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Story Q&A: Why Congress is Jumping on the Open Source Bandwagon Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 4:37pm
Story Long live ROS: Why the robotics revolution is being driven by open source development Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 4:31pm
Story Firefox 39 Arrives After a Three-Day Delay Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 8:23am
Story Greek town of Livadeia switched to LibreOffice Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 8:19am
Story From the Editors: When did open-source software get so scary? Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 8:04am
Story Android-powered BlackBerry Venice with a slide-out keyboard reportedly headed to AT&T Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2015 - 7:47am
Story Top 5 Android phones — July 2015 Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2015 - 9:53pm
Story Linux Kernel Gets a Patch for Dell Airplane Mode Switch Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2015 - 8:11pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 02/07/2015 - 8:10pm
Story Kodi 15.0 Release Candidate 1 Arrives Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2015 - 8:08pm

The Problem With Putting All the World’s Code in GitHub

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OSS

The ancient Library of Alexandria may have been the largest collection of human knowledge in its time, and scholars still mourn its destruction. The risk of so devastating a loss diminished somewhat with the advent of the printing press and further still with the rise of the Internet. Yet centralized repositories of specialized information remain, as does the threat of a catastrophic loss.

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PC-BSD 10.2 Gets Ready For Release, 11.0-CURRENT For Testing

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BSD

The PC-BSD development team today announced their 10.2 pre-release, which continues to be derived from FreeBSD. Additionally they've also announced new 11.0-CURRENT images for those wishing to get a look ahead at FreeBSD/PC-BSD 11.0.

The PC-BSD 10.2 pre-release / 11.0 current announcement didn't offer many details about all of the changes in store, but once PC-BSD 10.2 and PC-BSD/FreeBSD 11.0 are officially out, you can expect lengthy write-ups on Phoronix.

More details via the PCBSD.org blog.

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When Your Linux Servers Get Audited

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GNU
Linux
Server

If your Unix/Linux servers are to be involved in an ISO 27001 audit, there are a lot of things you should be doing ahead of time to ensure that they won't end up generating findings. While there are many things you can do to secure the systems you manage, the key to getting a Unix system to pass an ISO 27001 audit is knowing what the auditors are likely to ask and what they will need to see.

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Why Ubuntu plans to replace traditional Linux packages with something better

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Linux
Ubuntu

Ubuntu is about to undergo a dramatic overhaul.

No, I don’t mean the huge shift to a converged Unity 8 desktop with the Mir display server, although that’s also coming. Ubuntu is going to move past Deb packages and apt-get in favor of Snappy, which is currently used for cloud images.

Canonical’s Ubuntu isn’t the only project looking to replace Linux packages with something better. The GNOME project is working on a sandboxed, cross-distribution application package framework.

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FEDORA WORKSTATION NEXT STEPS : INTRODUCING PINOS

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Red Hat

So what is Pinos? One of the original goals of Pinos was to provide the same level of advanced hardware handling for Video that PulseAudio provides for Audio. For those of you who has been around for a while you might remember how you once upon a time could only have one application using the sound card at the same time until PulseAudio properly fixed that. Well Pinos will allow you to share your video camera between multiple applications and also provide an easy to use API to do so.

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Razer’s open source virtual reality project now supports Android devices

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Android
OSS

Razer’s open source virtual reality project will support Android, which opens up the future of this mind-altering world to multiple devices.

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Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" Officially Out with Cinnamon 2.6 - Screenshot Tour

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Linux

Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" Cinnamon has been officially announced by Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the project, and it brings numerous upgrades for the desktop environment and the underlying operating system.

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Winter is coming: GPS and Linux leap second Armageddon predicted

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Linux

Linux computers are particularly prone to this, and last time several high-profile websites running databases such as Hadoop, including Linkedin, Reddit, and Yelp, were temporarily borked.
GPS trackers don't play nicely either and, given that their accuracy depends on the timings between receiver and satellite, it can make them inaccurate until the problem is addressed.

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Limit Your Linux Super Powers With su & sudo

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Linux

My goal today was to help you better understand the risks of logging in as root, and how to better take advantage of built-in utilities to limit your rootly super powers. If you insist on having a root account, at least make use of the su - -c [command] option. When possible, make the best use of sudo to maintain tight control over access to super powers. Remember, with power comes responsibility. Use your super powers wisely!

