Astronomy for KDE

Although I have covered a large number of science applications in the past, I haven't really looked at too many options available within the KDE desktop environment. This has been due to my own biases in using a GTK-based desktop environment, but now I'd like to look at some of the packages available for people who really like to use KDE on their own machines. more>>

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 4:00 pm

Profiles and RC Files

I love Linux, and if you're reading this, chances are you do too. To be honest though, some aspects of the Linux environment are confusing. Near the top of the list for me is the profile system. more>>

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | 1:13 pm

Understanding Ceph and Its Place in the Market

Last month, the Ceph community released its first set of bug fixes to the 10.2 Jewel release with version 10.2.1. more>>

Posted by on 21 June 2016 | 8:00 am

SoftMaker FreeOffice

The bottom line on SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016—the updated, free, full-featured Office alternative to the expensive Microsoft Office suite—is this: no other free off more>>

Posted by on 20 June 2016 | 10:20 am

Git 2.9 Released

A new version of Git was released this week, bringing a number of improvements that will be a welcome sight to software developers. more>>

Posted by on 17 June 2016 | 11:11 am

The Giant Zero, Part 0.x

The first time I floated the "giant zero" metaphor for the Internet, was in my October 2007 "SuitWatch" newsletter for Linux Journal. more>>

Posted by on 16 June 2016 | 3:28 pm

Snappy Moves to New Platforms

Canonical's Snappy package manager is taking its first steps outside the Ubuntu world. As of now, you can install it on Arch, Debian, Fedora and several other popular distros. more>>

Posted by on 16 June 2016 | 7:00 am

Mark Geddes' Arduino Project Handbook (No Starch Press)

Lifelong tinkerer and gadget enthusiast Mark Geddes was so frustrated with the lack of practical, visual Arduino guides for teaching his ten-year-old that he wrote his own book on the topic. more>>

Posted by on 15 June 2016 | 9:15 am

Susan Lauber's Linux Command Line Complete Video Course (Prentice Hall)

Users, developers and administrators can all find much to love in Linux's powerful command line. more>>

Posted by on 14 June 2016 | 3:25 pm

Maru OS Brings Debian to Your Phone

Have you ever had the suspicion that your smartphone wasn't quite pulling its weight? more>>

Posted by on 13 June 2016 | 2:15 pm

Microstar Laboratories, Inc.'s Accel64 for Linux

Microstar Laboratories, Inc., develops Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) systems for PC-based high-performance multichannel measurement applications. more>>

Posted by on 10 June 2016 | 10:52 am

Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key 3.0 USB Drives

Packing a mighty punch in a tiny package is the Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key 3.0 line of software-free, hardware-encrypted USB drives, which recently added a 480GB version. more>>

Posted by on 9 June 2016 | 12:00 pm

Dynamsoft's Barcode Reader SDK

What's slick about Dynamsoft's Barcode Reader SDK is that just a few lines of code from scratch are required instead of potentially hundreds of them, which could save months o more>>

Posted by on 8 June 2016 | 8:35 pm

What's Our Next Fight?

We won the battle for Linux, but we're losing the battle for freedom. Linux turns 25 in August 2016. Linux Journal turned 21 in April 2016. (Issue #1 was April 1994, the month Linux hit version 1.0.) We're a generation into the history of our cause, but the fight isn't there anymore, because we won. Our cause has achieved its effects. more>>

Posted by on 7 June 2016 | 1:00 pm

OpenSwitch Finds a New Home

OpenSwitch has joined the Linux Foundation's stable of networking projects. This is a significant step. It means the network operating system's development will be driven by community needs, instead of the needs of few private companies. more>>

Posted by on 3 June 2016 | 3:42 pm