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Reviving Old Macs Using Linux

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 10:46:09 AM
All Macintosh computers from about 2006 onwards were made using Intel CPUs and installing Linux on these computers is a breeze. You don't need to download any Mac specific distro -- just choose your favorite distro and install away. About 95 percent of the time you'll be able to use the 64-bit version of the distro. On CoreDuo Macs, from 2006, you'll need to use a 32-bit version.

MKVToolNix 9.4 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Polishes Existing Functionality

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 09:48:58 AM
MKVToolNix creator Moritz Bunkus proudly announced the release of MKVToolNix 9.4.0, the latest stable and most advanced build of the open-source and free MKV (Matroska) manipulation software for GNU/Linux.

Install Wagtail on CentOS 7

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 08:51:47 AM
In this blog post we will show you how to install Wagtail on a Centos VPS with Nginx and uWSGI. Wagtail is open source flexible Django content management system focused on flexibility and user experience.

Yandex.Disk - an alternative to Google Drive with native Linux support

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:54:36 AM
Yandex.Disk is a cloud storage solution by a Russian-based company Yandex that also provides search, email and several more services. Yandex.Disk has a native Linux client.

Updates from LinuxCon and ContainerCon, Toronto, August 2016

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:57:25 AM
The first 25 years of Linux has transformed the world, not just computing, and the next 25 years will continue to see more growth in the Open Source movement, The Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said during the opening keynote of LinuxCon/ContainerCon in Toronto on Monday, August 22, 2016.

KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Desktop Environment Is Out with Plasma Desktop and KWin Fixes

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:00:14 AM
KDE announced the release of the fourth maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, bringing multiple improvements and bug fixes.

Wireless-crazed, customizable IoT gateway uses ARM or x86 COMs

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 05:03:03 AM
Congatec’s modular, Linux-ready IoT Gateway builds on its x86 and ARM Qseven COMs, providing up to 2x GbE, 6x USB, and 3x mini-PCIe connectivity links.

Live From LinuxCon: Red Hat and Microsoft Embrace On Stage

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:05:52 AM
If any LinuxCon moment so far has underscored the evolution of Linux over 25 years, it was during the transition between keynotes this morning when Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst found himself on stage with Microsoft’s new vice president of open source, Wim Coekaerts. The men laughed nervously at the irony of the moment and paused for a brief photo opp, arms around each other’s shoulders.

LinuxCon: How Facebook Monitors Hundreds of Thousands of Servers with Netconsole

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 03:08:41 AM
Facebook is among the largest users of Linux and open-source in the world to run and maintain its operations. At the LinuxCon conference here Calvin Owens, production engineer at Facebook details how the social networking giant makes use of the open-source netconsole tool, to identify potentially problematic servers.

SUSE Linux and openSUSE Leap to Offer Better Support for ARM Systems Using EFI

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:11:30 AM
The YaST development team at openSUSE and SUSE is reporting on the latest improvements that should be available in the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 operating systems.

Open education is more than open content

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 01:14:19 AM
The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."read more

Support multiple keyboard layouts in web-based VNC apps

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 12:17:08 AM
Take advantage of a recently introduced browser API (available in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) to add support for multiple keyboard layouts to web-based VNC clients.

8 Best Linux Distributions For New Linux Users

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 11:19:57 PM
New Linux users are always confused about choosing a best Linux distribution to start with. As there are hundreds of Linux distributions so it might always be a confusing part. But I'll help you choosing the right Linux flavour to start your Linux exploration. In this article, I'll walk you through a list of 8 Best Linux distributions for new Linux users. But before all of that, I suggest you throwing out all the misconceptions about Linux, such as Linux is only for geeks or developers. Linux is for everyone. As I always say, "When Linux can run Google, Facebook, Amazon, it can surely run your home computer as well."

Android 7.0 Nougat reviews: Should you upgrade your device?

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 10:22:46 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: The best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat, and the official Android 7.0 Nougat release announcement.

How to install and setup DRBD on CentOS

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 09:25:35 PM
This tutorial explains how to install and setup DRBD for your server. Before I start, let me explain what actually DRBD represents and what it is used for. DRBD stands for Distributed Replicated Block Device, a software-based, shared-nothing, replicated storage solution for mirroring the content of block devices such as hard disks, partitions, logical volumes etc.

How to organize your scholarly research with Docear

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 08:28:24 PM
The Docear academic literature suite blends Freeplane and JabRef to make a comprehensive academic paper-writing application, with support for mind-mapping, citations, notes, and many other features.read more

LinuxCon: How Microsoft Is Contributing to Open Source

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:31:13 PM
VIDEO: Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, details how open source is the new normal in Redmond.

Refracta 8 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 06:34:02 PM
Refracta is a Devuan-based operating system which includes several tools to help create CD/USB images of the live system.

7 resources for open education materials

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 05:36:51 PM
Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials?read more

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 04:39:40 PM
Four-year build results in OS that aims to secure industrial control systems, Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymously-named operating system after four years of quiet development.…

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Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop. Collabora developer Gustavo Padovan presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 conference about explicit fencing support in the mainline kernel with a "new era of graphics." Read more

Ubuntu Leftovers

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