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Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:58am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:55am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:54am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:54am
Story Leftovers: GNOME Software Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:52am
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:48am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:48am
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 1:43am
Story Evolution 3.18.1 Open Source Groupware Software Released for GNOME 3.18.1 Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 12:57am
Story Emmabuntus 3 1.02 Linux OS Officially Released, Based on Xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2015 - 12:56am

today's leftovers

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  • Nvidia 358.09 Beta Linux Driver Brings a New Kernel Module

    A new Nvidia Beta driver has been released, and developers have added quite a few OpenGL changes and improvements, among other things.

    The Nvidia developers have just pushed a new Beta driver out the door and this time it's full of all kinds of OpenGL updates and fixes. It will be a while until all of these changes make their way onto the stable branch of the drivers, but these are pretty important, and it won't take all that long.

  • Survey: Users love their desktops more than their cheapo tablets

    In the same survey last year by ACSI, tablets scored 80 on a 100-point scale, just one point behind desktops at 81. This year, consumers rated tablets at at 75—alongside laptops, which also fell this year, the survey said. The survey criteria require that the respondent purchased a new personal computer in the last years.

  • The 5 states of the modern sysadmin

    I think there’s (at least) 5 states you might find yourself in as a sysadmin in these days:

    Day to day things that aren’t (yet) automated.

    Automating and designing for the future.

    Fires and outages


    Time to dream

  • KWrite on Mac

    It is still ugly, as scaled on my HiDPI display as the plist file is missing and it crashs on everything (aka open dialog) and has no icons.

  • Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 review
  • Varnish-4.1.0 released, packages for fedora and epel

    Varnish-4.1.0 was recently released, and as usual, I have patched and wrapped up packages for fedora and epel. As 4.1.0 is not api/abi compatible with varnish-4.0, packages for stable releases of epel and fedora are not updated. Varnish-4.1.x will be available in a stable Fedora at latest from f24, though the package recompiles fine on anything from el5 to f23 as well.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Top YouTube Video Downloaders that You Need for the Linux Machine

    TV episodes, movie trailers, broadcasts, and interviews are also available on YouTube for viewing. If you find an interesting video on YouTube while browsing on your Linux machine and feel the urge to download it to your desktop, do not despair. This is because you have several options for achieving your goal with little fuss as shown below.

  • Gammu 1.36.6

    Gammu 1.36.6 has been just released. New bugfix release with lot of improvements in the documentation.

  • qBittorrent 3.2.4 Has Been Released
  • Meet the new Opera brand identity

    Today, we’re unveiling our new brand identity. We’re introducing a new look and feel. But, it’s more than just a logo shift.

    Opera has evolved a lot since we started our journey as a browser company 20 years ago. Today, we serve over a billion internet users every month, between the 350 million people around the world experiencing the internet through our apps and services and the 1.1 billion people we reach through Opera Mediaworks.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: GNOME Software

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  • GNOME Photos 3.18 App Gets Its First Hotfix Release Ahead of GNOME 3.18.1

    Earlier today, October 12, Debarshi Ray was happy to inform us all about the immediate availability of the first point release of his GNOME Photos 3.18 image viewer application for the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.18.1 desktop environment.

  • View your GTK3 app or VM on the Web

    Ever wondered how to view gedit in a browser? It’s not a secret anymore, broadway is there for some time.

  • The new search for GNOME Files (aka Nautilus)

    As some (most? none? who knows =P) of you already know, last cycle I worked as a Google Summer of Code intern with Gtk+ and Nautilus. We saw the very positive results of it. And the picky eyes out there noticed that I wrote with these exact words: “While the project is over, I won’t stop contributing to Nautilus. Even with the interesting code, even with all the strange things surrounding it. Nautilus is like an ugly puppy: it may hurt your eyes, yet you still warmly love it.”

Linux Devices

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  • Linksys WRT1900ACS Router is Ready for Open Source Tinkering

    We still regard the Linksys WRT1900AC as one of the best and fastest routers available, though if you're eyeing that model, there's a new version available with more memory and a faster processor.

    It's the WRT1900ACS, which is essentially an improved version of the WRT1900AC. The new model boasts a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, an upgrade over its predecessor's 1.2GHz chip; 128MB of flash memory (same as before); 512MB of DDR3 RAM, which is two times as much as the WRT1900AC; and eSATA and USB ports.

  • Linux Foundation Takes on Real-Time Computing for Embedded Apps

    What's the next step for open source in the embedded computing market? Google (GOOG), the Linux Foundation and other inaugural supporters of the Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project, which launched this month with a focus on the robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation, medical and similar industries, think kernel-level real-time support is the answer.

