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  • Podcast Season 4 Episode 01

    In this episode: Ian Murdoch, creator of Debian, has died. AMD is overhauling its open source driver approach. Linux has been made to run on a PS4. IPv6 is now at 10% adoption, after only 20 years. And there’s an outbreak of common sense at the Dutch Government. All this plus our regular Finds, Brains and Voices sections. Plus, One. More. Thing.

  • Developer: Tizen Community Dinner at FOSDEM 2016

    Last year the event attracted 5000+ attendees and its looks like a similar number for this year. There will be a number of Tizen talks and you will have the opportunity to meet and listen to Tizen developers from all over Europe (and further away). There will be a EFL / Tizen booth where developers can learn about the Tizen ecosystem, available devices and also about coding using EFL.

  • Design Hackfest in Rio de Janeiro

    In a week and a half, a bunch of us that are involved in GNOME design will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, in order to spend some time with the good people at Endless. (If you don’t know them yet, Endless are selling computers for the developing world, all of which run a GNOME-based operating system. Their latest device, the Endless Mini has been getting some good press recently.)

  • Alpine Linux 3.3.1 Officially Released with ownCloud 8.1.5 and Linux Kernel 4.1.15 LTS

    The guys over Alpine Linux have just announced a few minutes ago, January 7, the immediate availability for download of the Alpine Linux 3.3.1 server-oriented operating system.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Receives New Coverage from Analysts at BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets started coverage on shares of Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning, The Fly reports. The brokerage issued an outperform rating on the open-source software company’s stock.

  • Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Goodbye, Debian 8.1

    Goodbye, Debian 8.1 (Jesse). I tried the distro for several months because RHEL clones (Springdale Linux and CentOS, both 7.0 and 7.1) didn't like my legacy nVidia GeForce 6150 SE in this old desktop and it was a pain to fix that. The system still is good enough to do all the work I need to do and performs reasonably well. Debian seemed like a reasonable alternative. I chose to install it with LXDE as the desktop environment which is lightweight and ideal for old systems.

  • Q4OS 2.0.2 Scorpion (Windows-XP Like System) Is Now Available As Beta

    As you may know, Q4OS is a Debian-based Linux system that uses Trinity Desktop as default and mimics Windows XP, while using a Linux Kernel.

  • Canonical needs a firm direction for Ubuntu

    Ubuntu by itself is a great operating system for both desktop and server, but canonical has a grand plan that seems to neglect its best product.

  • Latest Intel Compute Sticks use Skylake and Cherry Trail CPUs

    With its relatively high, $89 (Linux) to $149 (Windows) price, middling Bay Trail processor, and one lonely USB port, the Intel Compute Stick was clearly in need of some improvements. At CES, Intel launched several second-gen versions that add more USB ports, faster 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, and much faster processors.

  • App: Video Editor Now Available for the Samsung Z3

    Video Editor is an Application that lets you edit video files directly on your Samsung Z3 Tizen handset. You can trim the start and end points of the video as well as being able to reverse the playback if you so wish. After your editing you get to preview and then save if you are happy with your creation.

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  • A Quake 2 Game Might Get Ported To Linux

    Berserker@Quake2 has been around since about 2005, but only supported on Windows. Now though the Russian developer behind this game mod has finally published his code in hopes of someone porting it to Linux.

  • KDE Plasma 5.5.3 Comes With 20 Changes
  • KDE's conf.kde.in 2016 Conference to Take Place in Rajasthan, India, on March 5-6

    On January 6, 2016, KDE announced that the upcoming conf.kde.in 2016 conference for KDE developers would take place this spring, between March 5 and 6, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

  • The importance of Keywords for the software center

    So, what do I want you to do? If you have no existing keywords, I would like you to add some keywords in the desktop file or the AppData file. If you want the keywords to be used by GNOME Shell as well (which you probably do), the best place to put any search terms is in the keywords section of the desktop file. This can also be marked as translatable so non-English users can search in their own language. This would look something like Keywords=3D;printer; (remember the trailing semicolon!)

  • The Linux Setup - Ikey Doherty, Solus

    Ikey is living the dream—he made his own desktop environment. Perhaps even more impressive, he made it for his own distribution! Perhaps most impressive of all, Solus, Ikey’s distribution, is built from scratch, meaning it’s not based upon another distribution. It’s a lot of work, but Ikey doesn’t seem to mind it. Ikey also flags git as his essential tool-of-choice. I’m using git to submit chapters for my book and it’s a pretty amazing piece of software. It’s impacting all kinds of work.

