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The Diaspora Project

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Diaspora* is already in the top 2% of all open source projects ever. The codebase has received over 1000 forks, over 5000 followers on GitHub, and over 300 Grassroots Volunteers

What does it all mean?

Open source is about individuality, transparency, creativity, and destiny. It is about having an idea, and making it reality. Diaspora* was founded to fulfill a passion for fun, and for making the Internet a better place. Open source is what enables us to change the world, for ourselves, and let our friends across the web benefit from our exploration.

Open source communities are amazing things. At Diaspora*, we believe that people should be valued for what they do. It does not matter if you have contributed to a project before, or are an elite open source hacker. Contributing to Diaspora* means that you get to work on hard problems, with a focus on solutions that work for users. This is why if you contribute something meaningful to Diaspora*, we will give you core commit access. We are in this together, so giving excited people the chance to make huge changes always trumps keeping control sacred.

Where you come in

We all make Diaspora*. We might not know you just yet, but we think you'd be a great fit for building the future of the web. You're fantastic, and you're ready to change the world.

Contributing to Diaspora* comes in all different shapes and sizes. Whether you're a user helping us find bugs, providing feedback on our mailing lists, or contributing code or design, we need you.

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Private cloud | Cloud | Ubuntu

Private cloud | Cloud | Ubuntu | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Fast, secure and stylishly simple, the Ubuntu operating system is used by 20 million people worldwide every day.
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Take control with your own private cloud

A private cloud is a cloud computing platform built on your own hardware and software. The alternative is to deploy the services you need on a public cloud infrastructure provided by an external supplier such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud or HP Public Cloud. While a public cloud can afford greater flexibility, with all resource delivered as a service and billed by the hour, a private cloud gives you the advantage of greater control over the entire stack, from the bare metal up to the services accessible to users.

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Main Page - Linux Mint

Main Page - Linux Mint | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution.
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HTML5 Login Screens with MDM

This article was posted on: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:33:15 +0000

In brief MDM now supports HTML5 themes. This allows artists to design beautiful login screens with animations, dynamism and all the technologies which are already available to web designers! Introduction and background info about MDM In Linux Mint, MDM is the default display manager. It is the software which is responsible for the login screen, [...]

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LibrePlanet:Conference/2013 - LibrePlanet

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March 23rd-24th 2013 in Cambridge, MAWith some events tentatively planned for the evening of Friday the 22nd

About | Speakers | Program | Exhibit at LibrePlanet | Transportation and lodging | Watch Live | Anti-harassment policy

 
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The Non-Babble Intro to Cloud Computing on Linux | Linux.com

The Non-Babble Intro to Cloud Computing on Linux | Linux.com | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
This handy guide explains why cloud technologies are so revolutionary and useful, and Linux's role in the cloud.
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The Cloud today seems a bit like Dawson City in 1896 when the Klondike Gold Rush was about to get underway. Everybody is talking about the Cloud, and many want a piece of the action. The Open Source world has been abuzz with OpenStack in particular, with some going so far as to call it “the new Linux”.

 

Unfortunately, Cloud has been saddled up with some serious marketing-babble baggage, and OpenStack is hard to immediately relate to. Even the technically savvy computer user could be forgiven for wondering, “what is everybody talking about!?!" This article will help you understand the relationship between your Linux distribution and an OpenStack Cloud.

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Audio & Video Tools for Educators

Audio & Video Tools for Educators | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
slideshow apps, video & audio editing tools

Via יפה בן-דרור- Yaffa Ben-Dror, GSeremetakis
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Computer Security in the Age of Power

Computer Security in the Age of Power | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Power is transforming IT to meet their interests, and IT security is being transformed with it. Traditional security used to be the user's responsibility.
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Two trends are changing this. The first is the cloud. Instead of our data being inside our computers and networks, they’re on someone else’s systems.  E-mail, calendars, contacts, presentations, data files, social networking posts, sometimes our entire IT infrastructures: it’s all in the cloud. The second trend is the new vendor-controlled hardware platforms we love so much.  Kindles, iPhones, and iPads are leading this trend; we have very little control over those platforms. But the new Windows and Macintosh operating systems are moving in the same directions.

