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Tiny quad-core -A53 hacker SBC debuts at $25

Saturday 24th of December 2016 10:47:39 PM
FriendlyElec’s open source, 64 x 60mm NanoPi A64 ships runs Ubuntu Core and MATE on an Allwinner A64, and provides WiFi, camera, and 40-pin RPi connectors. Considering how prolific FriendlyELEC (AKA FriendlyARM) has been in churning out open spec NanoPi branded SBCs, it’s surprising the Guangzhou based company has is only now getting around to […]

My journey to improve disk performance on the Raspberry Pi.

Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:53:17 PM
Finding the best performance settings will always require tedious work. This blog may not be optimal for your needs. It will take a lot of time and effort to find the optimal settings for a system and I hope that this blog will help you get on the right path to figure out what those are.

Kickstarter open sources its mobile apps, OpenOffice for small business, and more news

Saturday 24th of December 2016 06:58:55 PM
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Kickstarter making the code for its iOS and Android apps open source, UNICEF and Malawi announcing the first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa, and more. Open source news roundup for December 11-24, 2016read more

Alpine Linux 3.5 Hits the Streets with ZFS Support for Root, Moves to LibreSSL

Saturday 24th of December 2016 05:04:33 PM
Alpine Linux creator Natanael Copa was proud to announce the general availability of the first stable release in the 3.5 series of the independently-developed GNU/Linux distribution.

Using Docker Swarm mode on OpenPOWER servers

Saturday 24th of December 2016 03:10:11 PM
This article explains how to set up a Docker swarm cluster using the newly introduced Swarm mode feature of Docker Engine.

Best of Opensource.com: Hardware

Saturday 24th of December 2016 01:15:49 PM
2016 has proven to be a banner year for open source makers as the established methods of free and open source software design continue to gain traction in the burgeoning free and open source hardware (FOSH) field.

Wine 2.0 RC3 Brings Improvements for Unreal Tournament 3 and Streamline, Fixes

Saturday 24th of December 2016 11:21:27 AM
Just a few minutes ago, an unexpected third RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Wine 2.0 implementation of Windows on Unix software arrived for public testing.

Devuan Linux explained

Saturday 24th of December 2016 09:27:05 AM
Devuan Linux is new to the Linux world. It can be a good lightweight option to your current system.Devuan Linux made it's way into Linux world on November 2014. It is making nice and steady progress from that time. The distro entered a beta stage in April 2016. It is based on Debian Jesse.

EFF calling for more encryption

Saturday 24th of December 2016 07:32:43 AM
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is keenly worried that President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will step up surveillance activities and pass laws to curtail electronic rights. As a result, the EFF is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs. "You cannot be made to surrender data you do not have," the EFF said.

The Year Encryption Won

Saturday 24th of December 2016 05:38:21 AM
End-to-end encryption, which ensures that the only people who can see your communications are you and the person on the receiving end, certainly isn’t new. But in 2016, encryption went mainstream, reaching billions of people all over the world.

Neonatal wearable runs Zephyr on Curie

Saturday 24th of December 2016 03:43:59 AM
At ELCE, Neopenda’s Teresa Cauvel explained how her team built a low-cost neonatal wearable for developing countries using an Intel Curie running Zephyr. The Zephyr Project is still a babe in the technological woods, so it’s only fitting that the open source real-time operating system is driving an innovative wearable solution that aims to improve […]

How to Add External Storage to ownCloud 9

Saturday 24th of December 2016 01:49:37 AM
In OwnCloud, we can add external storage as ownCloud storage devices to extend the storage capabilities of the local server. In this tutorial, I will show you how to enable an external storage or drive in ownCloud 9.

8 fun Raspberry Pi projects to try

Friday 23rd of December 2016 11:55:15 PM
For many of us 2016 flew by, and we didn't complete all our New Year's resolutions or mark everything off our "2016 To Do" lists. I didn't have nearly enough time to play with the Raspberry Pi this year, and my list of projects I want to do keeps growing. In this article I've rounded up 8 recent Raspberry Pi projects that I haven't made yet, but that made it onto my "2017 To Do" list.read more

How to Stream Online Videos on VLC in Linux

Friday 23rd of December 2016 10:00:53 PM
While it is easy to stream Youtube videos on VLC, it is not as easy to stream other online videos to VLC. This tutorial shows you how to do so.

Etcher 1.0.0-beta.17 Walkthrough

Friday 23rd of December 2016 08:06:31 PM
Etcher is a cross-platform (Windows and Linux) tool that lets you write images to SD cards and USB drives. It enables users to experiment with 'live' Linux environments without writing to the computer's hard disk. I am hoping this tool will let me find the distro best suited for my needs, before 'commiting' one or more distros to my hard disk. Etcher is released under an open source license; the Apache License Version 2.0.

Ubuntu 17.04 Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.9 and Mesa 13.0, Will Track Linux 4.10

Friday 23rd of December 2016 06:50:06 PM
Canonical's Joseph Salisbury informed the Ubuntu Linux community about the latest news regarding the development of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

Best 4 Command Line Download Managers/Accelerators for Linux

Friday 23rd of December 2016 05:30:02 PM
We all want a super fast download manager to complete the download as much possible. Navigate the link for further details.

7 Essential Linux Education Apps for Students

Friday 23rd of December 2016 04:09:59 PM
If you are a student who uses Linux, you can use these Linux education apps to improve your studying and learning experience.

