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P-Brain.ai: Simple, extendible voice assistant destined for the Raspberry Pi

Monday 16th of January 2017 04:20:25 PM
Introducing P-Brain.ai; A simple Node.js based voice assistant for the browser which makes use of NLP (Natural Language Processing), TTS (Text to speech) & STT (Speech to text) and can quickly be extended using Alexa skills-like plugins.

Getting started with shell scripting

Monday 16th of January 2017 03:11:48 PM
The world's best conceptual introduction to shell scripting comes from an old AT&T training video. In the video, Brian W. Kernighan (the "K" in awk) and Lorinda L. Cherry (co-author of bc) demonstrate how one of the founding principles of UNIX was to empower users to leverage existing utilities to create complex and customized tools.read more

Docker 1.12.6 Fixes Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Monday 16th of January 2017 01:17:26 PM
The Docker Engine 1.12.6 release debuted on Jan. 10 as a security update for all Docker container users. The new engine fixes single flaw identified as CVE-2016-9962, title, 'Insecure opening of file-descriptor allows privilege escalation.'

Tails 2.10 Will Upgrade to Linux Kernel 4.8 and Tor 0.2.9, Add exFAT Support

Monday 16th of January 2017 10:32:55 AM
A new stable release of Tails, the beloved anonymous Live CD that helps you stay hidden online when navigating various websites on the Internet, is being prepared.

Tips for contributors, managing containers at CERN, and more OpenStack news

Monday 16th of January 2017 08:38:33 AM
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.OpenStack around the webFrom news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.read more

Intel Haswell GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.2 for Ubuntu Gamers in Padoka/Oibaf PPAs

Monday 16th of January 2017 06:44:11 AM
Ubuntu gamers relying upon their Intel Haswell graphics card series to play various games that support these GPUs will be happy to learn that the open-source Intel drivers now support OpenGL 4.2.

Can RISC-V - Linux of Microprocessors - Start an Open Hardware Renaissance?

Monday 16th of January 2017 04:49:49 AM
I share the hope with many people that we will soon have access to modern, capable devices powered by both open hardware AND software. There have been advancements in recent years and more hardware is being opened up, but the microprocessors in our pc's and other devices are stuck running one of the dominant, closed Instruction Set Architectures. RISC-V aims to fix this.

OpenStack Vendor Mirantis Offers Managed OpenContrail SDN Services

Monday 16th of January 2017 12:56:41 AM
The open-source OpenContrail Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology is one of the most widely used and deployed networking approaches in the OpenStack cloud market. That's a fact that is not lost on OpenStack vendor Mirantis, which is why today Mirantis is announcing commercial support for OpenContrail.

It's Now Possible to Use openSUSE Inside Windows 10, Here's How to Install It

Sunday 15th of January 2017 11:02:19 PM
It's not officially endorsed, but it would appear that you can now use either openSUSE Leap or SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux operating systems inside Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10.

FLOSS Weekly 417: OpenHMD

Sunday 15th of January 2017 09:07:57 PM
Fredrik Hultin is the Co-founder of the OpenHMD project (together with Jakob Bornecrantz). OpenHMD aims to provide a Free and Open Source API and drivers for immersive technology, such as head-mounted displays with built-in head tracking. The project's aim is to implement support for as many devices as possible in a portable, cross-platform package.

OpenSSL For Apache and Dovecot: Part 2

Sunday 15th of January 2017 06:49:46 PM
Last week as part of our meandering OpenSSL series, we learned how to configure Apache to use OpenSSL and to force all sessions to use HTTPS. Today, we'll protect our Postfix/Dovecot mail server with OpenSSL.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Officially Released, Includes over 85 Security Updates

Sunday 15th of January 2017 04:55:24 PM
If you're using Debian Stable (a.k.a. Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie"), it's time to update it now. Why? Because Debian Project launched a new release, Debian GNU/Linux 8.7, which includes over 170 bug fixes and security updates.

New Linux WiFi Daemon Streamlines Networking Stack

Sunday 15th of January 2017 03:01:02 PM
If you’ve ever used an embedded Linux development device with wireless networking, you’ve likely benefited from the work of Marcel Holtmann, the maintainer of the BlueZ Bluetooth daemon since 2004, who spoke at an Embedded Linux Conference Europe panel in October...

You Can Now Have a Single ISO Image with All the Essential Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors

Sunday 15th of January 2017 01:06:40 PM
Softpedia was informed by Linux AIO developer Željko Popivoda about the availability for download of the Linux AIO (All-in-One) Ubuntu 16.10 Live DVD that contains all the essential Ubuntu 16.10 flavors.

