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Oracle suffers embarrassing defeat as Java community votes 'No'

Dire warnings ignored, plea for unity. Oracle has suffered an embarrassing setback in its plans for a modular architecture in Java 9.

New Features Coming in the OpenStack Pike Cloud Platform

The OpenStack Pike release is currently scheduled for September 1 and it will bring with many new feature and improves. In a session at the OpenStack Summit in Boston, the top 8 new features that will be in OpenStack Pike were revealed.

What Is Crontab And How To Automate Tasks In Linux With Crontab

  • LinuxAndUbuntu.com; By Mohd Sohail (Posted by MohdSohail on May 13, 2017 6:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Cron is a utility that manages background processes or daemons from time to time (for example each minute, day, week or month). Cron works like a scheduler, for example, it can download files from the internet or download emails at regular intervals, also you can use it for more complex tasks like install updates. Originally cron was created for UNIX by Ken Thompson, but now you can use it in all UNIX-like systems, even Linux! UNIX have other utility for tasks scheduling called “at” but cron is much better.

Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware Outbreak Temporarily Stopped By "Accidental Hero"

A security researcher that goes online by the nickname of MalwareTech is the hero of the day, albeit an accidental one, after having saved countless of computers worldwide from a virulent form of ransomware called Wana Decrypt0r (also referenced as WCry, WannaCry, WannaCrypt, and WanaCrypt0r).

Open source, $125 NAS SBC has four SATA 3.0 ports

On Kickstarter, an open source, 4-bay “Helios4” NAS SBC runs Armbian on a Marvell Armada 388 SoC, and sells for $125, or $139 for the full case kit with fans. A Singapore-based startup called Kobol has gone to Kickstarter to pitch an open source network attached storage (NAS) SBC that supports up to 40TB of onboard storage, as well as media streaming and file sharing.

A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract

  • qz.com; By Keith Collins (Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 13, 2017 3:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The enforceability of open source licenses like the GNU GPL has long been an open legal question. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2006 case, Jacobsen v. Katzer, that violations of open source licenses could be treated like copyright claims. But whether they could legally considered breaches of contract had yet to be determined, until the issue came up in Artifex v. Hancom.

Top 5: Building great CLIs, an open source 2D gaming engine, and more

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 13, 2017 1:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week's Top 5, we highlight tools for building great command-line UIs, an open source 2D game engine, mechanical keyboards, and more. Top 5 articles of the week 5. Mechanical keyboards for programmers and gamers Input Club's mechanical keyboards aren't just about producing exceptional products. They're also proof that open source can solve any problem. read more

'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over

  • The Guardian; By Nadia Khomami and Olivia Solon (Posted by penguinist on May 13, 2017 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering thousands of connections every second.

Linus Torvalds Talks to Debian Users

A little over two-and-a-half years ago, Linus Torvalds spent over an hour taking and answering questions from an audience of developers at DebConf14 in Portland, Oregon. Some of what he said is by now old news, but that's interesting too, as it serves as a marker for where we've been.

The Importance of Static Social Media Buttons

So, let's talk social media buttons. You know them; you probably see them on most sites that you visit these days. The little badges or icons that load, encouraging you to click on them to either connect with the associated social media account or to share the article you may be reading at the time. If you're a web author or developer, I would strongly encourage you to use static badges or buttons instead.

Top 5 Ebook Authoring Tools for Linux

  • Make Tech Easier; By Nick Congleton (Posted by damien on May 13, 2017 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Digital publication is booming. Discover the top free open-source ebook authoring tools available for Linux, and choose the best one for your ebook.

NVIDIA Driver with Improved Optimus Support Lands for Fedora 25+

For those using an NVIDIA powered machine, especially those running Optimus laptops, a new NVIDIA driver stack has landed in the negativo17.org repo for Fedora 25 (and up) users.

NSA-created cyber tool spawns global attacks — and victims include Russia

Leaked alleged NSA hacking tools appear to be behind a massive cyberattack disrupting hospitals and companies across Europe, Asia, with Russia among the hardest-hit countries... Researchers said the malware is exploiting a Microsoft software flaw.

Understand Pascal / Delphi Programming with Free Books

Pascal is a popular teaching language to introduce structured programming techniques to students. There are many benefits from this type of programming such as code reusability, partitioning code into readable modules and procedures, and help programmers work together on code simultaneously. The language also lends itself to teaching with its easy syntax. Pascal is a strongly typed language, procedural, case insensitive, with extensive error checking. It has built in data types such as arrays, records, files and sets. There are also user defined data types. Pascal supports object oriented programming.

Open-Source Applicant Tracking System OpenCATS updated with new features

  • opencats.org; By Press Release (Posted by russh on May 13, 2017 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Announcing OpenCATS (open-source Applicant Tracking System) new release 0.9.4. Forked from CATS when it moved to a closed-source SAAS model. New features, security fixes and supports current PHP,MySQL

Track the night sky with Stellarium on Fedora

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on May 12, 2017 11:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Ever looked up at the night sky and tried to identify specific celestial bodies out of the millions you can see? Stellarium is an awesome open source planetarium application available in Fedora to help you identify and track objects in the... Continue Reading →

MySQL administration via command line

  • Linux.org; By Rob Kennedy (Posted by kprojects on May 12, 2017 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
When using MySQL on a Linux server, you'll no doubt come into a situation where you'll want to manipulate something via command line. Some of you will have tools like PHPMyAdmin installed, but you should always know a way to do things via command line.

Orchestration with MCollective

I originally got into systems administration because I loved learning about computers, and I figured that was a career that always would offer me something new to learn. Now many years later that prediction has turned out to be true, and it seems like there are new things to learn all the time.

Wire – A Secure Open Source Chat Application for Linux Systems

Wire is a cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging application developed by a team of engineers from Swiss.

How to work with dates and time with Python

When trying to make things work with the datetime module, most Python users have faced a point when we resort to guess-and-check until the errors go away. datetime is one of those APIs that seems easy to use, but requires the developer to have a deep understanding of what a few things actually mean. Otherwise, given the complexity of date- and time-related issues, introducing unexpected bugs is easy. read more

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