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News: Linux Top 3: Slackware Turns 21, Debian Squeezes and Linux 3.16 Nears

A review of Linux distribution milestones.

OpenStack product management: wisdom or folly?

Two recent, excellent, blog posts have touched on a topic I've been wrestling with since May's OpenStack Summit: What is the role of the Product Management function, if any, in the OpenStack development process?

What are useful online tools for Linux

As you know, GNU Linux is much more than just an OS. There is literally a whole sphere on the Internet dedicated to the penguin OS. If you read this post, you are probably inclined towards reading about Linux online. Among all the pages that you can find on the subject, there are websites that every Linux adventurer should have in his bookmarks because these websites are more than just tutorials or reviews, they are real tools that you can access from anywhere and share with everyone.

Mozilla Thunderbird 31.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes and Important Changes

Mozilla has officially released Thunderbird 31.0, an email and RSS client, for all the available platforms, and the developers have actually made a number of improvements to the application. The first version has been released in the Thunderbird 31.x branch, but unlike some of the previous updates, this one actually brings something interesting. It's been a while since Thunderbird received any real improvements, but that's not exactly Mozilla's fault.

Milind Bhandarkar talks big data and open source software

Big data is one of the most pervasive buzzwords in today's technology world. But it's impossible to deny how deeply data touches all aspects of not just our lives but also business and industry. The amount of data collected about everything is staggering—a typical transatlantic flight generates 30 terabytes of data about the engines alone!

Cisco relaunches Developer Network

Cisco has picked up a lipstick-gloss in one hand and a pig in the other, by re-launching its developer program to have another shot at attracting third party coders to its platforms. For not the first time, The Borg has hit upon the idea that getting others writing functions and applications for it is a big chunk of its future. It's not even the first time it's called the program the Cisco Developer Network (or DevNet in the parlance of today's announcement).

ProtonMail and Subrosa: Encrypted communication for the privacy-conscious

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Jul 22, 2014 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
ProtonMail, as the name suggests, is an email service. The outfit is based in Switzerland and the service offers bumper-to-bumper encryption, is browser-based, does not log IP addresses, and will accept bitcoin and cash payments for paid accounts.

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

When Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride. However, the decision will make tens of million of its customers take a look at Android – surely the last thing Microsoft wanted to happen.

Great Scott! It's Version 13!

No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit. Still, no matter how many Plex-enabled devices I might buy (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets, Web browsers), I run XBMC on all my televisions. The interface, when coupled with a back-end MySQL database, is just unbeatable.

A new OpenStack book, advice for contributing, 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.

Learn to program Python with our digital bookazine

Read our Python masterclass for beginners and follow it up with ten projects in Understanding & Implementing Python volume one. Python is one of our favourite programming languages and we’ve covered it a lot over the years in Linux User & Developer. We’ve compiled ten of the best Python projects in the first edition of our digital Developer Manual, available now from our Newsstand app.

Microsoft Contractors Face New Work Limits

The pitfalls of working on closed source projects for contract developers...

iOS has hidden network packet sniffer, host of secret spying tools

A detailed analysis of iOS by a security expert digging into claims of NSA spying on Apple products has revealed some unexplained surveillance tools hidden in the operating system.

VolksPC will run Debian and Android in one ARM-based computer

In today's open source roundup: A new distro will run Debian and Android. Plus: Android vampire apps, and take the Linux.com open source cloud project survey.

18 interviews with speakers of upcoming OSCON 2014

For the last two weeks, Opensource.com has published a series of 18 interviews with speakers at OSCON 2014. Here's the full list.

Atom-based industrial PC has five gigabit ports

MPL’s CEC10 industrial PC is a fanless, Linux-ready Atom E3800 model featuring 40°C to 85°C support, five gigabit ports, and numerous expansion modules. Switzerland-based MPL has been in business for 21 years, and has been making Linux-compatible, Intel-based industrial computers for at least eight. The CEC10, which MPL also refers to as the “New Generation […]

Is PHP 6 or PHP 7 Next?

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jul 21, 2014 5:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP
Debate is currently raging in the open-source PHP community over what the number will be for the version of PHP that will succeed the current PHP 5.x series.

How to manage DigitalOcean VPS droplets from the command line on Linux

DigitalOcean is one of the hottest new kids in the block in the cloud VPS hosting market. While not offering as comprehensive service portfolio as Amazon Web Services and the likes, DigitalOcean is already a strong contender for the best Linux-based cloud VPS service targeted at small businesses and developers, thanks to their competitive pricing

What is open gaming? A new resource

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 21, 2014 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today, Opensource.com unlocks an important achievement: the publication of "What is Open Gaming?", a new resource page. read more

Chromebook gains, Microsoft worries

NPD reveals that Chromebook sales are exploding and Microsoft is starting to get worried.

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