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Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Ubuntu Core beta, a version of Ubuntu for Cloud deployment that comes with snappy a system and application management utility with support for transaction updates, was released just a few hours ago. Though it was made available for testing on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, Mark Shuttleworth said in a blog post that you can download a KVM image of Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud

Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud

Mark Shuttleworth has announced a beta release of Ubuntu Core, a version of Ubuntu server for the Cloud that does not use debs or apt-get for system and software management. What, then, does it use? The new utility that replaces debs and apt-get is called Snappy, which, according to Mark Shuttleworth, introduces a “bullet-proof mechanism for app delivery and system […]

Use Tor Browser, get your computer blacklisted

Use Tor Browser, get your computer blacklisted

For the past few years I’ve been using a URL shortening service called ur1. It is a GPL-licensed URL shorterner from StatusNet Inc.. Why employ the services of goo.gl, t.co and bit.ly If I can do just as well by using a similar service from super-friendly folks? But I was surprised today when I tried to use it from Tor […]

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

I don’t quite remember the last time I used Opera browser, but it’s been a very long time ago. I didn’t even think that the company is still developing a Linux version. So, surprised I was when I read that Opera 26 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Even more surprising is this line from the FAQ about […]

“No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” is as annoying as reCAPTCHA if…

“No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” is as annoying as reCAPTCHA if…

When completing an online form, proving that you’re not a robot can be very annoying. Sometimes even frustrating, especially if the website uses reCAPTCHA or a similar implementation of a system that asks you to decipher some cryptic text. I don’t use reCAPTCHA on this website, but I do encounter it on other websites. So it was heart-warming to learn […]

Devuan, DevOne. Here comes a fork of Debian

Devuan, DevOne. Here comes a fork of Debian

Ha, from ongoing discussions surrounding Systemd/Init in Debian, anybody could have predicted this was going to happen sooner or later. Well, it has happened. A fork of Debian has been announced by the “Veteran Unix Admin collective.” The name of the Debian fork is Devuan, an Italian name that’s pronounced like DevOne. The following is from the groups webpage: Devuan […]

Don’t like the Mozilla/Yahoo deal? Make StartPage your search engine

Don’t like the Mozilla/Yahoo deal? Make StartPage your search engine

Last week Mozilla announced that, starting from December (2014), the default search engine provider in its Firefox Web browser application will be Yahoo, a deal that Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, trumpeted as “the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years.” Yep, the deal is a 5-year strategic partnership that will make Yahoo Search the default search engine in desktop […]

Let’s Encrypt to offer free, automated and open SSL/TLS domain certificates

Let’s Encrypt to offer free, automated and open SSL/TLS domain certificates

Come Summer 2015, webmasters not already using SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt their website’s traffic will be able to do so for free using a single package that automates the whole process of proving to a certificate authority (CA) that they own their domain, getting and installing the certificate and even renewing and revoking it as needed. What is currently a […]

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

For both new and experienced users, most especially for new users, System Settings, Ubuntu‘s graphical management application, offers a simple, point-and-click interface for managing most aspects of the desktop. But there are other aspects of the desktop for which Systems Settings has no modules for. That’s where Unity Tweak Tool comes in. It provides the same simple, point-and-click interface for […]

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

The R statistical and programming language is a single-threaded language, a factor that counts against it when it comes to analyzing massive datasets. HP Labs has launched a platform called Distributed R that makes it possible to analyze such massive datasets using computing resources available to R instances running on multiple computing nodes. It is an open source project hosted […]

Rocker:  Run R in Docker containers

Rocker: Run R in Docker containers

Docker and R? What’s not to like about that combination! Rocker is a new project that offers an alternate system for running the R statistical and programming language in Docker containers. See how the name was derived? Rocker – R and Docker. Nice! Rocker is a project of rOpenSci, which aims to transform science through open data. Rocker is hosted […]

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio (DSS) “is a software platform that aggregates all the steps and big data tools necessary to get from raw data to production ready applications.” In other words, it is an application with a fancy graphical interface that makes it easy to perform analytics and visualizations on data – big and small. Think R language, but with a […]

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0, code-named Lollipop, is the latest edition of the most popular mobile operating system on planet Earth. Along with it, Google’s also releasing a 9-inch version of the Nexus tablet and phablet version of the Nexus smartphone – the Nexus 6. Two features of Android 5.0 that sets it apart from current versions are better security and enterprise features. […]

How to replace LibreOffice with Apache OpenOffice on Fedora 20

How to replace LibreOffice with Apache OpenOffice on Fedora 20

For almost a year now, I’ve seldom had to use any component of LibreOffice, the default Office suite on virtually all desktop Linux distributions. The few times that I’ve had to use it, not being able to copy and paste with the mouse always rubbed me the wrong way. That means selecting content with the left-mouse button and pasting with […]

Anonabox bundles OpenWrt with Tor for anonymous Web browsing

Anonabox bundles OpenWrt with Tor for anonymous Web browsing

Anonabox is a very small, like 2.4 x 1.6 x 0.5 inches small, hardware that comes bundled with OpenWrt and Tor to offer anonymous Web browsing and Internet surfing to all traffic that passes through it. OpenWrt is a free software operating system primarily used in home routers, while Tor (The Onion Router) is “free software and an open network […]

Why I switched from Postgres to MongoDB, then to Neo4j

Why I switched from Postgres to MongoDB, then to Neo4j

When you’re about to start a project and are trying to make a decision on the what applications to use, one way to proceed is to find out what other people have to say about the available options, especially from others with first-hand experience with those available options. That’s the most prudent way. The other way, of course, is to […]

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Ansible is an IT automation and configuration management tool. Of all the most popular Free Software applications of its kind, it is the only one that operates in agentless mode. Chef, CFEngine and Puppet need agents on the client nodes to function. Ansible operates via SSH, so you don’t need to install any code on the client nodes. A few […]

Data and Goliath: Digital surveillance and what you can do about it

Data and Goliath: Digital surveillance and what you can do about it

Data and Goliath is the title of a soon-to-be published book by Bruce Schneier, a well-known figure in cryptography and currently the Chief Technology Officer of Co3 Systems, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Data and Goliath is about digital surveillance, its scope, implications and what you can do about […]

TokuMX 2.0 released

TokuMX 2.0 released

TokuMX is a MongoDB distribution from TokuTek, a company headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts (USA). TokuMX is a drop-in replacement for MongoDB, the most popular NoSQL database. It is to MongoDB what MariaDB is to MySQL. TokuMX is said to offer 50x performance improvements and 90% reduction in database size over MongoDB. And it has support for ACID transactions and multi-version […]

Aeromobil: It’s a car and it can fly

Aeromobil: It’s a car and it can fly

The video I’m posting in this article has been out since March, but it’s never too late to post an article on something like this. It’s about Aeromobil, a protoype flying car from Aeromobil, a company in Slovakia. It’s a 2-sitter and looks really nice and sleek. It can ride like a regular car and fly like a small plane, […]