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AMD partners with Mentor on embedded Linux BSPs

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 1:57am
AMD and Mentor Graphics are developing BSPs based on Mentor Embedded Linux for the new “Steppe Eagle” (G-Series) and “Bald Eagle” (R-Series) processors. The multi-year agreement between AMD and Mentor Graphics covers open source embedded Linux development for heterogeneous and multicore processors from AMD, starting with two new G-Series and R-Series processors expected to launch […]

Krita on Steam - Early Access Now Available

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 12:59am
A few days ago I’ve overviewed Calligra, the KDE office suite, which also includes Krita, the powerful image editing tool. Although I’ve mentioned it as being free, it looks like Krita Gemini, which is the name by which Krita goes on Steam, actually costs $22.99, covering the work needed to build, release and maintain it on Steam.

Gamers, makers, and sci-fi fans unite! at Penguicon 2014

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 12:02am
As someone who makes it to about 20 events a year between open source conferences and science-fiction/fandom-type events, I feel qualified to describe Penguicon as a relatively unique event among its brethren, as it is a bit of both of those. It's also a music event, a gaming event, and a maker event. It's a little bit of all these interests that so often intersect, and this year's event, to be held May 2 - 4 in Southfield, MI, is fast approaching.

Enemy Starfighter Has A Lot Of PewPewPew In The Latest Trailer

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:05pm
Enemy Starfighter is the insanely good-looking space-combat sim that really reminds me of Freespace 2, and the new trailer is brilliant.

MIPS-based Newton module takes on Intel’s Edison in wearables

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 10:18pm
Ingenic unveiled a tiny MIPS-based “Newton” COM for wearable and IoT devices that runs Android or Linux on an its Xburst SoC, and offers WiFi and sensors. The Newton computer-on-module development platform was announced both by Beijing-based semiconductor company Ingenic Semiconductor and by Imagination Technologies, which licenses MIPS intellectual property to Ingenic. While Imagination’s announcement […]

Thinking like a hacker reduces security breaches

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 9:30pm
Automated testing has its place in detecting IT security weaknesses but it cannot replace manual testing. “Amazingly, even a decade’s old vulnerability like SQL injection still surprises most clients,” adds Jensen. “I think most of the surprises come from the exploitation of seemingly innocuous functionality that results in a devastating vulnerability.”

Organizations with innovative IT departments value collaboration

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 8:36pm
In the open source community, we know the value of collaboration. It’s at the core of everything we do. Some of us are lucky to work for organizations that understand and embrace the power of collaboration. Yet, the silo mentality runs rampant in many organizations where collaboration and internal crowdsourcing is not valued. (Opensource.com readers who are pursuing open source projects on the side, but spend their days working at companies with silos are likely very familiar with this).

Medit 1.2.0 - GNOME Alternative to Gedit

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 7:39pm
Medit is a somewhat simple text editor with all the usual features you would expect from it: it has support for tabs, syntax highlighting, indentation and more.

OpenTTD, An Open-Source Simulation Game 1.4 Major Release

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 6:42pm
OpenTTD is an open-source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.

Chromebook sales skyrocket! Watch out Microsoft!

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 5:44pm
Chromebook sales skyrocketed in 2013 to more than 2 million units. Is it time for Microsoft to start worrying about the success of Google's Chrome OS?

Canonical to Shut Down Ubuntu One, Start Saving Your Data Now

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 4:47pm
Canonical has just announced that the cloud file service Ubuntu One will be shutting down in two months, which is probably a very difficult decision for the company.

Data recovery from accidentally deleted files or crashed drives in Redhat, CentOS and Fedora Linux

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 3:50pm
Data recovery from accidentally deleted files or crashed drives in Redhat, CentOS and Fedora LinuxThis tutorial will help you to recover data from accidentally deleted data from Linux-file systems. This is a very drastic mistake by any user/admin which costs for huge penalties. This script will be a boon for newbies/expert for data management. I will be using TestDisk for data-recovery. Here I have simplified the task with the help of a script.

April Fools' Linux-Related News That Was Crazy, but True

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 2:53pm
The first day of April, also known under the name of April Fools, is a time when fake and crazy news stories are published as being true, only to be revealed as false by the end of the day; but there is one problem. It's possible that some pieces of news are crazy, but true, and people might have a hard time believing them.

The open source culture of freedom and responsibility at Netflix

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 1:56pm
His adventure started in college with Slackware, lead him to Sendmail, then eventually to Reddit, and now his career is streaming at Netflix. Jeremy Edberg is a Reliability Architect at Netflix and will be speaking at DevNation in April 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Here's Hoping The Supreme Court Does Not Blow Another Opportunity To Fix The Software Patent Problem

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:58pm
Four years ago, the Supreme Court had a chance to establish once and for all whether or not software was patentable. The Bilski case got all sorts of attention as various parties lined up to explain why software patents were either evil, innovation-killing monsters or the sole cause of innovation since the cotton gin and everything in between (only slight exaggeration). Rather than actually answer the question everyone was asking, the Supreme Court decided to rule especially narrowly...

Tech 101: What Is Open Source Software?

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:01pm
The main question behind open source software is: Why would developers want to create software or contribute to another piece of software for free? For a lot of developers the answer is easy. They rely on some piece of open source software for their business so they have an active interest in supporting the community around that software.

VLC Media Player 2.2 will have an add-on manager

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:04am
In today's open source roundup: VLC gets an add-on manager. Plus: Install Linux Mint on your Windows XP system, and the death of Windows XP could be bad for some Linux users

My Top Linux Frustrations of 2014

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 10:07am
Running various Linux distributions on my own computers has been a mixed blessing over the years. While I've experienced many successes, something I don't talk about as often are the areas that frustrate me. In this article, I'll highlight my top list of Linux frustrations that bug me to this very day.

Raspberry Pi Complete Manual out now!

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 9:10am
Learn how to make the most of your Raspberry Pi with our brand new Raspberry Pi Complete Manual, available now with everything you need to know to get started and beyond.

April 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: High Performance Computing

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 8:13am
A round-up of what's in the latest issue.