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  • Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

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    timothy
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    First time accepted submitter mooterSkooter (1132489) writes "Magnetic Imaging tools were used to recover a dozen images produced by Andy Warhol on his Amiga computer. I would've just stuck the disks in and tried to copy it myself." Read more about it from the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, which says "The impetus for the investigation came when [artist Cory] Arcangel, a self-described “Warhol fanatic and lifelong computer nerd,” learned about Warhol’s Amiga experiments from the YouTube video of the 1985 Commodore Amiga product launch. Acting on a hunch, and with…
  • FirefoxOS, Internet of things (#IoT), the future

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    Bogomil Shopov
    1 Oct 2013 | 1:21 am
    A note: This is a serious post, couple of months ago I wrote an article as a joke saying that I am leaving Mozilla project by some reasons, umh, it was April 1st. After that I was insulted by several people “you have left the community”, “we don’t want to work with you”, “we are working only with active people” and even more, not appropriate for the web, so I want to make this clear, this is not a joke, this is something I want to develop in the future and this is how I see it. IoT (from bottom up) Police alert. Imaginе. The future, 20xx. Driving from city A to City B on the…
  • Heartbleed and misconceptions about Open Source

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    Eran Galperin
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The now infamous Heartbleed bug found in the openSSL library, sent some shockwaves down the software industry. It also revealed some misconceptions about Open Source software that many people assume are common sense but are not necessarily true. 1) Linus’s Law “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” – Eric Raymond Linus’s law claims that given enough users using it and developers reviewing its code, flaws in open-source code will be revealed and eventually fixed, resulting in a more correct and secure code compared to closed / proprietary software. The book…
  • Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

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    timothy
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    concertina226 (2447056) writes "Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced that it is working on a new tool called Airchat which could allow people to communicate without the need for a phone or an internet connection — using radio waves instead. Anonymous, the amorphous group best known for attacking high profile targets like Sony and the CIA in recent years, said on the project's Github page: 'Airchat is a free communication tool [that] doesn't need internet infrastructure [or] a cell phone network. Instead it relies on any available radio link or device capable of…
  • OSI Board Changes 2014

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    webmink
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    April annually sees the start of the OSI Board year, with resulting vacancies and the appointment of directors to fill them. This year saw vacancies arising due to the retirement of Board officers -- Karl Fogel, who has done a tremendous job as OSI's Treasurer, and of Martin Michlmayr, whose work as OSI's Secretary has been beyond measure. Also leaving due to term limits is Harshad Gune, and Richard Fontana's seat was open due to the one-year terms for directors representing Individual Members. The Board turned to OSI's growing membership to fill the resulting four vacancies. Three of the…
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  • Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

    timothy
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    concertina226 (2447056) writes "Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced that it is working on a new tool called Airchat which could allow people to communicate without the need for a phone or an internet connection — using radio waves instead. Anonymous, the amorphous group best known for attacking high profile targets like Sony and the CIA in recent years, said on the project's Github page: 'Airchat is a free communication tool [that] doesn't need internet infrastructure [or] a cell phone network. Instead it relies on any available radio link or device capable of…
  • Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

    timothy
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    First time accepted submitter mooterSkooter (1132489) writes "Magnetic Imaging tools were used to recover a dozen images produced by Andy Warhol on his Amiga computer. I would've just stuck the disks in and tried to copy it myself." Read more about it from the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, which says "The impetus for the investigation came when [artist Cory] Arcangel, a self-described “Warhol fanatic and lifelong computer nerd,” learned about Warhol’s Amiga experiments from the YouTube video of the 1985 Commodore Amiga product launch. Acting on a hunch, and with…
  • Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

    timothy
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Technology giants including Microsoft, Google, Intel, and Cisco are banding together to support and fund open source projects that make up critical elements of global information infrastructure. The new Core Infrastructure Initiative brings technology companies together to identify and fund open source projects that are widely used in core computing and Internet functions, The Linux Foundation announced today. Formed primarily as the industry's response to the Heartbleed crisis, the OpenSSL library will be the initiative's first project. Other open source projects…
  • iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

    samzenpus
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Christina Bonnington reports that the public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to. Analysts had projected iPad sales would reach 19.7 million but Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, a drop of roughly 16.4 percent since last year. 'For many, the iPad they have is good enough–unlike a phone, with significant new features like Touch ID, or a better camera, the iPad's improvements over the past few years have been more subtle,' writes Bonnington. 'The latest iterations feature a better Retina display, a slimmer design, and faster processing.
  • Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

    samzenpus
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition, an Australian law enforcement body is pushing for rules that would force telcos help with decryption of communications."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    Open Source Initiative blogs

