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The top Android phones you can buy [May 2016]

1 hour 21 min ago

We’re nearing the end of the first half of 2016, and that means a lot of new Android smartphones have been announced. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…

Whether you like a pocket-sized phone that offers more in terms of raw features, or a phablet-sized phone that sticks to stock Android, you’re sure to find something to fit your preference when you go with Android. The platform can be found on more than 80% of smartphones on the planet, and there’s a reason for that.

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Fedora: The Latest

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:57
  • Getting Started with Release Validation Testing in Fedora QA
  • F24 Beta Announcement (Technical & End user input sought)
  • Fedora 25 Not Scheduling A Mass Rebuild Is Raising Some Concerns

    With FESCo having decided not to schedule a mass rebuild for Fedora 25 due out at the end of the year, some developers are unhappy and feel its sacrificing quality over trying to push out a release on time.

    It was decided earlier this year not to schedule in a mass rebuild of all packages for Fedora 25 since it's a time consuming process and the developers aim to ship Fedora 25 before the end-of-year holidays without having to drag out the release into the new year. As such, any changes that would necessitate a rebuild of all F25 RPMs should be diverted to Fedora 26.

  • dgplug.org is now using Lektor

    Couple of years back we moved dgplug into a static website. But still there are requirements when we do want to update parts of the site in a timely manner. We also wanted to track the changes. We tried to maintain a sphinx based docs, but somehow we never managed to do well in that case.

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Chalet OS is a Modern Distro With a Slightly Reworked Xfce DE – Now on 16.04 LTS

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:37

ChaletOS, which “came from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland” is a beautifully-crafted Linux distro that aims to ease the transition of users from other operating systems (specifically Windows) to Linux.

While this concept is not new, it has been one of the things that drives the Linux industry towards usability, user-friendliness and perfection.

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Phoronix on Graphics

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:33

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OpenWRT Gets Forked By Some Of Its Own Developers As LEDE Project

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:32

While the OpenWRT project is a very well known embedded Linux distribution primarily for network devices, a number of their own developers have decided to fork away from the project.

In what appears to be a move to have new project leaders, a group of OpenWRT developers announced LEDE, their fork of the project. LEDE considers itself a spin-off of OpenWRT with many of the same goals. LEDE is short for the Linux Embedded Development Environment.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:27
  • How to Install Cinnamon 3.0 Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Canonical Patches Multiple OpenSSL Vulnerabilities in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

    Today, May 3, 2016, Canonical has issued a new Ubuntu security notice to inform the community about the availability of new OpenSSL versions that patch various vulnerabilities discovered upstream by various developers.

    The OpenSSL security notice is valid for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin). It details a total of five security issues that have been fixed in OpenSSL, which contains the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) cryptographic library and tools.

  • Ubuntu In The Wild: April 2016

    You might not have noticed, but it’s been a wee while since we last featured an ‘Ubuntu in the Wild’ spot (excusing my little editorial last month).

    The gap isn’t because Ubuntu isn’t being spotlighted in projects. It was more that a couple of readers were vocal in telling us such articles were trivial and didn’t call for a post. So, for the past year or two we’ve been tweeting the odd Ubuntu in the Wild spot rather than posting a blog post about it.

  • Why Your Next Ubuntu Download Could Be a Lot Larger

    Expect to see a larger Ubuntu desktop installation image size by the time the Yakkety Yak is released later this year.

    Ubuntu Developers are currently discussing a new size limit for the main distribution image, as well those of the distribution’s official flavours.

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What’s on tap for Linux container technology in 2016

Tue, 2016-05-03 23:02

There are other important benefits. Linux containers package just about any type of server application to run everywhere – on your desktop, in a cloud, or anywhere Linux is available – regardless of kernel version or Linux distribution. Containers also can have a considerably smaller footprint than VMs, which means your systems can see higher densities and run more cost effectively with containers than with VMs on the same host.

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Huawei's Jewel and Elegant Android Wear watches now available in US

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:58

Huawei's promised to bring a "flagship" phone to the US this year. The Chinese company built the Nexus 6P, Google's current flagship, but the name "Huawei" won't be familiar to most US consumers, judging their Android phone options. In the meantime, Huawei is boosting its Stateside credibility with two new Android Wear watches: the Jewel (pictured above) and the Elegant (below), both aimed at women.

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Xubuntu 16.04 - not for Linux beginners

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:52

Xubuntu 16.04 felt very polished, snappy and easy for me. There were no issues or bugs that I noticed while running it in a Live mode.

