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LXer: gNewSense 4.0 Screencast and Screenshots

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:53:59 PM
gNewSense has announced the release of gNewSense 4, codenamed Ucclia. It's based on a solid Debian, modified to respect the Free Software Foundation's and is available for 3 architectures: i386, amd64 and mipsel

TuxMachines: Why the enterprise fell in love with open source

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:41:13 PM

Open source is becoming one of the most important sectors in IT. Not only does it underpin some of the most successful technology on the planet, it's increasingly bleeding into other areas of the enterprise, both in and out of the IT department.

GitHub's contribution to the rise of the open source revolution is in providing a platform for people to upload code for others to share and adapt freely. Its vice-president of product management, Kakul Srivastava, spoke to IT Pro to find out more about how open source is finding a home in the enterprise.

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.5.4

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:35:08 PM

I'm announcing the release of the 4.5.4 kernel.

All users of the 4.5 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.5.y git tree can be found at:
git:// linux-4.5.y
and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:


greg k-h

Also: Linux 4.4.10

Linux 3.14.69

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TuxMachines: How To Fix Linux Mint Wireless Issues On Modern Laptops Including Lenovo Y700 IdeaPads

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:30:49 PM

I realise that this post is quite specific to probably just a few people but hopefully it will save somebody some time.

Needless to say that in order to download the files you will need to have an internet connection which leaves you in a bit of a chicken and egg scenario.

You will need to use an ethernet (wired) connection to connect to the internet until the wireless issue is resolved.

If you are using mobile broadband and have no access to an ethernet connection you can get a device which enables you to convert WIFI into Ethernet as shown below.

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TuxMachines: Improved input device support in KWin/Wayland

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:27:33 PM

One of the areas I’m currently working on is improving our support for input devices in KWin. While general usage is already quite good in Plasma 5.6, we are not yet able to configure the input devices. This is something I’m working on to improve for Plasma 5.7.

Input devices are provided by libinput and KWin integrates with that for quite some time. What it didn’t do yet is to configure them and keep track of them.

read more ODPi Won’t Fork Hadoop, Pledges Support for Apache Software Foundation with New Gold Sponsorship

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:26:37 PM

The folks at the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) have heard the concerns and the criticisms of the Hadoop community, and today John Mertic, the standards organization’s Director of Program Management, took to Apache Big Data in Vancouver to clear the air.

Contrary to the Hadoop community’s concerns, ODPi does not want to take over the development of Hadoop, it does not want to fork Hadoop, Mertic said.

Reddit: Wierd UEFI boot entries called "UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164"

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 07:30:10 PM

Hi, I have installed Windows alongside Ubuntu (on two seperate hard drives). My system uses UEFI and normally everything works, but lately many wierd boot entries started popping up. Every single one has the name "UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164" when I use them for booting Windows starts. I have no idea where they come from. Below is what efibootmgr -v gives me. Any help would be appreciated.

BootCurrent: 000E Timeout: 2 seconds BootOrder: 000E,000D,0001,0002,0003,0004,0005,0006,0007,0008,0009,000A,000C,0000 Boot0000 Windows Boot Manager HD(1,GPT,4bb5148e-0332-49f5-9d2b-64c8187a4cb5,0x800,0x100000)/File(\EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI)WINDOWS.........x...B.C.D.O.B.J.E.C.T.=.{.9.d.e.a.8.6.2.c.-.5.c.d.d.-.4.e.7.0.-.a.c.c.1.-.f.3.2.b.3.4.4.d.}...d................ Boot0001* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0002* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0003* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0004* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0005* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0006* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0007* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0008* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot0009* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot000A* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot000C* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot000D* UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,65535,0)/HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)..BO Boot000E* ubuntu HD(1,GPT,5821cb30-8c8a-45ba-91ed-37266941bc9e,0x800,0x100000)/File(\EFI\UBUNTU\GRUBX64.EFI)..BO submitted by /u/cardeck
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Reddit: Qt Creator 4.0.0 released

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 07:29:23 PM

Reddit: Is there anything I need to know before switching to Linux?

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 07:11:28 PM

I'm a windows 7 user and will be switching to Zorin since it looks like Windows 7 and I'm not that savvy but want privacy since Windows is a privacy nightmare.

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Phoronix: The AMDGPU Additions For Linux 4.7 Are Enormous

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 07:06:38 PM
More AMDGPU DRM driver changes have been queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window that's expected to open next week...

LXer: Italian Military to Save Up to 29 Million Euro by Migrating to LibreOffice

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 06:59:37 PM
Following on last year's bold announcement that they will attempt to migrate from proprietary Microsoft Office products to an open-source alternative like LibreOffice, Italy's Ministry of Defense now expects to save up to 29 million Euro with this move.

Reddit: How Do You Get Anything Done? (rant)

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 06:51:54 PM

I decided to switch from arch to Ubuntu, because I just needed something that works, and Ubuntu "just works". (Apparently some people think that’s a bad thing)

Enter today, writing a paper in latex. I didn't like the way bibtex was citing something, and with some googling, someone on StackOverflow recommended biblatex as bibtex's backend.

I set it all up, but it gives an error.

I googled it, and eventually I learned I needed to have texlive-bibtex-extra installed.

Sure, I install it, and it works!

But then I recompile my report, and it doesn’t... biber missing...

so I 'sudo apt-get install biber'

Then I recompile

Error: addbibresouce not found

What? Thats part of biblatex. I thought I already took care of it

Turns out theres a bug in Ubuntu 16.04 where biber and texlive-bibtex-extra are in conflict.

