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LXer: Don't Believe the Lies; Microsoft Hates Linux and Merely Pulls E.E.E. Tactics Against It, Including .NET Promotion

Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:29:03 AM
A warning about lots of prepared (in advance) Microsoft brainwash, or intentionally misleading material that strives to portray Microsoft as a friend of GNU/Linux even though the company actively attacks GNU/Linux and tries to bring the competitor under its own control

LXer: Rugged, Linux-friendly SBCs tap Atoms of today and yesterday

Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:20:26 AM
WinSystems unveiled the first PC/104 SBC to use Apollo Lake SoCs, featuring PCIe/104 OneBank and dual GbE, and launched an EBX SBC based on Bay Trail Atoms. WinSystems announced the PC/104 form factor PX1-C415 and EBX-style EBC-C413 — two SBCs featuring Intel Atoms from the current, 14nm “Apollo Lake” Atom-E3900 generation and the 22nm “Bay Trail” Atom E3800 generation, respectively.

Reddit: The GNU Manifesto - GNU Project

Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:04:31 AM

Phoronix: Cypress Has Begun Publishing Broadcom Datasheets

Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:00:00 AM
Earlier this summer Cypress semiconductor acquired Broadcom's wireless "Internet of Things" business. With that associated IP, Cypress has begun making public NDA-free data-sheets on associated chipsets...

Reddit: ReactOS 0.4.3 Released (X-Post from /r/ReactOS)

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 11:32:03 PM

LXer: Microsoft Steps Up Its Commitment to Open Source

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 11:11:49 PM
Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member.

TuxMachines: Debian and Ubuntu News

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:52:51 PM
  • Debian Contributors Survey 2016

    In order to better understand and document who contributes to Debian, we (Mathieu ONeil, Molly de Blanc, and Stefano Zacchiroli) have created this survey to capture the current state of participation in the Debian Project through the lense of common demographics. We hope a general survey will become an annual effort, and that each year there will also be a focus on a specific aspect of the project or community. The 2016 edition contains sections concerning work, employment, and labour issues in order to learn about who is getting paid to work on and with Debian, and how those relationships affect contributions.

    We want to hear from as many Debian contributors as possible—whether you've submitted a bug report, attended a DebConf, reviewed translations, maintain packages, participated in Debian teams, or are a Debian Developer. Completing the survey should take 10-30 minutes, depending on your current involvement with the project and employment status.

    In an effort to reflect our own ideals as well as those of the Debian project, we are using LimeSurvey, an entirely free software survey tool, in an instance of it hosted by the LimeSurvey developers

  • The long tail in a common’s man journey to debconf16 – 2

    This is an extension of part 1 which I shared few days ago. This would be a longish one so please bear.

    First of all somebody emailed me this link so in the future a layover at Doha Airport will be a bit expensive from before, approx INR 700/- added to the ticket costs...

  • Ubuntu Continues Working On Netplan For Network Configuration

    Earlier this year Ubuntu developers announced Netplan as a new, consolidated network configuration tool. Netplan was added to Ubuntu 16.10 and more improvements are on the way for Ubuntu 17.04.

  • Ubuntu Developers Continue Talks To Discontinue i386 & PowerPC Images

    Discussed today during the Ubuntu 17.04 Online Summit was the dwindling state of PowerPC (32-bit PPC) and i386 (x86 32-bit) support for Ubuntu and overall Linux for that matter. Images are still being produced but likely for not much longer although the package archives are anticipated to remain.

    Routinely the past few years there have been discussions over discontinuing Ubuntu i386. No announcements were made today but from the sounds of it, the official images might not be produced much longer while other Ubuntu spins may still produce them. The Ubuntu i386 archives also aren't endangered of disappearing anytime soon as they are still needed for 32-bit software compatibility, etc.

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TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:50:14 PM
  • How to Avoid Burnout Managing an Open Source Project

    Regardless of where you work in the stack, if you work with open source software, there’s likely been a time when you faced burnout and other unhealthy side effects related to your work on open source projects. A few of the talks at OSCON Europe addressed this darker side of working in open source head-on.