  • OSI Board Changes 2014

    webmink
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    April annually sees the start of the OSI Board year, with resulting vacancies and the appointment of directors to fill them. This year saw vacancies arising due to the retirement of Board officers -- Karl Fogel, who has done a tremendous job as OSI's Treasurer, and of Martin Michlmayr, whose work as OSI's Secretary has been beyond measure. Also leaving due to term limits is Harshad Gune, and Richard Fontana's seat was open due to the one-year terms for directors representing Individual Members. The Board turned to OSI's growing membership to fill the resulting four vacancies. Three of the…
  • Open Source Initiative (OSI) announces new Affiliate Members

    masson
    15 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Deb BryantMarch 12, 2014Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org) is very pleased to announce two new organizations have joined the OSI as Affiliate Members: inBloom (www.inbloom.org) and LinuxFest Northwest (www.linuxfestnorthwest.org). The OSI Board of Directors offers a warm welcome to both!With inBloom and LinuxFest Northwest joining as OSI Affiliates, our membership of non-profit organizations supporting our mission—to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source…
  • OSI joins FSF in amicus brief in Alice v. CLS Bank

    LuisVilla
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:55 am
    Yesterday, the Open Source Initiative, alongside the Free Software Foundation, filed a "friend of the court" brief in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court. (pdf, html) In this case, the Court has asked, in essence, under what conditions (if any) software is "patent-eligible subject matter" under Section 101 of the US patent statute. Drafted by the Software Freedom Law Center, the OSI-FSF brief argues that the "machine or transformation" test is the correct, and exclusive, bright line test for patent eligibility of computer-implemented…
  • Hello OSI Community Members,

    masson
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:05 pm
    I'm pleased to announce a major step in the development of the OSI. As our new General Manager, I'd like to take a few moments to introduce myself, and also provide a bit more information about both the new GM role itself, as well as some of the new programs identified by the OSI Board of Directors to extend and enable our mission. First, I must say how honored, humbled and excited I am to join the OSI community in our mission, to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. While the OSI is…
  • OSI Names New General Manager

    debbryant
    21 Oct 2013 | 6:01 pm
    Newly Appointed General Manager Patrick Masson Joins OSI from University of Massachusetts The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has appointed Patrick Masson as General Manager effective November 8, 2013. Masson is the organization's first full-time management appointment in its fifteen year history. His hiring will support and supplement the organization's volunteer community. “Patrick’s accomplishments within the educational tech community, organizational experience and passion for advocacy of open source make him a solid match for the job” said Deborah Bryant, OSI…
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    Christoph
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
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    LXer Linux News

  • Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography

    Peter Ecklersley
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    EFF is evaluating the feasibility of offering a prize for the first usable, secure, and private end-to-end encrypted communication tool. We believe a prize based on objective usability metrics (such as the percentage of users who were able to install and start using the tool within a few minutes, and the percentage who survived simulated impersonation or man-in-the-middle attacks) might be an effective way to determine which project or projects are best delivering communication security to vulnerable user communities; to promote and energize those tools; and to encourage interaction between…
  • US government accelerating development and release of open source

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source software. As early as the late 1990s, David was demonstrating why open source software was integral to the US goverment IT architecture, and his personal webpage is a frequently cited source on open standards, open source software, and computer security.In this interview, we explore the current state of use of open source software by the US government, the challenges of the Federal acquisition system, and what he's excited about as he looks…
  • Tiny Core 5.3 Fluxbox Screenshot Tour

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Team Tiny Core is pleased to announce the release of Tiny Core Linux 5.3: Changelog: BusyBox - updated nosuid to 1.22.1, added ntpd, corrected dc failure, modified wget timeout to 10s; tce-load - don't show an error when extension contains multiple modules; tc-config - change owner /tmp/tce/optional to support tftplist; tce-load - use sudo when unmounting meta-extensions; added full path to sudo commands; tc-config - introduce ntpserver boot option; switch getTime.sh to ntpd; replace aliases with functions in useBusyBox.
  • Ubuntu 14.04 review: Missing the boat on big changes

    Scott Gilbertson
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Canonical pushed out Ubuntu 14.04 last week. This release is the first Ubuntu Long Term Support release in two years and will be supported for the next five years.It feels like, for Canonical at least, this Long Term Support release couldn't have come at a worse time. The company is caught in a transitional phase as it moves from a desktop operating system to a platform that spans devices.
  • Audacious 3.5 Gets Tens New Features, Screenshots, Ubuntu PPA Installation

    Craciun Dan
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Audacious is an advanced, feature-complete music player for GNOME using GTK 3 that bundles many features, a clean interface, support for real-time audio effects, visualization, equalizer, lyrics and other plugins, themes (including Winamp Classic style with installable skins), powerful configuration options and multiple playlists organized in tabs.
 
