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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 08:42:16 AM
Compares Mir chat to 'irrational' gun control or climate change debates, so that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has labelled some members of the free software community habitual, hateful and reflexive contrarians.…

New Survey: Cloud Providers in Open Source

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 07:16:30 AM
Some of today’s most dynamic and innovative free and open source software (FOSS) projects boast significant investment and involvement by well-known cloud service and solution providers. We are launching a survey to better understand the perception of these solution providers by people engaging in open source communities.

GNOME Builder IDE and Flatpak Make It Easier to Contribute to the GNOME Project

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 05:50:44 AM
GNOME developer Carlos Soriano, known for his contributions to the Nautilus file manager and GNOME Shell user interface, reports on the latest progress made to simplify the contribution process to the GNOME Project.

Mastodon—The free software, decentralized Twitter competitor

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 04:24:57 AM
No free or open-source social network has really taken off. That could change with Mastodon, which is generating buzz as a possible Twitter replacement.

Best practices and basic evaluation benchmarks: IBM Power System S822LC for high-performance computing (HPC)

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 02:59:11 AM
This article is a quick reference guide for IBM Power System S822LC for high-performance computing (HPC) system users to set processor and GPU configuration to achieve best performance for GPU accelerated applications. Before running an application, users need to make sure that the system is performing to the best in terms of processor frequency and memory bandwidth, GPU compute capacity, and memory bandwidth.

WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 01:33:24 AM
CyanogenNodSoMuchWileyFox is rowing its users away from the wreckage of the Cyanogen disaster, with some help from Ricardo Cerqueira, Cyanogen Inc’s former director of engineering.…

How Googles Borg Inspired the Modern Datacenter

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 12:07:38 AM
In part one of this series, What Is Kubernetes?, and in part two, Why Choose Kubernetes to Manage Containerized Applications?, we learned what Kubernetes does, its architecture, and how it compares to similar container orchestrators. Now we[he]#039[/he]ll learn how Kubernetes was descended from the secret Google Borg project.

APT Package Manager With Some Basic Commands

Monday 10th of April 2017 10:41:51 PM
Hey..! So finally installed Linux Mint or Ubuntu on your system? Cool! But wait there’s more to be done than already done. What about software installation, uninstallation, managing files and so on. Well installing software on Linux Mint and Ubuntu is simple (or basic A for Apple, B for Ball, and C for Cat). Why? You would ask me and the answer is because of the way Debian manages software dependency files. Luckily, Mint and Ubuntu are Debian-based distros and that puts you in a good place to learn apt (which is the short form for Advanced Package Tool).

Here's why the skills gap may be killing your digital transformation

Monday 10th of April 2017 09:16:05 PM
Addressing the skills gap may be the first step in a successful digital transformation.

How the open source model will soar above the rest

Monday 10th of April 2017 07:50:18 PM
Defining a project is more than just discussing the results of the deliverable. For a project manager, this definition is about learning how to balance a series of interrelated elements. When it comes to the process of creation, the project manager has to manage the dependencies and the project's critical chain. The project manager also has to communicate effectively with the various stakeholders' personalities and the dynamic differences between Waterfall and Agile development more

11 Recommended Open Source Multi-Platform Astronomy Software

Monday 10th of April 2017 06:24:32 PM
There is a huge range of astronomy software available for the major operating systems. Here are 11 awesome open source tools to start you on your astronomical journey.

How to install Percona XtraDB Cluster for MySQL on Debian 8

Monday 10th of April 2017 05:10:12 PM
In this article, I will show you how to configure a MySQL database cluster with three nodes in a multi-master replication. Multi-master replication allows writing of records in each node, so if a node will fail, we can work on the other as if nothing happened. This tutorial describes how to install and configure three Percona XtraDB Cluster nodes on Debian 8 servers, we will be using the packages from the Percona repositories.

Try Tilix — a new terminal emulator in Fedora

Monday 10th of April 2017 02:47:51 PM
Fedora users are spoilt for choice when it comes to terminal emulators. From the default gnome-terminal, to xterm, konsole, terminator, or tilda, there is certain to be a terminal emulator that suits your workflow. However, in Fedora 26, there is... Continue Reading →

Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

Monday 10th of April 2017 01:33:31 PM
'Castellans' memorise manuals, 'Tinkers' can't stop hacking hardware. Keep 'Algorithmicists' out of a corner officeOpen source luminary Eric S. Raymond has given the world eight “Hacker Archetypes” that he thinks offer useful ways to categorise your colleagues and by doing so help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses.…

How to install Asterisk on the Raspberry Pi

Monday 10th of April 2017 12:19:11 PM
Are you looking for a phone system for your small business or home office? I've been interested in a scalable VoIP (Voice over IP) solution, and that's when I came across an implementation of Asterisk on the Raspberry more

OpenELEC 8.0 Linux OS Officially Out with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support, Kodi 17.1

Monday 10th of April 2017 11:04:51 AM
The development team behind the OpenELEC Linux-based entertainment operating system designed for embedded devices were proud to announce earlier the release and general availability of OpenELEC 8.0.

Top 5 programming languages for DevOps

Monday 10th of April 2017 09:50:31 AM
I've been focused on infrastructure for the majority of my career, and the specific technical skills required have shifted over time. In this article, I'll lay out five of the top programming languages for DevOps, and the resources that have been most helpful for me as I've been adding those development skills to my infrastructure more

The Companies That Support Linux and Open Source: Pinterest

Monday 10th of April 2017 07:33:27 AM
Pinterest -- “the world’s catalog of ideas” -- is built on open source, according to Jon Parise, technical architecture lead and open source program lead at the company. In this interview, Parise explains how adopting open source has changed the company and helped the company’s engineers design software that is more modular, reusable, and well-documented from the outset.

Neptune 4.5.4 Arrives with Linux Kernel 3.18.48 LTS, Dozens of Security Fixes

Monday 10th of April 2017 04:41:54 AM
The developers behind the Debian-based Neptune Linux distribution announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance update to the Neptune 4.5 stable series of the OS.

Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes

Monday 10th of April 2017 01:50:21 AM
Canonical is re-shifting its priorities to its strong suit: The cloud and the Internet of Things.

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Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors

  • Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft
    Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine. It's been two weeks since Microsoft made its Creators Update available, and we were previously warned it will be a trickle-out rather than a massive rollout. Now, Redmond has urged users to stop manually fetching and installing the code, and instead wait for it to be automatically offered to your computer when it's ready.
  • Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers
    A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft's regular monthly security update - nine months after it was discovered.

FOSS Licensing (and Lack Thereof)

  • Portugal to harmonise usability of govt portals
    All of the code, information and tools are made available for reuse.
  • JRC: ‘Releasing code without a licence hinders reuse’
    Projects that publish source code without a licence weaken the reusability of their code, warns Stefano Gentile, a copyright and trademark specialist working for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Currently just 20 % of all projects published on GitHub, one of the most popular source code sharing platforms, have selected a licence for their work - down from about 60% in 2008, Gentile said, quoting numbers published in 2015 by GitHub.
  • React to React
    The Additional Grant of Patent Rights is a patent license grant that includes certain termination criteria. These termination criteria are not entirely unprecedented when you look at the history of patent license provisions in OSI-approved licenses, but they are certainly broader than the termination criteria [or the equivalent] in several familiar modern licenses (the Apache License 2.0, EPL, MPL 2.0, and GPLv3).
  • BetConstruct declares the source code for its front-end as open source
    The project is distributed under MIT license.