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TuxMachines: 4 open-source productivity tools for Android that are better than their proprietary counterparts

Thursday 31st of July 2014 09:05:15 AM

Although the official Android platform isn't open source (nor is the majority of the apps found on the Google Play Store), there are plenty of open-source apps available for you to install and enjoy. These apps range from silly games to everyday tools. One category that benefits from open source is productivity. You'll find apps to fit many of your productivity needs. If you don't like the way these apps look or behave (or even if you want to add new features) and you have the skills to do so, you can get their source and rework them to better fit your needs.

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TuxMachines: DHS Wants To Help Developers Secure Open-Source Software

Thursday 31st of July 2014 09:02:01 AM

The Department of Homeland Security is funding a project aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure and networks by providing tools that test for defects in open source and commercial software.

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TuxMachines:, built on open source code, goes live

Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:59:41 AM

A new website making it easier for government in New Zealand to deliver information and services was designed and developed in-house by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), using the Common Web Platform. The templates are written in PHP, which DIA runs on the Silverstripe CMS. is based on the open source code available through Gov.UK. Its design and content was tested with users on a publicly available beta site, and content fact checking was undertaken in collaboration with more than 40 government agencies.

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TuxMachines: Open Source provides compelling benefits to business

Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:36:44 AM

The benefits of open source software have long been understood and embraced within some sectors, but in the enterprise world open source has until recently been met with skepticism and caution. That's changing fast.

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LXer: Magellan GPS takes Android for an RV adventure

Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:36:31 AM
Magellan unveiled an Android-based navigation tablet for RVs with a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, WiFi and Bluetooth, and real-time traffic updates. The RoadMate RV9490T-LMB appears to be Magellan’s first Android-based automotive GPS, and it’s specifically aimed at recreational vehicle owners. Magellan still uses Windows Mobile in many of its navigation devices.

TuxMachines: Debian Edu interview: Bernd Zeitzen

Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:32:42 AM

The complete and free “out of the box” software solution for schools, Debian Edu / Skolelinux, is used quite a lot in Germany, and one of the people involved is Bernd Zeitzen, who show up on the project mailing lists from time to time with interesting questions and tips on how to adjust the setup. I managed to interview him this summer.

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TuxMachines: Bio-Linux 8.0.2 Is an Ubuntu 14.04-Based OS for Scientists That Analyze Biological Data – Gallery

Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:29:36 AM

Bio-Linux, a fully-featured, powerful, configurable, and easy to maintain bioinformatics workstation built on the Ubuntu operating system, is now at version 8.0.2.

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Reddit: How tolerant of disconnects is DRBD?

Thursday 31st of July 2014 07:55:57 AM

I'm looking at creating a simple network raid 1 between two devices, but frequently the secondary one will be taken offline. Has anyone had much experience with this sort of scenario or should I be looking at a different solution? It needs to be block level since it's only going to be syncing VHDs between two systems, at minimal/no impact to the VMs running on the VHDs. The primary would always be accessible to the running VMs, as they'd be on the same hardware, but the secondary would be available as the destination for a live migration of the aformentioned VMs, with allowing the local storage (secondary) to make file access be quicker.

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TuxMachines: My Life with Firefox OS

Thursday 31st of July 2014 07:48:23 AM

It is not the best smartphone in the market, I know. In fact, I read lots of reviews before buying this phone. The most interesting point was that it was labeled a "developer" device, not an end-user phone. Even with its many "flaws," I made up my mind and bought this smart thingie because it has everything I want on a cellphone: Firefox OS

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LXer: Review: Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" MATE

Thursday 31st of July 2014 07:39:20 AM
There were some issues with Mupen64Plus that I did not expect, and some with Compiz that I did. Leaving those aside, though, Linux Mint delivered a solid and reliable experience again, and I support the move to an only-LTS release schedule.

Reddit: Linux Server System Requirements?

Thursday 31st of July 2014 07:21:43 AM

I'm in the process of developing a website dedicated to letting users live stream (Predicting about 1000 users, obviously not all at the same time) I was wondering what would be the minimum system requirements to pull something like this off. I need to run the apache, mysql, php, various php plugins and addons, etc. Could anyone recommend a pre existing build for me to look at or just ramble off some specs? Thanks in advance.

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TuxMachines: New Open Source Effort Provides Free Cloud Orchestration as a Service

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:53:50 AM

Specifically, GoGrid-sponsored hopes to advance the open data services ecosystem with a free orchestration service, software library and community. Essentially, the effort aims to do for entire clouds what virtualization did for servers by delivering a range of complex, “full-stack” solutions. Users, in turn, can then easily deploy complex applications in a single cloud, across multiple clouds, on-premises or any combination in between.