Taken together, these trends mean we have less and less control over our security.  We only have the security options our vendors allow us to have. Our control over that security is limited; even our visibility into the control those vendors have is often limited. We can either trust those vendors, or not use them. Gmail has essentially two security settings: Google’s way, or the highway. Facebook is no different, nor is Apple. If you don’t like how Apple secures your data on its iPads, don’t use it. It’s hard to find out what data Apple is collecting from your iPad, and even harder to find out what they’re doing with it.

It’s all about power. As these vendors become more powerful, they are more able to ignore users who want more security controls.  In the past I’ve described this as feudal security: we get to choose what feudal lords we pledge allegiance to, and in return, we hope they’ll protect us.

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Linux Command Line Cheat Sheet | OverAPI.com

OverAPI.com is a site collecting all the cheatsheets,all!
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ResourceOnlineOfficial WebsiteDownloadLinux Command Line TipsUnix/Linux Command Cheat Sheet [.pdf]Linux Administrator's Quick Reference [.pdf]Command Line Interface Commands [.jpg]RelatedchmodDebianFedoraRed HatUbuntuUnix
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Linux Foundation's Secure Boot bootloader restructured - The H Open: News and Features

Linux Foundation's Secure Boot bootloader restructured - The H Open: News and Features | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
James Bottomley has substantially restructured the mini bootloader, the development of which has been sponsored by the Linux Foundation, to allow any Linux version to be launched on PCs with UEFI Secure Boot...
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James Bottomley has substantially restructured the mini bootloader to allow any Linux version to be launched on PCs with UEFI Secure Boot. The boot loader's development has been sponsored by the Linux Foundation. The revised version uses a different method to boot the more complex secondary bootloader; this enables it to co-operate with Gummiboot, which was introduced last summer. Gummiboot doesn't load or start Linux itself like GRUB does, instead it accesses EFI mechanisms; this keeps its structure significantly less complex than that of GRUB. When Secure Boot is active, however, this approach requires other, firmware-related mechanisms to verify the kernel before it is launched.

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Get the Free Version - Free, open-source software to help you save money.

Get the Free Version - Free, open-source software to help you save money. | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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Still have friends who think that good software always costs a lot of money? Show them this!
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SIGOPSCreate Your Own Operating System Adventure

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Overview

This semester SigOPS will hold a series of meetings discussing how to build an operating system from scratch. We provide the structure for developing your Very Own OS, you write the code. It's that simple!

 

The Plan

What follows is an outline of the next eight or so SigOPS meetings this semester. We'll be posting all the critical information on these here web pages, so if you miss one (or have missed everything up to this point), no need to worry. Just catch up and come to the next meeting.

Hopefully, any SigOPS member who wants to write an operating system will have done so by the end of this excursion. Stay tuned for information and updates on our progress!

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[Phoronix] The Linux 3.8 Kernel Can Save A Lot Of RAM

Phoronix is the leading technology website for Linux hardware reviews, open-source news, Linux benchmarks, open-source benchmarks, distribution screenshots, interviews, and computer hardware tests.
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KDE - Experience Freedom!

KDE - Experience Freedom! | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The KDE® Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation.
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ArtistX

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ArtistX is a free DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio

It is based on Ubuntu GNU/Linux and contains nearly all the available free audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video software for the GNU/Linux computing platform. It doesn’t need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives. The files produced with ArtistX can be easily stored on USB devices or CD/DVD medium while it is running. If you want to install it please take a look to our documentation and the ArtistX Installation Manual.

 

 

After nearly ten years of development and more than ten versions, the ArtistX 1.4 multimedia studio on a DVD is finally here. It’s an Ubuntu 12.10-based live DVD that turns a common computer into a full multimedia production studio. ArtistX 1.3 includes the 3.5.0-25 Linux kernel, GNOME 3.4 and about 2.500 free multimedia software packages, nearly everything that exists for the GNU/Linux operating system organized in the menu. Main features: based on Ubuntu 12.10 without Unity and with all updates (from October 2012); most of GNU/Linux multimedia packages and the very easy Ubiquity installer. A partial list of software included in the DVD is available at the software page, the /usr/bin directory (where software executables are kept on a Linux system) counts more than 5000 binaries. We have now a new Forum and a new Software page with the TOP 100 free software available in ArtistX!

