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LinuxToday: Can this free software company secure the future of Linux for the city of Munich?

Thursday 4th of September 2014 09:00:00 PM There are many solved problems in open source.

LXer: YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

Thursday 4th of September 2014 08:42:54 PM
Ubuntu 14.10, nicknamed Utopic Unicorn, is coming in just a few months. Alpha releases have been available for some time but beta testing started last week, meaning code is generally stable enough for virtual machines and other testing scenarios. Ubuntu's current release cycle means that the main Ubuntu line usually sits out the first beta and 14.10 is no exception. There is no beta 1 for Ubuntu 14.10; instead this beta consists of a number of participating "flavors," whose betas are also now available.

LinuxToday: Mirantis Counters VMware OpenStack's Openness

Thursday 4th of September 2014 08:00:00 PM

 The VAR Guy: OpenStack vendor Mirantis says VMware's OpenStack distribution does not assure openness or avoid vendor lock-in, but do VMware and Mirantis need each other more than they don't?

TuxMachines: Android Candy: Quit Thumbing Your Passwords!

Thursday 4th of September 2014 07:51:10 PM

With great power comes great responsibility, and it's important to understand what PasswordBox allows you to do. When you initially launch it, you'll be prompted for how you desire the application to handle when it locks your data and requires you to retype the master password. Ideally, this would be "immediately after you quit the app", but PasswordBox allows you to sacrifice security for convenience and will stay unlocked anywhere from 30 seconds to several hours. It even will let you rely on your Android lock screen for security and never prompt you for your master password!

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LXer: Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Series To Promote The Lies Of A Guy Who Pretended To Invent Email?

Thursday 4th of September 2014 07:45:43 PM
Back in 2012, we wrote about how The Washington Post and some other big name media outlets were claiming that a guy named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai had "invented email" in 1978. The problem was that it wasn't even close to true and relied on a number of total misconceptions about email, software and copyright law. Ayyadurai and some of his friends have continued to play up the claim that he "invented" email, but it simply was never true, and it's reaching a level that seems truly bizarre.

TuxMachines: 10 Reasons To Use Open Source Software Defined Networking [Slideshare]

Thursday 4th of September 2014 07:21:33 PM

Open source software (OSS) now has a permanent role in the enterprise IT world. Gartner forecasts that open-source technology will be included in 85% of all commercial software packages by 2015 and 95% of mainstream IT organizations will leverage some element of OSS. One of the fastest growing segments within open software is Software Defined Networking (SDN), which simplifies IT network configuration and management by decoupling control from the physical network infrastructure. The SDN market is projected to surge from $360M to $3.52B in 2018.

To understand more about open source SDN and why it is growing so quickly, I spoke with Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight. Neela works closely with the developer and user communities to advance SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The range of software companies participating in OpenDaylight account for 95% of the entire SDN market. Neela and I took a look at the data on OSS and consolidated all the reasons that people use open source software for SDN into a top ten list.

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TuxMachines: Firewall detects rogue cell towers that try to intercept your calls

Thursday 4th of September 2014 07:13:36 PM

Most people know to turn off GPS on their mobiles if they are bothered about being tracked however fewer people know not to leave on Wi-Fi & call service as these also can be used to track you.

A CryptoPhone maker, GSMK, has developed a firewall that tells you if rogue cell towers are trying to connect to your phone. This is the first phone to protects against these attacks but it’s only compatible with one device, a modded Galaxy S3.

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Phoronix: PlayOnLinux Has Experimental BSD Support

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:50:40 PM
The PlayOnLinux open-source project that's a graphical front-end to Wine to ease the installation of Windows games on Linux and other applications, is continuing to push ahead as it gains more features against CodeWeavers' CrossOver software...

LXer: Can this free software company secure the future of Linux for the city of Munich?

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:48:32 PM
There are many solved problems in open source. Groupware is not one of them. How else would you explain the number of migrations that fail on average in groupware? The Swiss canton of Solothurn is just one example among many as a result of groupware vendors who have given up and transitioned to Outlook or the web to meet their needs. Kolab does things differently. For one, Outlook will never be the client for the Linux desktop. And, the web is a good answer for a lot of things, but not all.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu Touch Can Now Be Used to Control AR Drones

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:24:07 PM

The Ubuntu Touch platform is getting closer to a release on the market and some very interesting applications are making their way into the Ubuntu Store, like this drone control app.

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TuxMachines: Debian PPA Utility

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:20:20 PM

Since its introduction, PPA’s are exclusively connected to Ubuntu and its derivatives (Mint, Elementary, etc …). But over time, a number of interesting projects appeared whose whole development is happening inside of PPA’s. To name few, I’m talking about TLP, Geary, Oracle Java Installer, Elementary OS and etc … Some of these projects are in WNPP without much happening for a long time, i.e: TLP

One option was to repackage these packages and then have them uploaded to Debian, or just go rogue and install them directly from its PPA’s. Title of this post might hint which path I took.

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TuxMachines: Google Chrome 38 Beta Update Improved KDE Wallet Compatibility

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:12:31 PM

The Beta branch of the Google Chrome browser, the Internet browser developed by Google, has been updated yet again and the developers have made a series of changes and improvements.

