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Spiraling head first into open source

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 23, 2015 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A little while back, Rikki, Jen, and company at told me that they were asking people to share their open source stories about how they got interested in open source and started contributing. Well, for the bored among you, here is my story. As usual, share your feedback in the comments. I am curious to hear your mockery of my life choices back then. read more

KDE at USENIX/LISA2015 Conference

USENIX, in cooperation with LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators), presented the 2015 LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference in Washington, D.C. USA from 8 November to 13 November. Two members of the KDE Community represented KDE at the Conference Expo, connecting with many of the 1,060 attendees to discuss successful large scale deployment and other KDE goodness.

How to access Dropbox from the command line in Linux

Cloud storage is everywhere in today's multi-device environment, where people want to access content across multiple devices wherever they go. Dropbox is the most widely used cloud storage service thanks to its elegant UI and flawless multi-platform compatibility. The popularity of Dropbox has led to a flurry of official or unofficial Dropbox clients that are...

Give new life and purpose to old hardware

  • Christopher Shaw Portfolio; By Christopher Shaw (Posted by cshaw on Nov 23, 2015 11:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, Developer
The average phone is discarded every 2 years, and computing equipment every 3 to 5 years. They are usually in full working order, or even if broken can still be used in other ways rather than discarding.

Analyze, collaborate, and share research with open source tools

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 23, 2015 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In part one of my series on using open source in research, I looked at LibreOffice, LaTeX, and two packages to use in psychology experiments. In this article, I show you software to help handle the data in your papers and disseminate the results. read more

Install Textpattern on a CentOS 7 VPS

Textpattern is flexible and easy to use open source content management system (CMS) written in the PHP programming language. Texpattern comes with full range of features and it allows you to easily create, edit and publish content on your website. In this guide we will install Textpattern on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache, MariaDB and PHP.

The Devil & BSD: Leaving Linux Behind

A clear majority of FOSS folks are okay with “letting Linus be Linus,” and having the chips fall where they may. Me? I’d prefer to “let Linus be Jon ‘maddog’ Hall” or “let Linus be Bob Young.” In other words, I prefer my great and historic figures to have a high degree of grace and leadership skills, and understand and accept the gravity and responsibility the glorious burden of being a historical figure entails, and then act appropriately.

Containers-as-a-service, the Keystone design summit, and more OpenStack news

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 23, 2015 7:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud; Story Type: News Story
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project. read more

Fedora 23 Xfce review

  •; By finid (Posted by finid on Nov 23, 2015 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Like the main edition of Fedora and other Spins, Fedora 23 Xfce uses the Anaconda installer, which, feature-wise, is one of the best available in Linuxland, though the UI could use a little bit more user-friendliness.

IP-rimer: A Basic Explanation of Intellectual Property

Maybe it’s a matter of knowledge bias, but I usually wince when I see a discussion of intellectual property online. At best, people make mistakes. Only natural, nobody’s perfect, but we can strive. At worst, people completely misunderstand every aspect of the topic. And this is a topic that comes up a lot online, after all.

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.4 RC2 with PA-RISC Huge Page Support

A few minutes ago, Linus Torvalds released the second RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.4 kernel, which is now available for download and testing from the usual places.

Linux Australia suffers another data leak

  • itwire; By Sam Varghese (Posted by bob on Nov 22, 2015 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Australia has suffered a second leak of data from its servers, according to a message sent to its main mailing list by president Joshua Hesketh. ... "archived wiki deployment was misconfigured and apache directory listings was enabled. Due to the nature of the wiki system used, this exposed all of the wiki data, both pages and system information."

GTK+ 3.20 to Feature Massive CSS Changes, Port Most Widgets to CSS Nodes

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Nov 22, 2015 8:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The GTK+ developers have announced their plans for GTK+ 3.20, the next major release of the open-source and cross-platform GUI toolkit used in numerous software projects and GNU/Linux operating systems.

Pick of the Bunch: Command line Twitter Clients

Twitter is an extremely popular social network. Twitter, at its most basic, is a series of short online statements or 'tweets'. Twitter forces the writer to be extremely succinct - with only 140 characters (including spaces) to make each announcement.

Solus and Budgie Next Got Updated This Week

One of these days Solus 1.0 will be released, and all the anticipation will be gone. This is not that date, but it’s exciting nonetheless. We have some more news about the new version of Budgie, tentatively called Next, and about various package updates.

Ubuntu Touch Finally Gets the Latest BlueZ 5.x Stack for Better Bluetooth Support

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Nov 22, 2015 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Ubuntu Touch OS has finally upgraded to a much newer version of the BlueZ 5.x stack, bringing improve support for Bluetooth connectivity.

Open Source Optical Flash Trigger that Works with Any Camera

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Nov 22, 2015 10:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Normally, you can’t use a camera without a hot shoe with an external flash unit. But a relatively simple Photon-based device can solve this problem.

In Kenya, a digital classroom in a box

  • haveeru online (Posted by bob on Nov 22, 2015 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"You open the box and there are 40 tablets inside, there is a BRCK inside and on the BRCK there is a Linux [open-source] server - so we can locally cache educational content, and serve it up to the tablets." ... The plan is to hand out 17,000 tablets to pupils in their final year of high school, and swap teachers' chalkboards with smart interactive boards targeting especially the poverty-stricken township and rural schools.

TrueCrypt is safer than previously reported, detailed analysis concludes

The TrueCrypt whole-disk encryption tool used by millions of privacy and security enthusiasts is safer than some studies have suggested, according to a comprehensive security analysis conducted by the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology.

Two Steam machines come to market, a review of SteamOS, and more open gaming news

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Valve brings open source gaming console, Knight Squad and Hard West games launch, SteamOS performance concerns, and more. Open gaming roundup for November 14 - 20, 2015 read more

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