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Sony wins battle over preinstalled Windows in Europe’s top court

Thursday 8th of September 2016 12:47:28 AM
The sale of a computer equipped with pre-installed software isn't an unfair commercial practice because most customers prefer to buy a laptop they can use straight away, Europe’s top court has ruled in a victory for Sony.

Camera/sensor kit adds obstacle avoidance to drones

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 11:50:17 PM
Parrot’s Ubuntu- and ROS-driven, Tegra K1 based “S.L.A.M.dunk” development kit has a stereo camera and sensors that adds obstacle avoidance to drones. Parrot’s S.L.A.M.dunk, which is named for its integrated Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm, can be added to any Linux-driven drone to help it navigate indoors or in other barrier-rich outdoor environments where GPS […]

Non-Linux FOSS: Chrome, for One

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:53:06 PM
When I use OS X, I really like the Fluid app for making standalone Webapplications. The problem is, Fluid isn't free unless you want the basicversion. I don't mind paying for an application (and I did pay for Fluid),but it seems like something as simple as a single site browser shouldn'tbe something that costs money.

Dig Into DNS: Part 1

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 09:55:55 PM
In this series of articles, I will explore the powerful dig utility. For those who haven't used the command before, these articles will give a useful overview of its features and uses. And, for those that have utilized dig in the past, the articles should serve as a reminder of the tool’s versatility and extensive functionality.

Black Lab Linux 8 "Onyx" Beta 2 Released

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 08:58:44 PM
Today the Black Lab development team is pleased to release “Onyx” Beta 2 - this brings us one step closer to the stable release of Black Lab 8 due in late November. Our team is continuously dedicated to bringing you the best Linux desktop – Black Lab is and will continue to be the standard bearer, introducing cutting-edge features without sacrificing usability and stability or a unique, intuitive desktop interface.New features of “Onyx” Beta 2 :

Google's 3-level Android patch could cause confusion

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 08:01:33 PM
Google has released another large monthly batch of security patches for Android, this time fixing 55 vulnerabilities, eight of which are rated critical. The fixes are split into three different "security patch levels," which could make it easier for device manufacturers to integrate patches applicable to their devices, but could also lead to confusion among regular users.

How to install and use new Mac-style note taking app Notes in Ubuntu

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 07:04:22 PM
While the good old pen-and-paper way of taking notes still works for many, if your work involves computers, you can take advantage of plethora of applications that are designed and developed specifically for note taking. If you are on Linux, and are looking for a simple and elegant note taking app, you may want to check out the appropriately named Notes, which we will be discussing in this article.

Setting up a Mesos/Marathon cluster on RHEL 7.1 little endian

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 06:07:11 PM
This article describes the steps to set up a Mesos/Marathon cluster on OpenPOWER servers.

Frugalware Linux 2.1 KDE Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 05:10:00 PM
The Frugalware developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware Linux 2.1, our twenty-first stable release. Frugalware provided a -stable and -current tree in the past. As our team shrank quite a bit lately we lack the manpower to continue providing a secure and stable tree while providing bleeding edge and latest packages in another. Therefore we decided to move all users to the -current tree.

Why I love these markup languages

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 04:12:49 PM
Around this time last year, I wrote a brief introduction to various markup languages for this column. The topic of language selection has come up several times recently, so I thought it might be time to revisit the subject with my biases more overt. I[he]#039[/he]m here to explain why I prefer the languages I do, not to prescribe anything for you. After all, I'm no doc-tor.

Nylas N1 - A Premium Email Client For Linux

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 02:59:14 PM
One of the things that are quite essential in life is reliable email, and as such one needs to get a fast, stable, feature-rich email client that is both easy to use and intuitive in functionality, Nylas N1.

LEGO Mindstorms programming with ev3dev

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 01:44:53 PM
I was introduced to LEGO Mindstorms eighteen months ago while applying for a STEM grant at a local library. LEGO Mindstorms are kits to create customizable, programmable robots.read more

OpenStack Summit in Barcelona will be Last Design Summit

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 12:30:33 PM
New plan will see an evolution of the model that makes OpenStack unique

Student's open source project takes him around the world

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 11:16:13 AM
I discovered open source software while I was a student at the University of Lomé in Togo in 2004. From that very first day, I was in love with the philosophy and knew this would be a big part of my life.read more

KDE Neon Linux Developer Edition to Use Wayland by Default for KDE Plasma 5.8

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:01:53 AM
The revolution has started, and it looks like the next-generation display server, Wayland, is here to stay, being adopted by more and more GNU/Linux distributions every month.

