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Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device

Friday 2nd of October 2015 04:07:30 PM
Lost in all the buzz about Google's new Nexus smartphones and Chromecast devices was that Chromebooks are now schools' favorite computer device.

Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

Friday 2nd of October 2015 03:10:19 PM
We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on. The truth is that none of that really matters when you are using browsers in the real world, and in the real world Firefox shines and it's head and shoulders above everything else.

Work sprints with a Pomodoro timer

Friday 2nd of October 2015 02:13:08 PM
Time management is important for everyone. When we get our tasks done efficiently, we leave more time for other things we’re passionate about. There are numerous tools on your Fedora system to help you manage your time effectively. One of them is a Pomodoro timer. The... Continue Reading →

Seize the opportunity to explain open source

Friday 2nd of October 2015 01:15:57 PM
Kids have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I would estimate that all of us with children have had them go through a phase of asking "Why?" constantly. In truth, it often comes at the most inconvenient moment for a parent; like when the world is literally going to explode unless your child puts down the green marker pen, and instead of doing it, they just look up at you and ask "Why?" I was no different. I went through the "Why?" phase. My daughter has been through it and my nephew is going through it right more

"No Background Processing for Apps" in Ubuntu Touch Is Being Debated

Friday 2nd of October 2015 12:18:46 PM
One of the issues that's been bothering some Ubuntu Touch developers and users is the fact that background processing for apps is now really permitted on this platform. A discussion has been started on the official mailing list, and it looks like there are a lot of supporters of the idea that "no background processing for apps" policy needs to change.

Microsoft, ASUS sign combined Android patent, Office bundling deal

Friday 2nd of October 2015 11:21:35 AM
Is Microsoft making Office software and services part of its Android-patent-licensing negotiation terms? A new deal between Microsoft and ASUS makes it seem like it might be.

Fairphone is a conflict-free smartphone ready to give back

Friday 2nd of October 2015 10:24:24 AM
No matter your ethical or societal bent, it's impossible to escape the daily headlines of companies heading down dark paths or the discovery of unethical practices. This happens in every sector from car manufacturers to mobile technology. Every once in awhile, however, a company arises to break free from that mold and show that modern businesses can, in fact, sell products that do not skirt around ethical practices in the name of bottom line.

SparkyLinux 4.1 Brings LibreOffice 5.0.1 and KDE Plasma 5.4.1, Based on Debian 9

Friday 2nd of October 2015 09:27:13 AM
The developers of the SparkyLinux distribution announced the final release of SparkyLinux 4.1.

Compact, low power IoT gateway runs Linux on i.MX6

Friday 2nd of October 2015 08:30:02 AM
VIA’s 30mm tall “Artigo A820” IoT gateway runs Linux on an i.MX6 DualLite, and offers optional WiFi and 3G in addition to Fast and GbE Ethernet ports. Like last year’s Artigo A900 mini-PC, the Artigo A820 runs Linux on a dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A9 SoC. This time, however, VIA Technologies has turned to Freescale’s i.MX6 DualLite […]

XOR DDoS Malware for Linux Attacks Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Friday 2nd of October 2015 07:32:51 AM
Reports have been coming about a new Trojan malware named XOR DDoS that has been responsible for a number of DDoS attack in Asia. It's coming from Linux machines, and people are going wild. The truth is somewhat different from what's been published until now.

A billion Android phones are vulnerable to new Stagefright bugs

Friday 2nd of October 2015 06:35:40 AM
There's a new round of Stagefright vulnerabilities that allows attackers to execute malicious code on more than one billion phones running ancient as well as much more recent versions of Google's Android operating system.

Linux Kernel 3.14.54 LTS Released, Adds Networking Improvements, ARM64 Fixes

Friday 2nd of October 2015 05:38:29 AM
Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of two new kernel version, Linux kernel 3.10.90 LTS and Linux kernel 3.14.54 LTS.

Screenshot preview of GNOME 3.18 on Fedora 23

Friday 2nd of October 2015 04:41:18 AM
Together with the default Fedora edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop, and the Spins, Fedora editions that use other desktop environments, the beta 1 installation images were released three days ago.

Stagefright 2 Exposes Another Billion Android Phones to Risk

Friday 2nd of October 2015 03:44:07 AM
The researcher who first disclosed the Android Stagefright security vulnerability at Black Hat 2015 is now revealing even more flaws that have yet to be patched.

$5 Billion worth of open-source code and counting

Friday 2nd of October 2015 01:49:45 AM
The Linux Foundation does far more than support Linux. Its open-source, Collaborative Projects have created about $5-billion worth of value.

Google: now serving Marshmallow flavored Nexus 5X and 6P

Friday 2nd of October 2015 12:52:34 AM
Google dished out two tasty new phones: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, featuring potent Snapdragon SoCs, Android 6.0 (“Marshmallow”), and 2560 x 1440-pixel screens. Not so many years ago, the introduction of a major new Android release was more like looking six months or more into the future when your phone just might become […]

Getting started with Visual Studio Code (VSC) on Linux

Thursday 1st of October 2015 11:55:23 PM
Visual Studio Code (VSC) is a source code editor released by Microsoft only a few months ago. The software is based on the Atom engine and although it isn't open source, it offers a working version for Linux that you may find useful for a set of reasons. In this tutorial, we will take a look on how to install, setup and get started with VSC.

