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January 26, 2014
New ISO images include the latest update pack: KDE has been updated to version 4.12.1; LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.1.4; Firefox has been updated to version 26.0 and Thunderbird to version 24.2.0; these community packages were added to the community repository - grub-customizer, kdeconnect, plasma-mediacenter, xfce-theme-manager, xfwm4compositeeditor.
One of the many problems with DRM is its blanket nature. As well as locking down the work in question, it often causes all kinds of other, perfectly legal activities to be blocked as well -- something that the copyright industry seems quite untroubled by.
A patent-holding company called Beneficial Innovations has been suing over patents related to online gaming and online advertising since 2006. Media companies have been one of its favorite targets, and it claims its patents are foundational technology for targeted advertising. But it apparently overstepped in 2011 when it filed its last major lawsuit against several major media companies in Marshall, Texas, a popular venue for patent disputes.
Holy cow Rage Runner looks hard, really want to give it a run as it combines some slick graphics with some solid looking game-play.
While the Linux 3.14 kernel merge window is barely half way over, there's already a ton of exciting changes to make this yet another very interesting kernel update. Here's some of what end-users can expect to see out of Linux 3.14 in terms of improvements and new functionality.
January 25, 2014
It's time for the Federal Communications Commission to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says.
Another day, another new disk drive review at Phoronix. After this week having already shared our Ubuntu Linux test results for the Kingston SSDNow V300, Western Digital WD10EZEX, and Samsung 840 EVO, the solid-state drive for review today is the SanDisk 64GB SDSSDP-064G-G25.
The press calls him a “nearly seventeen-year-old” and he’s reported to be one of the people behind the malware used to compromise credit card data at Target and other locations. He lives in Russia and is said to be the author of the BlackPOS malware that was used against Target and might have been used against Neiman Marcus.
The odd looking Rymdkapsel space station simulator will hit our digital shelves on the 30th January on Steam and directly from the developer.
For those in need of some open-source drama to get your Friday morning started, there continues to be a lot of dissenting views shared between Fedora users and developers over the future of the Linux distribution with the ongoing "Fedora.next" initiative.
The GNOME Project has announced that a new maintenance release of the 3.10 branch of the GNOME Chess application is now available for download, bringing fixes for several annoying bugs, updated translations, and various general enhancements.
The GNOME Project has announced that another development release towards the GNOME Boxes 3.12 remote and virtual machine management application for the GNOME desktop environment is available for download and testing.
It’s obvious that any self-published author needs a Web presence. But where to begin?
For those who aren't yet familiar with Docker, it takes the power of Linux containers (the ability to isolate software on a Linux system so that it can't see other software), pairs them with an efficient file system abstraction for delivering the exact libraries you need to any server, and then makes it all ridiculously easy to use.
For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of playing with CompuLab's Utilite Computer. The Utilite is a miniature ARM desktop computer powered by Freescale's i.MX6 SoC and is running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is a speedy little Linux system that for some workloads can blow past Intel's original Atom Z530 "Poulsbo" SoC system.
This week, we explore the paradox of cloud computing for IT pros, why the cloud actually isn't a threat to IT jobs and the real reason PaaS lags behind other forms of cloud computing.