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Learn Ubuntu - The Unity Launcher

1 hour 16 min ago
In the lead up to Ubuntu 14.10's release this is the first part in a series of articles showing how to use the Unity desktop environment and how to do the basics with Ubuntu. It highlights how to use the launcher, how to add and remove icons, what the different colours, arrows and effects mean and how to tweak the launcher to resize icons and hide the launcher when not in use.

Teaching open source changed my life

2 hours 14 min ago
For most students and teachers, our lives revolve around tests. For students, the tests determine whether they’re a success or a failure. The same is increasingly true of teachers. Take my career as an example.

Short Stack: Mickos speaks out, what's driving OpenStack popularity and OpenStack in a rack

3 hours 11 min ago
This was a busy week in OpenStack especially around the HP-Eucalyptus deal. In fact, this very week, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos had his first post-deal public appearance. We also look what's driving OpenStack popularity (it has a broad constituency that's for sure) and the all-new OpenStack in a Rack from Ubuntu and AMD.

Back to school with GRASS GIS

4 hours 8 min ago
When we started talking about hosting a 'back to school' week at Opensource.com, I decided to take that quite literally, and went back to NC State University earlier this month to attend the inaugural Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Anaytics. Geospatial analytics and GIS (geospatial information science) is a huge field, with a number of open source tools for research and teaching available, and I wanted to learn more about how these tools are being used in the real world.read more

Spoonium Promises Docker-like Container Virtualization for Windows

5 hours 5 min ago
Spoon's container-based virtual app solution, Spoonium, promises Docker- and LXC-like virtualization for Windows. As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spooonium.

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

6 hours 2 min ago
It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

Is ChromeOS a threat to desktop Linux?

7 hours 3 sec ago
In today's open source roundup: Linux versus ChromeOS on the desktop. Plus: Should you use Linux or Windows for your business? And a KDE developer attacks community managers.

Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas

7 hours 57 min ago
“The patrons are quite happy using Linux to get their work done,” Shapiro said. “Very few of them have any clue they’re not using Windows. They surf the web using Firefox and Chrome and use LibreOffice to compose and edit their word processing documents. In the nine years I’ve worked at this library, only one or two people have ever told me, ‘Hey, this isn’t Windows.'”

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

8 hours 54 min ago
A “Com 1? Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price.

Motorola Moto X reviews roundup

9 hours 51 min ago
In today's Android roundup: Read reviews of Motorola's new Moto X phone. Plus: Goat Simulator chews its way onto Android, and Android Wear redditors discuss the Apple Watch.

Ubuntu: 2319-3: OpenJDK 7 update

10 hours 48 min ago
This update provides stability updates for OpenJDK 7.

Industry titans band together to improve open source

11 hours 45 min ago
Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.

Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.

12 hours 43 min ago
Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.

Linux Games To Come In 2014, A Look At What Is Ahead

Thursday 18th of September 2014 06:09:16 AM
There's a lot to look forward to this year, so here's a quick reminder so that you don't get swallowed up!

AMD, Canonical Partner on Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:12:05 AM
Canonical and AMD have partnered to deliver servers running Ubuntu OpenStack for private open source cloud computing.

Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

Thursday 18th of September 2014 04:14:54 AM
Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). ownCloud provides a safe, secure, and compliant file synchronization and sharing solution on servers that you control.

LaKademy 2014

Thursday 18th of September 2014 03:17:43 AM
From August 27th to 30th, 2014, nearly sixteen KDE lovers met in the 2nd LaKademy - The KDE Latin America Summit. The sprint took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) in southeast Brazil.

Seneca College realizes value of open source

Thursday 18th of September 2014 02:20:32 AM
If you read Opensource.com’s recent series of articles by young professionals about their exposure to the open source way, you’ll have noticed a common thread: open source is an essential part of IT education. But not enough schools are incorporating open source into their curricula.

Digia straps Qt into ejector seat

Thursday 18th of September 2014 01:23:21 AM
From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the programming language Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into alignment.

OpenMediaVault 1.0 review

Thursday 18th of September 2014 12:26:10 AM
The latest version, a milestone release, is OpenMediaVault 1.0. It is based on Debian 7 and uses that distribution’s ncurses installer, just like Ubuntu server.

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Knoppix 7.4.1 Updated with New Linux Kernel and Multiple Fixes – Gallery

Knoppix 7.4.1, a bootable Live CD/DVD made up from the most popular and useful free and open source applications, backed up by automatic hardware detection and support for a large number of hardware devices, has been released and is now available for download. Read more

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

The $39 hackable “pcDuino3Nano” SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, and offers GbE, HDMI, and 3x USB, plus Arduino-style expansion. It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet. Read more

New Video Series Teaches Kids About Linux

Growing up in rural Utah, brothers Jared and JR Neilsen spent their free time recording videos that starred a cast of homemade puppets. As adults they've reconvened to create their own web series,Hello World, which aims to teach kids about computer science. The latest segment in the series, “Superusers: The Legendary GNU/Linux Show,” is focused on teaching Linux fundamentals. Puppets Adelie the penguin and Aramis the gnu lead kids on operating system adventures to teach topics such as how to use commands, write basic shell scripts, and find a file or directory. “We wanted to do something creative and fun, merging the adventures of our youth with our current interests in computer science,” Jared Neilsen said, via email. “It's a pastiche of things we love: puppets, surreal British comedy, philosophy, music, superhero cartoons, and Linux, of course.” Read more

Google's Chrome Strategy Heads in New Directions, Draws Linux Comparisons

Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system are grabbing headlines this week for several reasons. As Susan reported here, Matt Hartley said recently, 'Anyone who believes Google isn't making a play for desktop users isn't paying attention.' Hartley favors putting Linux in front of a lot of potential Chrome OS users, and says "I consider ChromeOS to be a forked operating system that uses the Linux kernel under the hood." Read more