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Top 5: Saving old computers with Linux, an open source history lesson, and more

We're celebrating an important open source anniversary, a middle school that's saving old computers with Linux, and more in this week's top 5.

This Week in Open Source News: Emotional Chatbots, LF Networking Fund & More

This week in open source and Linux news, developer Eugenia Kuyda's fascinating open source-built chatbot is emotionally intelligent, The Linux Foundation forms new networking umbrella, & more!

Which Linux Kernel Version Is 'Stable'?

Almost every time Linus Torvalds releases a new mainline Linux kernel, there's inevitable confusion about which kernel is the "stable" one now. Is it the brand new X.Y one, or the previous X.Y-1.Z one? Is the brand new kernel too new? Should you stick to the previous release?

How to Install OpenProject on Ubuntu 16.04

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Feb 3, 2018 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux, Ubuntu
OpenProject is a web-based management system for location-independent team collaboration, released under GNU GPL 3 License. It's a project management software that provides task-management, team collaboration, and scrum. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install and configure the OpenProject management system using Ubuntu 16.04.

January top articles and whats coming up next

January marks 8 years of Opensource.com, so it's only fitting that we'd also set new record on the site. Opensource.com brought in 736,901 unique visitors who generated 1,202,182 page views in January, a new all-time record for both metrics. We published 85 articles last month, and welcomed 26 new authors.

Poll: Best Linux Distribution 2018

We're working on 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. First poll... which do you consider to be the best distribution?

Command Line Heroes, an original podcast

I don't know about you, but my podcast list grows by the day. With this super, popular medium—podcasts—there seems to be a new, popular podcast to check out every day. A couple of weeks ago, Red Hat joined that list with Command Line Heroes. read more

How to Manage PGP and SSH Keys with Seahorse

  • Linux.com; By Jack Wallen (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 7:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Title: How to Manage PGP and SSH Keys with Seahorse2 FebLearn more

Did Red Hat Just Spend $250 Million on Free Software?

These new teams of employees, which includes CoreOS's founder and CEO Alex Polvi and CTO Brandon Philips, will be doing some of the heavy lifting as the technology they developed is rolled into Red Hat brands. They will continue to work out of CoreOS offices in San Francisco, New York City, and Berlin.

How to deal with NBSPs in a terminal

NBSPs are also useful in HTML documents, where they're coded as   and rendered as whitespace by a browser.

NBSPs, however, are fairly useless in text in a terminal. When NBSPs occur where they're not supposed to, they can give unexpected results in data and code processing.

Little Backup Box: Now with Geocorrelating Powers

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Feb 2, 2018 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although the current version of Little Backup Box does the job, I still keep tweaking and improving it. And the latest version of the script brings a few minor but useful improvements.

Shell Scripting: Dungeons, Dragons and Dice

Dungeons, Dragons and Dice—a script that lets you roll those 3d6 and 2d20 that a surprising number of games require.

Linux performance before and after Meltdown and Spectre fixes

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The patches, as expected, brought Linux's performance down, but their impact has not been as bad as feared.

How to Check Your Linux PC for Meltdown or Spectre Vulnerability

One of the scariest realities of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is just how widespread they are. Use these simple tools to see how your Linux PC is affected and what you can do.

Compact, low-power serial device gateway runs FreeRTOS on Cortex-M3

Artila’s “Aport-213” is a low-power, industrial strength, single port serial-to-WiFi gateway that offers WiFi-based remote access to devices such as meters, sensors, and switches without requiring the development of wireless LAN drivers and security supplicants.

Meltdown-Spectre: Malware is already being tested by attackers

German antivirus testing firm AV-Test has identified 139 samples of malware that seem to be early attempts at exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs.

Top 7 open source project management tools for agile teams

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Opensource.com has surveyed the landscape of popular open source project management tools. We've done this before—but this year we've added a twist. This time, we're looking specifically at tools that support agile methodology, including related practices such as Scrum, Lean, and Kanban. read more

How to eliminate the default route for greater security

  • Networkworld; By Scott Hogg (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 3:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
If portions of enterprise data-center networks have no need to communicate directly with the internet, then why do we configure routers so every system on the network winds up with internet access by default?

Red Hat Buys CoreOS for $250M to Expand Its Kubernetes and Containers Leadership

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that it would acquire CoreOS, Inc., a company known for providing the Container Linux operating system (formerly CoreOS Linux), Tectonic for Kubernetes, and Quay Enterprise container registry, for the price of $250 million USD.

Kernel 4.16-rc1, Qubes OS 4.0, OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed and More

News updates for February 1, 2018.

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