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Ubuntu Linux is coming to IBM mainframes

Thanks to customer demand, IBM and Canonical are working on bringing Ubuntu to the Big Blue's z System mainframe.

MKVToolNix 8.3.0 Now Available for Download with Multiple GUI Enhancements

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 18, 2015 4:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Moritz Bunkus announced the release and immediate availability for download of the third point release of his ever popular MKVToolNix 8 open-source software for manipulating Matroska (MKV) files.

Another KDE success story - the Incubator - Part 1

Over the past year or so KDE has taken a new approach to projects joining our "Umbrella" Namely the KDE Incubator. This new program aims to help projects with similar ideals to our existing projects join us with all that that implies.

Canonical to Build a Special Ubuntu OS for IBM's LinuxONE and z Systems

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 18, 2015 2:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Canonical and IBM have just announced a new partnership to bring Ubuntu scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform by introducing two new Linux mainframe servers.

Steam Machines won’t have a “suspend” function

One of the most underrated features of the latest generation of consoles is the abiltiy to "suspend" the console rather than turning it off completely. Both the Xbox One (since launch) and PS4 (since March) let users put the system into a low-power "rest" mode that provides for a much quicker startup when getting back into the suspended game, saving up to 30 seconds (or more) each time you start up.

Linuxcon: Open Source Peer Collaboration Could Save the Planet

  • Datamation; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 18, 2015 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
The founder of Zipcar discusses her model of how 'Peers Inc' is the way forward.

LinuxONE: IBM's new Linux mainframes

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2015 11:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
IBM is not just introducing new mainframes, but a new way of paying for on premise big iron that makes mainframes cheaper than they've even before.

What's the biggest barrier to participation in open source?

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2015 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Getting started in open source can be daunting—especially if you're new to the world of open source software (or hardware), or if you are a minority in the space. But, never fear! We've got you covered with excellent reads to help you navigate the territory. First, vote in our poll and let us know what you think is the greatest obstacle to overcome. Your answers will help us create better content for you going forward. read more

Linux Mangaka Koe Screenshot Tour

After the success releasing Nyu with a lot of passion, we decided to start creating Koe witch reached the final stage yesterday! Koe is based on Kubuntu 14.04 with vanilla KDE 4.13.3 core libs containing Manga drawing, viewing, Anime playback and as well subtitle programs out-of-the-box. We beg for your patience at booting, the system has no boot-logo (to look more intuitive with the KDE desktop), but positively it ships some customization to fit the way as a complete beautiful operating system made just for you! Note: We may release an update until end year with a correction at the missed installer `quit' message (it does not affect the installation) and application menu mouse hover closing.

An Evening with Containers

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 17, 2015 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
As part of the kickoff for the Linuxcon Containercon conference here there was An Evening with Containers on August 16. Seven speakers in total each delivered 5 minute lightning talks about different topics related to containers.

Not one of the seven speakers was from Docker Inc

Firefox Security Exploit Targets Linux Users and Web Developers

Through the years, Firefox has enjoyed a reputation as one of the most secure Web browsers on any platform, and it's the default browser for many Linux distros. However, a security exploit appeared this week that has shown users they can't afford to be complacent about security. Mozilla has rushed to patch the flaw, and a new release has closed the hole (39.0.3). But, plenty of users still haven't updated their browsers.

BM Launches New Linux Mainframes and Open Mainframe Project

  • ServerWatch.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 17, 2015 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM
Linux on the IBM mainframe is nothing new, but IBM is now doubling down with a pair of new Linux-only mainframes and the launch of the Open Mainframe Project at the Linux Foundation. IBM's big mainframe announcements are all being made at the LinuxCon conference here where IBM mainframe Chief Ross Mauri is delivering a keynote

Manjaro Linux 2015.08 KDE-Next (Plasma 5.4) Screenshot Tour

With this release we have focused our efforts, bringing you a preview of our upcoming KDE edition featuring Plasma 5.4. Plasma brings many nice touches for our users such as much improved high DPI support, KRunner auto-completion and many new beautiful icons. It also lays the ground for the future with a tech preview of Wayland session available. We're shipping a few new components such as an Audio Volume Plasma Widget, monitor calibration tool and the User Manager tool comes out beta. Audio Volume applet works now directly with PulseAudio, the popular sound server for Linux, to give you full control over volume and output settings in a beautifully designed simple interface. KRunner now remembers your previous searches and automatically completes from the history as you type. The Networks applet is now able to display network traffic graphs. It also supports two new VPN plugins for connecting over SSH or SFTP.

How to use the NMAP Security Scanner on Linux

Nmap is a free and open source network discovery and security auditing utility that is widely used in the Linux users community as it is simple to use yet very powerful. Nmap works by sending data packets on a specific target (by IP) and by interpreting the incoming packets to determine what posts are open/closed, what services are running on the scanned system, whether firewalls or filters are set up and enabled, and finally what operation system is running.

The ten best Chromebooks

In today's open source roundup: The ten best Chromebooks you can buy, and must-have Chrome OS apps to run on them. Plus: DistroWatch reviews VectorLinux 7.1. And GOG improves Linux games installer.

Which Open Source Linux Distributions Would Presidential Hopefuls Run?

  • The VAR Guy; By Chris Tozzi (Posted by Mcusanelli on Aug 17, 2015 3:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: GNU, Linux
Which Linux or open source operating system would candidates for the current presidential election run, if they used open source software? Today, we take a look at the Republicans.

Valve Drops Suspend Function for SteamOS Due to Poor Support in Linux Graphics Stack

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 17, 2015 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Valve is making some hard choice for SteamOS, and it looks like they are having some issues with the support for various components. In this case, it's about the support for suspend, which is not all that good, forcing them to drop it from the operating system.

Timo-T Game Alpha 0.0.3 build for Linux x64

  • indiedb.com; By Popa Adrian Marius (Posted by mariuz on Aug 17, 2015 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Games, Linux
Timo-T Game Alpha 0.0.3 build is released , what is changed in this version ? :

Now the player control is more fluent and natural. We have added some new effects and powerups visible in the right corner like: shield, rollover and jump.

How an open-minded sysadmin got me hooked on Linux

Around 1994, I was a database and security consultant in London. Working in the financial sector around Threadneedle Street. In those days, the only choices for home operating systems were Windows 3.1 or, if you had enough memory, the new offering from Microsoft: Windows 95. Both required expensive machines to run. (I had to upgrade my desktop to 8MB in order to successfully install Windows 95!) Microsoft Office was the go-to office suite for every client, and database environments ran on either mainframes or client server farms on very expensive hardware. Having a home computer on which to learn this software was very expensive. read more

Catch WordPress Hackers with the AIDE Viewer

WordPress is a popular favorite among web site owners and its also a favorite among hackers. We reached out to WordPress.org as well as Automattic for comment on why they think this is the case and any future plans they have to make it more secure, particularly for themes and plugins created by 3rd parties, which is where the majority of the exploits are. Automattic has not responded to our request. WordPress.org got in touch with us stating they do review any plugins hosted by WordPress, but have no control over plugins not hosted by them. He also stated he didn’t have any information if any thing would be done differently by WordPress as far as how they handle non-hosted 3rd party themes and plugins in the future.

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