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Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:59pm
Story RasPi magazine launches today – get your free downloads here Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:54pm
Story Flock Day One: Gijs Hillenius Keynote Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:42pm
Story Linux 3.17 Adds Support For Intel "Braswell" HD Audio Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:33pm
Story Input Drivers Get Renewed For Linux 3.17 Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:26pm
Story Zimbra CMO on being a great guardian of open source's three C's Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 2:49pm
Story Linux Foundation offers training scholarships Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 8:47am
Story Introducing Micah, summer intern for the Licensing Team Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 8:44am
Story Everyone's your partner in open source Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 8:31am
Story Docker comes to openSUSE Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 7:11am

RightScale + Ubuntu + Eucalyptus = cloud in a box

blog.rightscale.com: Need a cloud in a box? Want a cloud in a box? Well, then, start requisitioning a couple of machines now so you’re ready on Thursday to load up Ubuntu 9.04, install Eucalyptus, and follow the prompt to register your cloud with RightScale. And best of all, it’s all free.

OCZ Neutrino DIY Netbook 10"

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Hardware

linux-netbook.com: OCZ Technologies claims to offer the first Do It Yourself netbook. The netbook is not bundled with an operating system but specified as compatible with gOS/Ubuntu Linux.

Can Linux win netbooks back?

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Linux

itpro.co.uk: Has Linux just lost the best chance it had to break into the mainstream desktop operating system market?

OpenOffice.org Opens up for Business

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OOo

worldlabel.com: The economic situation is eating into your profits, and the Microsoft Office licenses look more expensive than before. You don’t have to buy Microsoft Office thanks to OpenOffice.org: the best kept secret in office suites.

Top 10 Firefox Add-ons for Linux Users

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Moz/FF

linux-mag.com: One of Firefox’s greatest strengths is that it can be extended to provide additional functionality to the end user. We look at that top 10 Firefox add-ons that can improve your productivity on Linux.

Open source gains while proprietary software declines

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OSS

news.cnet.com: It used to be so easy to be a proprietary-software vendor. That is, until the open-source neighbors moved in.

What IS the relevance of an operating system?

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OS

blogs.techrepublic.com: Back when I was studying CIS in the ’90s I took a class called “Operating Sytems”. In that class an operating system was defined as a mediator between user and hardware. We never discussed the concept of Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac, etc.

Canonical Announces Availability of Ubuntu 9.04

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Ubuntu
  • Canonical Announces Availability of Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition

  • Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope slices boot time in half
  • Ubuntu Server Edition 9.04: Progress with HP
  • New Ubuntu 9.04 installed - not many dead
  • Ubuntu: Dell and Zealots
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Arrives, But Where Are the Channel Partners?
  • Upgrading from Intrepid to Jaunty
  • First look: Ubuntu 9.04 RC

Oracle buys MySQL shocker

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OSS
  • Oracle buys MySQL shocker (and they get the rest of Sun too)

  • The five biggest changes out of Sun/Oracle
  • OpenSolaris, Linux Could Merge Under Oracle
  • Oracle-Sun: an enterprise catastrophe
  • Oracle's Sun Purchase Raises New Questions
  • What the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Means for Linux
  • Shuttleworth: Oracle now largest open source player
  • What does Oracle mean for Sun's open source efforts?
  • What Sun can do now - and why you should help.
  • Oracle Buys Sun. Linux Gets a Boost.
  • What Might Oracle Do With OpenOffice?
  • Shuttleworth: Oracle's Sun buy validates open source
  • Oracle buys Sun, but does it buy open source?
  • Oracle buys Sun: understanding the impact on open source
  • MySQL conference kicks off; too early for Oracle buzz

Has Microsoft lost its war on open source?

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Microsoft

infoworld.com: Is Microsoft a friend or foe of open source? Going by the company's actions, Microsoft can't seem to decide whether to make love or war. But if it's war, Microsoft appears to lack the legal weaponry to defeat or even disturb its adversaries.

Home Education and Open Source Software

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: Home education is all the rage and for good reasons. How can Open Source Software help?

