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The Next Generation of Open Source Blockchains

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:42:29 AM
Never before has any open source project generated as much attention on the international stage as Bitcoin. But Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency platform void of allegiance to any nation or financial institution, is just the first of an expanding and more sophisticated class of open source blockchains expected to revolutionize the exchange of all digital assets -- money, real estate, music and intellectual property --  in future commerce.

Moodle App Could Be a Game Changer for Community Organizations

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:45:18 PM
Many free and open source projects put power into our hands that once was reserved for elite players with deep pockets. A great example is the Moodle mobile app, which could be a big game changer for all sorts of small organizations.

Audacious 3.8 to Finally Add Support for Running Multiple Instances, Beta Is Out

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 10:48:07 PM
The popular Audacious music player is again in development, and it looks like the next major release will be version 3.8, for which a Beta milestone has been made available for public testing.

Build a $20 Computer with PINE64

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 09:50:56 PM
I love my Raspberry Pi, which I use for many different projects. But when I saw Kickstarter campaign for 64-bit PINE64 I could not resist, so I pre-ordered one for myself.

How to Install PostgreSQL and phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 08:53:45 PM
PostgreSQL is a powerful object-relational Database released under an OpenSource BSD-style license. PostgreSQL is well suited for large databases and has many advanced features, so it positions itself in the enterprise database segment. This tutorial will show the installation of PostgreSQL and its web-based administration interface phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04.

New Version of GParted

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 07:56:34 PM
Back in my Windows days, disk maintenance was a task that filled me withdread. I remember the endless hours spent scanning, defragmenting andscanning again.

No, 900 million Android devices are not at risk from the 'Quadrooter' monster

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 06:59:23 PM
Guys, gals, aardvarks, fishes: I'm running out of ways to say this. Your Android device is not in any immediate danger of being taken over a super-scary malware monster.

4 Linux Torrent Clients That You Should Try Out

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 06:02:12 PM
Having recently made the switch from Ubuntu to Arch Linux, I’m in the process of building my Arch system up to the full desired functionality. One important tool in any Linux user’s system is a torrent client, which is becoming a more preferred method...

Government Accountability Office Study Confirms: Patent Office Encouraged Examiners To Approve Cr@ppy Patents

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 05:05:01 PM
This shouldn't be a surprise. All the way back in 2004, in Adam Jaffe's and Josh Lerner's excellent book about our dysfunctional patent system, Innovation and Its Discontents, one of the key problems they outlined with the system was the fact that there was strong incentives for patent examiners at the US Patent Office to approve shit patents. That's because they were rewarded for how "productive" they were in terms of how many patent applications they completed processing.

How to build your own Git server

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 03:56:24 PM
Up until now, the focus has been interacting with Git as a user. In this article I'll discuss the administration of Git, and the design of a flexible Git infrastructure.

Open vSwitch (OVS) Becomes a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 02:47:47 PM
Four years after becoming part of the mainstream Linux kernel, virtual switch effort opens up further.

Emmabuntus Debian Edition 1.0: the new story begins

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 01:39:10 PM
Emmabuntus Debian Edition is a nice distribution that works for the particular niche. It delivers Linux and computer enablement into remote areas of the world where computers are rare and Internet connection could be something exotic.However, there are some more issues mentioned above that could be solved if the team looked into the distribution polishing a bit more.

7 reasons to love Vim

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:30:33 PM
When I started using the vi text editor, I hated it. I thought it was the most painful and counter-intuitive editor ever designed. But I'd decided I had to learn the thing, because if you're using Unix, vi was everywhere and was the only editor you were guaranteed to have access to. That was back in 1998, but it remains true today—vi is available, usually as part of the base install, on almost every Linux distribution in existence.read more

Linux Media Creation: Top Apps

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:21:56 AM
Historically, Linux media creation has gotten a bad rap. The reasons why vary, but usually it's due to legacy applications from powerful media companies that sell expensive software. In this article, I’ll dive into the truth about Linux media creation. I’ll also focus on what software usually holds folks back and how they compare to their open source alternatives.

Will Linux support Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet in the upcoming version 4.8 release?