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Today in Techrights

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Misc

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • PhotoFlow 0.1.4 Brings Only Bug-Fixes
  • QMPlay2 15.06.26 Includes Small Fixes Only
  • Backup with these DeDuplicating Encryption Tools

    Data is growing both in volume and value. It is becoming increasingly important to be able to back up and restore this information quickly and reliably. As society has adapted to technology and learned how to depend on computers and mobile devices, there are few that can deal with the reality of losing important data. Of firms that suffer the loss of data, 30% fold within a year, 70% cease trading within five years. This highlights the value of data.

  • Atop, when you need to know exactly what's happening at the system-resource level

    A much more powerful took is "Atop", a powerful monitor program that allows you to see system-level counters concerning utilization of CPU and memory/swap, as well as see disk I/O and network utilization counters at the system level -- in real time or historically. It also allows you to store raw counters in a file for long-term analysis on system levels and process levels, as well as seeing resource consumption for each thread within a process of a multi-processor program.

  • Forward into the land of Emacs

    A few months ago I reported about my advancement in my use of Emacs. This post will be a report of my further progress. Quick reminder: I started using emacs for project management and working on web sites. I still do that today, even though I spent much less time editing websites and these are very much side projects I do for and with friends.

  • Jdrivesync: your Google Drive synchronisation client for Linux

    Google Drive is an instrument that is used by many. Of course, there are many alternatives to it like Dropbox or Yandex.Drive, but nevertheless many prefer a Google-backed solution. One of the reasons for me was an ability to have several services under one "roof", one account.

  • Wine-Staging 1.7.46 Improves The OS X Experience

    Building on Friday's Wine 1.7.46 release, Wine-Staging 1.7.46 was released today.

  • DirectX11: Coming soon to a Linux box near you

    At present Wine – the open-source compatibility layer software that runs Windows applications on other operating systems – supports DirectX9, allowing many older Windows games to run on Linux, but software has moved on and developers are no longer using that older version of DirectX.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • Garry's Mod and Rust Dev Say Linux Is a Second Class Citizen

    Garry Newman, the developer behind the famous Garry's Mod and the survival MMO Rust, has made some very interesting comments about the lack of Linux players and why his studio doesn't really care about the open source platform.

  • Last Chance to Get "The Last Federation" 4X Strategy with an 80% Price Cut
  • Get the "Gone Home" FPS Puzzle Game with a Huge 88% Discount on Steam

    FPS adventure game Gone Home is now available on Steam for Linux with huge 88% price cut that will last for another day.

    Gone Home is a story driven game that is like nothing you've ever played until now. You don't get to meet anyone, and you don't get to interact with any other character. You're just trying to solve a mystery. Despite the fact that there are no enemies, and you don't get hurt in any way, the game manages to keep the suspense going with ease, and that's mostly due to the script and the gameplay itself.

  • Unity Game Engine to Get a Native Linux Editor Soon

    Unity is a game engine that managed to get a lot of developers and fans in the past couple of years. Even if it supports the Linux platform, there are no Linux tools just yet, and the developers have explained why that happened.

  • Vendetta Online 1.8.342 Brings Rendering Optimizations for OpenGL 4 and DirectX 11

    Guild Software announced this past weekend the availability of a new update for their Vendetta Online science-fiction MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) for Windows, Android, Linux, Mac OS X, and iOS operating systems.

  • Solar 2 for Linux Review

    Solar 2 is described by its developers as a sandbox universe, but that doesn't quite cover it. And when you're having a problem describing the gameplay, you know that you have some something special.

  • Introducing SteamOS "brewmaster"

    Valve is pleased to announce the preview of the next SteamOS release, codenamed "brewmaster" and based on the latest Debian 8.1 stable release.

Android Leftovers

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Android

OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Libreboot Now Supports An AMD/ASUS Motherboard

    The Libreboot "fork" of Coreboot now has support for its first AMD motherboard -- or more broadly, its first desktop motherboard.

  • IBM Insists It’s Open to Open Source

    So it’s interesting when a senior IBM exec turns up in a keynote slot. Big Blue’s heritage, at least at the high end, had for years been dominated by proprietary architecture. No longer, said Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems. The founding of OpenPOWER roughly two years ago, sale of IBM’s x86 business, and the sprint away from the formidable but proprietary Blue Gene (and re-embrace of the battle-tested mainframe) are all part of IBM’s about-face.

