Archive for December, 2015

No more Firefox phone

December 31st, 2015
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Mozilla confirmed that it has hung up on the Firefox OS mobile phone and will try using the operating system to dial into other connected device uses instead. The company spent several years developing a browser-based smartphone OS.
It ended its sales program of the Firefox mobile operating system to carriers and will no longer develop the OS for smartphones, Mozilla said.

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Distro - Other

UberStudent 4.3 – Distro Release

December 31st, 2015
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Based on the Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system and built around the lightweight Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, UberStudent 4.3 is dubbed Heraclitus and brings many new features, updates to most of the core components and applications, dozens of under-the-hood improvements, enhancements to the in-house-built collection of administrative utilities, better language support, and numerous fixes for some of the most annoying issues.

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Distro - Other, Education, Ubuntu

How to: Using KVM from the Command Line

December 31st, 2015
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There are different ways to manage virtual machines (VMs) running on KVM hypervisor. For example, virt-manager is a popular GUI-based front-end for VM management. However, if you would like to use KVM on a headless server, GUI-based solutions will not be ideal. In fact, you can create and manage KVM VMs purely from the command line using kvm command-line wrapper script. Alternatively, you can use virsh which is an easier-to-use command-line user interface for managing guest VMs. Underneath virsh, it communicates wtih libvirtd service which can control several different hypervisors including KVM, Xen, QEMU, LXC and OpenVZ.

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Debian, Education, How To, Ubuntu, Virtualization

A Sad Day for Open Source

December 31st, 2015
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Debian GNU/Linux founder Ian Murdock has died. He was 42. Murdock is best known for launching the open-source distro in 1993. Just last month, he joined the technology startup Docker in San Francisco. On Monday afternoon, he posted a string of distressing and erratic tweets, revealing he had been arrested by police near his home in the city, and that he was accused of assaulting an officer. Murdock was also threatening to kill himself. After people reached out to him, he appeared to calm down, vowing instead to clear his name. Murdock died that evening. His Twitter account has since been disabled.

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How-to: Removing old kernels in Ubuntu

December 29th, 2015
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Once new kernel passes the test system, Ubuntu offers you to install it through its update system. At the same time, old kernel remains in the system. It means that after some time of using Ubuntu, you may have a number of old kernels. They take your disk space and also may clutter the GRUB menu, although the latter issue is resolved in newer versions of Ubuntu.

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Education, How To, Ubuntu

$9 CHIP Computer

December 29th, 2015
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Get the most from your Wi-Fi

December 16th, 2015
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Regardless of your operating system, wireless can sometimes be a headache. Either you drop a signal, your wireless connections flakes out, your connection is slow, or your wireless device winds up MIA. Either way, there are times you’ll wind up having to troubleshoot or tinker to get the most out of that connection.

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Networking, Wi-Fi


December 15th, 2015

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.

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Hardware, Raspberry Pi, Really?