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Linux Devices

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Linux
  • The Scooter Computer

    Power consumption, as measured by my Kill-a-Watt, ranged from 7 watts at the Ubuntu Server 14.04 text login screen, to 8-10 watts at an idle Ubuntu 15.10 GUI login screen (the default OS it arrived with), to 14-18 watts in memory testing, to 26 watts in mprime.

  • H3-OLinuXino-NANO is only 50×50 mm but has everything one computer must have
  • Hands on with the Pine64… well sorta

    While I refuse to call this board a ‘supercomputer’ as they do on their Kickstarter page, I do think it will be a great little development board for a lot of people. While I personally prefer the Odroid product line, I think this is a great way for people who have only worked on the Raspberry Pi and other various ‘Fruit Board Clones’, to spread the wings and work with a lot more powerful hardware. While I think I will personally put my money into the forthcoming Odroid C2 for size reasons, I still think the Pine64 is a great board for many people.

  • Can open source chip cores ever threaten ARM in the IoT?

    The open source movement now dominates software, but could it also become the norm in chips? Operating systems like Unix, which could be licensed for many computers, squeezed out single-vendor platforms, but then gave way in turn to fully open source OSs like Linux.

  • How MaruOS Turns Your Android Phone Into A Linux Desktop Computer

    As soon as you connect an external HDMI monitor to your phone, MaruOS fires a Debian-based OS on the bigger screen. “Your phone runs independently of your desktop so you can take a call and work on your big screen at the same time,” MaruOS writes on its website.

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Because You Don’t Need Eyes To Have A Vision

    Continuing the MyStory series on It’s FOSS, today I am sharing with you the story of a blind computer programmer from Iraq who goes on the internet by the name of Ali Miracle. By the time you finish reading this article about Ali and his works, I am sure you would agree with his nickname ‘miracle’.

    I came to know about Ali when he contacted me to contribute to It’s FOSS. This was also the time when I come to know about his inability to see. I was amazed to know that despite being blind, Ali contributed to a number of open source projects.

  • What success really looks like in open source

    Linux, and the related open source projects making up the LAMP stack, were the underdogs. Essays like Raymond’s helped legitimize Linux and galvanize support for open source in a world where closed source was still the norm.

  • The Surprising Truth about Big Data

    Big Data gets a lot of headlines. If any technology can be called heavily hyped, Big Data earns the prize for most breathless predictions of enterprise influence.

    Typical of the rosy predictions is this from IDC: spending on Big Data-related infrastructure, software and services will grow at a torrid compound annual rate of 23.1 percent between 2014 and 2019, reaching a hefty $48.6 billion in 2019.

  • 80 percent of UK IT professionals plan to move to OpenStack cloud

    The report also suggested that the biggest concerns facing those advocates centre around security and the challenge of installing the cloud in their business.

    "There is no question that private clouds are seen as the future for many enterprise workloads, including many that are considered to be business-critical," said Mark Smith, senior product marketing manager of cloud solutions at Suse, in a not at all brazen plug for his business.

  • Hadoop vs. Spark: The New Age of Big Data

    A direct comparison of Hadoop and Spark is difficult because they do many of the same things, but are also non-overlapping in some areas.

    For example, Spark has no file management and therefor must rely on Hadoop’s Distributed File System (HDFS) or some other solution. It is wiser to compare Hadoop MapReduce to Spark, because they’re more comparable as data processing engines.

  • OpsClarity Promises Easier Big Data Management for DevOps

    What will it take to make open source big data tools truly useful for the enterprise? OpsClarity thinks the answer is a one-stop solution for monitoring everything from Spark to Elasticsearch to MongoDB. That's what it rolled out this week in a new platform targeted at DevOps teams.

  • Bug squashing in Gammu

    I've not really spent much time on Gammu in past months and it was about time to do some basic housekeeping.

    It's not that there would be too much of new development, I rather wanted to go through the issue tracker, properly tag issues, close questions without response and resolve the ones which are simple to fix. This lead to few code and documentation improvements.

  • Deep Introduces deepSQL and Combines SQL with Cloud

    Called deepSQL, the solution aims to help companies meet real-time customer demands while providing the automated scalability to capitalize on unforeseen business surges.

    “We took control of our destiny by making this our own distribution. It is fully 100% MySQL compliant, there are now application changes but it’s the best of Maria, Percona, MySQL, our own stuff and the machine learning open source worlds together,” said Chad Jones, chief strategy officer at Deep.

  • OpsClarity Provides Monitoring for Open-Source Data-First Apps

    OpsClarity Intelligent Monitoring provides automated discovery, configuration and rapid troubleshooting for Apache Kafka, Apache Spark and Apache Storm.

    OpsClarity, which provides Web-scale application monitoring solutions, has announced that its Intelligent Monitoring offering now provides monitoring for a growing suite of open-source data processing frameworks.

  • Walmart has made its application development cloud platform to open source

    Customers that think of Walmart as the place to get toiletries, groceries and more can now add cloud to the list.

