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New Open Source Project Takes Aim at XenServer

Monday 5th of February 2018 10:23:31 PM
Although XenServer has found a substantial user base, it's never really seen much of a developer community form around it. Most development still comes from Citrix, which retains skin in the game from its commercial support program and from its paid version of the platform containing features not available in the free version. The failure to attract a healthy developer community isn't surprising, because open source developers often have an aversion to projects using such an "open core" business model.

Talking to normal people about security

Monday 5th of February 2018 09:09:11 PM
Most people1 don't realise quite how much fun security is, or exactly how sexy security expertise makes you to other people.2 We know that it's engrossing, engaging, and cool, they don't.read more

Store Files In An Encrypted Image

Monday 5th of February 2018 07:54:51 PM
Imagine this scenario: you have files on your computer that you would much rather keep safe. Such files could contain sensitive data such as passwords and bank details. Keeping them on your computer is a convenient solution; however, if your computer was hacked or stolen, someone could easily access your files if your drive wasn’t encrypted. Passwords to unlock your PC are no object to someone who knows what they are doing, especially passwords that are ridiculously weak.

Getting Started with the openbox windows manager in Fedora

Monday 5th of February 2018 05:26:11 PM
Openbox is a lightweight, next generation window manager for users who want a minimal enviroment for their Fedora desktop. It’s well known for its minimalistic appearance, low resource usage and the ability to run applications the way they were designed to... Continue Reading →

Linux md5sum Command Explained For Beginners (5 Examples)

Monday 5th of February 2018 01:06:54 PM
When downloading files, particularly installation files from websites, it is a good idea to verify that the download is valid. A website will often display a hash value for each file so that you can make sure the download completed correctly. In this article, we will be discussing the md5sum tool that you can use to validate the download.

Open-source turns 20: here’s how the movement influenced PCs

Monday 5th of February 2018 09:36:35 AM
Open-source software runs something in your life even if you don’t realize it. Raspberry Pi fans take advantage of open-source software. Linux and BSD open-source servers run our websites and corporate networks, as well as in-flight entertainment units and computer kiosks. Open-source software sits at the core...

The Real Reason Red Hat Is Acquiring CoreOS

Monday 5th of February 2018 06:45:02 AM
Last week, enterprise open source leader Red Hat RHT -2% announced it was acquiring CoreOS, an up-and-coming player in the red-hot container marketplace. Superficially, the motivation for this deal is straightforward: Red Hat needs to round out its container story, and CoreOS fits the bill. However...

SUSE releases live patching for big iron, real-time OS update

Monday 5th of February 2018 03:53:29 AM
Germany-based Linux vendor SUSE Linux has launched live patching for its enterprise Linux distribution that runs on IBM Power Systems and also a service pack for its real-tine enterprise distribution that will enable systems running it to handle both real-time and non-real-time workloads on a single virtual machine.

LKRG: Linux to Get a Loadable Kernel Module for Runtime Integrity Checking

Monday 5th of February 2018 01:30:32 AM
Members of the open source community are working on a new security-focused project for the Linux kernel. Named Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG), this is a loadable kernel module that will perform runtime integrity checking of the Linux kernel.

IT automation: How to make the case

Sunday 4th of February 2018 11:07:31 PM
IT execs share their strategies for getting the entire team on board with automation. At the start of any significant project or change initiative, IT leaders face a proverbial fork in the road.

Worth Saving?

Sunday 4th of February 2018 08:56:00 PM
Doc outlines his plans for Linux Journal 2.0. A friend the other day casually called Linux Journal "the journal of record for the Open Source community". I think that's a good description of what we were for 23 years—because one sign of our "of record" status is how many people have told us that they have a collection of LJ issues going back many years.

Error establishing a database connection

Sunday 4th of February 2018 03:19:17 PM
If the connection to your database cannot be established, your WordPress website will not load, and more then likely will give you the error: “Error establishing a database connection” In this tutorial we will show you, how to fix Error establishing a database connection in WordPress.

Cisco jumps into containers

Sunday 4th of February 2018 01:07:46 PM
Kubernetes continues to show its dominance of cloud container management -- as Cisco adopts it for its new container orchestration platform.

Rugged, fanless i.MX6 SBC matches COM Express Basic footprint

Sunday 4th of February 2018 10:56:14 AM
Versalogic has revealed preliminary details of its first Arm-based SBC. The quad-core i.MX6-powered “Tetra” features up to 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, and 128K MRAM, plus I/O including GbE, SATA, LVDS, HDMI, USB, serial, CAN, microSD, and miniPCIe, and runs fanless over -40 to 85°C.

'Open source software' turns 20, new Firefox Quantum privacy features, and more news

Sunday 4th of February 2018 08:44:43 AM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup we cover the 20-year anniversary of the coining of the term "open source software," the release of LibreOffice 6.0, and more.

The February 2018 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

Sunday 4th of February 2018 06:33:12 AM
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the February 2018 issue.

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

Sunday 4th of February 2018 04:21:41 AM
Who knew sharing would transform an industry? Feature Twenty years ago, the Open Source Definition (OSD) was published, providing a framework for the most significant trend in software development since then, and building upon Richard Stallman's prior advocacy for "free software."…

Open source is 20: How it changed programming and business forever

Sunday 4th of February 2018 02:10:09 AM
Video: "The reward of victory is often another set of battles."

