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Steam for Linux User Decline Finally Stops, According to Hardware Survey for July

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 3, 2015 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new Hardware Survey has been released by Valve, and it looks like the Steam for Linux decline has finally stopped. We still need a few more months to confirm this, but July seems to be the first month that doesn't register drops in user numbers.

Do you know the Digital Humanities? 3 easy ways to learn more

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field. read more

Assessing the power of Intel's SSD 750 -- but check your motherboard before buying

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Solid state-of-the-art 2.4GB/s consumer storage. Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks.…

Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf alpha 2 released

In today's open source roundup: Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 15.10 is out. Plus: Kodi 15 media player released for Android. And Windows 10 versus Linux.

Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: Interview
Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet. At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college. In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology. read more

Unlocking the true value of process automation

  • https://enterprisersproject.com; By Robert Hoyle Brown, Associate Vice President, Cognizant Center for the Future of Work (Posted by crudder on Aug 3, 2015 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Four ways to transform your business with robotic process automation.

How to compare and merge text files on Linux

Comparing text files requires time, effort, a large monitor and a good amount of patience, or simply just the right tools to do it without any of the aforementioned. If you are an editor that has to deal with multiple versions of a text file, or a developer that wants to check the various code revisions of a file, then the following tutorial is for you.

Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Noting 'disastrous', but current kernel candidate is in 'fairly annoying' state Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.…

Dotcom’s FOSS Cloud Plans

Back in the early days of the 21st century, Dotcom seemed to have overcome his checkered past and to have developed the Midas touch with the popular online storage site Megaupload. Like Midas, however, he was to discover that gold is an overrated commodity, the ownership of which often creates as many problems as it solves. For one thing, you can’t eat it. For another, lots of people want to take it from you.

A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge all of us. Policy makers are no exception. Their objective—writ large—is to put in place policies that encourage the development and deployment of beneficial technologies in order to drive growth, prosperity, and the general welfare of their citizens. Where should policy makers focus? The best place is where the future is happening. In other words, the best place is where innovation is happening. read more

Vendetta Online 1.8.346 MMORPG Available Now for Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 3, 2015 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Guild Software announced this past weekend the release and immediate availability of a new maintenance version of their popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Vendetta Online 1.8.346.

How to Talk to Your Child About Elon Musk

  • Medium; By Brian Sack (Posted by BernardSwiss on Aug 3, 2015 8:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
In this day and age, it can be hard to keep your child from being exposed to Elon Musk. Although you may do your best on the home front, they may inevitably stumble across a profile piece or news item on TV at a friend’s house or the computer at the school library. For that reason, it’s better to be prepared for your child’s eventual exposure to Elon Musk and to know how to respond to the questions you may be asked.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) root your Android device

  • Extreme Tech; By Ryan Whitwam (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Android
So what are the advantages and risks of rooting these days, and why are some devices resistant to rooting? Let’s see if we can’t figure it out.

LibreOffice 5.0 Arrives on August 5, Here's What's New

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Aug 3, 2015 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next major LibreOffice version is scheduled for launch this Wednesday, August 5, so we'll take a closer look at what the new 5.0 branch will bring.

DNS server attacks begin using BIND software flaw

  • IT World; By Jeremy Kirk (Posted by bob on Aug 3, 2015 2:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses. Last week, a patch was issued for the denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s.

Korora 22 Linux Officially Released Based on Fedora 22, Drops Support for Adobe Flash

On the first day of August, Chris Smart was more than proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of his excellent Korora 22 Linux distribution based on the well-known and highly acclaimed Fedora 22 operating system.

Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 2, 2015 10:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Steady as she goes for Windows XP, 7 and 8.1, but 8.0 and Vista are just about dead Windows 10 has rocketed to account for 0.375 per cent of the world's PC-driven web traffic, according to ratings firms Netmarketshare and Statcounter.…

Computing at full capacity

  • phys.org; By Eric Brow (Posted by bob on Aug 2, 2015 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
"Docker is very portable—if you can run it on Linux, you can run it on Docker—and it doesn't care if you're running it on a local data center, a private cloud, or on Amazon. With containers, we don't need to do something complicated like run a VM inside another VM. Docker gives us a lightweight way to let people use the environment that's already set up."

OS showdown: Windows 10 vs Linux

  • Techradar; By Neil Mohr (Posted by bob on Aug 2, 2015 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Microsoft
So the latest iteration of Windows has now been unleashed, and as has become tradition at Linux Format, we pit the Redmond-ian OS mano-a-mano with Linux to determine the ultimate operating system.

Ubuntu MATE Projects Donates Money to Debian, MATE, and Syncthing Developers

The Ubuntu MATE project does something very admirable each month. Its makers contribute financially to other open source projects that are being used in the operating system, and that is something that doesn't happen all the often in the FOSS universe.

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