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Bodhi Releases Roadmap, Mint 17.2 KDE Upgrade Ready

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Jeff Hoogland today posted some updated information for fans of his Bodhi Linux distributions as well as requesting help testing new desktop Moksha. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre today said the upgrade path from 17.0 and 17.1 to 17.2 is now open to all. Also, The Linux Foundation today announced its keynote speakers for upcoming conferences in Dublin and QEMU is the Software Freedom Conservancy's newest member.

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Linux Foundation offers cheaper courses and certifications for India

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This makes India the first region in which the Linux Foundation will offer country-specific pricing on select training and certification products.

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Samsung launches additional information services for Tizen TV

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Samsung Electronics have announced the addition of four services that provide real-time on-screen Information on their Tizen based Smart TVs. You can display Information that relates to sports, news, entertainment, and social. The Information is displayed on the right hand side of the screen on a transparent window, and can be accessed via the TV remote when the viewer is watching cable TV or IPTV.

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How I finally got permission to use my own computer

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As I learned more about Linux, it became easier to use with time. I was impressed by the contributions of open source developers to it as well. Use cases that were really hard for me at first became easier as more advancements were made in the Linux community. At one point, finding and installing codecs to play multimedia files was annoying, but later it became a cinch. Proprietary drivers (when absolutely necessary) required me to recompile my kernel, but it is now often just a checkbox. Free drivers have also made leaps and bounds.

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Feral Interactive Is Teasing New Linux Port on Twitter

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Feral Interactive is one of the major studios out there that are porting important games for Linux users, and it looks like they are planning something big, but they don't want to announce anything for certain.

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Leftovers: Devices

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  • Google’s iBeacon competitor ‘Eddystone’ expands capability of Bluetooth beacons
  • Three wireless advances target Linux and Android devices
  • Short-Range Wireless Tech for IoT Takes Three Big Steps [same article]

    One reason Linux -- and by extension Android -- have grown so quickly in embedded is that from very early on Linux was imbued with strong wireless support. Although ARM and others are working hard to improve wireless support on microcontrollers with efforts such as ARM's Mbed OS, for the most part if your gizmo needs WiFi, you need to set aside MCUs and RTOSes and move to Linux or Android running on a faster processor.

  • Tizen Store Opens for Paid Apps in Nepal, Samsung Z1 Launch Inches Closer

    Today, the Tizen Store has launched its paid service in Nepal, meaning developers can now sell paid applications to 4 countries – India , Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and now Nepal. Last week we spotted the firmware file for the Samsung Z1 Nepal and now with todays announcement the launch should be within a matter of weeks.

  • Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love

    Android M isn’t going to be a massive game-changer like Android 5.0 Lollipop was. However, it will have some small-but-important tweaks and improvements that will noticeably improve the consumer experience. Green Bot recently put together a slideshow of the small changes Google has made with Android M and we’ve picked out five of them that we think Android diehards will love. Check them out below and be sure to check out Green Bot’s full slideshow by clicking here.

  • Commodore's Ghost Lives in New Machine

    The device, named the "Commodore PET," runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has a 5.5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS OGS display.

    It has a 1.7-GHz 64-bit octa-core CPU, up to 3 GB of RAM, an earphone jack, a microUSB slot, dual SIM cards, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery.

    The PET runs on 4G LTE, GSM and WCDMA networks.

Solus Operating System Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS

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The Solus operating system has received a set of updates and developers made some important changes, like the adoption of a new Linux kernel of a new GTK+ version.

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Linux Kernel 3.18.19 LTS Adds x86, Btrfs, ARM, and UFS Improvements, Updated Drivers

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A new maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series has been announced on July 21 by none other than its maintainer, Sasha Levin. Linux kernel 3.18.19 LTS is now available for download.

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Open-Channel SSD Support Still Baking For The Linux Kernel

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Matias Bjørling continues tackling support for "open-channel SSDs" within Linux. His fourth revision to his Open-Channel SSD patch-set has been published and re-based against code in development for the Linux 4.3 kernel.

Open-Channel SSDs refer to solid-state drives that expose the physical characteristics to the host. File-systems and applications are able to directly place and manage data on flash chips where they wish along with managing the garbage collection and other behavior. Tieing in with Open-Channel SSDs is the LightNVM specification for providing a common interface to the system for controlling the SSD characteristics.

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Leftovers: Open Container and Kernel

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