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+ - KDE Software UI to become simpler in future->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "KDE Software is often criticized for being too complicated for an average user to use. Try setting up Kmail and you would know what I mean. The KDE developers are aware of it and now they are working on making KDE UI simpler. KDE usability team lead Thomas Pfeiffer Thomas prefers a layered feature exposure so that users can enjoy certain advanced features at a later stage after they get accustomed to the basic functionality of the application. He quotes the earlier (pre-Plasma era) vision of KDE 4 – “Anything that makes Linux interesting for technical users (shells, compilation, drivers, minute user settings) will be available; not as the default way of doing things, but at the user’s discretion.” And he goes ahead to remind the simplified form in KDE HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) – “Simple by default, powerful when needed.”"
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+ - Native Netflix support is coming to Linux, for real->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Native support for Netflix is coming to Linux, thanks to their move from Sliverlight to HTML5, Mozilla and Google Chrome. Paul Adolph from Netflix proposed a solution to Ubuntu developers: "Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed. If this version is generally installed across 14.02, Netflix would be able to make a change so users would no longer have to hack their User-Agent to play."

The ball is now in the court of Canonical developers."

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+ - Soon you may be able to access ownCloud from Chrome OS->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "If there is ownCloud integration within the File Manager of Chrome OS, then it will be much easier to work on files stored on your ownCloud. You will also be able to save files to your ownCloud, instead of Google Drive, easily. Google has created “File System Provider API“ which enables “extensions to support virtual file systems, which are available in the file manager on Chrome OS.”

These file systems will allow users to access content from external sources (such as your ownCloud server or Dropbox).

Google developer Jun Mukai is maintaining the ChromeOS Filesystem Providers project on GitHub which enables 3rd party cloud providers to integrate with Chrome OS File Manager.

There are primarily two kind of providers, one is protocol provider such as FTP or WebDAV (which can be used to access ownCloud) and Cloud providers which will allow users to connect the file manager with cloud providers like Dropbox, Amazon S3 or ownCloud."

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+ - Canonical, AMD join hands to offer OpenStack Private Cloud in a Box->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "AMD has partnered with Canonical to offer OpenStack private cloud to customers. The solution offers high-end hardware – a SeaMicro SM15000 server – running Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and OpenStack. Ubuntu is already the most popular OpenStack operating system and today’s development is good news for Ubuntu’s enterprise market."
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+ - SUSE addresses fears of openSUSE community ->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The Attachmate Group, which acquired Novell and SUSE a few year ago has agreed to merge with UK based Micro Focus. With this announcement SUSE, the Germany based Linux company has, for the third time, seen a new owner. SUSE was bought by Novell in 2003 and then Novell was acquired by The Attachmate Group 2011.

While these changes didn’t affect the operations of openSUSE, the popular GNU/Linux-based distribution which is sponsored by SUSE, it did raise questions about the future and stability of the project as the owners changed.

The question re-surfaced again with the merger of Attachmate and Micro Focus. To address any such concerns SUSE’s President and General Manager, Nils Brauckmann contacted the openSUSE Board and openSUSE chairman Robert Brown shared SUSE’s key points on this development.

One of the key points around openSUSE was: Commitment to openSUSE: SUSE is also fully committed to being a sponsor and supporter of an open, highly independent and dynamic openSUSE community and project. We are proud of openSUSE and greatly value the collaborative relationship between SUSE and the openSUSE community."

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+ - HP acquires open source Eucalyptus->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "HP has acquired Eucalyptus, an open source software to build Amazon Web Services compatible cloud environments. With this move HP has become a very powerful stakeholder of cloud computing with Helion, OpenStack and Eucalyptus in their basket. With this move HP has placed itself in the centre of cloud with OpenStack (which is seen as a competitor of AWS) in one hand and AWS compatible Eucalyptus (which was seen as OpenStack competitor) in the other hand."
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+ - Stephen Hawking tries Linux powered Wheelchair made by Intel->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "While media was crazy about a smart watch, Intel created a smart chair for disabled people. Stephen Hawking, one of the smartest brains on the planet, gave Intel’s Linux powered wheelchair a try and talked about it. The company showcased their ‘Connected Wheelchair’ at the ongoing Intel Developer Conference (IDF)."
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+ - Google gives 2 hours to return your Android app and get full refund->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google now allows users to try the paid apps for up to 2 hours and get full refund if they don’t like it. To be honest earlier Google used to give full 24 hours to try and return the app but it looks like developers didn’t like such a large window where many users would fully use an app – such as game in 24 hour and then return it. So Google changed it to 15 minutes and is now again extenting it to a reasonable 2 hours."
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+ - You can now make phone calls from Hangouts on Android->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Ever since we got an iPad in the family, one thing that bothered me a lot was that Google Hangout app on the iPad allowed to make phone calls whereas the feature was missing from the Android app. Google has just brought the feature to Android. Amit Fulay, Product Manager at Google says, “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”"
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+ - Amazon Prime videos now available on Android->

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+ - Fedora to get a new partition manager->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Developer Vratislav Podzimek announced the next-gen partition manager for Fedora, blivet-gui. It is eventually going to replace GParted, the most popular GUI based partition manager found in all major distros. The new tool is named blivet-gui as it is based on the blivet python library (originally Anaconda’s storage management and configuration tool). The need of a new partition manager is roots from the fact that none of the existing GUI partitioning tools supports all the modern storage technologies. Fedora’s Anaconda base supports all and is hence chosen as the back-end for this new intuitive tool. The application is only a few months old but is already looking nice and useful. Features like RAID and BTRFS support are being worked on. Vojtech Trefny is the other developer working with Vratislav on blivet-gui."
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