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Slashdot: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 03:49:00 PM
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Now that IBM has sold off its x86 server business to Lenovo, it's full steam ahead for IBM's Power business. While Intel is ramping up its next generation of server silicon for a September launch, IBM has its next lineup of Power 8 servers set to be announced in October. "There is a larger than 4U, 2 socket system coming out," Doug Balog, General Manager of Power Systems within IBM's System and Technology Group said. Can IBM Power 8 actually take on x86? Or has that ship already sailed?" At last weekend's Linux Con in Chicago, IBM talked up the availability of the Power systems, and that they are working with several Linux vendors, including recently-added Ubuntu; watch for a video interview with Balog on how he's helping spend the billion dollars that IBM pledged last year on open source development.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Phoronix: New GCC 5.0 Changes, Command-Line Options That Landed So Far

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 03:37:50 PM
While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update...

LinuxToday: 35 Great Android Apps for Road Warriors

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM

 Datamation: There Android apps for travel will boost your productivity while you're on the move.

Reddit: New to Linux AND I also want to buy a laptop (that is obviously linux compatible)

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 02:59:47 PM

I have been reading up on a lot of information about Thinkpads and Lenovo but it's just so much. Especially after all the stories about how the thinkpad line has dropped in quality over the last couple of years.

What I am looking for is a laptop that can run on ubuntu/arch linux without too much problems. I dont mind tinkering at all but I don't want to spend 3 months fixing obscure problems before I can get back to work/coding.

I mainly want to use the laptop to run some scripts/code (think mathematica/matlab/python/r/excel) and not really for gaming (have a full blown desktop)

I love macbooks but they are also very very expensive and I am just a cheap uni student. I love how the X240 looks though.

Do you guys have any recommendations? Your help would be greatly appreciated, like really really appreciated.

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LXer: Vi IMproved

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 02:51:53 PM
Having a consistent and capable editor available on any system is important, especially important for people who move from machine to machine for whatever reason. People who administer UNIX systems or who help others with their operating system (like many Linux User Group members) need to edit files quickly. The family of editors known as vi (including nvi, aka. vi on BSD) is very useful for this. Some of the reasons for its success are the use of classic UNIX philosophy, regular expressions, keyboard use (no mouse required) and plugins. The learning curve is a bit steep for beginners. Because text editors are written for use in terminals they can be used even across platforms with the help of fink (brew and others) on Mac OSX and cygwin on Windows. Text editors are clearly not WYSIWYG word processors.

Reddit: So RHCSA or LFCS?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 02:31:24 PM

Likely we are are all familiar with Red Hat's RHCSA. But now there is The Linux Foundation's LFCS which seems rather similar with a choice of distro/flavor concentrations i.e. CentOS, OpenSUSE or Ubuntu.

If you all had a choice (and assuming you do not already have either or had to do one again) which would you choose?

RHCSA has more pedigree and recognition (and also tests for RHEL 7 in new version) but LFCS seems like a "hip" new choice.

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LXer: Red Hat bids to become a hybrid cloud power

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:54:42 PM
Red Hat pushes interoperability with multiple cloud platforms with the latest release of CloudForms 3.1, its hybrid cloud management platform.

Reddit: Torvalds says yes to the desktop and so do many more.

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:52:28 PM

Reddit: How to do memory searching/editing of another process? Is it possible to cause function calls?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:16:41 PM


How does one do memory searching and editing of other processes in Linux? In Windows, this is simple with programs like TSearch. Ideally I'd like a Python wrapper to do this.

Also is it possible to cause function calls in another program (assuming the calls are known somehow, i.e. from disassembly)? In Windows this is more or less possible with DLL injection - is this also viable on Linux?

For what it's worth, I'm working on AI and want to be able to automate some processes to make it easier to test automatically.

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Phoronix: AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:08:12 PM
After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.

Phoronix: SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:02:05 PM
Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates...

LinuxToday: Configure VSFTPD Chroot Environment on CentOS/RHEL

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:00:00 PM

 nextstep4IT: VSFTPD is the secure FTP server in the Linux operating system.

