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Latest Manjaro Linux 15.12 Update Brings Linux Kernel 4.5 and KDE Plasma 5.6.1

Monday 4th of April 2016 01:57:02 PM
The Manjaro Linux development team announced the general availability of the fourteenth update pack for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) operating system.

eBay Joins FIDO, Contributes Open-Source Authentication Server

Monday 4th of April 2016 12:59:51 PM
The FIDO Alliance, which is working to deliver stronger forms of authentication for online access, expands such efforts with eBay's help.

A spiritual successor to Aaron Swartz is angering publishers all over again

Monday 4th of April 2016 12:02:40 PM
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: a young academic with coding savvy has become frustrated with the incarceration of information. Some of the world's best research continues to be trapped behind subscriptions and paywalls. This academic turns activist, and this activist then plots and executes the plan. It's time to free information from its chains—to give it to the masses free of charge. Along the way, this research Robin Hood is accused of being an illicit, criminal hacker.

Microsoft's Charm Offensive Against GNU/Linux Uses the Same Media Strategy Donald Trump Uses

Monday 4th of April 2016 11:05:48 AM
An analysis of last week’s Microsoft media frenzy, which despite Microsoft’s persistence with and insistence on proprietary software (not to mention its perpetual war on GNU/Linux using software patents) truly succeeded and it looks a great deal like the media strategy championed by Donald Trump

Rugged carrier and mini-PC build on Jetson TX1 COM

Monday 4th of April 2016 09:17:09 AM
Connect Tech’s “Astro” carrier board integrates Nvidia’s Linux- and Tegra X1-driven Jetson TX1 COM. It also drives a rugged “Rosie” embedded computer. Guelph, Ontario based Connect Tech offers a wide variety of Linux-ready carrier boards, SBCs, COMs.

Arch Linux 2016.04.01 Is Now Available for Download with Kernel 4.4.5 LTS

Monday 4th of April 2016 07:28:30 AM
Another month has passed, and it's already April, so the time has come for the lightweight and flexible Arch Linux operating system to get its monthly ISO respin.

Crowdsourcing code: why startups are turning to open-source software

Monday 4th of April 2016 05:39:51 AM
A startup wants a mobile menu for their new app. It’s going to cost them time and money to build one from scratch, so they search on Google to find one that is ready-made, a template if you will.

How To Play Your Childhood Nintendo Games In Linux

Monday 4th of April 2016 03:51:12 AM
We all love *Nintendo games* that we played in our childhood. Remember Mario Bros? I still love to play that one and many other. If you wish to play your favorite Nintendo games, then no problem you can play your favorite games in *Linux* using ZSNES, an SNES emulator programmed in assembly language.

Discords experimental Linux release,  Mono relicensed under MIT, and more open gaming news

Monday 4th of April 2016 02:02:34 AM
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Discord chat app's early Linux release, Mono relicensed with MIT license, and new games out for Linux. Open gaming roundup for March 26 - April 1, 2016.

Raspberry Pi IoT shield offers 1-wire, Grove, PMOD, and more

Monday 4th of April 2016 12:13:55 AM
Pi 2 Design’s 502IoT Shield for the RPi Pi B+ 2 and 3 offers sensor expansion via 1-Wire, Grove, and PMOD I/O connectors, plus WiFi, Ethernet, M.2, USB, and more.

Everyday Internet Users Can Stand Up for Encryption Here's How

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 10:25:16 PM
At Mozilla, we believe encryption is critical to the health of the Web. It allows us to live, work and play on a more secure Internet. Encryption helps keep the Internet exceptional. Today, encryption is being threatened around the world.

A Redis-based microservice in bash for automating git clone and npm install

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 08:36:38 PM
This service is intended for the orchestration of a distributed system of Redis-driven microservices, in particular. a distributed webserver.

11 Excellent Open Source Solutions for Home Automation

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 06:47:59 PM
Do not think home automation is just for geeks. It is now mainstream and a burgeoning industry. Become an home automation expert and try out these finest open source software for home automation. There are some real gems here. Many users flock to Domoticz and openHAB, but one of the others listed here may be a better fit for your requirements.

Minimal Linux Live version 03-Apr-2016 has been released

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 04:59:21 PM
Minimal Linux Live is a set of shell scripts which build minimalistic Linux OS in a simple and straightforward manner, entirely from downloaded source code.

FBI fights back against court order demanding Tor exploit source code

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 03:10:43 PM
The FBI is dragging its heels on a court order which requires the agency to reveal how an exploit was used against the Tor network to find a suspected child pornography viewer and their true IP address.

Reclaiming our Web

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 01:22:04 PM
In my last blog I explained why the Web was broken for us, as individuals. This blog suggests a model that will allow us to reclaim the Web.

OpenWebGIS: An open source geographic information system

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:33:26 AM
There are a lot of great geographic information systems (GIS) that run in web browsers and mobile apps, thanks in large part to the introduction of new web standards in 2010-11 and recent improvements in mobile devices.

Rugged ARM module spec targets harsh environments

Sunday 3rd of April 2016 09:44:47 AM
Advantech, Aaeon, and Avalue unveiled an “RTX” spec for 68 x 68mm ruggedized ARM COMs, with four 100-pin connectors and wide-range power and temperature. The Linux-supported RTX (Rugged Technology eXtended) open-spec form factor for ARM-based computer-on-modules was developed by a new RTX Consortium with founding members Advantech, Aaeon, and Avalue.

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