Sharing a few open source command line utilities I maintain. Would love to get some constructive feedback, improvement suggestions (and some stars on GitHub, if you like them).
- Buku: Powerful command line bookmark manager
- googler: Google Search, Google Site Search, Google News from the terminal
- keysniffer: Linux kernel module to log pressed keys in debugfs
I had seen GNU/Linux once before in my life. At a previous school, the husband of one of the teachers installed it on a PC in my presence. He couldn’t get it working…. Still, I read that GNU/Linux did not crash. I needed that. I was willing to make the effort to download and install GNU/Linux if I could have only that. Our Internet connection was a few KB/s on dial-up… I spent two weekends and five evenings downloading an .iso CD-image with FileZilla or something on a Mac in the lab. I had never burned a CD before but tried once copying the file to the CD. That wouldn’t boot. I discovered CD imaging… So, on the second try, I had a CD that would boot on the machines. I first did one machine and it wouldn’t start X. Having never seen X before, this was a problem but it turned out all I needed was the scanning frequencies for the CRT in a configuration file. Google helped me find those for each of my five different kinds of monitors. Suddenly, the PCs were useful with GNU/Linux.
Linux Under the Hood: Silence of the RAM
Now that I see the events of the last week chronicled clearly in front of my very eyes, maybe the disparaging old junk man was right after all. I’m shameless enough to admit my own idiocy as long as it leads to learning from my mistakes. Maybe Linux isn’t rocket science, but installing RAM was sure beginning to feel like it.
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30 days in a terminal: Day 10 — The experiment is over
When I set out to spend 30 days living entirely in a Linux terminal, I knew there was a distinct possibility I would fail utterly. I mean, 30 days? No GUI software? No Xorg? Just describing it sounds like torture.
And torture it was. Mostly. Some moments, though, were pretty damned amazing. Not amazing enough to help me reach my 30-day goal, mind you. I fell short—only making it to day 10.
- Bad Voltage Episode 70 Has Been Released: Delicious Amorphous Tech Bubble
Tokyo: Automotive Linux Summit
Engineers will gather in Tokyo July 13-14 for the annual Automotive Linux Summit, a conference where auto-industry stakeholders discuss the adoption of an open-source Linux-based platform for in-vehicle infotainment.
The two-day summit brings together automotive systems engineers, Linux experts, developers and other players.
Oxenfree, an adventure game with supernatural elements, available on Linux
This well-received indie title has been ported over to Linux. Combining plenty of elements of 80s teen movies and packaging them in a polished adventure, Oxenfree may be worth checking out if you’re a fan of adventure games.
Space station management game, The Spatials: Galactology, is confirmed to be coming for Linux
This is an expanded and reimagined version of the management sim, The Spatials. It’s yet to be released but the developers have confirmed that a Linux version is in the works.
Red Hat Storage VP sees different uses for Ceph, Gluster
Red Hat Storage showed off updates to its Ceph and Gluster software and laid out its strategy for working with containers at this week’s Red Hat Summit in San Francisco.
- Free software activities in June 2016
RMarkdown and Metropolis/Mtheme
Nick Tierney asked on Twitter about rmarkdown and metropolis about whether folks had used RMarkdown-driven LaTeX Beamer presentations. And the answer is a firm hell yeah. I have been using mtheme (and/or a local variant I called 'm2') as well as the newer (renamed) release mtheme for the last year or two for all my RMarkdown-based presentations as you can see from my presentations page.
DebCamp16 day 6
Redirect one person contacting the Debian sysadmin and web teams to Debian user support. Review wiki RecentChanges. Usual spam reporting.
Logic Supply Is Giving Away a CL100 Ubuntu-Powered Mini-PC, Here's How to Win
Logic Supply informs Softpedia about a new contest they've put together to promote their fanless and ventless industrial PCs, and they're giving away one of the new CL100 ultra-compact mini-PCs powered by Ubuntu Linux.
