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!

New story! AMD, Canonical Partner on Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

Canonical and AMD have partnered to deliver servers running Ubuntu OpenStack for private open source cloud computing.

New story! Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). ownCloud provides a safe, secure, and compliant file synchronization and sharing solution on servers that you control.

New story! LaKademy 2014

From August 27th to 30th, 2014, nearly sixteen KDE lovers met in the 2nd LaKademy - The KDE Latin America Summit. The sprint took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) in southeast Brazil.

New story! Seneca College realizes value of open source

If you read Opensource.com’s recent series of articles by young professionals about their exposure to the open source way, you’ll have noticed a common thread: open source is an essential part of IT education. But not enough schools are incorporating open source into their curricula.

New story! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat

From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the programming language Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into alignment.

New story! OpenMediaVault 1.0 review

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Sep 17, 2014 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The latest version, a milestone release, is OpenMediaVault 1.0. It is based on Debian 7 and uses that distribution’s ncurses installer, just like Ubuntu server.

New story! A guide to creating easy, online learning materials with Xerte

Online learning is becoming more prevalent, which means educators need easy to use tools for creating online learning materials. There are several closed source, commercial programs available (e.g., Adobe's Captivate), but these programs are expensive (even at academic discount prices) and are sometimes too complex for educators who just want to quickly and easily create a learning object. An excellent, easy to use, open source alternative is Xerte, a learning object creation tool developed by the University of Nottingham.

New story! FOSS Around the World: Latin America

“FOSS is not something most of the people know about,” he said. “I try to let my friends know about it, and they are always amazed by its benefits, especially when mentioning that it is ‘free as in beer.’ In general, when people hear about it and how it works they simply start loving it.”

New story! Sorry, Windows 9 Fans, This Is How Multiple Desktops Should Work

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Windows 9 OS will finally get a very coveted feature, multiple desktops, but the Microsoft developers are still pretty far away from what you can get on Linux.

New story! Tropico 5 For Linux Looks Set To Release This Friday!

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Sep 17, 2014 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
On the official Tropico Facebook page the developers sent word out that the Linux (and Mac) versions are still on time for release on Friday 19th September!

New story! Boot to Vim, Vim as PID 1

  • Raymii.org; By Remy van Elst (Posted by relst on Sep 17, 2014 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This is a response on a great article from Pascal Bourguignon, namely how to run Emacs as PID 1. As we all know, nobody uses emacs. No, all joking aside, I found it to be a good article and wanted to see how I could do that with Vim. Not in User Mode Linux, but by creating an actual ISO. Boot to Vim, as you might want to call it. This is actually fairly simple. Compile vim statically, set it as init= at boot and you're done. We are going to use small 9MB distro named Tiny Core, Core edition and customize that to boot right into our static build of Vim.

New story! Secure OpenVPN with two-factor authentication from WiKID.

Secure OpenVPN with two-factor authentication from WiKID. In a previous tutorial, we showed how to configure PAM-RADIUS to support two-factor authentication. Now, and in future tutorials, we will add remote access services to this server that will also use WiKID for two-factor authentication. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to leverage that setup to add two-factor authentication through radius to OpenVPN on Centos 7.

New story! Urban Terror New Update Released with New Game Mode, 2 New Maps and Lots of Fixes

Frozen Sand has released a new update, 4.2.019, for its first-person shooter Urban Terror. If you already have Urban Terror installed, you only need to run the updater from the installation directory, without the need to download the entire game again.

New story! The Video For Valve's SteamOS Talk From DebConf14 Is Up

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Sep 17, 2014 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Valve went to the DebConf this year and did a talk about SteamOS, and the video is finally up for viewing!

New story! OpenStack Ironic Approved for Kilo Integrated Release

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 17, 2014 11:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud
The Ironic OpenStack bare metal technology is one of the most interesting projects within the open-source OpenStack platform that I've been tracking in recent years

New story! AMD and Canonical create OpenStack in a rack

Want to use OpenStack for your private cloud, but don't want the headaches of setting it up? AMD and Canonical have a deal for you.

New story! Android Browser flaw a “privacy disaster” for half of Android users

A bug quietly reported on September 1 appears to have grave implications for Android users. Android Browser, the open source, WebKit-based browser that used to be part of the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP), has a flaw that enables malicious sites to inject JavaScript into other sites. Those malicious JavaScripts can in turn read cookies and password fields, submit forms, grab keyboard input, or do practically anything else.

New story! Court upends $368M ruling against Apple for VirnetX patent infringement

In its ruling, the appeals court did not rule that any of VirnetX's patents were invalid, and it only reversed the finding of infringement on one claim pertaining to a VPN On Demand patent. The court also said that the Texas District Court had not correctly defined a term that appeared in two of the patents, and it sent the decision back to Tyler, Texas so the court there can reassess the patent claims based on the appeals court's new term construction.

New story! In The FCC's Own Words: Chairman Wheeler Has Proposed Online Discrimination, Paid Prioritization, And Exclusive Deals

Last week, we showed how the Verizon court decision made it clear that without Title II reclassification, the internet would be open to discrimination, paid prioritization and exclusive deals. This week, we're looking at how FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's claims back that up, despite his attempts to argue otherwise.

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