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LXer: 74 Countries and Counting: Mozilla’s Maker Party Increases Web Literacy Across the Globe

Friday 29th of August 2014 02:31:12 AM
Back in July we kicked-off Maker Party, our annual campaign to teach the web around the world. Throughout  this two-month campaign we have seen people on nearly every continent  increase their web literacy by writing their first line of code, … Continue reading

Reddit: Resistance to the Linux Desktop

Friday 29th of August 2014 01:42:10 AM

LXer: China Promotes Linux-Based Operating System Against Windows, Android

Friday 29th of August 2014 01:34:01 AM
The Chinese government is promoting China Operating System, a closed source, Linux-based OS that it hopes will supplant Microsoft Windows and Google Android.

LXer: Announcing Apache CloudMonkey 5.2.0

Friday 29th of August 2014 12:36:50 AM
Apache CloudStack, the mature, turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, today announced Apache CloudMonkey v5.2.0, the latest feature release of its command line interface tool.

LXer: Setup CentOS 7 cloud instance on IceHouse Neutron ML2&OVS&GRE System

Thursday 28th of August 2014 11:39:39 PM
CentOS 7.0 qcow2 image for glance is available now at Regardless dhcp-option 26,1454 is setup on system current image loads with MTU 1500. Workaround for now is to launch instance with no ssh keypair and having postinstallation script

Reddit: Lynx Text Browser - Make it a larger window?

Thursday 28th of August 2014 11:18:35 PM

Hi Redditors!

I recently installed Lynx and I'm loving the fact that I can reject cookies >:D!

Anyways, I'm having issues finding a solution to make the lynx browser larger (bigger window).

Above is my best attempt to find instructions to make the window larger. I found other people asking similar questions.

The answers were not working - eg ctr+z.

Thank you in advanced for our help and input. Please I really would like help making the lynx browser larger.

Thank you

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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:42:52 PM

LXer: Containers vs Hypervisors: The Battle Has Just Begun

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:42:28 PM
Some backers of container technologies have made rather rash statements about the rise of Docker marking the end of hypervisors. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. The rise of unikernels raises the bar for convenient, compact, secure VMs.

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:42:17 PM

Slashdot: Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:33:00 PM
darthcamaro (735685) writes Since November of 2001, Brian Stevens has been the CTO of Red Hat but as of August 28 that's no longer the case. Under Stevens' tenure, Red Hat transformed its business, adding Red Hat Enterprise Linux, acquiring JBoss, Qumranet, Gluster and Ceph as well as joining (and now leading) the OpenStack Foundation. So why did he leave? No official word, but apparently it is to pursue a new opportunity that Stevens just could not pass up.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

TuxMachines: Linux on the desktop isn't dead

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:30:31 PM

At LinuxCon this year, the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, was asked what he wanted for Linux. His response? "The desktop." For years, the call to Linux action was "World Domination." In certain markets, this has happened (think Linux helping to power Android and Chrome OS). On the desktop, however, Linux still has a long, long way to go.

Wait... that came out wrong. I don't mean "Linux has a long, long way to go before it's ready for the desktop." What I meant to say is something more akin to "Linux is, in fact, desktop ready... it just hasn't found an inroad to the average consumer desktop."

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Reddit: How have I been a Linux desktop user for six years without knowing about ssh tunnels?

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:27:12 PM

So I just recently how to use ssh as a socks proxy, as well as how to do a reverse tunnel to access home services remotely through my vps. What the heck man? This is, like, the coolest thing ever.

Is there anything else you people have been keeping secret from me that I need to know about?

(Already know about python simple http server.)

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TuxMachines: KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:26:22 PM

Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple -- but there might still be room for improvement.

KDE Mover-Sizer is an open source, portable tool which brings a common Linux desktop trick to Windows. Instead of having to move your mouse cursor to the title bar or border, you just hold down the Alt key, then left-click anywhere inside a window and drag to move it, right-click and drag to resize it.

