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Reddit: Any reason NOT to boot from USB?

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:39:34 PM

Are there any reasons I shouldn't regularly boot Linux from a USB? I go back and forth from using two laptops, one at work and one at home. I'm very new at this and did a quick search on the same question before posting :)

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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:23:06 PM
  • Some improbable 2017 predictions [Older, no longer behind paywall]

    Another important single point of failure is Android. It has brought a lot of freedom to the mobile device world, but it is still a company-controlled project that is not entirely free and, by some measures at least, is becoming less free over time. A shift of emphasis at Google could easily push Android more in the proprietary direction. Meanwhile, the end of CyanogenMod has, temporarily, brought about the loss of our most successful community-oriented Android derivative.

    The good news is that the efforts to bring vendor kernels closer to the mainline will bear some fruit this year, making it easier to run systems that, if not fully free, are more free than before. Lineage OS, rising from the ashes of CyanogenMod, should help to ensure the availability of alternative Android builds. But it seems likely that efforts to provide free software at the higher levels of the stack (microG, for example) will languish.

  • A Web Service Written in Pure Bash.

    The service itself is currently running on a Ubuntu 16.10 droplet on DigitalOcean. To expose my service I needed to open a connection with the outside world and initially played with netcat as it’s preinstalled on most *nix machines. This task wasn’t familiar to me at all, but I couldn’t read the incoming request and I couldn’t handle two users connecting at the same time. I explored inetd which lacked of documentation beyond the man page. Continuing with my research I found xinetd which is a more secure version of inetd. I also found a lot more sufficient documentation and user guides on creating a service. After installing xinetd I began building a primitive version of my pure bash service called beeroclock.

  • Deloitte Blockchain Lab Opens in NYC

    Here's another sign that blockchain is becoming big business.

    Deloitte today announced the formation of a blockchain lab in the heart of New York City's financial district in what the global audit and consultancy firm expects will be a "make or break" year the technology. The lab is home to more than 20 developers and designers and will work with Deloitte teams abroad as well as over a dozen of the company's technology partners.

    Open now and dubbed the Americas Blockchain Lab at Deloitte, the new practice will help drive the development of blockchains solutions for financial services firms, from proofs of concepts to ready-to-integrate solutions, stated the company.

    "Financial institutions have the power and ability to move blockchain to the next level," said Eric Piscini, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, in a statement. "To get there, companies will need to move away from churning out proofs of concept and begin producing and implementing solutions."

  • $0.39 EPS Expected For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) In Quarter
  • Asking for help with koji builds
  • Debian 8.7 released

    This update adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with adjustments for serious problems.

  • Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Released

    The Debian Project has released the seventh update of Debian 8 Jessie. This release ships with tons of security updates, bug fixes, and updated packages. The existing users of Debian 8 need to point the apt package tool to one of the updated Debian mirrors and get the update. The new installation media and ISO images are yet to be published.

  • Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Released With New Features and 85 Security Updates

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:20:11 PM
  • Linux market-share on Steam dropped 0.08% in December 2016

    Why is this important to know? Well, it's highly likely the amount of Linux users on Steam is growing, but it's probably dwarfed by Windows (and likely Mac too) growth at the same time so it brings down our market-share.

    Nothing to worry about, so if anyone writes about it like it's Linux gaming doomsday, don't believe them. It would be something to worry about if developers started coming along noticing a drop in sales from Linux, but not a single developer has said so.

    Keep buying Linux games, keep playing them on Linux and keep going. 2017 is going to be fun!

  • Streets of Rogue development build updated with NAT punch-through and automatic port forwarding
  • Setting up a retro gaming console at home

    Commodore 64 was the first computer I ever saw in 1989. Twice in a year I used to visit my grandparents’ house in Kolkata, I used to get one or two hours to play with it. I remember, after a few years how I tried to read a book on Basic, with the help of an English-to-Bengali dictionary. In 1993, my mother went for a year-long course for her job. I somehow managed to convince my father to buy me an Indian clone of NES (Little Master) in the same year. That was also a life event for me. I had only one game cartridge, only after 1996 the Chinese NES clones entered our village market.

  • Tasbot does Tasblock - Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 - Part 170 [Ed: NES mini uses Linux]

    This speedrun was recorded live at Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, a weeklong charity speedrun marathon raising money for Prevent Cancer Foundation. Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 is just one of the many charity marathons put on by Games Done Quick.