Free 3D Engine and Development Software: MeshlabsFree 3D Modelling and Animation Software: Art of Illusion, Ayam, Blender, Equinox 3D, K3d, Make Human, Moonlight3D, Sculptris, Wings3D, SweetHome3D, Y.A.P.R.MFree Audio DJ Software: Beatport SYN, Freecycle, Freewheling, Mixxx, QSampler, Smasher, Tactile 12000, TerminatorXFree Audio Synth Software: amSynth, Freebirth, Horgand, Hydrogen, Ingen, Mx44, Psychosynth, Qsynth, Rakarrack, SetBfree, Sineshaper, YoshimiFree Audio MIDI Tools: Arpage, MusE, PatchageFree Audio Sound Editor Software: Audacity, Kwave, Rezound, Sweep, WavesurferFree Audio DAW and Tracker Software: Ardour, Jokosher, Lmms, Rosegarden, Traverso, WiredFree CAD Software: FreeCAD, LibreCADFree DVD Mastering Software: Bombono DVD, KMediaFactory, MistelixFree Font Software: FontForge, FontMatrixFree Fractals Software: Fractalnow, Fraqtive, MandelburberFree Image and Picture Editing Software: GIMP, Krita, PintaFree Image and Picture Viewer Software: ImgSeek, FotowallFree Image Synthesis Software: Evolvotron, JavaMorphFree Optical Caracter Recognition (OCR) Software: YAGFFree Radio Software: DarksnowFree Renderer Software: Aqsys, Kerkythea, SunflowFree TV and Recording Software: TV-Maxe, VLCFree Vector Software: Delineate, Inkscape, SK1, Xara XtremeFree Video Editing Software: Avidemux, Cinelerra, Cinepaint, Jahshaka, Kdenlive, LivesFree Video Encoding and Decoding Software: Handbrake, Mobile Media Converter, TransmageddonFree Video Animation and Cartoon Software: Animata, Flash4Linux, Luciole, Synfig Studio, ToonloopFree Video VJ Software: DelVJ, FreeJ, FreeMix, Gephex, OnyxVJ, Veejay, VSXU
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Linux Mint 14 released: It’s like Windows 8, minus the bad bits | ExtremeTech

Linux Mint 14 released: It’s like Windows 8, minus the bad bits | ExtremeTech | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Following the release of Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14 Nadia is now available to download. It brings several under-the-hood tweaks, a new software manager, and an overhauled Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment that makes Mint speedy and user friendly.
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The developers behind the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint distribution have announced the immediate availability of Mint 14 (Nadia). The new release brings a number of incremental under-the-hood improvements and tweaks. It combines the Linux 3.5 kernel, Ubuntu 12.10 base, and the latest versions of the MATE 1.4 and Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environments. The edition of Linux Mint 14 with the Cinnamon desktop is particularly interesting as it has created a hybrid between Ubuntu’s HUD interface and the traditional Gnome UI that is as usable and fluid as ever.

As a result of Mint being based upon the Ubuntu distribution, many of the back-end features present in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal are carried over to the new Mint release. That includes the Linux 3.5.0-17 kernel, which in turn is based on the upstream 3.5.5 kernel. You will not find Unity or Gnome 3 in this Mint distribution, however. Instead, Mint offers MATE 1.4 — the continuation of Gnome 2 — and Cinnamon 1.6 along with Gnome Classic that are all selectable from the log-in screen.

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Linux Founder Linus Torvalds Blasts PC Industry, Praises Google's Chromebook Pixel - Forbes

Linux Founder Linus Torvalds Blasts PC Industry, Praises Google's Chromebook Pixel - Forbes | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently picked up a Google Chromebook Pixel, and the hardware left such a positive impression that he posed the question
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Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently picked up a Google Chromebook Pixel, and the hardware left such a positive impression that he posed the question “Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?” on his Google Plus page.

