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Setting up Unison File Synchronization between two Servers on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Friday 25th of September 2015 09:41:35 PM
This tutorial shows how to set up file synchronization between two Debian 8 servers with Unison. Unison is a file-synchronization tool similar to rsync, the big difference is that it tracks/synchronizes changes in both directions, i.e., files changed on Server 1 will be replicated to Server 2 and vice versa.

FCC: Open source router software is still legal—under certain conditions

Friday 25th of September 2015 08:44:24 PM
Despite an FCC guidance to router manufacturers that seems to ban open source firmware such as DD-WRT and OpenWRT, FCC spokesperson Charles Meisch told Ars that there is in fact no such ban. But there are restrictions that in some cases could cause a manufacturer to decide to prevent the installation of third-party firmware. In fact, disabling the installation of third-party firmware by the user may be the easiest and most straightforward way for hardware makers to comply with the FCC's guidance.

Behind the scenes at Google Summer of Code

Friday 25th of September 2015 07:47:13 PM
Google Summer of Code is an initiative that connects talented college computer programming students worldwide to open source programming projects, allowing them to grow their programming skills while contributing to open source. Under the guidance of a mentor, students are able to earn up to $5,500 for successful completion of their programming goals (the other $500 is donated to the organization mentoring the student). This initiative is growing a whole new crop of talented coders with a passion for open source, who themselves will be spreading the open source way throughout their professional careers.Google's Carol Smith, who runs Google's Summer of Code, will be presenting at this year's All Things Open in Raleigh, North more

North America's IPv4 address supply runs dry

Friday 25th of September 2015 06:50:02 PM
The long-predicted exhaustion of IPv4 addresses has now taken place in North America, with the region's authority left with no further supply of the 32-bit labels to issue.

The keenness of a higher ed Drupal devotee

Friday 25th of September 2015 05:52:51 PM
Garvita Kapur has been busy making the most of Drupal in a leading higher education setting. For the past year she has been manager of web engineering at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where her web communications staff builds sites for college departments in Drupal and Symfony.

Pow! Appeals court assigns copyright to the Batmobile

Friday 25th of September 2015 04:55:40 PM
Holy copyright law, Batman!" So goes a line in the first paragraph of a federal appeals court ruling announcing that the iconic Batmobile is a character protected by copyright.The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals sided with DC Comics in its copyright infringement suit against Mark Towle, the operator of Gotham Garage, the maker of Batmobile modification kits. "As Batman so sagely told Robin, 'In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential,'" the three-judge court unanimously concluded Wednesday in its 28-page opinion.

Encryption back doors: Is there more to this debate?

Friday 25th of September 2015 03:58:29 PM
"I think that it's a mistake to require companies that are making hardware and software to build a duplicate key or a back door even if you hedge it with the notion that there's going to be a court order. And I say that for a number of reasons and I've given it quite a bit of thought." As the the encryption access debate heats up in the United States and abroad, statements like the one above have become more

FOSS Training Campaign, Red Hat Aims At $2 Billion & More…

Friday 25th of September 2015 03:01:18 PM
“Many Free and Open Source tools are fantastic tools but have a lack of easily accessible materials to help get people started with them,” the campaign site says. “We plan to try to help correct this by primarily producing video content that users will be able to use to help get them started in using these tools. The videos will be released under a Creative Commons license to allow the community to use them widely.”

SBC offers Bay Trail CPUs, three video outputs, dual GbE

Friday 25th of September 2015 02:04:07 PM
Aaeon has added a new Bay Trail model to its 3.5-inch form factor SBC line, featuring three display outputs, dual GbE, dual Mini-PCIe, and soldered-on RAM. Aaeon’s Linux ready “GENE-BT06” SBC joins its growing 3.5-inch single-board computer family, which includes the similarly Intel Bay Trail-based GENE-BT05, as well as the soon-to-ship, Braswell-based GENE-BSW5. By now, […]

The Volkswagen Scandal Is Just the Beginning

Friday 25th of September 2015 01:06:56 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency should have listened to Ron Weasley’s dad. In the Harry Potter books and films, Arthur Weasley is a bureaucrat in the British magical world’s chief regulatory agency, the Ministry of Magic, where his job is to protect people from dangerous devices. He is known for his unusual fascination with nonmagical technologies, and toward the end of the second book, he delivers a deep lesson in living safely with technology. “What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

PulseAudio 7.0 Improves Support for Creative SoundBlaster Omni Surround 5.1

Friday 25th of September 2015 12:09:45 PM
PulseAudio 7.0 open-source sound server software is released for GNU/Linux operating systems with better detection of JACK Audio Connection Kit servers, especially when using the UCM system. Low-frequency effects (LFE) channel synthesis with low-pass filtering has been added, and the "srbchannel" IPC mechanism is now enabled by default.