Ubuntu inside Windows: the Good, Bad and the Ugly

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Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Recently there has been tremendous buzz surrounding a method of running a full Ubuntu Linux installation within Windows. Unlike similar alternatives for Windows, however, the user is not installing Linux only to have to reboot out of Windows to enjoy their new Linux install.

PC-BSD 7.1 vs. Kubuntu 9.04 Benchmarks

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OS

phoronix.com: Earlier this month PC-BSD 7.1 was released. With the Phoronix Test Suite now having enhanced support for PC-BSD, we decided to see how well PC-BSD 7.1 performs against Kubuntu 9.04.

Oracle buys Sun - what now for MySQL, Java and OOo?

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Software

tuxradar.com: Oracle has announced it is purchasing Sun Microsystems for just over $7 billion. The official word from Oracle is that the purchase gives it two key assets - Java and Solaris - but open sourcerers will understandably be more interested in MySQL and OpenOffice.org.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 299

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Opinion: FOSS needs a central bug tracker

  • Tips and tricks: Reverting to older kernel under Ubuntu
  • News: Ubuntu takes pre-orders for Jaunty, Mandriva supports Smolt, Easy Peasy focuses on interface improvements, interview with Fedora developer
  • Released last week: Sabayon Linux 4.1 "GNOME", SliTaz GNU/Linux 2.0
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Mythbuntu 9.04
  • New additions: Satux
  • New distributions: Desktop Paraná, Lihuen
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

PC-BSD 7.1 Operating System Review

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BSD

extremetech.com: PC-BSD is another option for those who want an alternative to Windows but who might not be interested in Linux or Mac OS X. PC-BSD is an operating system that is based on FreeBSD and uses the KDE desktop.

Review: Backups with Back in Time

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Software

fosswire.com: Backing up generally isn’t a fun activity, but always proves to be worth it when that disaster you are not expecting happens.

Evolution Gripes

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Software

workswithu.com: I’ve used Evolution, the default email client in Ubuntu, for a couple of years to manage numerous mail accounts. In general, I think it’s a great application. But as with everything in life, there’s always room for improvement.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
  • Top open source projects
    TechRadar recently posted an article about "The best open source software 2017" where they list a few of their favorite open source software projects. It's really hard for an open source software project to become popular if it has poor usability—so I thought I'd add a few quick comments of my own about each.
  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
    This week we had to cancel a couple snapshots, as a regression in grub was detected, that caused issues on chain-loading bootloaders. But thanks to our genius maintainers, the issue could be found, fixed and integrated into Tumbleweed (and this despite being busy with hackweek! A great THANK YOU!). Despite those canceled snapshots, this review will still span 4 revisions: 0216, 0218, 0219 and 0224. And believe me, there have been quite some things coming your way.

Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
    Some people worry a lot about security issues. Anyone can worry about their personal information, such as credit card numbers, on the Internet. They can also be concerned with someone monitoring their activity on the Internet, such as the websites they visit. To help ease these frustrations about the Internet anyone can use the Internet without having to “look over their shoulder”.
  • Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
  • Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
  • Smoothwall Express
    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
    Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.) The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
  • A Look at Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi
    Installing Ubuntu MATE onto my Raspberry Pi 3 was straight forward. You can easily use Etcher to write the image to a microSD card, the partition is automatically resized to fill your microSD card when the pi is powered up for the first time, and then you are sent through a typical guided installer. Installation takes several minutes and finally the system reboots and you arrive at the desktop. A Welcome app provides some good information on Ubuntu MATE, including a section specific for the Raspberry Pi. The Welcome app explains that the while the system is based on Ubuntu MATE and uses Ubuntu armhf base, it is in fact using the same kernel as Raspian. It also turns out that a whole set of Raspian software has been ported over such as raspi-config, rpi.gpio, sonic-pi, python-sent-hat, omxplayer, etc. I got in a very simple couple of tests that showed that GPIO control worked.
  • Zorin OS 12 Business Has Arrived [Ed: Zorin 12.1 has also just been released]
    This new release of Zorin OS Business takes advantage of the new features and enhancements in Zorin OS 12, our biggest release ever. These include an all new desktop environment, a new way to install software, entirely new desktop apps and much more. You can find more information about what’s new in Zorin OS 12 here.