New story! Fedora 21 Alpha to release on Tuesday

  • Fedora Magazine; By Ryan Lerch (Posted by bob on Sep 19, 2014 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
Today the Fedora Engineering Steering Commitee held a “Go/No Go” meeting regarding the Fedora 21 alpha, and it was agreed that the current release candidates for Fedora 21 met the release criteria. With this decision, this means that Fedora 21 will be released on Tuesday September 23, 2014.

New story! Encryption goof fixed in TorrentLocker file-locking malware

The developers of a type of malicious software that encrypts a computer's files and demands a ransom have fixed an error security experts said allowed files to be recovered without paying. The malware, called TorrentLocker, popped up last month, targeting users in Australia, according to iSight Partners, a security consultancy. It now appears to be also geo-targeting victims in the U.K.

New story! Rackspace Says It's Not for Sale, Despite Obstacles

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 19, 2014 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud
Rackspace names a new CEO, as the OpenStack cloud founder chooses not to sell after evaluating its strategic options.uf

New story! Should Windows 9 steal more features from Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Can features found in Linux make Windows 9 better? Plus: Multiple desktops in Linux are still better than in Windows 9, and the future of Linux games might not be a bright one.

New story! An introduction to systemd for CentOS 7

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 released and CentOS version 7 newly unveiled, now is a good time to cover systemd, the replacement for legacy System V (SysV) startup scripts and runlevels. Red Hat-based distributions are migrating to systemd because it provides more efficient ways of managing services and quicker startup times. With systemd there are fewer files to edit, and all the services are compartmentalized and stand separate from each other. This means that should you screw up one config file, it won’t automatically take out other services.

New story! Linux Games: Sanctum 2

I’ve recently bought an offer for Sanctum 2 on Steam, and while at the start I was a bit skeptic, I must say that I like this mix between a Tower Defense and an FPS.

New story! Why Android users shouldn't buy the iPhone 6

In today's Android roundup: Why Android users should steer clear of the iPhone 6. Plus: What you can do with your old Android device, and Amazon updates its Android-based Kindle ereaders and tablets.

New story! Geolocation

There's an old saying in the real-estate business that the three most important things in a property are location, location and location. We can assume this is still true when it comes to real estate, but it also is increasingly true when it comes to Web applications.

New story! Larry Ellison Says He Is Done as Chief at Oracle

  • NY Times; By Quentin Hardy (Posted by me1010 on Sep 18, 2014 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle
Lawrence J. Ellison on Thursday announced his retirement as chief executive of Oracle, a company he founded in 1977 that has transformed the way businesses use technology and made him one of the world’s richest people.

New story! Mini-ITX board steps up to G-Series

Win Enterprises announced one of the first Mini-ITX SBCs with AMD’s latest “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoCs, featuring TDPs down to 6 Watts. Shortly after AMD announced its original line-up of five Embedded G-Series SoC in May 2013, Win Enterprises was one of the first to jump out with a product, unveiling its 3.5-inch MB-60830 single board computer.

New story! DiceBot interview

Request a roll from the tweet-powered dice machine, made from the unlikely mix of Ruby, Python and Pi with an antique game. I worked on it myself. I got a little help on the website from some others at Intridea, but we’ve been working as a company just exploring various interfaces and social machines – Internet of Things, things like that. So it’s kind of how this idea came about. We have a few projects that we’re working on at the moment that are in a similar vein but this is the first one we’ve published. So I came across this little dice roller and I thought ‘Hey, this would make a perfect internet- controlled device’. And it would be a fun project, using something old and retro.

New story! Give new life to old phones and tablets with these tips!

If you're like me (and you're a Linux Journal reader, so you may actually be like me), you probably rotate through your cell phones and/or tablets every couple years. These little devices are so convenient and have been consistently dropping in price, while their power continues to go up, so you may have a few older devices sitting in a drawer.

