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TuxMachines: Robolinux Xfce 7.6.1 Will "Blow Windows Users' Minds" – Gallery

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:01:14 AM

The Robolinux developer doesn’t hide the fact that he's interested in the Windows audience and he is targeting those particular users with this Linux distribution. Sure enough, regular Linux users can also take advantage of the distro, but the OS features a few options that should only prove interesting if you are already running a Microsoft product.

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TuxMachines: The Time to Recommend Linux & FOSS Is Now

Monday 18th of August 2014 08:53:05 AM

When I first started using Linux twelve years ago, no one I knew, other than folks on the local LUG, were interested in giving Linux or FOSS a try whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong; my friends were nice. They supported my enthusiasm for this Linux thing I’d discovered, but were politely uninterested when I suggested they might want to give Linux a try too. That didn’t surprise me at all. Hell, I’d been trying to get people to give Star Office a try since the turn of the millennium and they wouldn’t go for that either, even though they were paying through the nose for MS Office.

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TuxMachines: Prominent KDE Developer Says Convergence Will Not Happen

Monday 18th of August 2014 08:46:44 AM

The idea of convergence has been floating around for quite some time and companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Canonical are already working towards this goal. On the other hand, there are some voices that say it will never happen. KDE developer Aaron Seigo is one of those voices.

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LXer: The Time to Recommend Linux & FOSS Is Now

Monday 18th of August 2014 06:11:34 AM
He isn’t a Linux user, but he’d tried working with GIMP several years back, trying to avoid the cost of Photoshop. He’s dead set against Adobe’s new scheme of offering Photoshop only by subscription, especially since it’s bundled with stuff he’d never use. In addition, he wasn’t too fond of the idea of storing his work on Adobe’s servers in the cloud.

Reddit: Tangental: Gentoo

Monday 18th of August 2014 05:19:49 AM

LXer: KDE Plasma 5—For those Linux users undecided on the kernel’s future

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:52:44 AM
Finally, the KDE project has released KDE Plasma 5, a major new version of the venerable K Desktop Environment.Plasma 5 arrives in the middle of an ongoing debate about the future of the Linux desktop. On one hand there are the brand new desktop paradigms represented by GNOME and Unity. Both break from the traditional desktop model in significant ways, and both attempt to create interfaces that will work on the desktop and the much-anticipated, tablet-based future (which may or may not ever arrive).

LXer: Cisco CVD Documents Hadoop as a Service for Ubuntu OpenStack

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:58:22 AM
Cisco has released a guide for deploying Hadoop as a Service on Ubuntu OpenStack, Canonical's open source server platform for the cloud and Big Data.

LinuxToday: When the Police Can Brick Your Phone

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:00:00 AM

 FOSSforce: If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple.

Reddit: Multi-Monitor and/or Multiple GPU on Linux

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:36:53 AM

I have been investigating the possibilities of 5 monitors on Linux. I have found several posts from 2013 saying that both nvidia and ATI support at least 4 monitors per card, depending on the model of card (i.e. there is a phoronix write up about it).

I have been trying to find a way to run multiple monitors with compositing on Linux (Specifically Ubuntu Gnome). My preference is to work with the Gnome desktop but the base could shift pending support.

I have currently a desktop that has a GTX 660, an Intel integrated video from the I7 4790k, and I Have a spare GT 650. I have enabled a monitor on both of the nvidia cards but GDM doesn't present a login prompt with Xinerama enabled.

For the Intel/nvidia combo, I havent really been able to get to the point where I can turn on both monitors. I suspect this is just my lack of understanding.

I am running Xrandr 1.4 with Xorg 1.15 on Kernel 3.13 with the nvidia drivers 340 or 343.

For testing I am just trying to get 2 monitors working (one per card).

I would be willing to get an ATI card with eyefinity if someone can tell me for sure that it works with little to no problems. Every few years I toy with ATI and always come back to nvidia with my tail tucked between my legs.

Last time I attempted this was 2 years ago with a card I don't remember. I could either get HDMI sound with video tearing (proprietary drivers) or no video tearing with no sound.

Anyways, I am looking for help and/or pointers to things that have worked in the last 3 months or so, as I understand that the nvidia drivers have changed to have "feature parity" with windows drivers (i.e. no more 4 monitors per card)

Thanks in advance

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Phoronix: Apple's MacBook (2,1) Now Can Boot With Coreboot

Sunday 17th of August 2014 11:28:23 PM
After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook...

Reddit: After 19 hours of compiling, I understand why apt-get, yum and similar were created

Sunday 17th of August 2014 11:17:35 PM

The waste of time is so huge and if each of us had to compile it, it would be so impractical. Precompiled software gives you almost the same result but in way less time. Poor devs, I never thought that compiling large programs was so time-expensive.