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Linuxaria: Gigolo – Easily Manage Local And Remote Filesystem Connections

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:23:43 PM

Article by Himanshu Arora first posted on

Sometimes a computer system is connected to so many file-systems (in parallel) that managing these connections becomes a complex task. If a user’s work involves interacting with local, external and remote file-systems then he/she would definitely feel a need for a connection management software to manage all the connections centrally.

Looking for a simple connection manager? Try out Gigolo.

Gigolo – The Connection Manager

Gigolo is a GUI based connection management front-end that lets you manage connections to local, external and remote file systems very easily. It primarily comes as a part of XFCE goodies but is still not dependent on it and can be used across desktop environments.

NOTE – Ubuntu 13.04 was used for downloading, installing and testing this software

A Brief Tutorial

Being just a front end, Gigolo opens each connection/file-system through file manager and hence very easy to use. Here is how the main window of Gigolo looks like on my machine :

So you can see that the Gigolo shows all the file-systems connected to my system. These include a couple of FTP connections, Windows OS drives and a Pen-drive.

A new remote connection can be created by pressing the Connect button present at the top-left area of the main window. When the button is pressed, Gigolo asks for the type of remote connection, server address and other optional information.

After you hit the connect button, Gigolo tries to connect to the server. Once the connection is established, an icon corresponding to that connection is created in the main window.

You can easily check the connectivity status by hovering the mouse pointer over a particular connection icon.

Gigolo also provides bookmarking feature especially for remote connections. You can bookmark a connection by selecting its icon and then clicking the bookmark button.


To open a connection, just select it by clicking on its icon and then pressing the ‘open’ button residing to the left of the red color quit button (towards right-corner of the main window).


Here are the home-page, download and help links for Gigolo :

I used Ubuntu’s Software Centre to download/Install Gigolo. The version used for this review is 0.4.1. Download and Install completed without any issues.

The only problem that I faced was that no file manager popped up when I tried to open any connected file-system. After going through the help-page, I downloaded and installed gvfs-fuse and fuse-utils packages, did a log-out and log-in again and things worked fine.

  • One click connect, open and bookmark buttons.
  • Good set of preferences available (Edit->Preferences)
  • Simple and uncluttered GUI
  • Has some icon related limitations as it could not display icon for the pen-drive
  • May require some effort to get it working for the first time (due to its dependencies on gvfs-fuse and fuse-utils)

Go for Gigolo if it is really hard for you to manage file-system connections. Don’t expect much from it as it is just a front-end. It has a simple and minimalistic GUI  and does its work well.

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TuxMachines: 2014 Kernel Internship Report (OPW)

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:50:11 PM

The main goal of the OPW internship program is to create a long-term relationship between the mentee, the mentor, and their open source community, in order encourage minorities to continue to contribute to open source. How are we progressing towards the goal of creating more women kernel developers? Are the women who complete OPW kernel internships continuing to work on open source projects after their internship ends? Do they find jobs where they can be paid to work on open source?

In order to measure this, I created a longitudinal study to measure open source contributions of OPW alumni. I’ll send out the survey every 6 to 12 months, and compare the results of the program over time. The most recent survey results from our eleven Linux Kernel OPW alumni shows the program is successful at encouraging women to continue to participate in open source.

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TuxMachines: Release notes for the Genode OS Framework 14.08

Thursday 28th of August 2014 08:58:10 PM

The overall theme of version 14.08 is the introduction of a new scalable GUI architecture that takes security as the most fundamental premise. It is unique in the way that the security of graphical applications and thereby the privacy of the user depends on only a few components of very little complexity. We strive for low complexity to reduce the likelihood for bugs and thereby the attack surface of the system. When using a secure microkernel such as NOVA, Genode's trusted computing base for graphical applications is orders of magnitude less complex compared to contemporary operating systems. To illustrate the rigidity of this claim, the security-sensitive parts of the GUI stack do not even depend on a C runtime. With the current release, we maintain our focus on security while taking the scalability of the GUI architecture to a level that meets the expectations of general-purpose OSes. Thanks to its component-based design, the new GUI stack provides a great deal of flexibility with respect to its behaviour and style. Section New GUI architecture provides the rationale behind the development, the big picture of the architecture, and details about the current implementation.

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