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  • Voice of the Masses: Which company does the most for Linux?

    While part-time hobbyists do plenty of great work on GNU/Linux, most of the code thesedays comes from paid developers. So for our upcoming podcast, we want your opinions: which company does the most for Linux? You might argue that Red Hat or SUSE contribute the most with their patches and efforts to get Linux into enterprises, or you may say that Intel or Canonical are doing the best work.

  • Windows versus Linux for businesses
  • Starting Your IT Career With Linux (A Slide Show)

    Interested in starting a new career in IT? Linux is one of the hottest technologies in the market today, with tens of thousands of job openings, and salaries outpacing many other IT specialties. This presentation demonstrates the steps you should take to launch your career in Linux.

  • Linux Foundation Funds Internet Security Advances

    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative has selected three security-oriented projects to receive a total of $500,000 in funding.

  • Linux 4.1 Goes Long Term for Support

    Linux 4.1 was officially released by Linus Torvalds on June 21, marking the first major update to the Linux 4.0 kernel which first debuted in April.

  • Kubuntu Wily Alpha 1
  • KDEPIM report

    We are in good way to have a stable version for 15.08.

  • KDE Plasma 5.3.1 testing

    After several month of packaging in kde overlay and almost a month in tree, we have lifted the mask for KDE Plasma 5.3.1 today. If you want to test it out, some infos how to get it.

  • Calligra's Kexi 3.0, a Microsoft Access Alternative for Linux, to Use KDE Frameworks 5

    Jaroslaw Staniek, one of the developers of the Kexi open-source database creation tool distributed as part of the Calligra office suite for the acclaimed KDE desktop environment, has unveiled details about the development progress of Kexi 3.0.

  • more menus

    Since last blog post I have been designing and implementing a room menu for Polari.

  • GNOME 3.17.3 Has Been Officially Released

    Frederic Peters has just informed us about the immediate availability of the third snapshot for the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

  • GNOME 3.17.3 Released
  • Notes: future plans

    This is the second in a series of posts about recent design work for GNOME’s core applications. As I said in my previous post, the designs for many of these applications have evolved considerably, and we have major plans for them. Help is needed if these plans are going to become a reality though, so we are looking for contributors to get involved.

  • Tumbleweed — what’s the holdup

    It has been around 10 days since the last update to opensuse Tumbleweed. That would have been snapshot 20150612. This is a brief note to explain the delays.

  • Valve Announces SteamOS 2.0 Preview Release Based on Debian 8.1 Jessie

    On June 25, Valve was more than happy to announce the immediate availability for download and testing of the first preview release of the next major version of its SteamOS Linux distribution, dubbed Brewmaster.

  • Ubuntu Family Does Their 15.10 Alpha 1 Releases
  • Canonical banks on Ubuntu’s exclusivity for success

    Over the last few years, there have been several releases of mobile phones designed with open-source operating systems: Mozilla, Canonical, Samsung, and Jolla to name a few companies that have ventured into that industry. Their operating systems aim to break through the global dominance of Android and iOS — although Android has been their biggest challenge as phones based on it are the most popular in countries in which those companies have targeted customers. But none of these companies has been successful on a large scale; they have seen success with niche groups of customers, but nothing that can make a dent in Android’s global presence. Still, they haven’t thrown in the towel, and in some cases, have done quite the opposite.

  • Meizu MX4 open-source smartphone running Ubuntu Touch reaches Europe: Available to buy via invites
  • The best Ubuntu phone has the most convoluted purchasing scheme

    After months of anticipation, the high-end Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone is going on sale—sort of.

  • Meizu’s MX4 sheds its Android skin for Ubuntu on June 25

    The MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be available in Europe starting tomorrow, Canonical announced on the Ubuntu Insights blog, but will only be available to those who obtain an invite through an “interactive origami wall” on the Meizu website. The origami wall will be “filled with fun and interesting glimpses” of the latest Ubuntu phone, alongside the occasional randomly-generated invite.

  • Jonathan Riddell Steps Down From The Kubuntu Council
  • Joint Statement from the CC and KC
  • The Ubuntu MATE Boutique Is Now Open for Business

    Today, June 24, the Ubuntu MATE team had the great pleasure of announcing that the Ubuntu MATE Boutique is now open for business and will offer you all sorts of interesting products.

