Red Hat Shake-up, Desktop Users, and Outta Time

Our top story tonight is the seemingly sudden resignation of Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens. In other news, John C. Dvorak says "Linux has run out of time" and Infoworld.com says there may be problems with Red Hat Enterprise 7. OpenSource.com has a couple of interesting interviews and Nick Heath has five big names that use Linux on the desktop. In a late afternoon press release, Red Hat announced the resignation of long-time CTO Brian Stevens. Paul Cormier will be handling CTO duties until Stevens’ replacement is named. No reason for the sudden resignation was given although CEO Whitehurst said, "We want to thank Brian for his years of service and numerous contributions to Red Hat’s business. We wish him well in his future endeavors." However, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says some rumors are flying. One says friction between Stevens and Cormier caused the resignation and others say Stevens had higher ambitions than Red Hat could provide. He’d been with Red Hat since 2001 and had been CTO at Mission Critical Linux before that according to Vaughan-Nichols who also said Stevens’ Red Hat page was gone within seconds of the announcement. Speaking of Red Hat, InfoWorld.com has a review of RHEL

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Optimize your Linux rig for top-notch writing

I[he]#039[/he]m a big fan of Scott Nesbitt[he]#039[/he]s writing, which has a technological bent, but is usually more about working effectively, rather than how tools can make you effective, which is a key distinction. Scott[he]#039[/he]s setup reflects his focus on production rather than tweaking. He has his work tools and everything else is pretty much white noise—which is why LXDE/Lubuntu probably makes a lot of sense for his workflow.

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Kano’s Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That


Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. It took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days. Barely one year later, Kano is getting ready to deliver 18,000 preordered kits purchased for $129 each. The idea behind Kano Blocks came from the then 6-year-old son of cofounder Saul Klein.

Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved…

Distribution Release: Absolute Linux 14.10

Paul Sherman has announced the release of Absolute Linux 14.10, a new version of the project’s lightweight desktop distribution based on Slackware Linux 14.1 (with updates from Slackware’s “Current” tree) and featuring the IceWM window manager: “Absolute 14.10 released. This is a ‘first’ release based upon Slackware Linux….

Treasure Hunter – Ace of Trades

Open Treasure Hunter chests over the next 12 days to win skilling cards to complete for big XP rewards!

Fedora 21 Will Try To Release Before Thanksgiving

Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build…

Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we’ve known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn’t too far off…

Linux Doesn’t Need to Own the Desktop

Linus Torvalds issued Linux 3.17 rc-2 on Monday of this week, and he deviated from his normal schedule in doing so, because August 25 happens to mark the 23rd anniversary of the original Linux announcement. "Hello everybody out there using minix," Torvalds wrote. Meanwhile, PCMag.com has proclaimed that Linux has run out of time. But isn’t it true that the endless discussions of whether Linux is a success on the desktop are moot? Linux is in supercomputers and cars, it formed the basis for Android and is the most popular platform to run emerging cloud platforms like OpenStack on–just to name a few of its successes. The desktop is not the only battleground for Linux. Jon Buys took note of specialization and the Linux desktop in a recent post, where he wrote: "Recently, IT World asked “Does it still make sense for Linus to want the desktop for Linux?”, and Matt Asay from Tech Repubic asked “Can we please stop talking about the Linux desktop?”. Both publishers are critical of the claim that there is still room for Linux on Personal Computers, and point to Android as a Linux success story…What both articles miss though is that the flexibility

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How to secure a LAMP server on CentOS or RHEL

LAMP is a software stack composed of Linux (an operating system as a base layer), Apache (a web server that “sits on top” of the OS), MySQL (or MariaDB, as a relational database management system), and finally PHP (a server-side scripting language that is used to process and display information stored in the database). In […]Continue reading…The post How to secure a LAMP server on CentOS or RHEL appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to install LAMP server on Ubuntu How to install and configure Cacti on Linux How to set up MailScanner, Clam Antivirus and SpamAssassin in CentOS mail server How to set up a transparent HTTPS filtering proxy on CentOS How to monitor failed ssh login attempts on CentOS

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How To Recover Data From An Encrypted Harddisk On Boot Failure With Ubuntu 14.04

How to recover data from an encrypted harddisk on boot failure with Ubuntu 14.04This document describes how to recover an encrypted harddisk in a failed boot device for Ubuntu 14.04 Server. This method will work for Ubuntu Desktop also. This is a very havoc situation when the distro fails to boot and we have our important data inside the distro. If the harddisk is not encrypted then we can easily retrieve our data with the help of live-cds or live-USB boot devices, but if the harddisk was encrypted then situation becomes little hectic. I will cover the topic for encrypted harddisk data retrieval from Ubuntu distros.

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New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

An open-source project that’s currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system’s monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux…

Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works…

NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too…

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

With this year’s Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE’s Plasma Active being ported to KF5…

Mono 3.6 Officially Released

Mono, a portable and open source implementation of the .NET framework for Unix and other operating systems, has reached version 3.6. The developers are saying that "Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime. A growing family of solutions and an active and enthusiastic contributing community are helping position Mono to become the leading choice for development of cross platform applications.&quot… (read more)

Meet Cornelius Schumacher – Akademy Keynote Speaker

Cornelius Schumacher
photo by Michal Kubeček

At Akademy 2014, outgoing KDE e.V. Board President Cornelius Schumacher will give the community keynote. He has attended every Akademy and has been amazed and inspired at every one of them. If you want more of what KDE can bring to your life, Cornelius’s talk is the perfect elixir.

