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Give new life to old phones and tablets with these tips!

Thursday 18th of September 2014 11:18:34 PM
If you're like me (and you're a Linux Journal reader, so you may actuallybe like me), you probably rotate through your cell phones and/or tabletsevery couple years. These little devices are so convenient and havebeen consistently dropping in price, while their power continues to go up,so you may have a few older devices sitting in a drawer.

Try Minetest an open source voxel sandbox game in Fedora

Thursday 18th of September 2014 10:21:23 PM
In light of recent events it might be worth for fans of Minecraft to try out Minetest or it’s fork Voxelands. Both are open source, infinite voxel sandbox games that are currently available for Fedora. Minetest is currently being developed on and is fairly simplistic without adding mods, it does have the main game mechanics of gathering resources, crafting and building structures. There are a range of Mods available to add functionality as well as texture packs to customise your experience. Minetest is available now in Fedora from the Software application, or using the command line yum install minetest.

Ubuntu Touch RTM Officially Released - Screenshot Tour

Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:24:12 PM
Canonical has just published the first Ubuntu Touch RTM version for their new operating system, as the company is getting closer to the release of the OS on the open market.

Connect to WiFi network from command line in Linux

Thursday 18th of September 2014 08:27:01 PM
How many of you failed to connect to WiFi network in Linux? Did you bumped into issues like the followings in different forums, discussion page, blogs? I am sure everyone did at some point. This guide will take you through the steps for connecting to a WPA/WPA2 WiFi network from command line. It is useful when you've lost GUI or you'r GNOME, KDE desktop crashed and all you got is our old friend Command Line.

Techland's Chrome Engine 6 Officially Supports Linux, Hellraid & Dying Light Possible For Linux

Thursday 18th of September 2014 07:29:50 PM
This may not be news for our readers who have been around for a while, but Techland's Chrome Engine 6 actually supports Linux.

Learn Ubuntu - The Unity Launcher

Thursday 18th of September 2014 06:32:39 PM
In the lead up to Ubuntu 14.10's release this is the first part in a series of articles showing how to use the Unity desktop environment and how to do the basics with Ubuntu. It highlights how to use the launcher, how to add and remove icons, what the different colours, arrows and effects mean and how to tweak the launcher to resize icons and hide the launcher when not in use.

Teaching open source changed my life

Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:35:28 PM
For most students and teachers, our lives revolve around tests. For students, the tests determine whether they’re a success or a failure. The same is increasingly true of teachers. Take my career as an example.

Short Stack: Mickos speaks out, what's driving OpenStack popularity and OpenStack in a rack

Thursday 18th of September 2014 04:38:17 PM
This was a busy week in OpenStack especially around the HP-Eucalyptus deal. In fact, this very week, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos had his first post-deal public appearance. We also look what's driving OpenStack popularity (it has a broad constituency that's for sure) and the all-new OpenStack in a Rack from Ubuntu and AMD.

Back to school with GRASS GIS

Thursday 18th of September 2014 03:41:06 PM
When we started talking about hosting a 'back to school' week at Opensource.com, I decided to take that quite literally, and went back to NC State University earlier this month to attend the inaugural Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Anaytics. Geospatial analytics and GIS (geospatial information science) is a huge field, with a number of open source tools for research and teaching available, and I wanted to learn more about how these tools are being used in the real world.read more

Spoonium Promises Docker-like Container Virtualization for Windows

Thursday 18th of September 2014 02:43:55 PM
Spoon's container-based virtual app solution, Spoonium, promises Docker- and LXC-like virtualization for Windows. As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spooonium.

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

Thursday 18th of September 2014 01:46:44 PM
It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

Is ChromeOS a threat to desktop Linux?

Thursday 18th of September 2014 12:49:33 PM
In today's open source roundup: Linux versus ChromeOS on the desktop. Plus: Should you use Linux or Windows for your business? And a KDE developer attacks community managers.

Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas

Thursday 18th of September 2014 11:52:22 AM
“The patrons are quite happy using Linux to get their work done,” Shapiro said. “Very few of them have any clue they’re not using Windows. They surf the web using Firefox and Chrome and use LibreOffice to compose and edit their word processing documents. In the nine years I’ve worked at this library, only one or two people have ever told me, ‘Hey, this isn’t Windows.'”

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

Thursday 18th of September 2014 10:55:11 AM
A “Com 1? Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price.

Motorola Moto X reviews roundup

Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:58:00 AM
In today's Android roundup: Read reviews of Motorola's new Moto X phone. Plus: Goat Simulator chews its way onto Android, and Android Wear redditors discuss the Apple Watch.

Ubuntu: 2319-3: OpenJDK 7 update

Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:00:49 AM
This update provides stability updates for OpenJDK 7.

Industry titans band together to improve open source

Thursday 18th of September 2014 08:03:38 AM
Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.

Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.

Thursday 18th of September 2014 07:06:27 AM
Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.

Linux Games To Come In 2014, A Look At What Is Ahead

Thursday 18th of September 2014 06:09:16 AM
There's a lot to look forward to this year, so here's a quick reminder so that you don't get swallowed up!

AMD, Canonical Partner on Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:12:05 AM
Canonical and AMD have partnered to deliver servers running Ubuntu OpenStack for private open source cloud computing.

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During Akademy 2014

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