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Linus Torvalds to Patch the Kernel for a Witcher 2 Problem

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 15:43 PM - (Software)

Linus Torvalds is not known to interfere with other projects than the Linux kernel and it must be something really special to get him involved. Well, it looks like the Linux port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings proved to be interesting enough. There has been quite a debate...

Linus Torvalds is not known to interfere with other projects than the Linux kernel and it must be something really special to get him involved. Well, it looks like the Linux port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings proved to be interesting enough.

There has been quite a debate around The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the fact that it wasn't really a port. A special kind of wrapper was used to make the Windows version of the game run on Linux systems, similar with Wine. As you can imagine... (read more)

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Dying Light Is an FPS Zombie Survival Game and It Might Get a Linux Release

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 15:13 PM - (Software)

Dying Light is a new FPS from Techland and it's all about surviving the night during a zombie apocalypse. This is a studio specialized in this kind of games, and it looks that they might also be interested in the Linux platform. Gamers might remember that the same team of...

Dying Light is a new FPS from Techland and it's all about surviving the night during a zombie apocalypse. This is a studio specialized in this kind of games, and it looks that they might also be interested in the Linux platform.

Gamers might remember that the same team of developers also made the Dead Island series, and one title from that franchise has been ported to Linux as well. That means that Techland is not exactly stranger to the Linux platform, so there is a pretty good chance that w... (read more)

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Red Hat: Security Makes Paying for Open Source Software Worth It

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 15:00 PM - (Software)

In the wake of Heartbleed, Shellshock and other security and data privacy fiascos, Red Hat is emphasizing the value of its subscription software support for open source platforms, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

 In the wake of Heartbleed, Shellshock and other security and data privacy fiascos, Red Hat is emphasizing the value of its subscription software support for open source platforms, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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An Introduction to Docker

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 10:00 AM - (Enterprise)

Surely you've heard of Docker by now. No? This open source containers project has grown enormously in popularity over the past year, leading many of our readers to wonder not just "what is it?" but "is this a good tool for me?" read more...

Surely you've heard of Docker by now. No?

This open source containers project has grown enormously in popularity over the past year, leading many of our readers to wonder not just "what is it?" but "is this a good tool for me?"


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My Initial Intel Broadwell Linux Experience With The ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 09:33 AM - (Hardware)

On Thursday my Broadwell-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop/ultrabook finally arrived for some Linux testing of Intel's exciting Haswell successor. 

On Thursday my Broadwell-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop/ultrabook finally arrived for some Linux testing of Intel's exciting Haswell successor. While many tests are forthcoming of this third-generation X1 Carbon -- including Broadwell Windows vs. Linux benchmarks -- here's my initial experiences over the first ~10 minutes with this new hardware...

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Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2 Is the Most Exciting Release in a Long Time – Screenshot Tour

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 09:16 AM - (Software)

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and the KDE desktop environment, is now available for download and testing. The developers have made quite a few substantial improvements, including to the Plasma desktop. The second batch of testing images for Kubuntu 15.04 is out and...

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and the KDE desktop environment, is now available for download and testing. The developers have made quite a few substantial improvements, including to the Plasma desktop.

The second batch of testing images for Kubuntu 15.04 is out and it looks like the developers are definitely on the right track. This is the first Kubuntu edition that integrates the new Plasma 5 desktop and the rest of the components from the former ... (read more)

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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 Arrives

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 05:58 AM - (Enterprise)

 Docker 1.5rc1 is upon us and should be ready to slide down the slipway in the first week of February.…...

Get testing devs, you've got less than two weeks before this goes live

Docker 1.5rc1 is upon us and should be ready to slide down the slipway in the first week of February.…

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A Look at Pentoo Linux and Its Security Analysis Tools

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 20:05 PM - (Software)

Pentoo 2015 RC 3.7 provides updated tools and features, including the ability to verify that the distribution files have not been corrupted.

Pentoo 2015 RC 3.7 provides updated tools and features, including the ability to verify that the distribution files have not been corrupted.

