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As a programmer, I'm aware that I tend to make mistakes -- and why not? Even programmers are human. Some errors are detected during code compilation, while others get caught during software testing. However, a category of error exists that usually does not get detected at either of these stages and that may cause the software to behave unexpectedly -- or worse, terminate prematurely.
This tutorial will show the installation and configuration of Monitorix on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf). Monitorix is a free, lightweight, open source monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible on servers and desktops. It consists mainly of two programs: a collector, called monitorix, which is a Perl daemon that is started automatically as a system service, and a CGI script called monitorix.cgi. Since 3.0 version Monitorix includes its own HTTP server built in, so you aren't forced to install a third-party web server to use it.
I've been involved in open source ever since I made the switch to Linux four years ago, sometimes as a code contributor, sometimes just filing bugs and improving documentation. And, as some of you may already know, I'm visually impaired.read more
In today's open source roundup: A redditor shares his horror at how...er...awful Linux Mint is as a desktop distribution. Plus: 5 memory debuggers for Linux coding. And how to customize the KDE Linux desktop.
Mirantis first publicly released the FUEL library as an open-source effort in March of 2013. Now the FUEL effort has been formally approved by the OpenStack Foundation to be included under what is known as the 'Big Tent' model.
Meanwhile in Canada, “Cooking with Linux” guy Marcel Gagne reported an interesting item about a Liberal MP who has some serious Linux and FOSS cred. David Graham, who serves in Ottawa as the representative from Laurentides-Labelle in Quebec, is a Linux user and more. His distro? Debian, he says, but he’s not a johnny-come-lately: He’s been using Debian since Bo, which would be summer of 1997. But wait, there’s more: “Slackware before that.”
Coming soon: Dog rewrites Linux kernelIt's a tip of the open source hat today to a cat belonging to one Christoph Reiter, which recently discovered a bug in Linux desktop GNOME.…
Have you ever noticed that light bulbs (the incandescent ones especially) seem to burn out most frequently at the instant they're turned on? Or that electronic components like home theater systems or TVs worked fine yesterday but don't today when you turn them on? I have, too. Have you ever wondered why that happens?read more
Near-ultrasonic sound system drives pets, and users, crazyEarlier this week the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) warned that an Indian firm called SilverPush has technology that allows adverts to ping inaudible commands to smartphones and tablets.…
The winning Indiegogo campaign for an Intel “Cherry Trail” based, USB 3.1-enabled “MagicStick” stick-PC has added Snappy Ubuntu Core to its preloaded OSes. The MagicStick startup behind the MagicStick mini-PC, which has already garnered eight times its $50,000 Indiegogo goal, has added the lightweight, transaction-enabled Snappy Ubuntu Core to its list of available pre-loaded OSes […]
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 includes new features and capabilities that focus on security, networking, and system administration, along with a continued emphasis on enterprise-ready tooling for the development and deployment of Linux container-based applications. In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 includes compatibility with the new Red Hat Insights, an add-on operational analytics offering designed to increase IT efficiency and reduce downtime through the proactive identification of known risks and technical issues.
Nikto is a Perl based, open source vulnerability tool which performs wide range of tests against web servers for thousands of vulnerabilitiesnikto, outdated versions and other known issues. Since Nikto is Perl based, it can run on all operating systems with Perl installed.
Astronaut which develops a Veterans Affairs (VA) VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) distribution writes:Astronaut has released Astronaut-CPRS with vCardDAV demographics support. The new client allows drag and drop patient demographic registration as well as vCardDAV export of patient demographic information. Patients can send their information from a smartphone or email for quick and easy registration. Astronaut will lead an effort to make this interoperability industry-wide across, scheduling, billing, ordering portals and more. Complete article here: Newsletter registration here.
OpenEmbed announced a “SOM6330” module equipped with a Freescale i.MX6 SoloX SoC, with up to 1GB RAM, up to 32GB eMMC, dual GbE ports, and PCIe expansion. Shenzhen OpenEmbed M&C Ltd (OpenEmbed), which has previously tapped Qualcomm’s Atheros AR9331 in its SOM9331 computer-on-module and the Atmel SAM5D34 in its SOM5360, has again chosen a low-power […]
This year's second major milestone release of the leading Linux operating system platform provides new security features as well as improved disaster recovery.
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A new OTA update for Ubuntu Touch has been released, and users should start receiving it right about now. OTA updates for Ubuntu Touch are released every six weeks or so, and the eighth one was delayed, but only for a day. It wasn't a big problem, and the developers promised to have it fixed, which they already did.
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Like all of Parrot’s previous drone models, including the original Bebop, the Bebop 2 runs Parrot’s open source Linux flight stack. In San Francisco, Parrot unveiled a smaller, faster, longer lasting version of its Linux-based Bebop drone, helping to solidify its dominance in the mid-range consumer market. One of the key new features is an emergency cutoff that instantly kills the quadrotor motors when a blade hits an obstacle. The increasing focus on safety was also demonstrated this week when 3DR (Solo) and DJI (Phantom) announced similar new technology to make it easier for their customers to avoid restricted airspace (see farther below).
VIDEO: Docker Inc. CEO Ben Golub discusses his company's commercial aspirations and how it is turning pilot projects into serious revenue.