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Reddit: I want my high school to switch to Linux. Where should I start?

Saturday 13th of September 2014 03:55:14 AM

Sorry if this is a weird way to ask the question.

My school currently runs a mix of Windows Server 2003 (for individual classrooms), Windows 7 (library, front office), and OSX (design classes). They are all run on very old and crappy computers.

I'm looking to give the computers a second life. To start, what distro would you recommend? I was thinking Ubuntu with a GNOME/XFCE shell, stock Mint, or Elementary OS.

Any other recommendation or your views on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks!

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LXer: Why Linux sucks in 2014

Saturday 13th of September 2014 03:15:38 AM
In today's open source roundup: Bryan Lunduke points out the flaws of Linux in 2014. Plus: A week with the Ratpoison window manager, and five large organizations that use desktop Linux.

LXer: Get started using the GPIO pins in RasPi issue 2!

Saturday 13th of September 2014 02:28:18 AM
Ever wondered how you can actually use the GPIO pins on the Pi? We explain exactly what they are and how to use them. One of the things you may have noticed about the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is an increase in GPIO ports. These pins lining the side of the Raspberry Pi may be mysterious to some but they open up a world of physical interactions with the Raspberry Pi that you couldn’t do before.

Reddit: Open Source Creative Podcast, #2

Saturday 13th of September 2014 01:45:15 AM

LXer: Readers' Choice Awards--Nominate Your Apps & Gadgets Now!

Saturday 13th of September 2014 01:40:58 AM
The Readers' Choice issue is just around the corner, and we want togive everyone a chance to nominate their favorites before the vote.Have you stumbled across the most amazing game ever in 2014? Are youan Android developer that created the equivalent of digital slicedbread? Did you order a Linux-powered Borg implant on eBay, and thinkwe all should be assimilated?

LXer: Big Data Specialist MapR Updates Hadoop Distribution with Apache Drill

Saturday 13th of September 2014 12:53:38 AM
The newest version of MapR's Hadoop distribution features Apache Drill for simpler interfacing between NoSQL and SQL data, among other updates. Open source Big Data vendor MapR expanded the functionality of its Hadoop distribution this week with the announcement of MapR 4.0.1, whose headlining feature is Apache Drill 0.5 integration.

LXer: Dev boards run KitKat on quad-core Snapdragon 805

Saturday 13th of September 2014 12:06:18 AM
Intrinsyc debuted an SODIMM-style COM with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB flash, running Android 4.4 on a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, and a Mini-ITX baseboard. If you’d like to design with the same high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 silicon found in the latest Android smartphones and tablets, Intrinsyc Technologies has the board combo for you. Like its Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) reference design released earlier this year, the $219 Open-Q 8084 System-on-Module (SOM) and $449 Development Kit build on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. The Snapdragon 805 combines four Cortex-A15-like Krait 450 cores clocked at 2.5GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU claimed to be 40 percent faster than the previous Adreno 330.

Reddit: Regarding Linux Mint's "security"

Saturday 13th of September 2014 12:05:20 AM

Does having the security updates user-defined considered good practice or an excuse for developers to be lazy and not retrieve, test, and apply patches for mainstream computer users? Well, considering Ubuntu does most of the heavy lifting and Linux Mint is just a bunch of packages thrown onto an ISO, and deliberately cripples itself for users to make their own decisions for security updates.. I guess that could easily be fixed, right? Well, according to Mint's Update Manager, YOU, the user, have to enable these types of updates to keep yourself safe and sound. I honestly wouldn't mind it so much except the fact that it puts mainstream (AKA non-enthusiast) computer users at a risk because they don't read nor do they even care to read about security issues.

Am I missing something here? Because last I checked, Linux Mint is a barely mainstream OS that some enthusiasts talk about a lot and call it a god among distros for being user friendly in the form of a Windows 7 interface (dumb) forked from GNOME 3 (dumb). Where are the shortcomings? Well, to put it out here, why aren't people talking about this type of stuff when there's distros like Linux Mint out there? Hell, from what I know and what I've read, Manjaro Linux does the exact same thing AND it's marketed towards mainstream computer users too!

Stability is important, yes, but I'd take having my PC crash on me twice a day over having my information hijacked over a 30 year old xorg bug that was patched a few versions ago. This lack of "security" is just plain wrong and this type of stuff should be talked about more often than ignored.

