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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 18:22
First time accepted submitter BlazeMiskulin writes "With XP approaching end-of-life, I find myself in a situation that I'm guessing is common: What to do with Mom's machine (or 'grandma's machine' for the younger of you). Since a change has to be made, this seems like a good time to move to a Linux distro. My mother (82) uses her computer for e-mail and web-browsing only. I know that any distro will be able to handle her needs. I've been using Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, and Redhat--usually with KDE interface) for about 10 years now, but I know that my preferences are quite different from hers. I have my own ideas, but I'm curious what others think: What combination of distro and UI would you recommend for an old, basic-level user who is accustomed to the XP interface and adverse to change?" My Grandmother seems happy running KDE on Debian.

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Attack of the 64-bit Octa-core: A Roundup of Newly Announced Mobile Processors - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 17:28

As usual, Mobile World Congress was packed with cool new SoCs, most of which are destined for Android phones and tablets. Some will see wider usage in the broader world of embedded Linux and Android devices.

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Five Funny Little Linux Network Testers and Monitors - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 17:00

Five Linux network utilities to test and track network performance.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 Seeking LTS Status

Omgubuntu - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 16:34

Ubuntu GNOME is seeking approval to become an official 'Long Term Support' release with its upcoming version.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

The Register - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 11:04
Forgotten form factors #2: The handheld PC

Way back in 2011 we covered a handy category of portable computer that has completely disappeared. The early A4 portables were a specialist item, much beloved of journalists but not a big hit with the wider world. It took a different design to win those hearts.

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Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

The Register - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 22:40
Sssh! Don't tell everyone! Well, not all at once

Cut-price virtual-server hosting biz DigitalOcean has banked a whopping $37.2m from Andreessen Horowitz and other valley investors.

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How To Add Shutdown, Restart Options to Ubuntu’s Unity Dash

Omgubuntu - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 22:08

Without turning to Google, do you know the terminal command needed to log out of Unity? If not, Power Commands brings a slew of session commands to the Dash.

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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

Linux Slashdot - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 17:37
An anonymous reader writes "The Fedora Project is now going to enforce a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for contributors. What the project's engineering committee is asking their members to conceal is a contributor's nationality, country of origin, or area of residence. There's growing concern about software development contributions coming from export restricted countries by the US (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) with Red Hat being based out of North Carolina, but should these governmental restrictions apply to an open-source software project?"

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PiPad: Build your own Raspberry Pi tablet

Zdnet news - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 16:55
You can't buy a PiPad, but you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a tablet with some odds and ends and elbow grease.
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2014 Ubuntu Community Survey Wants Your Thoughts on Unity

Omgubuntu - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 16:53

Pause that YouTube video and stop munching on that sandwich: the Ubuntu Community Survey 2014 has gone live, and your help is required.

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

Zdnet news - Thu, 06/03/2014 - 12:55
CESG, the UK government's arm that assesses operating systems and software security, has published its findings for ‘End User Device’ operating systems. The most secure of the lot? Ubuntu 12.04.
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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

The Register - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 20:49
Two can play that game, Pivotal

Red Hat plans to welcome Microsoft Windows .NET workloads onto its on-premises app-hosting cloud OpenShift Origin – as it attempts to close the gap between its technology and Pivotal's Cloud Foundry.

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OpenShift Now Supports Windows; GoDaddy Joins OpenStack

Linux Slashdot - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 19:19
sfcrazy writes "It's not The Onion: Red Hat has partnered with Uhuru Software to bring Microsoft .NET Apps and SQL server capabilities to Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service solution OpenShift." This brings OpenShift to Windows, and not .NET applications to GNU/Linux OpenShift installations. RedHat customers have apparently been asking for this for a while. The source is available: "The consistent model for managing both Linux and Windows systems that OpenShift provides allow organizations to achieve greater efficiency and agility. Windows is now a full-fledged member of the Open Source world of OpenShift. In keeping with the spirit of Open Source, Uhuru has made all of its OpenShift integration software for Windows available to the community and is working to have it officially integrated into OpenShift Origin." In related news (OpenShift is usually used on top of OpenStack), darthcamaro writes "The OpenStack cloud platform keeps on gaining new converts. The latest is GoDaddy which today announced it is now officially supporting the OpenStack Foundation. How GoDaddy came to officially join the OpenStack Foundation is interesting, apparently the OpenStack Foundation found out that GoDaddy was using OpenStack though job postings."

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Chromium Browser Ported To Mir Display Server

Omgubuntu - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 17:54

In an impressive feat, Ubuntu has demoed a working port of Chromium running on Mir, Canonical's in-house, next-gen display server.

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Open Source Download Manager uGet Turns 11, Celebrates With New Release

Omgubuntu - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 17:15

The open-source download manager uGet is one of the most versatile download helpers available on Linux — and it has more reason to celebrate.

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How to Enable ‘Minimise On Click’ in Unity 7 on Ubuntu 14.04

Omgubuntu - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 16:15

A third-party PPA offers Ubuntu users the chance to install a version of the Unity desktop that includes a long-requested launcher feature — 'minimise on click'.

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Canonical Ports Chromium To The Mir Display Server

Linux Slashdot - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 14:40
An anonymous reader writes "Months after Intel ported the Chromium open-source web browser to Wayland, Chromium is now running on Ubuntu's Mir. The Mir display server port ended up being based on Wayland's Chromium code for interfacing with Google's Ozone abstraction framework. The Ubuntu developer responsible for this work makes claims that they will be trying to better collaborate with Wayland developers over this code." Grab the code hot off the press.

