New story! MPAA Wants to Use DMCA to Effectively Bring Back SOPA

The movie moguls want to do this in the name of fighting their old monster-under-the-bed, content piracy. Not surprisingly, they plan on evoking an old enemy of a free and open Internet in the process, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), while attempting to revive at least a part of the ghost of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which was killed back in 2011.

New story! FLOSS Weekly 319: Fedora 21

Mathew Miller joins Randal and Joe to talk about the release of Fedora 21. Fedora 21 is an operating system based on Linux and developed by the community-supported Fedora Project.

New story! Netflix shines a flashlight into the eyes of its viewers

  • Random thoughts from a manic geek; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Dec 18, 2014 5:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Multimedia
So I was watching Netflix last night and I noticed a very annoying thing happening each time I began or ended an episode of Borgia (great show by the way). On screen a big, red Netflix logo on a bright white background would come up and damn near blind me!

New story! Fedora 21, 22, and 19, firewall discussion, and holiday break

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for December 17th, 2014.

New story! Raspi-Sump

In June 2013, we had the unfortunate luck of a basement flood, caused by a tripped electrical breaker connected to our sump pump. There are so many things that can go wrong with a sump pump. You always are on guard for power outages, blown breakers, sump pump failures, clogged pipes and all manner of issues that can arise, which ultimately can end with a flooded basement. I needed a way to alert me of issues when I was not at home. Audible alarms are fairly cheap and are great when you are physically in the house. They fail miserably when you are ten miles away at work. I had a Raspberry Pi that I had tinkered with periodically but for which I never had a real purpose. I decided to try to put the Pi to work as a dedicated sump pit monitoring device. Hopefully, the Pi could send me SMS alerts if a problem arose while I was away.

New story! Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 Might Get Linux Releases

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 18, 2014 2:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is one of the first games from Square Enix that might get a Linux release or at least this is what we can see on Steam database, which shows some signs of it in the Linux repos.

New story! Low-power COMs run Linux and Android on Cortex-A5 SoC

MYIR introduced a pair of Linux- and Android-ready COMs and baseboards featuring Atmel’s low-power, 536MHz SAMA5D3 SoC, with LCD, GbE, and dual CAN ports. MYIR’s MCC-SAMA5D3X-C and MYC-SAMA5D3X computer-on-modules both feature Atmel’s Cortex-A5 based SAMA5D3 system-on-chip, but are implemented on two different form factors, and with different mixes of I/O. The soon-to-ship 82 x 55mm MCC-SAMA5D3X-C plugs into a baseboard via pin-headers on its underside, while the currently-available 68 x 45mm MYC-SAMA5D3X uses edgecard fingers to slot into a 200-pin SODIMM connector. Both COMs are supported by ready-to-use development baseboards.

New story! My life in open source, and the mentors who led the way

I have been working on the Apache http server for almost 20 years now. I've written 9 books about httpd, and spoken at more than fifty conferences. I'm a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where I serve as a board member and as Executive Vice President. I am responsible for putting on ApacheCon, both in North America and Europe, which is the official conference of the ASF. Each of these things, I do because someone encouraged me to do something that I knew, deep down, I was incapable of doing, and then cheered me on as I did it.

New story! How to Install Openbravo ERP on an Ubuntu VPS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Openbravo ERP on an Ubuntu VPS . Openbravo ERP is an open source ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) web-based business solution for small and medium sized companies released under the Openbravo Public License.

New story! Calculate Linux 14.12 KDE Screenshot Tour

We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 14.12. Main changes: updates are checked even faster in the background; Calculate utilities, Perl and Python libraries, and the rest of your packages will not be updated separately any more; if only the file header has been modified, the new configuration will be accepted automatically; all obsolete package archives are cleared; added support for installing CL as a host system on Virtio devices; icons somewhat edited and services rearranged for Calculate Console; CLD and CLDX got back several wallpapers from previous versions.

New story! VC Madness Redux: Stop them Before they Kill the Economy Again

  • Consortiuminfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 17, 2014 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Heaven help us all, they’re doing it again. The “who” are the venture capitalists, and the “what” is super-inflating another start-up company bubble.

New story! Get Out the Vote for LinuxQuestions.org

One great thing about this poll — probably the best thing about this poll — is that each of the categories has an extremely wide range of candidates, and there are programs in many of the categories that I’ve never heard of. Hearing about them for the first time, I get to try them out. So not only is it fun — yeah, I think voting is fun (so shoot me) — it’s also educational.

New story! Civilization: Beyond Earth for Linux Launches Tomorrow, December 18

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 17, 2014 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest title in the Civilization franchise, is finally coming to the Linux platform and the released date is tomorrow, December 18.

New story! Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Dec 17, 2014 7:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Developer
What's one of the parent companies of OpenStack and a top private-cloud hosting companies doing in OpenPOWER? Helping to push open-source from software into hardware.

New story! Court Ruling: EA's Anti-Piracy Software Is Patent Infringing

But, results aside, EA would tell you that it needed to use DRM to protect the company from piracy. Even if SecuROM failed, the company had to at least try, or else the freeloaders that live the highlife getting around intellectual property laws would win. Violating IP laws is wrong, damn it, and EA was going to do everything in its power to right that wrong.

