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LXer: New LibreOffice Extensions and Templates Site Coming Soon, LibreOffice 5.3 Hits Beta

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 11:09:45 AM
Plone advocate and LibreOffice developer Andreas Mantke reports on the upcoming availability of a brand new LibreOffice extensions and templates website, and the migration of the content from the current website to the new one.

TuxMachines: systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 11:01:01 AM

The self-proclaimed “Veteran Unix Admins” forking Debian in the name of init freedom have released Beta 2 of their “Devuan” Linux distribution.

Devuan came about after some users felt it had become too desktop-friendly. The change the greybeards objected to most was the decision to replace sysvinit init with systemd, a move felt to betray core Unix principles of user choice and keeping bloat to a bare minimum.

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Phoronix: MSM-Next Prepares Adreno A5xx Support For Linux 4.10

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:57:30 AM
On Tuesday was the MSM-Next submission by Red Hat developer Rob Clark of these Freedreno MSM changes to be sent to mainline for the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Reddit: Creating portable binaries, what about glibc?

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:55:27 AM

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering about binary distribution of software (say closed-source software like the typical AAA game). Distributing the necessary .so files seems smple enough, just run "ldd" on the compiled binary, maybe write a wrapper script that sets LD_LIBRARY_PATH and put everything in the resulting game.tar.gz file.

However, I keep reading that distributing glibc is not possible, because "it's where things are hard-coded" or "glibc depends on the kernel being used" and such. But I find no specifics on that. The usual advice is that since glibc is backwards-compatible, I have to compile my software with an ancient version of glibc, hope for the best not distribute it.

Can anyone explain why, specifically, I cannot distribute glibc (to be 100% portable)?

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:38:34 AM

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’ Details

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:36:53 AM

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Reddit: make randconfig to generate a usable kernel

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:17:34 AM

I was reading the official linux README and stambled accross this command to generate a config:

"make randconfig" Create a ./.config file by setting symbol values to random values.

I just wonder who on earth thought is a good idea and usable. Or maybe it's a joke because I can't get how this can be really useful.

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LXer: Software Defined Networking Fundamentals Part 3: Transformation of Network Architecture

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:43:58 AM
As we saw in the previous article, the TCAM (Ternary Content Addressable Memory) in a traditional networking switch is the cornerstone of the Data Plane's operation. The foundations of SDN lie in the following question: What if we could access or program these remotely? We will discuss the consequences and effects next.

Reddit: Looking for a linux friendly mp3 player

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:39:42 AM

I used to have an iPod nano (5th gen) which I loved ! It is know broken and I'm looking for a replacement. I could just buy a second hand one, or a brand new iPod (7th gen know) but it was always painfull to push music to it from my linux laptop.

Do you have any similar mp3 player (in term of size/usability) that would be more linux friendly ? (like pushing to mass storage)

I'm not interrested in video playback of any of the fancy stuff, just music

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TuxMachines: GNU/Linux As An Alternative To Windows For A Small Business

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:37:03 AM

In the following article, I present a real-world case scenario as an example for setting up a small business with Linux as a desktop solution. It is presented as a single illustration of a unique case, and Linux/open source deployments will of course vary based on the number of users, business need and security requirements.

A friend recently launched her own small startup, and because she’s funding it out of her own pocket, she came to me in the early stages with questions about Windows licensing, applications, support, etc. Her primary concern was the overhead of seeding her small office with Windows and all the required application licenses needed to run a business.

Because of the nature of her startup, I suggested Linux as the standard desktop for her office. She was unsure of this choice, and some of her questions, all justified, included “I’ve heard Linux isn’t user-friendly”, and “are there viable business applications available for Linux?”

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 3.12.68 LTS Hits the Streets with SPARC and Networking Improvements

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:36:27 AM

Today, November 29, 2016, Linux kernel maintainer Jiri Slaby announced the release and general availability of the sixty-eighth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series.

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TuxMachines: GStreamer 1.10.2 Multimedia Framework Released to Patch Recent Security Flaws

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:35:10 AM

Today, November 29, 2016, the GStreamer development team released the second maintenance update to the stable GStreamer 1.10 series of the open-source and cross-platform pipeline-based multimedia framework used on almost all Linux-based systems.

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TuxMachines: HP5: A CMS plugin for creating HTML5 interactive content

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:33:34 AM

Before working fulltime on H5P, many of us on the Core Team were deeply involved with open source projects. Over the years we have been consulted for Drupal based projects, and we’ve always tried to contribute back to the Drupal community as much as we can. H5P is installed on over 7,000 websites. It is used by hundreds of universities, including Ivy League universities. It is being used by huge companies, including Fortune 50 companies, and other big organizations like parts of the UN.