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#11 – Ubuntu is the #1 platform for production OpenStack deployments

Mark Shuttleworth - Wed, 05/03/2014 - 08:36

OpenStack has emerged as the consensus forum for open source private cloud software. That of course makes it a big and complex community, with complex governance and arguably even more complex politics, but it has survived several rounds of competition and is now settling down as THE place to get diverse vendors to work together on a IAAS that anybody can deploy for themselves. It is a big enough forum with sufficient independent leadership that no one vendor will ever control it (despite some fantastically impressive efforts to do so!). In short, OpenStack is what you want if you are trying to figure out how to build yourself a cloud.

And by quite a large majority, most of the people who have actually chosen to deploy OpenStack in production, have done so on Ubuntu.

At the latest OpenStack summit, an official survey of production OpenStack deployments found 55% of them on Ubuntu, a stark contrast with the 10% of OpenStack deployments on RHEL.

Canonical and Ubuntu play an interesting role in OpenStack. We do not seek to control any particular part of the project, although some of our competitors clearly think that would be useful for them to achieve, we think OpenStack would be greatly diminished in importance if it was perceived to be controlled by a single vendor, and we think there are enough contributors and experts around the table to ensure that the end result cannot actually be controlled by a single party. To a certain extent, the battle for notional control of key aspects of OpenStack just holds the project back; it’s a distraction from the real task at hand, which is to deliver a high quality, high performance open cloud story. So our focus is on supporting the development of OpenStack, supporting the broadest range of vendors who want to offer OpenStack solutions, components and services, and enabling a large ecosystem to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack in their markets.

It’s a point of pride for us that you can get an OpenStack cloud built on Ubuntu from just about every participant in the OpenStack ecosystem – Dell, HP, Mirantis, and many more – we think the healthiest approach is for us to ensure that people have great choices when it comes to their cloud solution.

We were founding members and are platinum sponsors of the OpenStack Foundation. But what’s more important to us, is that most OpenStack development happens on Ubuntu. We take the needs of OpenStack developers very seriously – for 14.04 LTS, our upcoming bi-annual enterprise release, a significant part of our product requirements were driven by the goal of supporting large-scale enterprise deployments of OpenStack with high availability as a baseline. Our partners like HP, who run one of the largest OpenStack public cloud offerings, invest heavily in OpenStack’s CI and test capabilities, ensuring that OpenStack on Ubuntu is of high quality for anybody who chooses the same base platform.

We publish stable, maintained archives of each OpenStack release for the LTS releases of Ubuntu. That means you can ALWAYS deploy the latest version of OpenStack on the current LTS of Ubuntu, and there is a clear upgrade path as new versions of both OpenStack and Ubuntu are released. And the fact that the OpenStack release cadence and the Ubuntu release cadence are perfectly aligned is no accident – it ensures that the OpenStack developers can always deliver their latest code straight to a very large audience of developers and operators. That’s important because of the extraordinary pace of innovation inside OpenStack; there are significant and valuable improvements in each six-month release, so customers, even enterprise customers, find themselves wanting a more aggressive upgrade schedule for OpenStack than is normal for them in platform environments. We support that and have committed to continue doing so, though we do expect the urgency of those upgrades to diminish as OpenStack matures over the next three years.

For commercial support of OpenStack, we are happy for industry to engage either with our partners who can provide local talent combined with an escalation path to Canonical for L3 support of the whole solution, or directly with Canonical if the circumstances warrant it. That means building on Ubuntu opens up a wide range of solution providers who can make the same high commitment to SLAs and upgrades.

For Canonical itself, our focus is on scale and quality. Our direct customers run the very largest production deployments of OpenStack, both private and public, and we enjoy collaborating with their architects to push the limits of the stack as it stands today. That gives us a lot of insight into the approaches being taken by a wide range of architects in telco, finance and media. We ourselves invest very heavily in testing, continuous integration, and interoperability, with the largest OpenStack interop program (OIL) that gives us the ability to speak with confidence about what combinations of vendor offerings will actually work, and in many cases, how they will perform together for different applications.

The fact that the traditional enterprise Linux vendors have now joined OpenStack is a tremendous validation of the role that OpenStack has assumed in industry: THE open cloud forum. But for all the reasons outlined above, most of the actual production deployments of OpenStack are not on traditional, legacy enterprise Linux. This mirrors the public cloud, where even the largest and most mission-critical deployments tend not to be on proprietary Linux offerings; the economics of HA single-node solutions just don’t apply in a scale-out environment. So just as Ubuntu is by far the most widely used platform for public cloud guests, it is also on track to be the enterprise choice for scale-out infrastructure like IAAS, storage, and big data. Even if you have always done Linux a particular way, the transition to scale-out thinking is an opportunity to reset expectations about your base OS; and for the fastest-moving players in telco, media and finance, Ubuntu turns out to be a great way to get more done, more efficiently.

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IBM's Mike Day: KVM More Visible Through Collaboration - Tue, 04/03/2014 - 23:13

In this Q&A Mike Day, distinguished engineer and chief virtualization architect at IBM, discusses the progress of KVM and the open source cloud.

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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

Linux Slashdot - Tue, 04/03/2014 - 22:55
New submitter williamyf writes "According to this article at Ars Technica, '[A] bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package. Initial estimates included in Internet discussions such as this one indicate that more than 200 different operating systems or applications rely on GnuTLS to implement crucial SSL and TLS operations, but it wouldn't be surprising if the actual number is much higher. Web applications, e-mail programs, and other code that use the library are vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers monitoring connections to silently decode encrypted traffic passing between end users and servers.' The coding error may have been present since 2005."

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