  • Sierra Wireless Releases New Embedded Module Powered by Linux

    The Internet of Things is big marketplace and we keep hearing about companies like Intel, Dell, and Canonical who are trying to make some headway, but there are other competitors out there that are working just as hard and who are also using Linux as backbone, like Sierra Wireless for example.

  • Spire Payments’ Linux POS range certified to support Compass Plus TranzWare system

    Spire Payments’ new suite of Linux-based POS terminals (the SP range) continues to gain global acceptance by achieving Compass Plus approval for TranzWare system.

  • Arrow Electronics Introduces Open Source Board with New Freescale i.MX 7 Microprocessor

    Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced at the Freescale Technology Forum that it is now offering an open-source, specification-compliant board that is based on the new Freescale i.MX 7 microprocessor. Arrow also collaborated with Qualcomm Atheros Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, on the board’s Bluetooth & Wi-Fi capabilities and with Linear Technologies on the board’s power supply.

  • Google removes "always listening" code from Chromium

    After including closed-source code that enabled Chromium to listen in to a computer's microphone, Google bowed to backlash and removed it from the open-source browser.

  • BMW: ‘Our competitor is not Audi, Jaguar Land Rover or Mercedes but consumer electronics players’

    BMW is bringing software back in-house so it can deliver seamless digital experiences for its customers - something more valued than horsepower or engines in today's market, its digital business models lead said.

  • 10 Reasons Tape Backup Remains Important to the Enterprise

    Digital tape is about the hardest-to-kill storage IT there is, unless you count carving out data onto rocks, the way it was done hundreds of thousands of years ago. Tape technology celebrated its 63rd birthday on May 21; IBM first made available its IBM 726 Magnetic tape reader/recorder in 1952. Strangely, unlike later IBM tape drives, the original 726 could read tape backward and forward. Tape has managed to get better with age. When tape first went to market, the media itself weighed 935 pounds and held 2.3MB of data. In 2015, that much tape weighs closer to 12 pounds, and 2.3MB would comprise one large photo or a short pop song. Tape storage densities are broken regularly; IBM's tape team recently demonstrated an areal recording density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on low-cost, particulate magnetic tape. The breakthrough represents the equivalent of a 220TB tape cartridge that could fit in the palm of your hand. Companies such as Iron Mountain, Spectra Logic, IBM and others maintain large installed bases of tape storage around the world. Here are some key facts about tape storage.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Thursday's security updates
  • DOST 2015: Ceph Security Presentation

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  • Open source: Docker’s secret sauce

    As the CEO of Docker, Ben Golub is at the forefront of the container revolution. In only two years, Docker has grown into a huge ecosystem that is starting to see widespread adoption across the enterprise market. The company has nearly quadrupled in size, and the statistics for applications are even more impressive.

  • Docker Makes the News, But the Open Container Project is the Big News

    Docker has announced the availability of its commercial solutions and the Docker Trusted Registry, which is software that lets organizations securely store their container images. The Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) is a registry for Docker container images that provides an on-premise option for storing and sharing Docker images. It offers "a highly-available registry server that provides LDAP and Active Directory integration with existing authentication systems," and "it also offers role-based access control (RBAC) and audit logs for authorization and compliance for authorization and compliance," according to the company.

  • The Open Container Project and what it means
  • Linux Kernel 3.4.108 LTS Adds Sound and Wireless Improvements, Updated Drivers

    Zefan Li had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release for the 3.4 kernel series, Linux kernel 3.4.108 LTS, a long-term support version that will receive updates for a few more years.

  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Launches Today, Initial Results A Bit Of A Let Down

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  • Samsung Continues Working On "Waycheck" For Wayland Testing

    Developers at Samsung's open-source group have been working on a simple unit/integration test framework and test program. This new tool is dubbed "Waycheck" and will hopefully lead to promptly catching functional regressions/bugs.

  • CRYENGINE adds support for Oculus Rift, Linux and Android TV
  • CryEngine 3.8.1 Adds The Linux & OpenGL Support
  • Qt Being Ported To Google Chrome / Native Client

    The Qt Company revealed today their work-in-progress port of Qt to Chrome / Google Native Client.

