News Category: Applications


In this preview of his upcoming talk at ApacheCon, Julien Nioche explains how StormCrawler can be used to build a distributed web crawler.

StormCrawler: An Open Source SDK for Building Web Crawlers with ApacheStorm

StormCrawler is an open source collection of reusable resources, mostly implemented in Java, for building low-latency, scalable web crawlers on Apache Storm. In his upcoming talk at ApacheCon, Julien Nioche, Director of DigitalPebble Ltd, will compare StormCrawler with similar projects, such as...
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IRC 3: The Original Online Chat Program Gets Updated

Long before there was Whatsapp, Slack, or Snapchat, IRC was the program for online chatting. And, it's not dead yet. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was born in 1988 to help people message each over over the pre-web internet. While many other programs have become more popular since then, such as Whatsapp...
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An Open Source Font System for Everyone

A big challenge in sharing digital information around the world is “tofu”—the blank boxes that appear when a computer or website isn’t able to display text: ⯐. Tofu can create confusion, a breakdown in communication, and a poor user experience.Five years ago we set out to address this problem via...
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The Rise of the Helpful Operational Bots: ChatOps

Over the last number of years, the idea of a conversational interface to technology has entered the mainstream conscience. As is often the case, many of the ideas that get neatly packaged up into consumer facing technology have been knocking around for a long time, and conversational interfaces are...
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The Document Foundation has provided statistics indicating that LibreOffice is gaining traction with Linux users, developers, administrators, and enterprises.

LibreOffice Suite Now Competes Directly with Google Docs

On the heels of announcing new versions 5.2 and 5.1.5 of the free, LibreOffice suite of productivity applications, The Document Foundation has provided statistics indicating that LibreOffice is gaining traction with Linux users, developers, administrators, and enterprises. In fact, the new version...
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Why I Love These Markup Languages

Around this time last year, I wrote a brief introduction to various markup languagesfor this column. The topic of language selection has come up several times recently, so I thought it might be time to revisit the subject with my biases more overt. I'm here to explain why I prefer the languages I...
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OpenOffice, After Years of Neglect, Could Shut Down

OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there aren't enough developers to update the office suite. Project leaders are particularly worried about their ability to fix security problems. An e-mail thread titled, "What would OpenOffice...
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This Guy Tested 100 DRM-Free Humble Games on Linux So You Don’t Have To

One of the many things I love about the Linux community is how ridiculously helpful it can be.  Like a lot of us, Børge A. Roum has bought a lot of Humble Bundles over the years. And, also like a lot of us, says he was lured in by the inclusion of Linux DRM-free games.  But have you ever hit a...
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OpenBSD 6.0 Tightens Security by Losing Linux Compatibility

OpenBSD, one of the more prominent variants of the BSD family of Unix-like operating systems, will be released at the beginning of September, according to a note on the official OpenBSD website. Often touted as an alternative to Linux. OpenBSD is known for the lack of proprietary influence on its...
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How To Check Pokémon Go Server Status on Ubuntu

Playing Pokemon Go? This indicator applet for Ubuntu tells you when the game's servers are up and running so you can head out and catch em all.  Pokémon GO is ripping up the world right now, but trying to catch ’em all isn’t made easy thanks to continual server outages. Any wannabe trainers among...
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