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  • The seduction of the new

    I don't know about the Windows or Mac users' reactions, but the Linux user's always makes me smile as I recognize an attitude I see regularly and to some extent share. Free software users are always ready to upgrade, although their obsession is only partly rational.

  • On Being Ripped Off

    Given I had paid a lot of money for the Kaspersky Crystal Pure protection quite recently (and I think it was on an automatic renewal) I feel pretty ripped off. Am I being reasonable, or is it my fault for changing the operating system?

  • Inside SparkFun's Fellowship of the Things video series

    The Fellowship of the Things video series was conceived out of our passion for the burgeoning world of Internet of Things and connected projects, and our desire to showcase some of the SparkFun tools and products that fit particularly well into them. We somehow got permission to build an Internet of Things-dedicated apartment inside SparkFun HQ to use as a demo area for the projects, and so far it's been a huge success!

  • Citrix integrates NetScaler with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Clouds

    Customers are increasingly faced with the challenge of scaling their OpenStack deployments and are looking for production-grade infrastructure that supports the demands of their business. Today, Citrix is unveiling the integration and certification of its market-leading application delivery controller, NetScaler, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. For the first time, customers can now assemble their cloud infrastructure using best of breed components from Citrix and Red Hat. The joint solution provides customers with access to a broader portfolio of products to further boost the performance and scale provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployments.

  • KDevelop 5.0 Open Source IDE Enters Beta, Ported to Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5

    After more than a year of hard work, Milian Wolff from the KDevelop project has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta build of KDevelop 5.0.0.

  • GeoJSON in Maps

    For Maps 3.19.1 release we managed to land some support for showing a GeoJSON layer. This means that you can get a GeoJSON file from somewhere then open it with Maps.

  • Tanglu 4 Linux Distro Enters Development with GNOME 3.18, KDE Plasma 5.4

    Matthias Klumpp has announced that version 4 of his Tanglu Linux distribution has entered development and a first Alpha build is now available for download and testing.

  • Ubuntu Studio 15.10 Screenshot Tour
  • Globalization test days report for Fedora 23

    Each Fedora release, developers add interesting features and changes. The Fedora QA group puts in extra effort to make sure these features work well. The Fedora QA group runs test days, together with our development teams. Test days usually happen between Alpha and Beta test releases. These events are essential to help us find critical flaws.

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  • openmamba milestone3

    After some months in pre-release state, installation media of the milestone3 stable version are available for download with release 3.0.1.

  • Zentyal Server 4.2 Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, Supports Microsoft Outlook 2010

    Zentyal, the only international vendor to offer Linux kernel-based server technology that is natively interoperable with Microsoft's Exchange Server and Active Directory products, was proud to announce the release of Zentyal Server 4.2.

  • [Older] BusyBox 1.24 Released, Brings More Size Reductions
  • Libreboot Now Supports The Chromebook C201
  • OpenJDK updated to 7u91_b01
  • The XOR DDoS madness and what you need to know

    Use strong password

    If you use SSH to connect to your system disable password authentication and use SSH Keys.

    If you choose to ignore the above – use a strong password for your root user – avoid dictionary words

    Change default SSH port

  • Building a new cloud security model

    When working with cloud providers it is important to establish what responsibilities you retain for security and what is managed by the provider. Dependent on the nature of the service, the line of responsibility shifts. For IaaS providers, the customer is responsible for the operating system up; however, for SaaS providers, the customer is responsible for privileged users. This has a major impact on the security controls we implement to shore up our end of the bargain.

  • DragonBox Pyra Linux Based Gaming Plus Console Emulation Available To Pre-Order Now

    It is designed for gamers that are seeking a versatile, open source machine, able to run desktop Linux apps and also emulate game consoles. It is able to emulate systems like the PlayStation 1, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 64 and the Gameboy DS.

  • External Screen Support For Unity 8 On Ubuntu Phone Is Finally Near

    Developers continue making progress on maturing the Ubuntu Phone software stack, including Unity 8 atop Mir.

