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Embed Linux in Monitoring and Control Systems

The target vehicle for this project is a vintage intercity transport bus (think Greyhound) whose instrument panel was sparse and mostly nonfunctional. The speedometer cable was twisted off some place back in 40 feet of cable, and the fuel sensor had sunk long ago. What I wanted was an instrument panel more in line with modern practice.

Watch: Linus Torvalds Has His Name Written on a T-33 Fighter Jet Aircraft

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jul 20, 2015 9:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We reported a few days ago a very interesting and awesome fact about the creator of the Linux kernel, Mr. Linus Torvalds, who, apparently, loves to go Zero-G in a T-33 fighter jet aircraft to relax in between kernel pulls.

Meizu MX 4 Ubuntu Edition Gets Better Battery Life, LED Notifications, and More

Canonical has just released the OTA-5 updated for Ubuntu Touch, and the new version has also landed for the users of the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition. The launch of the latest OTA update for Ubuntu Touch coincides with Meizu's decision to get rid of the Origami wall and to make the phone available to anyone willing to buy it. This is important because the new update brings a few significant improvements to this platform alone.

OpenWrt 15.05 Release Candidate 3

The OpenWrt developers announced the third release candidate of OpenWrt, codename Chaos Calmer. OpenWrt 15.05 Release Candidate 3 Uses Linux Kernel 3.18.18 LTS. OpenWrt is a Linux distribution for embedded devices, like routers.

Review: Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 "Ascella" KDE

Overall, I can't find much fault with this distribution.

Telegram in Fedora

Recently, there has been a new wave of instant messaging services focused on the mobile world. Examples include Whatsapp, Messenger, Hangouts, and Viber. However, these are all closed and don’t have the best record of security and privacy. A new service with a different... Continue Reading →

Where are the Women and Minority Open Source Programmers?

  •; By Chris Tozzi (Posted by Mcusanelli on Jul 20, 2015 5:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In open source, the quality of one's work matters more than anything else, yet women and minorities are even more underrepresented here than they are in the tech world in general.

How to use Stellarium's Oculars plugin to match your optics

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Stellarium virtual planetarium is one of the most widely used open source specialized tools in the world. It features a captivating dome that counts over 600000 starts, hundreds of constellations and asterisms, planets with their moons and realistic sky effects like atmospheric scattering, shooting stars and supernovae simulation. It can serve as an educational tool, telescope guidance software, position calculator, or even as a rendered for fish-eye projection on domes.

Should there be a $99 Chromebook?

In today's open source roundup: Would you buy a $99 Chromebook? Plus: DistroWatch reviews SolydXK 201506. And North Korea's version of Linux includes a serial content tracker.

Windows 10 Edge: sucky standards

The best thing for the web since Mozilla forked Netscape Internet Explorer will soon be joining Geocities, AOL and MySpace in the dustbin of internet history.…

Succeed in open source, change the world

  • (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
During this year's Red Hat Summit in Boston, Mass., FOSS advocate Stormy Peters spoke to the annual Womens' Leadership Luncheon on creating effective change in our projects so that we can all help save the world. read more

Containerizing OpenStack with Docker, Google joins the OpenStack Foundation, and more

  • (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 12:26 PM 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

Mint 17.2: The year's best Linux desktop

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Mint
Windows 10? Eh. OS X El Capitan? It's OK I guess. Just give me the latest and greatest Linux desktop from Mint and I'll be happy.

Black Lab Linux Xfce 15.7 Is a Light and Different OS

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jul 20, 2015 10:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Black Lab Linux, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and using the Xfce desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 2015.7 and is now ready for download.

5 human-powered open hardware projects

  • (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 9:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thanks in large part to open hardware platforms like BITalino, biosignals are no longer bound to the walls of a medical practice; whether you're looking for the next cool project or to learn something new over summer vacation, physiological computing has plenty to offer. This article highlights a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing: read more

North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Hermit Kingdom activists can feel more secure with Open Office ERNW security analyst Florian Grunow says North Korea's Red Star Linux operating system is tracking users by tagging content with unique hidden tags.…

Yet Another Reason to Avoid Windows 10

Forget that the folks at Microsoft were wrong about the “Start” button and the interface formally known as Metro. It seems they’re still convinced they know what’s best for their users. So much so that the new Windows, due to be released next week, will have users click off on an EULA that pretty much gives Redmond carte blanche to update the system at will, which will include updating apps as well as Windows itself, with no real way to opt out — except for users of the Enterprise edition.

What is open science?

  • (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2015 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In his autobiography, Just for Fun, Linux creator Linus Torvalds argues that the open source process tends to mirror the scientific enterprise. "Science was originally viewed as something dangerous, subversive, and antiestablishment—basically how software companies sometimes view open source," he writes. And like science, Torvalds suggests, open source drives innovation: "It is creating things that until recently were considered impossible, and opening up unexpected new markets." read more

Arch Linux Can Now be Installed on the ODROID-XU4 ARM Single-Board Computer

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jul 20, 2015 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Arch, ARM
The Arch Linux ARM project announced earlier on their Twitter account that it is now possible to install the famous, customizable and lightweight Arch Linux operating system on the ARMv7l ODROID-XU4 board.

Google Revamps Patent Search To Actually Do What Patent Office Should Do

A few years ago, Google seemed to downgrade its patent search features, pulling away a separate "Google Patents" section and mixing it back into the main Google search. This seemed like a major step backwards, especially given how terrible the US Patent Office's own patent search engine was. Google has tried to do a few things like launching a "prior art finder" and teaming up with StackExchange to help crowdsource prior art. I'm not quite sure how well either program has gone, but Google has now upgraded its patent search efforts yet again to create a service that one would have hoped the patent office would have built itself, though it has not:

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