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After 20-month delay, a furious Newegg still can’t appeal $2.3M patent loss

Online retailer Newegg has developed a reputation for taking on so-called "patent trolls," even when that means going through lengthy litigation and unpredictable jury trials.

Why we changed our software from proprietary to open source

Last year, the networking software company Midokura made a strategic decision to open source its network virtualization platform, MidoNet, to address the fragmentation in the networking industry. In this interview, Midokura CEO and CTO Dan Mihai Dumitriu explains the company's decision to give away fours years of engineering to the open source community, how it changed the way its engineers worked, and the lessons learned along the way.

Whats your preferred text editor?

The text editor is a workhorse for many people working in tech. A few of the most popular options out there today are tried-and-true text editors like vi, Emacs, and gedit. And, a new text editor on the scene that's picking up traction is Atom. All four are open source, so you can get involved in the project and help improve it!

Reddit users want CEO Ellen Pao fired

In today's open source roundup: Angry Reddit users want a new CEO. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Alpine Linux 3.2.0. And Firefox 40 will bring improved scrolling and other enhancements.

Mozilla Fixes Flaws With Firefox 39, Previews Firefox 40

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jul 6, 2015 10:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Logjam SSL/TLS vulnerability is among the 13 security advisories in latest stable release of the open-source Firefox Web browse

LliureX 15.05 Screencast and Screenshots

LliureX 15.05 has been released. LliureX is a project of the Council of Culture, Education and Sport at the Municipality of Valencia, Spain. The LliureX distribution is an Edubuntu-based live and installation DVD with support for the Valencian and Spanish languages. It is intended as an operating system for educational institutions in the Valencia region. LliureX uses exclusively free software and is distributed free of charge.

Solus OS Gets UEFI Fixes and Better Power Consumption for Laptops

The Solus project is moving very fast, and its developers have managed to push another release out the door, this time with a lot of fixes that have been spotted and repaired in a very short amount of time.

One Port to Rule Them All!

I was chatting with Fred Richards on IRC the other day (flrichar on freenode) about sneaking around hotel firewalls. Occasionally, hotels will block things like the SSH port, hoping people don't abuse their network. Although I can respect their rationale, blocking an SSH port for a Linux user is like taking a mouse away from a Windows user!

Interview with Roberto Galoppini of SourceForge

In an interview with LQ, Roberto discusses the recent mirrored content controversy, the history of SourceForge, regaining the trust of the community, forming a new Community Panel, the ArchiveTeam plan to archive SF, the future of the organization and more.

Plant volunteers, grow an organization: an interview with Stormy Peters

Stormy Peters and Avni Khatri will present Grow an organization by planting volunteers at OSCON 2015. Peters is the vice president of technical evangelism at the Cloud Foundry and Khatri is president of Kids on Computers. In this talk, they share their experiences and lessons for growing a healthy garden of volunteers. As part of our OSCON speaker interview series, Stormy Peters talked to us about the current state of community management and where it's going. read more

Firefox 40 to Bring Better Performance, Scrolling, and Graphics on Linux

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jul 6, 2015 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mozilla has already announced the first Beta for Firefox 40, and it looks like Linux users are going to get some important improvements for scrolling and video playback, among other things.

Linux kernel 4.2-rc1

The first release candidate for Linux kernel 4.2 has been released and is available for download.

Student-collaborator rights, Kisumu app, and new Zotero release

  • (Posted by bob on Jul 6, 2015 2:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In June this year, a few open source projects expanded and several useful resources were published, along with many other developments in the digital humanities. I have highlighted the most interesting of them below. Perhaps one will inspire you in your own digital humanities research, or help you learn about this interesting field of scholarly research. Every month, I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities research and some humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. Read more about this series at the end of the article. read more

Yet Another Windows Security Fail

For at least a decade, Microsoft has been chanting the mantra, “at Microsoft security is job one,” over and over and over. During this time, they’ve repeated this mantra often enough to convince a lot of people that Windows is much safer than it once was, which I suppose is true since it couldn’t have gotten much worse. However, a new report from AV-Test proves the company isn’t yet ready to move up to the next mantra level and begin chanting, “at Microsoft we do security right,” because clearly it doesn’t.

Using the CLI to query CPU hardware information

  • TechThrob; By Jonathan DePrizio (Posted by nemilar on Jul 6, 2015 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Your Central Processing Unit (“processor” or “CPU”) is at the very core of your computer; it’s the component responsible for all the number-crunching and math-doing that makes a computer go. As such, it’s important to be aware of some basic commands in Linux that let you query the hardware information regarding your processor. In this article, I’ll cover some of those commands, and how to read their output.

The Unicode 8.0: A Song of Praise for Unsung Heroes

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 6, 2015 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some people do things that make them rich and famous. Others never see the limelight, but create things that make everything else possible.They deserve recognition to.

Free and Open-Source Video Editor Shotcut Gets Better 4K Support

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jul 6, 2015 11:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Powerful video editor Shotcut has been updated again by its developers, and they’ve made some huge improvements to the application. To be fair, pretty much any update for Shotcut is impressive, but this one is an important one.

General Maintenance of Arch Linux Systems

Maintaing an Arch Linux installation is actually extremely simple and straightforward, as long as you keep a few things in mind. The rolling release nature of the distribution means we never have to worry about major version upgrades like other distributions (Ubuntu and Debian to name a few..).

There is No ‘New Microsoft’: Under Nadella, Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android Carries on

Kyocera is again being targeted by Microsoft, using patent aggression, with a secret settlement being reached whose negative impact on Android remains to be seen

Python and Raspberry Pi in education

We love Python at the Raspberry Pi Foundation—it's our go-to general purpose programming language for most projects and activities. Our home-brewed, Pi-optimized Linux distribution Raspbian (a Debian variant) ships with a number of different languages and educational tools (Scratch, Ruby, Java, C, Wolfram, Mathematica, and, of course, the numerous others available in Linux), but the one we and many others tend to choose is Python. read more

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