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India’s contact tracing app is going open source

India said it will publicly release the source code of its contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, in a relief to privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April. The source code will be published on GitHub at midnight Tuesday.

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Ex-Windows chief: Here’s why Microsoft waged war on open source

Former Windows Division chief Steven Sinofsky has offered some context and a defense for Microsoft’s war on open source in the 1990s and early 2000s. The most famous quote capturing Microsoft’s previous approach to open source was from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Systemd Will Change How Your Linux Home Directory Works

The team behind systemd want you to adopt a new way of managing home directories. Calling it a “new way” is putting it lightly—this is a real paradigm shift for Linux. Here’s everything you need to know about systemd-homed, which is likely coming to a Linux distro near you.

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World’s First AMD-Only Linux Laptop Officially Announced

TUXEDO Computers has announced the TUXEDO Book BA15, powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U chip for the creation of what the company calls “the world’s first AMD-only and Linux-preinstalled laptop.” The laptop comes with integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics and features three different memory options, all of them powered by Samsung.

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YouTube for Android tests showing a recommended Google Search result when searching in YouTube

Following the recent rollout of the new Bedtime Reminders feature in YouTube for Android, Google has now started testing a new feature that will show search results from the web within the app. Google appears to be rolling out this new feature for some users via a server-side update.

Read More at XDA Developershe feature was recently spotted by Reddit user u/TheMrIggs when he searched “open beer with knife” in the YouTube app.

Linux-creator Linus Torvalds joins Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips in embracing AMD over Intel

Believe it or not, yet another Linus (no, not Linus van Pelt from Peanuts) is jumping to AMD, and this time it is probably a bigger deal than Sebastian’s current change of allegiance. Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, is no longer using an Intel CPU on his main computer.

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GNOME gets big open-source patent win

In a surprise move, GNOME, makers of the popular Linux desktop of the same name, won not only a release and covenant not to be sued for any Rothschild patent but a release and covenant to any software that is released under an existing Open Source Initiative approved license.

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Raising the ground

Want to create a program that displays an isometric grid receiving a file with coordinates in it? Well, Fredy Acuña from the Holberton School, a college alternative for training software engineers, is here to help you out. It is recommended to be familiar with C programming language and basics about SDL2.

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Is Open Source the Way Forward for SD-WAN?

Speaking during a recent webinar, Slaymaker joined flexiWAN Founder and CEO Amir Zmora, whose company is the first to develop and launch an open source SD-WAN platform, in discussing the state of the SD-WAN market. They specifically discussed how an open source approach can address the technology’s most pressing challenges.

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Android gets new accessibility features, including Google Assistant-powered Action Blocks

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is announcing a few updates to its suite of accessibility features for Android. The biggest one is the final, public release of Action Blocks. Google is also adding features to Live Transcribe, Bluetooth support to Sound Amplify, and better navigation options to Voice Access.

Read More at The Verge