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Wanna be Facebook? It just open-sourced some of its web server code. Now to find 1bn users...

Thursday 6th of November 2014 05:50:03 AM
Proxygen appears under a BSD license. Facebook has rolled out another chunk of open-source code, this time a C++ HTTP stack called Proxygen, which includes a web server.…

Detecting Fraud in an OpenStack Cloud

Thursday 6th of November 2014 04:52:52 AM
Securing the cloud isn't just about protecting the network layer from external attacks; it's also about being able to detect fraudulent activities running on the cloud. At the OpenStack Summit here, a group of researchers presented their findings on how to use the OpenStack Ceilometer project—used primarily for billing and metering of cloud usage—to detect fraud.

Linux Distros & the ‘Except When We Don’t’ Syndrome

Thursday 6th of November 2014 04:04:07 AM
It turns out that we like cookie cutter distros, except when we don’t. We like a newly adopted distro to work exactly the way the one we were using before worked, except when we don’t. We want to be able to move back and forth between Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian with ease, without having to learn slightly new ways of doing things on each distro, except when we don’t.

Ubuntu LXD: Not a Docker replacement, a Docker enhancement

Thursday 6th of November 2014 03:06:56 AM
Ubuntu's new hypervisor for containers, LXD, is not a Docker rival nor is it an Ubuntu-only project.

Ubuntu LXD: Not a Docker replacement, a Docker enhancement

Thursday 6th of November 2014 02:34:05 AM
Ubuntu's new hypervisor for containers, LXD, is not a Docker rival nor is it an Ubuntu-only project.

Apple Pay fuels the growth of Google Wallet

Thursday 6th of November 2014 01:36:54 AM
In today's Android roundup: Apple Pay has put NFC on the map, and it's benefiting Google Wallet too. Plus: Google Maps gets Material Design update, and Android's amazing market share visualized.

Trisquel 7.0 Screenshot Tour

Thursday 6th of November 2014 12:39:43 AM
Version 7 of the Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution, code-named Belenos after a Celtic sun god, has been released. Belenos is a long-term support release that will be maintained until 2019. Relevant new packages and features include: kernel Linux-libre 3.13 with lowlatency and bfq scheduling by default; custom desktop based on GNOME 3.12 fallback; Abrowser 33 (a free Firefox derivative) as default browser; GNU IceCat 31 available as single-click optional install from Abrowser's homepage, complete with many extra privacy features; Electrum Bitcoin wallet pre-installed; moved to DVD format, now with 50+ languages and extra applications; improved accessibility by default.

Things to do After Installing openSUSE 13.2

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 11:42:32 PM
openSUSE 13.2 being a much anticipated release just got a minor bump of version .1 but don’t be fooled by that, it is a massive release. openSUSE 13.2 is released with kernel 3.16, GNOME 3.14.1, KDE 4.14 and many other amazing features. I am assuming that you are already running it like me but not able to figure out how to do some of the basic starters or just want to recheck or reconfirm few things.

Exaile 3.4.1 Overview – A Feature-Complete GNOME Music Player

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 10:45:21 PM
To be honest, Exaile has so many features that I could go on writing a lot more than an article to cover them all, so let’s have a look at some of the most notable ones.

Health Hack 2014: the power of open source, open data, and cross-disciplinary collaboration

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 09:48:10 PM
The concept is simple; invite geeks of varying backgrounds to a central location for a weekend, supply them with food, drink, and an interesting problem, and see what happens. Kind of like the 40 Hour Famine, but with more eating, and labour donations instead of money. ThoughtWorks, an agile developement and design company, hosted and sponsored (among other sponsors, like Red Hat) the second annual Health Hack in Melbourne, bringing researchers together with technologists at their office in Melbourne’s central business district for 48 hours to create software that solved a problem in the health sciences. All the code developed at Health Hack would be released under an open source license, and in most cases, took advantage of some form of open data.

Flow ‘N Play Movie Player Has a Stylish Interface Ubuntu Installation

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 08:50:59 PM
Flow ‘N Play is a new video player written in Qt which features a pretty slick and simple interface which provides only the basic features for playing movies.

Firefox OS Ecosystem To Expand To Africa With Support From New Partners

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 07:53:48 PM
FirefoxOS_for_press_releaseMozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is pleased to announce that Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.

Monitor Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian Wheezy Servers with Linux-Dash

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 06:56:37 PM
Monitor Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian Wheezy Servers with Linux-DashThis document describes how to install and configure Linux-dash in Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian Wheezy for monitoring server performances easily. Linux-dash is a low-overhead monitoring web dashboard for a GNU/Linux machine. Simply drop-in the app and go! Linux-dash is a memory efficient, low resource, easy to install, server statistics monitoring script written in PHP. The web statistics page allows you to drag and drop the various widgets and rearrange the display as you desire. The script displays live statistics of your server, including RAM, CPU, Disk Space, Network Information, Installed Software’s, Running Processes and much more. The main advantage of Linux-dash is that it works on real-time basis.

