New story! 2014 Calligra Sprint in Deventer

From the fourth to the sixth of July, the Calligra team got together in sunny Deventer (Netherlands) for the yearly developer sprint at the same location as the last Krita sprint. Apart from seeing the sights and having our group photo in front of one of the main attractions of this quaint old Dutch town in the province of Overijssel, namely the cheese shop (and much cheese was taken home by the Calligra hackers, as well as stroopwafels from the Saturday market) we spent our time planning the future of Calligra and doing some healthy hacking and bug fixing!

New story! LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Jul-2014



LXer Feature: 27-Jul-2014

In the Roundup this week we have part 2 of 10 Raspberry Pi upgrades, a review of the best Linux browsers of which Pale Moon is my favorite, an "average guy's" review of living witrh Debian for two years and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

New story! Mine Bitcoins with Raspberry Pi

The concept of cryptocurrencies has come about in recent years as a sort of reaction to the way standard currencies are controlled. Cryptocurrenices such as Bitcoin are decentralised and not controlled by any one entity. In the past couple of years, Bitcoin has taken off to become a very valuable commodity, with whole Bitcoins becoming worth hundreds of pounds. While you can trade your standard currency for a Bitcoin, you can also mine them with a working computer.

New story! GOG has released 50 games for Linux

GOG.com, formerly known as Good Old Games, is a popular digital gaming platform for distribution successful, mainly older, classic PC games. In 2012, the Linux community asked for the Linux games on the GOGs wishlist. Today, 2 years later, the waiting has finally come to an end - 50 games has been released for Linux.

New story! Get OpenVPN up and running, enjoy your privacy

  • Parabing Creations; By Christos Varelas (Posted by subZraw on Jul 27, 2014 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Cloud
We are fanatic supporters of privacy. Not so much because we have super secrets to hide, but because we consider privacy as a basic human right. So we believe that anytime anyone chooses to exercise that right on the net, then they should have unencumbered access to all the necessary tools and services.

New story! How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

  • Gizmodo; By Andrew Tarantola (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2014 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Multimedia
Our render farm is all open source and is quite substantial. We have roughly 1000 Linux nodes between the two facilities and the majority of our artists run on Linux as well, though we have a few Mac boxes for Photoshop and other packages that can’t run on Linux.

New story! Simple Trick to Speed Up Chrome Browser

  • International Business Times; By Vinod Yalburgi (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2014 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Android, Linux
Fine-tuning the software settings of smartphones and desktop computers to unlock the hidden potential of the devices will deliver faster performance.

New story! Was This Bill Gates’ Worst Mistake?

  • Motley Fool; By Jamal Carnette (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2014 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
While one can never have certainty in alternate-reality scenarios, it's safe to say that Apple benefited greatly from Microsoft in a time when the company needed help. Decades later, by refining the mobile experience Apple has done a great deal to provide headwinds to Microsoft.

New story! Sleep tracker, Deepin Linux

  • Free Press Journal; By FPJ Journal (Posted by bob on Jul 26, 2014 11:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Distributions
Deepin, which interestingly enough comes from China, describes itself as “distribution that aims to provide an elegant, user-friendly, and stable operating system.” It includes not just the “best the open source world has to offer”, but also ships its own desktop environment, called DDE or Deepin Desktop Environment, based on HTML5 technologies.

New story! GUADEC 2014, Day One

GUADEC 2014 is taking place in Strasbourg. Because GNOME has been the default desktop environment in Fedora from the very beginning, and is going to be the environment for Fedora […]

New story! Darkwood Arrives To Scare Linux Gamers

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Jul 26, 2014 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Darkwood is an interesting take on the horror and survival genre with a top down perspective and a really dark setting.

New story! Six Clicks: The best Linux desktop environments

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Jul 26, 2014 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, Linux offers a wide variety of desktop environments. Here are my picks of the most important of these PC interfaces.

New story! GOGs offers up Linux games, Steam Controller speculation, and more

Back in March, the digital games distribution site GOG.com (which, believe it or not, is owned by Poland's CD Projekt RED) announced it would be adding support for Linux. This week, ahead of schedule, 50 games were released on the site with support for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Most of the games on the list were already released with Linux support, but a few notables are out on Linux for the first time.

New story! Create an online RSS reader

Since Google Reader was discontinued a few months ago, uers have been looking for a replacement. While some people have turned to commercial services such as Digg Reader and Feedly, the best solution is to create your own, customisable feed reader hosted entirely on your own computer or home server.

New story! This Handbook Explains How to Hack a Car

  • Motherboard; By Joseph Cox (Posted by bob on Jul 26, 2014 11:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The aptly titled the Car Hacker's Handbook 2014 opens with, “Congratulations! You just purchased your first real Owners manual.” It continues, “This manual doesn't focus on what all those dashboard lights are, but on how to control them.” If you read all the way through, and understand its content, “it will detail how to perform a full security evaluation of your vehicle.” In other words, hack it.