    Łukasz Zemczak wrote in yesterday's landing team update about the latest work. Aside from a new address book service and other package updates, a big Unity 8 update is in the works. Zemczak wrote, "A big Unity8 landing that was long in development, integrating unity-controlled mouse pointers, external screen support and many other convergence changes is now ready to land. The silo has been tested and now we're only waiting for a final archive admin binNEW review. Great stuff."

  • First Swami Release with two Modules

    At the start of the week I announced that work had begun on Moksha’s new control panel we are calling Swami. Today I am happy to share that the first two modules for Swami are ready for alpha testing:

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  • Zentyal announces Zentyal Server 4.2

    Besides focusing primarily on mail and mail-related directory features, additional improvements have also taken place. It will come with all the latest updates from Ubuntu 14.04.3. As a starred feature, it will integrate Samba 4.3.1, with lots of improvements for Active Directory services and support for Windows ® 8.1 and the newest Windows® 10. The installer has been upgraded to support newer network interfaces.

  • GALPon MiniNo 2015 Screenshot Tour
  • Fedora 23 Is Now Under Its Final Freeze [Ed: older]
  • Fedora 23 pushed back for one week

    Rather than the full Five Things in Fedora This Week, I’ve just got one — as you may have seen by now, while we hoped to sign off on the Fedora 23 final release yesterday for availability next week, the quality assurance team found a number of issues that still needed to be addressed first. Fedora always releases on Tuesday (it makes the logistics a lot easier), so with the delay, the planned release date is now November 3rd, 2015.

    This extra week will both give time to get fixes in place, and to make sure those are fully tested. (We wouldn’t want to give you a Fedora OS with rushed fixes which might be incomplete or even cause other problems.)

  • Kubuntu's Release Manager Calls It Quits

    After Jonathan Riddell lost his leadership roles relating to Ubuntu, the future of Kubuntu became quite vague for after Kubuntu 15.10. Riddell has announced now that he's leaving Kubuntu.

  • Early access to Cinnamon 2.8 for Mint 17.2
  • OpenSUSE 42.1 Leap Hits Release Candidate

    The release candidate has arrived for openSUSE 42.1 "Leap" in anticipation of the distribution's official debut in early November.

  • Gyft’s Giyom Lebleu: Following Linux ‘The Most Likely Path for Bitcoin’ (Interview)

    So, to compare it to Linux, some people say Bitcoin is starting to follow that path. It started as a personal project and then nobody thought that it was going to be serious, then it became serious and everyone said “Linux is going to kill Windows” and “Bitcoin is going to kill Fed Money” and in the end that is not quite what happened to Linux.

    Linux on the desktop never really caught on [with the mainstream user]. But now, everyone is using Linux. If you have an Android phone, you are using Linux. You could even say anyone using a website is using Linux. So everyone is using the technology and using the community and the software that it is based on. I think that is the most likely path for Bitcoin.

  • Crownstone – the smart power outlet

    KDE and ownCloud developer Jos Poortvliet speaks to the DoBots creator about their latest smart home tech


    Anne: Many are simple: fridges, televisions. Others are harder – we’ve got trouble with the difference between LCD- and TFT-based monitors, for example. Our algorithm is about 93% accurate right now and we’re working on making it better before we put it on Github. Did I mention that everything we do is open source?

  • Mind Your Media Files with Tizen Content API

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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.

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  • Linus Torvalds Wants to See a Real ARM Computer That You Can Develop On One Day

    Freshly returned from the LinuxCon Europe Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel project, has just published a short continuation of the interview with Dirk Hohndel, Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel.