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice 4.3 Released, KDE Naming, and Zorin Reasons

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:42:11 AM

Today was quite the busy news day here in Linuxville and the top story must have been the release of LibreOffice 4.3. Seems it brought significant changes and got lots of coverage. has a list of the top eight alternative operating systems and Bruce Byfield looks at KDE's continually confusing callings. We have 10 reasons to try Zorin OS and 10 easy steps to changing Manjaro back to Arch. Heartbleed is still reeking havoc and Tor issues an advisory. And even that's not all.

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LXer: Silicon Mechanics Gives Back

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:42:09 AM
Silicon Mechanics, Inc., announced this week that Wayne State University (WSU) is the recipient of the company’s 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant. This includes donation of a complete high-performance compute cluster from Silicon Mechanics and several of its partners.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu: Through the Eyes of a Travel Blogger

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:36:32 AM

Reliability – Ubuntu provides the reliability that Windows could not. The operating system speed has at least tripled in comparison with using Windows 7. We are not pulling our hair out waiting for a program to load, experiencing hang-ups or delays when switching screens or shutting-down. All actions are instantaneous.

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Reddit: Getting started with Linux. I have some questions!

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:21:03 AM

I want to get started using Linux given that I am sick of Windows and also, next year I am starting CS at college, so I might have some knowledge on Unix (I believe).

Well, what I wanted to ask was:

1) Is there a way to learn how to "customize" it, as I have seen people do?

2) Is it worth it?

3) I was told to start with Ubuntu; what do you think of it?

Thank you!

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Reddit: need help with linux

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:01:35 AM

So I downloaded a Linux OS (Zorin) and I understand Linux kind of but i do want to learn more. however right now my only problem is trying to run games. when i go to a site and download the Linux version of a game right now trying to play minecraft, it downloads fine but it gives me several folders with all the data and coding in it. I don't know what to do past this point, I'm still very new to Linux and would love any help I can get.

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Reddit: OpenPhoenux GTA04: SIP on Replicant 4.2

Thursday 31st of July 2014 06:00:44 AM

LXer: open a url highlighted from anywhere on your desktop with this quick tip for Fedora

Thursday 31st of July 2014 05:44:58 AM
Sometimes when i am using certain applications (especially text editors), the applications themselves do not make URLs that are written out clickable and openable in my default browser. Usually, this would result in me having to highlight the link, copy it to the clipboard, switch to my web browser, open a new tab, paste the link and go.

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Red Hat CTO unexpectedly quits, amid rumors of executive 'friction'

No-one among the rank and file at Red Hat seem to have seen this coming. In a move the Linux giant's staffers said was "shocking" and a "punch in the gut," long-time Red Hat chief technology officer Brian Stevens has resigned. In a short press release, the company announced: "Brian Stevens will step down as CTO." In the same release, Red Hat's president and chief executive Jim Whitehurst said, "We want to thank Brian for his years of service and numerous contributions to Red Hat’s business. We wish him well in his future endeavors." Read more

Is Microsoft engaging in digital imperialism?

Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge. Nothing is going to change in Munich, but Microsoft is trying to maintain an international/universal perception that the migration to GNU/Linux was a disaster. Numerous anonymous blogs were created to attack Munich over this and provocateurs of Microsoft loved citing them, only to be repeatedly proven wrong. Microsoft is trying to make an example out of Munich in all sorts of nefarious ways. We need to defend Munich from this malicious assault by the convicted monopolist and corrupt enterprise that’s acting as though it fights for its very survival (while indeed laying off tens of thousands of employees). Read more

Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Yes! We use a lot of open source. The short list includes Python, GitHub, Processing, VLC, jQuery, D3.js, Blender, VRUI, ImageJ, VMD, ParaView, MeshLab, VNC, ImageMagick, SWIG, Emacs, and many more. We like using open source because it gives us more flexibility because of licensing and allows us the opportunity to contribute back to the community using our expertise. Our favorite open source project that we work on is OpenMDAO. This project is run out of another Division at our Center. Our team provides some programming support. OpenMDAO is an open source Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) framework, written in Python. You can use it to develop an integrated analysis and design environment for your engineering challenges. Read more

GSoC: Thumping the Malaria and voyaging in cosmos with KStars

Let's talk about my project now. KStars is desktop planetarium application under KDE Education Projects. I developed QML based cool interface to enable users to browse through image database of community of astrophotographers (i.e. which contains more than 1,20,000 (number is increasing everyday) real time and very high resolution images along with various information related to them (i.e. Date on which image was captured, Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, RA Centre, DEC Centre, Telescope or Camera used, Description added by astrophotographer etc). I am sure that this browser will enthrall school children by showing them real time images of stars and galaxies located at hundreds of light year far from earth. Read more