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NASA Releases Open Source Core Flight Software

1 hour 21 min ago
(NASA) announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions. NASA cFS projects are hosted on SourceForge.net

Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

3 hours 15 min ago
We are preparing Kubuntu Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution on April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Plasma 5, the next generation of KDE's desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The second set of updates to Plasma 5 is now stable enough for everyday use and is the default in this version of Kubuntu. Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 14.12 containing all your favourite apps from KDE. This is the 14.12.2 update with bugfixes and translation updates. Several applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren't should fit in seamlessly. Non-KDE applications include LibreOffice 4.4 and Firefox 36.

Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags

4 hours 57 min ago
RFIDs—we use them every day. With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFID tag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased. RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral—sometimes squared, sometimes circular.This article is about how I tinkered with the Adafruit PN532 controller shield to read and write RFID tags.read more

Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS

6 hours 52 min ago
Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.

The AT&T Mafia, LibraOffice Online & More…

8 hours 46 min ago
Of course, LibreOffice as an online app has already been available online since early last year through rollApp — but this will be different. For starters, it’ll be “free as in beer,” meaning it won’t cost you anything. While rollApp has a free plan which allows users to open files from cloud storage to read online, users have to pay $6.99 monthly if they want to actually save their changes.

First Look at GNOME 3.16 - It’s Great, but We Prefer Cinnamon or Unity

10 hours 40 min ago
The highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment for Linux kernel-based operating systems has been announced and has been declared by the GNOME development team as the best GNOME release yet. Of course, we wanted to give GNOME 3.16 desktop environment a try and see for ourselves the new features, apps, and imrovements.

Zentyal 4.1 Screencast

12 hours 35 min ago
Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce Zentyal Server 4.1, a new release of the Zentyal Open Source Linux small business server with native Microsoft Exchange protocol implementation and Active Directory interoperability.

Android on a Stick, or how to install Android-x86 on a USB stick

14 hours 3 min ago
The latest stable release is Android-x86 4.4-r2. This tutorial shows how to install it on a USB stick, so you can have an Android device that you can boot and use from any modern computer.

Tiny WiFi-loaded OpenWRT COM starts at $12

15 hours 57 min ago
OpenEmbed launched a 52 x 28mm “SOM9331? COM for IoT that runs OpenWRT Linux on a MIPS-based Atheros AR9331 SoC, and offers WiFi and extended temperatures.

Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, nor LXQt - Screenshot Tour

Saturday 28th of March 2015 06:18:33 AM
Lubuntu 15.04 is the last in our screenshot tour articles related to the Final Beta a.k.a. Beta 2 of the Vivid Vervet development cycle. Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 offers one of the most lightweight desktop experiences and it is now powered by Ubuntu 15.04’s Linux 3.19.2 kernel.

Canonical Extends Ubuntu Linux With Ericsson Partnership

Saturday 28th of March 2015 04:24:11 AM
Linux has a long history in the telco space with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) effort. Ubuntu Linux, however, is not a CGL-certified distribution, although, in Zannos' view, while the requirement to run telecom-specific Linux distributions was great several years ago, it has been diminishing year by year. Large amounts of telco-specific kernel functionality are now supported in Ubuntu, he added.

Cloud 5: Long live cloud, cloud misconceptions, fastest Chromebook

Saturday 28th of March 2015 02:29:49 AM
This week, we look at artificial intelligence in the cloud, the music business and the cloud and the latest Chromebook.

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Saturday 28th of March 2015 01:32:38 AM
Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. In addition to the usual suspects, we're also welcoming a new flavour to the family this cycle with Ubuntu MATE.

Docker at Age 2 Reaches Out Far Beyond Its Roots

Saturday 28th of March 2015 12:35:27 AM
Docker needs a host OS on which to run, which has led to Red Hat's creating Project Atomic. CoreOS and RancherOS have also emerged as purpose-built optimized operating systems for container deployment. In this slideshow eWEEK examines the wide world of Docker container virtualization.

User-friendly virtual hosting with TurnKey Linux

Friday 27th of March 2015 11:38:16 PM
Suppose you’re a developer and want to experiment with Drupal 7.7 or WordPress. Maybe you're a K-12 teacher or university professor and want to teach your students Moodle administration or how to create some network-attached storage. You could download a tarball from Drupal.com or WordPress.org and configure on your own desktop or laptop, but then you would also need to configure Apache and MySQL too. All of these operations take effort and know-how that you may or may not have time for.read more

Which iOS features should Android offer?

Friday 27th of March 2015 10:41:05 PM
In today's open source roundup: Which features should Android borrow from iOS? Plus: Should all Linux distros default to the same desktop environment? And LibreOffice for web browsers and Android still in the works.

SecureDrop 0.3, LibreOffice Online, and more news

Friday 27th of March 2015 09:43:54 PM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at LibreOffice Online, the newest release of SecureDrop, and more!Open source news for March 21 - 27, 2015read more

KDE Tops Poll

Friday 27th of March 2015 08:46:43 PM
Why KDE? According to your comments, there were two major reasons: stability and configurability, with many of you saying, “It just works.” But there seemed to be some disagreement over whether KDE’s legendary configurability is as great as it once was.

Voyager X 14.04.04 LTS Screencast

Friday 27th of March 2015 07:49:32 PM
The new Voyager release offers the Xfce 4.12 desktop and an updated Linux kernel (version 3.16). The new version of Voyager also offers performance improvements and support for more hardware.

Top 5: Grace programming, fast Linux install, and more

Friday 27th of March 2015 06:52:21 PM
Welcome to the Opensource.com Weekly Top 5!Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get our newest video uploads. They will mostly be this weekly Top 5 roundup of the best articles from the past week, but occasionally we'll do something fun like fly a quadcopter around... and into things.Speaking of electronics, Arduino Day is March 28. Check out the article we just published of 6 Arduino projects to tinker with by staff Alex Sanchez.read more

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Kodi (XBMC Media Center) 14.2 Officially Released, Kodi 15 “Isengard” Is On Its Way

The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, the immediate availability for download of the second and last maintenance release for Kodi 14 (codename Helix), before they continue with the development cycle for the upcoming release, Kodi 15, dubbed Isengard. Read more

Debian 8 Jessie Installer Now Supports Running a 64-bit Linux Kernel on a 32-bit EFI

The Debian Installer team had the pleasure of announcing on March 27 that the second Release Candidate (RC) version of the Debian 8.0 "Jessie" installer is now available for download and testing. The RC2 version of the installer brings a great number of improvements and fixes. Read more

First Look at GNOME 3.16

The highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment for Linux kernel-based operating systems has been announced on March 26, 2015, and has been declared by the GNOME development team as the best GNOME release yet. Of course, we wanted to give GNOME 3.16 desktop environment a try and see for ourselves the new features, apps, and improvements. Read more

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