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IBIS: A powerful, Drupal-based info gathering tool

58 min 30 sec ago
I'm very excited about Joshua Lee's talk on the Drupal-powered International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS) at DrupalCon 2015. Though I'm no biosecurity expert, the aggregation methods and process workflow for gathering biosecurity information is relevant to many industries. In his talk, the technology for creating this data aggregation system will be covered, as well as how the Drupal community can both benefit and contribute to this project.read more

Chrome-Colored Parakeets

1 hour 45 min ago
I personally like Google's Chrome interface. It's simple, fast, elegantand did I mention fast? Unfortunately, I don't like how locked down theChrome OS is on a Chromebook, nor do I like its total dependence on Google. Ialso don't like the lack of ability to install Chrome easily on generichardware. Thankfully, Budgie is here to help.

Federal Investment in Repository Solution Sets New Bar for How Libraries Share

2 hours 33 min ago
The project will give libraries, museums, and archives of all types and sizes an out-of-the-box open source solution for managing their digital content and exposing what they have to the world. It will build on the work many academic libraries have done to create institutional repositories for their own organizations.

Mozilla Looks To Phase Out Unencrypted Web

3 hours 20 min ago
“Today we are announcing our intent to phase out non-secure HTTP,” said Firefox security lead Richard Barnes in a blog post. “There’s pretty broad agreement that HTTPS is the way forward for the web.”

84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa

4 hours 17 min ago
Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux.

7 reasons why the feds shouldn’t mess with encryption

5 hours 14 min ago
The spread of encryption is posting public safety challenges and making it harder for the government to fight both criminals and terrorists, said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. But for security vendors providing encryption technology to enterprise customers, any tampering with encryption protocols would do more damage than harm. Here are seven ways security pros believe the DHS is wrong on encryption.

Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition Has Hidden Factory Mode

6 hours 2 min ago
The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been out for some time and is available for purchase right now. It's the only Ubuntu phone on sale, and one of the users found out how to access a hidden Factory Mode that gives access to all kinds of cool stuff.

Patent Pledges and Open Source Software Development

6 hours 49 min ago
Some major open source foundations now require "patent pledges." Here's what they are, and why they're being requested.

Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support

7 hours 36 min ago
In my last Opensource.com article, I wrote about biicode's decision to go open source once we reached 10,000 users.After the announcement, our community growth skyrocketed. Our investors were so impressed by the welcoming of our open source announcement that they let us go ahead with open sourcing biicode early. We worked hard to release most of it in biicode 3.0.read more

Tiny Core Linux 6.2 Fluxbox Screencast

8 hours 30 min ago
Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core 6.2. Changelog for 6.2: tce-audit - similar speedup patch from aswjh; tc-config - nfs4 mount changes from gerald_clark; tce-load - 2% speedup from aswjh; tce-size - apply patch from Greg Erskine for no-deps files; tce-remove, rc.shutdown - update copy2fs name; tce-ab - convert to a symlink; tce-load - awk recursion changes changed to a subshell, so exit status needs to be passed; tce-setup - wait for slow CD drives. In addition, TinyCorePure64 6.2.iso is now legacy-BIOS/(U)EFI multi-boot.

5 ways to promote an inclusive environment where good ideas can emerge

9 hours 27 min ago
People in tech companies and particularly in open source communities believe in and value meritocracy—letting the best ideas win. One thing that's become increasingly clear to me over the past few years is this: meritocracy is a great driver of innovation, but if we want to get to the best ideas, we need diversity of thought and an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and offer different perspectives. Indeed, to live up to our ideal of meritocracy, we must consistently question and seek to improve it.read more

Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

10 hours 24 min ago
The future is coming, StillReview Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04.…

New tutorials, developments in open digital humanities

11 hours 22 min ago
Welcome to the third installment of my monthly column, where I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities researc, as well as, a few humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about how transparency and open exchange, and principles of the open source way, being applied to the humanities.read more

Coders With Bad Attitudes

12 hours 19 min ago
Folks, I’m not talking about a stern communication. I’m talkin’ finger-poking-into-my-chest-slathering-frothing-yelling-losing-all-composure pissed off. He more than adequately suggested: How Dare Me! If I don’t write or understand software programming or the brilliance required to do so, then I don’t get a pass on judging what needs to be done, how it should be done, when it should be done, and finally, to what quality I might accept as “usable.”

Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

13 hours 16 min ago
Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning. Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility … Continue reading

Watch: Mark Shuttleworth's Keynote for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

14 hours 13 min ago
In case you didn't have the time to watch today's live keynote video with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the famous Ubuntu Linux operating system, you can watch the recording right now (see the video at the end of the article).

Thin Mini-ITX board packs quad-core 2.4GHz punch

15 hours 10 min ago
Habey’s latest Mini-ITX board runs Linux on a quad-core Celeron J1900, and offers dual GbE, dual mini-PCIe slots, mSATA, dual-display support, and HD audio.

F22 Cloud/Atomic Test Day May 7th!

16 hours 7 min ago
Fedora 22 is on the cusp of being released and the Fedora Cloud Working Group has elected to organize a test day for May 7th in order to work out some bugs before shipping it off to the rest of the world.

Firejail Seccomp Guide

17 hours 5 min ago
This article describes how to build a whitelist seccomp-bpf filter and how to attach the filter to a user program and all its descendants using Firejail sandbox.

US reviews use of cellphone spying technology

18 hours 2 min ago
Faced with criticism from lawmakers and civil rights groups, the U.S. Department of Justice has begun a review of the secretive use of cellphone surveillance technology that mimics cellphone towers, and will get more open on its use, according to a newspaper report.

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EMC to open-source ViPR - and lots of other stuff apparently

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