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VLC Media Player 3.0 Will Have Wayland Support, Chromecast Output Module

VLC Media Player 3.0.0 is one of the most anticipated applications of 2015, eagerly awaited by millions of computer users worldwide. Prominent features of VLC 3.0 include Wayland support, a Chromecast output module, several Android improvements, among which rotation, opaque, and subpicture blending, as well as batch convert support.

Introducing Robolinux KDE, an OS That Windows Users Are Going to Love

The Robolinux developers had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of a brand-new edition of their open-source computer operating system, this time built around the modern and beautiful KDE Software Compilation graphical desktop environment. It a distro where the main emphasis is on running Windows applications natively.

Cloud brokers could help navigate growing cloud complexity

  • Intronis Blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Feb 12, 2015 11:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
The cloud was supposed to simplify everything, but as it turns out when you are start layering on multiple services and mixing and matching with on-premises it can get pretty darn complicated. That's where cloud service brokers might be able to help. They are a new breed of cloud consultant.

Linux for Astronomers

I've looked at specialty distributions that were created for engineers and biologists in previous articles, but these aren't the only scientific disciplines that have their own distributions. So in this article, I introduce a distribution created specifically for astronomers, called Distro Astro.

Oregon State University Open Source Lab hosts 160 projects

  • (Posted by bob on Feb 12, 2015 9:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The South California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual event aiming to provide educational opportunities on the topic of open source software. This is SCALE13X, and prior to the event I caught up with one of the speakers, Emily Durham, who will give a talk called Human Hacking. read more

Ubuntu Phone: Revolutionary UI with underwhelming hardware specs

Ladies and gents, the Ubuntu Phone has finally been released. That's right -- Canonical has delivered. Sort of.

ArchBang 150210 Screenshot Tour

ArchBang 150210 is available. ArchBang Linux is a lightweight distribution based on Arch Linux. Using the Openbox window manager, it is fast, up-to-date and suitable for both desktop and portable systems.

Without open source, there would be no DevOps

If we're going to do DevOps, we have to give up open source. Right? Wait, we're an Agile shop, so we have to give that up, too. Right? Over the last five years or so, I've talked with a lot of people confused about what it means to "do DevOps,” and clearly concerned about having to give up other things that have already proven their value in order to adopt DevOps. The bad news is, we've not done a good job in the DevOps community of nailing down what DevOps is and what it isn't at an earlier stage in our development.

Open hardware helps businesses make products for cheap

“Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.” That sentence was taken directly from Open Source Hardware Statement of Principles 1.0, a preamble of sorts located in the definition section of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) website. Part blog, part doctrine, the site serves as a hub for this ever-growing community of creators.

Setting up Django, Python and MySQL development environment on Debian Linux 8 Jessie

This config is intended to help reader to quickly setup a Django Web development environment with Python 3 and MySQL on Debian Linux 8 Jessie. The outcome will be installed Django Framework ( 1.7.1 ) and Python ( 3.4.2 ). Once completed and would like to learn more by creating your first Django app you can continue with the official Django Documentation by skipping the first part about settings up the Django environment.

What I can say about KDE Plasma 5 that I can’t say about Windows 8

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Feb 12, 2015 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Playing with my test installation of KaOS Release Candidate has allowed me to appreciate how good KDE Plasma 5 really is. The release candidate of KaOS that I installed does not have all the pieces of KDE Plasma 5 in place yet, but the ones that are very, very good. Even in a virtual environment, KDE Plasma 5 is as smooth as silk.

Black Lab Linux Releases 32-bit Edition of Their KDE-Based Distro

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Feb 12, 2015 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In a world where everyone tries to drop 32-bit support for their OSes, Black Lab Linux developers have announced on Twitter that they’ve released a 32-bit version of their KDE-based distribution in order to support installations of the Black Lab Linux KDE Edition 6.0 SR1 operating system on low-end computers or machines with old/semi-old hardware components.

How to replace a failed harddisk in Linux software RAID

This guide shows how to remove a failed hard drive from a Linux RAID1 array (software RAID), and how to add a new hard disk to the RAID1 array without losing data. I will use gdisk to copy the partition scheme, so it will work with large harddisks with GPT (GUID Partition Table) too.

Build your own combined OpenVPN/WiKID server for a VPN with built-in two-factor authentication using Packer.

In this tutorial we create a combined Openvpn/WiKID server using packer. Packer allows us to create VMware, VirtualBox, EC2, GCE, Docker, etc images using code. Note that combining your two-factor authentication server and vpn server on one box may or may not be the best solution for you.

Hackable Pi-like SBC opts for 1.6GHz quad-core STB SoC

Shenzhen Xunlong has launched a $59 open-spec “Orange Pi Plus” SBC with a 1.6GHz quad-core Allwinner H3 SoC, 40-pin Pi-compatible expansion, WiFi, and SATA. In December when Shenzhen Xunlong Software announced its open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready Orange Pi and Orange Pi Mini SBCs, both of which use the dual-core, Cortex-A7 Allwinner A20 system-on-chip, the company also briefly noted an upcoming, quad-core Orange Pi Plus. The Plus was said to offer a quad-core, Cortex-A7 Allwinner A31 SoC with a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU. Instead, the shipping version, now available at AliExpress for $59, arrives with Allwinner’s new quad-core Cortex–A7 based H3 SoC and a Mali-400 MP2 GPU.

Elementary, My Dear Linux User

I suspect there are as many Ubuntu-based Linux distributions as there are all other distributions combined. Many of them are designed with a specific purpose in mind. Whether the desire is for a different looking desktop, custom kernel or just pre-installed packages, there's probably a version of *buntu out there to fit every need. Elementary OS is just another in a long list of variants, but what it does, it does very well.

Breaking smart TV surveillance capabilities may be a felony

Customers who are concerned about the surveillance capabilities of Samsung’s smart TVs have another headache to worry about: Tampering with the machine to disable such components may be a felony.

It’s Kind of Cheesy Being Green

... an interesting example of how sometimes very subtle product decisions in technology influence the way culture works. Apple uses a soothing, on-brand blue for messages in its own texting platform, and a green akin to that of the Android robot logo for people tweeting from outside its ecosystem (as people have pointed out on Twitter, iPhone texts were default green in days before iMessage—but it was shaded and more pleasant to the eye; somewhere along the line things got flat and mean).

There are all sorts of reasons for them to use different colors. (iMessage texts are seen as data, not charged on a per-text basis, and so the different colors allow people to register how much a given conversation will cost—useful!). However, one result of that decision is that a goofy class war is playing out over digital bubble colors. Their decision has observable social consequences.

Library of Congress “Opens Up” with (wait for it…) OOXML

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 12, 2015 7:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week, the Library of Congress announced that it will “open up with OOXML.” Nine new OOXML format descriptions will be added to the LoC Format Sustainability Website. What?

Study Confirms That Revealing Secrets, Rather Than Hoarding Info, Is Good For Inventors

sciamiko points us to an interesting study done by Stuart Graham, who was the first chief economist of the US Patent Office... looking at whether or not inventors choose to reveal the "secrets" of their invention prior to actually getting the patent. Graham and his co-author, Deepak Hegde, examined what happened after the American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) went into effect in 2000.

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