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Plair is now shipping its 'Plair' media-streaming device to U.S. customers. Unveiled earlier this year at CES, the $99 embedded Linux-powered gadget is said to provide AirPlay-like beaming of multimedia content from Apple, Windows, and Android devices to “any HDTV” with an available HDMI port.
Linux Advocate Dietrich Schmitz endorses Red Hat Linux. Read why.
A web hosting company has publicly shared their thoughts on the Btrfs file-system for Linux. While often discussed as the next-generation Linux file-system, Btrfs isn't fully baked for use in a production world quite yet.
With the release of Ubuntu 13.04 today, Canonical have revealed the name of the next version – Saucy Salamander
Last week, I attended my first OpenStack Summit as part of a team from Red Hat helping to launch a new community distribution of the popular open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) project.
Ubuntu 13.04 has been released, so it’s time to take yet another look at Canonical’s popular distro. This time around Ubuntu’s code name is “Raring Ringtail.” It appears to be a reference to the ring-tailed cat. I had no idea what a ring-tail cat is, so of course I googled.
Power in Numbers. Collectively working towards a single cause can yield powerful results. Dietrich Schmitz explains why choosing one Distro over another matters and should be done with care.
Wind River has announced an enhanced version of the National Security Agency’s Security Enhanced (SE) Android, along with two other tools designed to improve the security of Android devices. “Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android, Security” includes modules for SE Android, Lightweight Partitioning, and Secure Boot.
This week we look at how to build apps your users will hate, 10 security holes that would make Murphy proud, and that you might have missed --and a game app developer who got 10K downloads in just 8 days.
It would be convenient and consoling to pretend that what I’ve described over the last several days is simple science fiction. But...Many countries are building drones now; the technology is not complex.
Dot Categories: Community and EventsThe Akademy 2013 Program Committee is proud to present the Akademy 2013 Presentation Schedule. Reflecting the scope of KDE, the schedule includes a wealth of interesting, timely and valuable topics. From the proposals submitted, 32 were selected to address currently relevant topics of most interest to the KDE Community.
Rust, the new programming language being developed by the Mozilla project, has a number of interesting features. One that stands out is the focus on safety. There are clear attempts to increase the range of errors that the compiler can detect and prevent, and thereby reduce the number of errors that end up in production code.
There’s a great meme going around about geeks and repetitive tasks. Because geeks will often get annoyed at the effort of doing something manually, they often decide to find a way to automate it – which usually involves a lot more effort than doing it the one time but “geeks win, eventually” because they save time in the long run. But in the long run we’re all dead. Then what? Who knows how to run your script? What happens when it needs to be maintained? As Jon Udell points out, it’s really not a contest, it’s a process, and non-geeks can play too. Which is why you should also write it down if you’re going to do it more than two times.
While Nvidia has been publishing very good graphics drivers for Linux for a very long time, AMD released its graphics drivers very sporadically and often in a poor state in the past. This has changed dramatically since the release of Steam for Linux. Today, the company publishes its graphics drivers regularly with a lot of improvements and has almost caught up with the graphics drivers for Windows.
Lynis is an auditing tool for unix/linux like systems which is used to scan the entire unix/linux systems for security issues, installed software informations, general system information, configuration issues or mistakes, software patch management, malware and vulnerability, firewall auditing, user accounts without passwords, invalid file permissions and many more.
When Google announced Blink earlier this month, then Samsung and Mozilla followed quickly with an announcement they were partnering on a new browser called Servo, it probably shook up a few developers, and with good reason. This in-depth piece looks at 5 things you need to know about these announcements -- and why you might not need to panic just yet.
The use of paper has been displaced from some activities. For example, the vast majority of journeys on the London Underground are made using the Oyster card without a paper ticket being issued. We have witnessed talk of a paperless office for more than 40 years. However, the office environment has shown a resistance to remove the mountain of paper generated. Things have changed in the past few years, with a marked shift in the paperless office concept.
Pour gasoline on the bonfire? You betcha. The FTC has invited public comment on their ongoing 6b investigation of PAEs. Microsoft and Barnes and Noble go on record. Dietrich Schmitz gives the scoop.
Have you gotten frustrated with Puppet? Corey Quinn offers an impassioned argument for his favorite open source alternative.
FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on an Ubuntu 12.10 server.