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The future of Linux: Evolving everywhere

The future of Linux: Evolving everywhere | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Mark Shuttleworth's recent closure of Ubuntu Linux bug No.
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More important, perhaps, is how Linux -- the perennial upstart -- will embrace the challenges of being a mature and, in many areas, market-leading project. Here's a look at the future of Linux: as raw material, as the product of community and corporate contributions, and as the target of any number of challenges to its ethos, technical prowess, and growth.

Linux: Bend it, shape it, any way you want it

If there's one adjective that sums up a significant source of Linux's power, it's "malleable." Linux is raw material that can be cut, stitched, and tailored to fit most any number of scenarios, from tiny embedded devices to massively parallel supercomputers.

That's also been one of Linux's shortcomings. Its protean nature means users rarely use "Linux" -- instead, they use a Linux-based product such as Android, or a hardware device built with a Linux base such as an in-home router. Desktop Linux's multiple (and often incompatible) incarnations winnow out all but the most devoted users.

"How end-users experience Linux is definitely fragmented," admits Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. "But that's one of the powers of Linux.

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The US Navy Moves to GNU/Linux | Techrights

The US Navy Moves to GNU/Linux | Techrights | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The world's largest force of offshore violence and naval aggression is embracing GNU/Linux
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LINUX is “evolving everywhere,” as one reporter from IDG put it some days ago [1]. A colleague said that “your next network operating system is Linux” [2] as if Linux is not yet a common platform in networking (it is). When it comes to mission-critical systems, it is usually the platform of choice and GNU is often part of the system (not always).

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Raspberry Pi Microcomputer Racks Up 1.75M Global Sales, 1M Of Which Were Made In U.K. | TechCrunch

Raspberry Pi Microcomputer Racks Up 1.75M Global Sales, 1M Of Which Were Made In U.K. | TechCrunch | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which costs as little as $25/$35 and has helped fledge many a DIY hardware project, has racked up worldwide sales of 1.75 million.
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The Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which costs as little as $25/$35 and has helped fledge many a DIY hardware project, has racked up worldwide sales of 1.75 million, its U.K.-based creator, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, said today. The first Pis went on sale in March 2012, with its U.K. makers imagining they might sell a thousand in the first year (in the event they sold circa one million — and are now well on their way to two million).

Another U.K.-specific milestone for the device is that one million Pis have been produced since the Foundation shifted the bulk of production to a factory based in the U.K. (Sony’s Pencoed, Wales facility). So that’s one million U.K.-made Pis.

Initially, as with scores of inexpensive electronic devices before it, Pi was made in China. But the Foundation, itself a U.K. startup, was keen to support a production facility closer to home — to make it easier to visit and oversee elements of Pi production, but also to support local manufacturing. And so Sony was brought on board and the Pencoed factory turned out its millionth Pi today.

The rest of the 1.75 million Pis produced to-date were built in China. The Foundation’s primary Pi distributor, Premier Farnell/element 14, shifted all its production to Wales back in March but a small portion of non-U.K. Pi production remains.

As well as keeping the maker community busy by powering DIY hardware projects like this solar-powered FTP server, the Pi has been helping schoolkids cut their teeth on coding projects. At the start of this year, Google put up $1 million to fund 15,000 Pis for U.K. schoolkids, for example. Further afield, Pi has been used as a low-cost component to kit out school computing labs in Africa.

Back in April, the Pi Foundation revealed details of the countries where the — at the time — 1.2 million Pis had been shipped to. The vast majority (98%) were being sold in Western nations such as the U.K. and the U.S. Helping Pi spread further around the world to reach more developing nations is one of the Foundation’s challenges this year, Pi founder Eben Upton said then.

Discussing what it’s been doing to improve Pi distribution globally since then, Upton said Pi distributor RS Components now stocks units locally in South Africa — and can then ship directly to a number of countries in Southern Africa. “This has important implications for delivered cost, and also for reliability of delivery — it can be challenging to ship stuff into Africa reliably from Europe,” he told TechCrunch.

“We’re continuing to work to understand how to get units into South American markets without incurring very import high tariffs. Nothing to announce yet, but it’s high on our radar,” he added.

Upton also revealed that Pi shipments are growing in Asian markets.  ”Looking at the per-country stats, while the U.S. remains our largest market, and the U.K. our largest per-capita market, what’s really striking is that Asian markets, notably Japan, Korea and the Philippines, are consistently up month on month,” he said.

