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Top 5: Blender movie, Minecraft alternatives, and more

1 hour 8 min ago
In this week's Top 5, our best articles of the week are about a new Blender short film, alternatives to Minecraft, back to school with open source, impostor syndrome, and teaching student sys admins.

What is Open Source Pharma (and why should you care?)

3 hours 2 min ago
There's a way to save millions of lives a year that's based on open source software

It will not always be summer;build barns - Hesiod

4 hours 56 min ago
Instead of seeing kids running through sprinklers in their front yards, you saw those same kids, along with their parents and family, digging through tons of snake, spider and disease-infested debris...trying to salvage anything from their destroyed lives. Highly venomous and aggressive water moccasins were a constant threat during flood clean up and recovery all over Central Texas.

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Saturday 5th of September 2015 05:38:46 AM
Boot times can become slow on systems with many CPUs, partly because of the time it takes to crank up all the RAM chips. Mel Gorman recently submitted some patches to start up RAM chips in parallel instead of one after the other.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Received Well by Ubuntu Phone Users, Work on OTA-7 Starts

Saturday 5th of September 2015 03:44:24 AM
As Lukasz Zemczak is currently in a two-week holiday, Canonical's Timo Jyrinki sent the usual report to inform us all about the good and bad things that happened in the Ubuntu Touch world.

Mark Shuttleworth Details Ubuntu 15.10 Highlights VIDEO

Saturday 5th of September 2015 01:50:02 AM
Ubuntu developers are closing in on the next major release with the Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf set for October 22. Ubuntu 15.10 is in many respects an incremental release ahead of the 16.04 Long Term Support release in 2016. Among the key innovations in 15.10 is wider use of the Snappy technology for packaging, though it won't replace the core .deb packaging system anytime soon, if ever.

Want your kids to learn coding? Train the teachers first

Friday 4th of September 2015 11:55:40 PM
UK gov’s financial pledges yet to filter downA number of schools have failed to train their teachers in the government's flagship computing curriculum introduced last year, which was intended to turn Blighty into a nation of coders.…

Happy birthday Chrome, a New Elementary & More…

Friday 4th of September 2015 10:01:18 PM
At first, the browser had us scratching our collective heads and wondering why, since early versions weren’t much more than rebranded versions of Firefox. The “why” question was answered with haste, however, as Chrome quickly morphed into a browser with deep hooks into Google’s ecosystem. To be sure, the browser offers many things to like in the way of convenience, but the privacy issues that come with Chrome sometimes make using it seem like something of a deal with you-know-whom. The public evidently doesn’t care, as it’s the world’s most used browser.

The best Linux distro for schools?

Friday 4th of September 2015 08:06:56 PM
In today's open source roundup: Which Linux distro is best for schools? Plus: Wine 1.7.51 released released. And how Chromebooks have improved over the years.

How DevOps fits into the modern network

Friday 4th of September 2015 06:34:15 PM
DevOps is often touted as the next big thing in software development, and rightly so. DevOps encourages collaboration among different teams working on the product, aims to reduce products' time to market, and much more. But what if you are not developing software, per se? Do you have to miss this new wave of innovation? Of course not!In his upcoming talk at All Things Open (ATO), Sean Cavanaugh of Cumulus Networks will discuss using DevOps tools like ONIE and Ansible for provisioning and modernizing the data center. I caught up with Sean to hear his thoughts on networking in open source, his other experiences with open source software, and a sneak preview of his talk.read more

How to Mount a NTFS Drive on CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux

Friday 4th of September 2015 05:37:04 PM
This tutorial will show you how to mount an NTFS drive in read/write mode on CentOS and other RHEL based Linux operating systems. NTFS-3G is a stable Open Source NTFS driver that supports reading and writing to NTFS drives on Linux and other operating systems.

