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Do you know the Digital Humanities? 3 easy ways to learn more

Monday 3rd of August 2015 10:24:18 PM
Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field.read more

Assessing the power of Intel's SSD 750 -- but check your motherboard before buying

Monday 3rd of August 2015 09:27:07 PM
Solid state-of-the-art 2.4GB/s consumer storage. Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks.…

Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf alpha 2 released

Monday 3rd of August 2015 08:29:56 PM
In today's open source roundup: Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 15.10 is out. Plus: Kodi 15 media player released for Android. And Windows 10 versus Linux.

Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

Monday 3rd of August 2015 07:32:45 PM
Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet.At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college.In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology.read more

Unlocking the true value of process automation

Monday 3rd of August 2015 06:35:34 PM
Four ways to transform your business with robotic process automation.

How to compare and merge text files on Linux

Monday 3rd of August 2015 05:38:23 PM
Comparing text files requires time, effort, a large monitor and a good amount of patience, or simply just the right tools to do it without any of the aforementioned. If you are an editor that has to deal with multiple versions of a text file, or a developer that wants to check the various code revisions of a file, then the following tutorial is for you.

Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Monday 3rd of August 2015 04:41:12 PM
Noting 'disastrous', but current kernel candidate is in 'fairly annoying' stateLinus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.…

Dotcom’s FOSS Cloud Plans

Monday 3rd of August 2015 03:44:01 PM
Back in the early days of the 21st century, Dotcom seemed to have overcome his checkered past and to have developed the Midas touch with the popular online storage site Megaupload. Like Midas, however, he was to discover that gold is an overrated commodity, the ownership of which often creates as many problems as it solves. For one thing, you can’t eat it. For another, lots of people want to take it from you.

A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

Monday 3rd of August 2015 02:46:50 PM
The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge all of us. Policy makers are no exception. Their objective—writ large—is to put in place policies that encourage the development and deployment of beneficial technologies in order to drive growth, prosperity, and the general welfare of their citizens. Where should policy makers focus? The best place is where the future is happening. In other words, the best place is where innovation is happening.read more

Vendetta Online 1.8.346 MMORPG Available Now for Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android

Monday 3rd of August 2015 01:49:39 PM
Guild Software announced this past weekend the release and immediate availability of a new maintenance version of their popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Vendetta Online 1.8.346.

How to Talk to Your Child About Elon Musk

Monday 3rd of August 2015 12:27:44 PM
In this day and age, it can be hard to keep your child from being exposed to Elon Musk. Although you may do your best on the home front, they may inevitably stumble across a profile piece or news item on TV at a friend’s house or the computer at the school library. For that reason, it’s better to be prepared for your child’s eventual exposure to Elon Musk and to know how to respond to the questions you may be asked.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) root your Android device

Monday 3rd of August 2015 10:33:22 AM
So what are the advantages and risks of rooting these days, and why are some devices resistant to rooting? Let’s see if we can’t figure it out.

LibreOffice 5.0 Arrives on August 5, Here's What's New

Monday 3rd of August 2015 08:39:00 AM
The next major LibreOffice version is scheduled for launch this Wednesday, August 5, so we'll take a closer look at what the new 5.0 branch will bring.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.13.1 Fluxbox Edition Gets Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS, Download Now

The Manjaro Linux team, through Bernhard Landauer, has proudly announced the release of an updated version of the Manjaro Linux Fluxbox Edition, namely 0.8.13.1, which features an updated Linux kernel and numerous improvements. Read more

NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

VMworld 2015 NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers. NVIDIA is pitching GRID as a hardware offering tuned to the needs of graphically-demanding desktop virtualisation (VDI) workloads. If that sounds a bit exotic, consider environments like the resources industry, where on-site engineers need CAD and modelling tools, but miners are loathe to deploy desktops in the remote sites where stuff gets dug out of the ground. VDI works a treat in such spots. Read more

GNU Linux-libre 4.2-gnu is now available

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Running Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce

To make a long story short: I’ve been running Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce for about a week now, long enough to take about a dozen screenshots (some of them included here), edit them in GIMP, watch about ten episodes of “Mad Men” on Netflix, and write this review. So far, the system has been responsive and stable, and other than slight changes in a couple of panel applets, I haven’t even noticed that I’ve changed OSes. As I said: business as usual. If I were a movie reviewer, I’d give this baby a big ol’ thumbs up. Read more