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  • On August and Broken Electronics

    He fixed the Strata fast and, as I tested the KDE effects on PCLinuxOS, he was impressed by the beauty of Linux. He also praised the solid construction of the Strata. He said that other clients have cracked the screen of their laptops with less than what I did to mine.

  • Best Linux Browsers

    Choosing the best Linux browser for your needs requires just a bit of homework: Web browsers for the Linux desktop have evolved over the years, just as they have for other popular desktop platforms. With this evolution, both good and bad revelations have been discovered. Revelations from new functionality, to broken extensions, and so forth. In this article, I'll serve as your guide through these murky waters to help you discover the best in Linux browsers.

  • Manjaro 0.8.13.1 LXDE Screenshot Tour
  • Robolinux 8.1 MATE Screenshot Tour
  • Gentoo Package Repository now using Git

    Good things come to those who wait: The main Gentoo package repository (also known as the Portage tree or by its historic name gentoo-x86) is now based on Git.

  • The problem of SD mux

    I keep being asked about automated bootloader testing and the phrase which crops up is “SD mux” – hardware to multiplex SD card access (typically microSD). Each time, the questioner comes up with a simple solution which can be built over a weekend, so I’ve decided to write out the actual objective, requirements and constraints to hopefully illustrate that this is not a simple problem and the solution needs to be designed to a fully scalable, reliable and maintainable standard.

  • Mycroft Is an AI for Your Home Powered by Raspberry Pi 2 and Ubuntu Snappy

    Mycroft is what you would describe as a house computer, a device connected to your house, which acts like a virtual artificial intelligence. In this case, it's a clever mini PC named Mycroft, which is based on Raspberry Pi 2 and runs Ubuntu Snappy Core.

  • VIA Rolls Out Fanless, Ruggedized PC Powered By Quad-Core x86 Eden CPU
  • Rugged box-PC runs Linux on new quad-core Via Eden CPU
  • My ZTE Open Phone Finally Came Back!

    Sometime ago, I managed to upgrade my Firefox OS on the ZTE Open to version 1.2. However, this upgrade broke many things, like the GPS and other features.

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  • Lenovo's ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops have Windows 10 and Linux configurations

    More exciting, however, is that Linux-based operating systems are optional as well. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu can be configured to meet your needs.

  • Six outdated myths about Linux

    Linux has gotten a lot of attention over the last ten years, but certain outdated myths still persist about it. TechRepublic has a list of these myths and explains why they simply aren't true.

  • Confusing Treasure for Junk in Linuxland

    There was no mistaking the ire in his voice. I pushed him to tell me what he didn’t consider junk. Instead he began walking down the west wall of the shop, pointing repeatedly at desktop after desktop. “Some of these machines are six years old. How are you ‘helping’ anyone by giving them these pieces of garbage?”

    The good host was completely gone from me now. All that remained was a dangerous anger I knew I had to control. I asked him just what kind of computers or laptops did he not consider to be junk. I asked him just where I was supposed to get computers that met his approval. I reminded him that we lived and died by the computers businesses and individuals donated, and that we upgraded every computer to its maximum potential before it left our facility.

  • More on WebM rate control

    In my last post, I mentioned that libvpx had rate control issues; or more accurately, that libvpx as used by VLC (through FFmpeg) had. Seemingly that was actually fixed a while ago by Ilkka Ollakka; VLC now (well, since late 2013) automatically sets half a second VBV by default. I normally use one, but half a second is totally fine, too, and it will keep the bitrate use from spiraling out of control when you switch from e.g. a static slide to a fade.

  • HEVC/H.265 Video Decode Is Present In VDPAU For AMDGPU

    There is indeed the support in place with the latest Git of the open-source AMD Linux driver code.

  • Last Chance to Get the Excellent Invisible, Inc. on Steam at a 40% Discount

    Invisible, Inc., a turn-based strategy game developed and published on Steam for Linux by Klei Entertainment, is now available at a 40% discount. The promotion will end in less than 12 hours.

