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Story Kernel News Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 7:28am
Story OSS Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 7:20am
Story Leftovers: Security Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 7:15am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 7:12am
Story Ubuntu Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 6:46am
Story Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 6:42am
Story today's howtos Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 6:30am
Story FCC: Open source router software is still legal—under certain conditions Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 6:15am
Story GNOME Leftovers: GNOME 3.20 Preview and More GNOME 3.18 Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2015 - 6:06am
Story FOSS Events Rianne Schestowitz 25/09/2015 - 9:51pm

Ubuntu 'not necessarily competing' with Windows 7

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Ubuntu

zdnet.co.uk: Ubuntu is not in direct competition with Windows 7 in the desktop operating system market, according to a top Canonical executive.

GeeXboX: Lightweight Media System

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: GeeXboX is a live distribution that can quickly turn a PC into a straight-forward media playback solution. It can be installed to a hard disk, but it works quite well when booted from a CDROM or other removable media

Red Hat CEO Talks Turkey With The Motley Fool

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Linux
Interviews

fool.com: In an exclusive interview after the traditional earning call, CEO Jim Whitehurst took the time to talk with me about what makes Red Hat a success in open-source software sales.

Copying Ubuntu Bug No. 1

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Linux
MDV

livejournal.com/shlomif: Ubuntu can't have all the fun only for itself", open source distributors are saying as they rush to copy its Bug No. 1 titled "Microsoft has a majority market share".

Firefox 4 struggling to reach finishing line

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Moz/FF

pcpro.co.uk: Mozilla may release an eighth beta of Firefox 4 before heading to Release Candidate, as the open-source developer struggles to get the new browser out of the door.

Why I Quit “Creepy” Oracle: Father Of Java Gosling Speaks Out

eweekeurope.co.uk: Talking exclusively to eWEEK, Java creator James Gosling opens up on a series of issues he declined to make public before he quit Oracle

Should the Command Line Be Deep-Sixed?

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Linux

linuxinsider.com: "YES YES YES! This is something I've been saying for years," said Slashdot blogger hairyfeet. "Do Windows and OSX have a command line? Yep, but NOBODY outside of servers and power users EVER uses it."

Is Linux Power Management Getting Better Or Worse?

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Linux

phoronix.com: With three laptops representing different generations of mobile hardware, we loaded up the past four stable releases of Fedora Linux plus the most recent Fedora 14 Alpha release and then carried out an arsenal of tests looking at how the battery power consumption rate has changed since 2008.

Novell acquisition delayed over legacy assets

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SUSE
  • Valuation gap slows Novell NetWare auction-sources
  • Novell shares fall as deal faces setbacks

today's leftovers:

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News
  • GTK Impression – Stealth Menus
  • Cuba’s Own Operating System Nova OS
  • GNOME Theme Manager - Epidermis
  • Zim Desktop Brings Wiki Wizardry to Note Taking
  • Brief History: 35 Years of Open Source
  • Microsoft lock-in stalls Bristol council's open source strategy, Mulls Mixed
  • Some spring wallpapers, fall
  • DirectX 11 coming to Linux, games to follow ... Whoa, slow down there!
  • Ninite Brings No-Hassle Bulk Installations to Linux
  • New: OOo-DEV 3.x Developer Snapshot
  • Do Read: Diaspora Contributor Agreement -> Bit Sticky
  • Cisco Rolls Out New Linux Switches
  • Linux Basement Episode 62 - Listener Call In
  • OLPC Madagasgar Photo of the Week
  • Thoughts on openSUSE Strategy
  • Modernizing FCC.gov from the Ground Up With Drupal
  • Server OS Landscape Rolls With the Punches
  • Cutting through the Baloney of Linux Job Ads
  • Forking an open source project: regaining internal motivation
  • Bernhard Wiedemann: openSUSE Automated Developmental Testing
  • PiTiVi video editor updated ready for Maverick freeze
  • UK Government pleas for open source business cases
  • Going Linux #114 - Setup Remote Desktop
  • Security is OS agnostic