LXer: VMware Embraces Docker Container Virtualization

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:57:31 PM
One of the biggest backers of Docker containers is Google, which is also part of the new VMware/Docker partnership effort. Craig McLuckie, product manager at Google, said during a press conference that the new partnership will enable a way to bring the container style of application management to the world. Google sees VMs and Docker as being very complementary, he added."The virtual machine offering provides a very strong way to provision and manage basic infrastructure," McLuckie said, "while containers exist in the application space and provide a very nice way to package and deploy applications." -

Reddit: Your favorite Database/Web server monitoring tool?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:55:41 PM

Looking to monitor some CentOs servers hosted on Amazon.

What I need :

  • Status

  • Alerts

I'd say my Linux skills are intermediate.

Nagios seems a little old and somewhat overkill...

What monitoring tool would you recommend?

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TuxMachines: Android L vs. iOS 8: The Battle for the Best Mobile OS Begins

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:11:07 PM

While Android users everywhere are rejoicing at the announcement of what is perhaps the biggest revamp to the open-source mobile operating system, Apple users are impatiently twiddling their fingers for iOS 8 to land on their smartphones. Following its own major revamp last year with iOS 7, Apple seems to have found its voice by letting go of skeuomorphism and following a more holistic design that measures up to the latest trends of "flat design". Also, iOS 8 is a huge stepping stone for "convergence" the big utopia major operating systems are aiming for today. Where does Android L stand on all of this? Well, it matches iOS 8 in pretty much every department. And that is what makes this mobile OS battle so exciting.

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LXer: Guy Claims Patent On Photographing People In Races And Then Selling Them Their Photos; Sues Photography Company

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:00:20 PM
The folks over at EFF have yet another story of patents gone wrong. This time it's from a guy named Peter Wolf, who owns a company called Photocrazy, that takes photos of sporting events like running and bike races, and then offers to sell people their photos by matching up their bib numbers. This kind of thing has been around forever, but because Peter Wolf paid a lawyer and said some magic words, he got some patents

Reddit: Question: Why do Linux installs make so much noise in the optical drive during install?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:42:06 AM

Don't get me wrong guys, I'm a firm supporter of Linux and I've been using various distros over the past 7 years or so. I've tried Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu and Mint (currently downloading OpenSUSE). I've used various release candidates on various machines and its always the same. Linux chugchugchugs during install whereas Windows seems smooth and quiet (Android x86 was also quiet too)

I've searched the web but can't find an answer. Is it just how the files are laid out on a linux disk? So the optical reader is bouncing around a lot or something?

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LXer: killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:03:09 AM
LinuxCon 2014 Matthew Miller is a little concerned. As the new project leader for the Fedora Linux distribution, he thinks Fedora 20 is great and Fedora 21, when it ships, will be the best release ever. But he worries that to everyone else, Fedora – and Linux distros in general – are getting a little, well … boring.…

LinuxToday: VMware Embraces Docker Container Virtualization

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

eWEEK: According to VMware, the best way to run a Docker container is on a VMware virtual machine.

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Scrivener Writing Software has a Linux Version

In some ways, Scrivener is the very embodiment of anti-Linux, philosophically. Scrivener is a writing program, used by authors. In Linux, one strings together well developed and intensely tested tools on data streams to produce a result. So, to author a complex project, create files and edit them in a simple text editor, using some markdown. Keep the files organized in the file system and use file names carefully chosen to keep them in order in their respective directories. when it comes time to make project-wide modifications, use grep and sed to process all of the files at once or selected files. Eventually, run the files through LaTeX to produce beautiful output. Then, put the final product in a directory where people can find it on Gopher.

Gopher? Anyway …

On the other hand, emacs is the ultimate linux program. Emacs is a text editor that is so powerful and has so many community-contributed “modes” (like add-ins) that it can be used as a word processor, an email client, a calendar, a PIM, a web browser, an operating system, to make coffee, or to stop that table with the short leg from rocking back and forth. So, in this sense, a piece of software that does everything is also linux, philosophically.

And so, Scrivener, despite what I said above, is in a way the very embodiment of Linux, philosophically.

