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Prominent Pro-Patent Judge Issues Opinion Declaring All Software Patents Bad

Well here's an unexpected surprise. A lawsuit brought by the world's largest patent troll, Intellectual Ventures, and handled on appeal (as are all patent cases), by the notoriously awful Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) may have actually killed off software patents. Really. ... But the part that has everyone chattering is the concurring opinion by Judge Haldane Mayer, that says it's time to face facts: Alice killed software patents. And Mayer is not some newcomer.

New adds 2D renderer, targets 16MB RAM Linux systems

Qt 5.8 will include IoT-oriented “Qt Lite” technology that enables fine-grained configuration and supports small-footprint IoT gizmos without OpenGL. The Qt Company announced a Qt Lite project that aims to extend the Qt development framework to smaller footprint Internet of Things devices with as little as 16MB RAM and flash.

Dell Launches Its New Ubuntu-Powered XPS 13 Developer Edition Laptop in US and EU

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Oct 7, 2016 12:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Dell just launched its new XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop in the US and European markets, and, as usual, they're partnering with Canonical to deliver you the best Ubuntu Desktop experience as possible.

Docker Debuts Infrakit Open Source Toolkit for Self-Healing Infrastructure

The Docker Engine and dockerfiles have helped to usher in a new container revolution in how applications are packaged and run. Now as container Dockerworkloads increasingly enter into full-scale production deployments, the challenge is around scale-out and management. With Docker 1.12, Docker first integrated its Swarm clustering engine and now the new InfraKit toolkit will help scale-out efforts even further.

OpenStack Newton Debuts With Improved Container Features

The latest release of widely deployed open-source cloud platform improves security, virtualization and networking.

How to configure failover and high availability network bonding on Linux

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Oct 6, 2016 9:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial explains how to configure network bonding on Linux server. Before I start, let me explain what network bonding is and what it does. In a Windows environment, network bonding is called network teaming, this is a feature that helps any server architecture to provide high availability and failover in scenarios were one of the main ethernet cable has a malfunction or is misconfigured.

Putting the Personal Back in Personal Computing

  • Medium; By Steven Ovadia (Posted by steveov on Oct 6, 2016 8:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Technology is personal. We don’t think of it that way, because it’s comprised of impersonal things, like hardware and programming code, but if you think about it, our relationship to our technology is downright intimate. People type their secrets into computers and sleep next to phones and tablets. But too often, we don’t treat technology as something personal. Too often, it’s treated as something inevitable over which we have no control.

The Evolution of Open Source Networking at AT&T

  •; By Greg Whelan (Posted by bob on Oct 6, 2016 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
For many years AT&T has been on the forefront of virtualizing a Tier 1 carrier network. They’ve done so in a very open fashion and are actively participating in, and driving, many open sources initiatives.  Their open initiatives include Domain 2.0, ECOMP, and CORD, all of which are driving innovation in the global service provider market.  Chris Rice, Sr.

PVS-Studio is now friends with Linux

The development team of PVS-Studio static code analyser started Linux support.

How open source is enabling the digital art age

  • (Posted by bob on Oct 6, 2016 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I was in college, software development seemed much more difficult. I went to school for electrical engineering, so many of the courses dealt with programming tiny computers in assembly language. There were complicated toolchains, expensive compilers, and thousand-page manuals that described how to set the registers so that these chips would even operate. read more

Windows 10 market share fell in September

Not by much and we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come Microsoft may have used its Ignite conference to trumpet Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices, but the operating system's market share went backwards in September according to two of three traffic-watchers we track each month.…

Linux is a new frontier for young developer

When I was 17 years old, I started using Linux because I wanted a desktop that resembled my brother-in-law's Gentoo laptop, which used the KDE environment. Instead, I got the now-nostalgic brown and orange GNOME 2 environment because I'd installed Ubuntu. (Ubuntu has since changed its color palette.) read more

New Linux Kernel 4.8 -- Plus a Kernel-Killing Bug

After nearly exactly two months, Linus Torvalds released kernel 4.8 into the wild on Sunday, October 2nd. Torvalds dubbed 4.8 Psychotic Stoned Sheep, probably inspired by the news that a flock of woolly ruminants ate some abandoned cannabis and, high as kites, run amok in rural Wales, striking terror into the hearts of the locals.

4 open source alternatives for Google Calendar

  • (Posted by bob on Oct 6, 2016 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For many of us, our calendar is our lifeblood. Without it, we would be lost, perhaps both literally and figuratively. While some people can get away with a wall calendar or a paper day planner to organize their schedule, a whole lot of us have turned over the process of managing time allotments to a digital calendar. In truth, most of us are juggling quite a few calendars from both our work and personal lives, and often a few other organizations that we're involved with, including anything from non-profits to tech meetups to social clubs. read more

The Massive Windows 10 Update Failure

The forced upgrade mentality now prevalent at Microsoft could be the company's undoing.

Taking down the internet: possible but how probable?

  • CSO; By Taylor Armerding (Posted by penguinist on Oct 6, 2016 11:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Unknown players – probably a nation state – are probing the defenses of the core infrastructure of the internet. How worried should we be?

Yahoo's secret email scans helped the FBI probe terrorists

The scanning program used a reconfigured spam filter, not a whole new system, the New York Times says.

Charlie Reisinger: FOSS in Education Proponent…and Practitioner

Resinger figures that by using free and open source platforms such as Moodle and WordPress instead of proprietary options, his school district is saving something like $40,000 a year. As the clickbait headline might read, what he said next will amaze you.

How to Install GenyMotion (Android Emulator) on Linux

GenyMotion is a Android emulator which comes with per-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images, suitable for application testing.

KDE Student Programs announces Season of KDE 2016-1017

KDE Student Programs announces the 2016-2017 Season of KDE for those who want to participate in mentored projects which enhance KDE in some way. Projects from past Seasons of KDE include new application features, the KDE Continuous Integration system, new reporting for developers, as well as a web framework, porting and a plethora of other work.

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