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Open source machine vision board and robot kit run Linux and Arduino

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 05:00:00 PM

 hackerboards: Hicat's open source, "Livera" machine vision board runs Linux on an ARM9 Hi3518 camera SoC, and Arduino on an Atmel 32u4 MCU, and has an optional robot kit.

Slackware-Based Absolute 14.2 Linux OS Arrives with Up-to-Date Components

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 04:00:00 PM

 softpedia: Based on Slackware 14.2, Absolute 14.2 comes, as expected, with many updated components, most of them borrowed from upstream

Linux Top 3: Tails 2.6, Android-x86 6.0 and Deepin 15.3

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 03:00:00 PM

The latest update to the TAILS (the amnesic incognito live system) is now out, providing users with a pair of new features, and a long list of incremental updates.

DevOps: How to Persuade Your Boss to Buy In

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 02:00:00 PM

Linux.com: Implementing DevOps usually means making a giant cultural shift in your company, and the price of change is often steep

Cloud Foundry launches its new Docker-compatible container management system

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 01:00:00 PM

TechCrunch: What’s interesting here is that the Cloud Foundry project decided to essentially write its own container management service, even as the container ecosystem itself is focusing mostly on Kubernetes and Docker’s toolset.

Multiple USB Writing on Linux

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 12:00:00 PM

HowToForge: This quick tutorial will deal with the tasks of writing an ISO file on multiple USB pen drives, and writing multiple ISO files into one USB pen drive.

How to install and configure oVirt 4.0 on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 11:00:00 AM

 LinuxTechi: oVirt is the alternate of VMware vSphere in Linux.

A beginner's bumpy journey to find a few good bugs

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 06:00:00 AM

 opensource.com: Beginners to open source should ask lots of questions, even if it's scary.

Tasksel - Easily and Quickly Install Group Softwares in Debian and Ubuntu

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 02:00:00 AM

tecmint: Tasksel, is a simple and easy-to-use tool developed for Debian/Ubuntu that provides users an interface to enable them to install a group of related packages

Rolling Release Vs. Fixed Release Distros - Which Linux Distributions Are Better?

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 10:00:00 PM

FOSSbytes: Different methods are available for updating Linux distributions.

How to uninstall obsolete dependent packages

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 09:00:00 PM

 darkduck: Finding old packages isn't as easy as it should be.

Tiny $2.10 WiFi module taps ESP8285 WiFi SoC

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 08:00:00 PM

 hackerboards: Itead has launched a $2.10, 14 x 13.5mm"PSF-A85" WiFi module based on the ESP8285 SoC, a version of the ESP8266 that adds 1MB SPI flash.

Parsix Normalizes GNOME

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 07:00:00 PM

LinuxInsider: Parsix is a feature-rich distro that will delight GNOME desktop users looking for a well-tweaked user experience.

Bcache File-System Has Initial Encryption Patches

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 06:00:00 PM

Phoronix:  This file-system now has tentative patches for complete encryption support.

Flowblade 1.8 Released, Supports Keyboard Trimming, Clip Snapping

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 05:00:00 PM

OMGubuntu: The open-source video editor Flowblade has a new release available for download.

Why China is the next proving ground for open source software

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 04:00:00 PM

TechRepublic: China is starting to adopt and contribute to open source projects, especially around big data infrastructure, and tech companies should pay attention.

Red Hat Prepares for OpenStack Newton Improvements

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 03:00:00 PM

ServerWatch: The next major milestone release of OpenStack dubbed 'Newton' is currently scheduled to debut the week of October 3.

Atop - Monitor real time system performance, resources, process & check resource utilization history

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 02:00:00 PM

2daygeek: atop is a Linux process monitor tool which is similar to top but provides major advantages compared to other performance monitoring tools such as top, etc.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Launches This Week for Ubuntu Phones, Here's What's New

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 01:00:00 PM

 softpedia: Let's start with the copy/paste support, which has been updated to work with legacy X11 applications as well.

Nextcloud Box: A cloud for your office or living room

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 12:00:00 PM

ZDnet: Nextcloud, in partnership with Canonical and WDLabs, has released a Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu Linux powered cloud server for your home or office.