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  • Dive deep into GlassFish 4 Application Server using Packt’s new book and eBook

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    About the author:David Heffelfinger is the Chief Technology Officer of Ensode Technology, LLC, a software consulting firm based in the greater Washington DC area. He has been architecting, designing, and developing software professionally since 1995 and has been using Java as his primary programming language since 1996. He has worked on many large scale projects for several clients including the US Department of Homeland Security, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the US Department of Defense. He has a Masters' degree in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University. David is editor in…
  • Using cross-validation

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    In this article by Akhil Wali, author of Clojure for Machine Learning, we will discuss several methods that can be used to improve the effectiveness of a given machine learning model. We will also implement a working spam classifier as an example of how to build machine learning systems that incorporate evaluation.
  • Creating a Responsive Magento Theme with Bootstrap 3

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
  • Monte Carlo Simulation and Options

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    In this article by Yuxing Yan, the author of Python for Finance, discusses how to use Monte Carlo simulation to price European, American, average, lookback, and barrier options. In finance, we study the trade-off between risk and return. The common definition of risk is uncertainty. For example, when evaluating a potential profitable project, we have to predict many factors in the life of the project, such as the annual sales, price of the final product, prices of raw materials, salary increase of employees, inflation rate, cost of borrowing, cost of new equity, and economic status. For those…
  • Skinning a character

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    In this article, by Sumeet Arora, the author of WebGL Game Development, we discuss various aspects of skinning a character.
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    The TrustTheVote Project

  • Voting Heartburn over “Heartbleed”

    E. John Sebes
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Heartbleed is the latest high-profile consumer Internet security  issue, only a few weeks after the “Goto Fail” incident. Both are recently discovered weaknesses in the way that browsers and Web sites interact. In both cases and others, I’ve seen several comments that connect these security issues with Internet voting. But because Heartbleed is pretty darn wicked, I can’t not share my thoughts on how it connects to the work we do in the TrustTheVote project – despite the fact that i-voting is not part of it. (In fact, we have our hands full fixing the…
  • Bishop on Heartbleed

    E. John Sebes
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    (My thanks to a security colleague Matt Bishop who offered this excellent rant (his term not mine!) on Heartbleed and what we can learn from it, and the connection to open source. You can read riff on it here.) “First, the Heartbleed vulnerability isn’t a virus; you can’t be infected by it. It’s a programming error in one particular part of OpenSSL that was introduced when new functionality was added in late 2011. If the servers you connect to do not use OpenSSL, you’re safe from this. But many very widely used servers do use it, hence the concern. The comment…
  • Money Shot: What Does a $40M Bet on Scytl Mean?

    Gregory Miller
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    …not much we think. Yesterday’s news of Microsoft co-founder billionaire Paul Allen’s investing $40M in the Spanish election technology company Scytl is validation that elections remain a backwater of innovation in the digital age. But it is not validation that there is a viable commercial market for voting systems of the size typically attracting venture capitalists; the market is dysfunctional and small and governments continue to be without budget. And the challenges of building a user-friendly secure online voting system that simultaneously protects the anonymity of…
  • The “VoteStream Files” A Summary

    Gregory Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The TrustTheVote Project Core Team has been hard at work on the Alpha version of VoteStream, our election results reporting technology. They recently wrapped up a prototype phase funded by the Knight Foundation, and then forged ahead a bit, to incorporate data from additional counties, provided by by participating state or local election officials after the official wrap-up. Along the way, there have been a series of postings here that together tell a story about the VoteStream prototype project. They start with a basic description of the project in Towards Standardized Election Results…
  • Election Results: Data-Wrangling Los Angeles County

