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Top 10 and editors picks: September review

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:37:56 AM
In September published 87 articles, including 2 series: DrupalCon Dublin and Open Source Worldwide. We also started our All Things Open 2016 series, which will run through October. We welcomed 21 new authors, and our community moderators contributed 21 articles.

This Week in Open Source News: 4 out of 5 Banks to Use Blockchain by 2017, Linus Torvalds Reflects on Past 25 Years, & More

Saturday 8th of October 2016 09:12:09 AM
This week in Linux and open source news, the popularity of blockchain amongst banks will continue to surge through 2017, Linus Torvalds refelcts on the anniversary of Linux at LinuxCon Europe, and more!

Homicide Commits Suicide, HP Says It’s Sorry & More…

Saturday 8th of October 2016 07:46:23 AM
Also included: Judge seems to make software patents illegal, Mageia mourns a contributor, Yakkety Yak frozen, KDE's new release, and getting ready for All Things Open.

Top 5: Four calendar tools, Linux frontier for young developer, and more

Saturday 8th of October 2016 06:20:36 AM
This week, we highlight four open source calendar tools, last week's open source news roundup, a My Linux Story, tools for writing a novel, and tips for a balanced life in tech.

Should Math be a Prerequisite for Programming?

Saturday 8th of October 2016 04:54:50 AM
Carol Smith, Education Partnership Manager at GitHub, got us thinking about how math requirements impact our ability to bring more people into the field of computer programming.

Why Implanted Medical Devices Should Have Open Source Code

Saturday 8th of October 2016 03:29:03 AM
As medical implants become more common, sophisticated and versatile, understanding the code that runs them is vital. A pacemaker or insulin-releasing implant can be lifesaving, but they are also vulnerable not just to malicious attacks, but also to faulty code.

Deploy containers with Atomic Host, Ansible, and Cockpit

Saturday 8th of October 2016 02:03:17 AM
In the course of my job at Red Hat, I work with Docker containers on Fedora Atomic host every day. The Atomic Host from Project Atomic is a lightweight container OS that can run Linux containers in Docker format. It’s been modified for efficiency, making it... Continue Reading →

Tiny i.MX6 COMs gain enhanced CAN and wireless, eMMC option

Saturday 8th of October 2016 12:08:55 AM
SolidRun has updated its tiny, Linux-ready i.MX6 based MicroSoM modules with optional eMMC and NOR flash, improved FlexCAN, and TI WiLink8 wireless. SolidRun has refurbished its NXP i.MX6-based MicroSoM computer-on-modules with new rev 1.5 versions featuring optional eMMC and/or NOR flash, among other additions. Despite some minor mechanical redesigns, the modules have the same 47 […]

Rambox - an alternative Messaging and Email app for Ubuntu

Friday 7th of October 2016 10:14:33 PM
Rambox is a free and open source messaging and emailing application which - according to the tool's official documentation - combines common web applications into one. It is being marketed as a new way to organize services. "Rambox gives you the possibility to add common services many times you need, all in one place," the official website says. "It's perfect for people who work with many services for business and private accounts.".

Linux Kernel 4.8.1 released

Friday 7th of October 2016 09:00:13 PM
Just few minutes ago,Linux Kernel 4.8.1 got release announcement.Greg Kh has announced the release of the point fix update for the Linux Kernel 4.8, i.e. Linux Kernel 4.8.1.As Most of us are well aware that Linux Kernel 4.8,released just few days ago on 2nd oct,the latest and stable kernel had some bug inclusion and it almost killed the kernel.[....]

French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Friday 7th of October 2016 07:45:53 PM
Your unfair contract cripples browsers, Nexedi complainsNexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair.…

Working with Network Configurations from the Command Line

Friday 7th of October 2016 05:35:45 PM
The ifconfig command has been deprecated. In its place is ip, which can do everything ifconfig could. This is one of the first commands you’ll want to learn as a Linux administrator (as far as commands to manage network configurations are concerned). Let’s look at some of the more useful things you can do with this command.

Tips for building your own maker workspace

Friday 7th of October 2016 04:21:25 PM
I firmly believe that in the absence of any intentional organizational strategy a person's workspace becomes a reflection of their mind. Like bits of knowledge stored in the brain, tools and assets instinctively find themselves organized in a way that feels right to the more

Superb Mini Server(SMS) version 2.0.9 released

Friday 7th of October 2016 03:07:05 PM
Superb Mini Server finally got a new updated version release after a long time period.Yes, After a long awaited time,the previous version of SMS(Superb Mini Server)2.0.8 which was released back in 2015,now in 2016 got a new release of SMS 2.0.9.Even if the releases are less-frequent,this slackware based distribution really makes a good amount of users,who works with servers,mostly looks at this fellow distro,because of set of applications available and the environment is completely perfect for those who love to work with the web-server based developments and managements.

