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01.26.14

New Screenshots Galleries

Posted in News Roundup at 11:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Newly-released distributions demonstrated visually

01.25.14

Links 25/01/2014: GNU/Linux News Roundup

Posted in News Roundup at 3:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Various articles from the past week, focusing primarily on GNU/Linux

Careers

  • Jan 2014 IT Skills Watch report: three IT skills on the rise

    In this article, we present the findings of the January’s update of IT Skills Watch. Additionally, we study the whole data gathered in the last year to explain some fluctuations in the demand for some IT skills of interest. As a highlight of this article, we identify three IT skills, whose demand has clearly risen during the past year. This may give you an indication for the IT skills you need to gain knowledge of to stay ahead in the Linux job market.

  • New Linux Job Board LinuxCareers.com is now OUT

    As scheduled, on the 14th of January 2014, we have launched LinuxCareers.com: a new niche job board, which allows recruiters of Linux talent to post their job offers to the targeted audience of Linux professionals. LinuxCareers.com specializes in Linux based careers and covers the US job market.

Migration

  • Linux as a switch operating system: five lessons learned

    Arista spent the last nine years building a switch operating system based on Linux, including nearly six years of field experience. Here are five lessons we learned along the way.

  • The Small Biz Guide to Understanding Linux & Open Source

    Doubtless you’ve heard of Linux, free software, and open source software. It’s important for small business owners to understand the finer points of these, because knowing what they are, and what role they play, is crucial to developing a smart business strategy.

Roundups

HighPoint

Misc.

  • 10 Things An ‘Average Joe’ Must Know About Linux
  • The Linux Setup – Wolf Vollprecht, UberWriter Developer

    Wolf is correct — I did find him via UberWriter, a beautiful Markdown editor. There are lots of Linux tools that work well and there are lots of Linux tools that look great, but there’s not always a lot of overlap between the two. UberWriter looks great and works great. Wolf uses Synapse, an application launcher, within GNOME, which has some built-in launcher functionality, but that lacks the depth and finesse Synapse offers. Wolf’s other ideas for how to enhance GNOME are very interesting, too.

  • Rifles powered by Linux purchased by US Army

    TweakTown is reporting that the US Army has purchased Linux-powered rifles from TrackingPoint.

  • My Nerd Life: Too Loud, Too Funny, Too Smart, Too Fat

    If there is only one message you take away from reading this, let it be this: Linux and FOSS do not need more glamorous elite uber-rockstar coders. We need more ordinary, dedicated individuals from all walks of life contributing however they can. Just plain ordinary people with whatever they have to offer.

Privacy Watch: NHS Sells Out, Snowden Makes Headlines, GOP Uses NSA for Anti-Obama Partisanship, NSA Program Deemed Illegal, Bieber Rips NSA Coverage

Posted in News Roundup at 1:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: News coverage about the NSA, primarily from Friday and today

NHS

Snowden

GOP on Bush Policies

Crime

More Important Than NSA Crimes

Corporate Views

  • Is Red Hat Working for the NSA?

    Is Red Hat secretly working with the NSA to build back doors into their products? I don’t think so. As far as I can tell, the company is the best of breed when it comes to big business and Linux. The company seems to be a very good open source citizen.

  • NSA Interception In Action? Tor Developer’s Computer Gets Mysteriously Re-Routed To Virginia

    Also, some more details from PrivacySOS. As you can see, rather than go from the Amazon warehouse in Santa Ana, California up the coast to Seattle, instead the package went across the country to Dulles, Virginia to Alexandria (right outside of DC) and was “delivered” there. Upon seeing this, my initial reaction was that it might not be a big deal. With shipping logistics these days, it’s no uncommon to see a sort of hub system, where packages travel across the country from one warehouse to a shipping hub, only to be shipped back across the country for actual delivery.

  • Tim Cook Talks NSA, Secrecy, and More with ABC News

    On the NSA front, however, Cook said quite pointedly that Apple is under a gag order and can’t tell what it knows about the NSA surveillance.

  • Google chairman says ‘encrypting everything’ could end China’s censorship, stop NSA snooping

    Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly said that encryption is the key to many of Internet’s modern-day problems, including opening up countries with strict censorship laws.

  • Google’s Boasts About Ending Surveillance Are Hard To Swallow

    Google’s Eric Schmidt is at the Davos World Economic forum right now talking up his company’s potential to end government surveillance and censorship completely using solely “strong encryption,” reports Rich McCormick of The Verge.

    The American NSA has proven itself quite adept at finding cracks in Google’s systems, and China’s real-time censorship machine is unlike any other in the world.

    Nevertheless, Schmidt is confident, from the Verge:

    Schmidt said that Google was attempting to strengthen its encryption so the world’s governments “won’t be able to penetrate it” and obtain private data. Those efforts creates problems for “governments like China’s,” which he thought responsible for “80 to 85 percent of the world’s industrial espionage.”

    The Google chairman also said he saw the eventual relaxation of Chinese censorship over time as the number of people using social media in the country continued to grow.

Misc.

  • Letter from Crypto Pioneers Denounces NSA Surveillance

    Perhaps the biggest condemnation of President Obama’s address last Friday announcing reforms to the NSA’s surveillance programs was his failure to mention any of the agency’s alleged involvement in subverting cryptography standards and the impact that has had on the trustworthiness of products built on those baselines.

  • Why Obama’s speech on NSA reforms is a bag of chips full of air

    A couple of days ago Obama gave a long speech about the so-called reforms he was going to bring to NSA. When I went through the transcript of his speech it reminded me of a packet of chips that’s practically full of air.

