SUSE Parent Merger, Microsoft Copying Linux, and Predictions

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

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Six Clicks: An early look at Ubuntu 14.10

Ubuntu 14.10 is a minor, but significant, step up from Canonical’s last Linux desktop operating system, Ubuntu 14.04.


RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst At 4K UHD On Linux

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.

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Install WineHQ version 1.7.26 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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

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Linus' Systemd Indifference, PCLOS Review, and Rebecca

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

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 383

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #383 for the week September 8 – 14, 2014, and the full version is available here.
In this issue we cover:

Ubuntu Stats
New Loco contact in Ubuntu Colombia
Ubuntu Global Jam – Mauritius
Deploying ElasticSearch clusters with Juju and Ansible
Deploy OpenStack IceHouse like a Boss!
Leo Iannacone: Ubuntu Themes for GNOME 3.12
Dustin Kirkland: Dream a little dream (in a dream within another dream) with me!
Lubuntu Blog: [Results] Community wallpaper contest
Didier Roche: How to help on Ubuntu Developer Tools Center
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu for Smartwatches?
Valorie Zimmerman: Accessible KDE, Kubuntu
Luke Faraone: “Your release sucks.”
Desktop documentation in 14.10
Canonical Design Team: Canonical and Ubuntu at dConstruct
City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and EU6m saving
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E24 – The One with the Holiday Armadillo
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: August 2014
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
And much more!

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

Elizabeth K. Joseph
Jose Antonio Rey
And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!
Except where otherwise noted, content

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Emulate Ubuntu Touch

Aid development for and generally test out Canonical’s own phone and tablet OS using the Ubuntu Touch emulator


Installing, troubleshooting MongoDB 2.6.4 startup failure on Fedora 20

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.


Google's Cloud Platform for Startups Offers Free Tools and Funds

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 to get

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Linux Mint 17.1 to Be Called "Rebecca"

The Linux Mint developers have decided to announce the name of the next version of their distro, 17.1, and it’s going to be "Rebecca."