New story! Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft Didn't Copy Convergence Idea, Ubuntu Will Be First

Mark Shuttleworth talked about Ubuntu convergence and he also happened to mention the fact that Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Windows, but he said that the companies just had the same idea, at the same time.

New story! Tiny UAV-oriented i.MX6 SBC has HDMI in and out

Gateworks unveiled a tiny, UAV-oriented SBC that runs Linux or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and offers HDMI in/out, USB, serial, GPIO, CAN, mini-PCIe, and more.

New story! Google Updates Password Alert Extension, But Some Bypasses Still Work

For the second time in less than a week, Google has updated its Password Alert extension for Chrome to address a method for bypassing the warning screens that alert users that they're entering data on a non-Google site. However, the researcher who discovered the most-recent bypass method said his technique still works on the latest version.

New story! Enlightenment 0.19.5 Desktop Environment Now Available for Download

Today, May 4, we announce the immediate availability for download of the Enlightenment 0.19.5 desktop environment, a release that fixes a significant amount of issues discovered since Enlightenment 0.19.4, which is currently used by default in various GNU/Linux distributions.

New story! House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

The deck is stacked and the designers want it that way. Mozilla has revealed how it reckons Firefox should look when it's on the tellie.

New story! Linux-ready COM mates an i.MX6 SoC with an FPGA

Armadeus has launched a Linux-equipped module that integrates a Freescale i.MX6 SoC with a Cyclone V GX FPGA, and offers SATA, CSI, DSI, and optional WiFi.

New story! CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.1.1 has been released

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 14.1.0 for both Mac OS X and Linux.  CrossOver 14.1.0 has important bug fixes for both Mac and Linux users.

New story! Introducing the First openSUSE MATE Live CD - Screenshot Tour

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on May 6, 2015 2:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Today, we have the great pleasure of introducing you to the first ever openSUSE Live CD built around the MATE desktop environment, as it looks like the openSUSE team plans on delivering a MATE flavor as well, after Ubuntu got its own.

New story! Tiny Core Linux 6.2 Screencast and Screenshots

Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core v6.1.

New story! Valve's Mods Blunder Prompts Reddit Community to Create Open Source Steam Replacement

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on May 6, 2015 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Valve has recently gone through a major PR debacle after the company announced that it's implementing paid mods for games and Skyrim in particular. Their decision was short-lived, and it was retracted, but they have managed to incur the rage of the community. Independent developers are now working on a new game launcher that will make Steam obsolete.

New story! Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

  • The Register (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 11:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Top that, David Cameron and Ed Miliband Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has decided to reveal the source code of the Sudoku-solving app he personally coded.…

New story! Shell Scripting Part 3: Decision Control Structures in Shell Scripts

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We already covered the basics of shell scripting such as accepting inputs, process data through arithmetic operations and generating and displaying output in the previous series of this tutorial. In this series, we will go deeper to a more advanced topic in a programming language -- making decisions in a program, but this time we will do it using bash shell.

New story! How to install Shrew Soft IPsec VPN client on Linux

There are many commercial VPN gateways available, which come with their own proprietary VPN client software. While there are also open-source VPN server/client alternatives, they are typically lacking in sophisticated IPsec support, such as Internet Key Exchange (IKE) which is a standard IPsec protocol used to secure VPN key exchange and authentication.

New story! Would you buy an Ubuntu phone that doubled as a desktop PC?

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu is working on a phone that doubles as a desktop PC. Would you buy it? Plus: DistroWatch reviews Debian 8 Jessie. And Android Lollipop adoption rate nearly at 10%.

New story! IBIS: A powerful, Drupal-based info gathering tool

I'm very excited about Joshua Lee's talk on the Drupal-powered International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS) at DrupalCon 2015. Though I'm no biosecurity expert, the aggregation methods and process workflow for gathering biosecurity information is relevant to many industries. In his talk, the technology for creating this data aggregation system will be covered, as well as how the Drupal community can both benefit and contribute to this project. read more

New story! Chrome-Colored Parakeets

I personally like Google's Chrome interface. It's simple, fast, elegant and did I mention fast? Unfortunately, I don't like how locked down the Chrome OS is on a Chromebook, nor do I like its total dependence on Google. I also don't like the lack of ability to install Chrome easily on generic hardware. Thankfully, Budgie is here to help.

