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Linux User & Developer Issue 538

Linux User and Developer is the UK’s only magazine aimed solely at Linux professionals and IT decision makers. Every month, Linux User and Developer provides the best in tutorials, features, hardware reviews, information and inspiration to help GNU/Linux professionals expand their knowledge base and perform more effectively in the workplace. Written by experts in the field, the magazine also features informative interviews with leading figures from the GNU/Linux scene and high-profile companies that have built their businesses using OpenSource software. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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welcome to issue 156 of linux user & developer

This issue » World’s greatest FOSS » Build-it-yourself open hardware » Biggest open source contributors » Tracking the International Space Station Welcome to the latest issue of Linux User & Developer, the UK and America’s favourite Linux and open source magazine. Open source has never been as crucial as it is now. Linux and FOSS are enjoying unprecedented celebrity as companies increasingly move to open source business models, embrace open means of developing new tools, and open up entire code bases to further improve the technologies that are powering our future. This month, we reveal the open source contributions from the world’s biggest tech companies (page 14). We also take a look at userland FOSS in our lead feature (page 18), selecting the best-in-class apps so you can ensure you’re getting the most from your Linux system.…

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your team of linux experts…

Rob Zwetsloot studied aerospace engineering, using Python to model complex simulations, yet this is the least of his achievements. Having earned enough woolongs to complete his Phase V ship upgrades, undertaken in secrecy and seemingly planned for years, Rob has commandeered the now spaceworthy LU&D Flying Fortress forevermore, dubbing it the Vega Mega Station and sending it to near-Moon orbit. He was last seen arcing across the night sky in a brilliant roar of light, thunder and colour, headed for the station on a modified Gundam Rapiro, both giggling maniacally. Rumours of an immense battle on the dark side of the Moon are now being whispered across the web. Godspeed, sir. Jon Masters is a Linux kernel hacker who has been working on Linux for some 19 years, since he first…

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kde rivals ubuntu with plasma mobile

The KDE Project has unveiled its entry into the smartphone market, releasing details of a free software platform dubbed Plasma Mobile that is currently in the prototype stage. Following the lead of companies including Mozilla and Canonical, KDE’s Plasma Mobile is designed as an alternative to Google’s Linux-based Android platform, which currently holds the majority smartphone market share. Building on concerns many in the free software and open source communities have, Plasma Mobile promises significantly improved privacy features compared to its rivals. “As a free software community, it is our mission to give users the option of retaining full control over their data,” explained KDE’s Sebastian Kügler of the software’s release. “The choice for a mobile operating system should not be a choice between missing functions or forsaken privacy of user data…

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canonical denies ip policy problems

Canonical has officially responded to claims that its Ubuntu Linux distribution cannot be distributed in modified form as a Docker or other container format image, denying that there is any issue. “If you generate a container image that is not a 100% unmodified version of Ubuntu, Canonical insist that you must ask them for permission to distribute it,” developer Matthew Garrett claimed in a blog post on the issue. “The only alternative is to rebuild every binary package you wish to ship, removing all trademarks in the process,” he concluded. “I am speaking for my employer, Canonical, when I say you are not violating our policies if you use Ubuntu with Docker in sensible, secure ways,” Dustin Kirkland responded in an official statement. “Some have claimed otherwise,” he added, referring to Garrett’s…

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features in linux kernel 4.2

1 AMD’s GPU driver AMD’s next-generation open-source kernel DRM driver enters the mainline for the first time with Linux 4.2, offering support for the Radeon R9 285 graphics processor and all future graphics processors and accelerated processing units. Although compatibility for older hardware is limited, it’s a major step for AMD’s support of open source. 2 Wider CPU compatibility The new kernel adds support for Intel’s Broxtonbased Atom system-on-chip processors, various ARM-based SoCs from Freescale, HiSilicon, and ZTE, and the ARCv2 architecture as implemented in the Synopsys embedded-centric HS38 CPU core, while improving performance for other platforms. 3 More input options Using the latest kernel, users can enjoy support for the Sony Motion Controller, Logitech M560, and the ability to use the LEDs of an Xbox Wireless Controller, the latter courtesy a patch from gaming…

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post-scarcity world

“The concept of ‘intellectual property’ and its ownership is a subject that has always been beset with paradoxes. Information wants to be free, and copyright wants to impose limitations on the distribution of information. But in the ephemeral world of the Internet where information and ideas are stored and shared in digital formats, the ownership of ideas and information really has little meaning. As the creative industries have found, when the distribution of a creative work is no longer restricted to a hardcopy format, such as vinyl or paper, it becomes harder to impose rules on its distribution. If a product is worth anything, it is copied and pasted into infinity, and lack of scarcity diminishes its monetary value, sometimes to almost nothing. The artist or creator, always a prisoner of distribution networks…