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Roadies vs. rock stars: The art of open leadership

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 03:02:25 AM
Allen Gunn is a facilitator, open source technologist and Executive Director of Aspiration, where he helps NGOs, activists, and software developers make smarter use of tech for social change. Later this month, Aspiration is partnering with Greenpeace's Mobilisation Lab to host the first-ever Open Campaigns Camp in Berlin. We recently got together to chat about working open and the leadership required to make it work.This is an edited transcript of that conversation.read more

BackBox 4.3 review: Not just for penetration tests and security assessments

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 02:05:14 AM
Today’s review is of BackBox 4.3, the latest edition, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 and ships with its own suite of security-focused applications. This puts it in the same niche as CAINE, Deft and Kali.

What's your favorite Linux desktop?

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 01:08:03 AM
In today's open source roundup: What's your favorite Linux desktop environment? Plus: Opensource.com readers share their favorite desktops. And five of the top Linux desktop environments.

New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 12:10:52 AM
A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.

KDE Reveals Plasma Mobile

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 11:13:41 PM
There are a lot of interesting developments occurring in the field of Linux smartphones right now.

Akademy Day 4

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 10:16:30 PM
Today continued the BoFs, meetings and hacking sessions. For an overview of what happened today you can watch the wrap-up session video

Open source software is the only way to keep up

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 09:19:19 PM
Allison Randal of Hewlett-Packard began her keynote for OSCON 2015 with a quotation I'd never heard:read more

i.MX6 module and Pico-ITX sized carrier run Buildroot Linux

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 08:22:08 PM
F&S has launched an 80 x 50mm COM that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX6, and offers optional industrial temperature support and a Pico-ITX sized baseboard. Germany’s F&S Elektronik Systeme, which has previously released Linux-ready computer-on-modules such as the Freescale i.MX6 SoloX-based Efus A9X and Freescale Vybrid driven PCOMnetA5, has again selected Freescale with its […]

Hacking a Safe with Bash

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 07:24:57 PM
Through the years, I have settled on maintaining my sensitive data inplain-textfiles that I then encrypt asymmetrically. Although I take care to harden mysystem and encrypt partitions with LUKS wherever possible, I want to secure mymost important data using higher-level tools, thereby lessening dependence onthe underlying system configuration.

10 tips for better documentation

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 06:23:05 PM
Last July, after a full week at OKFestival, I managed to find enough energy to attend the Write the Docs EU Berlin Unconference. I only managed to attend one day of the event, but it was worth it because Paul Adams, a free software advocate and Director of Engineering at KDAB, led a discussion in which we came up with rules for helping documentation teams be more productive:read more

Famous Wunderground Weather Service Gets a Webapp on Ubuntu Touch

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 05:25:54 PM
The Ubuntu Touch platform might not have a lot of apps, but it's making up by having a handy framework that can be used for webapps. In this case, it's about a webapp for the famous wunderground.com weather service.

Akademy 2015 videos available

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 04:28:43 PM
Video recordings of the Akademy talks are now available in a low quality version to enable them to be released quickly. Higher quality version will be available later.You can find these linked from the talks schedule or look through the video files directlyLinks to slides will also be added in the schedule as presenters upload themDot Categories: Community and EventsBookmark/Search this post with

Manipulating data in 3D with LidarViewer

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 03:31:32 PM
For many people, a cave is just that, but for the NASA Graphics and Visualization (GVIS) team and I, it's a CAVE, or Cave Automatic Virtual Environment. In simpler terms, a CAVE is an environment that allows the user to view and manipulate data in 3D.I am lucky enough to work in a lab that specializes in virtual reality, and my lab has a CAVE of its own, called the GRUVE lab. Some data came in that needed to be processed so that it could be displayed in the CAVE. I'm a lover of all things open source, so when my boss challenged me to process the data using open source software, I was eager to begin.read more

How to install a Raspberry Pi SMS Server

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 02:34:21 PM
This tutorial will show you how you can set up an SMS server on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, running Raspbian. We will use playsms and smstools. In my example, I have used a Huawei E3131 3G modem.

The Elderly & the Scam Masters

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 01:37:10 PM
Jane answered the phone and a pleasant young man identified himself as an internet technician with Microsoft. He told her they’d received a report that something was extremely wrong with their computers and he was calling to help. And yeah…you know where this is going. But Jane did not.

What is your favorite desktop environment?

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 12:39:59 PM
When you install a Linux distribution, a set of programs comes along with it. It's easy to add and delete elements of the programs that don't fit your needs, says Meine in his article How to choose the best Linux desktop for you. But what about altering the look and feel?The key is to go with the right desktop environment for you.read more

Microsoft plays whack-a-mole with Windows 10 bugs -- with just TWO days left on the clock

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 11:17:49 AM
What's the big deal about a little crash here and there?The Windows 10 launch is just two days off, but Microsoft is still beavering away trying to patch over the remaining bugs in its hastily assembled new OS.…

ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" Powered Set-Top Boxes

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 10:20:38 AM
ARNU Box had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" media center software.

Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 09:23:27 AM
If your smartphone or tablet vendor doesn't fix the Stagefright security hole, this text-message based malware can be really scary. But you can protect yourself from it with a few simple steps.

Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 08:26:16 AM
No more support for bedridden Sun hardware going forwardFollowing years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately.…

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Leftovers: Software

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    Finally, after many iterations, we have something that works! The ocs-server team (Claudio Desideri and Francesco Wofford) is therefore announcing the first release of ocs-server 0.1 technology preview.
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    dmMediaConverter is described by its developer as an FFmpeg frontend (GUI), but regular users only need to know that it's an application that allows them to quickly convert files from one format to another, in a simple and intuitive way. It's not the best looking out there, but it gets the job done.
  • Goggles Music Manager 1.0.7 Adds Support for Ratings and Tags to Filters, More
    On July 30, the developers of the Goggles Music Manager software, an open-source music collection manager and player that supports some of the most popular audio file formats, announced the release of version 1.0.7.
  • Semi-Official Google Drive Support For Linux Arrives, What's Next?
    Three years ago, when a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client, Google would bring them to the appropriate download page, which of course, is based off of the operating system that user is running on. If a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client while running on Linux, they’d land on a page where the message reads: “Not (yet) supported for Linux.” So, what’s the deal with Google not developing a sync client for Linux users, seeing as to how they build a lot of their things using Linux? There’s one simple answer to that, unfortunately. Windows is mainstream, so a lot of their focus is put on what a majority of people use. The bigger the market, the more money in their pockets, of course. But don’t fear, change is near!

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Leftovers: Gaming