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You can now make phone calls from Hangouts on Android; bye bye Skype

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 05:11:19 PM

Ever since we got an iPad in the family, one thing that bothered me a lot was that Google Hangout app on the iPad allowed to make phone calls whereas the feature was missing from the Android app.

That didn’t make any sense to me. I contacted Google, but didn’t get any promising answer. It was really hard for me to believe that Google would keep users of its own operating system. Looks like Google was ‘listening’.

Google has just brought the feature to Android. Amit Fulay, Product Manager at Google says, “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”

The feature comes with the latest version of Hangout, version 2.3, which will be rolled out to users in the next few days (I am still waiting for mine). Then install the Hangouts Dialler from Play Store.

Now you will be able to make phone calls to your families and friends. I found Google charges to be cheaper than those on Skype (and then post Microsoft acquisition, I stopped using Skype given the way it seemingly turned into a surveillance tool).

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Red Hat Satellite 6 is now available

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 03:33:32 PM

Red Hat, the leading Open Source company with over a billion dollars in revenues every year, has announced the release of Red Hat Satellite 6.

Satellite 6 is a comprehensive solution providing complete lifecycle management of Red Hat systems with provisioning software distribution, patch and configuration management, together with subscription management across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

The solution provides IT organizations with the right management tools for maintaining system availability, performance and governance.

Red Hat says:

Red Hat Satellite 6 delivers a complete system management solution for managing the lifecycle of Red Hat Systems, providing a single management console and methodology for managing the tools required to build, deploy, run and retire a system. Satellite 6 provides a single Content View, a collection of RPMs and/or Puppet Modules that have been refined with filters and rules. Content Views contain both software and configuration content in one place, and are published and promoted throughout lifecycle environments, enabling end-to-end system lifecycle management. Red Hat Satellite can manage not only the lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux software and content configuration, but also the lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat Directory Server, Red Hat Certificate System, and OpenShift Enterprise.

The three main elements of Satellite 6 are:

  • Simplification by reducing the number of tools, increasing automation and streamlining processes necessary to manage systems across their lifecycle to increase IT efficiency.
  • Scaling out to manage a large number of geographically distributed systems, across a wide variety of platforms from physical to virtual, as well to private and public clouds.
  • Innovation: open source is driving innovation across all areas of IT, including systems management. Red Hat has leveraged its expertise in open source to integrate some of the best management capabilities available, spanning multiple open source communities and projects to deliver Red Hat Satellite. This enables enterprises to employ the latest open source systems management innovations in a fully integrated, supported and certified solution.

Satellite 6 is available to all Red Hat Satellite subscribers.

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The FSF and Debian team up to help users in getting ‘free’* hardware

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 12:09:58 PM

Today The Free Software Foundation and Debian have announced that they will work together to contribute to the h-node database to expand and enhance it. The aim of the database is to help people find hardware that runs free software operating systems without a hitch.

What’s h-node? The project page explains:

The h-node project aims at the construction of a hardware database in order to identify what devices work with a fully free operating system. The website is structured like a wiki in which all the users can modify or insert new contents. The h-node project is developed in collaboration and as an activity of the FSF.

The announcement from the FSF says that you can contribute by running one of the FSF’s endorsed distributions (the ones listed on or Debian with only packages from the main archive installed.

Some of you might be sitting in front of your GNU/Linux computer, puzzling over why anyone would need such a database as most of the time everything works with GNU/Linux out of the box. The reason for h-node is that there are a subset of distros that are promoted on the GNU website which only come packaged with Free Software (free as in freedom, not beer) and therefore a lot of wireless cards and graphics cards break as most require proprietary code which work because the standard Linux kernel includes blobs to make them work.

Most of the distributions listed on the GNU site also come standard with the Linux-libre kernel, the aim of that project is to remove any software that does not include source code, has it’s source code obfuscated or released under proprietary licenses from the Linux kernel.

Coincidentally, Debian is NOT promoted by the GNU project because although it ships with non-free repositories disabled, they are very easy to turn back on and therefore the project is not promoted however if you chose to keep non-free repositories switched off then it is still technically a ‘free software distro’.

This announcement has come months after FSF endorsed it’s first laptop, a ThinkPad X60 with it’s BIOS replaced with the free alternative Coreboot and it’s WiFi chip swapped out for a more modern alternative that was compatible with the Trisquel GNU/Linux OS.

