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It's time to make LibreOffice and OpenOffice one again

Thursday 15th of September 2016 04:16:40 PM
Let's talk about OpenOffice. More than likely you've already read, countless times, that Apache OpenOffice is near the end. The last stable iteration was 4.1.2 (released October, 2015) and a recent major security flaw took a month to patch. A lack of coders has brought development to a creeping crawl. And then, the worst possible news hit the ether; the project suggested users switch to MS Office (or LibreOffice).

Carla Shroder: On Farming and Linux

Thursday 15th of September 2016 03:19:29 PM
One of the many things we like about Ms. Shroder is that she makes difficult technology easy to understand. She’s also fun to read. And as you’ll discover in this interview, she’s also a quick wit who won’t be backed into a corner.

The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Thursday 15th of September 2016 02:22:18 PM
The new plan to drastically expand the government’s hacking and surveillance authorities is known formally as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the proposal would allow the government to hack a million computers or more with a single warrant. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation blocking this proposal, the new rules go into effect on December 1.

Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

Thursday 15th of September 2016 01:25:07 PM
Regular readers of The Linux Rain will know that I'm keen on writing simple shell scripts to automate repetitive and complicated tasks. Some of those scripts are for terminal use, others for GUI applications. They all have this in common: they reduce lots of keystrokes and mouse-clicks to a single keyboard shortcut or a single click (on an icon or a menu item).Power users in the corporate world and sysadmins use scripts to save time and effort. Seniors like me do it to save effort and because it's a simpler way to interact with a computer, and we really like keeping things simple.

Automating repetitive tasks for digital artists with Python

Thursday 15th of September 2016 12:27:56 PM
Artists and designers should know how to code. There, I said it.Now, I could go into a good in-depth exposition on how the artist mindset and the developer/engineer mindset aren't all that different, or how the image of the "non-technical artist" is a relatively recent phenomenon. Those are topics for another article. For the purposes of this article, suffice it to say that knowing a little code will not only give you a better understanding of how your digital tools work, but that knowledge will help you create your work more efficiently.read more

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially coming to SteamOS & Linux, port by Feral Interactive

Thursday 15th of September 2016 11:30:45 AM
Here’s the news you have been desperate to hear, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially heading to SteamOS & Linux and it’s being ported by Feral Interactive.

JDK 9 release delayed <i>another</i> four months

Thursday 15th of September 2016 10:27:44 AM
Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first plannedOracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

GitHub gets all grown-up with code review, project management, etc

Thursday 15th of September 2016 09:30:33 AM
And look who has the most open source contributors – it rhymes with Nitro WaftThe GitHub Universe event has kicked off in San Francisco, with a number of new GitHub features announced by CEO Chris Wanstrath.…

Ghost Blogging With a Pi

Thursday 15th of September 2016 08:33:22 AM
Even you could become a world famous blogger. The lightweight blogging platform Ghost and a Raspberry Pi is all it takes.

Manage Packages on CentOS/RHEL Systesm through YUM Package Manager

Thursday 15th of September 2016 07:36:11 AM
Yum (Yellowdog Updater Modified) is one of the package manager utility in Linux operating system. Yum command is used to install, update, search & remove packages on some Linux distributions based on RedHat.

Bug of the month: Cache flow problem crashes Samsung phone apps

Thursday 15th of September 2016 06:39:00 AM
Exploding batteries to the left, exploding code to the right. It's not been a good summer for Samsung. It packed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with detonating batteries, sparking a global recall. Apps built by Mono, the software development toolkit, were crashing indiscriminatingly on Samsung's latest Android handsets with illegal instruction errors despite the code being good.

To gamify or not to gamify community

Thursday 15th of September 2016 05:41:49 AM
Human beings are inherently playful creatures. From birth, play has an important function in our lives—from skills acquisition, to competition and beyond. We continue this love affair with play throughout sports, video games, and even catching animated animals in Pokémon Go.

Install Hiawatha on a Linux VPS

Thursday 15th of September 2016 04:44:38 AM
Hiawatha is an advanced, light and high-performance open source web server designed by Hugo Leisink with special emphasis on security.

KDE at FISL 2016

Thursday 15th of September 2016 03:47:27 AM
The 17th edition of the International Free Software Forum (FISL) took place, as usual, at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul's Convention Center, city of Porto Alegre, from 13th to 16th July. FISL is the largest FOSS conference in Latin America and a quite traditional venue to get a comprehensive panorama of all sorts of FOSS-related new topics: technical advances, adoption cases, FOSS and education, hacker culture, just to mention a few.

Flatpak 0.6.10 Makes the Dependency on systemd in the User Session Optional

Thursday 15th of September 2016 02:50:16 AM
Flatpak developer Alex Larsson announced the release of Flatpak 0.6.10, a new maintenance update of the universal Linux binary format used in various GNU/Linux distributions.

Linux helped me grow as a musician

Thursday 15th of September 2016 01:53:05 AM
In the early days of Linux it was possible to do high-quality audio recording, but it was often difficult to set up. Then Ubuntu Studio made it a lot easier.Back in 2000-2002, after studying B2B marketing, I started to work at an engineering office. Aside from marketing and sales stuff, I was in charge of optimizing the number of workstations and licenses to match our real needs and cut costs.We had many expensive CAD workstations that were mainly running Unix at the time, from vendors such as SGI, IBM, and Sun, with costly CATIA, Euclid, and Unigraphics software.read more

Pokemon Go might be released for Android Wear

Thursday 15th of September 2016 12:55:54 AM
Also in today’s open source roundup: Samsung will gimp Note 7 batteries, and 5 Linux server distributions.

Server Monitoring with Shinken on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 14th of September 2016 11:58:43 PM
Shinken is an open source computer and network monitoring framework written in python and compatible with Nagios. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Shinken from source and how to add a Linux host to the monitoring system. I will use Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus as the operating system for the Shinken server and monitored host.

Chile&#039;s green energy future is powered by open data analysis

Wednesday 14th of September 2016 11:01:32 PM
Open source software and open data play key roles in implementing Chile's long-term energy planning, identifying ways to get the maximum value from development, minimizing its impact, and requiring less development overall.read more

Behind Docker's New Partner Program

Wednesday 14th of September 2016 10:04:21 PM
When Docker unveiled a formalized channel program on Tuesday, partners gained a new springboard that could launch them deeper into DevOps, application lifecycle management and various managed services. Here's how.

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Top Web Browsers for Linux

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Linux Kernel 4.4.22 LTS Brings ARM and EXT4 Improvements, Updated Drivers

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Tor Project Releases Tor (The Onion Router) 0.2.8.8 with Important Bug Fixes

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