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October 23, 2013
Online TV service Aereo continues its nationwide expansion on Tuesday by launching an app on Android devices, shrugging off opposition from networks including Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, which appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to shut down the service.
Although I still like to have a few icon shortcuts on my task bar, many folks prefer a quick keystroke to bring up Gnome-Do, or Unity's launcher, or even OS X's spotlight. If you're one of those people, but can't seem to find a smooth way to accomplish your launching on Windows, check out Launchy.
So, some see Unity3D as one of the saviours of Linux gaming along with Steam. I, however, have been thinking more on this recently, and feel that it could be dangerous, not just for Linux, but for Indie developers in general to be so heavily reliant on one game engine.
Skully Helmets has begun beta testing a motorcycle helmet equipped with an Android based heads-up display (HUD). The Skully P1 is equipped with voice controls, Bluetooth sync to smartphones, GPS navigation, and a 180-degree rearview camera.
The Linux Foundation used to be just about Linux. Now it's also directly backiing virtualization with support for Linux and the Open Virtualization Alliance's KVM.
A Willow Garage spinoff called Unbounded Robotics announced a mobile manipulation robot designed for research and business automation and due to ship next summer for $35,000. The UBR-1 runs Ubuntu Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS) on a 4th Generation Intel Core processor, has a 7 degrees-of-freedom arm with a dexterous gripper, and moves at speeds up to 1 meter per second.
In this article we will discuss two command line utilities (ttyrec and ttyplay) that let you record, save and play terminal sessions.
Today, Linux desktops have diverged to the point where exchanging one for another can feel like switching to another operating system. KDE is no exception. Although it remains the single most popular desktop, a higher percentage of desktops use GNOME technology, and for many users of GNOME, Linux Mint, or Unity, KDE might hardly exist.
Building on the announcement earlier this month that it would be bringing live TV streaming to mobile devices, AT&T U-verse has just announced that Android users now have access to over 100 channels in its app. The service lets U-verse TV subscribers authenticate within its app on either a phone or tablet and have access to live TV along with On Demand programming and the ability to manage your DVR remotely.
A full review of Xubuntu 13.10. In my last review I took at Lubuntu 13.10, a light-weight Ubuntu spin. As good as Lubuntu is, it's not the only minimalistic distro based on Ubuntu. Xubuntu 13.10 has also been updated, and it's definitely worth considering if you want the advantages of Ubuntu without the desktop bloat.
Google's bold claims that Android doesn't have a malware problem and is more secure than Apple's iOS have singularly failed to convince security researchers.
We are proud to announce that Simplicity Linux 13.10 is now available for download. From today you can download Obsidian, Netbook and Desktop. Media and X will be available in a few days, as we're still not 100% happy with them. Simplicity Linux 13.10 is based on Upup 220.127.116.11 which in turn is based on Puppy Linux. Desktop has the biggest change this release cycle. We have now brought back OnLive; improvements in WINE and video drivers mean that OnLive works better than it did in the past. We know it's not Steam, but with OnLive if you have a decent Internet connection, at least you don't have to worry about big downloads, you can just get on with gaming. Desktop also has Dropbox integrated into it, so you can sync your files and get them on any device with a browser.
The most important features it now has are support for tabs and split screens – horizontal and vertical.
Whatever you may think about Macs and OS X, Apple hardware is very nice. Take the 5 year-old iMac (2008 model) with 24? LED screen – a bit slow now for Mountain Lion but nevertheless the screen is vibrant, all the hardware is in one box with a 2.8ghz dual core CPU, camera, speakers, DVD, 256mb Radeon video card, 6gb of RAM, lots of ports (USB and Firewre 800) and all. I picked one up for a song with a view of turning it into my new Linux workstation.
If you are using OpenSSH, there is a way to “escape” out of the current SSH session temporarily to obtain the shell prompt of local host. You can return the original SSH session later. This tutorial explains how to suspend an SSH session in Linux, much like you would suspend a running foreground process.
It today's exploration of shell scripting, we're going to take another look at variables, then explore the world of special characters.
Linus Torvalds posted a very simple and direct message on Google+ addressed to the Fedora people. What followed next involved accusations and various veiled insults.
October 22, 2013
What do your Linux infrastructure and the U-bend under your sink have in common? If you don’t get them both right, you’ll be flooded with problems. If you don’t get the plumbing right when building a house, you’re going to get a blockage that prevents the smooth flow of water. You could fix it after the house is completed, but that can be costly and time consuming.