Does it matter whether the DNS server you use is open source? Most of the good ones run proprietary code. But after some tedious shopping and testing, I finally found one that’s open source, community-owned, and (so far, at least) as reliable as its proprietary competitors.
One day Web pages started loading slowly for me. Not just on one computer, but on Linux, Windows, Mac, a Chromebook, and two Android phones. All the devices on my home network were suddenly spending a crazy amount of time displaying things like the FOSS Force front page.
New Package in Tumbleweed Enhances Rolling Updates
Snapshots of openSUSE Tumbleweed are becoming more frequent once again and a new package in the rolling release should make the handling of updates easier.
The new package called transactional-update was announced on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List on Jan. 21 and it allows for more fluent handling of updates and upgrades for a rolling release. Tumbleweed user are encourage to read the email and thread because the package has potential consequences for those using it if not used correctly.
New GeckoLinux Rolling and Static Editions Include the Calamares 3.0 Installer
The developers of the openSUSE-based GeckoLinux operating system announced on January 25, 2017, the availability of new, updated versions of all supported editions.
GeckoLinux Rolling 999.170124 and GeckoLinux Static 422.170124 editions are now available for download, shipping with the recently released Calamares 3.0 graphical installer, which adds countless fixes and improvements over the 2.4 series used in previous versions of GeckoLinux.
OpenSUSE board election suspended
The election to pick two members of the openSUSE board has been suspended due to "technical problems". The problems do indeed appear to be technical in nature, with at least some voters being presented strange and confusing ballots. The election was restarted on the 21st in an unsuccessful attempt to fix the problems; now it is on indefinite hold. The current board will continue to serve, possibly deferring any major decisions, until the issue is resolved.
- New Open Source WSO2 Internet of Things Server Lowers the Barriers to Delivering Enterprise-Grade IoT and Mobile Solutions
- Boundless To Host Upcoming Webinar on the Benefits of Open Source GIS
- The growing ecosystem around open networking hardware
- YANG Opensource Tools for Data Modeling-driven Management
- Regenstrief scientist extols open source tool for consolidating patient data from multiple medical records
- Khronos Places OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Tests into Open Source
- Microsoft releases open-source DirectX Shader Compiler
Linux.com: Camille Fournier, Donna Dillenberger, William Hurley to Speak at Open Source Leadership Summit Next Month
- libinput and wheel tilt events
Intel Sends In Final Batch Of DRM Features For Linux 4.11: DP MST Audio, HuC Firmware
Daniel Vetter, the i915 DRM kernel maintainer from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, has announced their final set of feature changes to be queued in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.11 kernel.
Going back to the end of 2016 they had already been staging their DRM / graphics changes for Linux 4.11. They've sent in several series of updates and the code sent out today is believed to be their last feature work they are looking to merge for this next kernel cycle.
Mesa 12.0 Gets an Extra Release, Mesa 17.0.0 and 13.0.4 Receive New RC Builds
Collabora's Emil Velikov has announced today the availability of three Mesa builds, one stable for the Mesa 12.0 series, and two development releases for the upcoming Mesa 17 branch, as well as the fourth maintenance update to Mesa 13.
We'll start with Mesa 12.0.6, which appears to be an extra, but also the last point release to the 12.0 stable branch, patching a CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) issue that could lead to lockups of the graphics processing unit (GPU), as well as other unforeseen performance of the Gallium graphics drivers.
Linux Memory Performance With Intel Kabylake From DDR4-1600 To DDR4-3333MHz
For those that may be thinking about picking up an Intel Kabylake processor and trying to justify if DDR4-2400 memory is worthwhile for your budget, or even faster DDR4 memory via XMP profiles / overclocking, here are some tests using a Kabylake CPU and testing DDR4 memory at frequencies from 1600MHz up to 3333MHz.
Don't let serverless applications dodge performance monitoring
Serverless applications aren't for everyone, as they make monitoring more difficult. While scaling and cost savings may be worth it for some developers, serverless apps come with higher test requirements and different monitoring strategies than traditional applications.
- Automation Is the Key for Agile API Documentation
- A 5-step plan to encourage your team to make changes on your project
How to join a technical community
Joining a new community can be a daunting task for a myriad of reasons. The angst can be especially strong when joining a new technical community, some of which have a reputation for being acrimonious and tough on new members.
While it's possible to stumble into a den of iniquity, I think you'll find most technical communities to be fairly reasonable, and following a few simple steps can ease your transition from non-member to member.
Running an Undersea, Robotic Laboratory on a Fixed Energy Budget - Brent Roman
Brent Roman describes the Environmental Sampler Processor (ESP), which performs a variety of chemical and genetic assays on samples it takes directly from its position moored 2 to 30 meters underwater. This Linux controlled "lab in a can" was developed to identify health hazards, such as toxic algae blooms, in hours rather than days or weeks.
