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State of the Union: npm

Friday 13th of January 2017 08:42:06 PM
Ashley Williams, Developer Community and Content Manager for npm, shared some staggering figures associated with the registry in her talk at Node.js Interactive.

Tips for non-native English speakers working on open source projects

Friday 13th of January 2017 07:33:28 PM
The primary language of most open source projects is English, but open source users and contributors span the globe. Non-native speakers face many communication and cultural challenges when participating in the ecosystem.In this article, we will share challenges, how to overcome them, and best practices for easing onboarding of non-native speakers, as non-native English speakers and contributors to OpenStack. We are based in Japan, Brazil, and China, and work daily with the huge OpenStack community that is spread around the world.read more

Open source, 3D printed microscope runs on Raspberry Pi

Friday 13th of January 2017 06:24:51 PM
WaterScope has launched an open source, 3D printable “OpenFlexure” microscope for testing water quality, powered by a Raspberry Pi 3. A Cambridge University spinoff called WaterScope has launched a low-cost, 3D printable microscope called OpenFlexure. The open source microscope, which is controlled by a Raspberry Pi 3 SBC, is designed for low-cost water testing in […]

10 steps to innersource in your organization in 2017

Monday 9th of January 2017 09:32:13 AM
In recent years, an increasing number of organizations, often non-technology companies, have kept a keen eye on open source. Although they may be unable to use open source to the fullest extent in their products and services, they are interested in bringing the principles of open source within the walls of their organization. This "innersource" concept can provide a number of organizational benefits.read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 beta out now

Monday 9th of January 2017 07:37:51 AM
The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 beta enables companies to migrate their existing RHEL 6 workloads into container-based applications for deployment on RHEL 7, RHEL Atomic Host, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 beta out now

Monday 9th of January 2017 07:37:51 AM
The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 beta enables companies to migrate their existing RHEL 6 workloads into container-based applications for deployment on RHEL 7, RHEL Atomic Host, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Latest Cinnamon Release Lands in Antergos, but Read This Before Updating Python

Monday 9th of January 2017 05:43:29 AM
Antergos users have been informed this past weekend about the upcoming availability of a new Cinnamon desktop environment update, which brings compatibility improvements with Python 3.6.

Developer claims Linux forced Microsoft to up its Windows game support

Monday 9th of January 2017 03:49:07 AM
A few years ago, thanks to Valve and Steam, Linux looked like it was going to become a major game platform. That didn[he]#039[/he]t happen. But, the threat may have forced Microsoft to improve its Windows game support.

Linux Kernel 4.9 Gets Its First Point Released, Updates Drivers and Filesystems

Monday 9th of January 2017 01:07:49 AM
We've been waiting for it, and it's finally here! The first point release of the Linux 4.9 kernel was announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman this past weekend, which means that most modern distros can finally start migrating to the series.

Skateboarding and Hacking

Sunday 8th of January 2017 11:13:27 PM
A few years ago Rodney Mullen[1] gave a TEDx talk about the similarities between skateboarding and (Open Source) Innovation [2]. At the time, a handful of technical people left some messages about the talks that went something along the lines of this: "We really need to get people like this out of these talks." Those comments are gone now. It really bothered me that anyone would say that not because I am a skater (not a very good one) but as a hacker (the good kind and again not a very good one) and believer in Open Source - inclusion is important to me. So in the spirit of what Rodney had to say I am going to add my own thoughts on similarities between skateboarding and hackery[3].

TripleO QuickStart HA&&CEPH Deployment on Fedora 25 VIRTHOST

Sunday 8th of January 2017 09:19:05 PM
The most recent commits in https://github.com/openstack/tripleo-quickstart allow to use Fedora 25 Workstaion (32 GB) as target VIRTHOST for TripleOQuickstart HA Deployments and benefit from QEMU's (2.7.0) && Libvirt's (2.2.0) the most recent KVM virtualization features coming with last Fedora release.

Mac’s share falls to five-year low

Sunday 8th of January 2017 07:24:43 PM
Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux

Update on Patent Trolls and Their Enablers: IAM, Fortress, Inventergy, Nokia, MOSAID/Conversant, Microsoft, Intellectual Ventures

Sunday 8th of January 2017 05:30:21 PM
A potpourri of reports about some of the world's worst patent trolls and their highly damaging enablers/facilitators, including Microsoft which claims that it "loves Linux" whilst attacking it with patents by proxy

Manjaro Linux receives update for new year.

Sunday 8th of January 2017 03:35:59 PM
Manajro Linux recently released a new version of operating system but they also keep their package updated. So some time ago Manjaro team updated some packages and introduced new features to main distribution. According to official announcement new feature called Brisk-menu is introduced in MATE edition.....

Multiple statistics have shown Linux market-share doing better than ever

Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:06:41 PM
Good news for Linux fans, as multiple big websites showing off statistics have shown Linux is on the rise!

