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August 8, 2014
Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been officially released for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core flavors.
Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still using GNOME Shell and here's why.
Another day, another abuse of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions to stop things that have nothing whatsoever to do with copyright. As pointed out by Slashdot, the Hackaday site recently had a post about how to clone some Tektronix application modules for its MSO2000 line of oscilloscopes. The post explained a simple hack to enable the application module to do a lot more. And... in response, Tektronix sent a DMCA takedown notice demanding the entire post be taken down. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140806/07155928127/tektronix-uses-dmca-notice-to-try-to-stop-oscilliscope-hacking.shtml
This Friday is the third day of Flock, the Fedora Contributor Conference, in Prague, the Czech Republic. As you could on day 1 / Tuesday and day 2 / Wednesday, you still can attend – no matter where in the world you are. If you cannot watch the videos live for whatever reason, you may watch them afterwards at the same links posted below.
I, a Microsoft user since DOS 5.x was introduced to Linux in the late 90's when a friend gave me a copy of Novell Linux. I was in awe that you could get a "free" operating system without having to pay for it. The system didn't hold my attention long because there were not a lot of applications for it that were similar to the Windows programs I was accustomed to.
Stephen Gallagher bravely embraced his spot as one of the first talks of the day, after a Flock pub night. As a representative of the Fedora Server working group, he presented an overview and status report on the Fedora Server, one of the new products that makes up the Fedora.next initiative.
In today's Android roundup: Google updates Android Device Manager to include a callback button. Plus: Four open source productivity tools, and the top five Android antivirus utilities.
At the Flock 2014 conference in Prague, Aditya Patawari delivered a talk on the Fedora Project’s use of Ansible for orchestrating its services. System administrators face many challenges today, as new servers, applications, and updates to these systems are constantly needing to roll out. Deciding whether to deploy virtually or on bare metal; configuring and managing systems and their access credentials is also a continuous and repetitive challenge which Patawari calls the “sysadmin loop.”
Botnets are becoming more sophisticated and White Ops' Michael Tiffany spells out what that means for the advertising campaigns they've been targeting
When I was at school, computers were only really just beginning to show their promise and few people had Internet access. I remember begging my Mum for a ZX Spectrum and using it to write basic code to draw things on the screen. From then on I was hooked, but didn’t really know if there were careers programming computers, and it wasn’t at all clear whether this was of any use if I wanted to do scientific research. As I moved to a much faster Amiga 500 Plus, I continued to enjoy programming as a hobby and loved writing simulations to understand mathematics and physical phenomena.
If, like me, you work on terminals connected via ssh to remote computer/server you are probably used to tmux and screen and so it’s not a problem if you have to close your session, as you’ll be able to easily re-connect when you need it, but sometimes you could forget about using one of these utility.
The Russian government is considering the replacement of Microsoft and Oracle products with Linux and open source counterparts, at least for the Ministry of Health.
Miloslav Suchy delivered a report on the state of Copr yesterday at Flock that demonstrated just how far a service can go in one year. Work on Copr, the lightweight build service for contributor packages that aren’t yet in Fedora officially, started less than a year ago. But the service is already hosting more than 250GB of data and has churned out more than 25,000 builds!
Twitter has shifted its way of thinking about how to launch a new service thanks to the Apache Mesos project, an open source technology that brings together multiple servers into a shared pool of resources. It's an operating system for the data center.
August 7, 2014
Day 1 of Flock 2014 saw a talk from Fedora Infrastructure developer Luke Macken on the evolution of the Fedora update infrastructure, notably the Bodhi update system Fedora employs to manage package updates. A video of this talk is available here.
The Amazon "shopping suggestions" feature built into Ubuntu desktops does not violate consumer protections under European and UK privacy law. That’s according to the Information Commissioner following a complaint lodged by a Ubuntu blogger over Ubuntu’s controversial Shopping Lens.
In today's open source roundup: Zorin OS made a distrohopper finally stop hopping. Plus: The Linux foundation promotes Automotive Grade Linux, and Codestarters converts Chromebooks into Ubuntu development computers for kids.
This document describes how to install and configure Rainloop on Ubuntu 14.04. We will use nginx as web server. Rainloop is a popular free Open Source Web Application primarily written in PHP. It offers users a swift and contemporary web interface for accessing emails on a majority of commonly used domain mail providers such as Outlook, Yahoo, and Gmail, in addition to local mail servers. Rainloop also doubles up as a Mail User Agent (MUA) by accessing domain mail via IMAP/ SMTP protocols. This tutorial explains the process of installing Rainloop Webmail on an Ubuntu 14.04 Virtual Private Server using Nginx and MariaDB.
Lantronix launched an IoT-oriented “PremierWave SE1000? module with an ARM9 CPU, Fast Ethernet, a CGI-ready web server, security features, and a Linux SDK. The PremierWave SE1000 computer-on-module is intended for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications with Ethernet and IPv6 requirements. The COM integrates an IPv6-ready TCP/IP stack, as well as a CGI-capable web server that “transforms a standalone device into a networked product that can be managed remotely via a standard web browser,” says Lantronix. Users can remotely monitor and collect information from the device in real-time and send it to dynamic web pages, says the company.
KDE has today made the first update to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks are our addon libraries for Qt applications which provide numberous useful features using peer reviewed APIs and regular monthly updates. This release has 60 different frameworks adding features from Zip file support to Audio file previews, for a full list see KDE's Qt library archive website Inqlude. In this release KAuth gets a backend so you can again add features which require root access, KWallet gets a migration system from its KDELibs 4 version and support has been added for AppStream files.To code with Frameworks read the API documentation and install them with Linux distro binary packages or grab the source code directly.