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Internship shatters silver screen expectations

1 hour 32 min ago
I have to admit, I was really nervous before starting my internship at Red Hat. My only knowledge of corporate jobs was what I'd learned from movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, where the boss repeatedly calls protagonist Clark Griswold by the wrong name, and really doesn’t seem to care what Clark's name actually is. When Clark tries to ask his boss a question, he finds him behind a closed door, sitting in an enormous office at the head of a really long table. He barely gives Clark the time of day. Based on what I'd heard about Red Hat, I figured that was not how my summer would go. Still, I did not know what to expect.read more

The August 2015 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

2 hours 29 min ago
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the August 2015 issue.

Raspberry Jams bring Pi enthusiasts together

3 hours 27 min ago
When the first Raspberry Pi came out in 2012, it was no surprise when people in the tech community started to organize events focused around using the device. Software developers, hardware engineers, makers, teachers, children, and parents alike started to come together to learn about the Pi and what they could do with it. These events became known as Raspberry Jams, and they've inspired makers and educators around the world.read more

Xfce: Seven Reasons It's Popular

4 hours 24 min ago
Xfce has a long history of being the third most popular Linux desktop. For over a decade, it trailed behind GNOME and KDE. Then, a few years ago, during the revolts against GNOME and Unity, it became a major contender, and ever since has consistently polled a strong second to KDE. Nothing had changed in Xfce, but users' search for alternatives made them appreciate Xfce in a way they never had before.

Unvanquished FPS Game Gets Tremulous' Vega Map, Plans on Leaving SourceForge

6 hours 15 min ago
The developers of the popular Unvanquished FPS (first-person shooter) game announced the release of the Alpha 42 build, a version that brings several improvements in many areas and resolves some of those nasty bugs.

Open-spec motor control kit runs Linux on Zynq SoC

8 hours 9 min ago
Avnet’s revamped, Linux-based “ZIDK-II” kit for motor control combines its ZedBoard SBC, featuring an ARM/FPGA Zynq SoC, with improved Analog Devices gear. Avnet Electronic Marketing’s “Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC/Analog Devices Intelligent Drives Kit II,” or “ZIDK-II,” is a major upgrade to a previously released kit of the same name, featuring an enhanced Analog Devices ” […]

GParted 0.23.0 Open Source Partition Editor Adds Support for Setting New Btrfs UUID

Tuesday 4th of August 2015 06:58:57 AM
The developers of the famous GParted open-source partition editor software used by default on numerous Live CDs announced the release and immediate availability for download of GParted 0.23.0.

Interpol is training police to fight crime on the Darknet

Tuesday 4th of August 2015 05:04:35 AM
Interpol has just completed its first training course designed to help police officers to use and understand the Darket. The five-day course was held in Singapore, and attended by officers from Australia, Finland, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Sweden. According to Interpol, the next course will be held in Brussels.

Unity 8 and KDE Will Be Able to Coexist on the Same Ubuntu OS

Tuesday 4th of August 2015 03:10:13 AM
Unity 8 promises to be an evolution over the current Unity version, and it's a profoundly different piece of software. Yes, it brings a lot of new features and improvements, but it will also create a lot of issues. Like the ability to install a different desktop environment alongside, such as KDE.

Common values unite journalism and open source

Tuesday 4th of August 2015 01:15:51 AM
My internship at Red Hat began one week after I graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was nervous because I wasn't sure if my journalism skills would be a good fit for a technology company. The extent of my software knowledge came from a class I took one semester in which we learned the basics of HTML. Little did I know, however, that studying journalism was a great way to prepare me for working in an open organization.

Linux Top 3: Korora 22, Zorin 10 and Oracle Linux 6.7

Tuesday 4th of August 2015 12:18:40 AM
New desktop Linux releases improve usability.

Steam for Linux User Decline Finally Stops, According to Hardware Survey for July

Monday 3rd of August 2015 11:21:29 PM
A new Hardware Survey has been released by Valve, and it looks like the Steam for Linux decline has finally stopped. We still need a few more months to confirm this, but July seems to be the first month that doesn't register drops in user numbers.

Do you know the Digital Humanities? 3 easy ways to learn more

Monday 3rd of August 2015 10:24:18 PM
Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field.read more

Assessing the power of Intel's SSD 750 -- but check your motherboard before buying

Monday 3rd of August 2015 09:27:07 PM
Solid state-of-the-art 2.4GB/s consumer storage. Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks.…

Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf alpha 2 released

Monday 3rd of August 2015 08:29:56 PM
In today's open source roundup: Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 15.10 is out. Plus: Kodi 15 media player released for Android. And Windows 10 versus Linux.

Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

Monday 3rd of August 2015 07:32:45 PM
Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet.At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college.In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology.read more

Unlocking the true value of process automation

Monday 3rd of August 2015 06:35:34 PM
Four ways to transform your business with robotic process automation.

How to compare and merge text files on Linux

Monday 3rd of August 2015 05:38:23 PM
Comparing text files requires time, effort, a large monitor and a good amount of patience, or simply just the right tools to do it without any of the aforementioned. If you are an editor that has to deal with multiple versions of a text file, or a developer that wants to check the various code revisions of a file, then the following tutorial is for you.

Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Monday 3rd of August 2015 04:41:12 PM
Noting 'disastrous', but current kernel candidate is in 'fairly annoying' stateLinus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.…

Dotcom’s FOSS Cloud Plans

Monday 3rd of August 2015 03:44:01 PM
Back in the early days of the 21st century, Dotcom seemed to have overcome his checkered past and to have developed the Midas touch with the popular online storage site Megaupload. Like Midas, however, he was to discover that gold is an overrated commodity, the ownership of which often creates as many problems as it solves. For one thing, you can’t eat it. For another, lots of people want to take it from you.

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Canonical Publishes Impressive Roadmap for All of Their Ubuntu Products

Canonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out. Read more

Making the Case for Koha: Why Libraries Should Consider an Open Source ILS

When Engard educates people on what open source is, what it means to use open source software, what types of software are available, which companies use it, and who trusts it, they see that their fears are unfounded, she says. To back up her discussions with facts, she maintains bibliographies on open source and open source security. She also has a set of bookmarks on Delicious, and she wrote a book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries. “[W]hen people come to me and say open source is too risky … I have facts and figures, just what librarians want, to say no, all software has potential risk associated with it. You have to evaluate software side by side, and look at it, and really take the time to compare it. … I know you’re going to pick the open source solution over the proprietary because it is so quickly developed, so quickly fixed, so ahead of the curve as far as technology is concerned.” Read more

Review of Ubuntu Phone – A Work Still Under Progress

However, what one must remember is that the Ubuntu Phone is still a work in progress. The company is issuing updates every month and is relying on its current user base regarding the feedback and ideas. Right now, only three Ubuntu phones are present in the market ranging from $186 to $328 roughly. Ubuntu has been in hibernation mode for the development of this OS for a long time and it looked like they might be consumer ready now, however, after seeing the Ubuntu Phone it looks like they might be far from that scenario right now. Read more

Android M news: Release date delayed, to come out in September or October?

Google reveals that the newest Android operating system initially codenamed as "Android M" will be delaying the release of Android M Developer Preview 3 for selected Nexus devices. The information was shared by the company's employee and moderator Wojtek Kaliciński on the Developer community page in Google+. Read more