New story! Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2 is now available for official download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE Beta 1, makes a few changes and fixes a lot of bugs. Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

New story! First Steps with OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi 2

OpenELEC uses very little system resources for processor or memory. There's no need to use any special customization tips to get good performance with the RPi2. There's also no need to overclock the machine, reduce the resolution of videos, or use a different skin (although I really like the Amber skin).

New story! Android 4.4 field handheld features 3-inch thermal printer

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Mar 30, 2015 12:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Two Technologies’s LTE-ready “N5Print” handheld runs Android on a Snapdragon 800 and has a built-in printer plus Smart Card, magstripe, and barcode support.

New story! A Growing Chorus Is Trying To Rewrite The History Of Net Neutrality -- And Blame Absolutely Everything On Netflix

With either an ISP lawsuit or a 2016 party shift the only way to kill our new net neutrality rules, neutrality opponents have some time to kill. As such, they're in desperate need of somewhere to direct their impotent rage at the foul idea of a healthier Internet free from gatekeeper control. Step one of this catharsis has been to publicly shame the FCC for daring to stand up to broadband ISPs in a series of increasingly absurd and often entirely nonsensical public "fact finding" hearings. Step two is to push forth a series of editorials that tries to rewrite the history of the net neutrality debate -- with Netflix as the villainous, Machiavellian centerpiece.

New story! MKVToolnix 7.8.0 Brings More DTS Improvements, Drag and Drop Support in MKVInfo

A new maintenance release of the the powerful and popular MKVToolnix software that allows users to manipulate MKV (Matroska) files in Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated today to version 7.8.0, a release that introduces numerous improvements and some new features.

New story! OpenELEC 5.0.7 Out Now with Kodi 14.2 and Linux Kernel 3.18.10, Optimized for Raspberry Pi 2

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 29, 2015 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The OpenELEC development team has announced today, March 29, the seventh maintenante release of the OpenELEC 5.0 Linux kernel-based operating system for embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi or Apple TV, transforming them into portable media centers based on the popular Kodi software, formerly XBMC Media Center.

New story! For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan

  • The New York Times; By Quentin Hardy (Posted by bob on Mar 29, 2015 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
“The Arduino microcontroller, drones, 3-D printers, the Raspberry Pi — people share designs and information on all these things,” said Dale Dougherty, creator of the Maker Faire and the chief executive of Make Media. “A lot of companies are adopting this mind-set too.”

New story! How To Dual Boot Windows 8.1 And Fedora Linux

This guide shows you how to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Fedora Linux. The guide has links to other articles which show how to backup Windows first, how to create the Fedora USB drive and how to shrink Windows before guiding you through the steps for dual booting Fedora and Windows 8.1

New story! Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2. This is the final beta towards the release of 15.04 in April. Between Beta 1 and now, the final release of Xfce 4.12 has been packaged and uploaded to 15.04. Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

New story! Copyright Bots Kill App Over 'Potentially Infringing' Images, Follow This Up By Blocking App For Use Of CC/Public Domain Images

Google Play has moved to preemptive takedowns, unprompted by studio complaints. This isn't a good thing. It may protect Google (but only slightly, considering the studios' ongoing antipathy towards the tech company) but it does nothing for developers whose sales it takes a portion of.

New story! New York Times releases open source Objective-C project

Although we have a popular open source Objective-C style guide, The Times has never released an open source Objective-C project, and we wanted to take this opportunity to not only modernize our photo viewing experience, but also to write a new feature that could be shared and used in any app, both inside and outside the company.

New story! 4MLinux 12.0 Beta Arrives with Better Support for Watching and Downloading YouTube Videos

Zbigniew Konojacki had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, on his Twitter account that the development cycle towards the 4MLinux 12.0 computer operating system has started with the Beta release for the 4MLinux Allinone Edition, 4MLinux Core, and 4MLinux distributions.

New story! Vendor Neutral Archive initiative to open source records

  • the Inquirer; By Chris Merriman (Posted by bob on Mar 29, 2015 4:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NHS ENGLAND HAS been talking about the latest strand of its move toward open digital solutions to provide interoperability between the myriad departmental systems that are proprietary, incompatible or just plain disparate.... "The possibilities generated by using open source or at least open standards are huge."

