Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS Officially Released with GNOME 3.18, Snappy Support
The Ubuntu GNOME team has announced today, April 21, 2016, the official release of the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), as part of the launch of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system.
It's been three years since the promising Ubuntu GNOME distribution was started, which later become an official Ubuntu flavor due to the demand from the community to use a pure GNOME desktop environment on top of a solid Ubuntu Linux base, which was not technically possible because of dependency conflicts with the Unity interface.
One of GNU/Linux’s most important networking components just got an update
The software framework that powers the network connections on many GNU/Linux systems just got its second major update in less than a year and a half, with the version 1.2 release of NetworkManager.
You and NetworkManager 1.2 Can Still Ride Together
NetworkManager 1.2 was released yesterday, and it’s already built for Fedora (24 and rawhide), a release candidate is in Ubuntu 16.04, and it should appear in other distros soon too. Lubo wrote a great post on many of the new features, but there’s too many to highlight in one post for our ADD social media 140-character tap-tap generation to handle. Ready for more?
- Thursday's security updates
libressl - more vague promises
There hasn’t been a lot of noise coming out of the LibreSSL camp recently. Mostly there’s not much to report, so any talks or presentations will recover a lot of the same material. But it’s an election year, and in that spirit, we can look back at some promises previously made and hopefully make a few new ones.
My OpenWrt Tor configuration
In my previous article I shared my thoughts on running Tor on the router. I described an ideal Tor router configuration and argued that having Tor on the router benefits both security and usability.
This article is about that ideal Tor router configuration. How did I configure my router, and why did I choose the configuration? The interesting part is that it really is “just configuration”. No programming involved. Even more interesting, it's easy too!
Peer review, FOSS, and packaging/containers etc
In other words, landing code in git master for a mature project should require at least one other person to look at it. This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised…there are some very critical projects that don’t have much the way of peer review.
GitLab and DigitalOcean Offer Free Hosting for GitLab CI to Open Source Community
GitLab, maker of the homonymous Git-based code management and continuous integration platform, and cloud platform provider DigitalOcean have partnered to provide free hosting to the open source community to move their continuous integration to the cloud.
- PyPy 5.1 Brings More Performance Improvements
Flexibase, the platform behind Code4Health, goes open source
Flexibase, the building blocks behind NHS’s Code4Health programme, is now publicly available under the Open Source license, it was announced on Thursday morning.
It can be downloaded via Github, the public code repository, and will also soon be available on Docker hub.
Sysdig raises $15M for its open-source Docker monitoring tool
Since Docker is still relatively new to the enterprise, adopters have fewer monitoring tools to choose from than an organization using traditional virtualization software. But the gap is closing rapidly thanks to providers like Sysdig Inc., which today announced the completion of a $15 million funding round led by Accel Partners and Bain Capital Ventures.
This open source tool from MIT Data Lab will change how you see big data
In the early days of big data, "everyone scrambled to collect and store as much data as they could," said Datawheel co-founder Dave Landry. "In most cases, they didn't develop the tools needed to better understand that data. That's the challenge we are trying to tackle."
The rise of the mobile web, IoT, and APIs and modern databases paved the way for big data innovations. Everything in the world can be quantified, and those who scraped and logged early often benefitted from first-mover advantage. By making information easier to access and visualize, Landry said, big data can help businesses make faster and more intelligent decisions.
BSD at LinuxFest Northwest
This weekend, the Grand Old Man (or Woman — take your pick) of Linux expos in North America takes place in the upper left corner of the United States.
For over a decade and a half, LinuxFest Northwest has flown the flag literally in Microsoft’s backyard, an annual open source event held the last weekend in April in Bellingham, Wash. LFNW features presentations and exhibits on various free and open source topics, as well as Linux distributions and applications. It usually has something for everyone from the novice to the professional.
It has a special place in my heart as well. While I think that SCALE is the best show on the continent for obvious reasons (the SCALE Publicity Team is solely responsible, he says in jest), LFNW is my favorite show to attend, not only because of the history but because of the community vibe the show gives off at an expo that has refused to give in to the creeping corporatism to which other shows have succumbed.
- ‘Follow My Vote’ Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Revolutionizing Open-source Blockchain Voting Software
Allura Joins Numerous Projects Advancing at Apache
The Apache Software Foundation, which incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. The organization has recently elevated a number of incubated projects o Top-Level Status, which helps them get both advanced stewardship and certainly far more contributions.
DHS Claims Open Source Software Is Like Giving The Mafia A Copy Of FBI Code; Hastily Walks Back Statement
Late last week, the DHS's Chief Information Officer Luke McCormack (or someone from his office) posted comments to GitHub arguing against the proposed policy of making 20% of its code (whatever that means) open source in the interest of better sharing between agencies. The rationale is that shared code could save tax dollars by preventing paying developers to perform redundant work. The DHS felt strongly about this and said as much using an Excel-based parade of horrors.
Pieter Hintjens: A Living Obituary
I first came across Pieter Hintjens 20 years ago, in 1996. He posted to a UseNet group I followed (comp.lang.perl.announce; later announcement), about a tool he had created -- Libero -- which could translate state machine descriptions into runnable code, in multiple languages.
Libero caught my attention because I was in the middle of finishing a Computer Science degree with a focus on computational theory. So I built it for OS/2, which I was using at the time, and sent Pieter email. He responded by asking if I would be interested in porting SFL, the iMatix Standard Function Library, to OS/2. By the end of 1996 and the turn of 1997 we were exchanging emails about porting SFL to OS/2.
Chromium Bug Tracker Now Open Source
Chromium is Google's open source browser, which shares much of its core browser code with Chrome, Google's proprietary product. Now Monorail, the Chromium bug tracker, has been made open source.
