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Hands-on with eight great Android Marshmallow features

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2015 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android, Linux
I put Google's latest version of Android to the test on my 2013 Nexus 7 tablet and I liked what I found.

FCC Online Privacy Ruling Helps, not Hurts, Privacy-Minded Users

The FCC will not require websites to protect users' privacy and security in response to "do not track" requests. Since such a mandate could not be enforced anyway, this decision is best for users in the long run.

Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate 1 is available for testing

Firebird Project announces the first Release Candidate of Firebird 3.0, the next major version of the Firebird relational database, which is now available for testing.

Google Tries an Android for Machine Learning, Releasing Open Source AI System

Machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that wields software to interpret and make predictions from large sets of data, is all the rage in Silicon Valley. Facebook is investing big in it; Microsoft has too, and now Apple (quietly) is also. But it was Google that started the trend, and in order to remain innovative — and compete for scarce talent — Google needs to keep looking like the cutting-edge leader.

ClearOS 7.1.0 Screenshot Tour

ClearOS 7.1.0 final for all editions has arrived. ClearOS now comes in three different editions: Community, Home and Business. All editions can be installed from the same download ISO image, but each edition provides a mix of applications, support and services to meet different needs. This release is the first in the ClearOS 7 series and provides major improvements and new features. ClearOS 7.1.0 introduces: Samba 4, Directory (Microsoft Active Directory replacement); updated Microsoft Active Directory Connector; streamlined theme system; dynamic dashboard; updated antispam and antivirus engines; updated IDS and IPS engines; event and alert notification framework; internationalization; XFS and Btrfs file system support; improved VM support.

Young computer scientist shares her open source story

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2015 1:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I've been using open source for a while—seven years, to be exact. That may not seem like a long time, but when you're 16, that's almost half your life. My open source story is that of discovery, education, and mentoring opportunities. I've been extremely lucky. I got started with open source in fifth grade over Christmas break. My Dad showed me how to write bash scripts on Linux in what we called "Daddy's Computer Camp." That February, I made my Dad a Valentine's Day robot that had bash code on the front. read more

Do Linux users really need more powerful hardware?

In today's open source roundup: When is a Linux computer powerful enough? Plus: Apple Music app released for Android. And Arch Linux 2015.11.01 has been released.

Never leave IRC again with ZNC

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an online chat protocol that has existed since 1988. IRC is a network of large chat rooms. Each room lets members of a community talk with each other from all corners of the world. Those new to IRC may... Continue Reading →

Google takes old Chrome versions on that long drive in the country

Google has given Windows XP and old versions of Apple OS X their marching orders. Support for the ancient (in the case of XP) / no-longer-supported (OS X Mountain Lion and older) operating systems will end in April 2016. The Chocolate Factory announced the decision here. Google's original EOL date for XP was to be April 2015, but it relented just before the hammer fell.

Running Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi 2 Was Never Easier with the RaspArch Live CD

From the developer who brought us the RaspEX and RaspAnd Live CDs, RaspArch aims to be a tool that lets anyone install the latest Arch Linux operating system on Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers without too much hassle.

The State of Open Source Gaming on Linux

In the month of October, the spotlight seems to have been on Indie games, and for the open source/Linux developer there were some exciting things happening. On October 26, the 2016 Independent Game Festival (IGF) had its last call for independent game submissions. The IGF is basically Sundance for game developers and student designers who create for Linux, Steam, Mac, and Windows as well as virtual reality and consoles, with over $50 thousand in prizes up for grabs. The competition takes place March 14-18 in San Francisco, for those interested.

Fedora 23 Server for z Systems available now

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2015 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Fedora 23 Server for z Systems (i.e. the s390x architecture) is now released and available for download. This release provides the new features and updates in Fedora 23 Server, but built specifically for the s390x architecture. Refer to the Release... Continue Reading →

US tries, and fails, to block “import” of digital data that violates patents

"This decision is a big win for the open Internet,” said Charles Duan, director of Public Knowledge’s Patent Reform Project. “By rejecting the ITC's attempt to expand its jurisdiction, the Federal Circuit helps to ensure that Internet users have unfettered access to the free flow of information that has proved so useful for innovation and free expression.”

Android Candy: If You're Not Using This, Then Do That

The "If This Then That" site has been around for a long time, but if you haven't checked it out in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Android app (which had a recent name change to simply "IF") makes it easy to manipulate on the fly, and you're still able to interact with your account on its Web site.

Linux Kernel 4.2.6 Officially Released, Has Dozens of Updated Drivers

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.1.13 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about the sixth maintenance version of the Linux 4.2 kernel series and looking at the appended shortlog it is a pretty important one.

MozFest 2015 Demo Garage: Showing What’s Possible with the Open Web

Mozilla Festival 2015 was a productive and dynamic event celebrating the world’s most valuable public resource - the open Web. MozFest is also a gathering place for Mozilla community members from around the world and brings together makers, designers and builders........

Red Hat Adds Open Source Docker Container Features for the Enterprise

Red Hat OpenShift 3.1 and Atomic Enterprise Host bring new features to the company's Linux-based open source container strategy, which is based on extending the Docker format.

Finding Unity in GNOME Shell

As many of my regular readers will know, I am a big Ubuntu fan. I spent nearly eight years working at Canonical and my love of Ubuntu has not ceased since I left.

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2015

"Software Freedom Day (SFD)" is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home,........

System Requirements: When Is ‘Enough’ Enough?

Old hardware. Laptops in one corner, sitting in a crooked series of piles, some of them just daring someone to try their luck, with one pile looking as if someone, at one time or another, succumbed to that dare. That’s what I found when I arrived at the business warehouse that was donating Reglue a number of laptops and other peripherals — things such as mice, keyboards and 500GB hard drives.

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