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LXer: Christian Schaller talks the future of Fedora Workstation at Flock 2014

Thursday 7th of August 2014 03:26:38 PM
“The desktop is not dying!” cries Christian Schaller as he dives into his talk on the Fedora Workstation. In a throwback to the old saw about the Year of Linux […]

LXer: Real debate between citizens and officials with DemocracyOS

Thursday 7th of August 2014 02:29:27 PM
One of the biggest barriers to open government is the decline in citizen participation. Far too many voters believe that their ideas and opinions don’t matter to, or won’t reach the ears of, those in power.read more

Reddit: Uses for old laptop?

Thursday 7th of August 2014 02:03:34 PM

I just revived my old ass Vista laptop and installed Ubuntu and it's running great, any ideas for uses for an extra laptop?

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Reddit: If kernel can load initrd, why can't it load the whole file system?

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:45:21 PM

I have been going through articles since last night regarding initrd and all of them invariable mention some version of this taken from[1][2]:

In a nutshell, when your bootloader (GRUB?) loads your Linux kernel, it is of course the kernel's job to finish the boot process. But to do so, it might require particular drivers to be able to work with, say, hardware RAID controllers, or a network, and so on. And depending on where those critically important drivers are, the kernel might not have the ability to load them; hence, the creation of a preliminary root file system that would contain just enough in the way of loadable modules to give the kernel access to the rest of the hardware.

But my question is: well boot loader is passing the kernel initrd, why won't it pass it the whole file system instead? Why this dual process?

[1] http://www.linux.com/learn/linux-training/92607-the-kernel-newbie-corner-qinitrdq-and-qinitramfsq-whats-up-with-that

[2] https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-initrd/l-initrd-pdf.pdf

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TuxMachines: Facebook Is Hiring To Make Linux Networking Better Than FreeBSD

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:34:01 PM

Facebook is hiring another Linux kernel engineer to join its growing kernel team. The goal for the new employee will be to make "the Linux kernel network stack to rival or exceed that of FreeBSD" and carry out other improvements to the Linux network stack.

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LXer: How to create a time lapse video with Raspberry Pi

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:32:16 PM
After installing a Pi camera module and capturing pictures and videos with raspistill and raspivid commands, I wanted to create a time lapse video of the nice scenery that I have in the back of my apartment. For those who don't know what it is, time-lapse video (or often-called time-lapse photography) is a shooting technique.

Reddit: The future of Fedora as a Linux desktop

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:32:04 PM

Reddit: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Coming to Linux

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:29:33 PM

TuxMachines: Manjaro 0.8.11 Pre2 Lands with Xfce, Openbox, KDE, and NET Flavors – Gallery

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:29:18 PM

A new preview version of Manjaro 0.8.11, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has been released for the Xfce, Openbox, KDE, and NET flavors.

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Reddit: Testing of OpenSMTPD (x-post from /r/fosstesting)

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:25:44 PM

Phoronix: Broadcom VC4 Gallium3D Driver Soon To Merge Into Mesa

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:17:15 PM
The Broadcom VC4 Gallium3D driver, which provides the open-source user-space component to an OpenGL driver for the Raspberry Pi, will soon likely be added to mainline Mesa...

Phoronix: Facebook Is Hiring To Make Linux Networking Better Than FreeBSD

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:38:30 PM
Facebook is hiring another Linux kernel engineer to join its growing kernel team. The goal for the new employee will be to make "the Linux kernel network stack to rival or exceed that of FreeBSD" and carry out other improvements to the Linux network stack...

LXer: Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:35:05 PM
Microsoft's wrestling match with Samsung may just be a contract fight, or it could be the beginning of a war over the validity of Microsoft's Android patents.

TuxMachines: PCLinuxOS 2014.07 Arrives with Linux Kernel 3.15.4 and KDE 4.12.3 – Gallery

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:33:14 PM

PCLinuxOS comes with many flavors, but the default is actually KDE. The developers also make a few other versions, like KDE MiniMe, LXDE, or FullMonty, but this is the main one downloaded by most users.

The distribution actually follows a rolling release model, which means that new major features and other changes are introduced regularly through the update channel. Every month, the download ISOs are regenerated with the new update, but if you already have the operating system installed you only have to update it regularly.

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TuxMachines: First Update to KDE Frameworks 5

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:28:48 PM

KDE has today made the first update to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks are our addon libraries for Qt applications which provide numberous useful features using peer reviewed APIs and regular monthly updates. This release has 60 different frameworks adding features from Zip file support to Audio file previews, for a full list see KDE's Qt library archive website Inqlude. In this release KAuth gets a backend so you can again add features which require root access, KWallet gets a migration system from its KDELibs 4 version and support has been added for AppStream files.

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Reddit: [sendmail] Possible to have smarthost/relay host failover/redudancy?

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:22:51 PM

We have ~35 linux servers, all sending out emails directly using sendmail.

I would like to create 2 new servers, and use them as a smarthost / relay host so all email will be send from the same two ip's instead of 35 different ip's.

Also i would like redundancy on this.. if one of the new mail servers goes offline, the other will just take over.

My questions are:

  1. Is it possible in sendmail to specify two smarthosts/relay hosts.
  2. If i specify two smarthosts/relay hosts, will it load balance? round robin?
  3. If one of the mail servers go offline, will sendmail be smart enough to try the other one before just dropping the email?
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TuxMachines: Plasma Addons - Where we are in Plasma5

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:21:03 PM

When we were building towards 5.0, we made the choice to focus all the effort on the core, and not release plasma-addons. It would have been simply too much work and quality of the core would have suffered.

The intention was to start bringing them back from 5.1, which will be in approximately 2 months from now.

The amount of stuff in plasma addons is huge.

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LXer: Computer Dating, Linux Style

Thursday 7th of August 2014 11:37:54 AM
Eventually, you come to realize that there’s more to life than Bash scripts and LAN parties with your Linux geek buddies. Well, maybe you do…or maybe not. If you do, you might decide to put yourself back on the dating market. Where do you start? I think we can all agree to rule out LUG meetings, Linux Foundation events and the laundromat. The ratio for men to women at these locations is bleak.

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Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18

While it was originally set for Linux 3.17, with the Linux 3.18 kernel that's still months away will be userptr support for the AMD Radeon graphics driver. Read more

Rugged mini-PCs have four gigabit ports, run Ubuntu

Stealth.com has launched four rugged mini-PCs based on 3rd Gen. Intel Core CPUs, featuring four gigabit ports, Ubuntu, and optional PCI and PCIe expansion. The four new LPC480x models are the latest members of the Little PC family of mini-PCs from Stealth.com (formerly Stealth Computer), which include the circa-2011, Intel Atom D525 based LPC-125LPM. The company sells about 50 different LPC models available with Windows or Ubuntu Linux. The systems are designed for embedded control, digital signs, kiosks, mobile navigation, thin-clients, POS, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications. Read more