KDE Plasma 5.6 Review: New Features and Improvements

The beta version of KDE Plasma 5.6 was released on March 2, 2016 and contain many bug fixes, new features and reworked applications. The renew components – the activities, KRunner, task manager, Breeze theme and many others. Wayland support is also better with decoration and input fixes.

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ReactOS – Fake Or Potential Windows Alternative? Review And Extended Test Drive Of Latest Release

Introduction

After 10 years of development was released the new major release of ReactOS, this event was highlighted in the most biggest tech resources. But I’m not interested in just talk about release notes from “crazy Russian developers”, more interested is technical opportunities and possibilities.
Which architecture use React OS now, which hardware are supported, why users and developers might find it interesting, the degree of compatibility with Microsoft Windows? Is there a Windows-based copy with Unix-style? For these and other questions you can find the answers in this article (or ask new questions in comments).

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Ring – The Free & Open Source Text/Audio/Video Messenger As Alternative To WhatsApp/Telegram/Facebook Messenger: Review And Video Demonstration

Introduction

Welcome to the new part of Free Messenger Saga (Signal, Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). It’s very good that in the modern world of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype some peoples create new software for communication.

Ring – open source platform for text chat, voice and video communications and released under one of the best free license – GPLv3. All source code is available on Github. Linux client uses the GTK+ toolkit. Probably most of the Ring code was written by Savoir-faire Linux – free and open source software company based on Canada and France.

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NayuOS Review – Free & Open Source Alternative To Chrome OS With Node.js And Without Google Services

Note: NayuOS have the same design as Chrome OS and many differences under the hood.

Introduction

NayuOS – free and open source operating system and fork of Chrome OS without proprietary software like Adobe Flash, multimedia codecs and Google services. “Nayu” is a Chinese word that means “open the Universe”. If you are interested in Chrome OS – please check this review.

So, why this OS can be interested?
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Signal Secure Messenger Review & Test Drive: Free And Open Source Alternative To WhatsApp/Telegram/Facebook Messenger

Introduction

This article is a new episode of the Free Messenger Heroic Saga (Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). I highly recommend to read it for comparison. Privacy – very important thing for everyone today and tomorrow it may be a myth in the world of mega corporations, user tracking, automatic email parsing, security agencies with full access to everything and everyone.

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Person of The Year 2015 in the Linux/OpenSource Community: Open Voting

Year 2015 ends. Taking time to honor those peoples who work in Linux and Open Source community and don’t have deserved popularity. Maybe you use everyday several products from these peoples – this is your personal chance to say “thank you”.

Note: the first three winners will receive personal congratulations and “Happy New Year”. If you need to add something: notes, wishes or congratulations – feel free to write in comments or send private email to “tlhp at list.riseup.net”.
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Tor Messenger Review – Just Another Messenger or Light at The End of Privacy Tunnel?

Introduction

In October, 29 Tor Project has presented the Tor Messenger – client for popular IM-services like Facebook, Google, Twitter, XMMP and based on Instantbird. OTR (Off-The-Record) Messaging in XMPP-based services are default enabled. General idea of this new messenger – users can communicate with their usual serviсes via Tor tunnels and government or hackers can’t track their client-server routes and location.

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Programming with GNOME Builder: Review and Coding Practice

Introduction

GNOME Builder was created in 2014 by Christian Hergert (GNOME member, currently work in Red Hat). General use case – IDE for GNOME and GNU/Linux technologies. GNOME Builder support C, C++, Python, Vala, JavaScript and others. Good GObjects support is very helpful for GTK+ developers, but don’t leave this article if you use another technology: Builder written in C/Glib and can be faster than typical IDE/Editors written in Java or Python like a IDEA, Eclipse, Sublime. In 2015 get the $50k in the fundraiser company.

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Linux and Open Source Propaganda in “Mr. Robot” TV Show

I’m not a big TV fan, but TV Show “Mr. Robot” attracted me. Hackers in TV and films be often stupid or pumped full guys without minimal Computer Science education. Elliot Alderson in “Mr.Robot” isn’t like it and don’t hack atomic power station with fast writing. The “Hacker” person and hackers subculture is really great in this TV Show. Another nice thing – Linux is often guest in “Mr. Robot”. Really! Numbers of running Windows computers is very small. You can hate TV, but the big free advertising for millions people over the world – it’s great!

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“So I See you’re runing GNOME”

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KolibriOS Review – Free 1 MB Drive/8MB RAM Assembly OS

KolibriOS – small and powerful OS written in Assembly. Minimum hardware requirements – 8 MB of RAM and 1.4 MB hard drive. It’s not a joke! Yes, you can use diskette to save and run KolibriOS. How about software? Word processor, web browser, image viewer, graphics editor, and over 30 games – very impressive. KolibriOS its a fully Open Source OS and released under GPLv2 (General Public License). History of development begin in 2004 – KolibriOS was forked from MenuetOS.
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