The quest by Free Software advocates, led by characters such as Richard Stallman still has a long road ahead and once you cross the hardware hurdle you will have to make do with free alternatives to things like Steam, Skype and Flash. Despite this the project is gaining attention from the privacy conscious who have the technical know-how and can replace incompatible hardware in their computers.

* Free as in freedom and not beer.

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New customization options coming to Cinnamon screensaver

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 09:00:51 PM

Linux Mint project lead Clement Lefebvre announced that support for custom date and time format has been added to the Cinnamon screensaver. This will let users add date and time formats of their choice or even leave it unused to have a clean screensaver with just the background wallpaper. They can even use any random string of their choice. The last option is not something very new as even now away message strings can be edited to show any random message but this adds to the customization options.

Cinnamon is one of the desktop environments shipped with the popular distro Linux Mint. It is based on GTK+ and was started as a fork of GNOME Shell. Many users perceive it as more flexible and powerful than GNOME Shell while providing advanced features.

Clement revealed some more interesting news from devland. Work is in progress on supporting “background slideshows” on Cinnamon. Which will finally make its way into the screensaver when ready. This essentially means that users can flaunt their own picture collections as the screensaver, something that can currently be done with wallpapers by installing apps like Variety.

But wait! There’s something even more exciting! Some background research is ongoing on supporting videos in the screensaver, MDM (mdm display manager) and as the Nemo file manager background rendering. However, there are constraints like resource usage and usability. Clement feels that though a low-CPU/RAM implementation can be one with some effort, maintaining the usability and artistic factors are more difficult. But he is hopeful of the ongoing research yielding something positive.

Of course, we’ll wait with fingers crossed.

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Internet slowdown campaign begins in less than 24 hours

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 09:00:32 PM

The Internet Slowdown is a SOPA-like protest to raise awareness about net neutrality in the US. The movement’s aim is for you to ring up your lawmakers to to support net neutrality in future bills that they vote on regarding net neutrality.

They have released a bunch of banners and images you can put on your site, in addition for those who do not have a website, you can apply one these avatars to your Twitter account to promote net neutrality.

There are a lot of big names supporting the campaign, we have: Dwolla, Foursquare, KickStarter, imgur, Greenpeace, Mozilla, Reddit, Vimeo, WordPress and many others.

This follows a campaign which took place around two years ago which protested against the SOPA and PIPA bills, that campaign was very well publicised reaching the mainstream media technology pages and even getting Wikipedia to show and overlay saying that the site had gone dark.

Net Neutrality is the concept that ISPs must provide equal access speeds to all websites. However there are people from a wide spectrum from ISPs to media companies who want to see the back of net neutrality, the ISPs argument goes a little bit like this “Most people use Netflix and this uses up a lot of our Bandwidth and because Netflix won’t let us cache the content then this is costing us more money therefore we think people who want access to Netflix should pay more”, essentially leaving you with a system like pay TV where you pay so much and then you can add bundles on top for more money, you can see why people are annoyed by this.

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Breaking: Amazon Prime videos now available on Android

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 01:14:48 PM

Amazon just took care of my #1 (and possibly only) complaint. Amazon has updated their Android app to version 5.0.0 and bring Prime Videos to all Android devices. Earlier while Prime Videos were available on almost every other platform – including Apple’s iOS they were not available on Google Android, despite the fact that Amazon’s own devices are based on the Android Open Source Project.

The version 5.0.0 update says:

• Prime members in the US can enjoy unlimited Prime Instant Video from within the Amazon app by downloading the Prime Instant Video player, delivered exclusively via the Amazon Appstore
• The new Amazon App for Android phones now enables US customers to discover and purchase all of Amazon’s digital catalog, in addition to an award-winning mobile shopping experience on hundreds of millions of physical goods

With this update Amazon is also offering 5GB of photo back-up allowing users to save their photos on Amazon Cloud Drive.

The thing that bugged me was the fact that Amazon is an exceptionally efficient retailer which was locking its user out and sitting outsize the 80% market owned by Google Android.

Amazon’s lack of support for Google Android was also the reason I never bought any movies from Amazon as I could not watch it on all of my devices, which is dominated by Android. Now I can happily buy content from Amazon knowing that it can be player anywhere, any time.

Lacklustre reception of Amazon devices could have played a big role in telling the retailer that they can’t get Android users by selling them a new phone or tablet, when it can be done by an app.

