Live From System76 | LAS 391

Live From System76 | LAS 391

We traveled to Denver Colorado to meet the folks behind System76, tour their office & record a live show on location. Join us as we go behind the scenes of a dedicated Linux hardware manufacture.

Plus Linux goes to space, Firefox OS has a new trick, the good news for open source router firmware & more!

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Brought to you by: System76

LAS Visits System76

System76 is a Denver, Colorado-based computer manufacturer specializing in the sale of notebooks, desktops, and servers. They are notable for their support of open-source software, only offering Ubuntu as the installed operating system.


Runs Linux

Son’s Lego Robotics Club RUNS LINUX!

9 nine year old son wanted to join the Lego Robotics club

Hey guys, I’ve got a runs Linux for you. My 9 nine year old son wanted to join the Lego Robotics club at his elementary school. Because it is a volunteer-run program, I got roped into it. I ended up actually teaching the program and have been having a great time teaching the kids how to program their Lego EV3 robots. There are 12 kids in the group and the school district was supposed to configure 6 Apple laptops with the Lego programming software for us to use. Wouldn’t you know, there were some bureaucratic issues getting the laptops set up. Luckily, since my friends and family know I like to tinker with computers, I have 6 laptops at the house, most of which had been given to me because they had issues, that I subsequently fixed. Poking around in the menus on the Lego robot, I saw that the robot ran Linux (see attached pic). Honestly, I had more than half expected they would run Linux. Imagine my dismay when I went to the Lego website to download the software to write the programs to control the robots, only to discover that the Lego software was only available for Mac and Windows! So I spent a couple of evenings updating the Windows installs on the dual boot machines, and reinstalling Windows on the Linux-only machines, and for the last 6 weeks the kids have been downloading their robot controller programs from Windows machines onto the Linux robots. So the Lego EV3 robots run Linux, and the kids have been having a blast.


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International Space Station Planning for Linux

Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor deeply involved in Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) operations, decided to migrate to Linux. As leader of the Laptops and Network Integration Teams, Chuvala oversees the developers in charge of writing and integrating software for the Station’s “OpsLAN” – a network of laptops that provide the ISS crew with vital capabilities for day-to-day operations, from telling the astronauts where they are, to inventory control of the equipment used, to interfacing with the cameras that capture photos and videos.

Let’s Encrypt Public Beta: December 3, 2015

Let’s Encrypt will enter Public Beta on December 3, 2015. Once we’ve entered Public Beta our systems will be open to anyone who would like to request a certificate. There will no longer be a requirement to sign up and wait for an invitation.

Our Limited Beta started on September 12, 2015. We’ve issued over 11,000 certificates since then, and this operational experience has given us confidence that our systems are ready for an open Public Beta.

If you have Apache web server on Debian-based Linux Distribution, you can try the Apache module with automated renewal and installing:

Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview, an experimental Android app

  • Add-ons: Just like the add-ons we’ve come to love in desktop browsers, Firefox OS add-ons can extend just one app, several, or all of them, including the system app itself.
  • Private Browsing with Tracking Protection: A new Firefox privacy feature, Tracking Protection allows users to control how their browsing activity is tracked across many sites.
  • Pin the Web: Pin the Web removes the artificial distinction between web apps and web sites and lets you pin any web site or web page to your home screen for later usage.

  • Firefox OS Preview Android App

Introducing Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview, an experimental app that lets you use Firefox OS on your Android device.

The next big Gnome thing

Alex’s incredible work with xdg-app is a subject that gets talked about a lot, but it really can’t be emphasised how significant it is for GNOME as a project.

FCC: We aren’t banning DD-WRT on Wi-Fi routers

“We were not, but we agree that the guidance we provide to manufacturers must be crystal-clear to avoid confusion,” he wrote. “So, today we released a revision to that guidance to clarify that our instructions were narrowly focused on modifications that would take a device out of compliance.”




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