  • Wine 2.0-rc5 release, moving towards a final stable version

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TuxMachines: Phones: Ubuntu, ZeroPhone, Tizen, and Android

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:18:00 PM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:16:18 PM
  • Baidu released artificial intelligence operating system DuerOS

    At this year’s CES show, Baidu released its artificial intelligence operating system system DuerOS, also announced at home with small fish to reach cooperation, small fish at home is the first equipped with Baidu DuerOS artificial intelligence manufacturers. Baidu said that this is the first time the introduction of dialogue type artificial intelligence operating system, Baidu is an important strategic product of artificial intelligence. DuerOS emphasizes the interactive nature of voice conversations through natural language. At the same time with the cloud of the brain, can always learn evolution, become more intelligent.

  • Intel Open-Sources BigDL, Distributed Deep Learning Library for Apache Spark

    Intel open-sources BigDL, a distributed deep learning library that runs on Apache Spark. It leverages existing Spark clusters to run deep learning computations and simplifies the data loading from big datasets stored in Hadoop.

    Tests show a significant speedup performance running on Xeon servers compared to other open source frameworks Caffe, Torch or TensorFlow. The speed is comparable with a mainstream GPU and BigDL is able to scale to tens of Xeon servers.

  • New Port for RISC-V

    We'd like to submit for inclusion in GCC a port for the RISC-V architecture. The port suffices to build a substantial body of software (including Linux and some 2,000 Fedora packages) and passes most of the gcc and g++ test suites; so, while it is doubtlessly not complete, we think it is far enough along to start the upstreaming process. It is our understanding that it is OK to submit this port during stage 3 because it does not touch any shared code. Our binutils port has already been accepted for the 2.28 release, and we plan on submitting glibc and Linux patch sets soon.

  • [Older] Twenty-four new GNU releases in December
  • Getting Election Data, and Why Open Data is Important

    Back in 2012, I got interested in fiddling around with election data as a way to learn about data analysis in Python. So I went searching for results data on the presidential election. And got a surprise: it wasn't available anywhere in the US. After many hours of searching, the only source I ever found was at the UK newspaper, The Guardian.

    Surely in 2016, we're better off, right? But when I went looking, I found otherwise. There's still no official source for US election results data; there isn't even a source as reliable as The Guardian this time.

    You might think would be the place to go for official election results, but no: searching for 2016 election on yields nothing remotely useful.

    The Federal Election Commission has an election results page, but it only goes up to 2014 and only includes the Senate and House, not presidential elections. has popular vote totals for the 2012 election but not the current one. Maybe in four years, they'll have some data.

  • Renault To Release Twizy Hardware / Platform As An Open Source EV

    However for the US and most other places ‘not Europe’, it would be an opportunity to at least be able to own one, or a reasonable likeness to it.

  • Security Through Transparency

    Encryption is a foundational technology for the web. We’ve spent a lot of time working through the intricacies of making encrypted apps easy to use and in the process, realized that a generic, secure way to discover a recipient's public keys for addressing messages correctly is important. Not only would such a thing be beneficial across many applications, but nothing like this exists as a generic technology.

  • Patch your FreeBSD server for openssh vulnerabilities [11/Jan/2017]

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Phoronix: A Look At The Huge Performance Boosts With Nouveau Mesa 17.0-devel On Maxwell

Sunday 15th of January 2017 05:10:00 PM
Landing this week in Mesa 17.0-devel Git was OpenGL 4.3 for NVC0 Maxwell and a big performance boost as well for these GeForce GTX 750 / 900 series NVIDIA "Maxwell" graphics processors. Here are some before/after benchmarks of the performance improvements, which the patch cited as "1.5~3.5x better", when testing a GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 980.

LXer: Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Officially Released, Includes over 85 Security Updates

Sunday 15th of January 2017 04:55:24 PM
If you're using Debian Stable (a.k.a. Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie"), it's time to update it now. Why? Because Debian Project launched a new release, Debian GNU/Linux 8.7, which includes over 170 bug fixes and security updates.

Phoronix: A Yet-To-Be-Merged Kernel Patch May Boost Kabylake Graphics In Some Cases

Sunday 15th of January 2017 04:13:13 PM
There's a patch pending for the Intel DRM driver that in extreme select cases can boost the graphics performance by up to 60% but for most OpenGL workloads the gains will be much smaller...

Reddit: Kali linux installation help

Sunday 15th of January 2017 03:39:02 PM

So I have been doing a little bit of googling and cannot come to a final decision... Which is why I have come to you guys!

I am planning on installing Kali Linux on my laptop. The laptop currently is running Windows 10 - 8GB of RAM - 1TB HDD and is 64-bit!

Now... my question to you guys is... when I completely wipe my laptop of windows to install Kali... Should I install a 32 bit version or a 64 bit version of Kali?

