New story! The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014. The list is formed of specialist distributions which have a unique quality, such as the ability to run from a USB drive or dedicated to gaming.

New story! Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

  • Opensource.com; By Jen Wike Huger (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Opensource.com. Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

New story! Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through … Continue reading

New story! Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office handed out patents on human genes for about 30 years, but genomic patents were blocked after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year. The patent holder in that case, Myriad Genetics, had patented a test on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test shows mutations that reveal which women are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA test is substantially cheaper in countries where it wasn't patented, such as Canada.

After losing its case, Myriad didn't give up. Instead, it quickly filed a new round of lawsuits, trying to keep competitors like Ambry Genetics out of the business of BRCA testing. The new suits named different patents, which instead of simply claiming the gene itself, included "method" claims and also discussed the use of DNA "primers"—an entirely lab-made substance which Myriad lawyers said were still open to being patented.

New story! Pirate Bay alternatives

As you may have heard, the Pirate Bay was raided and is down as I write this post. The closure of the Pirate Bay has generated a lot of discussions online, and many people have been looking for alternative torrenting sites. Fortunately, there was an interesting thread on Reddit about that very topic and one redditor was kind enough to post a list of alternative torrent sites.

New story! Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, and more

Hello, gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, Godot engine 1.0, and news on Linux game releases! Open source and Linux games roundup Week of December 13 - 19, 2014 read more

New story! Advance your OpenStack with new guides and howtos

  • Opensource.com; By Jason Baker (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Cloud
The cloud is the future, and now is the time to start learning more about how you can use OpenStack to solve your organization's IT infrastructure needs. Fortunately, we're here to help with that.

New story! Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is the Biggest Update in Years, Features Plasma 5 by Default

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing.

New story! Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

The privilege of getting the first Ubuntu phone on the market belongs to Bq, which will release its Aquaris e4.5 device to the European public in February, 2015.

New story! Android Candy: Google Keep

I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much, I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison, I forced myself to try Google Keep.

New story! Most important open source news of the year

This is a Special Edition of our weekly open source news roundup, as we look back at the top news stories in 2014! I looked most closely at news in the areas of business, government, and education. There has also been some remarkable news where you would not expect, on how open source is helping to make a difference and the world a better place.

New story! Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014

Epic hacks, major vulnerabilities, and other security surprises rolled across the Internet like a tidal wave in 2014. We thought we'd seen it all after an SSL vulnerability pierced the heart of the Internet and the crypto world lost a major asset. But then Sony (once again) fell prey to one of the most devastating cyberattacks ever.

New story! Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
oogle is planning to expand its Android Auto project into a full-fledged “Android M” automotive stack within the next year or two, says Reuters.

New story! The helpful stranger and meaning of open source

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Dec 19, 2014 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
I’ve been a software engineer for almost 15 years now, and although I didn't realize it at the time, I’ve been working with open source software from the get-go. From basic GNU command line utilities to C compilers, open source was there from the start. read more

New story! Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 review

In today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0. Plus: The importance of mentors in open source, and WordPress 4.1 has been released.

New story! Cloud 5: 2015 cloud jobs outlook, sunny cloud forecast, open source PaaS options

This week, we look at five open source PaaS options, the cloud job forecast for 2015 (it's looking good) and a sunny outlook for cloud computing in general in 2015 as it finally finds its footing in the enterprise.

New story! WordPress 4.1 is Now Available: Here’s What’s New

  • CMS Observer (Posted by SiniX on Dec 19, 2014 4:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
WordPress released version 4.1 of its CMS and it's available either for directly download or updating from dashboard.

New story! Fedora 21 Desktop Installation Steps with Screenshots

Fedora is an open source Linux based operating system.Fedora Operating system is available for Desktops, Servers and cloud.

New story! Take Your Hats Off To Fedora Linux 21

  • Linux.About.Com; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Dec 19, 2014 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
This week's news includes reviews of Puppy, Kali and Fedora, the best XFCE distros and the 6 must have applications for Linux

New story! How to rename multiple files on Linux

  • Xmodulo; By Xmodulo (Posted by xmodulo on Dec 19, 2014 1:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In Linux, when you want to change a file name, mv command gets the job done. However, mv cannot rename multiple files using wildcard. There are ways to deal with multiple files by using a combination of sed, awk or find in combination of xargs. However, these are rather cumbersome and not user-friendly.

New story! How to block referrer spam bots

Referrer spam requests are requests for some pages with a faked referrer string (where the user came from). Normally this is just annoying as it appears in your webstats. But sites could be hit by many requests within short period of time affecting server performance.

New story! Git thee behind me, Git client bug!

GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade, as soon as possible. News of the flaw was announced at GMANE and GitHub has confirmed the existence of the flaw and issued a recommendation for “all users of GitHub and GitHub Enterprise to update their Git clients as soon as possible.”

New story! Myriad Loses Appeals Court Bid to Block Breast Cancer Tests

Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN) can’t block competitors’ DNA tests to determine risk for breast and ovarian cancer after a U.S. appeals court said three patents on the tests never should have been issued.

The patents cover products of nature and ideas that aren’t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted today on the court’s docket. The court upheld a trial judge’s decision to allow the competing tests, including those made by Ambry Genetics Corp., to remain on the market.

New story! Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

Not to be outdone by the FSF and looking to appeal to more cosmopolitan tastes, Linux Mint will change over the course of the year to something a little more contemporary and stylish. It becomes Linux Merlot, with a bouquet that resonates from the north side of the vineyard. The distro will have a more celebratory nature and it will go a lot better with most cheeses.

New story! I’m running Fedora 21 with Wayland, and so far (almost) everything is working just fine

After saying I wouldn’t jump into a Fedora 21 upgrade, I rather quickly had a change of heart and mind, ran a Fedup upgrade and am now running Fedora 21 on my go-to HP Pavilion g6 laptop. With Wayland.

New story! Master ExifTool Basics with Practical ExifTool

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Dec 19, 2014 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
digiKam, darktable, RawTherapee, and other open source photo management applications allow you to read and tweak metadata, but it’s fair to say that none of them can compete with ExifTool in terms of sheer power, flexibility, and speed.

New story! The Difference Between Wi-Fi Security Protocols: WPA2-AES vs WPA2-TKIP

Setting up encryption on your wireless router is one of the most important things you can do for your network security, but your router probably offers various different options—WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) among the alphabet soup. How-To Geek explains which one to choose for a faster, more secure home network.

New story! Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

More facts needed before class-action suit can proceed A US District Court judge has cast doubt on an antitrust lawsuit filed against Google, describing the damages sought as "speculative."…

New story! WordPress 4.1 and distraction free writing mode

WordPress 4.1 is out and one of its best new features is a revised “distraction free writing mode.” I seem to remember that it had something like this before, but it was not as well implemented as it is in WordPress 4.1. Now, when you push the distraction free writing mode button, everything else fades away except what you need to write your post.

New story! Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Dec 18, 2014 11:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
There are lots of Linux laptops, but none that have the Free Software Foundation's blessings. That may change.

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