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The patented “superformula” that could cause a legal headache for No Man’s Sky

Friday 22nd of July 2016 03:53:04 AM
With No Man's Sky's highly anticipated release just weeks away, a Dutch company is objecting to the game's alleged use of a patented "superformula" to generate landscapes and terrain.

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review - The King of All Ubuntu Phones

Friday 22nd of July 2016 02:27:18 AM
The time has come for us to take a look at the best handset powered by Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system that you can buy right now, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition.

Manage Mageia System through URPMI Package Manager utility

Friday 22nd of July 2016 01:30:07 AM
URPMI is Mageia’s command line tool for managing packages and repositories (media). It’s powerful command-line tool which is used to automatically download and install new software packages, upgrade existing software packages, update the package list index, and to upgrade the entire Mageia system. urpmi handles dependencies automatically (checks and resolves dependencies).

Bay Trail and Braswell COMs tap new Qseven 2.1 spec

Friday 22nd of July 2016 12:32:56 AM
Advantech’s Linux-friendly SOM-3567 and SOM-3568 COMS offer Intel Bay Trail and Braswell chips, respectively, and adopt the Qseven 2.1 form factor.

SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager

Thursday 21st of July 2016 11:35:45 PM
SUSE Manager is a open-source IT management solution with a centralized consolefor managing multiple Linux distributions, hardware platforms (x86, IBM PowerSystems and z Systems),

GNS3 - Emulating Network Infrastructure on Debian 8.2

Thursday 21st of July 2016 10:38:34 PM
In this tutorial, I will show you the basis to install and operate this software. The GNS3 version that will be used in this tutorial is the 1.5.1, on a Debian 8.2 (Jessie) system. GNS3 (Graphical Network System 3) is an emulation software that let's you see the interaction of network devices in a network topology.

In Search of a Linux iTunes Replacement

Thursday 21st of July 2016 09:41:23 PM
In this week's installment, our resident Linux newb goes on the prowl with one thought in mind: To find the best-of-breed FOSS music player for GNU/Linux.

7 Differences Between Linux and Windows: User Expectations

Thursday 21st of July 2016 08:44:12 PM
When I was a boy, I imagined that other languages were codes, whose words had a one-to-one correspondence to English. In the same way, many Windows users expect Linux to be an exact equivalent.

Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million

Thursday 21st of July 2016 07:47:01 PM
A Chinese consortium is buying Opera.

Maxthon browser is a wolf in sheep's clothing

Thursday 21st of July 2016 06:49:50 PM
This could very well be a case of overreacting and far-reaching paranoia. However, it cannot be said enough that we are living in an age when protecting our data has become a top priority for most (and should be for all). That's why, when I read the details regarding the troubles now plaguing the Maxthon browser, I immediately wanted to warn people that it would be in their best interest to stop using the application.

5 tricks for getting started with Vim

Thursday 21st of July 2016 05:52:39 PM
For years, I've wanted to learn Vim, now my preferred Linux text editor and a favorite open source tool among developers and system administrators. And when I say learn, I mean really learn. Master is probably too strong a word, but I'd settle for advanced proficiency. For most of my years using Linux, my skillset included the ability to open a file, use the arrow keys to navigate up and down, switch into insert mode, change some text, save, and exit.read more

How To Install KDE Plasma 5 In Peppermint OS 7?

Thursday 21st of July 2016 04:55:28 PM
Peppermint OS 7 was released back in June with many graphical changes. I personally did not like the font change. Before, it was better. Well, at this time I'm using Peppermint OS 7 because it's faster and it has few apps that I need. I have also tried Plasma in Peppermint OS 7 and so far it is working smooth. If you like Plasma but you're using Peppermint, then check out this article to install KDE Plasma 5 in Peppermint OS.

Why and How to Use Ring Instead of Skype on Linux

Thursday 21st of July 2016 03:58:17 PM
It is like when you say Ring is an alternative to Skype. No, no, it's not. Skype is ghastly. It is proprietary; it is demonstrably insecure; there is evidence that Microsoft uses Skype to siphon off conversations to the NSA; and the GNU/Linux version still lags behind the Windows one. So no, Ring is not an alternative to Skype. Ring is a full-featured, open source product that you need to know about...

The Ubuntu-powered BQ Aquaris M10 tablet: Almost amazing

Thursday 21st of July 2016 03:01:06 PM
BQ Aquaris M10, the first Ubuntu-powered tablet to ship, has some shortcomings, but the fact that it runs traditional Linux desktop apps will make many Linux users happy.

Vim or Emacs: Which text editor do you prefer?

Thursday 21st of July 2016 02:03:55 PM
It may be 2016, but among many developers and system administrators, the editor war is still alive and well. Vim (and vi) or Emacs: Both have strong followings, and of course, plenty of people use something else entirely. Which do you prefer?read more

SJVN Talks FOSS, Linux, Microsoft & More…

Thursday 21st of July 2016 01:06:44 PM
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about Linux and FOSS since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and started writing about IT back when single-celled organisms and CP/M dominated the landscape.

Making and preparing 3D models for printing with Blender

Thursday 21st of July 2016 12:09:33 PM
In Part 1 of my series on getting started with 3D printing in Blender, I covered basic preliminary steps for getting your Blender environment set up for creating your own 3D models, ready to be 3D printed. In Part 2, I'll examine the process for actually creating those models that you want to print. Before getting started, I should emphasize that Blender is not a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tool. Rather, its primary purpose is to serve as an artist's tool.read more

Howdy, Ubuntu on Windows! An Intro From Canonicals Dustin Kirkland

Thursday 21st of July 2016 11:00:31 AM
I was working in Cape Town, South Africa when I received a strange call from a friend and colleague at Microsoft in January of 2016. The call was decorated with subtlety as he danced around the technology underpinning what you and I today know as “Ubuntu on Windows,” but without any detail...

Linux Mint 18 Sarah released in Xfce beta edition

Thursday 21st of July 2016 10:03:20 AM
Linux Mint team has started to roll the beta release of Linux Mint 18 Sarah in Xfce DE. Linux Mint team announced the release of Linux Mint 18 Xfce Beta with some already known issues and workarounds too.It features Xfce 4.12,MDM 2.0[....]

10 Essential Skills for Novice, Junior and Senior SysAdmins

Thursday 21st of July 2016 09:06:09 AM
Keeping up with emerging technologies in cloud computing such as OpenStack will be key to navigating this changing landscape, according to Randy Russell, director of certification for Red Hat.

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Linux 4.6.5

I'm announcing the release of the 4.6.5 kernel. All users of the 4.6 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.6.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.6.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... thanks, greg k-h Read more Also: Linux 4.4.16 Linux 3.14.74

today's leftovers

Leftovers: Software

  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty
    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support
    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.
  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
  • Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux
  • Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal [Ed: This article is nonsense right from the headline. Web client is not Linux support. And it's spyware (centralised too).]

today's howtos