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SCALE Prep Continues; Will Dell Get It Right?

1 hour 22 min ago
Ruth Suehle and a speaker to be named later (more than likely in the next 24 hours) will keynote at SCALE 13x. There are about 130 sessions in the four days, and just over 100 exhibitors.

Startup Applications: automatic execution of the most used programs during every user login

2 hours 19 min ago
During every login or bootup, the OS performs a number of tasks in the background to get the OS up and running and ready to be used. Customizations in Linux OS like Ubuntu can be done very easily, that allows a user to add any number of "custom" tasks or programs to the system to be performed or executed every time the user logs in or boots up the OS.

PostgreSQL, the NoSQL Database

3 hours 16 min ago
One of the most interesting trends in the computer world during the pastfew years has been the rapid growth of NoSQL databases. The term maybe accurate, in that NoSQL databases don't use SQL in order to storeand retrieve data, but that's about where the commonalities end. NoSQLdatabases range from key-value stores to columnar databases todocument databases to graph databases.

Linux Device Driver Development Training course

4 hours 13 min ago
LinuxCertified Inc, a leading provider of Linux training and services, today announced its next Linux Device Driver Development Course class to be held in South Bay, CA from [url=]February 9th - February 11th, 2015. [/url]

Google Fixed GHOST Exploit in Chrome OS in 2014 and Didn't Tell Anyone

5 hours 10 min ago
Details about a GLIBC vulnerability were published a couple of days ago by a company called Qualys and the distributions using it have already received patches. Now, it seems that Google knew about this problem, patched it in ChromeOS a year ago, and forgot to say anything to anyone else.

ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

6 hours 8 min ago
Boot Chess needs just 512 bytes of memory, beating 1982's 1K ZX ChessDeveloper Olivier Poudade claims he's beaten a 33 year-old record for the smallest working Chess program.…

Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen, which hopes to take Android from Google

7 hours 5 min ago
Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs (like the OnePlus One), which ship the software on devices instead of stock Android. Last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." It wants to replace the Google Play ecosystem with apps of its own, the same way that Amazon uses the Android Open Source Project for its Kindle Fire products but adds its own app and content stores.

bitHound puts out features, not fires

Friday 30th of January 2015 07:59:48 AM
The following is a partial transcript from a phone interview with Dan Silivestru, CEO and co-founder of—automated, open source, code quality analysis more

LibreOffice 4.4 Released as the Most Beautiful LibreOffice Ever

Friday 30th of January 2015 07:02:37 AM
The Document Foundation has just announced that a new major update has been released for LibreOffice and it brings important UI improvements, enough for them to call this the most beautiful version ever.

LibreOffice gets a streamlined makeover, native alternatives for major Microsoft fonts

Friday 30th of January 2015 06:05:26 AM
The Document foundation announced availability of the latest version of LibreOffice on Thursday, which it says is the most beautiful version of the open source productivity suite yet. LibreOffice 4.4 also fixes some compatibility issues with files that are saved in Microsoft's OOXML formats. "LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love," Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky, who leads the design team for Libreoffice, said in a statement.

Rugged Type 6 COM runs Linux on 5th Gen Intel Core

Friday 30th of January 2015 05:08:15 AM
Adlink unveiled a rugged, Linux-ready “cExpress-BL” COM Express Compact Type 6 module with Intel 5th Gen Core chips and optional -40 to 85?C support. Adlink is the second vendor to announce a product based on Intel’s 14nm-fabricated 5th Generation Core (“Broadwell U”) processors, following Congatec’s Conga-TC97. The cExpress-BL supports the same Core models as the […]

Patent litigation over human gene breast cancer testing is ending

Friday 30th of January 2015 04:11:04 AM
The molecular diagnostics company that had won patents of two human genes that were invalidated by a landmark Supreme Court ruling has decided to abandon separate patent litigation surrounding how scientists study those genes.

The Ghost security hole perfectly illustrates the efficiency of open source

Friday 30th of January 2015 03:13:53 AM
If you're reading this piece, you probably already know there's a ghost in the machine of Linux. Specifically, a critical hole in the GNU C Library (glibc). This haunting specter enables remote hackers to gain access to machines without the need for credentials of any kind.

Wireless Raspberry Pi speaker

Friday 30th of January 2015 02:16:42 AM
Combine a Raspberry Pi, a Wi-Fi dongle and your speakers with an amplifier to create a wireless stereo system

How to monitor harddisk health with smartmontools on Ubuntu

Friday 30th of January 2015 01:19:31 AM
In this article I will give you an overveiw on the Smartmon tools which is a set of applications that can test hard drives and read their hardware SMART statistics to detect harddisk failures early. I will cover installation, usage on the shell and the smartmon gui in this tutorial.

Tough multi-display controller runs Linux on i.MX6

Friday 30th of January 2015 12:22:20 AM
MEN Micro unveiled the “CC10S,” a Linux-ready i.MX6 based multi-display controller module for touchscreens deployed in harsh, -40 to 85? C environments. Imagine a humongous earth-moving rig prepping an oil shale site in North Dakota in the middle of January. You’re going to want a touchscreen with that, and it better be tough. The MEN […]

Why Valve's Steam Machines aren't dead

Thursday 29th of January 2015 11:25:09 PM
In today's open source roundup: The best is yet to come for Valve's Steam Machines. Plus: The Linux Foundation offers Essentials of System Administration course online, and Microsoft offers preview version of Outlook for Android.

Installation of Steam Client on Debian Jessie 8 Linux 64-bit

Thursday 29th of January 2015 06:21:37 PM
This article describes an installation of the Valve Steam Linux client on Debian 8 Jessie 64bit. The article assumes that you have already installed your VGA drives required to run Steam client.

GParted Live Now Supports Microsoft's New Filesystem, ReFS

Thursday 29th of January 2015 05:24:26 PM
GParted Live is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution that has a lot of features and that can be used in operations like creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions on a variety of filesystems. A new stable update has been made available and the operating system is now at version 0.21.0.

Why Flash sucks

Thursday 29th of January 2015 04:27:15 PM
A column from back in 2010 that outlines some of why Flash sucks. I'm posting it here in honor of YouTube dumping Flash for HTML5. It took a long time, but it finally happened.

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Google Fixed GHOST Exploit in Chrome OS in 2014 and Didn't Tell Anyone

Details about a GLIBC vulnerability were published a couple of days ago by a company called Qualys, and the distributions using it have already received patches. Now, it seems that Google knew about this problem, patched it in ChromeOS a year ago, and forgot to say anything to anyone. Read more

ESA implements open source based private cloud infrastructure

The European Space Agency (ESA) has implemented a private cloud infrastructure to offer IT services to its user communities. The datacentre in Frascati, Italy, is already operational, while a second datacentre in Darmstadt, Germany, has just been completed. Read more

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A small note on window decorations

If you have updated to the recently released GNOME development version, you may have noticed that some window decorations look slightly different. Of course it is quite normal for the theme to evolve with the rest of GNOME, but in this case the visual changes are actually the result of some bigger changes under the hood which deserve some more explanation. It is well-known that GTK+ gained support for client-side decorations a while ago – after all, most GNOME applications were quick in adopting custom titlebars, which have become one of the most distinguished patterns of GNOME 3 applications. However it is less well-known that client-side decorations may also be used for windows with no custom decorations, namely when using GDK’s wayland backend. Read more