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Barcelona chooses Linux, Apple's Lisa OS goes open source, and more news

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Barcelona booting Microsoft, open sourcing a classic OS, Nextcloud Chat, and more. Open source news roundup for January 7-20, 2018 read more

Building Your Own Audible

A quick look at some options for streaming audio books.

5 of the Best Linux Dark Themes that Are Easy on the Eyes

  • Make Tech Easier; By Bruno Edoh (Posted by damien on Jan 20, 2018 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
There are several reasons people opt for dark themes on their computers. Some find them easy on the eye while others prefer them because of their medical condition. Here are five of the best dark themes for Linux.

How To List and Delete iptables Firewall Rules

  • RoseHosting Blog; By RoseHosting (Posted by RoseHosting on Jan 20, 2018 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
We’ll show you, how to list and delete iptables firewall rules. Iptables is a command line utility that allows system administrators to configure the packet filtering rule set on Linux.

Red Hat: We Didn't Pull CPU Microcode Update to Pass the Buck

Red Hat got into a bit of a PR snafu this week after it pulled from distribution a CPU microcode update meant to address the Spectre Variant 2 CPU design flaw. The Register, the tech news site that broke the story about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in processors earlier this month, characterized the move as Red Hat washing its hands of the responsibility to provide customers with firmware patches to address the vulnerability by instructing them to get firmware updates from their hardware vendors instead.

Top 6 open source desktop email clients

This article was originally published on October 8, 2015, and has been updated to reflect new information and project changes. Mobile and web technologies still haven't made the desktop obsolete, and despite some regular claims to the contrary, desktop clients don't seem to be going away anytime soon.

Rogue Chrome, Firefox Extensions Hijack Browsers; Prevent Easy Removal

Any malware that hijacks your browser to serve up ads or to redirect you to random websites can be annoying. Even more so are extensions that take control of your browser and prevent you from landing on pages that can help you get rid of them.

Mozilla mandates that new Firefox features rely on encrypted connections

Mozilla this week decreed that future web-facing features of Firefox must meet an under-development standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted.

PlayOnLinux For Easier Use Of Wine

PlayOnLinux is a free program that helps to install, run, and manage Windows software on Linux. It can also manage virtual C: drives (known as Wine prefixes), and download and install certain Windows libraries for getting some software to run on Wine properly. Creating different drives using different Wine versions is also possible. It is very handy because what runs well in one version may not run as well (if at all) on a newer version.

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

Devs quit, suggest Britain's health service bosses used them to bag Microsoft deal. The small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the UK Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw."

Using Python for Science

Introducing Anaconda, a Python distribution for scientific research. I've looked at several ways you could use Python to do scientific calculations in the past, but I've never actually covered how to set up and use Python itself in a way that makes scientific work easier. Anaconda does just that.

Compact Quark-based embedded computer sells for $120

Advantech’s “UBC-222” is an embedded computer that runs Yocto Linux on an Intel Quark X1000 with up to 1GB DDR3, dual 10/100 LAN ports, and a mini-PCIe socket with LTE-ready SIM slot. Just when we were thinking Intel’s low power Quark chip had disappeared for good, Advantech unveiled a new Quark X1000-based UBC-222 computer.

The 5 Best Linux Distributions for Development

When considering Linux, there are so many variables to take into account. What package manager do you wish to use? Do you prefer a modern or old-standard desktop interface? Is ease of use your priority? How flexible do you want your distribution? What task will the distribution serve?

Rediscovering make: the power behind rules

An overview of GNU make rules: targets, prerequisites, special targets and more

This Week in Open Source News: Barcelona Chooses Linux, Open Source 3D Printing Majorly Cuts Costs & More

This week in Linux and open source headlines, the city of Barcelona ditches Microsoft in favor of Linux, 3D Printing with open source results in a staggering decrease in price, & more.

Linux mv Command Explained for Beginners (8 Examples)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jan 19, 2018 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Just like cp for copying and rm for deleting, Linux also offers an in-built command for moving and renaming files. It's called mv. In this article, we will discuss the basics of this command line tool using easy to understand examples

Wine, Mozilla, GNOME and DragonFly BSD

Wine 3.0, an annual release, became available yesterday. According to the release notes, highlights include Direct3D 10 and 11 support, the Direct3D command stream, the Android graphics driver and improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support.

How to change the Plymouth bootup theme

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Jan 19, 2018 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
When starting Fedora, users are greeted with a neat graphical bootup sequence. The underlying software that displays the bootup graphics is called Plymouth, and the great thing is that it can be customized with different themes. In Fedora, the default... Continue Reading →

Realistic racing game 'DRAG' coming to Linux next month, built on Linux and it looks astonishing

  • GamingOnLinux; By Liam Dawe (Posted by liamdawe on Jan 19, 2018 12:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
I've been in contact with one of the people behind DRAG, a fantastic looking racing game which will come to Linux next month. The fun fact is that the game engine is custom built under Linux too.

Two great uses for the cp command: Bash shortcuts

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 19, 2018 11:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last July, I wrote about two great uses for the cp command: making a backup of a file, and synchronizing a secondary copy of a folder. Having discovered these great utilities, I find that they are more verbose than necessary, so I created shortcuts to them in my Bash shell startup script. I thought I’d share these shortcuts in case they are useful to others or could offer inspiration to Bash users who haven’t quite taken on aliases or shell functions. read more

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