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November 20, 2014
With the rise and fall of the Silk Road-and then its rise again and fall again-the last couple of years have cast new light on the Dark Web. But when a news organization as reputable as 60 Minutes describes the Dark Web as "a vast, secret, cyber underworld" that accounts for "90% of the Internet," it's time for a refresher.
The tablet market has long been dominated by Android and iOS. Oh sure, Microsoft has offered its Windows-based tablets, but nobody has seemed to care. Linux (Android aside) has not had much of a presence in the tablet market, but that may be about to change with the Jolla Tablet.
Red Hat EVP and President Paul Cormier takes direct aim at his Platform as a Service rival.
Last Wednesday Microsoft announced they are transitioning the server side of their .NET platform to open source. As stated on their website:Microsoft is providing the full .NET server stack in open source, including ASP.NET, the .NET compiler, the .NET Core Runtime, Framework and Libraries, enabling developers to build with .NET across Windows, Mac or Linux.
If you can’t wait for the launch of the official Ubuntu smartphones (the first models are supposedly due later this year), don’t want to shell out for a new phone anyhow, or would prefer to use a different version of Linux on a portable device, there is an alternative. It’s possible to run a variety of popular Linux distros on a standard Android smartphone or tablet – everything from a simple BusyBox toolset right up to a full distribution with a desktop environment. You don’t even need to root your phone for some of the methods that we explore in this feature.
November 19, 2014
Dooscape is a web browser written in Qt which features a simple and clean interface and is based on the QtWebKit engine. Dooscape has some neat features and takes a different approach compared to traditional web browsers.
One of the strengths of the open source community has been its ability to bring concentrated effort to bear on big problems. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. And when tragedy strikes, or a pressing need arises, there are groups of people who gather together to attempt to solve the problems as a community. These five projects you may not have heard of. They are attacking some of the world's biggest problems and making a true impact in people's lives.
Zentyal Server 4.0, a small Linux business server that can be configured as Directory Server, Domain Controller, Zentyal Mail Server, Gateway, Unified Threat Manager (UTM), Unified Communications Server or a combination of them, has been released with many improvements, better and easier web management console, bug fixes and is now available for download.
Lack of sufficient physical memory can significantly hamper the performance of Linux desktop and server environments. When your desktop is sluggish, one of the first things to do is to free up RAMs. Memory usage is even more critical in multi-user shared hosting or mission-critical server environments, where different users or application threads constantly compete for more memory.
Despite numerous options for passing config data to a program, there is still a need for a utility to handle complex hierarchical configuration and locate config files on distributed system. Here is one. Computer programs are made of code. However, most nontrivial programs can be configured to behave in different ways without changing the code. There are many ways of configuring a program such as: command-line arguments, environment variables, configuration files, reading configuration information from a database, and reading configuration data over the network. Each form of configuration is appropriate for certain situations. Many programs combine several forms of configuration. In this article, I explore the spectrum of configuration options for single programs, distributed processes (same program running on multiple cores and/or machines), and distributed systems (a collection of different programs running on multiple cores and/or machines). I will also present a Python package that can help with managing configuration when dealing with systems composed of multiple configurable components.
In the local food movement, open source principles are very much like the open pollinated seeds that farmers keep to grow next year’s crops. When farmers use their own seeds, they are in control of breeding and conserving for the future. In contrast, closed source and software as a service (SaaS) providers are more like the companies with patented seeds who exert control over farmers by requiring them to purchase new seeds each year, sometimes even controlling the sale of the harvested crops. Open Food Source (OFS) might be the longest running open source food hub software available today.
Linux Outlaws is not for shrinking violets — it is portrayed on its site as “very much like listening to two friends sitting in a pub, having fun and talking about things they find interesting.” However, I think that sells the show short — it is far more entertaining than that (and when they say, “Not recommended for the faint of heart or the ignorant,” they mean it). Always straightforward and honest, always informative and humorous, Linux Outlaws never met an issue they couldn’t tackle with their unique brand of wisdom, insight and jocularity.
HP's new Vertica for SQL on Hadoop product supports ANSI SQL queries for HDFS data on Hadoop, the open source Big Data platform, aiming to simplify data exploration, visualization and analysis.
Microsoft has taken its first baby steps toward integrating Windows with the Docker application containerization tech that's caught fire in the Linux world, with the release of Docker client software that runs on Windows desktops. The client doesn't let you run Windows applications in containers. Microsoft is still working with Docker on that piece of the puzzle, which it says will arrive in the next version of Windows Server.
Geometry Wars 3 is an arcade shooter with modes for single-player, multi-player and co-op. The action in Geometry Wars takes place on geometrical-shaped grids, where you control a ship and need to survive the hordes of enemies.