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White House nixes Patent Office pick after tech-sector outcry

Friday 11th of July 2014 03:50:17 AM
Two weeks ago, Philip Johnson, the top intellectual property lawyer at Johnson & Johnson, was set to be named the next director of the patent office. Johnson has opposed changes to patent laws for years, and he was the head of the Coalition for 21st Century for Patent Reform, or 21C, an umbrella group opposing broad patent reform.Johnson's bid looked like a 180-degree turn for the Obama Administration, which had pushed for a comprehensive patent reform bill to be passed. A bill called the Innovation Act was passed by a wide margin in the House of Representatives, but it died in the Senate in April. Large pharmaceutical companies were a key part of the opposition to the patent bill

Red Hat Pulls the Strings on Server Management with Satellite 6

Friday 11th of July 2014 02:53:06 AM
Satellite 6 is built from several successful upstream projects including theforeman.org, Pulp, Red HatPuppet, and Katello. In the past, Satellite was based on the open-source Spacewalk project, which was originally created by Red Hat back in June of 2008 to be the basis for Red Hat's server management efforts.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module becomes Pico-ITX SBC

Friday 11th of July 2014 01:55:55 AM
On Kickstarter, Geekroo launched a “CoMo Booster” Pico-ITX baseboard for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module that adds WiFi, audio I/O, and wide-range power. Raspberry PiCompute Module(click to enlarge) Last year, Australia-based Geekroo ran a successful Kickstarter project to build a Mini-ITX board called the Fairywren, which extends the I/O and power supply of the Linux-ready […]

Google catches Indian Government Agency with Fake Digital Certificates

Friday 11th of July 2014 12:58:44 AM
Google has identified and blocked unauthorized digital certificates for a number of its domains issued by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, a unit of India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Is the IRS scheming to destroy open source projects?

Friday 11th of July 2014 12:01:33 AM
In today's open source roundup: The IRS targets open source projects. Plus: Install Linux Mint on your Macbook Air, and what's new in Linux Deepin 2014.

KDE Ships the Release Candidate of KDE Plasma 5

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:04:22 PM
KDE was proud to announce on July 8 that that RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Plasma 5 graphical desktop environment, which is now known as KDE Applications and Platform, is available for download and testing.

Android: Number one, with a bullet

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:07:11 PM
Android is well on its way to being the most popular end-user operating system of all.

LXLE 14.04 review – new paradigms

Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:10:00 PM
LXLE has been kicking around for a while now and, for a supposedly lightweight distro, it’s looking fearsomely feature-packed right now. Having said that, it’s hard not to love LXLE, as it’s treading the line between resource efficiency and usability pretty well, and is borderline addictive when it comes to the DE itself. The clue’s in the updated acronym; rather than standing for ‘Lubuntu eXtra Life Extension’, as it did in the days before Lubuntu LTS releases, when LXLE was around to fill that niche using the LXDE desktop environment, it’s now pitched as the ‘LXDE eXtra Luxury Edition’.

Linux Kernel Testing and Debugging

Thursday 10th of July 2014 08:12:49 PM
Testing is an integral and important part of any software development cycle, open or closed, and Linux kernel is no exception to that. Developer testing, integration testing, regression, and stress testing have different individual goals, however from 1000 feet up, the end goal is the same, to ensure the software continues to work as it did before adding a new body of code, and the new features work as designed.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module explained

Thursday 10th of July 2014 07:15:38 PM
I like the Raspberry Pi website’s new redesign! It’s very nice. I went there to have a look at it and they’d announced a new Raspberry Pi. Is it a new Raspberry Pi model? It looked like a stick.

3 ways to contribute to Firefox OS

Thursday 10th of July 2014 06:18:27 PM
Firefox OS, Mozilla's open source mobile phone operating system, needs developers. And Benjamin Kerensa knows just where to find them.read more

Open storytelling to boost literacy

Thursday 10th of July 2014 05:21:16 PM
I'm in love with open source, but I've been dating open content for many years. You would think these two would jump at the chance to cross-promote, but too often that doesn't happen. Open source claims it has a headache. Open content says it's too busy. Really, a headache? Really, too busy?

How to blacklist a module on Ubuntu/Debian Linux

Thursday 10th of July 2014 04:24:05 PM
There maybe a time when you need to disable some modules from being loaded during your system's boot time. In this "how to" we will discus some of the few ways how to blacklist module including its dependencies, that is, disable permanently module from loading during the boot time.

How to simulate key press and mouse movement in Linux

Thursday 10th of July 2014 03:26:54 PM
Have you ever dreamed of your computer doing stuff automatically for you? Probably not if you just watched Terminator. But except for that, scripting and task automation are every power user's dreams. If a lot of solutions exist today to fit such goal, it is sometimes hard to pick the simple, smart, and efficient one […]Continue reading...The post How to simulate key press and mouse movement in Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to take a screenshot while desktop menu is open on Ubuntu

How to install the latest GIT version on CentOS

Thursday 10th of July 2014 02:29:43 PM
How to install the latest GIT version on CentOSGit is a fairly popular free open source distributed Version Control System (VCS) expressly designed to tackle projects of varying scales (from the small ones to the significantly large ones)with incredible speed and efficiency. It is mainly used for source code management, and remains primarily focused on speed, seamless support for distributed non-linear workflows and data integrity. This tutorial explains the process of installing and using GIT on CentOS in a detailed manner.

Girls skills are needed in tech

Thursday 10th of July 2014 01:32:32 PM
ChickTech is based in Portland but plans to be nationwide by 2016. After interviewing Jennifer Davidson about how ChickTech gets girls involved in tech, I have high hopes it's even sooner. The non-profit targets girls who would never nominate themselves to participate in a tech workshop and who wouldn't dream of a career in tech. Why? Because they've never had someone believe their skills were valuable in that world. I believe that our society understands that girls' skills are needed in tech, we've just needed support for our girls like we've shown for our boys.

Linux Kernel 3.10.48 LTS Improves Support for Radeon GPUs

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:35:21 PM
The 48th maintenance release of the Linux 3.10 kernel was officially announced last night, July 9, by Greg Kroah-Hartman. This build comes along with the Linux kernels 3.4.98 LTS, 3.14.12 LTS, and 3.15.5, for which we have separate announcements on Softpedia.

How operating companies can stop patent trolls: Cut off the ammo

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:38:10 AM
Six tech companies have kicked off a new program that they hope will put a major dent in patent trolling, even with Congress unable to pass patent reform. It's called the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, founded today by Google, Newegg, Canon, Dropbox, SAP, and teamwork-software startup Asana. The idea behind LOT is that members put all their patents in a pool, which is immediately licensed to every other company in the network—if, and only if, they're ever sold (transferred) outside the network. That would include a sale to a patent troll or a hostile non-network competitor.

Grim Fandango Remake Coming To Linux

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:40:59 AM
GNU/Linux gaming keeps on getting better and a recent announcement from developer Double Fine has caused much excitement. The remake of Grim Fandango is coming to Linux, alongside the console exclusive Playstation 4 and Vita versions as well as Windows and Mac!

YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:43:48 AM
Google has published a workaround that allows paid-for apps to be installed on Android Wear devices, but it's hardly straightforward and it's nothing device owners can do themselves. Early adopters who purchased LG G or Samsung Gear Live smartwatches have been stymied by a glitch in the Google Play store's app encryption scheme that makes it impossible to load store-bought apps onto their devices.