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Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.0 RC1, Final Version Will Bring Live Patching

Monday 23rd of February 2015 04:52:55 PM
After letting users decide the version numbering of the Linux kernel software, as Softpedia reported two weeks ago based on the Linus Torvalds’ Google+ poll for Linux kernel 3.20/4.0. Apparently, users decided that it was time for a change, so we’re happy to announce the immediate availability for testing of the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the forthcoming Linux 4.0 kernel.

Running Bodhi 3.0.0 Legacy on Older Hardware

Monday 23rd of February 2015 03:55:44 PM
There are many reasons why people use Bodhi Linux. Some use it because they really like the Enlightenment desktop, and Bodhi has pioneered the integration of Enlightenment to create a distro that is both beautiful, elegant and functional. Others use it because they want an operating system that stays out of their way. Again, although Enlightenment offers plenty of whistles and bells for those who need or want them, it can also be configured to be highly minimalist and use a very small amount of system resources.

How to delete Superfish from Lenovo computers permanently

Monday 23rd of February 2015 02:58:33 PM
Owners of Lenovo computers are, therefore, not the only folks at risk of man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. So exchanging your Lenovo computer for another Windows brand won’t do you much good.A real solution, a final solution, is one that does not involve the parties that caused the problem in the first place. And that solution is this:

Crash Clinic Diagnostics 2.1 Screenshot Tour

Monday 23rd of February 2015 02:01:22 PM
Crash Clinic Diagnostics 2.1 is available. Crash Clinic Diagnostics is an Xubuntu-based distribution developed specifically for modern laptop and desktop diagnosis.

How to install LDAP 389 Directory Server on a CentOS 6 VPS

Monday 23rd of February 2015 01:04:11 PM
It is an enterprise-class Open Source LDAP server for GNU/Linux. It is hardened by real-world use, is full-featured, supports multi-master replication, and already handles many of the largest LDAP deployments in the world. The 389 Directory Server can be downloaded for free, and set up in less than an hour using the graphical administration console.

How I upgraded my garden’s ugly drip system with a sexy OpenSprinkler

Monday 23rd of February 2015 12:07:00 PM
After a few hours of work alongside an electrical engineering buddy this week, my home garden drip system became powered by a Raspberry Pi. I can control the entire thing locally from my iPhone and, to be frank, it’s pretty flippin’ cool.For some background, I’m a very lazy gardener. When my wife and I bought our house in 2012, our horticultural mission was Hippocratic (do no harm). In other words, we wanted—at the very least—to not kill the plants we inherited from the previous owners.

Firejail – A Security Sandbox for Mozilla Firefox, Part 2

Monday 23rd of February 2015 11:09:49 AM
In part 2 of this series, we look at some new browser sandboxing developments in Firejail security sandbox. Since the first article was published, many new features have been added. Unlike other sandboxes, the main focus of Firejail project is GUI application sandboxing, with web browsers being, at least for the immediate future, the main target.

SCALE 13x, Day 2: Knock on Wood

Monday 23rd of February 2015 10:12:38 AM
That, of course, was followed by a series of sessions that were, for the most part, once again standing-room-only, like Alison Chaiken’s systemd talk, where I understand no gunfire was exchanged. One track, SCALE: The Next Generation, is one where teens organize their own FOSS track and that did not disappoint, from wunderkind Justin King and his 65-year-old computer to Keila Banks’ talk on starting a FOSS-based business to Levente Kurusa talking about the Linux desktop and when it will be “our year.”

First Look at Ubuntu 14.04.2

Monday 23rd of February 2015 09:15:27 AM
Ubuntu is the perfect Linux for a Newbie to start off with. They have a very good online community to help with any questions. Why, just ask anything about Ubuntu in Google and you will get a response that will help you correct your problem. I have long been a fan of Ubuntu, and used it extensively in my early years of Linux.

pcDuino3B hacker SBC features WiFi, GbE, and Arduino I/O

Monday 23rd of February 2015 08:18:16 AM
LinkSprite launched a gig-Ethernet version of its PCDuino3 SBC, featuring the same dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, plus SATA, WiFi, and Arduino compatible I/O.

