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Story Red Hat to Acquire eNovance, Focus Together on OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:50pm
Story Real life experiences thanks to Google Summer of Code projects Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:38pm
Story GLAMOR Support Enabled Within Debian Experimental Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:33pm
Story Inspired by Lego, fuelled by creativity: Linux-based Kano kit wants to get kids hacking again Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:27pm
Story SCSI Multi-Queue Performance Appears Great For Linux 3.17 Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:16pm
Story Linux Kernel 3.14 Breaks Wine for 16-bit Windows Applications Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 5:11pm
Story ALSA 1.0.28 Released Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 6:05am
Story The Linux Setup - Tom Callaway, Red Hat Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 4:35am
Story Fedora 21 NOT Delayed, What Linux Needs, and Civ IV Rianne Schestowitz 18/06/2014 - 4:30am
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VPNs at risk from security glitch

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Security

A flaw in a key Internet security protocol used by major networking products could open systems up to denial-of-service (DoS) and other kinds of attacks, experts have warned.

Open-source sprints for five days

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OSS

Last week 20 open-source gurus from around the world gathered in Santa Clara for a coding "sprint" to improve technology publicly available to businesses and individuals in the programming community.

PalmSource acquisition finalized

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Misc

PalmSource, which owns the rights to the Palm operating system, is now in the hands of Japan's Access, executives announced late Monday, starting a new chapter for the once struggling company.

The Desktop Linux Showcase

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MDV
Reviews

This is the followup to part one of the Mandriva 2006 Review. Next to a discussion of the features of Mandriva Linux 2006, the used software and hardware, the installation of the system and the first impressions (including some benchmark numbers), part one includes a background article on Linux software installation. That section was generally well received, but unfortunately some people didn't get the point.

Microsoft Developing Supercomputer Software

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. is developing software for high-performance computers, in a move that puts the company in another head-to-head battle with open-source developers.

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

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Security

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze.

CrossOver Puts Windows Programs on Linux OS

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Software

One of the most common reasons I hear most from people that they can't consider a Linux desktop is that they can't run their favorite Windows application on it.

Think again.

The Desktop Linux book roundup

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Linux

There has been a spate of good Linux books published lately, so we thought it might be a good idea to put together a little pre-holidays roundup. Below is a listing of books published within the last year or so that you might find interesting.

Linux SysAdmin Toolbox 1 and 1A

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OSS

Running Linux has come a long, long way. With tools like Webmin and SUSE's YaST, it's getting to the point where you can almost run a Linux system without ever having to dig into the command line and shell programs. Almost.

Linus's World - How the open-source god got his groove back

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Linux

"Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."

The same would hold true for open-source software development -- were it not for the fact that open source, by definition, implies transparency.

How Industry Analyst Reports Can Trick Readers

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Misc

Microsoft's "Get the Facts" advertising campaign makes the claim that Windows offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, and backs it up with reports from well-known industry analyst firms. But Linux advocates claim that the TCO of Linux is lower, and some other studies back them up. How can you separate the fact from the fiction?

Open-Source Use Is Slowing, Exec Says

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OSS

Ron Hovsepian, Novell's new president and chief operating officer, noted that Novell has observed a wait-and-see attitude toward open source.

Open source community hits back against SAP

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OSS

Open-source advocates have lashed out at SAP after a senior executive's "bold and ill-informed" criticisms. Shai Agassi, SAP's head of product development and technology, said open source represents a kind of "IP socialism" that kills innovation. Agassi later downplayed the comments, saying they had been reported out of context.

Penguin Going Portable With Clustering

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Linux

Linux hardware and clustering vendor Penguin Computing unveiled a portable hardware and software Linux-based cluster system called the Portable Penguin on Monday.

XML-RPC Threatens Linux, Unix Systems

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Security

A gaggle of new threats that target computers running the Linux and Unix operating systems appeared on the Internet last week, challenging administrators more accustomed to threats that target Windows systems.

Doom3 Quake II:Lost Marine

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Gaming

Lost Marine is a Quake 2 Remake built on the Doom3 Engine - now the official Linuxport is out.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software for Linux, Part 2

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HowTos

Last month I introduced the ABC music notation system. This month, I continue our tour of notation programs for Linux with a look at the Common Music Notation system from composer/programmer Bill Schottstaedt.

CLI Magic: netcat

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HowTos

In the simplest terms, netcat is a utility that reads and writes data across the network. Here then is an introduction to netcat for Linux users who may not be familiar with the "TCP/IP Swiss Army knife."

Microsoft asks US to bully EU

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Microsoft

SOFTWARE FIRM Microsoft has actively lobbied the US government and branches of the administration in an attempt to get them to put pressure on the European Union and by extension the European Commission.

Can Microsoft out-Google Google?

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Microsoft

What will the Internet look like 10 years from now? Will it look more like one big pay-per-view channel, or more like an open street fair, or will it be somewhere in between? The answer will be heavily influenced, of course, by the competition between the King of Search and the current desktop market leader.

