Samba Server Installation and Configuration on CentOS 7

Samba Server Installation and Configuration on CentOS 7

This guide explains how to configure samba server on CentOS 7 with anonymous�and secured samba servers. Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

Android Sets iPhone Cloning Factory in Motion

Chinese company Wico has cloned the yet-to-be-released iPhone 6, if a pair of videos can be believed. “The similarities are eerily close,” said Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC, to the extent that the casual observer “may just simply accept this as an iPhone.” There are slight differences on the sides, such as the volume and power buttons and the headphone jacks, as well as the chassis overall, but “it’s not until you place them side by side that you can see the differences,” Llamas noted.

Podcast – Combat Exposed

In the latest in our ‘Exposed’ podcast series, Mod Dean talks to Mods Pi, Daze and Harrison about the future of RuneScape combat.

How to install GlusterFS with a replicated volume over 2 nodes on Ubuntu 14.04

How to�install GlusterFS with a replicated volume over 2 nodes on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial I will explain GlusterFS configuration in Ubuntu 14.04. GlusterFS is an open source distributed file system which provides easy replication over multiple storage nodes. Gluster File System is a distributed filesystem allowing you to create a single volume of storage which spans multiple disks, multiple machines and even multiple data centres.

Zorin OS 9 Screenshot Tour

We are excited to announce the release of Zorin OS 9 Core and Ultimate. The main focus for Zorin OS 9 has been on stability and the refinement of Zorin OS’ wide array of incredible features. Firstly, Zorin OS 9 includes a myriad of updated software and bug fixes to ensure that your computer runs better than ever. New applications such as the Firefox web browser and Rhythmbox music player have also been included in this release. EFI boot support has been added, making it easier to get Zorin OS on newer computers (64-bit only). In addition, we have introduced a new Blue desktop theme to the Zorin Theme Changer in complement to the Light and Dark themes. As Zorin OS 9 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS you can expect to receive continuous software updates until 2019.


KaOS Calms Down KDE

KaOS is an interesting and very efficient Linux distribution built around a refined KDE desktop environment. The KDE integration is much more controlled in KaOS than in other Linux choices. The latest release for this 14-month young Linux distro came in late June. KaOS is a bit of a rarity. It is independent of other distros — not a direct relative of other Linux offshoots. That means it does not rely on repositories developed and maintained by larger Linux communities.

Treasure Hunter – Blast from the Past II

Open Treasure Hunter chests for your chance to win rare, retired items for the next five days.

Mozjpeg 2.0 Improves JPEG Encoding

Mozilla released version 2.0 today of Mozjpeg, its JPEG encoding library based on libjpeg-turbo…

12 Free Ways to Grow your Ecommerce Business

As an ecommerce merchant, you’re always looking for ways to increase revenue and optimize profit. From boosting your site’s traffic to increasing your average order value, there are an overwhelming number of growth opportunities – not to mention that many of these tactics are expensive and time consuming.

That’s why today we’re covering 12 free ways to grow your ecommerce business to help you continually add revenue and solidify your online success.

1. Go the extra mile with customer service

Turn one purchase into repeat and loyal customers when you stand out with exceptional customer service. Bottom line: make customers feel special and important.

Deliver a service that customers will remember:

- Include a handwritten thank you note
- Send follow up emails asking for feedback
- Respond quickly via email, live chat, phone and social media
- Include a special freebie gift in your packages
- Make returns easy with return options

Read these 7 Proven Ways to Improve Customer Satisfaction.

2. Apply psychological pricing

Believe it or not, you have a lot of power over your customers’ purchasing decisions. You set the rules. By implementing psychological pricing on your store, you are strategically pricing your products and promotions to incline customers to spend more.

In this article on Psychological Pricing for Ecommerce, you’ll find details on these 4 effective pricing strategies to help you increase sales.

3. Tap into mobile customers

According to a Forrester study, mobile commerce sales are expected to top $100 Billion in 2014. Get a piece of the pie with, a free extension that seamlessly adds powerful mobile features to your online store to improve key elements of the mobile browsing experience. Once you’ve added to your online store, mobile visitors can search, discover, share and purchase products smoothly from any page of your website.

Did you know: PrestaShop already includes a default responsive theme with full mobile commerce functionality including a smooth mobile check out process. You can also find responsive ecommerce templates on PrestaShop Addons.

4. Integrate winning shipping strategies

Offering shipping incentives is an effective way to increase conversion rates and decrease shopping cart abandonment. Check out these 4 shipping strategies to help you take advantage of the 55% of customers that make a decision to proceed with a purchase based on shipping costs.

