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.

New story! Red Hat Brings Business Intelligence and Data Analysis Suite to the Public Cloud

Red Hat has made Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA, a data analysis and business intelligence platform, available on public cloud platforms, as well as for additional hardware environments.

New story! Plasma 5.1.2 Bugfix Release

Plasma 5.1.2 is the December output from our desktop team. It's a bugfix release which adds several dozen fixes and the latest translations.

New story! NFS server and client installation on CentOS 7

  • HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials - Linux; By Srijan Kishore (Posted by bob on Dec 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide explains how to configure NFS server in CentOS 7.0 Network File System (NFS) is a popular distributed filesystem protocol that enables users to mount remote directories on their server.

New story! Jolt Awards 2015: Coding Tools

  • Dr. Dobb's Open Source Articles; By Andrew Binstock and Gastón Hillar (Posted by bob on Dec 16, 2014 6:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Roundups; Groups: Developer
The best tools available for creating, testing, and debugging code.

New story! What will happen to Linux in 2015?

In today's open source roundup: The first predictions about Linux and 2015. Plus: Audio editing applications for Linux, and the Linux Foundation's holiday membership drive has begun.

New story! Fear & Loathing At 3 AM

Without consciously realizing it, I swung my legs over the side of the bed and sat up. My heart was beating so hard that it hurt. My mouth was dry and my hands shook if I held them out in front of me. I wasn’t sure if my legs would hold me if I tried to stand up. I opened my mouth to call to Diane but all that came out was raspy, raw air.

New story! High traffic on the package repositories

Our main repository packages.linuxmint.com isn’t currently able to serve connections to everybody. This can result in errors, timeouts and delays in apt-get, and in your update manager.

New story! National Geographic takes open source to the wilderness

At Opensource.com we look and spread stories about open source applied to better the world. This is such a story! A team of National Geographic Explorers set out to the Okavango Delta in the African wilderness to measure water quality, wildlife sightings, and more using open hardware and the Raspberry Pi as well as open source software. They created a portal to share data openly, preserving a piece of African wilderness with the help of open source. I had the opportunity to catch up with Shah Selbe, an explorer by heart, and for National Geographic. I asked him about how he got into this kind of conservation work, how he learned about open source and came to use it, and how he applied open source methods to his work on the Okavango Wilderness Project. read more

New story! The fall of GPL and the rise of permissive open-source licenses

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Dec 16, 2014 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The GPL is still the world's most popular open-source license but it's declining in use, while permissive licenses are gaining more fans, and some developers are choosing to release code without any license at all.

New story! Linux Malware vs Phishing Schemes

For years now, we’ve been told about the dangers of how various types of malware like worms and other threats were going to catch the growing Linux user base off guard. As of the year 2014, nothing remotely close to this has happened. Malware exists, but for desktop Linux users, it’s a non-issue.

New story! How to schedule appointments and to-do tasks in a Linux terminal

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Dec 16, 2014 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
If you are a Linux system administrator who enjoys spending your time in terminal-land, but also needs a way to stay on top of your everyday tasks, appointments and meetings, you will find calcurse to be a very useful tool. calcurse combines a calendar, a to-do list manager, a scheduler and a configurable notification system […]Continue reading... The post How to schedule appointments and to-do tasks in a Linux terminal appeared first on Xmodulo. No related FAQ.

New story! Old school linux terminal fun revisited. Random fortune quotes using random cowsay in Linux terminal

fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudorandom message from a database of quotations that first appeared in Version 7 Unix. The most common version on modern systems is the BSD fortune, originally written by Ken Arnold. Distributions of fortune are usually bundled with a collection of themed files, containing sayings like those found on fortune cookies (hence the name), quotations from famous people, jokes, or poetry.

New story! News: Linux 3.19 Features Set to Surface in 2015

Merge window for first Linux kernel of 2015 shows some interesting new features on the way, including very limited support for Microsoft's Surface technology

New story! Voting for the 2014 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards is Now Open

LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce that voting for the 2014 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards is now open. The Members Choice Awards allow the Linux community to select their favorite products in a variety of categories.

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