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January 13, 2014
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.2. With this release we bring a lot of new features and functionality to Black Lab Enterprise Linux. In one area that we had to concentrate on was compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as CentOS. In the Education release we added the exact same compatibility for schools and educational facilities that use Red Hat, Fedora and CentOS. We will break down the Enterprise release and just add the different packages for the Education release.So in Black Lab Enterprise Linux the following changes have occurred:
January 12, 2014
DLNA devices use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), a collection of networking protocols that allows networked devices to discover each other's presence and share data, communications and entertainment without the need for manual setup. UPnP can be considered an extension of plug-and-play. The software featured in this article lets you stream digital media around your home network and enjoy the multmedia on a variety of UPnP compatible devices.
The following instructions install a Debian Wheezy based ARMHF file system with the Bodhi branded E17.6 desktop powered by the EFL 1.8.4 on the Samsung ARM Chromebook.I am really happy with the state of this image. Audio works, screen backlight is functional, Chromium browser works, and Flashplayer works. Sadly opengles still escapes me, but I have no need to play games on my netbook.
And on that note, we have to start with the installation program and installation process. For those already familiar with Ubuntu and previous editions Linux Mint, there’s nothing new to see/read in this section. However, if you are new to Linux and to Linux Mint, here are some basic information about the graphical installation used by this distribution.
Since the Snowden leaks revealed that Microsoft has allegedly built back doors into Windows for the NSA, we’ve been saying that the spy agency’s actions are going to hurt the U.S. tech industry’s business abroad. Well, it’s started to happen. On Thursday, Reuters reported that India has decided to drop out of a planned partnership with Google designed to help voters access information.
Earlier this week on Phoronix I noted the new release of the GNU RPG Engine. To no surprise given its very rudimentary feature-set for a game engine in 2014, it was laughed at by many Phoronix readers and several were appalled it is even a GNU project.
A teenager in Australia who thought he was doing a good deed by reporting a security vulnerability in a government website was reported to the police.
It's been a while since last having anything to report on with the planned patch-set for Wine that provides significant Direct3D performance improvements via work on the D3D command stream. Fortunately, the patches have been updated and now offer better support as well.
KStars adds support to online plate solving using astrometry.net web services API, optimizes memory usage;Umbrello adds duplication of diagrams; KWin adds and option in oxygenrc to disable window background; Krita supports kra and ora files; Numerous bug fixes in KMix; and more.
January 11, 2014
Epson demonstrated Android-based Moverio BT-200 eyewear featuring a stereoscopic 3D VR display, a camera for augmented reality applications, and head tracking. Epson unveiled its Epson Moverio BT-100 eyewear computer concept back in February of last year to rather unsparing reviews, but at CES it demonstrated a lighter new BT-200 model that moves from Android 2.2 […]
New year. New blog. New feature. This week we look at cloud as the most disruptive force ever, a history of SaaS and the 10 worst outages of 2013.
Belkin is expanding its line of WeMo home automation products with smart LED bulbs, an automated crockpot, and a Maker kit for WeMo-izing your own devices. What is it about home automation gizmos that inspires vendors to get so cute with their product names? Before there was the WigWag, the Piper, or the Ninja Blocks, […]
If you are trying to check Internet speed from a remote headless server, VPS or an otherwise desktop-less system, Speedtest.net's Flash-based user-friendly interface would be no good. For those of you, there is a command-line interface (CLI) version of Speedtest.net, known as speedtest-cli. Here I will demonstrate how to use speedtest-cli to check Internet speed from the command line in Linux.
What The Intelligence Community Doesn't Get: Backdoor For 'The Good Guys' Is Always A Backdoor For The 'Bad Guys' As Well
Max Eddy, over at PC Mag, has a very interesting article about the experience of Nico Sell, of the company Wickr, talking about how an FBI agent casually approached her to ask if she'd install backdoors in her software allowing the FBI to retrieve information. As the article notes, this is how the FBI (much more so than the NSA) has acted towards many tech companies ever since attempts to mandate such backdoors by law failed (though, they're still trying). Some companies -- stupidly -- agree to this, while many do not. Those that do may think they're helping fight for "good," but the reality is different.
Today in Open Source: Is the Steam Controller too different to succeed? Plus: Korora 20 released, and the Darling Project rises from the ashes. I haven't used the Steam Controller, but it certainly looks different. I don't see that as a bad thing at all. It looks to me like Valve is thinking way outside the box, and that's probably very necessary if Steam Machines are doing to dethrone Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in the gaming arena.
The latest Phoronix article covering AMD's latest graphics processors on Linux was pointing out that the Radeon R9 270 is far from perfect. One of the big problems with any Radeon HD 7000 series or newer GPU is the poor 2D acceleration performance with the open-source Linux driver, but performance improvements are coming.
Firefox OS has a couple of things going for it that the competition lacks. For one, it’s completely open, much more open than iOS and even more open than Android and Chrome. For two, it’s completely based on HTML5.
Korora was born out of a desire to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts. The main goal of Korora is to provide a complete, easy-to-use system for general computing. Originally based on Gentoo Linux in 2005, Korora was re-born in 2010 as a Fedora Remix with tweaks and extras to make the system "just work" out of the box.