Design your life's soundtrack with open source music players

Friday 23rd of December 2016 02:49:56 PM
We surround ourselves with our own personal soundtrack. Our music reminds us of the most significant times in our lives and helps us shape how we feel and view ourselves. Having a music player that supports the freedom to choose how our music is delivered to us while not detracting from the playback quality is important, and I've been carefully evaluating open source music players for quite some time.read more

Embedded controller powers up with Apollo Lake

Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:15:50 PM
Aaeon’s rugged, Linux-ready “Boxer-6616” embedded controller ships with “Apollo Lake” Celeron or Pentium SoCs, and offers 6x serial and 4x USB 3.0 ports. Aaeon’s Boxer-6616 follows in the steps of the Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron based Boxer-6614. This time, Aaeon moves up to either a dual-core Intel Celeron N3550 or a quad-core Pentium N4200 of […]

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Leftovers: Software

  • OpenShot 2.2 Offers Free, Open Source Pro Editing for 4K and 5K Videos
    4K ultra HD resolution is without a doubt now at least the mainstream near future standard for digital recording, content and display resolution and we don’t expect this to change for at least a few years. The majority of new larger 50 inch+ TVs going on sale today are 4K models, 4K monitors are becoming much more common and now virtually all mid-range to premium digital recording cameras offer ultra HD resolution of at least [email protected] x 2160 pixels and in many cases even higher.
  • Google Drive CLI Client For Linux
    Google Drive is one of the most popular services to store your files in the cloud. You can access to your Google Drive account through a web browser or using a client. This time I’m going to talk about one Google Drive client but without graphical interface, in this tutorial you’re going to know how to use a client through the command line interface to access, download and upload to your google drive.
  • Calligra 3.0 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Krita and Author Out
    After a long time in development, Calligra, the open-source office suite designed for KDE Plasma desktops, makes a comeback in 2017 with the release of the 3.0 milestone. While many GNU/Linux users were able to download and install the new Calligra 3.0 office suite from the official channels of the project or the stable software repositories of their favorite GNU/Linux distribution since last week, an official announcement was published earlier this week.
  • Free Software Foundation Makes ‘Major Overhaul’ In High Priority Projects
    Coolness alert! The Free Software Foundation has announced an updated list of high priority projects on a global scale. Top priorities now include a free software phone operating system, clouds, hardware, voice and video chat, inclusiveness, security and internationalisation of free software. The announcement is available here. It includes a link to the new list. The update followed feedback from about 150 free software community members over the past year. FSF isn’t seeking to run or control the projects, but will encourage them whether they are under their auspices or not, they said.
  • GNU Screen v.4.5.0
    I’m proud to announce the release of GNU Screen v.4.5. This time it’s mostly a bugfix release. We added just one new feature: now it’s possible to specify logfile name by using parameter -L (default name stays screenlog.0). Myself also spent some time to make source code a bit cleaner. As you probably noticed we were going to release 4.5 until Christmas. Unfortunately, we could not do it because of some internal GNU problems. I’m very apologise for that.

OSS Leftovers

  • Why 2017 Will Bring Cheer for Open Source Enthusiasts
    A few years ago, open source was the less-glamourous and low-cost alternative in the enterprise world, and no one would have taken the trouble to predict what its future could look like. Fast-forward to 2016, many of us will be amazed by how open source has become the de facto standard for nearly everything inside an enterprise. Open source today is the primary engine for innovation and business transformation. Cost is probably the last reason for an organisation to go in for open source. An exclusive market study conducted by North Bridge and Black Duck brought some fascinating statistics a few months ago. In the study titled “Future of Open Source”, about 90 percent of surveyed organisations said that open source improves efficiency, interoperability and innovation. What is even more significant is the finding that the adoption of open source for production environments outpaced the proprietary software for the first time – more than 55 percent leverage OSS for production infrastructure.
  • Five ways open source accelerates IoT
    Just having seen Passengers in the theater the other night, I reflected on how soon we might see a self-piloted space vessel like this transporting passengers through deep space. This incredible film features a spacecraft that is a work of IoT art, where things interact with one another to manage some of the harshest conditions imaginable. As an advocate for open source software and the innovation derived from its collaborative development methodology, I have a deep interest in how the journey to an IoT where a future like this is possible can benefit from open source solutions. I would even argue that the acceptance of open source methodologies has helped IoT gain momentum, capture mindshare and quickly deliver real results.
  • How to gain confidence to participate in open source
    As your brain develops, you learn about what you can and should do in the world, and what you can't and shouldn't. Your actions are influenced by surroundings and norms, and many times what keeps you from participating is a lack of self-confidence.

Debian Isn't Difficult, Fedora Elections Winners, Fav Distro

Prospective users still avoid Debian initially because it's difficult to install, or so they believe. It turns out they're not basing their opinions on real life. Keith Curtis wrote up his experience installing Arch on his new Lenovo laptop, after a fairly complete hardware review as well. Jamie Watson got a new notebook too and today shared a bit on getting it ready for Linux. Part of that was booting Mint 18.1 which gave him something to smile about. Elsewhere, the Fedora committee elections results are in and Dominique Leuenberger posted a review of this week in Tumbleweed. Gary Newell test drove Elementary OS 0.4 and OpenSource.com asked, "What is your favorite Linux distribution?" Read more

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