New story! GNU/Linux: the desktop that never was

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by scrubs on May 22, 2015 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
About 6 years ago, I wrote an article about why I felt that installing software in GNU/Linux was broken. It pains me to say that the situation is, sadly, exactly the same:GNU/Linux never made it to personal computers, really, and at this point it looks like it never will. If GNU/Linux had managed to establish itself in the desktop PC market, today we would live in a world where:

New story! Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

The 2012 document shows that the surveillance agencies exploited the weaknesses in certain mobile apps in pursuit of their national security interests, but it appears they didn't alert the companies or the public to these weaknesses. That potentially put millions of users in danger of their data being accessed by other governments' agencies, hackers or criminals.

New story! Canonical Fixes Linux Kernel Vulnerability in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Canonical just published details about a new kernel update for its oldest LTS release, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin).

New story! Russia Eyes Linux-Based Smartphone OS for Mobile Market

Russia may soon adopt the Linux- and Mer-based SailFishOS as the basis for a home-grown mobile and smartphone operating system. Linux—or a form of it, at least—and other open source programs soon could be playing a bigger role in the mobile and tablet market in Russia. And it has concerns over spying by the NSA to thank.

New story! How to setup Raspberry Pi as Backup Server for Linux and Windows Desktops

The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers. They are rather cheap and are well suited for running a backup server or voip server. This tutorial describes the complete installation of the Raspberry PI from downloading and installing Raspian, the installation and configuration of Samba and how to backup Windows and Linux Desktops on the Raspberry Pi.

New story! Ubuntu & the Windows Subscription Gambit

This would allow Microsoft to offer its operating system at no cost to OEMs — eliminating the Windows tax. Purchasers of new machines would receive a free year’s subscription to Windows, complete with Windows Cloud Storage and MS Office sub-Basic. Eleven months into use, nag screens appear at boot: “Your Windows subscription will expire in 30 days. Click here to renew.”

New story! Mark Shuttleworth considering Canonical IPO

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on May 22, 2015 1:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, revealed that he's considering taking the company public.

New story! How to convert users to Linux

I have converted many users, including my wife, to Linux in the past 10 years and and I am still going strong. If you do it right, Linux will do a better job for your users than Mac OS X or Windows … if you do it right.

New story! Dr Hjkl on the Command Line

The first time I used vi was in a college programming course. It was the default editor on the computer lab's UNIX systems we used to compile our assignments. I remember when our professor first introduced vi and explained that you used the hjkl keys to move your cursor around instead of the arrow keys.

New story! Google Reveals the Problem With Password Security Questions

Using one guess, an attacker has a 19.7 percent chance of guessing an English speaking user loves pizza, according to Google's findings, which looked at hundreds of millions of questions and answers for account recovery claims.

New story! Canonical's Orange Match Box Brings Snappy Ubuntu Core to Raspberry Pi 2

On May 20, Canonical had the pleasure of showcasing its latest products at the OpenStack Summit event that takes place these days between May 18-22, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

New story! How to mount an LVM partition on Linux

LVM is a logical volume management tool which allows you to manage disk space using the notion of logical volumes and volume groups. The biggest benefit of using LVM over classic partitions is the flexibility in allocating storage for users and applications without being constrained by the size of individual physical disks.

New story! How I Got Here: Marcus Ranum

Dennis Fisher talks with security pioneer Marcus Ranum about writing an early Internet firewall at DEC, the security gold-rush era of the 1990s and early 2000s, why he never patented most of the ideas he has come up with and how he found peace of mind.

New story! NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store

  • The Intercept; By Ryan Gallagher (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.

New story! Lemon Pi, a powerful Raspberry Pi Clone

Chinese EMBEDSTUDIO tries to raise money for their Lemon Pi single board computer project through a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo.

New story! How open source disrupted the CMS market

  • (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 5:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source is increasingly changing the software industry. We can see open source products gaining market share in almost every category today, and this development is continuing at a fast pace. read more

New story! How to install Ajenti a free Webserver control panel on Debian

  •; By (Posted by vpsineu on May 21, 2015 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
How to install Ajenti a free Webserver control panel on Debian

New story! Measuring performance the open source way

  • (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 3:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Jim Whitehurst recently wrote about the performance management approach we use at Red Hat for the Harvard Business Review. In his article, Whitehurst details one aspect of the performance management process that differentiates Red Hat from other companies—its flexibility. read more

New story! News: Linux Top 3: Foresight, Rocks 6.2, Parsix 7.5

  • Linux Planet (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Goodby Foresight hello Rocks 6.2

New story! How Design Philosophy Influences GNOME and KDE

Linux desktop users have two main sets of utilities: KDE's and GNOME's. The GNOME utilities are found in GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon and Unity. Neither KDE nor GNOME has any objective advantage over the other, but the user experiences are so different that they could almost be two different operating systems.

New story! Ubuntu 15.10 will be released in October

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu 15.10 will be released on October 22. Plus: Chrome for Android is now mostly open source. And infighting may be hurting the Linux community.

New story! Rig a smarthome and more hacks with TouchBoard

  • (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There was a time when a reporter was called a hack. This term referred to their ability to hack away on a typewriter to create a story on a short deadline. Somewhere in the 1950’s MIT’s Railroad Club adopted the term when they saw a cool use of technology. Railroads help to build the world and spread commerce across the globe. This was a proud term, a name for an action that you could be pleased to have been associated with. Then, somewhere that hack name because used for criminal internet activity. read more

New story! Dell Launches Cheap Ubuntu-Powered Inspiron 15 3000 Series

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on May 21, 2015 10:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dell is one of the most important providers of Ubuntu-powered hardware, and the company has just released a new laptop called Inspiron 15 3000 Series Laptop Ubuntu Edition.

New story! Open source is about more than cost savings

  • (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud; Story Type: News Story
I recently stumbled upon this piece discussing the cost of cloud, and it made me realize that people still seem to mistakenly believe that open source is just about cost savings. Often times, when asked to explain the reasons for going open source, rarely is cost at the top of the list—it’s perceived as a more long-term benefit, ultimately, but certainly not expected in the initial ramp up of open source projects. A good reference for this is this SDTimes article. read more

New story! How to use FFMpeg to do simple audio conversion

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Here's a simple FFmpeg how to that will cover just a portion of the framework's abilities. We will see how you can use the terminal to perform simple conversions of various audio file types including all popular and widely available formats. Using FFmpeg right from the terminal makes it better for performance compared to downloading and installing a GUI tool for FFmpeg, and can also offer more precise settings for the advanced users.

New story! Red Hat brings Gluster to OpenStack shared file service

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Red Hat
Red Hat Gluster Storage with OpenStack Manila technology preview gives enterprises software-defined file storage for OpenStack clouds.

New story! Rate these 53 sub-$200 hacker SBCs, win one of 20

Rate your favorite hacker SBCs, and you might win one of 20 SBCs including the BeagleBone Black, Creator CI20, DragonBoard 410c, and Edison Kit for Arduino. A year ago, LinuxGizmos and collaborated on a joint survey, asking our readers to choose their favorite community-backed, open-spec hacker SBCs from a list of 32 that run […]

New story! Tech companies ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents large technology companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft, on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

New story! ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Brings UEFI and Secure Boot Support

On May 19, the ROSA company was proud to announce the immediate availability of the ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Linux kernel-based operating system for enterprise users.

New story! Red Hat brings Gluster to OpenStack shared file service

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on May 21, 2015 3:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud, Linux, Red Hat
Red Hat Gluster Storage with OpenStack Manila technology preview gives enterprises software-defined file storage for OpenStack clouds.

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