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LXer: Linaro Announces Software Reference Platform for ARM

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 11:47:22 PM
With the launch of its Software Reference Platform for ARMv8-A processors,Linaro is proud to enable both a complete end-to-end open-source serversoftware stack and access to ent

TuxMachines: Enlightenment 0.21 Desktop Environment Likely Brings More Wayland Improvements

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 11:07:58 PM

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.

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TuxMachines: Deepin 15: A Beautifully Crafted Linux Distribution for Everyone

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 11:06:44 PM

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.

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LXer: Open Standards, Move Over

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:50:11 PM
Well, that's not a title I ever thought I'd use. But there you have it - open source foundations are taking over the role that open standards consortia used to play

TuxMachines: Slackware-Based SlackEX Live Released with Linux Kernel 4.5.1 and KDE 4.14.18

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:35:09 PM

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.

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TuxMachines: Linux and FOSS Events

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:15:24 PM
  • 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?

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Thunderbird and MOSS

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:11:09 PM
  • 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.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:08:54 PM

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LXer: Will the iPhone 7 win over Android users?

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 09:53:00 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: Why switching to iPhone from Android is not easy, and Linux botnet attacks grow larger.

TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 09:42:59 PM
  • 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.

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Phoronix: Well Known Linux Kernel Developer Recommends Against Buying Skylake Systems

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 09:21:35 PM
Well known Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett who has led the charge for a number of years about UEFI/SecureBoot issues, poorly secured devices, and more, has taken aim now at Intel's latest-generation "Skylake" systems...

TuxMachines: Why every developer is an open source developer these days

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 08:39:52 PM

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.

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TuxMachines: Linux Foundation Certified Engineer: Ansil Hameed

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 08:25:46 PM

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.

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TuxMachines: Introducing Ignition: The new CoreOS machine provisioning utility

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 08:23:32 PM

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.

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TuxMachines: EC unveils Drupal module for explanatory maps

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 08:19:26 PM

The European Commission is working on an open source module for the Drupal content management system that will make it easy for website editors and site contributors to create explanatory EU maps. Using the NextEuropaMap module does not require users to know Javascript, and map-creation is presented in the system’s content interface.

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TuxMachines: Spain publishes file archive tool as open source

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 08:15:21 PM

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.

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More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Tweak Is Now Officially Dead and Buried
    The creator and maintainer of the once popular Ubuntu Tweak utility, Tualatrix Chou, announced a few minutes ago that its project is no longer under maintenance starting May 2, 2016. Ubuntu Tweak was one of the most downloaded applications that could have allowed Ubuntu users to tweak every single component of their GNU/Linux operating systems, making their lives much easier while using Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Won’t Use Unity 8 By Default
    Unity 8 will not ship as the default desktop in Ubuntu 16.10, the Ubuntu desktop team has said. Yakkety Yak will ship the tried and trusty — or tired and dusty, depending on your point of view — Unity 7 desktop as the default desktop environment.
  • A step-by-step guide to installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) on your PC
    Ubuntu 16.04 is a long-term supported (LTS) version of the popular GNU/Linux operating system from Canonical, which was officially launched on April 21, 2016. Dubbed as Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the 24th release of Ubuntu, which will be supported with critical security patches and software updates for the next five years, that is until 2021.

Linux or Bust, No Mir/Unity 8 this Fall

More news out of the Ubuntu developers summit headlines today's Linux news. OMG!Ubuntu! reported today that "Yakkety Yak will ship the tired and dusty Unity 7 desktop." In other news Michael Larabel posted today of the developers' discussion surrounding FESCo's decision not to rebuild the full codebase for Fedora 25 and The Var Guy listed five reasons Linux is on the rise. Read more

Linux or Bust: Why Businesses Can’t Ignore This Growing Trend

It used to be a clear sign of geekiness. People who were into Linux would rave about its benefits and flexibility…as long as you knew how to install your own OS, dig around for the hardware drivers you needed, and be a master of command-line instructions. For a world building technical literacy through more user-friendly front-end systems, Linux was a niche reserved for technology enthusiasts. Read more

Scopes and Swipes, or How I Learned to Love Ubuntu's Unity

I am still not about to run Unity as the main desktop environment on my workstation, not when KDE is available. However, seeing Unity run in the environment it was designed for does eliminate my distaste for it. Thanks to Unity, the Aquaris M10 offers an experience that my Samsung Galaxy Tab2 cannot possibly compete with. I have already done productive work on it, and plan on taking it with me the next time I travel. Far from being just a piece of hardware to review, it has become my tablet of choice. Read more