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TuxMachines: Torvalds at LinuxCon Part II: Fragmentation and the GPL

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:27:49 AM

This is the second of a three part series that began last Tuesday on Linux Torvalds’ keynote interview at this year’s LinuxCon. In today’s segment, Torvalds talks about how the GPL has helped prevent fragmentation.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Linus Torvalds said, “we still argue. We’re not all happy people, we don’t love each other.”

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LXer: Install WebERP On Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server

Monday 5th of September 2016 07:12:14 AM
Install WebERP On Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server. webERP is a complete web based accounting and business management system that requires only a web-browser and pdf reader to use.

Reddit: GNOME 3.22 - Whats New | GNOME Files (Nautilus)

Monday 5th of September 2016 06:44:23 AM

LXer: Create Your Own Local apt Repository to Avoid "Dependency Hell"?

Monday 5th of September 2016 05:17:52 AM
There are times when you download a .deb file that simply must be installed. Once on your machine, you run the dpkg command on the file only to find yourself in a quagmire of dependencies. Instead of trying to wade through the dependency hell that dpkg can put you through, why not let apt take care of the heavy lifting?

Reddit: Inox vs Google Chrome benchmarks.

Monday 5th of September 2016 04:06:27 AM

Hi, today I decided to try and benchmark inox vs chrome.

For those who don't know, Inox is a patchset for chromium that trys to remove Googles spying, it also has a patch that hardens the sandbox with PIE code to protect against ROP exploits.
Some info about my system:

Inox is installed from prism-overlay, Chromium is from official repos (I don't think this really matters)

Gentoo (stable, I am not using ~amd64)

Kernel 4.7.0 with pf patchset (BFS and BFQ patches)

gcc 4.9.3

glibc 2.22

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Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-5020U CPU @ 2.20GHz

GPU `00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [8086:1616]

(rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [103c:8093] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 44 Memory at c1000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M] Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] I/O ports at 6000 [size=64] [virtual] Expansion ROM at 000c0000 [disabled] [size=128K] Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit- Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2 Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features Kernel driver in use: i915


` *-disk

description: ATA Disk product: HGST HTS545050A7 physical id: 0.0.0 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0 logical name: /dev/sda version: A350 serial: RB250A1C3NUULJ size: 465GiB (500GB) capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt configuration: ansiversion=5 guid=4c57b407-8339-4062-b172-1982e7f98aec sectorsize=4096


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All browser data was cleared after each test. No extensions were installed on either browser.


Google Chrome:

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LXer: Akademy Awards 2016

Monday 5th of September 2016 03:23:30 AM
Winners Kenny, Dan, Christoph, Dominic, Aleix. QtCon talks closed with our annual awards ceremony, the Akademy Awards. Given each year to the most valued and hardest working KDE contributors, they are awarded by the jury from the previous year.

TuxMachines: GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" Desktop Environment Gets Closer, Second Beta Out Now

Monday 5th of September 2016 02:10:04 AM

GNOME developer Matthias Clasen was happy to inform us via an email announcement about the availability of the second and last Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" desktop environment.

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TuxMachines: Kids on Computers and Unleash Kids at LinuxCon North America!

Monday 5th of September 2016 02:08:35 AM

Kids on Computers is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers — adults and kids. Founded in 2009, KOC sets up computer labs in locations worldwide, providing access to educational content which they otherwise would not be able to access. The computers have FOSS installed on them. Unleash Kids helps volunteer groups who work with kids by providing Internet in a Box (IIAB) community kits. This brings much of the online-educational content (such as offline Wikipedia, Khan academy, e-books and world-wide maps) to children in areas where there is no access to the internet.

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TuxMachines: Three Open Source Business Models

Monday 5th of September 2016 02:00:20 AM

Any developer considering releasing open source software needs to have a plan to monetize it. Likewise, any organization thinking about deploying open source software needs to know how the vendor is monetizing it. The reason for the first is obvious, bills and expenses being what they are. As for the later, knowing exactly how developers of code you're thinking of using are funding their efforts will not only help you determine whether the project will remain supported for years to come, but will help keep you from walking into traps such as vendor lock-in.

