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UberStudent : A GNU/Linux Dsitribution for Education

04/18/2015 08:24 PM

Built on top of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, UberStudent 4.1 "Epicurus" is a customized distribution designed for secondary and post-secondary education. A blurb on the UberStudent website describes the distribution as "Red Hat for education." I was intrigued by this claim and wondered if some customization on top of Ubuntu could really do for education what Red Hat does for enterprise. So I gave

Michigan Tech course to build your own 3D printer
04/18/2015 12:25 PM

When engineering students start college, the high cost of proprietary tools can be a barrier to making their dreams become a reality. Recent advances in free and open source 3D printing have lowered rapid prototyping costs, making it accessible to everyone. The software industry already knows the force of open source, so now it's time to start teaching free and open source hardware to

Egg-shaped Linux mini-PC Targets Emerging Markets
04/18/2015 12:21 PM

An “Endless Computers” Kickstarter project is pitching a Celeron-based PC for emerging markets starting at $169, featuring a new “Endless OS” Linux distro. A San Francisco based startup called Endless Computers, is close to its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter. Funding packages for its Linux-based Endless Computer start at $169 with 32GB, moving to $189 when you add WiFi and Bluetooth.

Beneffits of using Open Source Software in Enterprises
04/17/2015 08:11 PM

Open source software and enterprise users are natural allies. For example, at HotWax Systems, enterprise users are our focus customers, and open source software is at the core of the capabilities we deliver. Even though enterprise users are our customers, HotWax Systems benefits by nurturing and supporting the Apache Software Foundation and by sharing our product development efforts

Kdenlive 15.04.0 Released
04/17/2015 08:09 PM

Kdenlive team announced release of Kdenlive 15.04.0. Kdenlive is a free and open source video editor for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and BSD operating systems. According to release announcement: The Kdenlive team is happy to announce the release of Kdenlive 15.04.0. While there are very few new features in this release, it is a huge step towards a bright future! By this release, Kdenlive has

How to make the world a more 'open' place
04/17/2015 08:02 PM

If you want to make the world a more informed, "open" place, why not just go ahead and make a start by sharing what you know? Open source software, sharing data and inclusive government decision-making are all part of one big philosophy, explains visiting American "evangelist" Ben Balter. Balter said that if Kiwi workers want to spread the light about new ways of collaborating

Open Source Powers 78% of Businesses Across the World
04/17/2015 08:00 PM

It's not longer a secret that open-source solutions are implemented all over the world, but now we also have some numbers from a survey carried out by Black Duck Software revealing that they are actually much more than people might think. Black Duck Software has been putting together a survey regarding the use of open-source software in all kinds of environments, like mobile,

SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel - Review
04/16/2015 09:27 PM

SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source operating systems. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. Version 3.0 -- dubbed "Grace" after computing pioneer Grace Hopper -- was released March 23. Version releases come out about

VLC 2.2.1 'Terry Pratchett' Released
04/16/2015 08:42 PM

VideoLan announced release of VLC 2.2.1, with code name 'Terry Pratchett'. VLC 2.2.1 is first bug fix release of 2.2.x series. This release fixes numerous number of crashes, codec isssues (VP9, Atrac3, AAC), regressions and several other issues like Resume, MP4 chapters, MKV over network and also some security issues. Following are major highlights of VLC 2.2.0 series VLC 2.2.0

Open-source hardware is gaining critical mass
04/16/2015 08:24 PM

The Open Compute Project, which wants to open up hardware the same way Linux opened up software, is starting to tackle its forklift problem. You can't download boxes or racks, so open-source hardware needs a supply chain, said OCP President and Chairman Frank Frankovsky Tuesday morning, kicking off the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose. Most enterprises don't know how to make

Why use open hardware in the classroom?
04/16/2015 08:21 PM

Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion of “open” models, which emerged as a result of several different factors. The general motivation behind this movement includes the ability for the free sharing of resources and tools in an effort to promote economic efficiency by improving access to a much wider group of stakeholders. To that end, I invite you—the reader—to take a walk

Federal open source software activities are growing
04/16/2015 08:19 PM

Patricia M. Loui-Smicker of Hawaii was confirmed by the Senate, just the other day, as a director of the Export-Import bank. Not the kind of routine confirmation that makes the news. Gilberto de Jesus of Maryland withdrew his nomination to be chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reported

An Introduction to GitHub
04/16/2015 08:17 PM

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service that offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management functionality of Git combined with a unique set of other features. In layman's terms, it's a place where every developer (or aspiring developer) can share their source code and stories with the world. It's a huge and highly respected collaboration

What is Open Access
04/16/2015 08:14 PM

Open access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it. Open access has two different versions—gratis and libre. Gratis open access is simply making research available for others to read without having to pay for it. However, it does not grant the user the right to make copies, distribute,

5 Popular GNU/Linux distributions featuring GNOME
04/15/2015 07:43 PM

Gnome 3.16 was released recently and I considered it to be one of the best Gnome releases ever. A few weeks ago we did an extremely popular story on some of the best distros which offer great Plasma experience. So I decided to check out which distros offer a similar kind of Gnome experience. I have been using Gnome 3.16 on several machines and I am extremely impressed with the

Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015
04/15/2015 07:39 PM

Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. First, I share five new

India doubles down on use of Open Source software
04/15/2015 07:37 PM

NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday announced a policy on adoption of open source software, which makes it mandatory for all software applications and services of the government be built using open source software, so that projects under Digital India "ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs". "Government of India shall endeavour to adopt

Steps To Write Open source Case Study
04/15/2015 07:32 PM

Case studies about open source project participants and users are a great way to showcase your project and how it works in the real world. Such studies will highlight interesting features of your software, demonstrate different (and potentially unique) ways your project is in use, and foster positive communication among members of your community. Case studies are also about transparency:

