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10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

Saturday 14th of November 2015 07:05:44 AM
Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else?

How to create a new Amazon AWS access key

Saturday 14th of November 2015 05:11:22 AM
Amazon AWS security credentials are used to authenticate you and authorize any third-party application to access your AWS account. There are different types of AWS security credentials available, e.g., password, access key, multi-factor authentication, X.509 certificates, etc.

How to compile and install Bitcoin Core on Debian Wheezy

Saturday 14th of November 2015 03:17:00 AM
Do you like to use Bitcoin on Linux? This tutorial explains how to install and use Bitcoin Core on Debian Linux. Bitcoin Core is the official Bitcoin Wallet from I will use the latest version from the GIT repository at

Top 5: Linux terminal emulators, Flac for audio, and more

Saturday 14th of November 2015 02:29:40 AM
In this weekly top 5, we highlight the open development method for business, Unity and the GNOME Shell, lossless audio for Linux, FireFox's 11th birthday, and top open source terminal emulators. Top 5 articles of the week.

SBC mixes i.MX6 with FPGA for IoT and basestation duty

Saturday 14th of November 2015 01:42:20 AM
Mikroprojekt’s Linux-based “Kondor AX” development board for IoT gateways and small basestations combines a Lattice ECP5 FPGA with an i.MX6 Solo SoC.

5 game changing open source projects

Saturday 14th of November 2015 12:55:00 AM
In the era of mobile and cloud, we are becoming consumers of our own data and the companies whose services we use are becoming the owners. These five technologies or projects are game changers because they ensure that we remain in charge of our digital lives.

Firefox's New Feature for Tighter Security

Saturday 14th of November 2015 12:07:40 AM
Freedom and privacy go hand in hand. In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to worry about who was looking over our shoulders. None of us would have anything to hide, and we would have ulterior motives. As citizens of the real world though, we have to take measures to protect ourselves.

Is That Ubuntu Touch or Ubuntu Desktop? The Answer Is Both

Friday 13th of November 2015 11:20:20 PM
The border between the mobile and the desktop Ubuntu platforms is getting blurry, and distinguishing which is which is now difficult, judging by a simple image. Convergence is happening, and it will be here much faster than people imagine.

Help port Python packages to Python 3

Friday 13th of November 2015 10:33:00 PM
This upcoming weekend, a group of Fedora developers are convening for the Python 3 Fedora Activity Day (FAD) to make more progress on porting Python 2 packages to Python 3. If you want to lend a hand, jump into the #fedora-python... Continue Reading →

Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework

Friday 13th of November 2015 09:45:40 PM
Almost all supercomputers run on Linux. Now, the Linux Foundation, along with high-performance computer industry leaders, are announcing a new open-source software framework for HPC environments.

ARM debuts power-sipping 64-bit Cortex-A35 processor

Friday 13th of November 2015 08:58:20 PM
At ARM TechCon this week, ARM unveiled its most power-efficient 64-bit processor to date: the ARMv8-A based “Cortex-A35,” aimed at mobile and embedded apps.

Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework

Friday 13th of November 2015 08:11:00 PM
Almost all supercomputers run on Linux. Now, the Linux Foundation, along with high-performance computer industry leaders, are announcing a new open-source software framework for HPC environments.

Cinnamon 2.8 Desktop Environment Gets New Bugfix Releases for GNU/Linux

Friday 13th of November 2015 07:13:49 PM
The Cinnamon 2.8.3 and 2.8.4 maintenance releases have been published this week on the official GitHub page of the acclaimed open-source desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems.

A new “Happy Birthday” boss? Charity claims it owns famous song’s copyright

Friday 13th of November 2015 06:16:38 PM
In September, a judge ruled that music licensor Warner-Chappell doesn't own the copyright to "Happy Birthday." The question now seems to have become who does?

Calculate 15 Scratch KDE Screenshot Tour

Friday 13th of November 2015 05:19:27 PM
We are proud to announce a new release of Calculate Linux Scratch 15 featuring KDE 5, alias CLSK. CLSK provides a basic set of KDE 5 packages that were fully ported to Qt5, including the standard window manager. It can be used for building a system based on the new Plasma along with both KDE software and third-party, namely CLDX applications.

Linux gaming - Steam Machines finally ship

Friday 13th of November 2015 04:22:16 PM
More than two years ago, Valve announced that Linux-powered Steam Machines would be the future of gaming. After far too many delays, two gaming consoles are finally shipping with a third one coming soon.

Mini-ITX SBC runs Linux on Bay Trail

Friday 13th of November 2015 03:25:05 PM
Adlink’s Mini-ITX-BST-I SBC runs Linux on Intel Bay Trail SoCs, and offers 8GB RAM, dual GbE, and rich multimedia, plus MIL spec shake-and-bake ruggedness.

openSUSE 13.1 Reaches End of Life on January 5, 2016, Update to openSUSE Leap 42.1

Friday 13th of November 2015 02:27:54 PM
Marcus Meissner of openSUSE informs users that the openSUSE 13.1 GNU/Linux operating system will reach the end of its life in approximately two months from the moment of writing this article, on January 5, 2016.

