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Plasma Mobile is a Fully Open-Source Smartphone OS from KDE e.V.

If you've dabbled with Linux distros in the past, then you've likely heard of KDE before. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and it's one of the main desktop environment options (next to GNOME) that can be used on Linux distros. KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE community when in legal...

9 Year Old Linux Kernel bug dubbed ‘Dirty Cow’ can Root every version of Android

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of users actively pore over the Linux kernel source code actively looking for security flaws, it's not unheard of for serious bugs to go unnoticed. After all, though the chances of missing something incredibly serious are lowered by having more eyes auditing the code, we're all still human...

25 Years of Linux and the GPL, and How Android Benefits

Happy Birthday to Linux. It’s been 25 years since Linux was first announced. It started from very humble beginnings, with Linus Torvalds describing it as “just a hobby, [that] won't be big and professional like gnu”, but it has grown into being the world’s largest open source project and the most commonly used Operating System...

Maru, the Custom ROM that Turns your Phone into a PC, Will be Open-Sourced

The first computers were bulky, expensive, and generally pretty slow. As time has passed, our computing has become more and more portable. Today, we carry around pocket PCs in the form of our smartphones. While these mobile devices have replaced much the basic functionality of larger desktop and laptop computers, these devices run software that is...

Are You A Student? Get Some Paid Applications for Free with GitHub!

GitHub is one of those tools that most developers use on daily basis. It's used for code hosting, issue solving and to generally keep the open-source community in good condition. While some developers have finished their studies, lots of folks still attend high school or university. GitHub has become a Good Guy Greg and teamed...

Benchmark Your CPU Performance with Mini CPU Integer Script

When it comes to device testing, there are two types of people on XDA. The first group blindly believes that one additional benchmark point makes a particular ROM or kernel the best, and they install it immediately. The other group takes benchmark results with a grain of salt, and take them into consideration with other performance...

Simple Guide Makes Getting Started with the Arch-Based BBQLinux Even Easier

It's no secret that Android ROM and kernel development is easiest on Linux and other Unix-like OSes like MacOS X. Sure, you can find various tools to do certain other useful Android development tasks on Windows like decompiling/recompiling and Smali editing, but if you're building Android from source and don't want to use a virtual...

Android 5.0 to Feature Linux Kernel 3.14? Totally Possible!

The Linux kernel is an absolutely brilliant piece of development work. Every Linux-based operating system uses it as the central unit responsible for process execution, and it serves as the interface between the hardware abstraction layer and your running processes. Android sits atop the Linux kernel, but the ARM version usually lags behind a release or...

NVIDIA Receives a Positive One Finger Salute from Linus for Doing Things Right

Many of you may recall that back in June of 2012, we talked about how NVIDIA was given a rather direct message courtesy of none other than Dr. Linus Torvalds himself. Basically, the article written by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler went on about the closed nature of both NVIDIA and Qualcomm as chipset manufacturers, and how it...

Easily Get Binaries Needed to Work with Kernels

Every Android kernel is made of few parts, which (depending on the OEM) contains a zImage created during kernel compilation and a ramdisk where some device-specific settings are stored. Sometimes, the ramdisk contains a recovery, logo, and so on. If you've ever tried to work on a precompiled kernel, you've noticed that it can't be extracted...

Transform Your Android Device into a Powerful Linux Machine with ZShaolin

As many of you undoubtedly know, Android is built atop the Linux kernel. This means that most of the commands known from Linux can be used in terminal emulator or adb shell. It's a limited list, however, as Linux offers a more extensive stock set of commands as well as easily addable external modules. Unfortunately, Android...

Optimize Your Build Environment Setup Procedure

If you're new to the world of Android development or simply want to reformat and start from scratch, one of the first things you are going to want to do after installing your choice of *nix flavor is to setup a working build environment. Setting up a working build environment manually isn't a particularly hard task,...