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Snowden will be safe in Switzerland if he testifies against NSA surveillance

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 01:48:07 AM

According to Swiss media, a document titled “What rules are to be followed if Edward Snowden is brought to Switzerland and then the United States makes an extradition request” exists and that in it the Swiss Attorney General stated that Snowden could be guaranteed safety if he arrives in the country to testify.

The document says that Switzerland does not extradite a US citizen, if their “actions constitute a political offence, or if the request has been politically motivated,” which of course, in the case of Snowden, the second applies.

The document concludes by saying that his safety will be guaranteed if it is ruled that the charges against him have a “predominantly political character.”

On the downside however if there are “higher-level government commitments,” obstacles could arise said the Office of the Attorney General adding that such obligations would need to be verified of their existence if they do exist.

The document was requesting in November 2013. Marcel Bosonnet, Snowden’s Swiss lawyer said that he was please with the conclusions in the document. Swiss politicians are also calling for Snowden to be welcomed to Switzerland as soon as possible.

Currently the NSA whistle-blower is in Russia where he has been granted a residence permit in Russia, which is valid until August 1 2017. Compared to others who have taken similar actions to leaks US government secrets, Snowden is the best off, free to travel in Russia as opposed to stuck in an embassy or a US jail as Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are respectively.

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Set Static IP for wifi network in Ubuntu Touch, ignore IPV6

Monday 8th of September 2014 01:46:27 PM

All of you who are currently tinkering with Ubuntu Touch images on your Nexus devices, may want to set a static ip for your wifi at some point.

Some people would ask me, why would you want to do that? Well, for me, since I use the hotel wifi locked to my room number and I wanted to get the same IP for my android and my Ubuntu boots. This helped me to avoid the boring process of registering the device multiple times a day! Please note this setting is exclusive to the wifi network you are connecting to not the wifi card.

To get it working, you will need to connect your phone to your laptop/desktop and drop to the shell. I tested this process on my Nexus 5 with UT-RTM images 23 and 25.

Disclaimer: The steps involved assumes you have reasonable knowledge of Linux and you can navigate your way around. I cannot be held reponsible if your phone or laptop gets damaged, or data gets lost.

In Android

Drop to the shell

adb shell Get the ip address and netmask shell@hammerhead:/ $ ip addr show wlan0

The output should be like the one given below. You need to copy the ones in bold,italics.

21: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP>; mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 1000 link/ether your:mac:address inet your.device.ip.address/netmask brd broadcastaddress scope global wlan0 inet6 ipv6address/netmask scope link valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever Get IP route shell@hammerhead:/ip route show Example ip route show default via dev wlan0 default via dev wlan0 metric 318 via dev wlan0 dev wlan0 proto kernel scope link src metric 318 dev wlan0 scope link Explanation default via your.default.ip.route dev wlan0 default via your.default.ip.route dev wlan0 metric 318 your.dns.ip.address via your.default.ip.route dev wlan0 broadcast/netmask dev wlan0 proto kernel scope link src your.device.current.ip metric 318 your.default.ip.route dev wlan0 scope link Get the DNS address shell@hammerhead:/ $ getprop net.dns1 your.DNS.ip.address

Copy both the details in a safe place and reboot to the Ubuntu Touch partition. Keep the USB cable connected. You can also use numerous apps on android app store if you prefer the GUI.

In Ubuntu Touch

Once you boot into Ubuntu Touch, connect to the chosen wifi network. Then, drop to the shell prompt.

adb shell

Check the current ip address of your device. Verify if its the same ip as android. If not, then follow the steps below.

root@ubuntu-phablet:~# ip addr show wlan0

Navigate to the NetworkManager folder and look for the wifi SSID name

#cd /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections #ls #cat YOURWIFINAME

Your wifi connection should look like this

[connection] id=YOURWIFINAME uuid=WIRELESS-UUID type=802-11-wireless [802-11-wireless] ssid=WIFISSID mode=infrastructure mac-address=WIRELESS:CARD:MAC:ADDRESS [ipv6] method=auto [ipv4] method=auto

To change to static IP and ignore IPV6 address, you will need to change the sections in [ipv6] and [ipv4]. The changes to be made are shown in the file below in bold,italics. Use vi editor to edit the file(don’t use up and down arrow keys in edit mode). Nano, which is the default editor in Ubuntu Touch,did not allow me to save the file due to some reason.