  • Hackers rejoice, Kali Linux NetHunter 3.0 Android Mobile Penetration Testing Platform released
  • Debian Project mourns the loss of Ian Murdock

    The Debian Project sadly announces that it has lost the founder of its community and project, Ian Murdock.

    Debian is only a part of Ian's legacy but perhaps the one that he is most known for.

    Ian was introduced to computers early in his life, and his curiosity turned to familiarity which led him to start actively programming at nine years of age. Later as a young adult at the Krannert School of Management a mandatory programming class rekindled his fascination with computer programming along with an idea and an opportunity to make something better.

    Ian started the Debian Project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. At that time, the whole concept of a "distribution" of Linux was new. Inspired as he said by Linus Torvalds' own sharing of Linux, he released Debian with the intention that this distribution should be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU.

  • IBM’s Watson Now Powers AI For Under Armour, Softbank’s Pepper Robot And More

    From its debut to the world as a Jeopardy champion in 2011, IBM’s Watson has made a name for itself as a powerful artificial intelligence platform for large enterprise applications, from medical research through to finance. Now IBM is aiming to take Watson to the consumer.

  • Microservices are not the same thing as components

    Mention cloud, mention DevOps and it won’t be long before microservices enters the discussion.

    But what is, or are, microservices? The name implies something small – but what? Is it a part of a bigger thing or a piece of discrete functionality? And how are microservices different to application components? And why should we care?

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  • Vivaldi Web Browser Gets Its First Snapshot for 2016, Final Release Coming Later This Year

    On January 5, Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the first snapshot build of the Vivaldi cross-platform web browser for 2016.

  • conf.kde.in 2016

    Building on the success of conf.kde.in 2014 at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Community Technology (DA-IICT) in the land of Gujarat and 2015 at Amritapuri in Kerala, India, the horizon of the KDE Community is broadening and shifting to north India. conf.kde.in 2016 takes place on the 5th and 6th of March at Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. As in previous years of the conference, conf.kde.in 2016 will promote the spirit of free and open source software (FOSS) and offer ideas to build awareness about FOSS culture at the college level, when most technology students have their first experience with Open Source. The emphasis will be on KDE technology and Qt, the popular cross-platform application framework.

  • Add your local joint to the map
  • More NX & Chrome Books

    The most recent end point offering is using a ChromeBook. This is not yet in production, and being tested mostly by me at this point. We purchased a HP 14 inch ChromeBook with 4GB memory for around $250. It boots immediately. After opening the Chrome browser, you just put in the right URL and credentials and after a few seconds the GNOME desktop appears. The experience is then the same as the other platforms and this platform will resume sessions started on other types of devices. This ChromeBook is full 1920x1080 and provides an excellent canvas space for running software.

  • SparkyLinux 4.2 Budgie Edition Out Now, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 "Stretch"

    On January 5, 2016, the developers of the SparkyLinux computer operating system were extremely proud to inform us about the immediate availability for download of the first development milestone of the upcoming SparkyLinux 4.2 Budgie Edition OS.

  • PHP 7 and Linux Kernel 4.4 RC8 are Now Available in Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella)

    On January 5, the Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, announced the general availability of the second stable update for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) computer operating system.

    The "Manjaro Update 2016-01-05" update is here to upgrade all the PHP packages to the latest stable and most advanced version of the world's most popular server-side programming language, PHP 7. With this occasion, the Manjaro devs made a few adjustments for better integration of PHP 7 in Manjaro Linux, such as to remove the php-pear, php-mssql, php-ldap, php-mongo, php-xcache, and graphviz packages.

  • Bryan Lunduke for openSUSE Board

    I, Bryan Lunduke, am officially running for a seat on the openSUSE Board.

    Consider this post to be my campaign platform.

  • TeX Live security improvements

    Today I committed a set of changes to the TeX Live subversion repository that should pave the way for better security handling in the future. Work is underway to use strong cryptographic signatures to verify that packages downloaded and installed into a TeX Live installation have not been tinkered with.

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  • A Linux switcher doesn't miss Apple or Microsoft

    Linux has much to offer any user, including journalists. One writer at Medium switched to Linux and said goodbye to Apple and Microsoft. He's never been happier with his computer and shared his thoughts in a long and detailed post.

