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Canonical might switch to systemd in Ubuntu 15.04

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu 15.04 might be the first version that uses systemd. Plus: The advantages and disadvantages of rolling release distributions, and eleven Linux games on sale on Steam this week.

Systemd fallout: Two Debian technical panel members resign

Two well-known and experienced Debian developers, both members of the project's technical committee, have announced they will be leaving the committee.

Intel to merge mobile and PC divisions amid mobile losses

Intel is planning to merge its struggling mobile division with its PC division, and Rockchip released an ARM mobile SoC that was developed with Intel. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich recently sent an email to employees saying the company plans to merge its mobile computing division with its PC-Client group, according to the Wall Street Journal. In mid-2015, the PC-Client and mobile groups will combine under the leadership of Kirk Skaugen, currently a Senior Vice President at the PC-Client group.

14 fabulous open source gifts for the holidays

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 19, 2014 2:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
The annual gift guide serves up open source gadgets and gifts that kids, adults, hobbiests, and beginners are sure to love and appreciate. Get someone started tinkering with SparkFun's WeevilEye beginner soldering kit. Show your niece how cool programming can be with Adafruit's wearable bracelet. And, don't we all have at least one homebrewer in our lives? For them, check out the BrewPi temperature controller. And that's just to name a few! See the full list of our 14 best gifts for the holidays this year in the article.

Ceph-starter Suse to enter software-defined storage market

Linux vendor Suse has kicked off this year's SuseCon in Orlando, Florida by announcing that it's getting into the software-defined storage business, starting early next year. The company made a new offering, known simply as Suse Storage, available in private beta beginning on Tuesday, with general availability expected for the first half of 2015.

Linux still owns supercomputing

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Nov 19, 2014 12:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, IBM, Linux
In the latest Top500 supercomputer ranking, Linux once more totally dominates the fastest of all computers. I know, I know, what a shock right? :-)

ClusterHQ Unveils Data Storage Tools for Docker Virtualization

ClusterHQ has announced that Flocker, its data volume and container manager for Docker, the open source, container-based virtualization platform, is now compatible with Docker's Fig orchestration tool.

$199 Linux-ready zero client offers GbE connection

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Nov 18, 2014 10:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Viewsonic and Userful announced a $199, 3.5W VDI client that lets up to 20 Linux or Windows sessions run from a single Linux server via gigabit Ethernet.

How to install CMS Made Simple on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

CMS Made Simple is an open source content management system, based on PHP and MySQL.

Intels MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Nov 18, 2014 8:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel, Linux
Intel and Opening Ceremony unveiled a $495, Linux-based “MICA” smart bracelet with 3G data, Facebook notifications, navigation, and “intelligent reminders.”

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS Released : Supported Until 2019

The final version of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS has been released and announced by Ubuntu MATE team few days ago, this release based-on Ubuntu 14.04 featuring MATE desktop environment 1.8. Unlike Ubuntu MATE 14.10 will supported for nine month, come with LTS version it will be support until 2019.

Raspberry Pi nightlight

You’ve probably all seen those cheap, solar-powered lamps that you can stick into your garden to try and give it a classy bit of illumination during the night. If you’ve actually got one then you may have found out that they don’t shine very brightly and the plastic stakes can be very flimsy. So why not make your own version? What we’ll show you on this page is the beginning of an array of light-sensitive LEDs using a single LED, so that you can understand how the system works. We’ll use a special resistor called a light dependant resistor (LDR) or photoresistor that changes its resistance based on the levels of light it’s receiving.

FreeBSD Foundation Receives $1 Million from WhatsApp CEO

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Nov 18, 2014 6:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The FreeBSD project has received a massive $1 million (€800,000) donation from one of the WhatsApp co-founders, Jan Koum, and the developers are more than thrilled at the fact that they have secured their future, at least for a while.

Linux Mint 17.1 RC MATE Screenshot Tour

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 'Rebecca' MATE RC. Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. Linux Mint 17.1 MATE edition comes with two window managers installed and configured by default: Marco (MATE's very own window manager, simple, fast and very stable); Compiz (an advanced compositing window manager which can do wonders if your hardware supports it). Among the various window managers available for Linux, Compiz is certainly the most impressive when it comes to desktop effects.

News: Linux Top 3: PC-BSD 10.1 Linux Mint 17.1 and Mageia 5

Yes we know, PC-BSD isn't Linux, it's BSD (actually FreeBSD to be precise), but aside from the kernel, it shares many of the same tools than any Linux distribution will include.

Tough Choices and Uncertain Future for Reglue Projects.

In the long term, Reglue will continue to operate. I will remain the Executive Director and our mission will not change. However, it may dwell in hiatus for a couple of weeks after my surgery. Pete Salas and James, two extremely important volunteers for Reglue will keep the lights on and will continue to repair and refurbish incoming computers and maintain the building. Unfortunately, some other things will not happen in my absence.

3 amazing Raspberry Pi-powered gadgets we can’t wait to try

  • Raspberry Pi Today; By Russell Barnes (Posted by russb78 on Nov 18, 2014 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Raspberry Pi
There are some seriously cool Raspberry Pi-powered products on the way. Here are 3 that make us want to throw money at our screens…

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Release Date Revealed

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Nov 18, 2014 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is the next operating system from Canonical and it follows the same six-month development cycle. This means that the upcoming release is set to release in April, more precisely on April 23.

Can India break the pattern and do open source right?

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The government of India has recently announced a big push into open source as a part of its Digital Initiative. For a country of more than a billion people and thousands of government organizations, I see this as a long overdue move that will hopefully boost the faltering free and open source software communities in India. read more

jEdit – A Powerful Java-Based Editor for Programmers

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Nov 18, 2014 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
jEdit is a feature-complete editor with countless programming features, including syntax highlighting, indentation, edit modes for tens of languages. jEdit is written in Java so you will need to have OpenJDK installed.

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