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Stephen Kings practical advice for tech writers

Even if you don't enjoy writing and have no intentions of becoming a professional tech writer, chances are you'll have to draft reports, mailing list updates, or technical articles at some point in your career. With a few practical tips in mind—along with solid writing advice from Stephen King—you can improve your writing before you start writing. And, with proper planning, you can easily repurpose your content for multiple audiences.

Linux Top 3: Raspbian Jessie, Qubes OS 3 and Sabayon 15.10

Major update for Raspberry Pi's favorite operating system. Though there are multiple Linux distributions for the Rapsberry Pi, the default choice for many has long been Raspbian. Raspbian is Raspberry Pi's purpose built Debian distro and now at long last it is being updated for Debian 8, aka 'Jessie'.

Rokus 4th gen media player does 4K, gets larger, costs more

  • LinuxGizmos; By Rick Lehrbaum (Posted by bob on Oct 7, 2015 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Media streaming pioneer Roku has unveiled its 4th-gen media streaming player, featuring 4K resolution, 802.11ac WiFi, a larger footprint, and a $130 price. Over the years, we’ve watched Roku evolve from being one of the first companies to offer Internet radios with its SoundBridge, to challenging Apple’s early dominance in the streaming media player market with its “Netflix box,” to pioneering HDMI-stick media players with its Streaming Stick, to becoming the “smart” in smart TVs. All these media player incarnations have run on Roku’s internally developed, Linux-based “Roku OS.”

Just let your people do their jobs

I don't read many management books, but I was very curious to read Jim Whitehurst's The Open Organization because there's a lot corporate America (and academia) can learn from free and open source projects. The fact that Red Hat, where Whitehurst serves as CEO, is a wildly successful business adds weight to his methodology (since presumably anyone can lose money with free software, but it's quite a trick to make money with it).

Pro tip: How to solve the dreaded Wi-Fi exclamation point

If you're running Android Lollipop, and you rely on Wi-Fi, you have probably witnessed the dreaded "!" showing up in your Wi-Fi notification. What does it mean? How do you solve it? The possible solutions are many, but this is the only solution I've found that actually works. The only caveat to this solution is that it requires you have a bit of information about the wireless network you're having issues with.

Install PAC Manager on Linux Mint, Ubuntu & OpenSUSE

PAC (Perl Auto Connector) Manager is a open source tool in Linux like operating system, which provides GUI (graphical user interface) to manage ssh,telnet, sftp, rdesktop, vnc,remote-tty & ftp sessions.

Raspbian Jessie Lives Up to the Hype

Keeping in rhythm with using names from Toy Story characters, Raspbian Jessie was released this past week for Raspberry Pi users. This latest release marks many improvements and updates that Raspberry Pi users have been longing for. After using and experimenting with Raspbian Jessie for the past week, I have to say that I’m very pleased with the update.

Multiple external networks with a single L3 agent testing on RDO Liberty per Lars Kellogg-Stedman

Following bellow is supposed to test in multi node environment, Multiple external networks with a single L3 agent by Lars Kellogg-Stedman. However, current post contains an attempt to analyze and understand how traffic to/from external network flows through br-int when provider external networks has been involved

Matthew Garrett Leaves Linux Kernel and Forks It

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 7, 2015 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux kernel ecosystem is experiencing some turbulence these days, as a few important developers have quit the project, citing the "toxic" working environment or other technical factors.

New release of 8th includes encrypted database support and more

8th is a secure, cross-platform, robust, cost-effective, extensible, and modern programming language for mobile, desktop, server and embedded application development. It is a derivative of Forth.

Down to Business with Major Deployments

KDE software has been used in many large scale deployments, including universities, governments and countless companies. One of these organizations suggested that KDE create a deployment forum so that others can benefit from their deployment experience. The forum would provide an opportunity for sysadmins and developers to ask questions and discuss problems/solutions related to deploying KDE software in large, complex environments.

India's First Ubuntu Hackathon Offers an Ubuntu Dell Laptop, BQ Aquaris E5 HD Phones

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Oct 7, 2015 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Canonical announced that the next Ubuntu Hackathon event will take place next week in Bangalore, the capital of India's southern Karnataka state, between October 15-16, 2015.

September review: Top 10 and editors picks

  •; By Rikki Endsley (Posted by bob on Oct 7, 2015 5:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
September was an action packed month, with 684,610 page views and 101 articles published. We ran three series, which included 13 articles in our Back to School theme, and speaker interviews for All Things Open and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women.

Mozilla Boosts Leadership Team With Connected Devices Appointment

Today, we are pleased to announce that Ari Jaaksi will be joining the Mozilla leadership team next month as our new Senior Vice President of Connected Devices. In this role, Ari will be responsible for Firefox OS and broader exploration .................

OTA-7 Update for Ubuntu Touch to Enter Final Freeze This Week

A new OTA update is being prepared for Ubuntu Touch, and it looks like developers are currently putting the final touches on it. The update is approaching final freeze, which will be put in place this week.

KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.2, bugfix Release for October

Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.2.Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors.

Solus Is Now Using Linux Kernel 4.1.10, Lots of Packages Updated

Even if Solus is running a little late, it doesn't mean that its developers are not actively working on it. In fact, quite a lot of interesting stuff has been happening with Solus and all the planned changes will be available in the stable version.

Run a Minecraft server using Spigot

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world today, with over 70 million purchased accounts. After playing single-player for a while, the next step most players look into is multiplayer.

Linux Foundation values Linux and open source at $5B

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Oct 6, 2015 11:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Video; Groups: Linux
The LF issued a report estimating the worth of its Linux and open-source projects to be about $5 billion, and launched a “World without Linux” video series.

Linux Foundation Launches OpenChain Workgroup for Open Source Standards

The Linux Foundation has announced the OpenChain Workgroup, which will promote standards based on best practices for open source software development.

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