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If You Don't Know Linux, You Better Learn Fast | The Linux Foundation

If You Don't Know Linux, You Better Learn Fast | The Linux Foundation | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
lf infogfx jobs2013 FINAL Jobs again this year were a major theme in the State of the Union address with the President saying that we must train our students for the jobs of tomorrow. Guess what? Those jobs of tomorrow are Linux jobs.
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Steam For Linux Adoption Closes In On Mac

Steam For Linux Adoption Closes In On Mac | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Valve has just released its February, 2013 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, and the results are absolutely mind blowing. Linux is now standing strong as a legitimate gaming platform.
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← Previous PostSteam For Linux Adoption Closes In On MacDean Howell March 2, 2013 1  Full Steam Ahead

The raw figures

For those of you who have been abroad the Linux Steam train since the early betas late last year, things are really on the up & up.

Valve has just released its February, 2013 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, and the results are absolutely mind blowing.  Linux is now standing strong as a legitimate gaming platform.  It now represents 2.02% of all active Steam users.  Well 2% is not a game-changing number right now, it is pretty dramatic when you consider a couple of other key metrics.  For starters, the Mac represents 3.07% of Steam’s userbase.  While that number is over 30% greater than Steam for Linux, it means nothing considering Steam for Mac debuted 3 years ago on May 12, 2010.

The first stable release of Steam for Linux debuted last month.  Eat your heart out John Carmack.

This number is only going to go up from here.  With the heavy advertising Valve has been doing within the Steam client, and the ease of Linux installation on PC hardware, there will be plenty of people trying out the service on Linux.  So, having said that, where do you think the numbers will be next time?

 

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Linux News: Community: And Now, Ubuntu for Tablets - Wait, What?

Linux News: Community: And Now, Ubuntu for Tablets - Wait, What? | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Six weeks have passed since Canonical's splashy debut of Ubuntu for phones, but for many here in the Linux blogosphere, the memory is still crystal-clear. It came as some surprise, then, to see follow-up news announced so soon afterward.
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"On the one hand, a real Linux tablet is very attractive," said Google+ blogger Kevin O'Brien. "On the other hand, what will the ecosystem look like? Will there be all of the apps I want? ... There is a tendency still for companies to not create Linux clients for popular apps. So will there be Kindle app for Ubuntu? An Evernote app? What about all of the Google apps?"

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Gravity Points - CodePen

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Codepen : <canvas id="c"></canvas>
<div class="info">Click to add gravity point.</div>

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backgrid

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backgrid - Finally, an easily stylable semantic HTML data grid widget with a Javascript API that doesn't suck.
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~Hopflow - things you love

~Hopflow - things you love | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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Judging by the large amount of small, wheeled, floor-mounted robots we mostly saw coming from Asian manufacturers, manually cleaning spaces in Asia will be a thing of the past.

While iRobot is a well-known name in the 'States, in China it's Xrobot (see their machines up top, as well as the one below that looks like it was designed by Cylons) that's all over the "intelligent robot service industry."

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Vanish: Enhancing the Privacy of the Web with Self-Destructing Data

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Computing and communicating through the Web makes it virtually impossible to leave the past behind. College Facebook posts or pictures can resurface during a job interview; a lost or stolen laptop can expose personal photos or messages; or a legal investigation can subpoena the entire contents of a home or work computer, uncovering incriminating or just embarrassing details from the past.

Our research seeks to protect the privacy of past, archived data — such as copies of emails maintained by an email provider — against accidental, malicious, and legal attacks. Specifically, we wish to ensure that all copies of certain data become unreadable after a user-specified time, without any specific action on the part of a user, without needing to trust any single third party to perform the deletion, and even if an attacker obtains both a cached copy of that data and the user's cryptographic keys and passwords.

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57 Simple Sys Admin Mistakes that Someday You’ll Regret

57 Simple Sys Admin Mistakes that Someday You’ll Regret | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
When it comes to IT, simple mistakes can cost you big time. If you parse this list, you might just avoid a costly mistake sometime in the future.
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When it comes to IT, simple mistakes can cost you big time. Whether that is immediately or not depends on a number of factors, and sometimes, when something has gone incredibly wrong, you won’t even realize that the root cause was a snap decision or simple oversight you made months ago. If you parse this list, you might just avoid a costly mistake sometime in the future; or, you may see something that makes you realize you weren’t the only one who had that happen.

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