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Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 5:30pm
Story IBM adds Java to Bluemix for open source agility Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:58pm
Story How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:49pm
Story LinuxCon 2015 in Seattle: It's all about the servers Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:31pm
Story Why is Linux So Great? Because It’s Open Source! Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:18pm
Story Zorin OS 10 Core - A good OS if you're coming from a heavy Windows background Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:08pm
Story OpenSUSE 13.2 on Lenovo G50 - Bald and beautiful Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:07pm
Story Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.2 Rianne Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:06pm
Story KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.0, Feature Release for August Rianne Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:02pm
Story The Open Source Greatness of Linux Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 2:58pm

SimplyMEPIS 8.5 [Review]

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Linux

thinkdigit.com: MEPIS is a Linux distribution (a.k.a “distro”) that is designed to give new users a no frills experiece when trying it for the first time. It is based on Debian and gives users the option of either running it as a LiveCD or installing it permanently on your hard drive.

Group educates about Linux at Installfest

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Linux

dailybruin.com: When the word “Linux” is thrown around campus, students may not recognize it as a computer operating system. But the UCLA Linux Users Group wants to educate students about it at its quarterly LUG Installfest on Saturday.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Warning: Google Chrome Removing Key Privacy Feature
  • Forking Time
  • Keeping Free Softare/Open Source Vendors Honest
  • Oracle is an open source of concern
  • The Needs of the Many
  • Catalyst Deluxe And Anirah Released
  • Is Linux Mint Debian Edition All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
  • Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
  • StarNet Brings Fast, Secure Linux Desktops to iPad
  • Fedora 14 Beta Screenshot Tour
  • Ubuntu 10.10 RC - What's New?
  • Insprit Joins Linux Foundation
  • The Awesome Croogo – Free and Open-Source PHP CMS
  • Learn Drupal Fundamentals
  • Firefox says Swiss Consumer Protection office not to be trusted
  • MySQL fork Drizzle goes beta
  • The Linux Box – a conceptual open source gaming platform
  • Novacut – FLOSS ideals for Video editing
  • FLOSS Weekly 137: Plone
  • OSS nets Red Hat prize
  • Unix’s Revenge
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 369
  • When a company asks for your copyright

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to password-protect GRUB
  • Configuring Static Network Settings in Ubuntu
  • Install Latest Amarok 2.3.2 in Ubuntu
  • Consolidate: Put Your Servers into a VirtualBox VM
  • One-click WebYaST
  • Install LibreOffice on Fedora and Ubuntu
  • Setup Subsonic on Ubuntu to Stream / Access Your Video Collection
  • How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux
  • CLI Companion Makes It Easier To Use The Terminal
  • Glippy Clipboard Manager Can Now Upload Images To Imgur

Linux Distros as Food

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Linux

linuxaria.com: The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. Keywords: stable, classic, open, for every level, rich (software). Search Result: Chinese food

Canonical announces Ubuntu One music streaming service

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Web
Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: Canonical is preparing to augment its Ubuntu One cloud synchronization service with a new music streaming feature that will enable users to stream songs to their mobile phone from their Ubuntu One cloud storage account.

Google offers up new WebP format

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Google
Software
  • Google offers up to a 40% discount on all JPEGs -- with new WebP format!
  • Using Google’s WebP image convertor in Ubuntu
  • Google JPEG alternative speeds up web
  • With WebP, Google Aims To Replace Yet Another Elemental Web Format

The Humble README

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Software

sourceforge.net/blog: The README file goes back to the dawn of computing. We’re pretty sure Grace Hopper had one in a filing cabinet, right next to a folder marked “Bug”. It is a time-honored tradition:

Primal Carnage Says Goodbye To Unigine

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Gaming

phoronix.com: One more Linux game bites the dust...

5 Things Linux Does Better Than Mac OS X

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Linux
Mac

pcworld.com: I think the success of the Mac is mostly a matter of marketing. Whatever your own personal beliefs, though, there's no denying that there are certain things Linux clearly does better than Mac OS X. If you're trying to decide on a platform for your business, these factors are worth keeping in mind.

Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

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Obits

ny1.com: New York native and Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died of COPD and heart failure. He was 85 years old.

