Users of the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" and Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" distributions are in for a treat this weekend, as a new kernel update and latest Debian Stable security updates landed in the software repositories.
It's been more than three months since the free, lightweight, open-source and simple Parabola GNU/Linux-libre operating system received an updated install medium, so the development team recently announced Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.11.03.
In reference to this Reddit discussion about Lenovo preventing installation of Linux on its laptops, I decided look into whether the Levono Yoga 910 has this same lock in place, as it has fantastic specs.
So I took a trip to Best Buy. An employee there actually called Lenovo and asked them whether the 910 still has the lock. Lenovo confirmed the lock still is in place for the 910 and that the lock will remain in place for all future Lenovo models.
Lenovo said the lock is in place for the 910 because the fingerprint scanner is inaccessible under Linux. And they said with the 900, the graphics card is inaccessible under Linux. These are terrible, unacceptable excuses.
From now on, I will go out of my way to ensure I never, ever buy a single product again from Lenovo. I also will probably never buy anything from Microsoft again, as it seems to have had had a hand in this. As a software developer, I am disgusted and disappointed.submitted by /u/chaddjohnson
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- Make Your Own Miniature Linux Laptop for Less Than $100
NTP: I Need You to Go Ahead and Love It
It's 2016 (almost 2017) why is the time off on your system clocks? It became apparent to me that there are some folks out there that do not realize their clocks are off for a reason. My Twitter buddy Julia Evans recently made a graphic about distributed systems that mentioned clock issues and it made me really sad.
minideb: a new container base image
For a general base image it is important that the image be compatible with as much software as possible.
Some base images reduce size by using components such as musl libc and busybox that are very small, but don’t have some features that are expected by other software.
To be really useful to developers you want a base image to have a large library of software available to easily integrate into images.
- Most popular Linux distributions for Hacking and Penetration Testing in 2016
- This Week In Solus - Install #38
[Netrunner Desktop 16.09 is Out With] Upgrade to Plasma 5.8.2, Frameworks 5.27
Netrunner features its own backports channels, so anyone can decide if to stay on the installed versions or update to the backport repositories.
The following is a small tutorial how to get the latest packages from the backports channels.
These are the default versions that install with Netrunner Desktop 16.09
- [parabola] New install medium 2016.11.03
- Linux-Lite 3.2 Quick-Look
- openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/44
- [Slackware] Security updates: multilib and flash
[Slackware] Chromium 54 packages
A new release of the Chromium source code was made available earlier this week. For me this is the first Chromium 54 package and unfortunately the SlackBuild script needed a lot of rework. Google is quite “dynamic” when it comes to developing and discarding in-house tools. The change from “gyp” to “gn” to generate the “ninja” makefiles was not trivial to incorporate into my build script. But I think I did it right, and I hope that no functionality has been lost in the new chromium package.
- Update: Ubuntu Yakkety packages, Tox in App Store and Toxcore updates!
Gimp 2.8.18 Stable Version Released, Available via PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint
GIMP is the multi-platform image manipulation tool stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP works on many operating systems and it is translated in many languages. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. Both stable and development version is available via 3rd party repositories.
- Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0 released
- issue #53: RHEL 7.3, fpm, kpatch, sshesame, Minoca OS, Lynis & many more!
- [Video] gtkrc theme editor
GTK+ On Windows Finally Supports HiDPI
While GTK3 on Linux with both X.Org/Wayland has supported HiDPI displays for a long while, only with the latest GTK4 development code should there be usable HiDPI support for those using this tool-kit on Microsoft Windows.
GNOME and Rust
I’ve been keeping an eye on Rust for a while now, so when I read Alberto’s statement of support for more Rust use in GNOME, I couldn’t resist piling on…
From the perspective of someone who’s quite used to C, it does indeed seem to tick all the boxes. High performance, suitability for low-level tasks and C ABI compatibility tend to be sticking points with new languages — and Rust kills it in those departments. Anyone who needs further convincing should read up on Raph Levien’s font renderer. The usual caveat about details vis-a-vis the Devil applies, but the general idea looks exactly right. Rust’s expressiveness and lack of baggage means it could even outperform C for non-trivial code, on top of all the other advantages.
