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Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru, Russia’s leading Internet outfit, has launched My.com in the US. Mail.ru is owned by (Russian) billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and My.com is his company’s first foray into the US market. With My.com, the company is offering mail, chat and games to start, with an image editor called myCamera to follow. The mail service is called myMail, while the chat service, […]

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

The November 2013 edition of the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers has just been released. Known as the TOP500 List, it is released twice a year, first in June, then in November. The TOP500 List began in June 1993, ran again in November of that year and has been repeated in that order since. The November 2013 edition is […]

Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Desktop screenshot preview

Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Desktop screenshot preview

Linux Mint 16, code-named Petra, will be the next stable edition of Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It could be released sometime this month or early next month (December). This distribution’s release track record suggests that Linux Mint 16 will be released less than two weeks from today. And when that happens, it will be the […]

GNUnet submits draft for p2p-related TLDs to the IETF

A GNUnet official, has submitted a request to the IETF, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the organization responsible for developing and promoting Internet standards. GNUnet is a part of the GNU project. Titled “Special-Use Domain Names of Peer-to-Peer Name Systems,” the draft makes a request to reserve the following Top-Level Domains (TLDs): .exit, .i2p, .gnu, .onion and .zkey for use […]

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop is a whistleblower submission system designed in part by the late Aaron Swartz. It was designed to provide journalists and media organizations a relatively secure and surveillance-proof platform to receive documents from anonymous sources. It is a Free Software application published under the GNU Affero General public License (AGPL) v3 and managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. […]

How Exynos 5 Octa HMP efficiently allocates workload to big.LITTLE CPU cores

Exynos 5 Octa is Samsung’s SoC processor that packs 8 ARM CPUs in a configuration dubbed big.LITTLE, a catchy phrase that describes a computing architecture whereby low-powered cores (LITTLE) are coupled with high-powered cores (big) to produce a more resource-efficient system. In Exynos 5 Octa, there are 4 big cores (Cortex-A15 cores) and 4 LITTLE cores (Cortex-A7 cores). The big […]

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin, a terminal program for Android devices has been updated to version 0.8. ZShaolin makes is possible to use zsh on Android devices, providing applications to edit images, text, audio, video, rooting not required. Aside from the powerful and feature-rich zsh shell, ZShaolin comes with FFMpeg, ImageMagick, Sox, Oggz, Lua, awk, sed, vim, emacs, git, SSH, and rsync. The Release […]

Silent Mail, FreedomMail or Lavamail. Whatever it’s called, it will offer the same benefits

Dark Mail alliance is the non-profit group formed by the leaders of Silent Circle and Lavabit. Silent Circle offers a suite of secure, communication services, while Lavabit is the secure email provider used by Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA contractor now living in Russia. The group was announced late last month, with the objective of developing a new email protocol that […]

Google releases Dart SDK 1.0 for scalable, structured web apps

Google has released Dart SDK 1.0. Dart is a “a cross-browser, open source toolkit for structured web applications.” It was first announced back in 2011. Dart SDK 1.0 is the first stable, production release. The SDK includes a cross-platform Dart Editor, which ships with developer-friendly features like “code completion, refactoring, jump to definition, a debugger, hints and warnings,..” From the […]

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

My main desktop computer is powered by Fedora 19 on which I run at least a dozen guest operating systems using VirtualBox. VirtualBox is my favorite software virtualization application. It’s really nice and easy to use. Installation packages are available for the major operating systems and distributions. My setup works fine until I upgrade Fedora to a new kernel. On […]

Towards a mandatory, always-on and ubiquitous encryption in XMPP networks

Now that we know that our online communications are not necessarily private and secure, there is a growing need to have end-to-end encryption built into all the tools we use to communicate with family and friends (online). The latest effort aims to build mandatory, always-on and ubiquitous encryption in the XMPP communication protocol. XMPP, short for Extensible Messaging and Presence […]

LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 has been released. LinHES is a Linux distribution that can be used to convert any PC into a home entertainment system. That how it gained the “HES” in its name. Want to convert any off-the-shelf hardware into a Linux-powered settop box that can serve as a PVR, jukebox, image viewer and a game station, LinHES is one of […]

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel has announced a “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards, desktops and workstation computers. Thunderbolt “is a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple devices, providing flexibility and simplicity for innovative, thin system designs like laptops and Ultrabooks.” That’s  techo-speak for: Thunderbolt is a hardware connection […]

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something that’s not based on PHP. Not that I have something against PHP,  but I just wand to try something different, one that is based, say, on Django. WordPress has been great. For […]

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something based on more modern Web technologies. WordPress has been great. For non-techies, it’s about as simple as it can get. I’ve never used the hosted service, but the self-hosted installation which powers […]

Shifting focus

At its launch, the focus of this website was all about providing original and detailed tutorials and reviews on Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, and posting news articles and commentaries related to free and open source software. Starting today (November 13 2013), this focus has expanded. Yes, there will still be those detailed tutorials and reviews, but any technology-related […]

MediaCore CE renamed to MediaDrop

MediaCore CE has been renamed to MediaDrop. MediaCore CE is the community edition of MediaCore, a Web application that powers a multimedia hosted platform targeted towards the educational market and run by MediaCore, Inc. It is a Python application built atop the Django Web framework. Published under the GNU General Public License version 3, MediaDrop is free to download and […]

Dark Mail Alliance aims to offer Email 3.0, with built-in end-to-end encryption

Dark Mail Alliance, co-founded by Lavabit and Silent Circle, aims to create an open source email protocol and architecture that has end-to-end encryption built-in. Lavabit LLC is the Texas, US-based company that used to provide secure email services, but was voluntarily shutdown because the owner and operator, Ladar Levison, did not want to hand over private SSL key used to […]

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

The Yoga tablet computer is the latest Android-powered tablet from Lenovo. The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, so we can expect more of these devices from all the players in the field. The Yoga’s main claim to tablet stardom is a Lithium-Ion battery that can keep the tablet going continuously for about 18 hours. Battery-life claims tend […]

Arduino Leonardo Touch Board makes any project interactive

Touch Board is an Arduino-compatible device from Bare Conductive Ltd, a technology outfit based in London, UK. A simple device powered by an Arduino Leonardo microcontroller board, it can be used to add interactivity to any interface. It’s the type of device that a DIYer will love. But you can’t buy it just yet, as it is in the pre-production […]