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May 16, 2014
The Mozilla Foundation appears to be capable of blowing hot and cold when it suits them. On Wednesday, it announced that it would be including digital restrictions (or rights, if you prefer) management in Firefox via code from Adobe.
Salix 14.1 Beta 1 is available for testing. Salix OS is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux. Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.
Hirschgarten, in the west of Munich, is one of Europe's biggest beer gardens, with over 8,000 places to sit. It's a spectacular sight in summer: hundreds of benches as far as the eye can see, trees providing some shelter from the heat, and a vast number of people relaxing and enjoying the city's famous beers.But while 8,000 is an impressive number, it's not as impressive as 15,000. That's how many people the Munich city council has switched from Windows to Linux over the last decade. Migrating workers of Germany's third-largest city was no easy task and there were plenty of hurdles along the way, but by and large the project has been a storming success.
Mint 17 is on its way. If you are a Windows user you might want to consider trying Linux Mint out in a virtual machine prior to the release date to get used to the look and feel. This guide shows you how to set up Linux Mint in VirtualBox.
VersaLogic announced a rugged, Linux-friendly PC/104 SBC based on Intel’s Atom E3800 series SoCs and featuring a unique new “OneBank” stackable PCIe bus. VersaLogic’s “Bengal” SBC announcement is the third BayTrail-on-PC/104 story we’ve heard this year. Other recently announced E3800-based PC/104 form-factor SBCs include ADL’s ADLE3800PC, announced in February, and Adlink’s quartet of CMx-BTx SBCs […]
Debarshi Ray recently blogged that the ability to make your gnome-terminal have a transparent background is now enabled again in Fedora (via an update to the gnome-terminal package). This optional […]
Git has become the most popular version-tracking platform around for open-source projects. Whether you're using GitHub, Gitorious, Bitbucket or similar, or even if you're hosting the git repository yourself, accessing the code is something us Linux users take for granted.
ConnectBlue announced a tiny multi-wireless COM with Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi, and dual-Ethernet connectivity, and running Linux on a TI Sitara SoC.
Every release, Fedora packages up a bunch of what we call Supplemental Wallpapers. These are additional wallpapers for Fedora users to use instead of the official default wallpaper. Submissions are now open for anyone to submit a freely-licensed wallpaper. If you want to install these wallpapers on your current Fedora 20 system, install the heisenbug-backgrounds-extras-gnome package, and the wallpapers will show up in the GNOME wallpaper settings.
GroundWork has released a solution for monitoring the performance of various parts of the OpenStack open source infrastructure for cloud environments. OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system, offers some metering tools as parts of the core OpenStack code. But it lacks a robust performance monitoring framework, which is why GroundWork has rolled out a new solution for tracking the performance of various parts of the OpenStack public and private cloud infrastructure.
The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of the government of India strives to make all government services available to the citizens through the use of Information Communications Technology applications. For one, the Localization Portal has been developed for dissemination of information and providing basic localization tools and services. Another initiative is the FUEL Project, providing linguistic resources needed for localization and included as a reference standard in the Best Practices For Localization of e-Governance applications in Indian Languages.
May 15, 2014
After playing with the test ISO image that was made available, I can confirm that the “core desktop experience” of Plasma Next will indeed be no different from that of the current KDE workspace. The desktop effects will, however, be much better and smoother.
At the end of this month, thousands of entrepreneurial citizens from across the United States and the world will come together to improve their communities and the governments that serve them as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking from May 31 - June 1, 2014.
The Qualcomm rep who showed it to us (and is holding it in the photos below) emphasized that the MCM was purely a “proof of concept” being shown around to prospective OEMs, and would not necessarily end up going into production. Still, in light of the recent flurry of Snapdragon-based computer-on-modules (COMs) from embedded board vendors (see “Related posts” list farther below), we can’t help wondering if Qualcomm might be preparing to market its Snapdragon SoCs more aggressively to makers of devices outside the realm of consumer smartphones and tablets.
KANOTIX LinuxTag2014 is available. KANOTIX is a Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. It usually contains the latest packages and kernels, carefully patched with fixes and drivers for most modern hardware. Although it can be used as a live CD, it also includes a simple graphical installer for easy hard disk installation. The user-friendly nature of the distribution is further enhanced by a custom-built Control Centre and specialist scripts. KANOTIX is supported on a multilingual forum, Wiki and IRC channel by the distribution's active and friendly user community.
The Xen open source virtualization hypervisor community is helping to lead the new Virtualization Special Interest Group of the CentOS Linux distribution.
World of Animals, our leading wildlife sister magazine, has launched a major awareness campaign to stop the senseless slaughter of endangered rhinos in Africa. From issue 7, on sale today, 10% of the worldwide profits from the magazine will be donated to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an organisation with a proven reputation for fighting poachers and protecting its animals.