#vi YOURWIFINAME [connection] id=YOURWIFINAME uuid=WIRELESS-UUID type=802-11-wireless [802-11-wireless] ssid=WIFISSID mode=infrastructure mac-address=WIRELESS:CARD:MAC:ADDRESS [ipv6] method=ignore [ipv4] method=manual address1=your.device.ip.address/netmask,your.default.ip.route dns= is google's DNS,mostly works everywhere); your.DNS.ip.address;

Save the file. Disconnect and reconnect wifi from the Ubuntu Touch UI to get the static IP going. You can verify the ip using the command:

ip addr show wlan0


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Fedora to get a new partition manager

Sunday 7th of September 2014 10:08:11 PM

Developer Vratislav Podzimek announced the next-gen partition manager for Fedora, blivet-gui. It is eventually going to replace GParted, the most popular GUI based partition manager found in all major distros. The new tool is named blivet-gui as it is based on the blivet python library (originally Anaconda’s storage management and configuration tool).

The need of a new partition manager is roots from the fact that none of the existing GUI partitioning tools supports all the modern storage technologies. Fedora’s Anaconda base supports all and is hence chosen as the back-end for this new intuitive tool. The application is only a few months old but is already looking nice and useful. Features like RAID and BTRFS support are being worked on. Vojtech Trefny is the other developer working with Vratislav on blivet-gui.

The look and feel closely follows that of GParted so that users experience a familiar interface. blivet-gui also handles tasks in the same way GParted does – add tasks one by one and then press the “Apply” button. However, it can handle sequences like the following:

  • Create 10GB partition sda1, create a LUKS device on top of it and use the LUKS device as a PV for a VG called “dataVG” with a single LV “data” occupying half of the VG space and with XFS on top of the LV in one go. On the other hand, GParted supports only partitioning and file system operations.
  • Run blivet-gui with the “–kickstart” option and export the partitioning portion of a kickstart file instead of committing changes to disk.
  • Any application using any toolkit with the XEmbed protocol support (Gtk, Qt,…) may use blivet-gui as a part of its GUI.

The features already implemented include:

  • Visualisation of storage devices.
  • Creating, editing (resizing and formatting) and deleting of disk partitions.
  • Creating LVM2 Physical Volumes (including LUKS encryption), Volume Groups and Logical Volumes.
  • Special option to create kickstart file for Anaconda installer.

blivet-gui is already available for installation and testing on Fedora. Run the following command to install it:

$ su -c "dnf copr enable vtrefny/blivet-gui && dnf install blivet-gui"

To run blivet-gui:

$ su -c "blivet-gui"

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openSUSE Factory has overtaken Tumbleweed

Saturday 6th of September 2014 12:32:50 AM

openSUSE sent a wave of excitement amount users in July when the project announced that Factory had become an independent distribution using the ‘rolling release’ development model similar to that of Arch Linux.

The project has seen a steep growth in Factory users after the announcement, as you can see in the chat below, which means more and more users are switching to Factory.

Ancor Gonzalez Sosa of openSUSE says, “We can observe a big increase of the number of users in Factory during this July and August (from 1952 in June to 5969 at the end of August). Factory nearly tripled the number of installations without hurting Tumbleweed (5471 installations in June and 5637 at the end of August).”

However the Tumbleweed installations are going down, even Greg KH, the maintainer of Tumbleweed and ace Linux developer predicted that Tumbleweed may die eventually.

He says, “Ideally, Tumbleweed will die with the use of Factory in its place. Factory is a great goal, and one that I really want to see happen, as it fits into my working model (constantly updating stable distro), but from what I have been told, it’s just not quite there yet.”

As an openSUSE user (I run Kubuntu, openSUSE and Arch Linux on my machines), I am already on Factory and it works great – you always run the latest packages.

If you want to move to Factory, check out this article.

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How to install Sublime Text in openSUSE

Friday 5th of September 2014 10:42:28 PM

Sublime Text is one of the best editors out there and it’s also available for GNU/Linux based systems. Sublime Text is not free software – free as in beer as well as freedom. It’s a $70 software but it’s more or less a nagware. It will nag you once in a while to buy the licence. I am sure for how long you can use it. I have a licence for Mac so I don’t really care as I can use the same licence on multiple machines.

So if you already have Sublime Text licence and you want to use it on your openSUSE box as well, this article will help you. And as I said, you don’t need a licence to use it so you can give it a try either way.