- Got Dust? Logic Supply Launches Dirtiest PC Contest with #GoFanless Campaign
Google and GitHub are Opening a New Window on Open Source
Where can you find millions of open source code repositories? That would be on GitHub, of course, and with all those code repositories, one would think that analyzing them would lead to some interesting conclusions about open source in general, correct?
That's the thinking behind a new offering from GitHub in partnership with Google. The two have produced a new open dataset on Google BigQuery, a low cost analytics data warehouse service in the cloud, so that anyone can get data-driven insights based on more than 2.8 million open source GitHub repositories. The move brings new data analytics capabilities to BigQuery.
Open Source Gospel From Cisco’s Lauren Clooney
Companies that traditionally focused on proprietary software are now playing catch up in order to compete by utilizing open source development.
My condolences, you’re now the maintainer of a popular open source project
Marc Andreessen, creator of the Netscape web browser, famously said "software is eating the world." I’d like to posit that it’s actually open source software that’s eating the world, and I have a couple of data points to back me up.
First, a conclusion from the 2015 Future of Open Source survey: “Seventy-eight percent of respondents said their companies run part or all of its operations on OSS and 66 percent said their company creates software for customers built on open source. This statistic has nearly doubled since 2010.”
Tip: Try these open-source investigative journalism tools
The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference took place in mid-June in New Orleans, and one of the sessions at the event looked at open-source tools for investigations.
This 'Steal my tool' session highlighted a number of useful open-source investigative platforms, which Sam Berkhead, engagement editor at IJNet, listed in this article published after the conference.
DuckDuckGo: The Little Search Engine That Gives Back Big
The company’s website says, “DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine that is intended to be your starting place when searching the Internet. Use it to get way more instant answers, way less spam and real privacy, which we believe adds up to a much better overall search experience.”
Proprietor Gabriel Weinberg says his once-personal project (founded in 2008) isn’t making anyone wealthy, but he and his workers live decently, and he says they’re doing well enough that giving money to open source projects doesn’t hurt their budget.
Understanding open source licenses
Open source licenses are licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition — in brief, they allow software to be freely used, modified, and shared. To be approved by the Open Source Initiative (also known as the OSI), a license must go through the Open Source Initiative’s license review process.
There has been an increase release of open source software from the day of Linux. Today most popular frame works like bootstrap and software such as Atom IDE used by developers are open source. We often never worry about using open source code but do you know what the license under which the frame you’re using was released means?
Build your own open source solar panels
Do-it-yourself electricity generation is still difficult and expensive. The inventors of the SunZilla project aim to make it easier, cleaner, portable, quiet, and completely open source.
The SunZilla system is designed to replace diesel and gasoline-powered generators for portable and emergency power: camping, events, mobile phone charging station, provide power to refugee camps, or keep the lights on during a power outage. Two people can set it up in a few minutes. It is modular and plug-and-play. Leonie Gildein is one of the five SunZilla engineers, and kindly answered some questions about the project.
Lessons From The Downfall Of A $150M Crowdfunded Experiment In Decentralized Governance
Hype around blockchain has risen to an all-time high. A technology once perceived to be the realm of crypto-anarchists and drug dealers has gained increasing popular recognition for its revolutionary potential, drawing billions in venture-capital investment by the world's leading financial institutions and technology companies.
Regulators, rather than treating blockchain platforms (such as Bitcoin or Ethereum) and other "distributed ledgers" merely as tools of illicit dark markets, are beginning to look at frameworks to regulate and incorporate this important technology into traditional commerce.
Openfunds launches global standard for fund data interchange
The standard is published on the openfunds website and can be used by anyone free of charge.
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- How one company is creating a united open-source community | #HS16SJ
- New search engine makes data instantly searchable, increases data retention | #HS16SJ
- Hadoop and Docker: 'The shift from scale up to scale out' | #HS16SJ
- Is a secondary system for analytics necessary? | #HS16SJ
- 'It's not a Hadoop-only world': Casting a wider data net | #HS16SJ
- IBM's Massive Spark Initiatives Include an Offering for Data Scientists
- Keynote: The New Open Source Data Center [Ed: Why on Earth does EMC speak about “Open Source Data Centre”? It’s a proprietary software company with back doors.]