Why large companies use open source ERP
04/14/2015 09:01 PM

The main reason larger companies use open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is because they are cheaper and easier to customize. In many cases, when you are implementing an open source ERP system for a large organization, a new interface shell is created outside of the core system to meet the business needs and line-up with the company organization. With commercial

The Real Reason for Failrure of Open Source Startups
04/14/2015 08:59 PM

The recent news around Nebula shutting its doors has stirred speculation that OpenStack startups are struggling because of the state of the OpenStack market. There is even a piece claiming that the OpenStack dream is on “life support.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that winning in open source requires a playbook that is drastically different from one that most

KDE Ships Plasma 5.3 Beta, New Feature Release
04/14/2015 08:52 PM

KDE team announced a beta release of KDE Plasma 5 with version number 5.2.95, the latest feature release. Following are main highlights of current beta release Enhanced Power Management Better Bluetooth Capabilities Improved Plasma widgets Plasma Media Center Big Step to Wayland support Read detailed features in official release announcement

Top 9 Reasons to Use KDE
04/14/2015 08:45 PM

I really like the command line interface (CLI) in Linux. It bestows great power upon its users, and I spend a good deal of time availing myself of those powers. And yet without the GUI desktop I would still be limited. It is through the combination of the GUI and the command line that I find the power of Linux to be more fully realized. As with many things in Linux, there are

SuperX 3.0 A Smooth KDE Experience - Review
04/13/2015 10:28 PM

The SuperX distribution began as a one-person project and was first put together by a developer in India. However, the distribution grew and is now maintained by Libresoft Technology. The latest release of SuperX, version 3.0 "Grace", offers users the KDE 4 desktop and ships with a number of features designed to make the desktop operating system more responsive. As the project's

Solus Project/ Evolve OS team officially responds about naming conflicts
04/13/2015 09:55 PM

Today, Solus Project developers officially responded about naming controversies around previous project name 'Evolve OS', through official blog of project. According to blog post : Firstly we’d like to apologise for the downtime, confusion and general inconvenience of late. In short we’ve been involved in a naming dispute for the previously named “Evolve OS” project. On April 1st (yep,

Linux Kernel 4.0 Released
04/13/2015 07:57 PM

Linux Torvalds announced release of Linux Kernel 4.0 through official mailing list. This release of Kernel features Dynamic patching mechanism, that allows to update the system without rebooting. According to Mail by Linus: So I decided to release 4.0 as per the normal schedule, because there really weren't any known issues, and while I'll be traveling during the end of the upcoming

Powerful open-source software for serious Linux users
04/13/2015 07:51 PM

Everyone has their personal favorite programs, but some users are more serious about their software than others. One such group includes the people at LinuxQuestions. These are Linux experts who are kind enough to answer newbies' endless questions. So when they pick out their favorite Linux distributions and open-source programs, I take their opinions seriously. Mind you, that doesn't

Responsibilities of Open Source User
04/13/2015 07:43 PM

Too many of us who work with open source software in our daily lives think of ourselves as users, people who merely take advantage of open source tools without considering ourselves as an integral part of the development process. That's right. By working with an open source tool, you're automatically part of that tool's development process. You are not a user. You are a contributor.

3 Best Practices for Bootstrapping an Open Source Business
04/13/2015 07:38 PM

Go to the networking and speaking events of any local startup community in America and you'll quickly discover a dominant theme: investment. Read any startup news site and you'll see the same hyper-focus on fundraising. Websites like AngelList and CrunchBase are wholly dedicated to facilitating capital acquisition and documenting who's succeeded at it. With so much of the conversation

Antergos 2015.04.12 Update is Available
04/13/2015 07:35 PM

Antergos Developers announced availability of updated ISO. Antergos is an Arch based user friendly GNU/Linux distribution shipped with all day to day software packages. According to Release Announcement: We’ve updated our Installation Media to include all of the latest packages available in the Arch Repos. The most notable updates are our installer, Cnchi v.0.8.0 (released earlier

Open Source Feed : Weekly News Feed 1
04/12/2015 08:40 PM

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Elementary OS Freya Review
04/12/2015 08:12 PM

Elementary OS Freya has been released today. I have already tried out this beautiful Linux distribution. There has been several changes between the previous version Luna and upcoming Freya. If you are curious about what’s new in Freya, I am going to show you some of the new features in elementary OS Freya and a quick screenshot tour of its looks. Call it elementary OS Freya review,

Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects
04/12/2015 04:02 PM

The OpenStack project feels different from other open source projects to me. Let me try to explain. Henrik Ingo did an excellent analysis of open source project size versus governance structure a few years ago. Essentially, the nine largest, most vibrant open source communities were anchored inside nonprofit foundations. The 10th largest was 10 times smaller than the ninth and

Elementary OS Freya Released
04/12/2015 07:59 AM

Elementary team announced release of Elementary OS Freya, a Ubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution featuring Pantheon Desktop Environment, which provide smooth and easy user experience. “Freya’s design is much more purpose driven and focused,” said Daniel Foré, founder and lead designer of elementary. “We spent a lot of time taking advantage of new toolkit features like Header Bar,

HandyLinux 1.9 Wheezy is Available For Download
04/12/2015 12:10 AM

HandyLinux developers announced availability of HandyLinux 1.9, with code name 'Wheezy', a debian 7 based beautiful light weight GNU/Linux distribution. HandyLinux 1.8 users can directly upgrade to this release. According to release announcement of HandyLinux 1.9, following are features of this release. merging Version 486 and 686-pae integration with unnecessary kernel cleanup script

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