Debian Live Dead, Linux Ransomware & More…

Friday 13th of November 2015 01:30:43 PM
Reading the post, you might be excused for thinking it’s not all wine and roses over in Debian-land. “Debian can be great,” Baumann wrote. “But depending on who you are, where you come from, and who your friends are, Debian can also be hateful and full of deceit.”

PostgreSQL learns to walk and chew gum

Friday 13th of November 2015 12:33:32 PM
First shot at parallelisation arrives. The open source PostgreSQL database is about to get query parallelisation, starting with just a few processes, and is looking for crash-test dummies to give it a whirl.…

More in Tux Machines Website Says Microsoft's Software Is Malware has a category on its website named “Philosophy of the GNU Project,” where the Microsoft software is described as malware, along with Apple and Amazon. Read more

Ubuntu Touch Devs Might Release an OTA-8.5 Hotfix Update for Ubuntu Phones

Earlier today, November 25, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent his daily report for the day of November 24, 2015, informing all Ubuntu Phone users about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers on the Ubuntu for phones operating system. Read more

Systemd — unit dependencies and order

Welcome back to our continuing series on systemd features. As you’ve guessed from our previous articles, systemd brings more power and flexibility to service startup and management. One of the most important changes in systemd from legacy SysVinit is how it starts up units. You may have heard from casual users that systemd starts everything together. Some people believe this is true, and that’s why the system starts faster. But the reality is not quite that simple. Let’s look a little more deeply at how systemd understands unit relationships. Read more

today's leftovers

  • AWS launches EC2 Dedicated Hosts so you can bring your own Linux licence
    AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) has announced the arrival of a new service called EC2 Dedicated Hosts. The new feature will allow companies to run the software they pay for on multiple virtual machines using a single server, giving more granular management to finding what applications are working on what virtual machine. AWS has outlined the advantages of EC2 Dedicated Hosts in a blog post by evangelist Jeff Barr.
  • Unikernels, meet Docker!
    The demo described here is just the beginning. There are many implementations of unikernels and there’s plenty of work ahead to ensure they can all reap the benefits of integration, as well as improving Docker itself to make the most of these new technologies. Look over the collection of unikernel projects and contribute your experiences to this blog!
  • AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux
    While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver. Even for their mentioned games, when testing various Linux OpenGL games on three different systems the performance was largely unchanged.
  • New HPCG Benchmark List Goes Beyond LINPACK to Compare Supercomputers
    The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced this week at SC15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half ago, containing only 15 entries and the SC’14 list had 25. The current list contains more than 60 entries as HPCG continues to gain traction in the HPC community.
  • New Opera 34 Beta Is Based on Chromium 47.0.2526.58, Brings Linux and Mac Fixes
    Opera Software, through Aneta Reluga, has announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta build for the upcoming Opera 34.0 web browser for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
  • Hamster rediscovered
    If you like to track your time in a fine granular way, consider to use project-hamster with the GNOME Shell extension.
  • Distro hopping: feeling good with my time on LXLE
    Well the time has come to officially switch off from LXLE. This time around however I find myself in a weird spot. I’ve honestly struggled with LXLE; not in using the distribution itself but rather coming up with things to write about it. That isn’t to say that LXLE is bad by any stretch of the imagination, in fact it is quite good, it’s just that once you get used to the light weight desktop environment (DE) there is a perfectly capable “heavy weight” distribution underneath. What I mean by this is that once you get used to the DE and it fades into the background you’re left with a perfectly functional distribution that could just as easily have been Ubuntu or Linux Mint or Fedora or {insert your favourite one here}.
  • Netrunner 17 'Horizon' is here -- download the Kubuntu-based Linux distro now
    About a week ago, the Netrunner team released an update to its rolling release operating system. Based on Arch/Manjaro, I advised Linux beginners to steer clear, and instead opt for the Kubuntu-based variant. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, the Ubuntu community is arguably friendlier and better for newbies -- there are a ton of instructions and .deb files available too. More importantly, however, the rolling release could be less stable overall.
  • Netrunner 17 Screenshot Tour
  • KNOPPIX 7.6.0 Screenshot Tour
  • Tumbleweed install for November
    For this month, I installed Tumbleweed on my laptop. I had installed Leap 42.1 to overwrite my previous Tumbleweed install on that laptop. This computer uses legacy booting. I gave Tumbleweed a 40G partition, which I formatted as “ext4”. I also allowed it to use the swap and home file systems from my encrypted LVM on that computer.
  • Python 3 Porting FAD: Lessons Learned
  • Fossetcon 2015 Orlando Florida – Lake Buena Vista Hilton 19 – 21 November 2015
  • Reproducible builds: week 30 in Stretch cycle