Add power to your terminal with powerline

Friday 4th of September 2015 04:39:53 PM
A while ago, Fedora Magazine posted this interview with Rackspace architect Major Hayden where he mentioned the powerline utility. If you often use a terminal, you too might find powerline useful. It gives you helpful status information, and helps you stay... Continue Reading →

Kodi 16 Is Dubbed Jarvis, Arrives Later This Year with DirectX 11 Support, More

Friday 4th of September 2015 03:42:42 PM
The developers of the popular media center software formerly known as XBMC had the pleasure of informing us all about the codename and features of Kodi 16.

Did you ever use open source tools in school?

Friday 4th of September 2015 02:45:31 PM
People of all ages are heading back to school now. For the next couple of weeks, Opensource.com is highlighting a range of open source software, hardware, and tools for students and educators. We'll also sprinkle in open education stories for good measure.Read more in our Back to School series.read more

IFA 2015: The best gadgets from Europe's biggest tech show

Friday 4th of September 2015 01:48:20 PM
Europe's biggest tech show opened today in Berlin. Take a look at some of the new gadgets.

Red Hat unleashes EL 7.2 beta on a waiting world

Friday 4th of September 2015 12:51:09 PM
Better containers, storage, security and admin, apparentlyRed Hat has offered up a beta of Enterprise Linux 7.2, touting security, storage management, and expanded container capabilities.…

Bringing Python into the classroom

Friday 4th of September 2015 11:53:58 AM
Teachers across the globe have answered the call to code. "Yes," they say, "we will teach our kids to program, even if we don't know how ourselves." They've delivered lessons on Scratch; they've celebrated the Hour of Code. Perhaps they've even dabbled in Codecademy's offerings to familiarize themselves with this newly popular, suddenly ubiquitous competency called "coding."read more

Elive 2.6.10 Screenshot Tour

Friday 4th of September 2015 08:56:31 AM
The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.6.10. This new version includes lots of improvements and bugfixes in Enlightenment 17, more exactly 87 commits are backported.

elementary OS Has Been Downloaded 5 Million Times, Freya 0.3.1 Out Now - Gallery

Friday 4th of September 2015 07:59:20 AM
The developers of the popular and gorgeous elementary OS Linux distribution were proud to announce a few minutes ago the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release to Freya.

Tested: How Flash destroys your browser's performance

Friday 4th of September 2015 07:02:09 AM
Last month, the axe seemingly came down on Adobe Flash: three undiscovered vulnerabilities in Flash were leaked and exploited. In response, Mozilla’s Firefox blocked Flash by default until Adobe issued a patch. You should know by now that installing Flash equals a security risk. But are you aware of how badly your PC can slow down as well? Try 80 percent.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Ship with OpenStack Liberty

Canonical's James Page posted an interesting message on the Ubuntu mailing list, informing all Ubuntu developers about the steps they need to take in order to update the OpenStack cloud software to version 2015.2.0 (Liberty) in Ubuntu 15.10. Read more

Mark Shuttleworth Details Ubuntu 15.10 Highlights [VIDEO]

Ubuntu developers are closing in on the next major release, with the Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf set to debut on October 22. Ubuntu 15.10 is in many respects an incremental release ahead of the 16.04 Long Term Support release in 2016. Among the key innovations in 15.10 is wider use of the Snappy technology for packaging, though it won't replace the core .deb packaging system anytime soon, if ever. Read more

Improving Security for Bugzilla

Openness, transparency, and security are all central to the Mozilla mission. That’s why we publish security bugs once they’re no longer dangerous, and it’s why we’re writing a blog post about unauthorized access to our infrastructure. We have notified the relevant law enforcement authorities about this incident, and may take additional steps based on the results of any further investigations. Read more

RHEL 7.2 has an updated kernel target

As mentioned in the beta release notes, the kernel in RHEL 7.2 contains a rebased LIO kernel target, to the equivalent of the Linux 4.0.stable series. This is a big update. LIO has improved greatly since 3.10. It has added support for SCSI features that enable VMWare VAAI support, as well as data integrity (DIF), and significant iSER work, for those of you using Infiniband. (SRP is also supported, as well as iSCSI and FCoE, of course.) Read more