    E. John Sebes
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:26 pm
    LA County CA is the mother of all election complexities, and the data wrangling was intense, even compared to the hardly simple efforts that I reported on previously. There are over 32,000 distinct voting regions, which I think is more than the number of seats, ridings, chairs, and so on, for every federal or state houses of government in all the parliamentary democracies in the EU. The LA elections team was marvelously helpful, and upfront about the limits of what they can produce with the aging voting system that they are working hard on replacing. This is what we started with. A nicely…
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    opensource.com

  • Five common pitfalls to avoid in open source

    dbhurley
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Open source software, hardware, and methods are gaining popularity and access to them couldn't be more prolific. If you're thinking about starting a new open source project, there are five common pitfalls you should be aware of before you begin. Don't despair if you've already started your project and are just now reading this! These pointers can be helpful at any stage if things are still running smoothly. Fail faster and succeed with open source. 5 common pitfalls of a new open source project read more
  • BASIC programming with Gambas for the beginner programmer

    holmja
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Scratch is a great tool for teaching programming to young children, but what happens when kids outgrow Scratch? Among Raspberry Pi aficionados, the typical answer is to advance to using Python, which is an excellent choice. However, in honor of the 50th birthday of BASIC, I would like to suggest another programming environment: Gambas read more
  • US government accelerating development and release of open source

    markbohannon
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source software. As early as the late 1990s, David was demonstrating why open source software was integral to the US goverment IT architecture, and his personal webpage is a frequently cited source on open standards, open source software, and computer security. In this interview, we explore the current state of use of open source software by the US government, the challenges of the Federal acquisition system, and what he's excited about as he looks…
  • An introduction to the School of Open

    Aseem Sharma
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skillsets on to the next generation. This passing on of information within cultures has been followed by the development of a systematic approach to learning techniques. Formal structures were created throughout the world to learn and apply these skillsets. read more
  • Open source tools allow Project Tango to evolve with speed and agility

    Luis Ibanez
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Google's Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it. The devices track themselves with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and collect 3D points with a built-in depth-sensing camera. Project Tango is progressing at a fast pace thanks to many open source tools that facilitate the use of the 3D data.  Only 200 of these devices have been made available to early testers and developers, and we had the luck of getting two of…
 
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    A Growth Hacker» Open Technologies

  • How to simplify the WordPress development processes which involve clients

    Bogomil Shopov
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    I had a period in my life when I was working for different employers like a freelancer developing wordpress plugins, themes enhancements and some integrations. Back then I didn’t realize how much time I was spending in communication with the clients or the middle man (project manager), because, let’s be honest – time is money, right. I didn’t mind to spend 3-4 hours talking to a client about how to make the red button, even more red or why the image is not aligned with the little horse. They would pay me anyway. You know what I mean. After I started expanding my business portfolio…
  • #Thunderbird and @Trello Integration

    Bogomil Shopov
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:37 am
    Problem: I need a quick way to add some texts from my e-mails to my trello “ToDo” board. I am using Thunderbird. Solution: I’ve decided to start writing a plugin to do that. I am almost done If you are interested, drop me a line.
  • FirefoxOS, Internet of things (#IoT), the future

    Bogomil Shopov
    1 Oct 2013 | 1:21 am
    A note: This is a serious post, couple of months ago I wrote an article as a joke saying that I am leaving Mozilla project by some reasons, umh, it was April 1st. After that I was insulted by several people “you have left the community”, “we don’t want to work with you”, “we are working only with active people” and even more, not appropriate for the web, so I want to make this clear, this is not a joke, this is something I want to develop in the future and this is how I see it. IoT (from bottom up) Police alert. Imaginе. The future, 20xx. Driving from city A to City B on the…
  • There is one place to share ideas about the web and its name is @WebExpo – Prague

    Bogomil Shopov
    14 Aug 2013 | 5:05 am
    No kidding. Prague became one of the finest European technology and start-up hubs and I believe there is a great future and potential, which we will see coming true in the next couple of years. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I moved here a couple of years ago. If you add the beauty of Prague and the fine quality of the Czech beer, you will not be surprised that I want to invite you to an unique event. [note]This is one of the few places in the world where developers, designers, product managers, marketing ninjas, big data nerds, content management racoons, hackers and even normal people…
  • Fedora 17 on Raspberry Pi: Mission Possible

