New story! 6 open source tools for data journalism

When I was in journalism school back in the late 1980s, gathering data for a story usually involved hours of poring over printed documents or microfiche. A lot has changed since then. While printed resources are still useful, more and more information is available to journalists on the web. That’s helped fuel a boom in what’s come to be known as data journalism. At its most basic, data journalism is the act of finding and telling stories using data—like census data, crime statistics, demographics, and more.

New story! Dev board targets Atom Z3000 tablet designers

Intel and Microsoft launched a community-backed, quad-core Atom Z3735G-based “Sharks Cove” SBC aimed at designers of Windows or Android tablets. As you might expect from the fact that the $299 Sharks Cove development board ships with a Windows Embedded 8.1 image, this is not an open source SBC — at least from the Windows OS perspective. However, it’s backed up by a SharkCove.org community site, which has posted hardware documentation, but currently lacks a forum. The board is available on pre-order from Mouser.

New story! Supreme Court’s new rules on abstract patents hit Apple v. Samsung

When the US Supreme Court decided the Alice v. CLS Bank case last month, it was a signal that courts should be throwing out a lot more patents for being too abstract to be legally valid. Groups seeking patent reform and tech companies rejoiced, hoping the decision would knock out more of the patents wielded by so-called "patent trolls," whose only business is litigation.

New story! Getting Back to Coding

Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessly applying YAGNI to your toolchain. Resist the siren songs of new, popular memes and the blandishments of vendors, and choose the tools that deliver only what you need.

New story! When Metrics Go Wrong - how to avoid bad metrics in open source projects

Metrics are great. They can give you situational awareness about what's going on in your community, help you identify issues that you need to fix, and prove the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of community initiatives. But sometimes things go wrong.

New story! Talks Announced for Xen Project User Summit in New York City September 15, 2014

Announcing the sessions to be given at Xen Project User Summit. Security, clouds, unikernels, high availability, the next release, deployment stories, and new UIs are all on the schedule, plus much more, all for about the price of dinner in New York.

New story! An unusual comparison of Desktop Environments

I created and published a series of videos few months ago, that show how to set up multiple keyboard layouts in different Desktop Environments. Statistics of the views is quite interesting.

New story! AWS Feels Sting of Market Maturity

  • intronis blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Jul 29, 2014 10:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
For a time, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud infrastructure game in town, but it didn't take long for the big boys like Google, Microsoft and IBM to recognize a good thing when they see it. And while AWS continues to grow, it's feeling the competition and price cuts are eroding profits.

New story! Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon, CloudOpen Chicago

The Linux Foundation has announced keynotes and workshops planned for the LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America event Aug. 20-22 in Chicago. Keynotes from executives at Cisco Systems (CSCO), IBM (IBM), edX and others, along with a Linux Quiz Show, Comic Book Hero Contest and workshops to promote women within open source development, are on the agenda for the LinuxCon and CloudOpen event next month, whose details the Linux Foundation has now revealed.

New story! RDO Setup Two Real Node (Controller+Compute) IceHouse Neutron ML2&OVS&VXLAN Cluster on CentOS 7

Two boxes have been setup , each one having 2 NICs (enp2s0,enp5s1) for Controller && Compute Nodes setup. Before running `packstack --answer-file=TwoNodeVXLAN.txt` SELINUX set to permissive on both nodes.Both enp5s1's assigned IPs and set to promiscuous mode (192.168.0.127, 192.168.0.137 ). Services firewalld and NetworkManager disabled, IPv4 firewall with iptables and service network are enabled and running. Packstack is bind to public IP of interface enp2s0 192.169.1.127, Compute Node is 192.169.1.137 ( view answer-file ).

New story! Tiny Raspberry Pi-compatible SBC targets wearables

Hardkernel launched a $30, 60 x 36mm Raspberry-Pi compatible “Odroid-W” wearables oriented SBC, adding eMMC, ADC, RTC, a fuel gauge, and step converters. Hardkernel’s Odroid project developed the Odroid-W (Odroid-Wearable) for a partner’s Internet of Things prototyping platform, after first considering and dismissing its quad-core Odroid-U3 single board computer. The Odroid-U3, which was rated as the third most popular Linux hacker SBC in our recent survey, used too much power for use as an IoT and wearables platform. The Raspberry Pi was more power efficient, but too large. No doubt, RPi compatibility also had its attractions, as the project ended up building its own Raspberry Pi pseudo-clone implemented on a COM (computer-on-module) style form factor.

New story! Who's using Docker?

I've spent the last couple of months working an internship for The Linux Foundation, doing research on new developments and adoption trends in the open source industry. If you have spent any amount of time reading about open source over the last year, you have probably heard about Docker; a lot of people are talking about it these days and the impact it's going to have on virtualization and DevOps. read more

New story! Fedora 21 will feature “solarized” color schemes in both the Terminal and Gedit

Recently, I have been using what will become Fedora 21 as my day-to-day machine, (side note: I have found it to be pretty stable for pre-release software). One really nice […]

New story! Install Zentyal the Windows-compatible server

The simple install that will give your office network a complete Windows-compatible server

New story! Reglue: Opening Up the World to Deserving Kids, One Linux Computer at a Time

They say you never forget your first computer. For some of us, it was a Commodore 64 or an Apple IIe. For others, it was a Pentium 233 running Windows 95. Regardless of the hardware, the fond memories of wonder and excitement are universal. For me, I'll never forget the night my father brought home our first computer, a Tandy 1000.

