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TuxMachines: Canonical is Testing a Big New OpenStack Cloud Play: BootStack

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:59:59 PM

Canonical has a new spin on its OpenStack plans. The company is rolling out BootStack, which is a managed service offering currently in private beta testing. Through BootStack, Canonical wants to help customers build, support and manage OpenStack-centric clouds for a fee of $15 per server per day.

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TuxMachines: GCC 5.0 Outruns LLVM 3.5 Compiler By A Bit On Core-AVX2

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:54:58 PM

In anticipation of the LLVM 3.5 release that brings a number of new compiler features -- including possible performance improvements from our benchmarking done earlier today -- here's some benchmarks comparing LLVM Clang 3.5 RC3 to a recent SVN snapshot of the GCC 5.0 compiler that's presently under development.

GCC 5.0 is still under heavy stage one development and isn't anticipated for release likely until H1'2015, so there's still a ways to go with the GNU Compiler Collection, but these brief benchmarks today should provide some nice perspective for how it's shaping up against LLVM Clang 3.5. Of course, as GCC 5.0 nears, we'll have plenty more compiler benchmarks over the months ahead.

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Reddit: Protect yourself from that Evil Sysadmin, aka root

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:53:51 PM

TuxMachines: Sony joins the Android Wear ranks with underwhelming SmartWatch 3

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:52:02 PM

In March, Sony said it'd stick to its own smartwatch software in lieu of joining the Android Wear party with the likes of LG, Motorola, and Samsung. Today, Sony's completely reversing that stance with the introduction of SmartWatch 3, its fifth-generation smartwatch, which has completely embraced Google's Android Wear platform. Sony intends to add a Walkman app for music playback via a Bluetooth headset along with a remote control app for stuff you're playing on another device. Don't look for much more to distinguish this device on the software front.

In terms of design, the SmartWatch 3 leans toward a sporty look and seems to prioritize ruggedness with a steel-backed case, interchangeable silicon straps, and an IP68 waterproof rating. This makes it feel rather bulky and unrefined in the hand or on the wrist. The 1.6-inch transflective LCD display is also not particularly bright or impressive, making for a disappointing first impression — particularly when compared against the Moto 360 or LG's G Watch R, which place their emphasis on classic watch style and good looks.

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TuxMachines: Linus Torvalds: Respect should be earned [part1 from DebConf 14]

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:47:21 PM

Linux is also one of the oldest technologies which is growing strong day by day; Linux has been around for more than two decades (23 years to be precise) and it dominates virtually every space. It’s also one of those few open source technologies which are still being lead by their creators.

One of the reasons for Linux’ success is also the way its code-base is created and maintained. Linus Torvalds is the ‘authority’ on Linux and he has a non-nonsense policy when it comes to Linux development.

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TuxMachines: With Galaxy Note 4 launch, Samsung aims to pre-empt Apple, claim innovation mantle

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:41:30 PM

Samsung on Wednesday launched its Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, a curved screen phablet, and Gear VR, a virtual reality headset, but the larger mission for the electronics giant was to claim ownership of large screen mobile devices and to position itself as an innovation leader.

The timing of the launch event, held at the IFA conference in Berlin and New York, was hard to ignore with Apple's iPhone 6 debut next week. Samsung was clearly trying to claim the innovation mantle as Apple finally gets around to offering a larger screen iPhone.

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TuxMachines: How Many Linux Distros Are On the Top Ten?

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:31:07 PM

This means, in a way, that we can say that DistroWatch’s top ten distro list only contains five unique distros.

Here at FOSS Force we have machines running both Mint and Bodhi. Although both of these distros are distinct, with their own look and feel, under the hood they both work essentially like Ubuntu. This makes managing our machines much easier. Aside from the desktop environments, configuration is exactly the same. Also, packages can be downloaded and installed from the same sources. Even the bugs that need to be fixed are often the same.

In other words, there may be hundreds of distros out there in the wild, but many are modifications of existing distros. Sometimes a child distros is an attempt to fix what’s seen as a major flaw in the parent distro, sometimes it’s to completely integrate a certain DE, or to provide an underlying OS for a new DE. In this day and age, many desktop environments are also derivatives.

