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  • Fedora 17 Has More Features: GIMP 2.8, GCC 4.7, oVirt, Etc

    01/10/2012 11:55:21 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 32 replies
    Phoronix ^ | January 10th | Michael Larabel
    The Beefy Miracle already has a beefy list of possible changes like maybe the Btrfs file-system by default, multi-touch advancements, GNOME Shell software rendering, and many other features, but now there's even more. At the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting on Monday (9 January), several more Fedora 17 features were approved. Here's the features that were just approved to be part of the Beefy Miracle:
  • Fedora 16 Released

    11/23/2011 6:26:25 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    OSNews ^ | November 8th | Hiev
    "The following are major features for Fedora 16: enhanced cloud support including Aeolus Conductor, Condor Cloud, HekaFS, OpenStack and pacemaker-cloud; KDE Plasma workspaces 4.7; GNOME 3.2; a number of core system improvements including GRUB 2 and the removal of HAL; an updated libvirtd, trusted boot, guest inspection, virtual lock manager and a pvops based kernel for Xen all improve virtualization support."
  • An Intro to Linux Distros and Live CDs

    10/24/2011 8:47:39 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    Linuxaria ^ | 23 October 2011 | linuxari
    With over 600 GNU/Linux distributions available, 300 of which are under active development, what’s the best? How do you choose? It would be nice if there was a Linux Store, like the Apple Stores, where you could actually walk in and “testdrive” a Distro (short for Distribution). Unfortunately, there aren’t any “Linux Stores”. Money’s just not there. Apple products are premium products with premium price tags. Leasing a store, stocking it with “testdrive systems” and having Geeky Guru’s on the payroll just won’t work with a FREE product. Why are there so many Distros anyway? Makes it difficult to find...
  • Without Dennis Ritchie, there would be no Jobs

    10/17/2011 7:21:53 AM PDT · by fremont_steve · 28 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jason Perlow
    In the last two weeks, we have lost two people who had immense influence on our industry. It is undeniable that Steve Jobs brought us innovation and iconic products like the world had never seen, as well as a cult following of consumers and end users that mythicized him. The likes of which will probably be never seen again. I too, like many in this industry, despite my documented differences with the man and his company, paid my respects, and have acknowledged his influence. But the “magical” products that Apple and Steve Jobs — as well as many other companies...
  • India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35

    10/05/2011 10:17:09 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 26 replies
    India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23). Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. Officials hope the computer will give digital access to students in small towns and villages across India, which lags behind its rivals in connectivity. At the launch in the Indian capital, Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash (meaning sky) tablets...
  • Introducing the Tizen Project ( Intel sponsored follow on to MeeGo)

    09/28/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Anandtech ^ | 9/28/2011 1:00:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Posted in smartphones , MeeGo , Tizen , Intel , Samsung When Intel first announced its intentions to enter the smartphone space it needed an OS that demanded the additional silicon Intel was willing to invest in this market. With PCs Intel had Microsoft Windows, an OS that could seemingly always use more processing power. Newer versions of Windows helped Intel sell newer versions of its processors. There was no analog to that in the smartphone market when Intel first started making noise. It was software and styling, not SoCs that differentiated most Android smartphones early on. Obviously times are...
  • AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    09/28/2011 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 9th | Michael Larabel
    Here's one non-UDS announcement hitting the web right now that's also very significant for open-source and Linux: Advanced Micro Devices has announced today they will support Coreboot on all future processors. Coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, is an open-source Linux-based BIOS implementation. AMD has long been a supporter of the Coreboot project with releasing code for Coreboot and supporting documentation in their products: both chipsets and servers.
  • Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

    09/27/2011 8:25:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 26 September 2011 | John Leyden
    A senior Red Hat engineer has lashed back at Microsoft's attempt to downplay concerns that upcoming secure boot features will make it impossible to install Linux on Windows 8 certified systems. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specifications are designed to offer faster boot times and improved security over current BIOS ROM systems. The secure boot feature of the specification is designed so that only digitally signed OS loaders will load, a security feature that would prevent the installation of generic copies of Linux or FreeBSD as well as preventing rootkits and other boot-time malware from running. A digitally signed build...
  • Microsoft explains Windows 8 boot to quell Linux fears

    09/23/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 4+ views
    ZDNet UK ^ | 09/23/2011 | Ben Woods
    Microsoft has become locked in a dispute over whether the boot process in Windows 8 will block Linux from running on hardware designed for the next version of its flagship platform. Windows 8 secure boot uses pre-OS boot checks, as well as third-party software checks, to ensure that users PCs remain healthy. Photo credit: Microsoft Matthew Garrett, a power management and mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, raised questions in a blog post on Tuesday about dual-booting of Linux in Windows 8. He argued the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based secure boot means either Windows 8 will be signed...
  • Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux - Microsoft wants firmware to only start authorised OSes

    09/21/2011 5:57:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | 9/21/11 | John Leyden
    Computer scientists warn that proposed changes in firmware specifications may make it impossible to run “unauthorised” operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD on PCs. Proposed changes to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware specifications would mean PCs would only boot from a digitally signed image derived from a keychain rooted in keys built into the PC. Microsoft is pushing to make this mandatory in a move that could not be overridden by users and would effectively exclude alternative operating systems, according to Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge University and other observers. UEFI is a successor to the BIOS...
  • Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop

    09/21/2011 5:02:12 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    Datamation ^ | 20 September 2011 | Bruce Byfield
    What does the Windows 8 Developer Preview have to do with the Linux desktop? Not much, you might think at first, especially since the final version is likely to be vastly different than the preview. But as I explored the preview, I couldn't help asking myself: is this the first hint of how major desktops will look in the future on all operating systems? It's a distinct and -- for a Linux desktop user -- an alarming possibility.If you haven't already downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview, then Jason Perlow's informal video will give you the general idea (as well...
  • Tech Question: Best OCR software for (ubuntu) Linux?

