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Meet the open access dinosaurs of the year

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 05:57:10 AM
As we enter 2015, it’s a good time to reflect on the state of paleontology and the state of open access. Because I’m a dinosaur paleontologist (my apologies to the other 99% of life that ever lived), this post will of course address that clade in particular!read more

New Sony Walkman runs Android 4.2, costs 1.1 kilobucks

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 04:59:59 AM
Sony updated its decades-old Walkman media player line with an aluminum model running Android 4.2, featuring high-res audio, and priced around $1,120. The NW-ZX2 is the first Walkman to integrate Sony’s new LDAC codec technology. LDAC provides an enhanced wireless audio experience by transmitting digital audio data “three times more efficiently than previous Bluetooth connections,” […]

News: Linux Top 3: Pentoo, Linux Mint 17.1 KDE and openSUSE Tumbleweed Security

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 04:02:48 AM
There is no shortage of security focussed Linux distributions and you can add Pentoo to that list. Unlike many of the others that typically use some manner of Debian based system as a base, Pentoo is based on Gentoo Linux. So instead of RPM, or a .deb based system, Pentoo leverages the Gentoo Porage system for package management.

Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run X.Org Apps Like LibreOffice

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 03:05:37 AM
Ubuntu Touch already has a good selection of apps and more are added everyday, but it looks like Will Cooke from Canonical managed to get the Writer tool from LibreOffice to run on a phone. This opens up a wealth of opportunities.

NoSQL Pioneer Basho Scores $25M To Attempt A Comeback

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 02:08:26 AM
Basho was once all that and a bag of chips in the NoSQL space, but over the years they've been surpassed by better funded competitors such as Couchbase, MongoDB and DataStax. After an executive exodus last year, they have a new team and $25M in funding to attempt a comeback.

Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 01:11:15 AM
Despite my affinity for the Linux desktop, I'm still part of the Mac world, thanks to my wife and her preference for OS X.

Is Chrome OS a True Linux Distro?

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 12:14:04 AM
While many in the traditional Linux community criticize and don't take Chrome OS seriously, it is perhaps the most popular Linux distro for notebook computers.

Nine Linux distros to keep an eye on in 2015

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 11:16:53 PM
In today's open source roundup: Nine Linux distributions worth watching in 2015. Plus: Security problems in North Korea Linux 3.0, and Xubuntu or Linux Mint Xfce for an old laptop?

CloudPassage Announces Docker Container Application Security Tools

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 10:19:42 PM
CloudPassage has unveiled advanced security tools for containerized applications running in Docker, the open source virtualization platform.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 09:22:31 PM
This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do thethings they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on oldhardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

MIPS Creator CI20

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 08:25:20 PM
A Pi competitor using a MIPS chip with potentially a lot more power and much more uses for makers and hackers

When the Greatest Generation Can Use Our Help

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 07:28:09 PM
The computer was a three-year-old Dell running Windows 7 Home Premium. Jack told me it had gotten so slow that he had to do something to fix it. A couple of days later came a late-night commercial touting “WinCleaner” as the key to opening the door of renewed computer speed. It was offered as a thumb drive, preloaded with the very same tools that can be found in CCleaner and other Windows malady cure-alls that have been around for years, but without the flashy GUI inside an even more flashy flash drive.

Why Mac users don’t switch to Linux

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 06:30:58 PM
Linux and Mac users share at least one common thing: they prefer not to use Windows. But after that the two groups part company and tend to go their separate ways. But why don’t more Mac users switch to Linux? Is there something that prevents Mac users from making the jump?

ChaletOS 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 05:33:47 PM
ChaletOS 14.04 is available. ChaletOS is a Xubuntu-based project with a desktop theme that resembles Microsoft Windows. ChaletOS has a style that everyone knows well, appealing simplicity and an impressive speed. All this will let them to fall in love with this system quickly. Because of its small hardware requirements it will revive some old machines and refresh others, not so old.

