New story! Why building a community is worth the extra effort

When we launched Nethesis in 2003, we were just system integrators. We only used existing open source projects. Our business model was clear: Add multiople forms of value to those projects: know-how, documentation for the Italian market, extra modules, professional support, and training courses. We gave back to upstream projects as well, through upstream code contributions and by participating in their communities. read more

New story! Valve Releases New SteamOS Beta Update with Linux Kernel 4.14.13, Upgrade Fixes

Valve released on Tuesday a new beta update of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming Linux distribution for Steam Machines and anyone else who wants to run SteamOS on their personal computers.

New story! Barcelona is moving to Linux; why not Dhaka?

The Spanish city of Barcelona just announced a few days ago that it will migrate desktops from MS Windows / MS Office to free alternatives. The question is why countries like Bangladesh are not making similar moves.

New story! Analyzing the Linux boot process

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The oldest joke in open source software is the statement that "the code is self-documenting." Experience shows that reading the source is akin to listening to the weather forecast: sensible people still go outside and check the sky. What follows are some tips on how to inspect and observe Linux systems at boot by leveraging knowledge of familiar debugging tools. Analyzing the boot processes of systems that are functioning well prepares users and developers to deal with the inevitable failures. read more

New story! Microsoft's Patent Racket Has Just Been Broadened to Threaten GNU/Linux Users Who Don't Pay Microsoft 'Rents'

Microsoft revisits its aggressive patent strategy which it failed to properly implement 12 years ago with Novell; it wants to 'collect' a patent tax on GNU/Linux and it uses patent trolls to make that easier

New story! Toughened up SODIMM module taps i.MX8M

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Android; Story Type: News Story
CompuLab’s rugged, 68 x 42mm “CL-SOM-iMX8” module runs Yocto or Android on NXP’s dual- or quad-core Cortex-A53 i.MX8M, with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, onboard wireless, and PCIe and HDMI 2.0 support. CompuLab’s CL-SOM-iMX8 module, which ships with an optional SBC-iMX8 Evaluation Kit, shares many features with Variscite’s recently announced DART-MX8M module, […]

New story! How to Install MATE Alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint

  • Make Tech Easier; By Bruno Edoh (Posted by damien on Jan 16, 2018 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Mint
Linux Mint comes in different versions, each with a different desktop environments and default applications. If you started with Cinnamon, this will show how you can install Mate alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint.

New story! Dr. Lovesource: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the open

  •; By Mike Bursell (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I used to write code. I don't anymore. There are lots of reasons for this, including the fact that I wasn't very good at it. To clarify, I was, I think, good at writing code,1 but I wasn't very good at writing code.2 It turns out that I'm quite good at a variety of other things, so my career3 moved in a different direction—or, in fact, a variety of different directions.

New story! What’s New in MX Linux 17

MX Linux 17 is the latest release of MX Linux. This release powered by Linux kernel 4.13, based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 “Stretch” and using Xfce 4.12.3 as default desktop environment.

New story! From the Field

Just released on 1-14-2018: the 4.15-rc8 Linux kernel. You can view the commit diff here, and more information is available from The Linux Kernel Archives.

New story! KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Enters Beta, Brings Unified Look and Phone Integration

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jan 15, 2018 11:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KDE Project announced a few moments ago the release of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

New story! 2 scientific calculators for the Linux desktop

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2018 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Every Linux desktop environment comes with at least a simple desktop calculator, but most of those simple calculators are just that: a simple tool for simple calculations. Fortunately, there are exceptions; programs that go far beyond square roots and a couple of trigonometric functions, yet are still easy to use. Here are two powerful calculator tools for Linux, plus a couple of bonus options. read more

New story! Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA3 to secure modern networks

  • Network World; By Andy Patrizio (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The alliance announced the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3), a new standard of Wi-Fi security that greatly increases the security capabilities of the wireless standard. WPA2, which is the current standard in wireless security, has been around for 14 years, so this is way overdue.

New story! Creating an Internet Radio Station with Icecast and Liquidsoap

Ever wanted to stream prerecorded music or a live event, such as a lecture or concert for an internet audience? With Icecast and Liquidsoap, you can set up a full-featured, flexible internet radio station using free software and open standards.

New story! Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes Now Patched Against Meltdown and Spectre Flaws

After releasing an updated ISO image for Black Lab Enterprise Linux with patches against Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, Roberto J. Dohnert also updated the Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes.

