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New Security Features for Google Cloud Platform, U-Boot Now Includes iSCSI Support and More

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 07:11:39 AM
News briefs for March 21, 2018.

Make sweet music with digital audio workstation Rosegarden

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 06:03:02 AM
Sometimes it surprises me just how many music applications there are for GNU/Linux. There are the obvious ones, like the amazing Ardour digital audio workstation (DAW) and Audacity, the ubiquitous waveform editor and all-around Swiss Army knife. And then there are those lesser-known applications that hum away happily, developed by a team of dedicated programmers and powering all manner of creative output.read more

Top 7 Remote Access Apps For Linux

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 04:54:25 AM
A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I'll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.

Do I Have to Use a Free/Open Source License?

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 03:45:47 AM
A few weeks ago I ran into a neighbor, whom I'll call Leo, while he was out taking his dogs to the park. Leo stopped me to ask about some software he's developing. The thing is, Leo was not the first person I've spoken to who assumed that software had to be released under an open source license. I've had multiple conversations with different people, all of whom had mentally equated "software license" with "open source license."

Debian-driven DragonBoard expands to 96Boards Extended spec

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 02:37:10 AM
Arrow has launched its $199 DragonBoard 820c, an open-spec, Snapdragon 820E based 96Boards CE Extended SBC with an audio header and a second 60-pin connector in addition to the usual 40- and 60-pin headers.

How to use Ansible to patch systems and install applications

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 01:28:33 AM
Have you ever wondered how to patch your systems, reboot, and continue working?If so, you'll be interested in Ansible, a simple configuration management tool that can make some of the hardest work easy. For example, system administration tasks that can be complicated, take hours to complete, or have complex requirements for security.read more

Valve's Latest Steam Client Adds 2X-Scaling Mode on Linux, HiDPI on Windows 10

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 12:19:56 AM
Valve released today a new Steam Client stable update for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows, bringing long-anticipated features and improvements, along with numerous bug fixes.

Linux OD Command Tutorial for Beginners (6 Examples)

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 11:11:19 PM
There may be times when while working on the Linux command line, you might want to display/convert content in a file in/to a form other than its original form, like decimal or octal. Gladly, there's an inbuilt command line tool that you can use in situations like these.

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 10:02:42 PM
Project hopes to bring dev skills to developing nationA Filipino developer is hoping his handmade Ruby port will help bring coding skills to some of the Philippines's poorest communities.…

8 tips for better agile retrospective meetings

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 08:54:05 PM
I’ve often thought that retrospectives should be called prospectives, as that term concerns the future rather than focusing on the past. The retro itself is truly future-looking: It’s the space where we can ask the question, “With what we know now, what’s the next experiment we need to try for improving our lives, and the lives of our customers?”read more

Microsoft Promises Not to Sue Over GPLv2 Compliance Issues

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 07:45:28 PM
Microsoft and other tech giants agree to offer open source users and developers the chance to remedy GPLv2 compliance issues rather than pursue legal action.

Microsoft joins group working to 'cure' open-source licensing issues

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 06:36:51 PM
Microsoft is one of 10 companies now committed to work through open-source software licensing problems involving the GPL with customers before resorting to legal action.

How to Install Apache Maven on CentOS 7

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 05:28:14 PM
Apache Maven is a software project management tool based on the POM (Project, Object, Model) concept. Maven is a build automation tool used primarily for Java-based projects, but can also be used to build and manage projects written in C#, Ruby, Scala, and other languages. In this tutorial, we will show you step-by-step how to install and configure Apache Maven on a CentOS 7 system.

Python 3.7 now available in Fedora

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 02:32:12 PM
On February 28th 2018, the second beta of Python 3.7 was released. This new version contains lots of fixes and, notably, several new features available for everyone to test. The pre-release of Python 3.7 is available not only in Fedora Rawhide... Continue Reading →

Using a Raspberry Pi to Monitor Internet Speeds

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 01:23:35 PM
When diagnosing internet and network connectivity, having a way to monitor issues over time is important. Here we will look at how to periodically log up and down speeds of the network.

