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May 2, 2014
I began working with the Wikimedia Foundation in January 2012 for program and community support in India. With the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge program, we focus on open access for scholarly publications to help communities enrich Wikipedia entries for Indic languages.While I was negotiating with a few authors to relicense their copyrighted books to a Creative Commons license (a license that allows anyone to reuse, modify and use content), I began identifying certain areas of motivation for an author to donate their work as free content.
A few years ago, we wrote about how a guy named Dimitry Shirokov, with help from the law firm of Booth Sweet had taken on the "fathers" of copyright trolling in the US, Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, who had formed an organization called US Copyright Group, which initiated the first round of mass copyright trolling in the US (before the likes of Prenda and others entered the space). Shirokov had tried to make his lawsuit a class action against the lawyers, claiming fraud and extortion. And while the class action part was unfortunately rejected, the case has ended with a victory for Shirokov, with the judge ordering DGW to pay $39,909.95 ($3,179.52 to Shirokov and the rest in attorneys' fees to Booth Sweet).
News from Red Hat might have some development organizations panting. The company in mid-April unveiled a release candidate of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 with support for Docker, the open source container framework for deploying applications on virtually any platform.
Linus Torvalds, the principal force behind development of the Linux kernel and overseer of open source development for the Linux operating system, has been named the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering development of the Linux kernel using the open-source approach”.
FCC's Wheeler Says That If These Lame Net Neutrality Rules Don't Work, He'll Implement The Real Rules Next Time
Following his weak attempt to diffuse concerns about his bogus "open internet" rules, FCC boss Tom Wheeler has decided to try again, by basically repeating what he said last week with slightly stronger language about how he won't let broadband providers violate net neutrality. Of course, as many people have explained, the problem is that the new rules clearly aren't strong enough, and leave open all sorts of ways to kill off basic neutrality online. Of course, the real problem is that the original 2010 "open internet" rules (which were really crafted by the telcos in the first place) didn't really protect net neutrality in the first place, and the new rules are basically an even weaker version of those rules.
The rumours are true: Google is working on a new brand called Silver to seize back control of the Android platform.Details of the thing have been corroborated by multiple sources – and it looks like a declaration of war on Samsung and wannabe top-tier gadget manufacturers.
The Perfect Server - CentOS 6.5 x86_64 (Apache2, MySQL, PHP, PureFTPD, Postfix, Dovecot and ISPConfig 3)
The Perfect Server - CentOS 6.5 x86_64 (Apache2, Dovecot, ISPConfig 3)This tutorial shows how to prepare a CentOS 6.5 x86_64 server for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3. ISPConfig 3 is a webhosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: Apache web server, Postfix mail server, MySQL, BIND nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, Mailman, and many more. Since version 3.0.4, ISPConfig comes with full support for the nginx web server in addition to Apache; this tutorial covers the setup of a server that uses Apache, not nginx.
Red Hat—which already owns the object storage platform Gluster—has acquired Inktank, the company behind the Ceph open source, software-defined storage system.
The high correlation between science fiction fans and techies reaches its zenith with the BBC show Doctor Who. But who knew that showing off one’s inner Time Lord could actually be a winning career move? Last fall at the Embedded Linux Conference Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland, Red Hat engineer John “Warthog9? Hawley demonstrated a robot based on Doctor Who’s robotic dog K-9. His treadwheel bot runs Angstrom Linux on Intel’s open spec, Atom-based MinnowBoard single-board computer, the forerunner of the new MinnowBoard Max.
The developer behind the fun indie hit Vox a voxel based, action, adventure and creation game with a big focus on player created content has re-confirmed their plans for the Linux version. The good news is that the major content patch is now out, so once dust settles on that the Linux version will come!
Ubuntu comes with a few default games upon installation, which include Mines, Mahjongg or Solitaire. While these are all right for a casual break from work, on the other hand they're not exactly a gamer's paradise. In this tutorial I'll show you the many possibilities of playing games in Ubuntu, ranging from simple board ones to full-fledged shooters or strategy games.
May 1, 2014
New languages, APIs and toolkits continue to emerge at a surprising frequency. Some of the new languages are created by large corporations looking to usurp their rivals' languages, others have started as personal projects snowballing with contributions from other developers. Programming is constantly developing.
Emmabuntüs Collective, the one that stands behind the Emmabuntüs Linux distribution, was recently named a finalist in a contest rewarding the cyber-activism. The competition in question is THE BOBS contest.
Noxel claims its Xtream A700 is the most powerful Android signage computer around, and considering its quad-core system-on-chip and the relative novelty of Android signage, we imagine they are correct. Aside from the sheer performance, the device is notable for its use of Apple’s iBeacon indoor positioning technology, which can provide precise location information via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The device’s iBeacon support enables retailers and brand marketers to provide in-store navigation and location-specific push messaging to smartphones, says the company.
NixOS 14.04 'Baboon' has been released. It is the second stable release branch. In addition to numerous new and upgraded packages and modules, this release has the following highlights: installation on UEFI systems is now supported; systemd has been updated to version 212, which has numerous improvements; NixOS is now based on glibc 2.19 and GCC 4.8; the default Linux kernel has been updated to 3.12; KDE has been updated to 4.12; Nix has been updated to 1.7; NixOS now supports fully declarative management of users and groups.