Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android’s Jugular

By Jack M. Germain

Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.

From: Linux Insider

Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop

By Jack M. Germain

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3’s implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro. Enlightenment takes a bit of adjusting to, however. It has a learning curve and a customization path that renders it not so out-of-the-box ready.

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Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand

By Quinten Plummer

Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual reality environment. Despite spending years — decades, in many cases — navigating digital worlds with the “A, S, D, W” keys and computer mice, many in the video gaming community are wary of doing so when there are VR displays strapped to their faces.

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Docker’s No Flash in the Pan

By Jay Lyman

Docker — the open source application container technology that has drawn broad interest from the enterprise IT industry — recently marked its second birthday since its launch in March 2013. Judging by its growth and traction thus far, and the example set by such open source projects as Linux, Hadoop, Android, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, expect big things from this young open source software project and community. The Docker technology is being embraced by developers, prioritized by large enterprises, and questioned by central IT teams.

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Did VMware Flout Open Source License Terms?

By Jack M. Germain

The Software Freedom Conservancy earlier this month announced that it was funding a lawsuit filed by Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Germany. The conservancy entered a grant agreement with Hellwig for the legal action. Its funding of the legal action is part of the program activity of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers. The suit alleges that VMware failed to comply with terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, or GPLv2.

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Q4OS Is a Bare-Bones Business Tool

By Jack M. Germain

Q4OS has the potential to become a new attention-getter among up and coming Linux distros. But this distro has a way to go before its development reaches full functionality. Right now it is working its way to a non-beta version 1.0 release. New beta versions are frequently released, often a few weeks to a month apart. The latest release was version 0.5.25 on February 4. This new distro is fast and runs extremely well on low-powered aging computers.

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The Linux Kernel’s New ‘Play Nice’ Patch

By Jack M. Germain

Some 60 Linux kernel developers last week adopted a small “patch,” called the “Code of Conflict,” that attempts to set guidelines for discourse in the kernel community and outlines a path for mediation if someone feels abused or threatened. Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted the appeal for good behavior on his personal git.kernel.org page. Torvalds’ call for improved internal developer relations could be little more than wishful thinking, considering his own reputation for fueling heated community exchanges with brash comments.

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Evolve OS Is a Clean and Light Work in Progress

By Jack M. Germain

I am always interested in new desktop approaches. That’s what drew my attention to Evolve OS. Normally, infant releases are too undeveloped to be the focus of a bona fide software review. This is not a criticism, but a reality of the work-in-progress nature of developing an OS. Evolve OS Beta has two innovations that distinguish it from the crowd of Linux distro newcomers. This new arrival is built around a home-made desktop called “Budgie” and a custom package manager forked from Pardus Linux.

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RHEL 7 Atomic Host Bolsters Container Security

By Richard Adhikari

Red Hat last week made Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host generally available, following a four-month live beta test. “The beta release was very successful,” said Lars Herrmann, senior director of product strategy at Red Hat. Feedback from customers and partners “helped us refine several features and tools” for the GA version. Atomic Host is a lean OS designed to run Docker containers, providing all the benefits of upstream distribution and the ability to perform atomic upgrades and rollbacks.

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ChaletOS Is a Design Tweak in the Linux House

By Jack M. Germain

ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing simplicity and impressive speed. Much of that performance credit goes to the use of the Xfce desktop. Its system controls are tweaked to bring unique style-changing capabilities to a classic Linux desktop environment.

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