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ZTE Open review: Firefox OS gets off to a modest but promising start

ZTE Open review: Firefox OS gets off to a modest but promising start | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
As the first Firefox OS smartphone, the ZTE Open is an ambassador for its platform: it's built to prove that web apps can do the hard work of their
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As the first Firefox OS smartphone, the ZTE Open is an ambassador for its platform: it's built to prove that web apps can do the hard work of their native equivalents. It's also geared toward first-time smartphone owners with its simple interface and an $80 unlocked price. This combination of open, standards-based software and affordable hardware sounds like a dream for both developers and newcomers alike. But is that how it works in practice? Read our review and you'll find out.

 
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Data Protection in Linux By Encrypt Filesystem Using LUKS - ExpertsLogIn

This article explains linux filesystem encryption using LUKS to protect data. Read encryption on logical volume with sample output.
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Ubuntu for Android Will Bring the Desktop to Your Phone | PCWorld

Ubuntu for Android Will Bring the Desktop to Your Phone | PCWorld | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
No mere app, this new version of Canonical's Linux distribution will coexist with Android on smartphones and offer seamless integration of apps and data.
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A Full Desktop and Phone in One'

“Android provides a great phone experience--it's designed for that,” she explained. However, “it doesn't necessarily scale well to the desktop environment, where you interact with something like the mouse as opposed to your finger.”

Not only that, but given the burden increasingly placed on enterprise IT departments by the ever-growing numbers of devices they must support, Ubuntu for Android effectively reduces the number of devices required for mobile workers to be productive.

Workers "can be on the road with a full desktop and phone in one, without needing to bring a laptop,” Silber explained.

Consumers, meanwhile, will benefit from the close integration between desktop and phone, she added, with contacts, photos, videos, and other files accessible from both sides. “It's a context shift to have to move to another device,” she explained. “To have that integrated into your general flow I think is a really compelling experience.”

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How to measure memory usage in Linux

How to measure memory usage in Linux | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Whether you are a system administrator or a developer, sometimes you need to consider the use of memory in GNU/Linux processes and programs. Memory i
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Setting up an Ubuntu computer in a Microsoft domain

I have been tasked with adding Ubuntu-based laptops to a Microsoft domain. The end users want it to behave like the Microsoft laptops that they normally use.
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VIDEO: Linux kernel developer panel with Tejun Heo, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Sarah Sharp and Linus Torvalds

VIDEO: Linux kernel developer panel with Tejun Heo, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Sarah Sharp and Linus Torvalds | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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Google and Samsung soar into list of top 10 Linux contributors

Google and Samsung soar into list of top 10 Linux contributors | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
And Microsoft's days of major Linux contributions have come to a halt.
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Google and Samsung have become increasingly frequent contributors to Linux, and each is now among the top 10 companies sponsoring the open source kernel that powers operating systems from mobile devices to desktops and servers.

A new Linux Kernel Development report (informally known as "Who Writes Linux") released today by the Linux Foundation names Samsung and Google as the seventh and eighth most frequent corporate contributors, behind Red Hat, Intel, Texas Instruments, Linaro, SUSE, and IBM. The report covers almost 92,000 changes to Linux from 3,738 individuals since version 3.3 in March 2012.

Most Linux developers contribute to the kernel as part of their employment. Here's a look at the top corporate contributors:

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Geek deals: $599 Alienware mini PC with Ubuntu, UltraSharp sale, more | Deals | Geek.com

Geek deals: $599 Alienware mini PC with Ubuntu, UltraSharp sale, more | Deals | Geek.com | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
This PC from Alienware breaks the boring PC mold in two ways: it looks more like a game console than a PC and it doesn’t run a Microsoft operating system. It also breaks [...]
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This PC from Alienware breaks the boring PC mold in two ways: it looks more like a game console than a PC and it doesn’t run a Microsoft operating system. It also breaks the Alienware mold by not being priced over a grand!

The X51 measures nearly 12.5-inches square, with a tapering design that narrows slightly at one end. It’s sleek design and piano black finish mean it can fit in your entertainment center just as well as a computer desk. It even has the capabilities to do so, thanks to built-in WiFi, HDMI output, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 645 graphics. Who needs a cable box? Streaming is the future.

On the hardware side, this model won’t set any speed records, but has the horsepower to handle all the usual tasks. With a Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, 1 terabyte hard drive, and aforementioned Nvidia graphics, you’ll be able to speed through most tasks. Considering this same model supports Core i7 CPUs and high end GPUs, you can always drop one in on your own too.

