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Free Tools for Driving an Open Source Project to Success

Friday 15th of July 2016 05:03:56 AM
Increasingly, as open source technology becomes more pervasive, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to build out and oversee their own open source projects. From Google, to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community.

You Can Now Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon and MATE to Linux Mint 18

Friday 15th of July 2016 04:06:45 AM
Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" computer operating system arrived two weeks ago, on June 30, with the usual Cinnamon and MATE editions, but an upgrade patch was not available for users running Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa".

Rogue Wave Software's Zend Server

Friday 15th of July 2016 03:09:34 AM
The CTO at Rogue Wave Software, Zeev Suraski, says he's never seen anything like PHP 7 in the software space - namely the halving of hardware needs after a mostly painless software upgrade.

Xen Project Release Strengthens Security and Pushes New Use Cases

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:12:23 AM
Xen Project technology supports more than 10 million users and is a staple in some of the largest clouds in production today, including Amazon Web Service, Tencent, and Alibaba’s Aliyun. Recently, the project announced the arrival of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7.

bc: Command line calculator

Friday 15th of July 2016 01:15:12 AM
If you run a graphical desktop environment, you probably point and click your way to a calculator when you need one. The Fedora Workstation, for example, includes the Calculator tool. It features several different operating modes..........

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS to Drop Broken GNOME Maps App from Default Install

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:18:01 AM
Ubuntu GNOME maintainer Jeremy Bicha informs the community today about the fact that the popular GNOME Maps application from the GNOME Stack has recently lost its free map tile service, MapQuest.

Low power Sitara SBC has dual GbEs and M.2 for WiFi/BT

Thursday 14th of July 2016 11:20:50 PM
Advantech’s 3.5-inch “RSB-4221” SBC runs Android or Linux on a TI Sitara AM3358 SoC and features dual GbE, USB and serial I/O, and an M.2 slot for wireless.

OpenVPN - Secure you server administration with multiplatform VPN connection

Thursday 14th of July 2016 10:23:39 PM
OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN which implements the OSI layer 2 or 3 secure network extension by using the industry standard SSL/TLS protocol. For this tutorial, we are going to use a Debian or Ubuntu server. You can use any server you already have in production.

Ubuntu MATE, Pithos and the Sounds of Popcorn

Thursday 14th of July 2016 09:26:28 PM
Our resident Linux newbie finds another hardware problem, akin to popcorn in the machine, in his quest to give new life to an old Sony Vaio by using Linux.

How to Modify a Raw Disk Image of Your Custom Linux Distro

Thursday 14th of July 2016 08:29:17 PM
SUSE Studio is pretty awesome for building custom Linux spins. When you have designed your spin to your liking, you can download what’s known as a "raw image" that you can copy to a USB thumbdrive, and... Hey presto! You've got yourself a tailor-made distro on a stick!There is one serious caveat, however: If you want to add external packages that are not in the otherwise very comprehensive repositories, things can get complicated indeed.

8 answers to management questions from an open point of view

Thursday 14th of July 2016 07:32:06 PM
I recently saw the following questions on a survey about organizational management, and decided to answer them from my open organization point of view. I'd love to hear how others in the open source world would answer these questions, so leave some comments and tell us what you think!read more

Photomatix HDR Is Now Available on Linux

Thursday 14th of July 2016 06:34:55 PM
Photomatix HDR, the hugely popular piece of industry-leading photography software, now has a native Linux app.

Free Tools for Driving an Open Source Project to Success

Thursday 14th of July 2016 05:37:44 PM
Increasingly, as open source technology becomes more pervasive, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to build out and oversee their own open source projects. From Google, to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community.

Best Universal Package Manager for Linux?

Thursday 14th of July 2016 04:40:33 PM
Suddenly, Linux needs a universal package manager for installing software. At least, that's what Canonical Software claimed when it introduced its new Snappy packages. However, if the need is there, which package manager should be adapted?

8 open source point of sale systems

Thursday 14th of July 2016 03:43:22 PM
Running a small business isn't easy, and especially so for retailers, restaurant owners, and others who have a brick-and-mortar storefront. Managing purchases and cash flow, keeping inventory stocked, making sure your employees are happy, and above all else serving your customers needs requires dedication, a solid business plan, and a bit of luck to be successful.read more

How to configure and use OpenSSH on CentOS 7

Thursday 14th of July 2016 02:46:11 PM
Secure Shell or SSH is a protocol which allows users to connect to a remote system using a client-server architecture. The login session is encrypted and very secure. Today we are going to show you how to configure and use OpenSSH on a Linux VPS using CentOS 7 as an operating system.

