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Reddit: Did Richard Stallman ever finish creating the modular kernal?

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 07:41:08 PM

I have just been rewatching the documentary "Revolution OS" and one part caught my attention. There was a clip of RMS talking about the linux kernel and how he (and others) had been working on a modular kernel but it was over shadowed by the linux kernel.

Does anyone know if this GNU kernel was ever finished or where I can install it?

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Reddit: Distros looking for help?

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 07:20:56 PM

I'm a high school Junior looking for some meaningful stuff to put on my collage transcript and I thought this would be a good place to look. I have ~3 years experience using linux as a desktop OS and want to give back. What is a good way to find projects that need real help and that I could give meaningful contribution to?

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Reddit: ELI5: Why was Linux 2.6 an important release?

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 07:07:03 PM

On many instructions for installing programs I often see "Requirements: Linux 2.6 or greater", or something along those lines. I've also come across posts talking about porting linux2.6 to other platforms (not official ones). Why is 2.6 now the "standard"?

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LXer: Asus Tinker Board – Hardware Accelerated RockChip Video Player – Initial Release

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 07:03:53 PM
Asus released a new beta of TinkerOS on their website yesterday. One interesting addition is the initial release of a dedicated video player, RK Player. What makes RK Player interesting? Simply, the video app uses the hardware acceleration features found on the Tinker Board to play video encoded using H.264 and H.265.

Reddit: Save Tux on /r/place

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 05:58:18 PM

TuxMachines: Asus Tinker Board – Hardware Accelerated RockChip Video Player – Initial Release

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 05:09:56 PM

Asus released a new beta of TinkerOS on their website yesterday. One interesting addition is the initial release of a dedicated video player, RK Player. What makes RK Player interesting? Simply, the video app uses the hardware acceleration features found on the Tinker Board to play video encoded using H.264 and H.265.

With the new release of TinkerOS, Asus’s website has prepared a brief support guide to the RK Player. It’s pretty important you read the guide, as you may initially think RK Player hasn’t been installed on the system. This is because the binary file, player, is not stored in a directory listed in the shell’s PATH. It’s not been added to the menu system. Instead it’s’s buried in the filesystem at /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/qt5/examples/multimediawidgets/player/. The guide recommends copying the file to a more convenient location. Alternatively, add the directory to the PATH. I’ll be kind about the unprofessional guide (blurry screenshots, broken English – seriously from Asus?) – clearly Asus is keen on releasing the player at the earliest opportunity so the community can test it out. Let’s take a look at RK Player in action.

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LXer: The buttons of YAD

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 05:09:31 PM
I use the YAD dialog program quite a lot in my shell scripts. Written and maintained by Victor Ananjevksy, YAD is easy to use and has dozens of handy options.

TuxMachines: A Look at Desktop Environments: LXDE

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 05:06:25 PM

LXDE is known as one of the if not the lightest of the main desktop environments available for GNU/Linux.

LXDE is extremely minimalistic and comes with very little to no special effects, or resource hungry applications and tools.

That being said, LXDE is a great option for taking an old machine and breathing new life into it; I personally have an LXDE based distro installed on an old laptop of mine using a dual core Centrino with 512MB of RAM, and while it obviously can’t hold a candle to my main laptop, it’s been sufficient for surfing the web and doing basic tasks like writing essays for school when my main machine was not an option.

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Phoronix: VP9 Encoder Gets Better Multi-Threading Performance

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 04:08:28 PM
A Phoronix reader pointed out that last month Google developers landed some significant multi-threading performance improvements into their official VP9 video encoder...

Reddit: Suggest me a auto-duplex AIO color Laser printer with cheap third party ink

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 03:58:26 PM

I like the HP printers but the inks are too expensive. Is there any alternative which has

  • Good support in Linux
  • Cheap third party ink
  • Auto duplex printing
  • Has flat bed scanner
  • Wifi would be nice
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Reddit: I want to start Linux but don't know how! Help!?

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 03:47:06 PM

So I have been a java programmer for about 3 years now, not sure if that has anything to do with it but i have some background with computers. I have dell Inspiron 1500 and currently running windows 10. When I was in my java class the other day, the kid next to me said he was running Linux and said that it is so much easier to use. It sparked my interest and now I want to learn more/maybe download and start running Linux on my computer. I was just wondering if someone could point me In the right direction to learn more and/or how to start with it. Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you!!!!

