LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-April-2014

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 7, 2014 4:10 AM EDT
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)
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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!

KDE Games - Does anybody play them?: When I installed openSUSE it came with a number of games pre-installed including Reversi, Patience, Sudoku, Mahjongg and Mines. This article takes a look at the games and asks the question "Who is playing them?" Do you play them? If nobody plays them why are they there?

Why Windows XP's Demise Is Bad for Linux and Open Source: Microsoft (MSFT) Windows XP's end is nigh, and you might think a longtime Linux user such as myself would have little reason to care. But I do, because XP's impending end of life means virtualizing Windows apps on open source platforms is about to become much more difficult. Here's why.

Better Than a Quad-Head Display: My Adventures with "4K" 2160p and Linux: While searching for an upgrade for my aging 1080i television, I became entranced with the progress of 4K "ultra-hd" monitors with resolutions of 3840x2160 pixels. It occurred to me that with all this industry focus on consumer televisions with high resolutions, certainly the next generation of computer monitors would also follow this format.

Canonical to Shut Down Ubuntu One, Start Saving Your Data Now: Canonical has just announced that the cloud file service Ubuntu One will be shutting down in two months, which is probably a very difficult decision for the company.

Linus Torvalds vs. systemd developers: For those of you who enjoy tracking kernel development occasionally, take a look at this thread, especially Linus' response.

Brendan Eich steps down at Mozilla: Controversial Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has left his position after concerns over his views on same-sex marriage came back into the public consciousness.

Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux: The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You used to be able to mine with your CPU, and then GPUs ruled the roost for a couple of years. Today, however, you'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box.

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).

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.

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