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EFF, ACLU, Other NGOs Urging U.N. to Create Privacy Watchdog

Saturday 7th of March 2015 10:46:37 AM
A coalition of 63 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are calling on national governments to support the establishment of a special rapporteur on the right to privacy within the United Nations.

5 awesome security features to expect in PC-BSD 10.1.2

Saturday 7th of March 2015 09:49:26 AM
Five of those security and security-related features were announced today and are on track to be included in the next edition, which should be PC-BSD 10.1.2.

Gnumeric 1.12.21 Spreadsheet Editor Released with Improved ODS and XLSX Support

Saturday 7th of March 2015 08:52:15 AM
A new stable release of the Gnumeric open-source spreadsheet editor used in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux and desktop environments, including GNOME, has been made available for download recently fixing numerous issues with the ODS (OpenDocument Spreadsheet) file format.

Install Fail2ban on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

Saturday 7th of March 2015 07:55:04 AM
In this tutorial, we will explain how to install Fail2ban on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS. Fail2Ban is a Python application that monitors log files to detect potential intrusion attempts. Fail2ban scans the log files looking for specific patterns that indicate an attack. It uses iptables to block IPs that show the malicious signs such as brute-force attempts on SSH, HTTP, FTP, SMTP ..etc. This guide should work on other Linux VPS systems as well but was tested and written for Ubuntu 14.04 VPS.

Bodhi Linux 3.0 review

Saturday 7th of March 2015 06:57:53 AM
There are times in life when less is really more, and that’s quite true with certain Linux distributions. Bodhi Linux 3.0 is a desktop distribution that uses the Enlightenment window manager to provide a light-weight alternative to other distros that use full-blown desktop environments such as Cinnamon, MATE, Unity, etc.

Wine 1.7.38 Brings New Gecko Engine, Themed Scrollbars, and Support for More Games

Saturday 7th of March 2015 06:00:42 AM
A new Wine version has been released and its makers have implemented a number of important new features, not to mention all the smaller fixes that have been added as well.

VMware sued for failure to comply with Linux license

Saturday 7th of March 2015 05:03:31 AM
VMware has been accused of violating Linux's open-source license, the GPLv2, in its ESXi product line.

Domain keywords used to spot phishing sites

Saturday 7th of March 2015 04:06:20 AM
Criminals setting up fake domains for phishing are prone to use the same words over and over and spotting those words can help identify malicious sites, according to a new threat detection model from OpenDNS.

VMware sued for alleged GPL license infractions

Saturday 7th of March 2015 03:09:09 AM
Christoph Hellwig, who holds copyrights on portions of the Linux kernel, alleges VMware combined proprietary source code with open-source code in its ESXi product line but has not released it publicly as required by the General Public License version 2 (GPLv2).

Steam Machines Might Run Linux, but They Are Not Aimed at Linux Users

Saturday 7th of March 2015 02:11:58 AM
Valve has revealed the Steam Machines and the companies that are going to build them, alongside some of the hardware configurations, so the real question now is this: will you buy a slightly overpriced PC with non-descriptive hardware that runs Linux?

KDE accepted to Google Summer of Code 2015

Saturday 7th of March 2015 01:14:47 AM
The KDE student programs team is happy to announce that KDE has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2015. This will allow students from around the world to work with mentors on KDE software projects. Successful students will receive stipends from Google.

Top 5: Google shares gRPC, better UX in open source, and more

Saturday 7th of March 2015 12:17:36 AM
Welcome to the Weekly Top 5!

Tiny IoT SBC runs Linux, offers Arduino compatibility

Friday 6th of March 2015 11:20:25 PM
The credit card sized, open-spec Udoo Neo SBC features Freescale’s Cortex-M4-enhanced i.MX6 SoloX, plus Arduino compatibility, WiFi, Bluetooth, and sensors. Seco’s Udoo project unveiled a tiny “Udoo Neo” single board computer designed for Android- and Linux-based Internet of Things devices including robots, drones, wearables, and smart appliances.

Fedora 22 Alpha next week, upcoming Council meeting, conference videos, plus new ambassador and contributor tools

Friday 6th of March 2015 10:23:14 PM
Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — […]

Raspberry Pi 2 review

Friday 6th of March 2015 09:26:03 PM
The latest chapter of the Raspberry Pi promises so much, but does it deliver? The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit-card sized single-board computers. The original Raspberry Pi was acclaimed by some reviewers as a desktop PC replacement. The reality was vastly different.

PredictionIO Unveils Open Source Predictive Analysis Suite for E-Commerce

Friday 6th of March 2015 08:28:52 PM
PredictionIO has released its first suite for predictive data analysis, which is available for free under an open source license.

uTorrent installs cryptocurrency miner on user computers

Friday 6th of March 2015 07:31:41 PM
In today's open source roundup: uTorrent installs Bitcoin mining software. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Sabayon Linux 15.02, and Everyday Linux User reviews LXLE 14.04.1.

What’s cooking at Kismatic?

Friday 6th of March 2015 06:34:30 PM
No answer to that on the website and even the GitHub page doesn’t tell you anything about the project. That GitHub page shows two repositories: One is a fork of an existing project, while the other (Karakal) is a shell repository. It only has a file.

Geek Guide: The DevOps Toolbox

Friday 6th of March 2015 05:37:19 PM
When I was growing up, my father always said, "Work smarter, not harder." Now that I'm an adult, I've found that to be a core concept in my career as a DevOps engineer and manager. In order to work smarter, you've got to have good tools and technology in your corner doing a lot of the repetitive work, so you and your team can handle any exceptions that occur.

10 best uses for open source software in the business world

Friday 6th of March 2015 03:12:30 PM
Certain inevitabilities occur in technology. For instance, open source software will make its way into your business. Ten years ago, this could easily have been called into question. Now? There's no way to avoid it -- and there's no reason to. With so many powerful (and necessary) pieces of technology, open source has become, in various cases, the savior of tech. But what areas of your business are best suited for open source? The answer to that question is, of course, will be different from one company to the next. But some applications can apply in almost every circumstance.

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Tiny, stackable, Linux-based IoT module hits Kickstarter

On Kickstarter, Onion launched a tiny, Linux-based “Omega” IoT module, along with a dock, stackable expansion modules, a cloud service, and web app tools. Onion’s Omega joins a growing number of single board computers and computer-on-modules for Internet of Things applications that have tapped Qualcomm’s MIPS-based, WiFi-enabled Atheros AR9331 system-on-chip. For a pledge of $25, Onion’s Kickstarter campaign offers the Omega computer-on-module combined with a “dock” that turns it into an sandwich-style single board computer. Read more

Development activity in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

The LibreOffice project was announced with great fanfare in September 2010. Nearly one year later, the project (from which LibreOffice was forked) was cut loose from Oracle and found a new home as an Apache project. It is fair to say that the rivalry between the two projects in the time since then has been strong. Predictions that one project or the other would fail have not been borne out, but that does not mean that the two projects are equally successful. A look at the two projects' development communities reveals some interesting differences. Read more

11 Ways That Linux Contributes to Tech Innovation

Over the past six months I've asked new Linux Foundation corporate members on the cutting edge of technology to weigh in on what interesting or innovative trends they're witnessing and the role that Linux plays in them. Here's what engineers, CTOs, and other business leaders from companies including CoreOS, Rackspace, SanDisk, and more had to say. Read more