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In the Matrix of Mobile, Linux Is Zion

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In mobile we are losing the free world called the Web and the Net. How do we save it?
Already most of us spend more time on mobile devices than we do on desktops and laptops, put together. We also can do a lot more stuff, in a lot more places, on mobile devices than on computers. There were more than a million iOS apps on the shelves of Apple's store in October 2013, and I'm guessing there are at least that many Android apps on Google's shelves by now.
Meanwhile, app development on computers is slacking off—so is Web development, except as required to accessorize mobile apps. And on mobile devices, use of the Web is fading as well. According to Flurry Analytics, the Web's share of mobile use dropped from 20% in 2013 to 14% in 2014. In "The Decline of the Mobile Web", Chris Dixon writes.

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Backup and Recovery OS Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-17 Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

The Clonezilla team released a new development version for their Linux distro with just a small update for the Debian base and a couple of changes.

“The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of June 2, 2014,” reads the official announcement.

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Learn about 20 Amazing Raspberry Pi projects on our new digital Pi project bookazine

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Development
Linux

Over the past couple of years we’ve been able to bring our readers an amazing array of Raspberry Pi projects that we are genuinely proud of. From big projects such as building your own robot and quadcopters down to the little stuff like making melodies with Sonic Pi or making Pong.

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KVM Gets Improved For S390, POWER & MIPS

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The KVM virtualization update for Linux 3.16 brings improvements mostly for less common CPU architectures. With the Linux 3.17 kernel should come more interesting work for x86 fans but KVM on IA64 is likely to get the boot.

Paolo Bonzini sent in the Kernel-based Virtual Machine changes this morning for the Linux 3.16 kernel. This pull request brings a lot of changes for IBM's S390 architecture with regard to optimizations, support for migration, GDB support, and other improvements. Within the ARM space the only noteworthy change was support for the PSCI 0.2 hyper-call interface.

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Linux Kernel 3.12.21 LTS Officially Released

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After a period when Linux kernel updates were smaller than usual, the developers have started once again to send patches and fixes, even for slightly older kernels, like 3.12.x. This is the most advanced Long Term Support kernel version and it's expected to see more changes than the rest of them.

“I'm announcing the release of the 3.12.21 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade.”

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New Sandboxing Features Come To Systemd

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Linux
Red Hat

Lennart Poettering has added two new service sandboxing features to systemd.

For improving the security of Linux services, Lennart added ReadOnlySystem and ProtectedHome settings for services. ReadOnlySystem will mount /usr and /boot as read-only for the specific service. The ProtectedHome setting mounts /home and /run/user as read-only or replaces it with an empty, inaccessible directory.

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Linux 3.16: New Synaptics Driver, Improved Sony DualShock 4 Driver

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The HID/input pull request for the Linux 3.16 merge window has been sent in with some useful additions.

First up for the HID Linux 3.16 pull is an RMI driver, which is for supporting Synaptics RMI4 devices over USB or I2C. The RMI driver right now uses its own RMI4 implementation but will ultimately become a transport driver for the RMI4 library once it's been merged upstream. This driver was developed by Synaptics along with Red Hat and other independent kernel contributors.

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Nouveau On Linux 3.16 Will Allow You To Try Re-Clocking

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The Nouveau DRM graphics driver for open-source NVIDIA support hasn't seen any fundamental re-clocking support breakthroughs for the upcoming Linux 3.16 kernel but the support can be easily enabled for select GeForce GPU models.

The lucky GPUs where the Nouveau end-user re-clocking can be enabled with the next kernel update is the NV40, NVAA, and NVE0 GPU series. The NV40 chip family is the GeForce 6 and 7 series. The NVAA series meanwhile is part of the NV50 family but consists of just the GeForce 8100/8200/8300 mobile GPUs / nForce 700a series and 8200M G. NVE0 meanwhile is the most interesting of the bunch and consists of the Kepler (GeForce 600/700 series) GPUs. Re-clocking support for other graphics processor generations is still a work-in-progress.

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Pi-based private cloud storage device runs Linux

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Gadgets

A $149 “Sherlybox” NAS debuted on Kickstarter today, based on a Raspberry Pi core, and offering a secure VPN that creates an invite-only cloud service.

After Polish startup called “Sher.ly” developed a VPN and file-sharing software product of the same name, the developers felt it needed a little kick with the help of a Kickstarter-funded hardware device called “Sherlybox.” The device is somewhat similar to another Linux-based Kickstarter project called Lima, which has yet to enter commercial pre-sales more than 10 months after being funded. While the Lima was built from scratch, the current Sherlybox prototype is based on a Raspberry Pi Model B single-board computer.

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Not just for phones: Samsung shows Tizen-powered TV, cameras

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The Korean electronics company, which earlier this week unveiled a new smartphone running the open-source operating system, on Tuesday showed off Tizen-based TVs, cameras, and wearables -- some of these devices for the first time. The gadgets, displayed at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, all are part of Samsung's efforts to create a broad ecosystem for Tizen, its alternative to Android.

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Also: Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK

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