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TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-14 23:35
  • Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS to Drop Broken GNOME Maps App from Default Install

    Ubuntu GNOME maintainer Jeremy Bicha informs the community today, July 14, 2016, about the fact that the popular GNOME Maps application from the GNOME Stack has recently lost its free map tile service, MapQuest, which disabled access to their feed.

    Of course, this automatically translates to the fact that as of July 12, 2016, GNOME Maps is no longer a functional application, and it would appear that it might take weeks, or even months for the GNOME development team responsible for the maintenance of the app to find a new free service for displaying the maps.

  • GSoC Report #1

    For the past few weeks I’ve been working on the first part of my project which consisted in getting rid of the deprecated GtkAction API (with the related GtkActionGroup, GtkUIManager) and port everything to GAction. This blog post is long overdue as I hoped I could finish the task before reporting on my project’s progress, considering the port one of the milestones of my project. However, without much knowledge about the specifics of GtkAction and GAction, I greatly underestimated the time I will spend on finishing my task, and therefore, I delayed my post up to this very moment, when my task is nearing completion. I will submit the patch after passing the patch by Michael for a final review.

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You Can Now Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon and MATE to Linux Mint 18

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-14 23:33

Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" computer operating system arrived two weeks ago, on June 30, with the usual Cinnamon and MATE editions, but an upgrade patch was not available for users running Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa".

Today, July 14, 2016, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre informs the community that the upgrade path from Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" to Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" is now open and they can start upgrading their operating systems as we speak, following the instructions provided below.

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Ubuntu MATE, Pithos and the Sounds of Popcorn

LXer - Thu, 2016-07-14 23:26
Our resident Linux newbie finds another hardware problem, akin to popcorn in the machine, in his quest to give new life to an old Sony Vaio by using Linux.

VGA Passthrough with only one GPU!

Reddit - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:48

First of all, please read carefully and hear me out.

I am NOT here to ask how VGA Passthrough is done, I am here for a question related to it, basically because of curiousity.

It is said that for VGA Passthrough one needs two GPUs, one for the Host, one for the Guest system.

Now I can't understand what the technical limitation is, that makes this a must. Why can't the Host just fall back to command line mode and "disable" the GPU and hand it over to the Guest?

I would understand this is a GPU was a must - and for some OS it probably is ;) - but it isn't in general.

What is the technical limitation and can it be overcome?

Kindest regards, Teolha

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Thinking of switching to Linux

Reddit - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:38

So, I've been a PC user for like 25+ years. I am very well versed with PC, however I am definitely not liking the direction Windows has gone pretty much since the departure of Windows XP. Windows 7 is tolerable, but this is neither here nor there.

Also, I have been for the last year or two disconnecting myself from a lot of what attracted me to computers in the first place. I have been minimizing my online presence in various ways, and generally scaling back technically.

Lately I have been thinking of installing some sort of free Linux OS on my home PC. I am looking for advice on which OS to go with. I would basically be using the PC for Internet browsing, POP email and possibly photo editing and archiving. I also have an extensive collection of MP3s.

So my question is, are there any free Linux based operating systems I could use on my home computer and still be able to access all of my aforementioned files stored on a Windows 7 64bit PC? Or would I be starting from scratch with Linux?


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How to Modify a Raw Disk Image of Your Custom Linux Distro

LXer - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:29
SUSE Studio is pretty awesome for building custom Linux spins. When you have designed your spin to your liking, you can download what’s known as a "raw image" that you can copy to a USB thumbdrive, and... Hey presto! You've got yourself a tailor-made distro on a stick!There is one serious caveat, however: If you want to add external packages that are not in the otherwise very comprehensive repositories, things can get complicated indeed.

After GuC, Intel's Open-Source Driver Prepares For "HuC" Firmware Blobs

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:18
Intel's open-source developers working on their Linux DRM graphics driver have been working on adding support for HuC, a new firmware component to be used by Broxton and newer graphics hardware...

Facebook's OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless Access for Remote Regions

LinuxInsider - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:14
Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas. The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point. It supports all existing wireless systems, Facebook said. However, it "contains no reference to bands used, as far as I could tell," noted Strategy Analytics' Chris Taylor.

Org-mode from Commandline

Reddit - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:10

I have been trying to use org-mode in spite of the terrible interface for about a week now. My biggest issue so far is the seeming inability to capture tasks from the command line. As it is, I only use spacemacs for org-mode so I still need to go to the workspace I put emacs in and capture the task. Additionally I would like to be able to view the agenda from the command line. I have searched for this but have not found much. Honestly, I was very surprised to learn it was not a default feature.

Any advice regarding this would be helpful, thank you.

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Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Gets Major Update for GNOME Desktops

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-07-14 22:00

The new release, Mycroft AI GNOME Shell Extension 0.1.2, arrives with an improved installer for Ubuntu-based distribution

8 answers to management questions from an open point of view

LXer - Thu, 2016-07-14 21:32
I recently saw the following questions on a survey about organizational management, and decided to answer them from my open organization point of view. I'd love to hear how others in the open source world would answer these questions, so leave some comments and tell us what you think!read more

Looking for ways IT can create new revenue streams? Here's what the USTA CIO is doing

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-07-14 21:00

 EnterprisersProject: CIO of the United States Tennis Association shares one way he is keeping IT at the forefront of innovation.

