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CyanogenMod, the rest of the story


To outsiders like me, the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. was a bit of a surprise. And the fact that the company succeeded in raising millions of venture capital (VC) funds was even more surprising. read more...
permapage | score:9968 | -finid, March 24, 2014

This is not just about your personal privacy


To those people, there’s nothing you can say to convince them that a violation of privacy is a violating of privacy, whether the victim(s) have something to hide or not. But worse than that, they fail to see that this matter has implications that go beyond personal privacy. read more...
permapage | score:9965 | -finid, September 7, 2013

Does disk encryption really protect your data?


Disk encryption is one of several physical security measures that could be used to protect data on your computer from unauthorized physical access. And it is best configured during installation, not after. But once configured, how effective is it? read more...
permapage | score:9758 | -finid, December 11, 2011

Install Apache2, PHP5, MySQL on CentOS 5.7


LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a CentOS 5.7 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support. read more...
permapage | score:9657 | -falko, December 11, 2011

Tutorial: Replace Windows with Pinguy OS 11.10


This tutorial shows how you can set up a Pinguy OS 11.10 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. read more...
permapage | score:9615 | -falko, December 14, 2011

The Coming HTML 5 Revolution in Linux


I have spent the last couple of weeks working on a very ambitious C++ program. The program is a software model of a mechanical engineering system. I have never undertaken a more challenging or more rewarding computer programming project. As I spent hour after hour poring over the code, I began to realize why everyone is making such a fuss about HTML 5. read more...
permapage | score:9590 | -aweber, December 13, 2011

The Debate OS Project


Today I ran across another open-source Kickstarter project that I thought was worth sharing. The project, called Debate OS, is an Ubuntu spin focused on providing a debate environment for high school and college students. read more...
permapage | score:9563 | -aweber, December 15, 2011

Usability, user-friendliness and the Linux desktop


He makes a somewhat valid point, but he’s attempting to draw a hard boundary between usability and user-friendliness, forgetting that one derives from the other. If you build a “usable” system, people will tend to say that it is “user-friendly,” regardless of the technical capabilities of the users. read more...
permapage | score:9552 | -finid, September 6, 2013

Currency Traders Telnet Game


A new, large Currency Traders game is up. To connect enter the following command from an xterm, konsole, or other terminal/command line window:


It runs on port 23, just like traditional telnet. It's free to play and no software is required to play. All you need is an internet connection.

This is an old-school, no-graphics strategy game. All you need is a telnet client to play -- and every modern operating system comes with one. It's free and you can play anonymously. Just choose a name and a password and log in. If you don't know what to do, just press your H key for a Hint and a context-sensitive Tip.

This game is played in a persistent world where whatever you build, buy, or otherwise 'acquire' in the game will still be there tomorrow. Unless you make an enemy of another player, that is. PVP (player-versus-player) is always enabled here so other players can attack your deployed fortifications -- or even, heaven forbid, you.

This is a turn-based game that can be played any time of the day, night, or week. Each player is issued a certain amount of energy (turns) per day that is used to travel, trade, or play at the arcade in the several Malls. If you don't use your turns, they accumulate for as much as several months -- so there's no disadvantage to skipping a day or even a few weeks.

A slightly longer description of Currency Traders is here.
mail this link | permapage | score:9551 | -Ray, January 23, 2013

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 screenshot preview


Pear OS is a new Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Development started in early August 2011, and Pear OS 1.0, the first version marked “stable,” was released on August 15 2011. The newest release is Pear OS Linux Panther 3.

I tend not to pay too much attention to Ubuntu-based distributions especially when there is no feature or features that truly distinguishes them from their parent distribution, but Pear OS appears to be different. In fact, it looks to be better than any other Ubuntu-based distribution. Perhaps even better than Ubuntu itself. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9486 | -finid, December 16, 2011

Pissed Off Penguins: A Free Game Project


Kris Occhipinti is currently in the middle of creating a 2D game using the Blender 3D game engine. The game, called Pissed Off Penguins, looks similar to the popular “Angry Birds” game most of you have likely heard about. I wanted to outline this open-source project and expose some of the unique techniques Kris is using to both fund this project and create the game itself. read more...
permapage | score:9456 | -aweber, December 11, 2011

Linux dominates Windows


Linux dominates Windows -- and everything else -- on supercomputers in 2010. Microsoft's renowned engineering quality and down-to-earth pricing shows brilliantly in its capturing 1% of the top 500 supercomputer projects. Perhaps next year, utilizing all the organizational pressure they can bring to bear, they can retain 0.8%.

