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A cultural shift towards dynamic cloud environments

Thursday 16th of October 2014 09:06:32 PM
Mark Hinkle is on the forefront of all things open source and cloud. He is currently responsible for Citrix efforts around Apache CloudStack, Open Daylight, Xen Project, and XenServer. At the All Things Open Conference, Mark’s Crash Course In Cloud Computing will teach how to pragmatically adopt cloud practices and gain cloud value.read more

OpenStack Juno Brings Big Data to the Cloud

Thursday 16th of October 2014 08:09:21 PM
OpenStack is built by a community of open-source developers that contribute code to the project. For Juno, 1,419 developers from 400 different companies participated in the development process. From a code perspective, 3,200 bugs were fixed and 310 new features were added during the Juno development cycle. The OpenStack vendor community includes the largest names in the technology world, with Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Dell, AT&T, IBM and VMware among the partner companies."Overall, the biggest theme in Juno is the maturity of the project and we had 10 times as many bugs fixed as we had features added," Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation told eWEEK

Scientific Linux 7.0 Screenshot Tour

Thursday 16th of October 2014 07:12:10 PM
Announcing the release of Scientific Linux 7.0, a distribution compiled from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Scientific Linux differs from Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS in that the project enhances the system with extra software applications and utilities.

Munich Mayor Still Wants to Find Out If Linux Is Economical

Thursday 16th of October 2014 06:14:59 PM
Munich finished the transition to Linux from Windows and everything seemed to work just fine, at least until the current Mayor made a few comments about the possibility of returning to proprietary software. He has detailed some of his opinions and he appears to be a lot more moderate towards this issue.

Diverse points of view and passion make Linux stronger

Thursday 16th of October 2014 05:17:48 PM
In today's open source roundup: Are Linux users too passionate in their disagreements? Plus: KDE Plasma 5.1 released, and VirtualBox 4.3.18 brings bug fixes.

New open hardware: Raspberry Pi B+

Thursday 16th of October 2014 04:20:37 PM
I got a new Raspberry Pi B+ board from Adafruit. Check out my review of it here.The main differences between the B+ and the Raspberry Pi model B are the new model has:read more

0 A.D. Alpha 17 - Big Changes, Speed Up Ubuntu Installation

Thursday 16th of October 2014 03:23:26 PM
0 A.D. is a free, open-source real-time strategy game which takes place approximately between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., with beautiful 3D graphics, 12 different civilizations, and a gamestyle which is very similar to the one of Age of Empires, but also incorporating new elements as well.

More CVE-2014-3566 information on Red Hat’s Security Blog

Thursday 16th of October 2014 02:26:15 PM
I mentioned earlier that I’d update on this, and here we go. Our friends over in the Red Hat security team have posted POODLE – An SSL 3.0 Vulnerability (CVE-2014-3566), […]

SBC runs Linux on Sitara over industrial temperatures

Thursday 16th of October 2014 01:29:04 PM
Forlinx’s open source Linux “OK335xS-II” SBC and soldered-on COM offer a TI Sitara AM3354 Cortex-A8 SoC, dual CAN ports, and industrial temperature support. According to China-based Forlinx Embedded Technology, the OK335xS has been a “hot seller” in China since it was released earlier this year. Now, the company is seeking a wider audience for its […]

Android users get ready to taste the sweetest lollipop of all

Thursday 16th of October 2014 12:31:53 PM
In today's Android roundup: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollilop. Plus: Meet the new Nexus 6 phablet, and the Nexus 9 tablet may give the iPad Air 2 a run for its money.

SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack

Thursday 16th of October 2014 11:34:42 AM
The attack depends on the fact that most Web servers and Web browsers allow the use of the ancient SSL version 3 protocol to secure their communications. Although SSL has been superseded by Transport Layer Security, it's still widely supported on both servers and clients alike and is still required for compatibility with Internet Explorer 6. SSLv3, unlike TLS 1.0 or newer, omits validation of certain pieces of data that accompany each message. Attackers can use this weakness to decipher an individual byte and time of the encrypted data, and in so doing, extract the plain text of the message byte by byte.As with previous attacks of this kind against SSL, the most vulnerable application is HTTP. An example attack scenario would work something like this. ...

FLOSS Weekly 312: openHAB

Thursday 16th of October 2014 10:37:31 AM
(From openHAB.org): OpenHAB is a vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home.

Good News: US Patent Office Now Rejecting A Lot More Software Patents

Thursday 16th of October 2014 09:40:20 AM
The impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank continues to reverberate around the industry. We've already noted that courts have been rapidly invalidating a bunch of patents, and that related lawsuits appear to be dropping rapidly as well. And, now, a new analysis from a (pro-patent) law firm suggests that the US Patent Office is rejecting a lot more software patents as well.

