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LinuxToday: What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins

Friday 15th of August 2014 08:00:00 PM

 xmodulo: System administrators (sysadmins) are responsible for day-to-day operations of production systems and services.

Reddit: Create webupload user for SCP

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:45:37 PM

Reddit: Featuritis: A new type of FOSS crowd funding

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:40:35 PM

LXer: Does Linux need to change to attract more users?

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:39:25 PM
In today's open source roundup: Should Linux change to attract more users? Plus: A beginner's guide to Linux, and command line tools for Linux system administrators.

TuxMachines: Android, iOS gobble up even more global smartphone share

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:02:01 PM

According to IDC, the total combined market share of Android and iOS swelled to 96.4 percent during the second quarter, up from 92.6 percent a year ago. That left just 2.5 percent of the market to Windows Phone, down from 3.4 percent in a year’s time.

In part, that’s because the worldwide smartphone market swelled to 301.3 million phones, moving past 300 million phones for the first time in its history, according to IDC. That represents 25.3 percent growth from a year ago.

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LinuxToday: Project aims to build fully open SoC and dev board

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:00:00 PM

 LinuxGizmos: A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit "lowRISC" SoC that will enable fully open hardware, "from the CPU core to the development board

TuxMachines: Linux Satisfaction, Beginners' Guide, and Download Managers

Friday 15th of August 2014 06:56:03 PM

Today Recently in Linux news, Jack Wallen asks, "Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?" Mark Gibbs relates his experience installing Ubuntu on an older netbook. has a complete beginner's guide to Linux and Rob Zwetsloot looks at four popular download managers. And finally, Reiser4 has made a comeback and systemd is wreaking havoc again for some.

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LXer: Cities Skylines, A City Builder Announced From Paradox & It's Coming To Linux

Friday 15th of August 2014 06:42:14 PM
Linux is about to get a pretty deep and serious city builder courtesy of Paradox and Colossal Order named Cities Skylines.

TuxMachines: GCC 5.0 Doesn't Show Much Difference Yet For AMD's Steamroller

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:58:24 PM

GCC 4.10 has been under development since the 4.9.0 release near the beginning of the year. However, at the GNU Tools Cauldron it was agreed upon that GCC 4.10 will most likely become GCC 5.0 upon its release in 2015. The GCC version scheme is also being shaken up for future releases. Years ago there was talk of GCC 5.0 being modular and more like LLVM but to date there's no "killer features" of GCC 5.0 at this point in its SVN code-base.

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LXer: How to Encrypt Email in Linux

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:45:03 PM
If you've been thinking of encrypting your email, it is a rather bewildering maze to sort through thanks to the multitude of email services and mail clients. There are two levels of encryption to consider: SSL/TLS encryption protects your login and password to your mailserver. GnuPG is the standard strong Linux encryption tool, and it encrypts and authenticates your messages. It is best if you manage your own GPG encryption and not leave it up to third parties, which we will discuss in a moment.

Reddit: Unaccountable 4 byte file size difference in files copied over NFS, also "Failed to preserve ownership" with 'cp -av'.

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:35:54 PM

It's basically in the title. We have an autofs mounted NFS share. "Auto.share". I'm coping files from one server's export directory to the automounted directory. Every file is "cp: failed to preserve ownership for ...: Operation not permitted.

Then the file is copied over, it's owned by nfsnobody:nfsnobody.

BOTH servers authenticate through NIS, so users should be the same. Ownerhship should be preserved.

On the receiving server, the /etc/exports line for the relevant share is just (rw,sync).

Lastly as far as that goes, one example directory is 755 in its original location, but when copied becomes 700.

But if I can't solve the permissions/ownership, there's still the issue that files copied over lose 4 bytes. Not all, but many.

Looking in a single directory there's like a 112 byte difference total. And there's a pattern. It's a directory that holds data output. And the format is several .bin files. Like 8 or 9 per step. So like

A123.bin A124.bin A125.bin B123.bin B124.bin B125.bin C123.bin etc.

It's like every N125.bin that's missing 4 bytes when transferred. That's clearly a pattern, but it makes no sense.

I needed no_root_squash in the /etc/exports file for the receiving server. Added that, ran exportfs -r. Worked like a charm. Still don't know about the file size difference. When the copy is complete I'll check again.

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TuxMachines: We Tried to Break This New Android Phone and This Is What Happened

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:34:26 PM

After a series of torture tests, I have decided the Brigadier is like the Terminator of smartphones. It looks durable and virtually indestructible. But what's a smartphone if you can't use it? I put it through one final test to see if it could still make calls.

The Brigadier is heavy -- weighing in at 6.6 ounces. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat -- however it remained unclear what the future holds for operating system updates.

It doesn't stand out from other smartphones in terms of user experience, however if you're looking for a crazy tough smartphone, this may be it.

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TuxMachines: PiPhone interview with Dave Hunt

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:19:33 PM

Turning your Raspberry Pi into a mobile phone is a lot simpler than you’d think, albeit a little chunky. Linux User talks to Dave Hunt about one of his many pet projects.

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LinuxToday: elementary OS Freya Beta Is Out, Still the Most Beautiful OS in the World

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:00:00 PM

 softpedia: elementary OS Freya Beta has been announced by its developers and it comes with an Ubuntu 14.04 base and lots of new features.

LXer: The why and how of becoming a cloud architect

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:47:52 PM
It[he]#039[/he]s certainly not news. We[he]#039[/he]ve talked before about how learning OpenStack is a great way to kickstart an IT career. But just how valuable is it? And if you want to make the transition from doing traditional IT infrastructure administration to becoming a cloud architect, how do you get there?

Reddit: Xweston - Xwayland with weston, the other way round

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:39:09 PM

While it is possible to run X applications in a weston session by loading the module, this setup has weston manage the X client windows using its own built-in window manager. This makes it impossible to use X display managers (like GDM, LightDM, etc.) and window managers (like i3, OpenBox, Ratpoison, etc.) with weston.

Xweston approaches things the other way round: it launches Xwayland with an otherwise empty weston session, which should allow one to use it like any other X server. In particular, one can launch it using startx or using an X display manager (tested with LightDM).

Note that Xweston is still very experimental, it probably breaks every rule in the Wayland and weston books, and it may decide to have all your child processes for breakfast. But hey, it's open source (GPL) and on Github, so instead of dissing it, try developing it instead :)

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:37:55 PM

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:37:49 PM

TuxMachines: today's howtos

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:37:09 PM

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