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Sabayon Linux 6.0 released -- without GNOME 3.0

The Sabayon community released version 6.0 of its Gentoo-based Linux distribution, moving up to Linux, but opting for GNOME 2.32.2 and KDE 4.6.4 desktop environments instead of the controversial GNOME 3.0. Sabayon 6.0 adds support for the Btrfs filesystem, switches to LibreOffice 3.3.3, and updates to version 1.0 of its Entropy package manager....

More Android 3.2 and Amazon tablet details emerge

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 23, 2011 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
More details have surfaced about Android 3.2, including support for seven-inch screens and Qualcomm processors. The release may appear on's Android tablets, which are rumored to be arriving in August bearing Texas Instruments processors and could hasten the fall of the monochrome Kindle....

German court case could imperil GPL licensing

In a case that could threaten open source GPL licensing in Germany, a Berlin court yesterday began hearing a lawsuit from German DSL router vendor AVM against web-filtering software firm Cybits. AVM charges that by modifying Linux kernel code in router firmware, Cybits is infringing on copyright, while Cybits' defense claims GPL licensing permits it to alter the code....

VA Awards TIAG $5 Million Open Source Contract

  • Government Health IT; By Mary Mosquera (Posted by bob on Jun 22, 2011 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded The Informatics Applications Group Inc. of Reston, Va., a $5 million contract to be the custodial agent to manage VA’s open source community to modernize its VistA electronic health record.

Ceylon: True advance, or just another language?

The language road in computer science is littered with the carcasses of what was to be "the next big thing." And although many niche languages do find some adoption in scripting or specialized applications, C (and its derivatives) and the Java language are difficult to displace. But Red Hat's Ceylon appears to be an interesting combination of language features, using a well-known C-style syntax but with support for object orientation and useful functional aspects in addition to an emphasis on being succinct. Explore Ceylon and find out if this future VM language can find a place in enterprise software development.

Nokia N9 could be the first and last MeeGo phone

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 21, 2011 11:01 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Nokia announced its long-awaited MeeGo Linux-based follow-up to the N900 phone -- but when this ships later this year it may well be the company's first and last MeeGo device. The Nokia N9 features an OMAP3630 processor, up to 64GB storage, a 3.9-inch AMOLED display, an eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, NFC, and a & Harmattan& UI with swipe-gesture support, says the company....

How Fast Can You Type? Develop a Tiny Utility in Bash to Find Out

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Jun 21, 2011 6:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If you spend most of your time typing on your keyboard (and I hope you don’t use that mouse very frequently, if you care for your wrists, that is), getting up to speed and practicing to become a better and faster typist is well worth the time and effort. And measuring something is the first step to improve it.

Dual-threading QorIQs tap 64-bit, 28nm e6500 core

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 21, 2011 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Freescale Semiconductor announced a series of 28nm-fabbed QorIQ multicore processors, featuring a 64-bit PowerPC core clocked up to 2.5GHz. The Linux-ready Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) QorIQ series will debut in early 2012 with the T4240, offering 12 cores dual-threaded to 24 virtual cores, numerous acceleration engines, and cascading power management, says Freescale....

Tweaking text in Scribus

  • Linux Journal; By By Bruce Byfield (Posted by bob on Jun 15, 2011 1:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In word processors, users generally settle for an appearance that is good enough. By contrast, in a design application like Scribus, you have the tools to adjust the layout until it is exactly the way you want.

GStreamer 1.0 Is Coming; Here's The Plans

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jun 15, 2011 5:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
For those interested in GStreamer, the open-source multimedia framework commonly used by the GNOME desktop, is slowly working its way towards doing a 1.0 release...

LinuxCon schedule unveiled, including 20th anniversary gala

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 15, 2011 3:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Linux Foundation announced the final program for LinuxCon North America in Vancouver, B.C. August 17-19, 2011. Events include the 20th anniversary of Linux gala celebration, a discussion between Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman, a keynote by IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger, and a & 20 Years of Linux& panel featuring Jon & maddog& Hall and Eben Moglen....

GTK+ 3.2 Squeezes In A Couple More Features

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by bob on Jun 13, 2011 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
GTK+ 3.2, the first major update since the release of GNOME 3.0 with the overhauled GTK+ 3.0 tool-kit, is coming along nicely in preparation for the September release of GNOME 3.2.

Say Goodbye to Google Search Portals for Linux, Mac and More

  • PCWorld; By Katherine Noyes (Posted by bob on Jun 9, 2011 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fans of Linux, Microsoft and Macs used to be able to search for information about those topics on Google using specialized search tools that narrowed the results to a focused set of highly relevant Web sites. Earlier this week, however, it was discovered that Google has pulled the plug on many such specialized search portals--including,, and users to instead.

World IPv6 day started glitch-free, but most web surfers won't notice

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 8, 2011 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
After months of preparation and anticipation, World IPv6 Day kicked off fairly quietly. More than 200 organizations around the world turned on IPv6 at 12 a.m. UTC on June 8 for the world's first mass test of the second-generation networking standard....

The Open Source Office Software Sector Heats Up

The world of LibreOffice and OpenOffice(.org) has been heating up recently with several exciting and, at times, bewildering developments. The Document Foundation remains very active as is LibreOffice development, but Oracle has given up on OpenOffice and slapped LibreOffice in the face by giving it to Apache. Perhaps the most important announcement was the release of LibreOffice 3.4.0.

Android tablet makers curbing production, says analyst

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 2, 2011 7:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
After relatively slow early sales, Asus, Motorola, and Samsung have reduced their Android tablet manufacturing plans by about 10 percent, according to a JP Morgan analyst. Meanwhile, the rumored Android tablet could sell 2.4 million units in 2012 without significantly cannibalizing the company's Kindle e-reader sales, according to a Piper Jaffray analyst....

What happens When Artists and Developers Come Together: The 2011 Krita Sprint

  • (Posted by bob on Jun 2, 2011 10:06 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
In what is beginning to become quite a tradition, the Krita team came together from May 20 to May 22 for the third Krita meeting. The first sprint had four attendees. Last year's, eight. This year, we had twelve people in attendance. If the trend continues, the Blender Institute, which hosted our sprint, will be too small for us next year! read more

The Skype Protocol Was Reverse-Engineered

While many Linux users are upset that Microsoft's buying out Skype and that the Free Software Foundation's GNU Free Call hasn't matured much in being a reliable replacement to Skype (not all of the FSF projects move along), there is some interesting news this morning: an independent researcher has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol...

Smartphone OS wars settling into a stalemate?

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jun 1, 2011 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Android represented 36 percent of U.S. smartphone share through April, 10 points higher than Apple iOS, but down a point from March, says Nielsen. The research firm also says Android users download more data than iPhone users, while Distimo reports that Android Market has significantly fewer paid apps than Apple's AppStore -- and that it's earning less money for developers....

The Underlying KWin Improvements In KDE 4.7

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on May 28, 2011 9:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
Now that the first KDE SC 4.7 beta is available, Martin Gräßlin, the lead developer of the KWin, has blogged about some of the underlying improvements made to the compositing window manager for KDE during this development cycle. Of course, most Phoronix graphics junkies will already know what's changed based upon previous articles, but here's an overview for those not caught up to speed...

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