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It's Alive! (maybe, sort of)

Nearly 12 years after it was filed, a lawsuit against IBM Corp. that riled the open-source computer code community is back on the federal court docket in Utah. (No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke. Would that it were.)

Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon and MATE Release Candidates Available for Download

Clement Lefebvre has announced a few minutes ago, March 18, the immediate availability for download and testing of the Release Candidate versions of Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 “Betsy” Cinnamon and MATE, two computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and built around the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments created by Linux Mint developers.

Help Fedora find a Diversity Advisor

Increased diversity is crucial to the future of open source. A range of contributors from varying backgrounds brings broader experience to the table, which makes for healthier projects — and ultimately better software.

FOSS & Accessibility: The New Frontier

Charlie Kravetz said he was a little nervous at SCALE 13x. Not only had his presentation slides gorped about a week ahead of the expo (he got them back together and working, of course), it was Charlie’s first time speaking in front of a group. And the message he wished to convey in his talk, “Accessibility in Software,” was an important one.

Test Internet Speed from the Terminal on Ubuntu Linux

speedtest.cli is command line tool which is used to test Internet bandwidth from the terminal on Linux like Operating system.

CIOs: Use DevOps to break down traditional development silos

Everyone's talking about the benefits of DevOps, but moving to a DevOps model can be a big challenge for traditional IT departments.

How to install Seafile on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

Seafile is a OpenSource cloud storage software. It offers file sharing and syncing for individual users and groups, it provides client side encryption and easy access from mobile devices. This tutorial describes the steps to install Seafile on Ubuntu 14.04.

antiX 15 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

antiX 15 beta1-V available for testing. This is a 32-bit antiX full using SysVInit (hence the V) and some repackaged debs for 'nosystemd', e.g CUPS, dBUS. The ISO image is 701 MB so testers will have to overburn the CD. Custom 3.19.1 Linux kernel; addition of alsa-sound-card to set up multiple sound cards; Debian 'Jessie' set as default; UEFI support on the live medium (no support yet in the installer); reorganised menu layout; reorganised boot menu; splash enabled at boot - to remove press F7 and choose the 'No VGA' option; improved localisation - but it still needs work; many minor bugs squashed. Please test and post issues, comment in the forums.

The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

  • The New Yorker; By Maria Bustillos (Posted by AwesomeTux on Mar 18, 2015 12:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU
The GNU Manifesto is characteristic of its author—deceptively simple, lucid, explicitly left-leaning, and entirely uncompromising. Richard Stallman, who published his manifesto in March of 1985, has been known to say that, "with software, either the users control the program, or the program controls the users."

MPV Video Player 0.8.3 Released, Fixes Nasty Mouse Cursor Issues on All Supported Platforms

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 18, 2015 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
MPV, one of the most trendy video playback applications today, sees a new maintenance release that brings some important enhancements and repairs nasty issues discovered in the previous releases of the software. The third point release of MPV also updates the documentation and cleans up the source code.

A Linux distro for education: UberStudent

Built on top of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, UberStudent 4.1 "Epicurus" is a customized distribution designed for secondary and post-secondary education. A blurb on the UberStudent website describes the distribution as "Red Hat for education." I was intrigued by this claim and wondered if some customization on top of Ubuntu could really do for education what Red Hat does for enterprise. So I gave UberStudent a try and was very impressed with what I found. read more

Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

When I bought the HP Mini three years ago I loaded it with Linux before the pre-installed Windows 7 could even boot.

The new mini-notebook came with Windows 8.1, a Windows bootloader and UEFI. Bless you, HP, they weren't a problem.

GTC 2015: Nvidia Digits DevBox is a Linux-powered mini supercomputer

Touted as being "the world's fastest desk-side deep learning machine", Nvidia Digits DevBox was unveiled by the firm's CEO and co-founder, Jen-Hsun Huang, who said the device is a powered by four Titan X GPUs, the firm's new graphics card which was also unveiled at the show today. DevBox comes with Ubuntu 14.04 pre-installed.

Richard Stallman's GNU Manifesto is now 30 years old

  • itwire; By Sam Varghese (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2015 8:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
In true leftist style, Stallman called it the GNU Manifesto. It was published in March 1985 in Dr Dobb's Journal of Software Tools, a venerable technology publication that shut shop in December last year after 38 years of publishing. It encapsulated a desire to create a free operating system, for use by all, one that the users could control. This desire grew out of the fact that UNIX source code was not being released after A. T. & T. was broken up and the the anti-trust decree under which it was operating became void. Stallman was not inspired by the path proprietary software development was taking.

AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

  • The Register; By Chris Williams (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2015 7:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: ARM, Embedded
HSA Foundation rolls out 1.0 spec to grab devs' attention An effort to tightly knit together graphics chips, processors and other hardware to boost things like video search on your desktop has taken a step forward.… Rogers said Linux kernel patches to allow the operating system to support HSA 1.0 have already been submitted and are available from

Linux-based bipedal robot endures a dodgeball attack

OSU demonstrated its speedy, bipedal ATRIAS robot withstanding a barrage of kicks and dodgeballs. ATRIAS runs on ROS and a real-time Xenomai Linux kernel. Researchers at Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory have demonstrated their Linux-driven ATRIAS robot withstanding a considerable beating while keeping its cool. OSU recently posted videos of its unusual torture testing […]

Evolve OS’ New Beta Brings Linux Kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218 - Screenshot Tour

The Evolve OS development team, through Ikey Doherty, had the pleasure of announcing earlier today the immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta release for the upcoming Evolve OS Linux distributions. Evolve OS Beta 1.1 is now powered by Linux kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218. In addition, this new Beta release of Evolve OS includes the GCC 4.9.2 and Clang/LLVM 3.5.0 compilers.

News: Linux Top 3: Fedora 22, Robolinux 7.8.3 and Makulu 8.0

Diversity of different types of Linux distributions continues to be a source of strength

Freescale i.MX6 SoloX SoC gains embedded Linux support

The Timesys LinuxLink tool suite now supports Freescale’s i.MX6 SoloX SoC, including support for Freescale’s MQX RTOS that runs on the SoC’s Cortex-M4 MCU.

HTTPS-crippling FREAK attacks become cheaper and easier to carry out

There's more bad news surrounding the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability that came to light two weeks ago. A recently completed scan of the Internet revealed 10 percent of servers that support the underlying transport layer security protocol remain susceptible.

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