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Wayland-Based Hawaii Desktop Is Still Active

While there's been a lot of Wayland announcements recently, there hasn't been much news on the Wayland-powered Qt5-based Hawaii desktop that's part of the Maui project. Though they have hit a roadblock in their "Green Island" Wayland compositor, the desktop shell continues to move forward with new features and functionality...

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Linux 3.12-rc4 Kernel Has Lots Of File-System Commits

As usual, Linus Torvalds released the latest Linux development kernel on Sunday...

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Kernel Prepatch 3.12-rc4

The fourth 3.12 prepatch is out for testing. "Hmm. rc4 has more new commits than rc3, which doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy, but nothing major really stands out. More filesystem updates than normal at this stage, perhaps, but I suspect that is just happenstance. We have cifs,...

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Is the 'App Economy' Dead? Or Just Morphing?

Paid apps are becoming a rare item as the market moves to other funding models.

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NSA Tried and Failed to Compromise Tor, But Browser Vulnerabilities Gave Some Users Away

Intelligence agencies have devoted significant time to cracking the Tor encryption network, reports The Guardian, but it's largely failed to compromise the system. According to leaked documents obtained by Glenn Greenwald, the NSA and Britain's GCHQ were frustrated by Tor, at one point in 2012 putting out a presentation called...

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Linux 3.12 Kernel To Bring Faster File-Systems

With the Linux 3.12 kernel due for release in several weeks time but all major changes behind us now, here are some file-system tests from this forthcoming kernel update. Tested Linux file-systems for this Phoronix article include EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, and F2FS. From these results, there are multiple instances of...

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