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Story 5 open source tools for taming text Roy Schestowitz 09/07/2015 - 12:04pm
Story 5 specialized Linux distributions for computer repair Rianne Schestowitz 26/02/2015 - 1:05am
Story 6 new things Fedora 21 brings to the open source cloud Roy Schestowitz 10/01/2015 - 10:02am
Story 6 tips for adopting open source Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2014 - 10:02pm
Story 7 local governments announced to build with Code for America Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 4:11pm
Story 8 ways to contribute to open source without writing code Roy Schestowitz 01/12/2014 - 10:16pm
Story 9 reasons to use KDE Roy Schestowitz 14/04/2015 - 2:31pm
Story A beautiful, super-thin laptop that makes Fedora shine Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 11:33am
Story A community distribution of OpenStack Roy Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 5:11pm
Story A Linux distro for education: UberStudent Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2015 - 12:41pm

Using Linux Mint: Common tasks, features and to-dos for the first-timer

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GNU
Linux
HowTos

Linux-based operating systems are like those friends you make in high school--you know the type: reserved, quirky and not quite like the rest of the pack. But intelligent and the kind that, once you get to know them, will stand by you through thick and thin.

Ok, that may be a stretch, but you get the idea. Linux comprises but a fraction of a percent of operating systems deployed, and with reason--it’s traditionally been difficult to set up and use. Which is why it used to appeal only to users with a higher level of computer proficiency: basically geeks. But while this was the case back in the day, plenty has changed--today installing and using it is very comparable to the Windows experience.

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Google, Microsoft Create Alliance for Open Media

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-s

The founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. The goal is to "create a new, open royalty-free video codec specification based on the contributions of members, along with binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming." The word open is used many times in the announcement, but only once with source. Is "open" the same thing as "open source?" Roy Schestowitz at Tuxmachines.org doesn't think so. He organized the news of the AOM under the title "OpenWashing (Fake FOSS)."

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Also: Comments on the Alliance for Open Media, or, "Oh Man, What a Day"

Mozilla's mobile misstep puts the Web at risk

Munich Linux councillor: 'We didn't propose a switch back to Windows'

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

ONE OF THE CITY COUNCILLORS behind the alleged "Bring Back Windows" letter to Munich City officials has told The INQUIRER that she has no desire to see the city migrate back to Microsoft.

Munich spurned Windows for its own version of Linux, known as Limux, and recent reports suggested it is once again getting high-level calls to trash the experiment and get back to the old days.

The story, which has been circulating for the past week or so, is based on a memo sent by two councillors from the city which appeared to request consideration of a return to Windows.

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LLVM 3.7.0 Officially Released

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Development

LLVM 3.7 along with sub-projects like Clang 3.7.0 have been officially released this afternoon.

Hans Wennborg announced 3.7.0 a few minutes ago on the mailing list. "This release contains the work of the LLVM community over the past six months: full OpenMP 3.1 support (behind a flag), the On Request Compilation (ORC) JIT API, a new backend for Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF), Control Flow Integrity checking, as well as improved optimizations, new Clang warnings, many bug fixes, and more."

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Rugged module runs Linux on i.MX6 UltraLite SoC

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Linux

F&S announced a COM that runs Linux on Freescale’s Cortex-A7 based i.MX6 UltraLite SoC, and offers dual Ethernet, WiFi, and an industrial temperature range.

Since May, when Freescale unveiled its new, Cortex-A7 based i.MX6 UltraLite SoC, we’ve seen several announcements of computer-on-module products that incorporate the new, more power-efficient processor. These include two products from TechNexion — an EDM form-factor COM and a module fits in an Intel Edison socket — plus an SODIMM-style COM from iWave Systems. Now, F&S Elektronik Systeme has announced that it is adding an i.MX6 UltraLite-based “efus-A7UL” module to its “efus” COM family.

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How Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Can Prove Useful for Enterprise WiFi

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Ubuntu

I personally recommend Ubuntu 15.04 but you may choose some other enterprise distro such as RHEL 7.1 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

That’s okay, but if you follow my recommendation and choose Vivid Vervet instead, the discussion above would help you.

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Arch Linux 2015.09.01 Is Now Available for Download

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Linux

The first day of a month is an important day for all Arch Linux users, as a new ISO image is being generated with all the updated packages released during the month that passed.

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The Wacom Linux Driver Continues To Be Improved, New Features In Linux 4.3

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Linux

Jiri Kosina sent in his pull requests for code he maintains within the mainline Linux kernel, with one of the notable subsystems being the HID updates.

Most notable to the HID feature updates for Linux 4.3 are yet more Wacom driver improvements, which are a mention for almost every kernel cycle. Wacom highlights for Linux 4.3 include support for the Express Key Remote and various bug-fixes and feature work.

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5 Reasons Not To "Not Use Linux"

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Linux

2000+ people have already watched Tim's video and that is potentially 2000 people that might not use Linux based on invalid arguments.

Hopefully a few more people will read this article and therefore redress the balance somewhat.

Before I go I wanted to mention that Tim has produced his own counter argument called "5 Reasons To Use Linux". The points in that video state that Linux is multikernel, is open source, has support for many different hardware devices such as the Raspberry PI, has lots of distros (which kind of counters against point 5 in the reasons not to use Linux) and finally it is free.

