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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

KDE Frameworks 5.9.0 Released
04/11/2015 08:31 PM

KDE team announced release of KDE Frameworks 5.9.0, a collection of 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly required functionality the mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. According to KDE Frameworks 5.9.0 release announcement, following are new features of this release. New module: ModemManagerQt (Qt wrapper for

How to Make a Twitter-controlled desk lamp with open source tools
04/11/2015 11:05 AM

Think about the Internet today. Websites and web services are in deep conversation with each other through the so-called API (Application Program Interface) economy. Websites such as Facebook,, and ESPN all offer APIs that the rest of the cloud can leverage and interact with. Through this API economy, the exchange of data is free-flowing and massive. However, the only

Facebook's Open Hardware Effort
04/11/2015 11:02 AM

Facebook usually only enters the IT discussion in the context of corporate firewall policies, but last week things took a different turn after the internal innovations at the foundation of its digital empire hit the public domain. The contribution is the latest milestone in an effort tracing back to the dawn of hyperscale computing. The rising tide of social networking adoption in the

LMDE 2 'Betsy' MATE and LMDE 2 'Cinnamon' Released
04/10/2015 09:34 PM

Linux Mint developers announced release of LMDE 2(Linux Mint Debian Edition), a Debian based, partial rolling GNU/Linux distribution, with code name 'Betsy'. According to Release Announcement: LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of

Project Atomic, A minimal Host for managing and running clusters of containers.
04/10/2015 09:21 PM

Last time on My Open Source Life, I selected an open source project to start working with, mainly on the documentation side of the project. That project is Project Atomic, a minimal host for managing and running clusters of containers. I had some concerns about learning Middleman and HAML, but there was a solid 'fork-and-go' contribution mindset. I started lurking in the -devel list and

Dell Launcheds Two Ubuntu Based Systems Designed For Developers
04/09/2015 10:14 PM

Ubuntu's strong developer community will be pleased to hear that two new Dell devices targeted at developers are now available in market: the Dell XPS 13 laptop and the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation. The Ubuntu-based Dell XPS 13 laptop developer edition is the fourth generation of its series and embodies a host of new and improved features. Beyond being the smallest 13-inch

Autodesk Open Sources Their 3D Printer Resin
04/09/2015 08:07 PM

Open source technology is what brought the desktop 3D printer space to where it is now. If it weren’t for groups such as RepRap, who really encouraged the sharing of open source files for building 3D printers, most of the desktop 3D printer manufacturers that exist today probably would never have come about. The open sourcing of files and designs take the idea of filing for patents and

Bella OS 2.2 Live 2.2 Released
04/09/2015 07:58 PM

Bella OS developers announced release of Bella OS 2.2, a Xubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution featuring elegant user interface. According to release announcement, following are main features of Bella OS 2.2, fully functional Live-CD/ISO, or install to hard drive/VM comes complete with a curated suite of high-quality web, office and entertainment applications takes design queues from

Semplice 7 'Comfortably Numb' Released
04/09/2015 07:50 PM

Semplice GNU/Linux developers announced release of Semplice 7 with code name 'Comfortably Numb', a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution featuring 'Vera Desktop'. From Release Announcement: Every revolution starts with a small step. Semplice 7 is ours. Since our first release 5 years ago, our goal was to create an innovative and lightweight operating system, and not being a "me-too"

SalentOS 14.04.2 Released
04/08/2015 07:55 PM

SalentOS developers announced availability of SalentOS 14.04.2, the latest update to SalentOS 14.04 series, a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based GNU/Linux distribution from Italy, featuring Razor-Qt and OpenBox Desktop Environments. According to release announcement of SalentOS 14.04.2, following are changes made in latest release of SalentOS. Updated System Core Newly developed SalentOS Control

Grace: An Open Source Educational Programming Language
04/08/2015 07:41 PM

When it comes to picking a programming language to use when teaching people how to program, there are many, many options. Scratch is a good choice when teaching the basics because of its drag and drop building block method of programming. Python or Ruby are also good choices—both languages have a straight-forward syntax, are used in major real-world projects, and have excellent

4 New Open Source Tools for Scholarly Research
04/08/2015 07:38 PM

Welcome to the second installment of a monthly feature in which I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I will take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities research as well as at humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about transparency and

How to Install GNU/Linux on a Chrome Book
04/08/2015 07:36 PM

Chromebooks have transitioned from an intriguing idea to a product that’s taking the computing world by storm. Quick boot times, long battery life, and connected apps make these budget-friendly laptops a great choice for a diverse set of needs. If you’re a tinkerer and like to really squeeze efficiency from your machines, though, you can get a lot of mileage from installing Linux.