Here are glimpses of Cornelius that most of us have never seen. They give a sense of what has made him a successful leader of KDE for several years.

Behind the KDE scene
Food?
I like eating, and I like cooking. I’m a recipe type of cook, so I have a large collection of cook books. At the moment Jamie Oliver is one of the favorites in my family. Especially his 30 minute menus fascinate me in terms of well-thought-through procedures. Sometimes I feel the urge to revolutionize the way recipes are presented, though. Especially these kind of sophisticated procedures such as the 30 minutes menus deserve a more accurate and consumable way of being presented, don’t they? I see something like flow diagrams in my mind. But that’s another project at another time…

Favorite beer?
I’m glad that you asked. I feel lucky to live in a region where the variety and quality of beer is so fabulous that there really is no excuse for drinking bad beer. One of my favorites is Kuchlbauer Weißbier. It’s one of the tastiest beers I know, and the brewery is a piece of art in itself. They have a tower dedicated to the idea of beer done as a project with the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. There is an installation of beer dwarves in their cellar, as well as a full-size reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, along with some interpretation by the founder of the brewery himself. Kind of crazy, but absolutely worth a visit.

Who are you when you are not at work?
The energy from food and beer I don’t use for my job or KDE, I spend on one of my bicycles. My career as bicycle racer started and ended with the one race I did when I was sixteen. But I still enjoy going by bike whenever I can. My rough estimate is that I have done something like 100,000 km in total by bike in my life up to now.

What’s your tech setup?
I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. I have a stack of computers and devices which have accumulated over the years; some feel gigantic today. What I actually use these days is my current desktop—which is optimized to be silent, and a small laptop I mostly use for traveling. All my computers run openSUSE, which I discovered when it was delivered on floppy disks, and which is still one of the best systems out there.

Recently an Android tablet has sneaked into my life. It is a great device for some things. I only wish there would be more KDE software on it.

Why should someone attend Akademy?
Akademy is the place to be to see the KDE community in action. It’s always so amazing to see the high level of community KDE operates on. This hasn’t changed at all over the years. I have attended all Akademies and I haven’t experienced a single one which didn’t amaze me.

The level of energy is incredibly high, and the common passion for writing free software brings together such a diverse group of people. It is an example of what can be achieved by bringing together the right factors of motivation, people who are driven by a common idea, the environment, which allows these people to get stuff done.

Being at Akademy always feels like there are no limits to what a person can do.

Why should someone attend your talk?
I will tell how to become a better person through KDE. KDE is a tremendously supportive environment for growth, and I think we sometimes don’t recognize or value that enough. It is worth having a closer look at what happens there and why KDE is such a supportive environment.

I will also tell parts of my personal story, how KDE altered my life. I have been around for quite a while, and I have seen many things that illustrate how KDE facilitates growth. And I do have some embarrassing photos from the past, which work very well to prove this point.

What do you see as the most important issues for free and open technology over the next few years?
There are so many and such strong interests in computing from so many sides today that it really is a challenge to maintain the sovereignty and freedom of the individual there. The only way to prevent abuse of technology and harmful consequences of thoughtless use is to put a strong foundation of values under it and create examples and implementations of how to do things in the right way to protect people. Free software does both of those, so we have to make sure it continues to deliver on them.

What is distinctive and important about FOSS and about KDE in particular?
FOSS provides an environment which is tailored to stimulate the best that we can do with technology. It uses the right mechanisms to bring to the surface what good people can do. KDE has cultivated that to an amazing degree. It shows that we have done that for many, many years, and that we have learned one or two lessons about what works and what doesn’t.

Torvalds or Stallman?
I respect and value both of them. Richard for the clarity of thought and the strong vision he provides, Linus for his technical brilliance. If I had to choose, I would choose Richard, though. While I wouldn’t want to live without Linux or Git, I do think that technology in itself is not sufficient. It does have to serve a purpose.

Akademy 2014 Brno

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest FOSS communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, propose and consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the following year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work to bring those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, or looking to begin using it.

If you are someone who wants to make a difference with technology, Akademy 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic is the place to be.

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Convert from MP3 to WAV and WAV to MP3 using Linux Mint

This is a quick guide showing how to convert from WAV to MP3 and vice versa using the command line and the Gnome Audio Converter (Gnac).

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Ubuntu Next with Unity 8 and Mir on the Desktop – Screen Tour

Canonical is planning to bring the Unity 8 to the desktop, but it will take a while until this task is accomplished. Until then, users can test the new Ubuntu Next images, which incorporate Unity 8 and the Mir display server. Ubuntu developers have been working very hard on the new Unity 8 desktop environment, but their progress has been limited so far on the mobile phones. With the work that’s being done for Ubuntu Touch RTM and Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), the implementation of the … (read more)

Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (Utopic Unicorn) to Arrive in a Couple of Days

Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (Utopic Unicorn) is expected to arrive this week and various Ubuntu flavors will make their appearance. This release window is only used by a few Ubuntu flavors and not even the base operating system will be making an appearance. Canonical no longer provides intermediary releases of their system, with the exception of a final Beta that arrives a few weeks before the official version is launched. They do, however, provide daily images for Ubuntu, which reflect very well th… (read more)