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Playing Music on CentOS using Ubuntu codecs
  • Using the Add-App-Repository Command in Earlier Versions of Ubuntu
  • What you need to know about software Installation (configure, make, make install)
  • Making Better Use of Find
  • Ralink RT2860 RT2870 in Fedora 13
  • Upgrade to the Latest Versions of Your Favorite Ubuntu Software with PPAs
  • Connecting to BSNL on linux
  • What are the SUID, SGID and the Sticky Bits?
  • Howto Make And Restore A Backup Using Evolution Mail
  • Hotot: A New Lightweight Twitter Client For Linux
  • Drupal: Configuring Your Installation
  • Periscope - search for subtitles on the web
  • Configuring a joystick in Linux
  • DebianInstaller Remotely with Multiple Network Interfaces
  • Emerald: Move Minimize, Maximize And Close Buttons To The Left
  • How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux

The Beginning [of LPI]

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Linux

blog.lpi.org: It was early 1998, and the commercial side of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) was beginning to flourish. It was at this time that a few of the member companies of Linux International started thinking about certification efforts for FOSS professionals.

Why Open Source Is Free

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OSS

blogs.computerworlduk: Five years ago I coined the term "Paying At The Point Of Value" to describe why open source software was free of charge. As Software Market 4.0 emerges - in the cloud - it seems worth repeating as it forms the core of true community.

Take Part In Multiplayer War Games With Free FPS AssaultCube

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Gaming

makeuseof.com: What many people don’t know about me is that I used to be a die-hard gamer. Since I’ve played almost every FPS game that has hit the market since the 1980’s, I’m kind of picky about quality. The moment I installed and launched AssaultCube, I knew that I was in for a treat.

Ellison & the GPL

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OSS

Making a Difference; Selling a Difference

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Ubuntu

ubuntu-user.com: A few days ago, Mark Shuttleworth took some time to address critics who scoff at Canonical's contributions to GNOME and the Linux kernel itself by sharing his thoughts on the subject in his personal blog. For years now, I've wrestled with the question of how free software, and Linux, makes it into the hands of the average person.

Red Hat: The 1st billion-dollar open-source company?

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: A few months back Glyn Moody, noted open-source journalist, asked the question, "Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?" Guess what? Red Hat is on its way.

Why Gnome? Why.

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Software

doctormo.org: I have a love/hate relationship with gnome. I use it, I develop for it and at the same time I dislike the way the gnome project produces functional libraries.

Red Hat profit falls, beats Street view

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Linux

reuters.com: Red Hat Inc (RHT.N) reported lower fiscal second-quarter profit on Wednesday but still beat Wall Street forecasts as sales of its software rose sharply.

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Linux Foundation: Real-Time Linux (RT Linux), LF Deep Learning Foundation, OpenTracing and More

