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Story Red Hat CEO: Here's how to create an 'Open Organization' Rianne Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:46pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:45pm
Story Fedora's "Fedup" To Be Replaced In Fedora 23 Rianne Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:41pm
Story Security and Linux Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:41pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:40pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:39pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:39pm
Story Ford Follows Tesla: Makes Electric Car Patents Open Source Rianne Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:36pm
Story Fedora 22: The Latest Roy Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:32pm
Story Five Reasons to Use Linux Rianne Schestowitz 28/05/2015 - 7:28pm

Red Hat CEO: Here's how to create an 'Open Organization'

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In a brand-new book, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains what he's learned from leading the largest open source company and how the lessons can be applied

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  • The open source CEO strikes again

    In The Open Organization, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst presents a compelling, modern alternative to the traditional, top-down hierarchy of business organization. I had the pleasure of interviewing Whitehurst for TechCrunch.com in early 2012, and the seeds of many of the ideas in the book were clearly present even then. Reading The Open Organization felt, in some ways, like the conclusion to that interview.

  • Why I Wrote "The Open Organization"

    In my line of work, I get a lot of questions. Most of these are along the lines of "What's it like to be CEO of an open source company" or “Where do you see technology moving over the next year?”

today's leftovers

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Fedora's "Fedup" To Be Replaced In Fedora 23

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Fedup right now is the command for handling in-place Fedora upgrades from release-to-release and it's been around since Fedora 17. However, with the Fedora 23 release due out in late 2015, that utility will likely be replaced with a new version to handle upgrading to new releases.

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Security and Linux

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Security

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Samba 4.2.2 Officially Released with over 30 Bug Fixes, systemd Improvements

    Samba, the world’s most used software solution for accessing shared Windows directories over a network in GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, has been updated to version 4.2.2.

  • PacketFence v5.1 released

    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 5.1.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.

  • Get started with Midnight Commander, a Linux file manager

    Midnight Commander (MC) is a text-based Command Line Interface (CLI) program. It is particularly useful when a GUI is not available but can also be used as a primary file manager in a terminal session even when you are using a GUI. I use Midnight Commander frequently because I often have need to interact with local and remote Linux computers using the CLI. It can be used with almost any of the common shells and remote terminals through SSH.

  • Cinnamon 2.6.3 Now Available via the Romeo (Unstable) Repository for Both Linux Mint 17.1 and LMDE 2.0

    As a reminder, Cinnamon 2.6.3 has been recently released, adding only fixes to the previous release from the Cinnamon 2.6 series.

    Among others, the use-system configuration key has been split into three different keys, the calendar applet is not properly refreshed, the pidgin tray icons have been updated, the on-screen keyboard has been enhanced and the date format setting is now respected in the notification applet. The full changelog can be read here.

  • The Boomaga PPA Has Received Packages For Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

    Boomaga is an open source virtual printer software, having support for the most popular printers, via CUPS and Gutenprint.

    Unlike CUPS and Gutenprint which provide drivers for printers, the Boomaga virtual printer enables the users to view the document before printing, adjust the margins of the page, manage the number of documents per page, export the to be printed files as PDFs and others.

  • Yet Another Network Speed Ubuntu AppIndicator

    Indicator Netspeed Unity is an Ubuntu AppIndicator which displays the current network upload / download speed on the panel. Despite its name, it should work with any panel that supports AppIndicators.

  • Essential tools for hardening and securing Unix based Environments

    System administrators are aware as how important their systems security is, not just the runtime of their servers. Intruders, spammers, DDOS attack, crackers, are all out there trying to get into people’s computers, servers and everywhere they can lay hands on and interrupt the normal runtime of services. Being able to identify tools and techniques to harden your systems is a key play on securing your systems. Moreover, choosing the right tools is a matter of experience. You should try most of them, or perhaps the ones that are popular. I chose free and open source software because, if I want to, I can check the applications source code and see for myself how did programmers wrote the software, how did they manage to keep the software easy to understand etc.

  • Antivirus products for Linux compared

    Though Linux is often seen as being immune to malware it's still important to have protection, partly because Linux malware does exist, even if it’s rare, and partly to prevent the passing on of viruses to more vulnerable operating systems like Windows and Android.

  • Opera Dev 31.0.1876.0 Brings New Discover and Settings Pages and Other Fixes and Enhancements

today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • Co-op Gravity Platformer 'Ibb & Obb' Now Available On Steam For Linux

    We wrote about the game when developer Sparweed was looking for beta testers in September. I took part in the beta, along with a Steam friend, and was able to play it then. The game was very prone to crash for no apparent reason at the time though, and it also had several other issues, including problems with input and the Steam overlay. Thankfully, the game is in a much better state now, and after playing for about half an hour yesterday, neither I nor my friend encountered any of the issues we experienced before.

