New story! You Can Now Transform Your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ into a Home Theatre System

OSMC (Open Source Media Center), the free and open-source media player operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed for single-board computers received March 2018's update with dozens of changes, including support for the latest Raspberry Pi model.

New story! diff -u: Intel Design Flaw Fallout

For weeks, the world's been talking about severe Intel design flaws affecting many CPUs and forcing operating systems to look for sometimes costly workarounds.

New story! Linux md5sum Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Mar 19, 2018 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While we have already discussed the cksum command line utility, there's another tool that you can use in scenarios where, say, you need to verify the integrity of files during transfers. The tool we're talking about here is md5sum. In this tutorial, we will discuss the basics of this command using some easy to understand examples.

New story! Booting A Raspberry Pi From A USB

  • Christopher Shaw Portfolio; By Christopher SHaw (Posted by cshaw on Mar 19, 2018 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Raspberry Pi
The standard way of using a Raspberry Pi is to run the OS from a micro sd card. The problem with this is that the SD Card has limited read and writes, which will cause the SD to fail in a short period of time, especially if you write to files frequently.

New story! Freespire 3.0.8 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Freespire 3.0.8, the open source equivalent to Linspire OS, freely available to download and redistribute. Freespire OS 3.0.8 includes several bug fixes, application updates and usability changes requested by our users.

New story! Update on the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities

January saw the annoucement of a series of critical vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown. The nature of these issues meant the solutions were complex and required fixing delicate code.

New story! How to Install Turtl Server Evernote Alternative on CentOS 7

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Mar 19, 2018 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Turtl is a secure and encrypted Evernote alternative. It's an open source application that allows you to take notes, bookmark websites, store documents, share passwords with your coworkers, and more. In this tutorial, we will show you step-by-step how to install and configure Turtl server on CentOS 7.

New story! Test driving 4 open source music players and more

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 19, 2018 7:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In my last article, I described my latest music problem: I need an additional stage of amplification to make proper use of my new phono cartridge. While my pre-amplifier contains a phono stage, its gain is only suitable for cartridges that output about 5mV, whereas my new cartridge has a nominal output of 0.4mV. read more

New story! Ubuntu-Based Zorin OS Gets Better Support for Windows Apps, Desktop Improvements

A new maintenance update of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution arrived at the end of this week with a bunch of enhancements to its desktop environment, as well as the latest versions of core components and apps.

New story! Critical Firefox vulnerability fixed in 59.0.1

On Friday, Mozilla issued a security advisory for Firefox, the default web browser in Fedora. This advisory centered around two CVEs — both of which allowed an out of bounds memory write while processing Vorbis audio data, leading to arbitrary... Continue Reading →

New story! Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS Will Ship with a New Default Layout Called "Familiar"

Ubuntu MATE's lead developer Martin Wimpress announced that the forthcoming Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system would sport a brand-new default layout for new installations.

New story! FOSSA’s build analysis in fossa-cli now available as open source

FOSSA is open sourcing their dependency analysis infrastructure on GitHub.

New story! GitHub's Atom Hackable Text Editor Gets Performance, Responsiveness Improvements

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 18, 2018 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GitHub released a new stable version of their open-source and cross-platform Atom hackable text editor with a bunch of enhancements, bug fixes, a new Electron version, as well as performance and responsiveness improvements.

New story! Zorin OS 12.3 Linux Distro Released: Download The Perfect Windows Replacement

Calling itself a replacement for Windows and macOS, Zorin OS has been established as a beginner-friendly option that offers a smooth ride while making the transition. The latest Zorin OS 12.3 release works to strengthen the basics of the operating system and polishes the whole experience.

New story! Why a hard drive RAID array can save your bacon

  • ZD Net; By David Gewirtz (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2018 6:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
How valuable is your data? If your storage drive crashed, would it ruin your day? Your week? Your entire career? Only you can answer those questions for yourself and your organization. But I'll tell you, personally, I need my files -- not only to get my day-to-day job done, but to reference older information and even look at personal keepsakes (like all my digital photos).

New story! Google Says Android Is as Secure as Apple's iOS and Wants You to Know That

Google's Android security chief David Kleidermacher told CNET today that the Linux-based Android mobile operating system the company develops for a wide range of devices is now as secure as Apple's iOS.