  • Developers: Prepare Your Drivers for Real-Time Linux
    Although Real-Time Linux (RT Linux) has been a staple at Embedded Linux Conferences for years -- here’s a story on the RT presentations in 2007 -- many developers have viewed the technology to be peripheral to their own embedded projects. Yet as RT, enabled via the PREEMPT_RT patch, prepares to be fully integrated into the mainline kernel, a wider circle of developers should pay attention. In particular, Linux device driver authors will need to ensure that their drivers play nice with RT-enabled kernels. At the recent Embedded Linux Conference in Portland, National Instruments software engineer Julia Cartwright, an acting maintainer on a stable release of the RT patch, gave a well-attended presentation called “What Every Driver Developer Should Know about RT.” Cartwright started with an overview of RT, which helps provide guarantees for user task execution for embedded applications that require a high level of determinism. She then described the classes of driver-related problems that can have a detrimental impact to RT, as well as potential resolutions. One of the challenges of any real-time operating system is that most target applications have two types of tasks: those with real-time requirements and latency sensitivity, and those for non-time critical tasks such as disk monitoring, throughput, or I/O. “The two classes of tasks need to run together and maybe communicate with one another with mixed criticality,” explained Cartwright. “You must resolve two different degrees of time sensitivity.” One solution is to split the tasks by using two different hardware platforms. “You could have an Arm Cortex-R, FPGA, or PLD based board for super time-critical stuff, and then a Cortex-A series board with Linux,” said Cartwright. “This offers the best isolation, but it raises the per unit costs, and it’s hard to communicate between the domains.”
  • Clarifying the Linux Real Time Issue
    I recently posted an article about the increasing development and availability of Linux-powered automation devices. This is a clear industry trend that’s unavoidable for anyone following the automation technology industry. Shortly after posting the article, I heard from a reader who wrote: “I read your article and I am surprised that you would promote the idea that anyone would use Linux for anything critical. It isn’t even a real-time control system. It can be used for non-critical applications, but the article implies that industry is adopting it for everything.” This reader brings up a valid point. Linux is not a real-time OS in and of itself. As Vibhoosh Gupta of GE Automation & Controls noted in the original article, GE uses “Type 1 hypervisor technology to run a real-time OS, such as VxWorks, running traditional control loops alongside our PAC Edge technology operating on Linux.” [...] The Linux Foundation launched the RTL (Real Time Linux) Collaborative Project in October 2015. According to the Foundation, the project was “founded by industry experts to advance technologies for the robotics, telecom, manufacturing and medical industries. The aim of the RTL collaborative project is mainlining the PREEMPT_RT patch.” While there are plenty of mission critical applications running Linux OS with real-time extensions—as highlighted by GE, Opto and Wago—the Linux Foundation notes on its site that there remains “much work to be done.”
  • Linux Launches Deep Learning Foundation For Open Source Growth In AI
    The Linux Foundation has launched the LF Deep Learning Foundation, an umbrella organisation which will support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. The organisation will strive to make these critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere, said a statement published by LF. Founding members of LF Deep Learning include Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa, and ZTE, among others. LF Deep Learning, members are working to create a neutral space where makers and sustainers of tools and infrastructure can interact and harmonise their efforts and accelerate the broad adoption of deep learning technologies.
  • OpenTracing: Distributed Tracing’s Emerging Industry Standard
    What was traditionally known as just Monitoring has clearly been going through a renaissance over the last few years. The industry as a whole is finally moving away from having Monitoring and Logging silos – something we’ve been doing and “preaching” for years – and the term Observability emerged as the new moniker for everything that encompasses any form of infrastructure and application monitoring. Microservices have been around for a over a decade under one name or another. Now often deployed in separate containers it became obvious we need a way to trace transactions through various microservice layers, from the client all the way down to queues, storage, calls to external services, etc. This created a new interest in Transaction Tracing that, although not new, has now re-emerged as the third pillar of observability.
  • There’s a Server in Every Serverless Platform [Ed: "Serverless" is a lie. It's a server. One that you do not control; one/s that control/s you. Even Swapnil finally or belatedly gets it. The LF really likes buzzwords.]
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Security: Updates, GrayKey, Google and Cilium

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Hackers Leaked The Code Of iPhone Cracking Device “GrayKey”, Attempted Extortion
    The mysterious piece of hardware GrayKey might give a sense of happiness to cops because they can get inside most of the iPhone models currently active, including the iPhone X. The $30,000 device is known to crack a 4-digit iPhone passcode in a matter of a few hours, and a six-digit passcode in 3 days, or possibly 11 hours in ideal scenarios. That’s why security experts suggest that iOS users should keep an alphanumeric passcode instead of an all-number passcode.
  • Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code
    Law enforcement agencies across the country are buying or have expressed interest in buying GrayKey, a device that can unlock up-to-date iPhones. But Grayshift, the company that makes the device, has attracted some other attention as well. Last week, an unknown party quietly leaked portions of GrayKey code onto the internet, and demanded over $15,000 from Grayshift—ironically, the price of an entry-level GrayKey—in order to stop publishing the material. The code itself does not appear to be particularly sensitive, but Grayshift confirmed to Motherboard the brief data leak that led to the extortion attempt.
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    Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the send address, so that it appears a legit Gmail user sent the message, but it also mysteriously shows up in that person's sent box as if they had typed it and emitted themselves. In turn, the messages would also appear in their inboxes as sent mail.
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Applications: KStars, Kurly, Pamac, QEMU

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