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How to value cloud-based open source software services

Monday 11th of May 2020 07:59:25 PM

Some enterprises have not yet used open source on premises, not to mention cloud. However, some confusing aspects of cloud-based open source—especially how to define the value—leave some enterprises scratching their heads. Here are a few emerging best practices to consider for cloud-based open source software.

Read More at Channel Asia

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India Looks To Open-Source Aarogya Setu App As Security Concerns Spike

Monday 11th of May 2020 07:59:20 PM

The Indian government is looking to make Aarogya Setu application open-source as unease over data surveillance grows over microblogging platform Twitter. Many users on Twitter have demanded the government to make Aarogya Setu open-source so that they can get to know the purpose of the application.

Read More at Inc42 Media

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Open source algorithms for network graph analysis help discover patterns in data

Monday 11th of May 2020 07:59:16 PM

StellarGraph has launched a series of new algorithms for network graph analysis to help discover patterns in data, work with larger data sets and speed up performance while reducing memory usage. The version 1.0 release delivers three new algorithms into the library, supporting graph classification and spatio-temporal data.

Read More at Help Net Security

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The best way to protect the US electrical grid is with open source

Monday 11th of May 2020 05:14:37 PM

Recently, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to protect the US electricity grid from cyber attacks by blocking power-equipment imports from “foreign adversaries.” Presumably, that includes Russia, Iran, and — most important of all — China. There’s only one problem with that: The vast majority of high-end electrical equipment is built outside of the US.
Read more at ZDNet

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Linux Desktop Environment Face-Off: Which GUI is Best?

Saturday 9th of May 2020 01:33:58 AM

Designers make Linux desktop environments to appeal to all users. You may not be a generic user. While you read this, consider what your preferences are. The two most popular desktop environments are GNOME and KDE. They have different philosophies. The third most popular Linux desktop environment is Cinnamon.

Read More at Tom’s Hardware

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Linux Needs at Least 10 Years to Replace Windows in China

Saturday 9th of May 2020 01:33:55 AM

Linux has long been considered the best alternative to Windows, and the latest data shows its market share and adoption is massively improving. But as far as China is concerned, building a Linux alternative to Windows could even take 10 years, Liu Wenhuan, the general manager of Union Tech explains.

Read More at Softpedia News

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5 Open Source Tools Every Digital Nomad Needs

Saturday 9th of May 2020 01:33:52 AM

So you consider yourself a digital nomad. Well, there are plenty of open source tools that can help you achieve nomad nirvana. And because these tools are open source, they have no associated software cost, making them even more appealing. Let’s dive in and find out more about these tools.

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Hacker gains access to a small number of Microsoft’s private GitHub repos

Saturday 9th of May 2020 01:33:48 AM

A hacker has gained access to a Microsoft employee’s GitHub account and has downloaded some of the company’s private GitHub repositories. The intrusion is believed to have taken place in March. However, the hacker did not gain access to the source code of any major Microsoft core projects.

Read More at ZDNet

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How to repeat a Linux command until it succeeds

Friday 8th of May 2020 12:47:19 AM

If you want to run a command on a Linux system until it succeeds, there are some really easy ways to do it that don’t require you to retype the command repeatedly or sit in front of your screen pressing !! Let’s look at the two options available with bash.

Read More at Network World

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How Tesla uses open source to generate resilience in modern electric grids

Thursday 7th of May 2020 11:50:08 PM

What if you wanted to build a modern electrical grid like, say, Tesla? You’d probably want to rely on open source innovation to handle electrical grid levels of complexity at unimaginable scales. Open source for resilience, in other words — an insight that clever Tesla engineers recently revealed at a conference.

Read More at TechRepublic

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ScyllaDB Announces 4.0 Release of Its Open Source NoSQL Database

Thursday 7th of May 2020 11:50:05 PM

ScyllaDB has announced Scylla Open Source 4.0, the latest major release of its NoSQL database for real-time big data workloads. The release builds on Scylla’s close-to-the-hardware design, enabling optimal use of modern server infrastructure. Written from the ground-up in C++, Scylla delivers performance of millions of OPS on a single node.

Read More at DevOps.com

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GitHub Takes Aim at Open Source Software Vulnerabilities

Thursday 7th of May 2020 11:50:02 PM

Open source software has the potential to be very secure. Now, code repository GitHub is rolling out new tools for its GitHub Advanced Security suite that will make it easier to root out vulnerabilities in the open source projects managed on its platform.

Read More at WIRED

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Mozilla starts funding open source coronavirus tech projects

Thursday 7th of May 2020 11:49:57 PM

Mozilla has revealed the first set of open source projects that will receive funding for developing innovative technology for use during the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, launched under Mozilla Open Source Support awards program, offers applicants up to $50,000 each to develop open source technology that tackles issues caused by COVID-19.