Step #1 Grab the 32 or 64 bit tar based on your openSUSE architecture from this page

step #2 Once the package is downloaded cd to the directory where it’s downloaded and extract it:

tar vxjf Sublime_FILE_NAME.tar.bz2

Step #3 Now let’s move the extracted folder to opt directory

sudo mv Sublime_FOLDER_NAME /opt/

Step #4 Then create a symlink in bin

sudo ln -s /opt/PATH_TO_SUBLIME/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime

Now you can easily start Sublime Text from the Konsole by running


You can also add it to menu manually by right clicking on the openSUSE icon/launcher and select edit applications. Then click on new item and enter name Sublime Text in the name and ‘sublime’ as command.

I grabbed the Sublime Text image/icon from Google/Wikipedia and used as the icon. Click on save and you are done.

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HP announces two new ultra-thin Chrombooks

Friday 5th of September 2014 07:23:11 PM

HP has announced two new ultra-thin Chromebooks – the 11-inch HP Chromebook and full-size 14-inch HP Chromebook.

The 11-inch (1366 x 768 resolution) Chromebook comes with Intel Celeron N2830 Processor (2.16GHz, 1M L2 Cache), 16GB SSD storage. It comes with 2GB or 4GB RAM and is available in two colors – Ocean Turquoise and Snow White. . The device is priced at $ 199.

The 14-inch (1366 x 768 resolution) Chromebook comes with NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor. This one is available with 16GB or 32GB SSD and 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Unlike the 11-inch version, this one comes in four colors – Smoke Silver, Sorbet Orange, Ocean Turquoise and Neon Green. The device will be sold at $299.

HP promises up to 8 hours of battery life for both Chromebooks. These devices come with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, USB 2.0 port, HDMI port and Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Both devices offer 100GB of Google Drive storage.

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Dell targets businesses with new Chromeboxes

Friday 5th of September 2014 07:05:24 PM

Chrome OS is gaining momentum not only in the consumer space, these devices are also becoming popular among businesses. Dell will start selling two Chromeboxes for businesses and individuals later this month.

The entry level Chromebox, targeted at consumers, starts at USD $179 and will be available September 26. The device is powered by the 4th generation Intel Celeron 2957U or Core i3 processors. It is available with 2GB or 4GB ram and 16GB SSD storage (which can be expanded with SD card). The Chromebox supports the ability to output 4K Ultra HD resolution and display to dual monitors.

Both devices are extremely compact (4.9″ x 4.9″ x 1.7″) and light (1.17lbs).

Chromebook for meetings is powered by 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4600U processor (3.3GHz) and comes with 16GB of SSD for storage and 4GB RAM. The device is available for $999.

Dell product site says the Chromebox for meetings keeps “your meetings running smoothly with the intuitive Google Admin Panel, where you can quickly alter your user devices and applications, set policies or manage the meeting remotely. You also have full access to chat history settings, OS updates, usage monitoring and 24/7 support.”

The device comes with Logitech 1080P Webcam, Jabra Microphone and Speaker, Phillips Remote Control, 1 VESA 100mm mounting bracket and hardware and cables needed for connectivity.

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Motorola release Moto 360 Smartwatch, Moto X and Moto G upgrades announced

Friday 5th of September 2014 04:38:51 PM

Motorola’s hotly anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch has finally gone on sale. Taking on a circular approach to Android Wear, the watch comes with either a black or limited edition gray leather strap, or two metal straps.

The metal editions do not go on sale until later in the year and will be priced at $299.99 where as the leather strap editions which are now selling, sell for $249.99 and customers have the option of buying the metal band seperately for $79.99 or buying the leather band seperately for $29.99. The Moto X and Moto G have also been announced, one for the high end and another for the low end. Both devices will please many Android users (but mainly TouchWiz users) as they come with a pure Android UI.

The Moto X upgrade that was announced comes with Android 4.4.4, 16GB to 32GB storage space, 13MP Rear camera and 2MP Front camera, 2GB RAM, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with quad-core CPU, 2300mAH battery and a 5.2″ (423 ppi) 1080p OLED display made with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect from keys (but what about the pavement?)

The device is aimed as the flagship device however it’s specs fall slightly short of rival devices such as the recently announced Xiaomi Mi4 which touts 3GB RAM, more storage space and a 3080 mAH battery

Below is the launch video for the device

Lastly we have the Moto G, also carrying the name of an existing device. This option is aimed at the low end market. It also promotes it’s interchangable back plate as a feature offering various colours.