  • GCI 2014 and Grand Prize Trip

    Many pre-university students have participated in Google Code-In (2014) again and for many of them it has been the first opportunity to make contributions to Free Software and Open Source projects. In opposite to Google Summer of Code the GCI program is organized as a worldwide contest where students at the age of 13-17 years take the challenge to complete as many software development tasks from their mentor organizations as possible. These software development tasks are provided by Open Source Projects that are approved as mentor organizations. And at the end of 2014 KDE has participated as a mentor organization for the fifth year.

  • Mageia 5: Solid, Strong, and Humming Along

    Rémi Verschelde on behalf of the Mageia project today announced the release of Mageia 5. This release brings installer improvements including full UEFI support as well as a new administration panel and a move to RPM 4.12. Available in Live, Network, or Classic Installer for 32 or 64 bit computers Mageia 5 also supports upgrading from Mageia 4.

  • Mageia 5 Officially Released, Finally Supports UEFI Systems
  • Meet Fedora 22 MATE-Compiz – Include Video Overview and Screenshots

    Fedora 22 MATE-Compiz is an official fedora spins of fedora 22 featuring mate desktop environment version 1.10, using Compiz for desktop effect and Emerald as a window manager.

  • Ubuntu Patches Privilege-Escalation Bug

    There is a privilege-escalation vulnerability in several versions of Ubuntu that results from the fact that the operating system fails to check permissions when users are creating files in some specific circumstances.

  • 1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie

    A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

    The latest research was reported in a paper by Jonathan Koomey, a research fellow at Stanford University, who has done data center energy research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Jon Taylor, a partner at the Athensis Group, a consulting firm.

  • John Kiriakou: DOJ misguided amid U.S. hacking

    I don’t much care if the Chinese know that I’m a former CIA officer. It’s no secret. I published a bestselling book about my years at the CIA. I give interviews in the press and on TV speaking out against torture. I lecture at colleges and universities about ethics in intelligence operations.

    But the information the Chinese stole included my original application to the CIA — my Standard Form 86. That form included information on my family members, friends, neighbors and references. That means their information was probably compromised too.

  • Opening up a can of worms: Why won't Conficker just die, die, die?

    The Conficker worm is now nearly seven years old but remains the most detected piece of malware on the internet. Despite a massive effort to squash it, why does it keep popping up again?

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  • Linux Foundation offers new scholarship opportunities

    The Linux Foundation has announced fourteen scholarships to those who don’t have the ability to attend Linux Foundation courses, the Linux Foundation will fund fourteen individuals to take the training courses.

  • Krita 2.9.5.1 and Bug Week!

    It’s been a while since we made a new build of Krita… So, here’s Krita 2.9.5.1! In all the hectics surrounding the Kickstarter campaign, we worked our tails off to add new features, improvements and fixes, and that caused considerable churn in the code.

  • QML compositing manager for X11

    Implemented effects:

    Window show/hide animation

    Dim inactive windows (though it dims too many windows)

    Shadows

  • Riak KV, Basho and Kolab

    As I have mentioned in earlier blog entries, Kolab Enteprise has gained data loss prevention (DLP) functionality this year that goes above and beyond what one tends to find in other groupware products. Kolab's DLP is not just a back-up system that copies mails and other objects to disk for later restore, it actually creates a history of every groupware object in real-time that can later be examined and restored from. This will eventually lead to some very interesting business intelligent features.

  • Mageia 5 Linux Officially Released with Support for UEFI Systems and Btrfs

    After more than a year of hard work, the Mageia development team has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final version of the highly anticipated Mageia 5 Linux operating system.

  • The tools don't get you the job

    When I was in film school, I had been told by my professors that I needed a certain set of tools in order to get through my classes, but none of them told me how I was supposed to afford those tools. I figured that film was, after all, an infamously expensive medium, so that was just part of the curse. Sure we don't use celluloid any more, but if you want to make moving pictures, you have to buy fancy computers, and then you have to buy fancy software (often as expensive as the hardware you just bought).

    [...]