There are three primary business models being used by open source vendors. However, before making a decision on what model is right for you, seek legal counsel. Not only is the law complex, IT easily crosses jurisdictions that the law does not.

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TuxMachines: Neptune Linux 4.5.2 ISO Adds Kernel 3.18.40, Icedove 45, Updated Graphics Stack

Monday 5th of September 2016 01:49:04 AM

A new ISO image of the Neptune Linux operating system has been released this past weekend, bringing yet another up-to-date installation medium to newcomers to the Neptune 4.5 series of the rolling GNU/Linux distribution.

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TuxMachines: Development Starts for Tails 2.6 Anonymous Live CD, Now Based on Tor

Monday 5th of September 2016 01:46:53 AM

The development team behind the Tails amnesic incognito live system project known to many as the Linux-based Live CD used by ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden to stay hidden and anonymous online, announced the release of Tails 2.6 RC1.

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LXer: openSUSE : Distro Review Of The Week

Monday 5th of September 2016 01:29:08 AM
openSUSE is one of the best Linux distributions in the world. Apart from Ubuntu, openSUSE is probably one of the best multi-purpose distribution around.The distro is geared towards desktop users and developers working on desktop or server. openSUSE is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Reddit: Review of Peppermint OS

Monday 5th of September 2016 12:07:53 AM

TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Monday 5th of September 2016 12:05:46 AM
  • LLVM/Clang Imported To OpenBSD Base

    Following this week's release of OpenBSD 6.0, this BSD operating system has added LLVM and its Clang C/C++ compiler to its base archive.

  • [Older] Meet Ali Abdulghani, a Blind Programmer Working in the field of Open Source

    It’s rare actually to hear about people with such well and desire to continue their lives even though they suffer such tragic disabilities, for this, meet “Ali Abdulghani”, an Iraqi young man working in the field of free and open-source software although he is completely blind! Who said that you should be useless when you can’t see things?

  • Do Crypto-Token Sales Make Sense for Open-Source Projects?

    Spurred by Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger's recent blog post, there's been lots of discussion about crypto-tokens in recent week.

    This has led to excitement and skepticism about their ability to incentivize open-source developers to create and maintain protocols.

    However, as Runa Capital has funded a number of developers who have created and maintained thriving open-source protocols, I wanted to shine some light on this approach in the context of how open-source developers have been incentivized historically.

    This article focuses on both why a crypto-token issuance may make sense for some, and why it might not make sense for others who are served well by existing business models.

  • California Makes GovOps Portal Open Source

    California’s Government Operations Agency has moved its open data portal to an open source platform.

    California piloted the first statewide open data portal,, with data sets and results from the GreenGov Challenge, a code-a-thon built around sustainability data sets hosted on the pilot site. GovOps is now moving the open data portal to an open source platform (DKAN) to ensure the longevity of continuous efforts to make government

    To effectively manage the improved statewide portal it will be moved to the Department of Technology’s (CDT’s) Office of Digital Innovation, alongside the state’sInnovation Lab. The new location within the CDT will allow customers, civil coders and government entities to create innovative solutions to their government business challenges

    In the coming months, GovOps and the CDT will work with departments and agencies across the executive branch to continuously add more data sets to the portal.

  • This Week in Civic Tech: California Launches First True Open Data Portal, KC Takes Another Step Toward Innovation

    The Golden State’s first agencywide open data portal is now live. Officials from the California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps) announced the launch after a successful pilot that began earlier this summer. The intent, technology leaders say, is to make the state’s vast collection of data easier to access and more intuitive to use.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Monday 5th of September 2016 12:04:11 AM
  • Calibre 2.66 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Support for PocketBook Touch HD

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of version 2.66 of his popular, cross-platform, free, and open-source Calibre ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.66 comes just one week after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.65.1, and promises to update the application's logo to a more simplified version, upgrade the driver for Kobo e-book readers to firmware 3.20, and add support for the fairly new PocketBook Touch HD reader.

