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openSUSE 13.1 Beta Released with Btrfs Testing

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September 20, 2013 7:40 am

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Another day, another beta: openSUSE 13.1 Beta arrives with Btrfs support for testing. In the announcement was a reminder that a “bugfixinghackaton“ is planned for this Beta and scheduled for September 27. For contributors in fortuitous locations, pizza will be provided. For everyone else, an online hangout is planned. Beta 1 (the only beta actually) was …

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OpenSUSE 13.1 Beta Out Now

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September 19, 2013 7:59 am

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Development of openSUSE 13.1 has taken another step forward, as the first beta has just been officially released to the public. This also means Factory has been feature frozen, with no new features to be added to openSUSE before release… Read Full Story (Linux User & Developer UK, Rob Zwetsloot)

Fueling Linux and Open Source Innovation on Power Systems

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September 19, 2013 7:56 am

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As times change, so do our expectations. For example, we don’t expect the same level of performance from laptops that are 20 years old vs. today’s laptops and tablets. So, why would we expect servers from the early ’90s to be able to manage advanced analytic and cloud computing needs?  Decades-old, proprietary PC-based technology was …

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Linus Torvalds Talks Linux Development at LinuxCon

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September 19, 2013 7:54 am

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Linus Torvalds, who created the open-source Linux operating system 22 years ago, took the keynote stage at the LinuxCon conference along with fellow kernel developers to talk about the state of Linux kernel development. Throughout the hourlong session Sept. 18, the panel was peppered with a barrage of questions on a wide variety of topics, with …

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IBM Again Pledges $1 Billion to a Linux Effort

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September 16, 2013 3:02 pm

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Linux continues to dominate data centers. IBM wants more of that action to take place on its hardware. The computer giant on Tuesday plans to pledge that it will spend $1 billion over four or five years on Linux and related open-source technologies for use on its Power line of server systems, which is based on the …

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Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming

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September 16, 2013 1:15 pm

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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: The reason why desktop Linux hasn’t made it is because of its lack of games. Thanks to Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve and its Steam game platform, that’s not true anymore. As a keynote speaker at the Linux Foundation’s 2013 North American Linuxcon, Newell explained that the old proprietary …

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Linux Development Report: Mobile Vendors Storm The Linux Bazaar

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September 16, 2013 10:05 am

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For years, Linux, arguably the most important free software project, has been dominated by big enterprise IT vendors. Even as Linux made its way into mobile phones, cars and just about anything else with an on/off switch, the center of development gravity stayed in enterprise servers. Until now. In the Linux Foundation’s latest Linux Kernel Development: …

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KDE in openSUSE: repository and maintainership changes!

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September 16, 2013 8:36 am

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Summer is ending soon (at least for those living in the northern hemisphere) and while usually cleaning is done during spring, the KDE team decided to do what I’d call… autumn cleaning of repositories. You may know that the KDE presence in openSUSE, aside being the default desktop, is quite a long one. In the …

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Goodbye, Encryption; Hello, FOSS

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September 16, 2013 8:00 am

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Few would deny that the world has changed since the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program was revealed, and not for the better. Here in the Linux blogosphere, FOSS fans have been mulling the implications ever since the unsettling news broke back in June, but just recently things have taken on an even darker cast… Read Full …

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Waterfalls and flywheels: General Motors’ new hyper-green data center

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September 15, 2013 5:00 pm

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There are currently about 2,500 virtual servers running in the Enterprise Data Center, 88 percent of which run on GM’s two standard provisioned operating systems: SUSE Linux and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2. Where the cloud provisioning system breaks, said Liedel, is in that other 12 percent “where they leave the cloud and we have to …

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