Ofc some would say just install the 64 Bit as it is a 64 bit machine... But I have heard some people run into more problems on the 64 bit and recommend the 32 bit version? I am just a little confused and was hoping you guys could help me out!

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LXer: New Linux WiFi Daemon Streamlines Networking Stack

Sunday 15th of January 2017 03:01:02 PM
If you’ve ever used an embedded Linux development device with wireless networking, you’ve likely benefited from the work of Marcel Holtmann, the maintainer of the BlueZ Bluetooth daemon since 2004, who spoke at an Embedded Linux Conference Europe panel in October...

Reddit: How to store documents over long time with cross linking.

Sunday 15th of January 2017 02:34:49 PM

Hey, I will start with something for those who think: tl;dr.

I have a lot of "research" to store (including but not limited to: Notes, Pictures, Bookmarks, PDF's, Film),all digital. I stumbled upon the idea of misusing a filesystem to create a net of the information (as trivial as this might sound). But the idea as it is has some draw backs, limiting its power. Now I am asking for your approach or and improvement on the idea of a long term "research-knowledge" storage.

So I have researched a number of things. Probably most of you did. So, I acquire knowledge and understanding that most of the time I don't need promptly. However, I want to store it for later reference. So for quite some time, I tried to store stuff on paper. Which went miserably wrong, looking back at it. Writing it down and organizing it as paper is not a way, that I am very good in. Partly, because the researched things are broadly distributed in various media formats and also I am not very good at sorting papers into many folders... I am aware of system called "Zettelkasten" or card index box. But it is not digital and any digital copy of the concept would lack some possibilities that the digital world gives you. (And not pay credit to the partly short lived nature of the internet)

Much of my research is going on online or at least on or with a computer close by. So I thought, it is probably easiest to organize everything on my computer. But until recently I didn't really think much about a systematic way to do so. Having heard an Interview with the German author Frank Schätzing, I was made aware of the significance of this procedure. He himself does it by throwing files into folders on his hard disk. Original documents and abstracts of those documents are in an hierarchy that somehow represents the linkage of of the subject. This can of course include (but is not limited to) bookmarks of webpages, movies (from youtube for example), pdfs, webpages, text files, sound files, pictures etc. Whatever file you fancy. Maybe not databases, but you get the idea.

This of course sounds very much like a trivial idea. Nevertheless, I consider the approach quite powerful. It accounts for the various kinds of documents that are out there, at the same time you can organize a structure in it. Furthermore it is not bound to any special kind of product that you have to rely on being there in 30 years.(You of course still need the programs to open the files, but this goes on top of every other sensible process)

Adopting the system at the moment, it has a major drawback, that really bugs me. That is crosslinks between topics. I could do crosslinks on a linux file system, or on a windows file system (or on a iOS) but I can hardly do something that works on all three and reliably works with backups. Especially if I start moving folders, I would still want them to be aligned. I thought, that maybe a neat way to work around this is introducing keywords. Again, this is something that is not really supported between systems or on any system.

So what I'm searching for is a way to: * Long term store information * And connection between information * That is likely to be accessible in the future * On Windows and Linux/Unix like

I had the idea of using a mongodb database. But I would need to build a lot of software around that, to make it usable. And that really speaks against the long term usability...

Do you have any neat "Ansatz" for this problem? What is your approach? Or do you have any way of improving the "Schätzing" approach? I am very interested in your opinion. I am aware that there are several note taking applications. Some are quite powerful, few handle the variety of documents that I am looking for and even less (and by that I mean: I havn't found one) are interesting in terms of longevity.

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Phoronix: Fresh Tests Of Intel Beignet OpenCL

Sunday 15th of January 2017 02:19:51 PM
When firing up Intel's Beignet OpenCL implementation on Clear Linux this weekend, I was surprised to see it was happily chugging along with many of our different CL benchmarks...

Reddit: If anyone has gotten AMDGPU-PRO working on an Intel/AMD laptop, let me know

Sunday 15th of January 2017 02:08:30 PM

I just wasted a day on this. I'm well aware of how annoying PowerXpress is on Linux, but this has been extra challenging.

  • You better pray the DKMS module can build.
  • The driver doesn't appear to have any libgl switching or the same useful PowerXpress tools like fglrx does.
  • Good luck with anything other than Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 for a desktop OS. Even the Arch AUR guys are scratching their heads over this.

This is insanity.