- GNOME 3.23.1 RELEASED
- The 2016 Kernel Summit group photo
[Older, out of paywall now] Designing better kernel ABIs
Michael Kerrisk started his 2016 Kernel Recipes talk by noting that the man pages collection, which he maintains, now documents over 2,200 interfaces at the kernel level and above; it adds up to about 2,500 printed pages. In the course of writing and collecting all this documentation, he has seen a lot of ABIs. There are many lessons to be learned from this experience, he said, if we want to create better ABIs in the future.
There is a whole set of obvious goals that one might want to meet when designing an ABI. It should, naturally, be bug-free and as simple as possible, while being extensible and maintainable. Compliance with existing standards is important as well. Presumably, he said, we all agree on these goals — but we repeatedly fail on all of them.
Ten years of KVM
We recently celebrated 25 years of the Linux project. KVM, or Kernel-based Virtual Machine, a part of the Linux kernel, celebrated its 10th anniversary in October. KVM was first announced on 19 October 2006 by its creator, Avi Kivity, in this post to the Linux kernel mailing list.
That first version of the KVM patch set had support for the VMX instructions found in Intel CPUs that were just being introduced around the time of the announcement. Support for AMD's SVM instructions followed soon after. The KVM patch set was merged in the upstream kernel in December 2006, and was released as part of the 2.6.20 kernel in February 2007.
- Llew Claasen: Why the Rest of 2016 Will Bring Even More Growth to Bitcoin, Blockchain Focus Being Blessing
- Former Bitcoin Core Developer Jeff Garzik Joins Linux Foundation Board
Linux Might See Open-Source Support For Plustek Scanners
After writing a few days ago about Fujitsu SP scanners getting Linux support but being only provided by binary blobs, a Phoronix reader pointed out that the Plustek scanner manufacturer is looking at providing open-source Linux driver support.
- DirectFB Is Still Working On EGL United, Looking Forward To Vulkan
- Vulkan Graphics
- Nouveau Needs Help Testing Their New Atomic Mode-Setting Support
- libinput touchpad pointer acceleration - laptop model names needed
- Phoronix Tests NVIDIA GPUs OpenGL vs Vulkan on Linux
After writing earlier this week about DirectFB returning online after their project site disappeared, the lead developer has put out an update on the project.
Since writing that post on Thursday, a "DirectFB returns" message was posted to their new site at DirectFB.net.
- Dual-boot Kali Linux Rolling 2016.2, Windows 10 on a PC with UEFI firmware
- Dual-boot Ubuntu 16.10, Windows 10 on a PC with UEFI firmware
- The ultimate emacs-based vocabulary-learning environment
- How to Recover Deleted Files in Linux
- Make GRUB the default Boot Manager on an HP 250 G5
- How to share files locally on Linux by using NitroShare
- How to Install Linux Malware Detect (LMD) and ClamAV on CentOS 7
- How to Install Django with PostgreSQL and Nginx on Ubuntu 16.04
- Disable Secure Boot on HP 250 G5 laptop
- How To Set Reminders in KOrganizer
- The Samsung Android tablet that will never access the Internet
- LibreOffice and the Liberate Art of Bullet Lists
- Solution to freezing SSH sessions on Ubuntu 16.10
- How to design and add your own font on Linux with Glyphr
- How To Record Screen + Audio in GNU/Linux with Kazam
- How To Fix Problem "error while loading shared libraries: libwebp.so.4" After Upgrading Solus OS
- How to Find Out List of All Open Ports in Linux
- sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root /
- How to Compress and Decompress a .bz2 File in Linux
- Building KDE Plasma 5 for CentOS 7
- Ultimate Command Line To Share Files Across The Internet
- Pritunl - Easiest way to setup OpenVPN
- How to Convert Files to UTF-8 Encoding in Linux
- Announcing the Tor Browser User Manual
- Installing GNU Radio on CentOS 6.8
- How to Find a Process Name Using PID Number in Linux
- EFIDroid Takes Booting To A Completely New Level
- Learn Kubernetes the Hard Way (the Easy and Cheap Way)
- Optimizing your linux desktop – ninja level
- 4 Useful Way to Know Plugged USB Device Name in Linux
- Linux containers in 500 lines of code
- Differences between bashrc and profile in Linux
- How to install PHP 7 on Debian Linux 8.6/7.x [jessie/wheezy]
- Schrodinger Backups: The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted
- How to use curl command with http/2 on MacOS X
- How to delete KVM VM guest using virsh command
- How to run commands on Linux Container (LXD) instance at provision launch time
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Linux Version Released
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Arrives on Linux Without AMD GPU Support
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is now available for Linux computers, port developer Feral Interactive has announced. The Linux port comes a little over 2 months after the game’s original release for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A Mac port is also under development, as was revealed back in September, but there is no word on when it will be released.
