The developers behind the lightweight, free, and open-source Enlightenment window manager/desktop environment have announced the release of the first Alpha build for Enlightenment 0.21.
Deepin OS is a revolutionary distribution. OK. I’ll stop right there; maybe that was giving a little too much credit. But I’ve got to be honest with you, nothing quite easily blows me away when it comes to Linux distributions as of late.
Deepin 15 specifically is awesome! Installer is dead simple and straight forward that even my grandma could install in on a PC.
This will be my third distribution in a row to review and by far the easiest of them to get working with out of the box. You can go through my last two reviews on Linux here.
Arne Exton released today, April 13, 2016, a new version of his Slackware-based SlackEX Live Linux distribution, bringing updates to core components and the graphical desktop environment.
As PGConf US Approaches, Hear from Leaders in the PostgreSQL Community
PGConf US, the largest official gathering of the PostgreSQL open source community is less than a week away. It will be held this year at the New York Marriott, Brooklyn Bridge, from April 18 - 20 (http://www.pgconf.us).
Working Late May Be Destroying Your Organization: Colin McNamara
Many of us who work in the IT field are aware of the grim reality of working late at night. People often end up working long hours as they take on additional work and projects. But, is that good for you? Is it good for your organization? Is it good for your teams and clients? By doing so, are you helping your company or hurting it?
If you are continuously writing code, you will burn out. To avoid that, McNamara uses a strategy that comes from the Marine Corps: It’s a 72-hour stand. McNamara said that after 72 hours of coding, it’s time for rest, “Do not open your laptops. Go spend time with your family, as we don't want you being divorced.”
McNamara’s teams noticed significant improvements when adopting his advice, “Four days later, our guys had started to think outside the box again.” Don’t you want your teams to be thinking outside the box?
- X.Org 2016 Elections Commence: Will They Merge With The SPI?
- Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 Is Now Available
Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 Released, Fails to Bring GTK3 Integration for Linux
Today, April 13, 2016, Mozilla finally announced the availability of the final release for the highly anticipated Thunderbird 45.0 email, calendar, and news client, for all supported platforms.
After being in development for the past few months, Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 arrives today in its final form, trying to be in part with its bigger brother, the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
We talked briefly about Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 about two months ago, when we first spotted the first Beta build, which, at that moment in time, promised to bring the long-anticipated GTK3 integration to Linux users.
Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) Update: Q1 2016
This is an update on the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program for the first quarter of 2016. MOSS is Mozilla’s initiative to support the open source community of which we are a part.
We are pleased to announce that MOSS has been funded for 2016 – both the existing Track 1, “Foundational Technology”, and a new Track 2, “Mission Partners”. This new track will be open to any open source project, but the work applied for will need to further the Mozilla mission. Exactly what that means, and how this track will function, is going to be worked out in the next few months. Join the MOSS discussion forum to have your say.
On Track 1, we have paid or are in the process of making payments to six of the original seven successful applicants whose awards were finalized in December; for the seventh one, work has been postponed for a period. We are learning from our experience with these applications. Much process had to be put in place for the first time, and we hope that future award payments will be smoother and quicker.
Valve Rebases SteamOS to Debian GNU/Linux 8.4, Pushes New Brewmaster Beta
Just a few moments ago, April 13, 2016, Valve pushed a new Beta build of the next major SteamOS Debian-based operating system for gamers to the brewmaster_beta channel.
SteamOS 2.68 Brewmaster Beta comes three weeks after the previous Beta build, version 2.67, which added fixes to the built-in PulseAudio sound server, the GRUB bootloader, and the The Talos Principle game.
Doom & Destiny Advanced, an Early Access comedy RPG now on Linux
Doom & Destiny Advanced looks like a really nice 2D RPG, it's currently in Early Access and the Linux & Mac versions have recently been added.
I haven't had a chance to try it yet myself, but I have requested a key to give you some thoughts on it.
I love 2D role playing games like this, as they remind me of Nintendo DS titles I played a lot a few years ago.
Transport Fever announced with Linux support, build a massive transport network
Transport Fever has been announced from the same developers as Train Fever. This time you will have access to trains, aircrafts, ships, buses, trams and trucks.
