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TuxMachines: Teaching open source graphic design is a learning experience

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:41:09 AM

"Would you like to teach a class to high school sophomores?" the staff email asked.

Well, sure I would!

I work in St. Lawrence University's communications department, and I had always wanted to try teaching. Now I had an opportunity to teach whatever I wanted. Of course, I chose my two favorite subjects: graphic design and open source. I submitted a proposal to teach a class called Graphic Design Using Open Source Tools for the St. Lawrence University Scholars Enrichment Program (SLUSEP) over eight Saturday mornings.

My proposal was approved, and I was ready to begin. How to begin? The only teaching I had done was as a Boy Scout leader, and this class had nothing to do with knots (except those in my stomach). I had to create a curriculum; prepare the hardware, environment and software; and figure out how to fill 2.5 hours each week with exciting, informative projects.

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TuxMachines: Manjaro Linux 17.1.0 Released With Latest Packages — Get This User-friendly Distro Here

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:36:02 AM

Following the September release of Manjaro Linux 17.0.3, the developers of this Arch Linux-based distro have shipped Manjaro Linux 17.1.0. Released on December 31st, 2017, it marks the last Manjaro offering of 2017. In other words, you can kickstart 2018 with this freshly baked desktop-oriented operating system.

“This marks the last update of Manjaro in 2017. We wish you all the best for next year. Have fun and celebrate with family and friends,” the announcement reads.

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TuxMachines: Games: OpenRA, FreeDOS , and Steam on GNU/Linux

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:28:05 AM
  • A new test build of OpenRA is out, with the full Dune 2000 Harkonnen campaign

    OpenRA [Official Site] is a fantastic game engine, which enables you to play Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Dune 2000 on Linux. The latest test release is rather nice too.

  • Write about open source software

    It's a new year, and we wanted to encourage people to contribute to FreeDOS in new ways. If you're already working on FreeDOS through code, design, testing, or some other technical way - thank you!

  • Steam On Linux Ended 2017 With A Slight Increase In Marketshare
  • The Steam Hardware Survey for December 2017 shows a reasonable increase for Linux


    Why has this happened? Well, going by the same way I looked at it before, the use of "Simplified Chinese" as a language on Steam dropped by 15.31%. Also worth noting Windows 7 use dropped by 15.10%, with Windows 10 going up by 13.15%. The overall Windows share dropped by a total of 0.51%.

  • Steam users on Linux are getting VAC banned for “catbot” usernames

    Developers, particularly on PC, are locked in a never-battle to keep cheaters and hackers from abusing multiplayer games. Sometimes, those methods seem a little strange and arbitrary, but rarely more so than a recently-discovered VAC offense aimed at curbing Team Fortress 2 cheaters.

  • Valve is handing out TF2 VAC bans to Linux users with 'catbot' in their username

    Catbots, if you're not familiar with the term, are player-created bots that flood TF2 servers, lining up headshots on everything in sight. They're all called things like 'catbot 1574', and they're a nuisance. But in an attempt to stamp them out, some players are claiming that Valve has crossed a line. Anybody with 'catbot' in their Linux username (yes, not their Steam username), will now find themselves with an automatic VAC ban, regardless of whether they've actually booted up TF2 or not.

    Now, I don't know how many Linux users have 'catbot' in their username, but there is at least the potential for friendly fire here. On the GitHub thread where the issue was uncovered, one user said that their Steam account was VAC-banned despite claiming to never have cheated. Another said: "I installed Ubuntu on a virtual machine and named the computer catbot-918 and installed Steam, within an hour of not playing anything I received a VAC ban."

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LXer: Best of 2017: Top 27 articles and resources

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:14:46 AM
In 2017, published more than 1,000 articles and welcomed more than 200 new writers. Let[he]#039[/he]s look back at some reader-favorites from 2017. I[he]#039[/he]ve picked the top 22 articles and selected the top five resources we[he]#039[/he]ve added to the site this year.

LXer: Debian-Based siduction Linux Brings Easy SSH Handling to Its First 2018 Release

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 07:54:42 AM
The Debian-based siduction Linux operating system has been updated today to version 2018.1.0, the first ISO images for the new year, which bring quite a lot of new features and improvements.

Reddit: Building Embedded Linux System with Qemu

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 07:14:00 AM

LXer: Biggest Linux News Stories of 2017

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 06:34:39 AM
Taking a look back to some of the biggest news stories of the year 2017.

