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LXer: Whats holding your conference back

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 10:59:22 AM
There has recently been an open source development in accessibility issues. The OW2 Consortium, a multinational, independent community of technologists and open source community leaders, has announced an initiative to foster vendor-neutral technology work to help ensure and manage accessibility.

Reddit: Is incompatibility with Microsoft Word a sound concern to not change to Linux?

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 10:51:28 AM

My father often feels unhappy with his current computer setup using Windows. However, attempts to get him to try Linux have so far failed. The most important reason for him to stick with Windows, is that he writes documents in Word for his work, and that he wants to be sure that these documents have the same formatting when his colleagues read them.

I expect that interoptability of rich text documents is a problem that many of you frequent Linux users face day-to-day, so maybe you can shine some light on this concern of his. I myself work in a programmers-environment where most of us use Linux, so I don't deal with this problem very often.

Is the compatibility between documents written on Linux (OpenOffice, LibreOffice) and Microsoft Word a sound concern?

I seem to remember that the formatting of Word documents drastically changed between versions (e.g. a document witten in Word 2010 will look very different in Word 2007, again different in Word 2003, etc.) but I was unable to find hard proof of this.

I know that OpenOffice/LibreOffice are able to both read and save .odt and .doc(x) formats, and Microsoft Word is able to do the same.

So, my questions:

  • Do documents written with LibreOffice/OpenOffice drastically change formatting when opened in Microsoft Word?
  • How is this vice-versa?
  • Is it better to use .odt or .doc(x)to save the files, if you want to be sure that the files look the most alike between programs (/program versions)?
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Reddit: how to fix proxy squid on virtualmin (ubuntu 16,04)?

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 09:10:47 AM

Can someone tell me what should I do to fix on "this must be done before squid can run"?this is my problem:; that right, the error call FATAL. for more detail, I like you visit my /etc/squid3/squid,conf file on: Can someone explain how to fix it? or just edit free for me.

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LXer: Oracle Loses Again, Red Hat Competes With FOSS & More…

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 09:05:00 AM
Also included: six new distro releases, Ubuntu considering dropping 32-bit support and the feds were after Snowden.

LXer: Realtek spins wireless oriented Arduino compatible SBC

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 07:10:38 AM
Realtek has launched a $25, Arduino compatible “Ameba” SBC, built around a 166MHz Cortex-M3 RTL8195AM chipset, and offering WiFi and NFC. When you think of Realtek Semiconductor, you probably think about audio codecs, but the company makes a wide variety of other ICs and MCUs that end up on hacker boards. Realtek is now trying […]

LXer: Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Unboxing, Still the Most Powerful Ubuntu Phone

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 05:16:16 AM
Today we have the great pleasure to offer our readers an unboxing video of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which Canonical was nice enough to lend to us for an in-depth review.

LXer: Google releases SwiftShader, Spatials update coming to Linux, and more gaming news

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 03:21:54 AM
In this week's edition, we take a look at SwiftShader, The Spatials: Galactology's plan for a Linux release, and more.Open gaming roundup for June 26-July 2, 2016read more

Reddit: Serious answers only. What type of USB device would the FBI have used to copy the data from Ross Ulbricht (the founder of the initial Silk Road)'s computer to copy all his data while they choked him by surprise?

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 03:11:57 AM

Just asking here cause I know it probably has something to do with a Linux USB. And for some reason, I assume he used a mac. So lets assume he used a mac.

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Reddit: What FOSS projects are the most competitive compared to commercial & proprietary alternatives?

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 02:04:06 AM

I'm thinking in some holistic total quality sense, rather than trying to compare strictly by market share or by feature listings. If you have more features but they don't work or you can't find how to use them, that doesn't make your software any better.

Obvious example: the LAMP stack. Competitive with Windows servers.

Arguable example: Android. Certainly competitive with iOS and beaten BlackBerry and Windows, but the "useful" parts seem to be increasingly under Google's sole control these days.