Smach Z: Finally Funded. Now What ?
This is a like a long lasting drama. Some guys wanted to make a handheld and started making promises without having a prototype. It showed and they had to back down after a first disaster Kickstarter campaign. In the meantime, they secured some cash from investors, managed to be at the GamesCom 2016 with a prototype, and they have just relaunched their Kickstarter campaign with success – at the time of writing they already achieved their funding goal of 250k Euros, well ahead of the deadline. Not everyone gets second chances but I think they have learned from their mistakes and have come back with something to show that is more tangible than before.
[Maru OS] v0.3
With this release, Maru OS has fully made the transition from Android Lollipop (5.1.1) to Marshmallow (6.0.1). That means intelligent power management, granular app permissions, the latest security patches, and more!
Release update: Transition freeze and other upcoming events
Today is the transition freeze, as we announced in . That means no new library transitions or package transitions that involve a large number of packages.
Debian 9 "Stretch" Hits Transition Freeze
Debian 9 is stepping closer to being released with having hit the transition freeze this weekend. No new library transitions or package transitions on a large-scale will be permitted.
- Ubuntu Tablet - pre OTA 14 new side stage / split screen
- I Can’t Find Anything To Write About (Welp, Welp, Welp)
- Official Ubuntu Flavor Mythbuntu Linux Is Dead. What About My TV Shows?
Mythbuntu Linux Is No More, the Distribution Has Been Officially Discontinued
Earlier today, November 5, 2016, the team behind the Mythbuntu GNU/Linux distribution sadly announced that the project has been discontinued effective immediately and no new releases will be made.
Mythbuntu was an operating system based on the widely-used Ubuntu Linux distro and built around the MythTV free and open source digital video recorder (DVR) project. It was an official Ubuntu flavor and used Xfce4 as default desktop environment. The first release of the OS was back when Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) was announced, and the last one was Mythbuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist. We will take the necessary steps to pull Mythbuntu specific packages from the repositories (17.04 and later) unless someone steps up to take these packages over. MythTV packages in the official repositories and the Mythbuntu PPA will continue to be available and updated at their current rate.
- Recent Loki Updates
Switching from macOS: The Basics
We’ve been getting a ton of traffic at elementary.io and hearing a lot of chatter from Apple users after the underwhelming MacBook Pro event last week—mainly that Apple has abandoned the “Pro” market for which so many of their products are named. With this week-ish-long series, I’d love to show you how elementary OS is great for both casual computer users and professional developers. Particularly those coming from or more familiar with macOS.
Switching from macOS: Developer Environment
I am a professional web developer working on multiple continuously delivered node apps on GitHub, working alongside a professional back-end developer who manages servers and our Elixir API app (among several other projects), and a quickly growing marketing team with an amazing graphic designer/illustrator who designs everything you see on System76.com.
I say this because I work in a very fast environment alongside extremely skilled professionals and need my tools to keep up. elementary OS and the tools available to me do so expertly.
Orange Pi Zero is a $7 quad-core dev board/mini PC
The Raspberry Pi line of single-board computers kicked off a trend of tiny, low-cost, low-power PC devices a few years ago. But a number of other companies have tried to get in on the action, both by offering products with competitive specs and pricing… and by adopting the “fruit + Pi” naming convention.
