as was identifying the mapping between a call's name and its number, and mapping between call argument registers and system call arguments. Some user programs like strace and glibc needed to know this sort of information, but their way of gathering it together—although well accomplished—was very messy too. Read more