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Raspberry Pi 3 based laptop features DIY hacking bay

LXer - Sun, 2017-10-15 03:15
Pi-top has revised its RPi based laptop with a 14-inch HD screen and a slide-off keyboard that reveals a cooling unit and DIY space for a breadboard kit. Pi-top’s Raspberry Pi driven laptop has received a major upgrade with a new model with a slightly larger 14-inch, HD screen and a 6 to 8 hour […]

Patents Are Turning BlackBerry and Nokia, Which Used Android, Into Anti-Android Fronts That Tax Android OEMs

LinuxToday - Sun, 2017-10-15 03:00

 techrights: Nokia's patents are being scattered to trolls

For those who have compatibility issues with LibreOffice, OnlyOffice may be a viable alternative.

Reddit - Sun, 2017-10-15 02:38

I've heard a lot of people say they can't use Linux because documents don't work quite right in LibreOffice for one reason or another. I've noticed that OnlyOffice offers good compatibility in terms of preserving formatting in MS Office documents. I suppose I'm just hoping to raise awareness for another freely licensed office suite that may work where LibreOffice has some issues.

That isn't to say LibreOffice isn't great, especially when it comes to using open document formats. Indeed, LibreOffice has a broader range of capabilities with Draw, Base, Charts, and Math, and all while appearing native (GTK/Qt mimicry). But for people who just want to do the basics (writing, spreadsheets, and presentations) with MS-using colleagues, this could give them a way to keep using Linux.

While we're on the subject, are there any other decent FOSS office suites you folks are aware of?

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KDE: KWave and Plasma in Slackware

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-10-15 01:56
  • Replacing Audacity with KWave

    KWave has been developed since 1998, yet few have heard of it. I only recently heard of it myself from writer and podcaster Marcel Gagné while I was setting up to do how-to-videos. Part of the reason for its obscurity might be that, despite its name, it only recently become an official KDE project in the last release. However, the major reason for its obscurity is probably that it has been overshadowed by the better-known Audacity — which is a pity, because in most ways, KWave is every bit as useful as an audio editor.

    Why would anyone want an Audacity substitute? For one thing, while Audacity is cross-platform, it is not well-integrated into Linux. Audacity handles its own resources, as you can tell by its lengthy load time. Often, Audacity frequently gives confusing options for input and playback sources, giving several names to the same device and offering irrelevant front and back options for mono devices, so that users can only find the one they need through trial and error. Sometimes, the necessary option for a particular source can change for no apparent each time Audacity starts.

  • October updates for the Slackware Plasma5 desktop

    There’s been updates to all the major components of the KDE Software Collection (I know they stopped using that name but I think it is still fitting). So I tasked my build box to compile hundreds of new packages and today I have for you the October ’17 set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current. KDE 5_17.10 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.39.0, Plasma 5.11.0 and Applications 17.08.2. All based on Qt 5.9.2 for Slackware-current and Qt 5.7.1 for Slackware 14.2.

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Games: OpenRA, Hell Warders, Ubuntu, Fedora and Wine

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-10-15 01:54

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Korora 26 Bloat - More is less or less is more?

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-10-15 01:52

Korora 26 Bloat is a noble concept, but it does not solve the fundamental problem it aims to solve: make Fedora usable. It tries to minimize the wreck that is Fedora 26 and fails to do so. Additionally, it introduces problems that the original did not have, making an even bigger mess.
Korora comes with a slew of ergonomics issues, flaking hardware support, too much actual bloat, tons of niggles and issues that are technically Fedora's legacy, and then the horrible Nvidia support that is just embarrassing in 2017. To answer my own question, more is less in this case, and there isn't a justifiable reason why you should prefer Korora over Fedora, nor why you should use it against the likes of Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Mint. Alas, this is not a good release, 2/10. Unusable, which is a shame, because I did like what Korora managed to do in the past. But it just shows how fragile the Linux world is. Proper distro release QA is a joke, regressions are nothing but a silent excuse to move on and churn out more bad code, almost like industrial protein, and this is so depressing I sometimes wonder why I even bother.

Anyway, to sum it up, Fedora 26 is worse than its predecessors, and Korora 26 is both worse than its own forefathers and the original article it seeks to tame, with appalling support for proprietary graphics drivers and other distros in a multi-boot setup that I really cannot recommend it. The cosmetic issues are also important, but in the end, the real deal breaker is the hardware side. Waiting for Korora 27. Peace.

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KDE Celebrates 21st Anniversary with New Updates of KDE Applications, Frameworks

LXer - Sun, 2017-10-15 01:21
Today, the KDE Project celebrates the 21st anniversary of the well-known and widely used desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems with new releases of its KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications software stacks.

