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Moto G And Moto G Plus Are Finally Out With Fingertouch Sensor

LXer - Wed, 2016-05-18 08:06
The smartphones lovers were waiting for the Moto G to come out since some images were leaked out. Today wait is over! Today Lenovo has ended the wait here in the event @TajPalaceNewDel in New Delhi. Lenovo announced the two devices, first Moto G and second Moto G Plus.

Dtrx - An Intelligent Archive Extraction (tar, zip, cpio, rpm, deb, rar) Tool for Linux

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-05-18 08:00

tecmint: tar isn't the only command to deflate a compressed file

Mac Pro as Linux computer

Reddit - Wed, 2016-05-18 07:20

I'm looking to upgrade my computer to one with at least 16GB RAM with the capability of possibly expanding to 32GB. I've seen a lot of used Mac Pro computers (specifically 2008-2009 models) for significantly less than what I've seen similarly equipped 'PC' machines and I was wondering about how well Linux works on these machines. In particular are there any hardware compatibility issues (including new hardware, I would like to add a SATA-3 RAID controller, I think these are only SATA-2.) I should be aware of? Or would I be better off just saving up a bit longer for a used Dell or HP workstation or just keeping MacOS on it and running Linux in a VM?

In particular I'm planning on running Mint Linux, although I'm open to considering other distros if another one might work better.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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First Steps with OpenVR and the Vive on Linux

LXer - Wed, 2016-05-18 07:08
While not officially supported, it turns out that through SteamVR and Valve's OpenVR, the HTC Vive "works" on Linux with some minor permission changes.

today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:30

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Leftovers: Software

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:29

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:28
  • ZFS to be offered by Debian

    The Debian GNU/Linux distribution will include the ZFS filesystem as a choice from now on, according to an announcement by Petter Reinholdtsen, the developer responsible.

    ZFS is a filesystem developed by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The licence under which it is released, the Common Development and Distribution Licence, is not compatible with the GNU General Public Licence under which the Linux kernel is released.

    According to Ana Guerrero López, a member of the Debian publicity team, the inclusion of ZFS was announced slightly more than a year ago, in April 2015 by the project leader at the time, Lucas Nussbaum.

    In an email, Nussbaum wrote "We received legal advice from Software Freedom Law Centre about the inclusion of libdvdcss and ZFS in Debian, which should unblock the situation in both cases and enable us to ship them in Debian soon."

  • 10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux

    While Firefox is currently the default web browser for Ubuntu 16.04, there are many alternative and special-purpose browsers available to install on Linux. If you're looking for a break from Firefox or need a browser to accomplish a special task, there's probably an alternative browser out there for you.

  • It's Easy Trying Out Intel's OpenGL 4.2 Mesa Driver On Ubuntu 16.04

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:27
  • Best Open Source CRM Software Firms Selected for May 2016 by 10 Best CRM
  • LinkedIn open-sources Ambry, an object store for media files [Ed: but it’s still a proprietary surveillance site]

    LinkedIn today announced that it has open-sourced Ambry, a piece of software it built to store and serve up media files like photos, videos, and PDFs. The system is available on GitHub under an open source Apache license.

    LinkedIn previously relied on a complex architecture involving closed source technology that was not cheap to scale, even as user numbers and data have both kept increasing. It wasn’t easy to expand, either.

  • OCBC launches open-source API [Ed: openwashing using API (fake)]
  • OCBC first bank in South-east Asia to launch API platform
  • OCBC is first bank in Singapore to offer banking data in open format to spur app development
  • OCBC opens developer portal for API access
  • OCBC Bank scores an open API first
  • OCBC introduces open API platform to stake claim on growing FinTech ecosystem
  • Why VCs Have Invested More Than $200M in Container Tech

    Last week alone, investors—aiming to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing apps—poured $63M into container vendors.
    The evolving market for application containers isn't just about developer adoption anymore; it's now very much about investors, too.

    The week of May 9, in particular, highlights the intense interest that venture capitalists (VCs) have in containers and the potential to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing applications at scale.

  • Mozilla Expands Its National Gigabit Project to Austin, TX

    When you couple lightning-fast Internet with innovative projects in the realms of education and workforce development, amazing things can happen.