How to become an advanced contributor to OpenStack
At the OpenStack Summit taking place this month in Austin, Texas, Ildikó aims to do just that. In her talk, How to Become an Advanced Contributor, she will guide attendees through the steps of navigating the community, including some of the principles, best practices and unwritten rules of contributing to OpenStack.
We caught up with Ildikó before her talk to learn a little bit more about some of the barriers to becoming an effective contributor and how to overcome them.
- Firebird 3.0 Open-Source Database Released
Free The Schools!
They still keep a few machines with TOOS for compatibility and whiteboards. My advice? Stick with projectors and Gromit and the latest version of LibreOffice. I would use Debian rather than Mint. Further, to reduce the capital costs and maintenance, use ARMed thin clients and a GNU/Linux terminal server.
Acer Joins Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) Platform
Back in January, gaming peripheral and PC company Razer made a splash by announcing the birth of the Open Source Virtual Reality initiative, OSVR for short, at CES. The initiative, set to include a virtual reality peripheral as the hardware development kit, will boast compatibility with most existing computer systems rather than making users meet the beefy requirements of the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. The framework is, of course, open-source and can be used by any developer. Partners that sign on early, however, will play a key part in shaping the platform and helping it find its place in the mainstream VR space in the near future. According to a press release from Razer regarding OSVR, the system currently has over 350 partners, of whom the newest is computer and smartphone manufacturer Acer.
Acer puts its bets on open-source VR, touts support for Razer’s OSVR in latest gaming PCs
On Thursday morning, Acer held its 2016 Global Press Conference in New York City, revealing a number of new products that should get your mouth watering. One of the announcements made during the event is that Acer plans to use technology in devices and computers that support the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform. The latter solutions will actually be packed with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 and Titan graphics processors, making them compatible with today’s VR products on the market.
- SUSE Manager 3 Boosts Efficiency, Cuts Complexity in Modern IT Infrastructure
- SUSE Manager 3 Released with Salt Automation Software
[new release of SUSE Manager 3] Comprehensive Linux Server Management
SUSE Manager 3, the latest release from SUSE, empowers IT by delivering best-in-class open source infrastructure management with new enhancements focused on improved configuration management, easier subscription management and enhanced monitoring.
Seven pieces of insight, advice for startups from Red Hat CEO
Bull City Venture Partners tried something new for its annual meeting of LPs recently—an evening of talks and panel discussions before an invite-only audience of dozens of entrepreneurs and investors in the Durham fund's local and national network.
A highlight of the evening at RTP headquarters was a "fireside" chat between BCVP partner Jason Caplain (top right) and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, an LP in the BCVP fund and angel investor in addition to his role running one of the largest open source software companies in the world.
The conversation ranged from advice for the startup CEOs in the room to thoughts on the region's startup ecosystem and business climate in North Carolina to a more existential discussion involving our country's political climate and the pace of technology advancement.
Count me as a systemd convert
Back in 2014, I wrote about some negative first impressions of systemd. I also had a plea to debian-project to end all the flaming, pointing out that “jessie will still boot”, noting that my preference was for sysvinit but things are what they are and it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Although I still have serious misgivings about the systemd upstream’s attitude, I’ve got to say I find the system rather refreshing and useful in practice.
Here’s an example. I was debugging the boot on a server recently. It mounts a bunch of NFS filesystems and runs a third-party daemon that is started from an old-style /etc/init.d script.
Red Hat covers cloud apps with OpenStack and Cloud Suite
Red Hat's latest OpenStack Platform release wraps up the cloud for easier deployment, but Cloud Suite will likely claim a broader audience
- Red Hat Extends its Cloud Offerings, Focused on OpenStack
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- 'Crossy Road' Multiplayer Update Releases on Android, iOS Version Later
- Exploding Kittens Lands on Android
- How to Make Notifications on Your Android Phone Less Annoying
- Android N Developer Preview Available For Sony Xperia Z3!
- Android N Developer Preview expands beyond Google’s own devices, hits Sony’s Xperia Z3
- The Android N Developer Preview comes to… the Sony Xperia Z3?!
- Android’s ‘toxic hellstew’ of vulnerabilities is slowly getting fixed
- Google’s Android Security Improves—for the Few
- [Updated] Google Camera v3.2 From Android N Preview Is Rolling Out To All Devices [APK Download]
- Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android
Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS was released today and it includes some interesting changes, like a complete overhaul of the MATE Welcome user interface, a new panel layout option in Ubuntu MATE Tweak, which mimics Unity with a dock-like panel and global menu setup, and more.
Open source tends to work in disciplines with a broad talent pool of people with an interest in and aptitude for sharing code. This describes the R community quite well: a technical community with the ability to build R packages and a natural propensity to share that work. And at the rate that the R community shares, it's hard to see how any single commercial entity can hope to compete long term.
As part of the "Second Open Government National Action Plan", the federal government is planning to share the source code behind many of its software projects.
To begin with, the plans call for federal agencies to share code with each other. This will help reduce development costs when government departments each work on the same functionality independently. Solving the same problem twice (or more often) is expensive and a waste of taxpayer's money.
Mozilla today, April 21, 2016, announced the availability of future releases of their popular Firefox web browser in the snap package format for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
This is the first release from the team since we became a completely volunteer group, just after the release of 15.10. Delivering an Long-Term Release (LTS) release is a superb achievement, and testimony to our community’s commitment to Ubuntu and KDE.
Beta-tester feedback has been resounding and positive. This confirms the amazing work that is being undertaken by our upstream KDE community. Plasma 5, KDE Frameworks 5 and all of KDE continue to demonstrate how Free/Libre Open Source Software sets world class standards for innovation, usability and integration.