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SAP opens its software under GPL

SAP announced on the 1st of April 2014 another strategic change in their licensing model. Not only MaxDB, but a whole set of other SAP applications, including ERP system, will be GPL-licensed.

IXLeeds Selects Cumulus Networks Linux Operating System for Internet Exchange Point

  • MulticoreZone; By Chris Lanfear (Posted by cal on Apr 1, 2014 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Cumulus Networks has announced that IXLeeds has chosen the Cumulus Linux operating system for the company’s upgraded Internet Exchange Point. IXLeeds is a not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Leeds, UK.

How far will the Supreme Court go to stop patent trolls?

What kinds of software—if any—deserve a patent?

It's a basic question, and one that many thought would be resolved by now, especially since the issue came up in the US Supreme Court's 2010 Bilski decision. But Bilski left the legal landscape more confusing and fractured. This was illustrated in dramatic fashion last year, when the nation's top patent court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, practically split apart at the seams trying to decide if four patents on financial software held up. The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case resulted in ten judges writing seven different opinions and resolving nothing.

Supreme Court hears argument on a patent worthy of King Tut

That was followed by Justice Stephen Breyer's question, which suggested the Alice patent is describing a method of settling accounts that is in fact ancient.

"I mean, imagine King Tut sitting in front of the pyramid where all his gold is stored, and he has the habit of giving chits away," said Breyer. "He hires a man with an abacus, and when the abacus keeping track sees that he's given away more gold than he has in storage, he says, stop.... How is that [the Alice patent] less abstract than King Tut, if we had the same thing with a grain elevator, if we had the same thing with a reservoir of water, if we had the same thing with my checkbook?"

More Secure SSH Connections

If you need remote access to a machine, you'll probably use SSH, and for a good reason. The secure shell protocol uses modern cryptography methods to provide privacy and confidentiality, even over an unsecured, unsafe network, such as the Internet.

KDE Games - Does anybody play them?

When I installed openSUSE it came with a number of games pre-installed including Reversi, Patience, Sudoku, Mahjongg and Mines. This article takes a look at the games and asks the question "Who is playing them?" Do you play them? If nobody plays them why are they there?

Linux 3.14 Introduce new PIE Code to Fight Buffer Bloat

  • e; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 1, 2014 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
While Torvalds did not name the Linux kernel Pi, nor did he release the 3.14 kernel on Pi Day, there is in fact still PIE, or proportional integral controller enhanced, code within Linux 3.14.

SMPlayer 14.3 Release Ubuntu Installation

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 1, 2014 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
One of the new changes in the latest release of SMPlayer is the version system, which changed and now follows a two-digit year and month number, in a similar way to Ubuntu for example. So, the latest released is 14.3, after the previous was 0.8.6.

How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Apr 1, 2014 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Microsoft, Mint
Installing Linux Mint on an XP PC is something any Windows power user can do.

Why Windows XP's Demise Is Bad for Linux and Open Source

Microsoft (MSFT) Windows XP's end is nigh, and you might think a longtime Linux user such as myself would have little reason to care. But I do, because XP's impending end of life means virtualizing Windows apps on open source platforms is about to become much more difficult. Here's why.

Learning PHP, Part 3: Authentication, objects, exceptions, and streaming

This tutorial is Part 3 of a three-part "Learning PHP" series teaching you how to use PHP through building a simple workflow application. In this tutorial, you will learn about using HTTP authentication, streaming files, and how to create objects and exceptions.

Linux Foundation: Collaborative Open Source Software Development Is Hot

  • www.thevarguy.com; By Christopher Tozzi (Posted by Mcusanelli on Apr 1, 2014 12:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A new Linux Foundation report says collaborative software development, along the model pioneered by open source Linux kernel developers, is increasingly popular among enterprises, too.

Make GIMP look like Photoshop

Configure GIMP to resemble Photoshop in Linux. The GIMP is a great image editor, but so is Photoshop. Here's how you can make the GIMP look like Photoshop in Linux.

Slim, rugged, low-power box PC mounts flexibly

Aplex unveiled a fanless, Linux-ready, box PC based on a dual-core, 1.86GHz Atom D2550, with a slim, 29mm height and ruggedization features.

Airships, A Dieselpunk Ship-Design RTS For Linux

Airships v2 is out, bringing better multiplayer and more ship design options. At its core, the game is about designing airships and fighting with them. Ships are put together out of modules, and the layout of modules matters a great deal.

Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 14.04

Add the latest version of Google Earth to your Ubuntu 14.04 system. Google earth lets you fly all around the planet. You can see buildings, satellite imagery, terrain and even street views.

TIs Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x. The Sitara Linux Software Development Kit 7.0 incorporates the Texas Instruments Arago Linux distribution and a stable mainline Linux kernel. The SDK also includes the U-Boot bootloader, a Yocto Project OpenEmbedded Core file system, and Linaro toolchain.

Double Commander: Yet Another Twin-Panel File Manager

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Mar 31, 2014 7:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
When it comes to file managers, there’s such a rich range to choose from on Linux, one could get confused and just go with the default one provided by their distribution or desktop environment (like most do, actually). However, Dolphin or Nautilus are not the only kids on the block here.

Escape Goat 2 Sees Decent Linux Sales After The First Week

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Mar 31, 2014 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Some good news for you all, Escape Goat 2 easily one of my favourite puzzle-platformers around has seen decent sales on Linux since release!

Is Linux Mint the best distro to replace Windows XP?

In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint might work well as a replacement for Windows XP. Plus: What is open source? And the Budgie desktop resembles Chrome OS.

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