Why I Think Unity Is the Best Desktop Environment for Productivity

Thursday 16th of October 2014 08:43:09 AM
There is always a question that is gnawing the Linux community, namely "which is the best desktop environment?" That is a very hard question to answer and most of the time it's all about personal preferences, but it all boils download to one thing, usability.

Government Evangelist at GitHub on US open technologies

Thursday 16th of October 2014 07:45:58 AM
Meet Ben Balter. He's a Government Evangelist at GitHub, where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source philosophies, making all levels of government better, one repository at a time.

Netflix, Chrome, DRM & Other Nasties

Thursday 16th of October 2014 06:48:47 AM
I’m an advocate of free “as in speech” software — which includes the freedom to choose. If there’s a FOSS solution for something I need or want to do, I’ll take that every time, and encourage my friends to do so as well. However, if there’s something I need or want to do with no FOSS solution available, I might use a proprietary solution, depending on the depth of my need or want.

Fedora Council elections coming soon!

Thursday 16th of October 2014 05:51:36 AM
Very shortly, the Fedora Council will replace the Fedora Project Board as Fedora’s top-level leadership and governance body, with the particular aim of having more engaged and effective whole-project coordination and planning.

Quick look: PC-BSD 10.0.3

Thursday 16th of October 2014 04:54:25 AM
PC-BSD 10.0.3 is based on FreeBSD 10. This release of PC-BSD includes Cinnamon 2.2.14, Chromium 37.0.2062.94, Nvidia driver 340.24, bug fixes for the AppCafe UI, support for full disk encryption, and a number of other bug fixes and improvements. You can read a full list of changes in the PC-BSD 10.0.3 release notes.

"opensource imp" is a new Linux-based small computer device

Thursday 16th of October 2014 03:57:14 AM
imp is a small inexpensive box based on the Odroid U3

Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat

Thursday 16th of October 2014 03:00:03 AM
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries: Poodle. If you're using the popular OpenSSL open source cryptography library, you have more to worry about than the recently disclosed POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) vulnerability, project devs have warned.

More in Tux Machines

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it. Ind.ie has today announced their Phoenix project that aims to be a free and open version of Apple's Swift programming language. The work is being led by Greg Casamento who is also the leader of GNUStep, the common open-source implementation of Apple's Cocoa frameworks. Read more

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks. Read more

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Vendetta Online – Space MMO Game Free Trial without Restrictions
    Vendetta Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Guild Software, Inc, with builds for Linux as well, besides Windows and Mac OS. The game takes place throughout the Vendetta space universe, and players can choose from a large range of factions to play with.
  • Best Android Games that let you Build your Own Farms and Towns
    Being a farmer in the bustling cityscape might not be the ideal dream for you. However, if you are still keen on doing that, you can do it anywhere. But wait, before you head out to your lawn and start planting seeds, relax and pull out your Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Indie Developer Threatens Gabe Newell, Game Removed From Steam
    In a case of common sense going out the Window, Mike Maulbeck developer of the game Paranautical Activity that was only just released in full on Steam has been a bit of an idiot. I only sent word to GamingOnLinux last night about the game being released, and now I'm sending word about this.
  • Steam for Linux Has 14 Discounted Games in "Weeklong Deals"
    Valve runs all sorts of promotions, all the time. The number of games in the Steam catalog is so big that discounted titles are always available. One of the regular discounts is called "Weeklong Deals" and it now features 14 games that run on the Linux platform.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]
    The PC version of the game is due out Oct. 24. The Mac and Linux versions don't have a specific date, just that the Mac version will be launching on Steam and the Mac App Store sometime this holiday season. The Mac version will hit first, followed by the Linux version. They will sell for $49.99.
  • The Dark Descent Of Frictional Games: Part One
    In the first of a two part opinion series, we will explore how the Penumbra games through a process of gradual evolution created a solid design template for later Frictional Games titles to follow.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux Release Date Cleared Up
    Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Linux and the Linux release has been cleared up a bit in terms of when we can expect it.
  • Door Kickers Officially Released Today
    The tactical squad shooter has been in Steam Early Access since 3rd September of last year, but was officially released today. The game is now available for Linux through retailers such as GOG, Humble Store and Steam.
  • Warlock 2: The Exiled Now On Linux
    Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons. It is now available on Linux, and a new expansion has been released alongside it too.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth to Arrive on Linux This Holiday
    Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the next game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis and ported for Linux and Mac OS X by Aspyr Media, will be made available for the two platforms this holiday season.
  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey Arrives Today on Steam for Linux
    Dreamfall Chapters is a new title in the The Longest Journey saga that was started 15 years ago when the game with the same name launched for the PC. Now, the developers have returned with a sequel that continues the story in the previous two games and it arrives today.
  • SteamOS Update 145 To The Beta (Alchemist) Branch Brings Security Fixes
    Among others, SteamOS update 145 brings a major update for the OpenSSL package has been implemented, a new p7zip package has been added to the repositories, and the plymouth package has been implemented again.