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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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Red Hat and Fedora

Thu, 2017-04-20 18:53
  • Join us at Red Hat Summit 2017

    As you’ve probably heard, this year’s Red Hat Summit is in Boston May 2-4. Product Security is looking forward to taking over multiple sessions and activities over the course of those 3 days, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we have planned.

  • Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization
  • ProfsoUX 2017 Trip Report

    First of all, I was invited to come and give a talk by a friend, who lives in St Petersburg and works as a UX specialist (more about him later). He said people will be very interested in how open source design happens, what tools we use and what problems we face. It was an excellent opportunity to promote Red Hat and Fedora and meet professionals in my field of work. Furthermore, the UX scene in Russia is a bit different, and I was interested to find out how they work and what projects are going on. As always, conferences are great networking events, and I was happy to find out some people even came specifically to see me talk. So, altogether I really enjoyed ProfsoUX, now let’s talk about it in more detail.

  • Analyst’s Proposition on Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI)
  • Share Fedora: Maintaining Existing Community

    Last week the Fedora community was asked to share ideas for encouraging new contributors. Opensource.com collected many great responses. This week the blogging challenge continues with ideas on how to maintain existing community. his is another critical issue for Fedora on a regular basis. Share your thoughts and become part of the worldwide spread of open source and the ideas behind it.

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The Raspberry Pi And Raspbian OS [The Cheapest Computer]

Thu, 2017-04-20 17:57

​Linux is used almost everywhere from cars to smartphones and one the most important are small devices that we actually can call a computer, and is being used widely, in robotics, can be connected to your TV and be used as computer with a big screen, IoT (the inter connection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data), on drones and many other good options that can be applied.

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Etcher - Burn Images To SD Card & Make Bootable USB

Thu, 2017-04-20 17:55

​So for a distro hopper like me, one very useful tool is USB-ISO-MAKER. I always need to have these tools at my disposal as I am always testing out distros. For a long time, I have resorted to Rufus on Microsoft Windows as my most trusted USB ISO MAKER, and for all these times, I must confess, it has served me well. But the problem with Rufus, it requires Windows.

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today's leftovers

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:55

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GNOME News

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:54
  • A Global Menu Extension for GNOME Shell is in Development

    This global menu GNOME Shell extension brings a popular Unity feature to the GNOME desktop, and lets you interact with app menus from the top bar.

  • First GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Features Revealed, New Usage App Planned

    We're always monitoring everything that's going on in the Open Source world, especially big projects like GNOME and KDE, and today we'd like to reveal some of the upcoming features of the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

    First off, a little background for those who missed our previous reports on GNOME 3.26. The desktop environment will be dubbed "Manchester," after the name of the host city of the GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) 2017 event, and has been slated for release on September 13, 2017.

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Leftovers: Debian/TinkerOS, Ubuntu

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:54
  • TinkerOS_Debian V1.8 (Beta version) Released

    There’s a new release of TinkerOS available to download on Asus’s website. TinkerOS is a Linux distribution for the Asus Tinker Board based on Debian. Not heard of the Asus Tinker Board? Read our two page review.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 To Have Wayland Display Server As Default

    The future of Ubuntu is not going to have Unity in the picture. But it won’t have X.org also, at least, not as the default display server on Ubuntu. It has been known that Canonical is ditching X.org for Wayland which flaunts itself as easier to develop and maintain than Xorg. The change is expected to arrive with the release of Ubuntu 17.10.

  • Swap partition out, swap file in on Ubuntu 17.04

    If you’ve downloaded and installed the latest Ubuntu 17.04, one of the new features you probably didn’t notice is that the system was installed without a dedicated swap partition.

    That’s because a new installation of Ubuntu 17.04 uses a swap file, instead of a swap partition. Yup, just like Windows, swap file has come to Ubuntu.

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Leftovers: Software

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:53
  • Tor Browser 6.5.2 is released

    Tor Browser 6.5.2 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

    This release features important security updates to Firefox.