More in Tux Machines

Raspberry Pi Announces PIXEL Desktop Environment

Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation formally announced the Raspberry Pi PIXEL, their own desktop that will be used in future Raspbian spins. PIXEL is short for Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight desktop. PIXEL is derived from the LXDE desktop environment but with both appearance and fundamental changes, including some new applications. Read more

today's leftovers

  • 'Do you really need to do that?'
    A new postdoc student arrived at our department this semester, and after learning that he uses GNU/Linux for all his computing, I invited him along to TFUG. During some of our meetings people asked “how could I do X on my GNU/Linux desktop?” and, jokingly, the postdoc would respond “the answer to your question is ‘do you really need to do that?’” Sometimes the more experienced GNU/Linux users at the table would respond to questions by suggesting that the user should simply give up on doing X, and the postdoc would slap his thigh and laugh and say “see? I told you that’s the answer!” The phenomenon here is that people who have at some point made a commitment to at least try to use GNU/Linux for all their computing quickly find that they have come to value using GNU/Linux more than they value engaging in certain activities that only work well/at all under a proprietary operating system. I think that this is because they get used to being treated with respect by their computer. And indeed, one of the reasons I’ve almost entirely given up on computer gaming is that computer games are non-free software. “Are you sure you need to do that?” starts sounding like a genuine question rather than simply a polite way of saying that what someone wants to do can’t be achieved.
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 25
    Another development sprint is over. Time flies! In our previous post we already reported about the branching of Tumbleweed and the upcoming releases and about the expected consequences: the landing of some cool features in a less conservative Tumbleweed.
  • Mintbox Mini Pro is a little Linux PC with big specs for $395
  • PepeLine is a 3D puzzle game that will get you addicted instantly
  • GNU Tools Cauldron 2016, ARMv8 multi-arch edition
    That is what my England trip for the GNU Tools Cauldron was, but that only seemed to add to the pleasure of meeting friends again. I flewin to Heathrow and started on an almost long train journey to Halifax,with two train changes from Reading. I forgot my phone on the trainbut the friendly station manager at Halifax helped track it down andgot it back to me. That was the first of the many times I forgotstuff in a variety of places during this trip. Like I discovered thatI forgot to carry a jacket or an umbrella. Or shorts. Or full lengthpants for that matter. Like I purchased an umbrella from Sainsbury’s but forgot to carry it out. I guess you got the drift of it.

today's howtos

Networking and Security

  • FAQ: What's so special about 802.11ad Wi-Fi?
    Here are the broad strokes about 802.11ad, the wireless technology that’s just starting to hit the market.
  • 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet Now Official Standards
    In 2014, multiple groups started efforts to create new mid-tier Ethernet speeds with the NBASE-T Alliance starting in October 2014 and MGBASE-T Alliance getting started a few months later in December 2014. While those groups started out on different paths, the final 802.3bz standard represents a unified protocol that is interoperable across multiple vendors. The promise of 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet is that they can work over existing Cat5 cabling, which to date has only been able to support 1 Gbps. Now with the 802.3bz standard, organizations do not need to rip and replace cabling to get Ethernet that is up to five times faster. "Now, the 1000BASE-T uplink from the wireless to wired network is no longer sufficient, and users are searching for ways to tap into higher data rates without having to overhaul the 70 billion meters of Cat5e / Cat6 wiring already sold," David Chalupsky, board of directors of the Ethernet Alliance and Intel principal engineer, said in a statement. "IEEE 802.3bz is an elegant solution that not only addresses the demand for faster access to rapidly rising data volumes, but also capitalizes on previous infrastructure investments, thereby extending their life and maximizing value."
  • A quick fix for stupid password reset questions
    It didn’t take 500 million hacked Yahoo accounts to make me hate, hate, hate password reset questions (otherwise known as knowledge-based authentication or KBA). It didn't help when I heard that password reset questions and answers -- which are often identical, required, and reused on other websites -- were compromised in that massive hack, too. Is there any security person or respected security guidance that likes them? They are so last century. What is your mother’s maiden name? What is your favorite color? What was your first pet’s name?
  • French hosting provider hit by DDoS close to 1TBps
    A hosting provider in France has been hit by a distributed denial of service attack that went close to one terabyte per second. Concurrent attacks against OVH clocked in at 990GBps. The attack vector is said to be the same Internet-of-Things botnet of 152,464 devices that brought down the website of security expert Brian Krebs. OVH chief technology officer Octave Klaba tweeted that the network was capable of attacks up to 1.5TBps.
  • Latest IoT DDoS Attack Dwarfs Krebs Takedown At Nearly 1Tbps Driven By 150K Devices
    If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba, the DDoS attack reached nearly 1 Tbps at its peak. Of those IoT devices participating in the DDoS attack, they were primarily comprised of CCTV cameras and DVRs. Many of these types devices' network settings are improperly configured, which leaves them ripe for the picking for hackers that would love to use them to carry our destructive attacks.