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Making a Difference the Linux Way

The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux will become a well known alternative to Microsoft Windows. That just isn’t gonna happen.

Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC

Intel announced its open source MinnowBoard in April 2013 and shipped it for $199 in July. Built by CircuitCo and backed by Intel’s Minnowboard.org community, the Linux-ready single board computer is now available for $189. The new MinnowBoard Max, due early in the third quarter, blows past the original on price, performance, and energy consumption, while shrinking size from 4.2 x 4.2 inches to 3.9 x 2.9 inches.

Unity 8: Canonical wisely makes Amazon links opt-in

  • Eye On Linux; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Mar 31, 2014 2:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Canonical has wisely decided to make Amazon product results opt-in in Unity 8. But were they all that big of a deal in the first place?

Open source workshop explores FOSS in universities

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2014 1:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
The Association for Computing Machinery's annual meeting of their Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education is one of the largest academic computing meetings there is. This year's event featured a full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging students as contributors to humanitarian projects such as Ushahidi, OpenMRS, Gnome Accessibility, and others. TitanPad was used for collaborative notetaking during the event, and this article is a result. You could call it a crowd-sourced article.

How to check DNS propagation on Linux

  • Xmodulo; By Dan Nanni (Posted by xmodulo on Mar 31, 2014 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
While DNS introduces human-readable naming schemes for Internet hosts, it also brings with it extra overhead associated with resolving names to IP addresses. For end users, this overhead means additional DNS lookup latency for accessing any Internet host. For service providers, this implies the performance-critical DNS infrastructure that needs to be maintained. Minimizing these overheads has led to the extensive use of "caching" throughout DNS hierarchy. For example, there are web browser/OS's built-in DNS cache; DNS caching server of the local network; and the cache of local DNS servers operated by service providers, etc.

Google Glass moves with speed thanks to open source

I recently got a Google Glass device through the Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. We're expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program.

2014 Peoples Choice Award: Cast your vote

We're happy to announce the nominees for this year's People Choice Award. Each year Opensource.com enjoys recognizing our top contributors as a way to celebrate our community. Those people who submit their open source stories to us and become authors on the site are a big part of what makes our community vibrant and inspirational.

Better Than a Quad-Head Display: My Adventures with "4K" 2160p and Linux



LXer Feature: 2014-Mar-31

Imagine having the equivalent of four 1920x1080 monitors in a 2x2 grid, on your desk, with absolutely no seam between them. This article describes my journey towards that goal...

Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

If you want to stick with a Windows XP style interface, you should seriously consider using Linux Mint with its Cinnamon desktop.

openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience

  • Muktware; By Swapnil Bhartiya (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2014 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE, SUSE
That’s going to change. Raymond Wooninck has announced that soon openSUSE users will be able to get ‘rolling release KDE SC experience‘. The teams are working on creating four KDE SC repositories for openSUSE which will enable users to get the the kind of experience they want. The changes will come with the 4.12.4 release, which is expected on Tuesday.

Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2014 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Microsoft, Mint
XP's support life is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately for Windows XP users, there's a Linux desktop--Linux Mint--that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed.

Balrum Open World Fantasy RPG With Building Beta Launched, Works On Linux

Balrum is the brilliant looking 2D RPG that just scraped through Kickstarter in August of last year, they have now released the beta build and it works on Linux.

New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs offering better graphics.

A Look at Sunflower File Manager Ubuntu Installation

Sunflower is twin-panel file manager with a somewhat different approach compared to standard GNOME/KDE/Xfce file browsers, written in GTK with several notable features and support for plugins.

The Death of Windows XP Won’t Kill the ATM Industry, or Help Bitcoin

  • CoinDesk; By Nermin Hajdarbegovic (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2014 12:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
This is not as farfetched as it sounds: Linux has a much smaller footprint than Windows 7 and, as a result, some ATM operators are considering a switch to Linux rather than the Microsoft product. This would not be the first time ATMs have transitioned to a different OS. Before the industry moved to XP, most ATM’s were running IBM’s OS/2 operating system.

U.S. Department of Labor applies Creative Commons license to all work created with $150M grant

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Mar 30, 2014 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Creative Commons (CC) actively works to support foundations, governments, IGOs, and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies. We believe publicly funded resources should be openly licensed resources. To support these and other emerging open policy efforts, CC is about to launch, with multiple global open organizations, an Open Policy Network and Institute for Open Leadership. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has led the way in using open policy requirements in solicitations for grant requirements first with its Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grants Program,

10 Free, Open-Source Replacements for Commercial Tools

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Mar 30, 2014 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.

Icculus Is Porting Goat Simulator To Linux, It Arives April 1st

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Mar 30, 2014 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Good news goat fans, Goat Simulator is officially coming to Linux and promises some very odd action. One of the funniest games i've seen for a long time.

Let's Play: Voxatron

Star Conflict Free 2 Play MMO Linux Version Is Waiting On Valve

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Mar 30, 2014 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
So, Star Conflict's Linux version was supposed to come out with their latest update and that didn't happen. We now know why!

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