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February 26, 2014
Humble Indie Bundle 11 adds another three games plus Valve announces the release of the Portal 2 beta for Linux!
Some advocates of network neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers should treat all traffic equally, argued that a lack of competition and regulation in US broadband will make it easy for ISPs to demand additional payments while threatening to degrade traffic.When ISPs and video providers fight over money, Internet users suffer.Tim Wu, a professor who coined the phrase "network neutrality," warned in The New Yorker that Netflix paying Comcast "sets a bad precedent—it will embolden Comcast to extract more tolls from any popular Web company that wants to reach its broadband customers and fears degradation of service."
The “Pro” model of the Fit-PC4 uses AMD’s newer G-Series SoC, which integrates the controller chipset along with 28nm “Jaguar” x86 cores and improved Radeon 8000 graphics. The Pro uses the top-of-the-line quad-core, 2GHz, AMD GX-420CA model, enabling the mini-PC to score over 5000 in Geekbench 2 benchmarks. This is three times faster than the scores of its earlier Fit-PC3 mini-PCs, claims CompuLab.
If paychecks are any kind of a measure, then people with Linux skills are doing better than most.
Today in Open Source: There's no perfect Linux desktop that meets every user's needs. Plus: New Firefox OS phones, and a review of Chakra Linux 2014.02.
KDE is happy to announce that it has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014. This will allow students from around the world to work with mentors on KDE software projects. Successful students will receive stipends from Google.
AV Linux is a versatile, Debian-based distribution featuring a large collection of audio and video production software. Additionally, it also includes a custom kernel with IRQ threading enabled for low-latency audio performance. AV Linux can be run directly from a live DVD or a live USB storage device...........
Good news: AMD's press / global communications team is finally talking up their open-source Linux graphics driver features. Bad news: they appear to still need lots of training over their own Linux graphics drivers. Or is there some Linux driver shake-up happening? Here's some of what they are promoting right now with the AMD Linux graphics driver.
The X.Org Foundation has been accepted this year by Google as a Summer of Code organization so interested student developers can contribute to the X.Org Server, Mesa, Wayland, and related projects while being paid for their summer work.
Intel announced a Developer Program for IoT, which will offer 5,000 Arduino-compatible Galileo SBC-based IoT development kits, plus hackathons with prizes.
Here in the Linux community, we're all familiar with the many benefits that come with using open source software -- customizability, interoperability, and freedom from vendor lock-in, to name just a few examples. Well, Linux Girl has shocking news to report. It turns out there's also a BIG PROBLEM associated with open source software that we've all apparently overlooked: dissatisfaction!
The next generation of Samsung's Gear smartwatches is based on its homegrown Tizen mobile OS, rather than Android, the Korean chaebol has revealed. Samsung unveiled two new Tizen-powered watch models – the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo – at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona over the weekend.
Mozilla announced PhoneGap support for Firefox OS, as well as new App Manager tools, and tipped upcoming features including LTE and NFC support. In addition to announcing three Firefox OS hardware reference platforms, including the Firefox OS Flame (shown below) and seven new commercial phones and tablets from ZTE and Alcatel, Mozilla unveiled several new Firefox OS developer tools.
The first Ubuntu phones are now being displayed at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2014 event, which takes place this week in Barcelona, Spain, between February 24-27. The names of the two Ubuntu phones have been revealed today at MWC 2014, the BQ Aquaris and the Meizu MX3. Unfortunately, the prototype phones showcased at the Ubuntu booth in Barcelona have no operating system.
[Updated 12:45 PM] — Mozilla unveiled three Firefox OS reference platforms: a 4.5-inch Flame phone and 7- and 10-inch tablets, and showed a prototype of a $25 Firefox OS phone. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla announced the first formal reference smartphone for its Linux-based Firefox OS — the self-branded Firefox OS Flame phone […]
The author tells the story of how he discovered a fix for an issue with many Samsung laptops with Linux. He shows how a program can solve the problems and e.g. enable lid detection, correctly react to an (un)plugged AC cable, and possibly improve performance.