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September 24, 2014
Databricks and O'Reilly Media will launch a certification program for developers of Apache Spark, the Big Data analytics cluster platform. Yet another certification program for Big Data and the cloud has entered the fray. But this one, offered by Databricks and O'Reilly Media, is the first for developers working with Apache Spark, the open source Big Data processing engine.
The XPrize Foundation, best known for its spaceflight challenges, has announced an earthly focus: Creating an open-source application that can teach teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic without a teacher.
The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 21?s products in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 21 is expected in December.
In today's open source roundup: Canonical releases the RTM version of Ubuntu Touch. Plus: Fourteen ways to contribute to open source without being a programmer, and advice for open source programmers.
It’s likely that many of you have heard about Ansible. For those who haven't, it's an open source software project that radically simplifies the art of system automation.
Whether you're moving to a paperless lifestyle, need to scan a document to back it up or email it, want to scan an old photo, or whatever reason you have for making the physical electronic, a scanner comes in handy. In fact, a scanner is essential.
Netflix may soon offer official support for Ubuntu Linux. But does that really matter now that Netflix has unofficially worked on Linux via Wine for nearly two years?
The XPrize Foundation, best known for its spaceflight challenges, has announced an earthly focus: Creating an open-source application that can teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic without a teacher.
Wink announced Relay, an Android-based smart light switch and home automation hub featuring a 4.3-inch touchscreen, proximity sensors, and voice messaging. Wink Hub(click to enlarge) Back in June, Quirky subsidiary Wink launched its Linux-based Wink home automation hub and free Android and iOS mobile app, together with 15 partners and 60 compatible devices..
Several computer algebra systems are available to Linux users. I even have looked at a few of them in this column, but for this issue, I discuss OpenAxiom. OpenAxiom actually is a fork of Axiom. Axiom originally was developed at IBM under the name ScratchPad. Development started in 1971, so Axiom is as old as I am, and almost as smart.
Developers from the Debian project have been trying to decide for quite a while whether to implement Xfce, GNOME, or a few other DEs by default, and it looks like GNOME has won, at least for the time being.
How a South African free software company built a simple, proof-of-concept solution for a Universities nuclear science department using just bash and Linux utilities. The unique set of requirements, that it be built in a way that was easy for student and lecturers, with a limited set of bash scripting and Fortran skills, made for an interesting solutions and demonstrates what can be achieved with bash and a set of powerful, single purpose Linux command line utilities.
The recent launch of iOS 8 saw millions of people upgrading their iPhones' operating systems (and many failing to have enough available memory to do so). It's a bit more complicated for Android users, who get their updates from Google, device manufacturers, and their wireless providers. This week, Malwarebytes shows us a malicious Android app that takes advantage of that confusion by disguising itself as a software update for your Android.
September 23, 2014
In March of 2007, Red Hat first announced its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5( RHEL) platform. Though it might seem quant today, RHEL 5 was particularly notable in that it was the first major release for Red Hat to emphasize virtualization, which is a feature all modern distros now take for granted.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the much anticipated multiplayer FPS from Valve, has finally arrived on Steam for Linux, skipping the Beta stage.