  • The Open Information Security Foundation Joins Open Source Initiative as Affiliate Member

    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) today announced that The Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) has been accepted as an Affiliate Member. “The OSI is excited to welcome OISF,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager and Director at the OSI. "Just as we're seeing with open source software projects, more and more organizations are looking for support from mature, robust and relevant security communities. The OISF and the open source technologies they support are ready to help and we're happy to promote their good work."

  • The evolution of the big data platform at Netflix

    I caught up with Eva to get a bit of a background on her, Netflix, and how open source is being used to improve services at Netflix. Not only has Netflix used and contributed to existing open source projects, but they have released their own projects like Genie as open source. To learn more about Netflix's open source projects you can pursue their GitHub.

  • ATO Opens Reg – Releases Partial Speakers List

    The All Things Open conference today pushed out a notification to recipients on its mailing list announcing that registration for the event, slated for October 19th and 20th. has begun. For the first time ever, event organizers are offering something of a super early bird special: Buy a ticket before July 7th and get admission for both days for only $99 — which is a deal since that’s what a single day will cost once the Early Bird Special kicks-in next Tuesday.

  • NZ Open Source firm opens up free cloud option for Kiwi developers

    New Zealand-based global open source company Catalyst has announced that Kiwi software development companies can build on the Catalyst Cloud for free.

  • New component versioning, Technical Committee highlights, and more OpenStack news
  • The job is not done until the documentation is complete

    And yet there is a lot of really good documentation out there. For example, the documentation for LibreOffice is excellent. It includes several documents in multiple formats including HTML and PDF that range from "Getting Started" to a very complete user's guide for each of the LibreOffice applications.

  • Roundcube Next crowdfunding success and community

    A couple days ago, the Roundcube Next crowdfunding campaign reached our initial funding goal. We even got a piece on Venture Beat, among other places. This was a fantastic result and a nice reward for quite a bit of effort on the entire team's part.

  • DragonFlyBSD 4.2 Released: Brings Improved Graphics & New Compiler

    DragonFlyBSD 4.2 was released this morning as the next major release to this popular BSD operating system. For end-users there are a lot of notable changes with this update.

  • Call for Testing: Valgrind on OpenBSD

    The editors are certainly salivating over the possibility of valgrinding our way to victory.

  • Cracking the Code: U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software

    As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also moving into the 21st century: Open source software is now officially permitted in the U.S. House of Representatives. That means software developed in the People's House with taxpayer funds will eventually be available to the people. According to the nonpartisan OpenGov Foundation, there will soon be an Open Source Caucus in Congress.

Linux: Boldly Going Where We’ve Not Gone Before

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GNU
Linux

Right now, my refrigerator uses Linux, as does the thermostat that controls the climate of my home. The washer and dryer components and firmware with the touch control screens are built on Linux (Amana if you want to look it up). The navigation system on my old Ford Explorer is based on Linux. Our home entertainment center has a touch screen control based on Ubuntu.

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Manjaro 0.8.13 Gets Budgie, Cinnamon, Xfce and MATE Update

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Linux

The second update pack for Manjaro 0.8.13 has been made available, and it packs a lot of new packages, including Budgie 8.2 and a new Linux kernel.

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Linux Kernel 4.1.1 Is Now the Most Stable and Advanced Version Available

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The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 4.1.1, has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman, making this the latest and the most advanced version available. It's not a large update , but that usually happens with the early versions.

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OpenMandriva: The Scion is ready!

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MDV

Curious?
Here is our tribute to our founder and the community he and others created.
“The Scion” is a release dedicated to Mandrake , our ancestor, not lost but living on here.

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70-inch Android touchscreen targets interactive education

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Android

The CDE7060T is said to offer a Linux OS, but the datasheet more specifically notes that it runs the Linux-based Android 4.2.1 on an unnamed, dual-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip. Also onboard are 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of flash.
An optional “slot-in” PC is available for greater computing power, says ViewSonic. Pre-installed “ViewBoard” annotation and presentation software allows multiple users to write, draw, or annotate with fingers or styluses simultaneously, says the company.

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