Forget the venerable Windows 7 or much maligned Windows 8, the X51 will boot up with Ubuntu Linux version 12.04. While some of you may scoff at the idea of some geeky, alien (har har…) OS, you should realize that modern Linux distros like Ubuntu all have a very friendly user interface and a huge wealth of resources on the web.

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How Linux defenders attack bad software patents before they’re approved

How Linux defenders attack bad software patents before they’re approved | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Group identifies dangerous patents and tries to cut them down to size.
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Despite the rise in the number of patent trolls launching lawsuits affecting open source software, there are some glimmers of hope. The America Invents Act that was signed into law in September 2011 has provided new ways to prevent the issuance of over-broad software patents that could fuel future lawsuits.

In a session at LinuxCon today, Linux Defenders director Andrea Casillas explained how the group is using rights granted by the new law to fight patent applications. A project of the Open Invention Network, Software Freedom Law Center, and Linux Foundation, Linux Defenders examines the 6,000 new patent applications published each week, attempting to identify those that are potentially threatening to Linux and open source. Then, the group looks for prior art that would invalidate at least some of the claims in the patents.

The next step is working with Linux technologists to file defensive publications, which are not patents themselves but describe an invention and place it in the public record, preventing new patents from being granted that cover the same technology. These are typically two- to three-page descriptions of the technology, which the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners can read when conducting their review of prior art that might invalidate or limit the scope of a new patent application. Linux Defenders has filed about 200 of these defensive publications.

"We'll work with authors or inventors or developers to take submissions, edit them, and work hand in hand with them to make these publications more effective," Casillas said, urging the Linux community to help the group identify dangerous patents and find prior art.

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How Social Media Has Complicated Work Relationships

How Social Media Has Complicated Work Relationships | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
In a professional environment, everyone is online and connected all the time. Managers and employees must rethink their roles.
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Today, the relationship between employees and their managers has become more complicated because everyone is online, communicating all of the time. All workers have to consider their social-network relationships as they develop their careers and network at the office. If you don't accept your coworker's friend request they may take offense and you might burn bridges with them. If your profile is private, you might be perceived as hiding something from the people you work with. If you share an explicit picture on your Facebook wall and your manager sees it, that could hurt your credibility at work, even though you think it shouldn't.

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USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware - Slashdot

USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware - Slashdot | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
DeathToBill writes "Hack A Day reports on the attempts of open hardware hackers to obtain a vendor and product ID for their devices to be able to sell them as USB compliant: 'A not for profit foundation [in this case Arachnid Labs] could buy a VID,...
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open source hardware, and we would all live in a magical world of homebrew devices that are certified as USB compliant.' The USB Implementers Forum, which controls the sale of PIDs, has lawyered up, responding to the effort with a cease and desist notice, requiring Arachnid Labs to stop 'raising funds to purchase a unique USB VID' and 'delete all references to the USB-IF, VIDs and PIDs for transfer, resale or sublicense from your website and other marketing materials.' A slight over-reaction? Or dark conspiracy against open hardware? You decide!"

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... gnu bizz ...

... gnu bizz ... | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
A worthy cause indeed , good luck to all and thanks for organizing this event dear Bert ;-)
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Vandaag 17 oktober 2013 gaat de allereerste GnuBizz conferentie door.

Vier grondleggers:

Anne Misson
Lulzim Veliu
Manuel André
Bert Vandenbroeck

en de oprichter

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Na het testen volgt het samenstellen van artikels, die je hopelijk a.s.a.p. kan doornemen op deze blog.

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25 Things Every Woman Needs To Know

25 Things Every Woman Needs To Know | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Life is a steep, uphill battle but it's fierce and it's beautiful and you'll be sad to see it go if you live it right.
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1) Life is a steep, uphill battle but it's fierce and it's beautiful and you'll be sad to see it go if you live it right.

2) New people won't stop coming into your life and opportunities won't stop knocking on the door but you need to have the space for them. In all you currently have -- be they relationships or obligations -- step back and ask yourself "why." If you can find the answer, hold tighter. If the answer escapes you, it's time to let something go.

3) You should resolve to be awesome for the rest of your life. Right now. Do it.

4) Leggings, no matter how much we wish, will never one day magically transform into pants. Wearing them with tops that don't cover your bum is not cute. Please, please, please stock up on pants.

