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TuxMachines: ACPI On ARM: Good Or Bad For Linux?

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 07:08:19 AM

Matthew was pessimistic about the prospects of ACPI for ARM. Matthew explained that now Linux (Android) is the dominant platform on ARM rather than Microsoft Windows, we could run into problems, "Software development is hard, and firmware development is software development with worse compilers. Firmware is inevitably going to rely on undefined behaviour. It's going to make assumptions about ordering. It's going to mishandle some cases. And it's the operating system's job to handle that. On x86 we know that systems are tested against Windows, and so we simply implement that behaviour. On ARM, we don't have that convenient reference. We are the reference. And that means that systems will end up accidentally depending on Linux-specific behaviour. Which means that if we ever change that behaviour, those systems will break. So far we've resisted calls for Linux to provide a contract to the firmware in the way that Windows does, simply because there's been no need to - we can just implement the same contract as Windows. How are we going to manage this on ARM? The worst case scenario is that a system is tested against, say, Linux 3.19 and works fine. We make a change in 3.21 that breaks this system, but nobody notices at the time. Another system is tested against 3.21 and works fine. A few months later somebody finally notices that 3.21 broke their system and the change gets reverted, but oh no! Reverting it breaks the other system. What do we do now? The systems aren't telling us which behaviour they expect, so we're left with the prospect of adding machine-specific quirks. This isn't scalable."

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TuxMachines: Towns in Umbria region switch to LibreOffice

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 06:58:19 AM

The public administrations of the Italian cities Todi and Terni are switching to LibreOffice, announces LibreUmbria. The regional project is assisting the Umbria region's public administrations to use this free software suite of office productivity tools.

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TuxMachines: Tor Challenge hits it out of the park

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 06:54:14 AM

If you need to be anonymous online, or evade digital censorship and surveillance, the Tor network has your back. And it's more than a little bit stronger now than it was this spring, thanks to the Tor Challenge.

Tor is a publicly accessible, free software-based system for anonymizing Internet traffic. It relies on thousands of computers around the world called relays, which route traffic in tricky ways to dodge spying. The more relays, the stronger and faster the network.

We'd like to warmly thank our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation for organizing the Tor Challenge and inviting us to join them in promoting it. And most of all, thanks to the 1,635 of you who started a relay! (The FSF would have started one too, but we've already been running ours for a while.)

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Phoronix: Early Adopters Already Hit By Fedora Dropping Old Linux GPU Drivers

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 06:51:00 AM
While it's been known since last year that Fedora wants to get rid of old GPU drivers that don't have DRM/KMS support and their plans moved forward months ago to rid the system of old GPU drivers, some Linux enthusiasts running against the latest Fedora development code are surprised their GPU driver vanished...

LXer: Should Linux Users Care About Official Netflix Support on Ubuntu?

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 06:31:24 AM
Netflix may soon offer official support for Ubuntu Linux. But does that really matter now that Netflix has unofficially worked on Linux via Wine for nearly two years?

LXer: The XPrize Foundation announces $15-million open-source literacy prize

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 05:44:04 AM
The XPrize Foundation, best known for its spaceflight challenges, has announced an earthly focus: Creating an open-source application that can teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic without a teacher.

Reddit: End of the Line for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 05:09:50 AM

Reddit: Logging can be tricky

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 04:57:49 AM

LXer: Wink adds touchscreen-based home automation hub

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 04:56:44 AM
Wink announced Relay, an Android-based smart light switch and home automation hub featuring a 4.3-inch touchscreen, proximity sensors, and voice messaging. Wink Hub(click to enlarge) Back in June, Quirky subsidiary Wink launched its Linux-based Wink home automation hub and free Android and iOS mobile app, together with 15 partners and 60 compatible devices..

Phoronix: ACPI On ARM: Good Or Bad For Linux?

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 04:27:20 AM
Linux kernel developers currently have mixed feelings whether ACPI on ARM will be beneficial or not...

LXer: Why you shouldn't dump Android for the iPhone 6

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 04:09:24 AM
In today's Android roundup: Should you dump Android for the iPhone 6? No, absolutely not and here's why. Plus: Ten Android features that still beat iOS 8, and Android L versus iOS 8.

LXer: How to install MediaWiki on Ubuntu 14.04

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 03:22:04 AM
This document describes how to install and configure MediaWiki on Ubuntu 14.04. MediaWiki is free server-based software which is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

LXer: Open Axiom

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 02:34:44 AM
Several computer algebra systems are available to Linux users. I even have looked at a few of them in this column, but for this issue, I discuss OpenAxiom. OpenAxiom actually is a fork of Axiom. Axiom originally was developed at IBM under the name ScratchPad. Development started in 1971, so Axiom is as old as I am, and almost as smart.

Reddit: json vs xml

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 02:31:41 AM

LXer: Red Hat: 2014:1281-01: kernel: Moderate Advisory

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 01:47:24 AM
Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security impact.

LXer: Debian 8 "Jessie" to Have GNOME as the Default Desktop

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 01:00:04 AM
Developers from the Debian project have been trying to decide for quite a while whether to implement Xfce, GNOME, or a few other DEs by default, and it looks like GNOME has won, at least for the time being.

Reddit: Arch vs. Gentoo vs. Debian

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 12:37:19 AM

Which one would you choose and why?

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Reddit: Will there ever be a better "cross-platform" filesystem than FAT?

Wednesday 24th of September 2014 12:27:00 AM

I'm speaking theoretically here, but politics and BS seem to have prevented operating systems from implementing support for other OS' file systems. Sometimes it's a technical limitation, but often it doesn't seem to be. So as is we're currently stuck with FAT(32) as the de facto universal file system, and even that seems to be crippled by MS' patent wars. So what will it take for everyone to agree to adopt something, such as Ext4 or UFS? Permissive licensing? Bribes?

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