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8 ways to get started in open source

Friday 8th of July 2016 03:59:38 PM
During his time recruiting young programmers on college campuses, one of the questions Chris Aniszczyk would hear a lot is, "How do I get involved in open source?"At Great Wide Open earlier this year, Aniszczyk gave a lightning talk highlighting eight ways new contributors can get started:read more

How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law

Friday 8th of July 2016 02:45:18 PM
There are big “no trespassing” signs affixed to most of our electronics.If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it’s likely you’ve seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: “Warranty void if removed.”In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties—which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective—are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional.

Top 25 things to do after installing Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) to make as user friendly

Friday 8th of July 2016 01:30:58 PM
Top 25 things to do after installing Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) to make as user friendly

Android's full-disk encryption just got much weaker-here's why

Friday 8th of July 2016 12:16:38 PM
Privacy advocates take note: Android's full-disk encryption just got dramatically easier to defeat on devices that use chips from semiconductor maker Qualcomm, thanks to new research that reveals several methods to extract crypto keys off of a locked handset. Those methods include publicly available attack code that works against an estimated 37 percent of enterprise users.

To avoid disruption, stay open

Friday 8th of July 2016 11:13:44 AM
In his book, The Open Organization, Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst recognizes Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL Technologies, an IT consulting company based in India. Whitehurst writes that Nayar started an internal blog called "My Problems," which featured the strategic problems Nayar was working on and solicited feedback and ideas from anyone in the company willing to share more

Ubuntu Linux Becomes the Preferred Operating System for Pivotal's Cloud Platform

Friday 8th of July 2016 10:10:50 AM
Canonical has announced a new partnership between them and Pivotal to collaborate on delivering a cloud native platform based on the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system to their customers.

How to run X applications without a desktop or a WM

Friday 8th of July 2016 09:07:56 AM
As the title might suggest, this article will show you how to run X applications without using a window manager or desktop environment. You might ask yourself : why would I want to do that? Well, you might want to run a kiosk system where you only need to run the browser and/or the hardware resources are limited.

Fedora Job Opening: Fedora Community Outreach and Impact Lead

Friday 8th of July 2016 08:05:02 AM
Love Fedora? Want to work with Fedora full-time to help support and grow the Fedora community? Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team is hiring a Fedora Community Outreach and Impact Lead to do just that.

Fedora 25 GNU/Linux Distribution to Offer Better Switchable Graphics Support

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:02:08 AM
The Fedora Linux community is preparing something that most of us have been waiting for so long, something that should have been implemented in most GNU/Linux distros a long time ago.

Rugged, network oriented module dishes up 12-core QorIQ SoC

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:59:14 AM
X-ES announced an “XPedite5850” COM Express Basic Type 5 module that runs Linux on an NXP QorIQ T4240 SoC with 12 e6500 PowerPC cores.

LFCE Prep Course -- OSI Network Model (Part 1)

Friday 8th of July 2016 04:56:20 AM
In this series, we're going to have a look at Linux networking concepts: the OSI model for networking, network topology, the domain name system, and how to start and stop networking services on various Linux distributions.

Customizable carrier for OMAP4430 COM has RPi style CSI-2 port

Friday 8th of July 2016 03:53:26 AM
Gumstix has launched an open-source “Garret 50C” carrier board for its 58 x 17mm, dual-core DuoVero computer-on-module family, the company’s higher-end alternative to its single-core Overo COMs. The board was developed with the company’s online Geppetto DIY design and quick-turn prototype manufacturing service, which customers can use to customize the board.

VirtualBox 5.1 Is Just Around the Corner, First Release Candidate Up for Grabs

Friday 8th of July 2016 02:50:32 AM
Oracle has had the pleasure of announcing that the first Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 virtualization software is available for public testing.

3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

Friday 8th of July 2016 01:47:38 AM
A few weeks ago, I confessed that I still hadn't fully moved to the paperless utopia I had imagined I would be living in by this point.As I've thought through it more, it's the long tail of paper that's holding me back. Sure, almost all of my communications are electronic these days, and my scanner makes quick work of almost everything that comes to me in a dead tree more

Using Blender as Video Editing Software on Linux

Friday 8th of July 2016 12:44:44 AM
Blender ... is extremely polished, powerful, and featureful. But, video editing is not the primary job of Blender; it is intended for use as 3D animation software that doubles as a video editor. That means Blender can be a bit intimidating to a new user; it was to me. But, once you understand the basics, you will enjoy the power of Blender.

Greg Kroah-Hartman Gives an Inside Look at the Largest, Fastest Software Project of All

Thursday 7th of July 2016 11:41:50 PM
What has 21 million lines of code, 4000 contributors, and more changes per day than most software projects have in months, or even years? The Linux kernel, of course. In this video, Greg Kroah-Hartman provides an inside view of how the largest, fastest software project of all absorbs so many changes while maintaining a high level of quality and stability.

Will Linux run well on a MacBook?

Thursday 7th of July 2016 10:38:56 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: Pokemon GO released for Android, and will 2-in-1 Windows PCs destroy Android tablets?

Linux Mint 18 improves security, but at a cost

Thursday 7th of July 2016 09:36:02 PM
Version 18 of the popular Ubuntu derivative Linux Mint was released in late June, bringing with it a much-needed emphasis on security, and a refocusing of organizational resources to deliver a more polished distribution. While Linux Mint 18 moves in a positive direction overall, the direction that founder and project leader Clement Lefebvre envisions is likely to raise some eyebrows.

GPS for Linux

Thursday 7th of July 2016 08:33:08 PM
A Linux-friendly solution to retrieving, graphing and saving GPS data from a bike GPS tracker. But not using the expected solution.

How to install ProFTPD with TLS on CentOS 7.2

Thursday 7th of July 2016 07:30:14 PM
This tutorial describes the installation and configuration of ProFTPD on a CentOS 7.2 Server. ProFTPD is an FTP daemon for Unix and Linux operating systems and distributed under the GNU Public License (GPL).

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Security News

  • Security advisories for Thursday
  • Please save GMane!
  • The End of Gmane?
    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
  • Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
    Pwnie Express has given the keys to software used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software to the open-source community. The Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of devices ranging from lighting to fridges and embedded systems which are connected to the web, has paved an avenue for cyberattackers to exploit.
  • The Software Supply Chain Is Bedeviled by Bad Open-Source Code [Ed: again, trace this back to FUD firms like Sonatype in this case]
    Open-source components play a key role in the software supply chain. By reducing the amount of code that development organizations need to write, open source enables companies to deliver software more efficiently — but not without significant risks, including defective and outdated components and security vulnerabilities.
  • Securing a Virtual World [Ed: paywall, undated (no year but reposted)]
  • Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies
    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more