Top 5: Most common Linux issues, Exercism for programming skills, and more

Sunday 15th of January 2017 11:12:18 AM
In this week's Top 5, we highlight common Linux issues, Exercism to improve your programming skills, how to get started as an open source programmer, a few to-do list managers, and Clang-format for clean code.

Killer Open Source Software

Sunday 15th of January 2017 09:17:56 AM
Open source's popularity continues to bloom. There is a staggering volume of proven open source software available to download. This compilation selects the best-of-breed ranging from software coded by individual programmers, small teams of enthusiasts, extending to large multinational corporations. We mostly recommend cross-platform software, but, where appropriate, make some exceptions.

Hide Complex Passwords in Plain Sight and Give Your Brain a Break

Sunday 15th of January 2017 07:23:34 AM
As far as people are concerned, there are essentially two types of passwords: the ones we can remember and the ones that are too complex for us to recall. We've learned the latter type is more secure, but it requires us to store impossible-to-memorize-password lists, creating a whole new set of problems. There are some clever tricks to help our brains out a bit, but for most of us the limit of our memory is regrettable. This tip offers a way to pull passwords from unexpected places using the Linux terminal.

How to fix the slow apt-get update issue on Linux machines

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:29:12 AM
Over the last month, an odd issue tripped up Linux distributions that use apt-get for updating and upgrading. Upon issuing the command sudo apt-get update, the process would stall when connecting with any of the default repositories or slow to a crawl when downloading headers during the update process.

How to Speed up Odoo

Sunday 15th of January 2017 03:34:50 AM
Odoo is the most popular ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, written in Python and uses PostgreSQL as database back-end.

Microsoft Says Windows 7 Has Outdated Security, Wants You to Move to Windows 10

Sunday 15th of January 2017 01:40:28 AM
Windows 10 is now running on more than 20 percent of the world’s desktop computers, and yet, Microsoft’s bigger challenge isn’t necessarily to boost the market share of its latest operating system, but to convince those on Windows 7 to upgrade.

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  • Are you Struggling With Finding Text In Files Or Locating Files? Try 'Recoll' Program In Linux
    Recoll is a full text search QT based free, open source program especially made for Unix-like and Linux but it is also available for Windows and Mac systems, licensed under GPL. It provides efficient desktop full text search from single-word to arbitrarily complex boolean searches, basically it indexes the documents data (along with their compressed versions) and huge number of files then let you find quickly whatever you search for. Recoll updates its index at designed intervals (for example through Cron tasks) but if desired, the indexing task can run as a file-system monitoring daemon for real-time index updates.
  • New Inkscape 0.92 breaks your previous works done with Inkscape
    I hope this type of blog-post will shake the mindset a bit, and make developers more serious about compatibility. The users shouldn't be prompted with a dialog with jargon. The artwork or rendering shouldn't be broken. Inkscape should do the auto-conversion to keep the artwork as it was (especially because the software can). Isn't it the task of Inkscape to be able to read SVG? to properly read itself? I hope a version 0.92.x will happens and solve this serious bug [1] . For those who have been following my work for the last ten years, I like to promote the release of new Free/Libre and Open-Sources Software versions. It costs me a lot emotionally and in production-time to have to make this type of blog-post against a project I love. But what else can I do?
  • Ardour + Cinelerra + 4 Cams + Heavy Blues
  • Albert Quick Launcher 0.9.0 Released With External Extensions Support
    Albert is a quick launcher for Linux inspired by Alfred (Mac). It can be used to run applications, open files, search the web, open bookmarks in your web browser, calculate math expressions, and more.
  • MKVToolNix 9.8.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Support for DVB Subtitles
    Moritz Bunkus released today, January 22, 2017, a new stable release of his popular, multiplatform, and open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. There are bunch of exciting new features added in the new MKVToolNix 9.8.0 release, which comes three weeks after the previous version, namely MKVToolNix 9.7.1, but first we'd like to inform package maintainers about an important change in the build system as parallel builds are now enabled by default.
  • Libvirt 3.0 Released With Various Improvements
    The libvirt virtualization API saw a major 3.0 release this week to succeed its earlier v2.5 milestone.
  • 5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators
    The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.
  • What Spotify Takes Away, the Open-Source Community Brings Back…
    One of my favourite bands has just released a new album, which means I now have 11 new songs to learn the words to before I go see them play next!
  • Skype for Linux Alpha Video Call Support Begins ‘Rollout’

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