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Mar
23
2015

Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT Battleground

The Internet of Things is driving an abundant amount of investment to the middleware tier. This involves activity among larger companies and numerous start-ups in developing platforms. The good news is that many of these platforms are using some common standards, noted Ian Skerrett, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation.

Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace.

The IoT is quietly gaining momentum as companies develop software to connect all sorts of consumer products to the Internet. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers’ connections.

Could history be ripe for repeating itself as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT? Based on the victories in some early skirmishes, innovations developed by open source start-ups may be the David in the here-again fight against proprietary Goliaths.

Source: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/81741.html
Submitted by: Jack M. Germain

Mar
22
2015

MakuluLinux Cinnamon 8.1

MakuluLinux Cinnamon is a freely distributed, easy-to-use, easy-to-install, portable and open source desktop-oriented operating system based on the award-winning Debian GNU/Linux distribution and built around the beautiful, lightweight and modern Cinnamon desktop environment.

Its claimed as a very first x64 Edition for Makulu Linux family. This release is special for so many reasons, It is sure to mark a major milestone, not just for Makulu, but considering what is inside, the whole of the linux world.

Source:http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Linux-Distributions/MakuluLinux-Cinnamon-103650.shtml
Submitted by: Marius Nestor

Mar
21
2015

Save and Recover Data From Crashed Disks With ddrescue Command Like a Pro

Horrible event that really want to avoided is data loss because of broken harddisks. But, you still can do something with your harddisks if that event occurs. By utilizing ddrescue, a good tools for save your data, you still can get back your data.

GNU ddrescue is a program that copies data from one file or block device (hard disk, cd/dvd-rom, etc) to another, it is a tool to help you to save data from crashed partition i.e. it is a data recovery tool. It tries to read and if it fails it will go on with the next sectors, where tools like dd will fail. If the copying process is interrupted by the user it is possible to continue at any position later. It can copy backwards.

Source:http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/how-do-i-save-recover-data-from-crashed-disks-with-dd-and-ddrescue-command.html

Submitted by: NixCraft

 

Mar
20
2015

State of VoIP in Linux

Like most people, I find myself using the same VoIP options everyone else is using. Thankfully, these days there are far more options available than what we might think.

One of the popular VoIP applications in Linux is Skype which coming from any other platforms, Linux VoIP clients often find themselves being compared to Skype. Foss advocates are usually quick to point out the flaws in trusting Skype with your voice calls, yet the fact is that this is what most people use. There are more than one alternative applications for VoIP communications in Linux.

Today, I’ll look at these options and also explore up-and-coming alternatives as well.

Source:http://www.datamation.com/open-source/state-of-voip-in-linux.html
Submitted by: Matt Hartley

Mar
19
2015

GTK+ Wayland Now Supports HiDPI Cursors

Matthias Clasen has released the latest GTK+ 3.15 development release that’s near final and about ready to be named GTK+ 3.16.

Yesterday’s GTK+ 3.15.12 release brings improvements to the GtkCellRendererPixbuf, GtkEntry and GtkMenuButton alterations, and the GTK+ Wayland back-end now has support for HiDPI cursors. There’s also various bug-fixes in GTK+ 3.15.12 like crash fixes and Pixman warnings. The official changes can be seen outlined via this Git commit.

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GTK-3.15.12-Released
Submitted by: Michael Larabel

Mar
18
2015

GNOME Shell 3.15.92 Improves GNOME’s Classic Theme

GNOME Shell 3.15.92 was released today (17 March 2015) and among other minor enhancements it improves the GNOME classic theme.

Florian Müllner announced the GNOME Shell 3.15.92 release today and among its enhancements are an improved classic theme, fixed ordering of calendar events, pointer barriers for the legacy tray, menu fixes, GDM changes, and various other items. The classic theme changes come down to items that looked “bad” or improper up to now.

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GNOME-Shell-3.15.92
Submitted by:  Michael Larabel

Feb
24
2015

Cut the Rope Is the First Major Game Ported for Ubuntu Phones

ZeptoLab, the studio that made the famous “Cut the Rope” game a couple of years back, has officially ported the title for the Ubuntu platform and is now available in the store.

Cut the Rope is a game that reached peak fame a couple of years ago and it was all the rage, but now it’s the first major title to be ported for the Ubuntu platform. To be fair, a few other games have been made available until now, including 2048 and Flappy Bird. Cut the Rope is the first big caliber game to land in the Store and even if it’s an old one, it’s still an important milestone.

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Cut-the-Rope-Is-the-First-Major-Game-Ported-for-Ubuntu-Phones-473303.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Feb
23
2015

Facebook, Stripe pledge funds for GnuPG development

Two companies, Stripe and Facebook, have pledged an annual donation of $US100,000 to aid in the development of GNU Privacy Guard, the encryption software that has been created by a single German developer.

Stripe, which provides a way for individuals and businesses to accept payments over the internet, made the announcement on Twitter on behalf of itself and Facebook.

The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative made a one-time donation of $US60,000. Other donations by individuals have also come in.

 

Source: http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/66886-facebook-stripe-pledge-funds-for-gnupg-development

Submitted by: Sam Varghese

Feb
22
2015

Fed up with systemd and Linux? Why not try PC-BSD?

With the growing adoption of systemd, dissatisfaction with Linux has reached proportions not seen in recent years, to the extent that people have started talking of switching to FreeBSD.

Talk is all very well as a means of making a threat, but how difficult is it to actually make the move? Has Linux moved so far ahead that switching systems will mean one has to do without many applications that one has gotten used to?

iTWire spoke to Kris Moore, one of those deeply involved with the PC-BSD project. Moore also works with iXsystems, a company that sells hardware loaded with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

 

Source:

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/66900-fed-up-with-systemd-and-linux?-why-not-try-pc-bsd?

Submitted by: Sam Varghese

Feb
21
2015

Unofficial Ubuntu Store for Phones Now Available on PCs

Ubuntu for phones doesn’t have an official online store for the applications accessible from the PC, but that doesn’t mean someone didn’t manage to put one together. It’s not official, but it works very well.

Now that there is an Ubuntu phone in the wild, users have started paying much more attention to the applications available in store. There are a lot of them, but you can’t see them unless you are booting an Ubuntu OS on a phone, like Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition or Nexus 4. Now that has been changed because an unofficial store is available.

 

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Unofficial-Ubuntu-Store-for-Phones-Now-Available-on-PCs-473334.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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