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Android Wear adds WiFi support, always-on apps, emojis

1 hour 24 min ago
Google released a major update to Android Wear that adds always-on apps, WiFi support, a wrist-flipping gesture for scrolling, and emoji drawing support. Google just released a major Android 5.1.1 update for its Android Wear smartwatch platform, and considering the huge pre-sales for the Apple Watch, it’s not a moment too soon. Even with a […]

Canonical Is Now Using Phased Updates for Ubuntu Touch

2 hours 21 min ago
A fresh Ubuntu Touch update was made available just a few days ago, and it was received very well by the community, but Canonical also introduced a new feature called phased updates.

4 Ways To Get Debian Without Negotiating The Debian Website

3 hours 18 min ago
Debian is such a good Linux distribution but lets face it, the website is just dreadful. To download most distributions you choose 32-bit or 64-bit and then hit the download button. With Debian there are choices for every conceivable architecture as well as 32-bit/64-bit, multiple download methods (none of which seem to be the preferred option) and mirrors with dozens of different files. This guide attempts to help new users with this situation.

Ex-Windows dev: Yes, Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

4 hours 15 min ago
A former Windows Phone and Office lead designer has shed some valuable insight into Microsoft’s internal processes, design and strategy. Designer Jon Bell* left Microsoft a year ago but his Reddit AMA is still vastly more informative than anything that emerges from the Redmond politburo.

Linux-friendly COM Express triplets embed Intel Bay Trail SoCs

5 hours 12 min ago
Axiomtek launched a Bay Trail Celeron-based “CEM841? COM Express Type 2 Basic module and tipped two similar Type 6 COMs with Celeron and Atom E3845 SoCs.

Google Shuts Off NPAPI in Chrome

6 hours 10 min ago
With the release of Chrome 42 this week, Google fixed more than 40 vulnerabilities. But the most significant security change in the new browser is Google's decision to disable the NPAPI, essentially turning off plugins such as Java and Silverlight by default. The decision didn't come out of nowhere.

Debian Could Get PPA Support, Says Project Leader

7 hours 7 min ago
The Debian project has a new Project Leader, Neil McGovern, and he was elected just like any politician. He presented a list of promises about what he would do or try to do if he becomes a leader and one of those is about PPA support.

Fedora 21 owncloud-7.0.5-2.fc21

8 hours 4 min ago
This update provides the new release 7.0.5, which resolves currently undisclosed security vulnerabilities in ownCloud.It is a minor version update and should apply without any issues or special handling, but as usual, we recommend backing up your data, configuration, and database before updating.

DevOps: Better Than the Sum of Its Parts

9 hours 2 min ago
Most of us longtime system administrators get a little nervous whenpeople start talking about DevOps. It's an IT topic surrounded bya lot of mystery and confusion, much like the term "CloudComputing"was a few years back. Thankfully, DevOps isn't something sysadmins needto fear.

30 Years On, HURD Lives: GNU Updates Open Source Unix Kernel

9 hours 59 min ago
Version 0.6 of GNU HURD, the open source operating system kernel launched in the 1980s to build a Unix-like operating system, has been released.

Latest Ubuntu Touch Update Improves Battery Life Up to 50%, Users Report

10 hours 56 min ago
Ubuntu Touch users are reporting significant battery improvements after the last major update that was released by Canonical at the end of last week.

Chromebooks get Google Now and Material Design in Chrome OS 42

11 hours 53 min ago
In today's open source roundup: Chrome OS 42 includes Material Design and Google Now. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint Debian Edition 2. And six reasons why Linux is a good choice for users with disabilities.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 for free and open source design

12 hours 51 min ago
Libre Graphics Meeting is coming up!read more

What does an adult look like in an open source community?

13 hours 48 min ago
It's time to begin making plans for the Community Leadership Summit in Portland this summer, just before OSCON. Last year I gave a lightning talk called "What's an adult look like in your community?" It was prompted by a then recent discussion with a 20-year-old who uttered the age-old question: "Why won't anyone treat me like an adult?"read more

RSA to feature talk by hacker whose ‘funny’ tweet got him yanked from a plane

14 hours 45 min ago
Chris Roberts will have a lot to say next week at RSA Conference 2015 where he is scheduled to present a talk “Security Hopscotch” after his experience this week being hauled in by the FBI, apparently for tweeting about “playing with” the onboard communications systems of the plane he was traveling on.

How To Setup Virtual Private Network (VPN) In Linux Ubuntu Based Distributions

15 hours 42 min ago
Virtual Private Network 'VPN' is a secure network connection to server that enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks. Using VPN allows a user to connect to any website that has been blocked either by network administrator or Government. In the following tutorial we will install and use VPN in our Linux Ubuntu based distributions.

Nested KVM set up on Fedora 22 && Running devstack on Ubuntu 14.04 guests

16 hours 39 min ago
Following bellow are brief instructions how to achieve extremely high performance of VMs created via devstack ( stack.sh ) inside another virtual machine created with Fedora 22 KVM Hypervisor and having Nested KVM feature enabled, working with sufficiently advanced Intel CPUs (Haswell kernel or above which have newer hardware virt extensions ) and 16 GB or more RAM.

POSSCON Successfully Reboots

17 hours 36 min ago
Last week in Columbia, South Carolina, the developers’ conference POSSCON went through something of a reboot. Last year the conference was cancelled to allow It-oLogy, the organization behind the event, to put its energy behind launching the Great Wide Open conference in Atlanta. This year, with last year’s successful premiere of the Hotlanta event under its belt, IT-oLogy pulled-out all the stops to reestablish POSSCON.

6 reasons people with disabilities should use Linux

18 hours 34 min ago
Often, when issues of accessibility and assistive technology are brought up among people with disabilities, the topics center around the usual issues: How can I afford this device? Is it available for me? Will it meet my needs? How will I receive support?read more

Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015

22 hours 8 min ago
Few conferences range as wide as the Open Source Open Society 2015 event held in Wellington last week. The material was surprisingly accessible to non-specialists considering this was a two-day event that filled the Michael Fowler Centre with software developers.

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Myth Busting the Open-Source Cloud Part 1

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What does an adult look like in an open source community?

You're no longer "just an adult." You're now trusted and looked to for opinions on how the community should grow. You're a community elder. You embody the history. You keep the history. You work together with other adults and elders to guide and make the community stronger. And to a certain extent, the community once again looks after you, just as it did in the first phase. Read more