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How strong is peer review in open source?

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 08:46:41 PM
While code review is commonplace amongst proprietary software development firms, the nature of open source software development often makes standardized code appraisal difficult to achieve. As such, successful industry leaders or project managers in the open source community frequently employ peer review techniques as a criteria for quality control in their development cycle.

Microsoft tells J.S. Joust devs their game is “NOT possible” on Windows

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 07:59:21 PM
On Tuesday, the makers of indie couch-gaming collection Sportsfriends announced that the title, which launched on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 earlier this year, finally had a home-computer release date. This Friday, shoppers at Steam and Humble Store will be able to purchase the four-game collection for $15 on Mac, Linux, and Windows.However, the announcement came with an asterisk not normally seen in computer-game launches..

5 community managers give their biggest tip for 2015

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 07:36:28 PM
I've grown a lot as a community manager this past year. Much of that growth was focused on learning and listening. Throughout my travels to various events and conferences this year I've seen a few themes come through that I think are important—they are: inclusiveness, diversity, and empathy. So, when I started to think about what to share with you this year from what I've learned, I decided to amplify some of what others have learned too that reinforce these more

Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 06:39:17 PM
Specialist programming site will post no new contentProgramming journal and website Dr. Dobb's is ceasing publication of new content at the end of 2014.…

Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining?

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 05:42:06 PM
The number of Linux distributions is declining. In 2011, the Distrowatch database of active Linux distributions peaked at 323. Currently, however, it lists only 285. However, exactly why the decline is taking place and how much it matters remains unclear.

Is distrohopping on the decline in Linux?

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 04:44:55 PM
One of the best things about Linux is that, unlike Windows or OS X, it has always offered an enormous range of choices to users. There have been so many different distributions and desktop environments that it has been easy for even the most picky user to find something that they liked. But now Datamation has noted a decline in the number of distros listed on DistroWatch’s site.

How to install osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 03:47:44 PM
How to install osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)This document describes how to install osCommerce in Ubuntu 14.04. Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a popular e-Commerce and online store-management software program that may be easily used on any web server with PHP and MySQL installed. osCommerce is available to users as a free software under the General Public License (GNU) The versatile and fuss-free software enables easy setting up and maintenance of e-stores using minimal effort. This tutorial describes the process of installing osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04.

Literary works given new life in public domain

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:50:33 PM
The public domain. Creating legacy and enabling creativity, one literary work at a time.Works in the public domain belong to everyone. Anyone can use public domain works in any manner they wish. They can republish the work as is, or they can use a public domain work as the inspiration and groundwork to create something new and exciting. However, the length of time before a creative works enters the public domain has grown longer and longer in recent decades. In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 greatly increased the length of time before a work would enter the public domain. The situation is very similar in other parts of the more

Fedora 21 review

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 06:39:44 AM
Fedora 21 is out and I’ve been able to spend some time with it. The last version of Fedora I looked at was more than two years ago, so there have been quite a few changes since then. The new version of Fedora comes in three basic options: Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and Fedora Workstation.

Top 10 open source projects of 2014

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 05:42:33 AM
Every year we collect the best of the best open source projects covered on Last year's list of 10 projects guided people working and interested in tech throughout 2014. Now, we're setting you up for 2015 with a brand new list of accomplished open source projects.

OphionLocker, A New Ransomware uses Elliptic Curve for Encryption

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 04:45:22 AM
A new variety of Ransomware has been discovered by Trojan7Malware researchers. Dubbed as OphionLocker, this Ransomware is very unique in the sense that it uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. Another unique signature of OphionLocker is that it uses malvertising campaigns to propagate itself rather then traditional spear phishing methods.

The Fellowship of the Ring movie free in the Google Play store

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 03:48:11 AM
Google seems to be giving away free movies in the Google Play store to Android users. The selection of film depends on which country you are in though, but the US store currently offers the first Lord of the Rings Movie “The Fellowship of the Ring” for free. It’s the HD version of the film.

This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:51:00 AM
A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems.

Firefox OS Expands to Nearly 30 Countries

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 01:53:49 AM
Firefox OS has brought choice to the mobile industry with 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries. Firefox OS unlocks mobile ecosystem participants from the barriers set by proprietary systems, allowing for independence, control and innovation.

Red Hat Brings Business Intelligence and Data Analysis Suite to the Public Cloud

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 12:56:38 AM
Red Hat has made Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA, a data analysis and business intelligence platform, available on public cloud platforms, as well as for additional hardware environments.

Plasma 5.1.2 Bugfix Release

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 11:59:27 PM
Plasma 5.1.2 is the December output from our desktop team. It[he]#039[/he]s a bugfix release which adds several dozen fixes and the latest translations.

NFS server and client installation on CentOS 7

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 11:02:16 PM
This guide explains how to configure NFS server in CentOS 7.0 Network File System (NFS) is a popular distributed filesystem protocol that enables users to mount remote directories on their server.

Jolt Awards 2015: Coding Tools

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 10:05:05 PM
The best tools available for creating, testing, and debugging code.

What will happen to Linux in 2015?

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 09:07:54 PM
In today's open source roundup: The first predictions about Linux and 2015. Plus: Audio editing applications for Linux, and the Linux Foundation's holiday membership drive has begun.

Fear & Loathing At 3 AM

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 08:10:43 PM
Without consciously realizing it, I swung my legs over the side of the bed and sat up. My heart was beating so hard that it hurt. My mouth was dry and my hands shook if I held them out in front of me. I wasn’t sure if my legs would hold me if I tried to stand up. I opened my mouth to call to Diane but all that came out was raspy, raw air.

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