For users of the BFS scheduler patches to the kernel, they have been updated this week for the Linux 3.13 kernel…
Anyone who lived through the bad old days of compiling software from source on Linux remembers well the frustration of upgrading one package only to find that it breaks another. I like to think that those days are behind us; and, for the most part, they are. Unfortunately, I found myself in an eerily similar situation after patching a CentOS 6 server, and then trying to run a scheduled Perl job. Package managers are the life blood of a Linux distribution. Without them, the entire house of cards starts to fall down. The open nature of Linux lends to many different people working on many different projects, each bit fitting into another bit in just the right way. I always tell the teams I work with, "stay in the box", as much as possible, you should stay within what the distribution you are working with gives you in the package manager. Yes, it might be a bit out of date, but the frustration you save by having a reliable, and upgradeable system is well worth the cost. There are, obviously, times when stepping outside the box is warranted, but do so knowing full well what you are getting
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 7.5, a book that builds on top of the Linux From Scratch (LFS) project by adding additional desktop and server software. From the brief release announcement (as published on the lfs-announce mailing list): “The Linux From….
Ubuntu 14.04 beta 1 brings some changes to GNOME, but the big focus is on maintaining the status quo for this long-term support release.
In today’s open source roundup: Is Ubuntu 14.04 the best Linux distro to replace Windows XP? Plus: Is XFCE better than GNOME or KDE? And a review of Mageia 4.
Following the Krita 2.8 availability, the Calligra 2.8 open-source office suite is now available…
This edition of the Community Chronicle brings you music, events, podcasts, videos, and a cake of epic proportions – right from the RuneScape community!
Unlock a chest on Treasure Hunter from Friday to Monday (GMT) and all lamps and fallen stars won are prismatic – and they grant 50% extra XP!
Fedora contributors from certain nations may face scrutiny by Fedora’s legal department if they reveal their nationality, country of origin, or country of residence; the issue comes down to US export restrictions…
The Xephyr GLAMOR code and code that adds DRI3 support to GLAMOR has been called to be pushed into the xorg-server code-base for X.Org Server 1.16…
We have known for a while now that Fedora 21 won’t be released before August, but it looks like the actual release that’s now being planned won’t happen until the fourth quarter…
The performance of several different Samsung laptop models will soon improve under Linux thanks to an important kernel fix that will appear in the Linux 3.15 kernel. This important patch addresses some ACPI issues and system performance issues for multiple Samsung laptops that have plagued Linux for at least two years…
Thanks to recent work on systemd’s logind, it’s now possible to install the X.Org Server binary without suid root rights while having everything work correctly, assuming you are using KMS drivers…
Did you know that 39% of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Of those who do, The History Channel reports that Americans spend over $4.14 billion on this holiday.
With March 17th right around the corner, create your own luck by following these 7 St. Patrick’s Day marketing tips for E-commerce sales.
1. Use the Color Green, Sparingly
Everyone, and I mean everyone, uses green to promote their St. Patrick’s Day Sale. Instead of plastering green everywhere, stay true to your brand’s look and feel. Customers should be able to recognize your brand through the ad. Take Priceline’s St. Patrick’s Day Deal page for example. They didn’t replace their blue with green nor did they replace the Priceline negotiator with a leprechaun. Simply use pops of green and a few holiday-related images to be festive.
2. Run Weekend Sales
Although St. Patrick’s Day may not be a gift-giving holiday, you can still capitalize on the holiday spirit. Extend the sale dates to include the weekend leading up to the St. Patrick’s Day. This allows partygoers and parade attendees ample time to shop your sale. Conversely, if the holiday lands on a Friday, run the sale through the weekend.
3. Feature Anything St. Patrick’s Day Related
The sky’s the limit. Start with green colored items. Next, try anything relevant to Ireland. If you sell soccer fan gear, offer special discounts for Irish Football Clubs such as Dublin City and Bohemians. If you sell desserts, feature products using Guinness as an ingredient or even Shamrock shaped goodies. Last but not least, use the lucky number 7. Offer $7 products or free shipping with a $77 purchase.
