It was a bold prediction in 2009 that Microsoft would take its Windows operating system open source. The advent of Windows 10 says it hasn't come true -- yet.
I don't write about Microsoft much here. That's largely because, as I noted recently, open source has won. Well, it's won in the field of supercomputers, cloud computing, Web servers, mobile systems, embedded systems and the Internet of Things. Of course, it hasn't won on the desktop - although there are some interesting indications that even there things may be changing. That means Wednesday's launch of Windows 10 is still important, since it affects the daily lives of many people - far too many. Here, I want to focus on a few key aspects that emerged.
Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn’t all the hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you’ll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!
2015 is the year the battle for your wrist goes nuclear, as the highly anticipated Apple Watch will finally hit store shelves.
But it’s not here yet. Watches using Google’s Android Wear, however, are, and they have been getting better since they were first unveiled last June.
Two of the latest watches in the Google camp: Sony’s SmartWatch 3 and LG’s G Watch R. Both watches have unique features that help them stand out from the first wave of Android Wear devices. Sony’s watch offers a standalone GPS, while LG’s has a completely circular display.
Linus Torvalds is not known to interfere with other projects than the Linux kernel and it must be something really special to get him involved. Well, it looks like the Linux port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings proved to be interesting enough.
With many of the videos from linux.conf.au now available, and a three-day weekend about to hit Australia, there's no excuse not to watch the best talks from last week.
The Ubuntu MATE developers have just released the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 Linux distribution, which is now available for download and testing. It's the first one in the new development cycle and it comes with quite a few improvements.
Two open source titans put their rings together and joined forces to announce that Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7.1 beta is now available on the IBM Power Development platform. Last month Red Hat announced that v7.i beta supported IBM Power Systems based on little endian mode. Today, it is available and ready to use on the platform directly via download as well as at IBM Innovation & Client Centers worldwide.
Besides working toward PC-BSD 10.1.1's release, the PC-BSD crew have also been working on improving their Lumina Desktop Environment.
Nearly a year ago I wrote about PC-BSD developing its own desktop environment and months later it was out in alpha form. The new PC-BSD desktop is called Lumina and it's a homegrown environment catered toward the BSDs. The Lumina desktop is FreeDesktop.org/XDG-complaintand they're hoping for it to be an alternative to GNOME or KDE.
As I am finally (almost) done with university (software development), I can get rid of my Windows installation. I have a laptop and a desktop PC that both run Windows (desktop is dual boot with Ubuntu) at this moment. I have experienced with Linux before and also installed Ubuntu on my girlfriend's laptop.
I want to clean install both of those PC's, but I am not sure what operating system to use. As I need some kind of way to develop C# application, I was thinking of atleast have one Windows installation on my desktop PC (also for gaming). I do however, want to create a new dual-boot setup, so I can do other kinds of programming in a non-Windows environment.
I plan on using my laptop for daily tasks, webbrowsing, etc. I need it to be able to run Netflix and Popcorn Time, but that's about it.
What would you recommend for me to do? Both on the dual-boot desktop and on my laptop? What are the pro's and con's of some of the distro's? I'm only familiar with Ubuntu, but there might be better alternatives for the stuff I plan on doing with my installations?
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We've run Linux (generally Ubuntu and Kali) on Lenovo laptops for a number of years with good results. My issue is I've just spent my morning on the phone with support them stated that "Installing a 3rd party operating system voids your hardware warranty". This one is only 3 months old.
I'm getting a bunch of errors that indicate either the drive is bad or the controller is bad and the run around from Lenovo.
So... I need beefy laptops that support Ubuntu Linux. Who makes them?
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Reddit: CentOS 5.11 with Areca RAID card getting random journal corruption in the late evening early morning times. Causing the whole filesystem to go RO.
CentOS 5.11, 64-bit.
EXT3 system mounted as EXT4. I plan on fully converting this weekend. When the journal corruption happens it locks down the whole filesystem. Unfortunately this includes the Data drive which is on entirely other hardware. Which sucks to those trying to access network files, but oh well.
Side Question: Why would sda3 going read only affect sdb1?
This is an ongoing issue, but I only started exporting rsyslog logs a couple of months ago, but then the problems disappeared.
Well it used to happen a couple of times a month for a few months. Then it went away for a long time. Now it's happening again. Twice in this week alone.
Since I've been exporting logs, I finally see what's going on. This is one exmaple. On the 20th is locked up at 11pm. Nowhere near the 5am that this most recent error happened.
Jan 23 05:30:02 Computer kernel: [154486.309561] jbd2_journal_bmap: journal block not found at offset 31372 on sda3-8
Jan 23 05:30:02 Computer kernel: [154486.309584] Aborting journal on device sda3-8.
Jan 23 05:30:02 Computer kernel: [154486.309742] EXT4-fs error (device sda3): ext4_journal_start_sb: Detected aborted journal
Jan 23 05:30:02 Computer kernel: [154486.309831] EXT4-fs (sda3): Remounting filesystem read-only
What does the 8 refer to in sda3-8? Also, not. The partition is mounted as EXT4, but it's not fully converted by way of tune2fs.
Is this a known issue with areca raid cards? I've tried googling. The previous sysadmin seemed to believe it was a problem with the RAID card. But why, then, doesn't it happen with the data drives? Just the system drive.
Why these RANDOM times at night?! God, I'd understand if it were happening at like the same time everynight during the backup process. Or during the day when it was in heavy use during developer builds. And it has happened at around 8am before. I think once it even happened at 2pm? I guess... But it's almost always in the middle of the night. It's just completely random.
How the hell do I fix this... ? Completely new hard drives? I hate computers. (I love computers.)
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