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Linux Foundation Adds SDN, Storage and Managed Hosting Members

Thursday 8th of January 2015 04:41:54 AM
The Linux Foundation's membership continues to expand. This week, three new companies joined the open source consortium, bringing strengths in software-defined networking, storage and managed hosting to the organization. IIX, Micron Technology and Planisys have joined the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit consortium that promotes open source collaboration.

Sony’s $1200 Walkman ZX2 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Thursday 8th of January 2015 03:44:43 AM
Remember Sony’s Walkman from back in the 80s? Sony never stopped making them but they were eclipsed in later years first by iPods then by mobile phones. Now it looks like the Walkman is about to be reborn in a big and rather expensive way. Sony showed off its new Walkman ZX2 at CES 2015, and it’s going to cost $1200.

CES 2015: AllSeen Alliance to bring order to the Internet of Things

Thursday 8th of January 2015 02:47:32 AM
It's easy to get devices to talk to each other or to the Internet. Managing them, however, is another kettle of fish. AllSeen Alliance just might have open-sourced the answer.

Raspberry Pi Tips, Tricks & Hacks out now!

Thursday 8th of January 2015 01:50:21 AM
Get a Raspberry Pi for Christmas, or just want to get a bit more out of the one you already own? Then check our Raspberry Pi Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Metanautix Promises Data-Agnostic SQL Queries with Quest

Thursday 8th of January 2015 12:53:10 AM
Making SQL, NoSQL, Hadoop and other big data frameworks play nicely with one another is a major challenge that vendors are only now beginning to overcome. But a startup named Metanautix is taking data-agnosticism even further through a new platform that can turn any kind of data—even images—into SQL tables.

Unity 8 and Mir Are Getting Some Awesome Features for the Desktop

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 11:55:59 PM
Any Linux user knows that Ubuntu features the Unity desktop environment, which is a piece of technology developed specifically for this operating system by Canonical. For now, the current supported versions of Ubuntu all have a similar version of Unity, which has been upgraded constantly. The developers are working on a new Unity version, and it seems that they are making great progress.

Intel Compute Stick will run Linux

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 10:58:48 PM
In today's open source roundup: A version of Intel's new Compute Stick will offer Linux. Plus: Upcoming distro releases in 2015, and a screenshot tour of PCLinuxOS 2014.12 MATE.

How Copyright Forced A Filmmaker To Rewrite Martin Luther King's Historic Words

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 10:01:37 PM
Among the most powerful moments of Selma, the new film about the march Martin Luther King, Jr. led in 1965 in support of voting rights for African Americans, are the speeches, sermons, and eulogies King delivered during that tumultuous period. However, the speeches performed by actor David Oyelowo in the film do not contain the actual words spoken by King. This is because the King estate would not license the copyright in the speeches to filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Thus, the King estate's aggressive stance on copyright has literally forced the re-writing of history.

D-Link floats a raft of Linux-based home automation gizmos

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 09:04:26 PM
D-Link expanded its home automation line with a wireless hub, water leak sensor, siren, security cameras, and 802.11ac routers, all running embedded Linux.

For tech patent cases, International Trade Commission is down but not out

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 08:07:15 PM
When making their case against alleged infringers, patent-holders have two options in the US legal system: filing a case in federal court, or petitioning for an investigation at the International Trade Commission (ITC).The ITC can't award money damages, but cases there can result in an "exclusion order" banning an imported product from US shelves. It became an increasingly popular venue for high-tech cases in recent years, and several rounds of the smartphone patent battles were fought there.

10 entry points to tech (for girls, women, and everyone)

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 07:10:04 PM
As a passionate open source advocate, I’m always looking for more ways to get more people involved. Of particular interest to me is getting more girls and women involved, so we can strengthen diversity in our communities and give them the fantastic opportunities in their hobbies and career that many contributors to open source have today.Getting started with contributing to open source can be tricky, so the following is a list of suggestions I have as a women in the community for other women and girls out there to make it easier.read more

Weather Trek - Weather planning for Trips

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 06:12:53 PM
After loading up four different zipcodes on Weather.com twice a day for a few days in a row trying to get an idea of what the weather would be like while traveling on the upcoming weekend, I decided to make a simple tool to look up the information for me.

Developing C/C++ cross-compiled applications for Linux on Power systems

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 05:15:42 PM
This article explains how to use the integrated environment provided by the IBM SDK for Linux on Power for developing cross-compiled applications for IBM Power servers using IBM Advance Toolchain and QEMU usermode. The SDK is a free, Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), which integrates C/C++ source development with the Advance Toolchain, Post-Link Optimization, and classic Linux performance analysis tools, including Oprofile, Perf, and Valgrind.

2015: The year the UN resets the count

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 04:18:31 PM
Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. Akvo.org co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.read more

Processed in digiKam: Black-and-White Conversion

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 03:21:20 PM
The B&W conversion tools in digiKam are wonderful. If freehand area selection and a feathered burn and dodge tool were available they’d be perfect.

Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" Reaches EOL and Is Now Definitely Dead

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 02:24:09 PM
Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" was initially released back in July 2013 and it was alive for a year and a half. Now, the distribution has reached end of file and it's no longer supported by its developers.

Firefox OS: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 01:26:58 PM
For the last few days, I’ve tried to replace the ZTE firmware and Firefox OS, and ran into signature errors on both counts. Both GPG and Java signature solutions gleaned from various sources seem to have both escaped or abandoned me, and now the “reset” has resulted in the blue Firefox OS screen immediately followed by the majestic fox with the flaming tail. And that’s it.

A fun way to read list using notifications

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 12:29:47 PM
You may want to build your vocabulary on some domain specific words e.g languages, definitions etc. However, you get bored (get nowhere) if you sit there and start reading the whole list. A fun way to read the words can be by using desktop popups that goes through the list one line at a time. In linux, you can use few tools to achieve that. In this tutorial, we will build a custom script that will help you build such list.

All Of These Works Should Be In The Public Domain, But Aren't

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 11:32:36 AM
Every year for the past few years, the good folks at Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain have put up a list of works that should have gone into the public domain on January 1st had Congress not massively expanded the law. Each year, it's a depressing look at what works should be in the public domain. As a reminder, when these works were created, the creators knew the terms under which they were created and knew that they would have gone into the public domain by now -- and they found that to be more than enough incentive to create those works.

Linux Foundation AllSeen Alliance Expands Internet of Things Efforts

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 10:35:25 AM
The AllSeen Alliance is a multi-stakeholder effort that is operated as a Linux Foundation Collaboration project. The Linux Foundation first announced the AllSeen Alliance effort in December 2013, with the AllJoyn code contribution from Qualcomm serving as the basis. AllJoyn is a framework for enabling secure and seamless connectivity, as well as access, for IoT devices.Now the AllSeen Alliance is expanding the framework with the AllJoyn Gateway Agent that expands the footprint of IoT features beyond a user's local environment, all the way out to the cloud.

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