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LXer: 4 open source alternatives to Evernote

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 04:41:34 PM
Information: Whether we realize it or not, we collect a lot of it—interesting snippets, links, research for school or work, recipes, quotes, and a whole lot more.Millions of people turn to Evernote to organize all that information. There's no denying that Evernote is a useful and powerful tool. But it's also a closed source more

TuxMachines: Microsoft Proxy Black Duck Wants to be “Global Center for Open Source Research & Innovation”

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 04:23:52 PM

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TuxMachines: MOOCs platform: Not all is open or SWAYAM about it

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:54:52 PM

A Rs 38 crore mandate awarded by the Union HRD Ministry in June to an affiliate of Redmond-based Microsoft Corp for developing a flagship web-based education platform is coming under increasing fire in the academic circles — both for the manner in which the contract was handed out and on the choice of proprietary software over free open source options already being deployed by premier educational institutions in the country.

Microsoft was selected as the technical partner for the HRD ministry’s SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform based on the recommendations of a “technical committee”, presumably after the tendering process for selecting a system integrator for SWAYAM —a MOOC or massive open online courses platform — floated thrice through the e-procurement platform since November last year failed to elicit any response. While the Ministry of Human Resource Development has cited the decision of a “technical committee” behind its choice of proprietary software over open source software and that selecting Microsoft does not run foul of the rulebook, the deal has raised eyebrows over the lack of objective criterion on how the decisions were taken in the first place.

The choice of proprietary software, entailing costs of Rs 38 crore and more for tools such as SQL (structured query language), is being questioned on the grounds that the selection of proprietary software on payment basis was done despite a clear option of going in for open source platforms such as Open EdX. For instance, Open edX — an open-source, not-for profit platform floated by MIT and Harvard University that was released as open source in March 2013 to act as the WordPress for MOOC platforms — is used across at least 126 universities and organisations globally. Even more intriguing is the fact that an MoU is already in place between IIT Bombay and edX, under which edX released complete platform code in open source. The signing of the MoU in June 2013 was actually facilitated by the Ministry of HRD. Open source platforms such as Open edX allow users to use plug-ins to expand the core functionality, thereby imparting tremendous flexibility when it comes to scaling up the platform or modify it to suit the specific requirements of a particular college or university. Since January last year, IIT Bombay decided to opt for Open edX and launch a customised version called IITBX as an extended online educational services for the benefit of Indian learners and training workshops for teachers, wherein the premier engineering institute has added significant functionality to the Open edX platform to create and offer MOOCs. Similarly, IIT Madras had a Google-based Course Builder platform ported in their own computer infrastructure while IIT Kanpur had a homegrown platform called MOOKIT, based again on open source software.

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LXer: Announcing the Second Cohort of Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:44:23 PM
The second class of fellows will embed at organizations like ColorOfChange and European Digital Rights to fight for privacy, literacy, and inclusion online ? The internet is a global public resource. It has the ability to empower, educate, connect and … Continue reading

TuxMachines: Kaspersky Selling His Snake Oil

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:43:55 PM

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Phoronix: 2016 SIGGRAPH Khronos Videos To Watch About OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, glTF

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:27:55 PM
The Khronos Group has now uploaded all of their session videos from last week's SIGGRAPH 2016 conference to YouTube... IBM’s Wager on Open Source Is Still Paying Off

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:00:52 PM

When IBM got involved with the Linux open source project in 1998, they were betting that giving their code and time to the community would be a worthwhile investment. Now, 18 years later, IBM is more involved than ever, with more than 62,000 employees trained and expected to contribute to open source projects, according to Todd Moore, Vice President of Open Technology at IBM, speaking at ApacheCon in May.

TuxMachines: 6 Best Linux For Gaming

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 02:33:46 PM

Yes! You read right. As Linux is known for performance, stability and security but now it is also known for gaming. There are hundreds of games for Linux and so many Windows games have been ported for Linux. But we have so many Linux distros, specially developed for gaming. In this article, I'm going to list out 6 Best Linux for gaming. Hope you enjoy it!

read more Sparkling Water: Bridging Open Source Machine Learning and Apache Spark

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 02:00:48 PM

Although many people have experience with the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence through applications in their pockets, such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the scope of this technology extends well beyond the smartphone., formerly known as Oxdata, has carved out a unique niche in the machine learning and artificial intelligence arena because its primary tools are free and open source, and because it is connecting its tools to other widely used data analytics tools.