The only downside that I would like to mention is the set of applications. It is minimalistic, if not barebones. Many useful tools should be installed by the user from the repositories. Of course, it's not a problem if you know the applications you need. Otherwise, you need to search first. That makes me think that Xubuntu 16.04 is not oriented to the Linux beginners.

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Solving university needs with Drupal

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:49

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff Diecks leads professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent and is an active member of the Drupal community. Jeff also organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.

I was able to catch up with Jeff ahead of DrupalCon New Orleans 2016, where he'll share insights on site building tools to solve common university needs.

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Android dev kit takes Snapdragon 820A for a ride

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:40

Intrinsyc’s Automotive Development Platform S820A runs Android 6.0 on a Snapdragon 820A, and offers a 4K touchscreen, plus WiFi, BT, GPS, and optional LTE.

Last December, Intrinsyc launched three Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” dev kits in phone, tablet, and embedded board form factors for Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Now, the company has announced a Marshmallow kit for automotive applications running the similar, automotive focused Snapdragon 820A SoC. The Intrinsyc Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP) S820A kit is aimed at automotive OEMs, Tier1s, and ecosystem partners building in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

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Linux Foundation's Badge Program Launches to Boost Security of Open Source Apps

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:35

Today, May 3, 2016, Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Linux and open source projects, has announced the general availability of its free badge program.

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Jolla's $12m lifeline will help push 'secure' Android rival Sailfish OS

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:32

Finnish mobile startup Jolla, the maker of Sailfish OS, has secured $12m in funding which should keep the firm afloat until the end of the year.

The company announced the new round today, which will alleviate some of the financial troubles that have caused it to abandon the Jolla tablet, lay off staff, and apply for debt restructuring in Finland. The company split its hardware and software businesses last July.

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Jenkins Embrace and Extend?

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:06

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Unity 8 Won't Be the Default Desktop Session for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak)

Tue, 2016-05-03 21:57

The Ubuntu Online Summit started just a few moments ago, and you can watch the Ubuntu Engineering team live right now talking about the features planned for the next Ubuntu release.

We reported last week that the development of the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system had begun, with daily live ISO images being made available for early adopters and public testers who want to track the development cycle of the upcoming Ubuntu release.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Tue, 2016-05-03 15:06

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Security Leftovers

Tue, 2016-05-03 15:02
  • Linux Foundation launches badge program to boost open source security

    The Linux Foundation has released the first round of CII Best Practices badges as part of a program designed to improve the quality and security of open-source software.

    Announced on Tuesday, the non-profit said the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project which brings tech firms, developers and stakeholders together to create best practice specifications and improve the security of critical open-source projects, has now entered a new stage with the issue of CII badges to a select number of open-source software.

  • Free Badge Program Signals What Open Source Projects Meet Criteria for Security, Quality and Stability
  • How to Conduct Internal Penetration Testing

    The best way to establish how vulnerable your network is to a hacker attack is to subject it to a penetration test carried out by outside experts. (You must get a qualified third party to help with penetration testing, of course, and eSecurity Planet recently published an article on finding the right penetration testing company.)

  • SSH for Fun and Profit

    In May last year, a new attack on the Diffie Hellman algorithm was released, called Logjam. At the time, I was working on a security team, so it was our responsiblity to check that none of our servers would be affected. We ran through our TLS config and decided it was safe, but also needed to check that our SSH config was too. That confused me – where in SSH is Diffie Hellman? In fact, come to think of it, how does SSH work at all? As a fun side project, I decided to answer that question by writing a very basic SSH client of my own.

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Open Data in Europe

Tue, 2016-05-03 14:34
  • Helsinki to enhance open democracy technologies through a hackathon

    The International Open Data Day brings together citizens and developers in major cities around the world to develop tools and applications based on Open Data. In 2016, Open Data Day took place on the 5-6 March.

  • Dutch government organisations not ready for open data requests

    Dutch government organisations are generally unable to process requests under the new 'Law for re-use of government information' in a timely and correct manner. According to inventories made by the Open State Foundation and Open Archives, government at all levels took months to decide on the requests, had problems providing the information in an open and machine-readable format, and failed to forward requests that should be handled by other organisations.

  • Hungarian Post charging high costs to frustrate right to public information

    The issue was brought before Péterfalvi Attila, President of the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, by Tóth Bertalan, Deputy Faction Leader for the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). Tóth argued that citizens are restricted in exercising their right of access to public information if an agency asks that much money for its data.

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