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Patent troll VirnetX beats Apple again, awarded $302M in FaceTime damages

Thursday 6th of October 2016 08:52:52 AM
An East Texas jury concluded late Friday that Apple must pay a patent troll $302.4 million in damages for infringing two patents connected to Apple's FaceTime communication application.The verdict is the third in the long-running case in which two earlier verdicts were overturned—one on appeal and the other by the Tyler, Texas federal judge presiding over the 6-year-long litigation.

Open Source Pros Confident in Europe Job Market

Thursday 6th of October 2016 07:55:41 AM
Open source careers may be even more in demand and rewarding in Europe than the rest of the world, according to new data from the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report released today by The Linux Foundation and Dice.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Gets One Last Beta, Brings KDE Plasma 5.8, VirtualBox 5.1.4

Thursday 6th of October 2016 06:58:30 AM
The openSUSE Leap development team announced the availability of the third and last Beta snapshot for the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating systems, due for release in mid-November.

Yahoo calls report of secret email scanning 'misleading'

Thursday 6th of October 2016 06:01:19 AM
Yahoo has called a Reuters article about a secret email scanning program "misleading," and said no such system exists.

So You Think You Know Linux User Management

Thursday 6th of October 2016 05:04:08 AM
Sure, managing users and groups on a Linux system is Linux 101. Not even that, it's Linux pre-school. But maybe this roundup of tips and tricks will show you something useful you didn't already know.

Tips from a software engineer for a balanced life

Thursday 6th of October 2016 03:49:48 AM
Kent Dodds is a busy, busy guy. He's a full stack JavaScript engineer at PayPal, hosts JavaScript Air, co-hosts React30, is an instructor on, is a Google Developer Expert, and spends a lot of time on Twitter and GitHub.

Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 3 Adds More PVR and Video Playback Improvements, Bugfixes

Thursday 6th of October 2016 02:35:28 AM
The day of October 5, 2016, also brought us a new Beta of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software, the third and most probably the last for this development cycle.

FU Yahoo!

Thursday 6th of October 2016 01:21:08 AM
It appears as if Yahoo has become the pet rodent of the U.S. spooks. To paraphrase: A rat by any other name…

Happy 25th once again to Linux, 'the little OS that definitely could'

Thursday 6th of October 2016 12:23:57 AM
Aug. 25 may be Linux's official birthday, but Oct. 5 is in many ways the day it began to make a real mark on the world. That's when Linux creator Linus Torvalds officially released the first Linux kernel into the wild.

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) to Ship with an Optional Unity 8 Session After All

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:26:46 PM
We told you earlier this summer that we're switching to use Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on some of our computers to monitor its development cycle and inform you guys about the new features it gets.

Fedora Warns Against ‘dnf update’ in Graphical Environment

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:29:35 PM
Users of Fedora 24 might want to put any update plans on hold until this bug issue is resolved.

How to easily access YouTube and Vimeo content in Linux using Kaku

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:32:24 PM
Usually, people choose one service (YouTube in most cases) and stick to that for their daily usage, and it's hard to persuade them to use any other service once they get used to the one they have chosen. However, there are some software applications that make this whole process of trying different services less complicated and time-consuming. In this article, we will discuss one such application - dubbed Kaku - that supports multiple services including YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.

What If a Company Consistently Says No to Open Sourcing Their Code?

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 08:35:13 PM
There are four essential questions a company should ask before it decides to create an open source project, according to Duane O'Brien, open source programs evangelist...

Mad Max to release on 20th of October for Linux & SteamOS, being ported by Feral Interactive

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 07:38:02 PM
Mad Max is officially being released on the 20th of October for Linux & SteamOS, it’s finally coming!

Aditya Mukerjee: Crossing the Language Divide in Open Source

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 06:40:51 PM
It’s easy for those of us in the US to become chauvinistic about our language. Our country is geographically huge, making it easy to think of the whole world as English speaking. Obviously, it isn’t.

How to champion your committers

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 05:43:40 PM
A number of companies today proudly wear the open source badge to show their dedication to various projects, particular communities, or simply the idea of free software licensing. Many have gone down the Red Hat business route, creating a revenue model based on support and services, while others have built their business around proprietary features and add-ons to open source projects.Business models vary, but what all successful open source companies have in common is the ability to maintain healthy more

KDE Neon 5.8 User Edition Linux OS Offers the Latest KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 04:46:29 PM
The KDE Neon development team proudly announced a few minutes ago the release of the KDE Neon 5.8 User Edition GNU/Linux distribution with the recently released KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment.

Nagios vs Zabbix vs Pandora FMS. An in depth comparison

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 03:49:18 PM
Pandora FMS guys show an in depth comparison of 3 of the main open source monitoring tools.

Tips from a software engineer for a balanced life

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 02:52:07 PM
Kent Dodds is a busy, busy guy. He's a full stack JavaScript engineer at PayPal, hosts JavaScript Air, co-hosts React30, is an instructor on, is a Google Developer Expert, and spends a lot of time on Twitter and more

Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 01:54:56 PM
Chinese hackers thanked for help finding flawsGoogle has crushed 78 Android security flaws in its October bug blitzkrieg, repairing critical core Android services along the way.…

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Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar

I did not do any other testing, no extensive tweaking, no customization. I felt no need or desire to do so. Now, do remember Zorin OS 12 is still in beta, so we can excuse some of the problems we see here. But others are purely Ubuntu, and have been ported over from the parent distro without any discrimination or any improvements and fixes introduced in the last six months. The big offenders include: multimedia and smartphone support, poor software management, and then the somewhat heavy utilization and slow performance. Zorin is quite pretty but weary on the eyes, it tries perhaps too hard to be more than it is, and overall, the value it brings is negatively offset by the myriad papercuts of its design and the implementation of its unique style, plus the failings of the Ubuntu family. It's an okay choice, if you will, but there's nothing too special about it anymore. It's not as fun as it used to be. Gone is the character, gone is the glamor. This aligns well with the overall despair in the Linux desktop world. Maybe the official release will be better, but I doubt it. Why would suddenly one distro excel where 50 others of the same crop had failed with the exact same problems? Final grade, 5/10. Test if you like the looks, other than that, there's no incentive in really using Zorin. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Read more

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which - after a conspicuous cut in the edit - jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows. Assuming the hack is authentic - and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely - it's the first time we've seen the PlayStation 4's system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group fail0verflow in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year. Read more Also: 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Coming To Linux In November, Mac Port On Hold