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Wine Staging 2.0 RC5 Improves Support for Apps That Require Windows 7 or Vista

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 08:36:29 AM
The road to Wine 2.0 and Wine Staging 2.0 continues, and while the former already got its fifth Release Candidate (RC) development release at the end of last week, the latter yesterday received a new unstable build.

A behind the scenes look at Exercism for improving coding skills

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:27:52 AM
In our recent article, we talked about Exercism, an open source project to help people level up in their programming skills with exercises for dozens of different programming languages. Practitioners complete each exercise and then receive feedback on their response, enabling them to learn from their peer group's experience.

The Age of the Unikernel: 10 Projects to Know

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 06:19:14 AM
What is a unikernel? It is essentially a pared-down operating system (the unikernel) that can pair with an application into a unikernel application, typically running within a virtual machine. They are sometimes called library operating systems.......

OpenStack Swift: Scalable and Durable Object Storage

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 05:10:37 AM
OpenStack Swift is designed for maximum uptime to be able to serve data to your users all the time without stopping, even if parts of your cluster are down. With Swift, you should still be able to store new data and even to upgrade your cluster in production without downtime.

Equal Rating Innovation Challenge: And the Semifinalists are

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 04:02:00 AM
About three months ago we launched this global Equal Rating Innovation Challenge to help catalyze new thinking and innovation to provide access to the open Internet to those still living without. Clearly the idea resonated. Thanks to the help of numerous digital inclusion initiatives, think tanks, impact hubs and various local communities that supported us, our challenge has spurred global engagement.

Rugged, customizable POS system runs on Braswell

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 02:53:23 AM
Advantech’s UBX-310D is a fanless point of sale computer intended for small countertops and limited-space installations. The shock and vibration resistant device has a modest, 245 x 185 x 45mm footprint. The system runs Windows 7 or 8 as a default, with optional Linux 3.13, and supports applications such as retail, self-service, digital signage, and store management.

A Switch for Your Pi

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 01:44:46 AM
I grew up in the 1980s. That meant we drank far too much Kool-Aid, and onSaturday mornings, we got up early to watch cartoons. It also was theheyday of arcades, but I lived in the ghetto of Detroit and couldn'tafford quarters to play games. Plus, there were none anywhere near theneighborhood where I lived. For me, the first real video-game experiencewas the Atari 2600.

Firefox for iOS Users Can Now Choose Their Favorite Email Apps

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 12:36:08 AM
For most of us email is a big part of our online lives. Today we’re excited to share that we’ve made updates to the email experience in Firefox for iOS, making it possible to choose your favorite email app when … Read more

FOSS Compositing With Natron

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:27:31 PM
Anyone who likes to work with graphics will at one time or another find compositing software useful. Luckily, FOSS has several of the best in Blender and Natron.

LFCS Command Line Basics

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:18:54 PM
There are quite a few command line basics to cover in this article. We will go over the TeleTYpe (TTY) and a few commands with operators. Be sure to practice all of these and be aware that these are the same for CentOS and Ubuntu unless otherwise noted.

The release of Mesa 17 has seen a bit of a delay, for all the right reasons

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:10:17 PM
Mesa 17, the next stable release of the open source graphics drivers on Linux has been a bit delayed, due to so much last minute work going on. Looks like Intel Ivy Bridge will get OpenGL 4.0.

COM Express Basic runs Linux on Kaby Lake, supports Intel Optane

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 08:01:40 PM
Congatec’s Linux-ready “Conga-TS175” COM Express Basic Type 6 module supports 7th Gen Intel Core E/EQ and Xeon CPUs, Intel Optane SSDs, and up to 32GB DDR4. Congatec followed upon its earlier announcement of a Conga-TC175 COM Express Compact Type 6 module with a larger, 125 x 95mm Basic Type 6 module called the Conga-TS175. Both […]

How to Install WordPress with HHVM and Nginx on CentOS 7

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 06:53:03 PM
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress with HHVM and Nginx as web server. I will use CentOS 7 as the operating system. HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine) is an open source virtual machine for executing programs written in PHP and Hack language. HHVM has been developed by Facebook, it provides most features of the current PHP 7 version.

First 3.5-inch Kaby Lake SBC reaches market

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 03:12:47 PM
Axiomtek’s 3.5-inch CAPA500 SBC taps LGA1151-ready CPUs from Intel’s 7th and 6th Generations, and offers PCIe, dual GbE, and optional “ZIO” expansion. Axiomtek’s CAPA500 is the first 3.5-inch form-factor SBC that we’ve seen that supports Intel’s latest 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” processors. Kaby Lake is similar enough to the 6th Gen “Skylake” family, sharing 14nm […]

Phoning Home, the story of two robots trying to survive will come to Linux

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 02:04:10 PM
Phoning Home, which sounded a lot like the film WALL-E when I first heard about it will come to Linux.

A script to log what my GPS tells me

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 12:55:33 PM
I carry a Garmin Etrex 10 when I go bug-collecting. It's a handheld GPS receiver without many frills, and I only use it to record the latitude and longitude of each of my collecting sites as a waypoint.At the start of a field trip I delete all previous waypoints. When I do this, the trip's waypoints are then serially numbered from 001 and stored in the Etrex 10 in a file with a name like Waypoints_14-NOV-16.gpx.When I get home [...] I then use a keyboard shortcut to launch my gpslogger script, which is explained in this article.

Fedora 26 Linux Might Ship with an LXQt Flavor, Won't Replace the LXDE Spin

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:46:56 AM
There's a new self-contained change planned for the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux distribution, due for release on June 6, 2017, namely a new flavor built around the lightweight, Qt-based LXQt desktop environment.

This Script Updates Hosts Files Using a Multi-Source Unified Block List With Whitelisting

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:38:19 AM
If you ever tinker with your hosts file, you should try running this script to automatically keep the file updated with the latest known ad servers, phishing sites and other web scum.

Debian Outs First Release Candidate of Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Installer

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:29:42 AM
Work on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system is ongoing, and Debian Project's Cyril Brulebois announced today the availability of the first Release Candidate of the Debian Installer for Stretch.

5 Essential Tips for Securing Your WordPress Sites

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 08:21:04 AM
In this post, we will provide some of the most common ways of securing and strengthening a WordPress site.

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

Openwashing and EEE

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more