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LXer: Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

Friday 1st of August 2014 04:03:34 PM
In a surprise move, HP has granted OpenVMS a new lease on life, effectively reversing last year's decision to mothball the venerable server OS. HP hasn't changed its mind about its latest OpenVMS roadmap, which has it ending standard support for some versions of the OS next year and pulling the plug completely by 2020. Rather, it has granted an exclusive license to another company, VMS Software Inc. (VSI), to take over after its own support ends.

TuxMachines: SteamOS Beta 126 Better Handles XBMC

Friday 1st of August 2014 03:54:26 PM

Valve has pushed another update out to SteamOS, with this time around there being benefits to fans of the XBMC multimedia software.

SteamOS Update 126 was pushed out to Alchemist Beta and it incorporates additional packages needed into the SteamOS archive for running XBMC media software. There's also compositor fixes and various package updates to handle security issues.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-2 released!

Friday 1st of August 2014 03:52:55 PM

This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.

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TuxMachines: Kubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 (Utopic Unicorn) Is Out, Users Can Test the Beautiful Plasma 5 Desktop

Friday 1st of August 2014 03:48:55 PM

Kubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 (Utopic Unicorn) is now ready for download and its developers provide both the KDE 4.14 branch and the new Plasma 5 for testing.

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TuxMachines: Kano – simple as Lego, powered by Pi

Friday 1st of August 2014 02:58:10 PM

For some time now, there has been much talk about the Raspberry Pi revolutionising the teaching of computing in schools. Linux User & Developer has devoted much space and attention to the growing number of Jamborees and the increasing attention teachers are giving to the small, £25 bare-bones machine. It is, say advocates, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing, allowing them to see and actually interact with the innards of the machines they are using. It is, they add, a great platform for programming and for creating all manner of electronic wonders.

But for former journalist Alex Klein, it doesn’t quite go far enough and – simple as many believe it is to use – he believes the Raspberry Pi in its vanilla state is still too confusing for some. He points to the Raspberry Pi For Dummies guide which, at 400 pages, he feels is far too long and impenetrable. This is the reason why he began a Kickstarter project called Kano: in order to produce a user-friendly computer and coding kit, asking for $100,000. By the time the project was successfully funded on December 19, 2013, 13,387 backers had pledged $1,522,160.

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LXer: Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother

Friday 1st of August 2014 02:09:12 PM
It was May of 2012 at a security conference in Calgary, Alberta, when professor Ron Deibert heard a former high-ranking official suggest he should be prosecuted. This wasn't too surprising. In Deibert's world, these kinds of things occasionally get whispered through the grapevine, always second-hand. But this time he was sitting on a panel with John Adams, the former chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the National Security Agency's little-known northern ally. Afterward, he recalls, the former spy chief approached and casually remarked that there were people in government who wanted Deibert arrested—and that he was one of them.

LXer: Careers in Open Source Week features professionals tips and lessons learned in the field

Friday 1st of August 2014 01:12:01 PM
This week, we published articles from eight young professionals in open source—they are interns, students, and fellows working on open source projects and for teams that are part of open source businesses. Next week, we'll publish articles from open source professionals who have been working in the field for a significant portion of their careers or who have at some point in thier careers worked on an open project.

LinuxToday: How to get nowhere in particular

Friday 1st of August 2014 01:00:00 PM

The Linux Rain: In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks.

Reddit: Fuck you, Microsoft and Secure Boot.

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:45:56 PM

I was completely indifferent to Microsoft and I was just happy with my cool Unity Ubuntu. Now, I wish with all my heart that Microsoft should meet their downfall and face the same fate as Internet Explorer faced. Even your friend think that you are a douche bag when you use IE.

Isn't it illegal? Isn't it abusing monopoly to enforce the fucking UEFI Secure Boot and locking me out of my own hardware. I don't want the piece of shit called Windows. Its a plague, it is something that should be wiped out of the earth.

Fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck you, Balmer and sodomize yourself with a baton up your ass.

TL;DR: Please help me on how to install Unity Ubuntu on a 32-bit processor with UEFI.

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LXer: What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:14:50 PM
Zuck's engineers unveil formal spec based on PHP 5.6. A group of Facebook developers has decided to break with 20 years of tradition and release a formal specification for the PHP programming language. The initial draft of the spec was released on Wednesday and is available via a Git repository hosted on

Phoronix: SteamOS Beta 126 Better Handles XBMC

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:00:37 PM
Valve has pushed another update out to SteamOS, with this time around there being benefits to fans of the XBMC multimedia software...

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Linux Foundation's certification sets new benchmark for admins

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Adapting to the Mobile World

Now more than ever companies are gaining a mobile presence due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets. It is important to any company’s success to become part of the mobile world if they want to build business. Consumers used to look up companies in the phonebook, but now the first action consumers take when they need to find a company is to look them up online. If consumers cannot find a company online, they are likely to find a different company instead of continuing the search through other means. Because the Internet is so easily accessed from mobile devices now, consumers use their devices to find their favorite companies so a strong mobile presence is a must if companies do not want to lose business. Hasbro goes mobile According to Mobile Marketer, Hasbro has decided to create a mobile presence in order to keep up with video games. So far Hasbro’s Monopoly application has been a great success because it promotes family and friend engagement and users can personalize the app by uploading pictures of themselves to use as game pieces. Consumers like personalization, and so if companies want to see success from their mobile marketing strategies they should consider personalizing them to consumers in some way. Companies hesitate to go mobile because they are set in their ways, and they might already be seeing success, however as technology advances all companies should consider building a mobile presence if they want to continue to be successful. Successful mobile marketing techniques Thanks to mobile devices there are a number of ways companies can reach out to consumers who use them. SMS advertisements are a great way to personalize advertising for consumers making them feel important and ultimately driving in business. Marketing applications are another way companies can engage with consumers on a more personal basis. Consumers like to be in control, and applications are a great way they can control the type of marketing they receive. If apps are intriguing enough, consumers are likely to promote them to friends and family, which will ultimately promote business. Convenience of being mobile Consumers like the convenience of being able to locate and engage with their favorite companies from their mobile devices, so it is important that companies maintain that presence. Consumers are looking for ways to make their lives easier, and being able to purchase products with the click of a button or pay bills on the fly will only increase business for companies because consumers are always looking for convenience. Being mobile can benefit companies in several ways, but one way that is especially appealing to companies is the ease of keeping track of business thanks to their mobile presence. Mobile devices and websites help companies to keep track of important data such as which marketing strategies are working the best and where most of the sales are coming from. Being mobile can enhance business in several ways and should be a priority for all companies. Mobile Technology News brought to you by Source:

Why we use open source - Australia’s Immigration agency explains

Why choose open source? “In some ways, [the open source software used by the agency] is effectively more capable” than commercial products, he said. “In terms of cost-effectiveness, [it] wins hands down: no license/maintenance fees, extensible architecture [and] global open source R&D.” The team uses an open source software package called ‘R’. Read more