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Ubuntu's Unity Turns 4, Happy Birthday!

Sunday 12th of October 2014 08:18:07 PM
Canonical devs and the Ubuntu community have a good reason to celebrate these days because the Unity desktop environment is now four years old.

Aeromobil: It’s a car and it can fly

Sunday 12th of October 2014 06:23:45 PM
It’s a 2-sitter and looks really nice and sleek.It can ride like a regular car and fly like a small plane, with a flying range of 430 – 540 miles (700 – 850 km)

Make a Birthday Card for Mom in Linux With Scribus

Sunday 12th of October 2014 01:17:07 PM
A good project for getting familiar with Scribus is to create a cheery greeting card. Let's say we have a nice color printer and some good card stock, and we're making Mom a birthday card. Moms love photos of their kids, so find a nice one of yourself. Open Scribus, click the New Document tab, and set your page size and orientation (figure 2). My example is US Letter, landscape, two-sided.

12 Open-Source Games for Linux (Part VI)

Sunday 12th of October 2014 11:22:45 AM
This is the sixth article in this series, in which I take a look at another 12 free, open-source games for Linux. Ranging from action to arcade or puzzle games, all of them should be available to install with your distribution’s package manager

Ubuntu can now stream Netflix videos via Chrome

Sunday 12th of October 2014 09:28:23 AM
Canonical announced official support for streaming Netflix videos on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, and later, using Google’s Chrome browser v37 and later. “Thanks to recent efforts at Netflix and Canonical, Ubuntu now supports watching Netflix with Chrome version 37,” stated Canonical in a blog post today. “Chrome is available to all Ubuntu users with […]

5 Graphical IRC Clients for Linux

Sunday 12th of October 2014 07:34:01 AM
Being one of the most flexible, text-based chatting protocol, IRC has been around for over 20 years and it is still heavily used to this day. Here are five Internet Relay Chat clients with a graphical interface. Terminal-based IRC clients are not covered here.

A 2D Ocarina of Time, DIY arcade cabinets, and more

Sunday 12th of October 2014 05:39:39 AM
Open games roundupWeek of October 5 - 11, 2014Happy Saturday, open gamers! In this week's edition of our open source games news, we take a look at a fan version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that removes the third dimension, MIT's game design MOOC, and more!read more

Wargame Franchise Up to 75% Discount on Steam

Sunday 12th of October 2014 03:45:17 AM
Wargame is a highly acclaimed real-time strategy with modern graphics, single-player and multi-player modes, different nations and a huge amount of units (over 750).

Nginx, SSL, php4-fpm on Debian Wheezy HOWTO

Sunday 12th of October 2014 01:50:55 AM
I decided to take a break from my love affair with Apache and set up a recent development project on Nginx. I set up a LEMP server (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP), minus the MySQL as it’s already installed on my VM host server, and plus SSL.

QMPlay2 Overview - Fresh Qt-Based Movie Player Ubuntu Installation

Saturday 11th of October 2014 11:56:33 PM
QMPlay2 is a video player that uses ffmpeg and is written in Qt4, and it is similar in some ways with the popular SMPlayer application. QMPlay2 has some really neat features and an interface which I found to be particularly complete, yet pretty compact.

Netflix streaming comes to Chrome for Fedora

Saturday 11th of October 2014 10:02:11 PM
If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you’ve probably tried to stream video on Linux systems like Fedora. And as with many for-pay services, your experience varied. As of the latest Google […]

Debian Wheezy: Split and resize Xen disk image

Saturday 11th of October 2014 08:07:49 PM
BackgroundOne of my Xen virtual servers needed to have its 400G disk split and resized over the weekend, and I wanted to keep downtime to a minimal. The disk had 240G used, 235G of which was a /backup directory, and the remaining 5G dedicated to a regular Debian Linux installation. I wanted to split the disk into a two disks - a 20GB disk containing the Linux system, and a 300G disk to mount as /backup. Then I could apply my DRBD setup to replicate that 300G backup partition to a separate 2nd backup machine.

