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Open source licensing at GitHub

Saturday 11th of July 2015 02:16:11 PM
Ben Balter is the Government Evangelist at GitHub—he's encouraging the use of open source philosophies in government entities. Prior to joining GitHub, he was a fellow in the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Officer within the executive office of the President................

Google fine tunes spam catching tools

Saturday 11th of July 2015 12:21:49 PM
Google has reduced spam reaching inboxes to a fraction of a percent, but in the process sometimes misclassifies bulk-mailed messages like monthly statements and ticket receipts. It's a big problem for large bulk emailers of legitimate messages. To deal with it, Google has created a toolset to help those mailers figure out what's happening to their messages.

Think your website isn't worth anything to hackers? Think again

Saturday 11th of July 2015 10:27:27 AM
Many companies, including leading corporations and financial institutions, think that a website is just a "webpage" in the middle of nowhere, without much value for them or for the hackers. They think that a hacked website can be quickly and easily repaired, and nobody will ever remember the incident. They are seriously wrong.

Top 5: Linux in the military, tools for documents and text, and more

Saturday 11th of July 2015 08:33:05 AM
This week's Top 5 looks at Linux in the military, text editors, text tools, document tools, and Python and Raspberry Pi for education.

Dive into Zuul – Gated commit system

Saturday 11th of July 2015 06:38:43 AM
Zuul is a software developed by the OpenStack community. It was developed as an efficient gated commit system, allowing projects to merge patches only after they pass a series of tests. It reduces the probability of breaking the master branch, for instance when unit tests or functional tests no longer pass on the tip of master.

Microsoft becomes first 2015 Gold contributor to openBSD Foundation

Saturday 11th of July 2015 04:44:21 AM
The move makes good on an earlier statement by Angel Calvo, Microsoft's PowerShell Team Group Software Engineering Manager, that they won't be just adopting openSSH, they will also be contributing to it.

How to install and use WP-CLI on a Linux VPS

Saturday 11th of July 2015 02:49:59 AM
WP-CLI is a command line interface for managing WordPress installations. WP-CLI provides a set of command line tools for upgrading the WordPress core files, installing/uninstalling themes or plugins, enabling/disabling plugins and much more.

Firefox 39 Finally Lands in Ubuntu 15.04 After a Long Wait

Saturday 11th of July 2015 12:55:37 AM
Canonical has just announced that a large number of Firefox vulnerabilities have been fixed and that version 39.0 of the browser has been added to Ubuntu 15.04 and all the other supported Ubuntu versions.

Purism Librem 13 Review

Saturday 11th of July 2015 12:08:17 AM
Will the keyboard click enough? Is it small enough? Is it free enough? Find out below.

Linux's million lines of code, a new tiny computer, and more from Google and Microsoft

Friday 10th of July 2015 11:20:57 PM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a million lines of code for Linux, more open source software from Google and Microsoft, a new tiny computer for education, and more!Open source news: July 4 to July 10, 2015read more

Richard Stallman 'basically' has no problem with the NSA using GNU/Linux

Friday 10th of July 2015 10:33:37 PM
It's Stallman's philosophy that 'a program must not restrict what jobs its users do with it' -- and that includes the NSA.

How to Install Proftpd with TLS on Ubuntu 15.04

Friday 10th of July 2015 09:46:17 PM
This article describes the installation of Proftpd with TLS on Ubuntu 15.04. FTP is a insecure protocol as passwords and data are transferred unencrypted. The whole communication can be encrypted by using TLS, thus making FTP a safe protocol to transfer files. This tutorials shows you how to setup a TLS enabled FTP server on Ubuntu.

Box computer and Pico-ITX SBC pack i.MX6

Friday 10th of July 2015 08:55:17 PM
Advantech launched a Pico-ITX SBC and a computer that run Linux or Android on a dual-core i.MX6, and offer 4GB eMMC, dual displays, and two mini-PCIe slots. Advantech unveiled both a 2.5-inch Pico-ITX board called the RSB-3410 and a box computer version called the UBC-220. The name, design, and distinctive blue coloring of the UBC-220 […]

Zero Day Weekly: Hacking Team, Lizard Squad, OpenSSL patch, OPM director won't resign

Friday 10th of July 2015 05:26:54 PM
The director of the FBI called for a "robust" debate on encryption on Monday. FBI chief James Comey (again) warned that the increasing use of strong encryption will make it harder for law enforcement to access email or other digital conversations. Interestingly, he added, "It may be that, as a people, we decide the benefits here outweigh the costs...

Krita 2.9.6 Arrives with Better Performance for Filters and Lots of Fixes

Friday 10th of July 2015 04:29:43 PM
Krita, an open-source digital painting software piece that aims to be the best in its field, has been upgraded to version 2.9.6 and is ready for download.

Linux Foundation's CII Now Assessing Open-Source Project Risk

Friday 10th of July 2015 03:32:32 PM
The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) is creating a risk score for open-source projects to help identify those in need of funding and additional support.