New story! Federal Investment in Repository Solution Sets New Bar for How Libraries Share

  • Information Today; By Richard Huffine (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The project will give libraries, museums, and archives of all types and sizes an out-of-the-box open source solution for managing their digital content and exposing what they have to the world. It will build on the work many academic libraries have done to create institutional repositories for their own organizations.

New story! Mozilla Looks To Phase Out Unencrypted Web

  • TechWeek; By Matthew Broersma (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Mozilla
“Today we are announcing our intent to phase out non-secure HTTP,” said Firefox security lead Richard Barnes in a blog post. “There’s pretty broad agreement that HTTPS is the way forward for the web.”

New story! 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa

  •; By Libby Clark (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 4:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Video; Groups: Community, Linux
Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux.

New story! 7 reasons why the feds shouldn’t mess with encryption

  • CSO; By Maria Korolov (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The spread of encryption is posting public safety challenges and making it harder for the government to fight both criminals and terrorists, said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. But for security vendors providing encryption technology to enterprise customers, any tampering with encryption protocols would do more damage than harm. Here are seven ways security pros believe the DHS is wrong on encryption.

New story! Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition Has Hidden Factory Mode

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on May 5, 2015 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been out for some time and is available for purchase right now. It's the only Ubuntu phone on sale, and one of the users found out how to access a hidden Factory Mode that gives access to all kinds of cool stuff.

New story! Patent Pledges and Open Source Software Development

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 5, 2015 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some major open source foundations now require "patent pledges." Here's what they are, and why they're being requested.

New story! Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support

In my last article, I wrote about biicode's decision to go open source once we reached 10,000 users. After the announcement, our community growth skyrocketed. Our investors were so impressed by the welcoming of our open source announcement that they let us go ahead with open sourcing biicode early. We worked hard to release most of it in biicode 3.0. read more

New story! Tiny Core Linux 6.2 Fluxbox Screencast

Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core 6.2. Changelog for 6.2: tce-audit - similar speedup patch from aswjh; tc-config - nfs4 mount changes from gerald_clark; tce-load - 2% speedup from aswjh; tce-size - apply patch from Greg Erskine for no-deps files; tce-remove, rc.shutdown - update copy2fs name; tce-ab - convert to a symlink; tce-load - awk recursion changes changed to a subshell, so exit status needs to be passed; tce-setup - wait for slow CD drives. In addition, TinyCorePure64 6.2.iso is now legacy-BIOS/(U)EFI multi-boot.

New story! 5 ways to promote an inclusive environment where good ideas can emerge

  • (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 11:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People in tech companies and particularly in open source communities believe in and value meritocracy—letting the best ideas win. One thing that's become increasingly clear to me over the past few years is this: meritocracy is a great driver of innovation, but if we want to get to the best ideas, we need diversity of thought and an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and offer different perspectives. Indeed, to live up to our ideal of meritocracy, we must consistently question and seek to improve it. read more

New story! Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

  • The Register (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 10:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
The future is coming, Still Review Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04.…

New story! New tutorials, developments in open digital humanities

  • (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 9:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome to the third installment of my monthly column, where I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities researc, as well as, a few humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about how transparency and open exchange, and principles of the open source way, being applied to the humanities. read more

New story! Coders With Bad Attitudes

Folks, I’m not talking about a stern communication. I’m talkin’ finger-poking-into-my-chest-slathering-frothing-yelling-losing-all-composure pissed off. He more than adequately suggested: How Dare Me! If I don’t write or understand software programming or the brilliance required to do so, then I don’t get a pass on judging what needs to be done, how it should be done, when it should be done, and finally, to what quality I might accept as “usable.”

New story! Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning. Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility … Continue reading

New story! Watch: Mark Shuttleworth's Keynote for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

In case you didn't have the time to watch today's live keynote video with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the famous Ubuntu Linux operating system, you can watch the recording right now (see the video at the end of the article).

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