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9 reasons to use KDE

I really like the command line interface (CLI) in Linux. It bestows great power upon its users, and I spend a good deal of time availing myself of those powers. And yet without the GUI desktop I would still be limited. It is through the combination of the GUI and the command line that I find the power of Linux to be more fully realized. read more

Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Apr 14, 2015 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hit and miss? Or on the money? Speak your brains Poll Radio 4 has dipped a toe into Lake Geek with a five part series looking at computer languages. Or more accurately the history and reputation of four computer languages: Fortran, Cobol, Basic and Java.…

Desktop Linux Made Easy

Ask any casual Linux enthusiast whether Linux is easy to use and they'll tell you once installed, it's very simple to navigate. The problem with the Linux desktop in 2015 isn't how easy the desktop environment(s) are to work with, but whether the applications provided are easy enough for the average user at a workstation.

New Tech Trash to the Landfill

We’re talking about thousands of dollars worth of stuff that the kids we serve can use. So why don’t they do the right thing and donate this merchandise to organizations such as ours instead of throwing it away? Because they don’t want to do the paperwork. It’s the way business is done. That’s fine and I understand. But that doesn’t make it suck any less.

Scientific Linux 7.1 Screencast

Scientific Linux 7.1 has been released. SL 7.1 now includes easy access to the ZFS on Linux yum repos. With SL 7.1 OpenAFS has been updated to version 1.6.11 the latest upstream stable.

The makerspace is the next open source frontier

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 14, 2015 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome back, folks, to our third installment of my Six Degrees column. Thanks for the wondrous support over the past two installments. As always, keep your feedback flowing in the comments and feel free to drop me an email if you have topics you would like me to delve into. For this month's column, I want to dig into what I consider to be an important topic: how open source can provide the guardrails for a new generation of innovators. read more

HP: We're not leaving the public cloud

Several days after HP seemed to announce that it was going to stop offering public cloud services, the company is now stating that it will continue to offer its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.

Wordpress: An Installation Guide for Ubuntu Linux (LAMP) and Windows (WAMP)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Apr 13, 2015 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Wordpress is a free and open source blogging tool and CMS used by millions of people in the world. Its simplicity, power and flexibility places it as a top choice for people to use and developers to recommend. It has come a long way from its release in May, 2013. It consists of tons of themes, plugins and features that help the user to obtain speed, security and reliability.

Search Engine with Apache Nutch, MongoDB and Elasticsearch

  • AOssama; By Ahmed Ossama (Posted by aossama on Apr 13, 2015 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Apache
This post describes how to build a search engine with Apache Nutch and use MongoDB as the data-store, then index the crawled data using ElasticSearch and finally visualize the indexed data with Kibana.

Non-Linux FOSS: .NET?

No, really! While on a normal day, the word "Microsoft" can be used as an antonym for "Open", the world of .NET seems to be going legitimately open source.

WordPress Plugin ‘Simple Ads Manager’ Exploit

Simple Ads Manager is a plugin that we’d evaluated about a year ago. It was deactivated, but we’d failed to remove it from the server after we’d determined that it wouldn’t meet our needs. Bad move. The cracker/hackers had found it.

Linux 4.0 released

  • Linux Kernel mailing list; By Linus Torvalds (Posted by bob on Apr 13, 2015 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Kernel
It definitely matches the "v4.0 is supposed to be a _stable_ release", and very much not about new experimental features etc. I'm personally so much happier with time-based releases than the bad old days when we had feature-based releases.

Antergos 2015.04.12 Screencast

We’ve updated our Installation Media to include all of the latest packages available in the Arch Repos. The most notable updates are our installer, Cnchi v.0.8.0 (released earlier today) and GNOME 3.16. Our Live Install Image includes a fully working GNOME 3.16 environment that you can use before making any changes to your system.

Why is Android so different from Linux distros?

In today's open source roundup: The differences between Android and Linux distros. Plus: Linus releases Linux kernel 4.0. And the best apps and extensions for Chromebooks?

Dual-boot Windows 7, Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 on a PC with UEFI firmware

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Apr 13, 2015 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In this tutorial, you’ll read how to dual-boot LMDE 2, the latest release, and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware.

Linux 4.0 Goes Live With Live Kernel Patching

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 13, 2015 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Linux hits a new milestone, as live kernel patching lands in the new release. Linux Torvalds, however, doesn't see a lot of special new features in Linux 4.0.

Review: Sabayon 15.02 KDE

The major issue was that package management didn't work through the GUI or CLI. Whether the live system accurately portrayed issues with the installed distribution or inaccurately had separate issues, this is a deal-breaker (for me at least)

Git and GitHub for open source documentation

We use git extensively for documentation in OpenStack so that we can "treat the docs like the code"—and I’m seeing this trend many places especially in the Write the Docs community. read more

IoT-oriented Cortex-A5 based COM adds an MCU

OpenEmbed announced a “SOM5360″ module that runs Linux or Android on a Cortex-A5 Atmel SAM5D34 SoC. The COM adds a Cortex-M3 chip plus CAN and LCD I/O. Shenzhen OpenEmbed M&C Ltd (OpenEmbed) recently launched an IoT-focused computer-on-module built around the Cortex-A5 based Atmel SAMA5D34 system-on-chip. The single-core, 536MHz SoC found on the SOM5360 COM is […]

US Patent Office Gamed The System To Make Sure Patent 9 Million Wasn't A Crazy Troll Patent

As I'm sure you were carefully anticipating, on Tuesday, April 7th, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent 9,000,000. As you of course are already aware, over the past few decades, the USPTO has been rapidly ramping up the number of patents it approves. That's why, even though patents only have a lifetime of 20 years from the date of application, 1/3 of all issued patents are still in force today. Think about that.

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