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LG K8 Review: The Best Looking Budget Android Phone Around

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:45

The high-end segment of the smartphone space is dominated by Apple and Samsung. This has been the case for a good couple of years now, and most other OEMs seldom get a look in.

Apple shifted over 70 million iPhones during its last financial quarter; that is an insane number of units – even more so when you consider how much iPhones cost.

For this reason – and plenty more besides – many Android phone makers are focussing their efforts on the sub-£150 segment of the phone market. Here things are equally competitive, as tech brands constantly innovative and redefine what we consider to be a budget-friendly phone, but, importantly, there is no Apple and there’s more room to manoeuvre.

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Games for GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:42

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Wayland's Weston 2.0 Beta Released

Phoronix - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:34
One day after the Wayland 1.13 Beta, the reference Weston compositor is updated to its 2.0 beta state...

KDE Plasma Leaning Towards Focusing On Flatpak Over AppImage/Snaps

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:27
  • KDE Plasma Leaning Towards Focusing On Flatpak Over AppImage/Snaps

    Veteran KDE developer Sebastian Kügler has written a blog post following the Plasma Sprint that just happened recently in Stuttgart. A few interesting details were shared.

    While right now we've seen some KDE efforts around Flatpak (formerly XDG-App) and Snaps along with some in the AppImage space, KDE developers are looking to center their efforts around one next-gen packaging solution moving forward. With focusing around one app bundling solution, they hope to be able to deliver their software to more end-users directly across the distribution spectrum.

  • Plasma Meeting: Web, browsers and app bundles

    This year’s Plasma Sprint is kindly being hosted by von Affenfels, a software company in Stuttgart, Germany, focusing on mobile apps. Let me try to give you an idea of what we’re working on this week.

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NethServer 7 Linux OS Released with Nextcloud 10 Support, Based on CentOS 7.3

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:18

Softpedia was informed today, February 8, 2017, by NethServer Community Manager Alessio Fattorini about the general availability of the NethServer 7 Linux-based operating system.

Based on CentOS 7.3, NethServer 7 launches with the ability for the Linux server OS to act as a Samba 4 Active Directory controller, replacing a Microsoft Active Directory domain controller. This is possible by implementing support for native Microsoft Windows management tools like AD PowerShell and RSAT.

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UBports Community Successfully Ports Canonical’s Ubuntu OS to the Fairphone 2

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:15

We were informed by Canonical a few moments ago that the UBports community initiative lead by Marius Gripsgard has sucessfully launched the Ubuntu mobile OS for Fairphone 2 devices.

The UBports project is well known among members of the Ubuntu Phone community, as they are porting Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system on a bunch of devices that are a lot more popular than what Canonical currently offers.

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‘Open Source’ Is Now a Word?

LXer - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:05
So far there's been no news on Microsoft's reaction to "open source" being officially recognized by the arbiters of the English language.

CodeWeavers has Released CrossOver 16.1.0 for Linux and MacOS

LinuxToday - Wed, 2017-02-08 21:00

The big news in CrossOver 16.1 is that it now supports Quicken 2017.

Letter from Jolla CEO: a strong Sailfish year ahead of us!

TuxMachines - Wed, 2017-02-08 20:52

As a summary, the year 2016 was a good one for Sailfish OS and full of deliveries. We launched the Aqua Fish device together with Intex Technologies in India, brought the Jolla C along with the Community Device Program for our dear community, got a major deal and partner in Russia (more about it below), and started shipping with Turing Robotics. Sailfish OS 2.0 is now fully out there and making a mark to the world.

Inside the Jolla company, we’ve been working hard to stabilize our financial situation throughout 2016. We are now a slightly smaller company than before but with the stronger-than-ever Sailfish community the results have been significant: we’ve seen many new community ports, Sailfish 64 bit has progressed nicely, and we’ve got a lot of help in translating new Sailfish OS releases. Community has also done a great effort by getting the Android 6 BSP based adaptation and newer working with Sailfish OS, which helps Sailfish OS scale more easily to newer hardware. Overall there’s been a lot of contributions to the OS. A big thanks for all our active contributors, keep it up!

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of openSUSE Leap 42

LinuxToday - Wed, 2017-02-08 20:00

This is a review of openSUSE Leap 42 for the Everyday Linux User.

5 security tips for shared and public computers

LXer - Wed, 2017-02-08 19:57
For many of us, the most important part of security is making our personal data safe. The best security will withstand any abuse, theoretically. However, in the real world, you can’t cover all possible situations of abuse. Therefore, the best strategy is... Continue Reading →

Threaded GL Dispatch Code For Mesa Sent Out For Review

Phoronix - Wed, 2017-02-08 19:21
Marek Olšák volleyed the 26 patches needed for Mesa supporting threaded OpenGL dispatch onto the Mesa mailing list for some additional public review...

How to get list of installed packages on Ubuntu / Debian Linux

LinuxToday - Wed, 2017-02-08 19:00

Nixcraft: How do I get a list of all installed packages on server1 and install those on server2?

Dell XPS 13 (developer edition) or ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th gen)

Reddit - Wed, 2017-02-08 18:58

I'm having trouble deciding which of these I want more.. I'm a CS student and will primarily be using Linux so the idea of having it pre installed on the XPS13 would be good plus. Only thing that puts me on the fence between these two products is the XPS13 key travel is less than average and I'm not sure how I'd like that... and of course the Carbon's display is mediocre at best..

How the hell am I supposed to decide between these two great pieces of hardware?

Any suggestions?

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Croteam say all Serious Sam games are on their way to Linux with Vulkan, also VR on Linux teaser from Valve

LXer - Wed, 2017-02-08 18:48
Croteam have put up a very nice blog post about all their games and it seems all of them are coming to Linux now and with Vulkan too.

Linux laptops: Are video cards worth the extra?

Reddit - Wed, 2017-02-08 18:10

I'm looking for a laptop between $500-800. I have a desktop at home that I game on, but I'm wondering if the convenience of being able to game elsewhere is worth the extra money for a video card.

Do the drivers for the mobile gpu's work well? What would you advise? I'll be using it for programming mostly. Any suggestions?

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Rapid Collapse of Patent Aggressors Patent Strategy: Creative, Microsoft, RPX, LinkedIn, and Fitbit

LinuxToday - Wed, 2017-02-08 18:00

techrights: The fantasy which is building a company on a foundation of patent revenue (like a patent troll) is quickly going away

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