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Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 09:41:13 PM
Microsoft revealed that it will be joining the Linux Foundation R Consortium as a founding member. The founding members of the R Consortium include other major corporations like Google, HP and Oracle.

Supreme Court decision threatens programmers' API rights

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 08:44:02 PM
The Supreme Court decision that let stand a lower court decision that Java's application programming interface may be subject to copyright could be a developer disaster in the making.

R, Matey: Hoisting the Sails for a Programming Language

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 07:46:51 PM
Our friends at the Linux Foundation yesterday set sail wit the formation of the R Consortium, which includes such notorious pirates…um, I mean, notable companies as Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Google and Microsoft, along with the other founders like Alteryx, Mango Solutions, Tibco Software, and we won’t be sailin’ without our mateys at, wait for it, RStudio. Of course, when you read that last one, you read it as Arrrrrr Studio, right? Right?

Supreme Court Won't Hear Oracle v. Google Case, Leaving APIs Copyrightable And Innovation At Risk

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 06:49:40 PM
This is unfortunate, even if it was somewhat expected: the Supreme Court has now rejected Google's request to hear its appeal over the appeals court decision that overturned a lower court ruling on the copyrightability of APIs. The lower court decision, by Judge William Alsup (who learned to code Java to understand the issues), noted that APIs were not copyrightable, as they were mere methods, which are not subject to copyright.

5 tips for translating documentation

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 05:52:29 PM
Writing documentation can have a way of getting into your blood, so that you think about it quite a bit, play with some ideas, start various new ideas that may not come to much, and it seems that what you[he]#039[/he]re looking for as much as anything is a task that takes hold of you and develops its own energy to keep you going until you finish.read more

How to Migrate Ext2/Ext3 File Systems to Ext4 on Linux

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 04:55:18 PM
The Linux file systems Ext2 and Ext3 have now gone outdated. It is the time to convert the old file systems to the latest one, EXT4. The Ext4 filesystem is faster and more reliable than the previous versions. You dont have to reinstall the system; you can simply convert your existing file system to EXT4 by keeping the stored data unaffected.

LibreOffice 4.4.4 Arrives with Over 70 Bug Fixes

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 03:58:07 PM
The Document Foundation announced that LibreOffice 4.4.4 is now available for download and packs over 70 bugfixes. It's not the last one in the series, so expect to see more of these in the coming months.

NoSQL and the next generation of big data

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 03:00:56 PM
This year, OSCON attendees will have the opportunity to hear Henrik Ingo speak on Selling Opensource 101. Ingo is a senior solutions architect at MongoDB. He is active in many open source projects, and is the author of Open Life: The Philosophy of Open Source, a book on open source community ethics and business models. In this interview, he provides insight into MongoDB and explains why it[he]#039[/he]s the platform of choice for big data analytics and for building microservices.

News: Linux Top 3: Linux Mint Rafaela, OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 and VectorLinux 7.1

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 02:03:45 PM
The new version of Linux Mint is now out and one of the big highlights can be found in the Cinnamon Edition with the new Cinnamon 2.6 update.

Watch: Mark Shuttleworth Talks About Telco and NFV Technologies

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 01:06:34 PM
The Movilforum website had the great pleasure of interviewing Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical and founder of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux.

Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 12:09:23 PM
Obama lures hacker out of the roof with gig establishing software transparency labMudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory.…

Media player mini-PC runs Android on 64-bit octa-core SoC

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 11:12:12 AM
Tronsmart unveiled a media player mini-PC that runs Android 5.1 on a 64-bit octa-core Rockchip RK3368 SoC and supports H.265 4K video at 60fps via HDMI 2.0. We no longer cover every Android media player or HDMI stick that comes around, but the new Tronsmart “Orion R68″ certainly caught our attention. (So did its similar […]

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 Officially Released as a Tribute to Mandrake Linux

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 10:15:01 AM
The OpenMandriva community, through Kate Lebedeff, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 Linux operating system.

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Oracle-Google API copyright battle

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 09:17:50 AM
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google's appeal of the Google-Oracle API copyright dispute. The high court's move lets stand an appellate court's decision that application programming interfaces (APIs) are subject to copyright protections. Here is how we described the issue in our earlier coverage:

The Linux Setup - Neil McGovern, Debian Project Leader

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 08:20:39 AM
An interview with Debian Project Leader Neil McGovern about his GNOME-based setup. Neil also discusses his love of IRC.

Compact, rugged IoT gateway runs Linux on Quark

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 07:23:28 AM
Adlink’s “Matrix MXE-100i” gateway runs Wind River’s Linux-based IDP XT IoT gateway stack on an Intel Quark processor, and offers multiple wireless options. The Matrix MXE-100i is a spinoff of the Matrix MXE-200i gateway computer announced by Adlink in February. Like the MXE-200i, the identically sized, 120 x 100 x 55mm MXE-100i comes preloaded with a Linux-based Internet of Things gateway software stack from Intel subsidiary Wind River, called Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT.

An Everyday Linux User Review Of Debian

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 06:26:17 AM
The hardest thing about Debian? Getting the right ISO in the first place. Once you get over that hurdle you will find it is easy to install, even on UEFI based machines and there is a good selection of software available. Getting things like Flash and MP3 audio working is simple and the stability and performance is good.

Public warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi password with your friends' friends

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 05:29:06 AM
Give the key to pal ... and it'll be sent to their FB mates, too. A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a significant security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts. So giving a wireless password to one person grants access to everyone who knows them.

What We Call Security Isn’t Really Security

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 04:31:55 AM
... we need cybersecurity. It’s important. And what we’re getting isn’t working. Because what we call cybersecurity isn’t security.

Digital education presents new challenges and opportunities for IT

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 03:34:44 AM
CIOs and IT leaders can and should lead digital education within their organization, but they need to bring more to the table than their IT skills alone. Lee Congdon, CIO of Red Hat, reveals what's working within his own IT org - and where they still need to go.

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    In cooperation with Imagination Technologies, the first Fedora image for the MIPS architecture is now out in testing. This initial Fedora 22 MIPS release supports the low-cost MIPS Creator CI20 development board that packs in two 1.2GHz MIPS32 processor cores and PowerVR graphics.
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