New story! Moving to LibreOffice saves Toulouse 1 million

Toulouse, France's fourth largest city, has saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops to LibreOffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools. "Free software and open source in general is now an established part of the city’s comprehensive digital policy,....."

New story! Ripe Linux Nits To Pick

Since at least the Maya 13 release we’ve had fits with the Nvidia driver and fonts in KDE. Sure the recommended driver installs fine, but upon the mandatory reboot, all is not well in Linuxland. While the actual desktop and the bottom panel display properly, anything that has anything to do with fonts is wonky. They are huge.

New story! How do team dynamics relate to open source?

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 26, 2014 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recently I had the opportunity to watch a soccer game (football to the majority of the world). This game was one of the most amazing displays of team effort I’ve ever had the privilege of watching. (Here’s an obligatory link if you don’t know to which game I refer). Almost every score was predicated with a series of passes and touches by various players. There was a level of unselfish play and team spirit I don’t often see when observing professional sports. read more

New story! Autonomous sub powers up with Wheezy on Haswell

Cornell University’s “Gemini” AUV will compete in next week’s 2014 RoboSub competition. The sub runs Debian Linux on an Intel Core-based computer-on-module. The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team’s Gemini AUV will enter next week’s 17th Annual International RoboSub competition with the help of Adlink, whose “Express-HL” COM Express style computer-on-module will power the […]

New story! Wireless speakers stream audio from web and WLAN

Denon debuted a line of Sonos-like wireless multi-room HiFi speakers that stream audio from both Internet and local sources, and run on embedded Linux. Like the similarly Linux-powered devices available from Sonos, Denon’s “Heos” wireless streaming speakers offer multi-room (multi-speaker) synchronized audio, and can deliver multiple audio streams from disparate sources to individual speakers or stereo-configured speaker pairs distributed around the home.

New story! Quickly generate QR codes with quearcode on Fedora

  • Fedora Magazine; By Ryan Lerch (Posted by bob on Jul 26, 2014 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
I sometimes use a QR code to give to people so they can scan quickly to enter a long wireless key into their phone without having to type out the […]

New story! KDE Ships Third Beta of Applications and Platform 4.14

  • KDE.news; By Mario Fux (Posted by bob on Jul 25, 2014 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: KDE, Linux
KDE has released the third beta of the 4.14 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested!

New story! Zettaset Offers Hadoop Big Data Security Apps as Standalones

Zettaset will soon offer individual components of its Orchestrator security and management software for Hadoop and NoSQL Big Data platforms as standalone applications, starting with the data-encryption module.

New story! Feral Interactive Are Teasing New Linux Games

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Jul 25, 2014 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Feral Interactive are little devils as they sent out a link earlier to a teaser page of new ports for Mac & Linux, but what ones will be on Linux?

New story! Happy SysAdmin Day!

Today is July 25 and that can mean only one thing — it’s SysAdmin Day 2014! SysAdmin Day is one day every year when we express gratitude and thanks to […]

New story! How to Fix a Mangled Partition Table on Linux

  • Linux.com; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Jul 25, 2014 6:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
A good tool for repairing partition tables and recovering files is TestDisk. TestDisk operates on both the legacy MBR and the newfangled GPT (see Using the New GUID Partition Table in Linux (Goodbye Ancient MBR)) . TestDisk is in most Linux repos, and on SystemRescueCD.

New story! ownCloud 7 Release Enhances Open Source Private Clouds

The recently released open source ownCloud 7 Community Edition introduces an innovative way to share files securely between private clouds, as well as interface enhancements and better ways to work with Microsoft Word documents.

New story! The Barnaby Jack Few Knew: Celebrated Hacker Saw Spotlight as 'Necessary Evil'

When celebrated computer hacker Barnaby Jack died suddenly a year ago at the age of 35, headlines around the world touted the Steve Jobs-style pizazz he brought to cyber-security conferences and his show-stopping stunts such as breaking into ATMs and pacemakers. In hacker circles, he was known as the life of the party.

New story! Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS released

In today's open source roundup: Canonical releases an update to Ubuntu 14.04. Plus: The NY Times bashes open source for not making enough money, and a review of Deepin 2014.

New story! What I Learned from Edward Snowden at the Hacker Conference

It was 1 PM last Saturday and Edward Snowden was about to be televised. His audience was the crowd at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference, a group of people no one would ever mistake for attendees at a political convention. Amid the sea of black clothing were many unconventional fashion statements: purple bandanas and balloon pants, and tartan kilts, and white robes, and green hair.

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