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Story The helpful stranger and meaning of open source Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:52am
Story Geeks give back: Be an open source tester Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:50am
Story Slovakia – Yet Another Government Discovers GNU/Linux Is The Right Way To Do IT Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:47am
Story Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet? Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:32am
Story First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:25am
Story Sandia looks to open-source robot tech Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:20am
Story Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:15am
Story China Mobile launches Ubuntu contest for developers Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:12am
Story What is Ubuntu Snappy? Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:02am
Story The Grinch That Tried to Exploit Linux Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:00am

The helpful stranger and meaning of open source

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OSS

I’ve been a software engineer for almost 15 years now, and although I didn't realize it at the time, I’ve been working with open source software from the get-go. From basic GNU command line utilities to C compilers, open source was there from the start.

Even though my professional focus has changed over the years, in one form or another I’ve been living in a open source ecosystem—be it the operating system I used, the libraries I worked with, or even the integrated development environment (IDE) I used on a daily basis. Despite that, it never occurred to me to contribute to open source software until I joined Red Hat three years ago and began working on oVirt, an open source data center virtualization project.

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Geeks give back: Be an open source tester

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OSS

Are you using open source software for free? Do you wish you could contribute, but don’t have the time to learn how a new developer community works?

Giving cash donations is not necessarily the best way to give back to an open source community. Instead, try channeling any frustration you may feel with open source software and help with testing. It’s good for your blood pressure and good for the rest of the users of the code!

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Slovakia – Yet Another Government Discovers GNU/Linux Is The Right Way To Do IT

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GNU
Linux

They put GNU/Linux on those PCs although they could have used that other OS and they found they saved money. The PCs are easy to manage thanks to FLOSS package-management. They were in total control of the PCs because it’s FLOSS, not code designed by some corporate salesmen, but folks who make software that works for the user. That’s been my experience in schools. That’s the experience of other folks who use GNU/Linux in the real world.

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Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?

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Linux

Some dreams die hard. After the KDE-based Vivaldi tablet failed to appear after three years of anticipation, Jolla is planning a free software tablet of its own. The product is off to a roaring start, having just raised $1,824,055 in its crowdfunding campaign-- almost five times the original target. So, this time, we might actually see some hardware.

Mind you, whether the tablet will satisfy everyone remains open to doubt. Although Jolla is talking loudly about being "people powered" and listening to want users want, some requests, especially for hardware, may be impossible to fulfill. The manufacturing capacity of advanced features is limited world-wide, and monopolized by large companies like Apple and Samsung.

More importantly, exactly how free the tablet will be has yet to be announced.

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First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February

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Ubuntu

The first Ubuntu Phone will go on sale in Europe in the second week of February.

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Sandia looks to open-source robot tech

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OSS

Researchers at federal defense and energy laboratories are open sourcing some of the electronics and software for two advanced ambulatory robots in hopes of boosting their ability to handle perilous situations.

In a Dec. 16 announcement, the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories said it is developing more energy-efficient motors to dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots performing the types of motions that are crucial in disaster response situations. The project is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines

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Development
Google
OSS

It’s been a long, long time since Google came up with the foundational technologies for storing and processing big data. This year, the company developed a new tool for working with data as it comes in, and now Google is keen to see people use it.

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China Mobile launches Ubuntu contest for developers

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Ubuntu

China Mobile and Canonical have launched the ‘Ubuntu Developer Innovation Contest’ to engage developers “with the next generation of mobile experiences on Ubuntu – which don’t revolve around apps and the app icon grid”.

Contest submissions can include Scopes and Apps (HTML5 and QML native), and finalists will be selected for two tracks – student and independent developers.

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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Server
Ubuntu

If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you get a handle on it, it's obvious that Canonical's new baby isn't terribly useful for those of us who are simply users, but perhaps it provides an interesting preview of what could come to the desktop version of Ubuntu in the future.

