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Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in Ubuntu Desktop

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 15, 2014 10:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Ubuntu desktop flavor hasn't been the developers' focus for some time now, but that is going to change very soon. The new Desktop Team Manager at Canonical, Will Cooke, has talked about the future of the Unity desktop and laid out the plans for the next few Ubuntu versions.

Plasma 5.1 Brings Back Many Popular Features

Today, KDE releases Plasma 5.1, the first release containing new features since the release of Plasma 5.0 this summer. Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements, leading to greater stability, better performance and new and improved features. Thanks to the feedback of the community, KDE developers were able to package a large number of fixes and enhancements into this release, among which more complete and higher quality artwork following the new-in-5.0 Breeze style, re-addition of popular features such as the Icon Tasks taskswitcher and improved stability and performance.

Short Stack: OpenStack Juno Release Candidate 2, EMC grabs Cloudscaling and OpenStack makes smarter data centers

This week, we look at the release of OpenStack Juno, RC2 (it won't be long now), EMC jumping on the OpenStack bandwagon with Cloudscaling purchase and how OpenStack makes for a more intelligent data center.

Linus Torvalds Regrets Alienating Developers with Strong Language

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 15, 2014 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linus Torvalds talked today at the LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe, a conference organized by the Linux Foundation that reunites all the big names in the open source world. He answered a lot of questions and he also talked about the effects of the strong language he uses in the mailing list.

Five open source alternatives to popular web apps

Remember when Sun Microsystems proclaimed that "the network is the computer"? Many people guffawed at that proclamation. What was once a clever slogan is now a reality thanks to the proliferation of web-based applications. read more

How to check hard disk health on Linux using smartmontools

If there is something that you never want to happen on your Linux system, that is having hard drives die on you without any warning. Backups and storage technologies such as RAID can get you back on your feet in no time, but the cost associated with a sudden loss of a hardware device can […]Continue reading... The post How to check hard disk health on Linux using smartmontools appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to monitor power usage in Linux How to monitor system temperature on Linux How to install and configure Nagios on Linux What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to create a software RAID-1 array with mdadm on Linux

Women in Open Source award open for nominations

We are proud to announce that Red Hat is now accepting nominations for the Women in Open Source Award. This award is the first of its kind, created to shine a spotlight on women making important contributions to an open source project, to the open source community, or through the use of open source methodology. read more

What you need to know about the SSLv3 “POODLE” flaw (CVE-2014-3566)

Good morning everyone! Another security vulnerability is hitting the tech (and mainstream!) press, and we want to make Fedora users get straight, simple information. This one is CVE-2014-3466, and the […]

Free Bassel Khartabil

Apparently, working for a free and open Internet also caught the attention of the Syrian government, which sadly wasn’t as enamored with Bassel’s work as was Foreign Policy magazine. On March 15, 2012, Bassel was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus, Syria.

Developer of Stella, the best CentOS-based distro for the desktop, not looking to create a CentOS 7 version any time soon

There was a time when Nux, developer of the best CentOS spin for desktops, was game for producing a Stella 7. But looking at the Stella forums today, that doesn’t seem likely. No matter, with the Nux 'dextop' repo, you can have a CentOS desktop with most of the packages that are hard to find anywhere else.

The Divisive Linux Community

Linux users find a lot to argue about, from audio tools to gaming to proprietary code.

Self-documentation of code

The inadequacy or lack of documentation of software is a recurring issue. This applies just as often to proprietary software as it does to free software. Documentation of code has two main purposes: to make the code readable for other programmers, and to make the code useable. Good documentation of free software is vital for users, and contributing to the documentation (or translation to a minority language) of a free software project is a good way to get involved for those who don’t know where to start, or how to program, and want to know how it’s done. The problem is a shortage of recruits.

Anonabox bundles OpenWrt with Tor for anonymous Web browsing

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Oct 15, 2014 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It is designed to sit between your computer and your home router and route all traffic through Tor. At its size, two anonaboxes can fit inside a pack of cigarettes.

Open Software's Thousand Eyes: A Misunderstood Claim

  • Dr. Dobb's Open Source Articles (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 15, 2014 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recent high-profile defects do not support the view that open source is less secure than closed source.

The beginning of the people's Web: 20 years of Netscape

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Oct 15, 2014 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In 1994, only geeks, techies and nerds were using the Web, and then along came Netscape and nothing would be the same.

The Linux Setup - Eric Hameleers, Slackware Linux

  • My Linux Rig; By Steven Ovadia (Posted by steveov on Oct 15, 2014 7:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
An interview with Eric Hameleers, one of Slackware's core developers. He discusses his love of KDE and why Slackware puts users first by trusting in their intelligence.

Tiny $51 Tor router runs OpenWRT

A Kickstarter project called “Anonabox” offers a tiny Tor router for anonymous Internet use, running OpenWRT Linux on a MediaTek MT7620n WiFi chipset. The Anonabox is a “completely open source and open hardware” networking device that provides anonymous Internet access and encryption, says Chico, Calif.-based project leader August Germar on the Anonabox Kickstarter page. The […]

OPNFV Project Begins Planning Open Source NFV Solutions

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV), the collaborative partnership for advancing open source software-defined networking and data centers that the Linux Foundation announced last month, is now officially live. Here's what it's up to so far, and what it hopes to becomes over the coming months and years.

KDE Plasma used to produce The Desolation of Smaug movie

In today's open source roundup: Animators used KDE Plasma in the production of last year's hobbit movie. Plus: Testing rolling-release distributions for reliability, and a review of Cylon Linux 12.04.1.

Allwinner reveals new octa-core and 64-bit quad-core SoCs

Allwinner unveiled octa-core, Cortex-A7 based “A83T” and “H8? SoCs for tablets and media-streaming boxes, respectively, plus a quad-core, 64-bit “H64? SoC.

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