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Unix: Pranks that sysadmins play

Unix: Pranks that sysadmins play | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Unix systems administrators tend to be very serious about their responsibilities -- except when they're not. And, when they're not, the pranks that they play on each other and some of their more annoying users might surprise you.
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Interesting facts about Raspberry Pi - Linux FAQ

Interesting facts about Raspberry Pi - Linux FAQ | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Raspberry Pi celebrated its second birthday last week. Since its debut on February 29, 2012, Raspberry Pi has ushered in a whole new generation of tiny, inexpensive, single-board computers. Numerous Raspberry Pi based DIY project ideas are popping up over the web, and there are many use cases of Raspberry Pi as low-cost learning media …Continue reading...
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Mapbox makes it easy to get a map into people's hands | opensource.com

Mapbox makes it easy to get a map into people's hands | opensource.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Beyond the business, Mapbox's CEO Eric Gundersen says that he feels that open source licensing of data is only going to become more important to companies in the future.
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Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn from KDE - Datamation

Acknowledgement of KDE's recovery from its user revolt is long overdue.
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20 'Unexpected' Places Where You Will Find Linux

20 'Unexpected' Places Where You Will Find Linux | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
We all know Linux is popular but here are a few places where it is not expected to be. EFYTimes takes a look.

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Government Users of Linux

1.U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet – As per FreeSoftwareMagazine.com "the US Navy nuclear submarine fleet is using GNU/Linux" too.

2.The City of Munich, Germany - The city of Munich, Germany has "chosen to migrate its 14,000 desktops to a free Linux distribution, rather than a commercial version of the open source operating system" as per 2005 ZDNet report.

3.Spain – As per LWN.net, Spain remains the strongest supporter and user of Linux from a national government perspective. Linux is widespread all over Spain since 2002, when the government of Extremadura made its own customized Linux distribution (called LinEx) based on Debian, utilising GNOME as its "default desktop environment."

4. Federal Aviation Administration – A couple of government users of Linux seem to be happier with their choice to switch than the United States Federal Aviation Administration. As per Wikipedia, the FAA made an announcement in 2006 that it "had completed a migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in one third of the scheduled time and saved 15 million dollars" while doing so.

5.French Parliament - French Parliament chose in November 2006 to get rid of Windows for Ubuntu Linux, as per ZDNet. This move was a component of a comprehensive shake-up in the software run on Parliament computers that resulted in "1,154 French parliamentary workstations running on Linux, with OpenOffice.org productivity software, the Firefox Web browser and an open-source e-mail client."

6. State-Owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China – As per 2005 InformationWeek report, the state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China "decided to roll out Linux in all of its 20,000 retail branches." Being the largest bank in entire China, the institution made a commitment to purchasing "an unrestricted user license" as part of a wide integration of Linux "throughout its entire banking operations network" that culminated in 2008.

7. Pakistani Schools & Colleges - In 2002, the Pakistani government brought about a Technology Resource Mobilisation Unit for promoting the spread of open-source software (as well as Linux) all over the country. The unit (that comprises of academics, businesspeople and government officials) has hugely been successful in educating computer users all over Pakistan about what free software could offer.

Educational Users of Linux

8. Russian Schools - In 2007, Russia made an announcement that all its schools would start running Linux software. As per a BBC report on the matter "schools formerly tended to run illegal copies of Microsoft operating systems", but as Russia joined the WTO, it was no longer an accepted practice.

9.German Universities - ComputerWeekly.com stated in August 2007 that "around 560,000 German students plus thousands of staff at 33 German universities will now be supported by Linux systems from Novell."

10. The Philippines - The taking over of Linux is stated to be "forging an education revolution" in the Philippines, as per ComputerWorld. As explained by them, "after a successful deployment of 13,000 Fedora Linux systems from a government grant, plans are underway to roll out another 10,000 based on Ubuntu" in that country.

11.Georgia – The former Soviet state Georgia started running all its school computers and LTSP thin clients on Linux, primarily using Kubuntu, Ubuntu and took away Fedora-based distributions in 2004, as per Wikipedia.

12. The Indian State of Tamil Nadu - LinuxWatch.com reported the story of how "after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users", the Indian state of Tamil Nadu made a decision that instead of distributing 100,000 Linux laptops to students there.

13. Switzerland Schools - Wikipedia stated that Switzerland changed 9,000 of its computers to using Linux and OpenOffice.org's suite of office productivity tools in its Geneva district in September 2008.

14. Bolzano, Italy - Balzano in Italy having a student population of 16,000) switched to making use of a customized distribution of Linux across all its schools in 2005.

15.Kerela, India - Rediff.com stated in September 2006 that beginning now, in Kerela, India, "nearly 1.5 million students in the 2,650 government and government-aided high schools in the state will no longer use the Windows platform for computer education. Instead, they have switched over to the free GNU/Linux software."

Business Users of Linux

16.Novell – For a prolonged period, software and services company Novell made an announcement in 2006 that it was going through a company-wide migration from Windows to Linux on employee desktop computers. Since April 2006, nearly half of Novell's 5,000+ workforce had migrated to Linux, with that figure to rise to 80% by November.

17.Google - The huge and ever-growing group of servers powering Google's search and other apps running on Linux. Of course, typically Google was not satisfied of simply running an out of the box version on its own hardware.

