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Must go faster, must go faster! Oracle punts Java SE into GitHub, promises rapid releases

Thursday 7th of September 2017 11:32:25 AM
Plenty of life left in this dinosaurOracle plans to accelerate the pace of Java SE releases – and has moved Java EE's code repository to GitHub – in keeping with its avowed desire to step back from managing the beast.…

To Linux Mint KDE 18.2… and back

Thursday 7th of September 2017 09:49:29 AM
Linux Mint KDE is just one of several flavours of Linux Mint, and obviously not the flagship of this distribution.However, I liked that distribution in my test of the Live version of Linux Mint KDE 18.2. I liked it so much that I decided to give it a go in installed mode.How was that? Let’s check.

Install Ring, a FOSS VOIP Skype alternative

Thursday 7th of September 2017 08:06:33 AM
If you ask just about any Linux user, they'll agree that Skype is pretty terrible. There's not a whole lot to like there, especially since the Linux client is just a poorly maintained wrapper for the web app.

Maneuvering around run levels on Linux

Thursday 7th of September 2017 06:23:37 AM
Learn how run levels are configured and how you can change the run level interactively or modify what services are available.

Installing a VPN with Tinc in Ubuntu 16.04

Thursday 7th of September 2017 04:40:42 AM
Tinc is an open-source VPN daemon that available for a wide range of platforms and has several advantages over similar VPN clients. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure private network that operates over a larger public network such as the internet. VPNs have become increasingly popular in recent years, largely because they offer increased security and privacy without the need for setting up expensive and complex new hardware.

PiCluster – A Simple, Web-based Docker Management Application

Thursday 7th of September 2017 02:57:46 AM
PiCluster is a simple, open source, web-based docker management application used to manage Docker containers across multiple hosts. Unlike Docker Swarm or Kubernetes, PiCluster is easy to setup and use.

Jetson TX2 kit features 6x HD cameras

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:14:50 AM
E-con has launched a Linux-driven camera system for the Jetson TX1 and TX2 dev kits with six 3.4MP, HD cameras that stream in in uncompressed YUV422. Embedded vendor E-con Systems has long been known for its Linux-driven embedded camera modules and boards such as its i.MX6 based e-CAM50IMX6. Now, the company has launched an ambitious, […]

Twitter Finally Rolls Out Night Mode Feature to Linux, Windows and Mac Users

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 11:31:54 PM
Twitter announced today that it managed to implement the Night Mode feature to the desktop version of its social networking service, available on all Linux and Windows PCs, as well as Macs.

New Oracle Layoffs Probably Signal End of Line for Solaris

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 09:48:59 PM
It's beginning to look like it's the end of the line for Solaris, the Unix operating system that became part of Oracle's portfolio when the company acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. The company is sending out another round of pink slips, mostly affecting hardware and Solaris workers. Although the exact number of employees getting the ax is unknown, most estimates put the figure at somewhere around 2,500. Workers in four states as well as India, are affected. The "pink slips" went out Friday by way of recorded telephone messages. Have a happy Labor Day.

Recording live presentations, Part 1: Choosing your equipment

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 08:06:04 PM
It's almost mandatory now for conference organizers to live stream and/or post speakers' recorded presentations on the internet. The good news is that, as we learned in June at EclipseCon France 2017, open source software and affordable technology make it easy to publish videos on YouTube or other video-sharing services without doing any post-editing or rendering—both of which can take a lot of time.

Mesa 17.2 Graphics Stack Released, Brings Many Improvements for Linux Gamers

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 06:23:09 PM
Collabora's Emil Velikov is pleased to announce the release and general availability of the Mesa 17.2 graphics stack for GNU/Linux operating systems, which is a major version adding lots of improvements.

Sun set: Oracle closes down last Sun product lines

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 04:40:13 PM
Officially, Oracle hasn't said a thing. Unofficially, if you count the cars in Oracle's Santa Clara office, you'll find hundreds of spots that were occupied last week now empty. As many as 2,500 Oracle, former Sun, employees have been laid off. Good bye, SPARC. Good bye, Solaris. Your day is done.

A checklist for building your enterprise logging layer

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 02:57:17 PM
In any discussion about big-picture topics such as cloud migration services, data centers, and microservices, the topic of enterprise logging can get relegated to an afterthought. But you do so at your peril, because without logging, you won't have critical visibility into your services in order to diagnose and debug efficiently. What's more, if you're a large enterprise, you may be violating compliance requirements.

