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Major Linux distros have Meltdown patches, but thats only part of the fix

Thursday 11th of January 2018 10:03:53 PM
All the major Linux distributions have now released their Intel chip meltdown patches. But, someone must retune all those servers to get their performance up to speed and replace network devices and servers running up-to-date Linux distros.

AI and machine learning bias has dangerous implications

Thursday 11th of January 2018 03:08:43 PM
Algorithms are everywhere in our world, and so is bias. From social media news feeds to streaming service recommendations to online shopping, computer algorithms—specifically, machine learning algorithms—have permeated our day-to-day world. As for bias, we need only examine the 2016 American election to understand how deeply—both implicitly and explicitly—it permeates our society as well.What’s often overlooked, however, is the intersection between these two: bias in computer algorithms themselves.read more

BASH drivers, start your engines

Thursday 11th of January 2018 01:54:23 PM
There's always more than one way to do a job in the shell, and there may not be One Best Way to do that job, either. Nevertheless, different commands with the same output can differ in how long they take, how much memory they use and how hard they make the CPU work.Out of curiosity I trialled 6 different ways to get the last 5 characters from each line of a text file, which is a simple text-processing task.

City of Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source

Thursday 11th of January 2018 11:37:51 AM
Barcelona city administration has prepared the roadmap to migrate its existing system from Microsoft and proprietary software to Linux and Open Source software.

Deep learning wars: Is Facebook-backed PyTorch an answer to Google’s TensorFlow?

Thursday 11th of January 2018 10:23:31 AM
The rapid rise of tools and techniques in Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning of late has been astounding.

Why isnt open source hot among computer science students?

Thursday 11th of January 2018 09:09:10 AM
The technical savvy and inventive energy of young programmers is alive and well.T o learn more about what college students think when they hear "open source," I surveyed several college students who are members of the same professional computer science organization I belong to.

What is your favorite desktop Linux distribution?

Thursday 11th of January 2018 07:54:50 AM
There may be no question in the open source community which elicits quite the same passion in people[he]#039[/he]s responses as "What[he]#039[/he]s your favorite Linux distribution?"There are all sorts of reasons people take their pick. It could be based on familiarity, on the UI, on performance, on package availability, on stability, on support, or thousands of other factors. Every year, just once, we let you chime in and tell us your favorite.

Debian Stretch and Jessie Get Kernel Patches to Mitigate Meltdown Security Flaw

Thursday 11th of January 2018 06:40:30 AM
The Debian Project released updated Linux kernels for Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" and Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" operating system series to patch the Meltdown security vulnerability and other issues.

Fedora 28 Looking To Replace Glibc's libcrypt With libxcrypt

Thursday 11th of January 2018 05:26:10 AM
As upstream Glibc is working on deprecating libcrypt for its eventual removal from the codebase, Fedora developers are looking at using libxcrypt for their hashing/encoding crypto library.

Sleep Fast, Sleep Hard with the Pzizz Android App

Thursday 11th of January 2018 04:11:49 AM
Pzizz is an Android app that generates a custom "nap narrative" that helps ease you off to dreamland and wakes you up when it's over. I was very skeptical about how restful a 20-minute forced nap could be, and at first, I doubted I'd fall asleep at all. Thankfully, I was very wrong.

Rugged mobile gateway runs Linux

Thursday 11th of January 2018 02:57:29 AM
Artila’s “Matrix-713” mobile IoT gateway runs Linux on a Cortex-A5 ATSAMA5D35, and provides Fast and Gigabit Ethernet, 2x CAN, 2x mini-PCIe, GPS, and an IMU, and supports -20 to 80°C temperatures. Artila’s Mobile IoT Gateway Matrix-713 follows a similarly headless Matrix-710 embedded computer announced last May, which also runs Linux 4.9 ......

Canonical Fixes Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Regression Causing Boot Failure on Some PCs

Thursday 11th of January 2018 01:43:09 AM
Canonical has released on Wednesday a new Linux kernel update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series to address a regression introduced with yesterday's security patch against the Meltdown vulnerability.

Sayonara is A Beautiful Lightweight Music Player for Linux

Thursday 11th of January 2018 12:28:48 AM
If you are looking for a lightweight music player with clean, intuitive user interface and all the standard features, give Sayonara a try. Sayonara is one of the lesser known music players for Linux that deserve more attention. Sayonara is a small, lightweight music player available only for Linux systems. It is written in C++ and uses Qt framework. GStreamer is used as audio backend.

