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In today's open source roundup: Microsoft may be ready to move on from Windows. Plus: CentOS 7 released, and a review of Makulu Linux 6 with MATE 1.8.
At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'
Tracker, a semantic data storage software used on desktop PCs and mobile devices alike, powered by the latest GNOME technologies and designed to act as a central repository of user information, reached version 1.1.1 on July 10, 2014.
We have good news for those of you who like action-adventure hack and slash games as we have a neat screenshot of Darksiders running on Linux!
On July 10, KDE officially announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the upcoming KDE Software Compilation 4.14 graphical desktop environment.
Open source news for your reading pleasure.July 5 - July 11, 2014In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Xiki shell Kickstarter, a Raspberry Pi competitor called HummingBoard, and more!read more
CentOS 6.5 vs. CentOS 7.0 NAS Performance Comparison Review
Beatrice Martini shared the work she does alongside a talented group working to bring openness to the world for Open Knowledge with me earlier this year.read more
I've been working as the documentation manager for the Koha project for six and a half years, so when I saw that Sarah White would be talking about documentation at OSCON this year I knew I wanted a chance to interview her.read more
Even if it was officially announced last week, we think that it is very important to mention here that a brand new Arch Linux ISO image is now available for download from the usual places, even though it was expected on the first day of July.
Back in March, we told you about how the famed makers of the Keurig single-cup coffee brewing "pod" contraption was about to launch a new version with DRM. A competitor, Treehouse Foods, was taking Keurig makers Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to court over this attempt to block them out of the market. To say that post got a lot of attention would be a bit of an understatement. Green Mountain tried to hit back by claiming that the new DRM was about adding "interactive-enabled benefits" and safety to the single-cup coffee space. Because, you know, it was so unsafe before. And, besides, who doesn't want more "interactive-enabled benefits" with their first cup of java in the morning?
Two weeks ago, Philip Johnson, the top intellectual property lawyer at Johnson & Johnson, was set to be named the next director of the patent office. Johnson has opposed changes to patent laws for years, and he was the head of the Coalition for 21st Century for Patent Reform, or 21C, an umbrella group opposing broad patent reform.Johnson's bid looked like a 180-degree turn for the Obama Administration, which had pushed for a comprehensive patent reform bill to be passed. A bill called the Innovation Act was passed by a wide margin in the House of Representatives, but it died in the Senate in April. Large pharmaceutical companies were a key part of the opposition to the patent bill
Satellite 6 is built from several successful upstream projects including theforeman.org, Pulp, Red HatPuppet, and Katello. In the past, Satellite was based on the open-source Spacewalk project, which was originally created by Red Hat back in June of 2008 to be the basis for Red Hat's server management efforts.
On Kickstarter, Geekroo launched a “CoMo Booster” Pico-ITX baseboard for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module that adds WiFi, audio I/O, and wide-range power. Raspberry PiCompute Module(click to enlarge) Last year, Australia-based Geekroo ran a successful Kickstarter project to build a Mini-ITX board called the Fairywren, which extends the I/O and power supply of the Linux-ready […]
Google has identified and blocked unauthorized digital certificates for a number of its domains issued by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, a unit of India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
In today's open source roundup: The IRS targets open source projects. Plus: Install Linux Mint on your Macbook Air, and what's new in Linux Deepin 2014.
KDE was proud to announce on July 8 that that RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Plasma 5 graphical desktop environment, which is now known as KDE Applications and Platform, is available for download and testing.
Android is well on its way to being the most popular end-user operating system of all.
LXLE has been kicking around for a while now and, for a supposedly lightweight distro, it’s looking fearsomely feature-packed right now. Having said that, it’s hard not to love LXLE, as it’s treading the line between resource efficiency and usability pretty well, and is borderline addictive when it comes to the DE itself. The clue’s in the updated acronym; rather than standing for ‘Lubuntu eXtra Life Extension’, as it did in the days before Lubuntu LTS releases, when LXLE was around to fill that niche using the LXDE desktop environment, it’s now pitched as the ‘LXDE eXtra Luxury Edition’.
Testing is an integral and important part of any software development cycle, open or closed, and Linux kernel is no exception to that. Developer testing, integration testing, regression, and stress testing have different individual goals, however from 1000 feet up, the end goal is the same, to ensure the software continues to work as it did before adding a new body of code, and the new features work as designed.