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This Week in Open Source News: New Microsoft Scripting Language Opens Up, What Most Dont Get About OSS, & More

A roundup of this week's news in the Linux world.

Install Paperwork on Ubuntu

In this article, we will explain how to install Paperwork on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS with MariaDB, PHP-FPM and Nginx. Paperwork is an open-source, self-hosted alternative to services like Evernote,

Anti-Google research group in Washington is funded by Oracle

The Google Transparency Project is a Washington, DC group that's laser-focused on letting Americans know about Google's lobbying efforts. To get its message out, GTP has worked with journalists at Re/Code and The Intercept, which have run stories about Google's many visits to the White House, the prevalence of ex-Googlers in the US Digital Service, and other links. What wasn't known, until today, is who was paying the bills for research by the "nonprofit watchdog" group. "The folks running the Google Transparency Project won’t say who is paying for it, which is odd for a group devoted to transparency," noted Fortune's Jeff John Roberts, one of many journalists who the group reached out to in April.

How to Install and Configure MongoDB on Ubuntu 16.04

MongoDB is a NoSQL database that offers a high performance, high availability, and automatic scaling enterprise database. Data is stored in a "document" structure in JSON format (in MongoDB called BSON). MongoDB was first introduced in 2009 and is currently developed by the company MongoDB Inc. This tutorial shows the installation and configuration of MongoDB on Ubuntu 16.04.

Beyond Linux: 7 Open-Source Projects the Linux Foundation Is Leading

The Linux Foundation got its start in 2007 as a home for the development of Linux and its creator Linus Torvalds. In the last decade, the mission of the foundation has expanded beyond the confines of the Linux kernel.

New BlackArch Linux ISO Lands with Over 1,500 Penetration Testing, Hacking Tools

The skilful team of developers and security professional behind the BlackArch Linux operating system have announced today, August 19, 2016, the general availability of a new ISO image.

Tips on Adding Linux to Your Developer Skill Set

The time when developers and administrators can get by with only Microsoft in their bag of tricks is over. With Linux's continuing dominance and growth in server space and with Redmond now embracing open source with actions as well as words, even those who develop exclusively for the Windows platform are almost certain to find times when they need to wrap their heads around an aspect of the Linux kernel or some open source application.

Top 5: What is copyleft? Top 5 (os) web servers, and more

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an introduction to copyleft, the most popular open source web servers, the background story on a Certificate Authority called Let's Encrypt, the state of West Virgina turning to an open source game engine for their new school curriculum, and open source options for disk imaging.

Arduino clone grows, with more I/O, USB, and faster CPU

  • HackerBoards; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Aug 20, 2016 12:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Developer
PJRC is Kickstartering two new models of its “Teensy” Arduino compatible, featuring a faster 180MHz Cortex-M4, more memory, more pins, and a second USB.

Full Metal Backup Using the dd Command

  • Linux.com - Original Content; By Jack Wallen (Posted by bob on Aug 19, 2016 10:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
I will walk you through the process of using dd to create a clone of a drive so that you can then restore that drive from the written image.

Open source, DAQ-enabled hacking platform feels its inner Arduino

  • HackerBoards (Posted by bob on Aug 19, 2016 9:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Agilo’s open source, Arduino Mega compatible “Evive” IoT prototyping and DAQ platform offers a 1.8-inch display, breadboard, analog controls, and more. Agilo Technologies, a startup formed by students at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), is pitching its flagship Evive prototyping product on Indiegogo. The company has achieved only 39 percent of its […]

How to build your own maker workbench

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 19, 2016 8:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Maker projects can be tough if you don't have a good workspace. For a long time, mine was an ESD mat on the dining room table. But as my projects (and family) grew, I was under increased pressure to find somewhere else to work. Really, the 3D printer is what put my wife over the edge (and rightfully so). read more

Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer

Broadcasting authent keys over the air is just asking for trouble A cunning Polish developer has hacked an Android food and drink rewards app to grant himself unlimited free beer.…

Sal Ferrarello on Getting Started with Composer

In this video, web developers can learn how to get their hands dirty with the PHP dependency manager, Composer.

3 command line music players for Linux

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 19, 2016 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
One perception that Linux can't seem to shake off is that you can't do anything without using the command line. A number of people in my circle have been using Linux effectively for years, and they've yet to crack open a terminal window. Having said that, working at the command line can make certain tasks faster and more efficient. If you're using older hardware, command line tools are an excellent alternative to graphical applications since they don't use too many resources. read more

Monit is not limited to Monitor Linux system performance, also doing auto repair action for dead services

  • 2daygeek.com; By Vinoth Kumar (Posted by 2daygeek on Aug 19, 2016 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Monit can act if an error situation should occur, e.g.; if Apache is not running, Monit can start Apache again automatically. Also it will automatically stop or restart particular service when it using too much resources on server and send you an alert message.

Writing an academic paper? Try Fidus Writer

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 19, 2016 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Fidus Writer online editor is especially for academics who need to write papers in collaboration with other authors, and it includes special tools for managing citations, formulas, and bibliographies. If you're writing an academic paper by yourself, you have a lot of choices for tools to edit your document. Some of them even take care of making your footnotes and bibliographies come out in the right format. But writing collaboratively is harder, for lots of reasons. read more

Microsoft PowerShell goes open source and lands on Linux and Mac

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux and Mac. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

The company is also releasing alpha versions of PowerShell for Linux (specifically Ubuntu, Centos and Redhat) and Mac OS X. A new PowerShell GitHub page gives people the ability to download binaries of the software, as well as access to the app's source code.

Towards an Efficient Linux Photographic Workflow

  • Medium; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Aug 19, 2016 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
digiKam is the cornerstone of my photographic workflow. This powerful and versatile photo management application has all tools and features necessary for transferring, organizing, processing, and managing photos, RAW files, and videos.

Open source COM and carriers become 3D-printable computers

Rhombus Tech’s Allwinner A20 based, fully open source EOMA68 COM and carrier boards can be installed in 3D printed mini-PC or laptop cases. For the past five years, UK-based Rhombus Tech, led by developer Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, has been developing a fully open source, removable computer-on-module (COM) in a standardized format known as “EOMA68.” […]

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