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Why Linux sucks in 2014

  • ITworld; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Sep 12, 2014 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
In today's open source roundup: Bryan Lunduke points out the flaws of Linux in 2014. Plus: A week with the Ratpoison window manager, and five large organizations that use desktop Linux.

Get started using the GPIO pins in RasPi issue 2!

Ever wondered how you can actually use the GPIO pins on the Pi? We explain exactly what they are and how to use them. One of the things you may have noticed about the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is an increase in GPIO ports. These pins lining the side of the Raspberry Pi may be mysterious to some but they open up a world of physical interactions with the Raspberry Pi that you couldn’t do before.

Readers' Choice Awards--Nominate Your Apps & Gadgets Now!

The Readers' Choice issue is just around the corner, and we want to give everyone a chance to nominate their favorites before the vote. Have you stumbled across the most amazing game ever in 2014? Are you an Android developer that created the equivalent of digital sliced bread? Did you order a Linux-powered Borg implant on eBay, and think we all should be assimilated?

Big Data Specialist MapR Updates Hadoop Distribution with Apache Drill

The newest version of MapR's Hadoop distribution features Apache Drill for simpler interfacing between NoSQL and SQL data, among other updates. Open source Big Data vendor MapR expanded the functionality of its Hadoop distribution this week with the announcement of MapR 4.0.1, whose headlining feature is Apache Drill 0.5 integration.

Dev boards run KitKat on quad-core Snapdragon 805

Intrinsyc debuted an SODIMM-style COM with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB flash, running Android 4.4 on a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, and a Mini-ITX baseboard. If you’d like to design with the same high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 silicon found in the latest Android smartphones and tablets, Intrinsyc Technologies has the board combo for you. Like its Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) reference design released earlier this year, the $219 Open-Q 8084 System-on-Module (SOM) and $449 Development Kit build on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. The Snapdragon 805 combines four Cortex-A15-like Krait 450 cores clocked at 2.5GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU claimed to be 40 percent faster than the previous Adreno 330.

What HP's Buyout of Eucalyptus Could Mean

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 12, 2014 7:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
The acquisition of private cloud vendor Eucalyptus could either confuse HP's cloud strategy or consolidate its position. Time will tell.

Tundeep: Tunnelling through networks under pen testing

  • IODigitalSec; By Adam Palmer (Posted by npn on Sep 12, 2014 6:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security, Tutorial
Tundeep is a layer 2 VPN/injection tool that resides [almost] entirely in user space on the victim aside from the pcap requirement. This can be handled via a silent install however. The tool will build on Linux and Windows victims. Windows compilation is achieved using Cygwin. The attacker must be a Linux machine however as kernel TUN/TAP support is required.

Black Lab Linux 6 Beta 1 RELEASED

Today we are pleased to release the Beta 1 release of Black Lab Linux 6. This release has been in planning over the last several months and while we have been slaving away over it we have introduced some unique features.

With this release we changed the core system we have also changed our default desktop environment . Many of the core packages have remained the same and have been updated to newer versions.

Cloud security: We're asking the wrong questions

In the wake of the celebrity photo breach, the media is humming with stories disparaging the safety of the cloud. Many longtime cloud critics are crowing, "I told you so!" and waiting for the world to go back to on-premises solutions only. News flash: 1) the cloud was never touted as being perfectly secure and 2) the cloud will continue to grow and grow. The number of servers in your physical environment will shrink over time. Security doesn't sell solutions -- features and pricing do. Features are cheaper in the cloud.

The iPhone 6 Is Actually A Lot Like A 2012 Android Phone

Calm down, Apple fans. Your beloved iPhone 6 may not be all its cracked up to be. In fact, it's a lot like an Android phone ... from 2012.

Windows 9 Technical Preview Screenshots Leak: An Analysis (Part 1)

Two German technology blogs have leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview, which is billed as build 9834. The shots depict the new Start menu, floating Modern app windows, a notification center, multiple desktop workspaces, a flat new design for the desktop, and many other changes that we've long expected.

Internet Slowdown Shifts Into High Gear

Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown action generated just over 300,000 calls and nearly 2.2 million emails to Congress by Thursday afternoon. Facebook shares of the spinning “loading” icon topped 1.1 million. In addition, 722,364 filed comments Wednesday at the Federal Communications Commission, bringing the total number of comments since March 1 to 7.7 million.

OpenStack automation with cloud deployment tools

In the cloud world, the mantra is "automate everything." It's no surprise that as OpenStack expands its scope, automation projects are emerging within it. But, the variety and the sheer number of these projects is still surprising: there are over twenty!

Play Linux Is a Gaming OS That Wants to Stop People from Dual-Booting with Windows

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Sep 12, 2014 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Play Linux, an operating system based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that focuses on gaming, has been released.

Replication and Clustering on OpenStack Trove - Implementation Details

  • Tesora.com; By Amrith Kumar (Posted by teeveegal on Sep 12, 2014 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Cloud
A deep dive into replication and clustering on OpenStack Trove, including all the implementation Detail. Post written by Amrith Kumar, a member of the Trove core team and CTO and Founder of Tesora.

LibreOffice cash-for-code strategy tests open source ethic

The Document Foundation's tender for the development of an Android implementation of LibreOffice begs serious questions, namely: Can an influx of cash into open source code creation succeed, and how do pay-for-code plays from nonprofit foundations affect the ethics and work ethic of today's open source community?

Cloud 5: First Android apps on Chromebook, creating a coherent cloud strategy

This week, the first Android apps for the Chromebook (the implications are huge), creating a coherent cloud strategy and HP scoops up Eucalyptus.

Are You Going Conferencing?

This year, we at “FOSS Force” are expanding our coverage of Linux, FOSS and OSS conferences. This got us wondering, in a self serving sort of way, how many of you regularly attend conferences?

Debian: 3021-2: file: Summary

This update corrects DSA 3021-1, which introduced a regression in the detection of a some "Composite Document Files" (CDF), marking them look as corrupted, with the error: "Can't expand summary_info".

How Google's tiff with certificate authorities can impact you

Miffed certificate authorities are calling on Google to give websites more time to upgrade the security used in browser-to-server communications before displaying warnings in Chrome.

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