Google & Microsoft Shake Hands in Patent Dispute

Thursday 1st of October 2015 10:58:12 PM
What we do know is that the two companies have agreed to work together on a host of patent issues, which is a surprising turn around. Even more surprising is that Redmond has agreed with Google to work against non-practicing entities (NPEs) or trolls, companies that seek to license patents without making products of their own. In the past, Microsoft has joined forces with Apple and others to form trolling companies.

Linux Foundation recommends Linux on Chromebooks

Thursday 1st of October 2015 10:01:01 PM
In today's open source roundup: The Linux Foundation encourages users to install Linux on their Chromebooks. Plus: Five important trends in open source. And a review of the Nexus 6P phablet.

Linux Journal: Raspberry Pi

Thursday 1st of October 2015 09:03:50 PM
A Tasty Slice of AwesomeI love the flavor of raspberries, but quite honestly, the seeds gross meout.

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  • What to expect from PentahoWorld 2015
    This time last year the Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog reported on the inaugural PentahoWorld 2014 conference and exhibition.
  • Day 1 of PyCon India 2015
    Day one is the first day of main event. I was late to wake up, but somehow managed to reach the venue around 8:30am. Had a quick breakfast, and then moved into the Red Hat booth. Sankarshan, Alfred, Soni were already there. I don’t know the exact reason, but the booth managed to grab the attention of all the people in the venue. It was over crowded :) While the students were much more interested in stickers, and other goodies, many came forward to ask about internship options, and future job opportunities. Alfred did an excellent job in explaining the details to the participants. The crowd was in booth even though the keynote of day one had started. I missed most of keynote as many people kept coming in the booth, and they had various questions.
  • Windows 10: Microsoft's new browser is a FAILURE - find out why
    Microsoft tried to move users from its infamous Internet Explorer browser to a minimalist new web browser dubbed Edge following the launch of Windows 10. But new data has revealed that Windows 10 users are reluctant to make the transition.
  • Google open source project aims to speed up web
  • Google Seeks to Speed Up Mobile Web Browsing
    Google has announced a new project that could make a difference for mobile browsing. The company has launched the Accelerated Mobile Pages project (AMP), a fully open source initiative, with the underlying code available on GitHub.
  • Google wants to speed up the mobile web with AMP project
    Google has a plan to speed up mobile Web browsing. The recently unveiled AMP—Accelerated Mobile Pages—project is an open source initiative that restricts certain elements of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to produce leaner Web pages "that are optimised to load instantly on mobile devices." How much quicker is "instantly"? According to Google, early testing with with a simulated 3G connection and a simulated Nexus 5 showed improvements of between 15 to 85 percent.
  • What's New This October in Open Source CMS
    A little love, please, for Miami-based dotCMS, maker of Java open source content management system (CMS) software. Just yesterday, it was chosen as one of the 20 Most Promising Open Source Software Solution Providers by CIO Review.
  • Deweloperzy NetBSD-7.0: Leonardo Taccari
    In the series of questions and answers from the NetBSD-7.0 developers, we will meet Leoardo Taccari, a recent NetBSD committer, who works with this system on his desktop and maintains in this field pkgsrc packages.
  • NetBSD 7.0 Operating System Brings Raspberry Pi 2 and Multiprocessor ARM Support
    The developers of the open source, BSD-based NetBSD operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the project's fifteenth major release.
  • New Version Of JPEG-Turbo Quietly Released
    While the Internet has been buzzing recently about the new FLIF image format, libjpeg-turbo developers released a new version of their JPEG library. Libjpeg-turbo 1.4.2 is the new release and it quietly made it out at the end of September. Libjpeg-Turbo 1.4.2 features at least five known bug fixes resulting in crashes and other problems.
  • Open data Incubator: ODINE selected its first round of start-ups
    Seven start-ups from UK, Italy, France, Estonia and Austria were selected to be part of the first round of companies benefiting from the Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE). This two-year programme awarded EUR 650 000 in total to the companies, which can receive up to EUR 100 000 each.
  • Eleven Open Source 3D Printer Hits Kickstarter (video)
    ISG3D has taken to Kickstarter this month to raise $11,000 to help take their open source 3D printer design into production. The Eleven 3D printer has been specifically designed to provide users with an affordable machine but offers an impressive 22 x 40 x 40 cm build area and is completely open source allowing for modifications and enhancements to be created.

Development News

  • Perl 6 is coming soon: What it will bring
    Perl 6, a long-awaited upgrade to the well-known scripting language, has gone into beta, with the general release planned for Christmastime. The upgrade went to beta late last month, Perl designer Larry Wall told InfoWorld on Wednesday, and the October monthly release will feature the first of two beta releases of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler. There been having monthly compiler releases for years, but the language definition has now stabilized. Wall added, “At this point we're optimizing, fixing bugs, and documenting, and I feel comfortable saying we can take a snapshot of whatever we have in December and call it the first production release.”
  • PEAR 1.10 Released With PHP 7 Support
  • Couchbase Server 4.0 introduces SQL-based query language N1QL (Nickel)
    Couchbase Server 4.0 is designed to give software application development pros a route to building more apps on Couchbase.