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VAVDA Isn’t some magical video acceleration API that make video playback work great for open-source drivers. It is somewhat Limited to use with chromium HTML5 video support .

The command-line Code for enabling this video acceleration API is –enable-vaapi.

Intel’s open-source driver has supported the Video Acceleration API for a while and when it comes to Sandy Bridge and now Ivy Bridge CPUs the support is quite good and is well capable of offloading most HD content to the graphics processor, various other open-source  drivers are present that can play HD content out-of-the-box. With the latest Chrome/Chromium web-browser, VAVDA/VA-API can now be used to enhance HTML5 video or their Pepper Flash implementation.

In September last year, uTorrent Server was released for Linux and the company  promised that soon a standalone desktop client will be made available for Linux which hasn’t appeared till yet.

There has not been any word about desktop client since then. So, the folks over at TorrentFreak contacted BitTorrent and asked them about the current status of development. They were told that there are other priorities at the moment more important then Linux desktop client that possibly can be the utorrent plus project aiming for premium services for a price.

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Following the recent release of Fedora 16, the Fedora Project has announced the launch of its new Ask Fedora community knowledge base and support forums. Fedora’s Rahul Sundaram said that “The goal of Ask Fedora is to be the best place for community support in Fedora and integrate tightly with the rest of the Fedora infrastructure”. It basically like askubuntu.com which provides answers to all users on their queries..

The new site which allows community members to ask and answer other users’ questions related to Fedora. Before Ask Fedora, the three primary resources for users were the project’s IRC channel (#fedora in irc.freenode.net), the mailing lists and FedoraForum.

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Its Firefox’s 7th Birthday

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Apps, Open Source News
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To help celebrate Firefox’s 7th Birthday, Mozilla has adopted Firefox (aka red panda) cubs at Knoxville Zoo – they can be seen on a live video stream at Firefox Live. The adoption is Mozilla’s attempt to help raise awareness of the species and their endangered status.

The Mozilla Firefox project was created as a branch from the Mozilla Netscape project or rather rose from its ashes by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross, who released Firefox 1.0 in November 2004. They felt that the Mozilla suite was too bloated and wanted to create something that could be a stand-alone browser.

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During the  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS developer summit. that’s going on right now, it was decided that the 64-bit version of Ubuntu (beginning with 12.04 Precise) will finally be the recommended version over the 32-bit Ubuntu.

While Linux was the first operating system to have strong x86_64/AMD64 support, there’s been Ubuntu 64-bit images from the start, and most hardware for several years has supported 64-bit software, Canonical / Ubuntu have always recommended the 32-bit version of Ubuntu over 64-bit (in terms of when going to the download area of Ubuntu.com, etc). With Ubuntu 12.04 next April, this will finally change so that Ubuntu x86_64 is the recommended version, but there will still be 32-bit images offered.

The reason for finally going 64-bit by default is that multiarch will provide superior 32-bit compatibility for packages, Adobe now offers a mainline 64-bit version of its Flash Player right in the software center, and that UEFI support is only offered in the 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

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Canonical and Dell are teaming up to sell computers with Ubuntu preinstalled at stores in China. The program, which could help improve the mainstream visibility of the Linux-based operating system, will span 220 retail locations.

According to a statement that Canonical posted – the products will be set up with marketing materials that tout the virtues of the Ubuntu platform. Retail staff will also be trained to explain the products to consumers.

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Linux Foundation – “Secure boot” is a technology described by recent revisions of the UEFI specification; it offers the prospect of a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that can improve the security of many system deployments. Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware. This document is intended to describe how the UEFI secure boot specification can be implemented to interoperate well with open systems and to avoid adversely affecting the rights of the owners of those systems while providing compliance with proprietary software vendors’ requirements.

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