  • Your Last Chance To Crowdfund InvizBox Go, A Portable Open Source VPN Router

    A small Irish tech startup is in the last few days of crowdfunding for a small Linux-based router it’s hoping to ship out to supporters in February 2016.

    If its Kickstarter campaign is successful, InvizBox Go will offer users some protection when connecting to WiFi networks. Whether you’re at home, at a hotel, or working out of a coffee shop, the InvizBox Go will be able to connect your devices and route all of your traffic over Tor or a VPN connection (or even both). And since it can connect all devices simultaneously, it’s a great solution for keeping your housemates secure without requiring them to plug into anything or even download any software. Or, let’s face it, it’s also good for watching blocked content from around the world. Users will also be able to block a known list of ad providers. An optional feature will block Windows 10’s tracking domain. Additionally, the device can acts as a WiFi extender or even be used to charge a mobile phone or tablet if users plug into its USB port.

  • Irish firm’s product to mask online activity

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Industry Veterans Partner to Create a School for Software Engineers

    Another interesting angle is that during their first year at school all projects except their own, if they decide otherwise, must be open sourced online on the repository of their choice (such as GitHub).

    "Open source is a great option for teaching students because it not only helps you in building new skills as as software engineers, but also you know how to communicate with your peers. You have to understand how the team is working among many things. So I think open source is a great way to learn software engineering," added Barbier.

    Because the Linux Foundation also runs many specialized courses, I asked whether the school had any plans to collaborate with the Foundation. I was told that, although they are in touch with the Linux Foundation, it's too early to comment on it.

  • Eximbank opts for Allevo’s open source application FinTP

    It originates from Allevo’s older offering, qPayintegrator. The open source project has been in the making for a few years.

  • Volkswagen’s Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet

    A Columbia University law professor stood in a hotel lobby one morning and noticed a sign apologizing for an elevator that was out of order. It had dropped unexpectedly three stories a few days earlier. The professor, Eben Moglen, tried to imagine what the world would be like if elevators were not built so that people could inspect them.

  • Mozilla to Bar Many Legacy Plug-ins in Firefox By End of 2016

    As we've reported several times, Google has been introducing big changes in its Chrome browser, especially when it comes to how the browser handles extensions. If you've regularly used either or both of the most popular open source Internet browsers--Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox--then you're probably familiar with the performance and security problems that some extensions for them have caused.

    Mozilla, like the Chrome team, is also focused on the effect that extensions have on performance and reliability. Now, Benjamin Smedberg, a Mozilla senior engineering manager, in a post to a blog, has confirmed that Mozilla will bar almost all plug-ins built using decades-old NPAPI technology by the end of 2016.

  • What you need to know about Astara

    Astara provides OpenStack operators with a vendor-agnostic network orchestration platform that addresses the complex nature and scale of Neutron implementations. Astara features a driver-based orchestrator to manage network functions from different providers on bare metal, in virtual machines (VMs) and containers.

  • Mirantis, NetApp announce joint partnership

    Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, has joined hands with NetApp and announced a joint partnership that combines the Mirantis OpenStack with mission-critical NetApp storage infrastructures.

  • Mirantis and NetApp Partner for Joint Testing, Cloud Reference Architectures
  • Introducing the Astara project, a preview of Liberty and Mitaka, and more OpenStack news
  • Taunton and Somerset trust explores wider open source adoption

    Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has commenced "exploratory work" around expanding its use of open source technology to include an e-prescribing solution after going live with a non-proprietary electronic patient record (EPR) system earlier this month.

    Trust IT director Malcolm Senior said that although work around potentially adopting a new e-prescribing system was at an early stage, Taunton and Somerset was now considering dates for possible implementation.

    Senior said he was confident the trust would be able to meet a timeline for completing development of an e-prescribing service in line with aims for a 'paperless NHS' by 2018.

  • Nexenta Brings Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions to the Dell Solutions Roadshow 2015 in Japan
  • Update Python GNUPG library for GNU Health crypto plugin

    Issues digitally signing and/or verifying GNUHealth documents, using GNUPG version 2.x should be solved by upgrading to the latest python-gnupg library[1], version 0.3.8 . You can check the changelog[2] for the details.

  • Another city swaps in LibreOffice to replace Microsoft Office

    Another city has decided to swap out Microsoft Office for the open source LibreOffice productivity suite. As ZDNet reported, the municipality of Bari in Italy is currently installing the open-source office software on its 1,700 PCs after a successful trial involving 100 PCs.

