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The Many Alternative Computing Worlds of Linux

Have you ever wondered what happened to Linux? Linux is the free software created through the open source development process that many technology enthusiasts had predicted would revolutionize the world of computing. It may not be widely known, but Linux did revolutionize computing. If you own an Android phone or a Kindle e-reader, you are a Linux user. Linux is at the core of those popular devices and is found in a variety of other places, from the world’s most powerful supercomputers down to the tiny Raspberry Pi device that is a favorite among electronics hobbyists.

A Beginners Guide for XP Users to Switch to Linux

  • Linux Federation; By Rahul Bali (Posted by blade on Apr 10, 2014 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Microsoft has ended its support for Windows XP and most of you might not even care but for some of you who do care and understand the complications involved in using a discontinued piece of software, you are in for a change. You can either install already outdated Windows 7, no one’s favourite Windows 8 or you can join the elite group of Linux users by installing on of the many available flavours of Linux.

Fedora Linux Plans Changes for Open Source OS

Developers in the Fedora Linux community are discussing significant changes to the way they develop and market Fedora as part of an initiative called Fedora.next.

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 13.1 (GNOME)

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 13.1 (GNOME) This tutorial shows how you can set up an OpenSUSE 13.1 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e.that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Fanless x86 mini-PC runs Debian on 2.3 Watts

DM&P Group’s DMP Electronics division is offering the Ebox-3100 as a higher-end, more industrial focused complement to its similarly configured and enclosed 86Duino Educake mini-PC announced in November for $49. That device also shares similar circuitry to DMP’s 86Duino One boardset announced at the same time, which adds Arduino-like I/O expansion.

WordPress 3.8.2 Delivers Security Fixes

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 10, 2014 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Perhaps the biggest security-hardening impact, however, is likely to come from a new mechanism to help reduce the impact of pingback attacks from WordPress installations. A pingback attack takes advantage of the XML-RPC (remote procedure call) pingback functionality in WordPress to launch DDoS attacks. XML-RPC is legitimately used within WordPress to allow content owners to track where their content is getting linked.

Leaked images and video show simplified Android TV UI

[Updated Apr 9] — Leaked images and a CES 2014 demo of Google’s new Android TV user interface show a more streamlined and intuitive approach to the big screen than Google TV. Rumors of the impending sunsetting of Google TV have been around at least since September when Sony, Google’s most stalwart partner for its […]

Skylable releases SX 0.1 - a complete Open Source Cloud Storage solution

Skylable SX is an open source, reliable, fully distributed cluster solution for your data storage needs. With SX you can aggregate the disk space available on multiple servers and merge it into a single storage system.

FLASHOUT 2 Looks Like A Great Futuristic Racer

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 9, 2014 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
FLASHOUT 2 looks like it will revive futuristic fast-paced combat racers and that's a pretty good thing. I have been waiting for a decent game like this to arrive on Linux and this may deliver.

Does Google need to lock down the Google Play store?

Disturbing reports of fake Android apps make me wonder if it's time for Google to lock down the Google Play store to protect users.

Humble Bundle PC & Android 9 Ups The Ante With Three More Linux Games

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 9, 2014 8:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Humble Bundle PC & Android 9 was already a good thing for Linux gamers, and now even more so with three more native games for Linux included as extras. So, we now have 9 games in this bundle making it quite the whopper.

Open Source Embroidermodder goes where no embroiderer has gone before

Even Linus Torvalds has had trouble with the proprietary formats of Embroidery machines. Enter Embroidermodder 2, an open source program on Kickstarter to create and edit digital embroidery designs.

ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 5 - Open Standards

In which the ability of open standards to break even the most monolithic IT monopolies is explained and explored

Short Stack: Inside Telestra's OpenStack Build and Cisco CIO talks OpenStack

This week, we look at HP embracing OpenStack, inside Telestra's move to OpenStack and Cisco's CIO explaining the advantages of OpenStack.

Useless Android security app fakes out Google Play users

In today's open source roundup: A fake Android app temporarily rockets up the Google Play rankings. Plus: elementary OS "Isis" preview, and a review of Slacko Puppy 5.7.

Free, Open-Source Linux Games Part IV: 5 More

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 9, 2014 3:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This is the fourth article in a series covering completely free and open-source games available for Linux, usually included in any of the popular distributions. These games are all included in the Ubuntu repositories, so you can install them with APT.

Wallabag to serve your open source read-it-later app needs

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 9, 2014 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No matter how well organized you are, no matter how well you manage your time, you probably don't get the chance to read all of the interesting articles that you find when you find them. To get around that, you can use services like Readability, Instapaper, and Pocket that allow you clip articles and read them when you do have the time.

Test Sites for Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

LXer Feature: 10-April-2014

Cryptography and security expert Filippo Valsorda created a Web-based Heartbleed tester. He released the code and now multiple sites have posted the tester. I do not know how reliable it is. To us lusers out here in the real world, the Internet and the sites we visit are black boxes. We have no way to know how safely they are handling our data. The sky is always falling.

NVIDIA Releases First Linux Driver with Overclock Features

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Apr 9, 2014 1:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NVIDIA has just announced the immediate availability for download of a new Beta version of its graphics driver for Linux operating systems, 337.12.

How to configure Conky with a GUI-based Conky config tool

  • Xmodulo; By Kristophorus Hadiono (Posted by xmodulo on Apr 9, 2014 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, which displays a variety of information on your desktop. Conky is highly configurable program which can monitor various time-varying system properties such as CPU load/temperature, free memory, free disk space, battery status, network traffic, etc. Conky consumes little system resources because it renders information within a desktop theme instead of using separate widget toolkits.

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