New story! 3 open source alternatives to Office 365

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2016 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. read more

New story! Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2016 2:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees. read more

New story! Google Fuchsia eyes non-Linux things

Embedded is the web's next frontier Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that the platforms vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.…

New story! Building Fedora Rawhide Images with Imagefactory

Introduction ImageFactory is a tool, built on Oz, that is suitable for generating various types of operating system and cloud images. These images can be generated in a variety of different formats. Those include the Docker image format and the qcow2 image... Continue Reading →

New story! MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2016 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: Interview
Fork off, cash is king Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source.…

New story! Be Bold, Be Curious, and Be Open, Advise Outreachy Participants

  • Linux.com - Original Content (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2016 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel, Linux; Story Type: News Story
In Tuesday afternoon’s “Kernel Internship Report and Outreachy Panel” session at LinuxCon North America, interns and mentors involved with the Outreachy program spoke enthusiastically of their experiences with the program. The panel was moderated by Karen M. Sandler, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and organizer of Outreachy.

New story! How to roll back a btrfs snapshot and restore corrupt or missing files

Snapshots are a built-in backup method that data center admins shouldn't overlook. Here's an easy way to create snapshots on a btrfs (or Butter FS) filesystem to back up files and folders.

New story! The marriage of Microsoft and Linux

Wim Coekaerts, corporate VP of Microsoft Enterprise Open Source Group, came to LinuxCon preaching enable, integrate, release, and contribute instead of embrace, extend, and extinguish.

New story! Reviving Old Macs Using Linux

All Macintosh computers from about 2006 onwards were made using Intel CPUs and installing Linux on these computers is a breeze. You don't need to download any Mac specific distro -- just choose your favorite distro and install away. About 95 percent of the time you'll be able to use the 64-bit version of the distro. On CoreDuo Macs, from 2006, you'll need to use a 32-bit version.

New story! MKVToolNix 9.4 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Polishes Existing Functionality

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 24, 2016 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
MKVToolNix creator Moritz Bunkus proudly announced the release of MKVToolNix 9.4.0, the latest stable and most advanced build of the open-source and free MKV (Matroska) manipulation software for GNU/Linux.

New story! Install Wagtail on CentOS 7

In this blog post we will show you how to install Wagtail on a Centos VPS with Nginx and uWSGI. Wagtail is open source flexible Django content management system focused on flexibility and user experience.

New story! Yandex.Disk - an alternative to Google Drive with native Linux support

Yandex.Disk is a cloud storage solution by a Russian-based company Yandex that also provides search, email and several more services. Yandex.Disk has a native Linux client.

New story! Updates from LinuxCon and ContainerCon, Toronto, August 2016

The first 25 years of Linux has transformed the world, not just computing, and the next 25 years will continue to see more growth in the Open Source movement, The Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said during the opening keynote of LinuxCon/ContainerCon in Toronto on Monday, August 22, 2016.

New story! KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Desktop Environment Is Out with Plasma Desktop and KWin Fixes

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 24, 2016 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE announced the release of the fourth maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, bringing multiple improvements and bug fixes.

New story! Wireless-crazed, customizable IoT gateway uses ARM or x86 COMs

Congatec’s modular, Linux-ready IoT Gateway builds on its x86 and ARM Qseven COMs, providing up to 2x GbE, 6x USB, and 3x mini-PCIe connectivity links.

New story! Live From LinuxCon: Red Hat and Microsoft Embrace On Stage

If any LinuxCon moment so far has underscored the evolution of Linux over 25 years, it was during the transition between keynotes this morning when Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst found himself on stage with Microsoft’s new vice president of open source, Wim Coekaerts. The men laughed nervously at the irony of the moment and paused for a brief photo opp, arms around each other’s shoulders.

New story! LinuxCon: How Facebook Monitors Hundreds of Thousands of Servers with Netconsole

  • ServerWatch.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 23, 2016 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Facebook is among the largest users of Linux and open-source in the world to run and maintain its operations. At the LinuxCon conference here Calvin Owens, production engineer at Facebook details how the social networking giant makes use of the open-source netconsole tool, to identify potentially problematic servers.

New story! SUSE Linux and openSUSE Leap to Offer Better Support for ARM Systems Using EFI

The YaST development team at openSUSE and SUSE is reporting on the latest improvements that should be available in the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 operating systems.

New story! Open education is more than open content

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." read more

New story! Support multiple keyboard layouts in web-based VNC apps

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Take advantage of a recently introduced browser API (available in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) to add support for multiple keyboard layouts to web-based VNC clients.

New story! 8 Best Linux Distributions For New Linux Users

  • LinuxAndUbuntu.com; By Mohd Sohail (Posted by MohdSohail on Aug 23, 2016 7:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
New Linux users are always confused about choosing a best Linux distribution to start with. As there are hundreds of Linux distributions so it might always be a confusing part. But I'll help you choosing the right Linux flavour to start your Linux exploration. In this article, I'll walk you through a list of 8 Best Linux distributions for new Linux users. But before all of that, I suggest you throwing out all the misconceptions about Linux, such as Linux is only for geeks or developers. Linux is for everyone. As I always say, "When Linux can run Google, Facebook, Amazon, it can surely run your home computer as well."

New story! Android 7.0 Nougat reviews: Should you upgrade your device?

Also in today's open source roundup: The best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat, and the official Android 7.0 Nougat release announcement.

New story! How to install and setup DRBD on CentOS

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial explains how to install and setup DRBD for your server. Before I start, let me explain what actually DRBD represents and what it is used for. DRBD stands for Distributed Replicated Block Device, a software-based, shared-nothing, replicated storage solution for mirroring the content of block devices such as hard disks, partitions, logical volumes etc.

New story! How to organize your scholarly research with Docear

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Docear academic literature suite blends Freeplane and JabRef to make a comprehensive academic paper-writing application, with support for mind-mapping, citations, notes, and many other features. read more

New story! LinuxCon: How Microsoft Is Contributing to Open Source

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 23, 2016 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
VIDEO: Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, details how open source is the new normal in Redmond.

New story! Refracta 8 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Refracta is a Devuan-based operating system which includes several tools to help create CD/USB images of the live system.

New story! 7 resources for open education materials

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials? read more

New story! Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Four-year build results in OS that aims to secure industrial control systems, Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymously-named operating system after four years of quiet development.…

New story! How IBM's LinuxONE Has Evolved For the New Open Source Cloud

One year ago at LinuxCon 2015 in Seattle, IBM announced IBM LinuxONE, its enterprise-grade system specifically designed for Linux and open source workloads. Today in their keynote at LinuxCon 2016 in Toronto, IBM executives Jim Wasko and Donna Dillenberger will give us an update on how the technology has evolved since then and how IBM is involved now in the open source community.

New story! Almost open: BIOS and firmware update tips for Linux users

I suppose I'm lucky in that for more than 10 years my primary work environment has been Linux-based, yet all to often I've been forced to dig out a DOS or Windows image because I need to patch some BIOS device firmware. These days I don't own anything than has a valid Windows license, and even my 2008 white MacBook has spent most of its life running either Ubuntu or Fedora. Luckily most hardware manufacturers have started to provide bootable images for patching system firmware, and for enterprise-grade hardware they even provide Linux-ready tools. read more

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