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FreeBSD 10, Converting from RELEASE to STABLE

  • Raymii.org; By Remy van Elst (Posted by relst on Apr 17, 2014 11:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Because of a [bug in mpd][1] which is fixed in 10-STABLE I wanted to move one of my FreeBSD machines from 10.0-RELEASE to 10.0-STABLE. The process to do so is fairly simple. Basically, you check out the new source code, build the world, build the kernel, install the kernel, install the world, merge some stuff and reboot. Read on to see the enitre simple process.

Debian 6 “Squeeze” LTS Period Extended Until February 2016

The Debian developers have announced that they have decided to extend the support period for the Debian 6 “Squeeze” branch until February 2016.

Announcement: RapidDisk (rxdsk) 2.12 Stable release

RapidDisk is an advanced Linux RAM Disk which consists of a collection of modules and an administration tool. Features include: Dynamically allocate RAM as block device. Use them as stand alone disk drives or even map them as caching nodes to slower local disk drives.

ownCloud Promotes Scalability, Efficiency of Open Source Private Cloud

ownCloud has highlighted the scalability and cost-efficiency of its open source cloud storage and syncing platform in conjunction with Red Hat Storage.

Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' Brings Long-Term Linux Desktop Support SLIDESHOW

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 17, 2014 8:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 14.04, code-named the "Trusty Tahr" and set for general availability on April 17, is a special Linux distribution because it is a long-term support (LTS) release. An LTS release offers the promise of five years of support, making it a suitable candidate for enterprise-grade deployments.

Ubuntu 14.04 Review

Ubuntu 14.04 includes local menus, launcher icon size controls, live window resizing and a number of other helpful desktop tweaks.

IBM Gearing Up for Power8 Linux Servers

  • ServerWatch.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 17, 2014 6:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux
A Power systems hardware refresh is also expected to boost interest and marketshare.

"We are expanding our Linux capabilities through our POWER8 launch this year," Shroeter said. POWER8 is the first processor built for big data and delivers better cloud economics."

The story of Koha, the first open source library management system

A small public library serving a population of 30,000 in New Zealand developed and released the world’s first open source library management system in 2000. Horowhenua Library Trust named the system Koha, which is a New Zealand M?ori custom meaning gift or contribution. This is a story of why we developed Koha and how it has changed the way we, and millions of others, work.

Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram. The phone will be announced in June and ship in September, reports the WSJ. The unnamed phone is said to display 3D images using retina tracking technology.

Survey finds companies want a kinder, gentler, more engaged IT department

  • intronis blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Apr 17, 2014 4:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
While it seems clear enough that that the role of IT is changing, it's always nice to have some actual data to back that up, and a new survey by Avanade found that expectations about IT really are changing and that's having a huge impact on IT 's role inside organizations.

Sloppy but secure: Open source TrueCrypt passes audit

An independent audit of the open source disk encryption utility finds no backdoors, but dredges up other troubling issues.

Kill-switch coming to smartphones

  • MobileTechNews (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 2:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mobile
The CTIA announced an industry initiative to mandate "kill switch" and to "impose tough penalties against those caught stealing devices or modifying them illegally".

Are Containers the Right Answer to the Wrong Question?

There's a lot of buzz about containers recently, but do they spell the end to hypervisors as some of their proponents claim?

How to introduce open source to your public library

I was intrigued to read this recent article in The Guardian about public libraries’ new role as community problem solvers. If you read carefully into this article you’ll notice the author talks about libraries becoming more involved with "proactive community engagement." This means that libraries are looking to community members as partners to help solve community problems. In the open source community, we’re familiar with how well these methods can work. In open source, different players contribute to group projects according to their own personal strengths. The results can be far greater than anyone originally imagines.

Is Amazon's Fire TV a dud for gamers?

In today's open source roundup: Amazon's Fire TV gaming experience seems to be a mixed bag.

Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 17, 2014 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package? With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well.

Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Even without carrier backing, 'a few countries' will get Linux-based mobes Hope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014

Coverity finds open source software quality better than proprietary code

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS (Posted by tuxchick on Apr 17, 2014 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Coverity, a company specializing in software quality and security testing solutions, finds that open source programs tend to have fewer errors than proprietary programs.

The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing. It's true. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things.

Giving rise to the cloud with OpenStack Heat

Setting up an application server in the cloud isn't that hard if you're familiar with the tools and your application's requirements. But what if you needed to do it dozens or hundreds of times, maybe even in one day? Enter Heat.

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