New story! Bio-Linux 8.0.2 Screenshot Tour

Bio-Linux 8 is a powerful, free bioinformatics workstation platform that can be installed on anything from a laptop to a large server, or run as a virtual machine. Bio-Linux 8 adds more than 250 bioinformatics packages to an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS base, providing around 50 graphical applications and several hundred command-line tools. The Galaxy environment for browser-based data analysis and workflow construction is also incorporated in Bio-Linux 8. Bio-Linux 8 represents the continued commitment of NERC to maintain the platform, and comes with many updated and additional tools and libraries. With this release we support pre-prepared VM images for use with VirtualBox, VMWare or Parallels.

New story! Open source has me brainwashed

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 31, 2014 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Just a week after my first day at Red Hat, my friends were convinced that I had been brainwashed by open source culture. read more

New story! What are better alternatives to basic command line utilities

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Jul 31, 2014 11:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The command line can be scary especially at the beginning. You might even experience some command-line-induced nightmare. Over time, however, we all realize that the command line is actually not that scary, but extremely useful. In fact, the lack of shell is what gives me an ulcer every time I have to use Windows. The […]Continue reading... The post What are better alternatives to basic command line utilities appeared first on Xmodulo. No related FAQ.

New story! Podcasting patent troll: We tried to drop lawsuit against Adam Carolla

Personal Audio LLC is an East Texas shell company that gleaned national attention when it claimed it had the right to demand cash from every podcaster. The company was wielding a patent on "episodic content," which it said included anyone doing a podcast, as well as many types of online video. Now the company is trying to walk away from its highest-profile lawsuit against comedian Adam Carolla, without getting paid a penny—but Carolla won't let the case drop.

New story! Zorin OS 9 Educational Screenshot Tour

We are pleased to release Zorin OS 9 Educational. Zorin OS 9 Educational brings the latest and greatest software into the hands of students and teachers. Updated software and bug fixes ensure that your computer runs better than ever while improved hardware support and entirely new software ensures that you're getting the best experience you can, no matter which computer you use it on. All Zorin OS 9 editions are long-term support (LTS) releases which means that you'll continue to get software updates and security fixes until 2019, making it the ideal choice for large-scale deployments.

New story! Duke Professors Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With Intellectual Property Law

James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins of the Center of the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School have recognized what many people have: the academic publishing world is insane. Textbook pricing is generally insane, in part because the people who make the decision (the professors) are not the people doing the buying (the students), meaning that the buyers have little to no choice in what they buy. That enables the publishers to jack up the prices to absolutely insane rates. This even includes legal "casebooks" and "statutory supplements," which are often composed of mostly public domain material (or, legal filings where the person who put together the book had no authorship). So Boyle and Jenkins are working on an open coursebook for intellectual property, which looks like it's going to be fantastic.

New story! Red Hat rallies hardware makers with 64-bit ARM server partner program

Red Hat has upped its commitment to support servers based on the ARM processor architecture, with the formation of a new partner program specifically for vendors of 64-bit ARM hardware for the data center. The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program is aimed at both chipmakers and server builders, and its early members include AMD, American Megatrends, AppliedMicro, Broadcom, Cavium, Dell, HP, Linaro, and ARM Holdings itself

New story! Company Offering Open-Source Biological Reagents Hopes To Recapitulate Free Software's Success

It's well-known that monopolies can lead to price-gouging, which produces effects like this: "I still have no idea how people can get away with charging several thousand dollars for a milligram of recombinant protein. That's an amount that you can see with the naked eye, if your eyesight is really good, but even then, you can see it only just barely. If you had to make a recombinant protein in your undergraduate biology class, then you know that the cost of doing this is essentially the cost of highly refined sugar water (= culture media) plus the cost of highly refined salt water (= chromatography buffers)."

New story! Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

Thanks to the recent Linux support provided by DRM-free classic games provider, GOG.com, getting that nostalgic kick on Linux has never been easier. In this article I'll also detail a few of my favourite classic games that are now available to play in Linux.

New story! Magellan GPS takes Android for an RV adventure

Magellan unveiled an Android-based navigation tablet for RVs with a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, WiFi and Bluetooth, and real-time traffic updates. The RoadMate RV9490T-LMB appears to be Magellan’s first Android-based automotive GPS, and it’s specifically aimed at recreational vehicle owners. Magellan still uses Windows Mobile in many of its navigation devices.

New story! Review: Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" MATE

There were some issues with Mupen64Plus that I did not expect, and some with Compiz that I did. Leaving those aside, though, Linux Mint delivered a solid and reliable experience again, and I support the move to an only-LTS release schedule.

New story! Silicon Mechanics Gives Back

Silicon Mechanics, Inc., announced this week that Wayne State University (WSU) is the recipient of the company’s 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant. This includes donation of a complete high-performance compute cluster from Silicon Mechanics and several of its partners.

New story! open a url highlighted from anywhere on your desktop with this quick tip for Fedora

Sometimes when i am using certain applications (especially text editors), the applications themselves do not make URLs that are written out clickable and openable in my default browser. Usually, this would result in me having to highlight the link, copy it to the clipboard, switch to my web browser, open a new tab, paste the link and go.

