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To gamify or not to gamify community

Human beings are inherently playful creatures. From birth, play has an important function in our lives—from skills acquisition, to competition and beyond. We continue this love affair with play throughout sports, video games, and even catching animated animals in Pokémon Go.

Install Hiawatha on a Linux VPS

Hiawatha is an advanced, light and high-performance open source web server designed by Hugo Leisink with special emphasis on security.

KDE at FISL 2016

  •; By Sandro Santos Andrade (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 11:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, KDE
The 17th edition of the International Free Software Forum (FISL) took place, as usual, at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul's Convention Center, city of Porto Alegre, from 13th to 16th July. FISL is the largest FOSS conference in Latin America and a quite traditional venue to get a comprehensive panorama of all sorts of FOSS-related new topics: technical advances, adoption cases, FOSS and education, hacker culture, just to mention a few.

Flatpak 0.6.10 Makes the Dependency on systemd in the User Session Optional

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Sep 14, 2016 10:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Flatpak developer Alex Larsson announced the release of Flatpak 0.6.10, a new maintenance update of the universal Linux binary format used in various GNU/Linux distributions.

Linux helped me grow as a musician

In the early days of Linux it was possible to do high-quality audio recording, but it was often difficult to set up. Then Ubuntu Studio made it a lot easier. Back in 2000-2002, after studying B2B marketing, I started to work at an engineering office. Aside from marketing and sales stuff, I was in charge of optimizing the number of workstations and licenses to match our real needs and cut costs. We had many expensive CAD workstations that were mainly running Unix at the time, from vendors such as SGI, IBM, and Sun, with costly CATIA, Euclid, and Unigraphics software. read more

Pokemon Go might be released for Android Wear

Also in today’s open source roundup: Samsung will gimp Note 7 batteries, and 5 Linux server distributions.

Server Monitoring with Shinken on Ubuntu 16.04

Shinken is an open source computer and network monitoring framework written in python and compatible with Nagios. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Shinken from source and how to add a Linux host to the monitoring system. I will use Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus as the operating system for the Shinken server and monitored host.

Chile's green energy future is powered by open data analysis

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 7:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software and open data play key roles in implementing Chile's long-term energy planning, identifying ways to get the maximum value from development, minimizing its impact, and requiring less development overall. read more

Behind Docker's New Partner Program

When Docker unveiled a formalized channel program on Tuesday, partners gained a new springboard that could launch them deeper into DevOps, application lifecycle management and various managed services. Here's how.

DevOps and the Art of Secure Application Deployment

  •; By Amber Ankerholz (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Secure application deployment principles must extend from the infrastructure layer all the way through the application and include how the application is actually deployed, according to Tim Mackey, Senior Technical Evangelist at Black Duck Software.

Navigating the challenges of international teamwork

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I started my open source work from Oregon, USA working on a project in the "Republic" of Texas. While that, at first glance, does not sound international in nature, I can assure you that Oregon and Texas might as well be different countries. I experienced both the joy and frustration of working with users from both places that had big cultural differences, as well as overlapping needs. This early experience laid the groundwork for the future, where I got to work at the international level on OpenEMR, an electronic healthcare records system. read more

Front Ends and Extensions Take Hadoop in New Directions

  •; By Sam Dean (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 3:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Across the history of data analytics, marquee-level applications have always given rise to useful front ends and connectors that extend what the original applications were capable of. For example, the dominance of the spreadsheet gave rise to macros, plugins, and extensions. Likewise, the rise of SQL database applications ushered in database front ends, plugins, and connectors. Now, Big Data titan Hadoop is inspiring its own ecosystem of powerful extensions and front ends.

Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Java devs suddenly cried out in terror The Apache Software Foundation is considering a proposal to take custody of Java development environment NetBeans.…

What's your favorite tool for remote team collaboration?

  • (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 1:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Whether you work remotely from across town or across the globe, collaboration tools are the key to getting things done with the rest of your team. Which tools are your favorite? Here are some of ours. read more

Long-Secret Stingray Manuals Detail How Police Can Spy on Phones

  • The Intercept; By Sam Biddle (Posted by penguinist on Sep 14, 2016 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Harris Corp.’s Stingray surveillance device has been one of the most closely guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years. The company and its police clients across the United States have fought to keep information about the mobile phone-monitoring boxes from the public against which they are used. The Intercept has obtained several Harris instruction manuals spanning roughly 200 pages...

Using Ansible to Provision Vagrant Boxes

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 11:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Ansible is a great tool for system administrators who want to automate system administration tasks. From configuration management to provisioning and managing containers for application deployments, Ansible makes it easy. The lightweight module based architecture is ideal for system administration. One advantage is that when... Continue Reading →

Commission Proposal to Reform Copyright is Inadequate

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2016 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
The draft directive released today thoroughly misses the goal to deliver a modern reform that would unlock creativity and innovation in the Single Market. Today the EU Commission released their proposal for a reformed copyright framework. What has emerged from … Continue reading

Paramount Issues DMCA Takedown On Ubuntu Linux Torrent

The legacy copyright industries keep insisting that it's "easy" to recognize when something is infringing and thus it's "easy" to stop copyright infringement. They're very, very wrong on both counts for a variety of reasons. We could go into the details for why, but it's easier to just let them show us themselves. Not too long ago we wrote about Warner Bros. issuing DMCA takedown notices on its own sites (and also Amazon and IMDB links for its movies), and now TorrentFreak alerts us to Paramount issuing a DMCA takedown on a torrent of Ubuntu, the popular version of Linux that many people use all the time.

Just Because It Says ‘Open Source Hardware’ Doesn’t Mean It Really Is

Is it "organic," or just merely "natural?" Is it really "open source hardware," or merely hardware with a degree of openess? David Jones explains the problem in identifying which is which and who is whom.

KaOS 2016.09 Is Here as the First Linux Distro to Offer KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Beta

The KaOS development team had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of a new, updated installation medium of their KaOS Linux computer operating system.

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