  • 2015’s top five cloud developments and what they mean for 2016

    More telling than OpenStack’s continued rise is how everyone is adopting open-source operating systems and technologies into the cloud. Nothing demonstrates that more than Microsoft — Microsoft of all companies! — adopting Linux.

    Microsoft launched its first Linux-based program, Azure Cloud Switch in 2015. After that, the boys from Redmond started offering Hadoop-on-Azure with Ubuntu Linux as its base. Then, the company added Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its Azure cloud offerings. That was followed up with Debian GNU/Linux being added to a list of supported Linux distributions available on Azure. Finally, and almost unbelievably, Microsoft is now offering a Linux on Azure certification.

  • Nvidia 361.16 Beta Out Now for Linux, BSD and Solaris with OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver

    Earlier today, January 5, 2016, Nvidia announced the release of a new Beta version of its graphics drivers for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris operating systems, version 361.16.

  • “Multiple merge candidates, aborting” workaround

    I’ve found a workaround that fixes the cause that makes Akonadi (and in turn Kmail) throw this error and stop syncing the emails.

  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 DP3 Supports Android Studio, XBox One Controller

    We have just been informed today, January 5, 2016, by Black Lab Software about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 Developer Preview 3 operating system.

  • Video: Alpine Linux-based LiveCD with OpenVZ kernel / tools

    I recently encountered an Alpine Linux developer in the #openvz Freenode IRC channel who was working on an Alpine Linux-based LiveCD that uses the OpenVZ Legacy stable kernel and tools. If you aren't familiar with Alpine Linux (and I wasn't prior), it is a very minimal Linux distro that uses BusyBox. The LiveCD sharfire (his IRC nick) created is ~ 100MB in size. Since I know OpenVZ very well, shafire asked me to lend a hand with testing.

  • Debian Posts Longer Tribute In Honor Of Its Founder

    The Debian project has today published a longer tribute in honor of Ian Murdock after briefly announcing his passing last week.

    Debian's tribute today talks about how Ian began programming at nine years old, how he started Debian in 1993, some excerpts from the Debian Manifesto and some early Debian release announcements, etc

  • Samsung Announces new Smart TV User Experience and Tizen Smart Remote Control

    Samsung has announced a new Smart TV user experience and Smart Hub for its Tizen 2016 TV range and also a new Samsung Smart Control remote. The new Smart Hub interface promises to more tightly Integrate with your existing content and services, allowing you to easily switch between them. There is also an updated search system that allows users to search multiple sources simultaneously.

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  • Automotive Grade Linux group releases unified IVI spec

    The Linux Foundation released an Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base distribution featuring GENIVI components, and announced new members including Ford.

    The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) working group has released an AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution for open source Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The Yocto Project based distribution combines elements from the AGL Requirements Specification released last June, as well as the GENIVI Alliance specification and the Tizen IVI stack, which has served as the first AGL reference design.

  • Download Linux Voice issue 13
  • No more just FIFA and WWE: PS4 can run Linux. Sony-FailOverflow 0-1
  • openSUSE Build Service virtualized
  • The evolution of the open organization

    Reading Jim Whitehurst's The Open Organization, you can hear the voice of a leader on a mission. Achieving a well-described personal transformation to become the Red Hat CEO, Whitehurst chronicles his leadership journey of the last few years, increasingly believing that the "open organization model" he encountered (and then further developed with other Red Hatters) has the potential to become a "new management paradigm." The book further argues that reframing leadership as "engaging and catalyzing participative communities both inside and outside" has helped Red Hat better achieve all-important performance imperatives of speed, agility, and innovation, and that the open model could be applicable to other organizations too—enabling them similarly to achieve higher performance. The essays in this volume, plus the growing contributions to the "movement building" website Opensource.com, reflect a high level of enthusiasm and interest among many other practitioners for exploring further the practice of "open organization."

  • Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

    As it reflects the theoretical cost of buying the company’s shares, the market cap of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) is currently rolling at 15137.67, making it one of the key stocks in today’s market. Hence, the existing market cap indicates a preferable measure in comprehending the size of the company rather than its worth.

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  • How to run Linux in your browser

    If one of your resolutions for 2016 is “learn/brush-up on Linux”, but you’re (already) feeling too lazy to set up Virtualbox or a HD partition, rejoice, for you can boot up and run Linux (CLI) in a browser tab.

  • How Does the Use of Docker Effect Latency?

