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Is Bassel Nearer to Freedom?

Friday 14th of August 2015 04:12:51 AM
Last October, we published a story on the 2012 imprisonment — without charges — by the Syrian government of Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil, a 31-year-old Palestinian-Syrian computer engineer specializing in open source software development. Bassel has become known worldwide for his strong commitment to the open source paradigm, teaching others about technology, and contributing his experience freely to help the world.

Windows 10 privacy concerns may help Linux

Friday 14th of August 2015 03:15:40 AM
In today's open source roundup: Will Windows 10 privacy issues bring more users to Linux? Plus: Windows 10 keeps talking to Microsoft even when you try to shut it up. And Ars Technica readers sound off about Windows 10 and privacy.

KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes

Friday 14th of August 2015 02:18:29 AM
KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 has just been released by the KDE Community, and developers have made a large number of changes and improvements.

Red Hat Invests in OpenStack Cloud Database as a Service Vendor Tesora

Friday 14th of August 2015 01:21:18 AM
We invested in Tesora because we are not only committed to upstream innovation around OpenStack, but also to the augmentation of the project's existing capabilities," Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat, told eWEEK.

How to install ProFTPd with TLS support on Ubuntu 15.04

Friday 14th of August 2015 12:24:07 AM
FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on an Ubuntu 15.04 server, how to add an FTP user and to use FileZilla to connect securely with TLS.

Robolinux 8.1 MATE Screenshot Tour

Thursday 13th of August 2015 11:26:56 PM
Robolinux is very pleased and excited to announce its brand new lightning fast Robolinux "Mate Raptor" V8.1 LTS 2020 OS which is based on the rock solid Debian 8 stable source code with the 3.16 Linux kernel. It uses 210 MB less RAM than our Cinnamon version. Custom scripts can be added to the Caja file Manager to speed up your productivity. It has far better graphics quality, boots up and runs much faster than our Debian 7 versions and is also compatible with newer hardware, drivers and most notably the Intel Haswell chipset.

Oracle security chief to customers: Stop checking our code for vulnerabilities

Thursday 13th of August 2015 10:29:45 PM
Oracle's chief security officer is tired of customers performing their own security tests on Oracle software, and she's not going to take it anymore.

Opening up computers to millions of individuals with disabilities

Thursday 13th of August 2015 09:32:34 PM
According to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization, over a billion people in the world live with some sort of disability. Addressing the various accommodations, abilities, and disabilities of the world's largest minority may seem like a daunting task for developers of all stripes, but Colin Fulton is up for it. He wants to change the way accessibility is viewed and perceived in the Linux and open source more

Linux Never Had a Better Chance to Beat Windows

Thursday 13th of August 2015 08:35:23 PM
Windows 10 is out, and everyone is talking about it. It's clear that Microsoft did something right for a change and that the latest version of the OS is better than the previous releases. This is actually a good thing. What's not great about it is the fact that Windows 10 collects huge amounts of data about your PC and you as a user, and most media outlets seem to think that it's OK and that it's just an evolution of the operating system. From my perspective, it's just another reason to move to Linux.

Go wide: Open source advocacy on Twitter

Thursday 13th of August 2015 07:38:12 PM
Wisely used, Twitter can be an outstanding tool for getting the word out about open source solutions. Too often, though, I see open source enthusiasts retweeting tweets from open source enthusiasts to their own followers, who are predominantly open source more

Netflix trailers mean ads are coming eventually

Thursday 13th of August 2015 06:41:01 PM
Netflix has always been one of the services I’ve been very happy to pay for each month. For a very low price I’ve gotten tons and tons of great content with absolutely no commercials…until now. Yes, it seems that the days of watching Netflix without being forced to see promotional materials are quickly coming to a close.

How to count the number of threads in a process on Linux

Thursday 13th of August 2015 05:43:50 PM
I have an application running, which forks a number of threads at run-time. I want to know how many threads are actively running in the program. What is the easiest way to check the thread count of a process on Linux?

Time to fix patents

Thursday 13th of August 2015 04:46:39 PM
Patents are supposed to spread knowledge, by obliging holders to lay out their innovation for all to see; they often fail, because patent-lawyers are masters of obfuscation. Instead, the system has created a parasitic ecology of trolls and defensive patent-holders, who aim to block innovation, or at least to stand in its way unless they can grab a share of the spoils. An early study found that newcomers to the semiconductor business had to buy licences from incumbents for as much as $200m. Patents should spur bursts of innovation; instead, they are used to lock in incumbents’ advantages.

How Microsoft’s ‘Mad Men’ Are Working Overtime

Thursday 13th of August 2015 03:49:28 PM
Another thing the Mad guys and dolls have been working on is getting tons of free publicity through news articles placed on content hungry news sites. Well, actually, this publicity isn’t exactly free, since Redmond spends big bucks advertising on most of these sites, which is something that must cross editors’ minds when deciding to go ahead and make important news out of what should be merely a product release.

Goodbye Henry Ford, hello open organization

Thursday 13th of August 2015 02:52:17 PM
The decision to pursue an MBA is a major one, and people make it for many reasons: the opportunity to refocus your career (even change it completely), the chance to prove yourself as a future business leader, a guaranteed way to quickly grow your professional network, and, most of all, the educational opportunity to learn new skills from business leaders and more

10 YaST2 Command Examples in SUSE Linux

Thursday 13th of August 2015 01:55:06 PM
YaST2 is a Configuration tool in SUSE Linux which is used to configure the system’s Hardware like printers, Sound cards, keyboards , network cards.It also help us to configure Network clients & services like NIS, NFS.

Six-port net appliance runs Yocto on Braswell

Thursday 13th of August 2015 12:57:55 PM
Aaeon’s rugged “FWS-2260″ network appliance runs Yocto Linux on a 14nm Intel “Braswell” SoC and has six GbE ports, SATA and CFast, and dual mini-PCIe slots. The FWS-2260 desktop networking appliance was briefly announced last month in conjunction with Aaeon’s 3.5-inch GENE-BSW5 SBC, which similarly runs Yocto Linux on Intel’s new 14nm Pentium and Celeron […]

Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft

Thursday 13th of August 2015 12:00:44 PM
Windows 10 uses the Internet a lot to support many of its features. The operating system also sports numerous knobs to twiddle that are supposed to disable most of these features, and the potentially privacy-compromising connections that go with them.Unfortunately for privacy advocates, these controls don't appear to be sufficient to completely prevent the operating system from going online and communicating with Microsoft's servers.

A comprehensive guide to Dolphin, a KDE file manager

Thursday 13th of August 2015 10:14:05 AM
Dolphin has been the default file manager for the KDE desktop since Fedora 10. Other distributions that use KDE as a desktop option also use it as their default file manager. It's very powerful and provides some very advanced features.

Mozilla flings glove at Microsoft's feet: Firefox 40 will PWN Edge

Thursday 13th of August 2015 09:26:45 AM
This week's edition tightens screw on dodgy add-ons – and Windows 10. Mozilla has released Firefox 40, featuring a new look for Windows 10, better protection against uncertified add-ons, and an attempt to resist Microsoft’s effort to make Edge the default browser.

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Intel invests $60 million in drone venture

Intel is investing $60 million in UAV firm Yuneec, whose prosumer “Typhoon” drones use Android-based controllers. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich and Yuneec International CEO Tian Yu took to YouTube to announce an Intel investment of more than $60 million in the Hong Kong based company to help develop drone technology. No more details were provided except for Krzanich’s claim that “We’ve got drones on our road map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the industry.” One possibility is that Intel plans to equip the drones with its RealSense 3D cameras (see farther below). Read more