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Neon: A Wannabe Linux Distro For KDE Lovers

KDE Neon is a bit of an oddball Linux thing. Linuxland has an impressive collection of oddball things. Neon looks and feels much like a Linux distribution, but its developers assert quite openly on their website that Neon is not a real Linux distro. It just installs and functions like one -- sort of. That can make deciding to use it a little confusing. Neon appears to be a Linux operating system. It boots your computer. It displays a full desktop environment. It runs *some* applications so you can go about your computing tasks much like using any other -- ahh -- real Linux distribution. That last part is a clue to what makes KDE Neon different. Getting somewhat technical for a minute, KDE Neon is more of a specialty offering than a fully endowed operating system. Other distros support a wide range of applications from the same software format type. For example, Ubuntu runs .Deb formatted packages from the Debian Linux family. All .Deb packages will run on Ubuntu- and other Debian-based distros. Which desktop environment is used does not matter, be it KDE, Xfce, GNOME or whatever. Ditto for RPM-based Linux distributions, like Fedora and Red Hat. All you need is a package management tool or knowledge of the commands for apt, yum or pacman, depending on the distribution's Linux family. However, that is a skill set that lots of Linux users never had to learn. Not so with KDE Neon. Neon runs only a specific category of KDE applications: the latest. Neon's developers assert that their "pseudo" distro does not support most other software. In fact, non-KDE packages most likely will not even install on Neon. Read more

Hardware With GNU/Linux

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    As it relates to memory technologies, the future looks very promising and very exciting. Will the SSD completely replace the traditional spinning HDD? I doubt it. Look at tape technology. It's still around and continues to find a place in the archival storage space. The HDD most likely will have a similar fate. Although until then, the HDD will continue to compete with the SSD in both price and capacity.

  • Jonathan McDowell: Upgrading my home server

    At the end of last year I decided it was time to upgrade my home server. I built it back in 2013 as an all-in-one device to be my only always-on machine, with some attempt towards low power consumption. It was starting to creak a bit - the motherboard is limited to 16G RAM and the i3-3220T is somewhat ancient (though has served me well). So it was time to think about something more up to date. Additionally since then my needs have changed; my internet connection is VDSL2 (BT Fibre-to-the-Cabinet) so I have an BT HomeHub 5 running OpenWRT to drive that and provide core routing/firewalling. My wifi is provided by a pair of UniFi APs at opposite ends of the house. I also decided I could use something low power to run Kodi and access my ripped DVD collection, rather than having the main machine in the living room. That meant what I wanted was much closer to just a standard server rather than having any special needs. The first thing to consider was a case. My ADSL terminates in what I call the “comms room” - it has the electricity meter / distribution board and gas boiler, as well as being where one of the UniFi’s lives and where the downstairs ethernet terminates. In short it’s the right room for a server to live in. I don’t want a full rack, however, and ideally wanted something that could sit alongside the meter cabinet without protruding from the wall any further. A tower case would have worked, but only if turned sideways, which would have made it a bit awkward to access. I tried in vain to find a wall mount case with side access that was shallow enough, but failed. However in the process I discovered a 4U vertical wall mount. This was about the same depth as the meter cabinet, so an ideal choice. I paired it with a basic 2U case from X-Case, giving me a couple of spare U should I decide I want another rack-mount machine or two.

New Releases of GNU/Linux: Clonezilla, EasyOS and ARCOLINUX

OSS Leftovers

  • Kubernetes: The retro-style, Wild West video game

    The Kubernetes API is amazing, and not only are we going to break it down and show you how to wield this mighty weapon, but we will do it while building a video game, live, on stage. As a matter of fact, you get to play along.

  • Celebrating Kubernetes and 5 Years of Open Source

    5 years ago, Kubernetes was born and quickly became one of the most important open-source platform innovations. Today, its Github repository boasts 55,384 stars and 2,205 contributors! We?re not just celebrating Kubernetes and how much easier it makes our lives, but we?re also celebrating the open-source community that added to the container management tool; making it what it is today. When you have an entire community working together to innovate and improve, the possibilities are endless.

  • Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software

    F-Droid won’t tolerate oppression or harassment against marginalized groups. Because of this, it won’t package nor distribute apps that promote any of these things. This includes that it won’t distribute an app that promotes the usage of previously mentioned website, by either its branding, its pre-filled instance domain or any other direct promotion. This also means F-Droid won’t allow oppression or harassment to happen at its communication channels, including its forum. In the past week, we failed to fulfill this goal on the forum, and we want to apologize for that.

  • What open-source culture can teach tech titans and their critics
                   
                     

    Yet Mozilla turns out to be much more consequential than its mixed record and middling numbers would have you believe. There are three reasons for this.  

  • Request Travel Support for the openSUSE.Asia Summit

    The Travel Support Program (TSP) provides travel sponsorships to openSUSE community who want to attend the openSUSE.Asia Summit and need financial assistance. openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 will be in Bali, Indonesia, at Information Technology Department, Faculty of Engineering, Udayana University on October 5 and 6. The goal of the TSP is to help everybody in and around openSUSE to be able to attend the openSUSE.Asia Summit!

  • An Indian research university has assembled 73 million journal articles (without permission) and is offering the archive for unfettered scientific text-mining

    The JNU Data Depot is a joint project between rogue archivist Carl Malamud (previously), bioinformatician Andrew Lynn, and a research team from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University: together, they have assembled 73 million journal articles from 1847 to the present day and put them into an airgapped respository that they're offering to noncommercial third parties who want to perform textual analysis on them to "pull out insights without actually reading the text."

    This text-mining process is already well-developed and has produced startling scientific insights, including "databases of genes and chemicals, map[s of] associations between proteins and diseases, and [automatically] generate[d] useful scientific hypotheses." But the hard limit of this kind of text mining is the paywalls that academic and scholarly publishers put around their archives, which both limit who can access the collections and what kinds of queries they can run against them.

  • The plan to mine the world’s research papers [iophk: this is the kind of collection that Aaron Swartz died over, effectively killed]