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Does having open source experience on your resume really matter?

Friday 8th of August 2014 03:43:25 PM
"Code is the next resume." These words by Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation tell profoundly about how our technology industry, and the many businesses that depend on it, are transforming. The unprecedented success of open source development methodology in the recent past raises some fundamental questions about the way the businesses are designed, the structure of the teams, and the nature of work in itself.read more

Ubuntu Used on the International Space Station to Control Rover Back on Earth

Friday 8th of August 2014 02:46:14 PM
Ubuntu has been spotted aboard the International Space Station and it seems that it was used to control a rover back on Earth.

KNOPPIX 7.4.0 Screenshot Tour

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:49:03 PM
Version 7.4.0 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian 'Stable' and newer desktop packages from Debian 'Testing' and 'Unstable'. It uses Linux kernel 3.15.6 and X.Org 7.7 (X.Org Server 1.16.0) for supporting current computer hardware. In addition to the 32-bit standard kernel, the 64-bit edition of the same kernel is installed on the DVD edition, supporting systems with more than 4 GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. In the DVD edition, the bootloader will start the 64-bit kernel automatically if a 64-bit capable CPU is detected (unless manually specified otherwise). New, experimental version of 3D window manager Compiz 0.9.11.1. Partial integration of systemd.

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Released with Linux Kernel from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Friday 8th of August 2014 12:51:52 PM
Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been officially released for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core flavors.

Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

Friday 8th of August 2014 11:54:41 AM
Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still using GNOME Shell and here's why.

Tektronix Uses DMCA Notice To Try To Stop Oscilloscope Hacking

Friday 8th of August 2014 09:50:36 AM
Another day, another abuse of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions to stop things that have nothing whatsoever to do with copyright. As pointed out by Slashdot, the Hackaday site recently had a post about how to clone some Tektronix application modules for its MSO2000 line of oscilloscopes. The post explained a simple hack to enable the application module to do a lot more. And... in response, Tektronix sent a DMCA takedown notice demanding the entire post be taken down. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140806/07155928127/tektronix-uses-dmca-notice-to-try-to-stop-oscilliscope-hacking.shtml

Guide to Attending Flock Virtually: Day 3

Friday 8th of August 2014 08:53:25 AM
This Friday is the third day of Flock, the Fedora Contributor Conference, in Prague, the Czech Republic. As you could on day 1 / Tuesday and day 2 / Wednesday, you still can attend – no matter where in the world you are. If you cannot watch the videos live for whatever reason, you may watch them afterwards at the same links posted below.

How I stopped distro hopping

Friday 8th of August 2014 07:56:14 AM
I, a Microsoft user since DOS 5.x was introduced to Linux in the late 90's when a friend gave me a copy of Novell Linux. I was in awe that you could get a "free" operating system without having to pay for it. The system didn't hold my attention long because there were not a lot of applications for it that were similar to the Windows programs I was accustomed to.

Flock 2014 Day 2: Fedora Server, Role-ing Along

Friday 8th of August 2014 06:59:03 AM
Stephen Gallagher bravely embraced his spot as one of the first talks of the day, after a Flock pub night. As a representative of the Fedora Server working group, he presented an overview and status report on the Fedora Server, one of the new products that makes up the Fedora.next initiative.

Google adds a callback button to Android Device Manager

Friday 8th of August 2014 06:01:52 AM
In today's Android roundup: Google updates Android Device Manager to include a callback button. Plus: Four open source productivity tools, and the top five Android antivirus utilities.

Flock 2014 Day 2: Orchestration with Ansible at Fedora Project

Friday 8th of August 2014 05:04:41 AM
At the Flock 2014 conference in Prague, Aditya Patawari delivered a talk on the Fedora Project’s use of Ansible for orchestrating its services. System administrators face many challenges today, as new servers, applications, and updates to these systems are constantly needing to roll out. Deciding whether to deploy virtually or on bare metal; configuring and managing systems and their access credentials is also a continuous and repetitive challenge which Patawari calls the “sysadmin loop.”

Black Hat USA 2014: Talking botnets and ad campaigns

Friday 8th of August 2014 04:07:30 AM
Botnets are becoming more sophisticated and White Ops' Michael Tiffany spells out what that means for the advertising campaigns they've been targeting

From bench scientist to open science software developer

Friday 8th of August 2014 03:10:19 AM
When I was at school, computers were only really just beginning to show their promise and few people had Internet access. I remember begging my Mum for a ZX Spectrum and using it to write basic code to draw things on the screen. From then on I was hooked, but didn’t really know if there were careers programming computers, and it wasn’t at all clear whether this was of any use if I wanted to do scientific research. As I moved to a much faster Amiga 500 Plus, I continued to enjoy programming as a hobby and loved writing simulations to understand mathematics and physical phenomena.