    From a latency point of view, Docker's (and any other Linux container's) CPU and memory latency characteristics are pretty much indistinguishable from Linux itself. But the same things that apply to latency behavior in Linux apply to Docker.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS to Be Released on January 10, 2016, Says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few minutes ago, on January 3, 2015 (EST time), Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the eighth and last RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel.

  • Linux 4.4-rc8 Kernel Released

    While the Linux 4.4 kernel is largely ready to go, as alluded last weekend with the 4.4-rc7 announcement, the official Linux 4.4 release is being pushed out by another week due to the holidays. Over the past week, activity on fixes for Linux 4.4 has been light due to Christmas and New Year's.

  • A Modest Proposal on the DCO

    In this post, I discussed why corporations are having trouble regarding the DCO as sufficient for contributions to projects using licences which require patent grants. The fear being that rogue corporations could legitimately claim that under the DCO they were authorizing their developers as agents for copyrights but not for patents. Rather than argue about the legality of this trick, I think it will be much more productive to move the environment forwards to a place where it simply won’t work. The key to doing this is to change the expectations of the corporate players which moves them to the point where they expect that a corporate signoff under the DCO gives agency for both patents and copyrights because once this happens for most of them (the good actors), the usual estoppal rules would make it apply to all.

  • What is good stock portfolio management software on Linux

    If you are investing in the stock market, you probably understand the importance of a sound portfolio management plan. The goal of portfolio management is to come up with the best investment plan tailored for you, considering your risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals. Given its importance, no wonder there are no shortage of commercial portfolio management apps and stock market monitoring software, each touting various sophisticated portfolio performance tracking and reporting capabilities.

  • PlayOnLinux 4.2.10 Released

    For those relying upon PlayOnLinux for playing various Windows games on Linux rather than using CodeWeavers' CrossOver or interacting with Wine directly, the newest version of this open-source program is now available.

  • Interview with SchwarzerAlptraum

    I used the basic brushes that came with Krita. I didn’t need too many brushes as I paint the textures manually unless they’re too small for that. A hard brush and a soft brush for blending are generally all I need for stuff like this. I used alpha inheritance to split the foreground objects from the background objects. It allows me to paint and add lots of coloring and adjustment layers on top of the foreground objects without worrying that it will spill over into the background.

  • It’s Time for ‘What’s Your Distro’ Round One

    Do you think your distro has what it takes to grab the brass ring and come out a champion? Then it’s time to get busy. Get to your distro’s forums, post on your favorite email lists, go social — like a good political boss working out of a smoke filled room in Chicago, it’s up to you to get the vote out for your distro, because if you don’t do it…who will? You don’t have much time. We pulled a surprise attack and put our poll up on Friday, so it’s already been collecting votes for three days already…maybe for distros other than your favorite.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #16
  • Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 15.12 Distro Brings AMDGPU Driver Support, QupZilla

    Alexander Tratsevskiy, the developer of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux operating system, announced this past weekend the availability of the last Calculate Linux release for 2015.

  • Hiking a mountain with Ian Murdock

    “Would you like to hike a mountain?” That question caught me by surprise. It was early in 2000, and I had flown to Tucson for a job interview. Ian Murdock was starting a new company, Progeny, and I was being interviewed for their first hire.

  • RC bugs 2015/53
  • If Your New Year’s Resolution Is ‘Mobile’ (or perhaps, ‘more mobile’) - Mobile mobile, uber alles

    Mobile is one of rare Trillion-dollar sized industries (1,000 Billion dollars in annual revenues).

  • Microsoft CEO Admits Windows Phone Market Share Is Unsustainable: Report

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has admitted what many of us already knew - Windows Phone's market share is in trouble. Noting its diminutive size, Nadella however points to services - not the device - being the key in the rapidly evolving market.

    In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Satya Nadella admitted that Windows Phone's market share is rather small - 'unsustainable' in fact, the publication reports Nadella admitting. "There's no question that in the case of the smartphone, today, we are not that high in share," Nadella was quoted to say.

  • Five Android Tablet Tricks For Your Lounge Room

    Tablets are designed to be portable so you can take them around anywhere, but they’re exceptionally useful in the house as well. There are a range of things you can do with an Android tablet from the comfort of your lounge room. Here are five ways you can use your Android tablet to make life easier without having to lift your butt off the couch.

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  • Linux and Unix SysAdmins New Year’s Resolutions (2016)

    Without going into specific details about business or its owner, I've decided that I will not work with a cheap IT manager who values money over people and work ethics.

