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Best Open Source Hosting Control Panels

2 hours 11 min ago
You don’t have to be a command line guru in order to host a simple website. There are paid control panels like WHM/cPanel or DirectAdmin which are very powerful, but if you don’t like to pay for a control panel you can simply choose one of the open source alternatives. In this guide, we will present to you some of the most popular open source hosting control panels.

Endless Sky now available on Fedora

2 hours 56 min ago
Endless Sky is a 2D space trading and combat game similar to Escape Velocity. The game sets you as a beginning pilot, just having made a down payment on your very first starship. You’re given a choice between a shuttle,... Continue Reading →

vnStat – A lightweight (command line) network traffic monitor

4 hours 10 min ago
vnStat is a console based (lightweight) network traffic monitor utility for Linux & BSD, that collect & store network interface statistics data (bytes transmitted & bytes received) information provided by the kernel.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Officially Released with Revamped Unity 8 Interface, Fixes

5 hours 25 min ago
Canonical's Lukasz Zemczak announced the general availability of the long-anticipated Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 software update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.

Getting started with Raspberry Pi

6 hours 39 min ago
So you have a Raspberry Pi, or you’re thinking of getting one, and you want to know how to get started and how to become a master user of one.The Raspberry Pi is a single board computer, meaning that in many ways it's a regular PC, except that everything that makes up the computer is on a single board rather than a traditional PC, which has a motherboard and requires a number of additional daughterboards to make a whole unit.read more

FOSS DOS For 21st Century Hardware

7 hours 53 min ago
The founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project writes about FreeDOS 1.2, which is scheduled for a Christmas Day release. There is good news for classic gamers and nostalgia buffs: this one's got games.

Unbound cache-only DNS server setup on RHEL 7 Linux

9 hours 8 min ago
Unbound is a validating, recursive, and caching DNS server. Having said that, Unbound DNS server cannot be used as an authoritative DNS server, which means it cannot be used to host custom domain name records. As a result, if your goal is to build a cache-only or forwarding DNS server, Unbound may be your preferred choice, as it does just that and it does it well.

Eek! My rounding is biased!

10 hours 22 min ago
I've written several BASH scripts that use GNU AWK's printf function to round off decimal numbers. Now I've learned that the rounding is biased, and I need to re-do the scripts.

Embedded Linux at sweet 16: adapting to the IoT

11 hours 36 min ago
At ELC Europe, embedded Linux guru Tim Bird examined the “Status of Embedded Linux” and discussed challenges that it faces in the brave new world of IoT. As Chair of the Architecture Group of The Linux Foundation’s CE Working Group, Tim Bird has long been the amiable public face of the Embedded Linux Conferences, which […]

Samsung victorious at Supreme Court fight with 8-0 opinion against Apple

12 hours 51 min ago
For the first time in a century, the US Supreme Court has weighed in on how much design patents are worth. The answer: not nearly as much as Apple thinks.The 8-0 opinion (PDF) is a rebuke to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the relevant "article of manufacture" for calculating damages was—in fact, had to be—the entire smartphone. That meant even though Apple's patents covered only certain design elements, it was entitled to $399 million in lost profits damages.

Open spec SBC dual boots Android and Ubuntu on hexa-core RK3399

14 hours 5 min ago
T-Firefly is Kickstartering the first hacker SBC with Rockchip’s Cortex-A72/-A53 RK3399. The Firefly-RK3399 has up to 4GB DDR3, M.2, and USB 3.0 Type-C. T-Firefly, which offers Linux- and Android-ready open source boards like the Firefly-RK3288 and sandwich-style Firefly-RK3288 Reload, ........

Docker Boosts Container Storage with Infinit Acquisition

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 07:31:20 AM
Docker aims to directly integrate storage capabilities into its container engine, while still leaving room for organizations to choose other storage technologies.

How to install Docker and run Docker containers on Fedora 25

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 06:16:59 AM
Docker is an open source project supported by a commercial entity of the same name that makes it super-easy to run an application process inside a relatively isolated environment called a container. Unlike a virtual machine (VM), which has its own kernel, a container is dependent on the host operating system’s kernel.

Family Farming and Open Source Wireless Networking

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 05:02:39 AM
It's not just huge corporate farmers that are incorporating technology into their methodology. Smaller, more traditional farms are inventing their own technologies, often depending on open source.

ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 Plasma 5: is it near-perfect?

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 03:48:19 AM
The most recent release of ROSA is now ROSA Desktop Fresh R8, which is available in several flavours: MATE, GNOME 3, KDE 4 and Plasma 5. I decided to try the Plasma 5 edition of this distribution, especially as my interest to Plasma increased after the good impression Kubuntu 16.10 left on me.

WordPress 4.7 Provides Improved Customization

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 02:33:59 AM
WordPress 4.7 was released on December 6, providing the tens of millions of internet users that rely on it, with a long list of new features.

Chrome bug triggered errors on websites using Symantec SSL certificates

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 01:19:39 AM
The bug affected Chrome on all platforms, as well as the WebView component on Android.

