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PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2017 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Google and other Android vendors are united in a new patent-protection group.

Google Announces Android “PAX” Cross-License Program – But to What Purpose?

Remember the bad old days of SCO, FUD and ultimate glory? An announcement by Google this week suggests there may be a patent tempest just over the horizon for Android.

Speak at The Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit North America in L.A.

The Linux Foundation is seeking talks on a wide range of subjects from DevOps and Containers, to Security and Networking, to Linux and Kernel Development. Proposals are due May 6 -- submit your talk now!

Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2017 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud, GNOME, Ubuntu
Canonical is re-shifting its priorities to its strong suit: The cloud and the Internet of Things. Moving forward on the desktop, Ubuntu is abandoning the long-delayed Unity 8 interface to return to the GNOME desktop starting with next year's Ubuntu 18.04 release.

GoboLinux 016.01 Operating System Improves UEFI Support, Introduces CryptSetup

GoboLinux developer Lucas Correia Villa Real announced the release of the first maintenance update to the GoboLinux 016 series, which was a major update of the independently developed Linux-based operating system.

A beginners guide to microblogging on Mastodon

  •; By Seth Kenlon (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2017 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Mastodon is one implementation of GNU Social focusing on a good, clean user interface and a low barrier-to-entry for self-hosting. And it's spreading like wildfire as the premier Twitter alternative.

Speedup Your Typing with Ibus Typing Booster

Ibus typing booster is a predictive text input method which helps users to improve the typing speed without compromising on data accuracy.

Multiple Developers Come Forward To Continue Unity Development

If you haven't heard already, Canonical has decided to end Unity development. Ubuntu 18.04 will ship with GNOME desktop.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.10.8, Receives Flatpak 0.9

openSUSE's Douglas DeMaio is back with news for users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system series, informing them about the latest technologies and updates applications that landed in the repositories.

At the Courts, Another Reminder of PTAB's Importance and Ericsson's War (via Patent Trolls) Against Linux and Android

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is grappling with dubious patents that Ericsson's patent troll is using against GNU/Linux/Android while this troll continues to taunt and pursue 'protection' money from various large Android OEMs, including the largest one (Huawei)

Fabulous Bash Navigation Shortcuts

  • - Original Content; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on Apr 7, 2017 1:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
We old coots are forever going on about our favorite keyboard shortcuts, because that is still the fastest way to get stuff done on a computer. Life is too short to faff around the hard way, so let's try some nice Bash time-saving shortcuts.

Feral Fury, a twin-stick shooter with rogue-lite features is out on Linux and it's pretty good

Feral Fury is a twin-stick shooter with an overall dark feel to it. I've played it for a while and I've grown to really enjoy it, even if it's a little punishing.

Introduction to the Domain Name System (DNS)

  • (Posted by bob on Apr 6, 2017 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Surfing the web is fun and easy, but think what it would be like if you had to type in the IP address of every website you wanted to view. For example, locating a website would look like this when you type it in:, which would be nearly impossible for most of us to remember. Of course, using bookmarks would help, but suppose your friend tells you about a cool new website and tells you to go to How would you remember that? Telling someone to go to "" is far easier to remember. And, yes, that is our IP address. read more

How to Create Bash Aliases

  •; By RoseHosting (Posted by RoseHosting on Apr 6, 2017 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create bash aliases on a Linux VPS running Ubuntu 16.04 as an operating system.

It's Time for Open Citations

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Apr 6, 2017 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla is signing on to the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). We believe open data is integral to a healthy Internet — and to a healthy society. ? Today, Mozilla is announcing support for the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), … Read more The post It’s Time for Open Citations appeared first on The Mozilla Blog.

Ubuntu convergence implodes

With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Canonical will replace Ubuntu’s touch-enabled Unity8 “convergence” desktop with GNOME, thereby abandoning its mobile ambitions. Ubuntu’s Unity desktop and its related Ubuntu Phone project were always long-shots, so it was not unexpected that Canonical would eventually call a retreat. That is exactly what Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth did in an April […]

Ubuntu Boosts Linux Performance on AWS Cloud

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 6, 2017 7:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud, Ubuntu
Running Ubuntu Linux on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is a fairly common practice. Though Ubuntu has been available in the AWS marketplace for years, until recently there wasn't a version of Ubuntu with a Linux kernel that was specifically tuned for the AWS environment.

OpenGL vs Vulkan in Mad Max, re-tested

  • GamingOnLinux; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 6, 2017 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Since Feral Interactive have fixed up the OpenGL renderer in the Mad Max Beta, here are some fresh OpenGL vs Vulkan tests.

Linux-driven SODIMM COM lightens up with i.MX6 ULL

  • (Posted by bob on Apr 6, 2017 4:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
iWave has replaced an earlier i.MX6 UL module with an almost identical “iW-RainboW-G18M-SM” COM equipped with the more power efficient i.MX6 ULL. iWave has re-released its two-year old iW-RainboW-G18M computer-on-module as a new iW-RainboW-G18M-SM COM that cashes in the old i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) SoC for NXP’s even more energy efficient i.MX6 ULL. The original COM […]

Sunshine in a Room with No Windows

I'm a bit of a weather nut. It might be because I'm getting older, but for some reason, the weather fascinates me. I'm not quite to the point that I watch The Weather Channel on a regular basis, but I do check the forecast often.

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