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Kill switches might let the government brick your smartphone

In today's open source roundup: Kill switch laws could give the government the power to brick your smartphone. Plus: A review of KDE Plasma 5, and is systemd evil?

Shifting a mindset, why OpenStack is written in Python, and more

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

Look inside building an open source map app

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine yourself walking down the middle of a crowded street in a complex city like Cairo. Suddenly a protest builds ahead. A mass of people, cutting off the road. You try to evade, but then violence breaks out in mere seconds. You need help. Someone else, a car to get you out. A phone call might suffice, but wouldn't it be easier to notify all your friends that this place is dangerous and that you need their assistance? This is where a map-based social network could come into play. read more

Ubuntu MATE to Become an Official Ubuntu Flavor Soon

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Ubuntu MATE project is progressing nicely and the developers have provided a short update about the work that's been done already and about the things that still need to be improved.

Improve your online relationships with a dose of empathy

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2014 10:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Humans have always formed communities. They are necessary for support both physically and, according to psychologists, emotionally as well. Until recently, though, the development of communities was constrained by geography. If you wanted to raise a barn or have a quilting circle, for example, only the folks nearby could participate. The Internet, though, has allowed communities to grow in ways that are not bounded by geography. read more

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser? Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past.…

DemocracyOS promotes civic engagement on both sides

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2014 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In part one of my interview with Pia Mancini, a political activist, I investigated the technologies and background of DemocracyOS, a project aiming to become the operating system of choice for government workers. In part two of my interview with Mancini, she discusses the challenges DemocracyOS faces and how her organization, Democracia en Red, is working to overcome them. read more

How to configure Access Control Lists (ACLs) on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2014 6:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Working with permissions on Linux is rather a simple task. You can define permissions for users, groups or others. This works really well when you work on a desktop PC or a virtual Linux instance which typically doesn't have a lot of users, or when users don't share files among themselves. However, what if you […]Continue reading... The post How to configure Access Control Lists (ACLs) on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to mount NFS share as a regular user How to clean up disk space on Linux How to secure a mail server using encryption How to set up MailScanner, Clam Antivirus and SpamAssassin in CentOS mail server

The Time to Recommend Linux & FOSS Is Now

He isn’t a Linux user, but he’d tried working with GIMP several years back, trying to avoid the cost of Photoshop. He’s dead set against Adobe’s new scheme of offering Photoshop only by subscription, especially since it’s bundled with stuff he’d never use. In addition, he wasn’t too fond of the idea of storing his work on Adobe’s servers in the cloud.

KDE Plasma 5—For those Linux users undecided on the kernel’s future

Finally, the KDE project has released KDE Plasma 5, a major new version of the venerable K Desktop Environment.

Plasma 5 arrives in the middle of an ongoing debate about the future of the Linux desktop. On one hand there are the brand new desktop paradigms represented by GNOME and Unity. Both break from the traditional desktop model in significant ways, and both attempt to create interfaces that will work on the desktop and the much-anticipated, tablet-based future (which may or may not ever arrive).

Cisco CVD Documents Hadoop as a Service for Ubuntu OpenStack

Cisco has released a guide for deploying Hadoop as a Service on Ubuntu OpenStack, Canonical's open source server platform for the cloud and Big Data.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Aug-2014



LXer Feature: 17-Aug-2014

In the Roundup this week we have how to remove file metadata on Linux, USB ports are no longer our friends, Linux use grew 50% year-over-year in India, open source education for kids, hackers unveil their evil plans for e-mail, a new distrosharing website and a big conversation starter on why or why isn't all government software open source? Enjoy!

Android development with Java

There are untold riches awaiting those who can create smartphone apps – luckily getting started with Android is really easy

m23 14.2 comes with support for Qiana and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

The latest version of m23 extends the spectrum of supported client distributions by adding support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint 17 Qiana.

So the internet's winners are finally chipping in? About time…

  • the guardian; By John Naughton (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2014 1:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
A few months ago, the Heartbleed bug was discovered in the OpenSSL cryptography library, which plays an absolutely critical role in securing confidential online transactions. We then discovered that for years this critical piece of infrastructural software has been maintained by a handful of overworked volunteers. The industry was rightly shocked by Heartbleed, and some companies – notably Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Cisco and Amazon – agreed to donate $300,000 each over the next three years to support the OpenSSL project. You can interpret this as "corporate social responsibility". I call it common sense.

FCC sets September 15 the deadline for the net neutrality ruling

  • the next digit; By Wayne Murphy (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2014 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The net neutrality saga continued today as well as the FCC made September 15th the final day for public opinions. It was just yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission asked for an explanation for their act of slowing down the internet for specific kind of data. According to the recent reports, the FCC has for the time being officially postponed the implementation of the new set of rules.

Linux Foundation Releases Program for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and Embedded Linux Conference Europe

  • Linux (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2014 9:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
The speakers and sessions planned for this year’s events showcase how leaders in diverse industries are using the power of open source and collaboration to innovate and advance technology for all. The open source principles espoused by Linux and other projects have grown and expanded to now be used in many other areas including healthcare, manufacturing, data science and more.

Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

In the world of consumer electronics, if you don't give the buyer what they want, they'll go elsewhere. We've recently witnessed this with the Firefox browser. The consumer wanted a faster, less-bloated piece of software, and the developers went in the other direction. In the end, the users migrated to Chrome or Chromium.

Microsoft pulls updates, recommends uninstall

Summary: UPDATED. Customer reports of blue screens of death and reboot loops have led the company to withdraw several updates and recommend that users uninstall MS14-045.

Build Gentoo tutorial

Create a custom build of the Gentoo distro from the ground up, to suit your preferences and even speed up your system

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