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5 open source drawing applications for Android

LXer - Thu, 2016-05-12 21:12
The open source ecosystem grows every day, and with the proliferation of mobile devices around the globe, perhaps never has it been more important than now to make sure that phone and tablet users get access to the same high-quality open source software options that desktop users have long enjoyed.read more

How to use digiKam for photo management

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-05-12 21:00

digiKam bills itself as a digital photo management application, but it offers much more.

MIDI

Reddit - Thu, 2016-05-12 20:48

Any suggestion for program that can help me make midi files/music.

I am using Audacity for recording but i need midi for some instruments that i do not have. thanks.

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NFV and SDN - A Comcast Perspective

Linux.com - Thu, 2016-05-12 20:48

Embracing open source has seen Comcast transform from a cable company to a networking company and now to a software company, highlighted Nagesh Nandiraju, Director of Next Gen Network Architecture, Comcast in his plenary talk at Open Networking Summit 2016.

AMD Open-Sources Compressonator Project

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-05-12 20:15
The latest open-source fruits of AMD's GPUOpen project is the Compressonator...

Will Ubuntu keep the title of the best Desktop OS?

LXer - Thu, 2016-05-12 20:14
Ubuntu was rapidly growing and becoming an Operating System for all your needs. The community was very happy with it until they decided to switch from Gnome to Unity and add the Amazon results right from the dash. At the beginning Unity didn't bother me because Gnome 3 was not that advanced by then. However the Amazon results felt like an embedded spyware. At that point Ubuntu didn't feel like the community driven and open source project we used to love. Then my faith in Ubuntu was dimming because they announced many projects that ended up in nothing.

An in-depth guide to turning a product into an open source project

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-05-12 20:00

Stephen Walli takes a deep dive into the value of creating an open source project and how to turn a product into a project.

Lossless Compression Added To Intel's Mesa Driver For Skylake

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-05-12 19:40
Yet another feature landing in Mesa Git ahead of the upcoming Mesa 11.3/12.0 branching for release next month is lossless compression in the Intel Mesa DRI driver...

Plasma 5.6 Makes KDE Plasma Desktop Environment More Powerful, Beautiful And Useful?

LXer - Thu, 2016-05-12 19:17
Plasma has always been the talk of the town for its sleek and cutting edge look. KDE Plasma among all other Linux Desktop Environments have always stood out for its continuous development. The latest release of KDE Plasma is 5.6 which includes some new features, tweaks and fixes. Plasma desktop is also highly customizable so that you can customize it the way you need it to be.

How to run commands on File or Directory changes with Incron on Ubuntu 16.04

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-05-12 19:00

 HowToForge: This tutorial shows you how you can use incron on an Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) system to run commands when a file or Directory is changed.

Chromebook (Acer C740) vs Acer Cloudbook/HP Stream for daily-driver Linux laptop?

Reddit - Thu, 2016-05-12 18:24

TL;DR - Anyone using a Chromebook C740 or a Cloudbook/Stream as a Linux daily-driver notebook? Want to use it for mostly note-taking, web-browsing, and indie gaming.

I'm hunting for a lightweight laptop that will basically be used for web browsing, document editing, and the occasional lightweight indie (eg: Enter the Gungeon) or retro (eg: GZDoom, emulation) game.

In terms of priority I'm after:

  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent Linux support
  • Low budget

Basically, a Linux ultrabook. While the Asus UX305 is awesome (fanless Core M/8GB/256GB), it's a little hard for me to justify given the light use it would see.

So I limboed down to the $200 price point, and found a trio of options: the Acer C740 Chromebook, the Acer Cloudbook 11/14, and the HP Stream 11/13 G2.

The C740 wins points for having a full Core-based chip in the Celeron 3205U, 4GB of RAM, and a user-replaceable M.2 SSD. However, unless I'm willing to crack the case open, remove the write-protect screw, and flash SeaBIOS/Coreboot, I'll be stuck using Crouton for a Linux implementation, and presumably staring at that annoying splash screen of "WARNING DEV MODE" from ChromeOS. It's also got the "ChromeOS Keyboard" without proper F-keys or a Super key. Minor nitpick, but still.

The Cloudbook/Stream G2 use the Atom-derived Celeron N3050, with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage. This means weaker performance - but it may still be enough for my use case - while also allowing for fanless operation. They also have either legacy boot or a UEFI implementation that allows for booting directly. I can also get a larger screen (14" or 13") in this option.

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An in-depth guide to turning a product into an open source project

LXer - Thu, 2016-05-12 18:20
One occasionally runs into a company trying to build an open source project out of an existing product. This is a nuanced problem. This is not a company that owns a project published under an open source license trying to also ship a product of the same name (e.g. Docker, MySQL), but the situation shares many of the same problems. Neither is this a company building products out of open source projects to which they contribute but don't control (e.g. Red Hat's RHEL). This is a company with an existing product revenue stream trying to create a project out of the product.read more

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