Linux’s Slice of HAM | LAS 356

Linux’s Slice of HAM | LAS 356

Have you heard of Ham Radio? It’s the original open source! We dive in and take you into a ham shack to see what Ham Radio is all about, how it can done on Linux, and how the principles and communities of open source so closely align with this old hobby.

Plus Linux hits over 1k games & the new distro that makes Fedora approachable & more!

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Ham Radio Technician Question Pool

All of the questions you could be asked, available in .doc .pdf or even .txt

Now You’re Talking – Getting started with Ham Radio

This book is exactly right for someone who wants to become a ham radio operator. This book does two things. It is a self study course that will allow you to pass the Technician level FCC test. It is also a general introduction to all of ham radio, covering the highlights of all that can be done in amateur radio. It has just the right level of sophistication to give a good understanding of all facets of amateur radio but does not get into such extreme detail that it is overwhelming.

SVXLINK

SVXLink is an EchoLink client for Linux. This allows you to use Ham Radio on Linux through the internet without actually using radios.

KLog

KLog is a Linux Ham Radio logging program. it can be used as a contest logger or a general purpose logger.

LinPSK

LinPsk is a Psk31 program for Linux using Qt.

QRZ Ham Radio Practice Test

Test your skills by taking the practice exam and see how well you would do.

ARRL Ham Radio on Linux

At this point, since Ubuntu is beginning to look like a really viable alternative OS, the next big issue is whether it will support the ham radio applications that we want to run. Fortunately, the answer to this question is — yes it will.


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Army Cyber Warfare

Sent in my Romeo S
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fau1u1bHino&feature=youtu.be&t=2m40s

Desktop App Pick

ShellInABox

ShellInABox Screenshot

Shell In A Box implements a web server that can export arbitrary command line tools to a web based terminal emulator. This emulator is accessible to any JavaScript and CSS enabled web browser and does not require any additional browser plugins.

http://www.tecmint.com/shell-in-a-box-a-web-based-ssh-terminal-to-access-remote-linux-servers

Weekly Spotlight

Ozon OS Hydrogen Beta Available

Ozon OS “Hydrogen” beta is available for download. This is a Linux distribution based on Fedora, created by a collaboration between Numix Project and Nitrux S.A., “designed to not get into your way and and be simple, sleek and modern while focusing on helping you to get stuff done quickly“.

Atom Shell

Ozon OS “Hydrogen” beta ships with four GNOME Shell extensions installed by default: Atom Dock, Atom Launcher, Atom Panel and of course, User Themes so Ozon OS can use its cool GNOME Shell theme out of the box.

Atom Dock is, like its name suggest, a “dock” or application launcher/switcher, that’s displayed at the bottom of the screen and uses intellihide by default (it hides if it overlaps any window in the active window group, but it can be brought up using the mouse pointer). Just like the default GNOME Shell Dash (which is disabled in Ozon OS), you can pin applications to the dock, open a new application window and access the application view

Linux Action Show at LFNW | Offical LAS 2015 Shirt

We are releasing another set of LAS shirts in preparation for LinuxFest Northwest which is at the end of April 2015! We hope to color Bellingham Technical College with LAS supporters donning their favorite Linux podcast!

Our Past Picks

These are the weekly picks provided by the Jupiter Broadcasting podcast, the Linux Action Show.

This site includes a separate picks lists for the “Runs Linux”, Desktop Apps, Spotlight Picks, Android Picks, and Distro Picks.


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Steam hits 1,000 Linux games days after Valve’s big Steam Machine reveal

1000 Linux Steam Games

At the moment, there are 1005 games that support Linux and SteamOS on Steam. That’s out of 4817 total games for all platforms on Steam, or 20.8% of all the games on Steam. And that’s just games—not DLC items, software, demos, or trailers. But, if you expand the search to include everything, there’s 1856 items in the Linux + SteamOS category.

Google Open Source Blog: Bidding farewell to Google Code

Google Code

Beginning today, we have disabled new project creation on Google Code. We will be shutting down the service about 10 months from now on January 25th, 2016.

The Linux Foundation wants to rein in its insult-spewing leader

Linux Kernel Dev Pan

On Monday, the Linux Foundation kinda sorta slapped him on the wrist when they issued a new “Code of Conflict” policy that declared “personal insults or abuse are not welcome.”

Some would say that the center of the problem is Linus Torvalds himself, that his blunt and cavalier attitude towards dealing with other developers has lead to too much tension within the ranks. However, when one man holds such a massive responsibility for that much code (and the patches submitted therein), it only makes sense that he carry a sharp stick and tone. The problem comes when contributors begin calling out Torvalds publicly. This happened recently when Lennart Poettering called Torvalds out for encouraging hate speech and attacks. Poettering went so far to say that the Linux community is a “sick place to be in.”

Whether this tactic pans out to solve the growing friction within the Linux kernel commuinity remains to be seen. This kind of effort tends to shift power from the individual to those who enforce the code, according to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

NTP’s Fate Hinges On “Father Time”

Rumored NTP Server Farm

In April, one of the open source code movement’s first and biggest success stories, the Network Time Protocol, will reach a decision point, writes Charlie Babcock. At 30 years old, will NTP continue as the preeminent time synchronization system for Macs, Windows, and Linux computers and most servers on networks? Or will this protocol go into a decline marked by drastically slowed development, fewer bug fixes, and greater security risks for the computers that use it? The question hinges to a surprising degree on the personal finances of a 59-year-old technologist in Talent, Ore., named Harlan Stenn.

Login screen in Fedora 22 Workstation uses Wayland

Fedora 22 with Wayland Screenshot

Fedora 21 Workstationadded the ability to log in and run a Wayland session from the login screen (GDM), leaving the login screen itself running using the older X protocol. This is changing with a new feature in Fedora 22 enabling the login screen to run on Wayland by default.


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