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Why did you start using Linux?

In today's open source roundup: What got you started with Linux? Plus: IBM's Linux only Mainframe. And why you should skip Windows 10 and go with Linux.

How open source helped one woman break into the tech industry

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2015 11:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source communities have been paving the way for innovation for years, and recently they've been paving the way for diversity in the IT fields, too. For some women, the way into technology was clear and well-lit. Others faced harsh criticism from their families, friends, and society. Thankfully, open source communities are creating a level playing field, enabling women from all over the world to learn, contribute, and make their mark in technology. read more

The Egg, a handheld Tizen webserver, emerges at IDF

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2015 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Eggcyte is demoing its redesigned, handheld “The Egg” personal server device, which runs Tizen Linux on a quad-core Atom, and offers up to 256GB of storage. On Oct. 29, 2014, Eggcyte cancelled its Kickstarter project for its somewhat ovoid shaped personal server device, dubbed The Egg. The project had only nipped at the edges of […]

How to install KVM on Ubuntu 14.04

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a virtualization extension for the Linux Kernel. There are many Operating systems that are supported by KVM, which include Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and others. This tutorial explains the installation of KVM on an Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop and how to create a Ubuntu guest VM.

Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it, and no patch exists

Be careful what you run. If you're using OS X Yosemite, watch out for malware exploiting a new way to take complete control of your Mac. A vulnerability has been found in Apple's operating system that allows ordinary software on the computer to gain all-powerful root privileges, allowing dodgy apps to install new programs, create users, delete users, trash the system, and so on, without the owner's permission.

Sub-$500 industrial PC runs Linux on 3rd Gen Celeron

Acnodes unveiled an under $500 “FES8685? computer with a dual-core Ivy Bridge CPU, plus SATA, serial, USB, GbE, HDMI, VGA, mini-PCIe, and optional WiFi. With the FES8685, Acnodes has taken a trip down memory lane, replacing the Intel 4th Gen Core “Haswell” CPUs of the FES8680 released earlier this year with a 3rd Gen “Ivy Bridge” Celeron 1047UE. The FES8685 runs Linux or Windows on the dual-core, 1.4GHz chip, which runs at a TDP of 17W. As a result, the computer is sold for about $175 less, at just $496 with 2GB of RAM.

Standards of Political Civility and Darwin's Finches

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 18, 2015 7:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I wrote this piece five years ago. Sadly, it's still timely today. Only the names have been changed to update the idiots

Hack Amazon's Dash buttons to do things other than buying stuff

Amazon's Dash buttons are tiny adhesive physical triggers that can order for you, through the magic of WiFi, anything you need to stock up on. But that's not the limits of their power, if you're willing to tinker with them.

Official 5MP Camera Module Connects to All Available Raspberry Pi Models

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 18, 2015 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Not too many people know that the Raspberry Pi 2 mini PC has a very good and powerful camera module that can be used to take high-definition video.

LinuxCon North America: Day 1 highlights

Zemlin says that an impressive 64 million lines of code has been added to projects hosted by the Linux Foundation since they became collaborative projects. That's thousands of unique contributors creating billions of dollars of value, he says, and he isn't even including the Linux kernel in that code count.

Build a "Virtual SuperComputer" with Process Virtualization

Build and release is a complicated process. I really don’t need to tell anyone that…but I did anyway. But a rapid, precise feedback cycle that notifies whether the latest build of software passed successfully or not, and one that tells you WHAT failed specifically instead of just “operation failed,” can mean the difference between being able to quickly fix defects, or not discovering those defects until later in the project’s lifecycle, thereby increasing exponentially the cost and difficulty of fixing them. IncrediBuild has been addressing precisely this with Microsoft TFS for years, and is now reinventing their tool for Linux developers.

Top Tweaks for the Linux Desktop

These days installing Linux on your computer is fairly straightforward. Even when it comes to installing your favorite Linux distro onto a PC using UEFI. The tweaking takes place when you're trying to setup the desktop environment for your daily tasks. This can be everything from creating custom preferences to installing software to make your usage more pleasant. In this article, I'll share my favorite tweaks for the Linux desktop.

Precise audio control with Fedora

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2015 2:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Audio routing in Fedora is very flexible. This simple Sound settings panel comes with Fedora Workstation. It has everything most users need: But what if you want a little more power over the sound on your system? The PulseAudio system that handles audio... Continue Reading →

Google Announces Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 18, 2015 1:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google finally revealed the name of the Android M and it's Marshmallow. The fans of the M&M candy will be disappointed by the choice, but now the final Developer Preview update is out and ready for testing.

How to talk to your company about FOSS

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2015 12:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free and open source software (FOSS) has made huge inroads over the last decade or two, especially in the corporate world. Even so, some legal departments can be wary of their organizations using or contributing to FOSS. read more

The Wages of Online Disrespect

It’s already been proven that our anonymity online is a myth. Even with tools like Tor and anything else short of a high quality VPN, finding who we are and where we live requires just a little bit of work. The Internet is forever, up until the movement for “the right to be forgotten” came about. But even with that, none of us are really safe from discovery if someone wants to find us.

Be an inspiration, not an impostor

Major Hayden is a man of considerable skill. In addition to his job at Rackspace, he spends time developing open source projects, maintaining packages for Fedora, and making sure icanhazip.com is up and running. He has a stack of certifications and has even gone so far as presenting his resume as a man page. Yet for all his undeniable credentials, he sometimes struggles with a feeling of I don't belong here. It's a feeling that's far too common in open source projects. Yet, given enough eyeballs, maybe all impostor syndromes are shallow. Major Hayden will be presenting his talk at Texas Linux Fest this week: Be an inspiration, not an impostor. read more

IBM makes push for Linux customers with Ubuntu mainframes

IBM is expanding support for Linux on mainframes with a few new initiatives announced today, including plans for an Ubuntu distribution.

The announcement also includes a new Linux mainframe server called LinuxONE and mainframe code contributions to a new "Open Mainframe Project" formed by the Linux Foundation. IBM and Canonical are teaming up to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and existing z Systems mainframe hardware.

Everyone changes lightbulbs in an open organization

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 18, 2015 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At a previous organization, I had a good relationship with the administration staff. I purchased large amounts of goods, and that staff helped my team with our purchase orders. In turn, we'd help the staff with other tasks—such as changing burnt-out lighting tubes in the office. One day, another member of the organization was visiting when a call for me came in. It was my good friend from the front desk, asking me to help her change one of those lighting tubes. read more

Docker Working on Security Components, Live Container Migration #linuxcon

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 18, 2015 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
Docker developers take the stage at Containercon/Linuxcon and discuss their work on future container innovations for security and live migration.

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