Why public libraries need to support open source

Friday 7th of October 2016 01:52:45 PM
People turn to public libraries for answers, and a lot of times libraries are superb at providing them. But when it comes to providing answers about open source, libraries have an uneven track record.What can we do to make this better so that more people can turn to their public library to learn about open source software, hardware, and principles?read more

How to Install WhatsApp on linux

Friday 7th of October 2016 12:38:25 PM
WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages world wide without paying for SMS also we can exchange unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

KDE Student Programs announces Season of KDE 2016-2017

Friday 7th of October 2016 10:05:35 AM
KDE Student Programs announces the 2016-2017 Season of KDE for those who want to participate in mentored projects which enhance KDE in some way. Projects from past Seasons of KDE include new application features, the KDE Continuous Integration system, new reporting for developers, as well as a web framework, porting and a plethora of other work.

6 Common WHM/cPanel Problems

Friday 7th of October 2016 09:08:24 AM
WHM/cPanel is a great hosting control panel that eases the server administration dramatically. It has a very easy and straightforward interface for everyday use.

A New Mental Model for Computers and Networks

Friday 7th of October 2016 08:11:13 AM
One of the great works of geekdom is Neal Stephenson's In the Beginning Was the Command Line, an essay-length book that came out in 1999. As with Linux, the code was open. Still is.

Promoting Cybersecurity Awareness

Friday 7th of October 2016 07:14:02 AM
We are happy to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a global effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online.

More in Tux Machines

Linux on Servers

  • The Point Of Docker Is More Than Containers
    Spending time with Docker during Cloud Field Day about a month ago opened my eyes to the larger ecosystem that Docker is building, and that others are building around it. There is so much more to Docker than just the idea of immutable containers. For a start, Docker made using containers easy. That’s no small feat for a tricky piece of technical infrastructure. Making it easy, and specifically easy for developers, to use removed a lot of friction that was no small contributor to the pain of other, earlier methods. It gave developers are really simple way to create a fully functional development environment, isolated from all other dependencies, with which to work.
  • What are the Top NFV Risks for Carriers?
    What are the risks of network functions virtualization (NFV)? As with any emerging technology, moving fast or picking the wrong components can do more harm than good. Let’s spend some time breaking down the NFV risks in building a virtual network. I have spent the few months gathering feedback from various service providers to get their view on whether NFV and its cousin software-defined networking (SDN) are ready for prime time. Even though many service providers expressed optimism that NFV technology is moving toward maturity, there are definitely cautionary tales on what to look out for. This article serves as an introduction to the challenges of NFV component selection – later articles will refer in more detail to the challenges in selecting NFV hardware and software components such as OpenStack and Open vSwitch.
  • “DevOps is a management problem”
    Improving your own organization’s performance – from where they are now to performance levels equal to the industry leaders – seems like a very long and difficult road. What is missing in most organizations? We talked to Damon Edwards, co-founder and managing partner of DTO Solutions and DevOpsCon speaker, about the challenges that accompany DevOps and how a repeatable system that empowers teams to find and fix their own problems looks like.
  • Manage disk image files wisely in the face of DevOps sprawl
    A disk image is simply a file, but that seemingly innocuous file contains a complete structure that represents applications, storage volumes and even entire disk drives.
  • TNS Guide to Serverless Technologies: The Best Frameworks, Platforms and Tools
    Even if you don’t need the servers themselves, serverless technologies could still require plenty of supporting software. Frameworks are needed to codify best practices, so that everyone is not out to reinvent the wheel, especially when it comes to interfacing with various languages such as Go, JavaScript and Python. And platforms are needed to help people avoid spending too much time on configuring the underlying infrastructure, perhaps by handing the work off to a service provider. Just in time for the Serverless conference in London, this post highlights some of the most widely used frameworks and platforms, as well as other supporting tools, that make successful serverless-based workloads happen.