  • CES 2016 Won't Be Too Exciting For Linux Desktop Enthusiasts

    While there will be many Android-powered devices, various appliances powered by Linux from drones to kitchen appliances, and other products internally relying upon Linux and open-source software, don't expect to find much with regard to the Linux desktop and even Steam Machines will seem to be rather low-key.

  • What Hardware Platforms Do You Use? All of Them.

    The results of our hardware platform poll have been tallied and just as we suspected, FOSS Force readers in large part use every platform available. The poll, which asked what different hardware platforms you use, offered a slate of answers too long to list here. Let’s just say it covered the gamut, from smartphones to desktops, and included separate places to tic for different operating systems.

  • Microkernels are slow and Elvis didn’t do no drugs

    In any event, this article will be a concise tour of microkernel myths and misconceptions throughout the ages.

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  • January 2016 Issue of Linux Journal
  • Linux On Web Clients In 2015
  • Notepadqq is a best alternative to Notepad++ for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Do you miss Notepadd++ which is only available for Microsoft Windows? Here is an alternative for you called "Notepadqq" released under GPL (GNU General Public License) Version 3. Notepadqq is a Notepad++-like editor for the Linux desktop. It helps developers by providing all you can expect from a general purpose text editor, such as syntax highlighting for more than 100 different languages, code folding, color schemes, file monitoring, multiple selection and much more. You can search text using the power of regular expressions. You can organize documents side by side. You can use real-time highlighting to find near identifiers in no time. It has support for multiple programming languages, multiple encodings and plugin support.

  • My experience with WikiToLearn

    When I first started with Google Code In, I thought that it would be about work that is done fast and easy. With that attitude I had to abandon my first task at a random company (I don't remember). Seeing that this contest is pretty advanced, I looked for a task that fit to my programming skills which brought me to WikiToLearn: My first task was to run W2L locally so I can edit a part of the website.

  • The Sysadmin Squad

    Spectacle is out as part of the Applications suite as of KDE Applications 15.12, and not only do the users like it, other devs love it too. Maintaining Spectacle isn't as hectic as it used to be in the early days. I get a steady stream of mostly benign bug reports, which is nothing I can't handle in a few hours over the weekend. Wayland support still hasn't materialised though, and it looks like it'll be a while. Proper High-DPI (retina displays) support did materialise though, courtesy of Kai Uwe Broulik, and will land in 15.12.1.

  • Calculate Linux 15.12 Released With Various Changes, Now Supports AMDGPU

    The developers working on Calculate Linux decided to release a new version of their Gentoo-based Linux operating system before heading to New Year parties.

  • Manjaro 15.12 Capella Received Its First Update

    The first Manjaro 15.12 Capella update has been released by the developers, bringing interesting changes, including updated Plasma5 to version 5.5.2, dbus 1.10.6, thunderbird 38.5, Kernel 4.4 RC7, Mesa 11.1.0, fixes for the Maia GTK theme, updated python and haskell packages, an updated version of wine, new deepin settings and the brand new Budgie 10.1 desktop environment.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the weeks 2015/52 & 53
  • Adobe, Microsoft, Red Hat Aim For Cloud Makeovers
  • Red Hat: Taking The Market By Storm

    Red Hat Inc. enjoyed a solid 3Q15, reporting $523.6 million in revenue and $0.48 in EPS, versus the expected $521.5 million and $0.47 respectively.

  • My Free Software Activities in December 2015
  • Free software activities in December 2015
  • Gorgeous deepin 15 Linux Distribution Officially Released, Based on Debian

    Today, December 31, 2015, the development team behind the gorgeous deepin Linux operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the deepin 15 OS.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Will Bring A New Download Manager

    The Ubuntu developers are currently working at a download manager to add by default on Ubuntu Touch, starting with the OTA-9 Update. The software would permit the users to download files directly from the browser, without having to send them to other apps, or download a file once and send it to multiple apps without needing to redownload each time.

  • fail0verflow Gets Linux Running on PlayStation 4

    Can it run Linux? Yes, we're just as tired of the Web joke as anyone else, but it is a fair question for some devices—especially gaming consoles, which are basically just computers in a different form factor than what you're used to seeing under (or on top of) your office desk.

    The PlayStation 4 has been fairly resilient to various forms of modding, as it was only really "jailbroken" earlier this month. This process allows those with modified consoles to run, well, just about whatever they want on them, from pirated games to custom software.

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  • The Most Popular GNOME & KDE Happenings Of 2015

    Continuing on with our other year-end looks, here are lists of the most popular GNOME and KDE desktop happenings of the year.