I know no one cares but I was "emerging" chromium on a laptop (1GB RAM, 1.66GHz). Just experimenting with gentoo, nothing serious. <more irrelevant info> And the 19 hours would be like 15 if I had more RAM, because the last hours were of constant swapping (moving ram to disk), almost no cpu was used (acording to top) and the ram used by "ld" was like 987MB

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Phoronix: Mageia 5 Alpha 2 Works To Add KF5 & LXQt Packages

Sunday 17th of August 2014 11:03:29 PM
The second alpha release to Mageia 5 was released this weekend and it incorporates updated package "under the hood" and is working towards KDE Frameworks 5 and LXQt support for Mageia 5...

Reddit: Linux : virtual machines / AWS instances or headless servers - Entropy depletion

Sunday 17th of August 2014 10:40:17 PM

This is a PSA for anybody who is setting up a headless Linux server which will host anything crypto heavy. e.g. a SSL site, lots of SSH sessions, a VPN server etc.

If what you are hosting makes use of /dev/random for entropy, you will eventually find that the entropy pool gets depleted and your server's performance suffers very badly.

About /dev/random and /dev/urandom.

We encountered this when our Tomcat instances started showing latencies and then connection time outs to a database server due to the starting of a lot of crypto heavy Java modules during environment start up. The CPU/memory/disk/network usage was monitored and they showed that we didn't have a resource blockage when we were experiencing the issue. We thoroughly checked networking connectivity and tested against different database servers and on different hardware as well.

In the end, running the following command in a terminal during environment start up showed us that the issue was that /dev/random was blocking due to the entropy pool having been depleted:

watch -n 1 "cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail"

What to do to fix this situation

Solutions we are currently trialling:

haveged - A simple entropy daemon

I see it has been mentioned once before on /r/linux:

Aaron Toponce : Haveged – A True Random Number Generator

Researching whether it is appropriate to use it or not, I came across the following:

Have any of you come across the above problem and implemented haveged?

We're shortly going to test whether our Linux virtual machines (VMware) are emulating rdtsc instructions or allowing access through. link explaining why this is important. If the latter then haveged would be our preferred solution since it would stop entropy depletition from affecting all processes whereas the Java workaround will only work for our Java applications.

EDITS: Fixing formatting

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LXer: LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Aug-2014

Sunday 17th of August 2014 10:02:20 PM
[url=][img][/img][/url] [b]LXer Feature: 17-Aug-2014[/b]In the Roundup this week we have how to remove file metadata on Linux, USB ports are no longer our friends, Linux use grew 50% year-over-year in India, open source education for kids, hackers unveil their evil plans for e-mail, a new distrosharing website and a big conversation starter on why or why isn't all government software open source? Enjoy!

TuxMachines: Moto 360 to cost $250, Best Buy accidently released details

Sunday 17th of August 2014 10:02:05 PM

What a week it has been in terms of leaks and rumors. With September rolling round and the expecting release of the Moto 360, Note 4, Moto X and Moto G we have seen a number of leaks involving product specs, leaked images and release dates.

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Reddit: What If Linux Distros Were Superheroes?

Sunday 17th of August 2014 09:43:25 PM

Today OMG Ubuntu did an article entitled "The Justice League of Linux: If Distros Were Superheroes Ubuntu Would Be Superman" [link], but unfortunately all they talked about were distros in the Ubuntu family and nothing else. Essentially it was Doctor Doom'd from the start because they simply created the Ubuntu Flavors League and in a Flash I was disappointed.

So I thought, maybe others would find it fun to do a survey over which distro is which superhero.

We aren't going to limit it to the Justice League or even just DC like they pointlessly did...there are just as many Superheroes to choose from as their are Linux Distros so we could really make a solid "Thing", I mean list.

So let's charge our rings and boot up Jarvis...


  1. Choose from any Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, etc...any superhero from any universe.

  2. Must be an active distro for comparison. Unless you can find a dead superhero to associate to a dead distro, that would be cool too.

  3. No minimum or maximum items needed...whether you want to do 50 comparisons or just 1...up to you.

  4. MUST give a reason why you chose a specific superhero with a specific distro...lists that don't explain why are voided.

If you have any rule suggestions that could make the list better just let me know and I'll add it...I dont want to screw up our plan like the Rogues.

Hail Hydra!

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LXer: Android development with Java

Sunday 17th of August 2014 09:36:30 PM
There are untold riches awaiting those who can create smartphone apps – luckily getting started with Android is really easy

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New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+

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