OpenOffice is dead. Long live LibreOffice

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 08:47:33 AM
Yes, OpenOffice is dying. So what. It's successor, LibreOffice, is doing better than ever.

Tiny $7 IoT module packs WiFi, BLE, and sensors, runs FreeRTOS

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 07:33:13 AM
SeeedStudio’s “ESP3212” COM taps Espressif’s IoT-focused ESP32 follow-on to the ESP8266 SoC, which uses a faster Tensilica LX6 MCU and adds BLE and sensors. Espressif’s highly integrated and highly anticipated ESP32 follow-on to its popular ESP8266 wireless system-on-chip is now shipping. It’s available as part of a tiny SeedStudio ESP3212 computer-on-module, as well on Espressif’s […]

SteamOS 2.91 Beta Updates Linux Kernel to Improve ath10k Wireless Support

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 06:18:53 AM
Valve released a new Beta version of the next stable branch of its SteamOS gaming distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux, SteamOS 2.91, which was pushed to the brewmaster_beta channel on August 31, 2016.

2016 LiFT Scholarship Winner Luis Camacho Caballero: Preserving Amazon Languages with Linux

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 05:04:32 AM
Luis Camacho Caballero is working on a project to preserve endangered South American languages by porting them to computational systems through automatic speech recognition using Linux-based systems.

The Best Linux Review

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 03:50:12 AM
Linux notes from DarkDuck blog publishes reviews for different Linux operating systems. Which review is the best? That was a question of the poll that was announced a month ago. Just to remind you, here's the list of competitors.

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ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.4 Released with Updated Dolphin Plugin, Bug Fixes

ownCloud is still alive and kicking, and they've recently released a new maintenance update of the ownCloud Desktop Client, version 2.2.4, bringing some much-needed improvements and patching various annoying issues. Read more

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 4.9 DRM-Next Radeon/AMDGPU Drivers

While Linux 4.9 will not officially open for development until next week, the DRM-Next code is ready to roll with all major feature work having been committed by the different open-source Direct Rendering Manager drivers. In this article is some preliminary testing of this DRM-Next code as of 29 September when testing various AMD GPUs with the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers. Linux 4.9 does bring compile-time-offered experimental support for the AMD Southern Islands GCN 1.0 hardware on AMDGPU, but that isn't the focus of this article. A follow-up comparison is being done with GCN 1.0/1.1 experimental support enabled to see the Radeon vs. AMDGPU performance difference on that hardware. For today's testing was a Radeon R7 370 to look at the Radeon DRM performance and for AMDGPU testing was the Radeon R9 285, R9 Fury, and RX 480. Benchmarks were done from the Linux 4.8 Git and Linux DRM-Next kernels as of 29 September. Read more

How to Effectively and Efficiently Edit Configuration Files in Linux

Every Linux administrator has to eventually (and manually) edit a configuration file. Whether you are setting up a web server, configuring a service to connect to a database, tweaking a bash script, or troubleshooting a network connection, you cannot avoid a dive deep into the heart of one or more configuration files. To some, the prospect of manually editing configuration files is akin to a nightmare. Wading through what seems like countless lines of options and comments can put you on the fast track for hair and sanity loss. Which, of course, isn’t true. In fact, most Linux administrators enjoy a good debugging or configuration challenge. Sifting through the minutiae of how a server or software functions is a great way to pass time. But this process doesn’t have to be an exercise in ineffective inefficiency. In fact, tools are available to you that go a very long way to make the editing of config files much, much easier. I’m going to introduce you to a few such tools, to ease some of the burden of your Linux admin duties. I’ll first discuss the command-line tools that are invaluable to the task of making configuration more efficient. Read more

Why Good Linux Sysadmins Use Markdown

The Markdown markup language is perfect for writing system administrator documentation: it is lightweight, versatile, and easy to learn, so you spend your time writing instead of fighting with formatting. The life of a Linux system administrator is complex and varied, and you know that documenting your work is a big time-saver. A documentation web server shared by you and your colleagues is a wonderful productivity tool. Most of us know simple HTML, and can whack up a web page as easily as writing plain text. But using Markdown is better. Read more