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  • Piracy helping Windows gain market share over Linux
  • Docker Datacenter Suite Advances Production Container Technology

    Docker isn't just for hobbyist developers and early adopters anymore. Docker Inc. takes the wraps off a new commercial platform that enables containers as a service (CaaS).
    Docker Inc., the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Docker container technology, is expanding its commercially supported product lineup Feb. 23 with the official launch of the Docker Datacenter platform. DDC builds on Docker Inc.'s existing services, including the Docker Universal Control Plane, which was first publicly announced as a beta last November.

  • ​Docker improves container security and management

    We love Docker. This container technology makes it possible to run four-to-six times the number of server applications as you can with Virtual Machines (VM) on the same hardware. There are only two little problems: Security and management.

  • Interesting Linux Disk Benchmarks Of Up To 14 SSDs With Btrfs RAID
  • Manjaro Linux 16.02 Cinnamon Edition Out with Cinnamon 2.8.6, LibreOffice 5.1
  • openSUSE T-Shirts for Leap Day

    To celebrate Leap Day, openSUSE will ship you a Leap 42 T-Shirt when you submit a proposal for this year’s openSUSE Conference by Leap Day (Feb. 29, 2016).

  • Spin your own Debian

    Today, we’re going to look at creating a custom Debian ISO using the Debian Live Systems project. With the project and website, you can create your own custom version of the distro to deploy as you wish around an office or in your own home. The benefit of creating your own spin is the ability to include specific packages that are relevant to your needs, have it work on specific architectures, and generally make it much more suited to your needs.

  • Tails 2.0.1 is out
  • Bite-size i.MX7 module sips power, ships with Linux

    Toradex launched a pair of Colibri COMs built around NXP’s low-power, Cortex-A7- and -M4-based i.MX 7 Solo and Dual SoCs, featuring -20 to 85°C operation.

    As promised last September, Toradex has shipped one of the first computer-on-modules based on NXP’s i.MX7 system-on-chips. It does not appear to be the first, as CompuLab promised to ship its CL-SOM-iMX7 COM in Jan. 2016. Toradex can, however, claim to have the smallest i.MX7 module to date — its 67.6 x 36.7mm dimensions beat out the 68 x 42mm CompuLab module.

  • Backgrounds / Wallpapers for Tizen Smartphones Samsung Z1 / Z3 / TM1 – Vol 2

    Over the last year we have created some stunning wallpapers / backgrounds for Tizen devices Samsung Gear S / S2 / Neo / Galaxy / Z1 / Z3 and TM1. Now we have some more specially for the Samsung Z1, Z3, and TM1 Tizen Smartphones.

    This month there are more of an abstract style, but if you would like anything different then please let us know in the comments section. Instructions on how you can actually set them as your background are at the bottom of the page.

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  • Singing About the Year of the Linux Desktop

    The first song I heard about the Linux Desktop was Hold On, It’s Coming, released in 1971 by Country Joe McDonald. This was an amazing prediction, considering that Linus Torvalds was only two years old at the time. Is it possible that young Linus heard this piece and it spurred him to create the GNU/Linux operating system? We may never know.

  • IBM Moves to Advance Blockchain in the Enterprise

    IBM delivers blockchain as a service for developers and commits to making the technology ready for business.

  • Container networking offers opportunity to simplify networks

    It's nearly impossible to go to any technology conference and not hear the words Docker containers at least once. Containers were an old and decidedly niche technology until Docker emerged with a new use case and changed the game, helping usher in a new era of DevOps by enabling developers to rapidly package and deploy applications.

  • Release of ctioga2 version 0.14

    The day has finally come again to release a new version of my plotting program, ctioga2.

  • Canonical Shows Off Its Immense Ubuntu Stand at MWC 2016, Convergence Awaits You

    With MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 just around the corner, Canonical now teases users with the latest preparations for its awesome stand at the number one mobile congress event.

    We've already told you what Canonical's plans are this year at MWC 2016, but we will once again remind you that you'll finally be able to taste the latest Ubuntu convergence features, as well as to get your hands on the newest Ubuntu-powered devices.

