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Phoronix: Mesa 10.3.3 Has A Bunch Of Freedreno Fixes

Saturday 8th of November 2014 10:03:54 PM
For conservative users sticking to the Mesa 10.3.x stable series until Mesa 10.4 is christened in December, the 10.3.3 release is out. While there's many fixes, an overwhelming majority of them are related to Freedreno, the reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver...

LXer: Yarock 1.0 Music Player Released with Rebranded Interface, New Icon Theme and Bug Fixes

Saturday 8th of November 2014 09:07:26 PM
Yarock is a Qt-based music player with a compact and simple interface, with support for music collections using SQLite, album covers, smart playlists, Internet radio, integration.

Phoronix: ownCloud Client 1.7.0 Improves Open-Source File Synchronization

Saturday 8th of November 2014 09:00:40 PM
Version 1.7.0 of ownCloud's open-source client is now available for this Dropbox competitor...

LXer: Rugged Linux box-PC excels at industrial fieldbuses

Saturday 8th of November 2014 07:13:04 PM
Ixxat’s ruggedized “Econ 100″ DIN rail computer runs Linux on an ARM/FPGA Xilinx Zynq SoC, and supports multiple industrial Ethernet and fieldbus protocols. Ixxat Automation, which was acquired last year by HMS Industrial Networks, has spun a multi-protocol, industrial PC that supports a variety of fieldbus and industrial Ethernet standards. The Econ 100 “combines the […]

Reddit: *Semantic* distros?

Saturday 8th of November 2014 06:39:46 PM


I want to see what things like on Linux with semantic desktop. I know that KDE -with Nepomuk- provides some semantic features but I don't know if are there any distros out there which works out-of-the-box.

TL;DR: How can I try semantic desktop on Linux?

Thanks for reading!

Sorry for my English.

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LXer: How to install phpMyAdmin on CentOS

Saturday 8th of November 2014 05:18:42 PM
phpMyAdmin is an open-source PHP application designed as a web-based MySQL/MariaDB database administration tool. Compared to lightweight database management tools such as Adminer, phpMyAdmin offers more comprehensive MySQL/MariaDB administration capabilities. It supports pretty much all MySQL databas/table related operations such as browse, create, copy, drop, rename, alter, and more.

Phoronix: LLVM Clang vs. GCC On Fedora 21 With A High-End Xeon

Saturday 8th of November 2014 04:40:00 PM
The latest weekend benchmarks up on Phoronix are comparing Fedora 21's GCC and LLVM Clang code compilers to see what's the fastest for an Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 rig with sixteen threads...

Slashdot: Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

Saturday 8th of November 2014 04:39:00 PM
An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Debian developer Joey Hess has posted a resignation letter to the Debian mailing list. Hess was a big part of the development of the Debian installer, debhelper, Alien, and other systems. He says, "It's become abundantly clear that this is no longer the project I originally joined in 1996. We've made some good things, and I wish everyone well, but I'm out. ... If I have one regret from my 18 years in Debian, it's that when the Debian constitution was originally proposed, despite seeing it as dubious, I neglected to speak out against it. It's clear to me now that it's a toxic document, that has slowly but surely led Debian in very unhealthy directions."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Reddit: Convert scanned Letter size into A4 pdf...

Saturday 8th of November 2014 04:30:00 PM

I have scanned approx 300 pages of US-letter size document (consisting of two columns of printed text some in-line images). I want to print it to A4 size paper. When I do, odd numbered pages butt up to the very right side of the page and even numbered pages butt up to the left side. What is the easiest way to centre odd and even scanned pages in the middle of an A4 page.

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Reddit: What is the best distro for a beginner?

Saturday 8th of November 2014 04:29:47 PM

Things that count for me are:

  • documentation
  • community support
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LXer: Calibre 2.9 Ships New Features and Unity Menu Freezing Fix

Saturday 8th of November 2014 03:24:20 PM
Calibre, the free e-book reader and manager available for multiple platforms, including Linux, has been updated today and ships with bug fixes and several new features.

Reddit: Does the GNU/Linux ecosystem feel... bolted-together to anyone else?

Saturday 8th of November 2014 02:37:16 PM

Don't get me wrong: if the world switched to Linux overnight I'd be a happy person. I have variants of Ubuntu on my desktop and laptop and I only ever use Windows for C# development and some games. However, to me, some aspects of the ecosystem as a whole seem entirely incoherent, present only for the sake of presence, and very off putting to potential newcomers. It's hard to describe, but it seems like any Linux box I run, and a lot of the software (read Apache, xfce, GTK) feels somewhat precarious and tacked together. A prime example of this is the number of arcane config files for some tools on Linux that are barely documented, and getting some things to work required me to blindly try different flags until it worked, and even then I don't know if it's the right way. A prime example is with getting WPA Supplicant to work on Debian, and things like the /etc/network/interfaces file, which are documented but seemingly unintuitive and non trivial to set up.

I'm not sure if it's just an illusion due to the independent nature of Linux and the fact that each program works differently, compared to the likes of Windows where (in general) programs have designed to work together from the get-go. Not that I'm saying Windows is better by any means, but I think the more centralised nature of it makes it feel more stable. Because of the more independent and inconsistent nature of the ecosystem I feel that some skills learned on one tool are entirely inapplicable to future projects, as if you're locked in to one subsystem and its own unique configuration methods.

I think this may well be due to being more exposed to the internals of Linux compared to Windows. It lets you see more of what things do at a lower level which (I think) lets you notice the growing bootstrapping problem of a modern OS more than you would with the likes of Windows.

Has anyone else felt this before or am I just looking at the Linux ecosystem in the wrong way? I'm trying to become more proficient at using Linux, so I don't have to look on StackOverflow when I encounter a problem, and the esoteric nature of the man pages (as good as they are) highlights this. I've been talking to someone who has managed BSD-oriented servers in the past (as in, Solaris and FreeBSD) and they say that they have less of a problem with BSD as it's less ultra-modular and more coherent than Linux.

EDIT: Some more examples of this I think are:

  • X, Wayland and Mir

  • GTK and Qt

  • ALSA and PulseAudio

  • The whole systemd/sysvinit debacle

All of these are very different solutions to the same problem. I feel like if I had became proficient with boxes running X, GTK, ALSA and sysvinit than 5 years later when I move to a modern box running Wayland, Qt, Pulse and systemd then I will have no applicable skills for it.

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Phoronix: Fujitsu Developer Talks Up Btrfs File-System, Declares It Ready To Use

Saturday 8th of November 2014 02:30:17 PM
Besides Oracle, Facebook, and SUSE, another major company that's been investing in the Btrfs next-generation Linux file-system has been Fujitsu. Btrfs already offers some compelling, ZFS-like features not found in other native Linux file-systems while more work is still happening...

LXer: Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn : Simple, Lightweight and Support for Low-end Machines

Saturday 8th of November 2014 01:29:58 PM
Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is an linux distribution derived from Ubuntu 14.10. As official ubuntu flavor that uses the lightweight LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) window manager has been released with new features and bug fixes.

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Saturday 8th of November 2014 12:41:44 PM

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LXer: Biggest ever Tor raid hits 410 underground sites; 17 arrested

Saturday 8th of November 2014 11:35:36 AM
(Link to a previous WSJ article was paywalled) PCWorld reports that US and European enforcement agencies have arrested dark web cybercriminals who used Tor. It's still hard to discover Tor users' identities, but will government actions endanger legitimate Tor users?

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French, German, Dutch and Italian hackathons fuel UK ODF plugfest

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