Archive | August 2014

Install Puppet Server On CentOS 7

Puppet is a tool designed to manage the configuration of Unix-like and Microsoft Windows systems declaratively. The user describes system resources and their state, either using Puppet’s declarative…

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Star Apps: Nervo

Mim and Liv Nervo take work hard, play hard to heart.

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Friday Five

The week’s top five most interesting software releases.

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Vault: The Linux Foundation’s new storage-focused tradeshow

The Foundation aims to bring together the world’s leading developers in filesystems and storage in the Linux kernel.

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Mozilla Marches Ahead with Ads for Firefox

This November, Mozilla is up for renegotiation with Google for placement of Google search as the default search in Firefox and for the related subsidies that Google pays Mozilla, which reached almost $300 million last year. That comprised the majority of Mozilla’s income.  With Chrome establishing itself as a leader in the browser wars, its unclear what relationship Google will continue to pursue with Mozilla.

However, Mozilla seems to be pressing forward with its plans to reap revenues from advertising. Mozilla has begun displaying sponsored tiles along with websites you’ve visited in its Nightly Firefox builds, only months after the organization announced plans to do.

As Engadget reports:

"When you first launch the browser, you’ll get a pop-up notification that says some of the tiles will feature sponsored content, and that it’ll clearly mark which ones are ads…According to Firefox Product Manager Bryan Clark, though, only those companies that paid for the spot are marked, while popular websites like Facebook, YouTube and Amazon will sometimes be automatically featured even if they didn’t pay to be advertised."

Mozilla even has a support page that discusses the sponsored tiles. They won’t arrive in Firefox’s official version right away, but it looks like we will see these.

Mozilla had Mozilla had posted an announcement months ago about putting "Directory Tiles" in front of Firefox users, which sounded a lot like ads. According to that announcement of the tile scheme:

"Directory Tiles will instead suggest pre-packaged content for first-time users.   Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla’s pursuit of our mission.  The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy."

 

The Next Web has posted a screenshot of what all this will look like, taken from the current Nightly build of Firefox:

 

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OneDrive Cloud App for Android Merges Personal, Business Storage

Microsoft has integrated the consumer and enterprise versions of OneDrive into a single Android app, and plans to repeat the move on all the platforms that the cloud storage service runs on. "You want the ability to view those photos from that trip to Hawaii as well as work on your sales proposal – all from one device," notes the OneDrive blog.

The Android cloud app will provide users with access to their OneDrive and OneDrive for Business accounts, giving them personal and work files in one location. However, files will be kept separate under work and personal categories in the app.

According to the announcement:

"This is the first example of how we’re creating a single, unified OneDrive experience that holistically addresses what people, businesses, and IT managers need. Because people are increasingly using the same devices and apps to get things done at work and at home, the ability to store and share files in the cloud is essential on both fronts."

Additionally, the Android app also now supports setting up a PIN, for security purposes. Create a 4-digit code, and you can limit access to the app and your files. The new version of the Android app also includes improvements to camera backup speed and reliability and lets users open files directly from OneDrive in other apps.

Below are a couple of screenshots illustrating the integration of personal and work cloud storage, and use of a PIN for security:

 

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Remarkable: A New MarkDown Editor For Linux

Remarkable is a new free fully featured Markdown editor for Linux distributions. It has features such as Live preview making markdown coding easier. It a lightweight editor and also has a simply User…

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