    That’s the philosophy behind the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, our joint initiative with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund brings funding and staffing to U.S. cities equipped with gigabit connectivity, the next-generation Internet that’s 250-times faster than most other connections. Our goal: Spark the creation of groundbreaking, gigabit-enabled educational technologies so that more people of all ages and backgrounds can read, write, and participate on this next-generation Web.

  • Google faces record three billion euro EU antitrust fine: Telegraph [Ed: Microsoft started this case]

    The Commission can fine firms up to 10 percent of their annual sales, which in Google's case would be a maximum possible sanction of more than 6 billion euros. The biggest antitrust fine to date was a 1.1 billion-euro fine imposed on chip-maker Intel (INTC.O) in 2009.

  • Smartphone-based Robotic Rover Project goes Open Source

    The chassis is made to cradle a smartphone. Fire up your favorite videoconferencing software and you have a way to see where you’re going as well as hear (and speak to) your surroundings. Bluetooth communications between the phone and the chassis provides wireless control. That being said, this unit is clearly designed to be able to deal with far more challenging terrain than the average office environment, and has been designed to not only be attractive, but to be as accessible and open to repurposing and modification as possible.

  • "Participatory budgeting: a silent democratic revolution"

    Citizens with a say — or even a vote — in their municipal budgets are part of a silent democratic revolution. Participatory budgeting started 25 years ago in Brazil and, since then, has been spreading slowly but steadily from South America to cities all over the world. At the moment, more than 1,500 municipalities involve their citizens in the budget-making process, according to an article on participatory budgeting recently published in the Dutch online newspaper 'De Correspondent'.

  • Fifty shades of open

    Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. Until quite recently, the word “open” had a fairly constant meaning. The over-use of the word “open” has led to its meaning becoming increasingly ambiguous. This presents a critical problem for this important word, as ambiguity leads to misinterpretation.

  • "Panama Papers pushing open government"

    The publication of the so-called Panama Papers will only help to further the discussion on open government. "Things like hidden company ownership and strict secrecy have fuelled questions on links between world leaders and offshore jurisdictions," write Koen Roovers, and Henri Makkonen, EU Advocacy Lead and EU Advocacy Intern, respectively, at the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC).

  • "Governments need to enable the data-driven economy"

    Big Data is a game changer for businesses, Alla Morrison, International Development Specialist, Digital Economy and Solutions at the World Bank, recently wrote in a blog posting. She quoted Harvard professor Michael Porter, a globally recognised authority on competitiveness, who said: "Data now stands on par with people, technology, and capital as a core asset of the corporation and in many businesses is perhaps becoming the decisive asset."

  • Open Government Research Exchange (OGRX) launched

    Earlier this month, the Open Government Research Exchange (OGRX) was launched. The portal brings together research on on government innovation, and already indexes hundreds of publications (though many of them are only available for purchase).

  • Central Greece creates dashboard to increase citizen awareness

    Basically, Smart Sterea can be seen as a set of technological tools. Central Greece deployed a data visualisation portal, which mixes data for budgets, political projects and public consultations. This “Open Dashboard of Central Greece” makes use of Open Data to allow citizens to monitor public revenue and expenditure, political programs and their progress, and allocations – among other types of information. Data are updated in real-time.

  • A call for open source textbooks

    Ninety dollars, sometimes over a hundred, even. Walking away from the bookstore with a full set of math textbooks for a calculus course can easily set a student back by over two hundred. Add in online components, and that number only grows. The College Board estimates that the average full-time student would have to spend $1,200 alone in books and materials. The textbook industry costs already financially overburdened students massive amounts of money, and the solution is clear: Open source textbooks must become commonplace in De Anza classrooms.

  • Moja Global: Creating Open Source Tools to Help the Environment

    To understand and address issues such as land degradation, deforestation, food security, and greenhouse gas emissions, countries need access to high-quality and timely information. As these challenges have become more urgent over the past decade, the need for more information has also increased. At the recent 2016 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, we introduced a new open source project called moja global, supported by the Clinton Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada and Kenya, that aims to provide the tools necessary to help address these issues.

