Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

+ - 6 things you didn't know you could do with VLC->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: VLC is one of those many applications which continue to prove that locking down the source code behind fortress of proprietary software doesn't ensure quality product. VLC is like a Swiss knife which can play virtually all video formats which even official clients for Mac OS X, QuickTime can’t play. It’s undoubtedly the must have app on any platform: whether it be Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Android or iOS. VLC is more commonly known as a video player, however there are many advanced features of VLC which most users are not aware of. This article covers 6 great features of VLC which most of us never knew.
Link to Original Source

+ - Linus Torvalds: I don't care if Terminator robots run on Linux [parody]->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds denied any association or knowledge of Skynet Corporation. During a local Linux conference in Portland, Linus was addressing a small crowd when a reddit user asked if he had been approached by Skynet? Linus, with a faint smile on his face, said ‘no’ while nodding (in yes). Later he posted on his Google + page, “I don’t really care if Skynet uses Linux or not. I still want the desktop.”
Link to Original Source

+ - CrunchBang rises from the ashes->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: An open source project never dies. CrunchBang just showed this. The developers of the project recently announced that they are shutting it down and move on to do other things. The users were suggested to look for alternatives. It didn’t take that long for someone else to take over the helm. A site called CrunchBang Plus Plus is bringing the distro back. They have already made a beta available for testing. They will be using Debian Jesse packages for the distro.
Link to Original Source

+ - Should Linux users worry about no-cost Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi?->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the release of Raspberry Pi 2, the apt successor of their extremely popular credit-card sized computer.And Microsoft is getting on-board with this device. Linux users want a platform that they can tinker, hack and improve by directly contributing the code. None of that is possible with Windows. I remember a discussion with an executive who works in the area of open source in governments and he said that the biggest difference between Microsoft products and open source products is the same as cab drivers and cab owners.
Link to Original Source

+ - Bill Gate' Facebook post shows poor kids taking online classes using Ubuntu->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: I really don’t know if Bill Gates, the created of Windows empire, manages his Facebook page or if it’s been updated by some PR folk. Today some readers caught a Bill Gates’s post about his Foundation’s efforts to ‘revolutionize’ learning in schools. The irony of the post was that the picture attached with the post showed kids using Ubuntu Linux.
Link to Original Source

+ - LibreOffice 4.4 is more than just a pretty face->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: LibreOffice (aka LO) is among the best and the most used free (of cost) and open source office suites. The just-announced, brand new version 4.4 boasts some new features and a much needed design overhaul. With the 4.4 release, it looks like the developers have cleaned up the code enough to deal with the design of the product. The new LibreOffice not only shows a sleeker toolbar, it has also added a side panel; similar to the one found of IBM Lotus Notes which also inspired Calligra Suite by the KDE community.
Link to Original Source

+ - Linus Torvalds: Apple's HFS+ is probably the worst file-system ever->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: It’s been long since we heard a good rant from Linus Torvalds. Linux doesn't rant much, but when he does he hits the nail and he doesn't mince worlds and this time he targeted Apple's HFS+. Linus says, "The true horrors of HFS+ are not in how it’s not a great filesystem, but in how it’s actively designed to be a bad filesystem by people who thought they had good ideas."
Link to Original Source

+ - 5 major Linux appearances at CES 2015-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: We saw Linux invasion at CES 2015. It's exciting to see different companies using different operating systems based on Linux. The big story were: Panasonic to use Firefox OS for their smart TVs, Samsung putting Tizen on their TVs, Intel to see Ubuntu powered USB sticks, LG to use WebOS for watches. All of these are different operating systems using the Linux kernel. Never before have we seen so many choices, so much diversity all offered by Linux and Open Source technologies. The year of Linux is here? Already?
Link to Original Source

+ - UX Fails Make Installing Fedora 21 Harder Than It Has To Be->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: Swapnil Bhartiya has posted a handy how-to for installing the new Fedora, a process that is made more problematic due to a couple of UX flaws in the Anaconda installer. First, is the all-but-hidden placement of an error message if the user enters a too-weak password. Second, is the de-selection of the 'user creation' button, which would result in the the installation continuing with only a root user.
Link to Original Source

+ - Fedora 21 Release Review: An Impressive Developer Workstation->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Fedora is undoubtedly a distro more focused towards developers and you will find all the tools that you need. Since Fedora has separated Cloud and Server editions, it makes life easier for everyone. It is possible to choose the appropriate version without having to worry about a system bloated with unnecessary software or having to install a boatload of software to get things moving ahead.

Fedora is certainly a perfect distro for those greenhorn sysadmins who aspire to work on RHEL in the future.

Link to Original Source

+ - Unity 8 will bring 'pure' Linux experience to mobile devices->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: If you have tried the live images of Ubuntu Next you may worry that Canonical is trying to do a Windows 8 with Ubuntu. That's not true. There is no need to worry though: A great deal of work is happening at a deeper level that may not have yet surfaced. It will surface eventually, however. Will Cooke of Canonical clarifies: "We are trying to make it clear that Unity 8 desktop will look like the traditional desktop and will behave like a normal desktop. We are very aware that our users expect a normal desktop there."

Unity 8 will offer the traditional desktop interface when it detects a desktop. The same OS will switch to a touch-based interface on touch-based devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Link to Original Source

"America is a stronger nation for the ACLU's uncompromising effort." -- President John F. Kennedy

Working...