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Linux and Linux Foundation

Fri, 2017-04-21 02:04

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Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox, and Google Blocking Ads?

Fri, 2017-04-21 02:03
  • Mockups of a new Thunderbird style look quite incredible
  • Mozilla Firefox web browser may no longer be supported on your Linux computer

    Firefox is a wonderful open source web browser. As a result, it comes pre-loaded on many Linux-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. Yeah, some people choose to install Chromium or Chrome instead, but Mozilla's offering remains a staple in the Linux community.

  • Mozilla, Microsoft rebuilding their browsers’ foundations without anyone noticing

    Project Quantum is how Mozilla plans to adapt for this new age. Mozilla is using its safer Rust programming language for parts of Quantum. The company has an experimental rendering engine called Servo that's written in Rust, and pieces of this will make their way into Firefox. The initial focus will be on updating those parts of Gecko that are most amenable to parallel or GPU-based computation, and Firefox 53 contains the first element of this. Firefox 53 will (for most people; it requires Windows 7 with the Platform Update, or better, plus a GPU that isn't blacklisted) create a separate GPU process that's used to perform compositing. The compositor process takes the different elements of the page and the Firefox window and merges them together to create the finished product.

  • Will Google move to block adverts?

    Google's vast wealth and huge influence is built on one thing - advertising - so it might seem bizarre for the search giant to make it less likely that users would see ads.

    But the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is planning to introduce ad-blocking in its popular Chrome web browser.

  • Google might roll out their own ad-blocker in Chrome

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KDE Applications 17.04 and United KDE theme

Fri, 2017-04-21 02:02
  • KDE Applications 17.04 Unveiled
  • KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.04.0

    April 20, 2017. KDE Applications 17.04 is here. On the whole, we have worked to make both the applications and the underlying libraries more stable and easier to use. By ironing out wrinkles and listening to your feedback, we have made the KDE Applications suite less prone to glitches and much friendlier.

  • United, a new KDE theme gives you a Unity look and feel

    Yet another tick in the box for my love of how customizable Linux desktops are. United is a new theme for KDE that aims to emulate the Unity look and feel.

    This could be a good option for those Unity fans who want to keep a similar experience, but maybe try something a little different.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Is Named ‘Artful Aardvark’

Fri, 2017-04-21 01:18

Still wondering what the Ubuntu 17.10 codename will be? Well, it seems we have our answer.

According to this page on Launchpad, the home of Ubuntu development, Ubuntu 17.10 due in October is nicknamed the “Artful Aardvark”.

The ‘Artful’ repos have also opened, meaning packaging, tooling and development on the next short-term release of Ubuntu can now begin.

Mark Shuttleworth typically announces the new Ubuntu codename in an alliteratively ascribed blog post announcement, but one for the Artful Aardvark is yet to appear.

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Raspberry Pi HAT does 3G/HSPA, and GNSS too

Fri, 2017-04-21 00:09

Linkwave’s “Pilot” is a Raspberry Pi HAT add-on with a Sierra Wireless HL 3G/HSPA radio, a SIM slot, as well as a GNNS location chip.

Sierra Wireless announced that Linkwave Technologies has released a $101 3G/HSPA wireless add-on for the Raspberry Pi. The Pilot board incorporates a Sierra Wireless HL module for 3G/HSPA cellular data service, plus a 3V micro-SIM lets you load a 3G card of your choice. The board complies with the Raspberry Pi HAT add-on spec, and can be powered separately or directly from the Raspberry Pi 2, 3, or Zero.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Thu, 2017-04-20 23:58

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Wine Releases

Thu, 2017-04-20 23:46

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Compilers: Not Just GNU

Thu, 2017-04-20 22:54
  • Psychec: A Type Inference Engine For C, The C Language Meets Unification

    Here, at the Compiler's Laboratory of UFMG, we've been trying to understand the meaning of incomplete C code. How well can a parser reason about a source when declarations (or complete headers) are missing? In the C language, challenges appear already during parsing, since, not only syntax, but also semantic information (possibly absent) is required. Yet, the really cool challenges emerge when we want to reconstruct a partial program into a complete one that passes the type-checker.

  • GCC 7 Has Been Branched, GCC 8.0 Now On Master

    The GCC 7 mainline code-base hit the important milestone today of having zero P1 regressions -- issues of the highest priority -- and as such they branched the GCC7 code-base and GCC 7.1 RC1 is then being announced later this week as they prepare for this first stable release of GCC 7.

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Future of Ubuntu Server and Desktop

Thu, 2017-04-20 22:35
  • Ubuntu Server Team Begins Planning For 17.10

    Following the successful launch of Ubuntu 17.04, the Ubuntu Server team is beginning to formalize their plans for Ubuntu 17.10.

    Development on Ubuntu 17.10 "AA" has yet to officially begin with Mark Shuttleworth not yet announcing the codename. I've heard a yet to be substantiated comment from a fellow that part of the reason AA isn't yet open for development is they are weighing possible internal development changes, perhaps even making Ubuntu rolling-release-like, but not quite rolling like Arch or Gentoo, following the turnover and other changes going on at Canonical. Anyhow, the server team is moving ahead in trying to plan some of their work for the "AA" cycle.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Is Artful

    According to Launchpad, it looks like we finally have the codename for the successor to the Zesty Zapus.

    Artful Aardvark is registered on Launchpad as the Ubuntu release to be delivered in October 2017. We have yet to see Mark Shuttleworth comment on his blog about it, but there is also now the artful archive.

