Friday, June 06 2014 @ 08:34 CST Contributed by: Linegod
Bulk surveillance violates our fundamental rights and makes free speech risky. This guide will teach you a basic surveillance self-defense skill: email encryption. Once you've finished, you'll be able to send and receive emails that are coded to make sure that a surveillance agent or thief can't intercept your email and read it.
Syncthing: Open Source Bittorrent sync alternative (p2p sync tool)
Wednesday, June 04 2014 @ 05:19 CST Contributed by: Linegod
Syncthing is a cross-platform peer-to-peer file synchronization client/server application written in Go. Similar to BitTorrent Sync, the tool can be used to synchronize files between computers however, unlike BitTorrent Sync, Syncthing is open source
"Syncthing replaces Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet".
Open Source Chief at Redhat Hit With Bogus Copyright Claims
Monday, May 26 2014 @ 04:59 CST Contributed by: Linegod
Bogus copyright claims on YouTube are getting more and more prevalent, but they only get exposure when they do damage to high-profile targets. Michael Tiemann is the Chief of Open Source Affairs at Redhat Inc. and apparently he can't use Creative Commons music in his uploads without being bombarded with copyright claims.
The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition Released For SteamOS Linux
Thursday, May 22 2014 @ 10:44 CST Contributed by: Linegod
That's not an error, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is now out for SteamOS/Linux and I am downloading it as I type this. This is truly a knock-out year for Linux gamers and it's only May!
Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL
Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 05:58 CST Contributed by: Linegod
The important role OpenSSL plays in securing the Internet has never been matched by the financial resources devoted to maintaining it.
The open source cryptographic software library secures hundreds of thousands of Web servers and many products sold by multi-billion-dollar companies, but it operates on a shoestring budget. OpenSSL Software Foundation President Steve Marquess wrote in a blog post last week that OpenSSL typically receives about $2,000 in donations a year and has just one employee who works full time on the open source code.
Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 10:03 CST Contributed by: Linegod
I’ve tried to mostly ignore the end of Windows XP, as I noted in an earlier column about it. But I ran across an article today that I just had to cover here on EOL. Infoworld has a meandering column that expresses serious doubts about replacing Windows XP with Linux. It comes complete with a graphic of a hideous looking penguin with yellow and red eyes that looks like something out of somebody’s nightmare. Yes, the media has been reduced to using scary looking penguins to dissuade people from using Linux.