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What happens when Ubuntu nicknames reach the end of the alphabet?

Thursday 14th of May 2015 06:29:53 PM
In today's open source roundup: What will Canonical use for Ubuntu nicknames after it reaches the end of the alphabet? Plus: Steam improves its client application. And GNOME 3.16.2 has been released.

Last Chance to Get the Insync Native Google Drive Client for Free

Thursday 14th of May 2015 05:32:42 PM
Insync is a Google Drive native client designed mostly for organizations and power users, but the company has allowed users to download and activate the client for free just for a single day and that day is almost over.

RTFM? How to write a manual worth reading

Thursday 14th of May 2015 05:09:03 PM
Definition: RTFM (Read The F'ing Manual). Occasionally it is ironically rendered as Read The Fine Manual, a phrase uttered at people who have asked a question that we, the enlightened, feel is beneath our dignity to answer, but not beneath our dignity to use as an opportunity to squish a newbie's more

Using Hiera with Puppet

Thursday 14th of May 2015 04:11:52 PM
With Hiera, you can externalize your systems' configuration data andeasily understand how those values are assigned to your servers. Withthat data separated from your Puppet code, you then can encrypt sensitivevalues, such as passwords and keys.

How to block specific user agents on nginx web server

Thursday 14th of May 2015 03:14:41 PM
The modern Internet is infested with various malicious robots and crawlers such as malware bots, spambots or content scrapers which are scanning your website in surreptitious ways, for example to detect potential website vulnerabilities, harvest email addresses, or just to steal content from your website. Many of these robots can be identified by their signature "user-agent" string.

GNOME 3.16.2 released

Thursday 14th of May 2015 02:17:30 PM
The second update of GNOME 3.16 is out with many bug fixes, documentation improvements, translations updates, and more.

Dedicated to documentation (a call for proposals)

Thursday 14th of May 2015 01:20:19 PM
Nobody appreciates good documentation. Instead, good documentation is simply there, existing, answering questions, solving problems, and quietly serving its purpose. The bad—or the complete lack of—documentation, on the other hand, you more

How to use screen command to avoid unexpected ssh session termination

Thursday 14th of May 2015 12:23:08 PM
Your terminal session may get closed due to various network issues while you are running a process on a remote machine. As the result of this network disconnection your ssh shell session will also inadvertently kill any child processes run under your ssh session on the remote machine.

Linux Mint expects to switch to systemd next year

Thursday 14th of May 2015 11:25:57 AM
Despite recent reports suggesting the contrary, Linux Mint isn’t committed to avoiding systemd, the controversial project taking Linux by storm. In fact, Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint’s project leader, expects the next major releases of Linux Mint to use systemd by default.No, Linux Mint isn’t switching to systemd immediately. The Linux Mint 17.x series and Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 will continue to use Upstart and SysV init, with systemd available as an option you can choose yourself.

Oracle proposes to deliver of Java 9 SDK on September 22nd, 2016

Thursday 14th of May 2015 10:28:46 AM
Oracle's chief architect of the Java Platform Group, Mark Reinhold, has outlined a “proposed schedule for JDK 9” that will see it delivered on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

Mozilla Firefox 38.0 Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes with New Tab-Based Preferences

Thursday 14th of May 2015 09:31:35 AM
Earlier this month, we were happy to show you a first look at the number one feature of the Mozilla Firefox 38.0 web browser, the new tab-based preferences page that several other modern web browsers already had built-in for some time now.

Tor Cloud Shut Down Amid Lack of Support

Thursday 14th of May 2015 08:34:24 AM
The Tor Project has shuttered its cloud proxy service citing security vulnerabilities, usability bugs and a lack of resources. Tor offers its users the capacity to surf the Web anonymously, bouncing traffic through a series of relay servers so that no observer at any point can tell where that user's traffic is traveling to or coming from.

Why tools like Docker, Vagrant, and Ansible are hotter than ever

Thursday 14th of May 2015 07:37:13 AM
The complexity of application stacks keeps going up. Way, way up. Application stacks have always been complicated, but never like this. There are so many services, so many tools, so much more compute power available, so many new techniques to try, and always the desire, and the pressure, to solve problems in newer and cooler and more elegant ways.

DigiKam 4.10.0 Released With Bug Fixes, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Other Derivative Systems

Thursday 14th of May 2015 06:40:02 AM
digiKam is an Open-Source project Photos management software, specially for KDE but you can use it on Ubuntu or others distros too. In digiKam photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. Developers recently released digiKam 4.10.0 with 16 bug fixes. Developers main focus is on digiKam 5.0 release, as it is supposed to be a major release of digiKam.

New Linux Nvidia Stable Drivers Improve Texture Transfers

Thursday 14th of May 2015 05:42:51 AM
Nvidia has just announced that a new Linux driver has been released in the Long-Lived branch, fixing just a few issues and bringing better texture transfers.

3 big lessons I learned from running an open source company

Thursday 14th of May 2015 04:45:40 AM
It all sounds so straightforward: Put your code up on GitHub or start/join a project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), build a community of like-minded individuals, start a company, take in some funding, and then IPO. Or maybe not.

Elasticsearch Honeypot Snares 8,000 Attacks Against RCE Vulnerability

Thursday 14th of May 2015 03:48:29 AM
Hackers have taken an interest in Elasticsearch, a popular enterprise search engine. A researcher based in Texas, whose own Elasticsearch server was hacked, today published results collated from a honeypot he built to get a sense of how widespread attacks are against the vulnerability that did in his server.

HP to Sell Notebooks and All-in-One PCs with Ubuntu in Russia

Thursday 14th of May 2015 02:51:18 AM
HP is one of the big companies that provide users with computers that came with Ubuntu pre-installed, and now those PCs are going to be sold in Russia as well.

For Venom security flaw, the fix is in: Patch your VM today

Thursday 14th of May 2015 01:54:07 AM
Don't think you're vulnerable? You might want to double check that.

The death of Foresight Linux

Thursday 14th of May 2015 12:56:56 AM
In today's open source roundup: Foresight Linux has died. Plus: Must-have apps and extensions for Chrome OS. And Mystery Moto phones with QHD screens.

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