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Wicd tutorial

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 04:40:26 AM
On most Linux systems, network management – both wired and wireless – is handled by a utility called NetworkManager. It is so ubiquitous that you may not even think about it. But, in Linux, there is always another choice. You can always do network management by manually configuring the appropriate configuration files. A better option is to use the utility wicd. Wicd provides interfaces using either GTK or KDE. This means you can use the one appropriate for the graphic libraries for your desktop. There is also a text-based interface, which uses the curses library. You can even use wicd within your scripts or on the command line with the CLI interface. This tutorial will walk you through most of the interfaces, and how to use them to configure your machine’s networking. This will include some issues, like using unusual setups of WPA security and adding functionality in the guise of network templates.

Open Source Storage Adds Oracle, Sun Veterans to Executive Team

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 02:46:04 AM
Open Source Storage has hired Leynette Larioza and Mark Nelson, who both have previous experience at Oracle, Sun and elsewhere, to help grow its software storage business.

Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 01:48:53 AM
If the release of Firefox's Australis interface got you down, there are Firefox-based alternatives out there with a more traditional Mozilla UI. One such alternative is Pale Moon and here's how you get it.

What is Docker?

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 12:51:42 AM
An article which tends to answer the question everyone asks when they know about docker. Docker is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

How to install and configure Nvidia Optimus driver on Ubuntu

Friday 1st of August 2014 11:54:31 PM
Nvidia Optimus is a hybrid GPU system which utilises what is known as "discrete switching" and has been long associated with headaches and limitations on Linux systems. After years of wait, Ubuntu 14.04 with its shiny new kernel finally shipped with proprietary driver compatibility that can be installed easily. This article will guide you through the installation process after quick background of Nvidia Optimus for the unfamiliar readers. For the seasoned destroyer of Xorg configuration, you can quickly jump to the installation section below.

Linux Foundation's free online intro to Linux class opens its doors

Friday 1st of August 2014 10:57:20 PM
Want to learn your way around Linux? Your free Linux introduction class opportunity starts on August 1st.

Kano – simple as Lego, powered by Pi

Friday 1st of August 2014 10:00:09 PM
For some time now, there has been much talk about the Raspberry Pi revolutionising the teaching of computing in schools. Linux User & Developer has devoted much space and attention to the growing number of Jamborees and the increasing attention teachers are giving to the small, £25 bare-bones machine. It is, say advocates, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing, allowing them to see and actually interact with the innards of the machines they are using. It is, they add, a great platform for programming and for creating all manner of electronic wonders.

Cloud 5: Amazon's earnings report triggers strong debate, Australia wants to go cloud and how cloud changes IT mindset

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:02:58 PM
This week, we discuss the great debate over Amazon's earnings report, what it means to AWS and the impact it has on other cloud service providers. We also look at the Australian government's move to the cloud and cloud's disruptive impact on IT.

Android media player supports 4K video, Miracast

Friday 1st of August 2014 08:05:47 PM
W2Comp unveiled a faster, 4K-ready version of its Probox Android media player with a quad-core SoC, a Mali-450 GPU, Miracast, and a gaming-oriented remote. Hong Kong based reseller W2Comp, which previously introduced a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 based Probox2 Ultimate media player that runs Android 4.0, has now launched a faster model, called the Probox2 EX (Extreme), that runs Android 4.4 (“KitKat”). The new mini-PC is open for pre-orders at $150, with shipments beginning Aug. 8. There’s no mention of any support for Google’s upcoming remix of Google TV called Android TV, but the Probox2 EX would seem to have the advanced hardware to run it.

The Linux Foundation's free Introduction to Linux class starts today

Friday 1st of August 2014 07:08:36 PM
In today's open source roundup: The free Introduction to Linux class starts today and you can still register. Plus: Can LibreOffice 4.3 beat Microsoft Office, and Debian 8 will ship with Linux 3.16.

Major South Korean Pharmaceutical Company Ditches Windows for Ubuntu

Friday 1st of August 2014 05:57:56 PM
South Korea has been very friendly with Microsoft and its products, so it's understandable why succeeding in that country with an open source product would be very difficult. Canonical is now trying to make a dent there with its Ubuntu operating system.

Contributing back as an OpenStack operator

Friday 1st of August 2014 05:00:45 PM
Paying talented developers to write high quality code isn't cheap; why on Earth would you then turn around and give that code to your competitors? Turns out, there's probably a competitive advantage in doing so.

Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

Friday 1st of August 2014 04:03:34 PM
In a surprise move, HP has granted OpenVMS a new lease on life, effectively reversing last year's decision to mothball the venerable server OS. HP hasn't changed its mind about its latest OpenVMS roadmap, which has it ending standard support for some versions of the OS next year and pulling the plug completely by 2020. Rather, it has granted an exclusive license to another company, VMS Software Inc. (VSI), to take over after its own support ends.