Threshold Free Shipping – if you can afford it, do it! Set a threshold for free shipping to ensure it’s worth it i.e. free shipping on orders over $50
Express Delivery – for customers who need their products fast, give them options with 1, 2 or 3 day express shipping
Flat Fee Shipping – effective when you sell similar products that don’t vary too much in weight and size
Free Return Shipping – this technique helps build customer’s shopping confidence

5. Build stickiness with email marketing

By building a stickiness with email marketing, you should be delivering value and incentives, driving traffic to your site, increasing sales and building closer relationship with customers. Here are some examples of email campaigns that will help you do just that:

- Welcome emails for new subscribers
- Monthly newsletters with new products and promotions
- New arrivals for similar products purchased
- Purchase review and feedback request
- Abandoned cart trigger emails
- Milestone events
- Encourage visits from dormant customers

For inspiration, take a look at some of these examples of ecommerce marketing emails that work!

6. Target niche markets

After identifying your customer reach, I’m sure you’ve run into a specific niche market that you are targeting. Whether its college students, expecting mothers or pro golfers, you can definitely break down your target customers into a specific market where you can add value.

By defining a niche market, you’ll be able to do a lot more with a small budget. Focus on ways that will genuinely engage them through social networks, online content, guest blogging and social influencers. Targeting niche markets is a great way to stay focused on profitable marketing campaigns with higher chances of becoming successful.

7. Enhance the shopping experience with cross selling

Let customers find absolutely everything they’re looking for right on your shop and increase your average cart value while you’re at it. Cross sell products effectively on product pages by including a section such as: “Customers who bought this item also bought,” “frequently bought together,” or “complete the look.”

Many online shops also use cross selling through “look books” or “inspiration” pages that create an entire look or setting using products from the shop. Ikea is a great example. See how they stage a room with their products and allow you to view all the products individually.

8. Consider offering a subscription service

Looking for a way to increase recurring revenue? Ecommerce subscription services are all the craze right now and it’s not too late for you to jump on board. Whether you want to start offering monthly gift boxes or automated reorders, it’s a great way to grow your business and keep profits steady.

Read this article Why Offer a Subscription Service for your Ecommerce Site to see if it’s a good business model for your online store.

9. Connect with online influencers

Reach out to the major online influencers in your industry. Are you selling apparel and accessories? Get in touch with fashion bloggers and send them samples of your products to incentivize them to write about you. These online influencers have a major following of readers who are already interested in your type of products. Also, when they add a link pointing to your online store, this is called a “backlink” or an “Inbound Link” which is extremely helpful for your SEO.

Take a look at KISSmetrics Guide to Influencer Targeting to learn how to find the ideal influencers to promote your business.

10. Leverage under the radar SEO efforts

SEO can be a complicated topic for ecommerce merchants, but here are 3 simple ways to improve your rankings on search results that you may not know about.

Customer reviews – creates user generated content for your site, adding keywords and phrases used by customers.

Regularly updated section of your homepage – consider including your most recent blog posts or twitter posts.

Product comparison pages – adds relevant internal links to your top selling products.

11. Enter the blogosphere

Perfect follow up for under the radar SEO efforts. A blog will allow you to produce unique content that includes highly relevant keywords and links to your product pages.

Write blog post articles that will interest your target market and attract them to shop on your site. Develop an editorial calendar each month that will establish your brand as a leader in the industry. Make sure to always keep your audience in mind.

HubSpot shares 3 successful blogging topics for ecommerce websites including: how products are used, news about the general product and industry and promotions/giveaways.

12. Run limited time promotions

If you’re looking to grow your profits quickly, running flash sales from time to time is a great way to drive a stampede of traffic to your site. Through email marketing, social media and landing pages, you can promote limited time offers to encourage shoppers to make impulse purchases. Take a look at some of these examples of flash sales to inspire your next promotion:

- Get 20% off before it’s all gone
- Dress like a celebrity for under $50 today ONLY
- FREE shipping on orders placed before midnight
- One day left to enjoy 25% off the entire store
- One day sale – save $100 on your purchase

Discover The Secret to Creating Irresistible Marketing Offers that will make shoppers say “yes!” to purchasing your products.

Start growing your ecommerce business today without spending a dime. Not using an ecommerce software that lets you do all of the above? Try the PrestaShop demo or download PrestaShop for FREE today and start running a profitable online store with innovative built-in marketing features.

GNOME: GNOME foundation welcomes newly elected Board of Directors

The GNOME foundation is happy to welcome its new GNOME Board of Directors who were recently elected
for the 2014-2015 term.

The new board consists of the following new members: Karen Sandler, Jeff Fortin, Andrea Veri while Ekaterina Gerasimova, Sriram Ramkrishna, Tobias Mueller and Marina Zhurakhinskaya continues to serve. All Board members are key contributors and together represents the diversity of the GNOME community .

“The very first feelings I had when I was elected on the Board of Directors have not only been a great joy and pleasure but also a strong motivation and spirit of responsibility for what concerns the decisions and dedication every Board member should be enlightened with during his yearly commitment” -Andrea Veri

Serving on the board is very a challenging task that involve many difficult decisions, we wish the new board the best of luck in the the upcoming year.

The Foundation wants to express a special thanks to the outgoing board members: Andreas Nilsson who served as President, Joanmarie Diggs who served as Vice President and Emmanuele Bassi who served as Secretary. We also want to thank the candidates who were not elected this time, as this was a particularly heated election, with a lot of great discussion about the future of GNOME.

