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Are Codes of Conduct dangerous to open source software development?

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 04:38:27 AM
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?

Thousands of gamers' passwords easily cracked in 3 minutes

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 03:41:16 AM
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.

42 Best Free Linux Video Software

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 02:44:05 AM
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.

BlackArch Linux Expands Its Roster of Tools for Security Research

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 01:46:54 AM
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.

New Outreachy interns, NFV deployment growth, and more OpenStack news

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 12:49:43 AM
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

Linux Foundation Responds to Accusations About Community Representation

Monday 25th of January 2016 11:52:32 PM
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 Unveils New Open Source Code Hosting Features

Monday 25th of January 2016 10:55:21 PM
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.

How to use Docker in a practical way (part 1 - Introduction)

Monday 25th of January 2016 09:58:10 PM
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.

Lightning talk: Rewiring Generation Z

Monday 25th of January 2016 09:00:59 PM
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

7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

Monday 25th of January 2016 08:03:48 PM
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.

Linux's Latest Security Vulnerability: Hype vs. Reality

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:06:37 PM
The most recent major security vulnerability in the Linux kernel's open source code has triggered more panic than it merits.

Saying Linux Is Fragmented Is Wrong, This Is Why

Monday 25th of January 2016 06:09:26 PM
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.

Facebook begins mass censorship in Europe

Monday 25th of January 2016 05:12:15 PM
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.”

GnuPG: a Fedora primer

Monday 25th of January 2016 04:09:26 PM
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 →

Which is More Important: Distro, Desktop…or Something Else?

Monday 25th of January 2016 03:12:15 PM
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.

Using Git in the classroom

Monday 25th of January 2016 02:15:04 PM
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

MPlayer 1.2.1 Open Source Video Player Released with Support for FFmpeg 2.8.5

Monday 25th of January 2016 01:17:53 PM
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.

Why did Linux Foundation cut independent board seats?

Monday 25th of January 2016 11:23:31 AM
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.

GNOME's Gedit App to Be Known as "Text Editor" Among GNU/Linux Distributions

Monday 25th of January 2016 09:29:09 AM
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.

Install Squid proxy server on Ubuntu 14.04

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:34:47 AM
Squid is a web proxy and cache server which primarily provides proxy and cache services for the HTTP protocol.

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today's leftovers

  • Hyperledger gains 11 major finance players in blockchain initiative
  • Intel Begins Landing Apollolake Support Within Coreboot
    Intel engineers have begun landing support for the next-gen "Apollolake" SoC within Coreboot and support for the initial development board. Apollolake (Apollo Lake) is Intel's 14nm SoC for low-cost PC/notebooks, and surely Chromebooks. Apollolake uses the Goldmont CPU core and Skylake Gen9 derived graphics. Apollolake is the successor to Braswell. Apollo Lake systems will be available later in 2016.
  • Russian Government Planning To Replace All Of Its Windows Computers With Linux
    The Russian government is planning to replace all of its Windows-powered computers with some Linux distribution. The government has justified this decision by stating that American technology companies like Google and Microsoft need to pay more taxes.
  • Russia Going To GNU/Linux Late Rather Than Never
    Back in 2010, Putin put into (slow)motion a move to GNU/Linux. There were several projects but nothing concrete and system-wide. Finally, in 2016, thanks to the price of oil, sanctions and global politics, the time is ripe.
  • The Age of Docker is Upon Us
    With Container Summit going on in New York this week, there is a lot of news related to Docker, Kubernetes and various container technology star players. Datawise announced that it has made some key contirubtions to advance Kubernetes, a tool Google developed and used to make containerization more useful by making it possible to manage containerized applications.
  • Handheld Emulation: Achievement Unlocked!
    I love video game emulation. My favorite games were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, so if I want to play them, I almost always have to emulate the old systems. There is usually a legal concern about ROM files for games, even if you own the original cartridges, so I'm not going to tell you where to find ROMs to download or anything like that. What I am going to share is my recent discovery of the perfect handheld gaming system. Oddly enough, it was never intended to be an emulator.
  • GNOME 3.20's Feature Freeze Is Next Week
    Next week marks GNOME 3.20's feature freeze followed by the GNOME 3.20 (v3.19.90) beta release. The GNOME Release Team sent out a reminder that next week marks the API/ABI, UI, and feature freezes along with the start of release note writing and the GNOME 3.20 beta release.
  • SUSE and business open source specialist it-novum collaborate to expand Ceph platform’s Storage Management
    Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage is a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. The collaboration between it-novum and SUSE will bring centralized management of file, block and object storage via openATTIC's single graphical user interface to future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage.
  • App: Download Manager for Samsung Z1 / Z3 is Available in Tizen Store
    Download Manager for Tizen Smartphones, namely the Samsung Z1 and Z3, is a powerful download speed booster and an advanced download manager combined into one. A must-have app for the power user that wants to download files off the Internet in a fast and efficient manner.

Red Hat News

Leftovers: OSS

  • India Asks Tech Companies To Use Open Source Technologies For Connectivity
    A day after taking a tough stand on Facebook’s Free Basics and banning it from India, TRAI (Telecom Regulator Authority of India) has also given a cue to the tech giants like Facebook and Google over the use of open source software. TRAI has hinted to these companies that their connectivity framework would only be accepted in India if they followed an open source approach. [...] Ram Sewak Sharma, who is the current chairman of TRAI, has clearly put a stress on using open source technology over a company specific product in making the internet reach to the remote areas. In a recent summit hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, he said, "I don’t like to comment on a specific product. But India has adopted an open source policy and open API [application program interface] policy. The whole objective is that there should not be a situation of a vendor lock-in."
  • Bluehost Develops Open Source Script To Update Two Million WordPress Sites
    The cloud-based solutions provider's custom script reduced WordPress-related technical issues by 18 percent.
  • What's New in February '16 in Open Source CMS
    By any measure, WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. But that distinction also makes it especially popular with hackers and attackers. Early this month Menifee, Calif.-based security company Sucuri reported a spike in WordPress infections, with a large number of sites getting injected with the same malicious scripts. Sucuri called it "a massive admedia/adverting iframe infection" characterized by the injection of encrypted code at the end of all legitimate .js files.
  • Dive into Apache Hadoop open source technology
    On this week’s NFV/SDN Reality Check, we look at some top news items from across the space as well as speak with Cloudera on CSPs adopting Apache Hadoop open source technology
  • Vote for Presentations - OpenStack Summit Austin 2016
    The first OpenStack Summit this year will take place in Austin (TX, US) from April 25-29, 2016. The "Call for Speakers" period ended some days ago and now the community voting for presentation started and will end 17th February, 11:59 PST (18th February 7:59 UTC / 08:59 CEST).
  • Liberty Eiffel wrapper for IUP toolkit
    Since a couple of months ago I’m working in a Liberty Eiffel wrapper to the IUP toolkit. IUP is a multi-platform toolkit for building graphical user interfaces. This is still under development, but I think the current state is enough to start playing with it. Here some screen shots: