New story! Unpicking the community leader

Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. read more

New story! Multi-Cloud Mesos at Adobe

Building your IT infrastructure is often a complicated dance of negotiating conflicting needs. Engineers have ideas of cool things they want to build. Operations wants stability, security, easy maintenance, and scalability. Users wants things to work with no backtalk. In his talk at MesosCon Asia 2016, Frans van Rooyen of Adobe shares his team's experiences with adapting Apache Mesos and Apache DC/OS to support deploying infrastructure to multiple diverse clouds.

New story! Shell scripting: An introduction to the shift method and custom functions

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2017 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In Getting started with shell scripting, I covered the basics of shell scripting by creating a pretty handy "despacer" script to remove bothersome spaces from file names. Now I'll expand that idea to an application that can swap out other characters, too. This introduces the shift method of parsing options as well as creating custom functions. read more

New story! UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x to Take Place March 2-3 in Pasadena, California

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jan 23, 2017 11:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu project member Nathan Haines is announcing that the next UbuCon Summit conference takes place this spring, between March 2 and March 3, in Pasadena, California, USA, during the SCALE 15x event.

New story! Python and successive approximation

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2017 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Python; Story Type: News Story
I was doing some work in the yard and I wanted to know the smallest circle that would fit around a 4x6 inch post. Of course, just as a 2x4 is not 2 inches by 4 inches, a 4x6 post (what they call its "nominal" dimensions) is actually 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches, so this smallest circle has as its diameter the diagonal of that 3.5x5.5-inch rectangle. Pythagoras tells us that will be the square root of the sum of 3.5 squared and 5.5 squared. At the time, I only had my cell phone, which has a calculator with only basic math operations, so how do you get the square root of 42.5? read more

New story! Snowden's favoured secure email provider Lavabit reboots

Levison said the new version of Lavabit would be built around the Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME) end-to-end encryption standard that he developed thanks to Kickstarter crowdfunding. DIME provides automated and federated encryption capabilities and is designed to work with different service providers, Levison said.

New story! Linus Torvalds Announces Fifth Linux 4.10 Kernel RC, Everything Looks Nominal

Another week, another Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.10 kernel has been announced on a Sunday evening by Linus Torvalds, the fifth in the series.

New story! Oracle lays off more than 1,000 employees

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2017 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Oracle is firing numerous employees, mostly from its hardware SPARC division. SPARC, and its Unix-based Solaris operating system, appear to be done.

New story! Arch Anywhere ISO Lets You Install a Fully Custom Arch Linux System in Minutes

Meet Arch Anywhere, a new open-source project created by developer Dylan Schacht to help Arch Linux newcomers install the powerful and modern Linux-based operating system on their personal computers, or a virtual machine.

New story! Google Infrastructure Security Design Overview

This document gives an overview of how security is designed into Google's technical infrastructure. This global scale infrastructure is designed to provide security through the entire information processing lifecycle at Google.

New story! Wine 2.0 Gets One More Release Candidate, FIFA 2000 Demo Crash Has Been Patched

The Wine 2.0 development cycle is not yet over, and, today, we see the release of another development release, the sixth in the series, which comes exactly one week after the previous one.

New story! Canonical launches Ubuntu Tutorials

  • beta news; By Brian Fagioli (Posted by bob on Jan 22, 2017 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Linux is arguably the most successful open source project in all of history. The success of the kernel -- and operating systems that use it -- are not due to any one man or woman. Actually, the achievements are thanks to the Linux community. In other words, it is a team effort -- developers, users, and more.

New story! 5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators

The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.

New story! 4 Common Open Source License Compliance Failures and How to Avoid Them

  • Linux.com; By Ibrahim Haddad (Posted by bob on Jan 22, 2017 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Companies or organizations that don’t have a strong open source compliance program often suffer from errors and limitations in processes throughout the software development cycle that can lead to open source compliance failures.

New story! Appreciating how far Linux gaming has actually come in the past few years

  • GamingOnLinux; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Jan 22, 2017 6:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Games
During the livestream I did last night I had one of those moments where you fully appreciate how far Linux gaming has come.

New story! Linux Kernel 4.9.5 Released with Updated Radeon Drivers, KVM and PPC Fixes

A new maintenance update of the Linux 4.9 kernel series was announced today by renowned Linux kernel maintainer and developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, versioned 4.9.5.

New story! Top 5: Shell scripting, the Cinnamon Linux desktop environment, and more

In this week's Top 5, we highlight how to get started with shell scripting, open leadership, the Cinnamon Linux desktop environment, contributing to the Mozilla project, and writing web apps with R using Shiny.

New story! Snapdragon 410E SBC offers long lifecycle support at $85

Inforce Computing has released a more affordable and slightly less feature rich version of its commercial-oriented, circa-2015 Inforce 6309 SBC. Like the Inforce 6309, the new Inforce 6309L has the same 85 x 54mm footprint and much the same feature set as Arrow’s Qualcomm-backed, community-backed DragonBoard 410c SBC.

New story! 2017s best Linux laptop: The latest Dell XPS 13

Dell continues to build the best out-of-the-box Linux and open-source laptops. Check out the latest Dell XPS 13 developer edition and you'll see what I mean.

New story! Important CentOS 7 Linux Kernel Security Patch Released, 3 Vulnerabilities Fixed

CentOS developer and maintainer Johnny Hughes is announcing the availability of a new, important Linux kernel security update for the CentOS 7 series of operating systems.

New story! The new Raspberry Pi Compute Module, FSF's 2017 priorities, and more open source news

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new Raspberry Pi compute module, the FSF's 2017 priorities, a new open data portal, and more. Open source news roundup for January 8-21, 2017 read more

New story! It's 'Best Linux Distro' Time Again

Who's going to get bragging rights this year? Last year it was Arch. The year before it was Ubuntu. Call out the troops and get bragging rights by making your favorite our "Best Linux Distro."

New story! Useful Tips to Make Gedit an Even Better Text Editor

  • Make Tech Easier; By Himanshu Arora (Posted by damien on Jan 21, 2017 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
The Gedit text editor is simple to use but can become very powerful with the use of plugins. Here are some useful tips to make Gedit a better text editor.

New story! Raspberry Pi imitator has GbE, 2GB RAM, and 4K video

Asus has launched a RPi-like “Tinker Board” that runs Debian and Kodi on a quad-core 1.8GHz -A17 RK3288, and offers 2GB RAM, GbE, 4K video, and 40-pin GPIO. The rumored Asus Tinker Board is finally for sale at Farnell in the UK, with a footprint, layout, and features that are very close to that of […]

New story! Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2.

New story! Reminder: Microsoft to no longer update original Windows 10 release after March 26

The first release of Windows 10, known as 1507, is the version that Microsoft will no longer update after March 26, 2017. The other two versions of the product in market -- the November update (1511) from November 2015 and the Anniversary Update (1607) -- will continue to get regular security and feature fixes and updates.

New story! Your Computer's Clipboard is a Security Problem - Fix it in Linux With xsel and cron

Any program you run can read your clipboard, and its contents linger until another copy event or a reboot. Modern browsers enable multiple ways for malicious websites to read the clipboard contents (or add items in), so eliminate the worry by using a script with cron that auto-clears your clipboard regularly.

New story! How to Keep Hackers out of Your Linux Machine Part 1: Top Two Security Tips

There is nothing a hacker likes more than a tasty Linux machine available on the Internet. In my recent Linux Foundation webinar I shared tactics, tools, and methods hackers use to invade your space.

New story! 5 Linux Desktop Environments on the Rise for 2017

  • Linux.com - Original Content; By Jack Wallen (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2017 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Linux
With each passing year, the Linux desktop ecosystem shifts and morphs from one darling to the next. Although it’s sometimes challenging to tell, from month to month, which desktop will reign as the fan favorite, there are always signs that a particular desktop is going to rise in market share. Three trends I always examine are evolution, usability, and modernity. I prefer my desktops to have evolved along with the needs of current trends and users, to be easily used, and have a modern design aesthetic. Bonus points are generally awarded for a high range of flexibility.

New story! This Week in Open Source News: Linux & Open Source Vulnerabilities in 2017

This week in open source news, a study from Black Duck suggests the potential for open source malware is set to skyrocket in 2017, longtime undetected Mac malware exposed, and more! Read our digest for the recent stories you need to hear:

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