10 Years of Git: An Interview with Git Creator Linus Torvalds
04/08/2015 07:33 PM

Ten years ago this week, the Linux kernel community faced a daunting challenge: They could no longer use their revision control system BitKeeper and no other Source Control Management (SCMs) met their needs for a distributed system. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, took the challenge into his own hands and disappeared over the weekend to emerge the following week with Git. Today

Elive 2.6.2 Beta Released
04/07/2015 10:07 PM

The Elive Development team announced availability of Elive 2.6.2 Beta, Pre Release of upcoming Debian based GNU/Linux distribution featuring Enlightenment Desktop Environment. According to release announcement, following are some notable features in Elive 2.6.2. Nvidia / FGRLX privative drivers are ready to be used! The Installer includes a lot of improvements, specially to make the

How To Install And Configure Ubuntu SDK In Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10
04/07/2015 07:57 PM

Ubuntu SDK is a powerful IDE based on QtCreator, which provides all tools required to develop Ubuntu apps of all types, with QML, HTML5 and C++. If you are looking to develop applications for Ubuntu, you need to install Ubuntu SDK (Software Development Kit). Ubuntu SDK is based on Qt Creator (IDE for Qt development) and tailored for developing apps for Ubuntu and Ubuntu Touch.

VLC – The Most Popular Media Player
04/07/2015 07:51 PM

VLC is arguably the most popular of all media players. Downloaded over 1.3 billion times (yes, that’s “billion” with a “b”), this free and open source player not only has excellent support for nearly every video and audio formats out there, but also let’s you convert from one format to another, and stream (and receive streams) over a network. VLC recently hit version 2.20. The

Reasons to Love and Hate Elementary OS
04/07/2015 07:46 PM

Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution featuring an elegant Desktop environment and smooth user experience. Elementary OS is definitely one of the stars of the Linux ecosystem right now and with good reason. It's one of the most beautiful operating systems out there, and you would think that that's enough, but there are as many reasons to hate it as there are to

How to Install Linux on a Windows Machine With UEFI Secure Boot
04/06/2015 07:57 PM

When Windows 8 rolled up to the curb, Microsoft did its best to enforce a protocol known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot. This was to be a modern replacement for the aging BIOS system and would help ensure boot-time malware couldn’t be injected into a system. For the most part, Linux has overcome those UEFI hurdles. However, with Windows 10, those hurdles

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to Provide Excellent Compiz Integration
04/06/2015 07:54 PM

The Ubuntu MATE developers are preparing for the launch of the latest 15.04 branch of the operating system. One of the features to be present in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is Compiz integration, and one of the developers has put together a video showing all the cool stuff to be available. Proper Compiz support is one of the things requested by the Ubuntu MATE community right from the

Unity 8 Won't Be Much Visually Different from Unity 7
04/06/2015 07:48 PM

Unity 8 is not ready for regular use, but Canonical is improving it all the time. Users need to know that despite all the important changes and improvements announced for the Unity 8, it won't be terribly different from the current implementation. One of the things Canonical learned the hard way is the fact that you don't radically change the desktop environment and hope that you

LXLE 14.04.2 and LXLE 12.04.5 Released
04/05/2015 07:50 PM

LXLE team announced availability of LXLE 14.04.2, and LXLE 12.04.5, the latest updates to LXLE 14.04 LTS and LXLE 12.04 series respectively. From Release Announcement: The next incremental update of LXLE has been released, ticking it up to 14.04.2 along with the last 32bit version of LXLE ever, which is based on 12.04.5. The 32bit closely mirrors the changes to the latest 64bit

The Blender Institute's Sixth Open Film Project
04/05/2015 06:41 PM

The Blender Institute's sixth film project, codenamed Gooseberry, is in deep into the most open production from the Blender Institute yet. If you've been following the project so far, then you already have a sense of what Blender means by an "open production"—lots of sharing. Artists and developers share raw layout animations, art in development, and the files they're using to make

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