Community attitude

Reddit - Thu, 2016-07-14 20:49

I'm migrating from OS X to Linux and curious about the attitude of the whole community. I think everyone knows what I mean if I describe a 'hostile towards those who don't want to learn' ethic where those who've struggled to learn their technical knowledge want other users to go through a similar boot camp. On the other hand, and I think a good litmus test for this is pro/con Android apps on Linux, there are those who dedicate a lot of time to making Linux distros more accessible to the general public. I'm pretty much in the second camp, and just want the computer so I can do other things and I don't want to learn how to navigate the technical complexities of the OS. Yet I also believe that the more turnkey Linux becomes, the more money goes toward programmers, the more powerful the open-source movement becomes, etc. But I'm curious: if every Linux user answered the poll, which side would be the majority?

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-14 20:47
  • Linux User? The US Government May Classify You an Extremist

    Do you use decentralized, open source software? The US government considers you an extremist.

    According to leaked documents related to the XKeyscore spying program, the National Security Agency (NSA) flags as an “extremist” anyone who uses Tor or Tails Linux, or who subscribes to Linux Journal.

  • New Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Improves Proprietary Media Support on Linux

    Ruarí Ødegaard informs Softpedia today, July 14, 2016, about the availability of yet another snapshot towards the Vivaldi 1.3 cross-platform web browser, bringing more improvements to Linux support.

    According to Mr. Ødegaard, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.537.5 has been released only a few days after the previous snapshot, version 1.3.534.3, mostly to improve the broken HTML5 proprietary media support on Linux kernel-based operating systems, which was made more robust on the Ubuntu Linux distribution but now works on Slackware and openSUSE, SLES, and derivatives.

  • Next Slackware will use UTF-8 by default

    Besides taking security updates, Patrick already started minor changes in Slackware-Current which probably have big impact for users. The first one is enabling UTF-8 support by default in /etc/profile.d/lang.{csh,sh} script which are loaded by default and also in lilo dialog. It will not prompt you about UTF-8 anymore since it will use it by default and the kernel is already UTF-8 compliance. We will have less installation dialog in the next Slackware release

    The second change is mesa upgrade to 12.0.1. This is requested in LQ, but surprisingly Patrick approved it. Normally, current will not be active for some time besides security updates.

  • Price Target Update: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • 5 Reasons I’m Excited By Nokia’s Upcoming Android Phones

    Nokia used to be the world’s biggest phone maker. When you thought of mobile phones you thought of Nokia. The brand was synonymous with mobile technology, just as Apple iand Samsung are right now.

  • Running Ubuntu on top of Windows 10 is a thing thanks to Bash [Ed: Microsoft sites continue to 'linuxwash' Vista 10 which is a piece of malware]
  • Photoshop vs. GIMP: Which Photo Editor Do You Need?

    Just about every image you encounter in the world has been manipulated or processed in some way. Headline images, fine art photography, and advertisements all rely to some extent on image editing software. Many of these manipulations are so subtle that they’re nearly imperceptible: Slight cropping, adjusting contrast, and color correction are all standard procedures. Others are more drastic, like altering shapes and removing (or inserting) certain elements.

  • Open-source Bluetooth sensor beacon offers "IoT for everyone"

    Finnish startup Ruuvi Innovations has successfully crowdfunded the first fully open-sourced Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth 5 ready) sensor beacon. The device, RuuviTag, is claimed to be the only sensor beacon with a one kilometer open-air range and offers unlimited possibilities for makers, developers, Internet of Things (IoT) companies and educational institutions.

  • Security advisories for Thursday

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Samsung Gear Manager updated for Tizen Smartwatches to Version 2.2.16070451

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-14 20:42

Today, the Gear Manager app, which is used to connect a Smartphone with the Gear Smartwatches, has received another update, taking it to version 2.2.16070451. There is no changelog at the moment so this possibly the usual bug-fixes and performance improvements.

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Photomatix HDR Is Now Available on Linux

LXer - Thu, 2016-07-14 20:34
Photomatix HDR, the hugely popular piece of industry-leading photography software, now has a native Linux app.

The new Moto E3 has four cores, a 5-inch screen, and Android 6

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-14 20:20

Very much in line with the way it enlarged the Moto G this year, Lenovo is taking the ultra-affordable Moto E and beefing it up for 2016. The Moto E3, as the new model is called, moves from the 4.5-inch display of yesteryear to a new 5-inch HD screen, adds a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and steps up the main camera to an 8-megapixel resolution. This is augmented with a 2,800mAh battery, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, and a splash-proof construction for extra peace of mind. Lenovo even claims the Moto E has a "built-in smudge-resistant screen protector," though how that differs from just building a good screen with something like Gorilla Glass, I'm not really sure.

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