New story! How to boot into command line on Ubuntu or Debian

Linux desktop comes with a display manager (e.g., GDM, KDM, LightDM), which lets the desktop machine automatically boot into a GUI-based login environment. However, what if you want to disable GUI and boot straight into a text-mode console because you are troubleshooting a malfunctioning desktop manager?

New story! Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the the security of commercial open source, Google's surprise launch of ODF support, Uganda adopting free and open source software, and more. Open source news for your reading pleasure December 22 - December 27, 2014 read more

New story! 2015 Could be the year the cloud finally comes of age

  • Intronis Blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Dec 26, 2014 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
Each company will have its own level of comfort when it comes to moving their content or workloads to the cloud, but it won't be a question of if, come 2015. It will be a discussion of what and how that will happen. And it's about time.

New story! Open data portals should be API [First]

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 26, 2014 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What is API [First]? Not long ago, I was speaking at the National Association of Government Web Professionals. At the same conference, Mark Headd was speaking. We were speaking on different open data topics. My discussion was about the difference between open government and open data and his talk was about API [First]. read more

New story! Install Centmin Mod on a CentOS 6 VPS

Centmin Mod is a shell script which provides menu based installer that allows you to install and manage the latest versions of Nginx webserver, MariaDB/MySQL, PHP and a DNS server on a CentOS VPS, without using a control panel.

New story! Punching Out the Week on Boxing Day

On a personal note, some of you know that I inherited an old PowerBook G4 — yep, PowerPC 32-bit — now with limited options regarding what distro to put on it. It wasn’t like that when I started back in ’06 with Debian on an iMac, but I digress. I tried what few options are left on the PowerPC side, from both Linux and BSD, and the winner — drumroll, please — is Xubuntu.

New story! Linux bloated? Think again

When I first started using Linux, back in the mid-late nineties, a typical Linux installation was roughly four to five CDs and wound up installing applications geared toward scientists, programmers, HAM radio operators, and more. The kernel was built for a small sub-section of hardware it actually had support for (which included a lot of hardware most people didn't have). The typical resources needed to run Linux were quite small. The first machine I ran Linux on was a Pentium II 75 Mhz processor with 56 MB of RAM and an unsupported WinModem (which was eventually swapped out for a US Robotics 36.6 external modem).

New story! Old FOSS Friend & Foe Represents Sony in Hack

Folks who follow news about FOSS, OSS and Linux who also watch the “talking heads” shows the TV networks serve up on Sunday mornings might be excused for not noting that David Boies, the lawyer speaking for Sony on this week’s “Meet the Press,” has on several occasions been involved in news stories affecting Linux. Over the years, he’s played the role of both friend and foe, but it’s been a while since his and the FOSS world’s paths have crossed.

New story! Boycott the Marriott and other hotels that block Wi-Fi

The media has been abuzz with stories recently about how the Marriott hotel has blocked Wi-Fi access in a desperate attempt to get its customers to pay the hotel for Internet access. Yes, the Marriott – a billion dollar corporation – has been attempting to gouge its customers by blocking private Wi-Fi connections, and now the company wants the FCC to give them its blessing.

New story! A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 25, 2014 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash. read more

New story! Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

New story! Mars Express images and videos for everyone

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 25, 2014 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the intergovernmental organization (IGO) port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use the IGO port since we introduced it last year. read more

New story! Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Dec 25, 2014 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SinoVoip is prepping an Banana Pi “M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.” It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but […]

New story! Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

A new release of this venerable Linux distribution is always good news - and if you want to avoid systemd, this PCLinuxOS release could be your new best friend!

New story! Xen Virtualization on Linux and Solaris

Recently Filip Krikav made a fork on github and created a Juno branch using the latest commit + fixing the problem of loading an image from glance.

New story! Welcome to the Pre-Post-PC Era

One more prediction: Upon sailing through the Post-PC era, there will be a post-Post-PC era, after the advent of the pre-post-Post-PC era, where people will start thinking, “You know, I had a laptop (or desktop…or both) once where I didn’t have to strain my eyes on such a small screen, and where I actually got stuff done rather than just wasting time.” Or something like that.

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."

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