today's leftovers

  • Why Is The Penguin Tux Official Mascot of Linux? Because Torvalds Had Penguinitis!
    The official mascot of the Linux kernel developed by Linus Torvalds is a penguin named Tux. You might have thought about the probable reasons why a penguin has been used as the face of the Linux kernel. Some people believe that Torvalds was bitten by a penguin that’s why he chose one to represent his kernel.
  • SafeEyes – An Useful Linux Utility That Prevents Eye Strain
    Working in Computer for long hours is pain, and it will definitely affect your eyes. You must take some breaks for your eyes at regular intervals. There are numerous utilities available out there to remind you to take breaks. The one we are going to discuss now is SafeEyes. It is a free and open Source Linux alternative for EyeLeo, a MS Windows-only app. As the name suggests, SafeEyes will protect you from Eye Strain by reminding or forcing you to take breaks after a particular period of time. During the break, it will suggest you some simple exercises like walking for a while, rolling your eyes etc., to relax yourself. If you are a hardcore user who work on computers for long hours, I recommended you to use SafeEyes in your system.
  • Awwh, This Linux Wallpaper Is Adorable
    I pimped some Fedora community wallpapers yesterday, there was that (rather gorgeous) Ubuntu Timeline wallpaper a few weeks back, and the steam from hype-train that brought the “new” Ubuntu default wallpaper still lingers in the air a bit. So — honestly — I wanted so bad not to write about yet another wallpaper.
  • IBM DB2 database gets ‘significant advances’ across Windows, Linux and z/ OSs
    IBM put ‘significant advances’ into its database software DB2, helping companies lower their operating costs while bringing together transactions and analytics in the same database to increase the speed of real-time data analysis. The new DB2 will incorporate hybrid transactional analytical processing (HTAP) available for Linux, Unix, Windows, and z/OS in December
  • Spotify for Linux – In the friendzone
    Spotify is arguably the most popular music streaming service out there. Apologies to any diehard fanboys who may have been offended by this statement. With 100 million users and tight social media integration, it sure plays in the big league. You can also go premium and this will render your interface ad-free and fidelity-high. But what about Linux? As it turns out, Linux has never been high on the list of priorities for the Spotify team, and at some point, the support was discontinued, then it was revived recently, which prompted me to give it a try. Seeking originality and uniqueness in my work, I opted for Fedora, only to learn that only builds for Debian-based distributions are available. In other words, Ubuntu and friends. Very similar to my experience with Sayonara. Anyhow, let’s see what gives.
  • Benefits Of Using Lightweight Linux Distributions
    There are quite a few lightweight linux distributions around but why should you care especially when most of our PCs that are on the market boast some very fast multi-core processors, large volumes of RAM and very fast Solid State Drives. Sure they can bring new life to old machines but there are many other reasons why they could be awesome for you.Let me give you a few reasons you would so much benefit from going with a Lightweight Linux distribution.
  • Alpine Linux 3.4.5 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.27 LTS, Latest Security Fixes
    A new maintenance update of the server-oriented Alpine Linux 3.4 operating system has been released, bringing a new Linux kernel version from the long-term supported 4.4 series and the latest security patches. According to the release notes, Alpine Linux 3.4.5 is now available as the most up-to-date version of the GNU/Linux distribution based on musl libc and BusyBox, it's powered by the Linux 4.4.27 LTS kernel, which was fully patched against the "Dirty COW" vulnerability, and includes numerous updated components and applications.
  • Upgrade OpenSUSE Leap to OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Rolling Release
  • ArchBang – Best Arch based distro for old or low-end hardware with high performance and low resource utilization
    Arch Linux is very unique, compare with other Linux distributions because it doesn’t comes with live ISO & Desktop Environment. Arch gives you the full freedom to customize the installation as you wish, When you boot up, you’ll be end up with a terminal and most of the people panic here because they don’t want to build from scratch. There are many, Actively developed Arch derived Linux distributions are available with pre-installed Desktop environment. I would advise you to go with any one distribution as you wish.
  • Red Hat Stock Sees Short Interest Make 21% Move
  • New Video Shows Changes Headed to Unity 8
    A new YouTube video claims to show an ‘quick overview of what’s to come to Unity 8’ in a future update. Uploaded by Kugi Javacookies (not sure if that’s his real name), the clip is described as offering a “quick overview of what’s to come soon to Unity 8. Since the silo has now been signed-off by QA, so it will probably land really soon.” Kugi adds that he finds it “awesome to actually follow projects even up to the small details. Codes in launchpad, actual projects in bileto and queued silos for QA testing in Trello. Really cool! :D”.
  • [Bodhi Linux] Modules and Themes in 4.0.0 Repos
    We will be stamping the 4.0.0 release as stable fairly soon and one the last pieces of that puzzle is getting all the “extras” for moksha into the repos. Users can now find the following modules and themes in the Bodhi 4.0.0 main repository for usage / testing:
  • Congatec’s first Apollo Lake COMs include SMARC 2.0 model
    Congatec announced three Linux-friendly COMs based on Intel’s new Atom E3900 SoC: a Qseven, a COM Express Compact, and one of the first SMARC 2.0 modules. Congatec is one of the first vendors to announce a major product lineup based on Intel’s newly announced, 14nm-fabricated Atom E3900 “Apollo Lake” SoCs. In addition to the Qseven form-factor Conga-QA5 and the COM Express Compact Type 6 CongaTCA5 modules, the company unveiled the Conga-SA5, which is billed as Congatec’s first SMARC 2.0 module. In fact, the Conga-SA5 appears to be the company’s first SMARC COM ever, and one of the first SMARC 2.0 models to be fully announced. (See more on SMARC 2.0 below.)
  • Intel launches 14nm Atom E3900 and spins an automotive version
    The Linux-ready Atom E3900 series, which was formally announced at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona on the same day as the start of ARM TechCon in Silicon Valley, has already started rolling out to some 30 OEM customers, some of which have already announced products (see below). The first Apollo Lake based products will ship 2Q 2017, says Intel.

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