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Ubuntu Snappy Leads Mobile Linux Migration to IoT

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 17:33 PM - (Mobile)

erlecopter droneThis week's announcement of an Internet of Things version of Canonical's lightweight Snappy build of Ubuntu Core is another sign that mobile Linux distros will find their biggest success not on phones but on embedded devices. Both the IoT- and almost identical cloud version of Snappy, which was announced last month, are based as much on Ubuntu Touch as Ubuntu Core. In particular, they borrow the mobile interface's secure, automatic-updating package manager and app store support.

Snappy for IoT, which initially targets robots, drones, and home automation gear, differs from most of the other Linux distributions used in Internet of Things applications in that it has a cloud-based doppelganger that it can interact with. It also offers the same container support -- specifically, Docker. Snappy appears to offer a more fully formed cloud strategy than most, which should prove important as companies face the challenge of managing thousands of wireless-enabled IoT endpoints. Canonical's expertise with Ubuntu running on cloud platforms may well give it an edge here.

Like Ubuntu Touch, the IoT version of Snappy is a lightweight version of Ubuntu, and will be similarly folded into the mainstream Ubuntu framework this April with Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), which was just released in Alpha 2 form. Yet, it's even lighter than Touch, requiring a 600MHz CPU, 4GB of flash, and 128MB RAM. Only 40MB of the RAM is used by the system while the remainder is used for apps.

"This is the smallest, safest Ubuntu ever, on devices and on the cloud,: wrote Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth in his blog announcement.

Snappy on ARMv7, x86-64

Snappy integrates a hardware abstraction layer for hosting platform-specific Linux kernels, and features a "WebDM" web device manager that enables consistent boot procedures and app-store access across devices.

WebDM's Ubuntu Touch-based update mechanism offers streamlined, automatic updates, and also helps block unauthorized updates, says Canonical. It uses a transactional systems management approach, so updates either deploy exactly as intended or not at all, claims the Ubuntu sponsor. Further security is added via AppArmor and other techniques, and Snappy’s OS and application files are kept in separate silos, and are read-only to block tampering.

Unlike Mozilla's lightweight, and similarly alpha-stage, PiFxOS version of Firefox OS, Snappy does not support the ARMv6 Raspberry Pi, but it does support ARMv7 and x86-64 platforms. The BeagleBone Black and Odroid-C1 SBCs are the recommended ARM development platforms, while any x86 computer or VM should do the trick on the x86 side. (Here's a Dustin Kirkland tutorial on loading Snappy on the BeagleBone Black.)

ninjasphereSeveral other community-backed ARM board projects are included on the list of 21 supporters, as well as chip vendor Allwinner and various IoT frameworks. The most important partner here, however, is the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which maintains the Robot Operating System (ROS), a popular open source robotics platform that recently announced ARM Linux support. Ubuntu may not know much about robots, but combine it with ROS, and you're well on your way. (Here's a Martin Pitt tutorial on using Snappy with ROS.)

A testimonial from OSRF CEO Brian Gerkey suggests that Snappy's app store was a key attraction. The app store "creates a market for innovation and competition in smart robotics, with apps and updates delivered straight from developers to a new class of open, intelligent robots powered by open platforms and open protocols," stated Gerkey.

The first Snappy-fueled systems include the Erle-Copter drone, which supports both ROS and the first Linux version of APM (ArduPilot), the technology behind the Linux Foundation's Dronecode project. In addition, the Ninja Sphere home automation hub runs Snappy.

Mobile Linux shifts to IoT

Canonical and others pushing mobile Linux distros are not giving up on mobile devices, but they no longer appear to be the main priority. The first Ubuntu phone running Ubuntu Touch is now expected to arrive in early March in conjunction with Mobile World Congress, and Samsung finally pushed its first Tizen phone out the door last week with its modest, India-targeted Samsung Z.

Mozilla's hardware partners have been shipping Firefox OS phones since July 2013 in dozens of countries around the world, targeting the space between feature phones and low-end Android phones. Yet, Firefox OS does not appear to have made much of a dent in market share.

Meanwhile, Android continues to consume more of the mobile market, and Google has lowered Android's RAM requirement to play better on lower end devices. It has also launched its Android One line of budget smartphones to try to head off any invasions from below.