- VoCore2 is a $12 Linux computer that’s also a Wi-Fi router
This $4 'coin-sized' Linux computer is the latest Raspberry Pi rival
The Raspberry Pi has been hugely successful due to its ease of use, affordability, and adaptable nature, but there's a new rival to the mini-computer that's causing somewhat of a buzz.
The VoCore2 is an open-source Linux computer and fully-functional wireless router that happens to be smaller than a coin.
The Indiegogo campaign for the device has already received 917% of its funding goal, starting with a goal of $6,000 and racking up $55,009 at the time of writing.
A Few Gear S2 users experiencing email notification problems post-update of Gear Manager
Recently Samsung have released a sizeable update for the Gear Manager application taking it to version 2.2.16101261. This update brings with it a brand new brighter and sleeker looking User Interface (UI), support for the new Gear S3 smartwatch, Improved stability, and bug fixes.
Game: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy for Tizen Smartphones
More good news for Tizen Users and especially for people Interested in detective type games. Games2Win have added a new interesting detective game named “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy”. All the Indian people may know the film “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” which starred Sushant Singh Rajput and presented by Yash Raj Films. This game has been created to follow this movie.
An Example in Using KOrganizer (Plus Sample .ics File)
Just recently, I have been very interested to KOrganizer, a calendar scheduling program from KDE. It is awesome in scheduling my personal tasks, it has calendar with categories and colors, and also it has reminders. This article gives a personal example from my own calendar, with some little reviews, and you can use that calendar file and edit it to suit your needs. And I'd like to say big thanks to Azzam Syauqi Azis to inspire me about how awesome KOrganizer was. Enjoy!
KStars Lite 1.0.0 is released on Google Play!
A couple of days after the release of KStars 2.7, the KStars team is happy to announce the availability of KStars Lite for Android, now available on the Google Play Store.
- Meet Qt à Lyon – le 1er Décembre
- KDAB at ECS, Stockholm, Nov 22-23
Interview with Laura
My friend Amelia Hamrick was doing commissions to help raise money to donate to Krita, and I love her work as well, so I thought I’d try it out!
San Francisco Bay Area KDE birthday party
Since several KDE folks were in town for the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit they decided to come visit us as kind of an impromptu KDE 20th birthday party, and to meet KDE's newest/youngest disciple. She might still be a bit young to write code, but we'll see how long it'll take to change that. One of the reasons neither me nor blauzahl have been very active in KDE lately...
- Wiki, what’s going on? (Part16 – Where have you been?)
- Now Dock Panel & Plasmoid v0.4...
How to Setup KDE Activities
The classic Linux desktop -- a workspace, a panel, and a menu -- remains the most popular design for a graphical interface. Unfortunately, however, modern computers include too many applications to fit on a single desktop. Many users respond by launching applications from the menu, often drilling down several levels and sometimes even relying on incomplete menus to reduce clutter. However, KDE offers a more elegant solution in Activities, or multiple desktops, each with its own set of icons.
Activities were introduced with the KDE 4 release series. For some reason, they have never caught on, partly because the project has rarely emphasized or explained them, and partly because how they are different from virtual workspaces has never been clear. It doesn't help, either, that from the virtual workspace pager on the panel, you can set virtual workspaces so that each can have its own icons, widgets and settings, just as Activities can.
Usually, however virtual workspaces are sub-divisions of a desktop, extending workspace without the trouble of setting up multiple monitors. Using virtual desktops, for example, you can keep your browser or email reader open full-screen all the time.
By contrast, Activities are usually organized by tasks or project. By setting up different Activities, you can place all the necessary resources for a task or project in the workspace, a single click away. In effect, they make the classic desktop practical again.
Manokwari is a desktop environment from BlankOn GNU/Linux operating system. In this manner, Manokwari is similar with Budgie from Solus OS, or DDE from deepin OS. While the current BlankOn OS is slowly moving into the new 10.0 version (codename "Tambora"), the current Manokwari gets a new feature I want to introduce here. This article is an intro for you who are totally new to Manokwari.