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TuxMachines: HardenedBSD: The Latest BSD Project That Aims To Boost Security

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:05:35 PM

HardenedBSD is the latest BSD distribution writing into Phoronix to share its work.

HardenedBSD isn't some radical new BSD operating system but rather it's working on being a security-enhanced version of FreeBSD. HardenedBSD is just about providing security enhancements on top of the FreeBSD code-base. This initiative just started this summer by Oliver Pinter and Shawn Webb.

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Reddit: Fedora's New Project Leader Plots What's Next

Thursday 4th of September 2014 06:04:11 PM

TuxMachines: Linux Desktop Fragmentation Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Thursday 4th of September 2014 05:59:17 PM

One of the most common expressions that you will hear in the Linux community is platform fragmentation, and it's also one of the contra arguments that people spout when citing reasons not to get a Linux OS. I'm here to tell you why platform fragmentation is actually a good thing.

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TuxMachines: Android-x86 4.4 review – technically a distro?

Thursday 4th of September 2014 05:52:24 PM

We’ve been keeping an eye on the development of Android-x86 for a little while now, with the release of 4.4 seemingly imminent for some months now. In the past we’ve managed to use dodgy hacks of Android on proper computers or an emulated version via the ADK, but this promises to be one of the first complete ports of the mobile operating system to x86.

Android-x86 is straight-up Android. There are no extra Linux repositories or a custom desktop to accommodate a mouse and keyboard on a standard computer or laptop. What you get is the standard Android 4.4 interface that can be used by touchscreens along with mouse and keyboards. Android actually has some level of mouse support already included in its code anyway, so the main changes revolve around the actual porting of the kernel and components, along with support for the kind of hardware you only get on PC such as wired networks.

The live disc is handled quite differently from a usual Linux distro. Starting it live will get you into an instance of Android that you can easily play around with: it acts exactly like any Android device would if you’d turned it on for the first time, asking for settings and login details. All of this will not be saved so it serves well as a test of the system more than anything else.

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LXer: Wallstone Creativity Desktop 0.95.3 Screenshot Tour

Thursday 4th of September 2014 05:51:21 PM
Wallstone Creativity Desktop 0.95.3 is available. This (mostly) complete system, Powered by OpenSUSE, has plenty of tools for writing, editing, converting documents, scanning documents, handling images and photos, planning, and much more. In addition, if you work on audio or video projects, we're working on making your lives better as well, with programs like OpenShot and Cinelrella, Mixxx, and Audacity. The Wallstone Creativity Desktop wants to be YOUR favorite Linux distribution, so tell us what you'd like to see!

Reddit: Entry-level Operations Center Position - Seattle, WA

Thursday 4th of September 2014 05:34:49 PM

Hopefully this type of post is allowed... We are looking to fill a position in our Service Operations Center. This is a graveyard shift position, working 4 ten hour shifts per week (Most likely Wed-Sat) Shift is from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM. We would like to get someone with some experience working with Linux, and web applications. You don't need to be a whiz, just a general knowledge of how things work in the lamp stack. Great company, great benefits. I worked my way up from this very position, and it's a great place to get your foot in the door! I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the position, or point you in the direction of the application.

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TuxMachines: Tux Machines Ten Months Later

Thursday 4th of September 2014 04:54:27 PM

It wasn’t a big surprise when Linton announced her intention to sell the site. For a while it had been obvious she wasn’t putting the time into it she once had. Since the site had started in 2004, it had been constantly maintained, with links to other sites being posted daily, if not more often. Recently, it had lost that dependability. Days, sometimes weeks, would go by without the site being updated.
“I’m just getting too old and tired to keep the site up the way it and its loyal visitors deserve,” she wrote. “It may get better next spring, but this fall I’ll end up losing all my visitors I’m afraid.”

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More in Tux Machines

Rugged mini-PC runs Android on Via’s Cortex-A9 SoC

Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O. Via designed the “Artigo A900″ mini-PC for use in Android-based interactive kiosks, home automation devices, signage, and other HMI solutions. The 125 x 125 x 30mm mini-PC can be configured to “blend locally-captured real-time video streams with cloud-delivered content to create visually-compelling interactive displays for retail, banking, museums, and other environments,” says Via Technologies. The device can integrate peripherals including sensors, cameras, ticket printers, and barcode and fingerprint scanners, adds the company. Read more

Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones. Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically; only somebody who enters a device's password will be able to see the pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones. Read more

X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

Earlier this summer was the start of an X.Org-funded project to develop Shatter. Shatter has long been talked about as a new feature for the X.Org Server to replace Xinerama. Shatter comes down to allowing the X.Org Server to split the rendering between multiple GPUs with each GPU covering different areas of a larger desktop. A student from Cameroon hoped to develop the Shatter support after such feature was talked about for years. The student, Nyah Check, was being funded by the X.Org Foundation through the foundation's Endless Vacation of Code project that's similar in nature to Google's GSoC but runs year-round and is much more loose about requirements. Read more

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