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Jan
17
2015

Microsoft migration tool enables Linux workloads to move to Azure

In September 2014, Microsoft made available as a limited preview its Migration Accelerator (MA) tool, designed to help users migrate their on-premises Windows Server workloads to Azure.

On January 14, Microsoft added support to MA for Linux. Using the MA preview tool, users can migrate Linux physical and virtual machines to Azure. The new release supports the migration of Cent OS (6.4, 6.5) and Oracle Linux (6.4, 6.5) to Azure.

 

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-migration-tool-enables-linux-workloads-to-move-to-azure/

Submitted by: Mary Jo Foley

Jan
16
2015

Google rolling out Classroom mobile app for students, teachers

Google is launching a new Classroom-branded mobile app aimed at encouraging digital collaboration between teachers and students.

Google Apps for Education counts more than 40 million students, teachers and administrators among its user base, according to the Internet giant’s estimates last fall. Classroom itself debuted roughly six months ago in an effort to make Google Apps for Education simpler for educators to use.

Among the available features for educators include helping students keep track of upcoming assignments followed by the ability for instructors to mark assignments as “done” upon completion.

Since launching, more than 30 million assignments have gone through Classroom, noted Jorge Lugo, a software engineer on the Google for Education Classroom team.

The mobile version of Classroom, Lugo explained, is designed to further facilitate communications between teachers and students, namely through the addition of a teacher assignments page and the ability to archive classes.

 

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-classroom-mobile-ios-android-education/

Submitted by: Rachel King

Jan
15
2015

Git Vulnerabiltiy Closed in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical published some details about a Git vulnerability that has been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

Each new Git version usually lands with security fixes and the same happened with the latest branch. The developers explained that Git could have been made to run programs if it received specially crafted changes from a repo.

This is the same issue that managed to get Linus Torvalds upset about the poor condition of the HFS+ file system.

 

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Git-Vulnerabiltiy-Closed-in-Ubuntu-OSes-470022.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Jan
13
2015

Ubuntu Phone Details

First details of the Ubuntu Phone emerge from Canonical:

Ubuntu PhoneThe user experience for smartphones has revolved around apps and its icon grid since the very first iPhone. Key mobile services on iOS and Android are delivered via apps in a fragmented manner and controlled by platform owners such as Google, Apple and Microsoft, which has put OEMs and Operators into a secondary role.

Users deserve a richer, faster and unfragmented experience built around the things they do most on their devices.

With the Ubuntu phone we are moving away from the app grid towards integrated content and services. And we do this by providing a user experience that is centered on bringing the key mobile digital life services directly to the screen, which at the heart we call ‘scopes.’

Scopes are a way of delivering unified experiences for various service categories, front and centre to the user, without hiding them behind a sea of apps and app icons. They are created via a simple UI toolkit with much lower development and maintenance costs than apps. There are two types of scopes – aggregation and branded.

Aggregation scopes define the device’s default experience and what makes Ubuntu phones valuable to end users. They allow OEMs and Operators to create a user experience that is unique to their devices such as the NearBy scope that aggregates local services centered around what you’re doing. We’ll go into more detail on the other aggregated scopes in an upcoming Phone Glimpse mailer.

Branded scopes are app like experiences delivered directly to the screen, fully branded. Discoverable through the default store, from a feed in an aggregation scope, or as a favourited default screen. A faster way for developers to build a rich and easier to access branded experience on a device.

Dec
23
2014

Dropbox 3 for Linux Goes Stable With New Qt UI, Setup Wizard

The “problem” with new releases of Dropbox is that most are virtually identical to the last. While good in that no senseless changes arrive solely for change’s sake, it’s bad in that it makes for very droll “news” coverage!

Thankfully this release does have a bit more meat on its free range bones. As we showed you back in July, the UI changes in Dropbox 3.0.x are noticeable — and not just because the blue panel icon is now white! ;)

Another change making the jump from the July preview is the all-new setup wizard. Nothing too fancy here, but a big reduction in the number of hoops one jumps through on a fresh install.

Source:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/12/dropbox-3-0-3-stable-linux-desktop-build-released

Submitted by: Joey-Elijah Sneddon

Dec
22
2014

Dota 2 Runs Natively on Mir with the Same Performance as X11

Canonical has been working on the Mir display server for some time, although most of their efforts have been made towards the mobile platform. They are now looking to optimize it for desktop use and nothing reflects the progress made more than a famous game running on Mir.

Mir is already working on the desktop, but users need to have the open source video drivers in order to make it work. Canonical has recently built a new flavor called Ubuntu Next which features Unity 8 and the Mir display server. The new desktop environment needs Mir, so it stands to reason that the updated DE will arrive for regular users when Mir is also ready. It’s not there yet, but it’s taking great strides.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Dota-2-Runs-Natively-on-Mir-with-the-Same-Performance-as-X11-466662.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
21
2014

Year End Core Apps Hack Days Announced for Ubuntu Touch

Canonical is looking to improve the core apps that are already available for Ubuntu Touch and is organizing a new Core Apps Hack Days event that should galvanize the efforts of more developers towards this platform.

Native apps are what Ubuntu Touch needs more than anything and that’s because the team can only deal with the operating system, but the rest of the ecosystem has to come from third-party developers who need to take the rest of the journey.

The guys and gals who build Ubuntu Touch do provide a number of apps, like the Gallery or the Browser, but they can’t spread their efforts in all the directions. This is where Core Apps Hack Days comes into play.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Year-End-Core-Apps-Hack-Days-Announced-for-Ubuntu-Touch-466699.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
20
2014

Elive OS Is a Unique Debian and Enlightenment Combination

Elive, a Linux distribution based on Debian that uses the Enlightenment desktop environment to provide a unique user experience, is now at version 2.4.6 and the developers are getting closer to a stable release.

Elive is a different kind operating system and it will require the user to be a little open-minded because this distro provides an interesting desktop experience. There are very few OSes out there that even share the same kind of desktop, so it’s easy to say that it provides something unique.

The Enlightenment DE is mostly responsible for this, but it’s also the devs merit who managed to make all the necessary changes to turn this into something special.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Elive-OS-Is-a-Unique-Debian-and-Enlightenment-Combination-466754.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
19
2014

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

I don’t quite remember the last time I used Opera browser, but it’s been a very long time ago. I didn’t even think that the company is still developing a Linux version.

So, surprised I was when I read that Opera 26 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Even more surprising is this line from the FAQ about Opera Linux: “Yes, all of the major features found in Opera for Windows and Mac are also available to Linux users, including: Speed Dial, the Discover feature, Opera Turbo, bookmarks and bookmark sharing, themes, extensions and more.”

Source:

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2014/12/04/opera-26-released-install-it-on-linux-mint-17-1-and-ubuntu-14-10/

Submitted by: LinuxBSDos

Dec
18
2014

Major NVIDIA Stable Driver Released

A fresh NVIDIA driver for the Linux platform has been released and it looks like the devs have a made number of changes and important improvements that really stand out.

NVIDIA seems to be the only company that takes the Linux community seriously, or least this can be deduced from the changelogs and the number of drivers that are released for the platform. AMD and Intel do their share of work with the kernel, but it’s nowhere near the kind of dedication that NVIDIA has. The simple fact that they release often is proof that they really do care about their users.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Major-NVIDIA-Stable-Driver-Released-466755.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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