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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...

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...

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...

Did You Spot XDA FSM / RD Zacthespack’s App at Google I/O?

For most of us, Google I/O is probably beginning to feel like a distant memory---perhaps less so for those lucky enough to be browsing on your shiny new Chromebook Pixels. We're all aware by now of the big stories from this years conference, but among all that was something that was of great interest to us...

Coloring Your Logcat World

Getting feedback for your app during development is as simple as adding logging info where necessary and looking for the output in logcat. But if there's a lot going on, the task of actually finding the lines can get a little sticky. Logcat does have a rudimentary filtering feature, which was covered in a recent...

Root Your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III with Ease using CASUAL

XDA Elite Recognised Developer AdamOutler is at it again. Following up on his Verizon Note II root method, he continues to roll out safe and easy-to-deploy root exploits via CASUAL, the Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Universal Android Loader.This time, the device in question is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. One of the major benefits of CASUAL is that...

Tizen OS: Brief History, Roots, and Current Status

This year's Mobile World Conference was different from most. There were still all the device presentations, announcements, and revelations that we've come to expect from the biggest tech event of the mobile industry each year. What's different was that this time, the spotlight wasn't taken by hardware, but rather by software---and for good reason. After...