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Story Red Hat Breaking Records and Fighting Fragmentation Roy Schestowitz 07/05/2015 - 7:06am
Story 7 Excuses For Not Using Linux -- And Why They're Wrong Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 11:14pm
Story Massive Ubuntu Touch Update Coming to Phones and Tablets This Summer Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:53pm
Story Ugoos UM3 TV box dual boots Android and Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:11pm
Story 4 things governments need to know to adopt open source cloud - Red Hat Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:05pm
Story Open source key to preserving human history, argues Vatican Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:53pm
Story Open Source Router Connects US, Australia Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:48pm
Story Xubuntu Core 15.04 Officially Released, Not Related to Ubuntu Core Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:38pm
Story Ubuntu Developers Working to Use Systemd on Ubuntu Touch Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:35pm
Story Nginx open source server gets TCP load-balancing Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:29pm

Red Hat Breaking Records and Fighting Fragmentation

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Red Hat has been grabbing headlines the last couple of days. It started yesterday with the announcement of RHEL 6.7 Beta which brings new and updated features to those not ready to move on to RHEL 7.x. Today Red Hat took "a stand against container fragmentation" and announced their part in six record breaking Intel Xeon E7 v3 systems. SuSE lead seven to world records too and Debian Jessie reviews are still rolling in.

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7 Excuses For Not Using Linux -- And Why They're Wrong

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Every since Linux first became popular, articles have been condemning its shortcomings. Hardly a month goes by without someone explaining what Linux lacks, or how it needs a particular feature, application, or service to be usable-- and, as often as not, the complaints are misguided.

Admittedly, the free software that runs on Linux has some shortcomings. For example, you still can't fill out PDF forms, or, in most countries, calculate your taxes using Linux. In other cases, such as optical character recognition or speech recognition, free software tools are available but primitive compared to proprietary ones. However, the number of legitimate shortcomings becomes smaller every year, and, increasingly the complaints are more likely to be the results of ignorance as anything else.

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Massive Ubuntu Touch Update Coming to Phones and Tablets This Summer

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Ubuntu

We reported the other day that the Ubuntu Touch developers had a great session during the Ubuntu Online Summit for the next major release of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

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Ugoos UM3 TV box dual boots Android and Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

The Ugoos UM3 is a small box that you can plug into your TV to run Android apps. But unlike most devices that fit that description, this one can also run Ubuntu Linux.

That means you could use it to stream videos from YouTube or Netflix, play music from Pandora or Spotify, or play Android games. Then you could reboot the device and switch operating systems to run full desktop apps including LibreOffice and Firefox.

Ugoos offers a larger model called the UT3S which sells for about $179. But the Ugoos UM3 costs about $50 less.

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4 things governments need to know to adopt open source cloud - Red Hat

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Open source cloud platforms, like OpenStack, can allow public sector agencies to connect systems and share data easily. Here are four things governments need to know to make open source cloud a success.

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Open source key to preserving human history, argues Vatican

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OSS

Ammenti explained that, in order for the manuscripts to be readable, the Vatican Library opted for open source tools that do not require proprietary platforms, such as Microsoft Office, to be read.
"We save it as a picture as it's longer life than a file. You don't rely on PowerPoint or Word. In 50 years they can still just look at it," he said.

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Open Source Router Connects US, Australia

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The ONOS Project and partners said Wednesday they have demonstrated the real-world practicality of using a router with open source software to connect networks in Australia and the US. The test validates the vision of SDN, open source for carriers, as well as ON.Lab's ONOS network operating system, according to one of its coordinators.

"SDN is about disaggregation of closed, proprietary boxes and separating of forwarding planes, control planes and applications," says Guru Parulkar, executive director and board member of ON.Lab , which coordinates ONOS development. The communications test between Australia and the US achieved just that, he says. (See ON.Lab Aims to Make White Boxes Carrier-Grade , ON.Lab Intros Open Source SDN OS and SK Telecom Bets on SDN for Wireless.)

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Xubuntu Core 15.04 Officially Released, Not Related to Ubuntu Core

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Ubuntu

A new official Xubuntu flavor called "core" has been announced by developers. It's based on Ubuntu, and it integrates the Xfce desktop environment and nothing else.

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Ubuntu Developers Working to Use Systemd on Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu

The desktop flavor of Ubuntu has already moved to systemd from an upstart, but Ubuntu Touch is still using upstart. It's not clear when the mobile platform will move to the new init system, but Ubuntu developers are already working towards this goal.