    And then on my way to work one day, I was riding the N line, reading a trade magazine, and I flipped to an article about how someone at Pixar or ILM was really enamoured by all of the Unix software that was being used there, and how you could render things without actually opening the application that had created the thing itself. It sounded amazing. You mean I can render stuff out and not have my computer crash because the image was too large to fit into RAM?

  • Google criticised for ‘opaque’ audio-listening binary in Debian’s Chromium browser

    Controversy has stirred in the Linux community since a bug report about Google’s Chromium browser was logged on Tuesday at Debian. Yoshino Yoshihito said in the report ‘After upgrading chromium to 43, I noticed that when it is running and immediately after the machine is on-line it silently starts downloading "Chrome Hotword Shared Module" extension, which contains a binary without source code,’

  • Friday's security updates

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  • DevOps people love container technologies, survey confirms

    That's the finding of a new survey conducted by DevOps.com, which finds that 38 percent of respondents use containers in their production environments at this time, and at least 65 percent expect to do so over the next 12 months. Containers in this sense are abstractions implemented at the operating system layer of the stack to support highly distributed applications.

  • Linux Foundation Scholarships: No Excuse Now

    Fourteen of you — who can demonstrate the greatest need and best illustrate what a Linux career means to you — will be awarded training scholarships.

  • Don't Bet On "X12" Succeeding X11 Rather Than Wayland (Or Mir)

    While there's long been an X.Org Wiki page with some pipe dreams for X12 as the successor to the X11 protocol, don't bet on it ever happening.

  • fresh breeze or a thunderstorm?

    I know the next weeks/months a lot of applications will be ported to KF5. If you’d like to offer Breeze icons please ask on https://github.com/NitruxSA/plasma-next-icons we now have an good solution between standard icons and app specific icons and hope we can offer an Breeze and Breeze-Dark experience as you wish.

  • wallpaper contest results

    Overall there are 102 wallpapers submitted. Most of them via opendesktop.org. So the winner is the user. You can use the new wallpapers via the Get new Wallpaper button and can use all submitted wallpapers.

    Attached some of the submitted wallpapers (most of them are not in plasma 5.3 so you have to install the package to see the best of the best). I have to say thanks for all contributors and hope that you are happy with the results.

  • Qt Input Method – In Depth

    So an input method allows you for example to input Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indian characters into a text input field of an application, even though there is only a Latin keyboard attached to the computer. That is done by analyzing the text, which is typed in as Latin, and e.g. opening a popup menu with a pre-selection of Chinese characters, which are associated with that Latin input. The user can now select one of these Chinese characters, which will then replace the Latin input in the text field.

  • Kubuntu Podcast Show 1

    Building on their UOS Hangout, the Kubuntu Podcast Team has created their first Hangout, featuring Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan, Aaron Honeycutt, and Rick Timmis.

  • Akademy 2015 Talks announced

    The talks programme for Akademy 2015 is now available. Details for organising BoFs will be announced later.

  • KDEPIM KF5 status and test plan

    As you know we decided to release kdepim kf5 in 15.08. (We have 2 months yet).

    I use kdepim kf5 by default now on my main computer. Of course when I started to use it all apps crashed, or there was some part of code which was not ported to kf5 yet.

  • Music, The GNOME Music Player, Is Getting Smart New Features

    Music, the GNOME music player that isn’t Rhythmbox, has been quietly progressing in the past few GNOME releases.

  • Cinnamon 2.6.8 Brings Many Requested Fixes

    As you may know, Cinnamon is a desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint team, created when GNOME has decided to ditch GNOME 2 and create the more-modern GNOME 3 DE.

  • MATE 1.10: Lighter and better

    Though MATE has added GTK3 support, it is still considered experimental. The team has noticed many serious regressions with each new GTK3 release. "So while MATE 1.10 built against GTK 3.16 currently works, we can not guarantee that will be the case when GTK 3.18 lands," said Winpress.

    That said, the team feels that the future release of GTK3 will be less demanding on MATE and the DE will continue to benefit from it.

    If you want to test GTK3 builds of MATE, there are two major distros offering it: Arch Linux and Fedora.

  • SUSE Continues Working On AMD HSA Support In GCC

    Going back a while now, AMD has been working with SUSE on adding HSA support to GCC. Some of the work has landed in GCC while more additions are still pending -- including some newly-published patches.