  • Akademy 2015 – where awesome things happen
  • Slackel 4.14.3 KDE Live Screenshot Tour
  • Reproducible builds: week 15 in Stretch cycle

    As you might have noticed, Debian sid is currently largely uninstallable, due to the GCC 5 transition, which also can be see in our reproducibility test setup. Please help!

  • Debian/TeX Live 2015.20150810-1

    For those who are starving for some updates while the big gcc5 transitions brings the rest of Debian/sid to a halt, here is some fresh meat, a new TeX Live checkout. Nothing spectacular new here, just the usual big bunch of updates of and several new packages. Maybe worthwhile mentioning is that luasseq has been reincorporated into the TeX Live packages. Thanks to the maintainer for his work till now!

  • Kodi 15.1 Release Candidate Is Now Available
  • the future is here

    That's right, boys and girls, a compiler with a bigger resident size than Firefox. Three times bigger.

  • Security advisories for Monday

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  • Homeworld Remastered Collection Is Not Coming to Linux Just Yet

    Homeworld Remastered Collection was released by Gearbox Software after the company bought the rights to the franchise from the former owner THQ. It was recently released for the Mac OS X, but it looks like Linux won't be joining anytime soon.

  • GNOME Announces Search for Executive Director

    The GNOME Foundation is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. The Executive Director is critical for the Foundation, the public face of GNOME, the liaison to the GNOME Advisory Board, and the primary fundraiser for the Foundation. It is expected that the Executive Director will execute the daily business of the Foundation, and work with the Directors of the GNOME Foundation on a regular basis.

  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 May Be Unveiled On The 20th Of September, When The System Reaches Feature Freeze

    As we have previously written, the SUSE team is working at a new Linux systems called OpenSUSE Leap, a system focused on stability, including LTS/ESR and stable apps only.

  • How to Install Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS on 64-Bit Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Debian OSes

    Arne Exton, an independent GNU/Linux developer, known for many Linux kernel-based operating systems, posted an interesting tutorial a couple of days ago about how to install the latest Linux 4.1 LTS kernel on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian distros.

  • CoreOS’ Tectonic now runs on Mirantis OpenStack

    CoreOS and Mirantis have just announced that CoreOS’ Tectonic has been integrated into the Mirantis OpenStack distribution. The move will help teams create software more quickly and with improved quality.

  • Rebuilt multilib gcc compiler suite for slackware-current
  • LibreOffice 5.0.0 and 4.4.5 for your Slackware box

    For our stable Slackware (which is 14.1 of course) I have packaged LibreOffice 4.4.5 which was announced at the end of July. Actually, these packages were already available in my repository for the past couple of days but I wanted to wait with writing about it here until I could bake packages for LibreOffice 5.0.0 as well. Note that “LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the ‘still’ version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments” according to the official announcement. Therefore I decided to be conservative and stick with 4.4.5 instead of packaging 5.0.0 for Slackware 14.1.

  • AltArch SIG Announced For CentOS: Fun For ARM & More

    On Monday a message was sent out to the centos-announce mailing list bringing attention to the newly created AltArch Special Interest Group. The focus of the group is for the community to come together and support CentOS 7 on architectures other than x86_64-- architectures such as ARMv7, AArch64 (64-bit ARM), 32-bit x86.

  • Fedora 23 Alpha 1 Will Be Released On The 11th Of August
  • Fedora 23 Alpha Cleared For Release Next Week
  • Debian Wants To Tackle UEFI, But They Need Your Help

    Over the weekend the Debian project put out a call, over Twitter, for UEFI horror stories as their developers begin to take a more serious look at Debian and UEFI, with the creation of a UEFI team.