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LXer: What HP's Buyout of Eucalyptus Could Mean

Friday 12th of September 2014 11:18:58 PM
The acquisition of private cloud vendor Eucalyptus could either confuse HP's cloud strategy or consolidate its position. Time will tell.

LinuxInsider: 7 Crazy-Named, Crazy Good Open Source Enterprise IT Tools

Friday 12th of September 2014 11:14:41 PM
Enterprise IT is a very serious matter, but you might not know it judging by the software tools that are often integral to its operations. The list of odd names in today's data centers and enterprise IT shops also highlights the ongoing trend of polyglot programming. Today's applications and services are based on a wider variety of application components and run on a wider array of infrastructure that includes bare metal servers, traditional data centers, virtual environments, and public, private or hybrid clouds.

Reddit: What are people's thoughts on the newly announced Linux Foundation Certifications?

Friday 12th of September 2014 10:51:56 PM

I recently finished the LFS101x Introduction to Linux course on Edx and received an email regarding both allowing me to complete them at a discounted rate. Details are here:

Considering they are both the same price I would go towards the Engineer Cert.

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Reddit: Question about GRUB CMDLINE params...

Friday 12th of September 2014 10:40:11 PM

I modified "GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" to look like -->

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="intel_idle.max_cstate=0 processor.max_cstate=0"

I then rebooted my box. Does this mean that in doing so, those changes have been applied, or would I have to append that to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in order to have that applied @ reboot?


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LXer: Tundeep: Tunnelling through networks under pen testing

Friday 12th of September 2014 10:31:38 PM
Tundeep is a layer 2 VPN/injection tool that resides [almost] entirely in user space on the victim aside from the pcap requirement. This can be handled via a silent install however. The tool will build on Linux and Windows victims. Windows compilation is achieved using Cygwin. The attacker must be a Linux machine however as kernel TUN/TAP support is required.

TuxMachines: Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection

Friday 12th of September 2014 10:16:27 PM

Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature.

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TuxMachines: AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming

Friday 12th of September 2014 10:08:29 PM

While we routinely carry out Ultra HD (4K) Linux graphics/gaming benchmarks at Phoronix, it's generally been conducted with the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers since the open-source drivers traditionally have had a challenge on performance even at 1080p. However, thanks to the maturing open-source Radeon driver stack, it's possible with higher-end AMD graphics processors with the latest open-source Linux driver code to begin running at the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

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LXer: Black Lab Linux 6 Beta 1 RELEASED

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:44:18 PM
Today we are pleased to release the Beta 1 release of Black Lab Linux 6. This release has been in planning over the last several months and while we have been slaving away over it we have introduced some unique features. With this release we changed the core system we have also changed our default desktop environment . Many of the core packages have remained the same and have been updated to newer versions.

Reddit: Having trouble installing Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit on my newly build and desktop. Installed 32-bit and running just fine... Help!!

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:40:29 PM

Hi, I just built my new computer using amd chipset. I got an USB boot drive from a friend with Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit on it and I was able to install and run fine. I used the 32 bit to download and create a USB boot drive for 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 (using Startup Disk Creator) but when I try to boot from it or install I get a error message:

(Initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

I've tried this multiple times with both regular 64-bit and 64-bit Mac.

My computer has the following components:


Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Motherboard

GIgabyte Radeon R9 280 Video Card

Why can't I get it to run? Is there a bios problem or some sort of driver problem?

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Reddit: Should I use Linux? Convince me to do it or get something else.

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:13:47 PM

I'm not that tech savvy. How good with computers should I be to safely use Ubuntu? I hate windows, and I don't want to pay for a Mac. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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LinuxToday: Mirantis Releases OpenStack Express 2.0 with Icehouse Support

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:00:00 PM

 The VAR Guy: OpenStack cloud computing vendor Mirantis has released OpenStack Express 2.0

LXer: Cloud security: We're asking the wrong questions

Friday 12th of September 2014 08:56:58 PM
In the wake of the celebrity photo breach, the media is humming with stories disparaging the safety of the cloud. Many longtime cloud critics are crowing, "I told you so!" and waiting for the world to go back to on-premises solutions only. News flash: 1) the cloud was never touted as being perfectly secure and 2) the cloud will continue to grow and grow. The number of servers in your physical environment will shrink over time. Security doesn't sell solutions -- features and pricing do. Features are cheaper in the cloud.

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