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Fedora 23: 64-bit Only?

You know, I get it. I understand the symbiotic relationship between the Fedora Project and Red Hat, and how the former serves as a de facto test bed for development that, sooner or later, ends up in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scientific Linux and CentOS (and even Oracle Linux). I even get that Red Hat may no longer have a need for 32-bit development. I also get that while 32-bit hardware use in developed countries is on the decline, I’d like to see statistics on 32-bit hardware use in developing countries before I’m ready to say that 32-bit is irrelevant.

Tap sat app gap, yaps Inmarsat chap: Orbiting bird API opened to devs

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2015 7:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Satnav to sat-have Satellite communications oldie Inmarsat is to open up its systems to third-party developers – and wants them to create new ways to use its communications grid to link ships, aircraft, and machine-to-machine data traffic.…

Secret to Desktop Linux Adoption

Every few months, new articles roll out proclaiming "this year" to be the year of the Linux Desktop. A wide selection of reasons are cited, explanations given, and various acts of patting we Linux users on the backs takes place.

Tizen-based Samsung cameras and round smartwatch leaked

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2015 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recent leaks show three new Samsung Tizen devices: a pair of cameras, and a round-faced “Orbis” watch with a digital crown, bezel, and wireless charging. Samsung Z1smartphone Earlier in the month, Samsung announced that Tizen would fuel all its 2015 smart TVs, and last week when Samsung finally launched its first Tizen phone last week […]

Q4OS 0.5.24 Screenshot Tour

Q4OS 0.5.24 released. New command-line tool to globally change display DPI is introduced in Q4OS to be usable with high-DPI screens. Important core system packages updates and security fixes applied. Users can appreciate better system integration and cleaner dependencies of Adobe Flash Player, especially in combination with Firefox 34 or later. The new version brings improvements for Q4OS developers too. The underlying development pack API has been extended with localization and internationalization tools and unique Q4OS installer has been integrated into core system, so Q4OS self-extracting setup files can be packed much more efficiently. We are getting ready to bring a stable version 1.0 in expectation of the forthcoming Debian 'Jessie' release, stay tuned.

Windows 10: A comfort blanket for Microsoft's biz users

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2015 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Each time there’s a new version of Windows, Microsoft bills it as “the best Windows yet," understandably enough. History teaches us that each time Microsoft tries to really stretch itself and push the development envelope on Windows, it backfires.

Why I Hope Congress Never Watches Blackhat

What a strange time. Last week I was literally walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Michael Mann's Blackhat, a crime thriller that I had the good fortune to work on as a "hacker adviser" (my actual screen credit). Today, all I'm thinking is, please, God, don't let anybody in Congress see the film.

Microsoft Is Taking a Beating from Linux-Powered Chromebooks

Microsoft is engaged in a silent war and it's actually losing. They are fighting an enemy that is so insidious and so cunning that it's actually hurting the company more than anything else. The enemy is called Chromebooks and they are using Linux. You would think that a laptop that comes with a free OS is a lot cheaper than one with Windows pre-installed, but that wasn't exactly true. Microsoft has been flexing its muscles for too long and they've forgotten what it's like to have true competition.

2D and 3D graphics with WebGL

  • Linux User Developer; By Mihalis Tsoukalos (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2015 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Developer, Linux
Master graphics in your browser by learning to write WebGL programs to display 2D and 3D objects with JavaScript. WebGL is a JavaScript implementation of OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs on the latest browsers.

Microsoft Is Trying and Failing at Converging Platforms, Ubuntu Does It Right

Windows fans are worried that the desktop PC will follow too closely the design of Windows 10 for phones and tablets, and they are right to do so. This all plays out due to Microsoft’s plans for convergence, but it's a twisted approach that only makes things more complicated than they should be.

Akademy 2015 - A Corusa, Spain - 25-31 July

For more than 1800 years, the Tower of Hercules has guided ships sailing near A Coruña. Soon it will beckon KDE users and contributors, when Akademy—the annual KDE community meeting—is held in A Coruña (Galicia, Spain) 25–31 July.

Microsoft might let Android apps run on Windows Phone

In today's open source roundup: Windows Phone may run Android apps. Plus: Firefox OS will power smart TVs in 2015, and Linus wants security problems made public.

Jeff Hoogland’s Back at Bodhi

Here’s some news that should make Bodhi Linux users happy. Jeff Hoogland has returned to Bodhi in his former position as project manager/lead developer.

Canonical Embeds Ubuntu Linux Into Devices to Secure IoT

Snappy, initially positioned as a technology for the cloud, is now being brought to embedded devices. "We identified some time ago that for mobile devices we really had to raise the bar on the reliability, efficiency and security of the update mechanisms, as well as the isolation of apps from one another," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, told eWEEK.

See whats coming in Fedora 22 Workstation

  • Fedora Magazine; By Ryan Lerch (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2015 6:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Fedora
Even though Fedora 21 is just over a month old, the Fedora Workstation developers are already hard at work planning the next release, Fedora 22. In a detailed post on his blog, Christian Schaller details some of the areas that the developers are focusing on for Fedora 22.

MakuluLinux 2.0 Cinnamon Screenshot Tour

MakuluLinux Cinnamon 2.0 is a continuation of the first release, with focus on updating, polishing, refining and fixing issues reported in the previous release. There are many little changes throughout the system to give it a smoother and more refined feel. There are also some major changes in this release; some will be backported to 1.1, some won't.

Lightweight “Snappy Ubuntu Core” OS targets IoT

Canonical released a “Snappy” version of its lightweight, Ubuntu Core OS for IoT, featuring an app store, hacker-proof updates, and a 128MB RAM footprint. Canonical’s delayed Ubuntu Touch phones are apparently still on track for Mobile World Congress release next month, but now the company is on to something based on it that’s potentially much […]

How much does Microsoft make from PC makers with Windows 8.1?

Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 available to its PC partners for anywhere from 'zero dollars' to $15 per copy, according to recently disclosed OEM licensing information.

A shift in education: Teachers who create content, not consume

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2015 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I first met Stephen O’Connor, a fifth grade public school teacher at Wells Central School, at the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education Conference in 2007. I don’t recall the exact subject of his presentation, but I came away from his presentation with some new information that helped me implement Moodle in my classroom. He pointed me in the direction of a good hosting company that allowed me to work on Moodle, Drupal, and Wordpress development, which I was most interested in at the time. At another of his presentations, I came away with a wealth of information about licensing content and the differences between Copyright and Creative Commons. I’ve been following Steve on Twitter for a long time, and he continues to be a great source of learning about open educational resources. read more

Linux Is Safe Again, Valve Fixes Steam Bug That Could Delete All Files on System

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jan 20, 2015 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Valve has upgraded the Steam client and they fixed that terrible bug that would allow the application to actually delete every file that was owned by the user.

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