    Perhaps taking a page out of Amazon’s success with AWS, the retail giant has announced it is releasing its internally-developed cloud and application lifecycle management platform, called OneOps, open source to the public.

  • LLVM Clang Compiler Optimization Benchmarks From -O0 To -O3 -march=native
  • EC accepts XBRL as standard for procurement

    The freely-available standard, developed by the not-for-profit XBRL Consortium, was accepted by the Commission after consulting the European multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) on ICT standardisation and other experts.

  • Reclaiming the Computing Commons

    Software freedom — the core commitment of the free software movement — does represent at least the rudiments of a better system. Resisting and reversing enclosure will not come about through “sustainable growth” or the “sharing economy,” which preserve the logics and structures of the status quo. “Openness,” or the conviction that norms of transparency and publicity will clarify (and thereby equalize) power relations, is also no solution at all.

  • New web office suite, UNICEF's innovation fund, and more news
  • City of Riga to renew its ICT strategy

    The city of Riga (Latvia) will soon begin an overhaul of its approach to IT, focussing on making its data open by default, and giving companies and software developers access to some of the city’s eGovernment services through APIs. The city’s current IT architecture was designed about a decade ago, when “no one foresaw the growth of data”, says city council member Agris Ameriks.

  • Adding Position Control To An Open Source Brushless Motor Driver

    Brushless motors are everywhere now. From RC planes to CNC machines, if you need a lot of power to spin something really fast, you’re probably going to use a brushless motor. A brushless motor requires a motor controller, and for most of us, this means cheap Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) from a warehouse in China. [Ben] had a better idea: build his own ESC. He’s been working on this project for a while, and he’s polishing the design to implement a very cool feature – position control.

  • Why $2 billion startup GitHub is apparently in crisis, again

    A struggle between factions is taking place, according to a report by The Information, which matches what several sources have told Business Insider.

Linux and FOSS Events (FOSDEM and Beyond)

  • FOSDEM video recordings
  • FOSDEM 2016 and ownCloud, Kolab, KDE and more

    After rocking SCALE, FOSDEM was next and a great event. Killing, too - two days with about 8000 people, it was insane. Lots of positive people again, loads of stuff we handed out so we ran out on Sunday morning - and cool devices at the ownCloud booth.

  • Look over the fence – StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh

    Linux and Free Software plays in South East Asia not that role as in Europe or North America. To change that at least a bit, I came here. The asian culture plays definitely a role and this was often discussed. But it plays lesser the vital role as we think and as the linked article shows, we will not find an easy an solution for the cultural differences. From my perspective it is lesser necessary that we adopt, the most asians I met are willing to accept the differences and can live with them.

  • foss-gbg goes foss-north

    As some of you might know, I run a group that meet and learn new stuff about foss month – foss-gbg. Today it’s official that this summer foss-gbg goes foss-north and it is going to be awesome. So I welcome you all to the wonderful city of Gothenburg to a day filled with talks on a wide variety of topics around free and open source technology. It is going to be awesome!

Mozilla Firefox News

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Moz/FF

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Rootkit Security: The Next Big Challenge

    Combining this with the Juniper issue, where VPN communication could have been hacked, got me thinking about how firmware can be verified and how to ensure that it’s doing what we think it should be doing and not what someone else wants it to do.

  • What Are Your Container Security Options?

    When virtual machine technology emerged, many organizations' initial approach to security was to apply the same security measures to virtual machines as they did to physical machines. Only later did more specialized software emerge that was specifically designed to meet the security requirements of virtual machines.

    That process is now beginning to repeat itself, with software specifically designed to meet the security requirements of containers now starting to emerge. Some examples of specialized container security software include Clair and Twistlock.

  • In the shadows of the cyber colossus

    It might come as a surprise that South Africa is not always rated near the bottom in international surveys. According to various reports, the country comes out either third or sixth in the world of top cyber crime hotspots.

  • Mysterious spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors

    It's still not clear how, but a disproportionately large number of websites that run on the WordPress content management system are being hacked to deliver crypto ransomware and other malicious software to unwitting end users.

MakuluLinux Xfce is now Live !

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GNU
Linux

MakuluLinux Xfce is now live, please see the Xfce Edition section for more information...

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Scientific Linux 7.2 Distro Brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 to Science Labs

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Red Hat

On February 5, 2016, Pat Riehecky of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory was extremely proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the final Scientific Linux 7.2 installation images.

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Ubuntu Convergence

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Ubuntu
  • The Race to Convergence: Or is it a Marathon?

    This article, although it was smart to feature Ubuntu as a forerunner, it foolishly tried to give credit to Microsoft for ‘truly being the first’ to do convergence. First, did they? I had no idea. Nor do I care. Nor does anyone else I roll with. If the name has ‘Microsoft’ in it, we flee for the hills. Why? Because it’s compromised out of the box. It is dangerous.

  • Have We Converged Yet?

    Convergence is not about a unified computing experience across all your devices. Although that's an important goal, convergence is more about that point in time where your philosophy that technology should respect people converges with that of a group or company that believes the same.