LXer: Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:50:01 PM
But Windows dips below 50 per cent of all web traffic according to US gov dataWindows 10 has grabbed more than 20 per cent of the world's desktops in its first year, according to the web-watchers on which The Register relies for regular assessments of operating system market share.…

Reddit: Looking for cheap ultra portable for first Linux computer

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:40:48 PM

Hey guys. So I'm just getting into computer science and Linux and I work on the train a lot so was looking for a cheap ultra portable laptop to bring with me that I can really delve into Linux and practicing coding/CS (My Republic of Gamers laptop is just way too big). Any suggestions would be great. Also a big note is I do not support Apple products so MacBook air is out for me. Thanks!

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Reddit: A Linux sysadmin walks into a pharmacy (x-post /r/jokes)

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:27:50 PM

A Linux sysadmin walks into a pharmacy.


"I can't serve you that"


"There you go".

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TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce released!

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:26:27 PM

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

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Phoronix: AMDGPU Golden Setting Updates For Tonga / Iceland / Polaris / Carrizo / Stoney

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:13:53 PM
There's golden register setting updates available for newer GCN hardware on the AMDGPU kernel driver, but it's not immediately clear if these changes will mean any performance or stability improvements for owners of Tonga, Iceland, Polaris, Carrizo, and Stoney hardware...

LinuxToday: Stellarium 0.15.0 Open-Source and Free Planetarium Software Is a Massive Release

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

Stellarium 0.15.0 is a massive release that comes with numerous improvements

Phoronix: BioShock Infinite Can Run More Than 23% Faster With New RadeonSI Patches

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 12:24:57 PM
Marek Olšák at AMD continues optimizing the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for offering much better Linux gaming performance when using this open-source AMD graphics driver code. The latest are double-digit gains for at least the BioShock Infinite game...

Reddit: Is TAILS Meant to be Ugly, or What?

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 12:22:11 PM

Is TAILS designed to put people off using a secure OS, I wonder? The latest version of the distro is uglier than ever, and significantly slower with new additional minor shortomings (clicking on the screen space will appear to select a target, only to have you start typing on another section of the screen - poor input-to-screen registration; grabbing the title bar leaves the cursor sticky, so moving the cursor drags the title war with it). Many of the problems, and probably much of the slowness, result from the redesign of Gnome, which is a step down (and what idiot decided that the wifi controls should now be hidden away beyond multiple clicks in a Windows Task Manager style menu?).

Tor has similar issues, like its step-by-step connection wizard and its 'twenty-questions' approach to operation. Much of this seems to derive from the assumption that it is necessary to be 'Windows-like' given the domination of that OS; and that computing aimed at the mass-market must be designed for idiots - indicated in the tendancy to large icons, extremely obvious statements, etc. - which I'll grant there may be good reason to believe; behind all this is a world of babble, and my own encounters with Gnu in general have been problematic and mystifying. At least began to notice that Tor needed to be able to reboot (even if this is still effectively automatic). Researching GnuPG showed basic portable console operation absent from all its manuals, and unable to produce ascii signatures through command line.

Someone else suggested TAILS was only for certain people. This is the exact opposite of its mandate, like Tor or GnuPG, which is to benefit from as many people as possible using the systems, increasing security for everyone where exceptions detract from the security of others (in exactly the opposite fashion to the common perception, or teen hacker mentality, which makes security and privacy a priviledge, like most things, or a secret).

A way to go.

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Phoronix: Linux Mint 18 Xfce Edition Released

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 12:08:59 PM
Just over one month after the MATE and Cinnamon editions of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah", the Xfce edition is now available...

LXer: FCC forces TP-Link to support open source firmware on routers

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 11:55:39 AM
In a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, TP-Link agreed to pay a $200,000 fine, comply with the rules going forward, and to let customers install open source firmware on routers... The open source requirement is a unique one, as it isn't directly related to TP-Link's violation. Moreover, FCC rules don't require router makers to allow loading of third-party, open source firmware. In fact, recent changes to FCC rules made it more difficult for router makers to allow open source software.

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