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Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 11:25:26 AM
I have tried and enjoyed a number of great Linux distributions over the years. Some were more popular than others. But the one thing they all have in common is each provides the end user with hidden benefits and unexpected disadvantages over proprietary desktop operating systems. In this article, I'll explore what make the Linux desktop a superb fit for some users while providing thoughts on overcoming the challenges had by others.

OpenGL 4.5 released—with one of Direct3D’s best features

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 10:28:15 AM
The Khronos Group today released OpenGL 4.5, the newest version of the industry standard 3D programming API. The new version contains a mix of features designed to make developers' lives easier and to improve performance and reliability of OpenGL applications. The group also issued a call for participation in its next generation OpenGL initiative. Amid growing interest in "low-level" APIs, such as AMD's Mantle and Microsoft's forthcoming Direct3D 12 specification, Khronos is working on its own vendor-neutral, cross-platform API to give developers greater low-level control and to extract more performance from 3D hardware.

Solar plant monitoring system taps Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 09:31:04 AM
Storm Energy has upgraded its “SunSniffer” solar plant monitoring system to a Linux-based platform running on a Raspberry Pi SBC. Germany-based Storm Energy is the latest of a growing number of companies building commercial products based on the hackable Raspberry Pi single board computer. The company’s SunSniffer system is designed to monitor photovoltaic (PV) solar power installations of all sizes, and the latest version can also control the equipment, says the company. The new SunSniffer version adds a Raspberry Pi SBC along with a custom expansion board and customized Linux OS, which combine to enhance the system’s flexibility and upgradability.

AMD shows off the guts of its first ARM server chip

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 08:33:53 AM
First unveiled in January, AMD today gave a detailed look at its first ARM-based server processor, the Opteron A1100 "Seattle."

Pineapple Hacking Device Resembles a Carbon Monoxide Detector (linux powered)

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 07:36:42 AM
The Pineapple is a small-form-factor device that runs on Linux and is loaded with tools to help enable penetration testers to gain access to the WiFi networks of their targets. The new Mark V device improves on the predecessor Mark IV device by including both the Atheros AR9331 and Realtek RTL8187 wireless chipsets.

Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 06:39:31 AM
New SPIR spec makes compute kernel compilation a breeze. Siggraph 2014 As the 41st Siggraph computer graphics conference kicks off in Vancouver this week, industry standards body the Khronos Group has announced updates to two of its most important specs.

Hackers Unveil Their Plan to Change Email Forever

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 05:42:20 AM
The creator of an ultra-secure email service once said to be used by Edward Snowden unveiled his next project at a major hacker conference Friday: he and others like him want to change the very nature of email forever.

Understanding copyright and its use today

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 04:45:09 AM
We live in an age of ever-expanding copyright law. The length of time that elapses before a creative work enters the public domain is now so long that many items published early last century are still protected by copyright.read more

What's next for OpenGL for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web?

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 03:47:58 AM
Next-gen standards effort aims to rewrite OpenGL for the modern world. Siggraph 2014 Graphics standards body the Khronos Group has called on industry players to help draft the next generation of the OpenGL spec, a major rewrite that's expected to help unify the OpenGL development model for desktop PCs, mobile devices, and the web.…

Linux game: Garry’s Mod

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 02:50:47 AM
Garry’s Mod, developed by Facepunch is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and hilarious games that I have ever played. Out of the box, the game is perhaps one of the ultimate sandbox games available anywhere. You spawn in the middle of an open area that you choose and you can spawn in just about any item or NPC that you can think of. This game is also probably one of the best physics simulators available. The entire game revolves around physics. In this game you are able to do whatever you heart desires and although I say that with a lot of different games, I truly mean it with Garry’s Mod. Whatever you want. If you want to build an airplane out of a bathtub and some planks of wood, then be my guest. You can simply spawn in the materials that you want and then use tools to “weld” them together. Using weight tools you can make these items very light, which will allow them to become airborne. This game definitely deserves lots of praise.

elementary OS Freya Beta Is Out, Still the Most Beautiful OS in the World

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 01:53:36 AM
elementary OS Freya Beta has been announced by its developers and it comes with an Ubuntu 14.04 base and lots of new features.

Elementary OS Freya beta out now

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 12:56:25 AM
The beta release of third elementary OS out now and is recommended mainly for developers and testers. It includes updates to drivers and the Linux kernel along with GTK 3.12

Non-Linux FOSS: a Virtualized Cisco Infrastructure?