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Nginx open source server gets TCP load-balancing

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With the release of the Nginx 1.9.0 Web server, Nginx has taken TCP load-balancing capabilities from its commercial Nginx Plus product and fitted it to the company's open source technology.

TCP load balancing improves failover consistency among worker processes, according to Nginx. The feature already has appeared in the commercial Nginx 5 and 6 products.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Mozilla has revealed how it reckons Firefox should look when it's on the tellie.

Firefox OS user experience designer Hunter Luo reckons that the four basic functions of a smart television are watching shows, accessing apps, controlling devices and looking at list of your content. The user interface for Firefox-for-tellies therefore presents each of those options as a “deck”, concealing “cards”. So in the image below, “TV” is the deck and each of the channels gets a “card”, in this case Channel 32.

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elementary OS "Freya" to Get New Beautiful Open File Dialogue

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OS

elementary OS "Freya" was released a month ago, but the developers are still making big changes to it. One of these modifications will bring a new "Open File Dialog" that should look and work much better than the previous one.

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Mark Shuttleworth Asks Devs from Different Desktop Environments to Work Together

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Mark Shuttleworth had a very interesting keynote at the opening of the Ubuntu Online Summit for 15.10, and he said the developers from all the desktop environments should work together towards a common goal.

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Getting Started in Open Source Software

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Open source software is everywhere, and chances are high that you’ll be writing, deploying, or administering it when you enter the workforce. Hiring managers are looking for candidates with experience in open source. Employers will often ask you for your GitHub username along with - or instead of - your resume. So, if you’re all new to open source, where should you get started?

If you’re feeling a bit intimated about the wide world of open source software, it’s totally understandable. There’s thousands of projects, and it’s hard to know which one will give you the best experience you can use to build your skill set. And it can be even harder to know which one will give you the best experience as a contributor and human being.

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Canonical to Support Two Ubuntu Versions, One Based on Deb and One on Snappy

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Ubuntu

Canonical is bringing some very significant changes to Ubuntu and that includes a new way of packaging and maintaining the system. That being said, the company will continue to provide support for both the .deb based and .snap based Ubuntu systems for a long time.

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Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Gets Its First Linux Kernel Update

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Ubuntu

The first kernel update for the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system arrived on May 5 and it patched a very important vulnerability in the upstream Linux kernel 3.19. As such, all Ubuntu 15.04 users are urged to update their systems as soon as possible.

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5 Best Android Phones [May, 2015]

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Android

Those looking for a new Android phone in the month of May are going to find themselves staring at a number of solid options. With that in mind, we want to help narrow things down for those that are need of some assistance. Here, we take a look at the device’s we think represent the best Android phones for May, 2015.

Last month, Samsung and HTC released their new 2015 flagships into the wild. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9 join a crowded field of competitors tempting those looking for a new Android phone this month. They will soon be joined by an LG G4, a device that’s set to replace the popular LG G3 in June.

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

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Alexander Holler wanted to make it much harder for anyone to recover deleted data. He didn't necessarily want to outwit the limitless resources of our governmental overlords, but he wanted to make data recovery harder for the average hostile attacker. The problem as he saw it was that filesystems often would not actually bother to delete data, so much as they would just decouple the data from the file and make that part of the disk available for use by other files. But the data would still be there, at least for a while, for anyone to recouple into a file again.

Alexander posted some patches to implement a new system call that first would overwrite all the data associated with a given file before making that disk space available for use by other files. Since the filesystem knew which blocks on the disk were associated with which files, he reasoned, zeroing out all relevant data would be a trivial operation.

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8 Linux Security Improvements In 8 Years

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Linux
Security

At a time when faith in open source code has been rocked by an outbreak of attacks based on the Shellshock and Heartbleed vulnerabilities, it's time to revisit what we know about Linux security. Linux is so widely used in enterprise IT, and deep inside Internet apps and operations, that any surprises related to Linux security would have painful ramifications.

In 2007, Andrew Morton, a no-nonsense colleague of Linus Torvalds known as the "colonel of the kernel," called for developers to spend time removing defects and vulnerabilities. "I would like to see people spend more time fixing bugs and less time on new features. That's my personal opinion," he said in an interview at the time.

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Linux from Square One

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GNU
Linux

Despite the fact I have a different view of which distros are best for kids — Qimo (pronounced “kim-o,” as in the last part of eskimo, not “chemo”) tops the list, as it should, but the French distro Doudou (add your own joke here) is unfortunately left out — the link there is informative. So for those who are just getting their proverbial feet wet in Linux, this is a godsend.

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