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TuxMachines: Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat

Friday 10th of March 2017 02:14:56 AM

The latest release of Black Lab Linux, an Ubuntu 16.04-based distribution, adds a Unity desktop option. You will not find Unity offered by any other major -- or nearly any minor -- Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu.

Black Lab Linux 8.0, the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems' flagship distro, also updates several other prominent desktop options.

Black Lab Linux is a general purpose community distribution for home users and small-to-mid-sized businesses. PC/OpenSystems also offers Black Lab Enterprise Linux, a commercial counterpart for businesses that want support services.

Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro the same developers released in 2008. Both the community and the commercial releases could be a great alternative for personal and business users who want to avoid the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) horrors of installing Linux in a computer bought off the shelf with Microsoft Windows preinstalled.

Black Lab offers its flagship releases with a choice of self or full support, and both come at a price upon launch. However, you can wait 45 days and get the same release with the self-support option for free. Black Lab Linux 8.0 became available for free late last year.

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TuxMachines: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti On Linux: Best Linux Gaming Performance

Friday 10th of March 2017 02:09:25 AM

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is NVIDIA's newest, most powerful graphics card for gamers not only on Windows but also under Linux. I only received the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti this morning so here are my initial Linux performance figures for this new high-end Pascal graphics card compared to other NVIDIA and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Linux VR tests, CUDA/OpenCL compute benchmarks, and additional GeForce GTX 1080 Ti results will be published in the days ahead when having more time to spend with this graphics card.

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TuxMachines: Mesa 17.1.0 release plan

Friday 10th of March 2017 02:05:57 AM

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LXer: How to Format Storage Devices in Linux

Friday 10th of March 2017 01:35:33 AM
This tutorial shows how to use "parted" to format a USB flash drive. The procedure can be used on any storage device, external or internal.

Reddit: "Firewall" for Linux

Friday 10th of March 2017 01:34:56 AM

Hi, is there an app that works like Little Snitch (macOS) or NetLimiter (Windows) for Linux? If not, how would one proceed in blocking sites like googl, fb, etc.?

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Reddit: Looking to switch to Linux completely on gaming PC.

Friday 10th of March 2017 01:25:33 AM

I have Fedora on my laptop and am considering putting something on my gaming PC. I am sick of windows 10 and having no privacy. I am looking for a recommendation of which linux os to use, as well as if I use WINE to game if it's functional enough, and if it would cause any security issues, such as it having the same privacy issues as actually using Windows 10 and the tracking.

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LXer: Why I launched a consulting agency on open principles

Friday 10th of March 2017 12:26:56 AM
For the vast majority of my career in the corporate world, I felt trapped in an environment that didn't work for me. The rules of that world seemed to contradict my core values—and I wasn't willing to compromise my integrity and core self for someone else to make a more

LXer: Hackers exploit Apache Struts vulnerability to compromise corporate web servers

Thursday 9th of March 2017 11:18:19 PM
Attackers are widely exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in Apache Struts, open-source web development framework for Java web applications, that allows them to remotely execute malicious code on web servers.

TuxMachines: A Linux User Reminds Himself Why He Stopped Using Windows

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:52:38 PM

I know: Ubuntu has its problems, too. Nothing's perfect. And for some people, WIndows is just a better fit than Linux.

Still, I admit that I've been happy, in a kind of way, by my frustrations working with Windows. Ever since I switched to Linux, I have always been afraid that Windows will get much better, without my knowledge. Using a recent version of Windows and finding it quite annoying is pleasant affirmation that Linux is still the better option for me.

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TuxMachines: Kdenlive 16.12.3 is out

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:48:19 PM

The last release of the 16.12 branch brings a few, but important improvements, like fixing a couple of crashes and avoiding a possible corruption as well as a overnight render bug along with other minor stability improvements. All in all 16.12 was a great release and the best is still to come.

We continue our focused effort in the timeline refactoring which will bring professional grade tools, stay tuned for more info on that soon!

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice 5.2.6 Office Suite Officially Released with over 60 Improvements

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:45:58 PM

Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation (TDF) is informing Softpedia today, March 9, 2017, about the general and immediate availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite.

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Reddit: Petition on r/AMD to sticky a post relating to open-sourcing the AMD PSP code + working with Coreboot / Libreboot

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:42:39 PM

There is currently a thread on r/AMD suggesting one of the mods there sticky a post about open sourcing the AMD PSP, and working with Coreboot / Libreboot. I would highly recommend leaving a comment there voicing your agreement to this idea.

The post can be found here.

We can't let up on this guys, keep the pressure on and AMD will be forced to do something. Especially with the recent Wikileaks release detailing CIA backdoors.

Courtesy of /u/G4nfAnspNDW8, here are some other ways you can contact AMD to voice your concern with PSP, and your wish of it being open-sourced (or at the very least giving us the ability to disable it entirely).

AMD’s Twitter

AMD’s Forums

AMD’s contact page (You can find details on AMD in your country)

Best number for North America: (877) 284-1566

You can also reach them on Facebook.