  • Open-Source Fabbing Gives Plastic Waste New Life

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SourceForge Tightens Security With Malware Scans

LXer - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:11
It appears as if the new owners at SourceForge are serious about fixing the mistakes made by the sites previous owners. FOSS Force has learned that as of today, the software repository used by many free and open source projects is scanning all hosted projects for malware. Sites that don't make the grade will be noticeably flagged with a red warning badge located beside the project's download button.

Why I cannot rely on Linux for personal computing

Reddit - Wed, 2016-05-18 06:01

I want to love Linux. I really do. But far too many simple every day things that other operating systems do seamlessly, Linux seems too pretentious to simply do the right thing for the user.

For a little background, I am a programmer working on lower level systems type things. In this environment, cross compiling code, installing different libraries and configuring builds, Linux cannot be beat. However for my every day machines, I simply cannot stand Linux. Here are some of my biggest gripes:

  1. Updates are never smooth.

Want to upgrade the base OS with all new the bells and whistles? It will probably break something basic such as log in, or a configuration.

  1. No paradigm for install location of user level applications.

Using something like the Ubuntu App Store is okay. At least it makes a shortcut for you. But how many times have you compiled something from source, then done a make install, only to have no clue where to launch the app GUI from?

  1. Multi monitor support sucks.

Maybe it's just the version of Kodibuntu I have installed on an old laptop for a makeshift media center and a dedicated Kodi box, but configuring displays and resolutions should not require attempting all display setting permutations to achieve the desired display settings. Also unplugging a monitor should gracefully return the laptop screen to its native resolution, not have it be stuck in a weird hybrid state.

  1. Way too many simple things require niche knowledge and user input.

At the end of the day, I want my personal computing devises to work properly and do the right thing on their own. I don't want to sit and fiddle with all sorts of different settings, I don't want all the constant updates to break my system, and I sure as hell don't want to figure out what obscure Cmake flags I need to turn on in order to get a project building for my system.

Maybe all this is too much to ask for from a free operating system, but at its current state I simply cannot use Linux for anything besides work.

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ExTiX 16.2, Build 160508, with KDE 4.15 together with KDE Frameworks 5.15.0

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:46

I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.2 KDE Live DVD. (The previous version was 15.4).

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Will Be More About Fixes than Features, Says Canonical

LXer - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:14
We promised to keep our Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet readers informed about the latest developments in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, and today we have some interesting news to share.

Dear redditors, how does one go about ad-blocking through the hosts file?

Reddit - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:06

I recently tried AdAway on my Android phone, and was surprised at how effective it was. I already use uBlock Origin on Firefox, but I am interested to know whether there is a way to block ads like this too. It would be great if there was an application that can do that.

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DevOps Hype

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:54

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OpenStack Roundup

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:53
  • OSOps Gives Operators a Powerful Tool to Poke OpenStack Developers

    For JJ Asghar, senior partner engineer of OpenStack at Chef, there is one issue that continues to hamper OpenStack’s success: Operations. It’s no secret in the Ops community that there is a large barrier to entry involved in becoming a part of the OpenStack community. When it comes to submitting bugs, reporting issues, and ensuring one’s OpenStack cloud runs smoothly, operations teams find themselves facing an uphill battle.

  • Cisco's Embrace of OpenStack Pays Network Dividends [VIDEO]

    When Lew Tucker, vice-president and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco first got Cisco involved with OpenStack, networking wasn't even a separate project, it was just part of the Nova compute project. OpenStack has since evolved with the Neutron networking project and more recently, a large focus on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with some of the world's largest carriers supporting the effort.

  • OpenStack Player Platform9 Rolls Out Channel Partner Program

    As the OpenStack arena consolidates, there are still many business models evolving around it, and OpenStack-as-a-Service is emerging as an interesting choice. Platform9, which focuses on OpenStack-based private clouds, has announced a new release of its Platform9 Managed OpenStack, which is a SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions. The company also updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty.

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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:52
  • SourceForge Tightens Security With Malware Scans

    After taking down the controversial DevShare program in early February, the new owners of popular software repository, SourceForge, have begun scanning all projects it hosts for malware in an attempt to regain trust that was lost by Dice Holdings, the site’s previous owners.