8 unusual FOSS tools for agile teams

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 11:14:28 PM
You might be familiar with the expression: So many tools, so little time. In order to try to save you some time, I've outlined some of my favorite tools that help agile teams work better. If you are an agilist, chances are you're aware of similar tools, but I'm specifically narrowing down the list to tools that appeal to open source enthusiasts.read more

How To Install & Configure OTRS Help Desk Ticketing System On Linux

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 10:00:08 PM
OTRS stands for Open-source Ticket Request System is one of the most flexible web-based ticketing systems.

The Perfect Server CentOS 7.4 with Apache, Postfix, Dovecot, Pure-FTPD, BIND and ISPConfig 3.1

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 08:45:48 PM
This tutorial shows how to install ISPConfig 3.1 on a CentOS 7.4 (64Bit) server. ISPConfig 3 is a web hosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: Apache web server, Postfix mail server, MySQL, BIND nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, Mailman, and many more.

How to build custom IoT hardware with Arduino

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 07:31:28 PM
Recently I wanted to create an Arduino-based low-power Internet of Things (IoT) device for makers, with built-in sensors that could be used to deliver sensor data from any location to the cloud, and potentially control connected devices such as thermostats, lights, door locks, and other home automation products. Along the way, I learned that creating a new IoT device, from idea to prototype to final product, is not as simple as I thought it would be, and there was no "ready-to-go" development device to start with.read more

Intel Releases Processor Microcode Patch for Linux OSes, Here's How to Update

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 06:17:07 PM
Intel has released an updated microcode patch for Linux-based operating systems to address the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities.

Installing & Configuring MariaDB on RHEL/CentOS

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 05:02:47 PM
MariaDB is an open-source Relational Database & is a community developed forked-out version of MySQL database. MariaDB has replaced MySQL as default database in RHEL/CentOS 7. In this tutorial, we are will be discussing...

Ubuntu Releases Security Patch For Meltdown

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 03:48:27 PM
In another article, I have covered what is Meltdown and Spectre and told you how critical it is for us Linux users. The Linux had been fixed immediately after the two flaws were discovered. But the Ubuntu maintained kernel was not updated against Meltdown and Spectre.

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KDE/GNOME: Usability and Productivity, Krita Interview, GNOME Builder

  • This week in Usability and Productivity, part 2
    This is your weekly status update for the KDE community’s progress in the Usability and Productivity initiative. KDE contributors have been busy, and here’s a sampling of features, improvements, and bugfixes relevant to the initiative that KDE developers landed over the past week-and-a-half...
  • Interview with Baukje Jagersma
    How and when did you get to try digital painting for the first time? Probably when I first discovered Deviantart. I was already familiar with GIMP, which I used to create photo-manipulations with. But seeing all the amazingly talented artists on there made me want to try out digital painting for myself.
  • Builder happenings for January
    I’ve been very busy with Builder since returning from the holidays. As mentioned previously, we’ve moved to gitlab. I’m very happy about it. I can see how this is going to improve the engagement and communication between our existing community and help us keep new contributors. I made two releases of Builder so far this month. That included both a new stable build (which flatpak users are already using) and a new snapshot for those on developer operating systems like Fedora Rawhide.

KDE/GNOME: Usability and Productivity, K

  • This week in Usability and Productivity, part 2
    This is your weekly status update for the KDE community’s progress in the Usability and Productivity initiative. KDE contributors have been busy, and here’s a sampling of features, improvements, and bugfixes relevant to the initiative that KDE developers landed over the past week-and-a-half...
  • Interview with Baukje Jagersma
    How and when did you get to try digital painting for the first time? Probably when I first discovered Deviantart. I was already familiar with GIMP, which I used to create photo-manipulations with. But seeing all the amazingly talented artists on there made me want to try out digital painting for myself.
  • Builder happenings for January
    I’ve been very busy with Builder since returning from the holidays. As mentioned previously, we’ve moved to gitlab. I’m very happy about it. I can see how this is going to improve the engagement and communication between our existing community and help us keep new contributors. I made two releases of Builder so far this month. That included both a new stable build (which flatpak users are already using) and a new snapshot for those on developer operating systems like Fedora Rawhide.

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