    Bogomil Shopov
    31 Dec 2012 | 1:04 am
    Just after Christmas my Raspberry Pi has arrived in a tiny-tiny box Fedorize it! How to install Fedora on it? Easy? Since I don’t have SD card writer, shame on me I used my wife’s Windows machine build-in writer, but for good. Unfortunately all Fedora instructions are for Windows 7 and Vista, but here’s how to do that in Windows XP: Download this GNU-licensed program: Win32DiskImager. Download Fedora 17 PI disk image from  here Burn it on your SD card Plug it in your Raspberry Pi and turn it on Ready
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    Javarevisited

  • Difference between State and Strategy Design Pattern in Java

    Javin Paul
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    In order to make proper use of State and Strategy design Pattern in Core Java application, its important for a Java developer to clearly understand difference between them. Though both State and Strategy design patterns has similar structure, and both of them are based upon Open closed design principle, represents 'O' from SOLID design principles, they are totally different on there intent. Strategy design pattern in Java is used to encapsulate related set of algorithms to provide runtime flexibility to client. Client can choose any algorithm at runtime, without changing Context…
  • 10 JDK 7 Features to Revisit, Before You Welcome Java 8

    Javin Paul
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    It's been almost a month Java 8 is released and I am sure all of you are exploring new features of JDK 8. But, before you completely delve into Java 8, it’s time to revisit some of the cool features introduced on Java 7. If you remember, Java 6 was nothing on feature, it was all about JVM changes and performance, but JDK 7 did introduced some cool features which improved developer's day to day task. Why I am writing this post now? Why I am talking about Java 1. 7, when everybody is talking about Java 8? Well I think, not all Java developers are familiar with changes introduced in…
  • How to fix org.hibernate.MappingException: Unknown entity Exception in Java

    Javin Paul
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    If you have used Hibernate with JPA and using annotation to declare your entity bean then you might have seen this confusing error called "org.hibernate.MappingException: Unknown entity". This error message is so misleading that you could easily lose anywhere between few minutes to few hours looking at wrong places. I was using Spring 3 and Hibernate 3.6 when I got this error,which occurs when addEntity() method was executed. I checked everything, from Spring configuration file applicationContext.xml, Hibernate config file, my Entity class and DAO class to see whether my Entity…
  • Difference between FileInputStream and FileReader in Java | InputStream vs Reader

    Javin Paul
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Before going to explain specific difference between FileInputStream and FileReader in Java, I would like to state fundamental difference between an InputStream and a Reader in Java, and when to use InputStream and when to go for Reader. Actually, Both InputStream and Reader are abstractions to read data from source, which can be either file or socket, but main difference between them is, InputStream is used to read binary data, while Reader is used to read text data, precisely Unicode characters. So what is difference between binary and text data? well everything you read is essentially…
  • For Each loop Puzzle in Java

    Javin Paul
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:54 pm
    From Java 5 onwards, we have a for-each loop for iterating over collection and array in Java. For each loop allows you to traverse over collection without keeping track of index like traditional for loop, or calling hasNext() method in while loop using Iterator or ListIterator. For-each loop indeed simplified iteration over any Collection or array in Java, but not every Java programmer is aware of some useful details of for-each loop, which we will see in this tutorial. Unlike other popular items from Java 5 release alias Generics, Autoboxing and variable arguments, Java developers tend to…
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    Linux Blog

  • UNIX Vs Linux: a Best Practice Migration Guide

    Simon Mitchell
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Linux is UNIX-like, but the differences can derail the ill-prepared When? LinuxIT estimate that 65% of applications running on proprietary versions of UNIX in 2012 will have migrated to Linux by 2017. Many tier 1 applications such as SAP have already done so. Why? The big three server manufacturers IBM, Dell and HP all support Linux on their hardware. KVM virtualisation is integral to the Linux kernel. A high proportion of public cloud computing is all Linux based. It makes sense to use it in house and in hybrid clouds. Organisations stick with legacy systems because change is…
  • Which Is the Best Mobile Phone Operating System? [POLL]

    David Marshall
    11 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    We’re conducting a poll to find out which is the best mobile phone operating system out there. Vote now! &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/7545698/"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Which is the best mobile phone operating system? Tell us what you think!&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;   To find out how your organisation can do more with less using Linux and Open…
  • Top Ten OSS Products Cutting out Costs and Making a Difference in the Public Sector

    Simon Mitchell
    4 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    Linux and OSS products can save valuable resources for your organisation – we look at the top products that make a real difference in business. 1: Nagios Monitors the health of your systems, providing your team with the information they require to maintain a healthy system. 2: Python, Perl Two very powerful programming languages, used by DevOps teams around the world, offering flexible control of systems. 3: Authentication, Authorisation, Accounting (AAA) A complete set of tools from LinuxIT to secure your infrastructure when staff require access to restricted internal systems. 4: OpenVPN A…
  • Black box, white box and embedded testing… our view

