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The Trouble With Android

Don’t get me wrong, Android is a beautiful operating system if ever there was one – and dumbed down to the max, which makes it even more beautiful in the minds of many mobile users. Indeed, you can play on an Android device all day without ever even realizing that you’re working with an operating system or even a computer. Just swipe away and see what they’ll try to sell you next.

A free culture event in Pakistan

Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful free culture events worldwide. A global photo competition organized by local Wikimedia chapters and groups, it has been running since 2010 and has grown larger each year. For 2014, we speak to Saqib Qayyum from Wikimedia Pakistan about how the event will help promote the commons to new communities. read more

Try GNOME 3.14 Beta 1 with Wayland Without Installing Anything

  • softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 1, 2014 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GNOME is working to implement official Wayland support for the upcoming 3.14 release and they seem to be more than half way there. It's difficult to test the new GNOME 3.14 Beta updates that have been made until now, especially with the Wayland integration, but a Reddit user posted a short and easy-to-follow tutorial in this regard.

Code for Germany project launches

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 1, 2014 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In July 2014, the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany launched Code for Germany! We presented the project to the media, to our international partners, to friends, city representatives and to members of our Advisory Board in advance of the OK Festival in Berlin. It was a pleasure for us to welcome partners, supporters, and members of the program on stage. Among them were Lynn Fine from Code for America, Gabriella Goméz-Mont from the Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost from Digital Champion Germany, and Nicolas Zimmer from Technologiestiftung Berlin. read more

Black Lab Linux 5.1 Released

Today we are pleased to release the next in the 5 series of Black Lab Linux. Black Lab Linux 5.1 contains many updates, new features and enhancements to the Black Lab Linux distribution.

Since this is an incremental release we are also making it available for download immediately instead of waiting the 30 day period in where we normally deliver it.

Mozilla Improving Security Processes After Exposing Developer Data

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 1, 2014 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
Denelle Dixon-Thayer, senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Mozilla, told eWEEK that the recent incidents have confirmed to Mozilla the importance of a review effort that got started last year. That effort encompasses a full review of Mozilla's practices around data, including the various non-Mozilla projects that Mozilla supports.

Matching databases to Linux distros

  • itnews labs; By Darren Yates (Posted by bob on Sep 1, 2014 6:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
According to market analysts IDC, Linux accounted for 28.5 percent of all server revenue at the close of 2013. It doesn't surprise anyone that Linux is popular - low support costs and high stability are what Linux is known for. But it is surprising just how many dollars it rakes in - IDC estimates Linux generated $US14.1 billion last year in hardware revenue alone.

Linux has run out of time, or has it?

  • Everyday Linux User; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Sep 1, 2014 4:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
An article in PC Linux magazine suggested that Linux has run out of time to make it on the desktop. This article provides some counterarguments and asks the question "why does it have to be Windows or Linux, why can't it be both?"

Indian Firefox OS phones start at $33

Intex and Spice launched the first Firefox OS phones in India using a low-cost Spreadtrum design: the $33 Intex Cloud FX and the $38 Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1. Mozilla announced two new Firefox OS phones in India that have blasted through smartphone price barriers. The two phones, which are the first in Asia to run Mozilla’s Linux- and HTML5-based Firefox OS platform, are priced at a low 1,999 Indian Ruppees ($33) for the Intex Technologies Cloud FX and $2,299 Rs ($38) for the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 from Spice Retail Limited. The low-end phones are about a half to a third the price of the most affordable Android phones sold in India.

Top 5 articles of the week: Linux, Hadoop, and NASA

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on Opensource.com.

How to share on linux the output of your shell commands

Some time ago I posted an article about shelr.tv a website and a service that was made to allow you to share your terminal records directly from the website. Now the website of shelr.tv seems dead and so I’ve took a look around to see if there are similar websites and I’ve found commands.com. For what I can see from their homepage it’s a service similar to the other, so let’s test it.

Fix Linux display issues

Find HorizSync VertRefresh rates to fix Linux display issue – Why my display is stuck at 640×480? I have a NVIDIA GTX460 Graphics card on my current machine and a Acer 22" Monitor. After installing NVIDIA driver, my display was stuck at 640x480 and no matter what I do, nothing fixed it. This is an unusual problem with NVIDIA driver. I am assuming Intel and ATI driver might have similar issues.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Aug-2014



LXer Feature: 31-Aug-2014

In the Roundup this week we have Mozilla's new programming language Rust, 14 Raspberry Pi projects, with the 23rd Birthday of Linux on the 25th we have some interesting facts about Linux, did Red Hat’s CTO walk or was he pushed?, what happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux and a lot more. Enjoy!

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux & Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Linux Update

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Aug 31, 2014 5:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been announced to much fanfare and it looks like it will be getting a Linux version. Well sort of, maybe, we aren't quite sure. Also there's another small bit of hope for the Baldur's Gate EE Linux version.

How to change an user password under Linux

  • Linuxaria.com (Posted by linuxaria on Aug 31, 2014 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If you manage a server with many different users or just your family computer you will probably have many different accounts to manage, and one important aspect of any account it’s its password. In this small article I’ll show you how to use the basic passwd command but also how to do some small bash script or use a web application, if you have a more complex environment, such as a central ldap server that keep all your accounts information.

Low-Spec Hardware? Try these Desktop Environments

I have selected my pick of desktop environments that are excellent candidates for older hardware. They typically run well on low-spec machines, even a system with a Pentium II 266MHz CPU, a processor that is now 16 years old. All of the desktops are released under freely distributable licenses. If your Linux box feels sluggish in general use, try one of the desktops featured below. It may just save you from discarding a perfectly good machine.

Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.

NotepadConf

NotepadConf: the textiest conference you'll attend! See the latest technological advancements in plaintext editing. Meet the luminaries of the market and some sneak peaks at what's coming next!

How to improve the performance of your website with APC and memcached

  • RoseHosting.com Linux VPS Hosting Blog; By RoseHosting (Posted by RoseHosting on Aug 31, 2014 8:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we will show you how to improve the performance of your website with APC and memcached. APC stands for Alternative PHP Cache and it is an open source solution if you like to speed-up your website.

CentOS 7 Installation Steps with Screenshots

After the release of Redhat enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) , CentOS community has released its Latest Operating System named as CentOS 7.

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