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Guest Article: Introduction to Microsoft’s Growing Role in the R Project Through the Linux Foundation and E.E.E.

Concerns about E.E.E. (embrace, extend, extinguish) by Microsoft, which this time targets science and a lot of schools (many young people)

SourceForge’s New Owners, Mint’s New Apps & More…

SourceForge’s new owners aren’t exactly what you might expect to be purchasing a site that for all intents and purposes revolves around free and open source software. The new owners, SourceForge Media, is a subsidiary of BIZX, and while that may sound like some huge and gigantic mega corporation, it’s an LLC owned by Southern California residents Roger and Logan Abbott, who are probably either father and son or brothers, we’re not sure. What we do know is that their background is in telecommunications, not exactly the sort of business experience you’d expect for someone entering the share-and-share-alike world of FOSS, where there’s no such thing as vendor lock-in.

BeagleBone SBC morphs into robotics and industrial models

Element14 has spun an industrial version of the BeagleBone Black with -20 to 85°C support, while BeagleBoard.org is prepping a “BeagleBone Blue” for robots. The Raspberry Pi single board computer has seen numerous spin-offs in recent years, from official Raspberry Pi Foundation models like the Zero to competitive, third-party lookalikes like the Banana Pi and […]

OpenSSL patches a severe but not widespread problem

The OpenSSL project has patched a problem in the cryptographic library but one that likely does not affect many popular applications. OpenSSL enables SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption. Most websites use it, which is indicated in Web browsers with a padlock symbol.

8 non-code ways to contribute to open source

  • Opensource.com; By Jade Wang (Posted by bob on Jan 30, 2016 3:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Whether you're a novice programmer, a seasoned veteran, or not an engineer at all, there are many ways to contribute to open source projects beyond coding. Compared to proprietary software, open source projects tend to be relatively short-handed when it comes to non-engineering contributions, so don't shy away from open source just because you're not a coder. Your blog post or design skills could be much more meaningful to the right project than just another line of code.

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS Alpha 2 Rewrites the China Weather Indicator's UI in CSS

The Ubuntu Kylin developers have just released today, January 28, 2016, the second Alpha build of the upcoming Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) computer operating system.

5 ways to have a more inclusive event

Girl Develop It is a national non-profit that provides technical education for women—and Sarah Kahn is a co-leader of Raleigh’s local chapter. In this video, she responds to a question she receives quite often: Why don’t more women attend technical conferences and other events? "If you want more women to come to your event, make it friendly," Kahn tells her audience, just before offering fives ways to do so: make the event accessible, post (and enforce) a code of conduct, publicize via non-traditional communication platforms, build networks, and extend personal invitations.

Install OSSEC on Ubuntu 14.04

This article is the first part of the full tutorial for installing OSSEC server/agent on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS. This part covers the installation of OSSEC 2.8.3 (the latest stable version when this tutorial was written), it’s Web UI installation and shows how to enable MySQL support for OSSEC.

Distro or Desktop? You Say Both

Inquiring minds wanted to know, so we asked. When choosing what to run on a machine — we’re talking computing machines running GNU/Linux here — what’s more important, the choice of distro or which desktop environment to run? We began asking the question among ourselves several weeks back when we were running our “best distro” poll and a few commenters observered that the desktop might be a more important metric for most users, since it’s the desktop that supplies the interface with which the user interacts. Good point, we thought.

How to Install Piwik with Nginx on Ubuntu 15.10

Piwik is the leading open source web analytics application, it has been developed to provide an alternative to google-analytics. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Piwik on ubuntu 15.10 with Nginx web server and PHP 5.6 in php-fpm mode. We will use MariaDB as the database system.

Is Raspberry Pi Ready for IoT Primetime? myDevices Says Yes

myDevices's new Cayenne programming platform for the Raspberry Pi simplifies IoT development on embedded ARM devices, the company says.

Flock 2016: Krakaw, Poland

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the 2016 Flock conference, coming August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. At Flock, Fedora contributors gather to promote and discuss ideas to improve our distro, community, and userbase, and promote our core values: Freedom, Friends, Features, First....

$10 Orange Pi One pits quad-core Cortex-A7 against Pi Zero

Shenzhen Xunlong launched a $10, Linux- and Android-friendly “Orange Pi One” hacker board with a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC and a Pi-compatible expansion port. Even with competition from the $9 Chip and $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, 2015’s biggest price/performance breakthrough among open-spec SBCs was arguably the $15 Orange Pi PC. Unlike the single-core Chip and Zero, the Orange Pi PC delivered the performance goods with a quad-core Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC, while offering more ports, including HDMI, Ethernet, quad USB, and Pi-compatible expansion. Now Shenzhen Xunlong has spun a similar, stripped down Orange Pi One variant for only $10 — or $13.77 if you want it shipped to the U.S.

Good leaders know what economics can't explain about open source

  • Opensource.com; By Bryan Behrenshausen (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 29, 2016 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week, I lucked into 30 minutes on the phone with one of my favorite people: author, speaker, blogger, and activist Cory Doctorow. Our conversation ran the gamut—from open source's role in building a better future, to the function of science fiction literature today, to Cory's preference for prose over code. At one point, Cory offered a rather succinct and evocative explanation of what motivates people to contribute to open source projects. And what he said got me thinking about open organizations.

Build a better web server -- Part 1

  • Linux User Developer – the Linux and FOSS mag for a GNU generation (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2016 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Developer, GNU, Linux
Up your computing power with an upgraded or brand new server that you can build yourself

Google admits to how much it paid the brief owner of its domain name

  • Christopher Shaw Portfolio; By Christopher Shaw (Posted by cshaw on Jan 29, 2016 1:57 PM EDT)
Back in October 2015, an admin error caused the ownership of its main domain "google.com" to lapse and a lucky fellow managed to snap it up.

Steam for Linux Has Just Passed the 1,900 Mark for Linux and SteamOS Games

You won't believe this (we don't believe it either), but there are now over 1,900 games available for the Linux and SteamOS platforms on Valve's Steam gaming distribution platform.

How to understand your team's irrational behavior

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2016 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this video, Jono Bacon describes a singular passion that motivates his career in open source: "Figuring out how we can build strong, inclusive, effective communities that build really cool things." It’s not easy, Bacon says. "It’s really complicated. It’s a mixture of people, process, and technology." And to better understand this mixture, he’s recently turned to a new source of inspiration: behavioral economics, the science of seemingly "irrational" behavior. Bacon tells his audience how this science actually offers a new scaffolding for building communities. read more

NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System

The NSA is also keen to find any hardcoded passwords in software or passwords that are transmitted in the clear ... If you really want to make the NSA’s life hard ... limit access privileges for important systems to those who really need them; segment networks and important data to make it harder for hackers to reach your jewels; patch systems and implement application whitelisting; remove hardcoded passwords and legacy protocols that transmit passwords in the clear.

CenturyLink Adds MySQL-Compatible DBaaS to Managed Cloud Services

CenturyLink's new MySQL-compatible DBaaS platform, Relational DB Service, highlights the company's growing investment in managed cloud solutions.

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