How to setup rsyslog for Centralized Log Management

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 12:05:18 AM
This tutorial explains how to setup rsyslog as a centralized log management server on RedHat Linux based OS like CentOS. Centralized log management means to collect all sorts of logs from several physical or virtualized servers on one log server to monitor the health and security of the server services. We use rsyslog in this tutorial because it offers high-performance, great security and a modular design.

Easy way to install Oracle JAVA 8 (JDK & JRE) on RPM based systems

Tuesday 6th of December 2016 10:50:58 PM
Are you facing difficulties to install Oracle JAVA on Linux ? Navigate our link for hassle free installation

Bare metal and Virtual Machine Provisioning through Foreman Server

Tuesday 6th of December 2016 09:36:38 PM
Foreman is a free and open source tool that can provision bare metal and create virtual machine instances under public and provide cloud.

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Getting started with Raspberry Pi

So you have a Raspberry Pi, or you’re thinking of getting one, and you want to know how to get started and how to become a master user of one. The Raspberry Pi is a single board computer, meaning that in many ways it's a regular PC, except that everything that makes up the computer is on a single board rather than a traditional PC, which has a motherboard and requires a number of additional daughterboards to make a whole unit. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Hardcore Tactical Stealth Game Out on Linux
    More and more AAA games are coming to our beloved Linux platform, and nothing makes us happier than to see Daedalic Entertainment's Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun title launching today on Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows. If you're not familiar with Daedalic Entertainment's work, they are the creators of the superb and fun Deponia series, but Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is something different, a tactical stealth-strategy game in the style of the Commandos stealth-oriented real-time tactics video game series.
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the top-down stealth game is now out
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [GOG, Steam, Official Site] is the rather good top-down stealth game from Mimimi Productions. It's now out way a day-1 Linux release and it has a demo. I played the demo and I was massively impressed, so impressed that I would very much like to cover the game properly. So I will be reaching out to the developer for a key.
  • The Keeper, a promising looking side-scrolling survival action game with plenty of action is coming to Linux
    The Keeper side-scrolling survival action game full of boss battles, a combo system for combat and a day and night cycle will come to Linux.
  • Editorial: A chat about asking developers for a Linux port
    It has come to my attention recently that some people have been taking a really hard stance against developers who want to gauge interest for a Linux port. I want to talk about it for a bit. [...] Be the Linux community I know and love, be helpful to developers, get in on beta testing when you can (I’ve seen plenty of developers give out free keys for this too!) and appreciate the good games we get. We are a smaller market in most people’s eyes, so let’s not turn away anything that could help us grow even a little. The fact is, I’ve seen multiple games only come to Linux because Linux fans showed actual interest in it. One such example is Nightside, which I discovered on Steam. After a quick chat with the developer, I was able to convince them to do a Linux build and after a short test they then decided to do support a Linux build. There’s many such examples like this, but due to the amount of games I cover that’s one I could quickly pull up (without having to sift through hundreds of articles).
  • Dawn of War II has a minor patch to fix a few issues
  • Khronos are working on an open standard for VR, Valve will use it
  • BOOR, a new puzzle platformer will arrive with Linux support next year
    BOOR [Official Site] is a new puzzle platformer from developer Dazlog Studio and publisher BadLand Games that will have Linux support. We have many puzzle platformers now, so I do hope BOOR has something to set itself apart from the rest of them. I haven't seen anything in the trailer or the feature list that really jumps out at me. I am hoping when they reveal more gameplay it will look more enticing.
  • The developers of 'EVERSPACE' are still working on the Linux version, seeking help from Epic Games
    EVERSPACE [Steam, Official Site] is the fantastic looking UE4 space shooter that's being ported to Linux, but the developers have encountered a problem with lighting bugs. I follow the topic on Steam, but a user also emailed this in to ask me to highlight it. I would have anyway since I'm interested in it.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves DLC will come to Linux soon
    Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves [Steam] is the next DLC that introduces an exciting race into this strategy game. Feral have confirmed it will be on Linux soon with the quick tweet they sent out.
  • DoomRL or 'DRL' as it's now called has gone open source
    After ZeniMax sent the lawyers knocking, the developer of what was called DoomRL (Doom Roguelike) has changed it's name to 'DRL' [Github, Official Site] and it's now open source. ZeniMax are well within their rights to "protect" the Doom brand, but I still think their lawyers are idiotic for doing this. It's not like small-time roguelike was actually competing with the real Doom.

High School's Help Desk Teaches Open Source IT Skills

The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter six of The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students, a new book written by Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the book, Reisinger recounts more than 16 years of Linux and open source education success stories. Penn Manor schools saved over a million dollars by trading proprietary software for open source counterparts with its student laptop program. The budget is only part of the story. As Linux moved out of the server room and onto thousands of student laptops, a new learning community emerged. Read more

What’s New with Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8?

I’m pleased to announce the release of the Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8. As always, we focused on improving code quality, security hardening as well as enabling new features. One area of interest and particular focus is new feature support for ARM servers. Over the last few months, we’ve seen a surge of patches from various ARM vendors that have collaborated on a wide range of updates from new drivers to architecture to security. Read more