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Ubuntu Core Linux comes to i.MX6-powered IoT-friendly TS-4900 Computer On Module

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:38

One of the best things about the Linux kernel (and associated operating systems) is the ability to work on various hardware types, including ARM. Microsoft's operating systems, by comparison, are far more narrow. True, there is the lightweight Windows 10 IoT for ARM boards, but it is hardly a factor nowadays.

Today, Ubuntu Core comes to the i.MX6-based and ARM-powered TS-4900 Computer on Module. While Android and other Linux options were already available for the IoT-friendly CoM, Ubuntu Core is still a major win. Canonical's revolutionary snap packages should work beautifully here.

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EP: Govt, science clouds should use open standards, source

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:35

European cloud computing should be built on open standards and open source, says the European Parliament. Last week, the EP adopted its motion on the European Cloud Initiative, emphasising the importance of open standards and open source for security, data privacy, government openness, and for innovation.

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RaspEX Linux Brings Ubuntu 16.10 with LXDE Desktop to Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:34

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is back with a new release, and this time he managed to publish a new build of his RaspEX Linux project for Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers.

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Black Lab Linux 9 to Launch in June as Version 10 Is Planned for November 2017

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:32

Softpedia was informed by Black Lab Software that the managed to publish an initial roadmap for the next point releases and major versions of the Ubuntu-based Black Lab Linux operating system in 2017.

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What a Linux Desktop Does Better

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:30

After I resolved to adopt Linux, my confidence grew slowly but surely. Security-oriented considerations were compelling enough to convince me to switch, but I soon discovered many more advantages to the Linux desktop.

For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, I'll showcase here some of the Linux desktop's advantages.

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Slackware-Based Zenwalk Linux Gets New ISO Snapshot with GTK3 Build of Firefox

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:26

The development team behind the Slackware-based Zenwalk GNU/Linux distribution have announced the release and general availability of a new ISO snapshot image with all the latest software versions and some exciting new features.

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Ubuntu 17.04 Beta Released with Linux Kernel 4.10, Only for Opt-In Flavors

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:24

Canonical today released the first Beta of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, but only for the opt-in flavors, which include Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Budgie.

Also: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Spins Do Their Beta Release

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Review: Google Pixel is Android at its best (if a little boring)

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:19

The Pixel’s designs have been divisive ever since the first batch of leaks hit the interwebs, but I’ve grown quite fond of it. Maybe it’s the fact that my ‘Really Blue’ (provided to us by Verizon, thanks folks) model is in fact so incredibly blue, but really I just think the two tone look stands out. It’s instantly recognizable if you’ve seen the phone before.

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What a Linux Desktop Does Better

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:03

After I resolved to adopt Linux, my confidence grew slowly but surely. Security-oriented considerations were compelling enough to convince me to switch, but I soon discovered many more advantages to the Linux desktop.

For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, I'll showcase here some of the Linux desktop's advantages.

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Leftovers: GNU/Linux

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:45
  • Profit From the Rising Importance of Linux Software

    You may have noticed that there’s no stock symbol next to Linux’s name. This important OS isn’t made by a public company… or even a company at all.

    Linux software is open source. In other words, it’s not a commercial product which anyone owns. Rather, it’s free software which is developed and improved pro bono by the programmers who use it.

    As a result of this democratized development process, Linux is more customizable than a commercial OS. Windows and MacOS both have proprietary designs with usage restrictions, but not so with Linux.

    This makes Linux software ideal for the advanced programmers and IT professionals who make cloud computing possible. They often like to tinker with hardware and software in order to optimize it for their purposes.

  • Kopano, openSUSE: Yes, we’re open!

    Kopano announced big news yesterday about being included in openSUSE’s factory codebase as development proceeds to be in openSUSE’s upcoming release, which was a big first step toward inclusion into openSUSE downstream.

    “We are straight on the path to be included with openSUSE Leap 42.3 already, which has started development just last December,” wrote Michael Kromer in a news release yesterday. “You can find the downstream requests from Factory to Leap 42.3 here: Core and WebApp.”

    Being one of the most popular Linux distros, Kopano expressed delight to be the first distribution to pick the communication solution.

  • Rebellin Linux 3.5 Released — Beginner-friendly, Fast, And Debian-based Linux Distro
  • Runtu XFCE 16.04.2 x64 - 20170222
  • New Zenwalk Current ISO for 22 feb 2017

    The main change is the comeback of Firefox, built with GTK3 and multithreading enabled by default : This build of Firefox starts and react nearly as fast as Chromium, and with many tabs opened : scales much better in terms of responsiveness and memory footprint. You will also notice some improvements around ffmpeg, and MPV which is from now the main media player in Zenwalk. Gstreamer has been dropped from ISO but is still available from Slackware repositories. Of course this ISO contains many updated packages (see changelog below).

  • Technologic Systems, Inc. Brings Ubuntu Core to the i.MX6 Based TS-4900

    Today, Technologic Systems, Inc. announced that it will be partnering with Canonical to make Ubuntu Core available for their TS-4900 Compute Module. The TS-4900 is a high-performance Computer on Module (CoM) based on the NXP i.MX6 CPU which implements the ARM® CortexTM A9 architecture clocked at 1 GHz.

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Leftovers: Software

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:44
  • Machine Learning Speech Recognition

    Keeping up my yearly blogging cadence, it’s about time I wrote to let people know what I’ve been up to for the last year or so at Mozilla. People keeping up would have heard of the sad news regarding the Connected Devices team here. While I’m sad for my colleagues and quite disappointed in how this transition period has been handled as a whole, thankfully this hasn’t adversely affected the Vaani project. We recently moved to the Emerging Technologies team and have refocused on the technical side of things, a side that I think most would agree is far more interesting, and also far more suited to Mozilla and our core competence.

