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TuxMachines: Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:42:42 PM

School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees.

In the fall of 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the #GoOpen campaign, an initiative encouraging public schools to adopt openly-licensed digital educational materials to transform teaching and learning, and perhaps lighten both backpacks and textbook bills. The Department recently published the #GoOpen District Launch Packet, a useful step-by-step implementation guide for schools planning a transition from traditional textbooks to Open Educational Resources (OER).

We should applaud the Department of Education's efforts to promote affordable, equitable, and quality educational materials for all schools. Their initiative empowers educators to curate, shape, and share educational content at a local level. No longer is the written word of proprietary publishers like Pearson the fountain of all classroom knowledge. Districts that choose to #GoOpen opt to honor teacher expertise, empower them to build communities of shared practice, and encourage collaboration with colleagues across counties and states. Given unfettered permission to revise, remix, and redistribute curriculum material, teachers are trusted to become active agents in the creation of high-quality learning materials.

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Phoronix: NetworkManager 1.4 Released

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:39:09 PM
Just months after the NetworkManager 1.2, the next major installment is now available...

LXer: Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:12:29 PM
School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees.read more

Linux.com: Linus Torvalds Reflects on 25 Years of Linux

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:02:54 PM

When Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system, Linux, on Aug. 25, 1991, it was a "completely personal project,” Torvalds said at LinuxCon today. The kernel totaled 10,000 lines of code that would only run on the same type of hard disk Torvalds himself used because the geometry of the hard disk was hard-coded into the source code. And, he expected only other students to be interested in studying it as a theory.

Phoronix: There's Still No Sign Of AMD's Low-Cost ARM Development Boards

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 05:45:36 PM
For more than the past year I've been very much looking forward to AMD's Opteron ARM-based development boards. Sadly, these boards -- namely the HuskyBoard and LeMaker Cello -- are silently absent...

LXer: Google Fuchsia eyes non-Linux things

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 05:15:18 PM
Embedded is the web's next frontierGoogle’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that the platforms vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.…

LinuxToday: A beginner's introduction to snaps the universal Linux package format

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

What are snaps and why you should use them?

LXer: Building Fedora Rawhide Images with Imagefactory

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:18:07 PM
Introduction ImageFactory is a tool, built on Oz, that is suitable for generating various types of operating system and cloud images. These images can be generated in a variety of different formats. Those include the Docker image format and the qcow2 image... Continue Reading →

Phoronix: EXT4, Btrfs, XFS & NILFS2 HDD File-System Tests On Linux 4.8

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:03:04 PM
Up until running the tests for today's article, I can't remember the last time I touched a hard drive... It's been many months ago at least. Nearly all of our tests at Phoronix are from solid state storage, but I decided to pick up a new HDD for running some Linux file-system tests on a conventional hard drive for those not having an SSD.

LinuxToday: Linus Torvalds Gives GPL Credit for Linux's Success

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:00:00 PM

eWEEK: On the 25th anniversary of Linux, its creator gives a LinuxCon audience insight into the highlights and lowlights of Linux's history to date, and why he credits the GPL for the operating system's success.

Reddit: Just A Thank You | The community deserves it.

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 03:34:37 PM

I've been using Linux for quite some time, likely not as long as some of you geezers, but since I was a teenager. I've come from old desktops to SoC boards, to chroot-ing out of locked systems, and I've had a great experience every single day along the way. My knowledge of computing has grown tenfold since the night I painfully installed Ubuntu on an old laptop with a 15KB/s connection. The use of Linux has made my mind more intrigued by what all goes on under the hood, and has driven me to learn a few programming languages, get into reverse-engineering, and fall into several hours of reading on computational theory. I encourage anyone I know that is into technology to give it a try, and I know it isn't for everyone. What makes the system so great is that everyone is a huge hateful family of angst and arrogance that is still somehow always there to help others because they know what it is like to be lost. Without all of you, the development teams, and everyone that pushes the system out, the world would be an extremely different place. And dare I say, we would have to use Windows..

Anyway, I know this is just a huge ramble, but I just wanted to thank you all for several great years.

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LXer: MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 03:20:56 PM
Fork off, cash is kingInterview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source.…

LinuxToday: CoreOS 1068.10.0 Released with Many systemd Fixes, Still Using Linux Kernel 4.6

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 03:00:00 PM

 softpedia: CoreOS 1068.10.0 is now powered by the Linux 4.6.3 kernel, which, unfortunately, it reached end of life last week with the Linux kernel 4.6.7 maintenance update.

Phoronix: KScreen-Doctor Will Help KDE Developers Improve Multi-Screen Plasma

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:28:59 PM
While the support has been steadily improving, one of the more criticized areas of KDE Plasma 5 has been around the multi-monitor support with various bugs being present. Fortunately, improvements are on the way with KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS...

LXer: Be Bold, Be Curious, and Be Open, Advise Outreachy Participants

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:23:45 PM
In Tuesday afternoon’s “Kernel Internship Report and Outreachy Panel” session at LinuxCon North America, interns and mentors involved with the Outreachy program spoke enthusiastically of their experiences with the program. The panel was moderated by Karen M. Sandler, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and organizer of Outreachy.

Reddit: Big Blue Aims For The Sky With Power9

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:10:34 PM

Phoronix: GNOME/GTK Support For Drawing Tablets On Wayland Is Feature Complete

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:02:27 PM
In time for next month's GNOME 3.22 release, the drawing tablet support for GNOME on Wayland is getting into shape...