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x86 Systems Will See Some Boot Time Optimizations With Linux 4.3

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Linux

Ingo Molnar sent in his several Git pull requests today for the code he maintains within the Linux kernel.

Of Molnar's pull requests, the x86/boot changes caught my attention. He mentions "more boot time optimizations."

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[Chrome 45] Stable Channel Update

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Google
Software

The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 45 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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today's leftovers

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Misc

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015: Presentation
  • Common problems in open source communities (and how to solve them)

    In her Texas Linux Fest keynote, Joan Touzet talked to us about how to improve our open source communities. Joan's talk was a series of stories about communities who have faced a crisis and then rose above it.

  • OpenStack Was Key To Building Servers.Com

    When XBT Holding S.A. decided to simplify how its subsidiaries provided global hosting, network solutions, and web development they turned to the open source cloud infrastructure platform OpenStack. By consolidating the offerings under a single service provider, Servers.com, customers can more easily browse, mix, compare and choose the most suitable services.

  • ZeroStack Comes Out of Stealth, Focused on Private Clouds

    There is another OpenStack-focused startup on the scene, and you have to appreciate its creative name: ZeroStack. The cloud computing company has come out of stealth mode to introduce a private cloud solution that it claims is easier to configure, consume and manage than any other technology on the market.

  • Apache Ignite, a Big Data Tool, Graduates as a Top-Level Project

    Only a few days ago, Apache, which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Now, the ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.

  • Funding the Cloud: Top VCs Aim for the Silver Lining
  • How Apache Spark Is Transforming Big Data Processing, Development
  • PiwigoPress release 2.31

    I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.

  • How to teach student sys admins

    Students spend the 16-week long course learning practical skills using real tools. To support their systems, students learn about using support tickets and documentation by using RT and MediaWiki. To deploy and maintain their systems, they learn about configuration management using Puppet, system monitoring using Nagios, and backup and recovery using Bacula. But the broad concepts are more important than the specific software packages I just mentioned. The point is to learn, for example, configuration management, not to be trained to use Puppet. The software used by Clark is used because it works for him, but the software is flexible and changeable.

  • ownCloud beefing up security with bounty program

    ownCloud Inc. have announced a partnership with HackerOne to help with the newly created Security Bug Bounty Program in an effort to find vulnerabilities and fix them before they become an issue for users.

  • National Science Foundation Commits $6 Million to Secure IoT
  • Schiphol Airport working on open innovation

    ...open data and an open programming interface...

  • How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better

    If you're not familiar with the string of open projects that the Blender Institute has kicked out over the years, you might not be familiar with the term "open movie." Simply put, not only is Cosmos Laundromat produced using free and open source tools like Blender, GIMP, Krita, and Inkscape, but the film itself, and all of its assets—models, textures, character rigs, animations, all of it—are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Want to see what a production character rig looks like? Or know how that giant color tornado was created? How about actually using a character (or just a prop) in your own project? Maybe you even want to redo the entire film to your own tastes. It's an open movie! You can!

  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • The thin line between good and bad automation

    I don't like automation -- I love it. I whisper sweet nothings, come 'round with flowers, and buy milkshakes for automation. I've even stood outside the window with a boombox for automation. I will go out of my way to automate tasks that, while they are not terribly tedious, I don't want to have to remember exactly how to do them somewhere down the road, when months have gone by since the last time I had to relearn them.

  • The new IT is all about the customer

    Open source code. GitHub and other cloud repositories enable developers to share and consume code for almost any purpose imaginable. This reflects today's practical, non-ideological open source culture: Why code it yourself if someone else is offering it free under the most liberal license imaginable?

Leftovers: BSD

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BSD
  • Coming Soon to OpenBSD/amd64: A Native Hypervisor

    Earlier today, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) published a teaser for something he's been working on for a while.

  • the peculiar libretunnel situation

    The author of stunnel has (once, twice) asserted that stunnel may not be used with LibreSSL, only with OpenSSL. This is perhaps a strange thing for free software to do, and it creates the potential for some very weird consequences.

    First, some background. The OpenSSL license and the GPL are both free software licenses, but they are different flavors of freedom, meaning you can’t mix them. It would be like mixing savory and sweet. Can’t do it. Alright, so maybe technically you can do it, but you’re not supposed to. The flavor, er, freedom police will come get you. One workaround is for the GPL software to say, oh, but maybe wait, here’s an exception. (Does this make the software more or less free?) Here’s a longer explanation with sample exception.

  • FreeBSD on Beagle Bone Black (with X11)

    X11 clients on the Beagle Bone Black .. that’s X11 over the network, with the X Server elsewhere. No display as yet. The FreeBSD wiki notes that there’s no (mini) HDMI driver yet. So I built some X11 programs, xauth(1) and xmessage(1), and installed them on the Bone. Since I bought a blue case for the Bone, and it is the smallest computer in the house (discounting phones .. let’s call it the smallest hackable computer in the house) the kids decided to call it smurf. Here’s a screenshot of poudriere’s text console as it builds packages.

OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

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OSS
Security

Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities. Many more were likely silently fixed in the early days, but in the past year our goal has been to establish a clear public record.

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Also: Tuesday's security advisories

Linux Foundation publishes best practices for secure workstations

Openwashing (Fake FOSS)

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OSS
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