KDE Celebrates 21st Anniversary with New Updates of KDE Applications, Frameworks

TuxMachines - Sat, 2017-10-14 23:56

Today, the KDE Project celebrates the 21st anniversary of the well-known and widely used desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems with new releases of its KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications software stacks.

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Linux 4.13.7

TuxMachines - Sat, 2017-10-14 23:54

I'm announcing the release of the 4.13.7 kernel.

All users of the 4.13 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.13.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.13.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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Raspberry Pi 3 based laptop features DIY hacking bay

TuxMachines - Sat, 2017-10-14 23:52

Pi-top has revised its RPi based laptop with a 14-inch HD screen and a slide-off keyboard that reveals a cooling unit and DIY space for a breadboard kit.

Pi-top’s Raspberry Pi driven laptop has received a major upgrade with a new model with a slightly larger 14-inch, HD screen and a 6 to 8 hour battery. The 2017 edition of the education-focused Pi-top features a modular design with a larger keyboard that slides forward to reveal a Raspberry Pi 3 with a new heatsink. It also includes an empty bay for DIY hacking, which can be filled with components from a free Inventor’s Kit. This DIY kit includes a breadboard, a motion sensor, LEDs, and a microphone, all mounted on a magnetic sliding rail.

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LinuxAndUbuntu Review Of Linux Mint 18.2

LXer - Sat, 2017-10-14 23:27
The mission for a swap Linux conveyance for Linux Mint 13 LTS "Maya" Xfce proceeds. With this post comes a review of the most recent MATE version of Linux Mint. Particularly for consistent perusers of this blog,

NixOS Linux Lets You Configure Your OS Before Installing

LinuxToday - Sat, 2017-10-14 23:00

LInux.com: Configuration is key to a successful installation of NixOS.

Fedora 26 vs. 27 Beta Benchmarks, Wayland vs. X.Org Gaming Tests

Phoronix - Sat, 2017-10-14 22:18
For your viewing pleasure this weekend are our first benchmarks of the current state of Fedora 27 post-beta with a variety of different workloads. Additionally, from the latest Fedora 27 packages is a fresh gaming comparison with GNOME Shell running on Wayland versus the X.Org session.

Linux (Ubuntu rant, distrowatch weekly pole on 32bit support and Ubuntu's suck!)

Reddit - Sat, 2017-10-14 22:01

Hi, I dought any one will read this as distrowatch blocks most comments from google accounts do to spam and poltical reasons.

I have old hardware and I want to get more. I have a computer that runs Windows 98 and it now runs FreeBSD because linux does not support it any more. I have a hp streampc laptop that runs 32bit Zorin because it only have 2 GB of RAM total. IF you look at the low end you can still find many laptops with 2 GB of RAM 200 USD -500 USD (depending on brand and OS.) to 4 GB for 400 USD. YOU can go to wallmart and pick up a 400 dollar laptop that comes with Windows 30 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM with an intergrated GPU and office online. IF you want more RAM you are looking at the 500+ to a grand. Why should I pay 1000 USD for a laptop with 16 GB of RAM just to use a 64bit distro! I am a student I don't have money. I got my Windows products do to our School because Libre office sucks compared to office and online does not have the features we need. I have a Vista computer that is 64bit and can only see 4 GB of RAM total! Why would I want to run a bloated 64bit linux distro. This laptop that cost me 800 dollars from apple only comes with 2GB of RAM and it is not better then the Vista computer AND IT IS A FUCKING 2016 MACBOOK AIR! Ubuntu all ready killed my G4's. They are decent computers that you can pick up for less then 100-300 dollars. Even a G4 cube if you know the words can be found online for cheap. Yes G4's can be onver 17 years old now and they still run better then a Pi2 or a Pi2.5. Only a Pi 3 can beat a G4, how ever with an accerlator you can get better speeds. A G5 can blow a Pi3 out of the water and the Amiga X1000 is much better then that. Yes the G4's and espically the G5 are not power light computers, but they con't cost more then Air conditioning so they are fine for me. Also 16bit is not dead and only a stuck up bitch would think that. My 2GS is stil kicking and I just got a C128 and floppy emualtor. There are still new apps and games coming out for the Amiga 500 line and the workbench 3 api's for Amiga, AROS, OS$, and MorphOS.

