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Reddit: Watch Netflix in Ubuntu today | Ubuntu Insights

Saturday 11th of October 2014 12:29:52 AM

Phoronix: Wine Developers Contemplate A Kernel-Like Staging Tree

Friday 10th of October 2014 11:50:28 PM
Wine developers are contemplating a staging-like tree where new changes could be introduced faster before being mainlined inside Wine, but this idea doesn't catch the fancy of all Wine developers...

LXer: One Week: Three FOSS Expos

Friday 10th of October 2014 11:09:47 PM
The week after next the FOSS world will be brimming with opportunities to find out more about what’s going on in three separate shows around the country. If you are within a day’s drive of any of them — or if you are not adverse to flying — making it to one of them would be well worth the effort.

Reddit: Why So Many Updates?

Friday 10th of October 2014 10:52:58 PM

I am using Xubuntu and every single day there's another update waiting for me. Is it normal to be so many? What the hell are they all for?

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Reddit: RX errors on if. Can I tell if it's the NIC, the cable, or the unmanaged switch, or the NIC on the other end?

Friday 10th of October 2014 10:40:46 PM
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:01:2exxxxx inet addr:192.168.0.198 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::201:2eff:fe2c:75af/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:538757 errors:238955 dropped:3 overruns:6 frame:238947 TX packets:669922 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:65872707 (65.8 MB) TX bytes:139985937 (139.9 MB)

So many errors on this interface on the RX side. Any way I can figure out what's generating them? Thanks

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Reddit: Is Linux suitable for audio recording/production?

Friday 10th of October 2014 10:36:53 PM

My Dad has an old Gateway that had Vista pre-installed. It's had some performance issues and lots of BSODs and other errors.

He mainly just uses the net for browsing piano/keyboard notation and studying music, or reading the news. He wants to get into recording, and I was thinking about installing Ubuntu and removing the Vista install since it's so clunky, to make it more usable.

I was just wondering if there is any music recording software in Linux, for Keyboard, Guitar, etc. (I play Guitar and he plays Keyboard, so something that records both would be cool; preferably through a direct input from the instrument).

Any musicians using Linux out there?

I know Mac OSX is what most people would recommend but I am looking for a free option, and Linux runs well on older hardware. I personally prefer Slackware but I was leaning towards Ubuntu since it's a bit easier to use and understand as a low-level end-user.

submitted by ixAp0c
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LXer: How to setup Single Sign On with OTP using simpleSAMLphp and privacyIDEA

Friday 10th of October 2014 10:12:36 PM
How to setup Single Sign On with OTP using simpleSAMLphp and privacyIDEAThis howto will deal with Single Sign On to web pages. Maybe you know OpenID. Similar to Kerberos a "Ticket" is granted to the user to authenticate at other services using the ticket and not the credentials anymore. In this howto we will use SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) which is more sophisticated than the simple OpenID. SAML can be used to setup trust relations between several entities. This is why it is used between companies and organizations, why online service are using it.

LXer: US Navy's First Autonomous Swarmboats Are Controlled with Ubuntu

Friday 10th of October 2014 09:15:25 PM
The US Navy has unveiled a new type of autonomous vehicles, called Swarmboats. These are actually small patrol boats or unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and they seem to be controlled by using a weird combination of Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

TuxMachines: Android L 64-bit preview finally released – but only for x86. Where’s ARMv8, Google?

Friday 10th of October 2014 09:08:45 PM

After announcing that Android L would support 64-bit hardware way back in June, Google has finally released a 64-bit Android L developer preview emulator image. Curiously, though, it’s a 64-bit image for 64-bit Intel chips (Atom/Bay Trail) and not ARM. With Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra K1 supposedly just around the corner, but no tools for developers to actually create or prepare 64-bit ARMv8 apps, what exactly is going on?

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TuxMachines: How To Get Started In Open Source

Friday 10th of October 2014 09:07:06 PM

Gordon-McKeon is program director at OpenHatch, a nonprofit group dedicated to open source education. She regularly visits universities and technology conferences geared towards women to promote more female participation in open source software.

And her first piece of advice for the uncertain is simple: Don't stick around if the first project you try isn't welcoming.

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TuxMachines: Open-Source Projects Need More Than Good Code—They Need Marketing

Friday 10th of October 2014 09:04:27 PM

While it's a convenient fiction to believe that open source is a meritocracy where the best code wins, it's just that: fiction. As Apache Storm founder Nathan Marz writes in a recent blog post, solving an important project with useful code is only half the battle. It's equally important—and sometimes more so—"to convince a significant number of people that your project is the best solution to their problem."

