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Linux Lite 2.4 Officially Released with Support for Microsoft’s exFAT File System - Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 03:52:51 PM
Jerry Bezencon had the pleasure of announcing on March 31 the immediate availability for download and testing of the final release of his Linux Lite 2.4 computer operating system based on an LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. The new Linux Lite 2.4 come with a great number of features that we’ve listed below for your viewing pleasure.

How Moodle is driven by user and community feedback

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 02:55:40 PM
Moodle is a well-established, highly flexible open source learning platform, having grown from small beginnings at the start of the century into the mainstream solution for millions of people worldwide. Its customizable and secure learning management features allow anyone to create a private website filled with dynamic courses in any subject that promote learning on a schedule that suits students.read more

Microsoft Admits It's Been Using a Modified Linux Kernel for Years

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 01:58:29 PM
Microsoft made a surprising announcement yesterday when they said that they would increase their contributions to the Linux kernel. The company admitted that it's been using a heavily modified Linux kernel for years, although it's a very old version.

How to install Reader Self RSS on a CentOS 7 VPS

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 01:01:18 PM
Reader Self is self hosted RSS reader written in PHP. It is a good replacement for the popular Google Reader.

Firefox 37 Debuts With Opportunistic Encryption, Security Fixes

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 12:04:07 PM
"Opportunistic encryption is meant to improve the transport properties of legacy HTTP resources that would otherwise be carried in clear text," Patrick McManus, platform engineer at Mozilla, told eWEEK. "Any TLS [Transport Layer Security] certificate, including self-signed ones, may be used with opportunistic encryption because it does not enforce authentication. Servers must run either HTTP/2 or SPDY/3.1."

Latest CentOS 7 Update Brings Support for Intel Broadwell, AMD Hawaii, and Btrfs

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 11:06:56 AM
The CentOS development team, through Karanbir Singh, has announced that a new build for the stable CentOS 7 Linux operating system is available for download and update.

SBC runs Linux on new quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 10:09:45 AM
Actions Technology released a quad-core Cortex-A9 “S500″ SoC, along with an “ActDuino S500″ SBC based on it, plus support for Android 5.0 and Linux. Actions Technology, a subsidiary of Chinese fabless chipmaker Actions Semiconductor, is aiming its new S500 system-on-chip and ActDuino S500 SBC “open source reference design platform” at digital signage, kiosks, Android netbooks, […]

Tails 1.3.2 Anonymous Live CD Now Uses Tor Browser 4.0.6, Based on Firefox 31.6.0 ESR

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 09:12:34 AM
The famous Tails amnesic incognito Live CD operating system that has been used by Edward Snowden to stay invisible online and browse websites anonymously, has been updated on March 30 to version 1.3.2 with a number of improvements and security fixes.

Tiny, stackable, Linux-based IoT module hits Kickstarter

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 08:15:23 AM
On Kickstarter, Onion launched a tiny, Linux-based “Omega” IoT module, along with a dock, stackable expansion modules, a cloud service, and web app tools.

Mozilla Firefox 37.0 Officially Released with Native HTML5 YouTube Playback, Firefox 40 Pushed to Nightly Channel

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 07:18:12 AM
As expected, Mozilla had the pleasure of unveiling today, March 31, the Mozilla Firefox 37.0 web browser for all supported computer operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, while pushing Firefox 40 to the nightly (unstable channel), Firefox 39.0 to the Dev channel, and Firefox 38.0 to the Beta channel.

Tails 1.3.2 Screencast

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 06:21:01 AM
Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.3.2, is out.This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible. There are numerous other changes that may not be apparent in the daily operation of a typical user. Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into a Chrome PC for Under $100

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 05:23:50 AM
Google just introduced a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer—a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display. It’s called a Chromebit, and it isn’t your run-of-the-mill streaming stick. For under $100, you’re looking at a full computer that plugs right into your TV.

How similar are OS X and Linux?