Linux Terminal: Reptyr attach a running process to a new terminal

Friday 8th of August 2014 02:13:08 AM
If, like me, you work on terminals connected via ssh to remote computer/server you are probably used to tmux and screen and so it’s not a problem if you have to close your session, as you’ll be able to easily re-connect when you need it, but sometimes you could forget about using one of these utility.

Russian Ministry of Health to Replace Microsoft and Oracle Products with Linux and PostgreSQL

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:15:57 AM
The Russian government is considering the replacement of Microsoft and Oracle products with Linux and open source counterparts, at least for the Ministry of Health.

Flock 2014 Day One: The State of Copr

Friday 8th of August 2014 12:18:46 AM
Miloslav Suchy delivered a report on the state of Copr yesterday at Flock that demonstrated just how far a service can go in one year. Work on Copr, the lightweight build service for contributor packages that aren’t yet in Fedora officially, started less than a year ago. But the service is already hosting more than 250GB of data and has churned out more than 25,000 builds!

Scale like Twitter with Apache Mesos

Thursday 7th of August 2014 11:21:35 PM
Twitter has shifted its way of thinking about how to launch a new service thanks to the Apache Mesos project, an open source technology that brings together multiple servers into a shared pool of resources. It's an operating system for the data center.

Bodhi 2 update management infrastructure to land after Fedora 21 release

Thursday 7th of August 2014 10:24:24 PM
Day 1 of Flock 2014 saw a talk from Fedora Infrastructure developer Luke Macken on the evolution of the Fedora update infrastructure, notably the Bodhi update system Fedora employs to manage package updates. A video of this talk is available here.

Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

Thursday 7th of August 2014 09:27:13 PM
The Amazon "shopping suggestions" feature built into Ubuntu desktops does not violate consumer protections under European and UK privacy law. That’s according to the Information Commissioner following a complaint lodged by a Ubuntu blogger over Ubuntu’s controversial Shopping Lens.

How Zorin OS got a distrohopper to stop hopping

Thursday 7th of August 2014 08:30:02 PM
In today's open source roundup: Zorin OS made a distrohopper finally stop hopping. Plus: The Linux foundation promotes Automotive Grade Linux, and Codestarters converts Chromebooks into Ubuntu development computers for kids.

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux
    While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works. Company of Heroes 2 is a World War II set real-time strategy game developed by Relic Entertainment and sequel to the original Company of Heroes game. The Company of Heroes 2 title is powered by the Essence 3.0 Game Engine, which is proprietary to Relic Entertainment, uses a DirectX renderer, and designed around Windows. Company of Heroes 2 was released last summer for Microsoft Windows and is available on Steam.
  • Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth for Linux No Longer Has a Release Date
    Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the next game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis, no longer has a Linux launch date. When 2K Games and Firaxis announced that the upcoming Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth launch will also include a Linux version, gamers were ecstatic. This was supposed to be the silver bullet for the Linux platform, but it looks like we're going to be skipped.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac has been postponed indefinitely
  • SteamOS Beta 133 Released
    Besides the normal security fixes, this release features a newer Linux kernel (no specifics) that boasts more network drivers and better Intel graphics performance. On top of that this release also features the Nvidia 340.32 drivers which fixes some of the white screen bugs when switching between modes.
  • SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API
    Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates.
  • Crystal Picnic, A Colourful 2D RPG Released
    Crystal Picnic is a lighthearted and colourful tribute to the classic era of action RPGs! Join a sarcastic gardener and a wannabe knight as they journey across the kingdom chasing after ants who stole magic crystals from the castle. Oh, and did we mention the ants have gone mad because they're EATING those crystals? Yeah, that makes things much more unpredictable! Hours of exploration, mesmerizing platform-style combat, plenty of new friends to meet and loads of wacky enemies to encounter. When you fight chubby birds and ants carrying bazookas, you know you're in for a good time!
  • Metro 2033 Redux Shows Up in the Steam for Linux Database
    Metro 2033 Redux, a remake of the original Metro 2033 FPS released back in 2010, will be getting a Linux release on Steam for Linux. The developers from 4A Games have reworked the original title and they have introduced high resolution textures and new effects. In addition to that, they have reworked a number of gameplay aspects too. All of these have been done to get the game ready for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They didn't ignored the PC, and Steam users will also be able to enjoy the game in a new coat.
  • Team Fortress 2 Receives Update with Important Balancing Changes

Linux on the desktop isn't dead

At LinuxCon this year, the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, was asked what he wanted for Linux. His response? "The desktop." For years, the call to Linux action was "World Domination." In certain markets, this has happened (think Linux helping to power Android and Chrome OS). On the desktop, however, Linux still has a long, long way to go. Wait... that came out wrong. I don't mean "Linux has a long, long way to go before it's ready for the desktop." What I meant to say is something more akin to "Linux is, in fact, desktop ready... it just hasn't found an inroad to the average consumer desktop." Read more