- The Talos Principle beta updated, Vulkan performance improvements & optimizations
- Some early The Talos Principle Vulkan benchmarks
Broken Dreams, a casual platformer with full voice acting and hand drawn environments now on Linux
Broken Dreams is a simple, yet beautiful looking 2D casual platformer. It has full voice acting as well as nice looking hand drawn environments.
Life isn't all about AAA graphics and mind bending action, sometimes you need to kick back with a casual platformer.
The developers release the Linux version only a few days ago.
- Golf With Friends, a multiplayer mini golf game for up to 12 players now on Linux
- Slime Rancher major update released, entire new area, new slimes and more
- Google updates TensorFlow, its open source artificial intelligence
- Google Is About to Supercharge Its TensorFlow Open Source AI
- Google launches distributed version of its TensorFlow machine learning system
- Want to tap machine learning like Google? There's an app for that
- Google brings distributed computing to TensorFlow machine learning system
- Google has given its open-source machine learning software a big upgrade
- Google launches TensorFlow 0.8 with support for distributed model training
- Programmers are going crazy for free Google software that creates self-learning computers
Linux Foundation: The internet is crumbling
The open source infrastructure of the internet is crumbling because of poor maintenance, the Linux Foundation warned today.
Likening open source to the “roads and bridges of the internet”, Linux Foundation CTO Nicko van Someren said that underpaid developers are struggling to patch dangerous bugs and keep the open aspects of the web up to date.
Security is the biggest bug of open source, says Linux Foundation CTO
CYBER SECURITY is the plague of open source software, and more people are needed to work together squashing bugs and plugging holes in the code on which much of the internet relies.
That’s according to Nicko van Someren, chief technology officer at the Linux Foundation, who explained that huge swathes of the internet and companies with online business models rely on open source code, software and infrastructure.
"Open source projects are the roads and bridges of the internet. Pretty much everything we do on the internet relies on open source," he said in a keynote speech at Cloud Expo in London.
Linux Computers Targeted by New Backdoor and DDoS Trojan
After being bombarded with new malware towards the end of last year, the Linux ecosystem is rocked again by the discovery of a new trojan family, identified by security researchers as Linux.BackDoor.Xudp.
The only detail that matters is that this new threat does not leverage automated scripts, vulnerabilities, or brute-force attacks to infect users and still relies on good ol' user stupidity in order to survive.
- Google Chrome 50 Released With Wayland Support
- Chrome 50 arrives with push notification improvements and declarative preload
- Chrome 50 released to stable channel with improved push notification reliability
- Chrome 50.0 released for download
- Chrome 50 heads to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux
Fast forward a few years, and it's clear this trend toward open, collaborative development will come to permeate software development completely. As indicated by VisionMobile data, we're already seeing developer demographics skew younger and less experienced, with this new generation of developers growing up on GitHub and speaking open source as their first language.
This is a far cry from the past two decades, when open source was a religious battle at times, and enterprises were far more likely to use open source than contribute to it. As the O'Reilly survey data indicates, however, we've moved on. This willingness to reuse and contribute should lead to levels of developer productivity that we've never before seen.
It was my professor who demonstrated Linux commands back in 2006 while I was doing my Engineering Diploma Course. In 2007, I’d conducted a seminar on Linux File System Hierarchy Standard (FHS) as part of the course. While doing the research for FHS, I found many interesting things about Linux and came to know about open source. Another factor that attracted me was the Linux kernel, which is written in C language and I had a good grasp on C from my college days.
We are excited to officially introduce Ignition, the next-generation machine provisioning utility from CoreOS. Those who follow along closely may have noticed that Ignition has been a part of CoreOS for the better part of a year. The project has had time to be tested and to mature, and the features and user interface are in a place where we are happy to encourage daily, heavy duty use. It’s also a good time to welcome the community to test and help improve Ignition. Before diving into the details, let’s understand why we built Ignition in the first place.
Spain’s Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations has published as open source Archive. This web-based solution creates archives of electronic files that are stored in compliance with the country’s eGovernment and interoperability regulations.