New story! 3 million users and hiring at edX

There is a long list of sites powered by Open edX, a platform hoping to be powerful and extensible enough that education experts can use it not only to run courses, but to try out new ideas for how to educate online. See the full list on GitHub. In this interview, I spoke with Ned Batchelder of Open edX about his team (photo below, Ned is in blue) who he says are working to make the platform "the best place to experiment with new ideas, and then share those ideas with other educators who can build on them and make their own improvements." Let's see how they're looking to reach that goal today.

New story! Big Data Specialist MapR Updates Hadoop Distribution with Apache Drill

The newest version of MapR's Hadoop distribution features Apache Drill for simpler interfacing between NoSQL and SQL data, among other updates. Open source Big Data vendor MapR expanded the functionality of its Hadoop distribution this week with the announcement of MapR 4.0.1, whose headlining feature is Apache Drill 0.5 integration.

New story! Expanding Reach in Asia: Telenor Group Brings Firefox OS Smartphones to Bangladesh

Just weeks after launching the first Firefox OS devices in India, we are pleased to announce Firefox OS is available to more consumers across Asia with today’s launch in Bangladesh. At a press conference in Dhaka, Grameenphone, the local operator … Continue reading

New story! Linux Top 3: Fedora 21 Delayed, SystemRescueCD and Raspian Update

There is saying that used to be commonly attributed to when Debian Linux distributions would be released. That saying is - "it's done, when it's done."

New story! Open source all the tasks

I am very proud to belong to a generation of professionals who has seen the emergence of free and open software and the revolution it is today.

New story! KDE Developer Says Community Managers Are a Fraud and a Farce

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 16, 2014 12:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The community managers play a very important role in the open source community and they usually shape up the projects they work on, but it looks like not everyone agrees with their function.

New story! Linux/UNIX xargs command examples

xargs command is very handy when combined with other commands. By default it expects input from STDIN. xargs command is very handy when combined with other commands. By default it expects input from STDIN.xargs is basically used to enhance the output of the initial command and utilize the output for performing numerous operations.

New story! 10 ways The Nature of Code is open

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 16, 2014 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I recently came across a fascinating book, The Nature of Code by Daniel Shiffman. It is an introduction to using software tools to better understand the way things interact in nature. Shiffman employs animations and visualizations to create this joyful understanding of simulation and the world around us. From a simple oscilating pendulum, to a group of many interacting particles, to the general patterns of a flock of birds. Here are 10 reasons why you will love this book after reading the first few pages: read more

New story! Another World Now Available For Linux, Plus Cheese's Thoughts And Some Words From Icculus

  •; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Sep 16, 2014 9:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Eric Chahi's renowned cinematic platformer makes its Linux debut. Read inside for details, plus some quotes from Linux porter Ryan C. Gordon.

New story! How to create a software RAID-1 array with mdadm on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Sep 16, 2014 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a storage technology that combines multiple hard disks into a single logical unit to provide fault-tolerance and/or improve disk I/O performance. Depending on how data is stored in an array of disks (e.g., with striping, mirroring, parity, or any combination thereof), different RAID levels are defined (e.g., RAID-0, […]Continue reading... The post How to create a software RAID-1 array with mdadm on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to backup a hard disk on Linux How to clean up disk space on Linux How to set up a Samba file server to use with Windows clients What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to manage LVM volumes on CentOS / RHEL 7 with System Storage Manager

New story! Linux Tech Support & Time Warner

With a sigh of resignation. I got myself into the support call queue and waited about ten minutes for my turn. Finally, “Bradley” informed me that he was pleased to help me and would I be good enough to tell him the nature of my problem. Just a tad grumpy from his enthusiasm, I ‘splained what was going on.

New story! What HP Gains In Eucalyptus Cloud Deal

  • InformationWeeks; By Charles Babcock (Posted by Collin_O on Sep 16, 2014 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud, HP
HP is acquiring Eucalyptus Systems, the supplier of open-source software that is compatible with the Amazon Web Services cloud.

New story! About Linux Weekly Roundup - End of Bodhi, Linux Myths Debunked and Turin turns to Linux

  •; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Sep 16, 2014 3:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
In this week's news, Bodhi reaches a turning point, Matt Hartley debunks some Linux Myths, Turin turns to Linux, guides for running twitter from the command line and installing and using SSH. Also, Plasma 5 reviewed.

