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Embedded tech and use of Linux at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference

This year I attended my first GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California (it took place the week after the Game Developers Conference). Hosted by NVIDIA, the event featured a range of talks from a large array of market segments including automotive, motion picture, gaming, scientific, cloud, system integrators, and startups.

Learning Emacs

In this tutorial, I am going to talk about setting up emacs so that it will be easier for new users to get to their programming or editing tasks without much barrier.

Oracle issues Heartbleed update

  • Oracle (Posted by bob on Apr 21, 2014 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: MySQL
Global Product Security has determined that the following products have used OpenSSL cryptographic libraries which have been reported as vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160. Oracle has issued fixes for these products. Further mitigation instructions required to prevent the exploitation of this vulnerability may also be provided at a later time.

Canonical Pushes Ubuntu 14.04 as XP, Windows 7 Alternative

Hoping to catch the attention of those upgrading from dead-end Microsoft operating systems, Canonical this week released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for the desktop.

What Would You Do to Improve Linux?

I’ve spent a good share of my time asking myself what would have to change in order to make Linux on the desktop a viable choice for the mainstream user. I became curious enough to ask you a question: if you could wave your magic wand and change only one thing about Linux or even the Linuxsphere in general, what would it be? Let’s take a look at what some of you had to say.

Millie Colourful Puzzle Game Released On Steam For Linux

A joyful, casual puzzle game that will tease both your wits and your memory! Well that's what the developers claim anyway.

Lubuntu 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Announcing the release of Lubuntu 14.04, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications. Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment; PCManFM, a fast and lightweight files manager using GIO/GVFS; Openbox, a fast and extensible default window manager of LXDE; LightDM, a simple GTK+ greeter; Firefox, the famous web browser; based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Improvements since Lubuntu 13.10: LTS Support (3 years), and more.

Microservers and the hurry up and wait conundrum

  • ZDNet; By Larry Dignan (Posted by bob on Apr 20, 2014 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: ARM, Linux
Fifteen years ago Linux was going to take over the world. Today, Linux is everywhere and no one blinks when a company builds on an open source stack. Microservers may be the same way. But this revolution will take some time to play out. In our microserver special report, Nick Heath noted that microservers, ARM and Intel-based, are being used for specific workloads such as serving Web content, but enterprises are all about multipurpose computing for a wide range of applications.

Emmabuntüs: A philanthropist’s GNU/Linux

Emmabuntüs is a desktop GNU/Linux distribution which originated in France with a humanitarian mission. It was designed with 4 primary objectives – refurbishing of computers given to humanitarian organizations like the Emmaüs communities, promoting GNU/Linux among beginners, extending the life of older equipments and reducing waste by over-consumption of raw materials.

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.

The Heartbleed drama queens

The media's coverage of Heartbleed has gone way over the top and has regressed into mindless bashing of open source software.

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04? "In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically designed for efficient Chinese input, 14.04 LTS uses the Sogou Input Method, a typing tool that provides intelligent predictive search and auto-completion. Sogou, combined with the Kingsoft WPS office suite, makes Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS even faster and easier to use when creating documents and browsing the web.

Enable one-click minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04

Here's how you can enable the one-click to minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04.

Use LightDM lock screen instead of Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

How to switch back to the old lock screen in Ubuntu 14.04.

Linux & SteamOS Earn The 400 Games Badge

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 20, 2014 2:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
An interesting little note is that when you look into how many games Steam has that are now on Linux, the figure has surpassed 400!

Create Vector Graphics with Open Source Software

  • LinuxLinks.com; By Steve Emms (Posted by sde on Apr 20, 2014 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Roundups
This article identifies the finest open source vector graphics editors. Vector editors are ideal for technical illustrations, diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters, banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps and layout. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and illustrations drawn by hand with a pen tablet.

Install tweak tools in Ubuntu 14.04

  • ITworld; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Apr 19, 2014 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Add GNOME Tweak Tool and Unity Tweak Tool to your Ubuntu 14.04 system.

More on Google’s Search Algorithm (does it favor Google+?)

Can search results this high really have another explanation?

Hands on with Ubuntu 14.04: The best Ubuntu desktop ever

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Apr 19, 2014 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.

OpenSSL and Linux: A Tale of Two Open-Source Projects

The Heartbleed bug has cast a bright and not entirely flattering light on the open-source movement’s incentive model. When a crucial and ubiquitous piece of security code like OpenSSL — left vulnerable for two years by the Heartbleed flaw — can be accessed by all the world’s programming muscle, but only has one full-time developer and generates less than $2,000 in donations a year, clearly something is amiss. But then there’s Linux.

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