  • Adventure RPGs Hero Of The Kingdom I & II Released On Steam For Linux

    I bought Hero of the Kingdom and was going to just give it a quick test before writing it up, but before I knew it an hour had flown by. The premise is that your farm has been burned down by bandits, and not having anywhere to stay, you go out on a quest to find your father. Along your way, you meet all sorts of people who will help you find your way, as long as you help them with various tasks. The story isn't deep and the writing is simple stuff, but it has its charm and is definitely serviceable.

  • Valve Changes the Tux Logo with the SteamOS One, Users Are Now Confused

    So this just happened! It would appear that Valve just took the decision, without asking users first, to change the Tux logo with the SteamOS one on both the Steam website and the desktop client.

Ford Follows Tesla: Makes Electric Car Patents Open Source

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OSS

Ford Motors (F) became a bit more like Tesla Motors (TSLA) this week with the announcement by Ford that the company's electric car patents will become open-source. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla's patents would be open-source last year in an effort to bolster the electric car market, and that is apparently the same idea behind the decision at Ford.

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Fedora 22: The Latest

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Five Reasons to Use Linux

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Linux

Quite simply, most of us use desktop Linux because it’s superior to all other brands, including Windows and OS X — even including Unix and the BSDs. This is a fact, not an opinion. There are reasons why Linux runs a majority of the worlds servers and powers most big enterprises, and in an example of where the trickle down theory actually works, those reasons trickle down (or up — depending on your viewpoint) to the desktop.

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Android Leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Genode OS 15.05 Brings New Drivers, Architecture Improvements

    The release of the Genode OS 15.05 Operating System Framework is now available and it's quite a sizable release.

    Genode OS 15.05 is shipping with a new AHCI driver, new audio drivers ported from OpenBSD, new SD-card drives, platform support for the i.MX6, and multi-touch support.

  • Test out DocHive for data geeks and journalists

    DocHive is an open source Ruby on Rails project for capturing data from image-based PDFs. Created for journalists and other professionals who need a more efficient way to extract meaning for tedious data, DocHive is in development and ready for testing in the community.

  • Google has made its Roboto font open source
  • Google's Roboto font for Android and Chrome is now open source
  • Google has made its Roboto font totally open source
  • Google makes its Roboto font from Android/Chrome OS open source
  • The Android ‘Roboto’ Font Is Now Open Source To Be Modified
  • Google makes their most famous font: Roboto completely open-source
  • Chrome for Android Goes Open Source; Now Anyone Can Build a Chromium Browser for Android
  • Databricks Sponsors Free Online Course Introducing Apache Spark
  • How to Secure an OpenStack Cloud

    Providing security in OpenStack is not as easy as simply deploying a firewall and enabling antivirus. Many additional controls need to be deployed.

    Security is a key concern across all sectors of modern IT and is often noted as a primary barrier to adoption for cloud computing. Security was a key focus of many sessions at the OpenStack Summit, which ran from May 18 to May 22 in Vancouver, B.C. Several sessions covered how to properly deploy and configure OpenStack clouds securely. Security is also being baked into the development of OpenStack itself though a number of different initiatives.

  • Researchers Find Hadoop is on the Rise, But It's Hard, Very Hard
  • Basho combines its databases with open-source tech into an analytic bundle

    The intensifying competition in the NoSQL world is driving Basho Technologies Inc. to move up the value chain with a new platform promising to provide a unified environment for storing and processing the growing amounts of unstructured data entering the corporate network. It’s the latest realization of the tried and true one-shop-stop approach to differentiation in the enterprise.

  • 8 features multilingual organizations should look for in a CMS

    For rapidly growing organizations, global expansion introduces hosts of new challenges. As you are spinning out more sites, you will likely be opening the door to new regional sites featuring local translations. In this scenario, a content management system (CMS) with multilingual capabilities isn’t just a nice feature to have, but rather a necessity.

  • NY State school libraries fund flexible software

    OPALS is licensed under a GPL license, and libraries can elect to support it on their own hardware or have it hosted by Media Flex in the United States, or by Bibliofiche in Canada and internationally. Media Flex hosts nearly two thirds of the 2,000 libraries worldwide currently using OPALS. The other third are self-hosted and supported by MediaFlex.

  • Blender 2.75 Open-Source 3D Modelling App Will Be a Massive Release with AMD GPU Support

    The Blender Foundation has informed users today, May 27, about the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta test build of the forthcoming Blender 2.75 open-source and cross-platform 3D modelling software.

  • Symphony Foundation Formed to Enable Community-Built Advancements of Communication Platform

    The Symphony Foundation joins the growing number of technology companies that are embracing open-source licensing for better industry collaboration. The Symphony Foundation will use the Apache License 2.0, which allows for the broadest use and adoption of Symphony code adaptations, and will be open to the community in early 2016.

  • BuzzFeed Founder Launches New Lab for Open-Source Invention

    Over the nearly two decades that BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti has spent inventing things, he’s figured out that one of the most important ingredients of new ideas is something closer to play—experiments taken on not to profit immediately, or to develop a product, but because they’re flat-out fascinating. It’s what he figured out at MIT Media Lab, where he first became Internet Famous after his correspondence with a Nike customer service representative over getting the word “sweatshop” stitched into his sneakers went viral. And it’s what he promoted at the Brooklyn art and technology nonprofit where he built Eyebeam OpenLab, an open-source research and development space for artists.

