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Ubuntu Tablets Arrive: Canonical Reaches Convergence for Linux-Based OS

Thursday 4th of February 2016 07:32:49 PM
Canonical and BQ have released the first tablet running Ubuntu, the Linux-based open source OS. It's called the Aquaris M10 Edition tablet and goes on sale in March.

What's your bi-directional syncing utility?

Thursday 4th of February 2016 06:35:38 PM
I've been pursuing a research project for the last year or so and have been locating and saving material related to it, as well as doing some of my own writing in the area. I keep that material in a particular folder. That's all fine and good. The problem is that I want the ability to work on the project while I'm at any of 3 different computers--computers that are often located in 3 different locales, some of which are even remote from my LAN. So, how to host the same folder on all three machines, and keep it current with the most recent changes made on any of the 3 computers?

Canonical Lands Ubuntu Linux on Tablets for Computing Convergence

Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:38:27 PM
Continuing to focus on convergence, Canonical unveiled the BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition, the first tablet hardware for Ubuntu Linux.

FFmpeg 2.8.6 "Feynman" Released, Drops Support for VisualOn AAC and libaacplus

Thursday 4th of February 2016 02:33:01 PM
FFmpeg is a complete suite of tools used to record, convert and stream audio and video. A new update has been released for the main branch and developers have also made an interesting announcement regarding the removal of support for two external AAC encoders.

The case for educating judges on open source licensing

Thursday 4th of February 2016 01:35:50 PM
"Open source code is problematic because anonymous people on the Internet design it, and 'holes' are not fixed by vendor updates." Is this FUD from some proprietary software behemoth? No, it's a quote from a recent decision made by a California Court of Appeal.read more

64-bit Odroid SBC runs Linux on 2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53

Thursday 4th of February 2016 12:38:39 PM
Hardkernel unveiled its first 64-bit hacker SBC. The Odroid-C2 matches the layout of the C1+, but has a quad-core, 2GHz Cortex-A53 SoC and a $40 price.

openSUSE 13.1 Linux Has Reached End of Life, Evergreen Team Takes Over

Thursday 4th of February 2016 11:41:28 AM
All good things must come to an end, and so SUSE and the openSUSE Linux community today, February 3, 2016, announced that they will no longer support the openSUSE 13.1 operating system.

Jury: Apple must pay $626 million to patent troll VirnetX

Thursday 4th of February 2016 10:44:17 AM
An East Texas jury has ruled that Apple must pay patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million for infringing four patents. It's a massive verdict for VirnetX, a company that has no products and makes its money solely through patent litigation.The verdict shows the jury found Apple infringed on every patent claim that was at issue.

Linux Mint Devs Showcase the First Two X-Apps for Linux Mint 18 "Sarah"

Thursday 4th of February 2016 09:47:06 AM
We reported last week the fact that the Linux Mint developers bragged with a new project called X-Apps for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" computer operating system.

Why do companies make Android phones if they can't make profits?

Thursday 4th of February 2016 08:49:55 AM
Also in today's open source roundup: The Turing phone will run Sailfish OS instead of Android. And Google Chrome will finally get smooth scrolling in Linux.

Poppins

Thursday 4th of February 2016 07:52:44 AM
My friend and fellow Linux Journalian Kris Occhipinti recently posted a reminder on Facebook for everyone to back up regularly in 2016. Although it's something we already should be doing, if you're not a regular backer-upper, you should start today!

Open Compute Project Extends Focus to Telecommunications

Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:58:22 AM
The Open Compute Project (OCP), the Facebook-born initiative to make datacenter computing more scalable, efficient and affordable through open software and hardware, has taken another step forward by securing the support of several telecommunications companies as it launches a new telco project.

Communicating with an embedded tablet over NFC or WiFi

Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:01:11 AM
An Android tablet can serve as a touchscreen in a kiosk or embedded system, but communicating with it can be a problem when power must be supplied over USB.

How Well Do You Know the People of FOSS?

Thursday 4th of February 2016 04:04:00 AM
Would you like to test your knowledge of the people of FOSS? Take our quiz. We have eighteen questions, each concerning a person considered to be a leader in the FOSS world. Have we left anyone out? You betcha — starting with you. The way we see it, each and every one of us, whether we merely use FOSS at home, work to keep FOSS software maintained or fight the good fight to keep free tech free, is equally as important.

Open Networking Summit Will Highlight Enterprise Open Source SDN

Thursday 4th of February 2016 02:49:40 AM
The Linux Foundation has released the first set of speakers and sessions for the Open Networking Summit, which focuses on open source SDN.

Kids can refurbish computers for others at Kramden

Thursday 4th of February 2016 01:52:29 AM
I just turned 13 years old, and I am in 7th grade at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. I heard about the Kramden Institute from my dad, who is an avid volunteer there. Kramden is a non-profit organization that refurbishes computers to be awarded to underprivileged children who have been nominated by their teachers. Kramden also offers classes where people can learn computer skills.read more

The February 2016 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

Thursday 4th of February 2016 12:55:18 AM
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the February 2016 issue.

