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The sound of a dying hard drive can be terrifying. It means a headache, downtime, and replacement costs in the best case. In the worst case, it means sending the drive to a data rescue lab. Using a redundant array of independent disks with mirroring (RAID 1), you can make a drive failure less of a nightmare.
It’s no longer April Fools Day, so what we are about to tell you is no joke, but the real deal. The awesome developers behind the well-known and acclaimed Magic Lantern third-party software add-on that brings a wide range of new features to Canon EOS cameras, have announced that they’ve managed to port the Linux kernel to Canon DSLRs.
Google announced an Asus “Chromebit” HDMI stick running Chrome OS, plus four new low-cost Chromebooks, and opened its Android-to-Chrome OS app porting tech. Google took the Linux and Chrome browser based Chrome OS a step closer to a potential convergence with Android as it announced the first embedded form-factor Chrome OS computer, as well as […]
It's been a unique experience for me as a Techdirt writer, one who does not delve into the net neutrality debates and posts very often, to watch the effect the wider coverage about net neutrality has had on the general public. Without being scientific about it, there are certain markers for story penetration I notice and have noticed specifically when it comes to net neutrality. For instance, a couple of months ago, my father called me up with a simple question: "What should my position be on net neutrality?" The question itself isn't generally useful, but the simple fact that a grandfather is even asking about it means something...
Only a couple of days after releasing the final build of the Firefox 37.0 web browser, Mozilla has now pushed the next major version of the application to the Beta channel. We were very curious to see what’s new, so we have downloaded Mozilla Firefox 38.0 Beta in order to report its new features and improvements.
Nebula, which provided OpenStack-based private cloud solutions, has closed, suggesting that only more established companies will now succeed in the OpenStack market.
Google has extended the support for its ARC Welder app and now Linux users can also run Android apps (APKs) right in their browser, with just the help of a downloadable Chrome app.
If you've spent any time around UNIX, you've no doubt learned to use and appreciate cron, the ubiquitous job scheduler that comes with almost every version of UNIX that exists. Cron is simple and easy to use, and most important, it just works. It sure beats having to remember to run your backups by hand, for example.
By design, the research company’s numbers don’t reflect the amount of money spent by U.S. taxpayers funding the NSA’s operations. Nor do they indicate how much of this $47 billion is being born by the likes of Microsoft and Oracle, as far as I can tell. What I do know is that many foreign governments have been publicly investing in Linux and open source projects since Snowden’s revelations that back doors for the NSA have been built into many proprietary U.S. enterprise software products.
SystemRescueCd 4.5.2 has been released. Changes include: Standard kernels: Long-Term-Supported linux-3.14.35 (rescue32 + rescue64) Alternative kernels: updated to stable linux-3.18.10 (altker32 + altker64) Updated GParted to 0.22.0 (support for unpartitioned whole disk drives) Updated Xorg environment and drivers to x11-base/xorg-server-1.16.4 Updated Network-Manager packages to 1.0.0
In today's open source roundup: A Linux user installs Windows 10. Plus: Is the Linux server market disappearing? And a Microsoft executive hints that Windows could go open source someday.
Physiological computing focuses on the use of biosignals for the development of interactive software and hardware systems capable of sensing, processing, reacting, and interfacing the digital and analog worlds.read more
This article provides a detailed analysis about the new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) built-in functions provided by IBM XL compilers. It explores the code that the compilers generate to demonstrate the performance gained by using the built-in functions. This is critical for high-performance AES applications, especially when many of them cannot be parallelized due to the nature of operation modes, such as chaining mode [for example, cipher block chaining (CBC) and propagating cipher block chaining (PCBC)] or feedback mode [cipher feedback (CFB) and output feedback (OFB)]. If you are a software engineer who is interested in achieving high performance for applications on IBM POWER8 processors, this article is for you.
The stable edition of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is just around the corner, so this is a good time to take a look at the features that are going to be implemented in the new release and see what important packages have been updated.
This document describes the basic installation of a CentOS 7.1 server. The purpose of this guide is to provide a minimal setup that can be used as basis for all kind of CentOS server setups.
Could Microsoft's open source advocacy ever result in the company offering its cash cow Windows OS up to open source? It's possible, according to one Microsoft official, though his comments Wednesday should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt.
The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice4.4.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 "fresh" family, withover 50 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.0 and 4.4.1.
In mid-April, members of the open source community will gather in Austin for ApacheCon North America where Annie Bryant Burgess, a postdoctoral fellow in the computer science department at the University of Southern California and project assistant at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL), will give a particularly interesting talk.Annie has a PhD in geography with a focus on satellite remote sensing of snow and ice, and in the past year she has become an Apache Tika PMC committer and advocate for the involvement of women in ASF. In this interview, she offers a preview of her talk, explains how her PhD is related to her involvement in open source, and tells us what Apache Tika has to do with studying polar data.read more
Abandoned OS takes deepest market share dip for agesIt's the first of the month (US time), so off we go to Netmarketshare and Statcounter to see what operating systems are getting a run on the world's desktop computers.…
Today we are releasing Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5 RC1. This is the first Release Candidate of what will become the final product of Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5. We are now in feature freeze meaning there will be no more changes to the application lineup and we will be working on polish. We have introduced quite a few new features. Enterprise Filesystem support, Built in virtualization utilities, and webapp integration.