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May 13, 2013
One of the keys to a successful open data portal is to make it useful for the end user. Citizens and developers should be able to understand data sets without needing a PhD. I've been following the progress of Raleigh, North Carolina's open data initiative, which launched a beta of their data.raleighnc.gov portal in March 2013.
What happens when next-generation networking, cash prizes and the open-source ethos converge? Answer: The Innovative Application Awards program, which is now accepting proposals from developers seeking to build open-source software that takes advantage of OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN) features. And there's big cash behind this endeavor to encourage investment in big-bandwidth networks, with winning proposals receiving up to $10,000 in funding.
Last year I’ve bought a new desktop computer and on this one I’ve moved from Ubuntu to Mint as “Home distribution”, but I still have as backup PC an old laptop with Ubuntu, and some days ago I’ve updated it from Xubuntu 12.10 to 13.04, these are my observations about this new release of Ubuntu.
How did Linux originate, where is it presently and in which directions is it headed for the future? These are the big questions that a longtime Linux user and developer named Brian Thomason seeks to answer in a documentary film, if he can secure enough funding through a crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter. Here's hoping he succeeds.
A stable release from the Debian GNU/Linux project is normally just that - rock-solid stable. Not so with Wheezy or Debian 7.0 which was released on May 4. One package, Dovecot, a secure IMAP and pop3 server, fails during post-installation. There were so many changes from version 1.2 to 2.0 that it merited at least a mention in the release notes.
The six entries are shown below. If you did not participate in the original survey, this is your chance to have an input. I did not participate in the original survey, but if I did, the order that these images are shown below shows how I would have rated them, from highest to lowest.
Elgg is an open-source and powerful social networking engine used to create your own social networking web site. In this How To, I am gonna show you how to build your own social network website, just like Facebook and Linkedin.
The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 4.0. This is a major release bringing a brand new web administrative interface, several shiny new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use.
If you have lot of developers or programmers who access your servers frequently in your company and if you wanna to keep an eye on what data they are accessing, what commands they are issuing, how long they have been accessing servers and how much system resources are consumed by them, then psacct or acct are the tools that you should have. Already we have covered some topics about monitoring tools such as Nagios and Cacti.
Timothree Besset, perhaps better known amongst Linux gamers as "TTimo" and the former main "Linux guy" at id Software, has announced es_core. The purpose of es_core is to provide an experimental framework for low-latency, high-FPS multi-player games...
RapidDisk is an advanced Linux RAM Disk which consists of a collection of modules and an administration tool. Features include: Dynamically allocate RAM as block device. Use them as stand alone disk drives or even map them as caching nodes to slower local disk drives.
May 12, 2013
The openSUSE Education Team is proud to present Li-f-e (Linux for Education) 12.3-1. This first release is based on openSUSE 12.3 with all the official updates applied. Li-f-e incorporates the latest stable versions of all popular desktop environments such as KDE, GNOME and Cinnamon and it includes wide range of software catering to the needs of everyone, selection from openSUSE Education repository, multimedia from the Packman repository, development tools, KIWI-LTSP allowing normal PC or diskless thin clients to network boot from a server running Li-f-e and lot more.
Autokey, covered previously on Make Tech Easier, is a great place to store commonly-used text. But one of Autokey’s more advanced features is the ability to script it to do other things. We’ll take a look at two ways to tap Autokey for advanced desktop scripting.
Ouya, the Android-powered game console that began its career as a Kickstarter project, has just received $15 million in venture capital funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). For those who haven’t followed Ouya’s wild ride, its Kickstarter project generated a feeding frenzy of $8.6 million in pledges, more than 900 percent of its $950K goal.
Linux Advocate Dietrich Schmitz surveys the Linux Desktop landscape and sees Google Chromebook gaining traction while the Linux Desktop at large spins its wheels. Read why.
United Space Alliance, one of NASA's IT contractors, has migrated several laptop computers used on the International Space Station (ISS) from Windows XP to Debian 6. Apparently, the computers are part of the OpsLAN network which is used to, among other things, log astronauts' movements through the space station, control its on-board cameras and provide astronauts with information about supply stocks and inventories.