  • On children’s website, NSA puts a furry, smiley face on its mission

    The turtle wearing a hat backward, baggy jeans and purple sunglasses looks just like other cartoon characters that marketers use to make products like cereal and toys appealing to children.

    But the reptile, known as T. Top, who says creating and breaking codes is really “kewl,” is pushing something far weightier: the benefits of the National Security Agency.

  • NSA Surveillance Sparks Talk of National Internets

    Just imagine the “network of all networks,” the globe-spanning Internet, becoming a loose web of tightly guarded, nearly impermeable regional or even national networks. It seems antithetical to the mythology surrounding the Internet’s power and purpose. But ongoing revelations about the extensive surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) are pushing countries like Germany and Brazil to take concrete steps in that direction.

01.23.14

Links 23/1/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 4:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • SteamOS beta update lets you dual-boot your Steam Machine
  • Alienware plans to release updated Steam Machines every year

    Alienware will update its Steam Machine hardware every year, according to general manager Frank Azor. In an interview with TrustedReviews, Azor said a lack of upgradability on the recently unveiled model will basically require the company to keep pushing out new versions each year to keep up with games as they become more and more resource intensive. “There will be no customization options, you can’t really update it,” he said of the company’s first Steam Machine. Azor said some basic customization options may be available; you may be able to pick a faster CPU or upgrade the amount of memory, for instance. But for the most part, what you get is what you get. “Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years. We will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” he said.

  • SteamOS beta now supports non-UEFI systems and dual-booting

    A new version of Valve’s SteamOS beta has hit the web. The latest release potentially broadens the pool of testers for the living room-friendly operating system by adding support for older, non-UEFI systems and dual booting, although the company still warns this is a work in progress intended for advanced users.

  • Valve Adds In-Home Streaming in the Steam Client with the Latest Update

    Valve has released a new Beta build of its Steam client, but this time it’s not just about a few fixes and a couple of new features. A new important option has been implemented, which should make Linux users very happy.

  • Slitherine To Improve Linux Support

    Slitherine game store and publisher has announced improved cross platform support. Until now, Pandora: First Contact from Proxy Studios was only available to Linux gamers as a download and you had to buy the version separate from the Windows and Mac version. The physical disc only included the Windows version as well.

  • Rymdkapsel arrives on Linux, Mac and PC this month
  • Linux Game Sales Statistics From Multiple Developers

    I reached out to a number of developers to see how their sales are doing across different operating systems, here are the results for you.

Links 23/1/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 4:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Xiwtool: Convenient and (Hopefully) Easier Wireless Scanning and Configuration for Linux
  • Most Popular Desktop Video Player: VLC

    Not all video players are alike. Some offer more features and tweaking options to make your videos look great, while others boast speed and stability. Last week we asked you for your favorites, then looked at the five best desktop video players. Now we’re back to highlight the winner.

  • Mars Kids Explore Their Potential With Kano

    Kano began raising funds in December of 2013. Their goal was to raise $100,000 to expand their ability to manufacture and sell a kit that not only taught kids how to use a computer, but how to build one and how to write code to use on that computer as well. It’s designed to fire the interest and imagination of future Anita Borgs and Linus Torvalds.

  • Why you will love nftables

    Linux 3.13 is out bringing among other thing the first official release of nftables. nftables is the project that aims to replace the existing {ip,ip6,arp,eb}tables framework aka iptables. nftables version in Linux 3.13 is not yet complete. Some important features are missing and will be introduced in the following Linux versions. It is already usable in most cases but a complete support (read nftables at a better level than iptables) should be available in Linux 3.15.

  • A Gtk uTorrent Front End… Any Interest?

    I have started developing a Gtk front end for the Linux uTorrent server. I know there is a Web UI but you can not click magnet links in web pages to add them. I was developing this for myself but if there is any interest in the project I will make it public.

  • 3 Best Bitcoin Clients for Ubuntu

    Bitcoin is going to be big, we predicted way back in 2010. The value of Bitcoin soared from a little over 1 USD in 2011 to a mammoth 1000 USD in 2013. Bitcoin is now a world-wide phenomenon with nearly 100,000 transactions every day. The revolutionary new “internet currency” is changing the world as we know it. Be it any platform, if you want to use Bitcoins, you have to have reliable Bitcoin clients. And here we’ll discuss 3 of the best free Bitcoin clients available for Ubuntu (and Linux) and the required steps for installing each one of them.

  • SIDUS—the Solution for Extreme Deduplication of an Operating System

    SIDUS is not exotic. SIDUS makes use of services available with any distribution (DHCP, PXE, TFTP, NFSroot, DebootStrap and AUFS). You can install SIDUS knowing only these few keywords. Besides, SIDUS makes use of distribution tricks from live CDs. SIDUS works on Debian, all the way from version Etch.

  • mp3report: We’re not even close to finished yet
  • mp3rename: The ubiquitous function, in its simplest form
  • My top 10 open source software

    I discovered the Linux and open source world around 4 years ago, and from that date I’m trying to know more open source software or projects.

    I must say that they changed my life both as I started to use different software but the most important thing, in my opinion, is that I’ve discovered a different way to think to software and collaboration, or should I say understand what really means Free software ?

  • LeadFerret Releases Directory of Linux Professionals
  • Tools for when Linux goes mainstream

    It’s only a matter of time until the Linux market goes truly consumer. We’ve seen a few mainstream hardware vendors make forays into Linux-based products but so far, there hasn’t been a breakout success … so far.

    Meanwhile, the Linux software market is in overdrive with thousands of developers releasing mostly free, open source applications many of which rival the best apps you can buy for Windows and OS X.

Links 23/1/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 4:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

01.22.14

Links 22/1/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 5:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 22/1/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 5:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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