New story! IBIS: A powerful, Drupal-based info gathering tool

I'm very excited about Joshua Lee's talk on the Drupal-powered International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS) at DrupalCon 2015. Though I'm no biosecurity expert, the aggregation methods and process workflow for gathering biosecurity information is relevant to many industries. In his talk, the technology for creating this data aggregation system will be covered, as well as how the Drupal community can both benefit and contribute to this project. read more

New story! Chrome-Colored Parakeets

I personally like Google's Chrome interface. It's simple, fast, elegant and did I mention fast? Unfortunately, I don't like how locked down the Chrome OS is on a Chromebook, nor do I like its total dependence on Google. I also don't like the lack of ability to install Chrome easily on generic hardware. Thankfully, Budgie is here to help.

New story! Federal Investment in Repository Solution Sets New Bar for How Libraries Share

  • Information Today; By Richard Huffine (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The project will give libraries, museums, and archives of all types and sizes an out-of-the-box open source solution for managing their digital content and exposing what they have to the world. It will build on the work many academic libraries have done to create institutional repositories for their own organizations.

New story! Mozilla Looks To Phase Out Unencrypted Web

  • TechWeek; By Matthew Broersma (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Mozilla
“Today we are announcing our intent to phase out non-secure HTTP,” said Firefox security lead Richard Barnes in a blog post. “There’s pretty broad agreement that HTTPS is the way forward for the web.”

New story! 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa

  • Linux.com; By Libby Clark (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 4:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Video; Groups: Community, Linux
Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux.

New story! 7 reasons why the feds shouldn’t mess with encryption

  • CSO; By Maria Korolov (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The spread of encryption is posting public safety challenges and making it harder for the government to fight both criminals and terrorists, said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. But for security vendors providing encryption technology to enterprise customers, any tampering with encryption protocols would do more damage than harm. Here are seven ways security pros believe the DHS is wrong on encryption.

New story! Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition Has Hidden Factory Mode

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on May 5, 2015 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been out for some time and is available for purchase right now. It's the only Ubuntu phone on sale, and one of the users found out how to access a hidden Factory Mode that gives access to all kinds of cool stuff.

New story! Patent Pledges and Open Source Software Development

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 5, 2015 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some major open source foundations now require "patent pledges." Here's what they are, and why they're being requested.

New story! Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support

In my last Opensource.com article, I wrote about biicode's decision to go open source once we reached 10,000 users. After the announcement, our community growth skyrocketed. Our investors were so impressed by the welcoming of our open source announcement that they let us go ahead with open sourcing biicode early. We worked hard to release most of it in biicode 3.0. read more

New story! Tiny Core Linux 6.2 Fluxbox Screencast

Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core 6.2. Changelog for 6.2: tce-audit - similar speedup patch from aswjh; tc-config - nfs4 mount changes from gerald_clark; tce-load - 2% speedup from aswjh; tce-size - apply patch from Greg Erskine for no-deps files; tce-remove, rc.shutdown - update copy2fs name; tce-ab - convert to a symlink; tce-load - awk recursion changes changed to a subshell, so exit status needs to be passed; tce-setup - wait for slow CD drives. In addition, TinyCorePure64 6.2.iso is now legacy-BIOS/(U)EFI multi-boot.

New story! 5 ways to promote an inclusive environment where good ideas can emerge

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 11:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People in tech companies and particularly in open source communities believe in and value meritocracy—letting the best ideas win. One thing that's become increasingly clear to me over the past few years is this: meritocracy is a great driver of innovation, but if we want to get to the best ideas, we need diversity of thought and an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and offer different perspectives. Indeed, to live up to our ideal of meritocracy, we must consistently question and seek to improve it. read more

New story! Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

  • The Register (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 10:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
The future is coming, Still Review Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04.…

New story! New tutorials, developments in open digital humanities

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 9:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome to the third installment of my monthly column, where I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities researc, as well as, a few humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about how transparency and open exchange, and principles of the open source way, being applied to the humanities. read more

New story! Coders With Bad Attitudes

Folks, I’m not talking about a stern communication. I’m talkin’ finger-poking-into-my-chest-slathering-frothing-yelling-losing-all-composure pissed off. He more than adequately suggested: How Dare Me! If I don’t write or understand software programming or the brilliance required to do so, then I don’t get a pass on judging what needs to be done, how it should be done, when it should be done, and finally, to what quality I might accept as “usable.”