  • Two-Week Fedora Atomic Host Releases Proposed for Fedora 23 Linux

    On June 18, Jan Kurik published details about a new proposal to move Atomic Host cloud images from a six-month cadence to two-week releases for the upcoming Fedora 23 Linux operating system.

  • Debian Launches A Diversity Sponsorship Travel Program

    Debian feels that greater diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will "significantly help" them in their goal of becoming the Universal Operating System, so they've launched a diversity sponsorship program for their annual DebConf event.

  • Rebasing Ubuntu on Android

    The Ubuntu phone is evolving step by step. The team has worked their socks off to build a convergent user interface, toolkit, and full SDK. The phone exposes an exciting new concept, scopes, that while intriguing in their current form, after some refinement (which the team are already working on) could redefine how we use devices and access content. It is all the play for.

  • Ubuntu Looks To Fill Vacated Developer Membership Board Seat

    The Ubuntu Developer Membership Board (DMB) has issued a call for nominations to fill a vacant seat on the board following the recent resignation by Scott Kitterman.

  • OSMScout is an Offline Navigation App for Ubuntu Touch

    Not long ago, we have announced GPS Navigation, a navigation software for Ubuntu Touch that works only online and is built on OpenStreetMap.

  • Mir 0.14 Works To Further Reduce Lag
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Will Bring Full Shell Rotation and New Icons for the Core Apps
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update Has Been Released. OTA 4.5 May Be Released Very Soon.
  • Canonical Fixes Kernel Vulnerabilities on All the Supported Systems
  • Canonical patches privilege escalation bug in Ubuntu

    To address a local root privilege growth vulnerability that can be used to gain administrative privileges on the system, Canonical has released updates for Ubuntu.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Is Near With Cinnamon/Mate RCs

    Clem has announced the release candidates of Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" for the Cinnamon and MATE desktop editions.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela RC Has Been Released
  • Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon RC released!
  • Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE RC released!
  • Tiny module aims quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 at IoT

    Intrinsyc’s tiny “Open-Q 410″ module has a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 410, offers WiFi, BT, GPS, and 8GB eMMC, and runs both Android and Linux.

  • Tough box-PCs support dual GbE, dual displays, wireless

    Like Axiomtek’s eBOX620-841-FL (quad-core Atom E3845) and eBOX638-840-FL (quad-core Celeron J1900), the new eBOX625-841-FL, eBOX625-842-FL, and eBOX626-841-FL are fanless, embedded computers that run on 22nm Bay Trail system-on-chips. The “841” models tap the dual-core, 1.46GHz Atom E3826 while the eBOX625-842-FL goes for the same 2GHz Celeron J1900 found on the eBOX638-840-FL. All three models support extended operating temperature ranges, for example -40 to +55°C on the 842.

  • Raspberry Pi 2 Now Has a Beautiful Official Case

    Raspberry Pi 2 now has an official case that is built by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and distributed on all the major channels.

  • Tizen Developer Summit India 2015 dates announced, 30-31 July 2015 in Bengaluru

    India developers get ready as the Tizen Developer Summit India 2015. The dates have been announced and it is being held 30-31 July 2015 in Bengaluru, India. This is a technical event that is geared towards application and platform developers that want to learn more about the Tizen Operating System (OS). There will be technical content for App developers, platform designers, ISVs, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn more about Tizen.

  • signify shortcomings

    Secret key files contain a 64-bit hash (truncated SHA512) of the secret key data which is used to verify the user’s password. You wouldn’t want to enter the wrong password and accidentally sign something with a bogus key. Unfortunately, this creates something of an oracle. If you steal somebody’s secret key, instead of guessing passwords which will be terribly slow because of the KDF, you can just guess keys and compute hashes until you get a match. The good news is that the key space is fairly large; you won’t have much luck guessing one. Harmless as this may be, it’s bothered me quite a bit because it’s plainly wrong. (The rationale for this decision was that encrypting the hash as well would require another iteration of the KDF.)

  • Improving LXC template security

    Fedora and CentOS templates will accept a root password from the user during the build and set a randomized password for the root user if a password isn’t specified. Ubuntu Cloud takes another approach by locking out the root user and requiring cloud-init configuration data to configure the root account.

