Slashdot Burying Stories About Slashdot Media Owned SourceForge
If you’ve followed any tech news aggregator in the past week, you’ve probably seen the story about how SourceForge is taking over admin accounts for existing projects and injecting adware in installers for packages like GIMP. For anyone not following the story, SourceForge has a long history of adware laden installers, but they used to be opt-in. It appears that the process is now mandatory for many projects.
People have been wary of SourceForge ever since they added a feature to allow projects to opt-in to adware bundling, but you could at least claim that projects are doing it by choice. But now that SourceForge is clearly being malicious, they’ve wiped out all of the user trust that was built up over sixteen years of operating. No clueful person is going to ever download something from SourceForge again. If search engines start penalizing SourceForge for distributing adware, they won’t even get traffic from people who haven’t seen this story, wiping out basically all of their value.
My dad, Linux, and me
When I was a young girl, I remember my dad showing me Linux on his computer.
He was showing me what was known then as Red Hat Linux—it was a fresh version of Colgate 4.0 from Best Buy. At that time, I was familiar with Windows 95 and knew how to use a computer, but Linux was new to me. It looked like a bunch of code and too technical. So, it was many years later, in January of 2009, that I finally made the switch.
KDE Ships KDE Applications 15.04.2
Today KDE released the second stability update for KDE Applications 15.04. This release contains only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.
More than 30 recorded bugfixes include improvements to gwenview, kate, kdenlive, kdepim, konsole, marble, kgpg, kig, ktp-call-ui and umbrello.
Also: KDE Applications 15.04.2 Released with More than 30 Bug Fixes
Watch Netflix outside the US, for nearly free (without paying for a tunnel)
Some services line Netflix have an annoying geolocation restriction that made them unavailable outside the United States. In case of Netflix, this is due to licensing issues. It's not a slim difference: do you want to be able to access just over one thousand movies, or would you prefer to have access to over thirteen thousand movies?
Unfortunately, getting around the geolocation issue is not for everybody: it's based on the principle of browsing the Internet bouncing off an IP address (Internet address) located in the US (instead of using your own IP address, geolocated wherever you are).
One common way of doing so is by using a tunnel: in short, you are creating a "virtual cable" to a host in the US, and are using that virtual cable to direct all of your Internet traffic. Using a tunnel, magically, you are located in the US as far as anybody else is concerned.
The problem with tunnels is that they are expensive: the average price is around $5/month. That's nearly the cost of your whole Netflix subscription, just for the privilege of using Netflix in the first place!
Well, there is another solution -- one that I consider much better.
The newest Chrome Beta channel release includes new ES6 features and a number of updates to existing APIs. Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to Chrome for Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
Firefox 38.0.5 has been released. This version introduces Pocket, which helps you keep track of articles and videos. Clean formatting for articles and blog posts with Reader View is also a new feature.
As you may know, Mozilla Firefox is among the most popular internet browsers available, being very appreciated by FOSS users.
Read RSS news feeds with Liferea
Nowadays, the Internet is all about the Web. Users seem to have forgotten that it's possible to receive updates about anything that is posted on multiple web sites in seconds: this non secret is called RSS. Liferea is a neat, great piece of software that allows you to read RSS feeds and more.
Take your pick from 4 capable Chromebooks priced from $155 to $220
Those on the fence about the Chromebook will find that budget-friendly models make it easy to give them a try. Here are four impressive models that don't cost an arm and a leg.