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NVIDIA Releases New Blobs--Too Little Too Late?

Although some companies have embraced the world of free software with open arms, there are many who haven't. NVIDIA is one name that comes to mind. Its reputation in the Linux world is far from stellar, but maybe its recent actions will help mend some bridges. more>>

Raspberry Pi Gets OpenGL Support

The Raspberry Pi Foundation continues to push the limits of single-board computing. This month, it has added experimental OpenGL support to its Raspbian OS. more>>

Docker's Solution to Slimmer Containers

Recently, I wrote about how Docker is investing in Unikernels to reduce the size of its containers, but there is more than one way to skin a cat. Unikernels are a hot new technology, but many developers prefer stability and maturity over "new and shiny". And, that's where Alpine Linux comes in. more>>

Happy GPL Birthday VLC!

The ever-popular VLC turned 15 a few days ago--that's 15 years since the project was GPLed and released to the world. If we were pedants, we might point out that the project actually came into existence in 1996, but that was a different lifetime. more>>

Unikernels, Docker, and Why You Should Care

Docker's recent acquisition of Unikernel Systems has sent pulses racing in the microservice world. At the same time, many people have no clue what to make of it, so here's a quick explanation of why this move is a good thing. more>>

Controversy at the Linux Foundation

Linux has seen more than its fair share of controversy through the years. And, that's not so surprising. For one thing, the operating system flies in the teeth of deeply entrenched multinational companies. The fact that it stands for users instead of vested interests has drawn more than a little ire as well. more>>

Don't Burn Your Android Yet

A few days ago, security firm Perception Point released the details of a zero-day exploit in the Linux kernel, which has sparked a wave of panic as the report indicated that millions of Android devices are vulnerable. more>>

Firefox OS

In December 2015, Mozilla announced that its ambitious new operating system would not be appearing on any new phones, but the project may still live on as a platform for smart TVs and IoT devices. more>>

Wine 1.8 Released

The Wine team members released version 1.8 of their project this week. The project has been in constant development since 1993 and reached version 1 only in 2008, so new releases are major events. more>>

Swift Is Now Open Source

In June this year, Apple raised more than a few eyebrows at its WWDC conference with an announcement about Swift. Just a year before, Apple had released Swift, a new programming language. It was a big deal--a much simpler language for faster development. more>>

Web Stores Held Hostage

Last week has seen an explosion of e-commerce sites infected with the Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware. For those not familiar with the term, ransomware is a particularly vicious type of malware that aims to extort money from the owners of compromised systems. more>>

Firefox's New Feature for Tighter Security

Freedom and privacy go hand in hand. In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to worry about who was looking over our shoulders. None of us would have anything to hide, and we would have ulterior motives. As citizens of the real world though, we have to take measures to protect ourselves. more>>

Cinnamon 2.8 Ready to Try

As Cinnamon 2.8 approaches official release later this month, the developers have made the pre-release version available to early adopters. If you are eager to try it, there are two different options. Mint users can install it through the package manager. Otherwise, you can build it from source. more>>

A First Look at IBM's New Linux Servers

Today, IBM announces the latest of its Power Systems line of high-end servers. These are the Power Systems S812LC, the Power Systems S822LC (for commercial computing) and the high-performance Power Systems S822LC. All of them are custom-built for Linux. more>>

The Ubuntu Conspiracy

A recent rumor has sparked waves of fear and outrage throughout the Linux community. The word is that Microsoft is in secret negotiations to purchase Canonical, the Ubuntu company. more>>

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