Today in Linux news SUSE owner, The Attachmate Group, announced a merger with Micro Focus leaving openSUSE users nervous. The Register says the new Microsoft Windows 9 is incorporating features long in use in Linux. Bryan Lunduke looked back at 23 years of Linux predictions to "make fun of them." Aaron Seigo, KDE developer, said recently that community managers are a "fraud and farce." And finally today, there is a release candidate for Fedora 21 Alpha! Our top story tonight is the news that Novell parent company The Attachmate Group, which acquired Novell in 2011, will be merging with Micro Focus as of November 3, 2014. The announcement doesn’t say much more, other than this merger will help both entities reach a wider audience and more financial stability, leaving openSUSE users left wondering if their chosen distribution will still be around next year. So Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE Project Board, released a statement to alleviate any fears. He said Nils Brauckmann, SUSE President and General Manager, said first and foremost it will "business as usual" for openSUSE and that no changes are planned for either SUSE or openSUSE. Brauckmann said The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus are committed to
Ubuntu 14.10 is a minor, but significant, step up from Canonical’s last Linux desktop operating system, Ubuntu 14.04.
Last week I published some open-source performance numbers for running the AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver at 4K UHD. Today is a performance comparison of the open and closed-source AMD Linux drivers using the latest code atop Ubuntu while running at 3840 x 2160.
Install Wine 1.7.26 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty/14.10/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 17/13/and other Ubuntu derivativesWine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows. Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Other platforms may benefit as well.Changes in this release:Still more DirectWrite functions.Improvements to the common File Dialog.A number of C runtime improvements.Implementation of the packet capture library.A few more DirectWrite functions.Improvements in HTML table support.More VBScript math functions.Beginning of some DirectWrite classes implementation.Initial wrapper dll for the packet capture library.Some crypto improvements.Better support for files drag & drop.Improvements to the HTTP cookie management.Initial support for 64-bit Android builds.Fixes to crypto certificates management.Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.Improved Internet cookie support.OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.Initial support
Today in Linux news Linus Torvalds tells Sam Varghese that he’s Switzerland in the Systemd war as Paul Venezia is back to clarify his "split Linux in two" post and Linuxgrrl takes the community pulse. Jesse Smith reviews PCLinuxOS 2014.08. Clem has announced a change in naming protocol at the Mint project for upcoming 17.1. And finally today, Jim Zemlin talks about what it takes to be a successful Open Source project. The systemd controversy has taken an interesting turn with today’s interview of Linus Torvalds by Sam Varghese. Torvalds told Varghese "When it comes to systemd, you may expect me to have lots of colourful opinions, and I just don’t. I don’t personally mind systemd, and in fact my main desktop and laptop both run it." Torvalds said today’s systems, both hardware and software, are too complicated for the old Unix "do one thing and do it well" and "everything is a file" philosophies. But he does agree with me about the logs saying, "I’m still old-fashioned enough that I like my log-files in text, not binary, so I think sometimes systemd hasn’t necessarily had the best of taste." They also discuss a few other topics as well such
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #383 for the week September 8 – 14, 2014, and the full version is available here.
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Aid development for and generally test out Canonical’s own phone and tablet OS using the Ubuntu Touch emulator
The latest stable edition of MongoDB is version 2.6.4, but the version available in the repositories of Linux distributions, including Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu, is version 2.4.6. There are functions available on version 2.6.4 that are not supported in version 2.4.6, so if you are taking any of the online classes provided by MongoDB, Inc, you should be running version 2.6.4.
When the OpenStack Foundation released the results of a broad user survey it did late last year, one of the trends that emerged was that businesses could leverage the open source cloud platform on top of operating systems like Ubuntu and incur nearly no costs for the actual software infrastructure that runs applications. Cloud computing is reducing the cost of doing business for many organizations, especially many startups. With that last thought in mind, Google is delivering a package to help startup businesses launch their business with free Google Cloud Platform services. Qualifying startups are to get a $100,000 credit for Google Cloud Platform services, in addition to 24/7 support from the company’s technical solutions team. Businesses that apply for the services and funding have to produce under $500,000 in annual revenue, can’t have been running for more than five years, and are required to have taken less than $5 million in investments. Google Cloud Platform for Startups is targeted at early-stage startups that are already in a technology incubator or accelerator. Startups that have funding from VCs can also qualify. To apply, startups can contact their incubators or VCs and ask about participation, or email CloudPlatformStartups@google.com to get