New story! MacBook to Chromebook: No regrets

Two years on, switching from a MacBook Pro to a Chromebook was the right answer for this geek.

New story! Unmanagement and unleadership

Luis Ibanez is a senior software developer at Google. In this short talk he explains what he means by "unmanagement" and "unleadership" and how they can change the course of a project. read more

New story! Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years

There was great news and there was awful news in the world of Linux and open-source software during 2014.

New story! Windows Phone bumping along the bottom

Microsoft's stats for developers advise them to aim low … in Russian or Spanish Microsoft has revealed a new batch of data about Windows Phone's fortunes, and it seems Redmond's mobile efforts are doing best at the low end of the market.…

New story! PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released

In today's open source roundup: Download the latest version of PCLinuxOS. Plus: Is Linux any different on ARM processors? And Android Studio 1.0 has been released.

New story! The year in local open data

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2014 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Written by Alisha Green It was another year full of encouraging news on the open data front in states and municipalities across the country. New open data policies were approved in municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast, existing open data programs matured and sparked new innovations, and there were numerous other open government wins as a result of advocacy efforts. Here's a look back at the year's highlights: read more

New story! Is Devuan a good idea?

  • Everyday Linux User; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Dec 24, 2014 3:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Devuan has been created as a clone of Debian minus systemd. Is forking such a massive project such as Debian really a good idea?

New story! BlazeRush, A Frantic & Fun Survival Racer Now On Linux

  •; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Dec 24, 2014 1:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
BlazeRush had confirmed they were going to do a Linux version, and with no announcement it has landed. BlazeRush is a dynamic arcade racing survival game with no health, no levelling and no brakes!

New story! Orange Pi SBC tempts Raspberry Pi clone fans

“Orange Pi,” a new hacker SBC and RPi clone, is available in two models using Allwinner’s dual-core A20 SoC, and a third model that’s based on the quad-core A31. Just in time for our upcoming year-end hacker SBC roundup, Shenzhen Xunlong Software unveiled an Orange Pi board that shares a number of characteristics with the […]

New story! Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2014 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
343 people on the mailing list, €3,473 in cash and systemd replacement under way Devuan, the Debian spin-off that will not include systemd has posted its first progress report.…

New story! Top 10 open source in business stories of 2014

Business is one of the prime areas of focus on, so naturally we've accumulated a lot of great information over the year about tools for doing business, like project management, customer management, and content management.

New story! OPNFV Plans Next Steps for Open Source NFV, SDN

OPNFV, the open source software-defined networking and network-functions virtualization project, said development of both code and community will be its focus for 2015.

New story! News: Linux Top 3: Linux 3.19 rc1, Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 and Tails 1.2.2

  • Linux Planet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2014 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
As the final days of 2014 bring the year to an end, there is already much indication on the horizon for goodness to come in 2015

New story! The Dismal State of Embedded Device Security

On Friday, the firm Allegro Software of Boxborough, Massachusetts, released an odd-sounding statement encouraging all its customers to "maintain firmware for highest level of embedded device security."

New story! New Products

A roundup of New Products for December 2014.

New story! Mirantis, Tesora Partner on OpenStack Cloud Interoperability

Tesora and Mirantis have partnered to certify the interoperability of their respective OpenStack open source cloud computing distributions and tools. OpenStack companies Tesora and Mirantis cemented their partnership recently with the announcement that Tesora's Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platform for the open source cloud operating system is now certified for use with Mirantis's OpenStack distribution.

New story! Linux Lite 2.2 review

It’s been quite a while since I last looked at Linux Lite, the last version I reviewed being 1.0.6. Much has changed in Linux Lite since that release and now it’s reached version 2.2. If you aren’t familiar with it, you should know that Linux Lite is a distribution geared toward helping current Windows users transition to the Linux desktop.

New story! 12 Million Home Routers Vulnerable to Takeover

More than 12 million devices running an embedded webserver called RomPager are vulnerable to a simple attack that could give a hacker man-in-the-middle position on traffic going to and from home routers from just about every leading manufacturer.

New story! Install phpBB 3 on a Debian Wheezy VPS

This tutorial shows you how to install phpBB on a Debian Wheezy VPS. phpBB is an Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language, it is easy to use.

New story! Does Linux suffer from bloat?

In today's open source roundup: The question of bloat in Linux. Plus: Samsung will release a limited edition Galaxy Alpha phone, and does Oracle Linux have a future?

New story! The decline and fall of the Yahoo empire

There was a time when Yahoo strode across the Internet landscape like a giant. Users and media alike waited with bated breath to find out what Yahoo’s next move would be and many of us actually depended on Yahoo to find information on the Internet. But those days are long, long gone and now Yahoo is a pale echo of its former glory.

New story! Open science leaps forward in 2014

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2014 4:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We have had quite a year of open science at in 2014! I couldn't hope to cover every article we published over the year, but I will highlight some of my favorites. The tide is turning in science. More funding is going to open science projects, more publications are making their data available to everyone (especially other researchers), and all of this is hopefully beginning to impact hiring decisions. read more

New story! Teaching Linux in the Dark

See, that’s the problem with many people in my generation. If something happens or is added to their computers, they believe it’s supposed to happen, that “the Internet knows what I need.” Apparently, the Internet thought Jake needed eleven toolbars and so many JavaScript exploits that the damned thing took over five minutes just to open the browser.

New story! Updating the Linux Kernel Without Restart Could Arrive Soon for Users

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 23, 2014 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new development cycle has been started for the Linux kernel, 3.19, but it looks like the 3.20 branch is about to receive a very interesting patch that should really shake things up if it's going to get accepted, that is.

New story! Why You Should Switch to Ubuntu MATE Edition

Finding the right desktop can be a deeply personal experience. In this article, I’ll explain why I decided to make the switch to the MATE desktop and the reason behind using an Ubuntu base.

New story! Mozilla and KDDI Launch First Firefox OS Smartphone in Japan

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2014 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is excited to announce that KDDI will release the first Firefox OS smartphone in Japan, just in time for the holidays. KDDI announced at a press … Continue reading

New story! Top 5: Legal issues in open source in 2014

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The most-read articles this year on demonstrated a strong interest in the changing aspects of complicated issues. For example, the top two stories this year both relate to a complex series of cases involving a dispute between Versata and Aperiprise surrounding alleged violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL). read more

New story! Quadcopter drone packs first all-Linux autopilot

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Erle Robotics has launched the “Erie-brain,” claimed to be the first open source drone to run both a Pixhawk APM autopilot and ROS directly on Linux. Over the last year, Spanish firm Erle Robotics S.L. has been working with 3DRobotics to develop an open source BeaglePilot autopilot for drones that can run Linux on 3DR’s […]

New story! How to check SSH protocol version on Linux

Secure Shell (SSH) is a network protocol that enables remote login or remote command execution between two hosts over a cryptographically secure communication channel. SSH was designed to replace insecure clear-text protocols such as telnet, rsh or rlogin. SSH provides a number of desirable features such as authentication, encryption, data integrity, authorization, and forwarding/tunneling.

New story! Exploits for dangerous network time protocol vulnerabilities

Remote code execution vulnerabilities in the standard implementation of the network time protocol (NTP) can be exploited by attackers to compromise servers, embedded devices and even critical infrastructure systems that run UNIX-like operating systems.

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