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Reddit: Linux to the rescue

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 08:51:30 AM

I wanted to share my yesterday adventure with Linux compared to windows (this is a more of a r/linuxmasterrace post). It is not very exciting but it reflects my last experiences, sometimes I wonder if I became windows illiterate (so many things have gone the wrong way since win7).

So my SO has this old PC that I previously upgraded with a SSD (and she let the things update from windows 8 to windows 10), she wanted to offer it for her parents. I already started to lose it when we where transfering old files and uninstalled all her personnal software. During this whole process we had an unwanted Windows Modern Setup Host using 100% of the cpu... this makes every tedious task painful.

We then wanted to create an account for the parents. Instead of making an online microsoft account we decided to migrate the online account she was using to a local account and change the password (note: you confirm the password and you can check what you wrote). This is when something incredible happenned, we logged off to test the modified account and we lost the access: the password was incorrect (I hardly believe that my SO made a mistake while inputing twice the name of her cat, could there have been a conflict while windows was making his shady background business?).

My SO started to break down after different trials with the old and new password, in capitals and not. I started to prepare an USB bootable with a recovery ISO in order to mess with the SAM file. I didn't manage to boot up with the UEFI bios configuration (I will have to learn that stuff one day) and figured it would be faster for me to put the SSD in an external drive case and mess with it from my PC.

A little sudo chntpw SAM and I was done, still had to struggle to create a new user from the administrator account of windows but those are details.

My SO is still reluctant to Linux despite this experience. Even worse, the fact that she told me a good practice was to reboot windows as often as possible to make "automatic updates at the wrong time" occurences less likely -- makes me think microsoft subjigated people and they learned to live with it because in the end they "don't care".

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LXer: Create & manage docker hosts with Docker Machine on VirtualBox

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 08:27:54 AM
Docker Machine is a tool that let us install Docker Engine on virtual hosts on various platforms, on local environment as well on cloud. With Docker Machine, we can easily install docker hosts a Windows machine, a MAC machine or on cloud platform like AWS, AZURE etc.

LXer: KDE Around the World: FOSSCOMM 2017, Greece

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 07:13:34 AM
On the 4th and the 5th of November, the FOSSCOMM 2017 conference took place at Harokopio University of Athens, Greece. The KDE Community had a presence at the conference. Our Greek troops gave a talk on Sunday about the past, present and future of KDE, focusing on the vision of the community.

TuxMachines: Microsoft PR in Munich

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:51:53 AM

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TuxMachines: ​Long-term Linux support future clarified

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:50:20 AM

In October 2017, the Linux kernel team agreed to extend the next version of Linux's Long Term Support (LTS) from two years to six years, Linux 4.14. This helps Android, embedded Linux, and Linux Internet of Things (IoT) developers. But this move did not mean all future Linux LTS versions will have a six-year lifespan.

As Konstantin Ryabitsev, The Linux Foundation's director of IT infrastructure security, explained in a Google+ post, "Despite what various news sites out there may have told you, kernel 4.14 LTS is not planned to be supported for 6 years. Just because Greg Kroah-Hartman is doing it for 4.4 does not mean that all LTS kernels from now on are going to be maintained for that long."

So, in short, 4.14 will be supported until January 2020, while the 4.4 Linux kernel, which arrived on Jan. 20, 2016, will be supported until 2022. Therefore, if you're working on a Linux distribution that's meant for the longest possible run, you want to base it on Linux 4.4.

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Reddit: Understanding Linux Kernel Preemption

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:47:14 AM

TuxMachines: More on Release of Linux Mint 18.3

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:24:23 AM
  • Linux Mint 18.3 'Sylvia' is here -- replace Windows 10 with the Ubuntu-based operating system now!

    Linux Mint is a great operating system. For those that want an alternative to Windows 10, it is a wonderful choice for two specific reasons. For one, it has a superior user interface. Whether you opt for the Cinnamon desktop environment or instead choose Mate, you will have a more intuitive experience than the insanity that is Windows 10. Secondly and more importantly, however, you don't have to worry about a billion dollar company tracking all of your activity. While telemetry sometimes has its benefits, Microsoft seems to have forgotten that their operating system is a guest on your computer. Again, it is your computer -- not the Windows-maker's.

  • Linux Mint 18.3 MATE and Cinnamon released

    The Linux Mint team has released version 18.3 of the popular Linux distribution as MATE and Cinnamon versions to the public.

    Linux Mint 18.3 is a long term support released; this means that the development team will support it with updates until 2021.

  • Linux Mint 18.3 brings software manager, backup improvements

    Linux Mint has a reputation for being an easy-to-use Linux distribution, making it a good option for folks who may be new to Linux, but already familiar with Windows or macOS.

    The latest version of Linux Mint is out this week, and it’s a long-term support release that will be officially supported until 2021. For the most part, Linux Mint 18.3 is an incremental update, but it does have a few major improvements.