Sustainable Drupal: 10 ways to save energy by speeding up your CMS

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 11:58:07 PM
Web performance is important for sustainability. The less we have to transfer, the better. We can also do a lot to optimize how the content works with the browser so that the end user gets information as quickly as possible. read more

How to reset the root password on Linux and FreeBSD

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 11:00:56 PM
Listed below are the step by step procedures to reset the root password in different versions of CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Ubuntu and FreeBSD. Begin this procedure by booting your server into single user mode.

Install Publify on Ubuntu 14.04

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 10:03:45 PM
Publify is a simple but full featured open source web publishing software.

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today's leftovers

  • Hyperledger gains 11 major finance players in blockchain initiative
  • Intel Begins Landing Apollolake Support Within Coreboot
    Intel engineers have begun landing support for the next-gen "Apollolake" SoC within Coreboot and support for the initial development board. Apollolake (Apollo Lake) is Intel's 14nm SoC for low-cost PC/notebooks, and surely Chromebooks. Apollolake uses the Goldmont CPU core and Skylake Gen9 derived graphics. Apollolake is the successor to Braswell. Apollo Lake systems will be available later in 2016.
  • Russian Government Planning To Replace All Of Its Windows Computers With Linux
    The Russian government is planning to replace all of its Windows-powered computers with some Linux distribution. The government has justified this decision by stating that American technology companies like Google and Microsoft need to pay more taxes.
  • Russia Going To GNU/Linux Late Rather Than Never
    Back in 2010, Putin put into (slow)motion a move to GNU/Linux. There were several projects but nothing concrete and system-wide. Finally, in 2016, thanks to the price of oil, sanctions and global politics, the time is ripe.
  • The Age of Docker is Upon Us
    With Container Summit going on in New York this week, there is a lot of news related to Docker, Kubernetes and various container technology star players. Datawise announced that it has made some key contirubtions to advance Kubernetes, a tool Google developed and used to make containerization more useful by making it possible to manage containerized applications.
  • Handheld Emulation: Achievement Unlocked!
    I love video game emulation. My favorite games were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, so if I want to play them, I almost always have to emulate the old systems. There is usually a legal concern about ROM files for games, even if you own the original cartridges, so I'm not going to tell you where to find ROMs to download or anything like that. What I am going to share is my recent discovery of the perfect handheld gaming system. Oddly enough, it was never intended to be an emulator.
  • GNOME 3.20's Feature Freeze Is Next Week
    Next week marks GNOME 3.20's feature freeze followed by the GNOME 3.20 (v3.19.90) beta release. The GNOME Release Team sent out a reminder that next week marks the API/ABI, UI, and feature freezes along with the start of release note writing and the GNOME 3.20 beta release.
  • SUSE and business open source specialist it-novum collaborate to expand Ceph platform’s Storage Management
    Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage is a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. The collaboration between it-novum and SUSE will bring centralized management of file, block and object storage via openATTIC's single graphical user interface to future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage.
  • App: Download Manager for Samsung Z1 / Z3 is Available in Tizen Store
    Download Manager for Tizen Smartphones, namely the Samsung Z1 and Z3, is a powerful download speed booster and an advanced download manager combined into one. A must-have app for the power user that wants to download files off the Internet in a fast and efficient manner.

Red Hat News

Leftovers: OSS

  • India Asks Tech Companies To Use Open Source Technologies For Connectivity
    A day after taking a tough stand on Facebook’s Free Basics and banning it from India, TRAI (Telecom Regulator Authority of India) has also given a cue to the tech giants like Facebook and Google over the use of open source software. TRAI has hinted to these companies that their connectivity framework would only be accepted in India if they followed an open source approach. [...] Ram Sewak Sharma, who is the current chairman of TRAI, has clearly put a stress on using open source technology over a company specific product in making the internet reach to the remote areas. In a recent summit hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, he said, "I don’t like to comment on a specific product. But India has adopted an open source policy and open API [application program interface] policy. The whole objective is that there should not be a situation of a vendor lock-in."
  • Bluehost Develops Open Source Script To Update Two Million WordPress Sites
    The cloud-based solutions provider's custom script reduced WordPress-related technical issues by 18 percent.
  • What's New in February '16 in Open Source CMS
    By any measure, WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. But that distinction also makes it especially popular with hackers and attackers. Early this month Menifee, Calif.-based security company Sucuri reported a spike in WordPress infections, with a large number of sites getting injected with the same malicious scripts. Sucuri called it "a massive admedia/adverting iframe infection" characterized by the injection of encrypted code at the end of all legitimate .js files.
  • Dive into Apache Hadoop open source technology
    On this week’s NFV/SDN Reality Check, we look at some top news items from across the space as well as speak with Cloudera on CSPs adopting Apache Hadoop open source technology
  • Vote for Presentations - OpenStack Summit Austin 2016
    The first OpenStack Summit this year will take place in Austin (TX, US) from April 25-29, 2016. The "Call for Speakers" period ended some days ago and now the community voting for presentation started and will end 17th February, 11:59 PST (18th February 7:59 UTC / 08:59 CEST).
  • Liberty Eiffel wrapper for IUP toolkit
    Since a couple of months ago I’m working in a Liberty Eiffel wrapper to the IUP toolkit. IUP is a multi-platform toolkit for building graphical user interfaces. This is still under development, but I think the current state is enough to start playing with it. Here some screen shots: