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OpenSource For You
February  2015   Issue Vol. 3  No. 5 

Admin - Overview
Ten Tools for Configuration Management
Configuration management (CM) comprises the detailed description and updating of information related to an enterprise’s software and hardware. This article lists the top 10 free and open source tools that can help you carry out configuration management with ease.

For U & Me - Insight
Top FOSS Tools to Tech-Up the Teaching-Learning Experience
The teaching-learning process can be assisted, made more efficient and enhanced with the use of technology. Gen Y and Gen
Z tend to learn better via their smartphones
or the Internet. This article discusses five no-cost, open source teaching-learning tools that will greatly aid in the process. It is a good read for school administrators, teachers and students.
For U & Me - Overview
Ten Apps for Rooted Android
Here’s a guide to the ten best apps for rooted Android, as viewed by the author.
 
Developers - Overview
Ten PHP Frameworks Web Development Made Easy
PHP is open source software that is easy to learn and use, while being free. Its primary purpose is to generate HTML content. PHP is extensively used in Web applications today. In this article, we present the top 10 PHP frameworks.
Developers - Insight
Cross-Site Scripting Attacks Prevention is Better than Cure
Today, the Internet is full of crooks who could relieve you of your identity, your accounts and other valuable information, using malicious attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS). But if you are aware of the various XSS methods used, and the open source tools that help you detect them, you could prevent such attacks.
 
Developers - Insight
Fundamental of Java Multi-threading
This article explains what threads are in Java. It elaborates on their uses and on how to implement them, while discussing their life cycle.
Developers - Let's Try
Practical Python Programming Writing a Config File Checker
This is the first part of a new column on practical Python programming. In this article, the author explains how the config file of any product can be validated by using a config file checker.
 
Developers - How To
Property-based Testing in Haskell and How to Install Cabal
Haskell, named after logician Haskell Curry, is a standardised, general-purpose, purely functional programming language, with non-strict semantics and strong static typing. Let’s take a look at the property-based testing of Haskell programs and at the Cabal tool, which is used to build and manage Haskell packages and applications.
Developers - Let's Try
Qt5: Let’s Learn Some Theory
This article marks the beginning of a new column on Qt5 programming, which is a platform-independent application framework. It is widely used for developing application software that can be run on diverse hardware and software platforms with practically no change in the code base.
 
Admin - How To
A Guide to Using Raw Sockets
In this tutorial, let’s take a look at how raw sockets can be used to receive data packets and send those packets to specific user applications, bypassing the normal TCP/IP protocols.
Admin - How To
Running Apache Hadoop over Lustre
A combination of the power of Hadoop and the speed of Lustre bodes well for enterprises. In this article, the author shows how Hadoop can be set up over Lustre. So those who love to play around with software, here’s your chance!
 
Admin - How To
SaltStack: Grains, Pillars, Targeting and Render Systems
In this third and concluding article in the series on SaltStack, which makes software for configuration management, infrastructure automation and cloud orchestration, we look at the various components of SaltStack.
Admin - How To
Set Up an FTPS Server in Linux
vsftpd is a very popular package for FTP (File Transfer Protocol) but poses a security threat because it transfers vital data like usernames, passwords, etc, in plain text. To eliminate this risk, FTP offers encryption with the help of the SSL and TLS protocols. This article explains how to set up an FTPS server in Linux.
 
Admin - Insight
The Way FreeBSD Jail Work
FreeBSD-based computer systems can be partitioned into several independent mini-systems called jails by using operating system level virtualisation, which is an implementation of FreeBSD. FreeBSD jails compartmentalise the system – its files and its resources—in such a way that only the right person has access to the right compartments (jails).
Open Gurus - How To
Automating Browsers with Ruby and Watir-webdriver
Lightweight and simple to use, Watir is a browser driver that is great for automating modern browsers. It is built on Ruby but it also works well with other testing frameworks supported by Ruby. In this article, the author describes the installation of Watir and its use in retrieving the results of the CBSE Board exams.
 
Open Gurus - How To
Assigning Map Projections in QGIS
QGIS is free and open source software for creating, editing, visualising, analysing and publishing geospatial information. It is OS-independent and works on Linux, Windows, Mac and BSD. An Android version is expected shortly. This tutorial on assigning map projections in QGIS is aimed at beginners.
Admin - Overview
Popular Cloud Options You Can Depend Upon
Here’s a list and short description of the most popular open source cloud options in IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
 
For U & Me - Let's Try
Taiga: The Trouble-free Way to Manage Your Project
Taiga is a powerful open source project management platform, which is simple, lean and beautiful. It makes work truly enjoyable.
In The News
All You Need to Know About Samsung’s Tizen OS!
Tizen has been under development since 2012, and it’s now ready to challenge Google’s dominant Android OS. This emerging OS is going to be a crucial part of Samsung’s Internet of Things strategy too.
 
For U & Me - Overview
Research Areas and Simulation in Cloud Computing
This article looks at the backbone technologies in cloud computing, and suggests some areas of research in this field as well as a few resources.
For U & Me - Interview
The SMAC trend is here to stay!
EMC Corporation recently released the findings of a survey that asked IT decisionmakers in India for their perspective on IT’s role as an enabler of business change due to the shift towards the mega trends of cloud computing, mobile computing, social media and Big Data. The impact of these mega trends has fundamentally changed the expectations of consumers and end users, who increasingly want to interact online, anytime and from anywhere, making IT strategically more important than ever before. The focus within the IT community has been on creating efficiencies and driving down costs. The EMC Forum Survey reveals that in India, IT is now viewed as a strategic enabler to grow business and connect better with customers. As per the survey, the top three areas where these trends will have an impact are in improving the customer experience (52 per cent of the respondents agreed to this), streamlining business functions and improving efficiencies (as per 39 per cent of the respondents), and managing missioncritical business operations (34 per cent of the respondents).
 
For U & Me - Overview
The Eight Best Android Apps for Cloud Back-ups
With mobile computing becoming more prevalent and with smartphones replacing laptops or PCs, there is now a premium on storage space. Cloud storage is the logical step up from traditional storage devices like tapes or hard disks. Here’s a list of the eight best Android apps for cloud storage for you.

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This month we have something for every open source fan—from the newbie to the develope.
 














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