Slow System? iotop Is Your Friend

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 04:36:36 PM
Back in 2010, Kyle Rankin did an incredible series on LinuxTroubleshooting. In Part 1,he talked about troubleshooting a system struggling with a high load.

Consumer Electronics Show 2015: Open source highlights

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 03:39:25 PM
The 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone, bringing with it some exciting new open source platforms and products. While it's difficult to capture every open source announcement and unveiling that happened last week, let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:read more

Devs of the C4 Engine Say Mac OS and Windows Are Superior to Linux, Support Dropped

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 02:42:14 PM
Developers of the C4 Engine, a proprietary game engine used in numerous titles, have decided to drop the Linux support because they say the open platform is a nightmare to work with.

Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 01:45:03 PM
Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. Next, I share five new open source project management tools for 2015. All in all, this article will give you a good look at 11 of the top open source project management tools out more

Free embedded computing conference posts agenda

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 12:47:52 PM
The RTC Group announced the agenda and keynote topics for its annual Real-Time Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC), to be held Jan. 22 in Santa Clara, Calif. This year’s RTECC includes a pair of morning keynotes, an afternoon of conference tracks covering a wide range of embedded, industrial, and IoT-oriented topics, and an evening reception. There’s […]

Internet of Things Blows Away CES, and it May Be Hunting for YOU Next

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 11:50:41 AM
Originally this article’s purpose was to discuss all the exciting happeningssurrounding the 2015 International CES “Internet of Things” Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. After all, of the 3600+ exhibitors, there were fully 900 exhibitors with IoT designation at this most-amazing-of-all trade shows, and 170,000 people came through the turnstiles to see the spectacle!

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Citizens call on Dortmund to use free software

Four citizens of the German city of Dortmund have started a citizens’ initiative, asking the city council to seriously consider the use of free and open source software. “The city needs to recognise free software as a topic in the public interest”, the DO-FOSS initiators write. Read more

NVIDIA Tegra DRM Driver Supports Atomic Mode-Setting In Linux 3.20

The latest work landing in the DRM-Next code-base for the Linux 3.20 kernel merge window is the Tegra DRM driver updates. The Tegra DRM driver is primarily designed to support the Tegra 4 and older SoCs while the Tegra K1 and newer is supported by the Nouveau DRM driver due to the graphics core now being common with their mainline desktop architecture. The Tegra K1's GK20A graphics core is derived directly from Kepler while the brand new Tegra X1 is derived from Maxwell. Regardless, the Tegra DRM driver continues to be actively developed by NVIDIA stakeholders. Read more

LibreOffice 4.4 the beautiful

We are very close to release LibreOffice 4.4 and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the work that has been put into this new branch and what the general idea is about it. LibreOffice 4.4 is unusual; as a major release you may expect some important underlying change in its architecture, or the inclusion of a set of major features. The 4.4 does include several important features and improvements, most notably for Impress and the much forgotten HTML editor (the comprehensive release notes may be found here). But the most important details are not to be found in this area. If you want to understand where the 4.4 branch is headed, I think it is useful to keep two fundamental trends in mind. Read more

Embedded Linux Conference hijacked by drones

The Embedded Linux Conference + Android Builders Summit on Mar. 23-25 in San Jose is about “Drones, Things, and Automobiles,” but drones get the most love. Maybe it’s just our imagination, but the Linux Foundation’s Embedded Linux Conference seems to be getting more interesting than ever. The program increasingly reflects new opportunities for Linux in areas such as drones, robots, automotive computers, IoT gizmos, 3D sensing, modular phones, and much more. For those of you worried that ELC North America is skimping on the basics as it explores the more colorful sides of Linux, rest your mind at ease. There are still plenty of sessions on booting, trace analysis, NAND support, PHY frameworks, power management, defragmenting, systemd, device tree, and toolchain. Geeks still rule! Read more