New story! First timer's guide to FOSS conferences

I’ve been going to FOSS (free and open source) conferences since 2006. My first open source conference was FreedomHEC in Seattle, a little 30-person conference for Linux users to protest Microsoft’s WinHEC. My next open source conference was OSCON, which had over a thousand attendees. They were both very different conferences, and as a college student, I really didn’t know what to expect. Going to your first open source conference can be intimidating, so I’ve complied ten tips for people who are new to the conference circuit.

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New story! Warner To Pay $14 Million In 'Happy Birthday' Settlement; Plaintiffs Ask For Declaration That Song Is In Public Domain

This is indeed a large payoff, one that indicates Warner/Chappell is not willing to test the merits of its case in front of a jury. The merits of the case, of course, are pretty much some random assertions with little documentation to back them up, but assertions that have, nonetheless, allowed Warner to obtain an estimated $50 million in licensing fees over the years. The $14 million Warner will pay is roughly in line with what it expected to make during the remaining years of the copyright term.

New story! Linux-ready dev board beats BeagleBoard-X15 to the AM5728

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Feb 11, 2016 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Elesar’s “Titanium” is a feature-rich board based on TI’s AM5728 SoC, featuring dual Cortex-A15, dual DSP, and dual Cortex-M4 cores, plus a dual-core GPU. It’s not too often that a workalike board ships before the original, but that appears to be the case for UK-based Elesar’s Titanium development board. The Titanium is not really a […]

New story! Opera to Be Bought with $1.2 Billion in Cash by a Chinese Investment Fund

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Feb 11, 2016 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An offer of $1.2 billion was made today for the acquisition of Opera Software ASA by a Chinese equity investment fund.

New story! SCO v. IBM: Judge Rules for IBM in Interferance Claims

The case ruled upon on Tuesday goes back to the time when SCO famously tried to force enterprise Linux users to pay SCO a license fee, since according to SCO, Linux was nothing more than a stolen version of SCO Unix being dressed up under another name. IBM, already a little ticked off at SCO because they’d sued them for the billion dollars, told SCO “hell no,” or words to that effect, when they heard of the licensing scheme, terminated whatever dealings they had left with the company, and just before slamming the door in a huff on their way out, told SCO that they would encourage their partners to do likewise.

New story! House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto

On Wednesday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) introduced a new bill in Congress that attempts to halt state-level efforts that would weaken encryption.

The federal bill comes just weeks after two nearly identical state bills in New York state and California proposed to ban the sale of modern smartphones equipped with strong crypto that cannot be unlocked by the manufacturer. If the state bills are signed into law, current iPhone and Android phones would need to be substantially redesigned for those two states.

New story! “Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M

The public will soon be free to sing the world's most famous song.

Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.

New story! LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released with Redesigned User Interface, New Features

The Document Foundation non-profit organization has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms.

New story! How to Install Kolab Groupware Server on CentOS 7

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Feb 11, 2016 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Cloud, KDE, Linux
In this tutorial, we will install Kolab groupware on a CentOS 7 server. Kolab is a free open source groupware server. It is a scalable and reliable collaborative software that provides shared email, calendar, address books, tasks and a file cloud. Kolab supports several client environments: on Windows you can use Outlook, on Linux, you can use KDE Kontact, on all OS that have a web browser you can use the web interface.

New story! HPE Introduces Linux Server for Data Analytics and Real-Time Computing

HPE's new Integrity MC990 X Server is the latest hardware platform in the company's portfolio for high-performance data analytics for Linux environments.

New story! The best desktop office suite, LibreOffice, gets better

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 11, 2016 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The new LibreOffice release has improved its looks and added even more interoperable features.

New story! Linux goes to Washington: How the White House/Linux Foundation collaboration will work

  • CIO.com; By Swapnil Bhartiya (Posted by abennett on Feb 11, 2016 12:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
As part of its Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the White House is collaborating with The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII). CIO.com's Swapnil Bhartiya interviewed Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin to learn more about how the collaboration will work.

New story! Microsoft Continues to Use Software Patents to Extort/Blackmail Even More Companies That Use Linux, Forcing/Coercing Them Into Preinstalling Microsoft

Acer is the latest large OEM to have become a victim of Microsoft’s witch-hunt against Android/Linux preloaders, whom Microsoft is coercing into becoming Microsoft’s carriers (or face litigation over software patents, with high legal fees if not injunctions or high damages upon secret settlements)

New story! Happy GPL Birthday VLC!