  • Mozilla Issues Legal Challenge to FBI to Disclose Firefox Flaw
  • Judge In Child Porn Case Reverses Course, Says FBI Will Not Have To Turn Over Details On Its Hacking Tool

    Back in February, the judge presiding over the FBI's case against Jay Michaud ordered the agency to turn over information on the hacking tool it used to unmask Tor users who visited a seized child porn site. The FBI further solidified its status as a law unto itself by responding that it would not comply with the court's order, no matter what.

    Unfortunately, we won't be seeing any FBI officials tossed into jail cells indefinitely for contempt of court charges. The judge in that case has reversed course, as Motherboard reports.

  • Judge Changes Mind, Says FBI Doesn’t Have to Reveal Tor Browser Hack

    In February, a judge ordered the FBI to reveal the full malware code it used to identify visitors of a dark web child pornography site, including the exploit that circumvented the protections of the Tor Browser. The government fought back, largely in sealed motions, and tried to convince the judge to reconsider.

  • Symantec antivirus security flaw exposes Linux, Mac and Windows

    Security holes in antivirus software are nothing new, but holes that exist across multiple platforms? That's rare... but it just happened. Google's Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec's antivirus engine (used in both Symantec- and Norton-branded suites) that compromises Linux, Mac and Windows computers. If you use an early version of a compression tool to squeeze executables, you can trigger a memory buffer overflow that gives you root-level control over a system.

  • Apache incubating project promises new Internet security framework

    The newly announced Apache Milagro (incubating) project seeks to end to centralized certificates and passwords in a world that has shifted from client-server to cloud, IoT and containerized applications.

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Leftovers: OSS

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:37

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Leftovers: Gaming

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:28
  • First Steps with OpenVR and the Vive on Linux

    First up, if you're looking for my upcoming Vive unboxing video, this isn't it!

    When my Vive arrived earlier this month, I'd decided to let it sit in its box for a while. The most recent communication regarding official support was "We are working on it but it's not ready yet," and I had a lot of other work to focus on.

    About a month ago, an OSVR contributor had mentioned in the OpenHMD IRC channel that OSVR had a driver that interfaced with Valve's Vive driver and allowed OSVR to support the Vive under Linux. I didn't have time to look into it, but was glad to know that even if Linux support wasn't being advertised as ready by Valve, that there was something tangible to work with.

    The Vive's official launch came and went without advertised Linux support and it seemed that those users who did have Vives hadn't managed to jump through the correct hoops to get it functioning on Linux until last night when Linux user and developer SketchStick nudged me to take a look at some successes he'd had.

  • Shadwen, the new stealth game from Frozenbyte has released with day 1 Linux support

    Shadwen the brand new action and stealth game from Frozenbyte is now officially available. I can't wait to give it a go.

    I have requested review codes, so I will have to wait and see if Frozenbyte reply on that. Samsai has a copy so hopefully he will livestream it for you guys on Friday.
    Update: Frozenbyte have given me a copy. Thoughts to come when I've put time into it.

    It's nice to see Frozenbyte do something a bit different after Trine, so hopefully it's as good as it looks.

  • Frozenbyte's Shadwen Launches, Recommends NVIDIA Proprietary Driver On Linux
  • Hearts of Iron IV officially up for pre-order and will feature Linux support, releases June 6th

    Paradox fans may want to know that Hearts of Iron IV is officially available to pre-order and there's a trailer.

    It will release on June 6th with a basic price of £34.99 for the smallest edition available right up to £67.99.

    I've not played any of the previous games (which don't have Linux support), so I look forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. I am sure quite a number of people are excited by having this on Linux.

  • Unreal Tournament on Linux, checking up on the progress by Epic Games and how to get it running on Linux

    For those that don't know, or forgot, the new Unreal Tournament does in fact have a Linux version. I check on it now and then and it's really starting to come together.

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10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu 16.04

LXer - Wed, 2016-05-18 04:17
Ubuntu 16.04 is out and it's time to take a new look at the alternative browsers available to install. Since 14.04, some browsers have been abandoned and new ones have emerged. What's your favorite browser for Ubuntu?


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