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LXer: Linux Mint 18.2 Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia," Here's How

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 08:51:15 PM
The upgrade path from the Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" operating system is now officially open and users can upgrade their installations to the latest Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" release.

LinuxToday: You Can Now Run a Custom Linux 4.14.2 Kernel on Your Slackware PC, Here's How

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 08:00:00 PM

Linux kernel 4.14 is not only the latest and greatest kernel available for Linux-based operating systems, but also a long-term support branch

Phoronix: More AMDGPU DC Fixes Are Being Queued For Linux 4.15

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 07:56:01 PM
A few of you within the forums have talked of regressions and other bugs when trying out the new AMDGPU DC display stack in the Linux 4.15 kernel, particularly on pre-Vega GPUs where it's disabled by default. The good news is that more fixes are on the way...

LXer: The politics of the Linux desktop

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 07:36:55 PM
At some point in 1997 or 1998—history does not record exactly when—I made the leap from Windows to the Linux desktop. I went through quite a few distributions, from Red Hat to SUSE to Slackware, then Debian, Debian Experimental, and (for a long time thereafter) Ubuntu. When I accepted a role at Red Hat, I moved to Fedora, and migrated both my kids (then 9 and 11) to Fedora as well.read more

Phoronix: Skylake AVX-512 Benchmarks With GCC 8.0

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 07:24:26 PM
For those curious about the current benefits of AVX-512, here are some benchmarks using a recent snapshot of the GCC 8 compiler and comparing the performance of the generated binaries for the skylake and skylake-avx512 targets...

Reddit: Why are there no GNU/Linux distributions for Android smartphones?

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 07:07:00 PM

I know. Android is based on Linux, but it has a lot of Google in it. Why keep fighting for the "Year of the Desktop"? Why not instead fight for the "Year of the Phone"? I'd love to be able to take any Android phone, erase it, and install GNU/Linux on it instead. Ubuntu gave up too soon. Win the phone and then win the desktop.

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TuxMachines: Q4OS Linux Loves Windows: Q4OS for Windows 10 Installer Now Officially Available

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:34:43 PM

Softpedia has just been informed by the Q4OS team about the general availability of their brand-new Q4OS for Windows 10 installer that lets you install the Linux distro alongside Windows.

Q4OS is a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution created with the ex-Windows user in mind. It uses the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) by default to make the Windows to Linux migration easier, and there's now an official installer to help newcomers install Q4OS alongside their Windows 10 installations on the same computer.

"We are happy to introduce a first stable release of the Q4OS for Windows 10 installer. It allows everyone to install Q4OS alongside Windows in an easy way, with no need of modifying an existing Windows operating system, nor any of software installed, even with no need of repartitioning your disk drive," said the Q4OS team.

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Reddit: Why there is a lack of proper Download manager for Linux?

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:26:29 PM

Title says it all, I have been on Linux from a quite time and I have seen apps much better than Windows alternative except for a good download managers like Free Download Manager (Free) or Internet Download Manager (Commercial). Any particular reason?

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LXer: Android 8.1 Oreo Slated for Release in December, Supports Pixel 2’s Hidden Chip

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:22:35 PM
Google released the final preview of its upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo software update, teasing users with a December release for supported Pixel and Nexus devices.

LinuxToday: KDE Plasma 5.11.4 Desktop Environment Released with 45 Improvements and Bugfixes

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:00:00 PM

Coming three weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.3 update, today's KDE Plasma 5.11.4 release introduces a total of 45 improvements and bug fixes

TuxMachines: You Can Now Run a Custom Linux 4.14.2 Kernel on Your Slackware PC, Here's How

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 05:28:51 PM

Linux kernel 4.14 is not only the latest and greatest kernel available for Linux-based operating systems, but also a long-term support branch that will receive maintenance updates for the next couple of years. It brings support for new hardware and lots of performance optimizations, so it's the recommended version for all Linux PCs.

The latest release is Linux kernel 4.14.2, and you can now install it on your Slackware Current 14.2 operating system, as well as other Slackware derivatives, including Slax, Zenwalk, and Arne Exton's SlackEX distro. The custom kernel is compiled by Arne Exton with support for more hardware devices and other optimizations.

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TuxMachines: Amazon, Clear, Debian, Gentoo, Red Hat, SUSE & Ubuntu Performance On The EC2 Cloud

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 05:25:04 PM

It's been a few months since last running a Linux distribution / operating system comparison on Amazon's EC2 public cloud, but given the ever-advancing state of Linux, here are some fresh benchmarks when testing the Amazon Linux AMI, Clear Linux, Debian 9.2, Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

For this round of testing the c4.4xlarge instance type was used. The c4.4xlarge instance type has 16 virtual CPUs yielding 62 ECUs of compute power. This instance type has 30GB of system memory and in the US data centers generally costs around $0.8 USD per hour for on-demand pricing. In all of our testing of this instance type over the past few days, the c4.4xlarge is currently backed by Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 CPUs: the Haswell server processors that have 10 cores / 20 threads, 2.6GHz base frequency, 3.3GHz turbo frequency, 25MB smart cache. All of the instances were using Xen HVM configuration for testing.

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TuxMachines: KDE Plasma 5.11.4 Desktop Environment Released with 45 Improvements and Bugfixes

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 05:24:00 PM

Coming three weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.3 update, today's KDE Plasma 5.11.4 release introduces a total of 45 improvements and bug fixes for various of the desktop environment's core components and apps, including the Plasma Discover package manager, KWin window manager, as well as Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Vault, KSysGuard, and the KWayland integration.

"Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.11.4. Plasma 5.11 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a three week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," reads today's announcement.

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TuxMachines: Wine 3.x Brewing, GNU/Linux Games Coming

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 05:20:33 PM

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More in Tux Machines

Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distro to Get a New Look with Debonaire Desktop Theme

Q4OS is a small GNU/Linux distribution based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE). It's explicitly designed to make the Microsoft Windows to Linux transition accessible and more straightforward as possible for anyone. Dubbed Debonaire, the new desktop theme uses dark-ish elements for the window titlebar and panel. Somehow it resembles the look and feels of the acclaimed Arc GTK+ theme, and it makes the Q4OS operating system more modern than the standard look offered by the Trinity Desktop Environment. Read more

today's leftovers

Software: GIMP, VLC, Cryptsetup, Caprine, KWin and NetworkManager

  • GIMP 2.9.8 Open-Source Image Editor Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing
    GIMP 2.9.8, a development version towards the major GIMP 2.10 release, was announced by developer Alexandre Prokoudine for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released
    Newly released GIMP 2.9.8 introduces on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements while focusing on bugfixing and stability. For a complete list of changes please see NEWS.
  • It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon
    VLC 3.0 is something we've been looking forward to for years and it's looking like that big multimedia player update could be released very soon. Thanks to Phoronix reader Fran for pointing out that VLC 3.0 release candidates have begun to not much attention. VLC 3.0 RC1 was tagged at the end of November and then on Tuesday marked VLC 3.0 RC2 being tagged, but without any official release announcements.
  • cryptsetup 2.0.0
  • Cryptsetup 2.0 Released With LUKS2 Format Support
    A new major release is available of Cryptsetup, the user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes. Cryptsetup 2.0.0 is notable in that it introduces support for the new on-disk LUKS2 format but still retaining support for LUKS(1). The LUKS2 format is security hardened to a greater extent, more extensible than LUKS, supports in-place upgrading from LUKS, and other changes.
  • Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App
    There is no doubt Facebook is one of the most popular and dynamic social network platform in the modern Internet era. It has revolutionized technology, social networking, and the future of how we live and interact. With Facebook, We can connect, communicate with one another, instantly share our memories, photos, files and even money to anyone, anywhere in the world. Even though Facebook has its own official messenger, some tech enthusiasts and developers are developing alternative and feature-rich apps to communicate with your buddies. The one we are going to discuss today is Caprine. It is a free, elegant, open source, and unofficial Facebook messenger desktop app built with Electron framework.
  • KWin On Wayland Without X11 Support Can Startup So Fast It Causes Problems
    It turns out that if firing up KDE's KWin Wayland compositor without XWayland support, it can start up so fast that it causes problems. Without XWayland for providing legacy X11 support to KDE Wayland clients, the KWin compositor fires up so fast that it can cause a crash in their Wayland integration as KWin's internal connection isn't even established... Yep, Wayland compositors are much leaner and cleaner than the aging X Server code-base that dates back 30+ years, granted most of the XWayland code is much newer than that.
  • NetworkManager Picks Up Support For Intel's IWD WiFi Daemon & Meson Build System
    NetworkManager now has support for Intel's lean "IWD" WiFi daemon. IWD is a lightweight daemon for managing WiFi devices via a D-Bus interface and has been in development since 2013 (but was only made public in 2016) and just depends upon GCC / Glibc / ELL (Embedded Linux Library).

Linux Foundation: Servers, Kubernetes and OpenContrail

  • Many cloud-native hands try to make light work of Kubernetes
    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, home of the Kubernetes open-source community, grew wildly this year. It welcomed membership from industry giants like Amazon Web Services Inc. and broke attendance records at last week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference in Austin, Texas. This is all happy news for Kubernetes — the favored platform for orchestrating containers (a virtualized method for running distributed applications). The technology needs all the untangling, simplifying fingers it can get. This is also why most in the community are happy to tamp down their competitive instincts to chip away at common difficulties. “You kind of have to,” said Michelle Noorali (pictured), senior software engineer at Microsoft and co-chair of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America & Europe 2017. “These problems are really hard.”
  • Leveraging NFV and SDN for network slicing
    Network slicing is poised to play a pivotal role in the enablement of 5G. The technology allows operators to run multiple virtual networks on top of a single, physical infrastructure. With 5G commercialization set for 2020, many are wondering to what extend network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help move network slicing forward.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail's SDN codebase to Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks has announced its intent to move the codebase for OpenContrail, an open-source network virtualisation platform for the cloud, to the Linux Foundation. OpenContrail provides both software-defined networking (SDN) and security features and has been deployed by various organisations, including cloud providers, telecom operators and enterprises to simplify operational complexities and automate workload management across diverse cloud environments.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail’s codebase to Linux Foundation, advances cloud approach
    Juniper Networks plans to move the codebase for its OpenContrail open-source network virtualization platform for the cloud to the Linux Foundation, broadening its efforts to drive more software innovations into the broader IT and service provider community. The vendor is hardly a novice in developing open source platforms. In 2013, Juniper released its Contrail products as open sourced and built a user and developer community around the project. To drive its next growth phase, Juniper expanded the project’s governance, creating an even more open, community-led effort.
  • 3 Essential Questions to Ask at Your Next Tech Interview
    The annual Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and The Linux Foundation reveals a lot about prospects for open source professionals and hiring activity in the year ahead. In this year’s report, 86 percent of tech professionals said that knowing open source has advanced their careers. Yet what happens with all that experience when it comes time for advancing within their own organization or applying for a new roles elsewhere?