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Dec
17
2014

U.S. Marine Corps Wants to Change OS for Radar System from Windows XP to Linux

When it comes to stability and performance, nothing can really beat Linux. This is why the U.S. Marine Corps leaders have decided to ask Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems to change the operating system of the newly delivered Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) from Windows XP to Linux.

It’s interesting to note that the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) was just delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps, but the company that built it chose to keep that aging operating system. Someone must have noticed the fact that it was a poor decision and the chain of command was informed of the problems that might have appeared.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/U-S-Marine-Corps-Want-to-Change-OS-for-Radar-System-from-Windows-XP-to-Linux-466756.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
17
2014

Ubuntu Touch Music App Is Proof That Total Ubuntu Convergence Is Getting Closer – Gallery

While other platforms like Windows or iOS are still working towards their convergence goal, Canonical is already there and the developers now have applications that work both on the mobile and on the desktop platform without any major modifications. One such example is the Ubuntu Touch Music App, which looks and feels native on both operating systems.

For now, Canonical is working on Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu for desktop. Before long, however, the projects will be folded into a single one, probably in a couple of years. Until then, the biggest change that we’re seeing due to this convergence policy is the fact that applications for Ubuntu Touch don’t really have a problem running on the desktop.

The Ubuntu Touch Music App 2.0 is the same as the one you can find on the mobile platform, but there are some perks if you run it on the desktop. Users can resize it and work much more easily with the playlist, which is a nice thing to have. In any case, it only runs on Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), so that’s the only way to test it.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Touch-Music-App-Is-Proof-that-Total-Ubuntu-Convergence-Is-Getting-Closer-464595.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
15
2014

Canonical Drops Ubuntu 14.10 Dedicated Images for Apple Hardware

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been available for a couple of weeks and the reception has been positive for the most part, but there is one small piece of interesting information that didn’t get revealed. It looks like the Ubuntu devs don’t need to build specific images for Apple hardware.

Many Ubuntu users will remember that, until the launch of Ubuntu 14.10, there was an image of the OS available labeled amd64+mac, which was technically aimed at Apple hardware.

The Ubuntu devs marked this interesting evolution in the official announcement for Ubuntu 14.10, but it went largely unnoticed.

Source:

http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Canonical-Drops-Ubuntu-14-10-Dedicated-Images-for-Apple-Hardware-464174.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
14
2014

Dropbox 2.11.34 Experimental Features a Rewritten UI for Linux Client

Dropbox, a client for an online service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, has been promoted to version 2.11.34 for the experimental branch.

The Dropbox developers don’t usually provide too many changes for the Linux platform and the latest update is not all that promising either. In fact, there is nothing specific for Linux, but the branch is an entirely different discussion. This will be a very interesting release when it becomes stable, but until then we can take a closer look at what’s coming.

Source:

http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Dropbox-2-11-34-Experimental-Features-a-Rewritten-UI-for-Linux-Client-464468.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
13
2014

Mozilla Releases ‘Firefox Developer Edition’ for Windows, Mac and Linux

The Developer Edition is exactly what it says on the tin: a browser built around the needs of web developers.

The Firefox team set out to bring together tools needed to keep developers productive across a multi-device and multi-platform environment, “creating a focal point to streamline your development workflow.” Though the Firefox Developer Edition has a touch of the familiar, the rejigged UI and features make it a formidable development environment while still the fully capable browser Firefox users know and love.

The biggest change you’ll notice is the dark UI of the slick inspector applied to the rest of the browser. Not your style? You can revert to the familiar light theme by heading into the Customize options at the bottom of the “hamburger” menu and clicking “Use Firefox Developer Edition Theme”.

Source:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/11/mozilla-releases-firefox-developer-edition

Submitted by: Sam Tran

Nov
12
2014

Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

The Ubuntu Online Summit is an event that allows the Ubuntu community to contribute to the development of the operating system by taking part in discussions with the developers. It features a lot of topics regarding the system, some more complex than others, but pretty much all of the aspects of the distribution will be covered.