Linux Kernel 3.2.67 LTS Improves Support for Several RISC Microprocessor Architectures

Monday 23rd of February 2015 07:21:05 AM
Ben Hutchings, the maintainer of the Linux 3.2 kernel branch, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and upgrade of a new maintenance release for Linux kernel 3.2, version 3.2.67, urging users to update to it as soon as possible. Linux 3.2.67 kernel is a long-term supported version mostly used on very stable environments or embedded systems.

Robolinux 7.8.1 KDE Screenshot Tour

Monday 23rd of February 2015 06:23:54 AM
Robolinux is proud and excited to announce our newly released 'X-Treme Plasma Speed' Robolinux KDE version 7.8.1. A mind-numbing amount of time and effort went into optimizing the KDE core and boot-up speed in order to make it run faster and use less RAM so that Linux beginners and advanced users would be very pleased. We believe that Robolinux KDE 7.8.1 is the fastest and most customizable KDE operating system available today.

Superfish means its time to get rid of your Lenovo computer

Monday 23rd of February 2015 05:26:43 AM
Lenovo is all over the media recently, and not for a good reason. The revelation that it corrupted its computers with the vile Superfish adware has shocked many people in the computing world. It’s almost impossible to believe that a company could be so incredibly stupid and so unbelievably uncaring about the security of its customers.

Here's The Possible List Of Games Valve Will Demo At GDC For SteamOS

Monday 23rd of February 2015 04:29:32 AM
Thanks to the ever more awesome SteamDB, we have a possible list of games Valve will demo on Steam Machines at GDC, and the list is interesting.

Chess in a Few Bytes

Monday 23rd of February 2015 03:32:21 AM
Linux has a good range of extremely strong chess engines such as Stockfish, Critter, Togo II, Crafty, GNU Chess, and Komodo. The chess engines featured in this article offer no match to a good chess engine, but they show how much can be achieved with a minuscule codebase.

Overview of Three Chat Clients for KDE: Quassel, KVirc and Konversation

Monday 23rd of February 2015 02:35:10 AM
Internet Relay Chat has a history of over 25 years and it is still a widely used text-based protocol for chatting. In the Linux world, each distribution and major project has a chatting room, usually on Freenode, and here you can get online help, participate in collaborative projects, or just have a look at the latest discussions regarding the development of some project or application.

A video game hall of fame, girls developing games, and more

Monday 23rd of February 2015 12:40:48 AM
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week[he]#039[/he]s edition, we take a look at a Kickstarter bringing phyiscality to video games, how the Kano is teaching young girls to make games, the new World Video Game Hall of Fame, and more!

TEA 40.0.0 Released - Qt Text Editor with Many Functions

Sunday 22nd of February 2015 10:46:26 PM
TEA is a Qt-based text editor with support for tabs, syntax highlighting, spell-checking, editing support for Wikipedia or LaTex, as well as many configuration options. The latest release, 40.0.0, has been put out earlier today and it represents a major milestone.

Mini-PC taps RPi Compute Module and supports RPi 2

Sunday 22nd of February 2015 08:52:04 PM
Kickstarter is hosting a wireless-savvy “OpenPi” mini-PC based on the RPi Compute Module. If you wait a bit, you can get one with the quad-core Pi 2 module. For almost a year, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module has served the needs of professional embedded vendors looking to ship commercial devices based on the Raspberry Pi SBC. However, this computer-on-module (COM) version of the RPi Model B can be tricky for less experienced hardware developers. On Kickstarter, U.K.-based Wireless Things has successfully funded an “OpenPi” mini-PC based on the module designed primarily for software developers.

Download ClearOS Community 6.6.0 With YouTube School ID Support

Sunday 22nd of February 2015 06:57:42 PM
ClearOS is a server, gateway, and network platform tailored specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as distributed enterprise environments. According to the release notes, ClearOS Community 6.6.0 brings support for YouTube School IDs, support for ISO-to-USB keys, support for WPAD (Web Proxy Autodiscovery Protocol), support for QoS (Quality of Service), as well as an updated Intrusion Detection engine.

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