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 01:14:21 PM
The Canonical project is gearing up for one of its biggest releases yet. Ubuntu 17.10, due to arrive October 19, will be the company's first release since it abandoned its Unity desktop, Mir display server and the dream of "convergence". Instead Ubuntu users will get the GNOME desktop with a few tweaks that promise to make it a little bit more Unity-like.

Netutils-Linux : A Set Of Tools To Simplify Linux Network Troubleshooting And Performance Tuning

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 11:31:26 AM
Say hello to netutils-linux is a collection Of utilities to perform network troubleshooting and performance tuning in varies aspect.

How To Transform GIMP Into Photoshop

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 08:24:02 AM
GIMP is a pretty awesome free and open source imaging tool that does a lot right in providing a very remarkable alternative to the hugely popular premium Photoshop. GIMP does a lot right for those who make the switch but then there is always a learning curve in getting used to the interface, the shortcuts, and others. What if we could make some few tweaks and changes to make your GIMP set up the look and work more like Photoshop. This post looks at 6 simple ways of making GIMP look and work a bit like Photoshop. Most of these tweaks are pretty easy to achieve so let's get started.

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication in Ubuntu

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 06:41:07 AM
Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Learn how you can easily set up two-factor authentication on Ubuntu.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Installer Enters Alpha with Linux 4.12 Support

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 03:00:57 AM
Work on the next major version of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system is ongoing since early July, a couple of weeks after the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" series arrived, and it now looks like it's already in Alpha stages of development.

Configure WordPress with W3 Total Cache and CloudFlare CDN in LAMP

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 01:18:02 AM
This guide will show you how to increase WordPress website load speed with W3 Total Cache Plugin and a CloudFlare CDN free account. In this tutorial, Wordpress CMS system is installed on top of a LAMP stack (Linux + Apache HTTP server + MariaDB RDBMS and PHP) on a Debian 9 server.

Magic Wormhole – A Simple And Secure Way To Send Files From Linux Command Line

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 11:35:06 PM
Meet Magic Wormhole is a simple and free utility that help users to send a files from one computer to another computer anywhere in the world.

More in Tux Machines

TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13 Review: a Powerful Ultrabook Running TUXEDO Xubuntu

There is no doubt that the TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13 is not a powerful ultrabook, providing good value for the money. And having it shipped with a Linux OS pre-installed makes your Linux journey a breeze if you're just getting started with exploring the wonderful world of Open Source software and GNU/Linux technologies. There are a few issues that caught our attention during our testing, and you should be aware of them before buying this laptop. For example, the LCD screen leaks light, which is most visible on a dark background and when watching movies. Also, the display is only be tilted back to about 120 degrees, which might be inconvenient for the owner. The laptop doesn't heat up that much, and we find the backlit keyboard with the Tux logo on the Super key a plus when buying a TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13. Of course, if you don't need all this power, you can always buy any other laptop out there and install your favorite Linux OS on it, but it's not guaranteed that everything will work out of the box like on TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Sonic Mania ‘Plays Perfectly’ on Linux via WINE
    The Windows version of Sonic Mania is playable on Linux using WINE — and that’s not just me saying that, that’s a bunch of Linux gamers over on Reddit (where else?).
  • Icculus has ported The End is Nigh to on-demand service 'Jump', Linux may come soon plus some thoughts
    Ever heard of the on-demand subscription gaming service Jump? It's an on-demand game streaming service and Icculus just ported The End is Nigh to it. Recently, I wrote about how The End is Nigh might be coming to Linux. Sadly, that's not actually the case just yet. Announcing it on his Patreon, Icculus noted about his work to port it to the on-demand service Jump. They actually reached out to him to do it, as it turns out.
  • liveslak 1.1.9 and new ISO images
    The ‘liveslak‘ scripts used to create the ISO images for Slackware Live Edition have been stamped with a new version, 1.1.9. The updates are significant enough to warrant an ‘official’ update and new ISO images. The latest set of Slackware Live Edition ISOs are based on liveslak 1.1.9 and Slackware-current dated “Tue Sep 19 20:49:07 UTC 2017“. Just in time (I was already creating ISOS based on -current “Mon Sep 18 19:15:03 UTC 2017“) I noticed that Patrick downgraded the freetype package in Slackware, and I re-generated all of the ISO images to incorporate the latest freetype package – because that one is working and the previous one had serious issues. If you already use a Slackware Live USB stick that you do not want to re-format, you should use the “-r” parameter to the “iso2usb.sh” script. The “-r” or refresh parameter allows you to refresh the liveslak files on your USB stick without touching your custom content.
  • The best of Tizen deals from Samsung’s ‘Smart Utsav’ festive offers in India
  • Chrome 62 Beta: Network Quality Estimator API, OpenType variable fonts, and media capture from DOM elements
    Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.
  • Chrome 62 Beta Released With OpenType Font Variations, DOM Media Capture
    Google has rolled out their public beta of the upcoming Chrome/Chromium 62 web-browser update.
  • Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn’t Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth [Ed: Proprietary software means you cannot trust it and anything you think it does it likely won't]
    Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone's new operating system iOS 11, turning them off is not as easy as it used to be. Now, when you toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off from the iPhone's Control Center—the somewhat confusing menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the phone—it actually doesn't completely turn them off. While that might sound like a bug, that's actually what Apple intended in the new operating system. But security researchers warn that users might not realize this and, as a consequence, could leave Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on without noticing.
  • HP Brings Back Obnoxious DRM That Cripples Competing Printer Cartridges
    Around a year ago, HP was roundly and justly ridiculed for launching a DRM time bomb -- or a software update designed specifically to disable competing printer cartridges starting on a set date. As a result, HP Printer owners using third-party cartridges woke up one day to warnings about a "cartridge problem," or errors stating, "one or more cartridges are missing or damaged," or that the user was using an "older generation cartridge." The EFF was quick to lambast the practice in a letter to HP, noting that HP abused its security update mechanism to trick its customers and actively erode product functionality. HP only made matters worse for itself by claiming at the time that it was only looking out for the safety and security of its customers, while patting itself on the back for being pro-active about addressing a problem it caused -- only after a massive consumer backlash occurred.
  • EFF quits W3C over decision to accept EME as Web standard
     

