New story! Three More Lessons

[In June 2015, I gave a commencement address to the graduating class of High Mowing School in New Hampshire. I wrote many drafts for the talk, all toward extemporizing the final thing. My experience with Linux and open-source hackers had an influence on it and gets credit as well. That's why I'm sharing it here. Doc]

New story! Install Zikula on a CentOS VPS

Today we are going to show you how to install Zikula on a Linux VPS. Zikula is an open source PHP application framework and CMS released under the GNU General Public License. The functionality of this PHP application framework and CMS can be expanded using modules and plugins. The installation is straightforward and will take only a couple of minutes from your time.

New story! LibreOffice 5: The best office suite today won't cost you a dime

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Aug 4, 2015 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The latest version of open-source LibreOffice is a great suite for Linux, Mac, or Windows users.

New story! How to install Bugzilla 5.0 on CentOS 7

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Aug 4, 2015 5:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial will walk you through the installation of Bugzilla 5.0 on CentOS 7. Bugzilla is an advanced bug tracking system, developed by the Mozilla Foundation (the organization that develops the famous Firefox browser). Bugzilla allows you to track software defects and code changes in your applications, organizes the communicate in your dev team and makes it easy to submit and review patches.

New story! Should you install Linux on a Mac?

n today's open source roundup: Is it worth it to install Linux on a Mac? Plus: Why Google+ failed. And the death of Google+ is coming.

New story! Putting Lipstick on a Penguin

It didn’t take me long to figure out something I should have snapped-to long before: You can dress a Linux system up to look like Windows as much as you like or as much as you can, but once the clothes hit the floor the whole façade crumbles and it doesn’t at all resemble Windows. Not even close.

New story! Linux Distro: Your Best Choice?

I believe one of the biggest advantages to running a Linux distro on your desktop is the number of choices available. Linux enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of desktop environments, file managers, terminals, GTK vs Qt software, and of course the distributions themselves.

New story! Snappy, Personal, Desktop Next, Ubuntu Touch, Phones, Convergence

  • Canonical; By Oli Ries (Posted by bob on Aug 4, 2015 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
If you’ve followed Ubuntu over the last years and months (e.g. at the last Ubuntu Online Summit in May), you have heard a lot of terminology referring to products, technologies, code bases, previews, releases and vision. Let me try to untangle that a bit

New story! Working with Pivot Tables in LibreOffice Calc

A how-to video showing you details of working with Pivot tables in LibreOffice Calc.

New story! Internship shatters silver screen expectations

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 4, 2015 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
I have to admit, I was really nervous before starting my internship at Red Hat. My only knowledge of corporate jobs was what I'd learned from movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, where the boss repeatedly calls protagonist Clark Griswold by the wrong name, and really doesn’t seem to care what Clark's name actually is. When Clark tries to ask his boss a question, he finds him behind a closed door, sitting in an enormous office at the head of a really long table. He barely gives Clark the time of day. Based on what I'd heard about Red Hat, I figured that was not how my summer would go. Still, I did not know what to expect. read more

New story! The August 2015 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the August 2015 issue.

New story! Raspberry Jams bring Pi enthusiasts together

When the first Raspberry Pi came out in 2012, it was no surprise when people in the tech community started to organize events focused around using the device. Software developers, hardware engineers, makers, teachers, children, and parents alike started to come together to learn about the Pi and what they could do with it. These events became known as Raspberry Jams, and they've inspired makers and educators around the world. read more

New story! Xfce: Seven Reasons It's Popular

Xfce has a long history of being the third most popular Linux desktop. For over a decade, it trailed behind GNOME and KDE. Then, a few years ago, during the revolts against GNOME and Unity, it became a major contender, and ever since has consistently polled a strong second to KDE. Nothing had changed in Xfce, but users' search for alternatives made them appreciate Xfce in a way they never had before.

New story! Unvanquished FPS Game Gets Tremulous' Vega Map, Plans on Leaving SourceForge

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 4, 2015 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
The developers of the popular Unvanquished FPS (first-person shooter) game announced the release of the Alpha 42 build, a version that brings several improvements in many areas and resolves some of those nasty bugs.

