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+ - Tim O'Reilly On Big Data, Social Networks And The Future of Print

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "How do we take advantage of big data without putting our privacy at risk? Should everyone be able to code? And how much life is still in the market for printed books and publications? Linux Voice put these questions to Tim O'Reilly, the founder of O'Reilly media, and the man who helped to popularise the terms Open Source and Web 2.0. Despite the amount of "free" (or advert-supported) content out there, O'Reilly still believes there's plenty of money to be made: "I think that the willingness of people to pay for things that delight them will not go away.""

+ - Systemd's Lennart Poettering: "We Do Listen To Users" 1

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "Systemd is ambitious and controversial, taking over a large part of the GNU/Linux base system. But where did it come from? Even Red Hat wasn't keen on it at the start, but since then it has worked its way into almost every major distro. Linux Voice talks to Lennart Poettering, the lead developer of Systemd, about its origins, its future, its relationship with Upstart, and handling the pressures of online flamewars."

+ - Test yourself with a Linux and Free Software quiz

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "Pub quizzes often include sports, film and music categories, but they seldom include technology and/or Linux questions. That's the motivation behind a pub quiz containing 80 purely Linux-related questions just posted over at Linux Voice. It includes questions like "What’s the systemd equivalent to ‘tail -f /var/log/messages’?" and "What does the X represent in Xfce?" and is sure to ruffle a few feathers with its trick answers and arcane scoring system."

+ - Eben Upton Explains The Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "It's cheaper, it's smaller, and it's curvier: the new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is quite a change from its predecessor. But with Model Bs selling more in a month than Model As have done in the lifetime of the Pi, what's the point in releasing a new model? Eben Upton, a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, explains all. “It gives people a really low-cost way to come and play with Linux and it gives people a low-cost way to get a Raspberry Pi. We still think most people are still going to buy B+s, but it gives people a way to come and join in for the cost of 4 Starbucks coffees.”"

+ - Damian Conway On Perl 6 And The Philosophy Of Programming

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "Perl 6 has been in development since 2000. So why, 14 years later, hasn't it been released yet? Linux Voice caught up with Damian Conway, one of the architects of Perl 6, to find out what's happening. "Perl 6 has all of the same features [as Perl 5] but with the rough edges knocked off of them", he says. Conway also talks about the UK's Year of Code project, and how to get more people interested in programming."

+ - Become a Linux Kernel Hacker And Write Your Own Module

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "It might sound daunting, but kernel hacking isn't a mysterious black art reserved for the geekiest of programmers. With a bit of background knowledge, anyone with a grounding in C can implement a new kernel module and understand how the kernel works internally. Linux Voice explains how to write a module that creates a new device node, /dev/reverse, that reverses a string when it's written to it. Sure, it's not the most practical example in the world, but it's a good starting point for your own projects, and gives you an insight into how it all fits together."

+ - How Munich switched 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's one of the biggest migrations in the history of Linux, and it made Steve Ballmer very angry: Munich, in south west Germany, has completed its transition of 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux. It has saved money, fuelled the local economy, and improved security. Linux Voice talked to the man behind the migration, and is making the PDF article free (CC-BY-SA) so that everyone can send it to their local councillors and encourage them to investigate Linux."
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+ - Linux Voice passes its crowdfunding target-> 1

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "The team that quit Linux Format magazine to launch a competitor that pledges 50% of profits back to the Free Software community, plus the release of all its content as CC-BY-SA after nine months, have hit their ambitious £90,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding target.

The campaign now includes endorsements from Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the Gnome Foundation, Eben Upton, Founder of the Raspberry Pi and Simon Phipps, President of the OSI, with the first issue promised for February 2014."

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+ - Linux Voice gets endorsed by Raspberry Pi

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "The Raspberry Pi folks have given their support to Linux Voice, the dead tree and digital Linux/Free Software magazine from the editorial team previously behind Linux Format.

In a blog post, Liz Upton explained that this was in part because the team put the Pi on the cover of their previous magazine the day the Pi launched, as well as their commitment to giving away profts and releasing their content under the CC-BY-SA licence.

"We’re very excited about this project. We know the team, and they’ve got some great writers and editors on board with a huge breadth and depth of domain knowledge and experience. These are the people who first put an article about Raspberry Pi on newsstands." wrote Liz."

+ - Linux Magazine Team Quits, Launches New Profit-Donating Mag

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What happens when the editorial team of the biggest-selling English Linux magazine get frustrated? They leave their company, and start a new one. Most of the writers behind Linux Format have jumped ship and started Linux Voice, a social enterprise magazine which will donate 50% of its profits back to the community, and freely license its content under Creative Commons after 9 months. They're running a fundraiser on Indiegogo with already a quarter reached. Will this shake up the whole publishing industry?"

+ - Linux Voice Aiming to be Different

Submitted by yenrabbit
yenrabbit (2746763) writes "A crowd funding campain went live today for a new magazine — Linux Voice. Begun by three members of the editorial team responsible for Linux Format who left because

we wanted to do something different. We want to create an even better magazine; a bigger, more entertaining and more accountable magazine for the community we love to serve. The magazine we want to make is called Linux Voice.

What makes this interesting is the mission behind the magazine — their plan revolves around giving back to the community (to the tune of 50% of the profits) and providing reader-oriented content as affordably as possible. In a world where print media seems to be going out of fashion, will this new approach succeed? Drop your opinion in the comments, or show them some support through their Indiegogo campaign."

+ - Choose the perfect Linux distro->

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "Over on TuxRadar.com, they've put together a script that claims it will choose your perfect Linux distro from a group of input parameters. Select 99% desktop, 99% Gnome, with a preference for bleeding edge, and you'll be offered Debian whilst those that prefer stability will be told to use CentOS. Results are taken from a pool of 50 different distributions and include background data and links."
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Education

+ - Poor IT skills in UK potentially solved by iPads

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "On the BBC’s news site, Rapper William James Adams has spoken out about IT education in the UK. Infact, not only has he spoken about it, he's put his money where his mouth is and ponied up half a million quid to buy computers for disadvantaged youngsters. However, there seems to be some confusion among IT decision makers on how best to spend the money. Valerie Thompson from the E-Learning Foundation, which aims to provide learning technologies to children both at home and at school, is quoted as saying, "That [donation] would buy 2,000 children an iPad, and we've got 750,000 children who can't get online at home." Yet the same sum could be used to buy tens of thousands of Raspberry Pis, prompting hundreds of comments to the original story, which have in-turn spawned a debate on what CS education actually needs to provide over on TuxRadar.com."
Censorship

+ - UK magazine pulled from US store after a feature on 'hacking'-> 1

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "UK-based Linux Format magazine was pulled from Barnes and Noble bookstores in the US after featuring an article called 'Learn to Hack'. They used 'hack' in the populist security sense, rather than the traditional sense, and the feature — which they put online — was used to illustrate how poor your server's security is likely to be by breaking into it."
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