FLOSS Weekly 355: Suckless

Friday 25th of September 2015 11:12:34 AM
This project focuses on advanced and experienced computer users, in contrast with the usual proprietary software world or many mainstream open source projects that focus more on average and non-technical end users.

RDO Liberty DVR Deployment (Controller/Network)+Compute+Compute (ML2&OVS&VXLAN) on CentOS 7.1

Friday 25th of September 2015 10:15:23 AM
Neutron DVR implements so called fip-namespace on every Compute Node where the VMs are running. So that VMs with FloatingIPs can forward the traffic to the External Network avoiding sending and receiving external data through VXLAN or GRE tunnels connecting them to Network Node (North-South Routing), wich is supposedto be a single point of failure for L3 routing in traditional configuration.

Mozilla Brings Instant Messaging to Firefox 41, Tracking Protection to Firefox 42

Friday 25th of September 2015 09:18:12 AM
As its market share dwindles toward irrelevance, Mozilla updates its flagship Firefox browser.

Z-Wave Plus home automation hub runs Linux on Raspberry Pi

Friday 25th of September 2015 08:21:01 AM
Z-Wave Europe and Popp & Co. have launched a “Popp Hub” home automation gateway that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi, and supports Z-Wave and IP smart devices. Z-Wave Europe GmbH, which bills itself as Europe’s largest distributor for Z-Wave wireless technology devices, is selling and distributing the Popp Hub smart IP home gateway on […]

4 open source alternatives to Slack for team chat

Friday 25th of September 2015 07:23:50 AM
In any collaborative environment, it's important to have good tools for communication. What tools work best for you depend a bit on your situation, but might include anything from mailing lists for email communication, Git or Subversion for version control, a wiki or Etherpad for collaborative authoring, a shared task list for organizing workflow, or even a full fledged project management more

Open Source Privacy: Tails OS Issues Security Fixes and New Release

Friday 25th of September 2015 06:26:39 AM
Tails, the open source Linux-based operating system focused on privacy and security, released its latest version, Tails 1.6, this week.

MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Friday 25th of September 2015 05:29:28 AM
Spark Streamliner coming at you via GitHubApache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage.…

Tesora Enterprise 1.5 Expands OpenStack Database as a Service

Friday 25th of September 2015 04:32:17 AM
New features in Tesora Enterprise 1.5 include several from the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release, providing improved MongoDB and Reddis database support.

NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed

Friday 25th of September 2015 03:35:06 AM
Senior VxWorks engineers laid off this week, we're toldExclusive Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register.…

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Mozilla Boosts Leadership Team With Connected Devices Appointment

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Lessons From Volkswagen

  • MEP: "Car manufacturers should make their software available for review"
    Car manufacturers should be obliged to make their motor management software available for review, Paul Tang, a Dutch member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party, requested in questions to the European Commission. Such a measure should prevent the manipulation of the emissions tests, in which Volkswagen was recently caught by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • VW’s Cheating Proves We Must Open Up the Internet of Things
    It’s been a rough year for the Internet of Things. Security researchers uncovered terrifying vulnerabilities in products ranging from cars to garage doors to skateboards. Outages at smart home services Wink and Google’s Nest rendered customers’ gadgets temporarily useless. And the Volkswagen emissions scandal, though not precisely an Internet of Things issue, has exposed yet another issue with “smart” physical goods: the possibility of manufacturers embedding software in their products designed to skirt regulations.
  • VW Software Scandal May Lead To More Open-Source Code

Proxmox VE 4.0 Has Linux Containers Support, Based on Debian 8.2 Jessie - Video

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, through Martin Maurer, has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of their commercial Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) 4.0 operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux. Read more