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One Uncles gift of Linux

The year was 1996. December 1996 to be more precise. I had just finished my first semester of college and was spending Christmas at my uncle's apartment in Port Jefferson, New York. My uncle was a PhD student studying computational geometry and eager to show me some of his work. He was especially interested in telling me about this free Unix-like operating system that came with a book he had bought.

Linus Torvalds Says 2016 Will Be the Year of the ARM Laptop

Linus Torvalds took the stage at the latest LinuxCon 2015 that took place in Dublin, Ireland, and talked about a number of things, including security and the future for Linux on ARM hardware.

Top 5 open source desktop email clients

Mobile and web technologies still haven't made the desktop obsolete, and despite some regular claims to the contrary, desktop clients don't seem to be going away any time soon.

A First Look at IBM's New Linux Servers

Today, IBM announces the latest of its Power Systems line of high-end servers. These are the Power Systems S812LC, the Power Systems S822LC (for commercial computing) and the high-performance Power Systems S822LC. All of them are custom-built for Linux.

Quirky 7.2 Screenshot Tour

The latest incarnation is version 7.2. A brief statement about this release: Since the previous release of Quirky, there have been steady improvements, nothing really dramatic, but lots of things here and there. As well, various packages have been updated or improved. Significant updates include SeaMonkey and Samba, and a new application, Dia. One new minor application is PupWhoIs, a front-end for the 'whois' utility. A major structural change is the doing-away with /usr/X11R7, the path where T2 compiled Xorg into -- now, Xorg is in /usr, in line with all other distros. The kernel has been upgraded to version 4.1.7.

systemd 227 Is a Major Release That Adds a Lot of Awesome New Features

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Oct 8, 2015 7:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lennart Poettering announced the release of the systemd 227 init system for GNU/Linux operating systems.

Install CakePHP 3.0 on a CentOS VPS

  • RoseHosting Blog; By Admin (Posted by RoseHosting on Oct 8, 2015 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Today we are going to show you how to install CakePHP 3.0 on your Linux VPS. CakePHP is a rapid development PHP framework. It allows you to build web applications quickly without complex configurations. It is secure and licensed under the MIT license which makes it a very suitable framework for web developers.

Tiny COM Express Mini module is first to tap Braswell

Congatec’s Linux-friendly “Conga-MA4” COM appears to be the world’s first COM Express Mini-sized module to incorporate Intel’s 14nm, 7W TDP “Braswell” SoCs. The roughly credit card-sized COM Express Mini form-factor has emerged as a popular, standardized computer-on-module format in recent months, as seen by new Intel Bay Trail based products from Aaeon, Arbor, CompuLab, Congatec, […]

Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 15.09 Released with Visual Refinements, Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS

The Manjaro community, through Ringo de Kroon, announced the release of the Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 15.09 Community Edition operating system.

Zynq-based hacker board has FPGA, BT, and WiFi too

Krtkl’s $60 “Snickerdoodle” SBC is aimed at robots and drones, and runs Linux on an ARM/FPGA Zynq-7000. You get WiFi, BT, 154 GPIOs, and expansion options. The Snickerdoodle appears to be the most affordable single-board computers yet to run on the Xilinx Zynq system-on-chip, which combines dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores along with an FPGA subsystem. […]

Proposed Principles for Content Blocking

Content blocking has become a hot issue across the Web and mobile ecosystems. It was already becoming pervasive on desktop, and now Apple’s iOS has made it possible to develop iOS applications whose purpose is to block content. This caused … Continue reading

Linux Security: Lock Down a New System Immediately

How quickly will a newly commissioned system be attacked? Here's my recent experience.

The Ubuntu Conspiracy

A recent rumor has sparked waves of fear and outrage throughout the Linux community. The word is that Microsoft is in secret negotiations to purchase Canonical, the Ubuntu company.

Linux Mint Devs Want to Know How Many Gamers Are Using the OS

The Linux Mint developers are polling the Linux community to find out how many people are playing games and what they can do to improve the things on their side.

Quick and Dirty intro to Git

Today I would like to share a “quick and dirty” introduction to utilizing the git command with a new repository. Instead of aiming to be comprehensive guide, this article today will instead aim to explain the minimum number of commands you need to get started “pushing” and “pulling” commits from your git repository.

Why and how to plan lightning talks

For the last two years, we had only lightning talks and workshops at the ownCloud Contributor Conference. As chair of the paper committee at Akademy, I introduced a single morning track of lightning talks that turned out to be an exceptionally good model for creation-type events like ours. Your event might benefit from lightning talks too—here's why and how to plan them.

Valve Makes SteamOS 2.0 the Official Distro, Now Based on Debian 8.2

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 7, 2015 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Valve is making SteamOS 2.0 the official version supported by the company, and it looks like it might ship with the Steam Machines after all.

Open Network Linux Simplifies Open Compute Project Switch Configuration

  • TechCrunch; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Oct 7, 2015 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Open Network Linux is bringing together a disparate set of tasks into a unified and flexible OS, that could reduce the complexity of configuring Open Compute Project networking switches.

How to move the needle in open source

One of the many talks at All Things Open 2015 this year will cover how you can contribute to open source while making a difference and have a lasting impact. The talk will be give by Guy Martin, director of open source strategy at Autodesk, and Nithya Ruff, director of open source strategy at SanDisk. Both have a wide range of experience in open source, from development to marketing, advocacy, and community. I caught up with them and asked them a few questions ahead of their talk: Many ways to move the needle in open source. In this interview, Guy and Nithya share what their first contributions to open source were, some advice they have for people starting out in open source, and more.

KDE Signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0

KDE e.V. President Lydia Pintscher explains "I believe that in today’s world where more and more of our daily life depends on technology it is crucial that people have control over that technology. You should be empowered to know what your technology does and you should be empowered to influence it. This is at the core of Free Software. Unfortunately it is not at the core of most of the technology people interact with every day – quite the opposite – walled gardens and locks wherever you look with few exceptions. "KDE is working hard to provide you with technology that you control every single day so you are empowered and the one ultimately in charge of your technology, data and life – the basis for freedom for many today. This is written down in the first sentence of our manifesto: “We are a community of technologists, designers, writers and advocates who work to ensure freedom for all people through our software.”

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