David A. Wheeler: Working to Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Thursday 14th of July 2016 01:49:00 PM
The Heartbleed bug revealed that some important open source projects were so understaffed that they were unable to properly implement best security practices. The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative , formed to help open source projects have the ability to adopt these practices, uses a lot of carrot and very little stick.

Writing screenplays with Linux and open source tools

Thursday 14th of July 2016 12:51:49 PM
Back in May of this year, Jason van Gumster wrote 4 open source tools for writing your next screenplay. It includes some tools I'd never heard of before, some tools I was very familiar with, and it was missing some tools that I myself loved. I thought a companion article might be of interest to our fellow screenwriters out there, with a closer look at some of the screenplay tools that Jason mentioned and a spotlight on some of the tools that I've uncovered (or created) myself.read more

GIMP 2.8.18 Open-Source Image Editor Released with Script-Fu Improvements, More

Thursday 14th of July 2016 11:54:38 AM
It looks like the awesome development team behind the open-source GIMP image editor software has been working hard to prepare new features and improve existing ones in the widely used GNU application.

7 characteristics of open leaders

Thursday 14th of July 2016 10:16:24 AM
"I'm glad I'm at the end of my career," a weary-sounding CIO confided in me on a recent trip to India. "I just don't think I can adapt as fast as today's market needs me to."read more

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  • Apache Graduates Another Big Data Project to Top Level
    For the past year, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Only days ago, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And now, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic.
  • Spark 2.0 takes an all-in-one approach to big data
    Apache Spark, the in-memory processing system that's fast become a centerpiece of modern big data frameworks, has officially released its long-awaited version 2.0. Aside from some major usability and performance improvements, Spark 2.0's mission is to become a total solution for streaming and real-time data. This comes as a number of other projects -- including others from the Apache Foundation -- provide their own ways to boost real-time and in-memory processing.
  • Why Uber Engineering Switched from Postgres to MySQL
    The early architecture of Uber consisted of a monolithic backend application written in Python that used Postgres for data persistence. Since that time, the architecture of Uber has changed significantly, to a model of microservices and new data platforms. Specifically, in many of the cases where we previously used Postgres, we now use Schemaless, a novel database sharding layer built on top of MySQL. In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks we found with Postgres and explain the decision to build Schemaless and other backend services on top of MySQL.
  • GNU Hyperbole 6.0.1 for Emacs 24.4 to 25 is released
    GNU Hyperbole (pronounced Ga-new Hi-per-bo-lee), or just Hyperbole, is an amazing programmable hypertextual information management system implemented as a GNU Emacs package. This is the first public release in 2016. Hyperbole has been greatly expanded and modernized for use with the latest Emacs 25 releases; it supports GNU Emacs 24.4 or above. It contains an extensive set of improvements that can greatly boost your day-to-day productivity with Emacs and your ability to manage information stored across many different machines on the internet. People who get used to Hyperbole find it helps them so much that they prefer never to use Emacs without it.
  • Belgium mulls reuse of banking mobile eID app
    The Belgium government wants to reuse ‘Belgian Mobile ID’ a smartphone app for electronic identification, developed by banks and telecom providers in the country. The eID app could be used for eGovernment services, and the federal IT service agency, Fedict, is working on the app’s integration.
  • Water resilience that flows: Open source technologies keep an eye on the water flow
    Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of global climate change, these events will only become more frequent and intense. Water variability, at its worst, can threaten the lives and well-beings of countless people. Sadly, humans cannot control the weather to protect themselves. But according to Silja Hund, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, communities can build resilience to water resource stress. Hund studies the occurrence and behavior of water. In particular, she studies rivers and streams. These have features (like water volume) that can change quickly. According to Hund, it is essential for communities to understand local water systems. Knowledge of water resources is helpful in developing effective water strategies. And one of the best ways to understand dynamic water bodies like rivers is to collect lots of data.

Development News

  • JavaScript keeps its spot atop programming language rankings
    U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops the list, followed by Java and PHP. Those are same three languages that topped RedMonk’s list in January. In fact, the entire top 10 remains the same as it was it was six months ago. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Redmonk’s list—compiling the “performance of programming languages relative to one another on GitHub and Stack Overflow”—is that there are so few surprises, at least in the top 10.
  • Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest
    It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise. This month's raking from TIOBE put Java at number one and C at number two, while the IEEE reverses those two, and the IEEE doesn't rank assembly as a top-ten language like TIOBE does. It's worth noting however that the IEEE's sources are extremely diverse: the index comprises search results from Google, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, Reddit, Hacker News, CareerBuilder, Dice, and the institute's own eXplore Digital Library. Even then, there are some oddities in the 48 programming environments assessed: several commenters to the index have already remarked that “Arduino” shouldn't be considered a language, because code for the teeny breadboard is written in C or C++.