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Reddit: Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:24:08 AM

TuxMachines: Linux Graphics

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:23:52 AM

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TuxMachines: IoT gateway runs Linux on i.MX6UL, offers Thread and ZigBee

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:23:08 AM

NXP’s Volansys-built, highly secure “Modular IoT Gateway” reference design runs Linux on an i.MX6 UL SoC, and offers Thread, ZigBee, WiFi, and NFC.

NXP has released a Modular IoT Gateway reference design for large-node, 250+ wireless IoT networks. The gateway provides pre-integrated, tested, and RF-certified 802.15.4 mesh networking modules connected via MikroBus connectors, including Thread and ZigBee modules, and soon Bluetooth LE. Other options include an NFC chip for one-tap, no-power commissioning of IoT leaf nodes. The system also offers multiple layers of security.

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LXer: Micro-Application Services Require Micro-Network Services

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 08:18:12 AM
All the buzz these days is on microservices, those emphemeral flashes-in-the-pan that appear and disappear on demand, thousands or even millions of times per minute. Chauhan discusses the importance of changing the way we develop network services to support microservices.

Reddit: It's 2016, and Linux audio still sucks for musicians. [Rant]

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 08:10:36 AM

I've been a musician for a couple years, and for the majority of that time, I've been recording purely with my smartphone and a refurbished laptop that came with Windows 7, Audacity, and FL Studio. Yet, I've been using Linux for about several years now, though the very large chunk of it was taken up as with moderate amount of gaming, and some mild game development (the both of which are more than fine enough for me, but I digress). So after installing KXStudio onto my laptop, I plunged straight back into Linux Audio. And goddamn, did I ever regret trying this again for a third time.

I've got the majority of the hardware needed. My laptop is more than capable enough of recording ~12 "CD Quality" audio/MIDI tracks, so that suffices plenty for me. I've got my audio interface/preamp, even if it's a bit low on price. My MIDI Keyboard/Controller should quickly suffice for a "Generic MIDI" driver.

And then there's the state of every Digital Audio Workstation I tried. Literally all of them are lacking some way, for their own special reasons. LMMS doesn't even record straight audio without needing some sort of ass-backwards workaround like recording into Audacity and exporting it as a sample. Ardour still requires some depreciated wiki digging to get any sort of "general-purpose MIDI" setup. The only semblance of sanity for DAWs is Audacity, but that comes with one gigantic trade-off for the sake of ease: No MIDI usage.

I can barely imagine any solution that isn't "wait until somebody clones CoreAudio a decade later-oh wait that was what PulseAudio was supposed to be". "Use JACK and everything is perfect," is what virtually every Linux forum with and/or about musicians say from any poster. But it's all still communicating with hardware via ALSA and PulseAudio. And even then, trying to figure out JACK is like figuring how/why some cheap knockoff eurorack synthesizers and their problems are to be fixed. I didn't use JACK to emulate the experience of fucking euroracks. I'd like a straight-forward method that would actually allow me to quickly get shit done with and not take hours of surfing to figure out how to hook a LADSPA/VST thing to my MIDI Controller. I don't care about the specifics. Though if the Ardour Wiki is to be trusted well, apparently only I am the only one to know better (except I fucking don't).

(credit to /u/netzapper for the original rant that I very loosely derived this from, and for a post that still remains relevant today)

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LXer: Qseven modules adopt hexa- and octa-core Rockchip SoCs

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 06:52:25 AM
Theobroma unveiled a Qseven module built around a hexa-core, Cortex-A72/-A53 Rockchip RK3399 SoC, plus a µQseven version based on an octa-core -A53 RK3368. Austrian Qseven specialists Theobroma Systems announced two computer-on-modules that build on Rockchip SoCs with Linux and Android support. The Qseven-based “RK3399-Q7” features the new Rockchip RK3399, with dual Cortex-A72 cores at up […]

LXer: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Lands January 19, 2017, with Ubuntu 16.10's Linux 4.8 Kernel