New story! News: Linux Top 3: CoreOS Goes Stable, Oracle Clones RHEL 7 and Tails Updates

Cloud, enterprise and security Linux distributions all get updates.

New story! Building a better Internet, one Tor relay at a time

  • Parabing Creations; By Christos Varelas (Posted by subZraw on Jul 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Everybody’s talking about privacy and anonymity on the Internet these days, and many people are concerned with their apparent demise.

New story! GUADEC, Day 3: GTK+ and Wayland

The third day of GUADEC was mostly devoted to lower level parts of the GNOME stack. There were talks on GTK+, CSS, Wayland, and WebKitGTK+, but also an annual general […]

New story! 6 open source tools for data journalism

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I was in journalism school back in the late 1980s, gathering data for a story usually involved hours of poring over printed documents or microfiche. A lot has changed since then. While printed resources are still useful, more and more information is available to journalists on the web. That’s helped fuel a boom in what’s come to be known as data journalism. At its most basic, data journalism is the act of finding and telling stories using data—like census data, crime statistics, demographics, and more. read more

New story! Hybrid RAID 1 (Mirror) of RAM drive & SATA HDD Using LVM with LUKS [and systemd unit file] on Fedora Linux

  • HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials - Linux (Posted by bob on Jul 29, 2014 11:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Hybrid RAID 1 (Mirror) of RAM drive & SATA HDD Using LVM with LUKS [and systemd unit file] on Fedora Linux The IT industry has a continual balance between security and usability. Within this balance, performance usually affects usability. In the realm of protecting "Data at Rest" (i.e. encryption) one may find three factors affecting performance, and therefore usabilty: The harddrive, CPU and RAM. Of these, the harddrive will always prove to be a bottleneck (yes, even with an SDD). Free Software has a rather elegant solution for protecting Data at Rest, called Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS). In the spirit of "Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose." please enjoy my contribution to our collective knowledgebase of a solution to the fascinating problem of "how can we speed up encyption"?

New story! Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jul 29, 2014 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release The developers behind the stripped-down CoreOS Linux distribution have pushed version 367.1.0 to the Stable release channel, marking the first time the project has delivered a production-ready release.…

New story! Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready

The developers behind the stripped-down CoreOS Linux distribution have pushed version 367.1.0 to the Stable release channel, marking the first time the project has delivered a production-ready release. Unlike other Linux distros, CoreOS is a minimal OS that ships each new version as a single unit, rather than updating individual software packages. Updates are pushed to users via "channels," similar to how web browser vendors deliver their releases.

New story! Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

The idea of a new version of Firefox will sound like a bad joke to some. To others, it’s a yawn – Firefox comes at the blistering pace of one new version every six weeks.…

New story! CoreOS Stabilizes Cloud Container Linux Operating System

The open-source CoreOS Linux operating system hit a major milestone on July 25, issuing its first stable release. CoreOS is an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup that offers the promise of a highly available operating system platform that is fully integrated with the Docker container virtualization technology.

New story! Hackers seed Amazon cloud with potent denial-of-service bots

Attackers have figured out a new way to get Amazon's cloud service to wage potent denial-of-service attacks on third-party websites—by exploiting security vulnerabilities in an open source search and analytics application known as Elasticsearch.

New story! Last call for OpenStack Summit speakers, Juno security updates, and more

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

New story! KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Plasma 5, released last week, is a major redesign of the Unix KDE desktop environment and underlying frameworks. Perhaps the most notable difference is the visual changes, which see KDE embracing a more streamlined, "flat" interface, but it's also the first version of KDE to be powered by Qt 5 and the recently released KDE Frameworks 5.

New story! Rackspace Adds Support for MariaDB, Percona Open Source Databases

Rackspace will now officially support the relational database storage platforms from MariaDB and Percona, which are forked from Oracle MySQL. In a move that will please devotees of open source cloud storage, hosting giant Rackspace (RAX) has announced it will officially support two additional types of open source MySQL databases, from MariaDB and Percona.

New story! Windows comes to Raspberry Pi-style board in Microsoft/Intel project

Even Microsoft wants a piece of the development board market made famous by Arduino and Raspberry Pi...At $300, Sharks Cove is significantly more expensive than non-Windows alternatives. Hobbyists will probably be more inclined to buy the ARM-based Raspberry Pi, which is just $35, or the $55 BeagleBone Black. Even the Intel-based MinnowBoard, which is compatible with Linux and Android, starts at just $99. CircuitCo also makes both the BeagleBone Black and MinnowBoard.

New story! Linux Foundation, edX Offering 'Intro to Linux' MOOC

"Introduction to Linux," a massively open online course (MOOC) on the open source operating system that is available through a partnership between the Linux Foundation and edX, begins Aug. 1.

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