  • Why unikernels might kill containers in five years

    Container technologies have received explosive attention in the past year – and rightfully so. Projects like Docker and CoreOS have done a fantastic job at popularizing operating system features that have existed for years by making those features more accessible.ACLU: Orwellian Citizen Score, China's credit score system, is a warning for Americans

  • Better LLVM IR Generation Coming For RadeonSI

    Well known Mesa developer Marek Olšák has published a new patch series that yields better LLVM IR generation with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

  • Intel Skylake Tests On Linux 4.3 Bring A Few Changes

    With development activity on the Linux 4.3 kernel settling down, here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the Linux 4.2 and Linux 4.3 Git kernels atop Ubuntu when using an Intel Core i5 6600K Skylake system.

  • qBittorrent 3.2.4 BitTorrent Client Out Now with Fixes for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

    The developers of the free, open-source and cross-platform qBittorrent P2P BitTorrent client announced on October 10 the immediate availability for download of what appears to be the last maintenance release in the qBittorrent 3.2 series.

  • Blender 2.76 Brings OpenSubdiv, Better AMD GPU Support
  • Blender 2.76 Free 3D Modelling App Is Out with New Features, Hundreds of Bugfixes

    On October 10, the Blender Foundation pushed a new major version of its amazing open-source, cross-platform, and free 3D modelling software used by numerous animation studios across the globe, Blender 2.76.

    Prominent features of Blender 2.76 include initial support for Pixar's OpenSubdiv geometry subdivision technology, support for tiled strokes in Sculpting, support for text effect strips and subtitle export in the sequencer, and a major performance boost to the view-port functionality.

  • Epiphany Web-Apps: Integrate the Web with Your Desktop

    Are you a frequent user of web apps? Would you prefer them to be more integrated into your desktop? The Epiphany browser can do just that and this article will show you how.

    For me, web apps feel a bit removed from the computing experience. I’d like them to integrate with my desktop more to make it easier and faster to launch them. Most browsers don’t offer this type of integration, so you have to load the browser, navigate to the web app and then login to the web app. Epiphany browser provides tools to seamlessly integrate web apps into the desktop as well as make the web app experience more enjoyable.

  • Have You Tried Tanks Of Freedom? An Open Source Strategy Game

    We have covered Tanks of Freedom before, but this open source strategy game has changed quite a bit since the initial article. I am pleased to see that they have been doing regular releases, and since our initial article they have added new unit movement, new maps, added a new soundtrack, upped the colour palette from 16bit to 32bit and much more.

  • InfiniTrap, A Hardcore 2D Maze Game Made On Linux, We Have Keys For You

    The developer of InfiniTrap has sent in a few keys for us to giveaway, it's interesting because it's made on Linux, and it's pretty hard. It's from the mind of Yanick Bourbeau who recently wrote a Linux game development editorial on gamasutra, so it's nice to see the developer still working away at it.

  • Quirky 7.2 Screenshot Tour
  • Manjaro 15.09-1 Cinnamon Screenshot Tour
  • Drexel Hamilton Begins Coverage on Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) with Buy Rating

    Analysts at Drexel Hamilton initiated coverage on shares of Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) in an analyst report revealed to clients and investors on Friday morning. The financial company set an Buy rating on the $13.74 billion market cap company.

  • Mizuho Reiterates Buy Rating for Red Hat (RHT)
  • Perl6 is now up to date on Debian sid

    Thanks to the help of Daniel Dehennin and Paul Cochrane, The rakudo implementation of Perl 6 is now up to date on Debian/sid.

  • Ending my 6 year tenure on the Ubuntu Community Council

    On September 16th, Michael Hall sent out a call for nominations for the Ubuntu Community Council. I will not be seeking re-election this time around.

    My journey with Ubuntu has been a long one. I can actually pinpoint the day it began, because it was also the day I created my account: March 12th, 2005. That day I installed Ubuntu on one of my old laptops to play with this crazy new Debian derivative and was delighted to learn that the PCMCIA card I had for WiFi actually worked out of the box. No kidding. In 2006 I submitted my first package to Debian and following earlier involvement with Debian Women, I sent my first message to the Ubuntu-Women mailing list offering to help with consolidating team resources. In 2007 a LoCo in my area (Pennsylvania) started up, and my message was the third one in the archives!

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