I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 and using UFW to configure my firewall. My settings are to deny all incoming connections except for ports 22 and 32400, which I've opened to allow access to SSH and Plex Media Server, respectively. For some reason, I'm still able to connect to this system on the local network using NoMachine, which uses port 4000. I was planning to open this port anyways, but I'm confused as to why the connection is working when I haven't added 4000 as an exception.submitted by /u/Grandfather-Paradox
So I'm wondering if it's possible to install software from a live USB boot onto the main OS hard drive that isn't Linux (i.e. Windows or Mac). Of course assuming the drive is unencrypted, if I just manually made the directories and copy-pasted saved versions of the files, how would I know how to change the registry to account for this? Also, no idea where to begin with mac, I was a Windows user before I converted to Lubuntu.submitted by /u/RituximabCD20
- How to install FreeBSD 11 Google Cloud Compute
- [Blender] Digital open-source storyboard workflow
- Home Recording with Ubuntu Studio Part Two: Install-O-Rama
- Crafting AtCore on Windows
- Useful Meld tips/tricks for intermediate users
- Stepanov-Regularity and Partially-Formed Objects vs. C++ Value Types
- Using rsync to back up your Linux system
- How to Easily Download Movie Subtitles in Linux
- How to Shorten Your Links With Your Own Domain
- Retrieve your public IP with Ansible
Building the world we want to have
Pia Waugh has been a mainstay of the Australian free-software community for many years; among other things, she was one of the organizers of the 2007 linux.conf.au event. She is also known for her open government work. Ten years after running LCA, she returned to the conference as the opening keynote speaker. Nobody could possibly accuse her of thinking small as she outlined a somewhat utopian view of where the world is going and how the free-software community can help it to get there.
We are, she began, at a tipping point where we can reinvent our world. But we have to do it carefully, or we risk reinventing the past with a few shiny new things added. We need to make active choices about the future that we want to have.
Human society has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, often helped by the "cooperative competitiveness" that causes us to try to outdo each other while working together. Early humans figured out their world and shared information through trade and travel; the latency tended to be high, but we collected a lot of information over time. Through continuous improvement, humanity was able to move far from its origins and occupy every continent on the planet.
Preparing for FOSDEM17
The annual FOSDEM is nearing. This year I will be participating for the third time and I’m looking forward to it! It’s a great opportunity to meet GNOME users and mingle with the other free software projects. FOSDEM was the first free software conference I attended back 3 years ago and I still really enjoy it.
Trimming Power on an Oceanographic Lab in a Can
At last October’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Brent Roman, an embedded software engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), described the two decade-long evolution of MBARI’s Linux-controlled Environmental Sampler Processor (ESP). Roman’s lessons in reducing power consumption on the remotely deployed, sensor-driven device are applicable to a wide range of remote Internet of Things projects. The take-home lesson: It’s not only about saving power on the device but also about the communications links.
The Linux Foundation Launches a Kubernetes Training Course
On the tech scene today, few open source tools are as hot as Kubernetes. For example, two founders of the Kubernetes project at Google, Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, recently announced their new company, Heptio, which is focusing on seeding Kubernetes at companies large and small.
- New Kubernetes Fundamentals Course Now Available From The Linux Foundation
- The Node.js Foundation Partners with The Linux Foundation on New Node.js Certification Program
Shadow of Mordor Updated For Linux With Performance Improvements
For those Linux gamers interested in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a new Linux update is available.
Today's Shadow of Mordor update brings "general performance improvements", with a note that it should help in CPU-limited scenarios. Performance improvements are certainly welcome for this heavy OpenGL Linux game. This update paired with the soon-to-land OpenGL shader cache work in Mesa should help open-source Linux gamers a lot.
Shadow of Mordor patch released for Linux, fixes issue with NVIDIA cards and moree
You might not remember, but Mordor on Linux had a bad case of missing body syndrome. This patch will remove the need for any workarounds on later NVIDIA drivers.
The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.2.5 “still”, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users are invited to update to LibreOffice 5.2.5 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.
The Steam Controller Configurator's Untapped Power
That talk was pretty general and big-picture, so I would like to follow it up with some more practical tips derived from my own experience adding native Steam Controller support to my own game, Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, and explain some of the many benefits you can get from doing the same.
Puzzle Puppers, a really cute puzzle game could come to Linux with enough support
It was pointed out by Cheeseness on Twitter and the developers have pinned the Steam forum topic asking about it, so it seems they are pretty serious about seeing interest.
Dead Cells, a roguelike and castlevania-inspired action-platformer looks amazing and heading to Linux
Dead Cells, a 2D roguelike and castlevania-inspired action-platformer was emailed in by Sintineddu and wow, the art in this one is fantastic.
The game listed Linux on the Steam Greenlight campaign, as well as that lovely tux logo being featured in the trailer there. It has been greenlit, so it will be on Steam when it's ready for Early Access.
- Iron Sky: Invasion, the Wine-port from Topware Interactive is out of Beta and on sale
- Wine-Staging 2.0 Rolls Out For Experimental Users: Vulkan, D3D11, Etc
Wine Staging 2.0 available, also new on the state of Vulkan, DX11 and more
The Wine Staging team has release their 2.0 release and they have also written up a blog post detailing work on Vulkan, DX11 and more. Seems a number of DX11 games now work!
- Wine 2.0 released
- How to Painlessly Run Windows on Your Mac