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You can now buy a custom APC case

You can now buy a custom APC case

Remember the Android PC (APC) mini mother board from VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan? At the time it was released, it’s form-factor, known as Neo-ITX, did not fit any available computer case. Now, that has changed. A custom case has been released for Neo-ITX motherboards that fits the APC just right. The AM-01, from […]

Samba 4.0 has been released

The Samba development team has just announced the release of Samba 4.0. Samba is a Free Software implementation of SMB/CIFS protocols, which makes it possible for any system running Samba to function as a file, print and authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows and UNIX-like clients. Samba 4.0 ships with an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a secure […]

Limerick migrates to Zentyal’s open source email solution

The city of Limerick, located in mid-west Ireland and, which at a population of about 110,000, is that country’s third largest city, has chosen Zentyal to migrate to an open source email solution. Zentyal is an open source solutions provider based in Zaragoza, Spain. Zentyal is the company’s main software offering, a server platform based on Ubuntu. The migration of […]

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is an application that makes it easy to discover (hidden) structures in Big Data. It is an Intel-sponsored project released under the Apache 2 license. The official description says that it is “a Java library for constructing graphs out of large datasets for data analytics and structured machine learning applications that exploit relationships in data.” From the release announcement: […]

How to create and maintain anonymous email accounts

Don’t let what happened to the director (actually, former director) of a very powerful government agency make you think that engaging in anonymous email activities is impossible. It is, though, as with all things involving digital security, it can never be 100%. But that should not keep you from trying to keep your email communications private and anonymous, because if […]

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again e-book readers promise to be a very popular gift. Last year’s holiday season saw ownership of a dedicated e-reader device spike to nearly 1 in 5 Americans, and that number is poised to go even higher. But if you’re in the market for an e-reader this year, or for e-books […]

The K Desktop Environment is 15

Editor: The title of this article is misleading, but trust me, it was not intentional. KDE is actually 16, but KDE e. V., the non-profit organization that represents the KDE community, is the entity that turned 15. So, no, my favorite desktop environment did not turn 15. For the record, KDE was founded in October 1996, but KDE e. V. […]

OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 announced

OpenShift is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product from Red Hat, Inc., a leading open source technology software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. OpenShift is both a cloud platform and a free application that you can run on your hardware. OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 is the next phase in the growth of the platform, and makes it available for small and big […]

What’s new in Kate

What’s new in Kate

Kate is a professional text editor for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is one of the most feature-rich and advanced text editors available on any of the Free Software desktop environments. The name is derived from KDE Advanced Text Editor. The latest news about Kate comes from a posting by Dominik Haumann on the KDE website based on code-commits […]

German govt comes out against Trusted Computing and Secure Boot

Trusted Computing and Secure Boot, especially Secure Boot, are supposed to boost the security of devices that you own. Yes, devices that you own! However, judging from the manner that Secure Boot has been implemented, it sure feels like you do not own that device you bought with your money. Hence the phrase Restricted Boot is more apt. And since […]

OSSEC 2.7 released

OSSEC is Free Software, a GPL-licensed, host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) that operates on a client-server model. Its development is sponsored by Trend Micro, a software security outfit based in Tokyo, Japan. OSSEC is cross-platform, with binary packages available for all Linux distributions, the BSDs, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, VMWare ESX, AIX, and HP-UX. OSSEC 2.7 is the latest, stable […]

CYOD, BYOD

In the CYOD world, users are given a choice between several, purposefully selected Operating Systems. Depending on the environment, iOS and Android are offered with a wide variety of third OS choices (Blackberry, Windows, or maybe WebOS). If users have a device that fits into one of these categories, they are welcome to connect it. The reason for this is […]

ZShaolin keeps getting better. Now has vim, nmap, git, rsync, and ssh

Remember ZShaolin? Yep, it’s that Android ninja tool that gives you zsh and a whole bunch of command-line applications on your Android device, minus the need to root it. I first brought it to your attention via this article. Five days later, a new version has been released. And if you were happy with the features the first one shipped […]

World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

Ximea just announced the world’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision industrial high-speed camera. Measuring just 26.4 x 26.4 x 21.6-mm, it is the latest addition to the company’s xiQ series USB3 vision cameras, and it is capable of capturing grayscale and color 4 megapixel images at up to 90 frames per second, 5 Gbps data transfers, and integrated I/O. The […]

Tizen 2.0 Alpha code and SDK released

The source code and the SDK for Tizen 2.0 alpha has been released. Tizen is a Linux distribution for mobile platforms cobbled together with parts from the MeeGo project, Moblin and Maemo (all three are now defunct). Tizen’s development is overseen by the Tizen Association, a non-profit organization supported by power-house companies in the industry This alpha release is intended […]

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

Itching to create complex, digital logic circuits? How about giving SmartSim a try. If the name is new to you, SmartSim is a digital logic circuit design and simulation package that lets you “create your own custom components and including them in other circuits, as if they were any other built-in component. These larger circuits can then also be included […]

How to develop your own Raspberry Pi operating system

Why use an existing operating system if you can bake your own? Well, for one thing, writing an OS is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of knowledge in a lot of areas regarding OS development. And it will take a long time (for some folks, anyway) to get it to the point where it even comes close […]

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

DisplayCast is a screencast and sharing application designed for intranets. It is developed by FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory). DisplayCast includes a Streamer (the source component that can either share the entire screen or a portion of it); a Player (the real time receiver); and an Archiver (this captures a stream into an H.264 movie). The official description says that […]

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

Android here, Android there, Android everywhere. You just cannot seem to turn anywhere without hearing or reading about Android – for good or bad. For the most part, though, it has been for good. The latest place it showed up is in one of Nikon’s newly released digital camera’s. The Coolpix s800c, which, with the help of Android 2.3 and […]

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Just over three months after Gameplay 1.2 was released, version 1.4 is now available for download. Gameplay is an open-source, cross-platform C++ game framework from BlackBerry developers. While there was no version 1.3, future release versions are 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, etc, and will include support for Linux, vehicle physics, terrain and scene editor. New features in this release are: Lua […]