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Microservers and the hurry up and wait conundrum

  • ZDNet; By Larry Dignan (Posted by bob on Apr 20, 2014 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: ARM, Linux
Fifteen years ago Linux was going to take over the world. Today, Linux is everywhere and no one blinks when a company builds on an open source stack. Microservers may be the same way. But this revolution will take some time to play out. In our microserver special report, Nick Heath noted that microservers, ARM and Intel-based, are being used for specific workloads such as serving Web content, but enterprises are all about multipurpose computing for a wide range of applications.

Emmabuntüs: A philanthropist’s GNU/Linux

Emmabuntüs is a desktop GNU/Linux distribution which originated in France with a humanitarian mission. It was designed with 4 primary objectives – refurbishing of computers given to humanitarian organizations like the Emmaüs communities, promoting GNU/Linux among beginners, extending the life of older equipments and reducing waste by over-consumption of raw materials.

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.

The Heartbleed drama queens

The media's coverage of Heartbleed has gone way over the top and has regressed into mindless bashing of open source software.

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04? "In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically designed for efficient Chinese input, 14.04 LTS uses the Sogou Input Method, a typing tool that provides intelligent predictive search and auto-completion. Sogou, combined with the Kingsoft WPS office suite, makes Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS even faster and easier to use when creating documents and browsing the web.

Enable one-click minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04

Here's how you can enable the one-click to minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04.

Use LightDM lock screen instead of Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

How to switch back to the old lock screen in Ubuntu 14.04.

Linux & SteamOS Earn The 400 Games Badge

  • GamingOnLinux.com; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Apr 20, 2014 2:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
An interesting little note is that when you look into how many games Steam has that are now on Linux, the figure has surpassed 400!

Create Vector Graphics with Open Source Software

  • LinuxLinks.com; By Steve Emms (Posted by sde on Apr 20, 2014 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Roundups
This article identifies the finest open source vector graphics editors. Vector editors are ideal for technical illustrations, diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters, banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps and layout. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and illustrations drawn by hand with a pen tablet.

Install tweak tools in Ubuntu 14.04

  • ITworld; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Apr 19, 2014 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Add GNOME Tweak Tool and Unity Tweak Tool to your Ubuntu 14.04 system.

More on Google’s Search Algorithm (does it favor Google+?)

Can search results this high really have another explanation?

Hands on with Ubuntu 14.04: The best Ubuntu desktop ever

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Apr 19, 2014 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.

OpenSSL and Linux: A Tale of Two Open-Source Projects

The Heartbleed bug has cast a bright and not entirely flattering light on the open-source movement’s incentive model. When a crucial and ubiquitous piece of security code like OpenSSL — left vulnerable for two years by the Heartbleed flaw — can be accessed by all the world’s programming muscle, but only has one full-time developer and generates less than $2,000 in donations a year, clearly something is amiss. But then there’s Linux.

Add applications to panel, desktops or favorites in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon

  • ITworld; By Jim Lynch (Posted by jimlynch on Apr 19, 2014 3:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mint
How to add programs to the panel, desktop or favorites in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon.

Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

  • Network World; By Tony Bradley (Posted by bob on Apr 19, 2014 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

Kubuntu 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Welcome to Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, a brand new long-term supported version with the latest KDE software to enjoy. Long-term support means that bug fixes and security updates will be added for the next 5 years, so you can be safe to use it until 2019. New releases of important KDE software will also be available from the Kubuntu Updates and Kubuntu Backports PPAs.

Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP

Microsoft MSFT -0.97% has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9. But when it comes to Windows 8, it seems the company has a permanently loaded pistol aimed squarely at its feet.

So it fits that just one week on from the launch of ‘Windows 8.1 Update 1’ (the smart upgrade mouse and keyboard users have long awaited) stupidity would strike once again.

Ubuntu 14.04 ships with tablet support and improved touch

Canonical released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with five-year support, enhanced touchscreen support, and the first stable build of Ubuntu for Tablets. Back in November 2011 when Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu would support apps that ran on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs, Ubuntu 14.04 was heralded as the “convergence” release that would […]

Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds

Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity.

Disable online searches from Ubuntu 14.04 Dash

Here's how you can use a script to disable online searches in the Ubuntu 14.04 Dash.

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