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AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Development

AMD and Mentor Graphics have announced a partnership to encourage open source development of Linux for embedded devices, including AMD's latest x86 chips.

Ballpoint Universe - Infinite, A Crazy Hand Drawn Action Platformer On Steam For Linux

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 7, 2014 6:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Sadly this one seems to have been missed, it was released last month for Linux, but as it's not a brand new game (only new to Linux) it didn't pop up as new to Linux on Steam. This is after at the start of last month they pushed out an "unofficial" Linux version for tester.

Open education resources combat high textbook prices

Eben Upton is best known as the man behind the Raspberry Pi, a tiny, $25 computer designed to help turn kids into programmers. Upton priced it at $25 because he thought that's around what an average textbook cost: "I now understand that's an incorrect estimate. If we had a better idea of what school textbooks cost we would have had an easier job with the engineering over the years," he joked to Wired years later. It's a funny story but also a sad story. Textbooks are expensive. More expensive than most non-students even realize.

Netrunner releases 32bit Rolling Edition 2014.04i

Netrunner, the KDE Linux distribution is now also available as Rolling Release.

Android TV could rock Amazon and Apple’s worlds

Google is getting ready to launch Android TV, and it could prove to be a very tough competitor for Amazon's Fire TV and the Apple TV.

IT needs to learn to enchant users

  • intronis blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Apr 7, 2014 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
As I listened to former Apple evangelist and author Guy Kawasaki speak last week at the AIIM14 Conference about enchanting your customers it occurred to me that what he was saying applied to many areas including IT. As Kawasaki said, try defaulting to "yes" and watch what happens.

What is good LaTeX editor software on Linux?

  • Xmodulo; By Adrien Brochard (Posted by xmodulo on Apr 7, 2014 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
As you may have already read here, LaTeX is an extremely useful document markup language. Whether it is for a research paper, a math homework, a presentation, or a fancy resume, LaTeX is pretty much the go to language. However, its syntax can be a bit confusing at first, and it is recommended, at least in the beginning, to use a LaTeX editor software.

Multiple-item data entry with YAD

  • The Linux Rain; By Bob Mesibov (Posted by eldersnake on Apr 7, 2014 12:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
YAD (Yet Another Dialog) creates GUI dialogs for data entry, user notification, etc. It was written by Victor Ananjevsky and is described as a fork of Zenity. In fact, it greatly extends Zenity and has a very large number of handy options. Here I explain how to build a multiple-item data entry form with YAD.

Facebook rebooting their open source contributions

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2014 11:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Facebook is on a new open source journey. They're managing hundreds of active open source projects across the company and over the last nine months, have rebooted how they run those projects. Just scroll through their GitHub pages to browse the projects they're actively contributing to. Yes, they have six pages of projects on GitHub.

The Latest Midori Browser Has Rewritten AdBlock, WebKit Improvements (Ubuntu Installation)

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 7, 2014 10:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Midori is a GTK-based browser with a clean interface that resembles the one of Google Chrome, using the WebKit rendering engine, and offering plenty of the usual features browsers like Firefox or Chrome ship with.

Angie Byron on Drupal 8 out of the box

Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Angie Byron, a Drupal core co-maintainer, about the latest version of this open source content management system. What can we expect from Drupal 8?

A look at the openSUSE KDE graphics applications

The KDE version of openSUSE ships with a number of graphics applications by default. This article takes a look at those applications and describes their features.

Globulation 2 - Free 2D Strategy

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 7, 2014 7:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Globulation 2 is a free 2D real-time strategy game for Linux with a different gameplay than the normal strategies, in which you build structures and have to defeat your opponent(s).

SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

Oracle reveals three generations of silicon and Solaris 12 release schedule Oracle has quietly published a roadmap for its legacy Sun SPARC and Solaris platforms.…

Is Android good enough to be a laptop OS?

  • The Indian Express; By Mihir Patkar (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2014 5:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Android
Android apps are not made for use in a laptop and are made with the intent of being touched. That is a problem... So the question is, what would Android need to do to make it a great laptop operating system?

Exclusive: this is Android TV

Just a few days after Amazon unveiled the Fire TV, Google will reportedly launch its own set-top box. The Mountain View, Calif. company is close to debuting Android TV, an Android-powered platform that will compete directly with the Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-April-2014



LXer Feature: 06-April-2014

Hi, its been a while.. Forgive me for my, and by proxy the LXWR's absence but if I get my way that will not happen again. First, I would like to announce that Dr. Tony Young who many of you know for his many LXer features, forum contributions and for my part sincere friendship is our now LXer Senior Asia/Pacific Editor. He has been an integral part of LXer for some time now and I am proud to call him my friend. Second, the LXWR has taken several forms, and breaks in its continuance of which the all I take full responsibility for but it is my intent to make this more than it has been and this is my first step. Enjoy!

Everything Old Is Unavailable Again: How Copyright Has Ebooks Operating In The 1800s

Nothing sucks more than a great new technology with old-world thinking attached to it. Such has been the case with ebooks, unfortunately, with antiquated views on DRM, pricing, and storefront protectionism resulting in pissed off customers and libraries hollering from the nearest rooftop. What we're left with is a platform that could do much to spread knowledge and the practice of reading among entire populations being stifled by those that still think the world should operate based on analog philosophies.

Dr Tony Young appointed Senior Asia/Pacific Editor

  • LXer Press release; By Bob Whitinger (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2014 1:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Press Releases
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Dr. Tony Young, aka Ridcully, has accepted an appointment to the LXer post of Senior Asia/Pacific Editor effective immediately.

vogl support for Unreal Engine 4

Valve just announced that they have updated their github repository of their OpenGL debugger or VOGL for short, to support Unreal Engine 4. The new updated version which is available for anyone to download and implement will now support Unreal Engine’s implementation of OpenGL, since Epic games have announced that they will be supporting both Linux and SteamOS with their Engine.

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