Monday, September 28th, 2015

In Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal, proprietary software is the real villain

“Proprietary software is an unsafe building material. You can’t inspect it.” Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen made that observation 5 years ago. It’s timely today, as the Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal–enabled by proprietary software–worsens. Volkswagen admitted this week it altered proprietary software on 11 million VW diesel cars, so they’d pass emissions tests when […]

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Telstra eyes innovation through startups, IoT, M2M

Open Source key to innovation at Telstra says Frank Arrigo, API evangelist at Telstra. Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still […]

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

My article in ToI: Why Ubuntu?

Users who are running licensed versions of Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PCs get a free upgrade to Windows 10, but those running Windows XP or Vista will have to buy Windows 10. Well, Ubuntu is a free user-friendly Linux based operating system. Yes, absolutely free, including future updates. Secondly , it is extremely […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Facebook open sources React Native so you can reuse code across Web, Android and iOS

Facebook built the React JavaScript library so its engineering team could build interfaces for iOS, Android, and web with the same code. Now it’s giving that development super power to everyone by open sourcing the final part of the React trilogy, React Native For Android. Read More:

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Google backs OpenStack

GOOGLE HAS BECOME the biggest name yet to back the open source cloud system OpenStack. Specifically, Google will help integrate its own open source container management software Kubernetes. This may seem like in-the-enterprise-weeds news, but it represents another significant step as Google tries to make up ground against Amazon’s wildly popular AWS suite of cloud […]

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Raspberry Pi stays high in Hacker Survey

Last month, and the Linux Foundation’s community website sponsored a 10-day SurveyMonkey survey that asked readers of both sites to choose their favorite three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers. This year, 1,721 respondents — more than twice the number from the 2014 survey — selected their favorites from a list of 53 […]

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

What’s Blocking The $11 Trillion Internet Of Things Opportunity

Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors impeding this data-rich future. The problems range from the 400-plus competing IoT standards to lack of global Internet connectivity, and more. Vendors largely control the 400-plus competing standards, but the battle for developer hearts won’t be won by a corporate logo-laden home page. Open source, however, could help, allowing […]

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Open source is ‘only reliable way’ to preserve human history, argues Vatican

OPEN SOURCE is key for humanity to preserve its history in the digital age, Vatican Library CIO Luciano Ammenti has argued. “The Vatican Library is a conservation library. We try to preserve our history. We tried to expand the number of reading rooms available for people that want to use our library,” he said. “But we […]

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Friday, April 17th, 2015

Apache vs Nginx vs OpenLiteSpeed

We’re setting up a new production web server for our own site and as it’s a chance to start fresh, the thought of course turned to “what’s the best web server for our site?” After looking around at various benchmarks and reviews of the more common web servers, none of the benchmarks seemed to have […]

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Facebook’s open-source Android debugging tool

Facebook said today that it’s giving away a tool it built to spot errors in Android application code. Facebook has gradually improved its main app for Android, as well as other apps for the mobile operating system, including Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages Manager, and most recently Facebook at Work. Read More:

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sam Ramji takes lead at Cloud Foundry Foundation

In 2015, many Linux and open-source vets still distrust Microsoft’s conversion to open-source. In 2006, no one believed that when Sam Ramji, who oversaw BEA Systems move to open-source software, became Director of Platform Technology Strategy for Microsoft’s Open Source Software Labs, that Microsoft was doing more than paying lip-service to open source. They were […]

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Friday, February 6th, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2

Raspberry Pi 2 is here. A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM Compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 $35 And now runs Snappy Ubuntu Core.  

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The best open-source office suite, LibreOffice 4.4, gets new release

Who says you can’t have fast, good and cheap? The Document Foundation’s latest release of the most popular open-source office suite, LibreOffice 4.4 is quite fast on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows; it works well on all three desktop operating systems, and it won’t cost you a penny. Read More: Download Here:

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Tox: Secure and Open Source alternative to Skype

The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there’s no central hub to snoop on or take […]

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Friday, June 6th, 2014

HP to Invest $1 billion in Open Cloud Services

The company has pledged to invest $1 billion in open cloud products and services over the next two years, along with community-driven, open-source cloud technologies. “Just as the community spread the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, we believe OpenStack will do the same for the cloud,” said Hewlett-Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman, in […]

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Seven Out Of Ten People Don’t Use Microsoft Office Anymore

If your usage is not much, use LibreOffice and save on your licensing costs. If new data are true, Microsofthas a big problem. According to a study done by SoftWatch, seven out of 10 employees don’t use Microsoft Office to any extent. The three-month study involved 148,500 employees at 51 global firms. SoftWatch found that  most employees […]

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Is Ubuntu affected by Heartbleed ?

The Short answer is No. Ubuntu was patched on 7th April 2014 and the bug was widely reported on 8th April, 2014. If you are using other operating systems,  you need to worry. Especially if its non-Linux based. Read More: The Heartbleed vulnerability that was discovered just last week took the world by surprise, but […]

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

UK’s security branch says Ubuntu most secure end-user OS

The Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), the group within the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) that assesses operating systems and software for security issues, has found that while no end-user operating system is as secure as they’d like it to be, Ubuntu 12.04 is the best of the lot. In late 2013, the CESG looked at […]

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thunderbird: Sending emails in the background

Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the most powerful email clients. However I used to find that it used to keep the active window open while sending emails. This was a bit irritating specially if the email has large attachments. On searching for background send, I found that the feature exists but doesn’t show up in […]

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Monday, February 24th, 2014

Demand for Linux Skills Rises with Cloud Computing

Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales. Cloud infrastructure, including Amazon Web Service, is largely Linux based, and cloud services’ overall growth is increasing Linux server deployments. As many as 30% of all servers shipped this year will be cloud services providers, according […]

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