New story! Arduino custom controllers, Raspberry Pi 2 streams to TV, and more gaming news

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, I take a look at creating your own version of a Steam Box and custom controllers based on open hardware, virtual reality hand tracking, and more! Open source and Linux games: March 22 - 28, 2015 read more

New story! Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

We're preparing Ubuntu GNOME Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution in April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Beta 2 Highlights: GNOME Shell 3.14.3. Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select "GNOME on wayland" from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers). The default wallpaper and Ubiquity slide show has been updated.

New story! Shadow Warrior FPS Releasing For Linux Next Week, Promises Swords & Lovely Visuals

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Mar 28, 2015 10:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
It was only in January that we saw signs of Shadow Warrior being ported to Linux, and it’s officially due next week! Get ready for some beautifully frantic and brutal action.

New story! Manjaro 0.8.12 LXQt : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

Manjaro 0.8.12 LXQt edition is a community edition of the Manjaro Linux distribution built around the LXQt desktop environment version 0.8.0 and powered by kernel 3.16, Also support for Microsoft’s exFAT filesystem and Pacman 4.2 package manager.

New story! NASA Releases Open Source Core Flight Software

  • Nasa; By Scott Leonardi (Posted by bob on Mar 28, 2015 6:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
(NASA) announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions. NASA cFS projects are hosted on SourceForge.net

New story! Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

We are preparing Kubuntu Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution on April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Plasma 5, the next generation of KDE's desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The second set of updates to Plasma 5 is now stable enough for everyday use and is the default in this version of Kubuntu. Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 14.12 containing all your favourite apps from KDE. This is the 14.12.2 update with bugfixes and translation updates. Several applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren't should fit in seamlessly. Non-KDE applications include LibreOffice 4.4 and Firefox 36.

New story! Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 28, 2015 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
RFIDs—we use them every day. With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFID tag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased. RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral—sometimes squared, sometimes circular. This article is about how I tinkered with the Adafruit PN532 controller shield to read and write RFID tags. read more

New story! Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS

Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.

New story! The AT&T Mafia, LibraOffice Online & More…

Of course, LibreOffice as an online app has already been available online since early last year through rollApp — but this will be different. For starters, it’ll be “free as in beer,” meaning it won’t cost you anything. While rollApp has a free plan which allows users to open files from cloud storage to read online, users have to pay $6.99 monthly if they want to actually save their changes.

New story! First Look at GNOME 3.16 - It’s Great, but We Prefer Cinnamon or Unity

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 28, 2015 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment for Linux kernel-based operating systems has been announced and has been declared by the GNOME development team as the best GNOME release yet. Of course, we wanted to give GNOME 3.16 desktop environment a try and see for ourselves the new features, apps, and imrovements.

New story! Zentyal 4.1 Screencast

Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce Zentyal Server 4.1, a new release of the Zentyal Open Source Linux small business server with native Microsoft Exchange protocol implementation and Active Directory interoperability.

New story! Android on a Stick, or how to install Android-x86 on a USB stick

The latest stable release is Android-x86 4.4-r2. This tutorial shows how to install it on a USB stick, so you can have an Android device that you can boot and use from any modern computer.

New story! Tiny WiFi-loaded OpenWRT COM starts at $12

OpenEmbed launched a 52 x 28mm “SOM9331? COM for IoT that runs OpenWRT Linux on a MIPS-based Atheros AR9331 SoC, and offers WiFi and extended temperatures.

New story! Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, nor LXQt - Screenshot Tour

Lubuntu 15.04 is the last in our screenshot tour articles related to the Final Beta a.k.a. Beta 2 of the Vivid Vervet development cycle. Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 offers one of the most lightweight desktop experiences and it is now powered by Ubuntu 15.04’s Linux 3.19.2 kernel.

New story! Canonical Extends Ubuntu Linux With Ericsson Partnership

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Mar 28, 2015 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Linux has a long history in the telco space with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) effort. Ubuntu Linux, however, is not a CGL-certified distribution, although, in Zannos' view, while the requirement to run telecom-specific Linux distributions was great several years ago, it has been diminishing year by year. Large amounts of telco-specific kernel functionality are now supported in Ubuntu, he added.

New story! Cloud 5: Long live cloud, cloud misconceptions, fastest Chromebook

This week, we look at artificial intelligence in the cloud, the music business and the cloud and the latest Chromebook.

New story! Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. In addition to the usual suspects, we're also welcoming a new flavour to the family this cycle with Ubuntu MATE.

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