    First up, here's a look at the ten most popular GNOME stories on Phoronix for 2015. GNOME made much progress this year on Wayland support, app sandboxing, UEFI firmware updating, and other features.

  • From a lawyer who hates litigation

    Before I started working in free and open source software, before I found out I had a heart condition and became passionate about software freedom, I was a corporate lawyer at a law firm. I worked on various financial transactions. There were ups and downs to this kind of work but throughout I was always extremely vocal about how happy I was that I didn’t do any litigation.

  • UberStudent 4.3 Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and Xfce 4.12, Supported Until 2019

    Earlier today, December 30, 2015, Stephen Ewen was very happy and proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the UberStudent 4.3 computer operating system.

  • Major Linux Desktop Problems In 2016

    A widely-cited blog post about the major Linux desktop problems has been updated for 2016.

    Over on the LinuxFonts.Narod.ru is the "major problems of the Linux desktop" and it's been updated with all of the latest issues, etc, for 2016. The article was updated yesterday by Artem Tashkinov.

  • What's New in Budgie Desktop 10
  • Come help mageia with us

    it is with pleasure that I see that Mageia is increasingly used.

  • Fedora Security Lab – hack yourself!

    Fedora Security Lab is probably one of the most unknown Fedora Labs for the public. It is typically used for a very specific task. But what exactly is that task? This article aims to answer that question!

  • Should Linux Mint be the default distro for Dell and System76 computers?

    Linux Mint has long been one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions around. But companies like Dell and System76 don't use it as the default distribution on their computers. Instead they opt for Ubuntu, and that had one redditor wondering why they don't use Linux Mint.

  • Nouveau Hooks Up ARB_shader_draw_parameters Support
  • For Those Dealing With Binary Blobs, NVIDIA Continues Owning The Linux Desktop

    The NVIDIA Linux driver this year continued to keep pace with the latest Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases, continued working towards restructuring on KMS support, improved its EGL support, and is nearly ready to support Wayland/Mir. NVIDIA internally has also been working to prepare their launch-day Vulkan driver for once the specification is out in 2016.

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    With about a month left for many PC users to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge, Microsoft is being criticized for its aggressive — some say too aggressive — campaign to get people to install the new operating system.
  • Microsoft forks out thousands over forced Windows 10 upgrade
    Microsoft has had to pay a Windows user in California US$10,000 over a forced upgrade to Windows 10, according to a report in the Seattle Times. The user, Teri Goldstein, runs a travel agency in Sausalito, a San Francisco Bay Area city in Marin County, California.
  • A lawsuit over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade just cost Microsoft $10,000
    Microsoft recently paid a (very small) price for its Windows 10 upgrade tactics, and that was before they became increasingly aggressive.
  • Updategate: California woman awarded $10,000 for borked Windows 10 upgrade
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  • Microsoft pays out $10,000 for automatic Windows 10 installation
    Company withdraws appeal leaving it liable for $10,000 compensation judgment after botched automatic upgrade of travel agent’s computer
  • Microsoft Pays Woman $10,000 Over Its Forced Windows 10 Upgrade
    As a result of a legal suit, Microsoft has paid a woman $10,000 over the forced Windows 10 upgrade.
  • 'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery
    A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft after a sneaky Windows 10 update wrecked the computer she used to run her business. Now she's urging everyone to follow suit and "fight back." Teri Goldstein – who manages a travel agency in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco – told The Register she landed the compensation by taking Microsoft to a small claims court. Rather than pursue a regular lawsuit, she chose the smaller court because it was better suited to sorting out consumer complaints. Crucially, it meant Microsoft couldn't send one of its top-gun lawyers – or any lawyer in fact: small claims courts are informal and attorneys are generally not allowed. Instead, Redmond-based Microsoft had to send a consumer complaints rep to argue its case.

Canonical Releases New Kernel Update for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

We reported the other day that Canonical released a major kernel update for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, and it appears that it also affected users of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) distribution. Read more

This programmable, open source outlet can do things that off-the-shelf smart plugs can't

Excited by the idea of an open-source, Arduino-based outlet, capable of remotely controlling your various household devices? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out the Portlet: a versatile portmanteau of “portable” and “outlet,” which — despite only consisting of 4 buttons and a simple 2×15 character LCD screen — can be programmed to do everything from switching your lights on at a certain time to keeping your coffee heated at the perfect temperature. Read more