As the smartphone begins to look less attractive due to Android's continuing dominance and the growing saturation in affluent markets, embedded Internet of Things gizmos such as wearables, drones, home automation hubs, and smart TVs have emerged as easier targets for the mobile Linux contenders. Thanks largely to HTML5, Tizen and Firefox OS can still beat Android's performance on lower end hardware. Meanwhile, LG has squeezed the formerly mobile-oriented WebOS into a successful line of smart TVs, and Samsung is baking Tizen into all of its 2015 smart TV line.

In conjunction with the Z1 phone release, Samsung made its strongest commitment yet to Tizen, stating in a blog entry that the Z1, as well as Samsung's Tizen based smartwatches and cameras, represented "just the tip of the iceberg." The company hinted that many, if not most, of its appliances would run Tizen, including vacuum cleaners and washing machines. Yet, the company barely mentioned mobile devices, which will likely stick primarily with Android for the near future as Samsung waits for the Tizen app library to grow.

Many are frustrated with the delays and cautious rollouts on new mobile Linux phones. General embedded developers, however, should be excited by the prospect of several sophisticated, standardized development platforms that are ready to roll with app stores, enhanced security, and other benefits. And the mobile Linux backers must be heartened by the knowledge that they're entering embedded territories where mainstream Linux still dominates over the Linux-based Android -- and where they are on a more equal footing with Google, Apple, and Microsoft. 

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Kubuntu Vivid Alpha 2

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 15:52 PM - (Software)

The second Alpha of Vivid (to become 15.04) has now been released! 

The second Alpha of Vivid (to become 15.04) has now been released!
The Alpha-2 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/vivid/alpha-2/
More information on Kubuntu Alpha-2 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VividVervet/Alpha2/Kubuntu

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Red Hat Is Hiring More Developers To Work On Wayland, Open-Source Graphics

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 15:31 PM - (Software)

Red Hat is hiring more developers that will focus on Fedora, especially the Fedora Workstation product, that in turn will flow back into RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. 

Red Hat is hiring more developers that will focus on Fedora, especially the Fedora Workstation product, that in turn will flow back into RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. Among the type of work that Red Hat is looking for in the candidates include experience with Wayland, LLVMpipe, X.Org, compiler optimizations, graphics driver enablement, etc...

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[Video] Tizen OS 2.3 Samsung Z1 Review

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 15:30 PM - (Mobile)

  This is an Interesting little video that I found on the net. Created by YouTube user TheGarchaHD, it walks you through the User Interface of the Tizen based Samsung Z1 and shows you some of the features of the Tizen 2.3 Operating System.     “…you can see how smooth it is. This OS is amazingly fast and smooth” – Simrandeep Singh Garcha   Video Check out the vid below, after all, seeing is believing:  

The post [Video] Tizen OS 2.3 Samsung Z1 Review appeared first on Tizen Experts.

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WhatsApp Now Available for Linux Machines, How to Use It

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 14:58 PM - (Software)

WhatsApp is the most used messenger service on mobile devices, but it's also one of the few that don't have an API or a client that can run on other devices as well, like PCs for example. That is no longer the case and Linux users now have access to...

WhatsApp is the most used messenger service on mobile devices, but it's also one of the few that don't have an API or a client that can run on other devices as well, like PCs for example. That is no longer the case and Linux users now have access to WhatsApp by using the Google Chrome browser.

One of the things that really made a difference for other similar services to WhatsApp, like Telegram for example, was the fact that the makers of those services also provided an API. That's why we have... (read more)

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Black Lab Linux Xfce 6.0 SR 1.1 Features a Heavily Modified Desktop

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 14:26 PM - (Software)

Black Lab Linux, a distribution that is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is using the Xfce desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 6.0 SR 1.1 and is now available for download. The Black Lab Linux distros are traditionally known for their GNOME desktops, but the developers have a...

Black Lab Linux, a distribution that is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is using the Xfce desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 6.0 SR 1.1 and is now available for download.

The Black Lab Linux distros are traditionally known for their GNOME desktops, but the developers have a few other flavors in the making and the Xfce is definitely the most interesting of the bunch. It provides a simple and clear desktop for users who want a more classic experience, but it's customized to look an... (read more)

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 14:00 PM - (Hardware)

This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. 

This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I've been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux.

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