OpenSSL Patches Critical Certificate Validation Vulnerability

Friday 10th of July 2015 02:35:21 PM
Organizations that installed the June 11 OpenSSL update need to pull it back immediately after a serious certificate validation error was discovered and patched today in a new update. The bug was reported two weeks ago to the OpenSSL project by Google researcher Adam Langley and BoringSSL’s David Benjamin, and affects only OpenSSL 1.0.1 and 1.0.2.

VirtualBox 5.0 Brings Full Drag and Drop Between Host and Guest

Friday 10th of July 2015 01:38:10 PM
Oracle has just released a new major version for VirtualBox, which is one of the most used and powerful applications of its kind for Linux users. The 5.0 version has been in the making for quite a while, and the stable version has finally landed.

Why I code and don't get paid for it

Friday 10th of July 2015 12:40:59 PM
I turn 70 on my next birthday, and it's well known that people my age aren't computerate, at least here in Australia.read more

Microsoft Writes Check, Free OSCON Passes & More…

Friday 10th of July 2015 11:43:48 AM
Between bringing up the unaccounted-for donations and Canonical’s iffy arrangement with developers, Riddell was shown the door and, wisely perhaps, he walked out of it. However, in a twist, it appears that Kubuntu 15.10 may be the last Kubuntu as we know it.

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KDE Announces the Beta of KDE Applications 15.08, Based on KDE Frameworks 5

After having a lot of fun at Akademy 2015, the annual world summit of KDE, which took place in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain between July 25-31, the KDE developers finally decided to post the announcement for the Beta release of KDE Applications 15.08. Read more

Zorin OS 10 Core & Ultimate have arrived

We are excited to finally announce the release of Zorin OS 10 with the availability of the Zorin OS 10 Core and Ultimate editions. Zorin OS 10 is our best, most beautiful release yet. We have made major strides with the visual styling in Zorin OS. In addition to the refined & perfected desktop theme and the new default FreeSans desktop font, we have introduced a stunning new icon theme, based on the elementary and elementary-add icon themes. This is its first major overhaul since Zorin OS 2.0. Read more

Zidoo's 'X1' is a $59 Android media box that touts its 4K prowess

Bottom line, the Zidoo X1 checks all the boxes when it comes to streaming and playing local media. The X1 is affordable with an MSRP of $59 USD and comes with a one year warranty. Despite its paltry specifications, the X1 was able to handle pretty much all movie files and streaming duties. The only concern would be how well Zidoo would continue to support the device via software updates. While this doesn't quite beat pricing from the likes of the Chromecast or the MK808B it does provide more features. While this is my first time with an true Android media box, I found that the experience as pretty seamless when it was all set up. While the X1 was able to stand up the challenge of 4K, the real question is: when will see more 4K UHD content that is easily accessible. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Dawn of the data center operating system
    How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops
  • 30 Sys Admins to Follow on SysAdmin Day
    Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going. July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to express our undying gratitude for sys admins. Sure, you could buy your favorite sys admin cake and ice cream, or perhaps a nice gift card. You could even go as far as not breaking the server for just one day. You also can follow these 30 sys admins.
  • See What Systemd 223 Brings New
  • Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia Benchmarks Against Other ARM SBCs
    Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia os a $119 USD development board powered by a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali 400 graphics. There's 1GB of RAM and other connectivity options for this board.
  • Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds
    Solus OS is a Linux distro that was built from scratch and uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. You can consider it as the next version of the Solus OS as it was built by the same developer team, so they didn’t bother changing the name for a new operating system.
  • Arch Linux 2015.08.01 Has Been Released. Upgrade Now!
    Arch Linux 2015.08.01 has been released and is powered by Kernel 4.1 and includes all the update patches since the 1st of July 2015.
  • uReadIt 3 – The Best Reddit Client For Ubuntu Touch
    As you may know, uReadIt is an open-source Reddit client for Ubuntu Touch, being one of the best native apps for Ubuntu mobile.
  • You Can Now Watch Flash Content With MPV On Ubuntu
    As you may know, Adobe Flash is not the safest thing on the internet this days. Mozilla even disabled it from the Firefox browser a while, due to the vulnerabilities found lately.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Running on the Rikomatic MK808B
    Ubuntu MATE, the latest member of the Ubuntu family, has been spotted running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device. The device runs with Android 4.4 by default, but a third party developer has tweaked it to run Ubuntu.
  • LEGO Smart Home
    We spoke to Bhavana Srinivas and Geremy Cohen from PubNub about their LEGO Smart Home model, a proof of concept project that shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with communication platform PubNub in order to automate your household electronics and other Internet of Things devices. You can read the full piece in the latest issue.
  • Compact module runs Linux on quad-core Braswell
    Congatec announced a compact, low power computer-on-module based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and featuring triple display outputs, and up to 4K video.