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How to check DNS propagation on Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:34pm
While DNS introduces human-readable naming schemes for Internet hosts, it also brings with it extra overhead associated with resolving names to IP addresses. For end users, this overhead means additional DNS lookup latency for accessing any Internet host. For service providers, this implies the performance-critical DNS infrastructure that needs to be maintained. Minimizing these overheads has led to the extensive use of "caching" throughout DNS hierarchy. For example, there are web browser/OS's built-in DNS cache; DNS caching server of the local network; and the cache of local DNS servers operated by service providers, etc.

Google Glass moves with speed thanks to open source

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 3:37pm
I recently got a Google Glass device through the Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. We're expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program.

2014 Peoples Choice Award: Cast your vote

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:40pm
We're happy to announce the nominees for this year's People Choice Award. Each year Opensource.com enjoys recognizing our top contributors as a way to celebrate our community. Those people who submit their open source stories to us and become authors on the site are a big part of what makes our community vibrant and inspirational.

Better Than a Quad-Head Display: My Adventures with "4K" 2160p and Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 1:43pm
[img]http://lxer.com/pub/files/penguinist/penguinist.png[/img] [b]LXer Feature: 2014-Mar-31[/b]Imagine having the equivalent of four 1920x1080 monitors in a 2x2 grid, on your desk, with absolutely no seam between them. This article describes my journey towards that goal...

Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 12:46pm
If you want to stick with a Windows XP style interface, you should seriously consider using Linux Mint with its Cinnamon desktop.

openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 11:48am
That’s going to change. Raymond Wooninck has announced that soon openSUSE users will be able to get ‘rolling release KDE SC experience‘. The teams are working on creating four KDE SC repositories for openSUSE which will enable users to get the the kind of experience they want. The changes will come with the 4.12.4 release, which is expected on Tuesday.

Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 10:51am
XP's support life is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately for Windows XP users, there's a Linux desktop--Linux Mint--that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed.

Balrum Open World Fantasy RPG With Building Beta Launched, Works On Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 9:54am
Balrum is the brilliant looking 2D RPG that just scraped through Kickstarter in August of last year, they have now released the beta build and it works on Linux.

New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 8:00am
Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs offering better graphics.

A Look at Sunflower File Manager Ubuntu Installation

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 6:05am
Sunflower is twin-panel file manager with a somewhat different approach compared to standard GNOME/KDE/Xfce file browsers, written in GTK with several notable features and support for plugins.

The Death of Windows XP Won’t Kill the ATM Industry, or Help Bitcoin

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:11am
This is not as farfetched as it sounds: Linux has a much smaller footprint than Windows 7 and, as a result, some ATM operators are considering a switch to Linux rather than the Microsoft product. This would not be the first time ATMs have transitioned to a different OS. Before the industry moved to XP, most ATM’s were running IBM’s OS/2 operating system.

U.S. Department of Labor applies Creative Commons license to all work created with $150M grant

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:17am
Creative Commons (CC) actively works to support foundations, governments, IGOs, and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies. We believe publicly funded resources should be openly licensed resources.To support these and other emerging open policy efforts, CC is about to launch, with multiple global open organizations, an Open Policy Network and Institute for Open Leadership.The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has led the way in using open policy requirements in solicitations for grant requirements first with its Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grants Program,

10 Free, Open-Source Replacements for Commercial Tools

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 12:22am
This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.

Icculus Is Porting Goat Simulator To Linux, It Arives April 1st

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 10:28pm
Good news goat fans, Goat Simulator is officially coming to Linux and promises some very odd action. One of the funniest games i've seen for a long time.

Let's Play: Voxatron

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 8:33pm
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Star Conflict Free 2 Play MMO Linux Version Is Waiting On Valve

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 6:39pm
So, Star Conflict's Linux version was supposed to come out with their latest update and that didn't happen. We now know why!

Toggle keyboard keys in Linux using terminal commands

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 4:45pm
It is easier to use GUI tools to setup keyboard shortcuts, but sometimes you need to map certain keys for typical purpose (e.g swapping caps and esc when using vim). In this tutorial I will try to list different linux tools that you can use to do these tasks (you might have to install them from the repository.

Kubuntu 14.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 2:50pm
Kubuntu 14.04 Beta 2 is available for testing. Try it out now if you want to help debug before our release in April 2014. General improvements throughout the applications and libraries await. Development of Kubuntu 14.04, the Trusty Tahr is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day.

B1 Free Archiver: a simple solution

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 12:56pm
Switching to Linux requires users to abandon their usual set of favourite programs and to employ what is available. In terms of archive utilities the first and most obvious choice is the GNOME desktop environment File Roller. But does a Linux neophyte ready to get into all that stuff at once? Let’s face it - native Linux programs can be “a little bit” confusing. Of course there is a number of alternatives like Xarchiver, PeaZip, but even they are not always ready for immediate work. It is virtually impossible to pick any program that could be the best for everyone. Some applications excel only at certain points or go on compromises to achieve balance between functionality and usability. That’s the case of B1 Free Archiver.

Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Part II, “What’s Happening?”)

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 11:02am
This is part two of a series based on talks at February at DevConf in the Czech Republic. You should start with Part I,”Why?”, unless you are inclined to just […]