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+ - Plasma 5 becomes the default desktop of openSUSE Tumbleweed->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Jos Poortliet, former openSUSE community manager wrote in a blog post, “At the time of writing this, the openQA servers were busily running tests and, by the time we publish this article, they should be done. What was being tested? A massive amount of changes, bringing not only the latest Plasma 5.3 and Applications 15.04.1 to Tumbleweed, but also marking the switch to Plasma 5 as the default desktop!” The switch to P5 will also have a massive impact in Plasma 5 development because now there will be more users finding bugs and filing reports to make it even better.
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+ - iPad, Android users get images support for Google Docs and Slides->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Last week I was stuck with an iPad to do some pending work. I was traveling and my laptop broke leaving me with my Nexus 6 and an iPad. That’s when I realized that Google Docs for iPad was in a sorry state (actually the whole iPad experience was extremely poor compared to Android, I will write about it some time later).

Two major flaws that I came across were the inability of Google Docs to create hyperlinks and insert images to any document. In a nutshell it works more or less like a text editor and not a true word processor.

This situation forced me to use an app which I never though I would use – Microsoft Office. Not only I was able to create hyperlinks within the document, I was also able to insert images.

I also found that Microsoft’s Office App had many more features than Google Docs. Sometime it’s a good idea for a Linux user to keep an eye on competitors to know where do we need improvements.

The good news is today Google addressed one of the two problems. There is an upgrade for iOS and Android which allows users to add images to their Docs and Slides from mobile devices. You can either take a new photo or insert it from the device. Slides also allows you to crop or resize an image; though Docs can’t.

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+ - 7 things Linux users still can't do->

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sfcrazy writes: Linux users kind of brag about the fact that there is nothing beyond the reach of Linux users. When a writer is given a challenge to find IFF there are things that can't be done on Linux and he sets out on a quest to find an answer. This is what he finds. Linux users may jump in, attacking that we don't need Photoshop or iTunes. But that's not how the real world works.
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+ - Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages?->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Engineering Manager, posted on Google+ "Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalised, and will be discussed in more depth at UOS in a couple of weeks) is to have a build based on Snappy Personal and so the current .deb based Desktop Next image will be going away and will be replaced with the new Snappy version."

Cooke’s post has the potential to spread confusion among users and the Linux community, so to clear things up, the author talked to Ubuntu Community managers Alan Pope and Michael Hall, and Canonical engineer Robert Ancell. The story gives the most comprehensive view of the story.

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+ - 6 things you didn't know you could do with VLC->

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sfcrazy writes: VLC is one of those many applications which continue to prove that locking down the source code behind fortress of proprietary software doesn't ensure quality product. VLC is like a Swiss knife which can play virtually all video formats which even official clients for Mac OS X, QuickTime can’t play. It’s undoubtedly the must have app on any platform: whether it be Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Android or iOS. VLC is more commonly known as a video player, however there are many advanced features of VLC which most users are not aware of. This article covers 6 great features of VLC which most of us never knew.
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+ - Linus Torvalds: I don't care if Terminator robots run on Linux [parody]->

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sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds denied any association or knowledge of Skynet Corporation. During a local Linux conference in Portland, Linus was addressing a small crowd when a reddit user asked if he had been approached by Skynet? Linus, with a faint smile on his face, said ‘no’ while nodding (in yes). Later he posted on his Google + page, “I don’t really care if Skynet uses Linux or not. I still want the desktop.”
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+ - CrunchBang rises from the ashes->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: An open source project never dies. CrunchBang just showed this. The developers of the project recently announced that they are shutting it down and move on to do other things. The users were suggested to look for alternatives. It didn’t take that long for someone else to take over the helm. A site called CrunchBang Plus Plus is bringing the distro back. They have already made a beta available for testing. They will be using Debian Jesse packages for the distro.
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+ - Should Linux users worry about no-cost Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi?->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the release of Raspberry Pi 2, the apt successor of their extremely popular credit-card sized computer.And Microsoft is getting on-board with this device. Linux users want a platform that they can tinker, hack and improve by directly contributing the code. None of that is possible with Windows. I remember a discussion with an executive who works in the area of open source in governments and he said that the biggest difference between Microsoft products and open source products is the same as cab drivers and cab owners.
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+ - Bill Gate' Facebook post shows poor kids taking online classes using Ubuntu->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: I really don’t know if Bill Gates, the created of Windows empire, manages his Facebook page or if it’s been updated by some PR folk. Today some readers caught a Bill Gates’s post about his Foundation’s efforts to ‘revolutionize’ learning in schools. The irony of the post was that the picture attached with the post showed kids using Ubuntu Linux.
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+ - LibreOffice 4.4 is more than just a pretty face->

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sfcrazy writes: LibreOffice (aka LO) is among the best and the most used free (of cost) and open source office suites. The just-announced, brand new version 4.4 boasts some new features and a much needed design overhaul. With the 4.4 release, it looks like the developers have cleaned up the code enough to deal with the design of the product. The new LibreOffice not only shows a sleeker toolbar, it has also added a side panel; similar to the one found of IBM Lotus Notes which also inspired Calligra Suite by the KDE community.
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+ - Linus Torvalds: Apple's HFS+ is probably the worst file-system ever->

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sfcrazy writes: It’s been long since we heard a good rant from Linus Torvalds. Linux doesn't rant much, but when he does he hits the nail and he doesn't mince worlds and this time he targeted Apple's HFS+. Linus says, "The true horrors of HFS+ are not in how it’s not a great filesystem, but in how it’s actively designed to be a bad filesystem by people who thought they had good ideas."
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+ - 5 major Linux appearances at CES 2015-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: We saw Linux invasion at CES 2015. It's exciting to see different companies using different operating systems based on Linux. The big story were: Panasonic to use Firefox OS for their smart TVs, Samsung putting Tizen on their TVs, Intel to see Ubuntu powered USB sticks, LG to use WebOS for watches. All of these are different operating systems using the Linux kernel. Never before have we seen so many choices, so much diversity all offered by Linux and Open Source technologies. The year of Linux is here? Already?
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