Ubuntu Devs Willing to Work on GNOME Software to Replace Ubuntu Software Center
The Ubuntu Software Center managed to be the center of news stories after the Ubuntu MATE project decided to ditch it as default (still available in the repos), and discussions about a possible replacement in the regular Ubuntu desktop have started once more.
FreeBSD 10.2 Release Candidate 2 Adds Better Hyper-V Support on Windows Server 2012
While not a GNU/Linux operating system, FreeBSD is an imperative open-source project, the most acclaimed BSD distribution on the market. Today, we announce the availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of FreeBSD 10.2.
Debian-Based Clonezilla Live 2.4.2-29 Is Out with Partclone 0.2.81 and Lots of Bugfixes
On the first day of August 2015, Steven Shiau has released a new testing version of his popular Clonezilla Live CD, which can be used for disk cloning and imaging operations, version 2.4.2-29.
Arch Linux-Based BlackArch Penetration Testing Distro Now Using Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS
The development team behind the BlackArch project, a GNU/Linux distribution derived from Arch Linux and designed to be used for penetration testing and security analysis operations, released an updated installation media, BlackArch 2015.07.31.
Unannounced Drug Testing Practices In The Workplace
Random employment drug tests are very common in today’s workplace. In fact most employers require that the majority of their employees agree to random drug testing which are often conducted at anytime throughout their term of employment. This type of drug testing practice claims to promote to drug free working environment but statistics reveal that the percentage of employees who use illegal drugs at work are generally small. In fact studies also reveal that a large number of drugs consumed by employees during company time are consumed at company functions and gatherings. This would make random drug testing unfair, unjust, and in many cases hypocritical to a certain extent. However routine random employee drug testing happens to be, they’re still intrusive, often having a test subject closely observed by someone conducting the drug test. Just imagine going to the bathroom and having a stranger stand over you while you use the facilities.
The general goal of random employee drug testing is to supposedly get rid of the use of illegal drugs at work nevertheless in all fairness most employees do not use drugs while on the job but may consume drug during their off time. Although it can happen, it is usually rare that an employee comes into work under the influence of drugs knowing that such type of behavior could lead to dismissal. This is only one reason why employee drug tests should only be considered whenever there is a probable cause for suspicion of use while at work. Everyone is entitled to enjoy a personal life outside the workplace and as long as that lifestyle does not affect their job performance or possibly the safety of others at work, that personal lifestyle should remain private.
There can be frequent occasions where drugs are indirectly consumed unintentionally from being in the presence of others using them. One common drug that's often utilized in social settings is marijuana. Often utilized in nightclubs, parties, and various social gatherings, marijuana or THC can get into the body indirectly by second hand smoke released through the air within the immediate area being occupied. If enough second hand smoke is inhaled this could cause a positive test result for THC although the test subject may have not even knew the trace elements where in their system. Of course this certainly will not be accepted as a possible excuse for marijuana being in an employee’s system although the fact remains that incidents like this can and often do happen.
The debate as to whether random employee drug testing is fair is one that will carry on for years to come in spite of the blatant disregard for individual privacy and the presence of certain flaws in random drug testing procedures. On the job safety should always remain a primary concern for employers however, not at the cost of humiliating good employees. This is the reason why many people have resorted to countermeasures for passing drug tests to help keep their alternative lifestyles private especially through these uncertain times where securing and holding down work has become increasingly difficult because of a slow economy. Passing random drug tests really aren't difficult by any means plus the methods used will definitely work when done properly.
A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening
There are multiple lists to be found detailing the ways in which open source is besting—or "eating"—proprietary offerings. But to understand the significance of this, it's useful to return to Andreessen's original argument. They key to his 2011 thesis is that "all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale." The very characteristics that are allowing software to "eat the world"—a networked world enabling faster innovation, scalability, customization, and collaboration—are the same characteristics that put open source ahead of proprietary. Open source means quality, security, and cost-effectiveness. And, most importantly, it means genuine interoperability to fully enable the networked world.