Reading and Writing and Open Source

Digital textbooks with open-licensed content — and sometimes even complete open source textbooks — are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the ubiquity of mobile devices have provided textbook authors and educators with convincing reasons to give students an alternative.

Drupal.org Maintenance: Oct 23rd 14:00 PDT (21:00 UTC)

Drupal.org will be affected by maintenance Thursday, October 23rd 14:00 PDT, 21:00 UTC.
An increase of the MySQL innodb_buffer_pool_size will cause a short downtime for Drupal.org while MySQL is restarted. We plan on a 30 minute window of potential ins…

Using pop-ups for your online store: best practices and examples for 2015

Today we tackle a controversial topic: pop-ups. They have earned themselves a bad reputation as many find them annoying and intrusive. However, they are staging a revival through many popular websites. But do pop-ups really work? Today, we will demonstrate … Read more

5 Holiday Emails Every Ecommmerce Site Should Be Sending

Consumers are going to begin receiving an avalanche of emails for seasonal deals in a matter of weeks–if they haven’t already! We’ve put together 5 emails to help you stand out from the crowd–and 5 tips to keep you from … Read more

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of October 10th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, October 10th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on October 24th, 2014 at 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Rosanna Yuen
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Jeff Fortin
* Karen Sandler
* Andrea Veri
* Sriram Ramkri…

Treasure Hunter: Halloween – From This Weekend

Get ghostweave fabric on Treasure Hunter and make six ghostly outfits. Then, go trick or treating for some sweet in-game rewards!

Ubuntu 15.04 Codename Announced: Vivid Vervet

The development codename of an Ubuntu release takes the form “Adjective Animal”. Initially these weren’t in alphabetic order – until Dapper DRAKE (6.06).Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the next Ubuntu release (15.04): Vivid Vervet:”Vexatious at times, volant and vogie at others, a vervet gets in anywhere and delights in teasing cats and dogs […]

Tor GUI `SelekTOR` Sees New Major Release

SelekTOR, an open source Java-based GUI front-end for Tor, was updated to version 3.12 (now 3.12e) recently and it includes new advanced options as well as a new Tor Monitor panel that shows the Tor client startup info and its current status.For those not familiar with SelekTOR, here’s a quick list of features:automatically sets up […]

Unity Privacy Indicator 0.4 Released With New Privacy Settings

Privacy Indicator was updated recently with new privacy settings, such as enabling / disabling the Ubuntu GeoIP service or storing HUD usage data, clear Alt-F2 history and more.For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.Until this release, the indicator […]

3 Must-Follow Rules For Addressing Your Online Store’s Customer Complaints

Customer complaints are not fun nor are they easy to deal with. However, when handled correctly, these complaints can help you build customer loyalty and improve your business overall. To help you become a master at handling customer complaints, we’ve … Read more

Death’s Door – Halloween Event

Show some ghosts Death’s Door in this year’s Halloween event, and earn ghost-hunting gear as your reward. Play it now in RuneScape!

Wine 1.7.29 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.29 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Support for shaping and BiDi mirroring in DirectWrite.
Some page fault handling fixes.
A few more C runtime functions.
Various bug fixes.

The source is avail…

Development: New feature proposals period end

Hello all,

New feature proposals period end

For more information about 3.15, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.15
page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview …

BTS Video 122 – Halloween Event

Join us – if you dare – for details of this year’s RuneScape Halloween event – Death’s Door – in our latest Behind the Scenes video.

Mozilla and Telefónica Partner to Simplify Voice and Video Calls on the Web

Mozilla is extending its relationship with Telefonica by making it easier than ever to communicate on the Web. Telefónica has been an invaluable partner in helping Mozilla develop and bring Firefox OS to market with 12 devices now available in … Continue reading

Make the World a Better Place! – KDE End of Year 2014 Fundraising

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As we approach the end of the year we begin the season of giving. What would suit the holiday better than giving to the entire world through the KDE Year End 2014 fundraiser?

Here is a unique way to give back to KDE allowing us to keep giving free software to humankind.

By participating in this fundraiser, you’ll be part of the improvements we’ll put into our educational software, so kids can have better tools for school; our office suite, so we have the best tools for the workplace; and our desktop so we can all experience a fun and productive experience when interacting with our computers.

Donating to KDE is not for you, it is for the entire world.

As a way to say thank you, starting with €30 we will send a KDE themed postcard to any given address. You will get an extra card for every additional €10 donation. Get cards for yourself and for your family and friends to show them you care for freedom. It’s the perfect way to spread the festive cheer and donate to your favorite project at the same time.

2014 Holiday Planning Calendar

Once the holiday rush is in full swing, you’ll find yourself juggling customer service, order fulfillment, gift-wrapping, email campaigns, inventory management…and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Prepare for important holiday related dates ahead of time to avoid last … Read more

FlightGear v3.2 Released

The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v3.2 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include an experimental aircraft manager allowing users to download and load aircraft in-sim, a very capable built-in HTTP server, built-in voice synthesizer for ATIS messages, and many improvements to the Canvas rendering framework.

Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute.


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Community Chronicle 16/10

The Latest RuneScape Community News, coming your way with RuneFest pictures and catch-up videos, great bossing ideas and upcoming events to join in with.

Report: Open Source Needs to Get With the Security Program

Open source developers apparently don’t adhere to best practices such as using static analysis and conducting regular security audits, found Coverity’s Spotlight report, released Wednesday. The Coverity Scan service, which is available at no charge to open source projects, helped devs find and fix about 50,000 quality and security defects in code last year.