Bitnami Changes the Face of Application Deployment

Friday 1st of August 2014 03:06:23 PM
In a video interview with eWEEK, Erica Brescia, co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) at Bitnami, explains what her company is all about and how it is helping to enable a new style of IT development and deployment.

Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother

Friday 1st of August 2014 02:09:12 PM
It was May of 2012 at a security conference in Calgary, Alberta, when professor Ron Deibert heard a former high-ranking official suggest he should be prosecuted. This wasn't too surprising. In Deibert's world, these kinds of things occasionally get whispered through the grapevine, always second-hand. But this time he was sitting on a panel with John Adams, the former chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the National Security Agency's little-known northern ally. Afterward, he recalls, the former spy chief approached and casually remarked that there were people in government who wanted Deibert arrested—and that he was one of them.

Careers in Open Source Week features professionals tips and lessons learned in the field

Friday 1st of August 2014 01:12:01 PM
This week, we published articles from eight young professionals in open source—they are interns, students, and fellows working on open source projects and for teams that are part of open source businesses. Next week, we'll publish articles from open source professionals who have been working in the field for a significant portion of their careers or who have at some point in thier careers worked on an open project.

What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:14:50 PM
Zuck's engineers unveil formal spec based on PHP 5.6. A group of Facebook developers has decided to break with 20 years of tradition and release a formal specification for the PHP programming language. The initial draft of the spec was released on Wednesday and is available via a Git repository hosted on PHP.net.

How to get nowhere in particular

Friday 1st of August 2014 11:17:39 AM
In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks.

This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

Friday 1st of August 2014 10:20:28 AM
In many respects, the BadUSB hack is more pernicious than simply loading a USB stick with the kind of self-propagating malware used in the Stuxnet attack. For one thing, although the Black Hat demos feature only USB2 and USB3 sticks, BadUSB theoretically works on any type of USB device. And for another, it's almost impossible to detect a tampered device without employing advanced forensic methods, such as physically disassembling and reverse engineering the device. Antivirus scans will turn up empty. Most analysis short of sophisticated techniques rely on the firmware itself, and that can't be trusted.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Alpha 2 Officially Released, Gets EFI Support and Ubuntu-Style Menus

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:23:17 AM
A new Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Alpha release has been made available and integrates a large number of changes and improvements.

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Red Hat CTO unexpectedly quits, amid rumors of executive 'friction'

No-one among the rank and file at Red Hat seem to have seen this coming. In a move the Linux giant's staffers said was "shocking" and a "punch in the gut," long-time Red Hat chief technology officer Brian Stevens has resigned. In a short press release, the company announced: "Brian Stevens will step down as CTO." In the same release, Red Hat's president and chief executive Jim Whitehurst said, "We want to thank Brian for his years of service and numerous contributions to Red Hat’s business. We wish him well in his future endeavors." Read more

Is Microsoft engaging in digital imperialism?

Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge. Nothing is going to change in Munich, but Microsoft is trying to maintain an international/universal perception that the migration to GNU/Linux was a disaster. Numerous anonymous blogs were created to attack Munich over this and provocateurs of Microsoft loved citing them, only to be repeatedly proven wrong. Microsoft is trying to make an example out of Munich in all sorts of nefarious ways. We need to defend Munich from this malicious assault by the convicted monopolist and corrupt enterprise that’s acting as though it fights for its very survival (while indeed laying off tens of thousands of employees). Read more

Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Yes! We use a lot of open source. The short list includes Python, GitHub, Processing, VLC, jQuery, D3.js, Blender, VRUI, ImageJ, VMD, ParaView, MeshLab, VNC, ImageMagick, SWIG, Emacs, and many more. We like using open source because it gives us more flexibility because of licensing and allows us the opportunity to contribute back to the community using our expertise. Our favorite open source project that we work on is OpenMDAO. This project is run out of another Division at our Center. Our team provides some programming support. OpenMDAO is an open source Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) framework, written in Python. You can use it to develop an integrated analysis and design environment for your engineering challenges. Read more

GSoC: Thumping the Malaria and voyaging in cosmos with KStars

Let's talk about my project now. KStars is desktop planetarium application under KDE Education Projects. I developed QML based cool interface to enable users to browse through image database of community of astrophotographers (i.e. astrobin.com) which contains more than 1,20,000 (number is increasing everyday) real time and very high resolution images along with various information related to them (i.e. Date on which image was captured, Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, RA Centre, DEC Centre, Telescope or Camera used, Description added by astrophotographer etc). I am sure that this browser will enthrall school children by showing them real time images of stars and galaxies located at hundreds of light year far from earth. Read more