New story! Why Flash sucks

A column from back in 2010 that outlines some of why Flash sucks. I'm posting it here in honor of YouTube dumping Flash for HTML5. It took a long time, but it finally happened.

New story! The future of wearable devices for health is not wearables

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2015 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dozens of new self-tracking wearable devices appear every month. They target health and quality of life applications, from sleep to physical activity. And, they are packaged as smart watches or as standalone pieces, launched under the umbrella of startups and industry leaders alike. Currently, there is no shortage of thoughtfully designed wearable devices promising to improve our health and quality of life, but amidst the ongoing technological deluge—do you think the future will be wearable or anti-wearable? read more

New story! How to create and show a presentation from the command line on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2015 10:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
When you prepare a talk for audience, the first thing that will probably come to your mind is shiny presentation charts filled with fancy diagrams, graphics and animation effects. Fine. No one can deny the power of visually charming presentation. However, not all presentations need to be Ted talk quality. Often times, the purpose of […]Continue reading... The post How to create and show a presentation from the command line on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to speed up directory navigation in a Linux terminal What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to use Evernote from the command line on Linux

New story! Replace Windows 7 With Linux Mint Without Harming Data And Recovery Partitions

  • Everyday Linux user; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Jan 29, 2015 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This guide shows Windows 7 users how to switch to Linux Mint without touching the recovery partition that came with the computer nor any data partitions they may have set up.

New story! Low-power x86 SoCs arrive on Qseven and SMARC

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2015 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
ICOP is prepping its first Qseven and SMARC form-factor COMs based on the x86-based, 800MHz DMP Vortex86DX2 SoC. The Linux-ready COMs support GbE and HDMI. ICOP Technology, a subsidiary of chip designer DMP, has been churning out modules and SBCs based on low-power, x86 DMP Vortex processors for years. The processors have shown up in […]

New story! Sony is now actually removing features from PlayStation Vita

Traditionally, as a console gets older, the console maker adds new features and compatible apps for users to download. Sony is taking the opposite tack with the PlayStation Vita in the coming months, though, planning to disable a few apps and features that have worked on the system since launch.

New story! Manjaro 0.8.11 XFCE Edition Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

Manjaro 0.8.11 XFCE is the new release of manjaro linux featuring XFCE desktop environment. This version is much more stable and improved as compared to previous 0.8.10.

New story! Dying Light Released For Linux, Some Thoughts, You May Want To Wait

It's quite hard to contain my excitement about this game, but as always we will give it a fair look and tell you what we think about Dying Light. This post continues to be updated, and it's really not good. Updated 28th January for game-breaking bugs.

New story! Confessions of a systems librarian

  •; By Robin Isard (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2015 4:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I decided to become a librarian after my undergraduate because I liked working with computers and the job seemed easy. A friend who’d already taken the plunge enlisted me, telling me how technological libraries had become, which I guess made sense.

New story! Installing and using Git and Github on Ubuntu: A beginner's guide

This tutorial will be a quick setup guide for installing and using Github and how to perform its various functions of creating a repository locally, connecting this repo to the remote host that contains your project (where everyone can see), committing the changes and finally pushing all the content in the local system to Github.

New story! The earnestness of being important

  •; By Grant Ingersoll (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2015 2:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
In today’s data-driven, constantly-connected, technology-centric world, we are awash in attention-grabbing content, events, and requests. Like me, I suspect most readers relish this way of life—after all, us technologists created it—except for, that is, when we don’t.

New story! Linux Desktop Evolution: Minor, Invisible, or Aesthetic

In the last two years, the Linux desktop has settled into a period of quiet diversity. The user revolts of 2008-2012 are safely in the past, and users are scattered among at least seven major desktops -- Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE,LXDE, MATE, Unity, and Xfce -- and likely to stay that way.

New story! No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn't need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography.

New story! Witcher 2 for Linux Gets New Update That Really Makes a Difference

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is still being improved on for the Linux platform and a new major patch has been released for the games, although it's still in the Beta stage.

New story! HPC Cluster Grant Accepting Applications!

Silicon Mechanics, Inc. has announced the open submission period for its 4th annual Research Cluster Grant Program. This competitive grant will award two complete high performance compute clusters to two institutions of higher education and research.

New story! Sharing Admin Privileges for Many Hosts Securely

The problem: you have a large team of admins, with a substantial turnover rate. Maybe contractors come and go. Maybe you have tiers of access, due to restrictions based on geography, admin level or even citizenship (as with some US government contracts). You need to give these people administrative access to dozens (perhaps hundreds) of hosts, and you can't manage all their accounts on all the hosts.