  • Building better assistive technology with open hardware

    For many people, technology assists and augments our lives, making certain tasks easier, communicating across long distances possible, and giving us the opportunity to be more informed about the world around us. However, for many people with disabilities, technology is not an accessory but essential to living an independent and quality life.

    [...]

    Examined through the lens of accessibility, open hardware brings a lot of advantages, such as letting people with disabilities use readily available hardware that others use regardless of ability. Open hardware's basic tenets in openness and usability allow for the creation of more customized, personalized assistive technology devices that fit a user's needs. Open hardware allows for features to be added or removed as an individuals' needs change with age and ability, extending the life of their device. The availability of parts, detailed guides, and tutorials on various single-board computers (SBCs) and components, ease of repair, and affordability are all profound qualities that are not only wanted, but needed in AT. Also, since open hardware is not locked behind proprietary controls and patents, there's no requirement to use insurance or obtain medical permission to alter, modify, or change the state of what is truly owned by the person—in this case, their own assistive technology device.

  • A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

    The 6th May 2015, the European Commission published a communication to the European Parliament, the Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions councerning a new Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe.

Freescale pumps out three new Linux-friendly i.MX6 SoCs

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Freescale’s dual- and quad-core “Plus” i.MX6 SoCs boost graphic performance and RAM support, while the single-core Cortex-A7 “UltraLite” targets secure IoT.

Freescale Semiconductor announced three new versions of its popular i.MX6 SoCs, all of which will be backed with Linux BSPs and evaluation kits. The new i.MX6 DualPlus and i.MX6 QuadPlus system-on-chips offer optimized GPUs and memory support, but keep the same 21 x 21mm packages, and remain with the same allotment of Cortex-A9 cores. They offer full software and pin compatibility with earlier i.MX6 models, says Freescale.

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Goodbye Marco

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GNOME
Obits

The GNOME project is sad to have learnt that Marco Pesenti Gritti recently passed away after a long fight with cancer. Marco made major contributions to GNOME, having been the original author of both the Epiphany (also known as “Web”) browser and Evince, the GNOME PDF reader. Besides his significant contributions and technical ability, Marco was known as a good friend who served as an inspiration to many within the community.

Members of the GNOME community have expressed their sadness at Marco’s death. Xan López, the current Epiphany maintainer, wrote: “I remember fondly working with Marco on Epiphany many years ago. His patience and good character were instrumental in getting me involved with GNOME and Free Software”. Another contributor, Tomeu Vizoso, said: “He reviewed my first patches ever to a free software project and his contagious enthusiasm was what put into motion my career in open source.”

GNOME wasn’t the only community that Marco was a part of: he also played an important role in the development of Sugar, a platform which focused on education and the developing world.

Our thoughts are with Marco’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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LibreOffice launches Open Document Format viewer app for Android

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LibO

THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION, curator of the LibreOffice suite, has announced LibreOffice Viewer for Android.

LibreOffice Viewer is the first native application from the group to offer Open Document Format documents.

The term 'Viewer' should be emphasised at present, as the Foundation acknowledges that it is not ready for "mission critical tasks" in edit mode, and indeed users have to opt in to editing within settings.

It is an important first step, however, and the community is already working on a fuller version that offers more of the expected features.

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SourceForge-GIMP Controversy

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10 of the most popular lightweight Linux distros

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Linux

Modern Linux distros are designed to appeal to a large number of users. As a result, they have become too bloated for older machines or systems with limited resources. If you don't have several gig of RAM to spare and an extra core or two, these distros may not deliver the best performance for you. Thankfully, there are many lightweight distros that you can use to breathe new life into older hardware.

But there's one caveat when working with lightweight distros - they usually manage to function with limited resources by cutting away just about everything you take for granted, such as wizards and scripts which make everyday tasks easier.

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Aura from Entroware Is a Mini-PC Beast That Ships with Ubuntu MATE 15.04

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Hardware
Ubuntu

Aura from Entroware is new mini-PC powered by some very powerful hardware and shipping with either Ubuntu 15.04 or Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

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Running Linux On The Intel Compute Stick

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Hardware

The Intel Compute Stick has begun shipping, a tiny device that plugs into any HDMI TV or monitor and turns it into a fully-functioning computer. This low-power PC ships with Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, though at the moment the Windows version is first to market with the Ubuntu Compute Stick not widely shipping until June. I have an Intel Compute Stick at Phoronix for testing.

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Research community looks to SDN to help distribute data from the Large Hadron Collider

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Sci/Tech

There is one project called the LHC Open Network Environment (LHCONE) that was originally conceived to help with operations that involved multiple centers. To understand this, though, I have to explain the structure of the data and computing facilities.

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