What others can you think of?

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LXer: Hands On Embedded Linux Development Training course.

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 01:27:32 AM
LinuxCertified Inc, a leading provider of Linux training and services, announced its next Hands On Embedded Linux Development class to be held in San Francisco Bay Area from [url=]July 20th - 22nd, 2016.[/url]

TuxMachines: Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Now Available on KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 01:03:10 AM

It took him about a month since the release of the Mycroft AI application for the GNOME Shell interface of the GNOME desktop environment, but developer Aditya Mehra managed to get it running on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop as well.

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TuxMachines: Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Unboxing, Still the Most Powerful Ubuntu Phone

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 12:57:44 AM

Today, July 2, 2016, we have the great pleasure to offer our readers an unboxing video of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which Canonical was nice enough to lend to us for an in-depth review.

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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Saturday 2nd of July 2016 11:58:23 PM
  • Oracle Loses Again, Red Hat Competes With FOSS & More…

    Also included: has a birthday, six new distro releases, Ubuntu considering dropping 32-bit support and the feds were after Snowden.

  • Is Your OS Working For You Or Enslaving You?

    Essentially, folks bought a PC to use, run their applications and browse their networks and MS has installed malware on them to advertise “10”. Malware. That’s what this is. If the guy who made your OS deliberately installs malware on your PC, what are you going to do?

  • Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

    As the Windows 10 free upgrade period draws to a close, Microsoft is stepping up its operating system's nagware to full-screen takeovers.

    The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8.1 desktops from now until July 30, when the free upgrade period ends.

  • Check out 'Why, Phil?', new Linux audio webshow series

    Philip Yassin has recently started an upbeat Linux audio webshow series called 'Ask Phil?'. Only recently started, the series has already notched up an impressive 7 episodes, most of which revolve around Phil's favourite DAW, Qtractor.

  • Pitivi: An Open Source and Powerful Video Editor for Linux

    Pitivi is a well known video editor, the initial release was back in May, 2004 and still in active development. It is an open source, non-linear video editor for Linux developed by various contributors from all over the world, licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). It aims to be a powerful and flexible video editor that can attract to prosumers and professionals.
    In February, 2014 the project held a fundraising campaign through Gnome foundation, the goal was to raise €100,000 for further development. The fundraiser did not reach the goal but raised above €23,000 as of 2015, which allowed partially funded development.

  • Plasma 5.6.5 and Frameworks 5.23 now in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04

    Plasma 5.6.5 brings bugfixes and translations from the month of June thanks to contributors, while Frameworks 5.23 brings new fixes in KWallet, KWayland, Breeze and much more!

  • This Week in GTK+ – 7
  • Builder Designs

    Thanks to the wonderful design skill of Allan, Builder got a bunch of new designs this last month. Last week, after arriving home from the Toronto hackfest, I started reshaping Builder to match.

  • Mageia 6 Release Notes
  • The next step towards Mageia 6 is here, sta1 has been released

    Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of the next step in the path to Mageia 6.

  • Bear is working for its money

    Since I made the new Slackware 14.2 data available 24 hours ago, the server has been pushing out 1.67 Terabytes of data, at an average of 155 MBytes/sec. Needless to say that this server was a good investment, I could never have managed this on my old platform.

  • Zacks EPS Estimates For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Is $0.41
  • Python 3 in Fedora

    At the 2016 Python Language Summit, Petr Viktorin, who is the team lead for the Python maintenance group at Red Hat, described the progress that Fedora has made in switching to Python 3 by default. He also presented some work that has been done to split up the standard library to try to reduce Python's footprint for cloud deployments.

    Viktorin pointed to a site that is tracking Fedora's Python 3 porting efforts. In particular, he showed the history graph that displays the progress since October 2015. Some 1300 packages are now either able to run on both Python 2 and 3 or just on 3, though there are still 1700 or so to go.