New story! Try Minetest an open source voxel sandbox game in Fedora

In light of recent events it might be worth for fans of Minecraft to try out Minetest or it’s fork Voxelands. Both are open source, infinite voxel sandbox games that are currently available for Fedora. Minetest is currently being developed on and is fairly simplistic without adding mods, it does have the main game mechanics of gathering resources, crafting and building structures. There are a range of Mods available to add functionality as well as texture packs to customise your experience. Minetest is available now in Fedora from the Software application, or using the command line yum install minetest.

New story! Ubuntu Touch RTM Officially Released - Screenshot Tour

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 18, 2014 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Canonical has just published the first Ubuntu Touch RTM version for their new operating system, as the company is getting closer to the release of the OS on the open market.

New story! Connect to WiFi network from command line in Linux

How many of you failed to connect to WiFi network in Linux? Did you bumped into issues like the followings in different forums, discussion page, blogs? I am sure everyone did at some point. This guide will take you through the steps for connecting to a WPA/WPA2 WiFi network from command line. It is useful when you've lost GUI or you'r GNOME, KDE desktop crashed and all you got is our old friend Command Line.

New story! Techland's Chrome Engine 6 Officially Supports Linux, Hellraid & Dying Light Possible For Linux

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Sep 18, 2014 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
This may not be news for our readers who have been around for a while, but Techland's Chrome Engine 6 actually supports Linux.

New story! Learn Ubuntu - The Unity Launcher

  • Linux.about.com; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Sep 18, 2014 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In the lead up to Ubuntu 14.10's release this is the first part in a series of articles showing how to use the Unity desktop environment and how to do the basics with Ubuntu. It highlights how to use the launcher, how to add and remove icons, what the different colours, arrows and effects mean and how to tweak the launcher to resize icons and hide the launcher when not in use.

New story! Teaching open source changed my life

For most students and teachers, our lives revolve around tests. For students, the tests determine whether they’re a success or a failure. The same is increasingly true of teachers. Take my career as an example.

New story! Short Stack: Mickos speaks out, what's driving OpenStack popularity and OpenStack in a rack

This was a busy week in OpenStack especially around the HP-Eucalyptus deal. In fact, this very week, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos had his first post-deal public appearance. We also look what's driving OpenStack popularity (it has a broad constituency that's for sure) and the all-new OpenStack in a Rack from Ubuntu and AMD.

New story! Back to school with GRASS GIS

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 18, 2014 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When we started talking about hosting a 'back to school' week at Opensource.com, I decided to take that quite literally, and went back to NC State University earlier this month to attend the inaugural Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Anaytics. Geospatial analytics and GIS (geospatial information science) is a huge field, with a number of open source tools for research and teaching available, and I wanted to learn more about how these tools are being used in the real world. read more

New story! Spoonium Promises Docker-like Container Virtualization for Windows

Spoon's container-based virtual app solution, Spoonium, promises Docker- and LXC-like virtualization for Windows. As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spooonium.

New story! Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

New story! Is ChromeOS a threat to desktop Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Linux versus ChromeOS on the desktop. Plus: Should you use Linux or Windows for your business? And a KDE developer attacks community managers.

New story! Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas

“The patrons are quite happy using Linux to get their work done,” Shapiro said. “Very few of them have any clue they’re not using Windows. They surf the web using Firefox and Chrome and use LibreOffice to compose and edit their word processing documents. In the nine years I’ve worked at this library, only one or two people have ever told me, ‘Hey, this isn’t Windows.'”

New story! MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

A “Com 1? Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price.

New story! Motorola Moto X reviews roundup

In today's Android roundup: Read reviews of Motorola's new Moto X phone. Plus: Goat Simulator chews its way onto Android, and Android Wear redditors discuss the Apple Watch.

New story! Ubuntu: 2319-3: OpenJDK 7 update

This update provides stability updates for OpenJDK 7.

New story! Industry titans band together to improve open source

Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.

New story! Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.

Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.

New story! Linux Games To Come In 2014, A Look At What Is Ahead

There's a lot to look forward to this year, so here's a quick reminder so that you don't get swallowed up!

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