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TuxMachines: FFmpeg 2.4.2 Released and Integrated in Debian Unstable

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:54:38 PM

FFmpeg 2.4.2 has kept the "Fresnel" codename and is now the most advanced version out there. The big release of the 2.4.x branch happened a month ago and this is just a maintenance iteration.

"It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 2.4 release branch, which was cut from master on 2014-09-14. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2014-09-14, libav 11 as of 2014-10-05,” reads the official announcement.

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TuxMachines: Linux Anti-Aliasing Benchmarks With The GeForce GTX 980

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:48:33 PM

The latest Linux graphics benchmarks I ran from the high-end Maxwell GeForce GTX 980 graphics card were some anti-aliasing tests.

As explained in my NVIDIA GTX 980 Linux review, while this new graphics card introduces Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) and other new features designed to improve the visual quality for games, the new AA capabilities aren't exposed by NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver. The only anti-aliasing modes offered by the NVIDIA Linux driver's nvidia-settings utility for the GTX 980 is 2xMS, 4xMS, 4xSS + 2xMS, 8xMS, and 4xSS + 4xMS. Just the multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) and super-sampling anti-aliasing (SSAA) that have long been supported by the NVIDIA blob. There's also the toggle for FXAA.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Launch with Linux Kernel 3.16.4

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:42:52 PM

The Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle has been rather uneventful and no major features have been implemented. The same cannot be said about the thousands of other packages that are used in the operating system, as most of them have been updated. This is also true for the Linux kernel.

Despite the fact that Ubuntu arrives like clockwork, every six months, its developers always try to add the latest kernel available whenever possible. Now that the development cycle is coming to an end, Canonical has finally settled on the kernel that will officially ship with the distribution.

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TuxMachines: Nouveau-PerfKit Still Being Worked On, Perf Counter Code Expected For Linux 3.20

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:38:02 PM

Samuel Pitoiset has been working hard to reverse-engineer NVIDIA's hardware performance counters of their GPU and to allow them to be taken to their full potential under the open-source Nouveau Linux graphics driver.

For over one year the student developer Samuel Pitoiset has tasked himself with reverse engineering NVIDIA's GPU performance counters with an end goal of coming up with an NVPerfKit-like implementation for Linux that runs off the reverse-engineered Nouveau stack. Samuel has been involved with Google's Summer of Code and has stuck around doing great work for the limited-staffed Nouveau driver.

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TuxMachines: Xen Gains PVSCSI Support With Linux 3.18 Kernel

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:32:37 PM

This pvSCSI support with the scsifront and scsiback modules is based on the original pvSCSI code written by Fujitsu during the Linux 2.6 days. Other Xen changes for Linux 3.18 include an attempt to keep memory contiguous during PV memory setup, allowing front/back drivers to use threaded IRqs, support for large initial RAM disk images (initrd) from PV guests, and fixes for PVH guests with the upcoming Xen 4.5.

More details on the Xen Linux 3.18 changes via this pull request.

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Slashdot: NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:32:00 PM
An anonymous reader writes: AMD recently presented plans to unify their open-source and Catalyst Linux drivers at the open source XDC2014 conference in France. NVIDIA's rebuttal presentation focused on support Mir and Wayland on Linux. The next-generation display stacks are competing to succeed the X.Org Server. NVIDIA is partially refactoring their Linux graphics driver to support EGL outside of X11, to propose new EGL extensions for better driver interoperability with Wayland/Mir, and to support the KMS APIs by their driver. NVIDIA's binary driver will support the KMS APIs/ioctls but will be using their own implementation of kernel mode-setting. The EGL improvements are said to land in their closed-source driver this autumn while the other changes probably won't be seen until next year.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








TuxMachines: Ben Balter: Contractors Should Tap Open Source for IT Maturity

Friday 10th of October 2014 08:26:41 PM

GitHub‘s Ben Balter urges government contractors to adopt open source products and software development practices to build on operational and cost efficiencies and ensure that information technology systems use mature code and receive continuous maintenance support.

Balter, who works to drive government awareness for GitHub, writes in a guest post published Thursday on FedScoop that contractors can gain operational benefits as well as attract potential customers by open-sourcing software.

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