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Open Source Storage Adds Oracle, Sun Veterans to Executive Team

1 hour 55 min ago
Open Source Storage has hired Leynette Larioza and Mark Nelson, who both have previous experience at Oracle, Sun and elsewhere, to help grow its software storage business.

Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon

2 hours 52 min ago
If the release of Firefox's Australis interface got you down, there are Firefox-based alternatives out there with a more traditional Mozilla UI. One such alternative is Pale Moon and here's how you get it.

What is Docker?

3 hours 49 min ago
An article which tends to answer the question everyone asks when they know about docker. Docker is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

How to install and configure Nvidia Optimus driver on Ubuntu

4 hours 46 min ago
Nvidia Optimus is a hybrid GPU system which utilises what is known as "discrete switching" and has been long associated with headaches and limitations on Linux systems. After years of wait, Ubuntu 14.04 with its shiny new kernel finally shipped with proprietary driver compatibility that can be installed easily. This article will guide you through the installation process after quick background of Nvidia Optimus for the unfamiliar readers. For the seasoned destroyer of Xorg configuration, you can quickly jump to the installation section below.

Linux Foundation's free online intro to Linux class opens its doors

5 hours 43 min ago
Want to learn your way around Linux? Your free Linux introduction class opportunity starts on August 1st.

Kano – simple as Lego, powered by Pi

6 hours 41 min ago
For some time now, there has been much talk about the Raspberry Pi revolutionising the teaching of computing in schools. Linux User & Developer has devoted much space and attention to the growing number of Jamborees and the increasing attention teachers are giving to the small, £25 bare-bones machine. It is, say advocates, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing, allowing them to see and actually interact with the innards of the machines they are using. It is, they add, a great platform for programming and for creating all manner of electronic wonders.

Cloud 5: Amazon's earnings report triggers strong debate, Australia wants to go cloud and how cloud changes IT mindset

7 hours 38 min ago
This week, we discuss the great debate over Amazon's earnings report, what it means to AWS and the impact it has on other cloud service providers. We also look at the Australian government's move to the cloud and cloud's disruptive impact on IT.

Android media player supports 4K video, Miracast

8 hours 35 min ago
W2Comp unveiled a faster, 4K-ready version of its Probox Android media player with a quad-core SoC, a Mali-450 GPU, Miracast, and a gaming-oriented remote. Hong Kong based reseller W2Comp, which previously introduced a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 based Probox2 Ultimate media player that runs Android 4.0, has now launched a faster model, called the Probox2 EX (Extreme), that runs Android 4.4 (“KitKat”). The new mini-PC is open for pre-orders at $150, with shipments beginning Aug. 8. There’s no mention of any support for Google’s upcoming remix of Google TV called Android TV, but the Probox2 EX would seem to have the advanced hardware to run it.

The Linux Foundation's free Introduction to Linux class starts today

9 hours 32 min ago
In today's open source roundup: The free Introduction to Linux class starts today and you can still register. Plus: Can LibreOffice 4.3 beat Microsoft Office, and Debian 8 will ship with Linux 3.16.

Major South Korean Pharmaceutical Company Ditches Windows for Ubuntu

10 hours 43 min ago
South Korea has been very friendly with Microsoft and its products, so it's understandable why succeeding in that country with an open source product would be very difficult. Canonical is now trying to make a dent there with its Ubuntu operating system.

Contributing back as an OpenStack operator

11 hours 40 min ago
Paying talented developers to write high quality code isn't cheap; why on Earth would you then turn around and give that code to your competitors? Turns out, there's probably a competitive advantage in doing so.

Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

12 hours 37 min ago
In a surprise move, HP has granted OpenVMS a new lease on life, effectively reversing last year's decision to mothball the venerable server OS. HP hasn't changed its mind about its latest OpenVMS roadmap, which has it ending standard support for some versions of the OS next year and pulling the plug completely by 2020. Rather, it has granted an exclusive license to another company, VMS Software Inc. (VSI), to take over after its own support ends.

Bitnami Changes the Face of Application Deployment

13 hours 34 min ago
In a video interview with eWEEK, Erica Brescia, co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) at Bitnami, explains what her company is all about and how it is helping to enable a new style of IT development and deployment.

Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother

14 hours 32 min ago
It was May of 2012 at a security conference in Calgary, Alberta, when professor Ron Deibert heard a former high-ranking official suggest he should be prosecuted. This wasn't too surprising. In Deibert's world, these kinds of things occasionally get whispered through the grapevine, always second-hand. But this time he was sitting on a panel with John Adams, the former chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the National Security Agency's little-known northern ally. Afterward, he recalls, the former spy chief approached and casually remarked that there were people in government who wanted Deibert arrested—and that he was one of them.

Careers in Open Source Week features professionals tips and lessons learned in the field

15 hours 29 min ago
This week, we published articles from eight young professionals in open source—they are interns, students, and fellows working on open source projects and for teams that are part of open source businesses. Next week, we'll publish articles from open source professionals who have been working in the field for a significant portion of their careers or who have at some point in thier careers worked on an open project.

What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

16 hours 26 min ago
Zuck's engineers unveil formal spec based on PHP 5.6. A group of Facebook developers has decided to break with 20 years of tradition and release a formal specification for the PHP programming language. The initial draft of the spec was released on Wednesday and is available via a Git repository hosted on PHP.net.

How to get nowhere in particular

17 hours 23 min ago
In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks.

This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

18 hours 20 min ago
In many respects, the BadUSB hack is more pernicious than simply loading a USB stick with the kind of self-propagating malware used in the Stuxnet attack. For one thing, although the Black Hat demos feature only USB2 and USB3 sticks, BadUSB theoretically works on any type of USB device. And for another, it's almost impossible to detect a tampered device without employing advanced forensic methods, such as physically disassembling and reverse engineering the device. Antivirus scans will turn up empty. Most analysis short of sophisticated techniques rely on the firmware itself, and that can't be trusted.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Alpha 2 Officially Released, Gets EFI Support and Ubuntu-Style Menus

19 hours 17 min ago
A new Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Alpha release has been made available and integrates a large number of changes and improvements.

Open-Source Space

20 hours 15 min ago
As I write this, NASA has just passed another milestone in releasing its work to the Open Source community. A press release came out announcing the release on April 10, 2014, of a new catalog of NASA software that is available as open source. This new catalog includes both older software that was previously available, along with new software being released for the first time.