Take PrestaShop powered online shop, Artoyz‘s green product page, for example:
4. Create a Sense of Urgency — NOW
You want customers to shop and you want them to shop now. Create a sense of urgency by giving them timed incentives. For example, “Be the first 10 shoppers to get an additional 7% off.” Or try a happy hour discount: “Shop before 4:00PM to get a (7*7*7)% discount, shop before 7:00PM to get a (7*7)% discount, or shop all weekend long for 7% off.” If you are a PrestaShop user, learn how to set up these St. Patrick’s Day discounts by visiting the Pricing Rules and Vouchers section of our Forum.
5. Let Customers Try their Luck
Sticking with the St. Patrick’s theme, ask customers to try their luck. Recently popularized mystery boxes are a great way to do so. List a mystery box that offers a mix of products. If you’re unable to sell your products in this manner, you can still give customers some ‘luck’ by offering a surprise Gift with Purchase. In either case, be sure to outline the terms in your return policy.
6. Promote your Discounts
Getting a discount is great news! Ask your current social media followers to help spread the word. If possible, incentivize them. Try the following: “Tag your luckiest friend for a chance to win a product!” Still not getting enough traffic? Send the details of your sale to relevant blogs. In exchange for giving the readers a special discount, you’ll get additional traffic to your online store.
Have your sale ready to go? Submit your coupon to RetailMeNot!
7. Measure your Success
Use different coupon codes for each campaign to measure its success. Try FBCLOVER for Facebook, IGLUCKY for instagram, and 17GOLD for e-mails. Unlike our previous tips, you won’t see the immediate benefits. However, by measuring each campaign’s success, you will know where to invest your time and money for future campaigns. You’ll see the benefits long after the excitement dies down.
Which of these marketing tips will you be incorporating into your St. Patrick’s Day Sale? Let us know how lucky our tips are or share your top E-commerce marketing tips in the comments below! Also, stay prepared for upcoming sales opportunities by adding these important shopping dates to your calendar.
Red Hat, increasingly focused on cloud computing, is also drawing a square bead on government organizations and their needs in the cloud. The company has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Region, a branch of Amazon’s cloud platform tailored for U.S. government data and workloads. It’s yet more evidence of how Linux is powering cloud services and deployments. With its proven skill at support, Red Hat may be able to help government bodies move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is already widely deployed in U.S. government agencies. And, it’s a platform that is heavily certified and security tested, which matters in government deployments. Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat, said in a statement: “Government agencies need the ability to quickly access computing resources that clouds like AWS GovCloud (US) provide, while still deploying applications on Red Hat’s secure platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. On AWS GovCloud (US), agencies can use Red Hat Enterprise Linux on demand, paying for only what they use, when they need it. As agencies determine their
Last week we talked about Broadcom finally open-sourcing their VideoCore IV 3D Graphics Stack and it is indeed the real McCoy, but the $10,000 Quake III bounty has yet to be claimed for getting it to work on the Raspberry Pi…
China is a rapidly growing e-commerce market. Actually, China is the fastest growing e-commerce market with an annual growth of 70%.
Every online merchant has a story and Pat Chun’s story began 80 years ago in Hong Kong. With a successful family owned food store selling traditional Chinese products, Pat Chun decided to take their business online 10 years ago. Today, they are still selling their delicious food all over the world using PrestaShop.
Trevor gave me a tour of Pat Chun’s manufacturing facility, watch it in the video!
Next Stop: NEW ZEALAND!
Mesa 10.1 was released this morning as the latest three-month update to this 3D library and graphics driver stack used throughout the Linux desktop ecosystem. With Mesa 10.1 there are tons of improvements, while one of the big highlights is OpenGL 3.3 support for the open-source Radeon and Nouveau drivers.
The big Krita 2.8 release of this KDE oriented open-source digital painting program has been released…