  • GSoC 2016 Weekly Rundown: Breaking down WordPress networks

    At the moment, there are not any plans to set up or offer a blog-hosting service to contributors (and for good reason). The only two websites that would receive the benefits of a multi-site network would be the Community Blog and the Magazine. For now, the intended scale of expanding WordPress into Fedora is to these two platforms.

  • Hacker Tells How To Crack Android Encryption On Millions of Smartphones

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS

Saturday 2nd of July 2016 11:55:43 PM
  • SourceForge eyes a comeback

    Years ago, was the premiere hosting service for open-source and free-software projects. But, after changing hands several times, the site ran seriously afoul of the development community in 2015; its staff was accused of secretly commandeering inactive project accounts and of replacing project downloads with installers side-loaded with adware or even malware. In early 2016, however, the site changed hands yet again, and its new owners have set out to regain the community's trust.

    To recap, SourceForge was launched in 1999 by VA Linux Systems, which was initially a hardware vendor. Over the next few years, the company acquired several other free-software related sites, including Freshmeat, Slashdot, and NewsForge (where I worked for several years). For a while, VA operated for "community" open-source projects and offered a separate "enterprise" edition to corporate clients.

  • NEC establishes Open Source Software Technology Centre in India

    NEC Corporation and NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NTI) announced the establishment of the “OSS Technology Centre,” an organization specializing in technical support related to the use of open source software (OSS).

  • Why an international sports betting and gaming operator uses open source

    Enterprise business is one thing, but most people live down in the trenches. The common business doesn’t have a budget or staff to match the big dogs, but they do have the same needs. One of these needs is for solid, reliable server and data operations. The open-source movement has become a refuge for smaller companies, offering software and services that, in many cases, match what enterprise uses.

  • The WRT54GL: A 54Mbps router from 2005 still makes millions for Linksys

    In a time when consumers routinely replace gadgets with new models after just two or three years, some products stand out for being built to last.

    Witness the Linksys WRT54GL, the famous wireless router that came out in 2005 and is still for sale. At first glance, there seems to be little reason to buy the WRT54GL in the year 2016. It uses the 802.11g Wi-Fi standard, which has been surpassed by 802.11n and 802.11ac. It delivers data over the crowded 2.4GHz frequency band and is limited to speeds of 54Mbps. You can buy a new router—for less money—and get the benefit of modern standards, expansion into the 5GHz band, and data rates more than 20 times higher.


    Linksys doesn't bother promoting the WRT54GL much. But La Duca mentioned the continued production of the WRT54GL recently when I interviewed him for a story on Linksys' project to let users install open source firmware on new routers without breaking the latest FCC anti-interference rules. The WRT54GL was the first wireless router I ever purchased about a decade ago; I was surprised that Linksys still produces them, so I asked the company for more details.

  • Hadoop Summit Brings Big Data News

    Multiple Big Data vendors and efforts debut new Hadoop technologies at this week's summit in California.

    It was a big week for Big Data, with multiple vendors making announcements at this week's Hadoop Summit in San Jose.

  • Improving LibreOffice User Experience (UX)

    Effective from May 2016, Heiko Tietze has started working as a consultant to drive LibreOffice UX one step further.

    Heiko has been one of the most active UX volunteers during the last few years, and has been instrumental in a rather large number of the user interface improvements since LibreOffice 4.4.

  • Blockchain Breakthrough: Peerplays Creates Open-Source Fee Sharing Module

    Despite the fact that Peerplays have helped change the shape of the Blockchain space with the development of an open-source fee sharing module, the team believe that while it won’t take long for others to catch on to the same ideas that they have, they are of the opinion that Peerplays is designed in a way that incentivizes developers to connect their own server-side games, as well as new games built on sidechains.

  • GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, and more open source news

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TuxMachines: Openwashing

Saturday 2nd of July 2016 11:54:48 PM

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LXer: How to respond to direct, harsh criticism at work

Saturday 2nd of July 2016 11:33:10 PM
I recently received an email from a colleague that, among other things, suggested that I was "playing a shell game." I tend to pride myself on being transparent and honest, so it was a surprise to see, and it stung. The email explained, in direct language, that my colleague didn't trust my team, was highly frustrated, and had very low confidence in our more

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  • Apache Graduates Another Big Data Project to Top Level
    For the past year, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Only days ago, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And now, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic.
  • Spark 2.0 takes an all-in-one approach to big data
    Apache Spark, the in-memory processing system that's fast become a centerpiece of modern big data frameworks, has officially released its long-awaited version 2.0. Aside from some major usability and performance improvements, Spark 2.0's mission is to become a total solution for streaming and real-time data. This comes as a number of other projects -- including others from the Apache Foundation -- provide their own ways to boost real-time and in-memory processing.
  • Why Uber Engineering Switched from Postgres to MySQL
    The early architecture of Uber consisted of a monolithic backend application written in Python that used Postgres for data persistence. Since that time, the architecture of Uber has changed significantly, to a model of microservices and new data platforms. Specifically, in many of the cases where we previously used Postgres, we now use Schemaless, a novel database sharding layer built on top of MySQL. In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks we found with Postgres and explain the decision to build Schemaless and other backend services on top of MySQL.
  • GNU Hyperbole 6.0.1 for Emacs 24.4 to 25 is released
    GNU Hyperbole (pronounced Ga-new Hi-per-bo-lee), or just Hyperbole, is an amazing programmable hypertextual information management system implemented as a GNU Emacs package. This is the first public release in 2016. Hyperbole has been greatly expanded and modernized for use with the latest Emacs 25 releases; it supports GNU Emacs 24.4 or above. It contains an extensive set of improvements that can greatly boost your day-to-day productivity with Emacs and your ability to manage information stored across many different machines on the internet. People who get used to Hyperbole find it helps them so much that they prefer never to use Emacs without it.
  • Belgium mulls reuse of banking mobile eID app
    The Belgium government wants to reuse ‘Belgian Mobile ID’ a smartphone app for electronic identification, developed by banks and telecom providers in the country. The eID app could be used for eGovernment services, and the federal IT service agency, Fedict, is working on the app’s integration.
  • Water resilience that flows: Open source technologies keep an eye on the water flow
    Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of global climate change, these events will only become more frequent and intense. Water variability, at its worst, can threaten the lives and well-beings of countless people. Sadly, humans cannot control the weather to protect themselves. But according to Silja Hund, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, communities can build resilience to water resource stress. Hund studies the occurrence and behavior of water. In particular, she studies rivers and streams. These have features (like water volume) that can change quickly. According to Hund, it is essential for communities to understand local water systems. Knowledge of water resources is helpful in developing effective water strategies. And one of the best ways to understand dynamic water bodies like rivers is to collect lots of data.

Development News

  • JavaScript keeps its spot atop programming language rankings
    U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops the list, followed by Java and PHP. Those are same three languages that topped RedMonk’s list in January. In fact, the entire top 10 remains the same as it was it was six months ago. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Redmonk’s list—compiling the “performance of programming languages relative to one another on GitHub and Stack Overflow”—is that there are so few surprises, at least in the top 10.
  • Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest
    It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise. This month's raking from TIOBE put Java at number one and C at number two, while the IEEE reverses those two, and the IEEE doesn't rank assembly as a top-ten language like TIOBE does. It's worth noting however that the IEEE's sources are extremely diverse: the index comprises search results from Google, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, Reddit, Hacker News, CareerBuilder, Dice, and the institute's own eXplore Digital Library. Even then, there are some oddities in the 48 programming environments assessed: several commenters to the index have already remarked that “Arduino” shouldn't be considered a language, because code for the teeny breadboard is written in C or C++.