The recommended fix? compiling one of them from source!

Sure, so I have pkgsrc installed, from where ubuntu doesn't have other packages.

I finally google and find the biber in pkgsrc.

It Errors on make.

So I try bmake, but thats no installed, so I install that.


Check back after a couple of minutes

permission error

Ok whatever, sudo bmake


Error: Compiler cannot make executables.

I google it, nothing comes up, so I have to read the log. It says its in config.log

I cant find it in the package directory, so I have to use locate to find it.

After sorting through the config.log files to find it, I open it and as i figure out, its thousands of lines.

I spend around a minute seconds mashing the down space in less until I get frustrated, and open it up in nano and skip to the last line

Nope, nothing about it on the last "page"

So I search the document for "error", having to sort through #IFDEF's with 'error' in the name.

I finally get to the fatal error, minix/config.h not found

I google it, go through the relevant solutions and forum posts, and find nothing...

Unix was made to be portable, but for some reason, applications on Linux cant even compile across different distros. Partially because of the egos running them decide that they should have a filesystem layout different from everybody else, or they rename the packages to something other than the original.

Windows has had backwards compatibility almost its entire life. There are videos of people upgrading DOS to windows 7, with most programs retained


Linux has so little standards, you cant even compile a program from one distro to another without modifying it, or being stuck in dependency hell

Why does it have to suck like this?

Why can't there be Unique Package ID's like UUID's?

Why does the build process suck so much?

Why is dynamic linking so messed up?

Why are user-land packages made and built in a way that conflict in the first place a program linking to a specific version?

Would it not be possible to give every package its own folder so that /pkg/library-1.1/src and /pkg/library-1.2/src installed on the same system, and any individual package could link to whatever version they want, rather than requiring /lib/library/src be a specific version?

Or even better, use the first few letters of the SHA-1 of the most recent commit to identify the version, so it would be


Cant the linux foundation, GNU, redhat, xdg-desktop or whoever make some way to make dependencies and packages suck less?

It would be so great, if you could just put a package id in and it work, regardless of distro.

It would be even better if this worked in makefiles, and if the package manager failed, it had the dependencies git repo, where it could choose commit with the sha-1

Rust, NodeJS, python, haskell, golang, all have easy dependencies. Why not C/C++? If GNU made a tool, it would become standard, considering GNU GCC exetensions are pretty much standard C now, with Clang adopting them

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LXer: $12 Orange Pi variant swaps Ethernet for WiFi

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 06:02:26 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong has launched an open-spec, $12 “Orange Pi Lite” SBC with a with a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, 40-pin RPi expansion, camera input, and WiFi. Shenzhen Xunlong continues to churn out new versions of old boards with slight adjustments in features and prices. In the case of the new Orange Pi Lite, the company took […]

Phoronix: With Pascal Ahead, A 16-Way Recap From NVIDIA's 9800 GTX To Maxwell

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:39:44 PM
In preparing to hopefully test the GeForce GTX 1070/1080 "Pascal" graphics cards under Linux in the days ahead, I've been re-testing my collection of available NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards going back to the GeForce 9800GTX up through the Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GTX TITAN X. Besides looking at the OpenGL performance at 1080p and 4K, I've also been recording the power metrics and performance-per-Watt data.

Phoronix: Civilization VI Is Coming This Year, Linux Will Be Supported

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:06:29 PM
For fans of Sid Meier, Civilization VI was announced today and there's already confirmation of Linux support...

LXer: Google took our property—and our opportunity, Oracle tells jury

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:05:15 PM
Oracle is making its case to a jury that Google should be forced to pay massive copyright damages, due to the search company's use of 37 Java APIs in its Android operating system. It's the second courtroom face-off for the two software giants. Google argued that APIs shouldn't be copyrighted at all, but lost on appeal. Now Google's only hope is that the jury finds that its use of the APIs was a "fair use."

Phoronix: Better Input Device Support Is Coming To KDE's KWin On Wayland

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 04:39:44 PM
Martin Gräßlin's latest focus on KDE development has been improving the input device support under KWin, particularly for when it's acting as a Wayland compositor...

Reddit: Do you think its a good thing for distros to focus on their own DE? (Considering the Linux way of doing things)

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 04:18:36 PM

A distro focused on building and tightly integrating their own DE has obvious advantages. Examples are elementary OS's Pantheon, Solus' Budgie and Unity (of course).

But considering the Linux way of doing things and importance of choice, is it a good thing?

What if someone wants to use say Pantheon but stick to Fedora? And I am talking about complete working states, not barely working ones or ones that need heavy patching, etc. What if I want to use say just Pantheon terminal on OpenSUSE without adding a PPA equivalent just because I like it?

In fact lets talk about a similar situation on a DE that's distro agnostic - KDE. Its my favorite but I wish I could use KRunner in other environments too. It is such a gem of a tool that not having it on other DEs saddens me.

Do you think it hurts the Linux ecosystem as a whole to have DEs with all their apps essentially restricted to a distro? And Linux becomes essentially fragmented?

Or do you think that the level of polish and tighter integration with their own DE gives their distro a competitive chance in a world filled with Windows and Mac?

PS: Nothing against elememtary OS (in fact, I personally love it), just using it as an example because I am familiar with it.

I am a Linux newbie and so please correct me if I am wrong somewhere.

u/DanielFore - I am genuinely interested to hear your viewpoint on this :)

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