New story! What will 2015 bring for the open source cloud?

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2014 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud; Story Type: News Story
When it comes to making predictions, I’m cautious. But I have no reason to believe that the trends we saw emerging in 2014 are going anywhere. Here are three things we saw in 2014 that I fully expect we’ll see more of in 2015. read more

New story! Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked

The ISC site, home to the world's most popular Domain Name System program BIND, appears to have been infected with malware.

New story! Whats Next In Graphics APIs

Neil Trevett from Nvidia shared a presentation about what's going on in the world of graphics APIs. Presentation included in our post on it.

New story! Facebook smacked by judge for scanning private messages

Facebook is in the news yet again over issues related to privacy violations. This time around a judge in California has ruled that the company must face a class action lawsuit over scanning the private messages of its users.

New story! Top Terminal Multiplexer Tools

The phrase 'terminal multiplexer' sounds a bit of a mouthful and a large dollop of jargon. Multiplexing is a method of combining multiple data streams into one stream over a shared medium. This gives us a hint of the function of a terminal multiplexer. It is computer software that can be used to multiplex several video consoles. In English? Well, it allows you to make use of multiple separate terminal sessions inside a single terminal. So one terminal session can act like many sessions.

New story! Linux Mint Debian Might Not Adopt Systemd

The Linux Mint team has ended 2014 in force with a great Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" release, for both the MATE and Cinnamon desktop, but it looks like the Debian edition is also going to be interesting.

New story! How to check CPU info on Linux

Depending on your need, there are various pieces of information you may need to know about the CPU processor(s) of your computer, such as CPU vendor name, model name, clock speed, number of sockets/cores, L1/L2/L3 cache configuration, available processor capabilities (e.g., hardware virtualization, AES, MMX, SSE), and so on.

New story! Remarkable open source and Linux games in 2014

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition we look back at all of the news and stories in 2014 that we covered for open source and Linux games! read more

New story! Does Facebook have an “unsafe” blacklist of sites that criticize it?

I’ve written a few blog posts about Facebook, and my view of the company is most definitely a negative one because of its attitude toward the privacy of its users. But I got quite the shock the other day when I read a comment posted by a reader in the thread of an unrelated post that indicates that Facebook might be blacklisting my site.

New story! Healthcare one of the most impacted industries by open source

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 26, 2014 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Healthcare is one of the most urgent socioeconomic issues of our time. This year, saw a variety of news and feature stories about applying the open source way and open source software (including tools) to alleviating the many problems faced by the healthcare industry. Here are this year's best of the best from in open health. read more

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.…

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