The new board will officially take their positions at the upcoming GUADEC conference that takes place 25 July – 01 August in Strasbourg, France.

The GNOME Board of Directors is elected annually by the foundation members, every foundation member are eligible to run for the board. More info about the board are available on the foundation website.

Raspberry Pi B+ – Still Slow, But A Small Improvement

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced today the launch of the Raspberry Pi Model B+ as the final evolution of the original RPi board while still costing $35 USD…

Debian 7.6 Release Takes Care Of Security Problems

Debian 7.6 was released this weekend as the latest “Wheezy” release to mainly address security problems and other important bug fixes…

Contacts and events everywhere – successful syncing between thunderbird and android with Baikal

Contacts and events everywhere – successful syncing between thunderbird and android with Baikal

I got a new Android phone lately and was wondering how to handle my life. New phone, new chances, new life ;-)

I have a lots of contacts. I used to store addresses in an openLDAP server, but I found these hard to manage especially since Ubuntu 14.04 does not ship “luma” anymore! I used to run radicale, but I did not manage to fix my sync-performance issues.

Wesnoth 1.11.16 (1.12 beta 6): Development Release

Our fifteenth (properly announced) development release in this series, Wesnoth 1.11.16, is finally here! As should be expected of a new beta release after such a long delay, this version delivers a large number of bug fixes and improvements made since version 1.11.15. Check the forum thread with the full announcement and release notes for a brief description of the most notable items.
As with previous releases, we also offer two versions of the changelog: a trimmed-down players changelog including only those items considered to be relevant in regular gameplay, and a (relatively) more complete and technical full changelog with more detailed contents.
The source code, Windows, OS X, and OpenPandora packages are already available on the downloads page. You may also find packages for other platforms there as they become available.
Bear in mind that this is a beta version for the next stable series — as such, it is likely to be affected by bugs that you should report so we can fix them before 1.12.0!
You may comment on this release in the forums.

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Linux Terminal: inxi – a full featured system information script

Sometimes it’s useful to know which components you are using on a GNU/Linux computer or server, you can go with the long way, taking a look at the boot message for all the hardware discovered, use some terminal commands such as lsusb,lspci or lshw or some graphical tools such as hardinfo (my favourite graphical tool) or Inex/CPU-G.
But I’ve discovered on my Linux Mint, that, by default, I’ve now a new option: inxi
inxi it’s a full featured system information script wrote in bash, that easily will show on a terminal all the info of your system.

Inxi comes pre-installed with SolusOS, Crunchbang, Epidemic, Mint, AntiX and Arch Linux but as it is a bash script it works on a lot of other distributions. Although it is intended for use with chat applications like IRC it also works from a shell and provides an abundance of information, It is is a fork of locsmif’s largely unmaintained yet very clever, infobash script. inxi is co-developed, a group project, primarily with trash80 on the programming side.
Inxi works on Konversation, Xchat, irssi, Quassel, as well as on most other IRC clients. Quassel includes (usually an older version of) inxi.
Installation is as easy as downloading and chmoding a file.
Inxi is present in the default repository of most distros so you can install it (if you are missing it) with these commands:

# Ubuntu/Debian users
$ sudo apt-get install inxi
# CentOS/Fedora users
$ sudo yum install inxi
# Arch
$ sudo pacman -s inxi

If inxi is not present on your distro, then you can install it by following the instructions here

Basic Usage
Just open a terminal (with a normal user) and give the command inxi, this will show up the basic information of your system (in colors !!), something like this:

linuxaria@mint-desktop ~ $ inxi
CPU~Dual core Intel Pentium CPU G620 (-MCP-) clocked at 1600.000 Mhz

Read more at Linux Aria

MPV 0.4.1 Brings Various Bug Fixes

The MPlayer-forked MPV multimedia software is out with a new stable release…

Distribution Release: Chitwanix OS 1.5

Chitwanix OS is a Linux distribution developed by a community of Linux developers in Nepal. Based on Ubuntu and featuring a desktop environment called Sagarmatha (a fork of Cinnamon), the distribution’s second stable release, version 1.5, was announced today: “The team is proud to announce the release of….

While The Future Looks Towards Systemd, Upstart 1.13 Released

While Ubuntu Linux looks towards switching to systemd in the next year or two, a new version of Upstart has been released with Ubuntu still being dependent upon init daemon software…

Phoronix Test Suite 5.2.1 Adds Support for Linux Deepin

Michael Larabel had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago, July 11, the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release for the 5.2 branch of his popular Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

Phoronix Test Suite 5.2.1 adds VDPAU as a dependency to xorg-video, no longer checks the for credentials if no Internet connection is available, and fixes a couple of minor graph alignment issues.

In addition, this first maintenance release of Phoro… (read more)

New IoT Group to Get Devices Talking Among Themselves

Half a dozen companies this week launched the Open Interconnect Consortium to define the connectivity requirements and improve the interoperability of some 200 billion devices expected to make up the Internet of Things by 2020. The consortium will focus on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.