New story! Looking for a technology job? Learn as much as you can about open source

The Friday afternoon I received an offer for an internship at Red Hat was hands down one of the most important days of my career. Every time people asked me where I was working and I saw their reactions when I told them, I knew I was a fortunate position.

New story! Women interns rocking open source at Xen Project

With mid-term evaluations just around the corner for many technology-focused summer internship programs, here's a closer look at how the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreach Program for Women (OPW) are helping mentors as well as interns.

New story! Zurmo customer relationship manager tutorial

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a critical tool – but bored customers can spell disaster. Zurmo has the answer. All businesses thrive on customers, and managing the customer relationships is one of the most important day-to-day tasks. In this guide we’re looking at customer relationship management with a twist – Zurmo, the gamified CRM that could change your customer interactions for the better.

New story! The making of the Raspberry Pi Model B+

The Director of Hardware at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, James Adams, walks through the making of the new and improved Raspberry Pi Model B+ and reveals details of the Model A+…

New story! Short Stack: OpenStack turns 4 and SAP joins the fun

This week we look at OpenStack's fourth birthday, SAP going all in on OpenStack and a conversation with OpenStack's executive director and COO.

New story! Akademy 2014 Keynotes: Sascha Meinrath and Cornelius Schumacher

Akademy 2014 will kick off on September 6 in Brno, Czech Republic; our keynote speakers will be opening the first two days. Continuing a tradition, the first keynote speaker is from outside the KDE community, while the second is somebody you all know. On Saturday, Sascha Meinrath will speak about the dangerous waters he sees our society sailing into, and what is being done to help us steer clear of the cliffs. Outgoing KDE e.V. Board President, Cornelius Schumacher, will open Sunday's sessions with a talk about what it is to be KDE and why it matters.

New story! OrFoxOS combines Firefox OS and Tor on a $25 smartphone

In today's open source roundup: OrFoxOS may offer inexpensive mobile privacy by blending Firefox OS and Tor. Plus: LibreOffice 4.3 released, and video of deathmatch play in the new Unreal Tournament game.

New story! Red Hat starts work on 64-bit ARM servers

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Jul 30, 2014 6:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: ARM, Red Hat
Red Hat and its partners are betting that 64-bit ARM processors are ready for the data center.

New story! Palm-sized mini PC projects display, uses IR for touch

TouchPico is prepping an Android 4.2 mini-PC that doubles as a pico-projector and approximates touch input via an infrared stylus and camera. It’s not enough to offer just another straight-ahead pico projector these days. Sprint’s recent, ZTE-built LivePro, for example, doubles as a mobile hotspot and features an embedded display, and Promate’s LumiTab is also a tablet. Now a startup called TouchPico offers a similarly Android-based TouchPico device that adds touch input to projected images.

New story! Linode Releases Open Source Cloud Hosting Documentation

Cloud hosting provider Linode has made the documentation for its platform open source, allowing anyone to access the information and contribute to it. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) server and cloud hosting provider Linode declared its library of guides and tutorials "open source" this week, inviting the community to peruse and contribute to the documentation for deploying cloud applications on the company's open source-friendly platform.

New story! Lawsuit threatens to break new ground on the GPL and software licensing issues

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 30, 2014 11:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and touched off another lawsuit that could prove to be a leading case on free and open source software licensing. This post takes a look at the legal issues raised by both cases and what they mean for FOSS producers and users. read more

New story! Step By Step Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) LAMP Server Setup

  • ubuntugeek.com; By ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jul 30, 2014 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Step By Step Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) LAMP Server Setup

New story! GUADEC 2014, Day Four: Hardware, New IDE for GNOME

The fourth day of GUADEC was mostly devoted to hardware. Attendees learned what it takes to integrate hardware with the desktop, how GNOME does continuous performance testing, how sandboxed apps […]

New story! Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware

The majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are susceptible to hacks that allow malicious apps to bypass a key security sandbox so they can steal user credentials, read e-mail, and access payment histories and other sensitive data, researchers have warned. The high-impact vulnerability has existed in Android since the release of version 2.1 in early 2010, researchers from Bluebox Security said.

New story! Perl as a career option

Is Perl losing its shine as it now needs to compete with many other alternative programming languages? Can Perl be considered a good career choice today? To find out, we have interviewed an experienced Perl developer and GeekUni founder Andrew Solomon.

New story! The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?!

Android is a Google product—it's designed and built from the ground up to integrate with Google services and be a cloud-powered OS. A lot of Android is open source, though, and there's nothing that says you have to use it the way that Google would prefer. With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device—so we wanted to try just that. After dusting off the Nexus 4 and grabbing a copy of the open source parts of Android, we jumped off the grid and dumped all the proprietary Google and cloud-based services you'd normally use on Android. Instead, this experiment runs entirely on open source alternatives. FOSS or bust!

New story! 6 open source tools for data journalism

When I was in journalism school back in the late 1980s, gathering data for a story usually involved hours of poring over printed documents or microfiche. A lot has changed since then. While printed resources are still useful, more and more information is available to journalists on the web. That’s helped fuel a boom in what’s come to be known as data journalism. At its most basic, data journalism is the act of finding and telling stories using data—like census data, crime statistics, demographics, and more.

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