Reddit: Linux for 14gb SSD?

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 06:30:53 AM

Hi everyone. I have a laptop that I'm putting a 14gb sdd in because it lacks a disk and I don't have anything else lying around right now; I want to install Linux on it but I need a distro small enough to allow for an install of Firefox and Steam (to try streaming games from my desktop). I tried xubuntu as I've enjoyed using it before but I ran out of space trying to install steam. Do you fine folk have any ideas or suggestions for distros that might fit my needs in this situation? Thanks!

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LXer: 27 open solutions to everything in education

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 05:14:36 AM
Openness (from open source software, to open hardware, to open principles) is changing the paradigm of education. So, to celebrate all that[he]#039[/he]s gone on this year, I collected 27 of the best articles published on in 2017 on the subject. I divided them into broad themes, rather than ordering them by popularity.

LXer: Arch Linux Kicks Off 2018 with First Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 02:23:03 AM
Arch Linux devs don't have time to rest either, so they're kicking off the new year with the first ISO snapshot for 2018, bringing up-to-date components and latest security fixes.

Phoronix: OpenShot Video Editor Planning For Many Improvements In 2018

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 01:55:46 AM
The OpenShot open-source non-linear video editor is planning for many improvements this year...

TuxMachines: Private Internet Access creator, London Trust Media, acquires Linux Journal

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:41:08 AM

Over the years, with your help, we have supported many worthy projects and events in the open source space. At the beginning of December, Carlie Fairchild posted a farewell to the Linux community in a post titled “Linux Journal Ceases Publication.” We know that some of our users may have also read this message, given the strong overlap between those that care about privacy and those that care about freedom and open source software. Needless to say, upon reading the news, we immediately reached out to see how we could help.

Many members of our team have been Linux Journal readers for years – even since before they worked with Private Internet Access. We truly believe that Linux Journal needs to be there to chronicle our journey into a more open future. Private Internet Access is proud to announce that our parent company, LTM, has acquired Linux Journal. 2018 is going to be a big year for Linux – and we will continue to play our part in facilitating this.

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TuxMachines: CIB Introduced, LLVM Clang 6.0 Coming Soon

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:39:19 AM
  • CIB: Getting The Clang Compiler To Run In A Web Browser

    CIB is a new hobby project getting the full-blown Clang C/C++ compiler to run within a web browser as a technical feat.

    Independent developer Todd Fleming has been working on "CIB" that is short for "Clang In Browser." This comes down to Clang itself being compiled to WebAssembly (WASM) for then running in web-browsers.

  • Features To Look Forward To With LLVM / Clang 6.0

    With the LLVM Clang 6.0 code branching and feature freeze coming up on 3 January, here's a recap of some of the most interesting new features and changes to find with the LLVM 6.0 compiler infrastructure and Clang 6.0 C/C++ front-end.

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Reddit: Lubuntu in VirtualBox - Weird IP Issue

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:35:34 AM

Happy new year all!

I recently installed the latest version of Lubuntu on Oracle VirtualBox. The host system is Windows 8.1 x64.

I want to setup static IP in the Lubuntu but for some weird reasons, everytime the VM is rebooted, the network config reverts back to DHCP rather than static IP that I configure inside Lubuntu.

The network connection between host and guest is configured as Bridged Connection, fyi.

Any ideas why this is the case and what I can try to resolve this weird issue?

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TuxMachines: Arch Linux 2018.01.01 ISO and More

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 12:26:05 AM
  • Arch Linux Kicks Off 2018 with First Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS

    Arch Linux devs don't have time to rest either, so they're kicking off the new year with the first ISO snapshot for 2018, bringing up-to-date components and latest security fixes.

    Arch Linux 2018.01.01 ISO snapshot is here, and it's the first to use the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. While December's Arch Linux ISO snapshot was still powered by a kernel from the now deprecated Linux 4.13 series, January 2018's release is using Linux kernel 4.14.9 for all new installs, while the recently released Linux kernel 4.14.10 is still in testing.

  • Arch monthly December

    Arch Linux Trusted Users, Developers and members of the Security team have been at 34C3 and even held a small meetup. There was also an assembly where people from the irc channel could meet each other. Seeing how much interest there was this year, it might be worth it to host a self organized session or assembly with more stickers \o/

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