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Canonical, GE Partner on Crowdsourced IoT Standards for Smart Home

To promote open source IoT standards, Canonical, GE and FirstBuild propose a crowdsource campaign that will allow the community to develop and implement ideas for connected devices in the smart home.

Wine to Get a Stable Release Once a Year

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 26, 2015 2:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Wine developers are putting some order into their project, and they have decided to switch the project to a time-based release model, with major releases coming only once a year.

Turnkey Linux 14: Small business server Linux made easy

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Sep 26, 2015 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Cloud, Linux
The new Turnkey release enables small businesses to easily set up a wide-variety of Linux-based business servers on your local hardware, the Amazon Web Services cloud, and, soon, Docker containers.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Might Include New VPN Switch in the Indicator Network

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Sep 25, 2015 10:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
We've been informed by Canonical's ?ukasz Zemczak about the latest features that landed in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system and will ship with the upcoming OTA-7 software update.

Vagrant Simplified

I admit it, some tools confuse me. I know they must be amazing, because programs don't get popular by being dumb (well, reality TV, but that's another story). I have the same sort of confusion with Vagrant that I have with Wine, Docker, Chef and countless other amazing tools people constantly rave about. So in this article, I'm going to break down Vagrant into its simplest form.

Getting started with Yakuake, the drop-down terminal for KDE

  • ITworld; By Stephen Glasskeys (Posted by abennett on Sep 25, 2015 6:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
Today we look at Yakuake, the drop down terminal emulator for KDE. This application is part of The KDE Extragear collection, hosted on You can also download it from's Yakuake mirror page.

Setting up Unison File Synchronization between two Servers on Debian 8 (Jessie)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Sep 25, 2015 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial shows how to set up file synchronization between two Debian 8 servers with Unison. Unison is a file-synchronization tool similar to rsync, the big difference is that it tracks/synchronizes changes in both directions, i.e., files changed on Server 1 will be replicated to Server 2 and vice versa.

FCC: Open source router software is still legal—under certain conditions

Despite an FCC guidance to router manufacturers that seems to ban open source firmware such as DD-WRT and OpenWRT, FCC spokesperson Charles Meisch told Ars that there is in fact no such ban. But there are restrictions that in some cases could cause a manufacturer to decide to prevent the installation of third-party firmware. In fact, disabling the installation of third-party firmware by the user may be the easiest and most straightforward way for hardware makers to comply with the FCC's guidance.

Behind the scenes at Google Summer of Code

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 25, 2015 3:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google Summer of Code is an initiative that connects talented college computer programming students worldwide to open source programming projects, allowing them to grow their programming skills while contributing to open source. Under the guidance of a mentor, students are able to earn up to $5,500 for successful completion of their programming goals (the other $500 is donated to the organization mentoring the student). This initiative is growing a whole new crop of talented coders with a passion for open source, who themselves will be spreading the open source way throughout their professional careers. Google's Carol Smith, who runs Google's Summer of Code, will be presenting at this year's All Things Open in Raleigh, North Carolina. read more

North America's IPv4 address supply runs dry

  • ZDNet; By Toby Wolpe (Posted by JaseP on Sep 25, 2015 2:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The long-predicted exhaustion of IPv4 addresses has now taken place in North America, with the region's authority left with no further supply of the 32-bit labels to issue.

The keenness of a higher ed Drupal devotee

Garvita Kapur has been busy making the most of Drupal in a leading higher education setting. For the past year she has been manager of web engineering at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where her web communications staff builds sites for college departments in Drupal and Symfony.

Pow! Appeals court assigns copyright to the Batmobile

Holy copyright law, Batman!" So goes a line in the first paragraph of a federal appeals court ruling announcing that the iconic Batmobile is a character protected by copyright.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals sided with DC Comics in its copyright infringement suit against Mark Towle, the operator of Gotham Garage, the maker of Batmobile modification kits. "As Batman so sagely told Robin, 'In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential,'" the three-judge court unanimously concluded Wednesday in its 28-page opinion.

Encryption back doors: Is there more to this debate?

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 25, 2015 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"I think that it's a mistake to require companies that are making hardware and software to build a duplicate key or a back door even if you hedge it with the notion that there's going to be a court order. And I say that for a number of reasons and I've given it quite a bit of thought." As the the encryption access debate heats up in the United States and abroad, statements like the one above have become commonplace. read more

FOSS Training Campaign, Red Hat Aims At $2 Billion & More…

“Many Free and Open Source tools are fantastic tools but have a lack of easily accessible materials to help get people started with them,” the campaign site says. “We plan to try to help correct this by primarily producing video content that users will be able to use to help get them started in using these tools. The videos will be released under a Creative Commons license to allow the community to use them widely.”

SBC offers Bay Trail CPUs, three video outputs, dual GbE

Aaeon has added a new Bay Trail model to its 3.5-inch form factor SBC line, featuring three display outputs, dual GbE, dual Mini-PCIe, and soldered-on RAM. Aaeon’s Linux ready “GENE-BT06” SBC joins its growing 3.5-inch single-board computer family, which includes the similarly Intel Bay Trail-based GENE-BT05, as well as the soon-to-ship, Braswell-based GENE-BSW5. By now, […]

The Volkswagen Scandal Is Just the Beginning

The Environmental Protection Agency should have listened to Ron Weasley’s dad. In the Harry Potter books and films, Arthur Weasley is a bureaucrat in the British magical world’s chief regulatory agency, the Ministry of Magic, where his job is to protect people from dangerous devices. He is known for his unusual fascination with nonmagical technologies, and toward the end of the second book, he delivers a deep lesson in living safely with technology. “What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

PulseAudio 7.0 Improves Support for Creative SoundBlaster Omni Surround 5.1

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Sep 25, 2015 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PulseAudio 7.0 open-source sound server software is released for GNU/Linux operating systems with better detection of JACK Audio Connection Kit servers, especially when using the UCM system. Low-frequency effects (LFE) channel synthesis with low-pass filtering has been added, and the "srbchannel" IPC mechanism is now enabled by default.

FLOSS Weekly 355: Suckless

This project focuses on advanced and experienced computer users, in contrast with the usual proprietary software world or many mainstream open source projects that focus more on average and non-technical end users.

RDO Liberty DVR Deployment (Controller/Network)+Compute+Compute (ML2&OVS&VXLAN) on CentOS 7.1

Neutron DVR implements so called fip-namespace on every Compute Node where the VMs are running. So that VMs with FloatingIPs can forward the traffic to the External Network avoiding sending and receiving external data through VXLAN or GRE tunnels connecting them to Network Node (North-South Routing), wich is supposed to be a single point of failure for L3 routing in traditional configuration.

Mozilla Brings Instant Messaging to Firefox 41, Tracking Protection to Firefox 42

  • Datamation; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 25, 2015 5:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
As its market share dwindles toward irrelevance, Mozilla updates its flagship Firefox browser.

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