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Submission + - Linus Torvalds' Subsurface planning to switch to Qt (

sfcrazy writes: Subsurface, the dive-tracking program written by none other than Linus Torvalds, is considering moving to Qt. Dirk Hohndel writes on his Google + page: Subsurface is seriously considering a move to Qt but doing so without at least one or two experienced Qt developers as part of the team seems pretty foolish to me. So if you have worked with Qt in the past and are interested in scuba diving (or interested in a new fast moving project to participate in), please drop me a line / comment here.

Submission + - ZFS hits an important milestone, version 0.6.1 released (

sfcrazy writes: ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev'. Brian explains, "The 'snapdev' property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either 'visible' or 'hidden'. When set to 'hidden', which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to 'visible' This behavior is analogous to the existing 'snapdir' property.

Submission + - Wayland vs Mir: It's more about control than technology (

sfcrazy writes: Most of the communication Canonical has sent out to justify why they dropped Wayland focusses on the problems plaguing Wayland, including the security issues. Which doesn’t seem to be true. If we look at the IRC discussion between Wayland/X developers and a Canonical employee it turns out that none of the reasons cited on Mir wiki page are valid and the one reason that's missing from the wiki is about CLA and control. Canonical wanted complete control of the project instead of 'collaborating' with Wayland. But that reason would make them look bad.

What is Canonical up to? Why are they manipulating everything?


Submission + - Linus Torvalds Praises Chrome Pixel (

sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds loves his Macbook Air, but that's going to change. The creator of Linux is in love with Google's Chrome Pixel and he is even considering making it his primary laptop. He writes on his Google + page - "Hey, I've joined all the cool kids in having one of the new Google "Pixel" laptops (aka Chromebooks). And it is a beautiful screen, to the point where I suspect I'll make this my primary laptop. I tend to like my laptops slightly smaller, but I think I can lug around this 1.5kg monster despite feeling fairly strongly that a laptop should weigh 1kg or less."

Submission + - Linus Torvalds To Secure Boot Supporters: This Is Not A Dick-Sucking Contest ( 1

sfcrazy writes: Quite a lot of people raised their eyebrows the way ex-Red Hat developer Matthew Garrett made Microsoft the 'universal' control of any desktops PCs running with UEFI secure boot. Though the intentions of Garrett were clear — to enable GNU/Linux to be able to run Linux on Windows 8 certified PCs with secure boot; it was clearly putting Microsoft in a very powerful position. Linus, while a supporter of secure boot, exploded at Garrett and Howells when they proposed its inclusing in the kernel. Linus responded: Guys, this is not a dick-sucking contest. If you want to parse PE binaries, go right ahead. If Red Hat wants to deep-throat Microsoft, that's *your* issue. That has nothing what-so-ever to do with the kernel I maintain. It's trivial for you guys to have a signing machine that parses the PE binary, verifies the signatures, and signs the resulting keys with your own key. You already wrote the code, for chissake, it's in that f*cking pull request.

Submission + - Steam For Linux Officially Released, Available In Ubuntu Software Center (

sfcrazy writes: Valve has officially released Steam for Linux client. Valve is not shying away from using the word Linux on it's home page. With the launch of the official client the company is also offering heavy discounts on games for Linux — over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st at 10 AM PST.

Submission + - KDE's Vivaldi Tablet Will Be Available In 3 Months (

sfcrazy writes: KDE's Aaron Seigo has revealed that after initial hiccups they are finally working with UK and China based companies and the much anticipated KDE Vivaldi tablets should be available in the market in around 3 months. He also said that they will be making annocements by the end of this month or early March. While he did not give any details about the tablet he did mention it will have better display and more memory than the previous vesion. Here is the video of his Google Hangout session where he talked about the tablet.

Submission + - Linux & Open Source Dominate North Korea? (

sfcrazy writes: Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was visiting the secretive country North Korea. In his Google+ post he wrote that "They [North Koreans] also demonstrated their software and technology based on open source (mostly Linux) and it was obvious to us that access to the Internet and all of this was possible for the government, the military, and universities, but not for the general public."

Submission + - First Beta Of openSUSE 12.3 Arrives With Linux 3.7.1 (

sfcrazy writes: The openSUSE team has announced the release of first beta of version 12.3 which is intended for testing. The good news for KDE fans is that this beta of openSUSE brings KDE 4.10 rc2, so you can test KDE as well as openSUSE 12.3. This release runs on the Linux kernel 3.7.1 so one can expect better hardware support and many new features.

Submission + - KDE's Plama Active Ported To Nexus 7 (

sfcrazy writes: KDE developers have succeeded in running the touch-optimized Plasma Active Linux Distribution on Nexus 7. Earlier Ubuntu developers managed to create a installer for Nexus 7, but those builds also showed that Unity, in its current form, is not ready for touch-based devices. KDE has an edge here as they have optimized versions for netbooks, desktops and touch-based devices so a user doesn't have to make any compromises as one has to do with other DEs or shells which are focusing more in touch-based devices only.

Detailed instructions on how to install KDE Plasma Active on Nexus 7 are given here.


Submission + - Qt 5 Is Here, Digia Claims It's Qt For The Future (

sfcrazy writes: The Qt project and Digia, the company behind Qt framework, have released the most awaited C++ framework for developers, Qt 5.0. The company claims that it's one of the best releases till date and has invested a significant amount of time behind this release. It's an overhaul of the Qt 4.x series and makes Qt fit for the future.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store (

sfcrazy writes: Raspberry pi developer team has introduced the Pi store, a place to get software for Raspberry pi, in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix. The team hopes that the store will become a one-stop-shop for Raspbian Pi users. The store already has 23 major applications available for users including LibreOffice and Asterisk. There are classic games like Freeciv and OpenTTD and Raspberry Pi exclusive Iridium Rising. The team also managed to get 'one piece of commercial content: the excellent Storm in a Teacup from Cobra Mobile.'

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