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Consortium aims to build industrial IoT framework

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 11:17pm
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel have launched the Industrial Internet Consortium, which aims to define interfaces between IoT devices and cloud services. The five founding members of the Industrial Internet Consortium announced plans for an Internet of Things (IoT) industry group back in August, and have now followed through with a name and a […]

Xfce Theme Manager is kind of a train wreck, but I ended up with borders on the sides of my windows (and that ain't bad)

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 10:29pm
I was looking through the Fedora packages for Xfce applications I hadn't yet installed, and the Xfce Theme Manager came up. I installed it. Then I ran it. It screwed up my desktop.

Jury: MP3tunes founder must pay $41 million for copyright violations

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 9:42pm
Michael Robertson, an entrepreneur who has been waging legal feuds against the music industry for more than a decade now, has been ordered to pay $41 million to a record label that sued him.The record label EMI sued MP3tunes back in 2007, and the case finally went to a jury last week in New York federal court. The jury found MP3tunes, and Robertson personally, liable for copyright violations.

WebScaleSQL: MySQL for Facebook-sized databases

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 8:55pm
The MySQL Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter engineering teams have joined forces to create their own version of MySQL, WebScaleSQL for their monster-sized databases.

Ubuntu 14.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 8:00pm
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. This is a very exciting LTS (long term support) release for Ubuntu's family of community flavours, as this is the first time that all of our flavours have applied and been approved for LTS status, some for the same five years as Ubuntu itself, and some for a shorter period of three years. This will be highlighted on a per-flavour basis in the final release announcement.

Facebook's WebScaleSQL, Cisco investing in OpenStack, and more

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 7:13pm
Open source news for your reading pleasure.March 22-28, 2014In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at power management in the new Linux version, the rise of open source CoderDojos, and more.

University course teaches computer-human interaction with open hardware and OSS

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 6:25pm
Most people think of their interactions with computer systems to occur via a keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen. However, humans evolved to interact with thier environment and each other in much more intricate ways. Bridging the gap between the computational systems of the digital world and the natural world is being studied and tested in the Physical Computing course at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.As a professor of the course, we are currently leveraging a variety of open source software and hardware projects to learn about fundamental core concepts with hands-on experiences and implementation of open source tools. On the software side, we use an open-source IDE (Arduino Sketch) and develop 3D printer designs using OpenSCAD. On the open source hardware portion of the course, we utilize the Arduinos and the PrintrBot Simple.

Free ebook tackles Android on x86

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:38pm
Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.” The “Android on x86″ announcement refers to the ebook as “a one-stop reference guide to mindful programming” of Android applications using x86 platforms. Presumably, un-mindful hackers who’ve never quite mastered the Lotus Position will get […]

Curtiss-Wright Low Power Processing Card Runs Linux/DSP BIOS on Multicore TI OMAP-L138

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 4:51pm
The MAT/101 is based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP-L138 embedded platform, which houses both an ARM 9 core and a TI digital signal processor (DSP). Linux is typically supported on the ARM while DSP BIOS or another DSP realtime operating system such as Enea OSEck runs on the DSP.

Why Does Linux Collaboration Work?

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 4:03pm
One area that kernel developers need to deal with is getting input from users. Kroah-Hartman noted that in his experience people aren't shy in letting him know when something is broken. He added that kernel developers are easy to find with very public email addresses.Axboe stressed that user input is critical to developers."As kernel developers, we know nothing's better than peoples' input," Axboe said.

Coming to Fedora's Xfce spin: the Whisker Menu and xfdashboard

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 3:16pm
I saw on the Fedora Xfce mailing list today that it looks like xfdashboard and xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin are coming to the Fedora Xfce spin's ISO, if not as default choices at least as things you can add to your desktop after the fact.

Red Hat reveals CentOS plans

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 2:29pm
Months after adopting the Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS, Red Hat is starting to unveil its CentOS plans.

Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 1:41pm
Raymond "Jerry" Roberts - one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park - has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Capt Roberts, from Liphook, Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German High Command's Tunny code at the British codebreaking centre.

Brazil's - Marco Civil - Internet Civil Rights Law Finally Passes, With Key Protections Largely Intact

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 12:54pm
We first wrote about Brazil's 'Marco Civil' back in October 2011, when we described it as a kind of "anti-ACTA". That's because it was designed to protect online rights, not diminish them, and was the product of a democratic and transparent process, not of secret corporate lobbying...... Precisely because it was not yet another corporate wishlist, but sought to enshrine fundamental user rights, it was fiercely attacked by an array of industries. In November 2012, it looked like Marco Civil had been killed off by the lobbyists, but in 2013 it showed signs of life again. Now comes the good news that it has finally passed a key vote in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies; significantly, digital activism once more played a crucial role:

Icebound: A Dark Fantasy Visual Novel Releasing Soon For Linux

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 12:07pm
Icebound is a dark fantasy visual novel that takes place in a steampunk world locked in the depths of an ice age, where alchemists possess supernatural powers.

Why are some in IT so resistant to change?

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 11:19am
IT has always been a profession that's continually evolved, and yet there seems to be a firm resistance to the latest changes around consumerization, mobile and the cloud by some in the profession that's really hard to understand, especially in that historical context.

Running GNOME 3.12 on Fedora 20.

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 10:22am
The GNOME Project recently announced the release of GNOME 3.12. This new version of GNOME provides updated versions of many of the core GNOME applications (notably, gedit, the GNOME text editor), as well as improvements to GNOME Shell.

Yet Another Free Steam Game: Cannons Lasers Rockets

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 9:25am
Cannons Lasers Rockets is a free space exploring game available on Steam for Linux and Windows with 3D graphics and futuristic space environments. The game was released on February 4, 2014, uses the powerful Unity Engine and takes place in various space environments, with 2D battles and a simple gameplay idea: all you need to win are three weapons, obviously cannons, lasers and yes, you guessed it, rockets.

Tails 0.23 Screenshot Tour

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 8:28am
Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 0.23, is out. All users must upgrade as soon as possible: this release fixes numerous security issues.

Is Canonical as arrogant as Apple?

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 7:31am
In today's open source roundup: Canonical and Ubuntu's rocky relationships with the open source community. Plus: Microsoft releases the source code for MS-DOS, and GNOME 3.12 released.