How to Defeat Internet Censorship

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 05:59:26 PM
Almost 20 percent of world population is effected by Internet Censorship. In countries like North Korea less than 5% of total population have internet access and even that is heavily monitored and restricted. Internet censorship isn’t limited to oppressive regimes. For example, it is common practice for educational institutions all over the world to implement filtering of content deemed objectionable.

Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own 'Dark Web' Site

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 05:02:15 PM
Facebook has never had much of a reputation for letting users hide their identities online. But now the world’s least anonymous website has just joined the Web’s most anonymous network. In a first-of-its-kind move for a Silicon Valley giant, Facebook on Friday launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website that runs the anonymity software Tor. That new site, which can only be accessed by users running the Tor software, bounces users’ connections through three extra encrypted hops to random computers around the Internet, making it far harder for any network spy observing that traffic to trace their origin.

Fedora 21 beta finally arrives

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 04:11:47 PM
It took a while, but the latest version of Fedora, Red Hat's community Linux, is now available in beta.

openSUSE 13.2 Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 03:14:36 PM
openSUSE 13.2 is out! After one year on continuous improvement in the tools and procedures and many hours of developing, packaging, testing and fixing issues, a new stable release is here, providing the best that free and open source has to offer with our special green touch: stable, innovative and fun. Green light to freedom. This is the first release after the change in the openSUSE development mode, with a much shorter stabilization phase thanks to the extensive testing done in a daily basis in the rolling distribution used now as a base for openSUSE stable releases.

From Windows To Linux

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 02:17:25 PM
In this week's news, China aims to move to Linux from Windows, Netrunner has guides for moving from Windows To Linux and Microsoft is taking everything from Linux to Windows.

Users of OpenStack talk cars, banks, and cable TV

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 01:21:00 PM
The first days of the OpenStack Summit in Paris have provided some amazing opportunities to learn about how in just four years OpenStack has gone from humble beginnings as a joint project between a single company and a government agency, and a cloud powerhouse now backending some of the most advanced IT infrastructures in the world while growing every more

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn : Lightweight and Configurable

Wednesday 5th of November 2014 12:23:49 PM
Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 14.10 that uses the MATE desktop environment, it’s the first release of Ubuntu MATE bring with MATE desktop 1.8.1 and LightDM as default display manager with GTK greeter.

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Tiny quad-core ARM mini-PC runs Ubuntu with Cinnamon

A startup is pitching a $129-$199 “Imp” mini-PC on Indiegogo based on a quad-core Odroid-U3 SBC, with HDMI streaming and an Ubuntu/Cinnamon Linux desktop. A day after reporting on one Israeli-based, non-Android ARM mini-PC — SolidRun’s $100 CuBoxTV with OpenElec Linux — here comes another. Aside from the usual hyperbole found on crowdfunding pages — are we really “democratizing the digital home experience” or just buying an embedded ARM computer? — the Ubuntu-based Imp mini-PC looks like a pretty good deal. Read more

Ready to give Linux a try? These are the 5 distros you need to consider

There are so many Linux distributions that choosing one can be overwhelming for a new user. One might be too intimidating for a user to even try, while another might be too simplified, blocking that user from knowing how Linux systems actually function. I have been using Linux as my primary OS since 2005 and have tried all major (and quite a lot of minor) distributions. I have learned that not every distribution is for everyone. Since I also assist people in migrating to Linux, I have chosen the 5 distros that I recommend to new users based on their level of comfort and desire to learn (or not learn) more about Linux. Read more

Review of the new Firefox browser built for developers

Mozilla recently announced a new browser version for developers on the 10th anniversary of the Firefox browser. The Usersnap team and I took a look at whether it works well for the web development process, offers developers a variety of possible applications, and if it keeps up with the Google Chrome dev tools. Read more

Mapping the world with open source

In the world of geospatial technology, closed source solutions have been the norm for decades. But the tides are slowly turning as open source GIS software is gaining increasing prominence. Paul Ramsey, senior strategist at the open source company Boundless, is one of the people trying to change that. Ramsey has been working with geospatial software for over ten years, as programmer and consultant. He founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001, and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee. Ramsey serves as an evangelist for OpenGeo Suite, works with the Boundless business development team to share about their collection of offerigns, and speaks and teaches regularly at conferences around the world. Read more