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Asus Tinker Board

March 2nd, 2017
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Just when you thought Raspberry Pi couldn’t be knocked from its market-leading perch, along comes Asus with a rival device that may give the Pi a run for its relatively little money.

Asus just launched its own low-cost computer, the Tinker Board, which is being sold in the UK and continental Europe for about US$57. Its features could interest open source enthusiasts in doing a little comparison shopping before deciding on a new device.

The Tinker Board features a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A-17 CPU with ARM Mali-T764 graphics.

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Education, Hardware, Raspberry Pi

LibreOffice Update Offers…

March 2nd, 2017
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Dubbed “5.3 Fresh,” this latest release takes the development of LibreOffice in a new direction with a focus on updating the user experience, according to Italo Vignoli of the Document Foundation. The 3.x Family centered on code cleanup, while the 4.x Family focused on code Refactoring.

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Desktop, LibreOffice/OpenOffice, Open Souce Applications

Doing it better with Linux

March 2nd, 2017
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If you have resolved to adopt Linux, your confidence may be low but will surely grow. Security-oriented considerations may be compelling enough to convince you to switch, but you will soon discover many more advantages to the Linux desktop.

For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, lets take a look here at some of the Linux desktop’s advantages.

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Desktop, Distro - Other, Education

March 2nd, 2017
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Raspberry Pi turned 5 years old on February 28th, and to mark the occasion, the foundation announced a new member of the family, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, and a case to go with it.

Raspberry Pi Zero W adds wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities to tiny computer’s growing list of capabilities. Priced at just US $10, the device is affordable for anyone who wants to take the Pi for a test drive.

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Hardware, Raspberry Pi, Raspian

Zorin Desktop

March 2nd, 2017
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Zorin OS developers on Tuesday released Version 12.1, offering Linux users a patchwork of software and hardware updates with some performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Zorin 12.1 follows the introduction three months ago of the project’s 12 series.

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Desktop, Ubuntu

Alpha to Beta – Yay Skype

March 2nd, 2017
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Skype’s original peer-to-peer architecture has been bidding the world a long farewell since last year, and another peer just waved goodbye, with the latest Skype for Linux client graduating from Alpha to Beta status.

Microsoft’s Skype team on Wednesday announced the confusingly-named Skype for Linux beta 5.0 here, and yes, “we have been focused on building a new experience that is in line with Skype’s ongoing transition from peer-to-peer to a modern cloud architecture”.

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Desktop, Microsoft

Linux-powered Car

January 29th, 2017
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The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) group’s membership is a who’s who of car manufacturers. This includes: Mazda. Suzuki, Honda, Nissan, Ford, and the world’s largest automobile company: Toyota. And, their numbers are only increasing.

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Distro - Other, Hardware, Really?

Container-based Apps & Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

January 29th, 2017
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The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 beta enables companies to migrate their existing RHEL 6 workloads into container-based applications for deployment on RHEL 7, RHEL Atomic Host, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Yes, Red Hat’s forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 will come with stability and security improvements. That’s not the real news. The big story is it supports the next generation of cloud-native applications through an updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 base image.

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Best Linux Laptop: 2017

January 29th, 2017
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If you still think laptops are generic and the only difference between them are their price-tags, Dell invites you to think again. The latest Dell XPS 13 developer editon is everything a programmer could want from a high-end laptop.

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Desktop, Distro - Other, Hardware

Continuous Delivery

January 29th, 2017
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After firing about 1,800 employees, most of whom were working on SPARC and Solaris Unix, it looked like Oracle was closing the door on Solaris. Instead, Oracle will be switching Solaris to a continuous delivery model.

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Distro - Other, Open Solaris