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 04:26:39 AM
In today's Apple roundup: What are the similarities between OS X and Linux? Plus: Why Apple bought FoundationDB, and reviews of the new 13-inch Macbook Pro with Force Touch.

News: Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.16, Sabayon 15.04 and Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 03:29:28 AM
GNOME 3.16 was released on March 25, benefiting from the contributions of 1,043 authors that made 33,525 changes.

BleachBit An Alternative To CCleaner On Linux

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 02:32:17 AM
If you were using Windows in past then probably you would have used CCleaner to analyse and delete junk files, temporary files and free up space by deleting recycled files. On Linux we've a good alternative to CCleaner, BleachBit. BleachBit analyses and deletes junk files, temporary files, Browsers history, cache and free up disc space. Let's take a look at some of its features and know how to install latest BleachBit on Linux.

Digital Asset Management with digiKam

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 01:35:06 AM
Although digiKam is first and foremost a photo management application, you can put it to other practical uses. For example, digiKam offers all the features you need to manage your digital assets, which makes it a capable digital asset management tool.

5 questions to determine if open source is a good fit for a software project

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 12:37:55 AM
Here are five basic questions to help determine whether open source is a good fit for your next software project.

Microsoft Doesn't Understand the Smartphone

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 11:40:44 PM
Microsoft is going to crash and burn trying to get Windows Phone 10 on other hardware.

Audacity 2.1.0 released

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 10:43:33 PM
Audacity 2.1.0 is released & has lots of improvements and bug fixes.

LibrePlanet & the Sounds of Silence

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 09:46:22 PM
The LibrePlanet 2015 awards ceremony was at 5:30 PM, so I had time for a shower and a bite to eat. Of course, these days I don’t do much “biting” when I eat. I am on the John Glenn diet for another two months. If it can’t be squeezed out of a tube, I can’t eat it. Of course, my inability to speak or eat “real” food precluded any meaningful participation at a large dinner table with colleagues. “Oh, Ken…? Yeah, see over at that table? The guy in the Linux hat who isn’t talking or eating? That’s Ken.”

More in Tux Machines

ExTiX 15.2 Is Based on Ubuntu 15.04 and Debian 8 Jessie, Features LXQt and KDE Editions

After announcing his new RaspArch distribution that helps users run the powerful Arch Linux distribution on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B computer board, Arne Exton informed Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of the ExTiX 15.2 Linux operating system. Read more

RaspArch Offers an Easy Way to Run Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi 2

Arne Exton had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about a new distribution of GNU/Linux created from the ground up for the Raspberry Pi 2 tiny computer board and called RaspArch. Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • goobook: Command-line contacts
  • Calibre eBook Editor Gets Much Better Support for DOCX
    Calibre, a complete application to edit, view, and convert eBook files, has been updated yet again, and the developer has added a number of new features and various other fixes.
  • GNOME Builder - 3.16.2
    I released 3.16.0 a couple weeks ago without much fanfare. Despite many months of 16-hour days and weekends, it lacked some of the features I wanted to get into the "initial" release. So I didn't stop. I kept pushing through to make 3.16.2 the best that I could.
  • PacketFence v5.0 released
    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 5.0.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.
  • What are good open-source log monitoring tools on Linux
    In an operating system, logs are all about keeping track of events, be it critical system errors, resource usage warnings, transaction history, application status, or user activities. These logs, which are stored as (text or binary) files in the system, are useful for system auditing, debugging and maintenance. However, with so many different system entities generating log files, and even at growing rate, the challenge as a system admin is to how to "consume" these log files effectively.
  • Apache Fortress Core 1.0-RC40 released !
  • Say Hello to Open Source Puppet 4!
    Production-ready Open Source Puppet 4 is now available! We’re excited to announce new features and enhancements that will extend your use of Puppet for faster, more consistent management of server configurations. We’ve added capabilities to help you save time, reduce errors, and increase reliability.
  • textprint: Visually impressive, in only 18K
    textprint takes a flat data file as input, and arranges it graphically to fit the terminal without distorting the image. From there, textprint goes from zero-to-60, in about two seconds.