The current summit is scheduled to take place right after the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) development cycle has started. Users will be able to find out about the features that are going to be integrated in Ubuntu ahead of time, and they will be able to query the developers about any subject. If you have any questions about Ubuntu (not technical support related), if you want to know why something is implemented in a certain way, or you just want some general information, then the Ubuntu Online Summit is the place to ask them.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Online-Summit-for-Ubuntu-15-04-Vivid-Vervet-Starts-In-a-Few-Days-464323.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Oct
21
2014

Systemd Creator Says Linux Community Is Rotten, Points at Linus Torvalds as the Source

The creator of systemd, Lennart Poettering, had some very harsh words to say about the Linux community and about one of its role models, Linus Torvalds.

It might seem that the Linux community in its entirety is all about rainbows and bunnies, but the truth is that it’s made up of regular people and the likes. Most of the other communities are formed in this way and Linux is no exception. The problem is that Linus is pegged as one of the people responsible by Lennart Poettering.

There has been some small friction between the two projects, Linux and systemd, but nothing that would indicate that something was amiss. In fact, when asked what he thought about systemd, just a couple of weeks ago, Linus Torvalds was actually very tactful about it.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Systemd-Creator-Say-Linux-Community-Is-Rotten-Points-at-Linus-Torvalds-as-the-Source-461219.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Oct
20
2014

Amazon Web Services Aims for More Open Source Involvement

In 2006, Amazon was an E-commerce site building out its own IT infrastructure in order to sell more books. Now, AWS and EC2 are well-known acronyms to system administrators and developers across the globe looking to the public cloud to build and deploy web-scale applications. But how exactly did a book seller become a large cloud vendor?

Amazon’s web services business was devised in order to cut data center costs – a feat accomplished largely through the use of Linux and open source software, said Chris Schlaeger, director of kernel and operating systems at Amazon Web Services in his keynote talk at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe today in Dusseldorf.

Founder Jeff Bezos “quickly realized that in order to be successful in the online business, he needed a sophisticated IT infrastructure,” Schlaeger said. But that required expensive proprietary infrastructure with enough capacity to handle peak holiday demand. Meanwhile, most of the time the machines were idle. By building their infrastructure with open source software and charging other sellers to use their unused infrastructure, Amazon could cover the up front cost of data center development.

Source:

http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/791472-amazon-web-services-aims-for-more-open-source-involvement

Submitted by: Libby Clark

Oct
19
2014

VirtualBox 4.3.18 Has Been Released With Lots Of Fixes

Virtualbox 4.3.18 has been released and bringing many different fixes for major operating systems such as Ubuntu Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The potential misbehavior after restoring the A20 state from a saved state has been fixed, virtualbox does not crash anymore in linux hosts with old versions of the linux kernel, a few remaining warnings in the kernel log if memory allocation fails have been fixed and the GNOME Shell on Fedora 21 is not prevented anymore from starting when  handling video driver display properties.

Thanks to this maintenance release Ubuntu users have now the possibility to use legacy full-screen mode under Unity without experiencing multi-screen issues. Another important issue related to Unity that has been fixed with the release of 4.3.18 version is the quirk  in full-screen mode Unity panels caused by mini-toolbar code changes in last release.

Source:

http://www.unixmen.com/virtualbox-4-3-18-released-lots-fixes/

Submitted by: Oltjano Terpollari

Oct
18
2014

KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

The new KDE Plasma and KDE Frameworks packages are now out of Beta and users can test them in various systems, including Ubuntu. In fact, installing the latest KDE is quite easy now because there is a PPA available.

A lot of users are anxious to use the latest Plasma desktop because it’s quite different from the old one. We can call it “the old one” even if the latest branch, 4.14.x, is still maintained until November.

The KDE developers split the project into three major components: Plasma, Frameworks, and Applications. Plasma is actually the desktop and everything that goes with it, Frameworks is made up of all the libraries and other components, and Applications gathers all the regular apps that are usually KDE-specific.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/KDE-Plasma-5-Now-Available-for-Ubuntu-14-10-Utopic-Unicorn–462042.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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