5 Useful Terminal Tools to Better Manage Processes in Linux

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 12:14:58 PM
Linux offers a number of tools for examining your running processes. Here are some of the best terminal tools for you to better manage processes in Linux.

Configure an amateur radio gateway with a Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 11:06:21 AM
The APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) is a worldwide digital communications network for amateur radio, providing a single national channel where people can monitor what is happening in the surrounding area.APRS uses packet radio (AX.25), which Tom Karpiniec described in his excellent Opensource.com article "Packet radio lives on through open source software," as the transport layer.read more

Raspberry Pi CM3 carrier has an Artik MCU for offline Bluetooth

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 09:54:38 AM
Resin.io’s fleet-oriented “Fin” carrier runs its Docker-friendly ResinOS and Resin.io IoT framework on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module. It offers RPi 3 like ports, plus a mini-PCIe slot and an Artik 020 MCU for offline Bluetooth links. Resin.io, the company behind the Linux/Javascript-based Resin.io IoT framework for deploying applications as Docker containers, as well as […]

Ubuntu 18.10 Will Boot Faster, Thanks to LZ4 Initramfs Compression

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 08:46:01 AM
If you plan on upgrading to the forthcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system this spring, chances are your computer will boot a little faster thanks to the implementation of a stronger compression algorithm for the initial ramdisk.

Docker Turns 5

Wednesday 21st of March 2018 07:37:24 AM
In March 2013, Solomon Hykes first introduced the world to a new generation of LInux containers that he dubbed - Docker. Over the last five years, Docker as a technology and as a company has remade both itself and the software industry.

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GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.

Node.js 10.9 and npm milestone

  • Open Source Node.js Hits v10, with Better Security, Performance, More
    Speaking of which, the brand-new Node.js 10.0 is expected to soon support npm version 6 (currently Node.js ships with npm 5.7.x). The company npm Inc., which maintains the npm software package management application, today announced that major update, called npm@6. The npm company said its JavaScript software installer tool includes new security features for developers working with open source code.
  • Announcing npm@6
    In coordination with today’s announcement of Node.js v10, we’re excited to announce npm@6. This major update to npm includes powerful new security features for every developer who works with open source code. Read on to understand why this matters.

Openwashing: Sony, Scality and Ericsson

Voyage/Open Autonomous Safety (OAS) Now on GitHub

  • Voyage open-sources autonomous driving safety practices
    Dubbed Open Autonomous Safety, the initiative aims to help autonomous driving startups implement better safety-testing practices. Companies looking to access the documents, safety procedures and test code can do so via a GitHub repository.
  • Open-Sourcing Our Approach to Autonomous Safety
    Without a driver to help identify and mitigate failures, autonomous vehicle systems need incredibly robust safety requirements and an equally comprehensive and well-defined process for analyzing risks and assessing capabilities. Voyage models its safety approach after the ISO 26262 standard for automotive safety, taking the best practices from the automotive industry and applying them to autonomous technology. The automotive industry continues to reach for new levels of safety in manufacturing vehicles, and we are inspired by that approach.
  • Startup Voyage Wants to Open Source Self-Driving Car Safety
    Under what the company calls its Open Autonomous Safety initiative, Voyage is publishing information on its safety procedures, materials, and test code in a series of releases. The goal is to create an open-source library of safety procedures that multiple companies can use as a standard, a Voyage blog post said.
  • This startup’s CEO wants to open-source self-driving car safety testing
    The initial release, which Voyage calls Open Autonomous Safety (OAS), will take the form of a GitHub repository containing documents and code. The functional safety requirements are Voyage's interpretation of the ISO 26262 standard for automotive safety, updated for autonomous vehicles. "This is our internal driving test for any particular software build," says Cameron. "It lets us evaluate our designs and look for the different ways they can fail in the real world."