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

    Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple's password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks.

  • Is the FOSS Infrastructure Crumbling?

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  • 5 steps to becoming a quality Docker contributor

    But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces all fit together.

  • LUCI4HPC

    The software described in this article is designed for a Beowulf-style cluster. Such a cluster commonly consists of consumer-grade machines and allows for parallel high-performance computing. The system is managed by a head node and accessed via a login node. The actual work is performed by multiple compute nodes. The individual nodes are connected through an internal network. The head and login node need an additional external network connection, while the compute nodes often use an additional high-throughput, low-latency connection between them, such as InfiniBand.

  • Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software

    DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration.

  • Linode introduces KVM to help it move away from Xen

    The upgrade to KVM is very easy to carry out, on a Xen Linode’s dashboard, there is a link on the right sidebar titled ‘Upgrade to KVM’. Once you do the upgrade you should then be switched over to KVM. If you want to set your account to default to KVM for new Linodes just go to your Account Settings and set the ‘Hypervisor Preference’ to KVM, any new Linodes you create will be KVM. On a 1GB instance, one user reported the downtime to be between 8-9 minutes while he switched to KVM.

  • Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program

    The Linux Foundation Training Scholarship Program provides funds to applicants who otherwise would not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. It attempts to help developers, IT professionals, and promising students to build Linux careers and contribute to shaping the future of the operating system and the enterprise.

  • Linux Foundation Calls for Submissions for Expanded 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program
  • 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program is now Accepting Applications
  • Who's Afraid of Systemd?

    Last year, the free software community was full of debates about systemd, the system manager that replaces init, the process that boots a Linux system. Now that systemd is uneventfully running the latest releases of major distributions like Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, you might imagine that opposition to it is melting away -- but you'd be wrong.

    Instead, casual references on social media show that the rumors are as common as ever. And while you don't hear much recently about Devuan, the anti-systemd fork of Debian, it is still trudging towards a release while making the same arguments as ever.

    The situation is not unique. Some free software circles have always seemed to require an enemy. For instance, in the first decade of the millennium, it was Mono, an adaptation for Linux of Microsoft's .Net. Hundreds of thousands of words were written denouncing Mono, yet today it attracts no attention, although it is still available in repositories.

    Perhaps, too, free software users are becoming conservative as they age, as indicated by the user revolts against GNOME and KDE. Yet no precedent comes close to the viciousness of attacks on systemd, or had so little foundation, either.

  • Understanding Systemd
  • What will be the future of Linux without Linus?

    Linus: I’ve never been much of a visionary — instead of looking at huge plans for the future, I tend to have a rather short time frame of ‘issues in the next few months’. I’m a big believer in that the ‘details’ matter, and if you take care of the details, the big issues will end up sorting themselves out on their own.

  • [Reposted] The creator of Linux OS is calm about the future
  • If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few days after asking the Linux community to let him take a break, Linus Torvalds has said the project he kicked off 1991 can now get along without him.

    He was, characteristically, blunt in his recent interview with Bloomberg, saying Linux would survive his death.

  • Another angle... Linux: a future without Torvalds [reposted in Ireland]
  • Will Linux survive the death of Linus Torvalds?
  • Linus Torvalds Says Linux Can Move On Without Him
  • Linux Top 3: Linux 4.1 delayed 1 Week, Kaos and Clonezilla Update

    Linux 4.1 is going to take a little longer than some of its predecessors, with Linus Torvalds release a rare eighth release candidate on June 14.

  • Examining the design patterns

    I wanted to share a brief update on the Outreachy project that Gina and I are working on, where Gina is preparing for a usability test in GNOME.

    So far, we've been in an "information gathering" mode, where she has been learning about some of the basics of usability testing. In our next step, Gina will now start doing an analysis in preparation for a usability test.

  • Plans for GNOME’s apps

    I’ve been a bit quiet about GNOME’s applications of late. This isn’t because nothing has been happening, though – quite the opposite. We’ve been steadily working away behind the scenes, and our application designs have evolved considerably.