The device comes with Android 4.4.4, comes with 8GB to 16GB storage, has an 8MP Rear camera and 2MP Front camera. It carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 305 @450 MHz GPU. It’s got a mediocre 1GB RAM, 5″ 720p display (294ppi) and a 2070mAH battery.

It’s pretty clear that the Moto G will only do well if it enters the market as a low price point, if we compare this to the Xiaomi RedMi device, for around the same price you can get a larger screen, battery and an octo-core CPU.

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Woman force in Open Source: Xorg joins the Outreach Program for Women

Friday 5th of September 2014 03:14:30 PM

The CTO of the United States of America is a woman, CEO of HP, Yahoo! and many tech giants are women – leading these companies towards future.

However when it comes to core technologies the number of women participants is quite low and disturbing. I am not aware of any leading open source project which was founded by a woman. So Gnome Foundation started a project called Outreach Program for Women (OPW) to increase the participation of women in free software.

This year X.Org is also participating in the program. Peter Hutterer wrote on the xorg mailing list:

X.Org will join the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) in Round 9 (December 2014 – March 2015). The OPW is “open to anyone who was assigned female at birth and anyone who identifies as a woman, genderqueer, genderfluid, or genderfree regardless of gender presentation or assigned sex at birth.”

That’s a commendable move from Xorg to engage more women with free and open source software. Peter further wrote:

We’ve secured funding for one participant and are currently looking for suitable projects and mentors. The scope of the program is “not limited to coding, but include user experience design, graphic design, documentation, web development, marketing, translation and other types of tasks needed to sustain a FOSS project.”

The fact is there are a lot of women participating in the Linux & Free software development including Karen Sandler, Mitchell Baker, Sarah Sharp and efforts like these will bring more woman to free software.

Check out this page if you are Interested in participating.

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Now you can control A R Drone with Ubuntu Touch

Friday 5th of September 2014 02:54:01 PM

As Ubuntu Touch creeps closer to sort of official release, its app store gets adorned with an app to control the AR.Drone, the low-end-computer-priced drone. Is this going to make you buy an AR.Drone now or swap to Ubuntu Touch?

The news about the app coming to the store came from Alan Pope, an Ubuntu developer and Canonical employee who posted this to Google+:

Drones prices have started to drop in recent years far enough so that most people can get their hands on them. The best uses I have seen for drones so far is playing musical instruments and their use in citizen journalism at protest sites like Turkey’s Gezi Park.

Currently you can install Ubuntu Touch on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 although in my experience it’s got a lot of bugs like random crashes and still has a long way to go. Back in June the OS was released to manufacturing so hopefully we will see device hit the market in the next six to twelve months. If you can’t wait till then flash the ROM on a supported device and get submitting bugs/bug fixing, it needs help.

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Reasons why you should be using Gandi

Friday 5th of September 2014 02:18:31 PM

Gandi is known as a ‘no bullshit’ company and they mean it. I must disclose that I am a Gandi customer myself. I migrated all of my sites to Gandi when GoDaddy came out in support of SOPA. It was just unacceptable for me to do business with a company which would support draconian laws like SOPA.

As a user, I have had mixed feeling with Gandi, being an American dealing with a French company, but in the end it was beneficial to me as a customer – I realized it after I saw what happened at Target, Home Depot and UPS. As a free software advocate, I am a huge fan of Gandi due to their stand on issues like net neutrality and censorship.

Being based out of Europe/France I am also rest assured that my data and domain are not at the mercy of the US government.

I met with Thomas Stocking, Gandi’s COO of US Operations, during Linux Con and sat down for an interview, which you can watch on YouTube. Here are some points which would make any user a fan of Gandi.

The tag line ‘No Bullshit’ came up during a meeting where one of the executives said we are fundamentally a ‘no bullshit’ company. Everyone liked the name, they got it trademarked and it is now the USP of Gandi.

As a customer, I came to realize that Gandi doesn’t save my credit card info, so I have to put some money in my account as credit which can be used to charge for services. It could be frustrating for a new user but when Thomas explained the benefits it made sense. One of the major benefits is that since Gandi doesn’t save your credit card info, it’s not the target of cyber criminals to steal that data. The recent Target, UPS and many similar incidents shows how risky it is to give your credit card details to these companies who can’t protect it.