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LXer: Installing Cisco Packet Tracer on Linux

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 03:15:09 PM
Packet Tracer was previously not available to everyone, but since version seven, has been available to anyone who creates a Network Academy account. The software allows you to create virtual networks without the need of physical hardware. Some of the hardware included are routers, switches, and PC's.

TuxMachines: Steam's Survey Shows A Tiny Increase In Linux Gamers For March

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 02:32:51 PM

It looks like the recent Linux game releases of DiRT Rally, HITMAN, and Civilization VI along with the debut of SteamVR for Linux was enough for Linux gamers to fire up their Steam clients in March.

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TuxMachines: New Releases of GNU/Linux and Latte Dock

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 02:30:16 PM
  • NixOS 17.03 Switches To X.Org Server 1.19, KDE Plasma 5

    For those interested in the NixOS Linux distribution built off the Nix package manager, the 17.03 release is now available.

  • Linux Lite 3.4 Released With New Features — Download Torrent And ISO Files Here

    The latest release of Linux Lite operating system is now available for download. Based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 and Linux kernel 4.4, Linux Lite 3.4 is released after 5 months of development. It comes with new applications like Lite Updates Notify and zRam. The interested users can visit Linux Lite website to grab the ISO files and torrents.

  • The Best KDE Dock App Is Now Stable, Available from KDE Store

    The first stable release of KDE dock app ‘Latte Dock‘ is available to download.

    Latte Dock 0.6 includes a number of bug fixes and performance tweaks, and can be considered more stable (and thus usable) than the earlier beta version we blogged about.

  • KDE/Qt-Focused Latte Dock Released

    For those interested in a fancy dock for your desktop if trying to make it look perhaps more like macOS, the developers behind Now Dock and Candil Dock have joined forces to create a new dock solution called Latte Dock. Today marks the first release of this Qt/KDE-focused Latte Dock offering.

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Reddit: Tux spotted at my local charity shop!

Sunday 2nd of April 2017 01:38:30 PM

More in Tux Machines

Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors

  • Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft
    Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine. It's been two weeks since Microsoft made its Creators Update available, and we were previously warned it will be a trickle-out rather than a massive rollout. Now, Redmond has urged users to stop manually fetching and installing the code, and instead wait for it to be automatically offered to your computer when it's ready.
  • Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers
    A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft's regular monthly security update - nine months after it was discovered.

FOSS Licensing (and Lack Thereof)

  • Portugal to harmonise usability of govt portals
    All of the code, information and tools are made available for reuse.
  • JRC: ‘Releasing code without a licence hinders reuse’
    Projects that publish source code without a licence weaken the reusability of their code, warns Stefano Gentile, a copyright and trademark specialist working for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Currently just 20 % of all projects published on GitHub, one of the most popular source code sharing platforms, have selected a licence for their work - down from about 60% in 2008, Gentile said, quoting numbers published in 2015 by GitHub.
  • React to React
    The Additional Grant of Patent Rights is a patent license grant that includes certain termination criteria. These termination criteria are not entirely unprecedented when you look at the history of patent license provisions in OSI-approved licenses, but they are certainly broader than the termination criteria [or the equivalent] in several familiar modern licenses (the Apache License 2.0, EPL, MPL 2.0, and GPLv3).
  • BetConstruct declares the source code for its front-end as open source
    The project is distributed under MIT license.

Automotive Grade Linux Adds New Members

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat Bets on Innovation in the Channel
    Red Hat has launched the Red Hat Application Partner Initiative, working with partners to build a practice around core platforms for emerging use cases. IT solution providers tend to focus more on technologies that are just hitting the top of the bell curve in terms of mainstream adoption. But Red Hat is making a case for partners to place more focus on emerging technologies.
  • Huawei takes on servers, HPC and cloud with Red Hat, Intel and GE
    Company unveils plans to build high performance computing centres in in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, and in Munich, Germany. Chinese ICT company Huawei has unveiled a series of agreements and collaborations with some of the world’s largest companies to advance cloud and high performance computing (HPC). Firstly, Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Intel to cooperate in HPC.
  • Red Hat Unveils JBoss AMQ 7
    Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat JBoss AMQ 7. The latest release of Red Hat's messaging platform combines the performance and efficiency of reactive programming with a more flexible architecture, giving customers a strong foundation for building distributed, reactive message-driven applications.
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT): What’s the Story?
  • FCAIC in the House, part III
    Ok, not that “Hello”. I’ve been writing quarterly updates on what I’m working on to help the Fedora Community. If you’re new to the party, welcome. I have the privilege of being the current Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator. I wrote last week on the Red Hat Community blog about what this role means and how it interacts with the world.