New story! NASA Releases Open Source Core Flight Software

  • Nasa; By Scott Leonardi (Posted by bob on Mar 28, 2015 6:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
(NASA) announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions. NASA cFS projects are hosted on SourceForge.net

New story! Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

We are preparing Kubuntu Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution on April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Plasma 5, the next generation of KDE's desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The second set of updates to Plasma 5 is now stable enough for everyday use and is the default in this version of Kubuntu. Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 14.12 containing all your favourite apps from KDE. This is the 14.12.2 update with bugfixes and translation updates. Several applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren't should fit in seamlessly. Non-KDE applications include LibreOffice 4.4 and Firefox 36.

New story! Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 28, 2015 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
RFIDs—we use them every day. With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFID tag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased. RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral—sometimes squared, sometimes circular. This article is about how I tinkered with the Adafruit PN532 controller shield to read and write RFID tags. read more

New story! Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS

Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.

New story! The AT&T Mafia, LibraOffice Online & More…

Of course, LibreOffice as an online app has already been available online since early last year through rollApp — but this will be different. For starters, it’ll be “free as in beer,” meaning it won’t cost you anything. While rollApp has a free plan which allows users to open files from cloud storage to read online, users have to pay $6.99 monthly if they want to actually save their changes.

New story! First Look at GNOME 3.16 - It’s Great, but We Prefer Cinnamon or Unity

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 28, 2015 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment for Linux kernel-based operating systems has been announced and has been declared by the GNOME development team as the best GNOME release yet. Of course, we wanted to give GNOME 3.16 desktop environment a try and see for ourselves the new features, apps, and imrovements.

New story! Zentyal 4.1 Screencast

Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce Zentyal Server 4.1, a new release of the Zentyal Open Source Linux small business server with native Microsoft Exchange protocol implementation and Active Directory interoperability.

New story! Android on a Stick, or how to install Android-x86 on a USB stick

The latest stable release is Android-x86 4.4-r2. This tutorial shows how to install it on a USB stick, so you can have an Android device that you can boot and use from any modern computer.

New story! Tiny WiFi-loaded OpenWRT COM starts at $12

OpenEmbed launched a 52 x 28mm “SOM9331? COM for IoT that runs OpenWRT Linux on a MIPS-based Atheros AR9331 SoC, and offers WiFi and extended temperatures.

New story! Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, nor LXQt - Screenshot Tour

Lubuntu 15.04 is the last in our screenshot tour articles related to the Final Beta a.k.a. Beta 2 of the Vivid Vervet development cycle. Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 offers one of the most lightweight desktop experiences and it is now powered by Ubuntu 15.04’s Linux 3.19.2 kernel.

New story! Canonical Extends Ubuntu Linux With Ericsson Partnership

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Mar 28, 2015 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Linux has a long history in the telco space with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) effort. Ubuntu Linux, however, is not a CGL-certified distribution, although, in Zannos' view, while the requirement to run telecom-specific Linux distributions was great several years ago, it has been diminishing year by year. Large amounts of telco-specific kernel functionality are now supported in Ubuntu, he added.

New story! Cloud 5: Long live cloud, cloud misconceptions, fastest Chromebook

This week, we look at artificial intelligence in the cloud, the music business and the cloud and the latest Chromebook.

New story! Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. In addition to the usual suspects, we're also welcoming a new flavour to the family this cycle with Ubuntu MATE.

New story! Docker at Age 2 Reaches Out Far Beyond Its Roots

Docker needs a host OS on which to run, which has led to Red Hat's creating Project Atomic. CoreOS and RancherOS have also emerged as purpose-built optimized operating systems for container deployment. In this slideshow eWEEK examines the wide world of Docker container virtualization.

New story! User-friendly virtual hosting with TurnKey Linux

Suppose you’re a developer and want to experiment with Drupal 7.7 or WordPress. Maybe you're a K-12 teacher or university professor and want to teach your students Moodle administration or how to create some network-attached storage. You could download a tarball from Drupal.com or WordPress.org and configure on your own desktop or laptop, but then you would also need to configure Apache and MySQL too. All of these operations take effort and know-how that you may or may not have time for. read more

New story! Which iOS features should Android offer?