  • Mir Developers See The Door, No Commits In A Week

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System76 System76

Thu, 2017-04-20 22:26
  • Entering Phase Three

    Phase three moves product design and manufacturing in house. We’re about to build the Model S of computers. Something so brilliant and beautiful that reviewers will have to add an 11 to their scores. Being that we’re System76 and we do things the System76 way, our design principles are polar opposite of the rest of the industry.

  • System76 To Begin Their Own Product Design & Manufacturing

    In looking to make their Linux-powered systems more appealing and original to the masses, System76 will begin their own product design and manufacturing.

    First beginning with desktop computers and laptops further down the road, this system provider of Ubuntu-powered systems will begin their own original product designs.

  • System76 to design and manufacture their desktop PCs in-house

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Building a Wearable Device with Zephyr

Thu, 2017-04-20 22:22

The Linux Foundation’s open source Zephyr Project received considerable attention at this February’s Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). Although there are still no shipping products running this lightweight real-time operating system (RTOS) for microcontrollers, Fabien Parent and Neil Armstrong of the French embedded firm BayLibre shared their experiences in developing a wearable device that may end up being the first Zephyr-based consumer electronics product.

BayLibre’s device has an ARM Cortex-A SoC connected via an SPI bus to a Cortex-M4 STM32L4xx. This is linked via I2C to other, more lightweight Cortex-M cores. Parent and Armstrong could say no more about the design, but they explained why they chose Zephyr and discussed the project’s pros and cons.

Also: Ubuntu-friendly Qseven COM runs on Apollo Lake

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Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:48

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, the latest release of the company’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform. Providing an open source infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

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Low Power Wireless: 6LoWPAN, IEEE802.15.4 and the Raspberry Pi

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:43

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the new kids on the block. It promises connection of sensors and actuators to the internet, for data to flow both ways, and once on the internet, to become part of new and exciting business systems, reaching up into the realms of big data and artificial intelligence.

IoT applications will rely on a large and complex system. One of the components in this will be the connections between sensors and actuators and the internet. This will most likely be wireless, and it will have to be low power. If you have a thousand sensors, they will most likely be running off batteries, and you will want those batteries to last years, not days.

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The 5 best Linux laptops of 2017

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:33

There was a time when Linux was seen as an outcast operating system, and indeed one that was labelled as a ‘cancer’ by Microsoft’s former CEO Steve Ballmer.

Times have now changed as the 25-year-old operating system has made some serious inroads in the server market, then in the cloud – not forgetting that it underpins the most popular ecosystem out there: Android.

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Consider Linux as Your Go-To Operating System

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:30

Linux. You have probably heard about this operating system over the years, but what is it really? What can you do with it? How do you get a copy?

Well, the answers are easier than you can possibly imagine.

Linux is a computer operating system that has been embraced by vendors, including Telos, Wheatstone and Orban. This operating system can be used to run almost any computerized hardware. It is used on phones, tablets, microphone processors, AoIP controllers and even your microwave oven.

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Mozilla News

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:12
  • If Only Thunderbird Did Look Like This…

    If Thunderbird looked like the design you see above would there be any question on whether Ubuntu should drop it from the default install? I think not.

  • Ubuntu might retire Thunderbird

    The open saucy Ubuntu is considering dumping the Thunderbird mail app because users tend to favour using webservices mail instead.

    Ubuntu 17.10 may not include a default desktop email app at all and Thunderbird is Ubuntu’s default email app at the moment.

  • Firefox 53 Released With 2 New Compact Themes

    Mozilla Firefox 53 has been released, and is now available to download right now. The latest release of the popular open-source web-browser ships with two new compact themes, reader mode improvements, and updated site permission requests.

  • This April, Mozilla is Standing Up for Science

    We believe openness is a core component not just of a healthy Internet, but also a healthy society. Much like open practices can unlock innovation in the realm of technology, open practices can also invigorate fields like civics, journalism — and science.

    In laboratories and at academic institutions, open source code, data and methodology foster collaboration between researchers; spark scientific progress; increase transparency and encourage reproducibility; and better serve the public interest.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

Thu, 2017-04-20 20:12
  • The Past, Present and Future of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux

    From a rethinking of mobile strategy to a change in the CEO office, big changes are afoot at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux. Here's what they could mean for the future of the open source company and the software it produces.

    As regular readers of The VAR Guy (which at one time had an entire sister site devoted to Ubuntu) know, Canonical is a relatively major company in the open source space.

    Founded in 2004, Canonical is not as old or as big as competitors like Red Hat. The latter is a publicly traded company founded in the heady days of the late 1990s, when the dot com world was bubbling over and Linus Torvalds was considered the fifteenth-most important person of the twentieth century.

  • A Look at Desktop Environments: UNITY

    Unity, probably the most universally debated DE in the GNU/Linux community; despised by some, yet absolutely loved by others. Unity was created by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, for Ubuntu. It’s possible to install Unity on other systems, but 99% of the users you see using Unity are running it with Ubuntu.

  • Upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04. Your swap partition will be retained

    If you’re using a computer with Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop installed, chances are that you’ve already been prompted to upgrade to the latest version, which is Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop. It’s a simple and painless process that takes just a few hours.

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Review On Ubuntu Budgie 17.04: Newest Ubuntu Flavor

Thu, 2017-04-20 19:53

Budgie is a new desktop interface built from scratch which focuses on simplicity and elegance. It is developed by the Solus team. It uses GNOME technologies beside their own modifications to give a better user experience.

Ubuntu Budgie is an Ubuntu-based distribution which uses Budgie desktop interface as its default. It’s an official Ubuntu flavor. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 was the first release of this distribution, which was released 3 days ago.

We downloaded the new distribution and played with it for a while to see what it has. This was our experience. TL;DR: Generally so good, nothing so special to see, but there are some small glitches.

Also: Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 review

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