Sintel Blender open movie released

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Movies

Salix OS Live 13.1.1 LXDE

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Linux

desktoplinuxreviews.com: Salix OS is a distro based on Slackware. Slackware, as you probably already know, has not had a reputation as being the easiest distro to use. Salix OS makes Slackware accessible to more users by making it easier to install, configure and manage.

Stormy Peters talks GNOME 3

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Software
Interviews

linuxuser.co.uk: Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation and champion of the GNOME platform for more than ten years, talks exclusively to Linux User & Developer magazine…

Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers

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Security

arstechnica.com: The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data to advertising networks without explicitly asking or informing the user.

Sun Employees Leaving Oracle In Lockstep

  • Sun Employees Leaving Oracle In Lockstep
  • Lustre file system finds life post-Oracle
  • Oracle's New Kernel: Custom Tuning or Proprietary Lock-In?

Simple Scan: Linux Finally has a Scanner Anyone could Use

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Software

flossed.org: Sometimes we don't change our habits even when we have the opportunty to make our lives easier. At least it's true of me in terms of scanning.

In praise of floppies

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Hardware

kmandla.wordpress: Behold the floppy, a miracle of post-modern technology! Does your computer still have a floppy drive? Count yourself among the lucky! Why? Thousands of reasons!

Open Source On Same Side of Law Suit As Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel and Dell?

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OSS

networkworld.com: Now there is a headline you don't see everyday. How often does the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Apache Foundation join such strange bedfellows as Apple, Google, Intel and Dell in (get this) support of a case that Microsoft is trying to put before the Supreme Court.

Pioneers – a strategy board game for Ubuntu

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Gaming
HowTos

ubuntugamer.com: Pioneers is an open source clone of The Settlers of Catan board game. These rules are for the standard game without expansions (for extra players, board tiles and pieces).

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today's leftovers

  • State of Linux Containers
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  • ONS 2018: Networking Reimagined
    For the past seven years, Open Networking Summit (ONS) has brought together the networking industry’s ecosystem of network operators, vendors, open source projects, leading researchers, and investors to discuss the latest SDN and NFV developments that will shape the future of the networking industry. With this year’s event, taking place March 26-29, 2018 in Los Angeles, ONS will evolve its approach as the premier open source networking event. We’re excited to share three new aspects of this year’s ONS that you won’t want to miss:
  • AT&T contributes code to Linux open source edge computing project
    The Linux Foundation recently announced a new project, dubbed Akraino, to develop an open source software stack capable of supporting high-availability cloud services for edge computing systems and applications. To kick off the project, AT&T will contribute code made for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers.
  • AT&T Brings Akraino Networking Project to Edge of the Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation has been particularly busy in 2018 thus far consolidating its existing networking project under a single umbrella, known as LF Networking. That umbrella might need to get a bit larger, as on Feb. 20 the Linux Foundation announced the new Akraino project, with code coming initially from AT&T.
  • FreeOffice 2016 – An Efficient Alternative to Microsoft Office
    FreeOffice 2016 is the latest version of the Office software from SoftMaker. In fact, you wouldn’t be wrong if you called it the free version of SoftMaker Office 2018 seeing as it features the same suite of applications.
  • Stellaris 2.0 'Cherryh' patch & Stellaris: Apocalypse expansion released, over 1.5 million copies sold
    Stellaris: Apocalypse [Steam], the latest expansion for the grand space strategy game from Paradox Development Studio is out. The big 2.0 'Cherryh' patch is also now available. Paradox has also announced today, that Stellaris has officially passed 1.5 million copies sold making it one of their most popular games ever made. I'm not surprised by this, as I consider Stellaris their most accessible game.
  • Action-packed platformer with local and online co-op 'Vagante' has left Early Access
    After being in Early Access for quite some time, the action-packed platformer 'Vagante' [Steam, Official Site] has now officially left Early Access.
  • Gentoo has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code 2018 mentoring organization
  • Getting Debian booting on a Lenovo Yoga 720
    I recently got a new work laptop, a 13” Yoga 720. It proved difficult to install Debian on; pressing F12 would get a boot menu allowing me to select a USB stick I have EFI GRUB on, but after GRUB loaded the kernel and the initrd it would just sit there never outputting anything else that indicated the kernel was even starting. I found instructions about Ubuntu 17.10 which helped but weren’t the complete picture. What seems to be the situation is that the kernel won’t happily boot if “Legacy Support” is not enabled - enabling this (and still booting as EFI) results in a happier experience.
  • Dell PowerEdge T30
    I just did a Debian install on a Dell PowerEdge T30 for a client. The Dell web site is a bit broken at the moment, it didn’t list the price of that server or give useful specs when I was ordering it. I was under the impression that the server was limited to 8G of RAM, that’s unusually small but it wouldn’t be the first time a vendor crippled a low end model to drive sales of more expensive systems. It turned out that the T30 model I got has 4*DDR4 sockets with only one used for an 8G DIMM. It apparently can handle up to 64G of RAM.
  • Quad-Ethernet SBC and controller tap new Renesas RZ/N1D SoC
    Emtrion’s Linux-ready “SBC-RZN1D” SBC, which will soon power a “Flex2COM” controller, features a Renesas dual-core -A7 RZ/N1D SoC and 4x LAN ports, and is designed for multi-protocol fieldbus communications. Emtrion, which recently announced its emCON-RZ/G1H module based on an octa-core Renesas RZ/G1H SoC, has unveiled a Renesas based, quad-LAN port SBC-RZN1D SBC focused on industrial communication. The SBC-RZN1D taps the Renesas RZ/N1D (R9006G032), one of a new line of RZ/N1D SoCs launched last year by Renesas for industrial multi-protocol communications. Renesas recently collaborated with Avnet to ship its own dual-Ethernet Renesas RZ/N1D Solution Kit (see farther below).
  • Postage-Stamp Linux
    There was a time when big operating systems ran on big iron. IBM, Data General, Burroughs, DEC, and other computer makers built big machines with big, blinking lights, and big price tags. They ran grown-up software and they supported multiuser operating systems. If you wanted a toy, you built a microcomputer. If you wanted a real machine for serious work, you bought a mainframe. Maybe a minicomputer, if it were for lesser tasks.
  • Most Popular Android Versions In February 2018 (Always Updated List)
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Red Hat and Fedora: David Egts, Radcom, Google Summer of Code 2018, FOSS Wave