The ever-popular VLC turned 15 a few days ago--that's 15 years since the project was GPLed and released to the world. If we were pedants, we might point out that the project actually came into existence in 1996, but that was a different lifetime.

New story! Everything You Need To Know About The sudo Command

This guide provides more detail about the sudo command than most people ever bother worrying about. We all know that you can use sudo to boost your privileges but it can do so much more

New story! LibreOffice 5.1 released with redesigned user interface

Also in today's open source roundup: The fight for open source software in the Air Force, and a Verge editor's mom falls in love with a Chromebook Pixel.

New story! San Francisco prepares to open source its voting system software

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Feb 10, 2016 7:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Will America be the first in the nation to do so in 2019? San Francisco, home of the tech startup, is trying to show its tech credentials by becoming the first city to use open source software for elections.…

New story! No Linux for Batman, XCOM 2 Arrives & More…

Seemingly out of the blue, Batman: Arkham Knight’s planned Linux and OS X release has been cancelled. In all likelihood, this cancellation stems from the litany of problems with the game’s Windows port, which has been panned by critics and players as glitch plagued and often almost unplayable.

New story! Cluster computing on the Raspberry Pi with Kubernetes

Ever wanted to make your very own cloud? Now you can! All it takes is some cheap open source hardware and open source software. For about $200, I was able to set up four Raspberry Pi 2s with the Kubernetes cloud operating system using Fabric8. read more

New story! Canonical in Talks with Android OEM Partners for Ubuntu Phones

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Feb 10, 2016 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Canonical is said to be in talks with Android OEM partners, the CEO of the company Jane Silber recently said.

New story! Android-x86 4.4-r5 Screencast and Screenshots

The Android-x86.org is glad to release the 4.4-r5 to the public. The Android-x86 4.4-r5 is a bugfix of the 4.4-r4 release. It addresses more hazi fonts issue of Mesa 10.5.9 found on Intel Gen5 GPUs. You are encouraged to upgrade to this release if you still encountered the hazi fonts issue.

New story! Run science experiments on the ExpEYES kit

  • Linux User & Developer – the Linux and FOSS mag for a GNU generation (Posted by bob on Feb 10, 2016 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux, Developer; Story Type: News Story
ExpEYES is a cheap digital oscilloscope with a signal generator and other features, making it the ultimate tool for electronics

New story! LibreOffice 5.1 shows first signs of a new user interface

  • CIO.com; By Swapnil Bhartiya (Posted by abennett on Feb 10, 2016 2:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice (LO) 5.1. With this release, LO is moving toward a totally reorganized user interface.

New story! SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

Judgements in this case are like buses: none for ages, then two at once The end of the near-immortal “Who owns Unix?” case looks to be near after a US judge knocked out the two remaining arguments with which the SCO group hoped to attack IBM.…

New story! Is Docker ditching Ubuntu Linux? Confusion reigns

Docker has long relied on Ubuntu Linux as the default host environment for Docker apps, but comments from the company's CTO recently suggest that might not be the case much longer.

New story! New Advocacy Group Is Lobbying for the Right to Repair Everything

Repair groups from across the industry announced that they have formed The Repair Coalition, a lobbying and advocacy group that will focus on reforming the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to preserve the “right to repair” anything from cell phones and computers to tractors, watches, refrigerators, and cars. It will also focus on passing state-level legislation that will require manufacturers to sell repair parts to independent repair shops and to consumers and will prevent them from artificially locking down their products to would-be repairers.

New story! Getting started with Emacs text editor

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Feb 10, 2016 10:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The GNU Emacs text editor has been around since 1976 and remains a popular choice among software developers and writers. Its main focus is extensible, customizable, self-documenting, and real-time display, and it boasts the functionality of an operating system. (Yes, for me it's an operating system.) read more

New story! SourceForge Loses DevShare

Late Tuesday evening, SourceForge’s new owners announced that the controversial DevShare program has been ended as a “first order of business.” The announcement came in a blog post by Logan Abbott, a co-owner and the president of SourceForge Media. “As of last week, the DevShare program was completely eliminated,” he wrote.

New story! Unikernels, Docker, and Why You Should Care

Docker's recent acquisition of Unikernel Systems has sent pulses racing in the microservice world. At the same time, many people have no clue what to make of it, so here's a quick explanation of why this move is a good thing.

New story! Fish: A better alternative to Bash in Linux?

Also in today's open source roundup: A review of KShutdown, and the differences between AMOLED and LCD displays for Android smartphones explained.

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