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Quick Look: Unity for Arch

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A precursory glance at the above screenshot might give the impression that this is yet another Ubuntu Linux review. However, a closer look at the logo in the bottom left corner reveals that nothing could be farther from the truth. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Unity desktop environment on Arch Linux.

Open source code helps governments share information with citizens

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Before open data, there was FOIA. Beginning in 1967, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) empowered the public to request access to government documents. Unfortunately, some branches of government quickly began to push back, and within the decade the infamous phrase "can neither confirm nor deny" had been devised to avoid releasing information.

This came to exemplify the adversarial relationship between the public and government. Yet public records requests (also known as FOIL, Right-to-Know, public information or open records requests, depending on where you are) remain a fundamental way in which the public is able to obtain information from government agencies under FOIA-like laws in all fifty states.

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VirtualBox 4.3.12 Brings Better Performance on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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The VirtualBox solution is capable of running a large number of OSes, including Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts, not to mention a lot of other guest additions.

The developers of VirtualBox have been working hard on this latest branch of the software and they’ve already issued a few updates for the applications. This latest one is just a maintenance update, but it comes with numerous fixes that make this a mandatory upgrade for anyone who is using it.

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Updated PostgreSQL targets NoSQL market

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PostgreSQL is the second most-widely-used open-source database on the market, trailing MySQL. At least some users have migrated from MySQL to PostgreSQL since MySQL was acquired by Oracle in its 2010 purchase of Sun Microsystems.

Like PostgreSQL, MySQL has been retrofitted to handle NoSQL workloads.

EnterpriseDB offers a commercially backed distribution of the open-source database.

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Arduino gets bigger—and smaller—at Maker Faire

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There’s a rash of open source hardware announcements today in advance of this weekend’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California—and two are related to the popular Arduino microcontroller. While Arduino and its manufacturing partner Amtel are announcing Arduino Zero—a new high-end 32-bit version of the open-source microcontroller board—another Arduino partner is releasing a simplified version of the controller intended to make it easier for beginners to start prototyping devices with little or no knowledge of electronics.

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Open Data Support Training material to the next level

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The training services of Open Data Support aim to build both theoretical and technical capacity to EU public administrations, in particular to favour the uptake of (linked) open data.

After delivering eleven onsite trainings in ten different countries, i.e. Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece and Estonia, and to the European Institutions, and having trained over 500 public servants on open data, we are proud to announce a second release of the training material of Open Data Support, featuring a number of improvements coming from feedback received from the trainees.

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Baird analyst defends Red Hat against claims that it violated open source principles

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Baird analyst Steve Ashley jumped to the defense of Raleigh open source giant Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Friday via investor note.

A Wednesday Wall Street Journal article alleged that Red Hat was not supporting RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) customers using a rival version of OpenStack and violating open source principles.

"Red Hat Inc. has outrun dozens of companies over the past decade to become the dominant commercial provider of the open-source operating system known as Linux," the article reads, adding that some rivals, partners and customers fear that it's gone too far with OpenStack.

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Tufts University named best open-source school in America

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Tufts, which is located just north of Boston, took the top prize, with Utah State in second place, followed by Notre Dame in third. Unsurprisingly, many of the schools most associated with the tech industry were highly ranked, with UC - Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, and Stanford all within the top 15. The study also broke down the results by state, with Utah on top, followed by Massachusetts and Indiana.

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Galicia to switch first 1000 workstations to Libre Office

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The autonomous region of Galicia will this year migrate at least one-thousand government workstations to exclusively use the LibreOffice open source suite of office solutions, it announced on 30 April. The government also said it would start raising awareness among the region's public administrations about the advantages of sharing, and promoting the reuse of ICT solutions. The government has reserved a 147,000 euro budget for this year's free software actions.

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Coreboot Now Supports The Lenovo Thinkpad T520

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There's been a lot of new hardware to become supported by Coreboot lately while the newest addition is the handling of the Lenovo Thinkpad T520.

The Sandy Bridge T520 is now supported by Coreboot after last month there was T530 Coreboot support. The T520 is now supported with Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Intel BD82X6X Southbridge.

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Slackware Live Edition – on its way to 1.0?

Last week the second Beta of the upcoming Slackware 14.2 was released. My goal was to have a new Beta of my liveslak ready by that time, so that I could provide new ISO images to test the Slackware Beta2 on a live medium. Unfortunately, there was an attack of the flu in my team at work and things got a bit busier than usual. There was a plus side to this: some last moment bug fixes which could be applied to my scripts – the result of having more evenings available to test. Therefore the new release is not labeled “0.5.0” but “0.5.1” Read more

Leftovers: KDE

  • Cantor migrating to Phabricator: which tools our contributors must to use
    Projects and software developed by KDE community are going to migrate for a new tool to manage our code, commits, reviews, tasks, and more. This tool is Phabricator and you can visit the instance for KDE projects in this address. Since November 2015 we are migrating Cantor to Phabricator. After our first successful review code some days ago, I decided to write a post about which tools our contributors must to use while the migration process is not finished.
  • Kdenlive's sprint report
    Last week-end, Vincent and me met in Lausanne for a Kdenlive sprint. One of our goal was to merge Gurjot Singh Bhatti's GSoC work on curves for keyframes. This was more work than expected and we spent many hours trying fix the curves and make keyframes behave correctly. Not much time was left for sleep, but we still managed to get outside to make a group (!) picture in the woods above Lausanne.
  • Jekyll 3.x
    I’ve found three different types of transition issues (it is cool to look at these in a project I do not upgrade on a daily basis like Plasma and the rest of the KDE software).
  • kdev-python on Windows: try it!
    I spent the last two or three days playing around with KDE on Windows, with the aim of getting my Python language plugin for KDevelop to run there. In the end, it wasn’t that hard to get this to work — not as hard as I would have expected it to be, anyways.

Manjaro ARM launched

Hi community, wonderful news in regard of architecture expanding within Manjaro Linux. It all started with a simple post on our developers mailing list. Somebody wants to do Manjaro for ARM … Just after one month of development our first alpha release is now ready. So what is this all about? Manjaro Arm is a project aimed to bring you the simplicity and customability that is Manjaro to ARM devices. These devices are growing in numbers and can be used for any number of applications. Most famous is the Raspberry Pi series and BeagleBoard series. Read more

Plasma 5.5.4 and Calligra Suite 2.9.11 now available

The 4th update for KDE's Plasma 5.5.x series is now available to all Chakra users. According to the release schedule, unless new issues occur, this will be the last update for this series before 5.6 gets released next month. Plasma 5.5.4 as usually includes a month's translations and bugfixes, with the authors highlighting the improvements for handling multi-screen setups. The Calligra Suite also receives a bugfix update to version 2.9.11, which mainly provides fixes for krita and kexi. Read more