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Linux-based Kano kit wants to get kids hacking again

By: Bryan Lunduke

June 18, 2014 2:30 pm

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With the Raspberry Pi and its modular programming language at its heart, Kano is hoping to inspire kids to get involved with programming. Today’s PCs aren’t hugely friendly towards hardware hackers and tinkerers. Both OS X and Windows 8 are fairly closed operating systems, merely allowing coders to run commands and pulling a veil over …

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The 3.15 kernel is out

By: Bryan Lunduke

June 9, 2014 12:18 pm

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Linus has released the 3.15 kernel after one week of overlapping development with the 3.16 merge window. Headline features in 3.15 include some significant memory management improvements, the renameat2() system call, file-private POSIX locks, a new device mapper target called dm-era, faster resume from suspend, and more. Linus also noted that, while overlapping the 3.16 …

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The Battle of the OpenStack Distros Begins (Bring Popcorn)

By: Bryan Lunduke

June 4, 2014 3:01 pm

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I love watching Linux distributions battle it out for desktop supremacy. … And now, many of the same players that we have watched in the struggle for Linux desktop supremacy have set their sights on creating the dominant distro for a new system. A different system – focused not on desktop PCs or mobile devices. …

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Mozilla to build WebRTC chat into Firefox

By: Bryan Lunduke

June 2, 2014 10:08 am

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At the Mozilla “Future Releases” blog, Chad Weiner announces a new feature just added to the latest Firefox Nightly builds: WebRTC-powered audio/video chat functionality. The feature “aims to connect everyone with a WebRTC-enabled browser. And that’s all you will need. No plug-ins, no downloads. If you have a browser, a camera and a mic, you’ll be able to make …

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Perl 5.20.0 released

By: Bryan Lunduke

May 27, 2014 10:28 am

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The Perl 5.20.0 release is out. “Perl 5.20.0 represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 470,000 lines of changes across 2,900 files from 124 authors.” Significant changes include subroutine signatures, improved random number generation, a new slice syntax, postfix dereferencing, improved 64-bit support, various performance improvements, and more; see the changelog for …

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Linux gets fix for code-execution flaw

By: Bryan Lunduke

May 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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Maintainers of the Linux kernel have patched one of the more serious security bugs to be disclosed in the open source operating system in recent months. The five-year-old code-execution hole leaves computers used in shared Web hosting services particularly vulnerable, so users and administrators should make sure systems are running updated versions that contain a …

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LXQt 0.7.0 released

By: Bryan Lunduke

May 8, 2014 11:33 am

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The LXDE and Razor-qt teams are proud to announce LXQt 0.7.0, the first release of LXQt, the Qt Lightweight Desktop Environment. This beta release is considered a stable continuation of the Razor desktop. It has been almost a year since the Razor-qt project and the LXDE-Qt project decided to merge. Since then, the LXQt desktop …

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Linux games will load much faster thanks to Valve sponsorship

By: Bryan Lunduke

May 5, 2014 9:40 pm

Reads:233 views

Valve has a vested interest in not only getting as many games working under Linux as possible, but also making them look as good and run as fast as their Windows equivalents. In order to do that, Valve has seen fit to fund projects that improve the underlying tech those games run on. With that in mind, Valve has …

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Linux Kernel 3.14.2 Officially Released

By: Bryan Lunduke

April 30, 2014 10:42 pm

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The updates and improvements that preceded the launch of the Linux kernel 3.14 branch indicated that this was going to be one of the most interesting releases in quite a while, but the updates for this version have been lagging a little behind.In the past, the first updates to the fresh kernel were quite large …

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Open source tools allow Project Tango to evolve with speed and agility

By: Bryan Lunduke

April 25, 2014 9:27 am

Reads:220 views

Google’s Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it. The devices track themselves with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and collect 3D points with a built-in depth-sensing camera. Project Tango is progressing at a fast pace …

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