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Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

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Android and iOS may be the mobile platforms today but there have always been attempts to push other horses into the race. Most of them used the Linux kernel just like Android but a few were more direct efforts to bring some of the Linux desktop stack to mobile in one form or another. Thanks to changes in the industry, particularly in electronic components and production, there has been a steady rise of such attempts to create true Linux and truly open source phones, with Purism’s Librem 5 and PINE64’s PinePhone leading the way.

These are primarily targeted at a small hobbyist market and at users that value privacy and security above all else. But while those are valid and desirable goals, it’s actually important that these Linux phones become more mainstream in order to cultivate a healthier and better mobile market in general.

[Source: SlashGear]

US Air Force says they are developing an Open Source Jet Engine

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The economies of scale generally dictate that anything produced in large enough numbers will eventually become cheap. But despite the fact that a few thousand of them are tearing across the sky above our heads at any given moment, turbine jet engines are still expensive to produce compared to other forms of propulsion. The United States Air Force Research Laboratory is hoping to change that by developing their own in-house, open source turbine engine that they believe could reduce costs by as much as 75%.

[Source: Hackaday]

Best Black Friday 2019 Chromebook deals

There are lots of Chromebooks on sale this Black Friday. But why should you settle for just a cheap Chromebook, when you can get a really good one for less money? Answer: You shouldn’t. Here are some of the best deals out there on the best Chromebooks.

Before launching you into the list, there are a few things you should keep in mind for Chromebook buyers. First, unlike Windows PCs or Macs, you don’t need pricey hardware to get a great laptop experience. The Linux-based Chrome OS runs well on relatively low-end hardware. But Chrome OS gives you far more than just a Chrome-view of the internet these days.

[Source: ZDNet]

Raytheon Leans on Red Hat to Advance DevSecOps

Raytheon Company is partnering with Red Hat to drive the adoption of DevSecOps workflows and processes it developed around the OpenShift application development and deployment platform. Jon Check, senior director for cyber protection solutions for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said Raytheon has developed a set of DevSecOps practices for organizations building applications deployed in highly secure environments, involving government contracts.

[Source: DevOps.com]

Amazon’s cloud unit readies more powerful data center chip

Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data center processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest sign that the company is pouring money into custom silicon for its fastest-growing business. The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Holdings, the sources said. One of the sources familiar with the matter said it will be at least 20% faster than Amazon’s first Arm-based chip, named Graviton, which was released last year as a low-cost option for easier computing tasks.

[Source: Reuters]

New Chromebook Buyers To Get 3 Months Of Disney+ For Free

If you are looking to pick up affordable Chromebooks as holiday gifts, Google has an interesting offer for you! The company is giving Chromebook buyers three months of Disney+ for free with the purchase of new devices. As part of the deal, new subscribers can get three months of Disney+ when they activate a new Chromebook between November 25, 2019 and January 31, 2020. The free streaming offer should be redeemed by January 31, 2020, Google mentioned on its site while announcing the offer.

[Source: TFiR]

Yet more DevOps trends for 2020

So we issued our 2020 DevOps predictions, but we were limited in number and format, and there were a lot of great ideas. Here are some of the additional trends Forrester is tracking in DevOps for 2020. The end of plan/build/run and stage gates. We’ve governed and managed IT for decades on the plan/build/run operating model, but it’s not agile enough. Pausing between build and run while experts run their quality controls simply can’t work in the new digital world.

[Source: ZDNet]

Deepin Linux Manager Talks Huawei Partnership, Spyware Accusations And Tantalizing Teases For 2020

Deepin simultaneously exists as a beautiful yet perpetually misunderstood Linux distribution. It shatters misconceptions about how sleek and modern a Linux desktop can look, but struggles to shake repeated accusations of being spyware, likely because of its Chinese origins and business ties with Huawei. Despite the controversy, Deepin is poised to begin thriving thanks to its inclusion on select Huawei laptops in China, and a new version of the distro and desktop environment right around the corner.

[Source: Forbes]

Huawei’s MatePad Pro is an iPad Pro clone with Android 10

HUAWEI HAS UNVEILED a new tablet that looks unashamedly similar to Apple’s iPad Pro. The MatePad Pro bears more than a strong resemblance to Apple’s flagship tablet; it comes with a lookalike keyboard add-on, and its stylus pen – dubbed the Huawei M-Pencil – looks exactly like the latest Apple Pencil and even charges in the exact same way.

There are some differences, though. The China-bound tablet sports a 10.8in 2,560×1,600 LCD screen that packs smaller slimmer (4.9mm) bezels than the iPad Pro. This is thanks to Huawei’s use of a punch-hole cutout to house the 8MP front-facing camera and gives the tablet an impressive 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

[Source: The Inquirer]

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Switches to Xfce Desktop, Gets New Look and Feel

After teasing the community on Twitter earlier this week, Offensive Security released today a major update to their Kali Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution with cool new features and improvements. Powered by Linux kernel 5.3.9, Kali Linux 2019.4 is now available and it’s a major update to the very popular ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system due to its massive look and feel changes. This is the first Kali Linux release to switch to the lightweight Xfce desktop environment by default, and also implement a brand-new desktop theme for both Xfce and GNOME desktops.

[Source: Softpedia]