I’ve been using Scrivener on a Mac for some time now, and a while back I tried it on Linux. Scrivener for the Mac is a commercial product you must pay money for, though it is not expensive, but the Linux version, being highly experimental and probably unsafe, is free. But then again, this is Linux. We eat unsafe experimental free software for breakfast. So much that we usually skip lunch. Because we’re still fixing breakfast. As it were.

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Anyway, here’s what Scrivener does. It does everything. The full blown Mac version has more features than the Linux version, but both are feature rich. To me, the most important things are: A document is organised in “scenes” which can be willy nilly moved around in relation to each other in a linear or hierarchical system. The documents are recursive, so a document can hold other documents, and the default is to have only the text in the lower level document as part of the final product (though this is entirely optional). A document can be defined as a “folder” which is really just a document that has a file folder icon representing it to make you feel like it is a folder.

Associated with the project, and with each separate document, is a note taking area. So, you can jot notes project-wide as you work, like “Don’t forget to write the chapter where everyone dies at the end,” or you can write notes on a given document like “Is this where I should use the joke about the slushy in the bathroom at Target?” Each scene also has a number of attributes such as a “label” and a “status” and keywords. I think keywords may not be implemented in the Linux version yet.

Typically a project has one major folder that has all the actual writing distributed among scenes in it, and one or more additional folders in which you put stuff that is not in the product you are working on, but could be, or was but you pulled it out, or that includes research material.

You can work on one scene at a time. Scenes have meta-data and document notes.

The scenes, folders, and everything are all held together with a binder typically displayed on the left side of the Scrivener application window, showing the hierarchy. A number of templates come with the program to create pre-organized binder paradigms, or you can just create one from scratch. You can change the icons on the folders/scenes to remind you of what they are. When a scene is active in the central editing window, you can display an “inspector” on the right side, showing the card (I’ll get to that later) on top the meta data, and the document or project notes. In the Mac version you can create additional meta-data categories.

An individual scene can be displayed in the editing window. Or, scenes can be shown as a collection of scenes in what is known as “Scrivenings mode.” Scrivenings mode is more or less standard word processing mode where all the text is simply there to scroll through, though scene titles may or may not be shown (optional). A lot of people love the corkboard option. I remember when PZ Myers discovered Scrivener he raved about it. The corkboard is a corkboard (as you may have guessed) with 3 x 5 inch virtual index cards, one per scene, that you can move around and organize as though that was going to help you get your thoughts together. The corkboard has the scene title and some notes on what the scene is, which is yet another form of meta-data. I like the corkboard mode, but really, I don’t think it is the most useful features. Come for the corkboard, stay for the binder and the document and project notes!

Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

Linux and *BSD have completely changed the storage market. They are the core of so many storage products, allowing startups and established vendors alike to bring new products to the market more rapidly than previously possible. Almost every vendor I talk to these days has built their system on top of these and then there are the number of vendors who are using Samba implementations for their NAS functionality. Sometimes they move on from Samba but almost all version 1 NAS boxen are built on top of it. Read more

Black Lab SDK 1.8 released

QT Creator - for QT 5 Gambas 3 - Visual Basic for Linux Ubuntu Quickly - Quick and dirty development tool for python emacs and Xemacs - Advanced Text Editor Anjuta and Glade - C++ RAD development tool for GTK Netbeans - Java development environment GNAT-GPS - IDE for the following programming languages. Ada, C, JavaScript, Pascal and Python Idle - IDE for Python Scite - Text Editor Read more

Did Red Hat’s CTO Walk – Or Was He Pushed?

He went on to say that some within Red Hat speculate that tensions between Stevens and Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s president of products and technologies, might be responsible, although there doesn’t appear to have been any current argument between the two. Cormier will take over Stevens’ duties until a replacement is found. Vaughan-Nichols also said that others at Red Hat had opined that Stevens might’ve left because he’d risen as high as he could within the company and with no new advancement opportunities open to him, he’d decided to move on. If this was the case, why did he leave so abruptly? Stevens had been at Red Hat for nearly ten years. If he was leaving merely because “I’ve done all I can here and it’s time to seek my fortune elsewhere,” we’d expect him to work out some kind of notice and stay on the job long enough for Red Hat to find a suitable replacement. Turning in a resignation that’s effective immediately is not the ideal way to walk out the door for the last time. It smells of burning bridges. Read more