5) Goals are not a January 1st kind of thing. Set them weekly. Set them monthly. Set them so that you are moving forward and always trying to progress. Life can grow stagnant without them... beware.

6) Tuna and barbeque sauce are as unlikely a couple as Sandy and Danny from Grease. However, they go together. They go together like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong. Don't gag at the computer, I promise I am not fooling you. Mix the two together with some brown rice and you've got a bomb.com lunch.

7) Confidence is a sexy thing. Guys dig it. Girls dig it. We all dig it.

8) I agree with Bruno Mars and, if I were a good singer, I'd serenade you alongside him in singing how I hope he buys you flowers... and holds your hands... and takes you to parties if you like to dance. You deserve that. Always. Don't think you should have less than that. You are worthy beyond words, gal.

9) And maybe Bruno Mars should be president because he's also right to say that you are amazing. Just the way you are. No frills. No big introductions. You're unlike anyone else and you should lean into that every morning. Every evening. Every hour.

9.5) Knowing your states and geography is a really precious thing. As a recovering "I didn't pay attention in Geography class and forgot my states one by one so that boys would think I was ditzy and cute, and it was, in fact, ditzy and cute until the day I made the mistake of asking everyone in Missouri how they liked living down south," I can say firsthand that it's really wonderful to know that Russia isn't on top of the U.S. and that Delaware is, in fact, a state. The moral of this bloated story: guys have never wanted us to be stupid. They actually like brain cells. It's a wonder and a mystery but they really kind of, sort of, definitely like girls with a noggin. ALL HAIL THE LADIES WHO LIKE HTML CODING AND UNDERSTAND MARXIST THEORY!! HOLLAAAA!!! WE WINNNN AFTER ALL THESE YEARSSSS!!

10) Your spirit will never benefit from shallow people. You gotz to cut the toxic out of your life, boo.

11) And if you make mean comments, and you talk about people behind their back without ever trying to love them or see where they are coming from, you MIGHT be the toxic one. Oof. I'm not trying to burn you, just trying to say that relationships are too valuable to muddy them up with what you perceive to be the shortcomings of someone else. Big girls do bigger things than that.

12) So yea, I'll drive the point home: gossip is shallow and stupid. Hobbies are better. Social good is best ;)

13) Nude pumps. They're good for the soul. They are a must-have in any serious closet. Buy a pair one day and I can promise your whole entire style statement will benefit from them.

14) Here's the truth: you are going to waste a lot of hours focusing on who you are not, or who you want to secretly be. But you won't ever wake up and actually be that person. You've got to embrace what you bring to the table. If you don't like what that is, have the courage to change it.

15) The world does not revolve around us. Turns out that we are just little points of punctuation in a much bigger story glittered with periods and commas and dashes. How are you helping that story to be better? How are you being the best dang point of punctuation that you can be?

16) If you ever find yourself frying Oreos on the stove top (and being an absolute BOSS at it), do not, I REPEAT, do not take the simmering pot of grease straight from the stove and pour it directly into the sink. The thing will straight up explode... And grease will fly everywhere... And you will risk burning your pretty little face off... And then everyone will probably call you "Vat of Grease Face" or "Grease Lightning" (what is with all the Grease references, Hannah?!) for the rest of your life... And, if they do, you can refer them to this blog post and tell them to read point #11. But still, dump the grease outside and keep your face intact.

17) If you want to run a serious business, if you want people to take you seriously, then start your engine and sign out some library books. Business books are proof that God loves us. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg will make you a better leader. Seth Godin is the dude you wanted to take the prom all these years and never knew it until you cracked open his book Tribes.

18) No matter how tech savvy we get, there is a need to say things to a person's face. Please, for the love of lovelier things, have the courage to call someone up and verbalize your thoughts or meet for a coffee. Breaking a heart is hard stuff, stopping a relationship is never fun, but there will never be anything as loud as this statement: You are worth my words. You are worth my presence. You are worth, and will always be worth, more than just letters on a screen and a broken heart jammed in the crooks of an overflowing inbox. Face to face connections are fading faster, please don't let them get away...

19) First impressions are important. Really. That truth never changes. So refer to point #4. Really meditate on it.

20) No matter what kind of interview you are gearing up for, there are certain standards you should always hold yourself to: wearing something other than jeans, not talking out your phone during the interview, sending a handwritten note afterwards. An interview means you want something but it doesn't mean they have to give it to you.

