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Tails 2.0 Anonymous Live CD Officially Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 10:32:49 AM
The Tails development team proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the final Tails 2.0 build, the most promising release of the amnesic incognito live system.

Vagrant in 5 minutes

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 09:35:38 AM
In this short video, Daniel Farrell tells us about Vagrant, a tool for working with Virtual Machines (VMs). A modular framework, even. Farrell tells us that it starts with a Vagrant file, simple commands, and working in the shell.But what’s so great about it? Vagrant is a cross-platform tool and it does networking out-of-the-box. It also solves problems in a modular way.Farrell also explains two key concepts—provisioners and providers—and why teams should use this tool when working with VMs.read more

ExTiX 16.1 Screencast and Screenshots

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 08:38:27 AM
ExTiX LXQt is based on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf. LXQt 0.10.0 (not in Ubuntu’s repositories) is used as the desktop environment. All packages have been updated to the latest version by 16-01-20. Kernel 4.4.0-0-exton is used (kernel.org's kernel 4.4). Ubuntu 15.10 uses kernel 4.2. Google Chrome is used as web browser, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies.

OpenAMP heterogeneous multicore standard targets Linux

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 07:41:16 AM
The MCA announced its Open Asymmetric Multi Processing Framework (OpenAMP) for Linux multicore development, with support from Mentor Graphics and Xilinx. The Multicore Association (MCA) formally unveiled its open source “Open Asymmetric Multi Processing Framework” (OpenAMP), and announced a working group to establish standardization of the multicore development framework. The working group will expand and […]

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 to Land This Week Without Delays, OTA-9.5 Hotfix Coming Soon

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 06:44:05 AM
The Ubuntu Touch team at Canonical announced earlier the release schedule for the upcoming OTA software updates for Ubuntu Phone devices, and we promised to give you guys more info on the whereabouts of the OTA-9 update.

App Review of GCompris: Kids Happiness

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 05:46:54 AM
Our series of articles by Google Code In students continues with a review of educational applications GCompris by Sergey Popov.

Has the Linux Foundation Sold out to VMware? Probably Not

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 04:49:43 AM
A change in the Linux Foundation's by-laws has prompted questions about its attitudes toward VMware and open source community organizations.

Ubuntu Developers Discussing Whether Alpha 2 for Xenial Xerus Will launch

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 03:52:32 AM
A new Alpha is supposed to make an appearance this week for Ubuntu flavors, but developers don't seem to have expressed an interest for it.

IBM dons winter gear, gives Emperors and Rockhoppers a refresh

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 02:55:21 AM
Updates all round for LinuxONE, including Ubuntu. IBM’s Linux on the mainframe portfolio has had a mid-winter brush up, with new tools and a 50 per cent increase in the number of Linux flavours it supports.

Firefox 44 Debuts With Improved Security

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:58:10 AM
Mozilla adds push notification support and provides 11 security advisories with its latest open-source browser release.

4 Ways to Use Whatsapp Messenger on Your Computer

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:00:59 AM
Whatsapp was initially designed to work on mobile phones. As in Telegram and other mobile messengers, your account with Whatsapp is your phone number. But does it mean that a mobile device is the only way to use Whatsapp? As in the Telegram case, the answer is "no".

Don't Burn Your Android Yet

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 12:03:48 AM
A few days ago, security firm Perception Point released the details of azero-day exploit in the Linux kernel, which has sparked a wave of panic asthe report indicated that millions of Android devices are vulnerable.

IBM makes LinuxONE Mainframe Go Faster

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 11:06:37 PM
When most people think about mainframes, they tend to think about big iron that is very stable, though it isn't particularly agile or flexible. That's a myth that IBM is now aiming to dispel through the rapid pace of both hardware and software innovation it is landing on the LinuxONE class of mainframes.

Why Linux is still better than Windows 10

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 10:09:26 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: Why one writer dumped Windows and switched to Linux 13 years ago, and Amazon wants its Android OEMs to integrate its services into their phones.

The U.S. Government and Open Standards: A Tale of Personal Woe

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 09:12:15 PM
Government organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere should prefer open source software and open standards over proprietary applications like Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How to configure your gamepad on Ubuntu

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 08:15:04 PM
Linux is maybe the least popular platform for gamers, however the interest to set up and configure gamepads on it has sparked, especially since Valve's decision to make multiple game titles available for Linux on Steam. In this quick guide, I will showcase how to disable xpad, how to replace it with more capable drivers, and how to calibrate and configure your gamepad on Linux.

Weather forecasting supercomputer gets a $36m upgrade

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 07:17:53 PM
Cray has signed a $36m deal to upgrade and expand the supercomputers used by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

My Linux Story: The Big Switch

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 06:20:42 PM
It recently occurred to me that I've been running Linux on my computers for about thirteen years. I'll be the first to admit, it doesn't seem all that long ago. But as I reflected upon my switch over to Linux, I began to realize that there wasn't a single event that pushed me over to the Linux desktop. In reality, it was a series of events and discoveries. This article will explain how my switch to Linux came to pass.

Will 2016 Be Red Hat Inc.'s Best Year Yet?

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 05:23:31 PM
A analysis of Red Hat's (the company and the stock) prospects for the upcoming year

Firefox Can Now Get Push Notifications From Your Favorite Sites

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 04:26:20 PM
Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux now lets you choose to receive push notifications from websites if you give them permission. This is similar to Web notifications, except now you can receive notifications for websites even when they’re not loaded … Continue reading

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Benchmarks Of The ODROID-C2 64-Bit ARM Development Board

Earlier this month Hardkernel announced the ODROID-C2 as a 64-bit ARM development board that would begin shipping in March. Fortunately, you don't need to wait until next month to find out how this $40 USD 64-bit ARM development board is performing: here are some benchmarks. Read more

Pinterest open-sources its Teletraan tool for deploying code

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