  • Japanese-English dictionary for Kobo

    Since ever the Kobo firmwares also allowed downloading of a bunch of dictionaries, most of which I don’t need. As I am fluent in most languages I read and write, the only real dictionary I would like to see is a Japanese-English (I don’t dare asking for a Japanese-German). Unfortunately, Kobo never shipped one. OTOH, starting with firmware 3.16.10 they ships two different English-Japanese dictionaries, one excellent Japanese-Japanese dictionary, but not one Japanese-English. So I took the liberty to write a script that allows everyone to enrich the shipped Japanese-Japanese dictionary with English definitions.

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  • August 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Programming
  • Should you install Linux on a Mac?

    Some Linux users have found that Apple's Mac computers work well for them. The combination of refurbished Macs from Amazon and Linux can result in a high quality operating system on a relatively low cost computer. But is it worth it to install Linux on a Mac? A writer at Softpedia considered that very question in a recent article.

  • Putting Lipstick on a Penguin

    It was then I explored ways to present Linux to the new user, and to do so in a way that did not cause system shock. I decided to make each new Linux installation look as much like Windows as possible. My partner Diane did fairly well when I told her we would become a one operating system household. She wasn’t weaned…she was herded into the world of Linux. I had cleaned the last virus from her computer.

  • Agents, the kinds that work for us.
  • Docker: evil spawn or useful tool

    There are plenty of criticisms of docker, the system for building a container-based virtual machine running just a single application. I've read many of them have have consistently been either in agreement or at least amused.

    The most relevant criticism is about the basic approach of building single-application virtual machines.

  • Stable kernel updates

    Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.1.4, 3.14.49, and 3.10.85. All of them contain important fixes.

  • Thursday night reception for LPC

    Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Intel, the Linux Plumbers Conference is pleased to announce that there will be an additional social event this year. On Thursday August 20th, we will be gathering at the Seattle Rock Bottom Brewery—just a short walk from the conference venue and hotel—for drinks and dinner in a relaxed setting. The evening’s event will be showcasing local beers, wines, and spirits, but some of the more standard items (like single-malt scotches and cocktails) will also be available.

  • Failing with F5: CMP - Clustered Multiprocessing
  • CUPS Cloud Print 20140814.2 Has Been Released
  • How To Combine Two Graphs On Cacti
  • Installing/Starting Systemd Services Using Cloud-Init
  • How the system deals with USB devices
  • Error handling in Polari

    At the moment Polari will not tell you much more except logging a debug message in the terminal, should you fail to connect to the IRC server.

  • More tests, locale, and timezones. Last week in a nutshell.

    Slightly later than usual, but still, I'm giving a short update on how my works on Getting Things GNOME! have been progressing recently.

    After my first attempts with unit tests two weeks ago, I started the week off with an ambitious plan to unit test also another feature which I had to implement consequently: the start of the day setting in the preferences window. The test was a simple task. I really enjoy testing, even though I had to change it several times because of changes in the parse_time() function's output type. Nevertheless, my test was done and ready in a short period of time. However, afterwards I spent almost the entire week working on the functionality of setting the time itself.

  • Reproducible builds: week 14 in Stretch cycle
  • New Snappy Ubuntu Core Aims for IoT Devices, Raspberry Pi and More
  • Ubuntu MATE donates surplus funds to open source projects

    The maintainers of Ubuntu MATE have donated money to various open source projects this month. The beneficiaries of the donations all have something to do with Ubuntu MATE and have helped it exist in its current state by one means or another.

  • Compact, rugged i.MX6 SBC expands via PCIe and SATA

    F&S has launched a Linux-ready, “ArmStone A9-v2″ Pico-ITX SBC with an i.MX6 SoC, SATA, mini-PCIe, extended temperatures, and an optional 7-inch touchscreen.

  • Samsung Next Gear smartwatch rotating bezel demo shown off at Tizen Developer Summit

    The Tizen Developer Summit 2015 in Bengaluru, India, was a great time for Samsung to show of its Tizen talents, and that includes Information about its Next Gear Tizen Smartwatch. The new watch will feature a round face, as seen in the SDK and other leaks, but this is the first time that Samsung has also confirmed the existence of the Bezel that is used to Interact with the device.

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