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IBM Gearing Up for Power8 Linux Servers

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:55pm
A Power systems hardware refresh is also expected to boost interest and marketshare."We are expanding our Linux capabilities through our POWER8 launch this year," Shroeter said. POWER8 is the first processor built for big data and delivers better cloud economics."

The story of Koha, the first open source library management system

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:08pm
A small public library serving a population of 30,000 in New Zealand developed and released the world’s first open source library management system in 2000. Horowhenua Library Trust named the system Koha, which is a New Zealand M?ori custom meaning gift or contribution.This is a story of why we developed Koha and how it has changed the way we, and millions of others, work.

Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:20pm
Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram. The phone will be announced in June and ship in September, reports the WSJ. The unnamed phone is said to display 3D images using retina tracking technology.

Survey finds companies want a kinder, gentler, more engaged IT department

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 8:23pm
While it seems clear enough that that the role of IT is changing, it's always nice to have some actual data to back that up, and a new survey by Avanade found that expectations about IT really are changing and that's having a huge impact on IT 's role inside organizations.

Sloppy but secure: Open source TrueCrypt passes audit

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 7:26pm
An independent audit of the open source disk encryption utility finds no backdoors, but dredges up other troubling issues.

Kill-switch coming to smartphones

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 6:29pm
The CTIA announced an industry initiative to mandate "kill switch" and to "impose tough penalties against those caught stealing devices or modifying them illegally".

Are Containers the Right Answer to the Wrong Question?

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 5:32pm
There's a lot of buzz about containers recently, but do they spell the end to hypervisors as some of their proponents claim?

How to introduce open source to your public library

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 4:35pm
I was intrigued to read this recent article in The Guardian about public libraries’ new role as community problem solvers. If you read carefully into this article you’ll notice the author talks about libraries becoming more involved with "proactive community engagement."This means that libraries are looking to community members as partners to help solve community problems. In the open source community, we’re familiar with how well these methods can work. In open source, different players contribute to group projects according to their own personal strengths. The results can be far greater than anyone originally imagines.

Is Amazon's Fire TV a dud for gamers?

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 4:06pm
In today's open source roundup: Amazon's Fire TV gaming experience seems to be a mixed bag.

Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 3:08pm
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package?With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well.

Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 2:11pm
Even without carrier backing, 'a few countries' will get Linux-based mobesHope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014

Coverity finds open source software quality better than proprietary code

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 1:14pm
Coverity, a company specializing in software quality and security testing solutions, finds that open source programs tend to have fewer errors than proprietary programs.

The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 12:20pm
The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing.It's true. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things.

Giving rise to the cloud with OpenStack Heat

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:33am
Setting up an application server in the cloud isn't that hard if you're familiar with the tools and your application's requirements. But what if you needed to do it dozens or hundreds of times, maybe even in one day? Enter Heat.

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked with glue mould

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 8:36am
The fingerprint sensor on Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale. Berlin-based Security Research Labs fooled the equipment using a mould it had previously created to spoof the sensor on Apple's iPhone 5S.

Debian: 2905-1: chromium-browser: Summary

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 7:39am
Security Report Summary

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 6:42am
Ubuntu has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Linux distribution will be available in two days.

Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 5:45am
Cloudy upstart Streem is reinventing file sync'n'share by getting rid of the sync. Instead of throwing out everything but the kitchen sink, it’s just throwing out the sync - so to speak.…

Non-Linux FOSS: Angry IP

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 4:48am
The de facto standard for port scanning always has been the venerable Nmap program. The command-line tool is indeed very powerful, but I've only ever seen it work with Linux, and every time I use it, I need to read the man page to figure out the command flags.

OpenStack Icehouse Features a Trove of Open-Source Cloud Updates

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 3:50am
Database-as-a-service technology, live upgrades, storage improvements and federated identity are part of the new open-source cloud platform release.