  • Zephyr Project — Linux Foundation Announces Open Source Operating System For IoT
  • Android device manager app vuln leaves millions at risk of pwnage

    Flaws in a widely used Android device manager app leave users at risk of phone data hijacking and malicious code execution unless they update their smartphones, security researchers warn.

    Flaws in the AirDroid, a free device manager app which allows users to access their Android devices through their computers, leave an estimated 50 million users exposed to potential hacking unless they patch, Check Point warns.

    Attacks could take the form of something as simple as a booby-trapped SMS message or contact request. Once exploited, the security flaw would enables attackers to execute malicious code on a compromised device before siphoning off sensitive data or pulling off other hacker attacks.

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  • Kali Rolling ISO of DOOM, Too.

    A while back we introduced the idea of Kali Linux Customisation by demonstrating the Kali Linux ISO of Doom. Our scenario covered the installation of a custom Kali configuration that contained select tools required for a remote vulnerability assessment. The customised Kali ISO would undergo an unattended autoinstall in a remote client site and automatically connect back to our OpenVPN server over TCP port 443. The OpenVPN connection would then bridge the remote and local networks, allowing us full “layer 3” access to the internal network from our remote location. The resulting custom ISO could then be sent to the client who would just pop it into a virtual machine template and the whole setup would happen automagically with no intervention – as depicted in the image below.

  • Manjaro Now Available for Raspberry Pi

    While Manjaro Linux has been available for desktop Linux environments for a few years now, it has not been available for ARM devices. This past week marked a huge turning point for Raspberry Pi users, as the Manjaro Arm project marked its first alpha release. The reason this is such big news is that many Raspberry Pi users did not have a great entryway into Arch Linux prior to the Manjaro Arm Project. Arch has always been available for the Raspberry Pi, through either a direct download or using NOOBS, but neither is as user friendly as most other Raspberry Pi distros. This is where Manjaro Linux comes into the picture. Manjaro provides a more user-friendly approach to Arch with the goal of getting users into the Arch space who found either the installation or documentation a bit overwhelming.

  • An update about the HA stack on Debian
  • Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition
  • Interviews: 'Ubuntu Unleashed' Author Matthew Helmke Responds

    Is there a way to get systemd to not throw away... stderr? This is driving us nuts when we have about six hundred Ubuntu servers, and simple problems are harder to solve because stderr is not displayed in the terminal or saved in the journal.

  • Pimoroni Competition Winners

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  • Linux Foundation whistles up 'Fido' for SDN, NFV

    The Linux Foundation has kicked off a new collaboration designed to push open I/O closer to the metal, to squeeze higher performance out of the white-box world.

    Fd.io – which the outfit assures the world is pronounced “Fido” – builds on efforts like Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

    The other foundation technology under Fido might come as a surprise: Cisco has dropped its vector packet processing (VPP) technology into the effort.

  • QDirStat 0.86-Beta1 announced

    Every hard disk, however large it may be, is filled up to capacity after some time. Then it's about time to find out where all that disk space has gone, and to reclaim some of it.

    This is what KDirStat was all about. The original KDirStat was a KDE 3 application. Now, there is the brand-new QDirStat, based on the same code, but with most of it rewritten with newer technology based on the latest Qt 5. It no longer depends on KDE; rather, it's now desktop agnostic, running just as well under GNOME, Xfce and all thoser other X11-based Linux/BSD desktops.

  • GNOME Maps 3.20 Now Available for Beta Testing with OpenStreetMap Editing

    The GNOME Project is about to come up with the first Beta build of the upcoming major release of the open source desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems, GNOME 3.20, so they're updating most of the core apps and components.

  • SUSECON 2016 Global Conference Set for Washington, D.C.

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  • Hyperledger Project Moves Forward Open Source Blockchain Digital Technology
  • distribution specific details

    To state the obvious: my personal preference is to run Debian GNU/Linux. My current workplace is a CentOS shop and usually I'm the first to claim that it doesn't matter at all, and distribution specific implementation details are irrelevant for what we do (running a JVM).

