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Phoronix: Linux Support For The Broadwell Dell XPS 13 Isn't Yet In Shape

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 05:19:15 PM
While the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell processor is playing fairly well under Linux, the new Dell XPS 13 laptop/ultrabook that's been of interest to many Phoronix readers still has a lot of work ahead although it's effectively usable right now...

Reddit: Tristan Nitot is leaving Mozilla

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 05:18:50 PM Open Collaboration is Paving the Path for NFV

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 04:37:00 PM

I am thrilled to be joining OPNFV as its Director of NFV working directly with those who are committed to advancing open source NFV for all. I am excited about this organization, this technology, this community, and what the future holds for NFV.Let me explain what lead me to OPNFV. 

Reddit: Debian alternative to MHDDFS

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 04:34:17 PM

I am looking for an alternative fs to mhddfs for installation on a couple of my debian machines. I have multiple hard drives installed that I would like to take the partitions from each and mount them as 1. Mhddfs was working exactly to what I was needing, except doing alot of file transfers via rsync and downloads, the mount was crashing very frequently. It would just throw up a "transport endpoint not connected" error, which I would either have to reboot or umount / mount the path again. Lacking so much stability I finally symlinked everything to multiple drives for now until I can find a better solution.

What I would like, is to take each partition, mount them together as 1 path. It should be able to know when a drive or partition is full, and then place the files on the next drive. Not looking for raid or redundancy, just unified storage. Looked at unionfs and aufs, but neither look to do really what I am wanting, unless I'm not understanding what they do exactly. Thanks in advance.

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Reddit: LUKS and the Linux HFS

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 04:31:13 PM

(edit: please pardon the typo in the title -- it's supposed to be FHS)

As far as I can tell, LUKS and other disk encryption approaches are primarily intended to keep data private -- to keep others from reading the data. I also hear from local Information Assurance (IA) folks that full-disk encryption is greatly preferred.

When I look at the FHS (Wikipedia link -- easy to read), it seems that the following would be relatively static, and generally uninteresting from a security viewpoint:

  • /bin - Essential command binaries that need to be available in single user mode; for all users, e.g., cat, ls, cp.
  • /boot - Boot loader files, e.g., kernels, initrd.
  • /lib - Libraries essential for the binaries in /bin/ and /sbin/
  • /root - Home directory for the root user.
  • /sbin - Essential system binaries, e.g., init, ip, mount.

So, my question is, does it really make sense for the above directories to be encrypted? It seems like that would make recovery more difficult. The only positive that I can think of is that having them encrypted helps protect them from being modified when unmounted.

Maybe I'm not paranoid enough?

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Reddit: Updater scripts for simplifying and logging updates

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 03:48:24 PM

I created an interactive and non-interactive version for updating your Linux system as well as logging actions for debugging purposes. At the moment, the only one I have bothered to make is for the Ubuntu distro. I plan to create a version for every major distro down the road.

The scripts will be posted on my GitHub and the distros will be separated by branches. Any comment, suggestions, etc. are welcome and considered but please be respectful about it. I linked to the wiki so please read that first.

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LXer: Rolling release vs. fixed release Linux

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 03:28:22 PM
The new rolling-release Linux distributions are gaining on traditional fixed-release Linux distros.

Phoronix: MongoDB 3.0 To Have WiredTiger, Big Performance Improvements

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:57:45 PM
MongoDB 3.0 was announced today with an expected GA release in March. MongoDB 3.0 has "massive improvements to performance and scalability, enabled by comprehensive improvements in the storage layer."..

Reddit: A daemon/tool that checks your followed channels on and notifies you

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:43:11 PM

We all know how horrible Flash is on GNU/Linux and how even more terrible is the player. To help avoid it I've recently made a handy python application that can either sit in the can background and notify when a channel you follow goes offline or online, or check for all offline/online channels a user follows, or check if one specific channel is online or offline. Also, I've made a AUR package so if you are on Archlinux then you can easily grab it. The package name is "twitchnotifier-git".

There are still some things left to do, though, to fully avoid going to In my plans I have to make TwitchNotifier write all online channels to some file and make some add-ons for various IRC clients to make them join those channels on which are online.

You can find the source code on and the AUR package info is here:

Btw, you can watch those streams on your computer without flash using livestreamer. All patches are welcome. Let me know what you think or maybe you can suggest some other tools to make a viewers' experience better on GNU/Linux. Thanks.

I think this tool could be especially useful for minimalistic setups where you don't want to run a browser with in it and periodically check for followed channels. I've been adding new features recently so there may be bugs. If you hit one please report and use the first version in the mean time. Note that there is no AUR package for the first version, only -git.

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Reddit: - Giving Credit to Creators

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:37:48 PM

Check out this great indiegogo campaign to help credit creators.

More on the subject check out this Libre Graphics World article

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LXer: How the 9 major tenets of the Linux philosophy affect you

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:31:11 PM
Last time I discussed a rather high-level view of the Linux philosophy in The impact of the Linux philosophy. There were some really good discussions on it, and many blogs syndicated more

Phoronix: Steam Linux Usage Dropped Slightly In January

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:26:33 PM
While Steam had some great game deals over the holidays and titles like the Metro Redux games are fresh to Linux, these events didn't do anything to boost the Steam Linux market-share with the reported percentage of Linux gamers contracting slightly during January...

Phoronix: How KDE Plasma 5 Optionally Uses systemd

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 02:11:35 PM
For those wondering how KDE Plasma 5 -- and other desktop environments -- have come to begin utilizing systemd,..

Phoronix: Wayland's Weston Now Supports Maximizing XWayland Windows

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 01:52:43 PM
A change accepted into Wayland's Weston compositor codebase on Monday allows for maximizing XWayland windows...

Phoronix: digiKam 4.7.0 Released, Still Being Ported To Qt5/KF5

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 01:44:11 PM
DigiKam Software Collection 4.7.0 was released today while this digital photography management software is still being ported to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5...

LXer: How to install and configure ProFTPD on Debian Wheezy and Ubuntu 14.04

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 01:34:00 PM
This document describes how to install and configure ProFTPD on a Debian Wheezy Server, it will also work on Ubuntu 14.04. ProFTPD is an FTP daemon for unix and unix-like operating systems. ProFTPD is developed, released and distributed under the GNU Public License (GPL), which basically establishes it as free software, meaning that it may be sold, licensed and otherwise manipulated in any way desired.

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