FLOSS Weekly 326: The Open Source Initiative

This week we are joined by Simon Phipps and Patrick Masson to talk about the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a global non-profit that supports and promotes the open source movement. Among other things, the OSI maintains the Open Source Definition, and a list of licenses that comply with that definition. Read More

Five Linux Distros for New Users

Those who’re new to Linux want the best distro out there for new users, which means simple things like ease of use, productivity, speed, and security. But which distros are the best for new users? Actually, there is probably no “best,” but there are many distros that are designed keeping the needs of the inexperienced Linux user in mind. Read More

How to Limit the Network Bandwidth Used by Applications in a Linux System with Trickle

Trickle is a network bandwidth shaper tool that allows us to manage the upload and download speeds of applications in order to prevent any single one of them to hog all (or most) of the available bandwidth. In few words, trickle lets you control the network traffic rate on a per-application basis, as opposed to per-user control, which is the classic example of bandwidth shaping in a client-server environment, and is probably the setup we are more familiar with. Read More

Understanding Linux CPU stats

Let's take a step back. There are 3 general states your CPU can be in:

Idle, which means it has nothing to do.
Running a user space program, like a command shell, an email server, or a compiler.
Running the kernel, servicing interrupts or managing resources.
These three meta states can be further subdivided. For example, user space programs can be categorized as those running under their initial priority level or those running with a nice priority. Niceness is a way to tweak the priority level of a process so that it runs less frequently. The niceness level ranges from -20 (most favorable scheduling) to 19 (least favorable). Read More

Virtual Instructor led Embedded Linux Development Training course.

LinuxCertified Inc, a leading provider of Linux training and services, announced instructor led virtual Embedded Linux Development class from October 7th - 9th, 2014.

Details on this course are available at:

This workshop is also available as an on-site class throughout North America.

About LinuxCertified, Inc.

The mission of LinuxCertified, Inc is to help our clients benefit from significant savings of effectively using Linux and Open-Source software in their IT and development infrastructure. Our core offerings are:

- Linux trained and certified professionals
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HP Launches Global, Open Network Focused on OpenStack

Last year, HP started banging the drum about its commitment to cloud computing overall, and to the OpenStack platform. In early May, the company announced the HP Helion brand, and pledged to commit $1 billion over the next two years on products and services surrounding OpenStack, under Helion's branded umbrella. In addition to offering its free distribution of OpenStack, HP placed all its other cloud offerings, including tools for workload management and software development, under the Helion brand. Read More

Linux mini-drones jump, flip, climb, and fly

Parrot is prepping two Linux-based mini-drones: a $160 “Jumping Sumo” wheeled robot and a $100 “Rolling Spider” quadrocopter that can fly, roll, or climb.

Parrot, which last month announced a Bebop successor to its popular AR.Drone 2.0 quadrocopter, has released new information on two smaller, cheaper mini-drones that were originally unveiled back at CES in January. The Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider will launch in August for $160 and $100, respectively. Read More

Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux 7

Enterprise computing has entered a new age, with the hybrid cloud, open source container virtualization and massively scalable storage at its core. That's the message this week from Red Hat (RHT) in the wake of the milestone release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, the latest version of the open source server operating system. Read More

Is Android too open for Google to retain control?

I don't see what the problem is with forking Android. If it's truly an open project then tough bungies for Google if it gets forked. If Google had truly wanted to prevent that and retain total control then they should never have made Android open in any way whatsoever.

However, Google wanted to stop Apple from dominating the mobile device market so they came up with Android and made it an open project. We can debate just how open it really is (certainly not as much as Firefox OS or Ubuntu), but the fundamental truth is that Android isn't iOS or Windows. It is forkable, though not necessarily in an easy way. Read More

Linux Help for Neuroscientists

In past articles, I have looked at distributions that were built with some scientific discipline in mind. In this article, I take a look at yet another one. In this case, I cover what is provided by NeuroDebian. Read More