New story! Dell offers new Ubuntu Linux workstation laptop

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2015 9:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Dell is continuing to support Linux developers with new Linux-powered laptops.

New story! Industrial box-PC takes Linux-on-Haswell to extremes

The Acnodes “FES8670? is a rugged industrial box-PC that runs Linux on a 4th Gen Core CPU, and offers four GbE ports and numerous storage and display ports.

New story! YouTube dumps Flash for HTML5

In today's open source roundup: YouTube puts another nail in the coffin of Flash. Plus: Your favorite file manager for Linux? And is Ubuntu or Linux Mint the right choice for new users?

New story! Docker Project Restructures to Improve Scalability, Openness

The new structure is designed to ensure the scaling of the project, as it exponentially grows in terms of contributors, code contribution and its technology partner ecosystem," Steve Francia, the new chief operator of the Docker project, told eWEEK

New story! Meet KDE at FOSDEM this Weekend

KDE will be at Europe's largest gathering of free software developering this weekend, taking over the city of Brussels for FOSDEM. We start with the traditional beer event on the Friday, sampling 100 flavours of beer while we mingle with old friends and new. On Saturday we will have a stall showing off Plasma 5.2, our beautiful desktop launched only yesterday.

New story! Optimising Raspberry Pi code

In any low-resource system, you need to make maximum use of what is available. Profiling helps you to figure out where to focus your efforts

New story! How the New York Times uses open source

  •; By Nano Serwich (Posted by openlife on Jan 28, 2015 2:55 PM EDT)
Marc Frons, senior vice president and chief information officer of the New York Times, discusses how The Times actively contributes to open source communities.

New story! GParted Live 0.21.0-1 Screenshot Tour

The GParted team is proud to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This live image contains GParted 0.21.0 which fixes an off-by-one sector error in GParted's internal block copy algorithm, and removes unnecessary duplicate actions when resizing a partition. Items of note include: based on the Debian's 'Sid' repository as of 2015-01-27; replaced i486 live image with i586; increased minimum requirements to 256 MB of RAM. This release of GParted Live has been successfully tested on VirtualBox, VMware, BIOS, UEFI, and physical computers with AMD/ATI, NVIDIA, and Intel graphics.

New story! NVIDIA GeForce Driver Installation on Debian Jessie Linux 8 64bit

  •; By (Posted by linuxer on Jan 28, 2015 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
The easiest way to install NVIDIA GeForce Driver on Debian Linux 8 ( Jessie ) is to use official contrib and non-free debian repository. First add the following non-free and contrib repositories to your /etc/apt/sources.list.

New story! Worried about GHOST? Don’t be, on supported Fedora versions.

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2015 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
There’s a quite serious security vulnerability making the news today (ZDNet, Ars Technica), CVE-2015-0235, nicknamed “GHOST”. It happens that this flaw was fixed in glibc-2.18 (but quietly, and the full […]

New story! Get Smart On International Data Privacy Day

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2015 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
Today is International Data Privacy Day. It is a day designed to raise awareness and promote best practices for privacy and data protection. It is a day that looks to the future and recognizes that we can and should do … Continue reading

New story! What is a good command-line IRC client on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2015 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Now replaced more and more by forums, social networks, or mailing lists, IRC was once the method of communication of the web. And if it stands today as the last bastion of hackers and bearded Linux users, it remains one of the fastest and most specific channel of communication. If you have a technical difficulty, […]Continue reading... The post What is a good command-line IRC client on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to find the public IP address from command line How to monitor Nginx web server from the command line in real time How to manage a WiFi connection from the command line What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to sniff HTTP traffic from the command line on Linux

New story! Embedded Linux Conference hijacked by drones

The Embedded Linux Conference + Android Builders Summit on Mar. 23-25 in San Jose is about “Drones, Things, and Automobiles,” but drones get the most love. Maybe it’s just our imagination, but the Linux Foundation’s Embedded Linux Conference seems to be getting more interesting than ever. The program increasingly reflects new opportunities for Linux in […]

New story! Ubuntu Touch Can Now Display Apps in Windows Just like on the Desktop

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jan 28, 2015 6:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu Touch is an operating system that uses Unity 8 as the desktop environment and it's designed to run on mobile devices like phones and tablets, at least for now. With some small trickery you can make it run its apps in separate and floating windows, just like on a desktop. Let me repeat that, like on a desktop.

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