  • Netflix's Chaos Monkey Open Cloud Utility is Worth A Look

    Not many organizations have the cloud expertise that Netflix has, and it may come as a surprise to some people to learn that Netflix regularly open sources key, tested and hardened cloud tools that it has used for years. We've reported on Netflix open sourcing a series of interesting "Monkey" cloud tools as part of its "simian army," which it has deployed as a series satellite utilities orbiting its central cloud platform.

    Netflix previously released Chaos Monkey, a utility that improves the resiliency of Software as a Service by randomly choosing to turn off servers and containers at optimized times. Then, Netflix announced the upgrade of Chaos Monkey, and Chaos Monkey 2.0 is now on github. Now, in an interview with infoQ, Netflix Engineer Lorin Hochstein weighs in on what you can get out of this tool.

  • Google Collects Open Artificial Intelligence Demos, Invites You to Contribute
  • Why design and marketing matter and what to do about it

    Rachel Nabors started off the second morning of All Things Open with a great talk about the need for designers in open source.

  • How to make your own 'unexpected' number generator

    I don't generally use word processors or WYSIWYG applications, because they all tend to assume that you're designing for a single output. However, for this project I was designing for a specific output; I wanted to produce a file that would be printable on a single US Letter and A4 sheet of paper, which would then be folded into a PocketMod, and carried in one's wallet, or used as a bookmark in a gaming book. Having used it for professional print work at a former job and for some community conferences, I knew that Scribus was the tool for the job.

  • ARK Announces Official Open Source Release of ARK Blockchain Code on GitHub

    This is a paid press relase. CoinTelegraph does not endorse and is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy, quality, advertising, products or other materials on this page. Readers should do their own research before taking any actions related to the company. CoinTelegraph is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in the press release.

  • An introduction to open source GIS – Part I

    Geospatial information system (GIS) solutions make sense of location-aware data, turning it into usable insights in industries as diverse as energy, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, finance, and all levels of government

  • Moodle: An Open Source Community To Protect, Improve And Sustainably Benefit From

    Open Source communities are as vibrant as the participants within them – as with any community, your return is proportional to your investment. An example of someone who is intuitively aware of this is Bas Brands. In an interview for Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine, he tells his experience of sustaining a lifelong relationship with Moodle’s Open Source community, while makes a name for himself and a learning company with alluring prospects.

  • Sauce Labs Raises $70M for Application Testing

    Open-source based testing vendor looks to accelerate its business with new funding.

    Before any company deploys any web or mobile app, it needs to test, and that's where Sauce Labs fits in. Sauce Labs announced on November 15 that it has raised a $70 million series E round of funding. The new capital will be used to help Sauce Labs expands its go-to-market and engineering efforts.

    The new round of funding was led by Centerview Capital Technology, IVP and Adams Street Partners. Total funding to date for Sauce Labs now stands at $101 million.

  • LLVM Now Supports Qualcomm's New Falkor CPU

    A few days back I wrote about Qualcomm Falkor support coming to GCC while now the LLVM compiler stack has received the similar treatment.

  • Editorial: Groups make Strides with open source textbooks

    With college being as expensive as it is, the high price of textbooks has always been a problem for students. Books can increase the cost of college by thousands of dollars, which can be troublesome for those already struggling to make ends meet. However, groups on campus are making efforts to alleviate this problem and make affordable textbooks a reality. The UConn bookstore recently donated $30,000 towards addressing this concern. In addition, the Undergraduate Student Government has been working along with UConnPIRG to provide open source textbooks for the student body.

    The first major initiative was undertaken with chemistry professor Dr. Edward Neth, who teaches CHEM 1124, 1125 and 1126. Working with a $20,000 donation from the student government, Neth edited an existing open access textbook and adapted it for his classes. Other chemistry professors have begun using open source textbooks as well, and this has already saved students thousands of dollars.

