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June 1, 2014
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17 'Qiana'. Linux Mint 17 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. The Update manager has been hugely improved. It shows more information, it looks better, it feels faster, and it gets less in your way. It no longer needs to reload itself in root mode when you click on it. It no longer checks for an Internet connection or waits for the network manager and it no longer locks the APT cache at session startup. The UI has been improved, the icons were modified a bit and the changelog retrieval is now much faster and more reliable.
The ISOs approved for Linux Mint 17 aka Qiana stable release are already uploaded and available for download. The release hasn’t been announced yet but here’s your chance to install and enjoy the latest version of the popular Ubuntu derivative! 32 and 64-bit versions of both the Cinnamon and MATE variants are available.
I got an interesting email from Michael A. Marks the technical director for Aspyr Media who built his own steambox and ran some OpenGL tests with interesting results.
If there's one area of Linux that gets more scrutiny than any other, it's the desktop. From every corner, the haters and detractors abound. Nearly every publication that offers any focus on the Linux desktop at some point posts a piece about getting rid of the default Ubuntu desktop. Cinnamon is one of the primary replacement contenders.
But all that aside, I’ve been using what I think is a similar service offered at https://videolink2.me/. It’s a very cool service. If the one that’s going to be built into Firefox will be anything like it, I don’t really mind waiting for it. And if you don’t mind waiting too, you may download and install Firefox Nightly
May 31, 2014
Samsung continues to welcome new players into the Tizen family. Its June 2 dev conference may coincide with Tizen smartphone news.
The more Linux gains popularity thanks to Valve & Steam the more we are seeing developers claim OpenGL is broken/hard to use and so on. This time it's Joshua Barczak the lead graphics engineer for Firaxis Games (think Civilization!).
Cisco CTO for Connected Devices, Ken Morse discusses the “unstoppable rise of ARM-based chips” and explains why Cisco joined the Linaro Digital Home Group. ? ? Why We’re Joining the Linaro Digital Home Group by Ken Morse, CTO, Connected Devices, Cisco ? One of the unmistakable trends happening in consumer electronics is the steady and […]
Bardinux 3.4 is available. Bardinux, a project of the Office of Free Software at the Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain, is a Kubuntu-based distribution. It follows Kubuntu's long-term support release and is designed primarily for the students of the university.
I've been testing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Release Candidate. One thing that stuck out right away was the lack of a 32-bit x86 build. In last week's DistroWatch Weekly Jesse Smith questioned the need for such a build, which is only useful on legacy hardware, in the enterprise. [...] While I certainly understand Jesse's point about 32-bit being legacy hardware, there are still many use cases where 32-bit and current enterprise quality software and OS are necessary.
Anomaly Defenders is now out for Linux and continues the struggle from the previous Anomaly games, only this time you are attacking the aliens! There's a good deal going on it too.
The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative has named Network Time Protocol, OpenSSL and OpenSSH as its first supported open source projects.
There are over a billion Linux end-users in the world in 2014. Yes, that's right, a billion.
This week, we look at Ubuntu and OpenStack , Microsoft connecting with Salesforce and the true impact of falling cloud prices.
Linaro has formed a Linaro Digital Home Group for ARM-based media gateways and STBs with Allwinner, ARM, Cisco, Comcast, Fujitsu, Hisilicon, ST, and ZTE. The Linaro Digital Home Group, or LHG, follows other working groups from Linaro, a not-for-profit company owned by ARM and many of its top licensees. Linaro develops standardized open source Linux […]
The open-source PHP programming language project has phpreleased the PHP 5.5.13 and 5.4.29 updates, each providing numerous bug fixes and both providing fixes for a pair of security vulnerabilities.
May 30, 2014
OpenSSL and Open Crypto Audit Project are the first open source projects to receive funding from the Core Infrastructure Initiative.
File compression is an old trick: one of the first (if not the first) program capable of compressing files was “SQ”, in the early 1980s, but the first widespread, mass-know compressor probably was ZIP (released in 1989). In other word, compressing a file to save space is nothing new and, while current TB-sized, low costs disks provide plenty of space, sometime compression is desirable because it not only reduces the space needed to store data, but it can even increase I/O performance due to the lower amount of bits to be written or read to/from the storage subsystem. This is especially true when comparing the ever-increasing CPU speed to the more-or-less stagnant mechanical disk performance (SSDs are another matter, of course). So, for the general use case, lossless compressors are the way to go. But what compressor to use from the many available?