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TuxMachines: Is Microsoft engaging in digital imperialism?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:03:46 PM

Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge.

Nothing is going to change in Munich, but Microsoft is trying to maintain an international/universal perception that the migration to GNU/Linux was a disaster. Numerous anonymous blogs were created to attack Munich over this and provocateurs of Microsoft loved citing them, only to be repeatedly proven wrong. Microsoft is trying to make an example out of Munich in all sorts of nefarious ways. We need to defend Munich from this malicious assault by the convicted monopolist and corrupt enterprise that’s acting as though it fights for its very survival (while indeed laying off tens of thousands of employees).

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LXer: Is Microsoft engaging in digital imperialism?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 09:53:17 PM
In today's open source roundup: Microsoft may be using cloak and dagger tactics to attack open source and protect Windows. Plus: John Dvorak smacks the Linux beehive for page views, and don't forget developer stability when choosing a Linux distro.

Reddit: Downloading Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 09:15:55 PM

So for a class in school the teacher wants us to download Linux. I know there are different versions but what is the best and what website do I use. And sorry I do love my window a so how do I uninstall it too if I even can

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TuxMachines: Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 09:12:24 PM

Yes! We use a lot of open source. The short list includes Python, GitHub, Processing, VLC, jQuery, D3.js, Blender, VRUI, ImageJ, VMD, ParaView, MeshLab, VNC, ImageMagick, SWIG, Emacs, and many more.

We like using open source because it gives us more flexibility because of licensing and allows us the opportunity to contribute back to the community using our expertise.

Our favorite open source project that we work on is OpenMDAO. This project is run out of another Division at our Center. Our team provides some programming support. OpenMDAO is an open source Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) framework, written in Python. You can use it to develop an integrated analysis and design environment for your engineering challenges.

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TuxMachines: GSoC: Thumping the Malaria and voyaging in cosmos with KStars

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 09:03:25 PM

Let's talk about my project now. KStars is desktop planetarium application under KDE Education Projects. I developed QML based cool interface to enable users to browse through image database of community of astrophotographers (i.e. which contains more than 1,20,000 (number is increasing everyday) real time and very high resolution images along with various information related to them (i.e. Date on which image was captured, Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, RA Centre, DEC Centre, Telescope or Camera used, Description added by astrophotographer etc). I am sure that this browser will enthrall school children by showing them real time images of stars and galaxies located at hundreds of light year far from earth.

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LinuxToday: How to secure a LAMP server on CentOS or RHEL

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 09:00:00 PM

 xmodulo: In this article we will assume that each component of the stack is already up and running, and will focus exclusively on securing the LAMP server(s).

LXer: Crystal Picnic, A Colourful 2D RPG Released For Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:56:06 PM
Crystal Picnic is a fantastic looking 2D RPG that is created as a tribute to the old action RPG games. Created by "Nooskewl" the developers of Monster RPG 2.

Reddit: Is subscribing to worth it?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:55:35 PM

I'm currently a scientific/systems programmer and Linux user, and have read occasional articles from in the past that were posted here or in hackernews. I was wondering if any /r/linux subscribers pay for a subscription, and if they consider it to be worth the money.

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Phoronix: Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:38:33 PM
The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off...

LXer: Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:58:55 PM
The offer was too good to be true. Three whole weeks at the NASA Glenn Research Center and an invitation to come back. I could scarcely believe it when I read the email. I immediately forwarded it to my parents with an addition of around 200 exclamation points. They were all for it, so I responded to my contact, Herb Schilling, with a resounding “YES!”read more

LXer: Short Stack: VMware embraces OpenStack, HP doesn't want Rackspace either and top automaker chooses OpenStack

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:01:44 PM
This week, we look at VMware embracing OpenStack, HP still rejecting a Rackspace purchase and the strange case of Eucalyptus joining OpenStack.

Slashdot: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:48:00 PM
snydeq writes: Developers are embracing a range of open source technologies, writes Matt Asay, virtually none of which are supported or sold by Red Hat, the purported open source leader. "Ask a CIO her choice to run mission-critical workloads, and her answer is a near immediate 'Red Hat.' Ask her developers what they prefer, however, and it's Ubuntu. Outside the operating system, according to AngelList data compiled by Leo Polovets, these developers go with MySQL, MongoDB, or PostgreSQL for their database; Chef or Puppet for configuration; and ElasticSearch or Solr for search. None of this technology is developed by Red Hat. Yet all of this technology is what the next generation of developers is using to build modern applications. Given that developers are the new kingmakers, Red Hat needs to get out in front of the developer freight train if it wants to remain relevant for the next 20 years, much less the next two."

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Phoronix: New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:39:24 PM
An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux...

Reddit: system-storage-manager, are LVMs really that easy now?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:12:20 PM

I've been learning the differences in RHEL6 & RHEL7 lately and I noticed that you can no longer install system-config-lvm on RHEL7. After some reading I found system-storage-manager and read the man pages for it. I then added a new virtual disk to a VMWare VM, installed using "yum install system-storage-manager -y", then I found my new disk's name with "ssm list", it was /dev/sdb and I made note of the pool name that I wanted to extend. Then extending it was as simple as "ssm /dev/sdb -p poolName". I was blown away with how simple this was compared to the old command line process of extending an lvm. It was even simpler than using the old GUI system-config-lmv. It was so easy I'm questioning it, has the process really been simplified this much? If so I already love RHEL7.

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Reddit: GNOME design: saving space since 2009 (or so)

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:09:51 PM

LXer: NASA's Kennedy Space Center Uses Ubuntu to Plan for the Exploration of Alien Planets

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:04:33 PM
NASA is constantly working on projects that will eventually be useful in the outer space and on alien planets, and it looks like they are going there with the help of Linux and Ubuntu.

Phoronix: Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:52:56 PM
While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works...

Phoronix: NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:37:22 PM
Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too...

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