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A conversation with Gene Kim on DevOps, waterfall development, and containers

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 04:32:27 PM
"The Phoenix Project" author Gene Kim explains why "an organizational learning culture" is what's driving the DevOps movement. "An organizational learning culture is what enables some of these wildly different ways of working, whether it’s automated deployments, creating environments on demand, or proactive production — all these things that we do in DevOps. They're all created by organizations that have cultures of true organizational learning."

CoreOS moves tectonic plates, Docker may feel earthquakes

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 04:14:23 PM
CoreOS gets $12 million funding from Google Ventures, announces Tectonic

Taxes plus Windows equals a huge headache

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:17:12 PM
In today's open source roundup: A FOSS Force writer fights Windows to get her taxes done. Plus: LibreOffice or WPS office suite? And the i7-CM tablet offers Ubuntu and an Intel Core M Processor.

A case for predictable databases

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 02:20:01 PM
Barzan Mozafari, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), will be giving a talk on the predictability of performance in database systems at the OpenStack Live conference in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday, April 14.read more

Using Putty to remotely open GUI applications

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 01:22:50 PM
Remote connections can be established with system over a network through SSH (secure shell) easily, we can login, perform actions or send commands to another system remotely trough this conection on the commandline. But what we cannot do is launch a GUI application for viewing content present in the remote node. This is the disadvantage of using ssh in a terminal.But this disadvantage can be easily solved by making use of "putty", a remote login application which can not only be used to login to a remote node, but also launch GUI applications. Examples of GUI applications are Browser, text viewers, etc.

Scientific Linux 7.1 to be Unveiled on April 13, Release Candidate 2 Out Now

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 11:36:23 AM
While Scientific Linux 7.1 RC2 is just a small milestone that fixes the last remaining bugs, the development team prepares for the unveiling of the final release of the anticipated computer operating system on April 13, 2015, if everything goes according to the release plan.

Linux-ready smart camera SoC encodes 1080p@70fps video

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 10:39:12 AM
Allwinner unveiled a Cortex-A7 based SoC for smart connected cameras that integrates its HawkView image signal processor, and supports Linux and “Camdroid.” Allwinner jumped on the ARM Cortex-A7 spec early, using it for its popular, low-priced system-on-chips like the Allwinner A10, dual-core A20, and quad-core A31. Like the A10, Allwinner’s new “V3? SoC has a single Cortex-A7 core, in this case clocked to 1.2GHz. However, Like a number of TI’s Linux-focused, DSP-based DaVinci SoCs, the V3 is designed for camera applications. It follows Allwinner V-Series SoCs including the quad-core, Cortex-A7 V10 and Cortex-A8-based V15.

Supposedly Fake UbuTab 1TB Tablet to Launch in April, Ubuntu Devs Know Nothing of It

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 09:42:01 AM
UbuTab is a tablet supposedly built to take advantage of both Android and Ubuntu Touch operating systems and promises some great hardware components. The tablets should start shipping mid-April, but there is a problem. Ubuntu developers have no knowledge about the possible implementation of Ubuntu Touch on the tablet.

SMARC module runs Linux on i.MX6, runs hot and cold

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 08:44:50 AM
Embedian has launched a SMARC COM that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX6, and offers up to 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, -40 to 85°C operation, and a Mini-ITX baseboard. Embedian’s SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) form-factor SMARC-FiMX6 computer-on-module follows Embedian’s earlier SMARC-T335X, which integrates a TI AM335x Sitara system-on-chip. The SMARC-T335X module also formed the basis for a pair of Embedian sandwich-style Smart SBCs. The similarly SODIMM-style SMARC-FiMX6 instead showcases Freescale’s Cortex-A9-based i.MX6 SoC.

News: Linux Top 3: Debian Jessie Gets a Release Date, OpenIndiana and CentOS Update

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 07:47:39 AM
At long last it would appear that the next major milestone release of Debian, version 8.0 also known as 'Jessie' is *almost* done.

Getting started with commandline encryption tools on Linux

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 06:50:28 AM
Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read them. With almost no privacy in this digital generation of our's, encryption of our data is one of the most required tools. Most of the applications like gmail encrypt our data, but the data on your system is still unsecured and there are hackers or unauthorised users waiting to access them.

Ubuntu 15.10 to Finally Drop Python 2.X Support

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 05:53:17 AM
Ubuntu developers usually plan beyond what they are working on at any particular moment, and it looks like they are finally taking an important decision regarding the presence of Python 2 libraries and dependencies, which might be solved for the Ubuntu 15.10 launch.

Nanolinux 1.3 Screencast

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 04:56:06 AM
Nanolinux 1.3 has been released. This version features an improved windowmanager, mouse wheel support, a web server, a file transfer utility, a screenshot utility, a new version of the PIM program FLTDJ, antialiased fonts, improved international keyboard support, and several small changes and fixes in many areas.

