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October 7, 2014
Venn Stone and Pedro Mateus of the LinuxGameCast have successfully bullied gaminonlinux.com offline. Way to go guys...
Data and Goliath is about digital surveillance, its scope, implications and what you can do about it. You don’t have to be a tech-person to want to read this book. If you’re a participant in the digital age (who isn’t?), I think this is one book you’d want to read.
GNOME 3, the open source desktop environment for Linux systems that once earned a lot of ire, is receiving newfound praise for the maturity of GNOME Shell and other improvements.
The Linux Foundation has released data showing how and why people are taking advantage of its educational training and professional certifications programs for open source development and administration.
CAINE 6.0 'Dark Matter' is out. CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Italian GNU/Linux live distribution created as a project of digital forensics. CAINE offers a complete forensic environment that is organized to integrate existing software tools as software modules and to provide a friendly graphical interface. Changelog: Linux kernel 3.16; based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit edition, UEFI and Secure Boot ready; SystemBack is the new installer; fixed password request in polkit; fixed password request in text mode; ShellShock Bash bug fixed; mount policy always in read-only and loop mode; fstrim disabled; autopsy patched by Maxim Suhanov; HFS directories handling fixed; Sun VTOC volume system handling fixed...
This year's keynote speaker at the annual All Things Open conference is Red Hat's DeLisa Alexander, executive VP and head of Red Hat's human resources operations. DeLisa is not only in a professional position to comment on gender and diversity in open source and tech but has also personally campaigned for inclusiveness in the workplace to produce better outcomes for everybody.
How do you find the right open source project to jump into? Here's a guide based on my jouney to find the right fit. In the guide, I wrote about doing your research by casting a wide net, then evaluating yourself (your skills, your goals, and your time). In this evaluation to find the right fit, I looked at my motivations and skills, made a list of goals, and named a few target projects. Because this isn’t my first rodeo, I take a good, hard look at my track record. What can I learn from the ones that didn't stick to find the one that will? I notice patterns I can avoid and see how they line up against my new list of goals and skills. Then, I evaluate four open source projects and their communities to see if they might be a good fit. See the winner at the end!
This week's news looks at Microsoft borrowing features from Linux and a blogger spends a week with Fedora. There are also tutorials for installing the Steam music player, creating a UEFI bootable Ubuntu USB drive and how to set up 2 factor authentication.
Annex: Conquer the World, a real-time strategy game based on the MegaGlest engine, has reached version 4.0, and brings a big number of new features.
There are a lot of other things that are deserving of our collective ire. Wireless shouldn’t have been one of them for me. I chastised myself for throwing my own little private snit concerning something so trivial. If you count back the years with me, the kernel update to 2.27 saw wireless go from “wireless sucks in Linux” to “holy crap, wireless works in Linux.” Or it did for the most part anyway. It was an important mile marker for desktop Linux.
Barely two months after the Linux 3.16 kernel release and Linux 3.17 is now out. The Linux 3.17 kernel is the fifth major kernel release so far in 2014 and among its features is a fix for a flaw that wouldn't actually impact Linux for another 24 years.
In today's open source roundup: PC-BSD 10.0.3 could be an option for Linux users. Plus: Linux 3.17 released, and Steam now has more than 700 Linux games.
VIDEO: Italo Vignoli, a director at the Document Foundation, discusses how the open-source LibreOffice Suite has evolved over the last four years.
Unvanquished, a shoot ‘em up game available for Linux, Windows and OS X, has reached Alpha 32, bringing several new fixes, a new model for the SMG, and updated textures for the mantis.
Logic Supply unveiled four Ubuntu-ready, Mini-ITX industrial PCs based on Intel Celeron (Bay Trail and Ivy Bridge) and Core (Haswell-ULT and Haswell) CPUs. Do aesthetics matter in on the factory floor? Logic Supply, which has been selling Ubuntu Linux ready embedded computers for years, has answered with a resounding yes with a new line of ML400G embedded PCs. The four new systems are the “smallest full-size Mini-ITX systems” ever built by the company, and offer a “sleek, exciting aesthetic with ultra-reliable, fanless and ventless engineering,” says Logic Supply.
Lennart Poettering, creator of the systemd system management software for Linux, says the open-source world is "quite a sick place to be in." He also said the Linux development community is "awful" – and he pins the blame for that on Linux supremo Linus Torvalds.
Hey! You there! You've got it pretty good, you know that? While you're sitting there using your Internet-enabled device to read about some other Internet-enabled device, it's easy to forget that the majority of people doesn't have any access to the Internet at all. The "World Wide" Web is actually not that worldwide—only about one-third of the population is online. That's 4.8 billion people out there with no way to get to the Internet...Fair warning: we're going to talk frankly and honestly about the Cloud FX, and it's not going to be pretty. As we journey into the world of sub-$50 smartphones, leave all worries about performance, user experience, and any kind of pleasantness behind you. While $35 doesn't buy you a lot, perhaps we're past the stage of "does it work well?" The question for a device like Cloud FX may simply be "does it work at all?"
Fast way to update Bash on Debian based distributions to secure it against Shell Shock.
So I went looking for something more to my liking. Something that’s Markdown-enabled. That has meant installing and uninstalling Markdown-enabled editors all day. With this post, I share with you what I’ve found and which ones passed the it-fits-the-way-I-work test.