    David Marshall
    27 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    Open Source is taking over the world, but are Open Source projects the right fit for your business?            There are three terms used to describe the three models of software production, “Black Box Testing”, “White Box Testing" and “Embedded Testing”. Black Box Black Box is a term used to label any software product that is purchased "off the shelf" and used as is; the underlying source code is not available to the customer. With a Black Box product, customers generally adapt their workflows to match the product. Black Box products are typically…
  • Best Practice Linux Guide: Data Security

    Simon Mitchell
    20 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    In this era of ‘big data' Linux data security is of paramount importance. Here are best practice tips to make sure your data is secure by design. People new to Open Source Software sometimes wonder if openness is a security problem. Others have suggested that the proliferation of Linux distributions means that there is no standardisation, and no best practice standards for secure architectures and systems management. In fact, openness and the proliferation of different projects are strengths. Open Source projects from the Linux operating system down to the smallest applications are…
 
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    Binpress

  • Heartbleed and misconceptions about Open Source

    Eran Galperin
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The now infamous Heartbleed bug found in the openSSL library, sent some shockwaves down the software industry. It also revealed some misconceptions about Open Source software that many people assume are common sense but are not necessarily true. 1) Linus’s Law “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” – Eric Raymond Linus’s law claims that given enough users using it and developers reviewing its code, flaws in open-source code will be revealed and eventually fixed, resulting in a more correct and secure code compared to closed / proprietary software. The book…
  • How open, commodity hardware is the next big thing

    Eran Galperin
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    In the late 90s and early 2000s, the availability and maturity of open and free stack of web technologies greatly reduced the barrier of developing web-based software. Most of today’s big web companies were built on an open stack, including sites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter and others that created amazing value from open-source technologies. We’re now seeing the same thing happening with hardware – with Open-Source hardware becoming widely available at commodity prices. This change allows for a much greater pace of innovation and iteration in a field that typically required…
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    Rehan Jaffer
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:11 pm
    Being a professional is more than being a good craftsman. If there’s one key point you should take away from this article, it’s that perceptions matter, and probably quite a lot more than you think. In one study from the medical field, nurses with white uniforms were rated by adults as more professional. Another demonstrated how even a handshake unconsciously causes people to make personality judgements. Software development is a service, and as service providers it’s important to be mindful of the people we are serving. While you shouldn’t go too far and become…
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    Eran Galperin
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:20 pm
    A few days ago, Richard Stallman published an article on Wired titled “Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before“. He raises some interesting points in his typical high and mighty flair, about how open source (or as he would rather – free software) could help prevent some of the widespread online spying that has been revealed recently. This post spawned multiple online debates, which typically devolved into “free software” vs. “open source” debates, or pro and against Richard Stallman (RMS for short). I think it’s fair to say that…
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    Eran Galperin
    9 Jul 2013 | 6:16 pm
    It’s 2013 and everyone and their grandma are using software in one form of another. The software market is one of the fastest growing, and appropriately software developers are in hot demand. Or so it would seem. Despite the software industry being a huge market (it is) and the media making a big noise about the lack of programming talent (there isn’t), a lot of good developers are struggling to make a decent living. There are several reasons for that – location (outside of a tech hub), skills (not in the current “hot” list of HR personnel or “trendy” startups), self-promotion…
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    7 Feb 2014 | 7:50 am
    Nearly missed this article in last week's Sunday Times. No online version unfortunately, so here are a few extracts. - In it the journalist John Kennedy interviews Red Hat's Phil Andrews, VP for Northern and Eastern Europe.
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    5 Feb 2014 | 1:46 am
    'A good catch-word can obscure analysis for fifty years'. - This quote is from a Mr. Wendell Wilkie (the dark horse Republican Party nominee for the 1940 presidential election, where he crusaded against the inefficiency and anti-business policies of the New Deal). - No doubt the term 'Cloud' has become such a buzz-word (catch-word), and sometimes raises hackles.
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    31 Jan 2014 | 12:50 am
    "KPI" stands for "Key Performance Indicator"... How do you focus in on the most important ones? - The "Voice of the Customer" concept from Six Sigma aids to prioritise and continually re-prioritise the set of metrics that most impacts on customer satisfaction.
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