Read More at ZDNet

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Microsoft offers $100000 to hack its custom Linux OS

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 03:01:40 PM

Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS, which is designed to run on specialized chips for its IoT platform.

Read More at The Verge

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How to synchronize Ubuntu server directories with Unison

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 03:01:38 PM

Looking to sync directories on two Linux servers in your data center and want to do it on the cheap? Unison might be just the tool you need. Unison is a tool similar to rsync–the only difference being that it can track and synchronize both directories, not just one.

Read More at TechRepublic

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Firefox 76 Released With WebRender Improvements, Better Security

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 03:01:32 PM

Firefox 76.0 is out today as the newest feature release to Mozilla’s web browser. On the Linux front one of the notable changes with Firefox 76 is enabling VA-API Wayland acceleration for all video codecs, building off the Wayland/VA-API work found in last month’s Firefox 75.

Read More at Phoronix

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Open source community joins Covid-19 fight

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 03:01:28 PM

As a steward of open source software, Red Hat has been doing its part for organisations across Asia-Pacific looking to contribute their source codes to the open source community. One such organisation is Singapore’s GovTech, which has open sourced the contact-tracing protocol to help other authorities stem the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read More at ComputerWeekly.com

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5 open source tools IT leaders should know about now

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 03:01:25 PM

Open source embraces the probability that if your organization is facing a problem, then chances are someone else is facing the same thing and has come up with a solution. Here are five projects that answer universal problems that most IT teams encounter.

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LiFT Scholarship Recipient Pursuing Dream of Ph.D.

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 04:30:03 PM

In 2017, Jules Bashizi Irenge was a graduate of the Masters of Computer Science program at the University of Liverpool in the UK. A longtime Linux user, Jules dreamed of pursuing a Ph.D. program where he could use Linux for computer science research projects. While awaiting the results of his application for asylum in the UK, he heard about the Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) Scholarship program and decided to submit an application.

Learn More at Linux Foundation Training

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Linux Foundation will host the Trust over IP Foundation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 02:56:03 PM

The Linux Foundation will be hosting the Trust over IP Foundation (ToIP), which is a project with one goal—enable the trustworthy exchange and verification of data between any two parties on the internet. This standard is being developed with global pan-industry support.

Read More at TechRepublic

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LibreOffice 6.4.5 finally for Slackware 14.2

The Document Foundation recently released version 7.0.0 of their Libre Office suite of applications. The packages for Slackware-current can be found in my repository. But the situation for Slackware 14.2 used to be different – I got stuck after LibreOffice 6.2 because the newer source releases (6.3 and onwards) require versions of system software that our stable Slackware 14.2 platform does not offer. From time to time during the last year, when there was time and the build box was not compiling packages, I messed around with the libreoffice.SlackBuild script in futile attempts to compile recent versions of LibreOffice on Slackware 14.2. I failed all the time. Until last week. After I had uploaded the new KDE Plasma5 packages to ‘ktown‘, I had an epiphany and decided to use a new approach. What I did was: question all the historic stuff in the SlackBuild script that got added whenever I needed to work around compilation failures; and accept that the compilation needs newer versions of software than Slackware 14.2 offers. The first statement meant that I disabled patches and variable declarations that messed with compiler and linker; and for the second statement I stuck to a single guideline: the end product, if I were able to compile a package successfully, has to run out of the box on Slackware 14.2 without the need to update any of the core Slackware packages. Read more

Web Browsers: New Tor RC, Firefox/Mozilla Trouble, and Web Browsers Need to Stop

  • New release candidate: 0.4.4.4-rc

    There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for 0.4.4.4-rc from the download page. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release likely in the coming weeks.

    Remember, this is a release candidate, not a a stable release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

  • Mozilla is dead

    If Mozilla wants to survive, the management will be fired with unearned compensation, the most important departments will be strengthened, products that nobody ordered will be discontinued and the organization will be limited to its core competence. Browser, email, security, adaptability and the fight for a free Internet. And they work with all their might to ensure that the products will become an integral part of everyday life and all operating systems.

    Three months. That’s all the time they have for a clear signal. After that, users have to make a decision. Unfortunately, it will probably only be something with chromium.

    Poor Internet.

  • Web browsers need to stop

    I call for an immediate and indefinite suspension of the addition of new developer-facing APIs to web browsers. Browser vendors need to start thinking about reducing scope and cutting features. WebUSB, WebBluetooth, WebXR, WebDRM WebMPAA WebBootlicking replacing User-Agent with Vendor-Agent cause let’s be honest with ourselves at this point “Encrypted Media Extensions” — this crap all needs to go. At some point you need to stop adding scope and start focusing on performance, efficiency, reliability, and security5 at the scope you already have.