While Dortmund uses more TOOS servers than GNU/Linux servers, they have three times as many physical GNU/Linux servers as TOOS servers…
[Older] A look at the Year 2036/2038 problems and time proofness in various systems
So it’s always good to know when your time and date values might flow over. For most GNU/Linux users there are currently four dates to “keep your eyes on”
- How To Use Totem Video Player to Watch YouTube
- System Tray Icon to Monitor a Linux Software RAID Locally
Interview with Dolly
My nickname is Dolly, I am 11 years old, I live in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. I am at Secondary school, and at the weekends I attend drama, dance and singing lessons, I like drawing and recently started using the Krita app.
Solus Operating System Offers Bulletproof Update Experience and Boot Management
Solus Project, through Joshua Strobl, proudly announced the implementation of Clear Linux's clr-boot-manager Linux kernel and bootloader management tool into the stable repositories of the Solus operating system.
Solus Integrates Clear Linux's clr-boot-manager
The desktop-focused, performance-oriented Solus Linux distribution has pulled in another component from Clear Linux: clr-boot-manager. The clr-boot-manager is responsible for solid kernel and boot-loader management.
Install Manjaro as you want with Architect
it took us a while to pull this off. Again we can present an advanced CLI installer for Manjaro Linux.
Manjaro-Architect is a CLI net-installer, which means it does not need or provide a (real) graphical interface and all packages for the target system will be downloaded from the internet during installation rather than extracted from a compressed ISO image.
Has Ubuntu Linux become boring?
Ubuntu has long been one of the best known and most popular Linux distributions. But has it become too boring and predictable to retain the interest of users?
- Four years later, Xbox exec admits how Microsoft screwed up disc resale plan
Red Hat Intros New Channel Program Tailored For App Delivery Partners
Red Hat introduced a "partner program within a partner program" on Monday to better support a subset of its partners leveraging its application delivery portfolio to build custom solutions for enterprises undergoing digital transformations.
The Red Hat Application Platform Partner Program seeks to put partners with practices that leverage Red Hat's application delivery products on more solid footing. That business is still emerging, and much smaller than the Raleigh, N.C.-based vendor's core infrastructure business, but it's growing 40 percent year-over-year, John Bleuer, Red Hat's vice president of global ISVs, told CRN on the first day of the software vendor's North America partner conference in Las Vegas.
- Red Hat, Inc. (RHT): Ignore the noise and focus on the technicals
- Price-to-Earnings Ratio Evolution: SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SXC), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
- Smartphone Game: Official Fruit Ninja Game released to Tizen Store
- Smartphone Game: Hero The Fight, available for your Tizen mobile
Nexus 7 2013 (Flo) Comes with Open Source Maru OS 0.4
The Android UI has been known for its adaptability and possibility for it to be converted into various OS types and they had varying states of reliability. However, this is about to change with the Maru OS which not only provides the basic features you would expect from an operating system but it also provides a complete desktop experience when you are connected with your device to a display. It is able to fully run Debian without compromise.
- Crunch Report | Creator of Android Teases Bezel-less Smartphone
How Suing Nokia over Patent Violations Can Impact BlackBerry
BlackBerry (BBRY) has taken Nokia (NOK) to court, accusing the Finnish communications equipment maker of using several of its patents illegally. The disputed patents are related to data transmission technology. BlackBerry claims the infringed patents can be found in Nokia’s devices and software.
Instead of seeking to block the sale of Nokia products bearing its patents used without permission, BlackBerry wants to extract payment from Nokia for illegally using its patents, according to technology news website Ars Technica. BlackBerry says in court documents that Nokia has violated nearly a dozen of its patents.
Making your OpenStack monitoring stack highly available using Open Source tools
Operators tasked with maintaining production environments are relying on monitoring stacks to provide insight to resource usage and a heads-up to threats of downtime. Perhaps the most critical function of a monitoring stack is providing alerts which trigger mitigation steps to ensure an environment stays up and running. Downtime of services can be business-critical, and often has extremely high cost ramifications. Operators working in cloud environments are especially reliant on monitoring stacks due to the increase in potential inefficiency and downtime that comes with greater resource usage. The constant visibility of resources and alerts that a monitoring stack provides, makes it a fundamental component of any cloud.
- InfraRed: Deploying and Testing Openstack just made easier!
The journey of a new OpenStack service in RDO
When new contributors join RDO, they ask for recommendations about how to add new services and help RDO users to adopt it. This post is not a official policy document nor a detailed description about how to carry out some activities, but provides some high level recommendations to newcomers based on what I have learned and observed in the last year working in RDO.
- Getting to know the essential OpenStack components better
- Getting to know core components, speed mentoring, and more OpenStack news
Testing LibreOffice 5.3 Notebookbar
I teach an online CSCI class about usability. The course is "The Usability of Open Source Software" and provides a background on free software and open source software, and uses that as a basis to teach usability. The rest of the class is a pretty standard CSCI usability class. We explore a few interesting cases in open source software as part of our discussion. And using open source software makes it really easy for the students to pick a program to study for their usability test final project.
