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Phoronix: Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:00pm
Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS...

TuxMachines: Why I Switched to GNOME

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:42pm

I think the best thing I did when I decided to make the switch a permanent one, is to stop comparing it to other desktop environments. This allowed me to fully experience the GNOME 3 desktop without comparing it with KDE, XFCE and so on. With this new mindset, I found that the integration and work-flow were actually quite refreshing.

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Phoronix: KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:35pm
Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about...

Reddit: Can someone make something akin to Wayland, but for sound?

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:53am

Wayland seems awesome. Take everything wrong with xorg and pretend that you can rewrite xorg from scratch, with all the knowledge we have in 2014. Fantastic.

Why can't we have something similar for sound? I'm sick of trying to install software (a lot of DAWs lately) that has dependencies that will break sound for me in other ways. Example: Why should I install libjack2, killing alsa-equal, so that I can use a DAW but now suddenly my media players don't work (namely ncmpcpp)?

It's simple. I want a program that is supposed to make sound come out of speakers (or the headphone jack) do exactly that. I don't want to install different libraries to make some things work and break others. I hate that on my linux box, I can have a browser window open with some stupid flash applet running that hogs my sound card, and then not be able to have sound produced from any other application.

This problem does not exist on OSX. It does not exist on dreaded m$ OSes. In fact, in 1994 I built an Amiga with multiple sound cards for both recording music and music playback. It "just works" flawlessly to this day.

Why is linux sound so archaic? Can we not find developers ready to tackle one of gnu/linux's biggest current failures insofar as being able to make inroads into desktop computing? Wayland, but for sound. Screw all that old alsa/jack/pulse garbage and rewrite it from scratch to work the way it does everywhere else, but on linux.

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LXer: Using Samba to Share Your Linux Folders with Another PC or Virtual Machine

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:37am
Creating a network share on Linux is quite a bit different than on Windows, but that doesn’t mean that it requires a degree from Tux U. In this article, we take a look at installing and configuring Samba, creating some shares, and then accessing those shares across a variety of platforms.

TuxMachines: Qt on Android: The top 5 markets

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:19am

The power of Qt running on the ubiquity of Android is a potent combination that can be used to great effect in a number of different applications. But are there certain apps that really shine when they’re built using this dynamic duo?

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TuxMachines: Bigger BeagleBone Blacks and Thoughts on Raspberry Pi’s Modulea

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:10am

It’s been hard to get the BeagleBone Black(BBB); limited production capabilities have fought with some big adoption stories. If you are unfamiliar with the BBB, its a small board computer in the same size factor as the Raspberry Pi, but with eMMC storage, micro-SD slot and lots of I/O pins – what it lacks in media player cores, it makes up for in clock speed.
Thats “hard to get” nature is about to change though according to a blog post. Production is being ramped up at CircuitCo where they are also upping the storage from 2GB to 4GB which will give more breathing space to the new Debian distribution being shipped on the eMMC of BeagleBones, replacing the previous default Angstrom Linux. The upgraded boards will be referred to as Rev C BBBs. The price will likely be going up to cover the extra memory and production ramp-up but with a back-orders for 150,000 units, CircuitCo are going to be busy.

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Reddit: Question regarding gpu passthrough in xen

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:57am

I recently converted one of my cryptocoins mining rig into a gaming pc running arch. Because the proprietary drivers for my Radeon R9 280x are garbage ( and the open source one has little support for the latest generation of gpus) my plan is to install windows in a vm and play games there using vga passthrough. My mobo is a Gigabyte Sniper B5 (it has vt-d) and vga output using the haswell gpu from a celeron g2820 (might be mistaken but is from the haswell family and supports virtualization according to intel specs). My question is the following : when I switch to the windows vm do I need to plug the monitor into the R9 280 x or the image will be translated to the intel gpu?

Edit: corrected spelling of the word windows

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LXer: Real-world Secure Boot attacks

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:40am
MITRE gave a presentation on UEFI Secure Boot at SyScan earlier this month. You should read the the presentation and paper, because it's really very good.It describes a couple of attacks...

TuxMachines: Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:20am

While the Radeon R9 290 has been out more than a half-year, the open-source support is still poor. In fact, when running the latest open-source code there still isn't hardware acceleration by default, and with distributions like Ubuntu 14.04 LTS there's only mode-setting support without any 2D/3D hardware acceleration. In my most recent R9 290 open-source testing, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64, then installed the Linux 3.14 kernel (and later, Linux 3.15 Git), followed by using the Oibaf PPA for Mesa 10.2-devel and xf86-video-ati Git.

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TuxMachines: The US Air Force Wants to Keep You Secure with Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1 Distro

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:14am

Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1, a thin Linux operating system that creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac), has been released and is now available for download.

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Phoronix: A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:00am
Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.

LXer: elementary OS 20140331 Screenshot Tour

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:42am
elementary OS 20140331 has been released. The very popular, elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Some of its more interesting features include a new GTK+ and icon theme for GNOME, the Midori web browser, new applications developed in-house (e.g. Dexter, an address book and Postler, an email client), and Nautilus Elementary, a simple file manager.

Reddit: No sound on Debian Jessie

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:04am

After running Ubuntu for a while, I decided to go to Debian testing (Jessie) following a recommendation from a friend.

The problem is now that the sound is not working even though this worked perfectly on both Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10

When I run

lspci | grep -i audio

I get

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)

Googling this sound problem is a total mess. I really hope someone can help.

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LXer: Akamai Admits Its Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty, Has To Reissue All SSL Certs And Keys

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 8:45am
The web is a dangerous place these days. Akamai, which many large companies rely on for hosting as a CDN, has admitted that its Heartbleed patch was faulty, meaning that it was possible that the SSL keys "could have been exposed to an adversary exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability."

Phoronix: Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 8:43am
One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux...

Reddit: Higher performance raspberry pi like device?

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 8:14am

Is there something like the Raspberry Pi in both power consumption and cost that I could use for a torrenting machine. I want something with better performance for also toying around with. Any better all in one boards like that?

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LXer: Yes, Net Neutrality Is A Solution To An Existing Problem

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 7:48am
While AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon have argued -- with incredible message discipline -- that network neutrality is "a solution in search of a problem," that's simply not true. There are many concrete examples of network neutrality violations around the world. These network neutrality violations include ISPs blocking websites and applications, ISPs discriminating in favor of some applications and against others, and ISPs charging arbitrary tolls on technology companies.

Reddit: How do you manage your firewall?

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 7:42am

I know that you can do it with iptables and a text. Is that what people generally tend to use, or is there a GUI application that tends to be more popular?

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