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:58:55 AM
Recently there was some discussion about ways to ease the tired backs of kernel maintainers. Apparently the merge windows are times of great labor, and some folks wanted to alert contributors to some preferable codesubmission habits.

An In-Depth Look at Text-to-Speech in Linux

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:01:44 AM
It wasn’t until almost a week into this TTS discovery voyage that I found Mary. Not a human named Mary; a text-to-speech engine named Mary. Mary is an open source application with the downside, for many, of being a Java app. That may be a downside for you, but for me, with my options being limited day by disappointing day. Mary just might be the girl of my dreams.

Compact Cortex-A9 SBC expands on its inner Udoo

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 02:04:33 AM
Seco has released a commercial SBC spun from the original i.MX6-based open spec Udoo hacker SBC, adding eMMC flash and subtracting Arduino compatibility. Seco oversees the popular, community-backed Udoo SBC project, but also sells more commercial single board computers under its own name, such as the SECOpITX-GX.

1+ Year Running Arch Linux on a Lenovo Yoga 2

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 01:09:07 AM
Other than the hardware-specific issues, I’ve been amazed by how well Arch Linux works, given that it doesn’t have release cycles, or a big team with a lot of money supporting and marketing it.

'AwSnap' malformed HTML exploit crashes Chrome in one click

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 12:11:56 AM
A bug in the most recent version of the Chrome allows miscreants to crash browser tabs simply by embedding a link with a malformed URL in the HTML of a page.

Mozilla Working to Provide Tracking Protection in Firefox, How to Enable It

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 11:14:45 PM
Mozilla is working on a new feature called Tracking Protection that is helping users identify and block websites that collect personal data despite the fact that the browser has the "Do Not Track" policy enabled.

4 new tools for scholarly research

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 10:17:34 PM
Welcome to the second installment of a monthly feature in which I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I will take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities research as well as at humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about transparency and open exchange as well as how the other principles of the open source way being applied to the humanities.read more

More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

  • Android Candy: Intercoms
    Ever since my "tiny $20 tablet" project (see my Open-Source Classroom column in the March 2015 issue), I've been looking for more and more cool things to do with cheap Android devices. Although the few obvious ones like XBMC or Plex remotes work well, I've recently found that having Android devices around the house means I can gain back an old-school ability that went out of style in the late 1980s—namely, an intercom system.
  • There's a wild prank hidden in Google Maps that insults Apple in the most childishly inappropriate way
    Rawalpindi is a vibrant Pakistani city known for its bazaars, ancient ruins, and array of religious shrines. But if you pay it a visit on Google Maps, you're going to notice something very unusual on the outskirts of the city — the Android "droid" mascot urinating on the Apple logo.
  • There's an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo on Google Maps
    Sick of all the Apple Watch news today? You're in luck, because we have something completely different for you. An image of an Android mascot, also known as an Android bot or Bugdroid, peeing on an Apple logo has been discovered on Google Maps.
  • An Android robot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps
  • An Android is urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps (update)
    Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you'll see Google's iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it's unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is taking action. But if this hidden message is any indication, it was snuck through by a member of the public using Google's Map Maker service, rather than a Google employee. Regardless, it's a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that's sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
  • Sony's Android TV-powered 4K televisions are ridiculously thin
    Four models from Sony’s 2015 Android TV-powered 4K television range are now available for pre-order, with shipping to begin in May. The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its 4K TV lineup for 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but kept pricing and release information to itself, only saying the new sets would be available sometime in the spring. Those details are finally here and the TVs themselves aren’t far off.
  • Android Wear v1.1 APK has Apple references in it, but when is iOS support coming?
    That Google is working on iOS support for Android Wear is nearly undeniable at this point, but even more evidence has surfaced in case you aren’t a believer. We peeked inside the latest Android Wear update APK to see what hidden bits were swarming about, and we came across some very interesting references.
  • 5 Things to Expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release
    A few weeks ago, an Android 5.1.1 update mysteriously appeared alongside an update for Google’s Android SDK. Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release with an update for its Nexus Player. With an Android 5.1.1 update now on the minds of Nexus users, particularly Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release from Google.

The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

The device also sports a 13MP/8MP camera combo, 64GB / 128GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Read more

GNU/Linux Share of Global Page-Views Reaches New High

Eight days in April, 2015, so far, have reached 2% share of page-views for GNU/Linux on the desktop worldwide, according to data from StatCounter. Read more

Linux Kernel 4.0 Update Kit Now Available for Black Lab Linux 6.5, Ubuntu 15.04

Roberto J. Dohnert announced the immediate availability of the Linux Kernel 4.0 Update Kit for his Black Lab Linux computer operating system, allowing users to update to the newly released Linux 4.0 kernel. Read more