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Phoronix: Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:39:03 PM
This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS...

LXer: Why the operating system matters in a containerized world

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:30:25 PM
Applications running in Linux containers are isolated within a single copy of the operating system running on a physical server. This approach stands in contrast to hypervisor-based virtualization in which each application is bound to a complete copy of a guest operating system and communicates with the hardware through the intervening hypervisor. As a result, containers consume very few system resources such as memory and impose essentially no performance overhead on the more

TuxMachines: Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:27:50 PM

While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list.

Some Mesa developers have already started tackling some of the easier OpenGL 4.5 extensions and today another can be crossed off the list. Thanks to Tobias Klausmann. GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted is now supported by Mesa. The core work for GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted is complete and is implemented currently by the Gallium3D-based Nouveau NVC0 (Fermi+), Softpipe, and LLVMpipe drivers. Support will surely come in time for mainline Mesa with this extension for the RadeonSI Gallium3D and Intel drivers.

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:17:16 PM

LibreOffice is an excellent Microsoft Office alternative that'll do just about everything you need it to, quickly and efficiently. And in a world without WPS Office, I wouldn't think twice about recommending it. But while LibreOffice has championed mimicking and even one-upping Microsoft's apps, the competition was busy marching ahead, developing tools to address the new ways we get to work. The most crucial of these is cross-device support.

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Phoronix: Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:09:10 PM
While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list...

Phoronix: XBMC 13.2 Released, One Of The Last Before Kodi

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 02:00:35 PM
XBMC 13.2 has been released as one of the last "Gotham" series bug-fix releases before the project renames itself to Kodi...

Reddit: Containers are not the end of the operating system

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 01:56:07 PM

LXer: Git Tracking Relationships: Use the Full Power of Git Branches

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 01:33:14 PM
A simple, built-in option keeps branches in sync automatically.

Reddit: State of hardware RAID in Linux: are there any reliable, but not very expensive, simple to install hardware RAID solutions available for Linux that work well with Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives?

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:58:34 PM

I am thinking to custom build my next PC after more than a decade of buying off the shelf computers and laptops.

Ideally I am looking to use a PCI-Express based SSD (e.g. OCZ RevoDrive 350) for the root/boot volume and have a few internal HDDs in RAID 5 for backup/general purpose storage.

I remember a long time ago the recommended approach for RAIDing HDDs in Linux was to use software RAID.

Is this still the case? Or are there non-enterprise class hardware RAID solutions available for Linux that work well with Ubuntu and Ubuntu-derivatives?


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Phoronix: C++14 Is Complete

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:36:04 PM
The ISO C++14 draft international standard was unanimously approved and is now clear for publication...

LXer: LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:36:03 PM
Microsoft Office might still be the de facto name in office suites, but the free, open-source LibreOffice has been one of the top contenders in the space for years. And while the recent update to version 4.3 is light on grand, sweeping changes, it still cements the suite's place as a solid contender to tackle your productivity needs.

Phoronix: AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series SSDs

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:27:11 PM
Not to be confused with the Radeon R7 graphics cards, AMD today officially announced the Radeon R7 SSD line-up...

Reddit: Wanting to dedicate my final year engineering project to enhancing an existing open source project

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:55:26 AM

Next year will be my final year of engineering and I have the opportunity to do a project on the topic of my choice. I am very interested in Linux development and for my project I want to implement some useful features for an existing open source project. The problem I have is that I don't have any very specific ideas or features I want to implement, so I am seeking help to come up with some ideas about what features I could implement to enhance projects I am interested in.

I have an interest in low level Linux development, I have been doing the eudyptula challenge which I have found really fun.

One project that has my attention is OpenMediaVault, it's a debian distribution used for network attatched storage. I've recently started to migrate from FreeNAS to OpenMediaVault and have found the latter to have a much more intuitive user interface.

The Linux kernel is also very interesting but I have no idea where to start looking to enhance it or implement a new feature that would be useful.

So I would really like to hear from people in /r/linux, do you have any ideas about features you would like to see in OpenMediaVault?

Any recommendations on how to learn enough about the Linux kernel to come up with an idea for a feature that would be useful?

Are there some other projects I should be looking at?

I would really appreciate any input.

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LXer: After a 10-year Linux migration, Munich considers switching back to Windows and Office

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:38:52 AM
For the past decade, Munich has been the poster child for open-source advocates, who pointed to its successful migration from a Microsoft platform to one built on Linux and OpenOffice. Now, a newly elected government has called in experts to see whether it's time to switch back.

Reddit: Viber Secure?

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:34:28 AM

So the Linux world is a flutter because VIber 4.2 is out for Linux, but I thought Viber had some pretty heavy security issues. Is this not the case?

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Mobile marketing has come a long way in the last decade. Mobile marketing has gone from being a marketing channel to an entire industry encompassing dozens of marketing channels. While newer mobile technologies such as push notifications, QR codes, and geo-targeting have been getting all of the attention, it is still the humble text message that dominates the industry. While other channels can be beneficial, none can replace the value of a good SMS campaign. Seven tips If you’ve been neglecting your SMS campaign, here are seven tips to get it back on track: Encourage interaction. In the past, marketing efforts have always been focused on one-way communication. With mobile marketing, simply sending texts isn’t enough. In fact it comes across as spamming. A better option is to encourage interaction. For instance, customers who opt-in to receive your texts should be rewarded with a positive experience. Make sure messages are timely. You’ll find that certain messages are more effective at certain times. Sometimes it’s obvious but other times it won’t be. Texts sent by a restaurant about a lunch time special will be more effective when sent just before lunch time. Make sure you’re sending texts that are relevant, valuable, and timely. No marketing effort exists in a vacuum. Every business should be using at least a few different marketing channels. SMS is a great way to tie them all together because nearly everyone has a mobile device capable of texting. SMS marketing can link your email campaign to your social media campaign, and your social media campaign to your content marketing campaign and any other marketing channels you might have. Supplement your local advertisements. Despite the tremendous success of digital marketing strategies, traditional advertising channels such as radio and print ads can still be effective. In can be difficult to measure the effectiveness of these efforts however. You can use SMS to measure success by including a short code and keyword in your traditional advertising then watch how many opt-ins you get as a result. The trouble with sweepstakes has always been that people don’t want to take all the time to enter a sweepstakes they probably won’t win. SMS makes it extremely easy to enter sweepstakes. In fact, it’s one way to get people to opt-in. Customers can enter by simply texting a keyword to a short code. Provide in-store recommendations. A major fear about mobile is that it’s robbing businesses of their foot traffic. So much shopping is done online these days that many business owners worry they can’t compete. Mobile doesn’t have to work against in-store business however. In fact, mobile can improve it. For example, an auto parts store might allow customers looking for a specific part to text a keyword to a short code in order to get reply with the correct part. Use SMS to build loyalty. Typically, it’s 20% of your customers that are driving 80% of sales. SMS is a great way to get those kinds of customers. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to build a solid SMS marketing list. Mobile Technology News brought to you by Source:

Linux kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov arrested for protesting Ukraine invasion

Linux kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer on Saturday. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed forces. This was not the first incident of aggression towards Monakhov. During a rally in July of 2013 he was reported to have been beaten in one of the police vans most likely for participating in expressing his discontent with Putin’s policies regarding human rights. According to Monakhov’s tweet the day before his most recent run in with the authorities, he announced, “I am a Russian. Not cattle. Not a killer. And it is not the occupier. I am ashamed that my president Putin. At 9.00 I go to Manezhku [Manezh Square] against the war.” after this tweet, pictures surfaced a day later of four Russian policeman arresting him. Read more

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