  • Why I use Gentoo Linux (and if you develop software you should too)

    I first discovered Gentoo Linux when I left Oracle/Sun in 2010, gave up my Mac and decided to experiment with creating a mac-like desktop experience on Linux. The initial reason was the optimizations you can do to squeeze every bit of performance out of your hardware (I'd bought a cheap Lenovo laptop).

  • Ravello Empowers Open Source Community With Free Smart Labs on AWS and Google for Red Hat Certified Engineers
  • Rackspace's Carl Thompson Named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
  • Red Hat (RHT) to Release Quarterly Earnings on Thursday
  • Rite Aid, Red Hat, Smith & Wesson earnings in focus
  • Red Hat Earnings Expected to Rise

    Optimism surrounds Red Hat, as it gets ready to report its first quarter results on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Analysts are expecting the company to book a profit of 27 cents a share, up from 24 cents a year ago.

  • Is Red Hat's (RHT) Q1 Earnings Likely to Surprise Estimates?

    Red Hat reported strong results in the last quarter with both earnings and revenues surpassing the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

  • Fedora 22 - workstation - Gnome - Do not disturb

    Fedora 22 comes with the newest version of Gnome - 3.16. You've probably heard about this already. The new version brought quite a few shiny changes, a major one of which was a brand new notification area. You don't have a notification bar at the bottom any more, your notifications now come up at the top with the calendar. It's really neat! More information can be found in the release notes here.

  • Testing rawhide apps using xdg-app

    An important aspect of xdg-app is application sandboxing, which will require application changes to use sandbox-specific APIs. However, xdg-app is also a good way to deploy and run non-sandboxed (or partially sandboxed) regular applications.

  • Contribute to pkgdb2

    Pkgdb2 is the application managing in Fedora, who is allowed to access which git repo containing the files necessary to build the packages present in the distribution.

  • IRC on Hubs

    Still, since the idea for hubs is also to help new contributors get integrated more smoothly into the Fedora community, an effective way to message people did seem like it would be valuable. Since the team/project hubs will have the ability to include an embedded IRC channel, using IRC to send private messages seemed logical. But Fedora Hubs is not an IRC client – it will use IRC to send private messages between users and to enable the channel discussions, but every channel must be directly associated with a hub and the messaging interface will only support messages between Hubs users, not to anyone external. This is an active design choice that Mo and I made, based on the concept of keeping the hub as the central organizing principle of this app in order to help fend off scope creep.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update Causes Problems, Canonical Apologizes for Issues and Promises Fixes

    It would appear that many users reported issues after upgrading their Ubuntu phones to the massive OTA-4 software update released by Canonical for their Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which is used in devices like BQ Aquaris E4.5.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela' RC now available

    Ubuntu is one of the best overall Linux distributions, but it does have its fair share of detractors. Many people dislike the direction Canonical takes sometimes, including the much-maligned Unity desktop environment. Truth be told, I rather like Unity, but I can understand why some people prefer different desktop environments.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela available for download
  • Finally, an official Raspberry Pi case has been released!

    Rejoice Pi fans! The team behind Raspberry Pi have announced an official case for the Pi 2 Model B and the Pi Model B+. The case was announced today on their blog and is available from all the main Pi retailers for a cheap £6 (which works out to about $9).

  • Raspberry Pi Open Source Wireless Speakers Hit Kickstarter (video)

    Axiom Audio has this week unveiled a new range of wireless speakers they have added to their existing range that are powered by the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC.

  • Tuesday's security advisories
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • US Navy Soliciting Zero Days

    The National Security Agency may find and purchase zero days, but that doesn’t mean it’s sharing its hoard with other government agencies such as the U.S. Navy, which apparently is in the market for some unpatched, undisclosed vulnerabilities of its own.

    A request for proposal posted last Wednesday—which has since been taken down—to FedBizOpps.gov was a solicitation by the Naval Supply Systems Command seeking a CMMI-3 (Capability Maturity Model Integration) contractor capable of producing operational exploits that integrate with commonly used exploitation frameworks, the RFP said.

  • Your data is at risk if you are running iOS or Mac OS X

    Six university researchers from Indiana University have revealed that Apple’s password manager, Keychain, is susceptible to hackers. If exploited, the flaw would give a hacker access to the users passwords. The really worrying thing here is that Apple has known about the issue for months and still hasn’t managed to issue a fix.

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