In other words, in the desktop Linux world, it’s all family.

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TuxMachines: Out in the Open: Take Back Your Privacy With This Open Source WhatsApp

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:24:42 PM

Private messaging apps like SnapChat and WhatsApp aren’t as private as you might think.

SnapChat settled with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month over a complaint that its privacy claims were misleading, as reported by USA Today, and last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a report listing the company as the least privacy-friendly tech outfit it reviewed, including Comcast, Facebook, and Google. Last year, WhatsApp faced privacy complaints from the Canadian and Dutch governments, and like Snapchat, its security has been an issue as well.

read more Nine Reasons to Attend Xen Project User Summit

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 05:14:56 PM

This year's Xen Project User Summit will highlight many of the newest advances in virtualization. If you use the Xen Project Hypervisor -- or if you are simply evaluating your virtualization alternatives -- join us in New York on September 15!

LXer: Open source not just software at Red Hat

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 04:36:55 PM
The day I received an offer from Red Hat to join the intern team, I knew it would be a once in a lifetime chance to be a part of an ever-evolving software company. Most importantly, I'd be able to contribute to the company's vision of open more

Phoronix: GCC 5.0 Outruns LLVM 3.5 Compiler By A Bit On Core-AVX2

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 04:00:00 PM
In anticipation of the LLVM 3.5 release that brings a number of new compiler features -- including possible performance improvements from our benchmarking done earlier today -- here's some benchmarks comparing LLVM Clang 3.5 RC3 to a recent SVN snapshot of the GCC 5.0 compiler that's presently under development.

Reddit: Can someone help?

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 03:56:37 PM

I just began college and decided to explore computer science. I have a Macbook air and i am trying to figure out how to use Linux. When I restart my computer it won't let me access any wifi networks. In that doing so i can't access the internet, so I can't turn in the assignments. My professor doesn't know why it wont let me. So if anyone can tell me if i'm doing something wrong, or if it just isn't possible I would appreciate it. Thanks! Also, I apologize for any misused terminology of any sort, very new to all of this.

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LXer: Ubuntu Wants to Be the Best Development Platform for Android Apps

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 03:39:44 PM
Canonical is looking to befriend the Android developers by becoming the development platform of choice. In this regard, the Ubuntu developers have implemented a simple way of getting the latest Android Studio (beta) and Android SDK, with all the required dependencies.

LinuxToday: Setting up a Caching DNS Server in Ubuntu Server 14.04

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 03:00:00 PM

 tecmint: Domain Name Service (DNS) is a Naming service that maps IP addresses and fully qualified domain names to one another. Computers that runs DNS are called name servers.

LXer: September 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: HOW-TOs

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 02:42:33 PM
Open-source advocates tend to make for rotten magicians. Whereas most illusionists insist on taking their secrets to the grave, we tend to give away the secret sauce to anyone who'll listen. Heck, sometimes we create things just so we can explain to others how they work! And, that is how this issue was born. We love the How-To concept. Heck, our entire magazine is based on the idea of spreading knowledge, and this month, we specifically go out of our way to show not only the result, but the "How" as well.

Slashdot: Bringing New Security Features To Docker

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 02:39:00 PM
Czech37 writes SELinux lead Dan Walsh wrote last month that Docker "containers do not contain" and that the host system isn't completely protected. Today, Walsh details the steps that Docker, Red Hat, and the open source community are taking to make Docker more secure: "Basically, we want to put in as many security barriers to break out as possible. If a privileged process can break out of one containment tool, we want to block them with the next. With Docker, we are want to take advantage of as many security components of Linux as possible. If "Docker" isn't a familiar word, the project's website is informative; the very short version is that it's a Linux-based "open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications"; Wikipedia has a good explanation, too.

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Phoronix: Intel Releases OpenGL 4.3 Driver For Haswell... On Windows

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 02:09:48 PM
Intel has made another step forward for their HD/Iris Graphics driver in their OpenGL support, except this time on Windows...

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