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New games for Linux, Open Source Virtual Reality, and more

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Steamworks SDK by Valve, mapping Twitch with Gephi, Open Source Virtual Reality, and more.

Uh oh! Steam Machines are doomed or something

  • Technology and Other Musings; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Feb 15, 2015 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Games, Steam
Valve has been taking its time while working on its SteamOS and Steam Machines. But this isn’t sitting well with those who live in pundit-land, and so the griping has begun that perhaps Valve’s Steam Machines are doomed or something like that. PC World is the latest site to jump on the “Steam Machines will never see the light of day” bandwagon.

YODA Back, It Is: Law To Let You Actually Own Your Devices Even When Copyright Gets In The Way

Last year, we wrote about Rep. Blake Farenthold introducing a small, but important piece of copyright legislation, the You Own Devices Act (YODA), which just says that if you buy some piece of computerized equipment, you can sell it with any included software, without having to get permission from the software provider. As we noted, the reality is that this is just making it clear that the first sale doctrine applies to computer equipment too -- which shouldn't need a new law, but some tech companies (especially in the networking space) feel otherwise.

Fedora is sponsoring HackRU Spring 2015!

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Feb 14, 2015 10:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
After much anticipation, we have decided to sponsor HackRU, a hackathon occurring on April 18-19th 2015 at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). As a hackathon attendee, I have noticed relatively little […]

Mageia 5 Beta 3 Released with Proper EFI Support and Linux Kernel 3.19

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Feb 14, 2015 8:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mageia
According to the release notes, Mageia 5 Beta 3’s prominent feature is proper support for EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) systems in the 64-bit ISO images, allowing users to boot the computer operating system using either DVD64 or Live 64. The distribution is now powered by the recently released Linux 3.19 kernel.

Myriad Genetics Finally Gives Up Its Gene Patent Fight... Just As The Patent Office Opens The Doors Up To More Gene Patents

Back in 2013, the Supreme Court did the right thing and finally rejected the concept of gene patents, despite years of the USPTO granting such patents. As the court noted, allowing gene patents created a perverse situation in which a single company could have the exclusive right to isolate a person's own genes -- and that's just not right.

Microsoft and Android: If you can't beat 'em, out-app 'em?

There have been a lot of rumors about what Microsoft plans to do if it can't gain traction against Android.

Rocket and the application container spec

  • (Posted by bob on Feb 14, 2015 2:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's no secret: application containers have seen an enormous surge in interest and popularity over the past year or two. While Docker has been one driver of this trend, there are other contenders as well. Perhaps chief among them is Rocket. read more

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0r1 (Nestor) Officially Released - Screenshot Tour

The Parsix GNU/Linux Project proudly announced a few minutes ago, February 14, that the first maintenance release of the Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 (codename Nestor) computer operating system based on the Debian 7 Wheezy distribution has been officially released and it is now available for download from its website or as an upgrade to existing Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 users.

“Shopping cart” patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again

As patent reform moved into the political spotlight during the last Congress, one patent that kept coming up was the "online shopping cart." It seemed to resonate as a technology that clearly shouldn't have been patented.

VirtualBox 4.3.22 Brings Support for Linux Kernel 3.19, X.Org Server 1.17, Windows 10 Preview

That was pretty fast! It looks like Oracle knows what it is doing and just updated its awesome VirtualBox virtualization software, which we have to admit that we use every day here on Softpedia to test all sorts of distributions of GNU/Linux and many other Linux-related applications, to version 4.3.22, bringing initial support for the recently released Linux kernel 3.19.

Ubuntu smartphone, Tower drone flight control app, and more

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the the new Ubuntu smartphone, Tower drone flight control app, farmers get open source, and more!

Remy DeCausemaker hired, DevConf videos, FUDCon APAC planning, F22 branches, and discussion about Fedora Rings

  • Fedora Magazine; By Matthew Miller (Posted by bob on Feb 14, 2015 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Fedora
Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for February 13th, 2015.

Beginners to Open Source series begins next week

Next week, will begin publishing a series on Beginners to Open Source. This collection of articles will live as a resource that anyone can access anytime to learn more about what it's like to get started in open source, in any position and for any type of open source project.

Erle-Copter Is the World’s First Ubuntu-Powered Drone - Video

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Feb 14, 2015 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Erle Robotics, a Spanish company that creates all sorts of Linux-powered robots, such as Erle-brain, an open hardware Linux kernel-based autopilot for drones, Erle-plane, a Linux-based plane, and Erle-rover, a Linux-based rover, has announced Erle-copter, the world’s first Ubuntu-powered drone, which can be used to capture amazing scenes (if you have a great camera).

Samsung’s Spying TVs, Ubuntu Phone Sells Out & More…

The sale of the first ever Ubuntu phone through a European flash sale was evidently a success. Of course, we wouldn’t know as the phone isn’t available yet to those of us who live on this side of the pond, so it hasn’t been getting much press over here. However, EU sites are all atwitter with headlines like “Ubuntu Sells Out!”

Green Bubbles: How Apple Quietly Gets iPhone Users To Hate Android Users

As noted, I had no idea that this happened, because I don't own an iPhone. There is one slight functional reason for this: users may have to pay for SMS messages, but not for iMessages, and thus it could have an impact on a bill. But here's the more interesting tidbit, which is the crux of Ford's article: lots of people absolutely hate those green bubbles...

Ford, then goes into a really interesting discussion on the nature of product management and design choices -- the kind of thing that Apple doesn't do on a whim -- to get to the real point: Apple is likely choosing harsh, ugly green bubbles on purpose. As a petty way to put down Android users:

The top 100 free Android apps from Amazon

In today's open source roundup: Download the top one hundred free Android apps from Amazon. Plus: Android 5.0 Lollipop crashes less than iOS 8, and is the Ubuntu Phone's hardware underpowered?

Graphics-rich EPIC SBC taps 5th Gen Core, expands flexibly

Aaeon’s “EPIC-BDU7? SBC uses Intel’s 5th Gen Core processors, and offers multiple graphics, GbE, USB, and SATA ports, plus mini-PCIe and PCI-104 expansion. Aaeon’s EPIC-BDU7 single board computer uses the same old-school EPIC form factor adopted by its Atom-based EPC-CV1 board, but instead loads up with Intel’s brand new 5th Generation Core processors using the 14nm “Broadwell” architecture. Aaeon typically supports Linux on its SBCs, and although no OS support was listed, Linux should run on this board with no problem.

Hitachi Plans Pentaho Acquisition for IoT, Big Data Analytics Smarts

Hitachi plans to acquire data analytics and business intelligence vendor Pentaho for at least $500M, the largest big data acquistion to date. What's big data analytics worth in monetary terms? Hitachi gave a clue this week with news that it intends to acquire business intelligence company Pentaho for a sum rumored to range between $500 million and $600 million.

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