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Does Facebook have an “unsafe” blacklist of sites that criticize it?

Friday 26th of December 2014 10:23:28 PM
I’ve written a few blog posts about Facebook, and my view of the company is most definitely a negative one because of its attitude toward the privacy of its users. But I got quite the shock the other day when I read a comment posted by a reader in the thread of an unrelated post that indicates that Facebook might be blacklisting my site.

Healthcare one of the most impacted industries by open source

Friday 26th of December 2014 08:29:06 PM
Healthcare is one of the most urgent socioeconomic issues of our time. This year, Opensource.com saw a variety of news and feature stories about applying the open source way and open source software (including tools) to alleviating the many problems faced by the healthcare industry. Here are this year's best of the best from Opensource.com in open health.read more

How to boot into command line on Ubuntu or Debian

Friday 26th of December 2014 06:34:44 PM
Linux desktop comes with a display manager (e.g., GDM, KDM, LightDM), which lets the desktop machine automatically boot into a GUI-based login environment. However, what if you want to disable GUI and boot straight into a text-mode console because you are troubleshooting a malfunctioning desktop manager?

Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more

Friday 26th of December 2014 04:40:22 PM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the the security of commercial open source, Google's surprise launch of ODF support, Uganda adopting free and open source software, and more.Open source news for your reading pleasureDecember 22 - December 27, 2014read more

2015 Could be the year the cloud finally comes of age

Friday 26th of December 2014 02:46:00 PM
Each company will have its own level of comfort when it comes to moving their content or workloads to the cloud, but it won't be a question of if, come 2015. It will be a discussion of what and how that will happen. And it's about time.

Open data portals should be API [First]

Friday 26th of December 2014 12:51:38 PM
What is API [First]?Not long ago, I was speaking at the National Association of Government Web Professionals. At the same conference, Mark Headd was speaking. We were speaking on different open data topics. My discussion was about the difference between open government and open data and his talk was about API [First].read more

Install Centmin Mod on a CentOS 6 VPS

Friday 26th of December 2014 10:57:16 AM
Centmin Mod is a shell script which provides menu based installer that allows you to install and manage the latest versions of Nginx webserver, MariaDB/MySQL, PHP and a DNS server on a CentOS VPS, without using a control panel.

Punching Out the Week on Boxing Day

Friday 26th of December 2014 09:02:54 AM
On a personal note, some of you know that I inherited an old PowerBook G4 — yep, PowerPC 32-bit — now with limited options regarding what distro to put on it. It wasn’t like that when I started back in ’06 with Debian on an iMac, but I digress. I tried what few options are left on the PowerPC side, from both Linux and BSD, and the winner — drumroll, please — is Xubuntu.

Linux bloated? Think again

Friday 26th of December 2014 07:08:32 AM
When I first started using Linux, back in the mid-late nineties, a typical Linux installation was roughly four to five CDs and wound up installing applications geared toward scientists, programmers, HAM radio operators, and more. The kernel was built for a small sub-section of hardware it actually had support for (which included a lot of hardware most people didn't have). The typical resources needed to run Linux were quite small. The first machine I ran Linux on was a Pentium II 75 Mhz processor with 56 MB of RAM and an unsupported WinModem (which was eventually swapped out for a US Robotics 36.6 external modem).

Old FOSS Friend & Foe Represents Sony in Hack

Friday 26th of December 2014 12:08:55 AM
Folks who follow news about FOSS, OSS and Linux who also watch the “talking heads” shows the TV networks serve up on Sunday mornings might be excused for not noting that David Boies, the lawyer speaking for Sony on this week’s “Meet the Press,” has on several occasions been involved in news stories affecting Linux. Over the years, he’s played the role of both friend and foe, but it’s been a while since his and the FOSS world’s paths have crossed.

Boycott the Marriott and other hotels that block Wi-Fi

Thursday 25th of December 2014 10:14:33 PM
The media has been abuzz with stories recently about how the Marriott hotel has blocked Wi-Fi access in a desperate attempt to get its customers to pay the hotel for Internet access. Yes, the Marriott – a billion dollar corporation – has been attempting to gouge its customers by blocking private Wi-Fi connections, and now the company wants the FCC to give them its blessing.

A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:20:11 PM
Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.read more

Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:25:49 PM
In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

Mars Express images and videos for everyone

Thursday 25th of December 2014 04:31:27 PM
As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the intergovernmental organization (IGO) port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use the IGO port since we introduced it last year.read more

Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

Thursday 25th of December 2014 02:37:05 PM
SinoVoip is prepping an Banana Pi “M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.” It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but […]

Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

Thursday 25th of December 2014 12:42:43 PM
A new release of this venerable Linux distribution is always good news - and if you want to avoid systemd, this PCLinuxOS release could be your new best friend!

Xen Virtualization on Linux and Solaris

Thursday 25th of December 2014 10:48:21 AM
Recently Filip Krikav made a fork on github and created a Juno branch using the latest commit + fixing the problem of loading an image from glance.

Welcome to the Pre-Post-PC Era

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:53:59 AM
One more prediction: Upon sailing through the Post-PC era, there will be a post-Post-PC era, after the advent of the pre-post-Post-PC era, where people will start thinking, “You know, I had a laptop (or desktop…or both) once where I didn’t have to strain my eyes on such a small screen, and where I actually got stuff done rather than just wasting time.” Or something like that.

MacBook to Chromebook: No regrets

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:59:37 AM
Two years on, switching from a MacBook Pro to a Chromebook was the right answer for this geek.

Unmanagement and unleadership

Thursday 25th of December 2014 05:05:15 AM
Luis Ibanez is a senior software developer at Google. In this short talk he explains what he means by "unmanagement" and "unleadership" and how they can change the course of a project.read more

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2014 Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks Year-In-Review

With the year quickly coming to an end, it's time to do our year-end driver recap benchmarks from the year for the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers as well as the open-source drivers. To get things started, here's benchmarks done of the official AMD Catalyst Linux releases of 2014 and testing these drivers on three different graphics cards. Read more

From Red Hat's CEO: Reflecting on a 'great year,' looking to '15

It is confirmed: 2014 has been a great year for Red Hat. [On Dec. 18], we announced third quarter results of our fiscal year 2015 and, with that, celebrated our 51st consecutive quarter of revenue growth - more than 12 years of consecutive revenue growth. Thank you to the team of Red Hat customers, partners, open source contributors, and associates around the world, for helping us propel Red Hat to new heights. While 2014 has been a fantastic year for Red Hat, it has also been a banner year for open source. Read more Also: Red Hat Tech Exchange highlights: Architect, Implement, Enable

Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings, and a quiet dog

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013! And yet in 2014 we had a few events in open source that managed to surprise us, and suggest an even brighter future. Read more

How About 2014?

As for */Linux taking over the world, I think it’s inevitable. Android/Linux seems to be working on it’s third billion users perhaps by the end of 2015. At some point there will be saturation but the diversity is amazing. I saw a young lady with a Christmas gift of a CyanogenMod Android/Linux smartphone. CyanogenMod is a customization of Android/Linux which gives users more features and some independence from Google. She’s leaving a feature-phone behind as soon as she can switch “sim” cards. Within hours she’s learned to use a bunch of features including speech-to-text (It was nearly perfect)… Strangely, at about the same time her regular notebook PC (GNU/Linux) melted down (hard drive suspected). It will be interesting to see whether she even needs to replace it. This smartphone is just so powerful. Maybe I will get one and leave Beast to serving/storing stuff. Read more