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Tech 101: What Is Open Source Software?

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:01pm
The main question behind open source software is: Why would developers want to create software or contribute to another piece of software for free? For a lot of developers the answer is easy. They rely on some piece of open source software for their business so they have an active interest in supporting the community around that software.

VLC Media Player 2.2 will have an add-on manager

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:04am
In today's open source roundup: VLC gets an add-on manager. Plus: Install Linux Mint on your Windows XP system, and the death of Windows XP could be bad for some Linux users

My Top Linux Frustrations of 2014

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 10:07am
Running various Linux distributions on my own computers has been a mixed blessing over the years. While I've experienced many successes, something I don't talk about as often are the areas that frustrate me. In this article, I'll highlight my top list of Linux frustrations that bug me to this very day.

Raspberry Pi Complete Manual out now!

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 9:10am
Learn how to make the most of your Raspberry Pi with our brand new Raspberry Pi Complete Manual, available now with everything you need to know to get started and beyond.

April 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: High Performance Computing

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 8:13am
A round-up of what's in the latest issue.

April Fools'? Battle for Wesnoth Project Introduces WesGold Accounts

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 7:15am
Battle for Wesnoth is a completely free, feature-complete, very popular turn-based strategy game available for Linux. With Wesnoth 1.12 on its way (the second beta was released just a few days ago), Wesnoth benefits of a large, dedicated community and an active development. This is definitely a game which I love and occasionally play for a long time now.

Plasma Next News: Proposed Plasma Experience Dialog

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 6:18am
A new dialog for choosing the Plasma Next look and feel has been proposed in a blog post by Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the KDE community and creator of the KDE Human Interface Guidelines.

ABI Research states Chromebook shipments reach 2.1 million for 2013

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 5:21am
ABI Research predicts that Chromebook sales will continue to increase and reach 11 million shipments worldwide by 2019.

LINQ-like List Manipulation in C++

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 4:24am
Using the open-source Cpplinq project to get Language-Integrated Query capabilities in C++11

KDE Ships April Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 3:27am
Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the fourth in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series.

Productivity boosting with open source applications

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 2:29am
Many people do not know that there are some excellent opensource applications to improve productivity. Some of them come as standard GNU tools with every Linux based operating system and others are standard parts from every major Linux distribution.

Open source frameworks create 'super' web-based apps

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 1:32am
If you wanted to assemble the world’s finest fruit basket, you wouldn’t pick all your produce from the same orchard. You would gather the best from multiple sources: Washington apples, oranges from Florida, and pineapples from Hawaii.Applying the same philosophy, many programmers and developers are now combining the best coding from multiple open source Web Application Frameworks (WAF) in order to create their own custom-made websites, content management systems (CMS), and other web-based apps and services. Call it cherry picking at its finest.

Who cares about Windows versus Linux?

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:35am
Does anybody really still care about the whole Windows versus Linux thing? Platform wars are a waste of everybody's time and energy.

elementary OS Gets a Development Version

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 11:38pm
elementary OS 0.2, one of the best-looking Linux distributions in existence, was released in August 2013, but the developers are not standing idle and are working on the next version. A development version is available for download, if you want to try it out.

The OpenStack Summit agenda has a track for everyone

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 10:41pm
The OpenStack Summit is coming up in Atlanta, May 12-16, and after much anticipation the agenda for the conference finally became available last week. As we covered previously, the agenda was crowdsourced to the user and developer community who gave input that helped individual track leaders arrange their schedules.

Samsung Galaxy S6 to Feature a Metal Detector and an X-ray Scanner

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 9:43pm
Just a few weeks after Samsung Galaxy S5's launch, reports about the next Galaxy phone have already started surfacing. Galaxy S6, the successor to the Android-based device will be the sixth flagship phone in the Korean giant's massively popular Galaxy line. With "bigger and better" being a consistent motto throughout the product's timeline, Samsung plan to launch the S6 with some rather unique features.

You can't have DevOps without open source

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 8:46pm
You probably think I'm going to talk about all the reasons why you should use open source tooling as the foundation for an effective DevOps culture in your organization, but that's not what this is about. Not to marginalize the complexity of the challenges faced by the team I work with, but I have confidence that the engineers are going to figure the tooling part out. Believe it or not, the daunting part is wrapped in cultural change.I have spent a significant amount of time reading about cultural change, what you need to have an effective DevOps community, how you build high functioning teams, and asking the question, "How do I DevOp?" The ideas I've read have given me a few new things to stick in my tool belt. However, nothing has resonated with me as much as this:

Install flat icon theme in GIMP

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 7:49pm
Add the flat icon theme to GIMP 2.8 or 2.9 in Linux.

Karen Sandler joins Conservancy's Management Team

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 6:52pm
Software Freedom Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity based in New York, announced today the addition of a talented new member of its management team. Karen M. Sandler, formerly Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, begins today as Conservancy's new Executive Director.

Attempt to reproduce Direct access to Nova metadata per Lars Kellogg-Stedman

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:55pm
Quoting http://blog.oddbit.com/2014/01/14/direct-access-to-nova-metadata/ In an environment running Neutron, a request from your instance must traverse a number of steps: From the instance to a router, Through a NAT rule in the router namespace, To an instance of the neutron-ns-metadata-proxy, To the actual Nova metadata service