Full Circle #113 has landed!

This month: * Command & Conquer * How-To : Python, Connecting Linux PCs, and Program With FreePascal * Graphics : Inkscape * Linux Labs: Syd Bolton’s PC Museum * Review: GNU Cash * Ubuntu Games: Stardew Valley plus: News, Q&A, and soooo much more. Get it while it’s hot: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-113/

Monthly News – September 2016

Many thanks to you all for your help, support and donations. This month has been very exciting for us because the release cycle was over, the base jump to the new LTS base was achieved, we had plenty of ideas to implement, nothing got in our way and we could focus on development. Not only […]

Meet ORWL. The first open source, physically secure computer

If someone has physical access to your computer with secure documents present, it’s game over! ORWL is designed to solve this as the first open source physically secure computer. ORWL (pronounced or-well) is the combination of the physical security from the banking industry (used in ATMs and Point of Sale terminals) and a modern Intel-based […]

The Making of the Nextcloud Box

This is a guest post by Jos Poortvliet, Marketing and Communications Manager from Nexcloud. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact ubuntu-devices@canonical.com The story of the Nextcloud box – a feature in our upcoming webinar – learn more here. In 2010, Frank Karlitschek founded the ownCloud project to provide an alternative […]

Mintbox Mini Pro

The Mintbox Mini just got better! The new model is called “Mintbox Mini Pro”, it’s just as small as the original Mintbox Mini but with much better specifications. Here’s a quick comparison between the two models: Mintbox Mini Mintbox Mini Pro SSD mSATA 64GB 120GB RAM 4GB 8GB Chipset A4-Micro 6400T A10-Micro 6700T Graphics Dual […]

Learning to snap with codelabs

I always felt that learning something new, especially new concepts and workflows usually works best if you see it first-hand and get to do things yourself. If you experience directly how your actions influence the system you’re working with, the new connections in your brain form much more quickly. Didier and I talked a while […]

Canonical joins Linaro and co-founds LITE project

Canonical joins Linaro as one of the founding members of the LITE project, fostering collaboration and interoperability in the  IoT and embedded space. “Linaro the collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today announced the launch of the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group. Working in collaboration with industry leaders, […]

Some Lenovo PCs can’t run Linux (update: Microsoft response)

Lenovo just can’t seem to avoid troubles with its PC firmware. Linux users are worried that some of Lenovo’s PCs, such as variants of the Yoga 710 and Yoga 900, aren’t allowing them to install their preferred operating system. They note that the systems’ solid-state drives use a RAID mode that Linux doesn’t understand. That’s

Rocket.chat, a new snap is landing on your Nextcloud box and beyond!

Last week Nextcloud, Western Digital and Canonical launched the Nextcloud box, a simple box powered by a Raspberry Pi to easily build a private cloud storage service at home . With the Nextcloud box, you are already securely sharing files with your colleagues, friends, and/or family. The team at Rocket.chat has been asking “Why not […]

Android Banking Trojan First to Gain Root Privileges

Developers behind an Android banking Trojan have fortified the malware with an exploit to help it gain root privileges; this is the first time a mobile banker that tries to obtain root privileges has been seen in the wild. Researchers detected the Tordow Trojan in February, but attackers have apparently tweaked it over the last

Monitoring “big software” stacks with the Elastic Stack

Big​ ​Software​ ​is​ ​a​ ​new​ ​class​ ​of​ ​application.​ ​It’s​ ​composed​ ​of​ ​so​ ​many moving​ ​pieces​ ​that​ ​humans,​ ​by​ ​themselves,​ ​cannot​ ​design,​ ​deploy​ ​or operate​ ​them.​ ​OpenStack,​ ​Hadoop​ ​and​ ​container-based​ ​architectures​ ​are all​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​​Big​ ​Software​. Gathering​ ​service​ ​metrics​ ​for​ ​complex​ ​big​ ​software​ ​stacks​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​chore Especially​ ​when​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​warehouse,​ ​visualize,​ […]

Leostream Joins Canonical’s Charm partner programme

Leostream Corporation, a leading developer of hosted desktop connection management software, has joined the Charm partner programme to facilitate the deployment of virtual desktops on Ubuntu OpenStack. The partner program helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s model driven operations system, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on any public or private cloud, as […]

Low Graphics Mode in Unity 7

Unity 7 has had a low graphics mode for a long time but recently we’ve been making it better. Improvements have been made to reduce the amount of visual effects that are seen while running in low graphics mode.  At a high level this includes things like: Reducing the amount of animation in elements such as the window switcher, launcher and menus […]

Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers Ubuntu OpenStack support included with Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage enterprise-grade support offering. Ubuntu OpenStack is the only OpenStack offered by a commercial Linux distributor that supports IBM Power Systems today. LONDON, U.K, September 19, 2016: Canonical announces today that […]

Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’ Linux Distro Released, Based On Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 ‘Jessie’

Q4OS is a Debian-based open source Linux distribution that comes with Trinity desktop environment, which is forked from KDE. The latest release, Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’, improves the previous version and fixes the bugs reported by users. The existing Q4OS 1.6 or 1.6.1 OS users are advised to update their systems to the latest version. Last

DualToy Windows Trojan Attacks Android, iOS Devices

A Windows Trojan called DualToy has been discovered that can side load malicious apps onto Android and iOS devices via a USB connection from an infected computer. Researchers from Palo Alto Networks said DualToy has been in existence since January 2015, and it originally was limited to installing unwanted apps and displaying mobile ads on

Nextcloud Box – a private cloud and IoT solution for home users

Companies launch Raspberry Pi-based device to enable consumers greater control over their data Stuttgart, Germany – September 16, 2016 – Nextcloud, Canonical and WDLabs, are today launching the Nextcloud Box, a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform giving consumers a way to take back control over their personal data. Nextcloud Box […]

The Future Of Your Smart Home

You can’t hide from the Internet of Things [IoT] any more. IoT is mentioned in the press almost weekly now, if not daily. Even your grandmother is talking about IoT. Smart thermostats, devices that listen to and understand you, buttons you push to get products delivered, smart televisions, fridges, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, drones, robots […]

Why open source matters to the IoT market

With everything becoming connected through IoT, security will be key to its success. And the best way to secure a system is to allow anybody to inspect the code and contribute a patch. The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to become a $4-11 trillion market by 2025, contributing 11% to the global economy, […]

Big Data Gets Super-Fast with Ubuntu on Bigstep Metal Cloud

Bigstep gains Ubuntu Public Cloud certification Ubuntu Server images are optimized for performance, security, dependability on Bigstep Metal Cloud, with enterprise security updates Ubuntu Advantage support available through the Bigstep console CHICAGO, U.S and LONDON, U.K. Sept 14 – Bigstep, the big data cloud provider, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the leading platform and […]