Google finally wrests Rockstar patent suit out of East Texas

Saturday 11th of October 2014 06:13:27 PM
It's been nearly one year since Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company owned in part by Microsoft and Apple, launched a major patent assault against Google. Now, the issue of where the case will be heard has finally been resolved—in Google's favor.Google took the case to the nation's top patent court to get it out of East Texas and back to its home state, California. The matter of venue isn't a mere sideline skirmish.

Multiple screens for your conference presentation

Saturday 11th of October 2014 04:19:05 PM
In two weeks the All Things Open conference will be taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Penguins from all over will be gathering together to share ideas. And as one of the presenters this year, I started wondering, in what ways can you open source a conference presentation?read more

Poor punctuation leads to Windows shell vulnerability

Saturday 11th of October 2014 02:24:43 PM
A class of coding vulnerabilities could allow attackers to fool Windows system administrators into running malicious code because of a simple omission: quotation marks.The attack relies on scripts or batch files that use the command-line interface, or "shell," on a Windows system but contain a simple coding error—allowing untrusted input to be run as a command. In the current incarnation of the exploit, an attacker appends a valid command onto the end of the name of a directory using the ampersand character. A script with the coding error then reads the input and executes the command with administrator rights.

Classic Explorer Pack: 25% Off on Steam for Three Sid Meier’s Titles

Saturday 11th of October 2014 12:30:21 PM
Three classic Sid Meier titles for Linux are available on Steam now with a 25% discount for the whole pack.

What it takes to make a cloud deployment successful

Saturday 11th of October 2014 10:35:59 AM
Mark Voelker is no stranger to the OpenStack community. As a technical leader at Cisco and a co-founder of the Triangle OpenStack Meetup, Mark gets to see OpenStack from a lot of different lenses.

What's Happening above Your Head?

Saturday 11th of October 2014 08:41:37 AM
In the past, I've covered various astronomy packages that help you explore the universe of deep space. But, space starts a lot closer to home. It actually begins a few hundred miles above your head. There are lots of things in orbit right above you.

Open source interest at Pinterest

Saturday 11th of October 2014 06:47:15 AM
As I looked around the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing career fair (PDF) floor, I stopped by the Pinterest booth and learned that open source software plays a big role at the company. And even better, Pinterest now plays a big role in the world of open source software, too.

Brackets from Adobe: Open-Source Editor for Web Designers Review & Ubuntu Installation

Saturday 11th of October 2014 04:52:53 AM
Brackets is an open-source editor for web designers, developed by Adobe, with a wealth of features and a huge number of extensions, which can be installed in a few clicks, turning Brackets into a very powerful tool for web developers.

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In wake of Anonabox, more crowdsourced Tor router projects make their pitch

Last week, Ars reported on the story of Anonabox, an effort by a California developer to create an affordable privacy-protecting device based on the open source OpenWRT wireless router software and the Tor Project’s eponymous Internet traffic encryption and anonymization software. Anonabox was pulled from Kickstarter after accusations that the project misrepresented its product and failed to meet some basic security concerns—though its developers still plan to release their project for sale through their own website. But Anonabox’s brief campaign on Kickstarter has demonstrated demand for a simple, inexpensive way to hide Internet traffic from prying eyes. And there are a number of other projects attempting to do what Anonabox promised. On Kickstarter competitor Indiegogo there’s a project called Invizbox that looks almost identical to Anonabox—except for the approach its team is taking to building and marketing the device. Read more

Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops

Back in September Debian switched back to the GNOME desktop by default in place of Xfce for the upcoming Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release. However, as of today, the non-x86 versions of Debian have flip-flopped once again back to Xfce. Debian switched back to GNOME in September over reasons dealing with accessibility, systemd integration, and other factors when seeing what was the best fit to be the default for Debian 8 Jessie. However, now for platforms aside from x86 and x86_64, Xfce has returned to the default over poor experiences in using the GNOME Shell. Read more

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it. has today announced their Phoenix project that aims to be a free and open version of Apple's Swift programming language. The work is being led by Greg Casamento who is also the leader of GNUStep, the common open-source implementation of Apple's Cocoa frameworks. Read more

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks. Read more