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How to Get Newer Kernels on Ubuntu

33 min 29 sec ago
Each version of Ubuntu ships with a frozen kernel, and it’s not easy for users to switch kernels. Here’s how you can get and use newer kernels on Ubuntu.

How to take LVM snapshot backup in LINUX

2 hours 10 min ago
With the help of LVM snapshot backup we can freeze current state of an LVM volume. Making LVM snapshot backup make us to keep current state of volume and we can revert this state back if any needs arises during activity. A volume consists of two parts: file system metadata and the actual blocks containing data in a file.

MKVToolNix 9.9.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New GUI Improvements, More

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:28:42 AM
MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced today the release and general availability of MKVToolNix 9.9.0 "Pick Up" for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Best Linux File Sharing Tips

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 04:51:30 AM
Today's article is going to provide you with some useful Linux file sharing tips using common file sharing software. This article assumes two things. First, you're running Ubuntu. Second, you're comfortable typing recommended commands into a terminal window.

Compact, rugged module runs Linux or Android on Apollo Lake

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 03:33:46 AM
Ubiqcomm’s 95 x 95mm, Apollo Lake-based “COM-AL6C” COM offers 4K video along with multiple SATA, USB, GbE, and PCIe interfaces, plus -40 to 85°C operation. Ubiqconn Technology Inc. has announced a “COM-AL6C” COM Express Type 6 Compact form factor computer-on-module built around Intel’s Apollo Lake processors and designed to withstand the rigors of both fixed […]

Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 02:25:09 AM
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.

Interview: Thomas Weissel Installing Plasma in Austrian Schools

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 01:16:32 AM
With Plasma 5 having reached maturity for widespread use we are starting to see rollouts of it in large environments. Dot News interviewed the admin behind one such rollout in Austrian schools.

3 things companies must know about data sovereignty when moving to the cloud

Tuesday 21st of February 2017 12:07:55 AM
Enterprises are increasingly adopting cloud-based services in order to take advantage of the many business benefits of not having to purchase, manage, upgrade, and replace systems and applications. Of course, all that data still has to “live” somewhere.

The 'New' Microsoft is Still Acting Like a Dangerous Cult in an Effort to Hijack and/or Undermine All Free/Open Source Software

Monday 20th of February 2017 10:59:18 PM
In an effort to combat any large deployment of non-Microsoft software, the company goes personal and attempts to overthrow even management that is not receptive to Microsoft's agenda

Total War: SHOGUN 2 looks like it will be heading to Linux & SteamOS

Monday 20th of February 2017 09:50:41 PM
Well this was quite a surprise to see! It looks like Total War: SHOGUN 2 is going to make an appearance on Linux & SteamOS.

An introduction to the Linux boot and startup processes

Monday 20th of February 2017 08:42:04 PM
Understanding the Linux boot and startup processes is important to being able to both configure Linux and to resolving startup issues. This article presents an overview of the bootup sequence using the GRUB2 bootloader and the startup sequence as performed by the systemd initialization system.read more

GParted 0.28.1 Restores Ability to Resize or Move Primary Partitions, Fixes Bugs

Monday 20th of February 2017 07:33:27 PM
Just three days after the release of GParted 0.28 open-source partition editor, which implemented partial read and write support for LUKS encrypted file systems, Curtis Gedak is now announcing the release of the first point release.

How to install WordPress on Fedora

Monday 20th of February 2017 06:24:50 PM
WordPress started as a simple blogging system, but has evolved into a reputable content management system. It’s also one of the most popular open source projects. Furthermore, it’s easy to set up WordPress on your Fedora system. Install the packages Fedora provides... Continue Reading →

How to create your own Linux Distribution with Yocto on Ubuntu

Monday 20th of February 2017 05:16:13 PM
In this article, our focus is the creation of a minimal Linux distribution using the Yocto project on the Ubuntu platform. The Yocto project is very famous in the embedded Linux world because of its flexibility and ease of use. The purpose of the Yocto project is to create a Linux distro for manufacturers of embedded hardware and software.

What will we do when everything is automated?

Monday 20th of February 2017 04:07:36 PM
Recently, I came across a study the caused me to think beyond the day-to-day world of code-slinging in which I live. According to the study Myth and the Reality of Manufacturing in America (PDF), conducted by Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana:read more

Hands-on: New PCLinuxOS installation images

Monday 20th of February 2017 02:58:59 PM
Good news: there are new PCLinuxOS installation images available! I'm going to see how they work, and what else might be new, different, and interesting about them.

3 Good Command-Line Audio and Graphics Apps for Linux

Monday 20th of February 2017 01:11:15 PM
It is often faster to use command-line apps to play audio files and preview images than to futz around launching and using a graphical application, and you can use them in scripts. Come along to learn about MOC and SoX for playing audio files, and feh for viewing image files from the Linux command line.

Installing CentOS 7.2 on IBM Power System S822LC

Monday 20th of February 2017 11:16:53 AM
If you are installing Linux on your IBM® Power® System S822LC server, then the instructions in this article can help you to start and run your system. These instructions are specific to installing CentOS 7 on an IBM Power System S822LC server for high-performance computing (HPC).

How to install EC2 Linux server in AWS with screenshots

Monday 20th of February 2017 09:22:31 AM
Complete Howto guide to install EC2 Linux server in Amazon Web services cloud.

10 Awesome Gnome Shell Extensions to Improve GNOME 3

Monday 20th of February 2017 07:28:09 AM
The good thing about the GNOME desktop is that it allows third-party extensions. Here are 10 of the best Gnome Shell extensions to extend the functionality of your Gnome desktop.

More in Tux Machines

New GNU/Linux Releases: TheSSS, Arkas OS, Black Lab, and Parrot

  • The Smallest Server Suite Gets Special Edition with PHP 7.0.15, Apache 2.4.25
    4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia about the availability of a special edition of the TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) Live Linux operating system. Carrying the same version number as the original TheSSS release, namely 21.0, and dubbed TheSSS7, the new flavor ships with more recent PHP packages from the 7.0.x series. Specifically, TheSSS7 includes PHP 7.0.15, while TheSSS comes with PHP 5.6.30.
  • Descent OS Is Dead, Arkas OS Takes Its Place and It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    Some of you out there might remember the Descent OS distro created by Brian Manderville and based on the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, and today we have some bad news for them as the development is now officially closed. Descent OS first appeared in February 2012 as a lightweight Ubuntu derivative built around the GNOME 2 desktop environment. Back then, it was known as Descent|OS, and was quite actively developed with new features and components borrowed from the latest Ubuntu releases.
  • Black Lab Linux 8.1 Out Now with LibreOffice 5.3, It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    Softpedia was informed today by the Black Lab Software project about the general availability of the first point release to the Black Lab Linux 8.0 operating system series. Serving as a base release to the company's enterprise offerings and equipped with all the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Black Lab Linux 8.1 comes with up-to-date components and the latest security patches ported from Ubuntu's repositories as of February 15, 2017. "Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.1. Our first incremental release to the 8.0 series. In this release we have brought all security updates up to Feb 15, 2017, as well as application updates," said Roberto J. Dohnert, CEO of Black Lab Software.
  • Parrot 3.5 – Call For Betatesters
    We did our best to prepare these preview images including all the updates and the new features introduced since the last release, but now we need your help to understand how to make it even better, and of course we need your help to understand if there is something that doesn’t work as expected or something that absolutely needs to be included in the final release.

Linux and Graphics

  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Now Available for Linux Lite Users, Here's How to Install It
    Minutes after the release of Linux kernel 4.10 last evening, Jerry Bezencon from the Linux Lite project announced that users of the Ubuntu-based distribution can now install it on their machines. Linux 4.10 is now the most advanced kernel branch for all Linux-based operating systems, and brings many exciting new features like virtual GPU support, better writeback management, eBPF hooks for cgroups, as well as Intel Cache Allocation Technology support for the L2/L3 caches of Intel processors.
  • Wacom's Intuos Pro To Be Supported By The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    Jiri Kosina submitted the HID updates today for the Linux 4.11 kernel cycle.
  • Mesa 13.0.5 Released for Linux Gamers with over 70 Improvements, Bug Fixes
    We reported the other day that Mesa 13.0.5 3D Graphics Library will be released this week, and it looks like Collabora's Emil Velikov announced it earlier this morning for all Linux gamers. Mesa 13.0.5 is a maintenance update to the Mesa 13.0 stable series of the open source graphics stack used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux distributions, providing gamers with powerful drivers for their AMD Radeon, Nvidia, and Intel GPUs. It comes approximately three weeks after the Mesa 13.0.4 update.
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Interview: Thomas Weissel Installing Plasma in Austrian Schools

With Plasma 5 having reached maturity for widespread use we are starting to see rollouts of it in large environments. Dot News interviewed the admin behind one such rollout in Austrian schools. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Top Lightweight Linux Distributions To Try In 2017
    Today I am going to discuss the top lightweight Linux distros you can try this year on your computer. Although you got yourself a prettyLinuxle linux already but there is always something new to try in Linux. Remember I recommend to try this distros in virtualbox firstly or with the live boot before messing with your system. All distro that I will mention here will be new and somewhat differ from regular distros.
  • [ANNOUNCE] linux-4.10-ck1 / MuQSS CPU scheduler 0.152
  • MSAA Compression Support For Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver
    Intel developer Jason Ekstrand posted a patch over the weekend for enabling MSAA compression support within the ANV Vulkan driver.
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 31
    As we announced in the previous report, our 31th Scrum sprint was slightly shorter than the usual ones. But you would never say so looking to this blog post. We have a lot of things to talk you about!
  • Comparing Mobile Subscriber Data Across Different Sources - How accurate is the TomiAhonen Almanac every year?
    You’ll see that last spring I felt the world had 7.6 Billion total mobile subscriptions when machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are included. I felt the world had 7.2 Billion total subscriptions when excluding M2M and just counting those in use by humans. And the most relevant number (bottom line) is the ‘unique’ mobile users, which I felt was an even 5.0 Billion humans in 2015. The chart also has the total handsets-in-use statistic which I felt was 5.6 Billion at the end of 2015. Note that I was literally the first person to report on the distinction of the unique user count vs total subscriptions and I have been urging, nearly begging for the big industry giants to also measure that number. They are slowly joining in that count. Similarly to M2M, we also are now starting to see others report M2M counts. I have yet to see a major mobile statistical provider give a global count of devices in use. That will hopefully come also, soon. But lets examine these three numbers that we now do have other sources, a year later, to see did I know what I was doing.