[Older] Drupal member sent out after BDSM lifestyle revealed
Drupal, like many other open source projects, has a stated goal of welcoming and accepting all people, no matter their heritage, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.
Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic.
Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
[Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products
OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors
Austria state secretary promotes open data
The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools.
The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks.
The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
- #0: Introducing R^4
- RcppTOML 0.1.2
- Security updates for Monday
FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine.
Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.”
Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
- Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity
Regel says that he has contacted Miele on a number of occasions about the issue, but had failed to get a response to his missives, and this has no updated information on the vulnerability.
He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."
Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway.
What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
Remember kids, if you're going to disclose, disclose responsibly!
If you pay any attention to the security universe, you're aware that Tavis Ormandy is basically on fire right now with his security research. He found the Cloudflare data leak issue a few weeks back, and is currently going to town on LastPass. The LastPass crew seems to be dealing with this pretty well, I'm not seeing a lot of complaining, mostly just info and fixes which is the right way to do these things.
In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom.
Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system.
Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system.
People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you.
Intel's 5-Level Paging Support Being Prepped For Linux 4.12
For months there have been Intel developers working on 5-level paging to increase Linux's virtual/physical address space limitations and with Linux 4.12 it looks like that will be supported.
Five level paging allows raising the Linux x86_64 limitation of 256 TiB of virtual address space to 128 PiB and raises the physical address space limit from 64 TiB to 4 PiB. While 64 TiB of memory may seem like a lot, some Intel customers are already hitting this limitation.
- Linux Kernels 4.10.6, 4.9.18 LTS and 4.4.57 LTS Released with Updated Drivers
Amadeus: Redefining Travel Industry Tech Through Open Source and SDN
Travel tech giant Amadeus has been moving toward a fully software-defined data center strategy over the past few years -- one based on open source and software-defined networking (SDN).
The Meson Build System Is Being Fitted For The X.Org Server
Longtime X.Org developer Eric Anholt who previously worked for Intel and is now working for Broadcom on the open-source VC4 driver stack is working to add the Meson build system support for the xorg-server.
Radeon RX Vega Patches Begin Landing, First Hitting Libdrm
Last week AMD began publishing the open-source driver enablement patches for the upcoming Vega graphics hardware. Today the libdrm support began to land.
- More Vulkan PDF Presentations From GDC17 Are Now Online
Mesa 17.0.2 Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 Linux Gamers
Canonical's Timo Aaltonen announced earlier the availability of the latest Mesa 17.0.2 3D Graphics Library packages in his personal package archive (PPA) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users who haven't managed to upgrade their installations to the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS release, which ships with updated kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), are still relying on third-party PPAs for the latest Mesa builds.
Ubuntu now has a more official PPA to get Mesa updates
Timo Aaltonen noted on his blog that the 'Ubuntu-X' team now have an 'Updates' PPA for you to get the latest Mesa on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.
This is likely a result of Feral Interactive's call for a PPA for this exact purpose. So it's good to see something proper come out of it.
Recent Noteworthy Releases in March 2017
There was much talk among big AAA games in the past few months (for good reasons), but we should not forget that there has been a bunch of other games that have recently made it to Linux. I won’t go through the list of all the lesser known ones, but you should probably pay attention to the following.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free to own forever on Steam for one day
It's part of an advertising campaign for their new game, which sadly won't be seeing Linux support.
- Ballistic Overkill leaves early access, but major new features will still be added
Valve Preparing To Roll Out SteamVR 360 Video Playback
At 37 minutes in they cover their plans for Steam 360 video. With SteamVR being in beta on Linux, presumably this new video offering will be available on Linux when the support officially rolls out.
What's New in Deepin File Manager 1.4
Deepin File Manager (DFM) reached version 1.4 at March 2017. Its a bugfix version, but very interesting as it brings many new features. The most noticeable changes are Settings dialog, new disk-space display, new "Format" option on disk storage, and new copying dialog. It's smoother now by having drop shadow on file/folder icons. DFM is much more beautiful and usable in this 1.4 version. Anyway, you can upgrade DFM to 1.4 on deepin OS, or in another distro (Manjaro DDE or Ubuntu).
Rock On: Deepin Music is Now Available as a Snap App on Ubuntu
Deepin envy is a condition afflicting Linux users who like the look of Deepin Linux’s apps, but don’t want to switch entire distro to use then.
And there’s finally a cure: Snaps.
Snap apps allow applications to bundle in all of their dependencies, which makes it easy for apps that typically rely on a certain set of libraries to run on distributions where those libraries are not normally available (or are, but only through additional repos and installing all sorts of junk that conflicts with your current system).
Nord: Modern Design Color Theme Palette for Your Terminal
Nord is a minimal flat design theme pattern created to enhance your work experience by improving focus and readability for code syntax highlighting and UI.
It has 4 main colors namely Polar Night, Snow Storm, Frost, and Aurora, which are further partitioned into a total of 16 dimmed pastel. It has been used to style so many things including iTerm, Hyper Terminal, and Intelli J IDE, among others.
PeaZip 6.4 Open-Source Archiver Brings Support for P7ZIP 16.02, Tabbed Browsing
The development team behind the open-source and multi-platform PeaZip archiver manager utility announced the release of PeaZip 6.4.0, an important update that brings new features and lots of improvements.
PeaZip 6.4.0 comes one and a half months after the release of the version 6.3.1, and updates the backend to use p7zip 16.02 on 64-bit GNU/Linux platforms, as well as pea 0.61 for all supported operating systems. Under the hood, there are a bunch of fixes, performance improvements, and code cleanup.
GnuCash 2.6.16 Free Accounting Software Adds HiDPI Improvements, Bug Fixes
The development team behind the GnuCash open-source and cross-platform accounting software announced the release and immediate availability of the sixteenth maintenance update to the 2.6 stable series.
GnuCash 2.6.16 comes four months after the release of version 2.6.15, which means that it's also the first to launch in 2017. It also means that a lot of issues reported by users since then have been addressed, including the display of small reports on HiDPI screens, wrong menu entry in the "Tip of the Day" dialog, and much more.
Notepadqq – Source Code Editor for Linux
Notepadqq is a free, an open source code editor and Notepad replacement, that supports several languages (100 languages supported) and helps developers to work more efficiently.
Fman is a Powerful Dual Pane File Manager
If you’re looking for a dual-pane file manager available for Linux (or macOS or Windows) look no further than Fman. Fman is pitched as “modern file manager for power users”. It has a clean design, runs quickly, and its functionality can be extended through plugins.
Blockchain Startups Venture Beyond Bitcoin
Bitcoin is the most widely-known example of blockchain-based technology, but many of today's startups are looking past the cryptocurrency and towards other, more business-friendly implementations.
European blockchain startup incubator Outlier Ventures and Frost & Sullivan have mapped out the blockchain startup landscape, identifying several key areas of activity. It outlines possible paths to success following a busy year for blockchain investments.
Another Sandy Bridge Era Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot
The Sapphire Pure Platinum H61 is the latest motherboard to be supported by mainline Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS.
OSI Welcomes the Journal of Open Source Software as Affiliate Member
The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), a global non-profit organization formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and communities, announced that the Journal Of Open Source Software (JOSS), a peer-reviewed journal for open source research software packages, is now an OSI affiliate member.
Open source project uses Docker for serverless computing
Serverless computing has fast become a staple presence on major clouds, from Amazon to Azure. It’s also inspiring open source projects designed to make the concept of functions as a service useful to individual developers.
The latest of these projects, called simply Functions as a Service (FaaS) by developer and Linux User contributor Alex Ellis, uses Docker and its native Swarm cluster management technology to package any process as a function available through a web API.
- PyCharm 2017.1, MicroStrategy 2017.1, Next.js 2.0, and Ubuntu 17.04 final beta released — SD Times news digest: March 27, 2017
The SaaS-based tool, which features capabilities like role-based access control, semantic versioning, and package discovery, now can be used on public code on the NPM registry, NPM Inc. said on Wednesday. Developers can transition between solo projects, public group projects, and commercial projects, and users with private registries can use Orgs to combine code from public and private packages into a single project.
Slaying Monoliths at Netflix with Node.js
The growing number of Netflix subscribers -- nearing 85 million at the time of this Node.js Interactive talk -- has generated a number of scaling challenges for the company. In his talk, Yunong Xiao, Principal Software Engineer at Netflix, describes these challenges and explains how the company went from delivering content to a global audience on an ever-growing number of platforms, to supporting all modern browsers, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and beyond. He also looks at how this led to radically modifying their delivery framework to make it more flexible and resilient.
Mudlet, the open source MUD client has a new major stable build available
I don't know how many of you play MUDs, but Mudlet, an open source cross-platform MUD client has hit version 3.0.
Using vi-mode in your shell
As a participant in the greater open source community, and more specifically as a member of the Fedora Project, I have the opportunity to meet with many people and talk about all kinds of interesting technical topics. One of my favorites is the "command line," or shell, because learning about how people use the shell proficiently can give you an insight into how they think, what kind of workflows they favor, and to some extent what makes them tick. Many developers and systems operators share their "dot files" (a common slang term for their shell's configuration files) publicly out on the Internet, which leads to an interesting collaboration opportunity that allows everyone to learn tips and tricks from seasoned veterans of the command line as well as share common shortcuts and productivity boosters.
- The Easy Way to Install Mesa 17.0.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- YUM cheat sheet
- How to Set Up External Service Discovery with Docker Swarm Mode and Træfik
- Using cloud-init to initialize Fedora Cloud VMs on oVirt
- Customize Packages for Atomic Host : Ansible Automation
- Building IoT enabled power-strip with MicroPython and NodeMCU
- Bash scripting quirks & safety tips
- How to Install Magento on CentOS 7
- How To Perform linux kernel upgrade in 5 easy steps
- 8 Practical Examples of Linux Xargs Command for Beginners