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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:21:21 AM
Kids don't want to code. They want to solve problems us oldies can't perceive. “Grandpa is getting pretty old. Out there all alone on that farm, he has no one to look in on him, just to see if he’s ok. He’ll use the landline, but he’s beyond of the range of mobile, and he’s never been really great with computers. No Skype or emails. Grandpa does have internet. So I built this for him."

Is There Such Thing as Too Many GNU/Linux Distributions?

Thursday 27th of August 2015 08:24:10 AM
I think it's time to clarify the matter of "too many Linux distributions" once and for all. As a Linux veteran like myself, it is getting annoying to see all sorts of comments on the Internet from people complaining that there are way too many distributions of Linux.

Kickin’ Back at Texas Linux Fest

Thursday 27th of August 2015 07:26:59 AM
The usual suspects were in attendance this year, plus some I had never seen before. Conspicuously missing were my friends at ThinkPenguin. They were more than generous in giving us perks for our last fund raiser and I was a bit bummed I wouldn’t have a chance to see them in person again this year. The Ubuntu table was busy as always and the focus, at least for those visiting the exhibit, was the Ubuntu phone. No matter who I heard introducing themselves, the main topic or questions asked was about the Ubuntu phone. Many of us might have thought that the interest in the Ubuntu slabs was exaggerated or astroturfed, but from what I could tell the Ubuntu Phone most certainly is on the minds of many Ubuntu users.

Fedora 23 Alpha Server Released for ARM 64-bit and POWER Hardware Architectures

Thursday 27th of August 2015 06:05:30 AM
The Fedora Project, through Peter Robinson, announced the release of the Server edition of the Fedora 23 Alpha operating system for ARM 64-bit (AArch64) and POWER (PPC64 and PPC64le) hardware architectures.

How to upgrade a WordPress website via SSH

Thursday 27th of August 2015 05:08:19 AM
Keeping your WordPress installation, plugins and themes is very important. You have to continually update WordPress immediately after a new version is released.

How to Install Kernel 4.1.6 LTS in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Derivatives

Thursday 27th of August 2015 04:11:08 AM
Linux kernel 4.1.6 LTS has been announced and released by Greg Kroah-Hartman. It now available to download and install.

LibreOffice 5.0.1 to Feature Improved Rendering When Scrolling

Thursday 27th of August 2015 03:13:57 AM
The Document Foundation has just released the second Release Candidate for the LibreOffice 5.0.1 branch and the developers have fixed quite a few issues that have been spotted by the community.

The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

Thursday 27th of August 2015 02:16:46 AM
IBM is warning corporates to start blocking TOR services from their networks, citing rising use of the encrypted network to deliver payloads like ransomware. The advice comes in the company's latest X-Force research team report (PDF).

Blue Box OpenStack Lands on IBM Softlayer Servers

Thursday 27th of August 2015 01:19:35 AM
BM is moving quickly to integrate technology from the recently acquired Blue Box cloud into its Softlayer cloud services. IBM announced the acquisition of Blue Box on June 3.

OpenStack makes some important friends

Thursday 27th of August 2015 12:22:24 AM
OpenStack turned 5 last month. This week it made some important friends who want to help accelerate the open source cloud project.

Ubuntu Touch's Telegram App 2.0 to Arrive Next Month Based on TelegramQML

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:25:13 PM
We have been informed recently that the Telegram app of Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system will be updated to version 2.0 and based on the Telegram API created by Aseman, TelegramQML.

Concerning Containers' Connections: on Docker Networking

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 10:28:02 PM
Containers can be considered the third wave in service provision afterphysical boxes (the first wave) and virtual machines (the secondwave). Instead of working with complete servers(hardware or virtual), youhave virtual operating systems, which are far more lightweight.

KDE's Plasma 5.4: The most advanced and beautiful Linux desktop

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 09:30:51 PM
The KDE community just released Plasma 5.4, a major update to their desktop environment and it continues to shows the prowess of this ‘leaderless’ community.

8 new tutorials for OpenStack users and developers

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 08:33:40 PM
With the large ecosystem around OpenStack, getting started, learning more, or even just finding the solution to your particular problem can be quite an undertaking. Even if you're a regular contributor to the project, it can be hard to keep up with the rapid pace of development. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you out: the official documentation, a number of OpenStack training and certification programs, as well as community-authored tutorials.read more

1 in 4 Games on Steam Now Has Linux Support

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 07:36:29 PM
The Steam for Linux platform is expanding, and it's now home to more than 1,400 games and applications. The number of new titles, ported or released natively, has been increasing in the past year or so, and there is no sign that it's slowing down.

How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 06:39:18 PM
Linux is 24 years old today. In 1996, he told me how it all started.

How to prepare for bad weather on Linux

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 05:42:07 PM
Severely bad weather is one of the few things that can still awe people while causing large-scale catastrophes. Especially if you live in the US, you most likely have witnessed a dangerously large storm during the tornado season. Preparing for those situations is crucial for the safety and survival of you and your family, and while you can always keep an eye on the news for weather reports, you can also use your Linux system to draw conclusions yourself. There are a couple of free software tools that offer more “specialized” information that goes well beyond air speed and temperature.

Markup lowdown: 4 markup languages every team should know

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 03:39:48 PM
When I ended my Doc Dish article about why you should use a rendered language for documentation, I told you that selecting a language was a matter for another day.Well another day has finally arrived.read more

GitHub wobbles under DDOS attack

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 02:42:37 PM
What's that big spike on site performance graph?Developer playground GitHub is experiencing a under attack distributed-denial-of-service attack perpetrated by unknown actors.…

For UNC scientists, open source is the way forward

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 01:45:26 PM
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—more commonly called stone man's syndrome—is the result of a rare mutation, an anomaly in the way certain enzymes called kinases spur protein synthesis. Someone with stone man's syndrome has hyperactive kinases that catalyze more bone production than they should. The body's natural repair mechanisms malfunction, and they replace soft tissue with deposits of solid bone. Joints freeze. The body becomes a prison.read more

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Btrfs For Linux 4.3 Has TRIM & RAID 5/6 Fixes

While the F2FS and EXT4 updates for Linux 4.3 weren't too meaty, there's a bit more going on in the Btrfs camp. Chris Mason sent in his Btrfs file-system updates today for the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window. Within the Btrfs updates this round is a TRIM patch to fix some corner cases, RAID 5 and RAID6 fixes, support for new blkio controllers, and various other fixes and code clean-ups. Read more Also: Input Driver Updates For The Linux 4.3 Kernel The Significant DRM Graphics Pull Request Has Been Sent In For Linux 4.3