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September 19, 2014
Request a roll from the tweet-powered dice machine, made from the unlikely mix of Ruby, Python and Pi with an antique game. I worked on it myself. I got a little help on the website from some others at Intridea, but we’ve been working as a company just exploring various interfaces and social machines – Internet of Things, things like that. So it’s kind of how this idea came about. We have a few projects that we’re working on at the moment that are in a similar vein but this is the first one we’ve published. So I came across this little dice roller and I thought ‘Hey, this would make a perfect internet- controlled device’. And it would be a fun project, using something old and retro.
If you're like me (and you're a Linux Journal reader, so you may actuallybe like me), you probably rotate through your cell phones and/or tabletsevery couple years. These little devices are so convenient and havebeen consistently dropping in price, while their power continues to go up,so you may have a few older devices sitting in a drawer.
September 18, 2014
In light of recent events it might be worth for fans of Minecraft to try out Minetest or it’s fork Voxelands. Both are open source, infinite voxel sandbox games that are currently available for Fedora. Minetest is currently being developed on and is fairly simplistic without adding mods, it does have the main game mechanics of gathering resources, crafting and building structures. There are a range of Mods available to add functionality as well as texture packs to customise your experience. Minetest is available now in Fedora from the Software application, or using the command line yum install minetest.
Canonical has just published the first Ubuntu Touch RTM version for their new operating system, as the company is getting closer to the release of the OS on the open market.
How many of you failed to connect to WiFi network in Linux? Did you bumped into issues like the followings in different forums, discussion page, blogs? I am sure everyone did at some point. This guide will take you through the steps for connecting to a WPA/WPA2 WiFi network from command line. It is useful when you've lost GUI or you'r GNOME, KDE desktop crashed and all you got is our old friend Command Line.
This may not be news for our readers who have been around for a while, but Techland's Chrome Engine 6 actually supports Linux.
In the lead up to Ubuntu 14.10's release this is the first part in a series of articles showing how to use the Unity desktop environment and how to do the basics with Ubuntu. It highlights how to use the launcher, how to add and remove icons, what the different colours, arrows and effects mean and how to tweak the launcher to resize icons and hide the launcher when not in use.
This was a busy week in OpenStack especially around the HP-Eucalyptus deal. In fact, this very week, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos had his first post-deal public appearance. We also look what's driving OpenStack popularity (it has a broad constituency that's for sure) and the all-new OpenStack in a Rack from Ubuntu and AMD.
When we started talking about hosting a 'back to school' week at Opensource.com, I decided to take that quite literally, and went back to NC State University earlier this month to attend the inaugural Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Anaytics. Geospatial analytics and GIS (geospatial information science) is a huge field, with a number of open source tools for research and teaching available, and I wanted to learn more about how these tools are being used in the real world.read more
Spoon's container-based virtual app solution, Spoonium, promises Docker- and LXC-like virtualization for Windows. As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spooonium.
It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet.
“The patrons are quite happy using Linux to get their work done,” Shapiro said. “Very few of them have any clue they’re not using Windows. They surf the web using Firefox and Chrome and use LibreOffice to compose and edit their word processing documents. In the nine years I’ve worked at this library, only one or two people have ever told me, ‘Hey, this isn’t Windows.'”
Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.
Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.
There's a lot to look forward to this year, so here's a quick reminder so that you don't get swallowed up!