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+ - Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Released 2

Submitted by kazade84
kazade84 (1078337) writes "Over the weekend the Elementary team released the stable version of Elementary OS, codenamed "Luna" which is based on Ubuntu 12.04. The new OS features an entirely custom desktop shell called Pantheon which has been developed from scratch using Vala and Gtk+ which allows for fast apps with a small memory footprint. Elementary OS has been years in the making, and the team have documented the process in their latest blog post."
Censorship

+ - UK Pirate Party seeking donations to fight legal threats against its TPB proxy->

Submitted by azzy
azzy (86427) writes "The BPI (music industry body in the United Kingdom) has threatened legal action against leaders of the Pirate Party UK for their continued running of a proxy to ThePirateBay.

The Pirate Party UK is operating this proxy as a high profile fight against corporate-motivated censorship of the internet and is now raising money to help fight this legal action.

PPUK is aiming to assemble a legal team that is capable of putting together a case that will not only keep the proxy in place, but also settle the issues surrounding the arbitrary censorship of the web.

See also: https://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-threatens-to-sue-uk-pirate-party-over-pirate-bay-proxy-121210/"

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+ - TextMate 2 released as open source->

Submitted by DaBombDotCom
DaBombDotCom (1587833) writes "Allan Odgaard, the author of the popular text editor for Mac OS X, TextMate has posted on his blog:

"Today I am happy to announce that you can find the source for TextMate 2 on GitHub.

I’ve always wanted to allow end-users to tinker with their environment, my ability to do this is what got me excited about programming in the first place, and it is why I created the bundles concept, but there are limits to how much a bundle can do, and with the still growing user base, I think the best move forward is to open source the program.

The choice of license is GPL 3. This is partly to avoid a closed source fork and partly because the hacker in me wants all software to be free (as in speech), so in a time where our platform vendor is taking steps to limit our freedom, this is my small attempt of countering such trend.""

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Piracy

+ - Reject ACTA, European Parliament trade committee recommends->

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "The European Parliament's trade committee, INTA, voted on Thursday not to postpone a crucial parliamentary vote on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

The committee also decided, by 19 votes to 12, to recommend to the Parliament that the trade deal be rejected. INTA is the lead committee examining the international agreement, and its recommendation will carry weight with the rest of the Parliament.

The Parliamentary plenary vote on the treaty is now scheduled for July 3."

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Firefox

+ - Mozilla Firefox 4 Released

Submitted by Shining Celebi
Shining Celebi (853093) writes "Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4, a couple months behind schedule. It features hardware accelerated graphics, UI performance improvements, a massive boost in Javascript performance, reduced memory usage, WebGL, a new HTML5 parser, App Tabs, tab grouping via the Panorama feature, bookmark and history syncing, and much more. Many users will also be happy to know the status bar has been more-or-less restored after Mozilla removed it in early betas. Firefox 4 scores over 3 times faster on Sunspider, V8, and Kraken."
Ubuntu

+ - Can you run a PC mag/website on Ubuntu?-> 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PC Pro is undertaking a one-day experiment where they're attempting to run their magazine and website entirely off Ubuntu. The editorial team are live blogging about their experiences of switching from Windows to Ubuntu all day, and also providing regular updates on PC Pro's Twitter account."
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Android

Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk 258

Posted by Soulskill
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dkd903 writes "Steve Chang, the Chairman of Trend Micro, has kicked up a controversy by claiming that open source software is inherently less secure than closed source. When talking about the security of smartphones, Chang claimed that the iPhone is more secure than Android because being an open-source platform lets attackers know more about the underlying architecture." This comes a week after Trend Micro released a mobile security app for Android.

+ - Is net neutrality about to disappear in the UK?->

Submitted by Anonymous Brave Guy
Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) writes "'UK Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a "two-speed" internet,' reports the BBC. 'Mr Vaizey said ISPs must be free to experiment with new charges to help pay for the expansion in internet services. But critics warn the move could harm free speech and stifle innovation.'"
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Movies

LimeWire Lives Again 278

Posted by Soulskill
from the there's-a-lesson-here dept.
Slayer Silver Wolf writes with this excerpt from TorrentFreak: "'On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company's servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off. Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.' And so, LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) was born. Based on the LimeWire 5.6 beta that was briefly released earlier this year and then withdrawn when Lime Wire LLC lost its lawsuit, LPE is now in the wild. In many ways, it is better than the version killed by the RIAA."

Comment: Nothing to see here.. move along (Score 4, Informative) 370

by kazade84 (#33653472) Attached to: DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

This isn't really that exciting. Firstly it doesn't benefit Wine at all. Wine supports other platforms than Linux and other drivers than Gallium3D and Mesa and so this is useless to them, if that isn't enough the Wine source structure isn't built for this kind of swap out, specifically because Wine limits X interaction to a single DLL, winex11, and the WineD3D stuff doesn't have direct access to X. The Wine D3D developers have long said that a D3D state tracker won't help them.

Secondly, it's not gonna help porting games to Linux either. D3D is only one part of the DX API and a game does a lot more than just draw stuff. Arguably swapping out D3D for OGL is relatively straightforward in comparison to swapping out sound API, file IO API, network IO API, message handling, etc. etc. that's why some games allow you to switch between the graphics API.

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