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TuxMachines: Women interns rocking open source at Xen Project

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 08:45:24 AM

With mid-term evaluations just around the corner for many technology-focused summer internship programs, here's a closer look at how the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreach Program for Women (OPW) are helping mentors as well as interns.

Xen Project virtualization is one of 40 open source projects involved in the OPW program run by the GNOME Foundation. This open source software is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that develops the Xen Hypervisor (for x86 and ARM), the XAPI toolstack, and the Mirage OS Cloud Operating system.

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LXer: Dev board targets Atom Z3000 tablet designers

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 08:26:44 AM
Intel and Microsoft launched a community-backed, quad-core Atom Z3735G-based “Sharks Cove” SBC aimed at designers of Windows or Android tablets. As you might expect from the fact that the $299 Sharks Cove development board ships with a Windows Embedded 8.1 image, this is not an open source SBC — at least from the Windows OS perspective. However, it’s backed up by a community site, which has posted hardware documentation, but currently lacks a forum. The board is available on pre-order from Mouser.

TuxMachines: openSUSE Rolling, New UT Video, and SteamOS Review

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 07:33:00 AM

The big news today in Linuxdom is openSUSE's announcement of moving Factory to a "rolling release" model. In other news, a new Unreal Tournament development video shows Team Deathmatch. has a review of SteamOS and LXer has a blurb about new Minimal Linux Live.

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LXer: Supreme Court’s new rules on abstract patents hit Apple v. Samsung

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 07:29:33 AM
When the US Supreme Court decided the Alice v. CLS Bank case last month, it was a signal that courts should be throwing out a lot more patents for being too abstract to be legally valid. Groups seeking patent reform and tech companies rejoiced, hoping the decision would knock out more of the patents wielded by so-called "patent trolls," whose only business is litigation.

TuxMachines: GNOME Stakeholders Take Issue With Groupon Over their Gnome

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 07:28:09 AM

While the GNOME project has been around since 1999 and is known by most Linux users as one of the common desktop environments, deal-of-the-day website Groupon recently introduced its own "Gnome" software.

Earlier this year the Groupon discount web-site introduced Gnome, a tablet software solution for helping business owners run their business. This software is completely unrelated to the open-source GNOME desktop environment on Linux systems. The Groupon Gnome announcement reads, "Today we announced Gnome, a new tablet-based platform that will provide sophisticated tools to local merchants to run their businesses more effectively and understand their customers better. The tablet will let merchants instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time and money with a simple point of-sale system and credit card payment processing service. Gnome will soon integrate with popular accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Xero and offer a suite of customer relationship management tools, including the ability to customize marketing campaigns based on purchase history, share customer feedback via social media and respond to customer inquiries or comments."

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Reddit: CSS editors for Linux system

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 06:46:35 AM

LXer: Getting Back to Coding

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 06:32:22 AM
Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessly applying YAGNI to your toolchain. Resist the siren songs of new, popular memes and the blandishments of vendors, and choose the tools that deliver only what you need.

LXer: When Metrics Go Wrong - how to avoid bad metrics in open source projects

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:35:11 AM
Metrics are great. They can give you situational awareness about what's going on in your community, help you identify issues that you need to fix, and prove the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of community initiatives. But sometimes things go wrong.

Phoronix: GNOME/GTK On Wayland Gains Focus At GUADEC

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:03:01 AM
GTK+ and GNOME Wayland support were frequent focal discussion points at this year's GUADEC -- GNOME's annual conference -- for getting rid of X11...

TuxMachines: ARM's first 64-bit servers: Just what can you expect to run on them?

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:56:47 AM

That's what is being worked on by Linaro, an engineering group supported by a range of ARM-based chip designers, server OEMs and Linux operating system custodians, all of which share an interest in broadening the range of open-source software for the ARM platform.

By the time the first 64-bit ARM-based SoCs become generally available for use in production servers later this year, Linaro is confident that certain core enterprise software packages used for serving websites, data analytics and databases will be running acceptably on the 64-bit ARM-based architecture.

These enterprise software packages include the LAMP stack - an acronym for software widely used for websites, commonly referring to a Linux OS, Apache web server, MySQL database and PHP scripts - as well as the NoSQL database MongoDB and the distributed storage and processing framework Hadoop, together with other web-serving technologies such as memcached and HAProxy.

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LXer: Talks Announced for Xen Project User Summit in New York City September 15, 2014

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:38:00 AM
Announcing the sessions to be given at Xen Project User Summit. Security, clouds, unikernels, high availability, the next release, deployment stories, and new UIs are all on the schedule, plus much more, all for about the price of dinner in New York.

Reddit: Tried to delete Ubuntu partition on dual booted computer, stuck in grub rescue.