  • Google Earth Update Fixes Several Linux Bugs, Adds New Icon

    The latest bug fix update to Google Earth desktop app finally allows Linux users to see Panoramio photos without pesky workarounds, and adds a new app icon.

  • What’s coming in Tracker 1.10

    Tracker 1.9.1 was released last month, and it comes with some work we did to improve the various extract modules (the code which looks at files on disk and extracts what we think is useful information). The extract modules are no longer hardcoded to generate SPARQL commands, instead they now use the new TrackerResource API which is a simple way of describing resources programmatically.

  • 2016 GNOME Summit @ Montréal

    Hi everyone, we’re planning to host the GNOME Summit in Montréal this year, on October 8-9-10 (US Colombus Day week-end, Canadian Thanksgiving). It is an unconference-style event aimed for those who want to get involved at the deeply technical level of GNOME, but everyone is welcome and we’re hoping to have a newcomers-oriented session as well as the “deep end of the pool”. Please pre-register here by Friday, indicate any topics of interest you would like to propose for collective tackling during the summit, and indicate your travel and accommodation needs. I will try to secure the venue and figure out all the details surrounding the event soon. Oh, and if you’re in any position to ask one of the GNOME-friendly companies for sponsorship, please do so and drop me an email at nekohayo at gmail. Thanks!

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LXer: Three Open Source Business Models

Sunday 4th of September 2016 11:34:46 PM
Knowing exactly how developers of open source code you're thinking of using are funding their efforts will not only help you determine whether the project will remain supported for years to come, but will help keep you from walking into traps such as vendor lock-in.

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10 reasons why CIOs should consider open source software

A recent survey shows 78 percent of companies run part or all of their operations on open source software. Indeed, open source continues to gain market traction as more companies adopt open technology to speed innovation, disrupt industries and improve overall productivity. Those who remain hesitant about adopting open source are in danger of being left behind. Because open source architecture lends itself to more frequent updates, and because of the openness, open source provides the freedom to innovate and mature in the way that enterprises need. Read more

LXLE: A Linux distro to give new life to old hardware

I’ll bet that somewhere, perhaps at home and most likely at work, you’ve got some old hardware lying around. What to do with it? It still works but what’s it running? Windows XP? Vista? Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic? Yep, you’re stuck on some old version of Windows but moving that machine up to a newer version of Windows could be tricky ‘cause one or more of those old graphics cards and printer drivers have probably have fallen out of the update cycle. Even if those subsystems are still available, you’ll still have a problem as the newer OSs' are pretty much guaranteed to suck the life out of old processors with the result that performance and therefore usability will be marginal at best. So, what to do? Before you start looking for a deal on a new machine and an e-waste disposal site, consider moving to Linux and, most specifically, consider migrating to LXLE, the LXDE eXtra Luxury Edition (though some people also claim it stands for Lubuntu Extra Life Extension). Read more

FreeBSD 11.0 Comes Up Short In Ubuntu 16.04 vs. macOS Sierra Benchmarks

Yesterday I published some macOS 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS benchmarks from a Mac Mini and MacBook Air systems. For those curious if BSDs can outperform macOS Sierra on Apple hardware, I tested the MacBook Air with FreeBSD 11.0 compared to the Linux and macOS results on that Core i5 system. Here are those results. Read more

TDF Releases Fresh Update to LibreOffice 5.2

The Document Foundation today announced the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second update to the "fresh" 5.2 family. "LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August." These fixes include the usual number of import/export/filter fixes as well as a lot of interface adjustments and a few crashes. One of the more interesting import bugs fixed had first been reported 4 1/2 years ago. In version 3.5.0 when importing RTF files with several tables the formatting isn't retained in all cases. The original reporter said this included column widths and placement. Comments updated the report throughout several versions on various systems. The bug sat for another year before being bumped and eight months later a patch was committed. After further input and more adjustments, Miklos Vajna committed patches for several versions including today's 5.2.2. Read more