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Ubuntu 14.01 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

  • The Register; By Scott Gilbertson (Posted by bob on Apr 22, 2014 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The future is here, or at least the next five years of it for Ubuntu fans. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.04 Long-Term Support (LTS) release, meaning the Linux shop will be supporting this distro until 2019. Significantly, this is likely the first look that more conservative users will get at the direction Ubuntu has been pursuing since the release of 12.04 back in 2012. As I noted in the beta review, Ubuntu LTS releases understandably tend toward the conservative end of the spectrum when it comes to new features. You're not going to see Unity 8 in this release, nor will there be any trace of the Mir graphics stack which Canonical is hoping will one day support both its desktop and mobile offerings. However, for those who only upgrade when LTS releases come around, the picture is much different. The changes since 12.04 (the last LTS release) are significant and – apart from one major exception – very welcome.

Pogoplug Safeplug review – anonymous browsing instantly

Can a cheap, Linux-powered black box from a cloud storage specialist offer the reassurance of privacy in a post-Snowden world of paranoia?

Android kitchen computers offer transparent touchscreens

Cloudproject and Elam Kitchen have launched a line of Android-based home furnishings and appliances that feature transparent multitouch displays. Embedded technology firm Cloudproject Generation S.r.l. and Elam Kitchen of the Tisettanta Group have begun shipping the first in their series of computers that offer transparent displays built into windows and mirrors. The two Italian firms […]

How to download webcomics from the command line on Linux

Do you never miss a new strip from xkcd? Read webcomics regularly? Or would you like to back up all the strips of your favorite website? Hopefully, the open source community has the solution: a command line program to download all your favorite webcomics from your terminal. Before we begin, remember that you should keep […]Continue reading... The post How to download webcomics from the command line on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to access Amazon S3 cloud storage from command line in Linux How to download YouTube playlist in Linux How to sync Google Drive from the command line on Linux How to check Internet speed from the command line on Linux How to access Dropbox from the command line in Linux

5 key insights on the transition from Windows to Linux

  • opensource.com; By Robin Isard (Posted by bob on Apr 21, 2014 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
When I began my current job at Algoma University as the systems librarian, I really had no idea what I was getting into. Despite a decade in library information technology (IT), I felt nervous over my primary task: to help develop and administer Evergreen, an open source library catalogue system. The problem? My experience was almost totally in the world of Windows.

Embedded tech and use of Linux at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference

This year I attended my first GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California (it took place the week after the Game Developers Conference). Hosted by NVIDIA, the event featured a range of talks from a large array of market segments including automotive, motion picture, gaming, scientific, cloud, system integrators, and startups.

Oracle issues Heartbleed update

  • Oracle (Posted by bob on Apr 21, 2014 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: MySQL
Global Product Security has determined that the following products have used OpenSSL cryptographic libraries which have been reported as vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160. Oracle has issued fixes for these products. Further mitigation instructions required to prevent the exploitation of this vulnerability may also be provided at a later time.

Microservers and the hurry up and wait conundrum

  • ZDNet; By Larry Dignan (Posted by bob on Apr 20, 2014 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: ARM, Linux
Fifteen years ago Linux was going to take over the world. Today, Linux is everywhere and no one blinks when a company builds on an open source stack. Microservers may be the same way. But this revolution will take some time to play out. In our microserver special report, Nick Heath noted that microservers, ARM and Intel-based, are being used for specific workloads such as serving Web content, but enterprises are all about multipurpose computing for a wide range of applications.

Emmabuntüs: A philanthropist’s GNU/Linux

Emmabuntüs is a desktop GNU/Linux distribution which originated in France with a humanitarian mission. It was designed with 4 primary objectives – refurbishing of computers given to humanitarian organizations like the Emmaüs communities, promoting GNU/Linux among beginners, extending the life of older equipments and reducing waste by over-consumption of raw materials.

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.

Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

  • Network World; By Tony Bradley (Posted by bob on Apr 19, 2014 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

Ubuntu 14.04 ships with tablet support and improved touch

Canonical released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with five-year support, enhanced touchscreen support, and the first stable build of Ubuntu for Tablets. Back in November 2011 when Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu would support apps that ran on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs, Ubuntu 14.04 was heralded as the “convergence” release that would […]

Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds

Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity.

Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

Everything's been hacked! Change all your passwords but not yet! Security experts cut through the Heartbleed hype. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

Ubuntu 14.04: Smoother than earlier versions (Gallery)

It's smooth, pretty, and, in short, it's the nicest Ubuntu Linux desktop that's ever been.

Image Manipulation with ImageMagick

I've spent a lot of time in my column talking about text processing and analysis, with the basic assumption that if you're using the command line, you're focused on text.

Flight 370-hunting autonomous sub runs Linux

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Apr 18, 2014 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Linux-based Bluefin-21 automated minisub now leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may need to be pushed beyond its 2.8 mile depth limit. The massive, 40-day air and sea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now come down to this: one 16-foot, autonomous yellow submarine that runs on Linux.

Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram. The phone will be announced in June and ship in September, reports the WSJ. The unnamed phone is said to display 3D images using retina tracking technology.

Kill-switch coming to smartphones

  • MobileTechNews (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 2:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mobile
The CTIA announced an industry initiative to mandate "kill switch" and to "impose tough penalties against those caught stealing devices or modifying them illegally".

Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package? With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well.

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