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TuxMachines: Gemini PDA, First Take: Return of the Psion Series 5, in Android/Linux form

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:23:19 AM

Amid the barrage of Android phones desperate to differentiate themselves via camera technology, overlay software or physical design comes something truly different: the Gemini PDA. Gemini is an Android/Linux hybrid in a tiny clamshell chassis with a keyboard that's truly magnificent.

This Indiegogo-backed project is an unashamed homage to the Psion Series 5, the iconic Personal Digital Assistant that launched (hold your breath) 20 years ago in 1997. The Gemini's relationship to the earlier ground-breaker is clear in its physical design, in some of its software features, and in the general ethos of those who are bringing it to market. When I spoke with Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers -- the company behind Gemini -- he explained that his ethos is to be true to the original device, while also creating something exciting for the modern user.

Also: Rugged mini-PC supports Linux on Apollo Lake

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Reddit: New Longterm: Linux 4.14

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:21:15 AM

TuxMachines: GPL Predictability

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 06:07:16 AM
  • Tech leaders team up to improve predictability in open source licencing

    Red Hat, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google, and IBM Corp. are joining forces to help alleviate open source licence issues, including compliance errors and mistakes.

    The GNU General Public Licence (GPL) and GNU General Public Licence (LGPL) are two of the most common open source software licences, covering almost all software, including parts of the Linux system. The third version of GPL (GPLv3) includes an express termination approach that gives users the opportunities to fix errors in licence compliance in a faster and more efficient manner than before.

    Now, the trio has committed to extending the express termination feature to the previous two versions of GPL to provide better predictability to users of open source software.

  • Four companies extend terms of open source licensing

    Google, Facebook, IBM and Red Hat have taken steps to increase the predictability of open-source licensing, extending additional rights to fix open source licence compliance errors and mistakes.

    The move follows a recent announcement by many kernel developers about licence enforcement.

    The Linux kernel, which is used widely by the four companies named, is released under the GNU General Public Licence version 2.0. A later version of this licence includes an approach that offers users an opportunity to comply with the licence.

  • Adopting a Community-Oriented Approach to Open Source License Compliance

    Today Google joins Red Hat, Facebook, and IBM alongside the Linux Kernel Community in increasing the predictability of open source license compliance and enforcement.

    We are taking an approach to compliance enforcement that is consistent with the Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement. We hope that this will encourage greater collaboration on open source projects, and foster discussion on how we can all continue to work closely together.

  • Facebook, Google, IBM and Red Hat team up on open-source license compliance

    “We are taking an approach to compliance enforcement that is consistent with the Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement. We hope that this will encourage greater collaboration on open source projects, and foster discussion on how we can all continue to work closely together,” Chris DiBona, director of open source for Google, wrote in a blog post.

  • Technology Industry Leaders Join Forces to Increase Predictability in Open Source Licensing

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced efforts to promote additional predictability in open source licensing, by committing to extend additional rights to cure open source license compliance errors and mistakes.

  • Copyleft Licensing: Applying GPLv3 Termination to GPLv2-licensed Works

    Today a coalition of major companies—led by Red Hat and including Google, IBM and Facebook—who create, modify and distribute FOSS under copyleft licenses have committed to the use of GPLv3’s approach to license termination for all their works published under the terms of GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1. Following last month’s statement to similar effect by the developers of the Linux kernel, the world’s most widely-used GPLv2 program, today’s announcement establishes a broad consensus in favor of the “notice and cure period” approach to first-time infringement issues that Richard Stallman and I adopted in GPLv3 more than a decade ago. This adoption of GPLv3’s approach for GPLv2 programs is an enormously important step in securing the long-term viability of copyleft licensing. All computer users who wish to see their rights respected by the technology they use are better off.

    GPLv2, which was written by Richard Stallman and Jerry Cohen, is a masterpiece of legal innovation and durability. First released in mid-1991, GPLv2 transformed thinking around the world about the viability of copyright commons, and gave birth to a range of “share alike” licensing institutions, not only for software but for all forms of digital culture. It is still in unmodified use after more than a quarter-century, attaining a degree of institutional stability more often associated with statutes and constitutions than with transactional documents like copyright licenses.

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LXer: Long-term Linux support future clarified

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 05:59:13 AM
Long-term support Linux version 4.4 will get six years of life, but that doesn[he]#039[/he]t mean other LTS editions will last so long.

LXer: Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave - or else

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 04:44:53 AM
Cure period now available in other license flavors. Facebook, Google, IBM, and Red Hat on Monday will give free-software license violators two months to mend their ways before going nuclear.

Reddit: If you only had $500

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 03:38:43 AM

If you only had $1000 to build a Linux Server, how would you do it? The parts you would use and the software it would be running.

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LXer: How to Install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 7

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 03:30:33 AM
In this tutorial, we will discuss step-by-step installation and configuration of Apache CouchDB on a CentOS 7 server. Apache CouchDB is an open source NoSQL database software that's focused on scalable architecture. CouchDB was released in 2005, and become an Apache Software Foundation project in 2008.

