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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.

Cloud 5: Google gets serious about cloud, Snowden impact less than thought, and coping with an outage

This week, we look at Google turning serious about the cloud in the enterprise, dealing with cloud outages and surprising results about the Snowden revelations and their impact on cloud buying habits.

KDE Commit-Digest for 2nd March 2014

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Parley adds support for sound in multiple modes, allows the use of image instead of word for flashcard training Okular adds Magnifier and play/pause in the presentation mode KDE-PIM adds KAccounts support to Google resources Krita uses the google-breakpad crashhandler for Krita on Windows. Read the rest of the Digest here. Dot Categories: Developer

A council of hope – the free software column

Migrating the city’s computer systems from Windows and NT was a long slow process, but it would be wrong to ascribe the delays just to teething problems with the use of Linux and free software in large environments. Every migration, even between different versions of Windows, brings its problems: fractured OEM deals, broken data, lost or redundant applications, single vendor tie-ins, interoperability log-jams and the transition process itself. People don’t like change.

Free to Play Linux Games on Steam

  • LinuxLinks.com; By Steve Emms (Posted by sde on Apr 6, 2014 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Roundups; Groups: Games
In little over a year since the first stable version of Steam for Linux emerged, the number of Linux-supported games continues to grow at a rapid pace. Valve's digital game distribution currently hosts 376 games for Linux, with many quality commercial titles such as Shadowrun: Dragonfall, System Shock 2, and Europa Universalis IV to name-drop just a few of our favorites. With more game engines being natively ported to Linux, this trend is going to continue. For example, the CryEngine technology has recently been natively ported to Linux, so we could see ports of games like Ryse: Son of Rome and Crysis 3.

Intel beefs up open source Raspberry Pi challenger and slashes price

Along with the price cut comes a more powerful Atom processor (64-bit Intel Atom E38xx Series SOC), integrated Intel HD graphics and a smaller overall footprint for the machine itself. Minnowboard Max runs Debian GNU/Linux or Android 4.4 system -- it is also Yocto project compatible.

HowTo access metadata from RDO Havana Instance on Fedora 20

Reproducing "Dirrect access to Nova metadata" I was able to get only list of EC2 metadata available, but not the values. However, the major concern is getting values of metadata obtained in review "Direct access to Nova metadata" and also at /openstack location. The last ones seem to me important not less then present in EC2. This metadata are also not provided by this list.

Yet Another 5 Free, Open-Source Games for Linux

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 6, 2014 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
In the past I had a look at 17 free games available for Linux, overviewed here and here. In this article I will have a look at five more completely free and open-source games available to install in any distribution out there.

Microsoft Should Build On Its Past, Not Ignore It

...So while this OS cash machine chugged along and the company experimented with other tangential offerings, the marketplace changed: OS and the activities it enabled emerged apart and beyond Microsoft’s reach, as well as smack dab in the heart of where it had once ruled most overtly (Linux, and then Chrome).

How to install Wifislax 4.8 on a hard disk drive

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Apr 6, 2014 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This post shows how to do just that - install the latest release - Wifislax 4.8 - on a hard drive.

Wifislax has a simple installer that supports running a KDE or Xfce Live desktop. For this tutorial, I'll be installing the KDE desktop, though the same process can be used to install the Xfce desktop.

Tiny Cortex-A9 SBC is hackable and stackable

One by one, established embedded board developers are experimenting with open, community backed single board computer projects. Habey USA’s “HIO” SBC project is more ambitious than most. With its Android and Linux-ready HIO-EMB-1200 SBC, the company is introducing a new 80 x 72 x 10mm “HIoTX” form-factor that is 20 percent smaller than Via’s 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX standard. With its 10mm profile, the HIO is also the thinnest SBC equipped with Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 system-on-chip, says Habey.

What can you do after Windows XP loses support?

After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or automatic updates that help protect your computer that runs Windows XP. Another alternative is to install a free Linux operating system. You can first try out a system using a live CD or USB boot. Alternatively you can install a dual boot system that allows you to boot either to your Linux operating system or Windows XP. Once you are satisfied with and used to your Linux system you could do a full install that wipes out your Windows XP system.

BattleBlock Theater Will Have A Linux Version

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 6, 2014 12:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? Yes, all that and more when you unlock BattleBlock Theater! This game just sounds funny!

Serious Sam HD & Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Will Come To Linux

Hot off the Steam forum news stands is that Serious Sam HD & Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter will come over to Linux.

KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd February 2014

A roundup of this weeks events at KDE.

4 Spreadsheet Alternatives to MS Excel

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 5, 2014 6:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
There was a time when office compatibility was a bit of a problem on Linux, but with the latest office suites out there available for Linux, this is not an issue anymore. The applications here mimic MS Excel’s behavior, so switching to one of them should be pretty straightforward. Exporting and importing to and from MS Excel format works as well, and there aren’t many compatibility issues (however, the native format these programs use is the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) format.

Broken Sword 1 Directors Cut & 2:Remastered Now On Steam For Linux

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 5, 2014 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Two classic adventure games are now available on Linux in their full glory! Broken Sword 1 Directors Cut & 2:Remastered are here folks.

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