  • Red Hat’s David Egts: Microservices Tech Could Help Simplify App Deployment
    David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat’s public sector, told MeriTalk in an interview published Wednesday that the microservices technology works to help the developer split complex, large applications into small components and share them with other members of the DevOps team.
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  • Justin W. Flory: Humanitarian open source work: My internship at UNICEF
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  • FOSS Wave with Fedora at KGISL, Coimbatore
    Recently, I was invited by Prem to NASSCOM to give a brief talk on FOSS and Technology as part of the FOSS Wave community. Prem is doing a great job there by putting his effort in helping students from Tier2 and Tier3 cities. Around twenty enthusiastic students were selected and invited to Bengaluru to take part in such events. Mine was one of them. I conducted a GitHub session after Intro to FOSS and a brief intro about Fedora Project.

OSS Leftovers

  • Comment: Many happy returns to open source
    Twenty years ago the phrase “open source” was first used and the development of software – and hardware – was changed forever. Very few designers today will not use some element of open source software in their development projects.
  • Percona Unveils Full Conference Session Schedule for the Annual Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2018
  • Worth seeing in Barcelona: Open source for white box vRAN solutions
    News this week from cloud and carrier infrastructure platform company Kontron builds on our earlier coverage of the emerging virtual radio access network (vRAN); a promising technology that could help the evolution to 5G by maximising available bandwidth while lowering costs. The market for open vRAN solutions is gaining wider acceptance as operators seek more cost-effective approaches to network architectures and deployment. According to analyst firm Research and Markets, the growth of the vRAN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 125 per cent during the next three years.
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OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

  • OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability
    A few days back FreeBSD 11 stable was mitigated for Meltdown (and Spectre vulnerabilities), which came more than one month after these nasty CPU vulnerabilities were disclosed while DragonFlyBSD was quickly mitigated and the first of the BSDs to do so. While OpenBSD is known for its security features and focus, only today did it land its initial Meltdown mitigation.
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    Meltdown mitigation is coming to OpenBSD. Philip Guenther (guenther@) has just committed a diff that implements a new mitigation technique to OpenBSD: Separation of page tables for kernel and userland. This fixes the Meltdown problems that affect most CPUs from Intel. Both Philip and Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) spent a lot of time implementing this solution, talking to various people from other projects on best approaches.

    In the commit message, Philip briefly describes the implementation [...]