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Live From LinuxCon: Red Hat and Microsoft Embrace On Stage

If any LinuxCon moment so far has underscored the evolution of Linux over 25 years, it was during the transition between keynotes this morning when Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst found himself on stage with Microsoft’s new vice president of open source, Wim Coekaerts. The men laughed nervously at the irony of the moment and paused for a brief photo opp, arms around each other’s shoulders.

LinuxCon: How Facebook Monitors Hundreds of Thousands of Servers with Netconsole

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 23, 2016 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Facebook is among the largest users of Linux and open-source in the world to run and maintain its operations. At the LinuxCon conference here Calvin Owens, production engineer at Facebook details how the social networking giant makes use of the open-source netconsole tool, to identify potentially problematic servers.

SUSE Linux and openSUSE Leap to Offer Better Support for ARM Systems Using EFI

The YaST development team at openSUSE and SUSE is reporting on the latest improvements that should be available in the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 operating systems.

Open education is more than open content

  • (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." read more

Support multiple keyboard layouts in web-based VNC apps

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Take advantage of a recently introduced browser API (available in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) to add support for multiple keyboard layouts to web-based VNC clients.

8 Best Linux Distributions For New Linux Users

  •; By Mohd Sohail (Posted by MohdSohail on Aug 23, 2016 7:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
New Linux users are always confused about choosing a best Linux distribution to start with. As there are hundreds of Linux distributions so it might always be a confusing part. But I'll help you choosing the right Linux flavour to start your Linux exploration. In this article, I'll walk you through a list of 8 Best Linux distributions for new Linux users. But before all of that, I suggest you throwing out all the misconceptions about Linux, such as Linux is only for geeks or developers. Linux is for everyone. As I always say, "When Linux can run Google, Facebook, Amazon, it can surely run your home computer as well."

Android 7.0 Nougat reviews: Should you upgrade your device?

Also in today's open source roundup: The best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat, and the official Android 7.0 Nougat release announcement.

How to install and setup DRBD on CentOS

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial explains how to install and setup DRBD for your server. Before I start, let me explain what actually DRBD represents and what it is used for. DRBD stands for Distributed Replicated Block Device, a software-based, shared-nothing, replicated storage solution for mirroring the content of block devices such as hard disks, partitions, logical volumes etc.

How to organize your scholarly research with Docear

  • (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Docear academic literature suite blends Freeplane and JabRef to make a comprehensive academic paper-writing application, with support for mind-mapping, citations, notes, and many other features. read more

LinuxCon: How Microsoft Is Contributing to Open Source

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 23, 2016 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
VIDEO: Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, details how open source is the new normal in Redmond.

Refracta 8 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Refracta is a Devuan-based operating system which includes several tools to help create CD/USB images of the live system.

7 resources for open education materials

  • (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials? read more

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Four-year build results in OS that aims to secure industrial control systems, Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymously-named operating system after four years of quiet development.…

How IBM's LinuxONE Has Evolved For the New Open Source Cloud

One year ago at LinuxCon 2015 in Seattle, IBM announced IBM LinuxONE, its enterprise-grade system specifically designed for Linux and open source workloads. Today in their keynote at LinuxCon 2016 in Toronto, IBM executives Jim Wasko and Donna Dillenberger will give us an update on how the technology has evolved since then and how IBM is involved now in the open source community.

Almost open: BIOS and firmware update tips for Linux users

I suppose I'm lucky in that for more than 10 years my primary work environment has been Linux-based, yet all to often I've been forced to dig out a DOS or Windows image because I need to patch some BIOS device firmware. These days I don't own anything than has a valid Windows license, and even my 2008 white MacBook has spent most of its life running either Ubuntu or Fedora. Luckily most hardware manufacturers have started to provide bootable images for patching system firmware, and for enterprise-grade hardware they even provide Linux-ready tools. read more

Google lays out plans to update Android more regularly and frequently

  • Ars Technica; By Andrew Cunningham (Posted by BernardSwiss on Aug 23, 2016 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Android
Android's release schedule has historically been all over the place, but for the last few years we've gotten roughly one major release per year, occasionally punctuated with medium-sized maintenance releases, minor feature updates, and monthly security patches. Now, the latest of Google's blog posts about the Android Nougat release suggests things will become more predictable in the future.

The Linux Foundation Gives Microsoft (Paid-for) Keynote Position While Microsoft Extorts (With Patents) Lenovo and Motorola Over Linux Use

This morning's reminder that Nadella is just another Ballmer (with a different face); Motorola and Lenovo surrender to Microsoft's patent demands and will soon put Microsoft spyware/malware on their Linux-powered products to avert costly legal battles

Powerful Rhythmbox 3.4 Music Player Arrives with New Web Remote Control Plugin

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Aug 23, 2016 7:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rhythmbox developer Jonathan Matthew announced the release of the Rhythmbox 3.4 open-source music player and organizer software for GNU/Linux OSes, a version that introduces several enhancements.

Your wget is broken and should DIE, GitHubbers tell Microsoft

PowerShell applause sours as devs say they don't care much for Redmond's curl alias either Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget.…

Linux rules the world. Where to next?

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS (Posted by bob on Aug 23, 2016 5:51 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
On the back of some significant improvements in the last year and a half, Linux is now the model for software development.

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