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Debian Finally Moves to GCC 5

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 14:16 PM - (Software)

Ubuntu and Debian developers have been working for some time to make GCC 5.x the default compiler for the project, and they have finally made it. Ubuntu was the first one to achieve this, and now it looks like Debian has joined the party as well. 

Debian-logoUbuntu and Debian developers have been working for some time to make GCC 5.x the default compiler for the project, and they have finally made it. Ubuntu was the first one to achieve this, and now it looks like Debian has joined the party as well.

The decision to upgrade the default compiler is an important one, as it has ramifications throughout the project. Very few components have such a huge impact on all the packages in a distro, so it's understandable why it took them ... (read more)

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Ada Initiative Organization To End, But Its Work Will Continue

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 12:00 PM - (Software)

Today the Ada Initiative announced that the non-profit will be shutting down in mid-October. Founded in 2011, the Ada Initiative is a non-profit feminist organization created to help improve open source culture and build a more inviting, productive, safe environment for women. 

Penguins-on-beach Today the Ada Initiative announced that the non-profit will be shutting down in mid-October. Founded in 2011, the Ada Initiative is a non-profit feminist organization created to help improve open source culture and build a more inviting, productive, safe environment for women. In this interview, the co-founders look back at the organization's successes, and the work that still needs to be done.

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Canonical Publishes Impressive Roadmap for All of Their Ubuntu Products

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 07:44 AM - (Software)

Canonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out. 

Road-mapCanonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out.

Users know that there is Ubuntu and a number of official flavors out there, but that's not everything in the ecosystem, as Canonical is currently working on other stuff than just the Ubuntu desktop ... (read more)

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UL Labs Examining Wearables Security Concerns

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 03:20 AM - (Mobile)

With the rising use of wearable devices, Underwriters Laboratories is working to establish a cyber-security framework to help protect the devices.

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GNOME Software Package Manager App Updated for GNOME 3.16 to Fix Multiple Bugs

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 22:37 PM - (Software)

The GNOME Project released the fifth maintenance release of the stable GNOME Software package manager application for the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, a version that fixes seven issues. 

Gnome-appsThe GNOME Project released the fifth maintenance release of the stable GNOME Software package manager application for the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, a version that fixes seven issues.

According to the raw changelog, which we have attached at the end of the article for reference, GNOME Software 3.16.5 now displays the progress of the installation of new packages, and adds multiple improvements to featured app banners.

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Unvanquished Makes Its Open-Source Engine Easy For Other Games

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 20:33 PM - (Software)

The team behind the long-in-alpha Unvanquished open-source game derived from Tremulous have been working on some engine improvements to make their distant id Tech 3 derived engine applicable to other open-source game projects...

The team behind the long-in-alpha Unvanquished open-source game derived from Tremulous have been working on some engine improvements to make their distant id Tech 3 derived engine applicable to other open-source game projects...

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Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on Computing, College, Feminism, and Increasing Diversity in Tech

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 11:00 AM - (Software)

Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet. At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School...

Patricia TorvaldsPatricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet.

At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college.

In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology.

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Ubuntu Devs Willing to Work on GNOME Software to Replace Ubuntu Software Center

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 08:47 AM - (Software)

The Ubuntu Software Center managed to be the center of news stories after the Ubuntu MATE project decided to ditch it as default (still available in the repos), and discussions about a possible replacement in the regular Ubuntu desktop have started once more. Ubuntu Software Center is there, and it...

Ubuntu-software-centerThe Ubuntu Software Center managed to be the center of news stories after the Ubuntu MATE project decided to ditch it as default (still available in the repos), and discussions about a possible replacement in the regular Ubuntu desktop have started once more.

Ubuntu Software Center is there, and it does its job, barely. It hasn't been improved in the past couple of years, and with the exception of a couple of security issues that have been fixed, the application has remaine... (read more)

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Linux Kernel 4.2 RC5 Is Out For Grabs, Linus Torvalds Wants Things to Calm Down

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 05:10 AM - (Software)

On August 2, Linus Torvalds announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) version of the forthcoming Linux 4.2 kernel series. According to Mr. Torvalds, it would appear that the development cycle of Linux kernel 4.2 will consist of at least three...

LinuxRCOn August 2, Linus Torvalds announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) version of the forthcoming Linux 4.2 kernel series.