18.IBM – Adding on to doing development work on Linux, IBM also uses it internally on desktops and servers. IBM started a TV ad campaign in 2006 known as "IBM Supports Linux 100%."

19.Panasonic – The Electronics giant Panasonic uses Linux in powering a few of its operations. Similar to many other firms on this list, Panasonic made use of Linux only after Windows NT proved woefully insufficient for what the company required - voicemail systems.

20.Virgin America – This is a low-cost U.S. airline that is run by Richard Branson, that used Linux to power its in-flight entertainment as per TechCrunch. The entertainment system (known as RED) is powered by Red Hat and Fedora specifically, and was opted for as it’s "very stable and agile."

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12 videos to you get started with open source software - opensource.com

12 videos to you get started with open source software - opensource.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
12 videos to you get started with open source software
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Opensource.com is here to help ease that learning curve.

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The Rise of the Ethical Hacktivist | Community | LinuxInsider

The Rise of the Ethical Hacktivist | Community | LinuxInsider | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
When Saul Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals more than four decades ago, the world was a very different place than it is today. Protests and demonstrations were among the most common tactics for bringing about social change, and they were used on such a broad scale that they helped define the Vietnam War era and counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Entrepreneurs build better businesses with open source | opensource.com

Entrepreneurs build better businesses with open source | opensource.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Tips and tricks from a small business owners for choosing and implementing open source tools to build your best business.
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Open-Source Software Aimed At Ending NGO Data Overload - AllAfrica.com

Open-Source Software Aimed At Ending NGO Data Overload - AllAfrica.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Open-Source Software Aimed At Ending NGO Data Overload
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Open-source software being developed by a team of French NGOs could help aid organisations deal with growing information overload for non-profit sector, say its developers.

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[#Tech:] #Tutorial: #Port #Scanning with #Nmap | * #watch #Your #computer #gates

[#Tech:] #Tutorial: #Port #Scanning with #Nmap | * #watch #Your #computer #gates | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Nmap is one of those software packages in which should be installed on any Linux system. Yet, in most cases, it still remains the responsibility of the user to install it manually. Obviously, not a...

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Academic Torrents

Academic Torrents | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it

Sharing data is hard. Emails have size limits, and setting up servers is too much work. We've designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets - for researchers, by researchers.


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Is Android the future of Microsoft?

Is Android the future of Microsoft? | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Will the failure of mobile Windows push Microsoft into embracing Android? Plus: Is there too much hate for Ubuntu among Linux users? And a sneak peek at version 14.04 of Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME.
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Five Funny Little Linux Network Testers and Monitors | Linux.com

Five Funny Little Linux Network Testers and Monitors | Linux.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Five Linux network utilities to test and track network performance.
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Your most expected Linux distribution is... - Linux notes from DarkDuck

Your most expected Linux distribution is... - Linux notes from DarkDuck | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
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Google’s Oppia Is A Smart Open Source Educational Tool For Interactive Learning

Google’s Oppia Is A Smart Open Source Educational Tool  For Interactive Learning | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
With its continued focus on education, Google has launched Oppia (beta). The Open Source project is a free educational tool that lets anyone create online educational activities through the web interface. Interactivity is its strong suit. The interactive activities are called "explorations". Explorations can be created by anyone in any part of the world –…
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Windows XP User? Here's 4 Reasons to Switch to Lubuntu This April - OMG! Ubuntu!

Windows XP User? Here's 4 Reasons to Switch to Lubuntu This April - OMG! Ubuntu! | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
Still using Windows XP? With Microsoft ending support for it this April here are four compelling reasons to switch to Lubuntu Linux.
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Play your Music on Linux with Music Player DaemonRiproduci la tua musica su Linux con Music Player Daemon

Play your Music on Linux with Music Player DaemonRiproduci la tua musica su Linux con Music Player Daemon | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
MPD, short for Music Player Daemon, is a flexible, powerful, server-side application for playing music. Through plugins and libraries it can play a variety of sound files while being controlled by its network protocol. It is also used for one of the two purposes, as local daemon or as network
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Here's the £15 Firefox smartphone -- and why it exists

Here's the £15 Firefox smartphone -- and why it exists | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
In 2003, Mozilla liberated Earth's web users from Internet
Explorer with the Firefox browser. A decade later, it wants to do
it again -- for smartphones -- with Firefox OS.

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Ars walkthrough: Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux

Ars walkthrough: Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
If brtfs interested you, start your next-gen trip with a step-by-step guide to ZFS.

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PGP Web of Trust: Core Concepts Behind Trusted Communication | Linux.com

PGP Web of Trust: Core Concepts Behind Trusted Communication | Linux.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
The first article in this mini series looks at what the web of trust is and how to use it to set up a secure and trusted communication.
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Linux Terminal: Manage Processes with killall and killLinux Terminal: Gestire i processi con killall e kill

Original article by http://blog.shineservers.com/ Sometime a process "hang" both if you are using Gnu/Linux on your desktop (maybe a game ?) or as server, in these cases the best thing to do it's to terminate that process, that probably is using precious resources, the basic commands to do this
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Open Source Storage CEO says open source is transforming tech in 2014 | opensource.com

Open Source Storage CEO says open source is transforming tech in 2014 | opensource.com | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it
CEO of Open Source Storage says open source is transforming tech in five unique ways in 2014.
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PermaCities - the free online game of permaculture and urban design

PermaCities - the free online game of permaculture and urban design | Linux and Open Source | Scoop.it

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