Public Knowledge is back at it, carving holes in dubious software patent claims by distilling supposedly "complex" ideas into a minimal amount of code. Late last year, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit involving Ultramercial, whose disputed patent basically involved appending "on the internet" to a very basic idea.
Software patent thickets are often compared to minefields, but with a note of resignation, as though there’s no avoiding them. The U.S. Supreme Court now has before it a case that could go a long way towards addressing the litigation risks and business uncertainties created by software patents. The case is Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, and the issue is whether claims to computer-implemented inventions are eligible for patents.
Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library... GnuTLS developers (urge) all users to upgrade to version 3.2.12.
You probably think a Managed Service Provider business has little in common with a streaming media service like Netflix, but you might be surprised what you could learn from Netflix and how it runs its IT department.
I think computers like Chromebooks are the way of the future, but not because of their operating system - because of their hardware. Relatively low cost laptops with SSDs for storage and an insane battery life are everything I want in a computer.
Frameworks 5 based apps on Wayland Today KDE released the second alpha of Frameworks 5, part of a series of releases leading up to the final version planned for June 2014. This release includes progress since the previous alpha last month. See the announcement on kde.org for more information and links to downloads. For information about Frameworks 5, see this earlier article on the dot. Dot Categories: Developer
Last year, we began holding two day “Computer 101? classes each week. For two hours each night, we taught people the most basic computer skills. We discovered that the majority of people attending were in the age group of 50-70 years old. That’s when I coined the term “task-set mouse clickers.” As long as people are doing things they are used to doing, they are comfortable. But take them outside of their task set and the mouse in their hand becomes a hand grenade.
On Linux systems, numerous users often come across a program or process that locks-up. The user will usually kill the software if the system does not do it first. Users may be familiar with some of the kill commands and signals, but does anyone understand all of them? There are four common kill commands and a total of 64 kill signals.
Prison Building just got a whole-lot more educational in the latest alpha of Prison Architect! Get educating your inmates!
The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201403.
Steve Furber, designer of the original BBC Micro, talks to David Crookes about how the BBC can learn from the past in their new push to teach programming to the masses.
So, you love your MMO games right? Add in the fact that it's in space and space is beautiful and we have a winning mix. Enter Star Conflict!
Google revealed more details and images for its Project Ara for creating a modular, customizable smartphone, and announced an Ara Developers’ Conference.
A video editor allows you to handle post-production video editing which typically involves arranging, cutting, pasting, trimming, and otherwise enhancing (e.g., adding various effects to) video clips through the timeline interface. In modern video editing software, things like multi-codec import/transcoding, non-linear video editing, or even HD video support are pretty much standard nowadays. In this post, I am going to show 10 popular video editing software available on Linux.
Following our recent HDD benchmarking and solid-state drive testing of the Linux 3.14 kernel with various file-systems, for this weekend article we have done more tests of Btrfs on Linux 3.14 when trying out various Btrfs mount options.
Android and Samsung Electronics were the big winners in the tablet market last year, as sales grew by 68%, according to Gartner.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 is a great value graphics card for $120 that delivers great mid-range performance while its performance-per-Watt is exceptional. If you don't mind using binary graphics drivers, the GTX 750 based upon NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture with the GM107 is worth checking out.
In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 has been released. Are there enough users for it to survive? Plus: Take screenshot tours of LMDE 201403 Cinnamon and MATE.
3089 is that weird looking indie action RPG from phr00t, it has been updated with new textures, models and more!
PCMan is one of the most lightweight file manager for many Linux distributions. PCManFM comes as the default file manager for LXDE “Lightweight X11 desktop environment”.