21) Regret is a real thing. It's going to happen. It's going to come clomp-clomp-clomping into your life at some point. Don't hold onto things forever but learn from them and let the past go. The past will be a dictator if you let her.

22) You never want to be the COTS (chick on the side). Girls, GIRLS!!!! IF A GUY HAS A GIRLFRIEND AND HE IS STILL TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU IN A "YOU ARE THE ONE THAT I WANT" WAY, DO NOT FALL FOR IT. HE SHOULD MAN UP AND ACTUALLY LET THE OTHER GIRL GO. IF HE DOES NOT THEN WALK AWAY. WALK AWAY. WALK AWAY. You are worth so much more than second string in relationships. And being a COTS is not an endearing title. Be the better lady and hop off his swag; you are breaking the heart of girl you don't even know without ever really meaning to. (And truthfully: real men aren't interested in finding another gal, they're too wrapped up in loving the face off the one they already have.)

23) The women's section of Old Navy and Target has failed us. If you ever really want to fully embrace to "oversize" look then just frolic over the men's section. All those flannels you've been tugging at, wishing they would actually be "oversize," are hanging out in the men's section waiting to kiss your elbows with their flannelish lips. Roll up the sleeves and get going. And then wear them leggings having no shame at all!

24) Facebook is a tricky thing. This is an invitation to step back and ask yourself, should I really post that? In the days of diaries, we never had to worry about this. Now all that we say is a microphone so be very, very careful. Here's a link to all the best quotes from Maya Angelou. The next time you feel like posting something really ugly that you are going to regret, take a stab at one of these instead.

25) Darling, darling -- the victim song is never going to fit you. It will never be good enough for your lungs. It will never be good enough for your time. You are stronger than you know and more graceful than you know. Don't let the parts of you that want to be a victim live on any longer. You've got a voice... you've got a story... Do us all a favor and use it. Without any apologies. Without any stepping back. If ever you need a listener, come find me...

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What are the genuinely useful ideas in programming?

What are the genuinely useful ideas in programming? | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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"Computer Scientist Daniel Lemire has had an interesting discussion going on at his site about the ideas in software that are universally recognized as useful. 'Let me put it this way: if you were to meet a master of software programming, what are you absolutely sure he will recommend to a kid who wants to become a programmer?' Lemire's list currently includes structured programming; Unix and its corresponding philosophy; database transactions; the 'relational database;' the graphical user interface; software testing; the most basic data structures (the heap, the hash table, and trees) and a handful of basic algorithms such as quicksort; public-key encryption and cryptographic hashing; high-level programming and typing; and version control. 'Maybe you feel that functional and object-oriented programming are essential. Maybe you think that I should include complexity analysis, JavaScript, XML, or garbage collection. One can have endless debates but I am trying to narrow it down to an uncontroversial list.' Inspired by Lemire, Philip Reames has come up with his own list of 'Things every practicing software engineer should aim to know.'"

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Tastefully tactile

Tastefully tactile | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Ubuntu on tablets
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With unique multitasking productivity, effortless navigation and defence-ready security, Ubuntu raises the bar on tablet design and sets a new standard for the post-PC era. Bright. Brilliant. Beautiful. And naturally neat.

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The NSA is destroying U.S online Business | DAILY NEWS ON BOOZE

The NSA is destroying U.S online Business | DAILY NEWS ON BOOZE | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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The NSA is destroying U.S online Business 

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Lavabit founder Ladar Levison about the NSA compromising the American technology sector. Levison explains how the NSA's disturbing spying will tank the U.S online sector since people are untrustworthy of any services coming out of the U.S.

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After switching 37,000 PCs to Ubuntu, French Armed Forces says open source cuts costs 40 percent

After switching 37,000 PCs to Ubuntu, French Armed Forces says open source cuts costs 40 percent | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The French Gendarmerie, a branch of the French Armed Forces in charge of public safety, has been a leader in moving away from proprietary software in recent years. Back in 2004 it decided […]
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Smart Scopes to anonymize images before landing in the user’s Dash (privacy oriented)

Presently, the development version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, features the Smart Scopes project by default, essentially, transforming the Dash into a powerful search area by combining both locally-based results (locally-installed...
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How to make a DIY home alarm system with a raspberry pi and a webcam

How to make a DIY home alarm system with a raspberry pi and a webcam | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Traditional wireless CCTV cameras are cheap but anyone with a wireless receiver can view your signal. On the other hand,…
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Traditional wireless CCTV cameras are cheap but anyone with a wireless receiver can view your signal. On the other hand, IP cameras are secure but they can be quite expensive and usually the video quality is poor — unless you go for a really expensive model.

