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January 18, 2014
The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off. The OpenBSD Foundation has revealed it needs to stump up $20,000 in the second appeal for help it has issued since December. It seems the first appeal didn't net it enough to settle the bill in full. The Foundation wants somebody to not only pay the bill but also to permanently take on the cost of running its servers – otherwise it risks going out of business.
Last October, our last look at graphics focused on the plans laid at September's X Developer's Conference. In the three months since then, these plans have come to fruition, reasserting the continuing relevance of X.org compared with Wayland and other compositing display servers.
OpenShift's support for CentOS, Fedora and RHEL now makes OpenShift, Red Hat's Open Source Platform as a Service available on more Linux distributions than any other PaaS offering on the market today. CentOS has long been a favorite Linux distribution for cloud and web hosting providers like Hostgator and GoDaddy. Perhaps these announcements will encourage them to offer PaaS as a value-added service in the near future.
Today in Open Source: DuckDuckGo gains more users as privacy concerns mount. Plus: An exhaustive list of Open Source software, and the Ubuntu phone may be delayed until 2015.
The Leadwerks game creation tool has pushed passed two major Linux issues the developers came across making way for the Linux release. Good news everyone!
This tutorial will show you how to automatically execute commands at the system start-up using the standard init.d directory and the default runlevel. These scripts are called init scripts or start-up scripts, they are used to start and stop services and they will be executed with root privileges.
Ubuntu distributions didn't always come with the latest GRUB, but Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) might implement the most recent version, GRUB 2.02 Beta 2.
Akregator is the default KDE RSS/Atom feed reader and it does it very well. Without being bloated with a lot of features, Akregator takes a rather simple approach, yet providing all the needed features one would expect from a feed reader. You have an integrated web browser, tabs, feed fetching interval configuration, feed archiving, system tray notifications and a few other notable features shown below. Akregator is part of the KDE Kontact Suite.
According to proponents of the Brave New World of self-publishing, there’s never been a better time to write a book. Really?
CESG, the UK government's arm that assesses operating systems and software security, has published its findings for ‘End User Device’ operating systems. The most secure of the lot? Ubuntu 12.04.
January 17, 2014
This week, five cloud myths, the real reason behind the Dropbox outage and IBM makes a billion dollar bet on Watson in the cloud.
For months now the Debian Technical Committee has been tasked with deciding between systemd and Upstart for the future init system of the Linux distribution that also has a FreeBSD kernel port, etc. The debate has been long and ongoing. Among other opinions, Ian Jackson of the committee came out last month in favor of using Upstart while Russ Allberry came out in favor of systemd.
Based in part on MontaVista’s GENIVI-compliant in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) distribution, the Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) was released in April. In September, it was updated with an integrated version of Jungo Connectivity’s multimedia player middleware, and in October, Mentor Graphics announced a related Mentor Embedded Hypervisor that can work together with ATP and other IVI and telematics systems to enabled multiple VMs running on each core of a multicore SoC.
Boston University has won settlements from 25 companies it sued for infringing "a professor’s patented technology for producing blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs)," a university news site reported yesterday. Apple's iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air were listed as infringing the patented technology, along with Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire. The Amazon products infringed BU's patent by using LEDs made by Seoul Semiconductor Company in their screens, BU said. Seoul Semiconductor was among the companies that BU won settlements from.
Version 1.20 of eBook reader and management software Calibre has been released and comes with more tools and new features
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, you'll learn about some new partnerships that could lead to some new open source tech. Here's what we found:
For nearly a decade we've been trying to point out that the entire fight over net neutrality is something of a red herring. The concept of a neutral network is quite important for innovation. I think venture capitalist Fred Wilson does an excellent job talking about how much of a problem innovators might face in the future if we actually lost net neutrality, in that it would massively benefit legacy internet players over innovators:
The creator of NPM has started a company called NPM, Inc. that he said will focus on offering products and services related to the popular package manager for Node.js.
When I founded my first startup in 2008, I was a programming newbie. A degree in economics from Oberlin College hadn’t prepared me for a career writing production-ready code. Despite my best efforts at slapping together crude HTML and CSS Django templates, my ability to contribute to our codebase was limited at best. So I started slowly teaching myself to code with online tutorials and lessons. After many disheartening starts and stops, I realized why I was having problems sticking with it: code lessons and videos felt like school to me, and I had no interest in returning to the classroom.