New story! Rugged COM Express module taps quad-core AMD SoC

Hectronic’s Linux-ready “H6066″ COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers a quad-core AMD G-Series SoC, soldered memory, and optional -40 to 85?C operation. Like Hectronic’s Qseven form-factor H6069 computer-on-module, the Linux-enabled H6066 uses the Embedded G-Series SoC (system-on-chip) with AMD Radeon HD 8000E graphics with AMD’s Open CL support. However, instead of the dual-core version […]

New story! The Court's Own Words: Life Without Title II Has Online Discrimination, Paid Prioritization, Exclusive Deals, And Maybe Blocking

To hear Tom Wheeler and most of the big broadband players explain the net neutrality situation, the appeals court decision back in February laid out a "roadmap" for the FCC to continue to use Section 706 for its open internet rules. But that's not actually true. It's a clear misrepresentation of what the court actually said.

The language of the Verizon decision by the DC Circuit court is pretty clear: unless the FCC rests its rules in Title II of the Communications Act, the FCC must permit the carriers to engage in discrimination, charge access fees, cut exclusive deals, and perhaps block websites. Despite this, the FCC is proposing to use Section 706 (again), rather than Title II, and the court already ruled that Section 706 does not authorize network neutrality in January.

New story! Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

Security researchers have demonstrated a hack that allowed them to get into the web interface of a Canon Pixma printer before modifying its firmware to run the classic 90s computer game Doom.

New story! New features for OpenStack networking, web dashboard improvements, and more

  •; By Jason Baker (Posted by bob on Sep 15, 2014 11:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Cloud
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

New story! Android Apps On Chromebooks Could Introduce Complications In The Enterprise

End users are going to love having Android apps on their Chromebooks, but IT might not be as thrilled because the addition of apps could potentially make these secure machines much less so by introducing malware and viruses.

New story! How network virtualization is used as a security tool

When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.

New story! How to install Ruby and Ruby on Rails on CentOS

Ruby is a fun programming Language, mostly because it is easy to Learn, Here is a small tutorial on howto install it and use it with Rails

New story! Fanless mini-PC runs Linux on Via QuadCore E-Series

Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “Artigo A1300″ mini-PC uses a new Via QuadCore E-Series CPU and VX11PH GPU, and offers dual HDMI, GbE, and optional 3G and WiFi. The $550 Artigo A1300 is one of a long line of Linux-ready Via Artigo mini-PCs, such as the circa 2010 Artigo A1100. The fanless, 7.28 x 6.38 x 1.75-inch […]

New story! Installing, troubleshooting MongoDB 2.6.4 startup failure on Fedora 20

  •; By finid (Posted by finid on Sep 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The latest stable edition of MongoDB is version 2.6.4, but the version available in the repositories of Linux distributions, including Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu, is version 2.4.6. There are functions available on version 2.6.4 that are not supported in version 2.4.6, so if you are taking any of the online classes provided by MongoDB, Inc, you should be running version 2.6.4.

New story! Petition Started for 64-bit and Linux Support on Intel Atom Bay Trail Tablets

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 15, 2014 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Intel Atom Bay Trail tablets have been out for a few months already, but none of the hardware vendors is providing 64-bit firmware builds for them, which means that you can't install any Linux distros.

New story! OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 15, 2014 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It seems like for governments, openness is one of those things that "says easy, does hard"

New story! Emulate Ubuntu Touch

Aid development for and generally test out Canonical’s own phone and tablet OS using the Ubuntu Touch emulator

New story! Better font support in LibreOffice on Fedora

Fedora and LibreOffice developer Caolán McNamara recently blogged about some fonts (specifically some fonts for OSX) not showing up in the font chooser in LibreOffice on Linux. It turns out […]

New story! Micro Focus Acquiring Attachmate for $2.3B

  • Enterprise Apps Today; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 15, 2014 1:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
Attachmate remember is the company that owns SUSE Linux

New story! Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

  • The Register; By John Leyden (Posted by bob on Sep 15, 2014 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Freenode's IRC server was compromised and passwords were likely sniffed by unidentified hackers, prompting a warning to users that they should reset their passwords as a precaution.

New story! 5 great apps backed with open data has taken open source to heart. Beyond just providing open data and open source code, the entire process involves open civic engagement. All team ideas, public interactions, and new ideas (from any interaction) are cross-posted and entered in Github. These are tracked openly and completed to milestones for full transparency. We also recently redesigned the website at through usability testing and open engagement on Github. read more

New story! How to lobby for open source and Linux in schools

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 15, 2014 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
About eight years ago, I started lobbying to bring more Linux and open source software to high schools and higher IT vocational institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Here's how I did it and what you can learn from it to do the same where you live. read more

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