  • Linux Top 3: Clonezilla, Raspbian and LPS

    Raspbian is often considered to be the *default* distro for the Raspberry Pi (though of course the Pi has no true default as it's just hardware..). Raspbian is based on Debian, optimized for the ARM chipset and small memory of the Raspberry Pi. The Raspbian 2016-02-03 milestone update is the latest release and according to Rapsbian developer Simon Long, "For most people, this is primarily updates and bug fixes to the existing Jessie image ."

    [...]

    The Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) distribution is intended to be used as a live CD to help users remain private. While the idea of a privacy focused distro is not unique (think Tails), LPS is developed by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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  • Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos
    Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016. However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn't work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.
  • Questions loom about the future of open source at VA
    The CIO for the Department of Veterans' Affairs sought to reassure stakeholders that the agency was committed to open source in the future, but with Congress pressuring the agency to give up the homegrown health record system VistA, the open source community is a bit perplexed.
  • Watch out for job offers from Google after this open source course
    Over five lakh polytechnic students from 500 colleges across Tamil Nadu would begin training on open source software from Friday, learning more about the nitty-gritties of ‘free’ software under a programme run by the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay along with the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Open source is a mindset
    Open source is still gaining momentum in the industry worldwide. Despite naysayers, open-source software and hardware are making believers out of a broad array of users. In the case of Bombay Stock Exchange, LTD (BSE), the transition has been cost efficient, as well as has improved order processing power. By switching from proprietary hardware to open source, Kersi Tavadia, CIO of BSE, reported going from being able to process 10 million orders a day to 400 million. Even with the increase, the new open-source hardware is only using 10 percent capacity.
  • GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery
    GitHub today announced that it’s releasing activity data for 2.8 million open source code repositories and making it available for people to analyze with the Google BigQuery cloud-based data warehousing tool. The data set is free to explore. (With BigQuery you get to process up to one terabyte each month free of charge.) This new 3TB data set includes information on “more than 145 million unique commits, over 2 billion different file paths and the contents of the latest revision for 163 million files, all of which are searchable with regular expressions,” Arfon Smith, program manager for open source data at GitHub, wrote in a blog post.
  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
  • Can Capital One change banking with open source, mobile apps, and NoSQL?
    Oron Gill Haus of Capital One came to MongoDB World to present on Hygieia, an open source DevOps dashboard built on MongoDB. Behind that dashboard lies an ambition to change the customer banking experience – no small feat. Prior to his keynote, Haus shared his team’s story with me.
  • How bank Capital One developed an open source DevOps visualisation tool based on MongoDB
    In order to keep up with customers' expectation of a proactive service available 24x7 on many devices, US bank Capital One moved to an agile DevOps structure and a year ago released its own DevOps dashboard. While visualisation tools were available for continuous integration, scanning and testing, Capital One's development team was unable to find one that provided a complete overview of the whole production process. The dashboard they developed, called Hygieia, was open sourced to encourage rapid development. It is currently in version 2.0. VP of engineering Gil Haus explained some of the thought processes that went into the creation of Hygieia.
  • What is DC/OS?
    What if we could take the total amount of power in any cloud computing datacentre and provide a means of defining that as one total abstracted compute resource? This notion has given brith to DC/OS, a technology base built on Apache Mesos to abstract a datacentre into a single computer, pooling distributed workloads and (allegedly) simplifying both rollout and operations.
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  • Airtel adopts Cloudera for business intelligence
  • Airtel moves customer data on an open source platform
  • ​RightScale can help you pick out the right public cloud
    For example, let's say you need a local cloud in Australia. With the tool, you'll see that Google can't help you while the others can. Or, for instance say you've tied your business to Oracle and you want Oracle Linux as your operating system. The program will quickly and easily tell you that AWS and Azure are the clouds for you.
  • The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Bahir™ as a Top-Level Project
    Apache Bahir bolsters Big Data processing by serving as a home for existing connectors that initiated under Apache Spark, as well as provide additional extensions/plugins for other related distributed system, storage, and query execution systems.
  • Bahir is the Latest Big Data Project to Advance at Apache
    Recently, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.
  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.