  • Nuclear is a Multi-Source Desktop Music Player

    If you feel there’s a gap in your life for an Electron-based, cross-platform music player capable of streaming from multiple online sources, I’ve a plug for you.

    Nuclear is a (rather naughty) music streaming app that “pulls in content from free sources all over the internet”. In aim it’s somewhat similar to Tomahawk, but visually owes more to an ultra camp Spotify channeling its inner radioactive diva.

  • Qt 5.9 Alpha Released

    The Qt Company today announced the much-anticipated release of the Qt 5.9 Alpha.

  • Peruse Is a Neat Comic Book Reader for KDE Desktops

    Mcomix is my go-to comic book reader for Ubuntu, but for my KDE desktop I wanted something that feels more at home in the Plasma experience.

    After a bit of digging I came across Peruse.

  • The new Online Accounts & Printer panels (and other related news!)

    Greetings, GNOMErs!

    If you’re watching closely the GNOME Control Center iterations, you probably noticed it already has a bunch of new panels: Keyboard, Mouse & Touchpad, and other panels like Sharing, Privacy and Search that don’t need to be ported.

  • A new journey – GNOME Foundation Executive Director

    For those who haven’t heard, I’ve been appointed as the new Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, and I started last week on the 15th February.

    It’s been an interesting week so far, mainly meeting lots of people and trying to get up to speed with what looks like an enormous job! However, I’m thoroughly excited by the opportunity and am very grateful for everyone’s warm words of welcome so far.

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Linux 4.11, 4.9.12 and 4.4.51

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:43

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today's howtos

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:42

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Leftovers: Gaming

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:41

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OpenStack News

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:38

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Leftovers: OSS

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:37
  • Visual Refresh

    This is the 19th post of a series of blog posts tracking the development and progress of Redox.

    If you would like to learn more, please follow us on Twitter, @redox_os and @jeremy_soller. Also, please support development like this on my Patreon page.

  • Redox OS Working On NVMe, USB 3.0, Theme Support

    For those interested in the Rust-written Redox OS open-source operating system project, a brief status update was posted today.

    Some latest Redox OS development efforts revolve around supporting NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage and USB 3.0 / XHCI support. Redox is now running on NVMe SSDs and USB 3.0 is continuing to be worked on with a focus for USB Wireless network devices.

  • Free & Open-Source JavaScript Solution for Augmented Reality Comes to Life on Mobile

    AR.js is a new JavaScript solution that offers highly efficient augmented reality features to mobile developers. With HoloJS released a few months back, there is a potential that the free AR.js, developed by Jerome Etienne, could work with the Microsoft HoloLens as well.

  • Storj introduces a distributed blockchain-protected cloud storage service

    Storj Labs, a distributed cloud-storage provider, has created a peer-to-peer decentralized cloud storage solution. It protects your files both on the nodes and in transmission by using blockchain technology and cryptography to encrypt files. As an open-source project, Storj unites a large and growing community of developers who are committed to building tools, applications, and secure by design cloud storage.

  • Storj Labs Advances Blockchain Based Encrypted Storage

    Storj Labs announces new funding and general availability of its crowdsourced distributed storage platform, that lets anyone in the world sell their unused storage capacity, securely as part of an open marketplace.

    Crowdsourcing, that is sourcing resources from many different individuals, is a popular concept for fundraising and for code development. Storj Labs is now bringing the idea of crowdsourcing to storage, enabling individuals to share their storage capacity in a secure encrypted way that makes use of Bitcoin's blockchain technology.

  • The Code for This Bitcoin Node Scanner is Now Open Source

    CoinScope, a tool that provides aggregated data about bitcoin nodes, has been made open source.

    The code was made publicly available on GitHub on 22nd February. The project, which has been around since 2015, is somewhat akin to Bitnodes, the node data tool operated by startup 21 Inc that seeks to map the bitcoin network by measuring the amount of nodes connected at any given time.

  • Netflix Debuts 'Stethoscope' Open-Source Security Tool

    Entertainment giant Netflix has released a new Web application called Stethoscope designed to tackle security issues with mobile and desktop devices.

  • Netflix Launches Stethoscope Advisor App for Securing Your Devices

    Netflix introduced Stethoscope, an open source web app seeking to help users secure their computers, smartphones, and tablets.

  • Luxoft to Demonstrate Dynamic Open Source Software Defined Lab Platform at Mobile World Congress, 2017
  • LibreOffice @ FOSDEM ’17

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FOSS/Sharing in Government

Fri, 2017-02-24 00:34
  • Code.mil, the Pentagon's open-source initiative, is live

    That makes it difficult to attach open source licenses, according to the release, but the initiative “is experimenting with a legal pathway of using contract law in the Defense Open Source Agreement to add commonly used licenses to DoD software projects.”

  • Unlocking the government transformation strategy with open source

    Only by removing vendor lock-in and opening up development can the government hope to achieve its target.

  • Ventspils Controls Costs With FLOSS

    While Munich anguishes over considering returning to slavery, Ventspils relishes the freedom of Free/Libre Open Source software.

  • Are textbooks in or out? The state of open educational resources

    Open education is a hot topic in both the K-12 and higher education spaces due to a number of factors, including the desire to make education more affordable.

    The cost of textbooks has added a tremendous financial burden to students around the world. In response, the U.S. Department of Education initiated the #GoOpen movement last year, which helped provide the impetus for schools and universities to consider the use of open educational resources seriously. One of the leaders in this rapidly changing landscape in education is Cable Green, director of Open Education for Creative Commons.

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