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When does your documentation need screenshots?

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 24, 2015 3:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the common questions when developing documentation is, "How many screenshots should I include?" Answers range from "None!" to "All the screens!" A picture may be worth a thousand words, but screenshots are often used as a crutch for poor documentation or poor design. The best answer is to use them when you need them, and don't use them when you don't. So how do you know when you need them? read more

overGrive - Google Drive client released for Arch Linux

The Fan Club has released overGrive for Arch Linux.

Could Ubuntu 15.10 be the end of the road for boring upgrades?

You know the drill. Over the last couple of years, each major and minor Ubuntu upgrade has been, well, boring. There's been little to report on, save for the constant droning of "When will we finally see Unity 8?" In fact, I can't remember the last time Ubuntu had an exciting upgrade to roll out. That, in and of itself, says a lot about where we are as consumers and technologists. We live very much in a show me something exciting state. When a company or platform has nothing exciting to offer in an upgrade, the product loses its appeal.

Test drive GNOME 3.18 in Fedora 23 Beta

Earlier today, the GNOME project announced the release of GNOME 3.18, the next version of the default desktop environment available in Fedora Workstation. The best and easiest way to try out GNOME 3.18 for yourself is to use the freshly... Continue Reading →

Valve Goes After Microsoft: You Don't Need to Ever Build a DirectX 12 Game

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 24, 2015 11:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vulkan is a new API from the Khronos Group, the same developers who are also working on OpenGL. Their efforts are now supported by Valve as well, and they are saying that developers won't ever need to make a DirectX 12 game.

Tips for Improving the Linux Desktop Security

One of the longest-held beliefs is that the Linux desktop comes with invulnerable and foolproof security system.

Give new life and purpose to old hardware

The average phone is discarded every 2 years, and computing equipment every 3 to 5 years. They are usually in full working order, or even if broken can still be used in other ways rather than discarding.

Unlike other guides, I won’t push the whole “Give It Away” or “Donate Processing to X Project”. This is more for the sort of person who does not want to let go.

Keeping your Linux system safe

Recently, Lee Brian wrote a great article about her own Linux story in My Dad, Linux and Me. In some of the comments to that article, a discussion of viruses and Linux emerged. While most of the Linux community would agree that viruses are less of an issue in Linux than some other operating systems, there are some people we share files with who are affected by viruses and other malware. read more

Explaining the business value of security

  •; By Randy Franklin, VP-CIO of Premier Healthcare Alliance (Posted by crudder on Sep 24, 2015 7:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Advice for CIOs on how to prioritize security among their other tasks.

Enlightenment 0.19.11 Desktop Environment for GNU/Linux Systems Fixes Over 30 Bugs

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Sep 24, 2015 6:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The developers of the open-source and lightweight Enlightenment desktop environment have announced the release and immediate availability for download of Enlightenment DR 0.9.11.

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Sep 24, 2015 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
And the dodgy database at the heart of the crash is suffering again right now Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and other big names were thrown offline when Amazon suffered what's revealed to be a cascade of cock-ups.…

5 new guides for working with OpenStack

Cloud computing is an immensely complicated subject, and it can be hard to keep pace with the speed of development. When you look at a large collaborative project like OpenStack, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of pieces of the puzzle you need to be able to put together. But don't worry! There are lots of resources out there to help you, including the official documentation, various OpenStack training and certification programs, as well as tutorials from the community members themselves. read more

Via’s first Qseven COM runs Linux on a 1GHz dual-core i.MX6

Via revealed its first ARM based computer-on-module: the “QSM-8Q60,” which is also its first COM of any kind to adopt the 70 x 70mm Qseven 2.0 form-factor. Via Technologies has a long history as developer of CPUs and chipset silicon, as the creator of several popular single-board computer standards including Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and Nano-ITX, and […]

Coders to learn how to deploy humanitarian-focused apps on OpenStack

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 24, 2015 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Egle Sigler and Dana Bauer will lead coders to work on the OpenStack project while at the Open Source Day codethon at Grace Hopper this year. read more

General Electric and Canonical Working on a New Open-Source IoT Standard

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 24, 2015 1:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GE, FirstBuild and Canonical are now working together in order to create an "open-source" industry standard for IoT devices that anyone can pick up and use.

Autodesk open sources Linux-based 3D printer

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Sep 24, 2015 12:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Autodesk has open sourced the electronics and firmware of its resin- and DLP-based Ember 3D printer, revealing it to run Linux on a BeagleBone Black clone. In releasing the design of its Ember 3D Printer under open source licensing, Autodesk has revealed a mainboard that runs Linux on a customized spin-off of the BeagleBone Black […]

Would you trust Intel, Vodafone, Siemens et al with Internet of Things security? You'll have to

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Sep 23, 2015 11:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Gang set up foundation to blame when IoT goes titsup A new non-profit foundation dedicated to improving security in the "internet of things" launched on Wednesday.…

AVG Revamps Privacy Policy in Freemium Antivirus and Security Products

AVG's antivirus and security products for Windows, Mac, Android, Linux and FreeBSD systems will begin collecting personal information Oct. 15, when a new privacy policy takes effect.

Bluetooth Hacks

Connect to the Internet, work with your files, lock your workspace, listen to music and do so much more with the help of Bluetooth technology.

Chromebooks, Linux, and Lenovo

One Linux enthusiast's experience trying to install Linux on a Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook

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