  • Examining ValueObjects

    When programming, I often find it's useful to represent things as a compound. A 2D coordinate consists of an x value and y value. An amount of money consists of a number and a currency. A date range consists of start and end dates, which themselves can be compounds of year, month, and day.

    As I do this, I run into the question of whether two compound objects are the same. If I have two point objects that both represent the Cartesian coordinates of (2,3), it makes sense to treat them as equal. Objects that are equal due to the value of their properties, in this case their x and y coordinates, are called value objects.

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Phoronix: ReactOS 0.4.3 Released, Fixes Over 300 Issues

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:11:43 PM
ReactOS 0.4.3 is now available as the newest version of this open-source OS that seeks to re-implement the interfaces of Windows...

LXer: How to use plugins (add-ons) in ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 10:03:12 PM
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors allows users to edit text documents, spreadsheets and presentations offline by providing access to the web-based ONLYOFFICE portals for an efficient remote team collaboration. This tutorial describes how to add one of the available plugins to ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors and start using it.

Reddit: How to Install InvoicePlane on Ubuntu 14.04

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:37:54 PM

TuxMachines: Security News

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:35:13 PM
  • How to fix the Cryptsetup vulnerability in Linux

    Linux enjoys a level of security that most platforms cannot touch. That does not, in any way, mean it is perfect. In fact, over the last couple of years a number of really ugly vulnerabilities have been found — and very quickly patched. Enough time has passed since Heartbleed for those that do to find yet another security issue.

  • Get root on Linux: learn the secret password
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • The Web-Shaking Mirai Botnet Is Splintering—But Also Evolving

    Over the last few weeks, a series of powerful hacker attacks powered by the malware known as Mirai have used botnets created of internet-connected devices to clobber targets ranging from the internet backbone company Dyn to the French internet service provider OVH. And just when it seemed that Mirai might be losing steam, new evidence shows that it’s still dangerous—and even evolving.

    Researchers following Mirai say that while the number of daily assaults dipped briefly, they’re now observing development in the Mirai malware itself that seems designed to allow it to infect more of the vulnerable routers, DVRs and other internet-of-things (IoT) gadgets it’s hijacked to power its streams of malicious traffic. That progression could actually increase the total population available to the botnet, they warn, potentially giving it more total compute power to draw on.

    “There was an idea that maybe the bots would die off or darken over time, but I think what we are seeing is Mirai evolve,” says John Costello, a senior analyst at the security intelligence firm Flashpoint. “People are really being creative and finding new ways to infect devices that weren’t susceptible previously. Mirai is not going away.”

  • This $5 Device Can Hack Your Locked Computer In One Minute

    Next time you go out for lunch and leave your computer unattended at the office, be careful. A new tool makes it almost trivial for criminals to log onto websites as if they were you, and get access to your network router, allowing them to launch other types of attacks.

    Hackers and security researchers have long found ways to hack into computers left alone. But the new $5 tool called PoisonTap, created by the well-known hacker and developer Samy Kamkar, can even break into password-protected computers, as long as there’s a browser open in the background.Kamkar explained how it works in a blog post published on Wednesday.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:34:09 PM

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Reddit: Microsoft and Linux; Why the concern?

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:08:09 PM

So as we all know Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation and a lot of people here aren't happy. My question is: What's the worst that could conceivably happen? What disaster scenarios are people pondering?

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LinuxToday: How Capital One is embracing open source

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:00:00 PM

After years of proprietary and closed source solutions, organizations in the financial sector are embracing open source software.

LXer: Why design and marketing matter and what to do about it

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:54:35 PM
I love when technical conferences remember to include talks by the non-technical, for the non-technical. I've worked on documentation for open source projects for longer than I can remember, and it's not always easy to find a great talk about how to contribute to open source in non-technical ways.Rachel Nabors started off the second morning of All Things Open with a great talk about the need for designers in open source.read more

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