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Learn more about free and open source software at Software Freedom Day 2014

The days of free and open source software being something that only pasty white guys living in their moms’ basements cared about are long gone. Today, the FOSS movement is absolutely huge, with even big companies buying into the concept thanks to the cost savings and beneficial functionality offered by increasingly competitive and polished FOSS options.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Sept-2014



LXer Feature: 14-Sept-2014

The big story this past week had to do with Net Neutrality. Google once in partnership with Verizon and essentially against it have now changed their minds and Larry Cafiero told us why many sites participated in a "Internet Slowdown" in protest to the coming throttles to our access speed to it on Wednesday. Carla Schroder shows us how to build a Linux Server and 30 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu. Enjoy!

Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd

  • iTWire; By Sam Varghese (Posted by linuxwriter on Sep 14, 2014 8:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel
Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral.

Retrogaming with Linux

  • Everyday Linux User; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Sep 14, 2014 7:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
This is the first in a series of articles about gaming within Linux. The article provides an overview of GOG and shows how to install and use Linux and Windows games and how to set up controllers to play those games.

How to capture TCP SYN, ACK and FIN packets with tcpdump

As a de-facto packet capture tool, tcpdump provides flexible packet filtering capabilities. The libpcap packet capture engine which tcpdump is based upon supports standard packet filtering rules such as 5-tuple packet header (source/destination IP addresses/ports and IP protocol type) filtering.

Top 5 articles of the week: Learning Linux, cloud courses, and Drupal distros

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on Opensource.com. Top 5 articles of the week #5. Three Drupal education distros reviewed read more

New “Do-it-yourself” Era in Network Equipment

  • Korea Bizwire (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2014 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
SK Telecom will develop in-house the open-source and x86 server-based network switch. Once the network switch is developed by early next year and in place in the company’s data centers, it is expected to open a new “do-it-yourself” era for network equipment.

Mozilla Looking to Go Cross Platform for Development

  • Datamation; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Sep 14, 2014 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Developers today more often then not require multiple tools to build for desktop and mobile web applications. It's a challenge that Mozilla is aiming to solve with a new cross-platform web development add-on. The new Firefox Tools Adaptor will now enable a developer to leverage the developer tools in Firefox for applications that will run on multiple platforms. The new plugin extends the reach of Firefox's developers tools beyond the Firefox browser for the desktop and Android, to apps that will run on Chrome as well as Safari in IOS.

Before Apple Watch: the timely history of the smartwatch

  • techradar; By Gary Marshall (Posted by bob on Sep 14, 2014 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux, Mobile
Smartwatches have been the next big thing since 1982. But 2015 is going to be different: when the Apple Watch drops early next year it's going to start a whole new wave of wearable tech. And if that doesn't? Well, we've got smartwatches to look forward to from pretty much everyone else.

A high-performance file system

Here is one way to administer your petabyte supercomputer.

CLion: A New Cross Platform C/C++ IDE

CLion provides intelligent support for the C/C++ programming languages and is "seamlessly integrated" with the well-known CMake build system. As readers will know, CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test, and package as it controls the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files.

Make Downloading Files Effortless

A download manager is computer software that is dedicated to the task of downloading files, optimizing bandwidth usage, and operating in a more organized way.

How to Build a Linux Media Server

Just about any Linux makes an excellent media server because it's lightweight and stable, so you can use whatever flavor you're most comfortable with. Any Ubuntu variant (Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and so on) is exceptionally nice to set up as a media server because they make it easy to get restricted codecs. I have Xubuntu running on a ZaReason MediaBox. This is a simple system for playing movies and music. It is not a DVR (digital video recorder), and it doesn't need a TV tuner because I don't have any broadcast TV. No cable, satellite, nor over-the-air even. Don't want it and don't miss it. But if that's something you want you may have it, because Linux wants us to be happy.

Mirantis releases Mirantis OpenStack Express 2.0

Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack provider, today announced the launch of Mirantis OpenStack Express 2.0. The on-demand offering now enables enterprises to deploy the most current OpenStack edition, OpenStack Icehouse, in a robust, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade cloud service.

Minecraft up for sale, GOG from the command line, and more

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 13, 2014 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Games; Story Type: News Story
Open source games roundup Week of August 7 - September 13, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we take a look at the big Minecraft news, download some GOG games from the command line, and Hack 'n' Slash. read more

Jeff Hoogland Leaves Bodhi

Jeff Hoogland, the lead developer of Bodhi Linux, said in a blog post on Friday that “for a variety of reasons,” he is stepping down from the leadership of his “labor of love.”

Bodhi Linux, based on Ubuntu, is a lightweight distro leveraging the Enlightenment Desktop. A note on the Bodhi Linux web page says, “We regret to inform you Bodhi Linux is no longer being maintained,” and has a link to Hoogland’s blog page.

Comcast Continues To Pretend To Support Net Neutrality With Misleading Claims

We've mentioned in the past how Comcast has been pretending to support net neutrality, with ad campaigns stating that it does -- clearly in an attempt to confuse the public. Yesterday, Comcast even put a thing on its own front page claiming that the company is "committed to an open Internet and Net Neutrality."

Stepping Down from Bodhi Linux Lead

I am sure anyone who has been following the Bodhi project has taken note that the 3.0.0 release timeline has not happened as expected. Due to a variety of reasons I would like to announce today that I will no longer be actively developing Bodhi Linux.

Robot OS to support Linux and Android on Snapdragon

The OSRF plans to add ARM support to the Robot Operating System (ROS), starting with the Snapdragon 600 running Linux in Q4, followed by Android in 2015.

FUDCon LATAM, Activity Days, and Restructuring Fedora Leadership

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each.

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