Linux.com: How DIGIT Created High Availability on the Public Cloud to Keep Its Games Running

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:00:58 PM

The mobile gaming company must deliver a seamless experience for its gamers and allow for spikes in player activity on its Massively Multiplayer Online gaming platform. That’s why the company built a high-availability infrastructure that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and allows them to launch a cluster in less than 5 minutes using Apache Mesos.

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Android Leftovers

  • iPhones are much more likely to 'fail' than Androids
    Apple's once glittering reputation for quality took quite a few hits during the last few years, especially when it comes to iOS, the software that runs on iPhones. In some cases, recurrent software bugs have plagued users with issues such as the inability to use Wi-Fi, frequent crashes, and ridiculously short battery life. This week reports surfaced about a hardware flaw that makes some iPhone 6 screens inoperable. (Apple hasn't confirmed any related problems.) It's hard to tell how widespread some of these issues are, but a new report from a company that monitors smartphone quality suggests iPhones are far more likely to "fail" or suffer serious glitches than Android phones. The Blancco Technology Group says it collected performance data from millions of mobile phones during the second quarter of 2016, and it found that iPhones had an overall failure rate of 58 percent, compared to just 35 percent failure for Android devices. The term "failure" doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone has become a brick, according to Blancco. Instead, it means the device or software running on the device suffered some serious problem.
  • Maru OS is now open source (Turns Android phones into Linux desktops)
    Maru OS is a software project that lets you plug an Android phone into an external display to run desktop Linux software. First unveiled earlier this year, the software is very much a work-in-progress. Initially it only supported one phone: the Google Nexus 5. But things could get a lot more interesting soon, because the developer behind Maru OS has finished open sourcing the project and a group of developers are planning to start porting the software to run on additional devices.
  • Maru OS wants to turn your phone into a desktop with its latest open source build
    Not to be confused with Maru the adorable YouTube cat, Maru OS, the bite-sized Android add-on that turns your phone into a desktop, just went open source. Maru OS doesn’t change much about the way your phone operates on its own, but once you connect a desktop monitor via a slimport cable, Maru really comes to life. When connected to a display, Maru OS allows you to run a desktop Linux environment straight from your phone. Your phone is still a phone, it’ll take calls, send texts and do everything else it normally does, even while it’s connected to a desktop monitor running Linux on the side. It’s an interesting concept, but it’s still very much a work in progress. Today’s announcement could help move things along for Maru.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan
    Oracle has revealed its interim plan to help Java devs deal with browser-makers' imminent banishment of plug-ins. Years of bugs in Java, Flash and other plugins have led browser-makers to give up on plugins. Apple recently decided that its Safari browser will just pretend Java, Flash and Silverlight aren't installed. Google has announced it will soon just not run any Flash content in its Chrome browser. Oracle saw this movement coming and in January 2016 announced it would “deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9”
  • Marist College, Rockefeller Archive Center Partner on Open Source Digital Archival Tech
    Marist College and the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) in New York have partnered to develop and implement an open source digital records management system to support researchers, archival staff and the broader archival community. [...] At the same time, one of the goals of Marist College "is to offer open source technologies, such as Liferay and Blockchain, to like-minded organizations that create a lasting impact on our community," said Bill Thirsk, vice president of information technology and CIO at the college, in a news release.
  • Facebook is scrambling to catch up to Google in open-sourcing AI code
    In artificial intelligence research, free code garners goodwill from the community, talent, and bragging rights. So it’s no surprise that many of the companies investing in AI, like Facebook and Google, are racing to make their code open source early and often.
  • Open Source AI is On Fire, and Facebook Has the Latest Contributions
    In the latest move, Facebook is open sourcing three tools that the company uses internally for machine vision.
  • New Open Source Milestones for Microsoft [Ed: Puff pieces distracting from patent attacks on Linux]
  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 26th
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Stefano Zacchiroli of Software Heritage
    Software Heritage is a recently announced non-profit initiative to archive, organize, and share all publicly available software source code. Stefano Zacchiroli is a co-founder and current CTO of the Software Heritage project. He is a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative, member of FSF's High Priority Projects committee, and former 3-times Debian Project Leader.
  • Uganda to cut costs with open source software
    Some of the FOSS customizable applications on the market include Word Press, Mozilla Firefox, and open office among others. The applications can be used to create websites, marketing business ideas, and conduct online business. Most startups find it difficult to break through but creation of an online presence has made some business gain faster traction. James Saaka, the NITA-U executive director, said government struggles to pay licenses to use programmes from Microsoft, Oracle which is so expensive to maintain.
  • Preserving languages and cultures in India: The birth of the Tulu Wikipedia
    After eight years of effort and outreach, the Tulu language Wikipedia has gone live. Wikimedia contributors play a key role in preserving languages and cultures, and tools like the Wikimedia Incubator help new projects like the Tulu Wikipedia get started. Tulu is a language spoken by three to five million people in the states of Karnataka and Kerala in the southwest and south India respectively, and by some people in the US and in Gulf countries. Tulu Wikipedia is the 294th Wikipedia and the 23rd South Asian language Wikipedia. The Tulu Wikipedia grew in the Wikimedia Incubator for about eight years before going online. So far, 198 editors have contributed 1285 articles, and the active editors that have more than 5 edits per month in the project number between 5-10 on average.

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against his own lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly devolved in an angry rant as its founder piled in. Read more