New story! Oxford University opens up for National Library Week, EFF organizes college activists, and more

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at Oxford University's (temporarily) open resources, an open source graffiti-spraying drone, and more.

New story! Fist Puncher Arcade Game Plans To Annihilate Linux

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 18, 2014 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
News just in fists are flying everywhere, as Team2Bit games have punched their way into Ethan Lee's schedule and he will be porting the game to Linux.

New story! Ubuntu 14.04 will power “first commercially available Ubuntu tablets”

Canonical today is releasing Ubuntu 14.04, a Long Term Support (LTS) edition for desktops and servers and an update to the versions of Ubuntu for phones and tablets.

New story! Image Manipulation with ImageMagick

I've spent a lot of time in my column talking about text processing and analysis, with the basic assumption that if you're using the command line, you're focused on text.

New story! GNOME 3: It’s time to let go of the past

GNOME 3 has gotten lots of criticism from some users, but it's time to accept it for what it is and let go of the past.

New story! Foosball - Street Edition Now On Steam For Linux, Heads!

Heads up football fans, Foosball - Street Edition has just launched onto Steam promising some fun arcade football action.

New story! Six Clicks: Linux Mint tips and tricks

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Apr 18, 2014 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mint
Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!

New story! Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Screenshot Tour

Canonical announces the latest Ubuntu release, 14.04 LTS. The Long Term Support (LTS) release is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years, making it the most stable, reliable, secure and cost-effective desktop for long-term, large scale deployments within enterprise and public sector organisations today.

New story! Flight 370-hunting autonomous sub runs Linux

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Apr 18, 2014 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Linux-based Bluefin-21 automated minisub now leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may need to be pushed beyond its 2.8 mile depth limit. The massive, 40-day air and sea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now come down to this: one 16-foot, autonomous yellow submarine that runs on Linux.

New story! Pixel Piracy, A Pirate Sandbox Sim Gains Better Linux Support, Yarrrr!

Pixel Piracy already has a Linux version out for a while now, but they have just realised a patch they have been working on for some-time fixing start-up issues for Linux & Mac, yarrr maties, land ahoy!

New story! Microsoft And Sony Double Down On Patent Trolling; Dump More Cash Into Intellectual Ventures

It should take a long time to spend $9 billion when your company produces nothing that has ever been brought to market, but that's IV for you.

New story! Icehouse: New OpenStack cloud arrives

Icehouse, the newest version of the leading open source cloud OpenStack, is now ready for users.

New story! Running TYPO3 6.2 On Nginx (LEMP) On Debian Wheezy/Ubuntu 13.10

Running TYPO3 6.2 On Nginx (LEMP) On Debian Wheezy/Ubuntu 13.10

This tutorial shows how you can install and run a TYPO3 (version 6.2) web site on a Debian Wheezy or Ubuntu 13.10 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). nginx is a HTTP server that uses much less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot of faster, especially static files.

New story! FreeBSD 10, Converting from RELEASE to STABLE

  • Raymii.org; By Remy van Elst (Posted by relst on Apr 17, 2014 11:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Because of a [bug in mpd][1] which is fixed in 10-STABLE I wanted to move one of my FreeBSD machines from 10.0-RELEASE to 10.0-STABLE. The process to do so is fairly simple. Basically, you check out the new source code, build the world, build the kernel, install the kernel, install the world, merge some stuff and reboot. Read on to see the enitre simple process.

New story! Debian 6 “Squeeze” LTS Period Extended Until February 2016

The Debian developers have announced that they have decided to extend the support period for the Debian 6 “Squeeze” branch until February 2016.

New story! Announcement: RapidDisk (rxdsk) 2.12 Stable release

RapidDisk is an advanced Linux RAM Disk which consists of a collection of modules and an administration tool. Features include: Dynamically allocate RAM as block device. Use them as stand alone disk drives or even map them as caching nodes to slower local disk drives.

New story! ownCloud Promotes Scalability, Efficiency of Open Source Private Cloud

ownCloud has highlighted the scalability and cost-efficiency of its open source cloud storage and syncing platform in conjunction with Red Hat Storage.

New story! Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' Brings Long-Term Linux Desktop Support SLIDESHOW

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 17, 2014 8:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 14.04, code-named the "Trusty Tahr" and set for general availability on April 17, is a special Linux distribution because it is a long-term support (LTS) release. An LTS release offers the promise of five years of support, making it a suitable candidate for enterprise-grade deployments.

New story! Ubuntu 14.04 Review

Ubuntu 14.04 includes local menus, launcher icon size controls, live window resizing and a number of other helpful desktop tweaks.

New story! IBM Gearing Up for Power8 Linux Servers

  • ServerWatch.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 17, 2014 6:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux
A Power systems hardware refresh is also expected to boost interest and marketshare.

"We are expanding our Linux capabilities through our POWER8 launch this year," Shroeter said. POWER8 is the first processor built for big data and delivers better cloud economics."

New story! The story of Koha, the first open source library management system

A small public library serving a population of 30,000 in New Zealand developed and released the world’s first open source library management system in 2000. Horowhenua Library Trust named the system Koha, which is a New Zealand M?ori custom meaning gift or contribution. This is a story of why we developed Koha and how it has changed the way we, and millions of others, work.

New story! Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram. The phone will be announced in June and ship in September, reports the WSJ. The unnamed phone is said to display 3D images using retina tracking technology.

New story! Survey finds companies want a kinder, gentler, more engaged IT department

  • intronis blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Apr 17, 2014 4:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
While it seems clear enough that that the role of IT is changing, it's always nice to have some actual data to back that up, and a new survey by Avanade found that expectations about IT really are changing and that's having a huge impact on IT 's role inside organizations.

New story! Sloppy but secure: Open source TrueCrypt passes audit

An independent audit of the open source disk encryption utility finds no backdoors, but dredges up other troubling issues.

New story! Kill-switch coming to smartphones

  • MobileTechNews (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 2:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mobile
The CTIA announced an industry initiative to mandate "kill switch" and to "impose tough penalties against those caught stealing devices or modifying them illegally".

New story! Are Containers the Right Answer to the Wrong Question?

There's a lot of buzz about containers recently, but do they spell the end to hypervisors as some of their proponents claim?

New story! How to introduce open source to your public library

I was intrigued to read this recent article in The Guardian about public libraries’ new role as community problem solvers. If you read carefully into this article you’ll notice the author talks about libraries becoming more involved with "proactive community engagement." This means that libraries are looking to community members as partners to help solve community problems. In the open source community, we’re familiar with how well these methods can work. In open source, different players contribute to group projects according to their own personal strengths. The results can be far greater than anyone originally imagines.

New story! Is Amazon's Fire TV a dud for gamers?

In today's open source roundup: Amazon's Fire TV gaming experience seems to be a mixed bag.

New story! Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package? With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well.

New story! Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Even without carrier backing, 'a few countries' will get Linux-based mobes Hope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014

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