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Phoronix: A Look At Where The P-State Linux Driver Does Bad Against CPUFreq, Clear Linux Tests

Sunday 15th of January 2017 02:00:00 PM
I'm still running more benchmarks in investigating the Core i5 7600K Linux performance and with even its graphics performance being slower than Skylake. I fired up Clear Linux on this Kaby Lake system this weekend and it's indeed faster than Ubuntu, though there still is some sort of fundamental issue at play with these new CPUs on Linux. But what is clear is that there are cases where the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver does perform very poorly over the mature, generic CPUFreq scaling driver...

Phoronix: AMD HSA IL / BRIG Front-End Still Hoping To Get Into GCC 7

Sunday 15th of January 2017 01:09:02 PM
For many months now there's been work on an AMD HSA IL front-end for GCC with supporting the BRIG binary form of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Intermediate Language (HSA IL). It's getting late into GCC 7 development and onwards to its final development stage while this new front-end has yet to be merged...

LXer: You Can Now Have a Single ISO Image with All the Essential Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors

Sunday 15th of January 2017 01:06:40 PM
Softpedia was informed by Linux AIO developer Željko Popivoda about the availability for download of the Linux AIO (All-in-One) Ubuntu 16.10 Live DVD that contains all the essential Ubuntu 16.10 flavors.

TuxMachines: Audiocast/Videos

Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:55:51 PM

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CentOS vs Ubuntu: Which one is better for a server

Finally decided to get a VPS but can’t decide which Linux distro to use? We’ve all been there. The choice may even be overwhelming, even for Linux distros, considering all the different flavors and distros that are out there. Though, the two most widely used and most popular server distros are CentOS and Ubuntu. This is the main dilemma among admins, both beginners and professionals. Having experience with both (and more) distros, we decided to do a comparison of CentOS and Ubuntu when used for a server. Read more

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today's leftovers

  • FLOSS Weekly 417: OpenHMD
    Fredrik Hultin is the Co-founder of the OpenHMD project (together with Jakob Bornecrantz). OpenHMD aims to provide a Free and Open Source API and drivers for immersive technology, such as head-mounted displays with built-in head tracking. The project's aim is to implement support for as many devices as possible in a portable, cross-platform package.
  • My next EP will be released as a corrupted GPT image
    Endless OS is distributed as a compressed disk image, so you just write it to disk to install it. On first boot, it resizes itself to fill the whole disk. So, to “install” it to a file we decompress the image file, then extend it to the desired length. When booting, in principle we want to loopback-mount the image file and treat that as the root device. But there’s a problem: NTFS-3G, the most mature NTFS implementation for Linux, runs in userspace using FUSE. There are some practical problems arranging for the userspace processes to survive the transition out of the initramfs, but the bigger problem is that accessing a loopback-mounted image on an NTFS partition is slow, presumably because every disk access has an extra round-trip to userspace and back. Is there some way we can avoid this performance penalty?
  • This week in GTK+ – 31
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 52 commits, with 10254 lines added and 9466 lines removed.
  • Digest of Fedora 25 Reviews
    Fedora 25 has been out for 2 months and it seems like a very solid release, maybe the best in the history of the distro. And feedback from the press and users has also been very positive.
  • Monday's security updates
  • What does security and USB-C have in common?
    I've decided to create yet another security analogy! You can’t tell, but I’m very excited to do this. One of my long standing complaints about security is there are basically no good analogies that make sense. We always try to talk about auto safety, or food safety, or maybe building security, how about pollution. There’s always some sort of existing real world scenario we try warp and twist in a way so we can tell a security story that makes sense. So far they’ve all failed. The analogy always starts out strong, then something happens that makes everything fall apart. I imagine a big part of this is because security is really new, but it’s also really hard to understand. It’s just not something humans are good at understanding. [...] The TL;DR is essentially the world of USB-C cables is sort of a modern day wild west. There’s no way to really tell which ones are good and which ones are bad, so there are some people who test the cables. It’s nothing official, they’re basically volunteers doing this in their free time. Their feedback is literally the only real way to decide which cables are good and which are bad. That’s sort of crazy if you think about it.
  • NuTyX 8.2.93 released
  • Linux Top 3: Parted Magic, Quirky and Ultimate Edition
    Parted Magic is a very niche Linux distribution that many users first discover when they're trying to either re-partition a drive or recover data from an older system. The new Parted Magic 2017_01_08 release is an incremental update that follows the very large 2016_10_18 update that provided 800 updates.
  • How To Use Google Translate From Commandline In Linux
  • How to debug C programs in Linux using gdb
  • Use Docker remotely on Atomic Host
  • Ubuntu isn’t the only version of Linux that can run on Windows 10
  • OpenSUSE Linux lands on Windows 10
  • How to run openSUSE Leap 42.2 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 on Windows 10

Leftovers: Software and Games