I live in RI IL, what I have all ready been doxed and been hacked three times. Our school system still uses Windows XP computers. It is not just a 3rd world nation thing as the US is a 3rd world Nation. We got XP computers and Lion computers. Even the X86 computers in the art lab are 32bit only and that means you can't upgrade them past Snow Lion. Thanks to the Rebuplicans we just barley got enough money to fund our schools. That means there is no money to update the computers, the OS, or the Software. That means students have to use CS5 or older. Our laptop labs are also Ibook G4's. You know the modles that have the bad batteries over time. The Snow White versions and I thought we had some G3's too. The PE special ed class had a OSX Pather computer. I think it was an Imac or a G3 unit. PowerPC is still used in our schools and now we can't use OSX or linux if you want updated software. That leaves Morph OS or FreeBSD.

It is not just the schools that use old equiptment it is also the local health and goverment sectors. I won't use there name for legal purposes. A certain mental health service also usess 32bit hardware. The residents don't have access to modern equitment. They only get donations and that is not offten. Even the employese only had old 32bit Windows 7 PC's. Then there is the poor and Ghento's. The digital divide is real and you can see it in IL when you leave the big cities of Chricgo and Springfield. Many poor and eldery only have 32bit computers. Many of the eldery don't have even 200 dollars that they can spare to get a new PC thanks to all the cuts by our Republican majority). Many poor people have 32bit computers as that is all they could afford. Another area people forget are the farm folk and the many people who move out there for no good reason. Again many of them don't have internet at all let alone 32bit hardware or a way to get online updates.

When I heard that Ubuntu was killing PPC then 32bit support I said "fuck it". If only FreeBSD had the software i needed i would have moved over to it and set up a Windows streaming PC and used Moonlight to stream the windows apps. Ubuntu has never cared about there users. They are just like Microsoft, they killed Unity, Ubuntu Phone, Ubuntu for Android, ubuntu BSD (MDCA), Ubuntu mobile, Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu one, mir, ubuntu tweak, forcing distros to remove ubuntu branding, disclosers to upload code to there platofrms, killing off clones, ignoring the community, killing PPC, killing 32bit iso's, sending adds to amazon, ect.

Why should I have to upgrade to new expensive hardware if the ones I have work just fine. That would be like getting rid of your car just because it is 17 years old. That is just stupid and wrong and yet linux is doing that to there users. "FUCK THIS SHIT I"M OUT!" I am not going to get rid of my DVD's just because stupid Blue Ray version that come out that I can't even fucking play as I don't have internet acess at home, WITCH YOU NEED TO USE BLU-RAY BECAUSE OF THE DRM CODE LISTS, AHHHHHHHHHHH! (RAGES). i DON'T EVEN USE 1080P AND NOW THEY GOT 4K, NOCK IT OFF! i DON'T NEED GAMES IN 1080P AND 100 GH PER SECOND! I DON'T NEED 4K, i DON'T NEED DRM, I DON'T WANT THE INTEL MANAGMENT ENGION, I DON'T NEED STUPID CLOSED SOURCE BLOBS THAT DON'T WORK ON PPC ANY WAY!!!!!!!!! I DONT' NEED AN OS THAT IS COPYING THE BIGEST DRUG DEALER (MICROS0FT) WITH IT'S CLOSED SOURCE DRIVERS AND ABONDING THERE USERS AND PUSHING UPGRADES WITH THE MEDIA. YAH i AM CALLING YOU OUT CHRIS FROM JUPITERBROADCASTING AND BRIAN LUNDUKE OF THE LUNDUKE SHOW! OH and Linux Format too! I don't care about fucking stupid Ryson, I don't care about Nvidas new shity cards, I don't care about this and that game that need 16 GB of RAM just for it to shit it's self. I don't care about these new PC chase's that look like coffins for our silikin. What I care about is using my harware as long as posssible. I don't want to fucking by a new computer. I fucking don't want HD games, I don't care about System76's new piece of 86 DRM filled Intel CRAP. I just want a distro that fuckint works and gives me updates and new packages. You know like how Solaris used to do before Orical killed it. I want lower end games like V6, Frez, The sims/2 imposible game, not these over glorified screen savors. Simcity 4 works fine in wine so fuck these newer city games. Why play Civ 4 when Civ 2 and FreeCiv are perfict. Why use Windows 10 win 7 and Arcada OS work just fine. I hate this new generation of Linux userx who want the fucking shiny key's. I don't want those keys, I want my systems being supported even if I have to compile the code my self. End usrs should not have to become distro admins in order to get there hardware to work with open source software.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

LXer - Sat, 2017-10-14 21:32
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Euros angry over privacy policyYet another European nation is turning up the heat on Microsoft for extracting heaps and heaps of telemetry and other intelligence from Windows 10 PCs.…

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