  • ODS Onsite Training - Onsite Training to the European Commission

    The course aims at enhancing the understanding of linked open data principles and technologies. By the end of the course, participants should have a clear understanding of what linked open data is and how linked data technologies can be applied to improve the availability, understandability and usability of EU data.

Security Leftovers

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Evolution 3.18.1 Open Source Groupware Software Released for GNOME 3.18.1

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The developers of the open-source and cross-platform Evolution email and groupware client used in various GNU/Linux operating systems and distributed as part of the GNOME project, have announced the release of Evolution 3.18.1.

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Emmabuntus 3 1.02 Linux OS Officially Released, Based on Xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS

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Just a few moments ago, Patrick d'Emmabuntus informed Softpedia about the availability of the second maintenance release of his educational-oriented Emmabuntus 3 GNU/Linux operating system.

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Simply Linux 7.0.5: Love from Russia

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Simply Linux is not a new guest on Linux notes from DarkDuck. I have already reviewed it twice: versions 6.0.1 and 4.0.

Simply is not an independent distribution. Instead, it is based on the ALT Linux, a distribution from a team of Russian developers. While ALT Linux is a KDE-oriented distro, Simply uses Xfce. Both of these distributions share the same platform, called Sisyphus.

As with many other Linux distributions, Simply and ALT Linux continue development. The current version of Sisyphus is 7, that means that Simply Linux has the same number in the name.

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Android Leftovers

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Tag Heuer/Android Wear

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  • A First Look at the Most Expensive Android Wear Watch Ever Made

    Intel and Tag Heuer have done tons of hyping for its still upcoming, $1,800 Android Wear watch. But after hearsay that a November launch was coming, the Swiss luxury watchmaker is sticking with that rumored game plan. The most expensive Android Watch ever made is coming November 9th.

  • Tag Heuer is unveiling its Android Wear smartwatch next month

    Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has set a date for its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch unveiling. The Tag Heuer Connected, as it's called, will make its debut at the LVMH Tower in New York City on November 9th, according to invites sent out by the company today. The watch is reportedly based on the popular Tag Carrera and will cost around $1,800, according to a interview with Tag CEO Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC last month.

CRUX 3.2 Linux Distro Enters Development, First Release Candidate Out Now

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It's been more than a year since the release of CRUX 3.1, so the developers of the Linux kernel-based operating system have announced that the first Release Candidate of the upcoming CRUX 3.2 distribution is now available for download and testing.

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Extending a Free, Open Source Community to Our Students

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What makes the open source community so important though? Well, there are a lot of reasons out there, but for Butler, a lot of it has to do with collaboration. This is noteworthy when considering the value an open source community can bring to educational collaboration, then.

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3 open source projects for modern COBOL development

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GnuCOBOL (formerly known as OpenCOBOL) is a modern, open source, COBOL compiler. It works by translating COBOL code into C and compiling the code using GCC. While the project does not claim standards compliance, it passes most of the tests in the COBOL 85 test suite from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Other compilers might be more standards compliant or contain the same quirks as their historical antecedents, but GnuCOBOL is the compiler used by the other two projects I cover below.

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Leftovers: GNOME Software

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  • GNOME Files/Nautilus Search Is Finally Being Overhauled

    A Google Summer of Code student who worked on GTK+ and Nautilus has managed to overhaul the search feature of GNOME's file manager.

    The new search feature built into Files/Nautilus is designed to be much more intuitive with new filters and more. The new code hasn't yet been merged and still needs to be reviewed, but looks promising so far.

  • GNOME Software To Get A "Kudos" Rating System For Apps

    GNOME Software abandoned their "star rating system" over issues with abuse, lack of standardization by reviewers, and that package rating system really not working out. Now they're going to introduce a "kudos" rating system.

  • GNOME Software Is Getting a New Rating System with Kudos

    The GNOME developers are preparing to reintroduce a rating system for GNOME Software, but nothing as simple as the old one. It will be a complex way of rating the applications so that users can make informed decisions.

  • Boston GNOME Summit update

    The first day was filled with discussions and planning, with one of the central topics being how to make gnome-builder, xdg-app and gnome-continuous play well together. You can find notes and conclusions from this discussion here.

Best Web Browsers for the Linux Desktop

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If there was one software category where Linux has the most abundance, it's the great selection of web browsers available. In this article, I'll share what I believe to be the best web browsers available for the Linux desktop.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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