Irssi Open-Source Terminal-Based IRC Client Hits 1.0 Milestone After 18 Years

Sunday 8th of January 2017 10:12:19 AM
We bet you did not see that coming, but the Irssi team proudly announced today the availability of Irssi 1.0.0, the newest stable series of the popular, open-source terminal-based IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for UNIX systems.

10 open source task management and time tracking applications for Android

Sunday 8th of January 2017 08:17:57 AM
The demands of modern life can, at times, be overwhelming. Even a super organized person probably needs digital tools to keep track of personal and professional meetings and deadlines. If you were at All Things Open this year, you might have seen Opensource.com's own Jason Baker and Jen Wike Huger talk about open source productivity hacks, which was an excellent primer on open source tools and tips for optimizing your productivity.

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0: a faint shadow of name

Sunday 8th of January 2017 06:23:35 AM
Mandriva may be a name unfamiliar to people who came to the Linux world recently, but it is very familiar to old Linux users. It was one of the first distributions ever created. It became a base for many offsprings or forks. Just to mention three – ROSA Linux, Mageia and PCLinuxOS. However, corporate difficulties made Mandriva an abandoned project. The OpenMandriva project picked up the flag and continued Mandriva development.

KillDisk Ransomware Now Targets Linux, Prevents Boot-Up, Has Faulty Encryption

Sunday 8th of January 2017 04:29:13 AM
Researchers have discovered a Linux variant of the KillDisk ransomware, which itself is a new addition to the KillDisk disk wiper malware family, previously used only to sabotage companies by randomly deleting data and altering files.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 to Be Based on the GNOME 3.22 Stack, Ship with Linux 4.9

Sunday 8th of January 2017 02:34:51 AM
While the first Alpha development release of the upcoming Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system was skipped, we'd like to tell you a little bit about what you should expect from the next Alpha build.

More in Tux Machines

Code for Pakistan and Linux Foundation Event

  • Code for Pakistan to host Open Source Day for Women
    Open source refers to software with its source code publicly available for people to modify and share. However, it does not simply mean to write a source code and make it publicly available, it is also about collaborative participation, transparency, rapid growth and community-oriented development. The Open Source Day is an opportunity for women with a background in Computer Science to get started on Open Source Projects and network with mentors in the tech industry. It provides them an opportunity to come together and hone their tech skills.
  • Open Source Software Strategies for Enterprise IT
    Enterprises using open source code in infrastructure must understand both the risks and benefits of community-developed software. Professional open source management is a discipline that focuses on minimizing risk and delivering the benefits of open source software as efficiently as possible. For successful open source management, enterprises must adopt clear strategies, well-defined policies, and efficient processes. Nobody gets all this right the first time, so it’s also important to review and audit your policies for continuous improvement. Additionally, successful open source initiatives for enterprise IT must provide real ROI in acquisition, integration, and management.

Security Leftovers

Leftovers: BSD

  • BSD Mag: Understanding Unikernels by Russell Pavlicek
    The number of tasks which lend themselves to being unikernels is larger than you might think. In 2015, Martin Lucina announced the successful creation of a “RAMP” stack. A variant of the common “LAMP” stack (Linux. Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python), the “RAMP” stack employs NGINX, MySQL, and PHP each built on Rumprun. Rumprun is an instance of a Rump kernel, which is a unikernel system based on the modular operating system functions found in the NetBSD project. So even this very common solution stack can be successfully converted into unikernels.
  • Summary of the preliminary LLDB support project
    Operating systems can be called monitors as they handle system calls from userland processes. A similar task is performed by debuggers as they implement monitors for traced applications and interpret various events that occurred in tracees and are messaged usually with signals to their tracers. During this month I have started a new Process Plugin within LLDB to incept NativeProcessNetBSD - copied from NativeProcessLinux - implementing basic functionality and handling all the needed events in the MonitorCallback() function. To achieve these tasks, I had to add a bunch of new ptrace(2) interfaces in the kernel to cover all that is required by LLDB monitors. The current Process Plugin for NetBSD is capable to start a process, catch all the needed events correctly and if applicable resume or step the process.
  • NetBSD Making Progress On LLDB Debugger Support
    NetBSD developers have been implementing the relevant interfaces needed for the LLVM debugger to effectively monitor and work on the operating system. As part of that they have also improved some of their own documentation, provided new ptrace interfaces, and more. Those interested in LLDB and/or NetBSD can learn more about this debugging work via this NetBSD.org blog post.

Firefox 51 Released With FLAC Audio Support, WebGL 2.0 By Default

Firefox 51.0 just hit Mozilla's FTP servers for those wanting the latest version of this open-source web-browser. Firefox 51 isn't a big feature release for end-users but notably does have support for FLAC audio, at long last! Great to see the web browsers finally shipping support out-of-the-box for this open-source audio codec. Read more