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Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 01:45:00 AM
Munich city council says a review of its IT has not been triggered by staff dissatisfaction after moving from Windows to Linux on the desktop, in spite of reports to the contrary.

Core Infrastructure Initiative adds New Members to Fund and Support Critical Open Source Projects

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 12:47:49 AM
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, today announced new backers. Hitachi and NEC will work with existing CII members to collaboratively identify and support the critical infrastructure projects most in need of support.

Tesora Launches Certification Program for OpenStack Cloud Storage

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 12:14:11 AM
Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) vendor Tesora is certifying relational, NoSQL and distributed databases for compatibility with OpenStack cloud storage.

Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:17:00 PM
Windows fans can run their OS of choice on Intel’s counter to Raspberry Pi, courtesy of an Intel firmware update. Chipzilla has delivered firmware version 1.0.2 for the Galileo Gen 1, which means Windows can now run on the developer board. Microsoft fans had had to make do with a preview image until now.

How To Protect Your Web Server With Sophos UTM

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 10:19:49 PM
How To Protect Your Web Server With Sophos UTMIn this Howto I will show, how you can setup a webserver to be protected in the demilitarized zone of an enterprise grade firewall. I will use the Sophos UTM Gateway which is available as a software appliance to be installed on "any" hardware and is free for home and personal use.

Tiny COMs get capacitive multi-touch baseboard

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 09:22:38 PM
Gumstix is shipping a capacitive multi-touch ready, customizable baseboard for its Overo COMs that works with a new Overo Storm-P COM with enhanced WiFi. The “Arbor 43C” is a capacitive touchscreen replacement for the resistive-ready Gumstix Chestnut 43 baseboard, and similarly pairs with the company’s Linux-ready gumstick-sized Overo computer-on-modules. The new baseboard enables the attachment of a 4.3-inch multi-touch touchscreen, including separately available displays made by Newhaven Display International.

Linux kernel source code repositories get better security

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 08:25:27 PM
The Linux Foundation is strengthening the walls around the Linux kernel's source code Git repositories.

Embedded Linux Conference and LinuxCon Europe schedules posted

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 04:24:47 PM
The Linux Foundation announced the schedule for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, to be held Oct. 13-15 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since the Linux Foundation posted the initial list of keynotes for the LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC (Embedded Linux Conference) Europe in early July, the Linux advocacy organization has announced two more. […]

How to configure a network printer and scanner on Ubuntu desktop

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 03:27:36 PM
In a previous article, we discussed how to install several kinds of printers (and also a network scanner) in a Linux server. Today we will deal with the other end of the line: how to access the network printer/scanner devices from a desktop client. Network Environment For this setup, our server's (Debian Wheezy 7.2) IP […]Continue reading...The post How to configure a network printer and scanner on Ubuntu desktop appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to set up a USB network printer and scanner server on Debian How to disable touchpad on Debian or Ubuntu Desktop How to install and configure Nvidia Optimus driver on Ubuntu

Why the operating system matters in a containerized world

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:30:25 PM
Applications running in Linux containers are isolated within a single copy of the operating system running on a physical server. This approach stands in contrast to hypervisor-based virtualization in which each application is bound to a complete copy of a guest operating system and communicates with the hardware through the intervening hypervisor. As a result, containers consume very few system resources such as memory and impose essentially no performance overhead on the application.read more

Git Tracking Relationships: Use the Full Power of Git Branches

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 01:33:14 PM
A simple, built-in option keeps branches in sync automatically.

LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:36:03 PM
Microsoft Office might still be the de facto name in office suites, but the free, open-source LibreOffice has been one of the top contenders in the space for years. And while the recent update to version 4.3 is light on grand, sweeping changes, it still cements the suite's place as a solid contender to tackle your productivity needs.

After a 10-year Linux migration, Munich considers switching back to Windows and Office

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:38:52 AM
For the past decade, Munich has been the poster child for open-source advocates, who pointed to its successful migration from a Microsoft platform to one built on Linux and OpenOffice. Now, a newly elected government has called in experts to see whether it's time to switch back.

This app will shut down everything on your phone until you call your mom back

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 10:41:41 AM
Never underestimate your mom, kids — especially if she learns how to code. Sharon Standifird’s son knows this all too well.

Linux-on-the-desktop pioneer Munich now considering a switch back to Windows

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 09:44:30 AM
The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city's municipal government. While the scheme suffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There's only been one small problem: users aren't happy with the software, and the government isn't happy with the price.

Xen hypervisor targets automotive virtualization role

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 08:47:19 AM
The Xen Project’s Embedded and Automotive initiative will bring its hypervisor to a GlobalLogic IVI stack combining a fast-boot Android with Linux or QNX. The Xen Project Collaborative Project has launched an Embedded and Automotive initiative to expand its virtualization technology beyond the datacenter and cloud realms. Initially, the subproject will center on a collaboration […]

HandyLinux 1.6 - A sample of what can be achieved using the power of Debian

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 07:50:08 AM
HandyLinux 1.6 is based on Debian Wheezy. It is designed for young and old people looking for simplicity. Developed using the Debian Live Build tools, HandyLinux shows a sample of what can be achieved utilising the power of Debian.

Debian: 3006-1: xen: Summary

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 06:52:57 AM
Multiple security issues have been discovered in the Xen virtualisation solution which may result in information leaks or denial of service.

As DBMS wars continue, PostgreSQL shows most momentum

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 05:55:46 AM
When it comes to the most popular database management systems, the top three are no surprise; but relatively unheralded PostgreSQL is gaining. And, despite what you may have heard, relational databases still rule.

Is KVM or Docker Faster for Server Virtualization?

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 04:58:35 AM
Server and cloud administrators have long had multiple virtualization options to choose from. In 2014, Docker container virtualization has emerged as yet another choice and according to research from IBM, it could well be the best choice in terms of performance.

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