- Dirk Hohndel Leaves Intel to become VMware's Chief Open Source Officer [Ed: Dirk Hohndel leaves criminal company to help EMC's openwashing]
- VMware Appoints Dirk Hohndel as Chief Open Source Officer
- Open Source Patents : Boon or Bane? [Ed: "Open Source Patents" is a fiction]
- Microsoft updates .Net to 1.0 with new libraries and tools
- Open Source .NET Core 1.0 Released by Microsoft [Ed: Open Core is NOT Open Source]
- Microsoft Spreads Open Source Love With .Net Core 1.0 [Ed: Microsoft and “Love” in the same headlines. In reality, the company attacks FOSS]
- Pitivi 0.96 — Cogito Ergo Proxy
Pitivi 0.96 Released With Proxy Editing Support
In addition to proxy editing, Pitivi 0.96 also has timeline changes, transformation box, setting changes, user interface improvements, the start of allowing custom keyboard shortcuts, and support for Flatpak packages.
Calamares 2.3 Universal Linux OS Installer Released with Full-Disk Encryption
Today, June 30, 2016, the Calamares team was proud to announce the final release and immediate availability for download of the Calamares 2.3 distribution-independent system installer.
Calamares is currently being used in numerous popular operating systems, including, but not limited to, KaOS, Apricity OS, Chakra GNU/Linux, Netrunner, Sabayon, and OpenMandriva. It is the universal installer framework that many GNU/Linux distributions should adopt as it's now one of the most advanced system installers.
etcd3: A new etcd
Over the past few months, CoreOS has been diligently finalizing the etcd3 API beta, testing the system and working with users to make etcd even better. Today etcd v3.0.0, the distributed key value store developed by CoreOS, is available.
In practice, etcd3 is already integrated into a large-scale distributed system, Kubernetes, and we have implemented distributed coordination primitives including distributed locks, elections, and software transactional memory, to ensure the etcd3 API is flexible enough to support a variety of applications. Today we’re proud to announce that etcd3 is ready for general use.
Zend Framework 3 Released!
After 17 months of effort, hundreds of releases, tens of thousands of commits by hundreds of contributors, and millions of installs, we're pleased to announce the immediate availability of Zend Framework 3.
- ANNOUNCE: virt-viewer 4.0 release
- Virt-Manager's Virrt-Viewer 4.0 Released
- 5 SSH Hardening Tips
- Make Peace With Your Processes: Part 5
- How to Install VLC 3.0 Nightly on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Fifth week at GSoC: push information from the daemon!
- Fast Tracing with GDB
- Pretty Print directory of .json files
- Blender and Flatpak
- Linux Lexicon: Working With Directories In Linux
- Tutorial on Signal Processing in Linux with Octave
- Create Your Own "Neural Paintings" using Deep Learning
- Install Avactis Shopping Cart on a CentOS 7 VPS
- Install Nagios core 4.1.1 on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server
- Client-Side Performance
New Nexus 2016 specs rumors follow Android Nougat announcement
Google's meticulously planned transition from the Android N to the Android Nougat naming scheme has been closely followed by fresh Nexus 2016 news.
The internal specs for these next two Android phones has been leaked, and they're both shaping up to be promising sequels to the current Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, according to Android Police.
As we've reported on in the past, HTC is making both handsets this year, but we finally have a clearer idea of the power being put into the larger Android Nougat smartphone, codenamed HTC 'Marlin'.
Android Without Google: A Brief And Mostly Uninspiring History
Profit margins on hardware tend to be slim, and because Google enforces strict conditions on the inclusion of its app store and services, phone makers don’t have much room to stand out with their own software if they want to include any Google elements at all. Analyst firm Canaccord believes many Android phone makers are merely breaking even or losing money.
