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February 6, 2014
Starting this past December, the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (OPW) welcomed a new crop of promising young female contributors to several open source projects. These women are currently halfway through their internships, working to improve open source projects across a number of disciplines including code development, visual and UX design, internationalization, documentation, and community-building.
It looks as if Red Hat has some work cut out for them if they care what impression folks in the FOSS community have about them. If the results of our Red Hat &the NSA poll are any indication, some people aren’t convinced that the most commercially successful Linux distro on the planet has clean hands when it comes to the whole NSA mess.
This article offers a step-by-step guide on how to create GPT partitions on Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer with UEFI firmware.Because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and use the same installer as its parent distribution, it can also be used to create GPT partitions on Linux Mint 16.
Although GNU/Linux® has the reputation of being a much more secure operating system than Windows,® you still need to secure the Linux desktop. This article steps you through installing antivirus software, creating a backup and restore plan, and using a firewall so you can harden your Linux desktop against most attacks and prevent unauthorized access to your computer.
February 5, 2014
It's not just a good idea anymore, the OpenDaylight Project has released its first open-source software-defined network release: Hydrogen.
The Zorin OS team has released Zorin OS 8 Educational, the education-oriented edition of our operating system designed for new Linux users. We have introduced a myriad of changes in Zorin OS including updated software, improvements to the user interface and entirely new software. As always, Zorin OS 8 uses the Zorin Desktop environment with Zorin Menu for unparalleled customization and the Zorin Look Changer for ultimate ease of use.
Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the second in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.6. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates; providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.
When Asus jumps into the increasingly hot Chrome OS market by shipping its $179 Asus Chromebox in March, it will likely be the new price leader among computers that run Google’s Linux-based Chrome Operating System. It’s $20 cheaper than the hot-selling, $199 Acer C720 Chromebook, although it lacks the latter’s screen and keyboard. You get the same 4th Generation (“Haswell”) dual-core Intel Celeron 2955U, clocked at 1.4GHz, as you do with the C720, complete with integrated Intel HD graphics. Later this year, there will also be a Core i3-4010U version, as well as a Core i7 model that will not be offered in the U.S.
Our Broken Patent System: Company That Does Nothing May Get Hunderds Of Millions Of Dollars From Google
The patent system is completely broken. Towards the end of 2012, we wrote about how a patent troll named Vringo, using some patents (6,314,420 and 6,775,664), had won a lawsuit against Google. Vringo was a failed ringtone company that had bought those highly questionable patents from the failed search engine Lycos and then sued basically everyone who ran a search engine. Microsoft agreed to settle (with a bizarre stipulation promising to pay 5% of whatever Google finally had to pay), while Google agreed to indemnify a bunch of the others that were all using Google's search under their own.
Last week, five Joomla! project leaders shared insights into their roles and advice for how to be a great leader in an open source community. Here, we share with you five more leaders in open source sharing wisdom and advice for men and women interested in learning more about how to have a successful career in open source.
With Windows XP end of life coming in just a few short months statistics show that 3/4 of the business world is in trouble. They still run some release of Windows XP and with the deadline of April 8, 2014 approaching a upgrade and migration is necessary. Home users are also in danger of seeing critical security updates being cut off and their systems becoming vulnerable to security threats.
The latest Linux distribution benchmarks to share at Phoronix are a comparison of Manjaro Linux 0.8.8, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development state, openSUSE 13.1, and Fedora 20. All tests were done from an Intel Core i5 4670 Haswell system to look at the current state of various Linux distributions when it comes to various areas of open-source performance.
There are few women developers and even proportionately less working in open source communities. However, a career in OSS is ideal for women who are seeking balance in their lives whether the balance is starting a family or maintaining balance with friends and a strenuous and engaging hobby. It’s well established that there’s a shortage of women pursuing careers in computer science. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that just 0.3% of students majoring in technology-related fields are female, despite the high demand for those skills. As few as 1.5% of open source contributors are women.
Today's ImageMagick lesson covers how to resize images, change case on file extensions, convert file formats, construct a proof sheet of thumbnails, and search and sort photos by their Exif data.
Real Time Logic announced a new version of its lightweight, Linux-ready “Mako Server” embeddable webserver that ships with C source code, along with the BarracudaDrive file server plugin. The software is available in a free version for non-commercial and educational use.
Under the hood, Mageia is powered by the Linux 3.12 kernel, which first debuted in November. Support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) also lands in Mageia 4 although it is currently only considered experimental. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the features of the new Mageia 4 release.
Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation delivered one of the day's keynotes, starting off by telling the audience that technically he was Linux creator Linus Torvalds' boss. That however doesn't mean that he directs Torvalds activities. Zemlin said that his five year old daughter and Linux Torvalds are very much alike.
If you are still using Windows XP or Vista then the chances are you are neither swayed by new technologies and you aren't big on spending out on new equipment. This article provides a list of 5 reasons why PCLinuxOS may be a better choice than Ubuntu.
Nvidia announced it has released “experimental” open source driver code for its upcoming Tegra K1 SoC, and even won praise from former Nvidia critic Linus Torvalds.