According to Mr. Torvalds, it would appear that the development cycle of Linux kernel 4.2 will consist of at least three more RC (Release Candidate) versions, because things are not calming down and... (read more)

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Korora 22 Linux Officially Released Based on Fedora 22, Drops Support for Adobe Flash

Sunday, 02 August 2015 - 23:25 PM - (Software)

On the first day of August, Chris Smart was more than proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of his excellent Korora 22 Linux distribution based on the well-known and highly acclaimed Fedora 22 operating system. Dubbed Selina, Korora 22 comes with all the latest and greatest...

Korora-22On the first day of August, Chris Smart was more than proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of his excellent Korora 22 Linux distribution based on the well-known and highly acclaimed Fedora 22 operating system.

Dubbed Selina, Korora 22 comes with all the latest and greatest open-source Linux desktop environments, including KDE Plasma 5, GNOME 3.16, C... (read more)

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The New AMDGPU Patches Show More AMD Developer Involvement

Sunday, 02 August 2015 - 13:50 PM - (Hardware)

The AMDGPU scheduler patches published this week show more AMD developers involved than once was the case for the open-source AMD Linux driver stack...

The AMDGPU scheduler patches published this week show more AMD developers involved than once was the casefor the open-source AMD Linux driver stack...

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Distribution Release: Zorin OS 10

Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 19:03 PM - (Software)

The developers of Zorin OS, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu which strives to present a friendly interface for people transition from Windows, have announced the release of Zorin OS 10. The new release is based on Ubuntu 15.10 and features a new visual style with new fonts....

The developers of Zorin OS, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu which strives to present a friendly interface for people transition from Windows, have announced the release of Zorin OS 10. The new release is based on Ubuntu 15.10 and features a new visual style with new fonts....

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Developing User Interfaces for Mesos Frameworks and Why They Are Needed

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 15:15 PM - (Enterprise)

The New Stack: Mesosphere’s DCOS allows the use of a data center as if it were a single machine. It has a graphical user interface and people can install frameworks and manage the data center resources from a web browser. But what about a user interface for the Mesos frameworks itself? 

Mesosphere’s DCOS allows the use of a data center as if it were a single machine. It has a graphical user interface and people can install frameworks and manage the data center resources from a web browser. But what about a user interface for the Mesos frameworks itself?

Three Areas of Responsibility

If we step back and take a higher level look at a running Mesos cluster, we can see there are three main areas of responsibility:

  • Resource management: This is the responsibility of Mesos itself. It makes sure that, at every point in time, applications running on the cluster get adequate processors and memory assigned from the pool of CPUs and memory, which are provided by the Mesos slaves in the cluster.
  • Applications: Our applications are web servers, databases, batch jobs, data analytics, etc. We’ve probably been running these before we introduced Mesos to our setup — they are the bread and butter of the business.
  • Frameworks: Mesos frameworks are the layer between Mesos and the applications. They are responsible for launching and scaling applications, performing health checks and responding to various conditions affecting their operation. A framework can be understood as an integration layer between the distributed systems kernel (a sort of a virtualized data center) and an application.

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FFmpeg's Leader Resigns, Hopes To Make Libav Developers Come Back

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 15:04 PM - (Software)

Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader...

Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader...

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This Week in Linux News: Linux Heroes, Plasma Mobile Unveiled, & More!

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 15:03 PM - (Software)

This week in Linux news, Jim Zemlin is listed among five "heroes of the Linux world" list, KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, and more. Catch up on the top Linux stories of the week with our weekly digest.

Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive DirectorThis week in Linux news, Jim Zemlin is listed among five "heroes of the Linux world" list, KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, and more. Catch up on the top Linux stories of the week with our weekly digest.

1) Five seen and behind-the-scenes Linux heroes that greatly impact the open source community.

5 Heroes of the Linux World- IT World

2) KDE unveils a new Linux-based mobile operating system.

KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, a free and open Linux OS for phones- PCWorld

3) The Dklkt Linux backdoor's shoddy code makes it less threatening than expected.

Unhinged Linux Backdoor Still Poses a Nuisance, if Not a Threat- The Register

4) Linux Foundation-hosted organizations lead the way for global collaboration.

Open Source Is Going Even More Open--Because It Has To- WIRED

5) Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji explains cloud native applications.

'Cloud Native': What It Means, Why It Matters- Information Week

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