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

New story! Coverity finds open source software quality better than proprietary code

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS (Posted by tuxchick on Apr 17, 2014 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Coverity, a company specializing in software quality and security testing solutions, finds that open source programs tend to have fewer errors than proprietary programs.

New story! The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing. It's true. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things.

New story! Giving rise to the cloud with OpenStack Heat

Setting up an application server in the cloud isn't that hard if you're familiar with the tools and your application's requirements. But what if you needed to do it dozens or hundreds of times, maybe even in one day? Enter Heat.

New story! Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked with glue mould

The fingerprint sensor on Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale. Berlin-based Security Research Labs fooled the equipment using a mould it had previously created to spoof the sensor on Apple's iPhone 5S.

New story! Debian: 2905-1: chromium-browser: Summary

Security Report Summary

New story! Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

  • The Register; By Jack Clark (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 2:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Ubuntu has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Linux distribution will be available in two days.

New story! Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

  • The Register; By Chris Mellor (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 1:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
Cloudy upstart Streem is reinventing file sync'n'share by getting rid of the sync. Instead of throwing out everything but the kitchen sink, it’s just throwing out the sync - so to speak.…

New story! Non-Linux FOSS: Angry IP

The de facto standard for port scanning always has been the venerable Nmap program. The command-line tool is indeed very powerful, but I've only ever seen it work with Linux, and every time I use it, I need to read the man page to figure out the command flags.

New story! OpenStack Icehouse Features a Trove of Open-Source Cloud Updates

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 16, 2014 11:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
Database-as-a-service technology, live upgrades, storage improvements and federated identity are part of the new open-source cloud platform release.

New story! Samsung Tizen smartphones now slated for 2Q release

Yoon Han-kil, senior VP of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters that Samsung’s first Tizen phone will ship toward the end of this quarter.

New story! KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.13

April 16 2014 - The KDE Community proudly announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering new features and fixes. Major improvements are made to KDE's Semantic Search technology, benefiting many applications. With Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform frozen and receiving only long term support, those teams are focusing on the transition to Frameworks 5. This release is translated into 53 languages; more languages are expected to be added in subsequent monthly minor bugfix releases.

New story! BeagleBone Black doubles flash, embraces Debian

BeagleBoard.org announced a slightly pricier Rev C version of the BeagleBone Black that doubles eMMC flash and switches from Angstrom to Debian Linux. To celebrate the first birthday of the BeagleBone Black, BeagleBoard.org is shipping a new version of the open source hacker SBC called the Rev C. An update on the BeagleBone Black Wiki […]

New story! MakuluLinux 6.0 MATE Screenshot Tour

The first release in our new 6 series dubbed 'Imperium' (Latin for 'power to command'), also our first dual-mode solo MATE build. This release allows users to customize their settings and software upon installation. Now users can setup their desktop the way they want it with the software they want while still experiencing an out-of-the-box experience.

New story! Will Android TV kill Google’s Chromecast?

Rumors are swirling that Google will soon release Android TV. But what will happen to the company's popular Chromecast streaming media player?

New story! Canonical's Ubuntu Linux 14.04 Open Source OS Almost Here

Ubuntu 14.04, code-named Trusty Tahr, won't bring as many changes as past Ubuntu releases, but it will still impact the Ubuntu experience across different types of devices.

New story! OpenStack takes center stage at Red Hat Summit, OpenStack governance challenges

This week includes news from the Red Hat Summit, the challenges faced governing a project the size of OpenStack and Ubuntu beefs up OpenStack support.

New story! What are games to play from a Linux terminal?

Who never procrastinated and played games instead of writing a paper, finishing a report, or looking after the kids? Absolutely no one. But when Linux users procrastinate, they procrastinate in style: while playing from the terminal! We tend to forget, but at first a graphical interface was not necessary for a good game. And thanks to open-source and the community, many arcade and other good games were ported to be played from within a terminal, without an X server running. It would be impossible to list them all, but let me present ten of these games that particularly appealed to me personally.

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