Monday 11th of August 2014 11:59:14 PM
We're all familiar with the idea of virtualized computers. Not onlyare they a great way to better utilize resources in a server room,but they also allow you to create and destroy servers in the blink of aneye. That's perfect for a lab or training environment. Unfortunately,it's always taken a rack of actual hardware to create a training labfor Cisco hardware.

A fresh look at OpenStack, empowering tech startups, and more

Monday 11th of August 2014 11:02:03 PM
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

Elementary OS Freya Beta 1 Available for Developers & Testers

Monday 11th of August 2014 10:04:52 PM
It’s been exactly one year since the release of the second version of elementary OS. On this, the day of our Lunaversary, we’re proud to make the first beta of elementary OS Freya publicly available for developers and testers.

Tentative Schedule Meets Tentative Schedule For ATO

Monday 11th of August 2014 09:07:41 PM
At first glance, it might look as if there’s very little for what blogger Gary Newell calls the Everyday Linux User, those who have adopted free software at home or in a mom and pop business. To my eyes, there is barely enough — but that still qualifies as enough.

elementary OS 0.3 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

Monday 11th of August 2014 08:10:30 PM
It has been exactly one year since the release of the second version of elementary OS. On the day of our 'Lunaversary', we're proud to make the first beta of elementary OS 'Freya' publicly available for developers and testers. Freya inherits core components from Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS such as the Linux kernel (version 3.13), hardware drivers, and graphics stack. This includes support for EFI stub-loading, which is a kernel feature that enables booting directly from (U)EFI, without the need for an additional bootloader such as GRUB. Ubiquity does not yet have support for this configuration, but one of our developers has created a guide for a GRUB-free install of Freya on modern Mac computers using rEFInd.

Enabling automatic updates in Centos 7 and RHEL 7

Monday 11th of August 2014 01:09:32 PM
In previous posts we’ve seen how to Enable automatic security update in Debian/Ubuntu and in Red hat enterprise or Centos 6, recently I’ve started to work with the new Red Hat Enterprise 7 and I’ve noticed that there are some interesting changes in the way this system can be set to auto update.An example ?In Red Hat/Centos 6 you could not set which kind of update you’d like to do, so you could just decide to update for any kind of update (feature,bug or security) or nothing at all, this has changed and now we can fine grain which kind of updates we want to do on our servers.

How to remove file metadata on Linux

Monday 11th of August 2014 12:12:21 PM
A typical data file often has associated "metadata" which is descriptive information about the file, represented in the form of a set of name-value pairs. Common metadata include creator's name, tools used to generate the file, file creation/update date, location of creation, editing history, etc. EXIF (images), RDF (web resources), DOI (digital documents) are some […]Continue reading...The post How to remove file metadata on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to create an encrypted disk partition on Linux How to browse the web anonymously with Google Chrome How to clean up disk space on Linux

We cannot do modern science unless it's open

Monday 11th of August 2014 11:15:10 AM
Open is about sharing and collaboration. It's the idea that "we" is more powerful, more rewarding and fulfilling than "I". I can't promise jobs, but I do know that open is becoming very big. Governments and funders are pushing the open agenda, even though academics are generally uninterested or seriously self-interested.read more

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Zotac Nvidia Jetson TK1 review

The Jetson TK1, Nvidia’s first development board to be marketed at the general public, has taken a circuitous route to our shores. Unveiled at the company’s Graphics Technology Conference earlier this year, the board launched in the US at a headline-grabbing price of $192 but its international release was hampered by export regulations. Zotac, already an Nvidia partner for its graphics hardware, volunteered to sort things out and has partnered with Maplin to bring the board to the UK. In doing so, however, the price has become a little muddled. $192 – a clever dollar per GPU core – has become £199.99. Compared to Maplin’s other single-board computer, the sub-£30 Raspberry Pi, it’s a high-end item that could find itself priced out of the reach of the company’s usual customers. Read more

New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+

I’ve recently been hard at work on a new and updated version of the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines, and am pleased to announce that this will be ready for the upcoming 3.14 release. Over recent years, application design has evolved a huge amount. The web and native applications have become increasingly similar, and new design patterns have become the norm. During that period, those of us in the GNOME Design Team have worked with developers to expand the range of GTK+’s capabilities, and the result is a much more modern toolkit. Read more