  • Ubuntu.com Gets a New Look for the Tablet Section, Rest of Website to Follow

    With the new Ubuntu tablet out the door, Canonical also had to upgrade the website to reflect the changes accordingly, so now ubuntu.com has a really nice section dedicated to the BQ Aquaris M10.

    If we don't take Android into account, we can't really say that there are successful Linux-based tablet out there. It's not clear why that came to pass, but until this Ubuntu-powered tablet landed, there wasn't much competition. To be fair, there is not much competition right now, since Apple and Google pretty much dominate the market, but BQ Aquaris M10 is the only one that can double down as a regular PC.

  • BQ Ubuntu Tablet Has 64-bit CPU and Will Be Able to Run 32-bit ARM Apps

    The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet is powered by a 64-bit ARM processor, so the users have already started to ask around if they will be able to run the 32-bit apps from the phone on the tablet. The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it will take a little bit of work.

  • What the Ubuntu Convergence Means for Businesses, Consumers, OEMs, and Devs

    As you may well be aware, Canonical and BQ unveiled the world's first Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which also happens to be the first Ubuntu converged device, which users can transform into a full-fledged PC.

Docker Images Are Moving From Ubuntu To Alpine Linux

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GNU
Linux
Server

Docker is reportedly going to be migrating all of their official images from an Ubuntu base to now using Alpine Linux.

Alpine Linux is the lightweight distribution built atop musl libc and BusyBox while using a GrSecurity-enhanced Linux kernel. Alpine Linux uses OpenRC as its init system. If you are unfamiliar with this "Small. Simple. Secure." distribution, you can learn more via AlpineLinux.org. The image for Alpine is a mere 5MB.

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Also: Docker Founders Hire Alpine Linux Developer to Move the Official Images to Ubuntu

Meaning of Convergence, Exploit Excludes Linux

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-s

The big news yesterday and even into today was the new Ubuntu tablet, which everyone including Canonical touted as "convergence delivered." Well, today Randall Ross scolds news sites for missing the "timely idea" that is convergence. In other news, security researchers have identified a new exploit that specifically avoids Linux. FOSS Force found that Linux users have no interest in anti-virus software and Phoronix reports on Ubuntu performance over the years.

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Tor Browser 5.5.1 Brings a Functional Private Anonymous Browser to Chinese Users

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OSS
Security

The Tor Project announced today, February 5, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the first point release for the Tor Browser 5.5 anonymous web browser for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

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Ubuntu Linux in the Wild: How a French University Uses Unity

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Ubuntu

Is Canonical's Unity interface for Ubuntu Linux ready for use by the masses? Arguably, no. But the administration of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) in Paris apparently likes Unity well enough to deploy it throughout the university's library.

The ENS is one of France's "grandes écoles," or elite universities. It also happens to have one of the only open-stack academic libraries in Paris, which is what brought me there this week.

I was surprised upon entering to find that the workstations throughout the library now run Ubuntu (which was not the case when I was last there, circa early 2012). Here's proof:

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The trials of certifying open source software

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OSS

Open source won and, over the past five years or so, we have been seeing the acceleration of a new wave of open source projects that got their starts in corporations. This comes with a set of new challenges, as new corporate participants struggle with some of the realities. Folks generally understand that foundations provide neutrality in some form, but don't necessarily know how to drive the competitive discussions from the room. One of the more disturbing symptoms of this confusion is the discussions beginning around "certification" and what it means to be certified to a particular project. What is Certified Good SoftwareTM? [1]

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Create Your Own Free Software Project

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GNU
OSS

Free software is tremendously democratic. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can get involved – there are no barriers of wealth or social status. Being educated
in computer science helps, but there are plenty of people working on free software at Red Hat, Canonical and Intel who’ve never been to university, and who acquired their positions simply by writing great code.

So anyone can contribute to free software, and anyone can start a new project as well. But how do you turn that great idea in your head into a real-life success? The likes of SourceForge and GitHub are littered with now-abandoned projects with barely 50 lines of code, which initially started as grand ideas to create the next killer music player, email client or game. Yes, free software is awesome, but 95% of projects never get off the ground or are abandoned after a few weeks.

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Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Ubuntu

As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

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The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

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GNU
Linux

Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap.

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Ubuntu Devs Might Skip the OTA-9.5 Hotfix in Favour of a Massive OTA-10 Update

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Ubuntu

We had just been informed by Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical about the latest things happening in preparation for the upcoming OTA updates for Ubuntu Phone devices.

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Samsung begins updating Z1 Smartphone in India to Tizen 2.4 – version Z130HDDU0CPB1

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Linux

Today, we have some good news for our Samsung Z1 readers that are based in India, as their Z1 Smartphones begin receiving the much awaited final release of the Tizen 2.4 Operating System update version Z130HDDU0CPB1. The update will be delivered Over the Air (OTA), so will either use your WiFi or network providers cellular data. It is advised to use WiFi as the update is pretty big. For Tizen 2.3 users the size of the update from BOK2(2.3) is ~262MB. For Tizen 2.4 Beta users who are on COL6 the size of the update is ~17MB.

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