New story! How To Boot Into Linux Command Line

  •; By Mohd Sohail (Posted by MohdSohail on Jan 15, 2018 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The operating system makes use of swap space when its available physical memory (RAM) is running out due to ever demanding applications. In this situation, the operating system moves the inactive pages in physical memory to swap space.

New story! How to Install Java on Ubuntu

  • ThisHosting.Rocks; By ThisHosting.Rocks (Posted by Feenta on Jan 15, 2018 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Easy to follow, step by step, up to date instructions on how to install and set up Java on Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04 and any other release.

New story! How debuggers really work

A debugger is one of those pieces of software that most, if not every, developer uses at least once during their software engineering career, but how many of you know how they actually work? During my talk at 2018 in Sydney, I will be talking about writing a debugger from scratch... in Rust! In this article, the terms debugger/tracer are interchangeably. "Tracee" refers to the process being traced by the tracer. read more

New story! An update on ongoing Meltdown and Spectre work

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2018 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Last week, a series of critical vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown were announced. Because of the nature of these issues, the solutions are complex and requires fixing delicate code. The fixes for Meltdown are mostly underway. The Meltdown fix for... Continue Reading →

New story! AMD Releases Linux and Windows Patches for Two Variants of Spectre Vulnerability

AMD has published a press announcement on Thursday to inform its customers that it released patches for two variants of the Spectre security vulnerability disclosed to the public earlier this month.

New story! User & Group management : Complete Beginner’s Guide

  •; By Shusain (Posted by linuxtechlab on Jan 15, 2018 5:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
One of the major work of a System Administrator is User & Group Management. We have to create new users & groups, delete old ones, providing users access to a group or folder etc etc....

New story! Hands on With System76's Beautiful Linux Distro Pop!_OS

Linux system manufacturer System76 introduced a beautiful looking Linux distribution called Pop!_OS. But is Pop OS worth an install? Read the Pop OS review and find out yourself.

New story! Introducing the CAPS0ff Project

How you can help retrieve ROM data for classic video games.

New story! How To Create Or Increase Swap Space In Linux

The operating system makes use of swap space when its available physical memory (RAM) is running out due to ever demanding applications. In this situation, the operating system moves the inactive pages in physical memory to swap space.

New story! Meet Nextcloud Talk, World's First Self-Hosted, Encrypted Communication Platform

Nextcloud informs Softpedia today on the general availability of Nextcloud Talk, world's first self-hosted, enterprise-ready, and end-to-end encrypted audio/video and chat communication platform.

New story! Ansible Tutorial: Intorduction to simple Ansible commands

  •; By Shusain (Posted by linuxtechlab on Jan 14, 2018 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Ansible is an open source configuration tool; that is used to deploy, configure & manage servers. Ansible is one of the easiest automation tool to learn and master. It does not require you to learn complicated programming language like ruby (used in puppet & chef) & uses YAML

New story! Getting Quake 4 to run on a modern Linux system

Having already gone to the trouble of getting the original Doom 3 binary working on my modern Arch Linux system a few months back, it made me wonder just how much effort it would take to get the closed source Quake 4 port up and running again as well.

New story! MX Linux MX-17 Horizon Review - Shaping up beautifully

From an underdog to a kennel master. That's probably the best, most succinct way to describe MX Linux. While you still may be confused about its heritage, with words like Mepis and AntiX slipping in, it's one of the more refined Xfce distros around, and I have been thoroughly impressed by the last version, MX-16. As it turns out, I proudly crowned it the Best of Xfce 2017 distro. It also notched very high on the overall annual best-of competition. Now, there's a new version out.

New story! Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds 40-pin GPIO header to Zero W

The $18 Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds a soldered 40-pin GPIO header to the Zero W for easier prototyping or taking advantage of the new GPIO Expander tool, which lets you access your Pi’s GPIO pins from a PC running Debian Stretch. Raspberry Pi Trading has launched a variation on the Raspberry Pi Zero W […]

New story! How inner sourcing saved our IT department

  •; By Tom Benninger (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2018 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat is a company with roughly 11,000 employees. The IT department consists of roughly 500 members. Though it makes up just a fraction of the entire organization, the IT department is still sufficiently staffed to have many application service, infrastructure, and operational teams within it. Our purpose is "to enable Red Hatters in all functions to be effective, productive, innovative, and collaborative...

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