Archive | May 2014

Install Android SDK On Ubuntu 14.04

What is Android SDK? The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) enables the developers to build the Android applications. The Android SDK includes the following to build Android apps. Sample projects…

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Deep in-to Linux, Torvalds Tweets, and Top Distros

Topping the Linux news this evening is a look at the five most popular Linux distributions by ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Also tonight, Jennifer Cloer asks Linus Torvalds about the meanest tweets he’s received. And finally tonight, Jack M. Germain looks at Deepin Linux and Jack Wallen asks if Cinnamon is a worthy replacement for Unity?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols today reported that "there are over a billion Linux end-users in the world in 2014" and he decided to see which distributions are most in use. Since Windows still rules the desktop, Vaughan-Nichols asks which is number two? "Number two with a bullet is Linux-based Android" and probably Chrome OS is second. Buuut after that, he finds Mint, Ubuntu, and Debian are the top three favorite traditional-style Linux desktop distributions.

In our next story tonight, Linus Torvalds was asked "if he’d like to read a few tweets people have posted about him." And he did. These include:

* Linux Torvalds is angry.

* Torvald’s crowning achievement Linux or Git? Debate.

* Apparently Linux exists because Linus wanted to play Prince of Persia on DOS

Jack Germain said yesterday, "I like the overall design and performance of Deepin Linux. New users without a long history in other Linux distros should take to it quickly and be very happy with the desktop environment. I experienced some issues with it, though, the longer I used it." He said it’s a Chinese developed distribution based on Ubuntu and includes its own homegrown desktop environment. It also ships with its own software center and music and media players. Germain said the simple desktop design "looks elegant" but lacks a lot of the functionality most Linux users have come to enjoy. But he takes a critical look and has a lot more to day, so check out that full article at Bottom line, Germain says Deepin has potential.

And finally tonight, Jack Wallen says Mint is so popular because of Cinnamon and wonders if it might be the perfect replacement for Ubuntu’s Unity. He answers this by installing it on Ubuntu 14.04 and finds it very agreeable. He concludes, "If you want a performance-centric desktop that doesn’t toss aside feature and customization, Cinnamon is for you."

This week’s leftovers:

* Linux Games to Use Wine, but That’s a Good Thing

* Corporations put their cash where their open source security is

* Valve Steam Machines delayed until 2015

* Why the biggest problem with Steam Machines are the Steam Machines themselves

* Leadwerks partners with Ubuntu for Linux games development

* Why No Flash Support for Linux Is Good for Open Source

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The software week in review for May 30

Our recap of the past week in software news, releases, and rumors.

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The five most popular end-user Linux distributions

There are over a billion Linux end-users in the world in 2014. Yes, that’s right, a billion.

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The Linux Foundation Draws Backers and Funds to Tackle Tech Problems

You have to hand it to the Linux Foundation: The organization is increasingly tackling some tough technology problems by rallying powerful partners and leveraging community resources. Recently, the foundation rounded up vendors to fund efforts to improve the OpenSSL open source security project.

This week, it announced initial steps to gat that work done, as well as advancements for its Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), which enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and developers to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance. The initiative now has some significant backers, too. 

CII provides funding for fellowships for key developers to work fulltime on open source projects, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support. The Steering Committee, comprised of members of the Initiative, and the Advisory Board of industry stakeholders and esteemed developers, are tasked with identifying underfunded open source projects that support critical infrastructure, and administering the funds through The Linux Foundation.

Adobe, Bloomberg, HP, Huawei and have joined CII, and those are some well funded and experienced technology players. 

“All software development requires support and funding. Open source software is no exception and warrants a level of support on par with the dominant role it plays supporting today’s global information infrastructure,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, in a statement. “CII implements the same collaborative approach that is used to build software to help fund the most critical projects. The aim of CII is to move from the reactive, crisis-driven responses to a measured, proactive way to identify and fund those projects that are in need. I am thrilled that we now have a forum to connect those in need with those with funds.”

Upon an initial review of critical open source software projects, the CII Steering Committee has prioritized Network Time Protocol, OpenSSH and OpenSSL for the first round of funding. OpenSSL will receive funds from CII for two, full time core developers. The OpenSSL project is accepting additional donations, which can be coordinated directly with the OpenSSL Foundation (contact at

The Open Crypto Audit Project (OCAP) will also receive funding in order to conduct a security audit of the OpenSSL code base. Other projects are under consideration and will be funded as assessments are completed and budget allows.

The recent Heartbleed debacle illustrated that widely used open source components and protocols can wreak havoc when problems arise, and the CII funds to improve some of these protocols can help prevent such problems. 

“Open source software provides a critical foundation for the technologies we build for our clients,” said Shawn Edwards, CTO, Bloomberg, in a statement. “We are proud to support the Core Infrastructure Initiative so we can contribute to building the foundational technologies that make future innovation possible.”

Anyone can donate to the Core Infrastructure Initiative fund. To join or donate or find out more information about CII, visit




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Firefox to Green Light Voice and Video Features Via WebRTC

If you’re not already talking to your web browser, you may soon be doing so. Just last week, we covered Google’s new "OK Google" voice search features in the Chrome browser, which lets you execute searches with spoken words. Now, Mozilla has announced a partnership with TokBox to build WebRTC-based communications features right into its browser. The features could let users exchange real-time data, audio and video between their browsers. 

Firefox and Chrome support WebRTC, and TokBox, which is owned by Telefonica, has built multimedia tools around the standard. According to Mozilla’s post:

"Soon, in Firefox Nightly, you will see our first experiments in creating a WebRTC-powered communications feature that aims to connect everyone with a WebRTC-enabled browser. And that’s all you will need. No plug-ins, no downloads. If you have a browser, a camera and a mic, you’ll be able to make audio and video calls to anyone else with an enabled browser. It will eventually work across all of your devices and operating systems. And we’ll be adding lots more features in the future as we roll it out to more users."

"As we develop this experimental feature in Firefox, we’re proud to have a partner in TokBox who have provided invaluable help in getting this project to where it is today, and whose OpenTok video and voice platform powers the service. Their early support and contributions to WebRTC are helping this emerging standard establish a foothold and earn developer attention."

While Google’s work with voice features have primarily been focused on search so far, Mozilla is clearly focused on new social networking and social media applications for voice and video. "As every new social messaging service comes online, we see increasing fragmentation that makes it harder to stay close to everyone you care about," Mozilla’s announcement post says. Especially since both google Chrome and Firefox support WebRTC, it would be good to see voice and video applications built around this common standard.

For more on WebRTC and Mozilla’s work with it, see our previous post.  And, you can watch a video demo of it in action here.

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Install And Configure PXE Server And Client On CentOS 6.5

PXE Server, stands for preboot execution environment, is used to enable a network computer to boot only from a network interface card. This method will be very helpful, if a System Administrator…

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