Including violating a notorious patent troll's intellectual property to do so, apparently -- at least, according to an East Texas court, which awarded Uniloc nearly $5 million after determining that EA violated the patent troll's patent with the SecuROM platform.

New story! Qseven i.MX6 COM adds industrial temperature range

Aaeon’s first ARM-based COM — a Qseven-based “AQ7-IMX6? module running Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 — has added an industrial temperature option. We missed Aaeon’s AQ7-IMX6 Qseven COM when it was released with a Freescale i.MX6 SoC back in the second quarter. Now, Aaeon’s very first ARM-based computer-on-module is being offered in a compatible version that offers -40 to 85°C support when paired with a 1GHz automotive version of the i.MX6 Quad SoC. The Qseven 2.0 form-factor COM continues to offer dual-core DualLite and standard Quad options of the Cortex-A9 SoC with commercial temperatures.

New story! How strong is peer review in open source?

  • Opensource.com; By Shaun Gillies (Posted by bob on Dec 17, 2014 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
While code review is commonplace amongst proprietary software development firms, the nature of open source software development often makes standardized code appraisal difficult to achieve. As such, successful industry leaders or project managers in the open source community frequently employ peer review techniques as a criteria for quality control in their development cycle.

New story! Microsoft tells J.S. Joust devs their game is “NOT possible” on Windows

On Tuesday, the makers of indie couch-gaming collection Sportsfriends announced that the title, which launched on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 earlier this year, finally had a home-computer release date. This Friday, shoppers at Steam and Humble Store will be able to purchase the four-game collection for $15 on Mac, Linux, and Windows.

However, the announcement came with an asterisk not normally seen in computer-game launches..

New story! 5 community managers give their biggest tip for 2015

I've grown a lot as a community manager this past year. Much of that growth was focused on learning and listening. Throughout my travels to various events and conferences this year I've seen a few themes come through that I think are important—they are: inclusiveness, diversity, and empathy. So, when I started to think about what to share with you this year from what I've learned, I decided to amplify some of what others have learned too that reinforce these themes. read more

New story! Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Dec 17, 2014 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Specialist programming site will post no new content Programming journal and website Dr. Dobb's is ceasing publication of new content at the end of 2014.…

New story! Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining?

The number of Linux distributions is declining. In 2011, the Distrowatch database of active Linux distributions peaked at 323. Currently, however, it lists only 285. However, exactly why the decline is taking place and how much it matters remains unclear.

New story! Is distrohopping on the decline in Linux?

One of the best things about Linux is that, unlike Windows or OS X, it has always offered an enormous range of choices to users. There have been so many different distributions and desktop environments that it has been easy for even the most picky user to find something that they liked. But now Datamation has noted a decline in the number of distros listed on DistroWatch’s site.

New story! How to install osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

How to install osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) This document describes how to install osCommerce in Ubuntu 14.04. Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a popular e-Commerce and online store-management software program that may be easily used on any web server with PHP and MySQL installed. osCommerce is available to users as a free software under the General Public License (GNU) The versatile and fuss-free software enables easy setting up and maintenance of e-stores using minimal effort. This tutorial describes the process of installing osCommerce on Ubuntu 14.04.

New story! Literary works given new life in public domain

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Dec 17, 2014 10:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The public domain. Creating legacy and enabling creativity, one literary work at a time. Works in the public domain belong to everyone. Anyone can use public domain works in any manner they wish. They can republish the work as is, or they can use a public domain work as the inspiration and groundwork to create something new and exciting. However, the length of time before a creative works enters the public domain has grown longer and longer in recent decades. In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 greatly increased the length of time before a work would enter the public domain. The situation is very similar in other parts of the world. read more

New story! Fedora 21 review

Fedora 21 is out and I’ve been able to spend some time with it. The last version of Fedora I looked at was more than two years ago, so there have been quite a few changes since then. The new version of Fedora comes in three basic options: Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and Fedora Workstation.

New story! Top 10 open source projects of 2014

Every year we collect the best of the best open source projects covered on Opensource.com. Last year's list of 10 projects guided people working and interested in tech throughout 2014. Now, we're setting you up for 2015 with a brand new list of accomplished open source projects.

New story! OphionLocker, A New Ransomware uses Elliptic Curve for Encryption

A new variety of Ransomware has been discovered by Trojan7Malware researchers. Dubbed as OphionLocker, this Ransomware is very unique in the sense that it uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. Another unique signature of OphionLocker is that it uses malvertising campaigns to propagate itself rather then traditional spear phishing methods.

New story! The Fellowship of the Ring movie free in the Google Play store

Google seems to be giving away free movies in the Google Play store to Android users. The selection of film depends on which country you are in though, but the US store currently offers the first Lord of the Rings Movie “The Fellowship of the Ring” for free. It’s the HD version of the film.

New story! This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking

A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems.

New story! Firefox OS Expands to Nearly 30 Countries

Firefox OS has brought choice to the mobile industry with 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries. Firefox OS unlocks mobile ecosystem participants from the barriers set by proprietary systems, allowing for independence, control and innovation.

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