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:18:59 AM

I tried to delete my Ubuntu partition to install another Linux distro, now am stuck in grub rescue, i was using the most current version of Ubuntu, and windows 8.1 (not pro) i have many important files on my windows partition and need access to them is there anyway i can boot into windows? i do not have a windows disk but i do have access to a live usb with opensuse on it, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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TuxMachines: My First Unikernel

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:08:35 AM

Unikernels promise some interesting benefits. The Ubuntu 14.04 amd64-disk1.img cloud image is 243 MB unconfigured, while the unikernel ended up at just 5.2 MB (running the queue service). Ubuntu runs a large amount of C code in security-critical places, while the unikernel is almost entirely type-safe OCaml. And besides, trying new things is fun.

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Phoronix: GNOME Stakeholders Take Issue With Groupon Over their Gnome

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:07:06 AM
While the GNOME project has been around since 1999 and is known by most Linux users as one of the common desktop environments, deal-of-the-day website Groupon recently introduced its own "Gnome" software...

Reddit: FPS counter for gaming?

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 03:55:02 AM

Im gaming on the linux OS and im wondering if there is a good FPS counter out there?Also im kinda brain dead when it comes to these things so if it's any harder then clicking "download", then can i get a how to install answer as well.

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LXer: An unusual comparison of Desktop Environments

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 03:40:49 AM
I created and published a series of videos few months ago, that show how to set up multiple keyboard layouts in different Desktop Environments. Statistics of the views is quite interesting.

TuxMachines: Who's using Docker?

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 03:00:05 AM

I've spent the last couple of months working an internship for The Linux Foundation, doing research on new developments and adoption trends in the open source industry. If you have spent any amount of time reading about open source over the last year, you have probably heard about Docker; a lot of people are talking about it these days and the impact it's going to have on virtualization and DevOps.

With new technologies like this, it can often be challenging to filter out the hype and understand the practical implications. Additionally, complex jargon often makes subjects like Linux containers confusing to the layman and limits discussion to those who are deeply knowledgeable on the subject. With this article, I will step back for a moment from the discussion of what Docker can do to focus on how it is changing the Linux landscape.

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TuxMachines: EdX CEO Anant Agarwal: Open Source is the Future of Education

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 02:51:57 AM

Starting this Friday, Aug. 1, the more than 300,000 students who registered for the Linux Foundation's free Introduction to Linux course on edX will be able to log in and start learning Linux. It is the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Linux, opening training access to anyone around the world with an Internet connection. It's also part of a larger revolution in education being led by edX, the online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT.

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TuxMachines: FSF congratulates UK Government on choosing Open Document Format

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 02:48:45 AM

If you live in the UK, you'll soon be able to fill out government paperwork with your freedoms intact. The British government announced last week that Open Document Format (ODF), HTML, and PDF will be the official file formats used by all government agencies.

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LXer: AWS Feels Sting of Market Maturity

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 02:43:38 AM
For a time, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud infrastructure game in town, but it didn't take long for the big boys like Google, Microsoft and IBM to recognize a good thing when they see it. And while AWS continues to grow, it's feeling the competition and price cuts are eroding profits.

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Black Hat 2014: Open Source Could Solve Medical Device Security

On the topic of source code liability, Greer suggests that eventually software developers, including medical device development companies, will be responsible for the trouble their software causes (or fails to prevent). I think it’s fair to say that it is impossible to guarantee a totally secure system. You cannot prove a negative statement after all. Given enough time, most systems can be breached. So where does this potential liability end? What if my company has sloppy coding standards, no code reviews, or I use a third-party software library that has a vulnerability? Should hacking be considered foreseeable misuse? Read more

Does government finally grok open source?

Yes, the government -- one U.S. federal government employee told me that government IT tends to be "stove-piped," with people "even working within the same building" not having much of a clue what their peers are doing, which is not exactly the open source way. That's changing. One way to see this shift is in government policies. For the U.S. federal government, there is now a "default to open," a dramatic reversal on long-standing practices of spending heavily with a core of proprietary technology vendors. Read more

The OS LinuX Desktop

Reader Oliver wanted to make his Linux Mint desktop look as much like a Mac as possible so others would find it easy to use. Given some of our previous Linux featured desktops, we know it wasn't tough, but the end-result still looks great. Here's how it's all set up. Read more

A Linux Desktop Designed for You

Desktop environments for Linux are not released ready-made. Behind each is a set of assumptions about what a desktop should be, and how users should interact with them. Increasingly, too, each environment has a history -- some of which are many years old. As you shop around for a desktop, these assumptions are worth taking note of. Often, they can reveal tendencies that you might not discover without several days of probing and working with the desktop. Read more