Kernel News: Linux 3.14 RC6, MOOC, ARM Support in Xen and More

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Screenshot Tours of New GNU/Linux Distributions

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Links 13/3/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 6:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 13/3/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 6:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Wine, ChromeOS and Cross-Platform Computing in the Cloud Age

    Wine has been around for more than two decades and works pretty well on most Linux desktops, laptops and servers (not that there is really any good reason for running a Windows app on a Linux server). But since Wine depends on parts of the Linux operating system that are not always available in the Linux variants used to power many smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Chromebooks, configuring Wine for them is more problematic.

  • Popcorn Time: Open Source Torrent Streaming Netflix For Pirates
  • Popcorn Time lets you stream torrent movies on your Linux desktop

    Gizmodo reports that a new open source application called Popcorn Time lets you stream torrent movies in Linux, as well as Windows and OS X. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of an application that could actually stream torrent video content, but I’m sure the movie industry isn’t going to be happy about it.

  • Up-and-Coming Clients to Tweet
  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 1.7.14 is now available.

  • Wine 1.7.14 Arrives With More Task Scheduler Support
  • New Animation with Open source
  • Five Funny Little Linux Network Testers and Monitors
  • Adios, Nedit

    And I’m not the first to notice this. This is probably because the latest version, NEdit 5.5, was released in 2004. So I need a new programmer’s editor.

  • SXSW: Pitivi Aims To Bring Real Video Editing to Linux

    Quite obviously, musicians and the people around them have a great need for video editing software — not only because YouTube is a popular place to listen to music, but because videos have so much promotional value. Tour diaries, talk-to-the-camera confessionals, live show videos, viral stunts, and other types of videos are all part of the gameplan for recording artists these days.

  • Musl Libc 1.0 Is Going To Be Released Real Soon

    I’ve been informed by the musl development camp that they intend to release version 1.0 of their standard C library in the next few weeks.

  • Bluefish – Powerful Editor for Developers

    Bluefish is a powerful text editor aimed towards developers with features such as syntax highlighting, indentation, support for projects, auto-completion and more. Considering Linux is saturated with various text editors and integrated development environments ranging from the simplest to the more complex and feature-rich ones, let’s see what Bluefish offers for programmers and not only.

  • Docker Releases Version 0.9 With Major Improvements

    I love Docker, it’s a fantastic concept, and so far the execution and progress of the project has been flawless. I also love FreeBSD; FreeBSD is a clean and powerful system with advanced features like Dtrace, ZFS, and Jails. Combine the two and it sounds better than chocolate and peanut butter. With the recent version 0.9 release, Docker announced the infrastructure support to glue the two together, along with KVM, OpenVZ, Solaris Zones, and nearly any other environment for application isolation through an execution driver API.

Links 13/3/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 6:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Samsung Galaxy Back Door, NSA Malware, Congressional Backlash, More Drone Strikes, and Ukraine Intervention

Posted in News Roundup at 6:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz



  • Think Deleted Text Messages Are Gone Forever? Think Again

    Last month, National Football League special investigator Ted Wells delivered a shocking report about Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito’s bullying tactics aimed at teammate Jonathan Martin. At the heart of the report: More than 1,000 text messages, many of them outrageously explicit, that Incognito and Martin swapped between October 2012 and November 2013.

NSA’s Latest Scandal

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  • 8 Questions the World Faces as Lethal Drones Proliferate

    His report on targeted killing, discussed on Tuesday, is partly an effort to spur the United States and other countries to bring drone killing under the auspices of international law. The report sets forth key questions raised by targeted and semi-targeted killing, and encourages the international community to grapple with them.

  • U.N. Report on Drone Strikes Calls for Clearer Global Norms and More Accountability
  • What Obama Doesn’t Get About Gitmo

    We cannot “kill” terrorism with a drone.

  • The CIA Is Not a Fourth Branch of Government

    John F. Kennedy once said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” He reached that conclusion after CIA officials, including Director Allen Dulles, had misled him on many of the planning details of the disastrous April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

    With the revelations that the CIA has been aggressively obstructing the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, even to the point of spying on Senate staff conducting a long overdo review of its “detention and interrogation” program, we see the CIA has not changed its ways.

    The Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, called the committee’s current battle with the CIA “a defining moment for the oversight role of our intelligence committee . . . and whether we can be thwarted by those we oversee.”

  • US drone kills three Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

    Sana’a, March 13: A US drone strike killed three suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen’s Al Jawf province on Wednesday, Yemeni officials said.

  • Fear is fear, no matter where you are from

    Earlier this month, I spoke at a panel in Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. During the talk, I showed a photo of a young Yemeni boy in the province of Mareb (which was hit by five drone strikes this month), demonstrating how he ducked in his school as soon as he heard the sound of a plane. He was not sure whether it was a drone or a fighter jet, but he has become used to ducking this way ever since his village was hit and his friend hit with a shrapnel.

  • How can secret drones campaign really make us safer?
  • How can secret drones really make us safer?


  • Between the Lines

    International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a “breach of international law.” Secretary of State John Kerry followed up by declaring that Russia is “in direct, overt violation of international law.”

  • McCain to lead delegation to Ukraine

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a group of senators are slated to travel to Ukraine on Thursday to show support for the new interim government there.

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