New story! Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning. Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility … Continue reading

New story! Watch: Mark Shuttleworth's Keynote for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

In case you didn't have the time to watch today's live keynote video with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the famous Ubuntu Linux operating system, you can watch the recording right now (see the video at the end of the article).

New story! Thin Mini-ITX board packs quad-core 2.4GHz punch

Habey’s latest Mini-ITX board runs Linux on a quad-core Celeron J1900, and offers dual GbE, dual mini-PCIe slots, mSATA, dual-display support, and HD audio.

New story! F22 Cloud/Atomic Test Day May 7th!

Fedora 22 is on the cusp of being released and the Fedora Cloud Working Group has elected to organize a test day for May 7th in order to work out some bugs before shipping it off to the rest of the world.

New story! Firejail Seccomp Guide

This article describes how to build a whitelist seccomp-bpf filter and how to attach the filter to a user program and all its descendants using Firejail sandbox.

New story! US reviews use of cellphone spying technology

Faced with criticism from lawmakers and civil rights groups, the U.S. Department of Justice has begun a review of the secretive use of cellphone surveillance technology that mimics cellphone towers, and will get more open on its use, according to a newspaper report.

New story! The current state of Drupal security

  • Opensource.com; By Andrew Thornton (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Greg Knaddison has worked for big consulting firms, boutique software firms, startups, professional service firms, and former Drupal Security Team leader. Michael Hess works with the University of Michigan School of Information and the UM Medical Center teaching three courses on content management platforms and overseeing the functionality of hundreds of campus websites.

New story! The Kilo release is here, and other OpenStack news

  • Opensource.com; By Jason Baker (Posted by bob on May 5, 2015 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Cloud
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

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New story! 100 Essential Free Apps

We can all admire the vast number of open source apps and tools that are available on modern operating systems. They come in all shapes and sizes. Small console tools that can be easily integrated into large projects, feature-rich apps that offer everything bar the the kitchen sink, well designed tools, and eye catching candy. Open source software holds numerous compelling advantages over proprietary software.

New story! The World’s First Ubuntu-Powered Drone is Here - Video

After introducing the Erle-Copter drone powered by Ubuntu Snappy Core back in February 2015, Erle Robotics, a Spanish company known for all sorts of Linux-powered robots, launched on May 3 the world’s first Ubuntu-powered drone. Powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core and the ROS framework, Erle-Copter is a great looking drone that has a flight time of approximately 20 minutes, and it is built to support a payload of up to 2 kg.

New story! Google, Red Hat, and VMware announce CoreOS container support

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on May 4, 2015 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Docker faces challenge as CoreOS's open container format gains allies

New story! Ultimate Boot CD Live Aims to Become a Parted Magic Replacement, Based on Debian

The development team behind the popular UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) project have announced recently that they are working on a Live version of Ultimate Boot CD, which is currently based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and has the ultimate goal of becoming a Parted Magic replacement.

New story! Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better)

Before I dive in, I suggest that you read 6 reasons people with disabilities should use Linux, which provides background for my article. Gnu/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities. In this article, I'll discuss some of the advantages, as well as areas that need improvement. Because I use Fedora, my article is written based on my experience with that Linux distribution. read more

New story! Linux is an operating system for all ages

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on May 4, 2015 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux is for everyone from 13 to 84. Don't believe me? See for yourself.

New story! Mumblehard--Let's End Its Five-Year Reign

Linux has a well deserved reputation as being one of the most secure platforms for individuals and businesses. This is largely due to the way security is integrated into the system, but there is a great risk in being too complacent. Recent events serve to remind us that there is no such thing as an uncrackable system.

New story! New Ubuntu smartphone with desktop functionality

During the keynote of the Ubuntu Online Summit for the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10, Mark Shuttleworth shared a few details about a new upcoming Ubuntu smartphone.

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