Evolving Your Own Life: Introducing Biogenesis

Saturday 3rd of February 2018 11:58:38 PM
Much of the software I've covered in the past has focused on engineering, chemistry or physics. However, a growing number of software packages are being written to applycomputational resources to problems in biology. So in this article, I want tolook at one particular package for biology named Biogenesis.

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Mozilla Development and News

  • Removing Support for Unpacked Extensions
    With the release of Firefox 62 (currently scheduled for August 21, 2018) Mozilla will discontinue support for unpacked sideloaded extensions. You will no longer be able to load an extension via the Windows registry by creating an entry with an extension’s directory (i.e. unpacked) after Firefox 61. Starting with Firefox 62, extensions sideloaded via the Windows registry must be complete XPI files (i.e. packed).
  • Making a Clap-Sensing Web Thing
    The Project Things Gateway exists as a platform to bring all of your IoT devices together under a unified umbrella, using a standardized HTTP-based API. We recently announced the Things Gateway and we’ve started a series of hands-on project posts for people who want to set up a Gateway and start playing around with the Web of Things. Earlier this month we began with a high-level overview of how to build a Gateway add-on.
  • Trying Mozilla's Things Gateway
    I have an old Raspberry Pi 1 Model B with a RaZberry Z-Wave Daughterboard which I had soldered a larger external antenna on to last year. I used to run OpenHAB on it to control some z-wave devices before I moved last year and since then it's just been in a box. Let's fire it up! This original Raspberry Pi is a single core 700mhz CPU, so I'm planning on running it headless and doing everything remotely over SSH to save on GUI resources.
  • Lando Demo
    Lando is so close now that I can practically smell the tibanna. Israel put together a quick demo of Phabricator/BMO/Lando/hg running on his local system, which is only a few patches away from being a deployed reality.
  • Snips Uses Rust to Build an Embedded Voice Assistant
    The team at Paris-based Snips has created a voice assistant that can be embedded in a single device or used in a home network to control lights, thermostat, music, and more. You can build a home hub on a Raspberry Pi and ask it for a weather report, to play your favorite song, or to brew up a double espresso. Manufacturers like Keecker are adding Snips’ technology to products like multimedia home robots. And Snips works closely with leaders across the value chain, like NVIDIA, EBV, and Analog Devices, in order to voice-enable an increasingly wider range of device types, from speakers to home automation systems to cars.
  • Mozilla v FCC: Mozilla Re-files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality
    This morning, the Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning net neutrality rules in the Federal Register. We had originally filed suit early while simultaneously urging the court that the correct date was after this publication. We did this in an abundance of caution because we’re not taking any chances with an issue of this importance. That is why today, immediately after the order was published, Mozilla re-filed our suit challenging the FCC net neutrality order. We won’t waste a minute in our fight to protect net neutrality because it’s our mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.
  • The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Be Official In April (Cue The Lawsuits)
    Of course that's really just the beginning of an entirely new chapter in the fight to prevent broadband monopolies from abusing a lack of competition in the broadband space (remember: net neutrality violations are just a symptom of a lack of competition, a problem nobody wants to seriously address for fear of upsetting campaign contributors). The publication in the Federal Register opens the door to the myriad lawsuits that will be filed against the agency. Those lawsuits range from suits by Mozilla and consumer groups, to the 22 state attorneys general who say they're also suing the agency for ignoring the public interest. These lawsuits must be filed within the next 60 days. Expect the court battle to quickly begin heating up in March.

Google Summer of Code 2018 for Qt and Qt Roadmap for 2018

  • The Qt Project and Google Summer of Code 2018
    This year, for the first time, the Qt Project will be participating in the Google Summer of Code initiative.
  • Qt Roadmap for 2018
    Qt 5.9 LTS is a solid baseline, which continues to improve still during 2018. Qt 5.10 was released in December, but there is more cooking. We are currently finalizing the Qt 5.11 release for May and looking towards Qt 5.12 LTS in November. In addition to the Qt framework we are actively developing our tooling offering. Tune in for an overview what we have in the works for 2018.
  • Qt Has A Super Busy Year Ahead With A Lot Of Features Planned For 2018
    Tuukka Turunen of The Qt Company has shared some of the company's plans for the Qt toolkit in 2018. There is a lot ahead for this open-source, cross-platform toolkit in 2018 with another long-term support release later this year, new Qt Python bindings, a safety-critical renderer and more.

Calculate Linux 17.12.2 released

We are pleased to announce the release of Calculate Linux 17.12.2, based on Gentoo 17.0. Therefore, the whole of the packages were rebuilt and some fixes done. Read more

The Community Has Brought The Unity 8 Desktop To Ubuntu 18.04

Besides bringing Ubuntu Touch to new mobile devices, the UBports team has also managed to continue their community-driven work on advancing the Unity 8 convergence desktop after Canonical abandoned work on it last year. They now have Unity 8 working on top of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The UBPorts' fork of Unity 8 is now working on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS where as previously they were focused on older versions of Ubuntu. Installation instructions can be found via this GitHub repository with this being work found outside of the official Ubuntu archives. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS users can make use of the project's install scripts where they have assembled an APT archive with their own packages of Unity 8 complete with Mir. Read more