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Submission + - Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as The Terminator

sfcrazy writes: Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to movies after his role as Governator of California and the legendary actor is all set to play the role of The Terminator once again — the character which turned him into an icon. Schwarzenegger told the fan site, "I'm very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator."

Submission + - There is no reason at all to use MySQL: MariaDB, MySQL founder Michael Widenius ( 1

sfcrazy writes: In this exclusive interview MySQL founder Michael Widenius talks about the reasons of decline of MySQL, what Oracle is doing wrong and how MariaDB is fast replacing it. There are quite some interesting information in this interview. The take out of this interview is — "...there is no reason at all to use MySQL 5.5 instead of MariaDB 5.5. The same will be true for the next generation."

Submission + - KDE 4.10 now available for Windows (

sfcrazy writes: KDE’s Plasma is one of the most popular desktop environment in the GNU/Linux world. The community was also working on a Windows port of KDE Plasma so that these users can also take advantage of KDE’s technologies. The Windows project was in the state of limbo for quite some time and now KDE SC 4.10.2 is available for Windows.

Submission + - Light weight KlyDE gives Xfce, Gnome some heavy weight competition (

sfcrazy writes: There are genuine reasons why some people prefer Gnome or Xfce over KDE (though a survey shows KDE's Plasma to be among the most popular desktop environments, leaving Xfce and Gnome miles behind). There can be a demand for a stripped down, lightweight KDE distro which can compete with the likes of Xfce and Gnome so that such users can get a lightweight KDE experience without making the compromises (subjective) they have to with Gnome or Xfce.

That's exactly what some KDE developers are doing. Will Stephenson (along with other KDE developers Klaas Freitag, Jos Poortvliet, Raymond Wooninck, umski and Andres Silva) is working on a KDE package called KlyDE.

Submission + - First Ubuntu Touch images available for testing (

sfcrazy writes: Ubuntu Touch, Canonical's mobile aspirations, is getting ready for the market. If the developer preview was nothing more than demo-ware, with place holders, now there are images which you can test of your device with some 'working' and functional apps. These images are based on Raring Ringtale. The company has also posted instructions on how to install latest Ubuntu on your Nexus device

Submission + - Microsoft signs bogus license agreement with Foxconn over Android and Chrome (

sfcrazy writes: Microsoft has signed yet another 'bogus' patent deal with Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's lagest electronics maker. Since Microsoft signs an NDA we never get to see which 'patents' is Android violating, it could be tiny things like FAT partition. Since we also don't know how much Microsoft gets per device, it could be few pennies per device. These deals are less about money and more about PR stunts, a game Microsoft loves to play.

Submission + - You can't resell Google Glass, Is Google violating first sale doctring? ( 2

sfcrazy writes: Google has started shipping Google Glass to those who pre-ordered it or applied for it through the Explorer program. Some user's have pointed out that : 'If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the Device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.'

From what I see this is applicable only to those who applied through the Explorer program. The question is if Google is violating the first sale doctrine by refusing users to resell the device they paid for and bought?

Submission + - How to file bug-free bug report in KDE (

sfcrazy writes: Filing bug reports is one of the best ways for a user to contribute to his favorite app and make it better. However at times lack of proper bug report makes it harder for a developer to understand what problems a user is facing. So as important as it is to file a bug report, it's more important to file it correctly. Incorrect bug report irritates a user as he feels that no one pays attention to his report and discourages him to file a report in future. At the same time it irritates a developer because he wants to know what's wrong, help the user and make the application better he doesn't even understand what the problem is.

Submission + - Alienware offers Ubuntu gaming PCs (

sfcrazy writes: Alienware is offering Ubuntu-pre-installed gaming PC X51 target at gamers. Steam is the reason why Alienware joined the Ubuntu bandwagon. Alienware is offering four configurations ranging from $599 for an Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual Core (6GB RAM) to $1,049 Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad Core (8GB RAM). All these PCs can be configured to user's needs.

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 + - Google pledges not to sue open source software, unless first attacked (

sfcrazy writes: Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In it's pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google’s patents covered by the pledge to other technologies.

Submission + - Google brings HTML5 DRM to all Chrome OS devices (

sfcrazy writes: Google updated the dev channel of Chrome OS to version 27.0.1438.8 for all Chrome OS devices. This update brings HTML5 DRM, which Google calls, 'Widevine Content Decryption Module' to all Chrome Devices (not only ARM). It's a module which 'enables Widevine licenses for playback of HTML audio/video content. The new HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions aka EME (a set of APIs designed to control playback of protected content) made this possible.

Submission + - openSUSE 12.3 Available for download (

sfcrazy writes: openSUSE 12.3 has been released on time and this release shows how it's getting better and better with time. openSUSE is investing quite a lot of resources in ARM and ARM 64bit, which makes sense as ARM is about to make inroads into the server space where SUSE is one of the market leaders behind Red Hat. As we speak there are at over 4,000 build packages for ARM which puts openSUSE ahead of any Linux distribution which supports ARM's AArch64 architecture. openSUSE 12.3 can be downloaded from here.

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