Formal Unix, now long dead*, controls 4.4%. Meanwhile, Linux is now installed on 91% of the remaining 95% of top systems. Add in the single BSD system and you have Unix-like systems (Unix+Linux+BSD) accounting for 95.6% of the top supercomputer projects. The remaining 3.4% of are 'mixed' systems and may also contain significant percentages of Unix and Linux.

There are many reasons for Linux' success. Among the top factors are surely these four, in no particular order:
  • Price (starting at free)
  • Quality (excellent code, Unix-based design)
  • Hardware Support (most all modern quality gear is supported)
  • Open Source (open to tinkering -- and redistributable)
Check my math on the top 500 systems here.

*Of course, counting functional Unix systems while ignoring the trademarked term, Unix is clearly not dead since Linux is one of the truest of the true Unix work-alike systems. Linux is, of course, the reason formal Unix has suffered such a precipitous decline. Many Unix users just switched flavors -- and Linux was a most appealing flavor.
mail this link | permapage | score:9378 | -Ray, June 2, 2010

Librenix T-Shirts and Coffee Mugs!


For today's example of my (semi)elite C programming skilz, I submit for your inspection the Librenix T-Shirts! Yes, I created the images on these shirts and coffee mugs entirely with C code. While the code isn't up to the standards *cough* of my open source Space Tyrant project, at least the output is colorful and not entirely textual!

click either image to see the T-Shirts, Coffee Mugs, etc.

(If you like the images but don't care for 'librenix' on your shirt, these same styles are available for all 50 US state names as well as with the signs of the zodiac here)

(and here are some modern prints)
mail this link | permapage | score:9252 | -Ray, June 6, 2010 (Updated: April 24, 2012)

Google Chromecast and the new Nexus 7


The Chromecast is not an original idea, but are their any original ideas left in this arena. Cynically, the question is, how many backdoors are there in this thing? read more...
permapage | score:9204 | -finid, July 25, 2013

Create and manage a social networking site with new book on Elgg


Packt is pleased to announce the availability of its new book on Elgg, the free open-source tool used to create social networks. Written by Mayank Sharma, the book teaches users to create their own fully customized, hosted social network for their business, organization, or group of friends.

Elgg is an open-source social web application licensed under GPL version 2, and runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) or WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) platform. It offers a networking platform combining elements of blogging, e-portfolios, news feed aggregation, file sharing, and social networking.

Elgg provides each user with a personal weblog, file repository (with podcasting capabilities), an online profile, and an RSS reader. Additionally, all of a user's content can be tagged with keywords—so they can connect with other users with similar interests and create their own personal learning network.

Because it's open source, and has many plug-ins, Elgg can be extended in unlimited ways. This book provides users with all they need to know to create safe, fun social networks. It is especially useful in education as it has many features making it suitable for e-learning, including groups, communities, and blogs that can be used for online classes

People teaching e-learning and those who are interested in social networking will find this book useful. For more information about the book, please visit: read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9171 | -Duane Moraes, April 23, 2008

Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption


Today, I took another look at a daily build of Ubuntu 12.10 to see how far the coders have come in implementing manual LVM and disk encryption. Here is what I found: read more...
permapage | score:9166 | -finid, September 27, 2012

I quit using Linux because…


Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Russia and the publisher of ROSA Linux. read more...
permapage | score:9166 | -finid, August 13, 2013

Tutorial: Use Amazon Cloudfront To Speed Up Wordpress Based Site


A typical WordPress blog contains a mix of static stuff such as images, javascript, style sheets and dynamic content such as posts, pages and comments posted by users. You can speed up your blog by serving static content via content delivery network such as Akamai, Edgecast and so on. The big boys of CDN business also offered the solution to accelerate dynamic content to improve the performance and reliability of the blog. However, solutions offered by big and traditional CDNs are expensive. Amazon cloudfront recently started to serving dynamic content at lowered price. In this blog post, I will explain:

1. How to serve your entire blog using cloudfront.
2. DNS settings.
3. WordPress settings.
4. Documenting limitations of cloudfront.
5. Documenting performance improvements.
mail this link | permapage | score:9102 | -nixcraft, March 7, 2013

Slate 21: HP Android-powered All-in-One computer


The Slate 7 is a 7-inch, Android tablet that could be had for US $169.00, but don’t expect that kind of price for the Slate 21 when it hits a store shelf near you. However, at an expected price just below US $400.00, the Slate 21 won’t be that much more expensive, considering what it brings to the table. read more...
permapage | score:9088 | -finid, June 27, 2013

Openfiler is moving to CentOS


Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. read more...
permapage | score:9072 | -finid, August 4, 2013
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