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Happy anniversary, Linux: A look back at where it all began

I first installed Linux in 1993. I ran MS-DOS at the time, but I really liked the Unix systems in our campus computer lab, where I spent much of my time as an undergraduate university student. When I heard about Linux, a free version of Unix that I could run on my 386 computer at home, I immediately wanted to try it out. My first Linux distribution was Softlanding Linux System (SLS) 1.03, with Linux kernel 0.99 alpha patch level 11. read more

Thin Mini-ITX board dishes up 15W Skylake-U chips

The AIMB-232 can run Linux or Windows Embedded on Intel’s 2.0GHz Celeron 3955U, the 2.2GHz Celeron 3965U, the 2.3GHz Core i3-6100U, the 2.4GHz Core i5 6300U, or the 2.6GHz Core i7 6600U. The block diagram also suggests support for Intel’s 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” processors, but this is not mentioned elsewhere.

Demand for Open Source Skills Continues to Grow

Open source skills have been in high demand for a number of years, as open source continues to displace proprietary software in both data centers and in development houses. Salaries for those with open source skills tend to be higher as well. Career website Dice's annual salary survey -- a separate survey from this -- indicates that Linux professionals command an annual salary of over $100,000 while other tech professionals take in an average of $92,000.

Patrick McHardy and copyright profiteering

Many in the open source community have expressed concern about the activities of Patrick McHardy in enforcing the GNU General Public License (GPL) against Linux distributors. Below are answers to common questions, based on public information related to his activities, and some of the legal principles that underlie open source compliance enforcement.

Splitting and Re-Assembling Files in Linux

  •; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on Aug 25, 2017 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
We'll learn how to use csplit, split, and cat to chop up and then put files back together. These work on any file type: text, image, audio, .iso, you name it.

Adlink gear to showcase VMWare’s Liota based IoT framework

Adlink will offer the new VMware Pulse IoT Center service and Linux-friendly Liota (Little IoT Agent) to Adlink customers as pre-integrated solutions. VMWare, which is primarily known as a virtualization software vendor, stepped into the IoT market last year by announcing a vendor-neutral, open source Liota (Little IoT Agent) SDK for building secure IoT gateway […]

Stop Over-REACTing to the Facebook Patent License

The practical result of the Apache Foundation’s decision is unclear. Category X licensed code cannot be included in an Apache Foundation repository. (That category also includes licenses like GPL.) Apache’s re-classification doesn’t mean anyone is restricted from using ReactJS?—?it just can’t be committed in an Apache project. It’s not even clear that an Apache project cannot contain a dependency on BSD+Patents licensed code.

ArchI0 – Arch Linux Applications Post Installation Script

ArchI0 is a CLI based menu driven script that allows beginners to install required essential applications in simple way.

Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Launched by Purism

The US-based Linux laptop maker is hoping to raise $1.5 million to manufacture a 5-inch privacy-focused smartphone that's powered by open-source software.

Top 3 open source Python IDEs

  • (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2017 10:16 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Python; Story Type: News Story
Python is everywhere. These days, it seems it powers everything from major websites to desktop utilities to enterprise software. Python has been used to write all, or parts of, popular software projects like dnf/yum, OpenStack, OpenShot, Blender, Calibre, and even the original BitTorrent client. read more

Half a dozen clever Linux command line tricks

  • Network World; By Sandra Henry-Stocker (Posted by MLD67 on Aug 24, 2017 8:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Want to make your time in the command line more rewarding? Try these commands, including watch, look, man -k and help.

Linux-based security phone to ship with source code

Purism is crowdfunding a security minded “Librem 5” smartphone that runs Linux on an i.MX6 or i.MX8, and offers a 5-inch screen and privacy protections. After the death of Firefox OS, the discontinuation of the Ubuntu Phone, and Samsung’s painfully slow rollout of its Tizen phones, the dream of establishing alternative Linux phone platforms not […]

Jmol: Viewing Molecules with Java

Let's dig back into some chemistry software to see what kind of work you can do on your Linux machine. Specifically, let's look at Jmol, a Java application that is available as both a desktop application and a web-based applet.

How to handle criticism of your open project

  • (Posted by bob on Aug 24, 2017 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over the course of the past year, the project I'm working on has been using open organizational principles as the cornerstone of the work. It's the first attempt at using open methodologies inside of Greenpeace. The project, code named Planet 4, is the global redesign and development of Greenpeace's digital presence. To put it quite simply, we are building a piece of software that content and web editors will use to put Greenpeace content on the web. read more

This Linux tool could improve the security of IoT devices

Snappy, a software deployment and management system designed by Canonical for the Ubuntu operating system, could be a shortcut to building trusted IoT applications.

Community building with a Q&A vs. online forum

If you've ever built an online community, you know that the sheer number of options available can be daunting. Should you set up a forum, a Q&A site, or both? Would users prefer Slack, IRC, or perhaps a mailing list? Where does Telegram fit in? Maybe you should you just set up one of every available solution... read more

Growing role of artificial intelligence in our lives is ‘too important to leave to men’

I must not have got the memo, because as a young lecturer in computer science at the University of Southampton in 1985 I was unaware that “women didn’t do computing”.

Southampton had always recruited a healthy number of women to study computing in our fledgling department, and a quarter of the staff were women, but the student lists for the new academic year showed that quite suddenly, or so it appeared, we’d achieved the unenviable record of having no female students in that year’s intake.

What’s New in Solus 3 Budgie

Solus 3 has been release and announcement by Solus Project team. This release introduces new kernel and graphics stacks, brings a number of visual and technical changes, new technologies, and up-to-date components.

Essential Controls to tame exim4

Exim4 is a lightweight and commonly used MTA on servers; This is the default MTA under Debian. Its configuration is quite easy, but beyond the configuration itself, it can be saving to know the main commands to diagnose problems and to administer the server.

Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

Redmond's cramming of OS on machines provokes sour krauts Microsoft sparked fury when it aggressively pushed its Windows 10 operating system onto people's PCs – from unexpected downloads to surprise installations.…

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