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‘Pepper’-based Flash Player coming to Chrome later this year, Adobe dropping standalone plug-in download on Linux

9to5google.com
Google’s Chrome browser has long come with built-in Flash Player plug-in, the result of a technology partnership between the Internet giant and Flash maker Adobe. Though Adobe still allows customers to download a standalone Flash Player plug-in for Windows, OS X or Linux, the company announced today that for...
‘Pepper’-based Flash Player coming to Chrome later this year, Adobe dropping standalone plug-in download on Linux

Codethink launches little Linux ARM servers with 8 quad-core CPUs per node

arstechnica.com
Codethink, a Linux consulting company headquartered in the UK, has launched a new ARM-based server product called the Baserock Slab. Each individual node includes eight quad-core ARM CPUs. Two nodes can fit in a single 1U slot, for a total of 64 cores per rack unit. The company says that...
Codethink launches little Linux ARM servers with 8 quad-core CPUs per node

McAfee Patents Technology to Detect and Block Pirated Content

torrentfreak.com
For years copyright holders have urged search engines and Internet providers to make it harder for users to access infringing content online. Thus far these efforts have been in vain, but anti-virus vendor McAfee has now presented a technology that will please rightholders. A new patent published by the California-based...
McAfee Patents Technology to Detect and Block Pirated Content

Encore, encore: Dancing Matt returns with ‘Where the Hell is Matt 2012?’

thenextweb.com
He’s a nobody turned Internet-inspired somebody who was on a mission to dance with people across the world and now, four years after his last video, accidental viral star turned prolific traveller Matt Harding — aka ‘Dancing Matt’ — is back. Harding has released a teaser for his upcoming comeback...
Encore, encore: Dancing Matt returns with ‘Where the Hell is Matt 2012?’

Jail Terms For Unlocking Cellphones Shows The True Black Heart Of The Copyright Monopoly

torrentfreak.com
There is a weak copyright monopoly reform bill happening in the United States Congress at the moment. This bill is not about the copyright monopoly at all, and at the same time, about everything that the monopoly actually is. It is the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013. The bill, which...
Jail Terms For Unlocking Cellphones Shows The True Black Heart Of The Copyright Monopoly

What’s Next for Linux as Red Hat Passes the $1 Billion Mark?

siliconangle.com
Today Red Hat announced that it has become the first $1 billion open source company. Although it’s long been known that Red Hat would hit this milestone soon, it’s a major achievement in the history of Linux and open source. But it also raises the question of what’s next...
What’s Next for Linux as Red Hat Passes the $1 Billion Mark?

In battle for Hadoop, MapR raises $30M

gigaom.com
There’s a lot of positioning with the Hadoop community over who has the most contributors to Apache Hadoop and whose distribution is the most open source. Depending on the source, MapR might be singled out as the antithesis of what Hadoop should be. But MapR doesn’t mind the digs: The...
In battle for Hadoop, MapR raises $30M

5 Ubuntu alternatives worth checking out

www.extremetech.com
The Linux community has taken the Ubuntu Linux operating system, and forked it into a number of freely-available customized distributions....
5 Ubuntu alternatives worth checking out
All computing isn't equal: Here are the four types

Mandriva 2011: A Different Linux Experience

www.makeuseof.com
The Linux landscape has become pretty interesting as of late, with all the new desktop environments and changing popularity between distributions. It seems that now is the best time for all the distributions to make their mark and differentiate from each other wherever possible, especially when it comes to major...
Mandriva 2011: A Different Linux Experience

From the ashes of Fuduntu, FuSE Linux is born

www.pcworld.com
Scarcely two weeks after announcing that it would be shutting its doors later this year, the Fuduntu Linux team on Sunday announced that they have decided instead to end the project immediately. "After monitoring project activity and traffic and also reviewing all of the feedback from the community concerning...
From the ashes of Fuduntu, FuSE Linux is born

Slackware 14.0 now available, freshens and simplifies a Linux vanguard

www.engadget.com
When it comes to Linux distributions, Slackware could well be called the archetype. It's not just one of the longest-serving releases at nearly 20 years old -- it's designed to be "pure" and cut back on customized apps, many graphical interface assistants and the requirement to download anything during...
Slackware 14.0 now available, freshens and simplifies a Linux vanguard

The ultimate Linux starter kit for small business

www.pcworld.com
Microsoft did its best to usher in a new era od desktop computing with the launch of Windows 8, but many businesses and individuals are opting out. Linux-based operating systems, meanwhile, present a more and more compelling alternative. Benefits include tougher security and superior customization--not to mention that Linux is usually free. If...
The ultimate Linux starter kit for small business