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 10:01:53 AM
A driver for the Surface 3 touchscreen controller is expected to be made available in the final release of the 4.8 Linux kernel, allowing users to remove Windows 10 and install a Linux-based platform like Ubuntu on Microsoft’s 10.8-inch tablet.

UK copyright extension on designed objects is “direct assault” on 3D printing

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 08:41:49 AM
A recent extension of UK copyright for industrially manufactured artistic works represents "a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution," says Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge. The UK government last month extended copyright for designs from 25 years to the life of the designer plus 70 years. In practice, this is likely to mean a copyright term of over 100 years for furniture and other designed objects. "This change means that people will be prohibited from using 3D printing and other maker technologies to manufacture such objects, and that for a full century."

Is that a Debian all-in-one PC in your pocket?

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 07:21:46 AM
Guest columnist Rob Reilly checks out Next Thing’s PocketChip, a pocket-sized Debian based all-in-one computer, in this HackerBoards hands-on first look. ? ? Is that a Debian all-in-one PC in your Pocket? by Rob Reilly ? From Chip to PocketChip Next Thing Chip I’ve experimented with Next Thing’s Chip SBC, connected to a big screen […]

Solus Upgraded to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 06:01:42 AM
Solus developer Joshua Strobl proudly announced the 33rd installation of Solus Project's This Week in Solus weekly newsletter to inform the community about the latest technologies and software releases implemented in the OS.

How to use Gource to visualize your code repos (and more)

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 04:41:39 AM
Why settle for boring numbers and static graphs to describe your open source project when you can dynamically display the movements and activity within your project? Gource is an amazing and flexible tool that can be used to display activity from your repositories using a video visualization that people love. Gource can be redistributed and modified under the terms of the GNU General Public License (version 3 or later).

Hackers Fool Tesla S's Autopilot to Hide and Spoof Obstacles

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 03:21:36 AM
In May, when a Tesla S in autopilot mode failed to detect a white tractor-trailer turning into its path and careened into the rig's side at 74 miles per hour, killing the car's driver, the question of the reliability of autonomous vehicles came into focus like never before. But for security researchers, that incident raised another, even more menacing issue:

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University fuels NextCloud's improved monitoring

Encouraged by a potential customer - a large, German university - the German start-up company NextCloud has improved the resource monitoring capabilities of its eponymous cloud services solution, which it makes available as open source software. The improved monitoring should help users scale their implementation, decide how to balance work loads and alerting them to potential capacity issues. NextCloud’s monitoring capabilities can easily be combined with OpenNMS, an open source network monitoring and management solution. Read more

Linux Kernel Developers on 25 Years of Linux

One of the key accomplishments of Linux over the past 25 years has been the “professionalization” of open source. What started as a small passion project for creator Linus Torvalds in 1991, now runs most of modern society -- creating billions of dollars in economic value and bringing companies from diverse industries across the world to work on the technology together. Hundreds of companies employ thousands of developers to contribute code to the Linux kernel. It’s a common codebase that they have built diverse products and businesses on and that they therefore have a vested interest in maintaining and improving over the long term. The legacy of Linux, in other words, is a whole new way of doing business that’s based on collaboration, said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation said this week in his keynote at LinuxCon in Toronto. Read more

Car manufacturers cooperate to build the car of the future

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a project of the Linux Foundation dedicated to creating open source software solutions for the automobile industry. It also leverages the ten billion dollar investment in the Linux kernel. The work of the AGL project enables software developers to keep pace with the demands of customers and manufacturers in this rapidly changing space, while encouraging collaboration. Walt Miner is the community manager for Automotive Grade Linux, and he spoke at LinuxCon in Toronto recently on how Automotive Grade Linux is changing the way automotive manufacturers develop software. He worked for Motorola Automotive, Continental Automotive, and Montevista Automotive program, and saw lots of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in action over the years. Read more

Torvalds at LinuxCon: The Highlights and the Lowlights

On Wednesday, when Linus Torvalds was interviewed as the opening keynote of the day at LinuxCon 2016, Linux was a day short of its 25th birthday. Interviewer Dirk Hohndel of VMware pointed out that in the famous announcement of the operating system posted by Torvalds 25 years earlier, he had said that the OS “wasn’t portable,” yet today it supports more hardware architectures than any other operating system. Torvalds also wrote, “it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks.” Read more