    This should be the last minor release in the 6.5 series. This release updates Firefox to 45.9.0esr, Noscript to 5.0.2, and HTTPS-Everywhere to 5.2.14.

    Moreover, we included a fix for the broken Twitter experience and worked around a Windows related crash bug. To improve our censorship resistance we additionally updated the bridges we ship.

  • Plotinus Adds a Searchable Command Palette to GTK3 Apps

    Say aloha to Plotinus, a natty new HUD-like command palette for GTK3 applications. Which ones? How about all of ’em. A HUD Analog (Kinda) Since news broke that Ubuntu is to switch back to GNOME in upcoming releases plenty of you have been mailing in, shouting out, and spotlighting Unity-style features that have GNOME equivalents...

  • PacketFence v7.0 released

    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v7.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.

  • Atom 1.17 Open-Source Hackable Text Editor to Get a 50% Boost in Startup Time

    Last week when GitHub launched Atom 1.16 as the latest stable release of the open-source and multi-platform hackable text editor loved by lots of developers around the world, they also announced the Beta release of Atom 1.17.

    While Atom 1.16 proved to be a minor maintenance update that only implemented a couple of new title bar options for macOS users, Atom 1.17 promises to be the first release in a long time to give a boost to the startup time of the application, on all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

  • MU Music Player – A Player That Remembers All Your Music

    Mu is a Linux music player designed with the aim to provide users with the best music listening experience possible.

    It has a dark UI by default and support for a handful of media file formats including WAV, WMA, FLAC, and AAC. It is based on a number of open-source projects, and μ itself is open-source cross-platform application for media file managing.

  • Lightworks – A Professional Video Editor for Everyone

    Lightworks is a professional multi-format non-linear video editing tool created for professionals and usable by beginners with a sleek and intuitive UI.

    On the 4th of April, it received its latest update which reportedly came with north of 400 changes and 70 new features which include a major UI redesign, an Effects panel and a new auto-effect capability.

  • Chrome 58 rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux, Touch Bar support not yet available
  • Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

    Write, as I have, about Firefox and you receive the usual slew of critics who demand to know why Firefox matters? Who cares if Firefox continues to exist? This is often accompanied by "Chrome is better! Chrome is all we need!"

    Clearly a lot of people do think Chrome is better. StatCounter, which offers reasonably reliable numbers on browser market share, puts Chrome at just over 50 per cent of all web browsers.

    That's an impressive market share, one that leaves the remainder of the browser world as a fight among minor fiefdoms, with Mozilla holding about 14 per cent and Microsoft (combining Edge and IE) about the same. Safari and Opera are hardly worth mentioning on the desktop (though you should see Opera's worldwide mobile stats, nothing to sneeze at there).

  • Upcoming Features of LibreOffice 5.4

    As reported the other day, The Document Foundation announced that the first bug hunting session for the upcoming LibreOffice 5.4 office suite would take place on April 28, 2017, debugging the first Alpha build that'll be released early next week.

    However, as promised, in this article we'll take a look at the upcoming features of LibreOffice 5.4, at least those that have been already revealed. These include new "Edit Section" and "Footnotes and Endnotes" entry in the context menu of the Writer, which work if the cursor is in a section, as well as in a footnote or endnote. Check out the screenshot gallery below to see them in action.

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Fedora: The Latest

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:50
  • FLISoL 2017 – Linux in Latin America

    The Latin American Free Software Installation Festival (FLISoL, in Spanish “Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre”) is the biggest event for the dissemination of Free Software in Latin America.

  • Fedora Changing its Project Mission
  • Fedora Media Writer Test Day (Fedora 26 edition) on Thursday 2017-04-20!

    It’s that time again: we have another test day coming up this week! Thursday 2017-04-20 will be another Fedora Media Writer Test Day. We’ve run these during the Fedora 24 and 25 cycles as well, but we want to make sure the tool is ready for the Fedora 26 release, and also test a major new feature it has this time around: support for writing ARM images. So please, if you have a bit of spare time and a system to test booting on – especially a Fedora-supported ARM device – come out and help us test!

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