SkySQL Merges With MariaDB Creator Monty Program To Solidify Its Open Source Database Position

techcrunch.com
Some consolidation in the world of open source database startups: SkySQL, a provider of open source database solutions, is merging with Monty Program Ab, the creators of MariaDB, an open source database technology that is used by Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and other services. The merger is also a reunion of...
SkySQL Merges With MariaDB Creator Monty Program To Solidify Its Open Source Database Position
Backblaze nets $5M to boost cloud backup

Red Hat releases community OpenStack distribution

www.pcworld.com
Red Hat has launched a community version of its still-in-development OpenStack distribution, and it also released a preview of the enterprise edition of this distribution for those who sign up for an early adopter program.In much the same way the community driven Fedora Linux tests many of the software...
Red Hat releases community OpenStack distribution

Size Matters for Connected Devices. Phablets Don't.

blog.flurry.com
Flurry now detects about 1 billion smartphones and tablets in use around the world every month. In the last 30 days, we saw activity on more than 2,000 unique device models. As the device base grows, we're seeing an increasing variety of screen sizes, from sub-smartphones to full-size tablets and...
Size Matters for Connected Devices. Phablets Don't.
60% of iPhones on iOS 6, iPad and iPod Touch Close Behind

Predicting Tie Strength With Social Media

socialmediagroup.com
Shared by Bud Excellent find via Mahendra Palsule. Eric Gilbert and Karrie Karahalios of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have begun to study how social media can be used to predict tie strength in a sample of 2,184 Facebook relationships: They asked 35 people to rate a number of...
Predicting Tie Strength With Social Media
EMC follows VMware, rest of world, into OpenStack

GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

www.pcworld.com
It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose. For that reason, it's all the more striking when...
GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

A guide to Slackware and Arch Linux: getting your hands dirty with Linux

www.engadget.com
Back in 1991, a computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced on a newsgroup that he was creating a "hobby OS." That hobby was Linux, and today it's much more than a tinkerer's operating system, with availability on all manner of hardware and a seemingly unlimited array of flavors,...
A guide to Slackware and Arch Linux: getting your hands dirty with Linux

Android performance boosted 30-100 percent by Linaro toolchain

arstechnica.com
Linaro’s efforts have boosted Android’s performance, delivering an improvement of 30 to 100 percent in various benchmarks. They achieved these impressive gains by adapting Android 4 so that it could be built with their improved GCC toolchain. We first wrote about Linaro in 2010 when the non-profit organization was founded...
Android performance boosted 30-100 percent by Linaro toolchain

Reality Check on Ubuntu's Enterprise Claims

www.readwriteweb.com
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has found some encouraging statistics on Ubuntu adoption for public-facing Web sites powered by Ubuntu. Unfortunately, Shuttleworth has taken a single data point and tried to suggest that it's an indicator that companies are choosing Ubuntu over Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for "enterprise computing." In...
Reality Check on Ubuntu's Enterprise Claims

How The Big Data Battle Is Shaking Out Between The Startups And The Enterprise Giants

techcrunch.com
[tc_5min code="517684965"] The big enterprise companies are starting to put pressure on the startups in the growing field of data analytics. But the pressure is not as much related to innovation as it is to using their marketing muscle to build software stacks they can sell to retain existing customers....
How The Big Data Battle Is Shaking Out Between The Startups And The Enterprise Giants

Install Ubuntu on a Windows Netbook, No Partitioning Needed [Netbook]

lifehacker.com
Maybe you want to give Linux a try on your netbook with Ubuntu's Netbook Remix, but don't want to have to wipe your system to do so. Luckily, you can install and remove Ubuntu from Windows, just like any other application. More » Ubuntu - Linux - Operating Systems -...
Install Ubuntu on a Windows Netbook, No Partitioning Needed [Netbook]

Why crowdsourced computing benchmarks are the future

gigaom.com
Performance benchmarks for computing systems might make for good television — there’s always plenty of heated debate, talk of world records and  sometimes even a little ethical drama — but in the end there’s not a lot of substance. More often than not, they’re conducted on highly optimized systems running...
Why crowdsourced computing benchmarks are the future
Cloudscaling wants to make OpenStack webscale

Raspberry Pi goes old school with OS designed for first ARM chips

arstechnica.com
The Raspberry Pi Foundation yesterday announced the availability of RISC OS for the tiny computer. RISC OS dates to 1987, having been developed for ARM-based personal computers by the now-defunct Acorn Computers. Acorn helped start the ARM Holdings company which today dominates the market for mobile phone and tablet chip...
Raspberry Pi goes old school with OS designed for first ARM chips

Pentaho Opens Up Its Big Data Tools

www.readwriteweb.com
Pentaho Corporation today announced that it has made freely available under open source all the big data capabilities in its Kettle v4.3 release, and has moved the entire Pentaho Kettle project to the Apache License Version 2.0. This is the same open source license that Hadoop and others use. We...
Pentaho Opens Up Its Big Data Tools
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