In today's open source roundup: Which features should Android borrow from iOS? Plus: Should all Linux distros default to the same desktop environment? And LibreOffice for web browsers and Android still in the works.

New story! SecureDrop 0.3, LibreOffice Online, and more news

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 27, 2015 5:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at LibreOffice Online, the newest release of SecureDrop, and more! Open source news for March 21 - 27, 2015 read more

New story! KDE Tops Poll

Why KDE? According to your comments, there were two major reasons: stability and configurability, with many of you saying, “It just works.” But there seemed to be some disagreement over whether KDE’s legendary configurability is as great as it once was.

New story! Voyager X 14.04.04 LTS Screencast

The new Voyager release offers the Xfce 4.12 desktop and an updated Linux kernel (version 3.16). The new version of Voyager also offers performance improvements and support for more hardware.

New story! Top 5: Grace programming, fast Linux install, and more

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 27, 2015 2:52 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Welcome to the Opensource.com Weekly Top 5! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get our newest video uploads. They will mostly be this weekly Top 5 roundup of the best articles from the past week, but occasionally we'll do something fun like fly a quadcopter around... and into things. Speaking of electronics, Arduino Day is March 28. Check out the article we just published of 6 Arduino projects to tinker with by staff Alex Sanchez. read more

New story! GitHub Has Been Under a Continuous DDoS Attack in the Last 24 Hours

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 27, 2015 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The popular GitHub website suffered a minor service outage on March 26 due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. At the moment, the website appears to work properly on our end, but some users still report intermittent connectivity with Git operations.

New story! Bodhi Linux 3.0.0

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 is based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Core & Enlightenment E19.3.

New story! How to install and use Waartaa IRC client as a local standalone application

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Mar 27, 2015 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Waartaa is an open source communication and collaboration tool. It is an IRC client focussed to overcome the subtle disadvantages of existing clients. It is a web based IRC client as a service, facilitating some extremely useful services such as: centralised logging, unique Identity, global access, notifications, responsiveness to devices and displays across multiple clients.

New story! Run Mejiro without a Server

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Mar 27, 2015 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
Deploying Mejiro (or any PHP-based application for that matter) for production use usually requires a dedicated web server like Apache or lighttpd. However, it’s possible to run Mejiro using PHP’s built-in server.

New story! Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Released, Offers a Neat Xfce 4.12 Experience - Screenshot Tour

After announcing the release of the Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta, Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2, Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 2, and Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2, it is now time to take a quick look at the Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 operating system, which has been unleashed earlier today.

New story! 6 Arduino projects to play with on Arduino Day

A lot has changed since the first Arduino board arrived a decade ago. Today, the Arduino family has grown to include more than two dozen low-cost, open hardware boards and an active community of more than 250,000 tinkerers. read more

New story! The Linux desktop battle (and why it matters)

What I see across the Linux landscape, however, often takes me by surprise. While Microsoft and Apple continue to push the idea of the user interface forward, a good amount of the Linux community seems bent on holding us in a perpetual state of "90s computing."

New story! Tech Companies, Privacy Advocates Call for NSA Reform

A group of technology companies, non-profits and privacy and human rights organizations have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the director of national intelligence and a wide range of Congressional leaders, calling for an end to the bulk collection of phone metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

New story! How Kevin Mitnick hacked the audience at CeBIT 2015

CeBIT attendees on Thursday fell victims to a series of well-executed hacks. Thankfully, they weren't malicious in origin; instead, they were live demonstrations by notorious ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick.

New story! Linux Kernel Source Code of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition Published on GitHub

Some of you might be aware of the fact that about a week ago, on March 18, Carsten Munk, Chief Research Engineer at Jolla, published an interesting article on his blog, where he claimed that BQ is not offering a GPL license for the Linux kernel that powers the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition device.

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