Google is working on a virtual reality version of Chrome for Android devices
Google wants the entirety of the internet to be explorable in virtual reality, and it's started using its mobile Chrome browser to make that happen. The latest beta and developer versions of Chrome for Android include support for the open source WebVR standard, reports Road to VR. The dev version also makes mention of a "VR Shell" feature that, in the future, will enable mobile device headsets to browse any website regardless of whether it uses WebVR.
- Android N’s name is officially Nougat
- It’s Official: Android N Is Android Nougat
- Android malware earned a Chinese hacking group over $500,000 per day
- Google is not giving India an Android Neyyappam
- Dell says it's done making Android tablets, won't push new updates to existing ones
- PlayStation Vue Arrives on Android
- Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience
- Best Free Android Games
- Google finally reveals the official name for Android N
- Amazon Prime will knock $50 off an Android phone if you look at Amazon’s lock-screen ads
- Enlightenment DR 0.21.0 Release
Enlightenment 0.21 Released With Its Much Better Wayland Support
Another Enlightenment release, another round of significant Wayland improvements.
Enlightenment 0.21.0 Desktop Environment Released with Better Wayland Support
Today, June 30, 2016, Mike Blumenkrantz from the Enlightenment project has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the Enlightenment DR 0.21.0 desktop environment.
Enlightenment is a free window manager/desktop environment distributed under an open source license for all and any GNU/Linux operating system that wants to either adopt it as the default user interface or include it in the software repositories.
The main goal of the Enlightenment desktop environment is to be as lightweight as possible, but at the same time beautiful, and last but not least, provide users with the latest, cutting-edge technologies.
He read a post about these cards on the OpenWRT forums. They’re all a similar configuration of a relatively large amount of memory (compared to the usual embedded computer), a WiFi chip, and an ARM processor running a tiny Linux install. The card acts as a WiFi access point with a little server running on it, and waits for the user to connect to it via a website. It also has a mode where it will connect to up to three access points specified by the user, but it doesn’t actually have a way to tell the user what its IP address is; which is kind of funny.
Eurotech’s rugged, IP40 protected “ReliaGate 20-26” IoT gateway runs Red Hat Linux on a Bay Trail Atom, and has cellular, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth options.
Eurotech’s ReliaGate 20-26 is the latest in a line of Internet of Things gateways, such as the ReliaGate 10-11, based on a TI AM3352 Sitara SoC, and the Intel Atom Z510-based ReliaGate 50-21. For the ReliaGate 20-26, Eurotech advances to a more modern “Bay Trail” Atom E3800.
Today, June 30, 2016, Connie Sieh from the Scientific Linux development team has had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the first Release Candidate (RC) of the upcoming Scientific Linux 6.8 operating system.
PS: Not starting a flame war
I see people keep recommending MATE over pretty much everything, be it lightweight needs or complete modern ones. I have used MATE for a short while on Ubuntu. I didn't really like it and found Xfce to do better job at a traditional and quick UX but that's just my personal opinion of course.
I am new to Linux and have only read about the Gnome 2 days and how Mate came to save the day and stuff. So what's so great about it over Xfce or even in general over KDE, Unity, etc?submitted by /u/littlecosmonaut
With the Radeon RX 480 Linux review now being out of the way and our various other RX 480 Linux benchmarks, the latest results I have to share with being a benchmarking fanatic are RX 480 results with high-end AMD GPU tests of each generation going back to the Radeon HD 4850/4870 (RV770) days. This article has high-end GPUs from the RX 480 to RX 200, HD 7900, HD 6900, HD 6800, HD 5800, and HD 4800 series compared side-by-side with the latest open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver code. Not only is the raw performance being looked at but the system power consumption was also being polled in real-time for looking at the performance-per-Watt too. For any other benchmarking fanatics curious about the Radeon GPU evolution over the past eight years (RV770 launch in 2008), here are the numbers to enjoy.
With the recent release of Fedora 24, Fedora 22 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on July 19th, 2016. After July 19th, all packages in the Fedora 22 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates, and no new packages will be added to the Fedora 22 collection.