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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Has Been Delayed Once Again, Should Land on Monday Now

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:57:38 PM

Canonical announced today that they are not ready to release the long-anticipated Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system because there are still some minor issues that need to be addressed.

Also: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Struck By A Last-Minute Delay

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TuxMachines: Mesa 13.0 vs. 17.0 Performance For RADV/RadeonSI: Big Gains For Vulkan, OpenGL Boosts

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:55:19 PM

With Mesa 17.0 due to be released in the days ahead, I've been running fresh benchmarks of this latest user-space 3D driver stack on Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau. For your viewing pleasure this Thursday are the RadeonSI benchmarks comparing the Mesa 17.0 Git code to that of the latest Mesa 13.0 branch with a few different AMD graphics cards. There are also some tests of the RADV Vulkan driver.

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.9.9

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:46:24 PM

I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.9 kernel.

All users of the 4.9 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at:
git:// linux-4.9.y
and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:

Also: Linux 4.4.48

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TuxMachines: Hands-On: Solus Linux and the Budgie desktop

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:40:35 PM

I have heard from a number of people recently suggesting that I take a look at Solus Linux. Since I have not tried a completely new distribution in a while, and I don't want to get bored or stale, I decided this would be a good time to give it a try.

A quick perusal of the Solus web page seems promising. I like the fact that Solus is built from scratch, not just another Ubuntu (or whatever) derivative. I am also impressed by the fact that the Solaris team has developed the Budgie Desktop to suit their own needs and preferences. I think that says a lot about their competence and ambition.

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TuxMachines: Robot arm kit features a Raspberry Pi HAT

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:38:45 PM

Mime’s open source “MeArm Pi” kit is up on Kickstarter, consisting of a robot arm and a HAT board designed to work with the Raspberry Pi.

Mime Industries has launched an easier to use follow-on to its popular MiArm robot arm kit aimed at kids of about 11 or older. It’s specifically designed to work with the Raspberry Pi via a HAT add-on board. The successful KickStarter campaign will continue through Mar. 8, with shipments due in July.

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TuxMachines: Back Yard Linux

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:36:10 PM

My how times have changed.

It wasn’t long ago that Linux users couldn’t get any respect. People on the street had absolutely never even heard of Linux, and if you needed the services of technical support, like from your ISP, you might as well forget it. Back in the day, the help desk’s favorite thing to say was “we don’t support Linux.”

What they meant, of course, was that they had no clue on how to do anything in Linux. They were skilled at guiding users through arcane parts of Windows to determine whether the problem was with the company’s servers or with the customer’s computer. If the truth be known, they didn’t really know anything about Windows either, but they had a script.

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TuxMachines: Open source smart home platform gains Ubuntu snap packages

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:32:10 PM

Canonical has released a Snap package mechanism for running Ubuntu apps under the openHAB smart home stack, complete with Azul’s Zulu Embedded Java Runtime.

Canonical’s snap package management mechanism can now run on the open source, Java-driven openHAB home automation framework, enabling easier deployment and secure updating of Ubuntu apps. Last June, Canonical spun off the secure Ubuntu snap format from its container-like Snappy Ubuntu Core IoT distribution, proposing it as an open source, universal package management solution for all Linux distributions. For now, however, it essentially provides an easy, secure way to download, run, and maintain Ubuntu apps packaged under snap.

read more Open Source Summit Europe 2017

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:15:38 PM

LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the new Community Leadership Conference combine under one umbrella name in 2017 - the Open Source Summit. At the Open Source Summit, you will collaborate, share information and learn across a wide variety of topics, with 2,000 technologists and community members.

Event Title: Open Source Summit Europe 20179 FebLearn more

TuxMachines: Kodi Illegal, Open Source Now a Word

Thursday 9th of February 2017 06:01:12 PM

Seems the top story today was the arrest of five individuals for selling devices loaded up with Open Source Kodi. Apparently the kits came with add-ons that allowed users to stream pirated content. In other news, Merriam-Webster has added the word "Open Source" to its database of official words, along with 1000 others. Jonathan Terrasi described his Linux awakening and blogger Dedoimedo said the GNOME version of openSUSE 42.2 is better than Plasma, but it still doesn't redeem the mediocre release.

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LXer: The benefits of tracking issues publicly

Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:49:40 PM
A public issue tracker is a vital communication tool for an open organization, because there's no better way to be transparent and inclusive than to conduct your work in public channels. So let's explore some best practices for using an issue tracker in an open more

TuxMachines: Red Hat News

Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:46:55 PM

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Reddit: Anyone else use twidge (twitter CLI)

Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:42:13 PM

I started using this the other day to send twitter updates from a script. At first it was working great, but after rebooting my device it no longer works.

here's one of the errors I get:

twidge lsrecent
twidge: not enough bytes

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Phoronix: Civilization VI Now Available For Linux

Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:10:44 PM
The Linux port of Civilization VI by Aspyr Media has finally been released...

Reddit: What are some boot/startup/login scripts that you have running?

Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:01:53 PM

Post them here if you're not afraid ;)

I'm thinking of putting one that simply runs the command synclient VertScrollDelta=-65 to enable natural scrolling on my laptop.

Any more ideas?

Running Arch Linux with KDE Plasma as my DE.

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LXer: Inside Real-Time Linux

Thursday 9th of February 2017 04:41:03 PM
Real-time Linux (RTL), a form of mainline Linux enabled with PREEMPT_RT, has come a long way in the past decade. Some 80 percent of the deterministic PREEMPT_RT patch is now available in the mainline kernel itself. Yet, backers of the strongest alternative to the single-kernel RTL on Linux -- the dual-kernel Xenomai -- continue to claim a vast superiority in reduced latency. Watch Camille Fournier, Donna Dillenberger, William 'whurley' Hurley Live at Open Source Leadership Summit Next Week

Thursday 9th of February 2017 04:13:43 PM
Title: Watch Camille Fournier, Donna Dillenberger, William 'whurley' Hurley Live at Open Source Leadership Summit Next Week9 FebLearn more

Reddit: MacOS X for a Linux admin

Thursday 9th of February 2017 04:06:33 PM

My new employer expects me to use a MacBook for system/network administration, since a) the company standardizes on Macs, and b) there are some MacOS-only apps in use. I've used Linux on all my systems for the last 20 years or so, and I'd like to re-create as much of the environment as possible under the GUI. I know I can use Homebrew, but not much else. I know a few people who have migrated in the same direction with development, but I'd need more network/admin tools (and preferably gcc or compatible + config/make tools to roll my own if I miss something). Any advice?

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[link] [comments] Open Networking Summit to Hold Private “Think Tank” Event for Industry Leaders

Thursday 9th of February 2017 04:00:57 PM
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