    09/13/2011 12:08:14 PM PDT · by cc2k · 11 replies · 5+ views
    OK. I've answerd my share of Tech questions over the years. Now, I'm faced with a project and looking for words of experience from others. Any recommendations (either positive, or to avoid) for OCR software for Linux. I run Ubuntu 10.04LTS on my desktop and laptop. I have 100+ pages, some typewritten, some from wordprocessing where the electronic versions are no longer available, which I need to convert to something that can be published on the web (probably on a WordPress site). Other than typing from the source pages, what are good options for OCR software for Linux. Are there...
  • FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux?

    09/11/2011 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 35 replies
    Phoronix ^ | September 7th | Michael Larabel
    FreeBSD provides a Linux binary compatibility layer that allows 32-bit Linux binaries to be natively executed on this BSD operating system. Linux binary compatibility on FreeBSD allows Linux-only applications to be executed in a near seamless manner on this alternative platform, even for games. New tests have revealed that the modern FreeBSD operating system (via PC-BSD 8.2) can actually outperform Linux when it comes to running OpenGL Linux game binaries. This Linux binary compatibility support for FreeBSD is commonly referred to as "Linux emulation", but it is not emulating Linux in a traditional sense nor is it acting like Wine...
  • Windows 8 to include secure boot using UEFI 2.3.1 (And locking out linux?

    09/06/2011 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 1+ views
    H-Online ^ | September 2nd
    Secure boot only works in UEFI mode, thus preventing legacy booting in 16-bit mode. The Linux community has been quick to point out that generating signed bootloaders may be problematic for open source operating systems.
  • GIMP 2.7.3 adds Single Window Mode

    09/02/2011 11:11:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | August 30th | Michael Reed
    GIMP 2.7.3 has added one of the most requested features in the program’s history: a single window mode. Version 2.7 is part of the development branch, so unfortunately, the feature won't hit most distro repositories for a while. As I said, because 2.7 is a development branch, most distributions won’t add it to their repositories, and this means that you’ll have to build it yourself. It’s a shame, in a way, because the new window mode might be viewed as a ease of use feature that less advanced users would appreciate. According to this(link) page, it looks like version 2.8...
  • Linux repository rooted in hack attack

    09/01/2011 4:51:32 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | September 1st | Dan Goodin
    Multiple servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system were infected with malware that gained root access, modified system software, and logged passwords and transactions of the people who used them, the official Linux Kernel Organization has confirmed. The infection occurred no later than August 12 and wasn't detected for another 17 days, according to an email John "'Warthog9" Hawley, the chief administrator of, sent to developers on Monday. It said a trojan was found on the personal machine of kernel developer H Peter Anvin and later on the servers known as Hera and Odin1. A...
  • Linux at 20: New challenges, new opportunities

    09/01/2011 5:00:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 25 replies · 1+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | 29 August 2011 | Neil McAllister
    Twenty years ago, when Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system project to a Usenet discussion group, he had no way of knowing that his creation would one day conquer the world."Just a hobby, [it] won't be big and professional," Torvalds wrote on Aug. 25, 1991. In a follow-up post, he added, "Simply, I'd say that porting [the OS to a different CPU] is impossible." Torvalds had begun the project as a fun way to teach himself about the Intel 80386 processor and nothing more. His greatest ambition was merely to see it work.It has done far better than...
  • SCO Loses Again, Original Verdict Upheld

    08/31/2011 5:08:08 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    Internet News ^ | 30 August 2011 | Sean Michael Kerner
    From the 'What? They're Still at It?!' files: I really had thought that we'd heard the last of SCO, which is is why I was surprised today.SCO was defeated again this week, this time it was an appeal (likely the final appeal) in the Novell vs. SCO case over who owns the Unix copyrights. This was the appeal of the verdict issued over year ago that confirmed Novell's ownership.The wheels of justice in the U.S. sure do seem to move in slow motion at times. While this case has been on the appeals docket for such a long time, we...
  • At 20, Linux is invisible, ubiquitous

    08/29/2011 9:16:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | August 26, 2011 12:58 p.m. EDT | Mark Milian
    Linux-powered software is growing quickly in emerging industries, as depicted in this CNN infographic from ************************EXCERPT*****************************************************STORY HIGHLIGHTS Linux, the free software platform, was conceived 20 years ago In phones, ATMs, airplane consoles and other machines, Linux is pervasive Linux, the brand and the desktop operating system, failed to go mainstream
  • Linux is 20 years old today

    08/26/2011 8:39:07 PM PDT · by allmost · 33 replies
    The Enquirer ^ | Thu Aug 25 2011, 00:09 | Egan Orion
    ONE MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT, a student at the University of Helsinki posted a query to the newsgroup comp.os.minix asking, "What would you like to see most in minix?" The student's name was Linus Torvalds, and that Usenet post was the beginning of the Linux operating system (OS). The date was 25 August 1991, exactly 20 years ago today. Pictured-used-and-licensed-under-the-GNU-Free-Distribution-License-by-linuxmag-com-Martin-StreicherIn 1991 Unix had existed for about 20 years since the early 1970s, Apple had come out with its Mac OS in 1984, and Microsoft had been flogging Windows since 1985. Torvalds' ambitions for his "new (free) operating system" were modest. It was...