It does add a layer of complexity to it, but then it also protects my money. Gandi is effectively working on improving the user-experience in this regards.

Gandi has a very strong opinion about censorship and they opposed bills like SOPA and CISPA. Thomas said that open Internet is very important for innovation and flow of information and Gandi will always be standing with those who defend the free and open Internet.

Thomas is quite concerned about net neutrality and says that the FCC’s fast lane may destroy the internet as we know it. He however also said that the new FCC chairman is willing to improve situation but he can do it only the way government works. Thomas is of the opinion that users should be educated so that they are aware of the dangers of the fast lane and that everyone should express their concerns to the FCC.

In addition to this, Gandi is also a strong supporter of Open Source and Linux and not only works with the community, but also contributes to it.

If you want to do business with a company that shares the same views that you have as a Linux & Open Source advocate, Gandi is that company.

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DigitalOcean starts offering Core OS

Friday 5th of September 2014 01:39:58 PM

One of the leading virtual private server provide which is known for their aggressive pricing and top-notch offering. The company is now offering Core OS on their servers. Core OS is based on the Linux kernel and is actively developed, primarily by Alex Polvi, Brandon Philips and Michael Marineau and an Open Source project.

A DO blog post says:

on DO provides an easy and quick way for web and mobile developers interested in working with Docker to deploy applications and experiment with containers. On CoreOS, Docker containers can boot in milliseconds, providing unprecedented flexibility in managing load across a cluster of Droplets. Some additional features include automatic updates, automatic network configuration, and integration with etcd technology.

The blog further added:

Through CoreOS’s etcd technology, users can deploy a cluster of servers configured to work with one another, ensuring the resiliency of their architecture. This feature greatly reduces the impact of a possible server failure, supporting high-traffic applications. And for those looking for commercial support, CoreOS Managed Linux is delivered as an OS as a Service. We hope developers using our infrastructure are as excited as we are about the possibilities now available through CoreOS on our platform.

Digital Ocean users can easily deply Core OS droplet from their account.

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Microsoft’s cheap assault on Android tablets is about to begin

Friday 5th of September 2014 01:40:36 AM

Microsoft is copying competitor’s models so vigorously that they should move their head quarters to China. After pushing ‘cheap’ (in terms of price and performance) Netbooks to combat Chromebooks, Microsoft is now about to flood the market with ‘cheap’ Windows tablets.

Toshiba is going to be the first company to launch cheap 7-inch Windows tablet. The tablet will be launched at IFA tradeshow in Berlin.

I really don’t know who Microsoft is targeting with these tablets? Cheap tablets do become popular among developers as they root it and run the operating systems of their Choice. Nexus 7 is a popular tablet which is being used for Ubuntu development and developers love such expendable devices.

Other tablets are really priced well for the audience that spends money to consumer content. These tablets pack great hardware to offer a great experience as services and applications are becoming really resource hungry.

Microsoft’s tablet doesn’t seem to make sense in either categories. According to The Verge the tablet has many shortcomings, to be attractive to even a Windows fan:

There’s no Windows button on the Encore Mini, meaning you’ll need to swipe for the Charms bar to navigate around. The display also has extremely bad viewing angles when you’re navigating around, so you’re really getting what you pay for here.

When it comes to apps, the tables have turned. Microsoft mobile is in the same situation as was Linux – there are no decent applications for the platform. What will one do on such a device even if it is dirt cheap?

Microsoft has copied Google’s model and is offering its OS for free of cost to OEM (though, unlike Google Android its not Open Source), but is price point going to be the only deciding factor?

Will you buy a $119 Windows tablet with such poor hardware, half-baked operating system and a hollow app ecosystem? If not, who else would buy them?

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WordPress 4.0 released, time to upgrade is now

Thursday 4th of September 2014 08:21:09 PM

Matt Mullenweg, the founder and creator of WordPress has announced the release of version 4.0, code-named Benny. Matt says, “While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.”

Some of the major improvements include better image management, better embedding whether it be a YouTube video or a Tweet. The new release has also expanded the supported services. “… you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports,” says Matt.

Unlike earlier now the built-in editor shows a preview of the embedded content so you can see it while you compose your story.

The editor has become responsive so it “expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times”.

While WordPress automatically updates the blog software to minor releases (fixing one of the big issues around WP security), major release needs to be upgraded by the users. So if you are running WordPress upgrade your blog software immediately. Just make sure to take database backup before doing so.

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