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Codes of Conduct have often been pushed to create "safer" environments, while opponents sometimes find such codes repressive and suffocating. But are Codes of Conduct a real danger to the development of open source software?
Every year SplashData releases a list of the world's worst passwords, and for the last five years that list hasn't changed much. While the list is an amusing look at password blunders, the real lessons are in how and why those passwords exist in the first place. Salted Hash has collected some raw data in order to help clarify some of these lessons.
There is an excellent set of free, open source video software available on the Linux platform which is both fully featured and mature. Become a digital video editing master, turn your Linux machine into a Home Theatre box are two options that are explored in this article.
If having more tools is better for security, then the latest release of the BlackArch Linux distribution will be warmly received by security researchers. Version 2016.01.10 of BlackArch Linux, which was released on Jan. 10, boasts more than 30 new security tools, bringing the total number of security tools to 1,330. BlackArch is a security-focused operating system that is based on the Arch Linux distribution.
Interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.read more
The Linux Foundation made some changes to by-laws, and that stirred things in the Linux community. The organization has issued a statement now addressing the concerns.
GitLab, one of numerous "Git-as-a-Service" sites that host managed Git repositories for open source code, has unveiled new features, including Elasticsearch support.
It is not an uncommon situation, for early adopters of newly introduced concepts and technologies, to be totally confused when these can fundamentally change the ways of developing and delivering services. Especially when everybody talks about something like Docker, and how awesome and game changing it is. This confusion happens when we try things early on and rushing straight to testing them without grasping the whole concept and background of this newly introduced technology.
Busting the myth that the generation after millennials are digital natives, that they are really good at computers. But they’re not. Charlie Reisinger tells us how closed software and hardware plays a role. And, how open source software and hardware is the answer.At Penn Manor school district they are unlocking the true power of technology. See how in this 5 minute video.read more
Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.
The most recent major security vulnerability in the Linux kernel's open source code has triggered more panic than it merits.
One of the things that some people say about the Linux platform is that it's fragmented, just like Android. The truth is that fragmentation doesn't really apply to the Linux platform, and the fact that there are too many distros to count is actually a good thing.
Back in 2014 I wrote a post that explained why you should close your Facebook account. And now there’s yet another reason why you should immediately delete your facebook account permanently. Facebook is deleting posts in Europe that it considers “racist” or “xenophobic.”
GPG: General Concepts GPG, or GnuPG, refers to the Gnu Privacy Guard utility. GPG is a freely available implementation of the OpenPGP standard that was released by Werner Koch in 1999. The security and privacy of data and individuals is an important topic... Continue Reading →
It’s not the distro that’s important to most users, they said, because most users don’t interact with the distro itself as they work and play on their Linux machines. Instead, the average user’s direct interaction with a computer is primarily through the desktop environment, whether that be KDE, GNOME, Unity or something they rolled on their own on a Friday night instead of having a boys’ or girls’ night out.
In my advanced programming classes I've discovered that middle school students are capable of far more complex operations than we often suspect. In many cases, they're wholly capable of using industry-standard tools to produce remarkable work.read more
It's been a while since we last heard something from the developers of the most prominent open-source video player software in the GNU/Linux ecosystem, MPlayer, which today reached version 1.2.1.
One of the most powerful organizations in the open-source world faces questions over why it quietly did away with two seats on its board designated for non-corporate members. As of Jan. 15, the Linux Foundation’s bylaws were changed to remove a provision that allowed for the election of two board members by the group’s individual affiliates. The entirety of the board’s membership is now selected by the Linux Foundation’s corporate members.
The GNOME developers have just released the fourth milestone towards the upcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, which means that many of the apps received improvements and new features.
Squid is a web proxy and cache server which primarily provides proxy and cache services for the HTTP protocol.