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GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, and more open source news

Monday 4th of July 2016 11:50:17 PM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, a microbiome forecasting algorithm, and more!Open source news roundup for June 26-July 2, 2016read more

Needed: A Linux Three in One Distro

Monday 4th of July 2016 10:13:04 PM
If FOSS is to have a future, we must embrace both mobile and the Chromebook model and develop a distro that's equally at home on a phone, a low resource cloud based computer and on a traditional PC.

An eight minute upgrade, motivating documentation contributions, and more OpenStack news

Monday 4th of July 2016 08:35:52 PM
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.OpenStack around the webThere is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:read more

FTP server with PureFTPd and MariaDB virtual users (incl. Quota and Bandwidth Management) on CentOS 7.2

Monday 4th of July 2016 06:58:39 PM
This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MariaDB (MySQL compatible) database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of FTP users on a single machine. In addition to that, I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup. Passwords will be stored encrypted as MD5 strings in the database.

Top 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards

Monday 4th of July 2016 05:21:26 PM
Did you know you can adorn your Raspberry Pi with HATs? Of course we're not talking about hats like people put on their heads, but rather HATs: "hardware attached on top". These are add-on circuit boards and accessories that add functionality to your Raspberry more

Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux OS Released Based on Fedora 24, Linux 4.6

Monday 4th of July 2016 03:44:14 PM
Ronald Henderson has announced the release of a new version of the Fedora-based Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux distribution for network security analysis and monitoring.

How to access your remote desktop on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud using NoMachine

Monday 4th of July 2016 02:07:02 PM
By combining NoMachine software with the Amazon EC2 infrastructure, you can jumpstart your own remote access and desktop delivery solution for employees, partners and customers alike. Or if it's just for your own use, by installing NoMachine you can get remote access to your own personal desktop hosted in Amazon's cloud and get the same benefits as you would as if the physical hardware was really yours.

A simple menu system for blind Linux users

Monday 4th of July 2016 12:46:59 PM
The Knoppix distribution goes back in time, to the era of text menus, to provide an interface for computer users who are blind.Remember back when computers were driven mostly by text menus? Press:    [Y] Yes, I remember.    [N] No, that was before my time.    [U] Unknown. Seems familiar but it's hazy.    Enter your choice here: _Yes, that sort of more

Microsoft Talks Ubuntu on Windows 10, Offers Video Tutorial

Monday 4th of July 2016 10:58:21 AM
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is launching on August 2, and one of the key features of this release is support for Ubuntu Bash, which basically allows you to run Linux binaries on Windows 10 from the command line.

RaspEX OS for Raspberry Pi 3 Updated with openCPN 4.4.0, Based on Ubuntu 16.04

Monday 4th of July 2016 09:09:42 AM
After reporting that his RaspEX OS for Raspberry Pi woks out of the box with the official Raspberry Pi Touch Display 7-inch monitor, Arne Exton now informs us about the availability of a new RaspEX build.

Setup .NET Core on Ubuntu

Monday 4th of July 2016 07:21:03 AM
let’s take a quick look on how-to setup .NET Core on Ubuntu.

Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.2 Beta Ships Free of systemd with Linux 4.4.14 LTS

Monday 4th of July 2016 05:32:24 AM
The developers of the Slackware-based Vectorlinux GNU/Linux operating system have announced the release of the Beta build of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2 release.

Want to bring that old netbook back to life? Hands-on with Manjaro LXQt and LXLE

Monday 4th of July 2016 03:43:45 AM
Following up on my previous recommendation for Linux on a Samsung N150 Plus, here are two more very good candidates - Manjaro LXQt and LXLE.

Arch Linux 2016.07.01 Now Available for Download, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3

Monday 4th of July 2016 01:55:07 AM
It's the first day of July, and Arch Linux users already know what this means. Yes, that's right, a new ISO respin, Arch Linux 2016.07.01, has been made available for download.

The preview for July

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 11:32:09 PM
The preview brings you highlights from last month, editorial announcements for coming months, and other tidbits.

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Receive the Latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 Desktop, Update Now

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 09:09:12 PM
The Kubuntu developers announced the general availability of the latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment, along wit KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 in the Backports PPA repositories for Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users.

Apache, Debian crews patch library with DoS vuln

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 06:36:50 PM
Upgrade your libcommons-fileupload-java packageA file upload library used in Apache Tomcat and various Linux distributions needs patching to plug a denial-of-service vulnerability.…

Better Than We Found It

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 04:42:28 PM
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. It's supposed to automate those things that take our valuable time, and it promises to make those things we still do faster and more efficient. Unfortunately though, it hasn't given us more free time, it's just allowed us to cram even more activities into our already busy schedules.

Raspberry Pi Zero Becomes Mighty Miniature Minecraft Machine

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 02:48:06 PM
In a clever bit of miniaturization, [JediJeremy] has nearly completed a gyro-mouse controller for a Raspberry Pi Zero! Ultimately this will be a wearable Linux-watch but along the way he had some fun with the interface.

Stupid Patent of the Month: Storage Cabinets on a Computer

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 12:53:44 PM
How do you store your paper files? Perhaps you leave them scattered on your desk or piled on the floor. If you’re more organized, you might keep them in a cabinet. This month’s stupid patent, US Patent No. 6,690,400 (the ’400 patent), claims the idea of using “virtual cabinets” to graphically represent data storage and organization. While this is bad, the worse news is that the patent’s owner is suing just about anyone who runs a website.

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Our First Look at Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon

Now that I’ve had about a week to play around in Mint 18, I find a lot to like and have no major complaints. While Cinnamon probably isn’t destined to become my desktop of choice, I don’t dislike it and find it, hands down, the best of the GNOME based desktops I’ve tried so far. Anybody looking for a powerful, all purpose distro that’s designed to work smoothly and which can be mastered with ease would be hard pressed to find anything better. Read more

The subtle art of the Desktop

The history of the Gnome and KDE desktops go a long way back and their competition, for the lack of a better term, is almost as famous in some circles as the religious divide between Emacs and Vi. But is that competition stil relevant in 2016? Are there notable differences between Gnome and KDE that would position each other on a specific segment of users? Having both desktops running on my systems (workstation + laptop) but using really only one of them at all times, I wanted to find out by myself. My workstation and laptop both run ArchLinux, which means I tend to run the latest stable versions of pretty much any desktop software. I will thus be considering the latest stable versions from Gnome and KDE in this post. Historically, the two environments stem from different technical platforms: Gnome relies on the GTK framework while KDE, or more exactly the Plasma desktop environment, relies on Qt. For a long time, that is until well into the development of the Gnome 3.x platform, the major difference was not just technical, it was one of style and experience. KDE used to offer a desktop experience that was built along the lines of Windows, with a start center on the bottom left, a customizable side bar, and desktop widgets. Gnome had its two bars on the top and bottom of the screen, and was seemingly used as the basis for the first design of Mac OS X, with the top bar offering features that were later found in the Apple operating system. Read more