For those of you who don't know what the AMD PSP Chip or Coreboot are, or why this is important, please read this post I made over at r/AMD.

Alternatively, give this video a watch.

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LinuxInsider: Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:40:43 PM
The latest release of Black Lab Linux, an Ubuntu 16.04-based distribution, adds a Unity desktop option. You will not find Unity offered by any other major -- or nearly any minor -- Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu. Black Lab Linux 8.0, the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems' flagship distro, also updates several other prominent desktop options. Black Lab Linux is a general purpose community distribution for home users and SMBs. Black Lab Enterprise Linux, its commercial counterpart, targets businesses that want support services.

Reddit: Growing a 2 disk RAID1 to a 4 disk RAID10 with mdadm, feedback needed

Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:17:55 PM

So I have an ext4 formatted RAID1 array using 2x4TB drives. It looks like this:

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0 /dev/md0: Version : 1.2 Creation Time : Fri Nov 4 22:48:12 2016 Raid Level : raid1 Array Size : 3906784064 (3725.80 GiB 4000.55 GB) Used Dev Size : 3906784064 (3725.80 GiB 4000.55 GB) Raid Devices : 2 Total Devices : 2 Persistence : Superblock is persistent Intent Bitmap : Internal Update Time : Thu Mar 9 23:02:43 2017 State : clean Active Devices : 2 Working Devices : 2 Failed Devices : 0 Spare Devices : 0 Name : myhost:0 (local to host myhost) UUID : c26bf590:ccf6c6ce:ba5445a7:ba0a9d73 Events : 6434 Number Major Minor RaidDevice State 0 8 33 0 active sync /dev/sdc1 1 8 17 1 active sync /dev/sdb1

I've connected 2 more 4TB disks (/dev/sda and /dev/sde) and I want to use them to build a 4 disk RAID10 array with 8TB usable capacity, without losing data.

First, I copied the partition layout of one of the existing disks (/dev/sdb) to the new disks:

# sgdisk -R=/dev/sda /dev/sdb # sgdisk -R=/dev/sde /dev/sdb

Then used sgdisk again to randomize the GUIDs of the new disks:

# sgdisk -G /dev/sda # sgdisk -G /dev/sde

Now, here's my plan for the next part and this is where I could really use some feedback.

First, I'll create a new array with 2 disks missing:

# mdadm -v --create /dev/md1 --level=raid10 --raid-devices=4 /dev/sda1 missing /dev/sde1 missing

Then, I'll rsync the data from the old array to the new one:

# rsync -avP /mnt/old-array /mnt/new-array

Once that's done (it'll probably take more than a day), I'll move the disks from the old array one by one, by failing and removing them:

# mdadm /dev/md0 --fail /dev/sdb1 --remove /dev/sdb1

Then adding it to the new array:

# mdadm /dev/md1 --add /dev/sdb1

I'll repeat it for /dev/sdc1 as well. Finally, I'll stop the old array:

# mdadm --stop /dev/md0

So, is this a good strategy? Am I missing anything? What could go wrong? Thanks for the feedback!

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    Neofytos Kolokotronis from the Chakra GNU/Linux project, an open-source operating system originally based on Arch Linux and the KDE Plasma desktop environment, announced the availability of the latest KDE updates in the distro's repositories. Those of you using Chakra GNU/Linux as your daily drive will be happy to learn that the stable repos were filled with numerous up-to-date packages from the recently released KDE Plasma 5.9.3 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.12.3 software suite, and KDE Frameworks 5.32.0 collection of over 70 add-on libraries for Qt 5.
  • YaST Team: Highlights of YaST development sprint 32
    One of the known limitations of the current installer is that it’s only able to automatically propose an encrypted schema if LVM is used. For historical reasons, if you want to encrypt your root and/or home partitions but not to use LVM, you would need to use the expert partitioner… and hope for the best from the bootloader proposal. But the new storage stack is here (well, almost here) to make all the old limitations vanish. With our testing ISO it’s already possible to set encryption with just one click for both partition-based and LVM-based proposals. The best possible partition schema is correctly created and everything is encrypted as the user would expect. We even have continuous tests in our internal openQA instance for it. The part of the installer managing the bootloader installation is still not adapted, which means the resulting system would need some manual fixing of Grub before being able to boot… but that’s something for an upcoming sprint (likely the very next one).
  • Debian stretch on the Raspberry Pi 3 (update) (2017-03-22)
    I previously wrote about my Debian stretch preview image for the Raspberry Pi 3.
  • Asus Tinker Board – Chromium YouTube Performance
    One of the many strengths of the Asus Tinker Board is its multimedia support. This 4K video capable machine is a mouthwatering prospect for the multimedia enthusiast. The machine has a respectable 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor. It’s only 32-bit (unlike the Raspberry Pi 3) but has a higher clock speed. The Tinker Board also sports an integrated ARM-based Mali T764 graphics processor (GPU).

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