New story! Open-spec motor control kit runs Linux on Zynq SoC

Avnet’s revamped, Linux-based “ZIDK-II” kit for motor control combines its ZedBoard SBC, featuring an ARM/FPGA Zynq SoC, with improved Analog Devices gear. Avnet Electronic Marketing’s “Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC/Analog Devices Intelligent Drives Kit II,” or “ZIDK-II,” is a major upgrade to a previously released kit of the same name, featuring an enhanced Analog Devices ” […]

New story! GParted 0.23.0 Open Source Partition Editor Adds Support for Setting New Btrfs UUID

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 4, 2015 2:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The developers of the famous GParted open-source partition editor software used by default on numerous Live CDs announced the release and immediate availability for download of GParted 0.23.0.

New story! Interpol is training police to fight crime on the Darknet

Interpol has just completed its first training course designed to help police officers to use and understand the Darket. The five-day course was held in Singapore, and attended by officers from Australia, Finland, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Sweden. According to Interpol, the next course will be held in Brussels.

New story! Unity 8 and KDE Will Be Able to Coexist on the Same Ubuntu OS

Unity 8 promises to be an evolution over the current Unity version, and it's a profoundly different piece of software. Yes, it brings a lot of new features and improvements, but it will also create a lot of issues. Like the ability to install a different desktop environment alongside, such as KDE.

New story! Common values unite journalism and open source

My internship at Red Hat began one week after I graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was nervous because I wasn't sure if my journalism skills would be a good fit for a technology company. The extent of my software knowledge came from a class I took one semester in which we learned the basics of HTML. Little did I know, however, that studying journalism was a great way to prepare me for working in an open organization.

New story! Linux Top 3: Korora 22, Zorin 10 and Oracle Linux 6.7

New desktop Linux releases improve usability.

New story! Steam for Linux User Decline Finally Stops, According to Hardware Survey for July

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 3, 2015 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new Hardware Survey has been released by Valve, and it looks like the Steam for Linux decline has finally stopped. We still need a few more months to confirm this, but July seems to be the first month that doesn't register drops in user numbers.

New story! Do you know the Digital Humanities? 3 easy ways to learn more

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field. read more

New story! Assessing the power of Intel's SSD 750 -- but check your motherboard before buying

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Solid state-of-the-art 2.4GB/s consumer storage. Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks.…

New story! Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf alpha 2 released

In today's open source roundup: Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 15.10 is out. Plus: Kodi 15 media player released for Android. And Windows 10 versus Linux.

New story! Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: Interview
Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet. At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college. In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology. read more

New story! Unlocking the true value of process automation

  • https://enterprisersproject.com; By Robert Hoyle Brown, Associate Vice President, Cognizant Center for the Future of Work (Posted by crudder on Aug 3, 2015 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Four ways to transform your business with robotic process automation.

New story! How to compare and merge text files on Linux

Comparing text files requires time, effort, a large monitor and a good amount of patience, or simply just the right tools to do it without any of the aforementioned. If you are an editor that has to deal with multiple versions of a text file, or a developer that wants to check the various code revisions of a file, then the following tutorial is for you.

New story! Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Noting 'disastrous', but current kernel candidate is in 'fairly annoying' state Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.…

New story! Dotcom’s FOSS Cloud Plans

Back in the early days of the 21st century, Dotcom seemed to have overcome his checkered past and to have developed the Midas touch with the popular online storage site Megaupload. Like Midas, however, he was to discover that gold is an overrated commodity, the ownership of which often creates as many problems as it solves. For one thing, you can’t eat it. For another, lots of people want to take it from you.

New story! A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge all of us. Policy makers are no exception. Their objective—writ large—is to put in place policies that encourage the development and deployment of beneficial technologies in order to drive growth, prosperity, and the general welfare of their citizens. Where should policy makers focus? The best place is where the future is happening. In other words, the best place is where innovation is happening. read more

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