Lately I wanted to install a home surveillance system so I chose to use a cheap Logitech webcam with Raspberry Pi and motion, an excellent linux program that monitors video signal for changes and triggers events.

Here’s what you can achieve with a similar setup:

Setup RaspPi as a 24/7 Web cam server and stream your video over the internet. You can also view your signal remotely, using any mobile device equipped with a browser.Setup motion detection and trigger any events you like, such as store images when motion is detected, upload the images to a remote FTP server, send a notification to your computer, receive an SMS — basically run any script you like!

Ok, so here’s how you do it:

Necessary hardware:

Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 (512MB)Logitech HD Webcam C270 or a similarly compatible usb webcam (list of compatible webcams here).A usb hub with an external power supply(optional): a usb extension cable

Step #1: Make your webcam stealth

I wanted to hide the camera in an inconspicuous place outside my door, so I removed the webcam’s casing. The Logitech C270 is a really good choice for this project as (1) it is 100% compatible with pi, (2) it has a really good 720p HD resolution and (3) it is very very small.

Here’s how to make the camera ‘stealthy’:

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Linus Torvalds worries about how Linux will handle end of Moore’s Law

Linus Torvalds worries about how Linux will handle end of Moore’s Law | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Top kernel devs say mobile devices are driving Linux's present and future.
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Perhaps the most hotly anticipated event at LinuxCon was this morning's kernel developer panel featuring none other than Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

In the panel, Torvalds said he's worried the possible end of Moore's Law might finally be within sight, providing challenges to both hardware and software developers.

"On the five- to 10-year timeframe scale, I'm very interested to see how the industry actually reacts to the fact that soon we will come against some physical limits," Torvalds said. "People used to be talking about having thousands of cores on one die because it keeps shrinking, and those people clearly have no idea about physics because we won't be shrinking for much longer."

Both physical and financial limits could prevent the frequent doubling in transistor density that was observed by Moore's Law, he said. The impact of hardware advances on Linux software has been huge. "The reason Linux runs really well on cell phones is cell phones grew up" and are now thousands of times more powerful than the first machine Linux ran on more than two decades ago, Torvalds said.

"In five, 10 years it's going to be tough," he continued. "That's going to affect us in kernel land because we are the layer between hardware and software. What happens when hardware doesn't improve and magically make us faster? That's going to be interesting. It might not be five or 10 years, it might be 15, but it's going to happen."

Torvalds hopes hardware manufacturers can keep improving their side of the equation even if increases in processing power slow down. "Hopefully hardware innovation doesn't stop just because shrinking stops," he said.

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CyanogenMod becomes Cyanogen Inc, prepares user-friendly installer | Android | Geek.com

The scrappy open source team is now a full-fledged startup. Cyanogenmod has big plans to take their project to a whole new level, starting with an easy to use installer.
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CyanogenMod is one of many open source projects created with a desire to bring new features and updates to Android phones long after their manufacturers and carriers have decided they don’t need further updates. CyanogenMod has grown explosively over the last couple of years, with millions of users and dozens of supported devices, all able to use the latest version of Android. The most impressive thing about the CM project has been that so much was accomplished in spite of these individuals having day jobs and actual lives.

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22 Years Later, The Linux And Open Source "Cancer" Is Wonderfully Benign

22 Years Later, The Linux And Open Source "Cancer" Is Wonderfully Benign | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Linux just turned 22 and the open source revolution it sparked is just getting started, two experts suggest.
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In the early days of open source it seemed that open source developers were true cowboys—out on their own, following their own individual paths, valuing their nearly unlimited freedom. Today many open source developers are happy to be salaried employees of companies that don't really stand for open source on a corporate level (Google, HP, IBM, Oracle, etc.). There is a voluntary submissiveness today that wasn't as common before.

There is still a lot of unbridled enthusiasm, often bordering on naiveté—with all the amazing upsides and inevitable downsides that this will bring.

Mickos goes on to conclude that "Some people will spend any amount of time to save money. Some will spend money to save time. Without money, open source will die." There's a whole lot of money in open source these days. Just counting recent venture capital raised by the cloud and data companies amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.

But the soul of open source has not been corrupted. Thanks, in no small degree, to Linus Torvalds and his Quixotic endeavor to change the world with something small that turned into something huge.

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