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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.”

Real-time Linux gets a leg up into more complex computing systems

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Oct 7, 2015 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
With Linux being used more often in automobiles and the Internet of Things, The Linux Foundation and partners have created the Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project to accelerate its growth as a real-time operating system.

Stephen Kings practical advice for tech writers

Even if you don't enjoy writing and have no intentions of becoming a professional tech writer, chances are you'll have to draft reports, mailing list updates, or technical articles at some point in your career. With a few practical tips in mind—along with solid writing advice from Stephen King—you can improve your writing before you start writing. And, with proper planning, you can easily repurpose your content for multiple audiences.

Linux Top 3: Raspbian Jessie, Qubes OS 3 and Sabayon 15.10

Major update for Raspberry Pi's favorite operating system. Though there are multiple Linux distributions for the Rapsberry Pi, the default choice for many has long been Raspbian. Raspbian is Raspberry Pi's purpose built Debian distro and now at long last it is being updated for Debian 8, aka 'Jessie'.

Rokus 4th gen media player does 4K, gets larger, costs more

  • LinuxGizmos; By Rick Lehrbaum (Posted by bob on Oct 7, 2015 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Media streaming pioneer Roku has unveiled its 4th-gen media streaming player, featuring 4K resolution, 802.11ac WiFi, a larger footprint, and a $130 price. Over the years, we’ve watched Roku evolve from being one of the first companies to offer Internet radios with its SoundBridge, to challenging Apple’s early dominance in the streaming media player market with its “Netflix box,” to pioneering HDMI-stick media players with its Streaming Stick, to becoming the “smart” in smart TVs. All these media player incarnations have run on Roku’s internally developed, Linux-based “Roku OS.”

Just let your people do their jobs

I don't read many management books, but I was very curious to read Jim Whitehurst's The Open Organization because there's a lot corporate America (and academia) can learn from free and open source projects. The fact that Red Hat, where Whitehurst serves as CEO, is a wildly successful business adds weight to his methodology (since presumably anyone can lose money with free software, but it's quite a trick to make money with it).

Pro tip: How to solve the dreaded Wi-Fi exclamation point

If you're running Android Lollipop, and you rely on Wi-Fi, you have probably witnessed the dreaded "!" showing up in your Wi-Fi notification. What does it mean? How do you solve it? The possible solutions are many, but this is the only solution I've found that actually works. The only caveat to this solution is that it requires you have a bit of information about the wireless network you're having issues with.

Install PAC Manager on Linux Mint, Ubuntu & OpenSUSE

PAC (Perl Auto Connector) Manager is a open source tool in Linux like operating system, which provides GUI (graphical user interface) to manage ssh,telnet, sftp, rdesktop, vnc,remote-tty & ftp sessions.

Raspbian Jessie Lives Up to the Hype

Keeping in rhythm with using names from Toy Story characters, Raspbian Jessie was released this past week for Raspberry Pi users. This latest release marks many improvements and updates that Raspberry Pi users have been longing for. After using and experimenting with Raspbian Jessie for the past week, I have to say that I’m very pleased with the update.

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