New story! Rugged, Kaby Lake based NVR system offers up to eight PoE ports

Aaeon’s automotive-focused “VPC-5600S” networked video recorder PC runs Linux or Windows on 7th Gen Core chips and offers dual hot-swappable SATA trays and 6x to 10x GbE ports, with 4x to 8x of those supporting PoE. Aaeon has launched a rugged VPC-5600S network video recorder (NVR) embedded computer with up to 10x Gigabit Ethernet ports, of which up to 8x support Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

New story! Creating and Resizing XFS Partitions

  • LinuxHint; By Ranvir Singh (Posted by linuxhint on Mar 18, 2018 12:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this article, we will be using VirtualBox to demonstrate how to create a proper partition and format it with XFS filesystem. We also show you how to resize a XFS partition that already exists so you don't have to destroy it and create a new one.

New story! Chinas open source AI, a GitHub tool for licensing, and more news

  •; By Scott Nesbitt (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2018 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look China's open source AI technology, GitHub making open source licensing easier, the Eclipse Foundation taking over Java EE, and more. Open source news roundup for February 3-17, 2018.

New story! How Open Source Approach is Impacting Science

  • ITSFOSS.COM; By Avimanyu Bandyopadhyay (Posted by elobga on Mar 17, 2018 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
How the Linux-based Operating System and Open Source are playing a significant role in the major scientific breakthroughs that are taking place in our daily lives.

New story! Weekend Reading: All Things Bash

Bash is a shell and command language. It is distributed widely as the default login shell for most Linux distributions. We've rounded up some of the most popular Bash-related articles for your weekend reading.

New story! Chromium and Firefox Web Browsers Are Now Installable as Snaps on Ubuntu Linux

Canonical has announced recently that the popular Chromium and Mozilla Firefox open-source web browsers are now installable as Snaps on Ubuntu and other Snap-powered operating systems.

New story! Private Internet Access Goes Open Source, New Raspbian Image Available, Scarlett Johansson Image an Attack Vector on PostgreSQL and More

  • Linux Journal; By Jill Franklin (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2018 12:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community, Linux
News briefs for March 16, 2018.

New story! How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative

Many people turn to popular services like LastPass and 1Password to help them wrangle their passwords. While solid, those services are also proprietary and closed source. So where can an open source enthusiast turn to find an alternative? Enter Bitwarden, an application that's aiming to become the go-to open source password manager on the web.

New story! Linus Torvalds slams CTS Labs over AMD vulnerability report

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2018 8:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Linux
Linux's creator said he thinks CTS Labs' AMD chip security report "looks more like stock manipulation than a security advisory" and questions an industry. CTS Labs, a heretofore unknown Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup, has claimed it's found over a dozen security problems with AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors. Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, doesn't buy it.

New story! Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

Poll says devs wouldn’t write unethical code - probably.. Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely followed by Kotlin, which makes its debut in the survey.

New story! How to Encrypt Files From Within a File Manager

Many Linux desktops include the ability to easily encrypt or decrypt files, and if that capability is not built in, it’s easy to add. I will walk you through the process of encrypting and decrypting a file from within three popular Linux file managers: Nautilus (aka GNOME Files), Dolphin and Thunar.

New story! Security: 17 Things

This is a list you can use to secure yourself, your significant other and your non-techie loved ones from the majority of the most-common and easiest-to-pull-off types of crime and cruelty.

New story! Fanless system has four PoE and two standard GbE ports

EFCO’s Linux-ready “SmartMod” box PC offers a 7th Gen Intel Core CPU, SATA and mSATA, 5x USB, 6x serial, 3x mini-PCIe, dual display support, and 6x GbE ports, four of which have PoE. Taiwan-based EFCO, which bills itself as “a world-class supplier of industrial PC, Gaming and EMS solutions,” announced a fanless, embedded SmartMod UP 6-500 Series box PC with six Gigabit Ethernet ports, four of which can be equipped with optional Power over Ethernet (PoE).

New story! NATS Messaging Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) voted on March 14 to accept the NATS messaging project as its newest hosted effort. The NATS project is an open-source distributed messaging technology that got its start seven years ago and has already been deployed by multiple organizations including Ericsson, Comcast, Samsung and General Electric (GE).

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