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The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?!

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 10:21:06 AM
Android is a Google product—it's designed and built from the ground up to integrate with Google services and be a cloud-powered OS. A lot of Android is open source, though, and there's nothing that says you have to use it the way that Google would prefer. With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device—so we wanted to try just that. After dusting off the Nexus 4 and grabbing a copy of the open source parts of Android, we jumped off the grid and dumped all the proprietary Google and cloud-based services you'd normally use on Android. Instead, this experiment runs entirely on open source alternatives. FOSS or bust!

6 open source tools for data journalism

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 09:23:55 AM
When I was in journalism school back in the late 1980s, gathering data for a story usually involved hours of poring over printed documents or microfiche. A lot has changed since then. While printed resources are still useful, more and more information is available to journalists on the web. That’s helped fuel a boom in what’s come to be known as data journalism. At its most basic, data journalism is the act of finding and telling stories using data—like census data, crime statistics, demographics, and more.

Dev board targets Atom Z3000 tablet designers

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 08:26:44 AM
Intel and Microsoft launched a community-backed, quad-core Atom Z3735G-based “Sharks Cove” SBC aimed at designers of Windows or Android tablets. As you might expect from the fact that the $299 Sharks Cove development board ships with a Windows Embedded 8.1 image, this is not an open source SBC — at least from the Windows OS perspective. However, it’s backed up by a SharkCove.org community site, which has posted hardware documentation, but currently lacks a forum. The board is available on pre-order from Mouser.

Supreme Court’s new rules on abstract patents hit Apple v. Samsung

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 07:29:33 AM
When the US Supreme Court decided the Alice v. CLS Bank case last month, it was a signal that courts should be throwing out a lot more patents for being too abstract to be legally valid. Groups seeking patent reform and tech companies rejoiced, hoping the decision would knock out more of the patents wielded by so-called "patent trolls," whose only business is litigation.

Getting Back to Coding

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 06:32:22 AM
Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessly applying YAGNI to your toolchain. Resist the siren songs of new, popular memes and the blandishments of vendors, and choose the tools that deliver only what you need.

When Metrics Go Wrong - how to avoid bad metrics in open source projects

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:35:11 AM
Metrics are great. They can give you situational awareness about what's going on in your community, help you identify issues that you need to fix, and prove the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of community initiatives. But sometimes things go wrong.

Talks Announced for Xen Project User Summit in New York City September 15, 2014

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:38:00 AM
Announcing the sessions to be given at Xen Project User Summit. Security, clouds, unikernels, high availability, the next release, deployment stories, and new UIs are all on the schedule, plus much more, all for about the price of dinner in New York.

An unusual comparison of Desktop Environments

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 03:40:49 AM
I created and published a series of videos few months ago, that show how to set up multiple keyboard layouts in different Desktop Environments. Statistics of the views is quite interesting.

AWS Feels Sting of Market Maturity

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 02:43:38 AM
For a time, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud infrastructure game in town, but it didn't take long for the big boys like Google, Microsoft and IBM to recognize a good thing when they see it. And while AWS continues to grow, it's feeling the competition and price cuts are eroding profits.

Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon, CloudOpen Chicago

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 01:46:27 AM
The Linux Foundation has announced keynotes and workshops planned for the LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America event Aug. 20-22 in Chicago. Keynotes from executives at Cisco Systems (CSCO), IBM (IBM), edX and others, along with a Linux Quiz Show, Comic Book Hero Contest and workshops to promote women within open source development, are on the agenda for the LinuxCon and CloudOpen event next month, whose details the Linux Foundation has now revealed.

RDO Setup Two Real Node (Controller+Compute) IceHouse Neutron ML2&OVS&VXLAN Cluster on CentOS 7

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 01:04:05 AM
Two boxes have been setup , each one having 2 NICs (enp2s0,enp5s1) for Controller && Compute Nodes setup. Before running `packstack --answer-file=TwoNodeVXLAN.txt` SELINUX set to permissive on both nodes.Both enp5s1's assigned IPs and set to promiscuous mode (192.168.0.127, 192.168.0.137 ). Services firewalld and NetworkManager disabled, IPv4 firewall with iptables and service network are enabled and running. Packstack is bind to public IP of interface enp2s0 192.169.1.127, Compute Node is 192.169.1.137 ( view answer-file ).

Tiny Raspberry Pi-compatible SBC targets wearables

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 12:06:54 AM
Hardkernel launched a $30, 60 x 36mm Raspberry-Pi compatible “Odroid-W” wearables oriented SBC, adding eMMC, ADC, RTC, a fuel gauge, and step converters. Hardkernel’s Odroid project developed the Odroid-W (Odroid-Wearable) for a partner’s Internet of Things prototyping platform, after first considering and dismissing its quad-core Odroid-U3 single board computer. The Odroid-U3, which was rated as the third most popular Linux hacker SBC in our recent survey, used too much power for use as an IoT and wearables platform. The Raspberry Pi was more power efficient, but too large. No doubt, RPi compatibility also had its attractions, as the project ended up building its own Raspberry Pi pseudo-clone implemented on a COM (computer-on-module) style form factor.

Who's using Docker?

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 11:09:43 PM
I've spent the last couple of months working an internship for The Linux Foundation, doing research on new developments and adoption trends in the open source industry. If you have spent any amount of time reading about open source over the last year, you have probably heard about Docker; a lot of people are talking about it these days and the impact it's going to have on virtualization and DevOps.read more

Fedora 21 will feature “solarized” color schemes in both the Terminal and Gedit

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 10:12:32 PM
Recently, I have been using what will become Fedora 21 as my day-to-day machine, (side note: I have found it to be pretty stable for pre-release software). One really nice […]

Install Zentyal the Windows-compatible server

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 09:15:21 PM
The simple install that will give your office network a complete Windows-compatible server

Reglue: Opening Up the World to Deserving Kids, One Linux Computer at a Time

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 08:18:10 PM
They say you never forget your first computer. For some of us, it was aCommodore 64 or an Apple IIe. For others, it was a Pentium 233 runningWindows 95. Regardless of the hardware, the fond memories of wonder andexcitement are universal. For me, I'll never forget the night my fatherbrought home our first computer, a Tandy 1000.

News: Linux Top 3: CoreOS Goes Stable, Oracle Clones RHEL 7 and Tails Updates

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 07:20:59 PM
Cloud, enterprise and security Linux distributions all get updates.

Building a better Internet, one Tor relay at a time

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 06:23:48 PM
Everybody’s talking about privacy and anonymity on the Internet these days, and many people are concerned with their apparent demise.

GUADEC, Day 3: GTK+ and Wayland

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 05:26:37 PM
The third day of GUADEC was mostly devoted to lower level parts of the GNOME stack. There were talks on GTK+, CSS, Wayland, and WebKitGTK+, but also an annual general […]

6 open source tools for data journalism

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 04:29:26 PM
When I was in journalism school back in the late 1980s, gathering data for a story usually involved hours of poring over printed documents or microfiche.A lot has changed since then. While printed resources are still useful, more and more information is available to journalists on the web. That’s helped fuel a boom in what’s come to be known as data journalism. At its most basic, data journalism is the act of finding and telling stories using data—like census data, crime statistics, demographics, and more.read more