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+ - Europe to abolish geo-blocking and other copyright restrictions

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes: The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy today, which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and goods. Among other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking, which it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons”, and lift other unwarranted copyright restrictions. Consumers will have the right to access content they purchased at home in other European countries. “I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe,” Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

+ - KDE Plasma 5.3 Released-> 2

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin writes: The KDE community has relesed Plasma 5.3, a major new features release of the popular opensource desktop environment. The latest release brings much enhanced power management, better support for Bluetooth, and improved Plasma widgets. Also available is a technical preview of Plasma Media Center shell. In addition, Plasma 5.3 represents a big step towards support for Wayland windowing system. There are also a few other minor tweaks and over 300 bigfixes.
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+ - Debian 8 Jessie released->

Submitted by linuxscreenshot
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team. Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides many exciting features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast is available.
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+ - Debian 8.0 ("Jessie") Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: After almost 2 years of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8, which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support (LTS) team. Debian 8 introduces two new architectures arm64 and ppc64el for POWER machines. systemd is now the default init system. You can easily install audio, midi, graphics, video, using the tasksel interface. This new release of Debian again comes with a lot more software and updates including the desktop environments such as GNOME 3.14, KDE 4.11, Xfce 4.10, Mate, Cinnamon, and LXDE desktops. Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.16 series, Apache 2.4.10, Python 3.4, OpenSSH 6.7p1, PHP 5.6, Perl 5.20, Samba 4.1, MySQL 5.5, MariaDB 10.0 and PostgreSQL 10.0.

You can choose your favourite installation media among Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and USB sticks. For cloud users Debian 8 also offers pre-built OpenStack images ready to use.

Existing Debian user can to Jessie, reading the official installation guide and the release notes. There is also a quick installation video here which include preview of various desktop environments. You can also support Debian project by donating money or required hardware.

+ - GNU Hurd 0.6 Released->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin writes: It has been roughly a year and a half since the last release of the GNU Hurd operating system, so it may be of interest to some readers that GNU Hurd 0.6 has been released along with GNU Mach 1.5 (the microkernel that Hurd runs on) and GNU MIG 1.5 (the Mach Interface Generator, which generates code to handle remote procedure calls). New features include procfs and random translators; cleanups and stylistic fixes, some of which came from static analysis; message dispatching improvements; integer hashing performance improvements; a split of the init server into a startup server and an init program based on System V init; and more.
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+ - KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The KDE project today announced the release of KDE Plasma 5.3 beta. It brings better power management, improved Bluetooth support, improved widgets, Wayland support, new media center, and nearly 350 bugfixes. The power management improvements include settings that can be independently configured per activity, there is a new energy usage monitor available in KInfoCenter, and a battery applet identifies applications that hog power. Bluetooth applet brings added support for blocking and unblocking devices. New touchpad module has been added as well. The combined window manager and compositor KWin is now able to start a nested XWayland server, which acts as a bridge between the old X11 and the new Wayland world.

+ - SPAM: Top 5 Linux First Person Shooter Games Play On Steam

Submitted by Mohd Sohail
Mohd Sohail writes: Among many Games categories 'First Person Shooter' FPS for short has been choice of majority of gamers. If you were using Windows in past then you would've heard of FPS games Halo, Titalfall, Call Of Duty, Blackshot and many more. But.. Do we have such exciting First Person Shooter games for Linux. Well, there are many. Here I am going to list Top 5 Linux First Person Shooter games. Check them out and have fun on Linux.
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+ - SPAM: DigiKam 4.9.0 Released With Bug Fixes, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Submitted by Mohd Sohail
Mohd Sohail writes: digiKam is an Open-Source project Photos management software, specially for KDE but you can use it on Ubuntu or others distros too. In digiKam photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. Developers recently released digiKam 4.9.0 with 33 bug fixes. Developers main focus is on digiKam 5.0 release, as it is supposed to be a major release of digiKam.
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+ - India Pushing for Net Neutrality->

Submitted by kousik
kousik writes: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is soliciting input on the regulatory framework on OTT services. However the internet community of India sees this as a threat to net neutrality, especially at the wake of mutually beneficial schemes announced by the largest Indian ISP and the largest e-commerce company. To spread awareness the community has created a video, and www.savetheinternet.in website via which users can send a response to TRAI to protect #NetNeutrality in India.
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+ - First alpha of public sector Linux deployment system 1

Submitted by mathiasfriman
mathiasfriman writes: SverigeLinux (SwedenLinux in swedish) is a project financed by the Swedish Internet Fund that develop a Linux deployment system for the public sector. It is based on DebianLAN and has just released its first public early alpha version. This 7 minute video shows how you can deploy up to 100 workstations with minimal Linux knowledge in under an hour, complete with DHCP, DNS and user data in LDAP, logins using Kerberos and centralized storage. The project has a home on Github and is looking for testers and developers, hope you will try it out. Don't worry, no Björgen Kjörgen, it's all in english.

+ - New optimizations for X86 in upcoming GCC 5.0: PIC in 32 bit mode.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: PIC in 32 bit mode is used to build Android applications, Linux libraries and many other products. Thus GCC performance in that case is very important ..

EBX is returned to an allocation making all 7 registers available. This boosts applications with hot integer loops suffering from register pressure. Below are results for a stress test with high register pressure in integer loop.

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+ - EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act contain anti-circumvention prohibitions that affect everything from music files to cell phones. The EFF noticed that it could apply to cars, as well, so they asked for an exemption to be put in place so that car owners would be free to inspect and modify the code running on their vehicles. It turns out U.S. automakers don't agree — they filed opposition comments through trade associations. "They say you shouldn’t be allowed to repair your own car because you might not do it right. They say you shouldn’t be allowed to modify the code in your car because you might defraud a used car purchaser by changing the mileage. They say no one should be allowed to even look at the code without the manufacturer’s permission because letting the public learn how cars work could help malicious hackers, “third-party software developers” (the horror!), and competitors. John Deere even argued that letting people modify car computer systems will result in them pirating music through the on-board entertainment system, which would be one of the more convoluted ways to copy media (and the exemption process doesn’t authorize copyright infringement, anyway)."
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+ - UK forces Microsoft to adopt Open document standards->

Submitted by Barsteward
Barsteward writes: Microsoft has confirmed it will start supporting the Open Documents Format (ODF) in the next update to Office 365, following a lengthy battle against the UK government. In 2014, Microsoft went against the government’s request to support ODF, claiming its own XML format was more heavily adopted. The UK government refutes the claim, stating that ODF allows users to not be boxed into one ecosystem.
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