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has resigned from the World Wide Web Consortium after the latter announced it was accepting the published Encrypted Media Extensions as a Web standard.  

Programming: OpenJ9, HHVM, and Good API Documentation

  • IBM open-sources a microservices-friendly Java app server
    A few weeks ago, Nginx released its multilanguage microservices-friendly app server, but without Java support at launch. Now IBM has a beta build of its own microservices-friendly app server for Java applications: the open source Open Liberty, which implements IBM’s version of Java EE and MicroProfile microservices implementation. Open Liberty will provide a runtime supporting Java microservices that can be quickly updated and moved among different cloud environments. When combined with the Eclipse OpenJ9 Java Virtual Machine, OpenLiberty will provide a full Java stack, IBM said. (OpenJ9 had been IBM’s J9 JVM, which it contributed to the Eclipse Foundation that now manages Java EE.)
  • The Future of HHVM
    Several months ago, PHP officially announced the end-of-life for PHP5. The HHVM team is happy about the direction PHP has taken with PHP7, and we’re proud of the role we’ve played in pushing the language and runtime to where they are today. Since the PHP community is finally saying goodbye to PHP5, we’ve decided to do so as well.
  • The Ten Essentials for Good API Documentation

OSS: SRT, Redox OS, Apache Spark, Magento, OpenBSD and More

  • SRT open-source video project adds transfer, multiplexing features that can reduce streaming costs
    The SRT Alliance, an open-source initiative focused on developing methods for low-latency video streaming, has released version 1.3 of the SRT video transport protocol. This version supports encrypted fast file transfer of VOD files and the multiplexing of streams within the same network port. Founded by streaming video providers Haivision and Wowza, the SRT Alliance is focused on developing an open source alternative to proprietary technologies.
  • Redox OS 0.3.3 Released, Lowers RAM Usage
    The Rust-written Redox operating system is out with a new feature release. Redox OS 0.3.3 is the operating system's new version and its primary benefit is much lower memory use. Redox OS 0.3.3 is now using just about 480MB of RAM rather than around 1.3GB.
  • Fast track Apache Spark
    These tips highlight Spark’s ability to deliver serious gains in productivity despite limited user computing capability. There is definitely an ideal Spark setup for each organization’s particular needs. One or all of the following will most likely be necessary once there is buy-in from stakeholders to create a robust analytics system: expanding to a cluster setup, building a data warehouse, and utilizing an infrastructure team. My hope is that this post has given you some tips to make it easier to create a proof-of-concept with Spark that justifies stakeholder investment, and that it has provided some pointers if you decide that a bare bones Spark setup is best for you.
  • Magento’s Open Source Release
    On 14th September 2017, Magento released “Open Source” (Magento 2.1.9) which seeks to improve and upgrade current Magento software. According to the Magento team, the new release contains 40 security fixes and enhancements.
  • Setup a desktop environment under OpenBSD with XFCE
  • Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus