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EU Copyright Directive Vote, GNU nano 4.0 Released, Redox OS 0.5.0 Announced, Sailfish OS 3.0.2 “Oulanka” Now Available and Linux Kernel 5.1-rc2 Released

Members of the European Parliament vote tomorrow on the Directive on Copyright. Those in the EU can go to SaveYourInternet to ask their representatives to vote against Article 17 (previously Article 13). See this Creative Commons blog post for more information. From the post: “The dramatic negative effects of upload filters would be disastrous to the vision Creative Commons cares about as an organisation ...

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How Open Source Is Accelerating NFV Transformation

Red Hat is noted for making open source a culture and business model, not just a way of developing software, and its message of open source as the path to innovation resonates on many levels. In anticipation of the upcoming Open Networking Summit, we talked with Thomas Nadeau, Technical Director NFV at Red Hat, who gave a keynote address at last year’s event, to hear his ...

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SparkyLinux Incinerates the Hassle Factor

SparkyLinux is a Linux distro that can ignite your daily computing experience. Its spark is pushing me to rethink my computing priorities. Regularly reviewing so many Linux operating systems for Linux Picks and Pans has a serious consequence for my computing sanity. Normally, I have a flirtatious episode with a new release each week. I’m always on the lookout for something ...

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LibreOffice 6.2.2 Released, New PocketBeagle SBC, Google Enforcing Permissions Rules on Apps, OpenShot 2.4.4 Now Available and DataPractices.org Has Joined The Linux Foundation

The Document Foundation announces the release of LibreOffice 6.2.2. This version “provides over 50 bug and regression fixes over the previous version”. You can view the changelog for details, and go here to download. Note that “LibreOffice 6.2.2 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where features are ...

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Linux’s Hyperledger to give developers supply chain building blocks

Grid, a new project from the Linux Foundation, will offer developers tools to create supply chain-specific applications running atop distributed ledger technology. The Linux Foundation’s blockchain initiative – Hyperledger Project – has created a set of developer tools to allow the creation of supply chain-specific applications running atop the distributed ledger technology (DLT). The Hyperledger Grid project, as it’s called, will ...

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Khronos Releases OpenXR 0.90, Solus 4 Fortitude Now Available, Geary 3.32 Released, Linux Kernel 5.1-rc1 Is Out, Opera Announces Opera 60 Beta

Khronos today released the OpenXR 0.90 provision specification. From the press release: “OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance access to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)—collectively known as XR—platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and is released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback at the OpenXR ...

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Mageia Linux Is a Modern Throwback to the Underdog Days

I’ve been using Linux long enough to remember Linux Mandrake. I recall, at one of my first-ever Linux conventions, hanging out with the MandrakeSoft crew and being starstruck to think that they were creating a Linux distribution that was sure to bring about world domination for the open source platform. Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, Linux Mandrake didn’t even ...

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Open Source is Eating the Startup Ecosystem: A Guide for Assessing the Value Creation of Startups

In the last few years, we have witnessed the unprecedented growth of open source in all industries—from the increased adoption of open source software in products and services, to the extensive growth in open source contributions and the releasing of proprietary technologies under an open source license. It has been an incredible experience to be a part of. As many ...

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The JS Foundation and Node.js Foundation Have Merged to Form the Open JS Foundation, GNOME 3.32 Now Available, Qt 5.12.2 Patch Release, Kernel Update for Ubuntu 14.04, Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader Nominations

The JS Foundation and the Node.js Foundation are merging to form the OpenJS Foundation. ZDNet reports that the Linux Foundation made the announcement this week at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Half Moon Bay, CA. The OpenJS Foundation’s mission ” is to support the growth of JavaScript and related web technologies by providing a neutral organization to host and sustain projects, ...

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Linux gamers rejoice: Wine 4.0 is here

Gaming on Linux picked up some pace in recent years in large parts thanks to Valve Software’s investment in growing gaming on Linux. Mike listed some AAA games on Linux that Steam users could run back in mid-2018; Steam improved Windows games support significantly in the same year on Linux, by introducing a modified version of Wine that Valve Software called Proton. The team ...

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