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Since UEFI arrived on the scene dual booting became a little bit more difficult. The most common issue is that despite installing Ubuntu (or another distribution) the system boots straight to Windows. This guide provides two solutions to this problem.
When it comes to making predictions, I’m cautious. But I have no reason to believe that the trends we saw emerging in 2014 are going anywhere. Here are three things we saw in 2014 that I fully expect we’ll see more of in 2015.read more
The ISC site, home to the world's most popular Domain Name System program BIND, appears to have been infected with malware.
Neil Trevett from Nvidia shared a presentation about what's going on in the world of graphics APIs. Presentation included in our post on it.
Facebook is in the news yet again over issues related to privacy violations. This time around a judge in California has ruled that the company must face a class action lawsuit over scanning the private messages of its users.
The phrase 'terminal multiplexer' sounds a bit of a mouthful and a large dollop of jargon. Multiplexing is a method of combining multiple data streams into one stream over a shared medium. This gives us a hint of the function of a terminal multiplexer. It is computer software that can be used to multiplex several video consoles. In English? Well, it allows you to make use of multiple separate terminal sessions inside a single terminal. So one terminal session can act like many sessions.
The Linux Mint team has ended 2014 in force with a great Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" release, for both the MATE and Cinnamon desktop, but it looks like the Debian edition is also going to be interesting.
Depending on your need, there are various pieces of information you may need to know about the CPU processor(s) of your computer, such as CPU vendor name, model name, clock speed, number of sockets/cores, L1/L2/L3 cache configuration, available processor capabilities (e.g., hardware virtualization, AES, MMX, SSE), and so on.
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition we look back at all of the news and stories in 2014 that we covered for open source and Linux games!read more
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 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
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.