LXer: HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ, XZs, and X Performance Now Getting Android 8.0 Oreo

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 02:16:13 AM
As of today, users of the HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ, Sony Xperia XZs, and Sony Xperia X Performance mobile phones are receiving the latest Android 8.0 Oreo software update.

Reddit: FPS capped at 35 in Wine

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 02:12:31 AM

Apparently, vsync is on by default with the open AMD drivers. This seems to be causing a problem in Wine games. If there is no compositor present, the fps gets locked to around 35 fps, and if there is a compositor, it's around 60. Without a compositor running and no vsync (forced off with vblank_mode=0) the fps shoots over 100 in games like F03. Any explanation as to what could be going on here? My gpu is the RX480 running open drivers.

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Linux Foundation: Juniper/OpenContrail and Bell Canada at Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)

  • Juniper Expands Contrail, Moves Open-Source Project to the Linux Foundation
    "Fortunately at Juniper we have a secrect weapon and one that i'm so very proud of and that's Contrail," Rami Rahim, Juniper Networks CEO said during his keynote. "The way we have been investing and innovating in Contrail over the last few years is sort of similar to how a car company would invest in a Formula 1 car, it's essentially a proving ground for the world's best technology." Rahim commented that the use-cases for Contrail so far have been somewhat limited, but that's about to change. "The future of Contrail is as a platform, a single controller that can solve a variety of really compelling use-cases with ease and simplicity," Rahim said. "Whether it's management of overlay and underlay, or SD-WAN connectivity, or multi-cloud fabric management." Juniper originally acquired Contrail in December 2012 in a deal valued at $176 million. In September 2013, Juniper open-sourcedthe Contrail technology, creating the OpenContrail project.
  • Juniper Networks' OpenContrail software defined network joins The Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation is far more than just Linux. It's also the home of many open-source networking projects such as the software-defined network (SDN) OpenDaylight, Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization (OPNFV), and Open Network Automation Program (ONAP). Now, networking power Juniper Networks has announced that OpenContrail, its open-source network virtualization cloud platform, will join the others as part of The Linux Foundation.
  • Juniper Moves OpenContrail to the Linux Foundation
    Juniper first released its Contrail products as open source in 2013 and built a community around the project. However, many stakeholders complained that Juniper didn’t work very hard to build the community, and some called it “faux-pen source.”
  • Juniper Moves SDN-Based OpenContrail Project to The Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks today announced the codebase for OpenContrail, its open source network virtualization platform for the cloud, is moving to The Linux Foundation.
  • Bell Canada says open source ONAP adds modularity, flexibility to its network
    Bell Canada has become one of the first service providers to deploy Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), focusing its initial attention on automating its data center tenant network provisioning process. By making this transition in its network, the service provider said it will provide its operations teams with a new tool to improve efficiency and time to market. This is the first step in using ONAP as a common platform across Bell’s networks on its journey towards a multipartner DevOps model.
  • Bell Canada First to Deploy Open Source ONAP in Production
    Canadian communications provider Bell is the first organization to deploy an open source version of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) in a production environment. The milestone was noted in a blog post by Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration with the Linux Foundation.

Software: Everdo, GIMP, Notepadqq

  • Everdo – A Todo List and Getting Things Done App for Linux
    Everdo is a modern and beautifully-designed Electron-based task management application with which you can keep track of your work using tags, project folders, smart filters, and schedules. It doesn’t need a cloud account to work so your data will remain save on your PC. Everdo features a modern and minimalist User Interface with an extremely clean, clutter-less, and uniform design in order to enhance speedy and distraction-free productivity.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support
    GIMP 2.9.8 has been released with on-canvas gradient editing, better handling of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, and support for those using GIMP on Wayland.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released With On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Wayland Support
    GIMP 2.9.8 has been released as the newest development version of this widely-used, open-source Photoshop-like program in its road to GIMP 2.10. Earlier this week I happened to highlight many of the changes building up for GIMP 2.9.8 as featured in A Lot Of Improvements Are Building Up For GIMP 2.9.8, Including Better Wayland Support.
  • Getting started with the Notepadqq Linux text editor
    I don't do Windows. The operating system, I mean. At least, not on my own computers and not with any of my own work. When I was a consultant, I often had to work out of my clients' offices, which meant using their hardware, which also meant using Windows at many of those offices. Even when using Windows, I tried to install as much open source software as I could. Why? Because it works as well as (if not better than) its proprietary equivalents. One of the applications I always installed was Notepad++, which Opensource.com community moderator Ruth Holloway looked at in 2016.

Getting started with the Notepadqq Linux text editor

I don't do Windows. The operating system, I mean. At least, not on my own computers and not with any of my own work. When I was a consultant, I often had to work out of my clients' offices, which meant using their hardware, which also meant using Windows at many of those offices. Even when using Windows, I tried to install as much open source software as I could. Why? Because it works as well as (if not better than) its proprietary equivalents. One of the applications I always installed was Notepad++, which Opensource.com community moderator Ruth Holloway looked at in 2016. Read more