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August 19, 2014
A simple, built-in option keeps branches in sync automatically.
Microsoft Office might still be the de facto name in office suites, but the free, open-source LibreOffice has been one of the top contenders in the space for years. And while the recent update to version 4.3 is light on grand, sweeping changes, it still cements the suite's place as a solid contender to tackle your productivity needs.
For the past decade, Munich has been the poster child for open-source advocates, who pointed to its successful migration from a Microsoft platform to one built on Linux and OpenOffice. Now, a newly elected government has called in experts to see whether it's time to switch back.
Never underestimate your mom, kids — especially if she learns how to code. Sharon Standifird’s son knows this all too well.
The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city's municipal government. While the scheme suffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There's only been one small problem: users aren't happy with the software, and the government isn't happy with the price.
The Xen Project’s Embedded and Automotive initiative will bring its hypervisor to a GlobalLogic IVI stack combining a fast-boot Android with Linux or QNX. The Xen Project Collaborative Project has launched an Embedded and Automotive initiative to expand its virtualization technology beyond the datacenter and cloud realms. Initially, the subproject will center on a collaboration […]
HandyLinux 1.6 is based on Debian Wheezy. It is designed for young and old people looking for simplicity. Developed using the Debian Live Build tools, HandyLinux shows a sample of what can be achieved utilising the power of Debian.
When it comes to the most popular database management systems, the top three are no surprise; but relatively unheralded PostgreSQL is gaining. And, despite what you may have heard, relational databases still rule.
Server and cloud administrators have long had multiple virtualization options to choose from. In 2014, Docker container virtualization has emerged as yet another choice and according to research from IBM, it could well be the best choice in terms of performance.
Ansible is an open-source automation tool developed and released by Michael DeHaan and others in 2012. DeHaan calls it a "general-purpose automation pipeline" (see Resources for a link to the article "Ansible's Architecture: Beyond Configuration Management").
Updated nss, nss-util, and nss-softokn packages that fix one security issue, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
ObjectRocket, the database-as-a-service platform owned by Rackspace, now supports Redis, the open source, in-memory key-value data cache and store.
Patch early and patch often is the advice of security professionals when it comes to software updates. Yet sysadmins will be increasingly leery of applying such an approach to Windows systems following Microsoft's latest botch job.
August 18, 2014
In today's open source roundup: Kill switch laws could give the government the power to brick your smartphone. Plus: A review of KDE Plasma 5, and is systemd evil?
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.
Imagine yourself walking down the middle of a crowded street in a complex city like Cairo. Suddenly a protest builds ahead. A mass of people, cutting off the road. You try to evade, but then violence breaks out in mere seconds. You need help. Someone else, a car to get you out. A phone call might suffice, but wouldn't it be easier to notify all your friends that this place is dangerous and that you need their assistance? This is where a map-based social network could come into play.read more
The Ubuntu MATE project is progressing nicely and the developers have provided a short update about the work that's been done already and about the things that still need to be improved.