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The Grinch That Tried to Exploit Linux

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Linux
Security

The Grinch flaw was reported by Stephen Cody, chief security evangelist at Alert Logic. Cody alleges that the Grinch flaw enables users on a local machine to escalate privileges. Leading Linux vendor Red Hat, however, disagrees that the Grinch issue is even a bug and instead notes in a Red Hat knowledge base article that the Grinch report "incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue."

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Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way

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Server
Interviews

"We made a very conscious effort with Docker to insert the technology into an existing toolbox. We did not want to turn the developer's world upside down on the first day. ... We showed them incremental improvements so that over time the developers discovered more things they could do with Docker. So the developers could transition into the new architecture using the new tools at their own pace."

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​Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

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GNU
Linux

Linux laptops are available from major computer OEMs such as Dell and Lenovo and specialized Linux vendors such as System76 and ZaReason, but the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which would prefer it if I referred to Linux as GNU/Linux, doesn't approve of any of them thanks to their use of proprietary firmware. That may not continue to be the case.

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Nebula Builds on Cosmos for Enterprise OpenStack Deployments

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Server
OSS

Nebula, which bills itself as an enterprise private cloud company and is focused on OpenStack, is not exactly just another player in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company is funded by noted backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast Ventures, but even more notably, the company was founded by Chris Kemp, who helped launch OpenStack back when he was NASA's CTO.

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Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks OpenStack, Containers

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Red Hat
Interviews

Following a fiscal Q3 report this afternoon by open-source distributor Red Hat (RHT) that was better than expected, and a forecast for this quarter slightly less than consensus, CEO Jim Whitehurst was kind enough to spend a few minutes talking with me by phone.

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Red Hat, Red Hat, and More Red Hat

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-s

No doubt Red Hat dominated the headlines today with their 3Q financial report and subsequent quotes. They're also having to say goodbye to CFO Charlie Peters as their stocks jumped 10 percent in after hours trading following the report. In other Red Hat news, a security bulletin from the Open Source software company said that latest security scare "Grinch" isn't a bug, it's a feature.

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PostgreSQL 9.4 Increases Flexibility, Scalability and Performance

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OSS

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces the release of PostgreSQL 9.4, the latest version of the world's leading open source database system. This release adds many new features which enhance PostgreSQL's flexibility, scalability and performance for many different types of database users, including improvements to JSON support, replication and index performance.

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Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

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GNU
Linux
OSS

You can tell it’s the holiday season — a lot of people are focusing more on the guy with the red suit who looks quite a bit like Jon ‘maddog’ Hall than they are on digital matters. This also is the time of year, naturally, where pundits make their predictions for the following year.

However, I should admit something here. Truth in advertising: I don’t have a good record in predicting the future. I have a hard enough time predicting what to wear the following day — oh, right: clothes. But Linux and FOSS being, well, Linux and FOSS, these projections are as good as any prediction now being foisted on the FOSS public by the army of digital pundits out there.

So what’s going to happen in 2015?

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digiKam Software Collection 4.6.0 released...

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KDE
Software

The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.6.0. This release includes many bugs fixes in Image Editor and Batch Queue Mananger. Thanks to Maik Qualmann and Jan Wolter to propose patches in KDE bugzilla.

See the new list of the issues closed in digiKam 4.6.0 available through the KDE Bugs-tracking System.

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What Does It Mean for Your Computer to Be Loyal?

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GNU

We say that running free software on your computer means that its operation is under your control. Implicitly this presupposes that your computer will do what your programs tell it to do, and no more. In other words, that your computer will be loyal to you.

In 1990 we took that for granted; nowadays, many computers are designed to be disloyal to their users. It has become necessary to spell out what it means for your computer to be a loyal platform that obeys your decisions, which you express by telling it to run certain programs.

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LG's webOS 2.0 TVs are coming to CES

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Linux

LG's attempt to resurrect webOS for smart TVs is entering a new phase at CES 2015. A wide range of webOS 2.0 TVs will be displayed in Vegas, and LG is focusing on performance; the company says that starting the YouTube app from the home screen is 70 percent faster, for example, and overall boot times should be up to 60 percent quicker.

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