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 05:26:39 AM
We have been informed by Canonical's Leann Ogasawara about the upcoming second point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Linux-based operating system.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • How fast is KVM? Host vs virtual machine performance!
  • Kernel maintenance, Brillo style
    Brillo, he said, is a software stack for the Internet of things based on the Android system. These deployments bring a number of challenges, starting with the need to support a different sort of hardware than Android normally runs on; target devices may have no display or input devices, but might well have "fun buses" to drive interesting peripherals. The mix of vendors interested in this area is different; handset vendors are present, but many more traditional embedded vendors can also be found there. Brillo is still in an early state of development.
  • Reviewing Project Management Service `Wrike` And Seems Interesting
    I have been testing some services for our project and found this amazing service, thought why not share it with you guys, it might be useful for you. Project management is a term that in some respects appears common, yet in practice still seems to be limited to large companies. While this may be true, the foundations of project management are actually rather simple and can be adopted by anyone, in any industry. One of the major requirements you need to consider when selecting a good project management software is the ability to run and operate it on the go via your mobile devices. Other factors include the ability to access the software from any platform whether it be Linux, Mac, or Windows. This can be achieved when the project management software is web-based. Wrike is a software that does of all this.
  • World Wine News Issue 403
  • OSVR on Steam, Unity drops legacy OpenGL, and more gaming news
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest 2016
    This November from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 was held in Berlin the GNOME Core Apps Hackfest. My focus during this hackfest was to start implementing a widget for the series view of the Videos application, following a mockup by Allan Day.
  • Worth Watching: What Will Happen to Red Hat Inc Next? The Stock Just Declined A Lot
  • Vetr Inc. Lowers Red Hat Inc. (RHT) to Buy
  • Redshift functionality on Fedora 25 (GNOME + Wayland). Yes, it's possible!
    For those who can't live without screen colour shifting technology such as Redshift or f.lux, myself being one of them, using Wayland did pose the challenge of having these existing tools not working with the Xorg replacement. Thankfully, all is not lost and it is possible even right now. Thanks to a copr repo, it's particularly easy on Fedora 25. One of the changes that comes with Wayland is there is currently no way for third-party apps to modify screen gamma curves. Therefore, no redshift apps, such as Redshift itself (which I recently covered here) will work while running under Wayland.
  • My Free Software Activities in November 2016
  • Google's ambitious smartwatch vision is failing to materialise
    In February this year, Google's smartwatch boss painted me a rosy picture of the future of wearable technology. The wrist is, David Singleton said, "the ideal place for the power of Google to help people with their lives."
  • Giving Thanks (along with a Shipping Update)
    Mycroft will soon be available as a pre-built Raspberry Pi 3 image for any hobbyist to use. The new backend we have been quietly building is emerging from beta, making the configuration and management of you devices simple. We are forming partnerships to get Mycroft onto laptops, desktops and other devices in the world. Mycroft will soon be speaking to you throughout your day.
  • App: Ixigo Indian Rail Train PNR Status for Tizen Smart Phones
    Going on a train journey in India? Ixigo will check the PNR status, the train arrival and departure & how many of the particular tickets are left that you can purchase. You can also do a PNR status check to make sure that your seat is booked and confirmed.

Networking and Servers

  • How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud
    In my last infrastructure update, I documented our challenges with storage as GitLab scales. We built a CephFS cluster to tackle both the capacity and performance issues of NFS and decided to replace PostgreSQL standard Vacuum with the pg_repack extension. Now, we're feeling the pain of running a high performance distributed filesystem on the cloud.
  • Hype Driven Development
  • SysAdmins Arena in a nutshell
    Sysadmins can use the product to improve their skills or prepare for an interview by practicing some day to day job scenarios. There is an invitation list opened for the first testers of the product.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • PINEBOOK Latest News: Affordable Linux Laptop at Only $89 Made by Raspberry Pi Rival, PINE
    PINE, the rival company of Raspberry Pi and maker of the $20 Pine A64, has just announced its two below $100-priced Linux laptops, known as PINEBOOK. The affordable Linux laptop is powered by Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and comes with an 11.6" or 14" monitor.
  • Some thoughts about options for light Unix laptops
    I have an odd confession: sometimes I feel (irrationally) embarrassed that despite being a computer person, I don't have a laptop. Everyone else seems to have one, yet here I am, clearly behind the times, clinging to a desktop-only setup. At times like this I naturally wind up considering the issue of what laptop I might get if I was going to get one, and after my recent exposure to a Chromebook I've been thinking about this once again. I'll never be someone who uses a laptop by itself as my only computer, so I'm not interested in a giant laptop with a giant display; giant displays are one of the things that the desktop is for. Based on my experiences so far I think that a roughly 13" laptop is at the sweet spot of a display that's big enough without things being too big, and I would like something that's nicely portable.
  • What is HiDPI and Why Does it Matter?

Google and Mozilla

  • Google Rolls Out Continuous Fuzzing Service For Open Source Software
    Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source software for security vulnerabilities. The company's new OSS-Fuzz service is available in beta starting this week, but at least initially it will only be available for open source projects that have a very large user base or are critical to global IT infrastructure.
  • Mozilla is doing well financially (2015)
    Mozilla announced a major change in November 2014 in regards to the company's main revenue stream. The organization had a contract with Google in 2014 and before that had Google pay Mozilla money for being the default search engine in the Firefox web browser. This deal was Mozilla's main source of revenue, about 329 million US Dollars in 2014. The change saw Mozilla broker deals with search providers instead for certain regions of the world.