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LXer: Mozillas Commitment to Inclusive Internet Access

Friday 15th of April 2016 04:57:10 AM
Developing the Internet and defending its openness are key to global growth that is equitable, sustainable, and inclusive. The Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender or geography — can participate equally. Today Mozilla announced two commitments.

LXer: Cumulus, Dell and Red Hat Partner on Open Source DevOps for OpenStack

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:42:50 AM
Cumulus Networks, Dell and Red Hat highlight open source DevOps and SDN efficiencies through an OpenStack cluster built with Linux and open source software.

Reddit: Will Switching To Linux Help With A Slow Computer?

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:40:03 AM

My laptop is about 5 years old and is slowing down. Will switching to Linux allow me to functionally reset my computer (ie wipe any existing programs and or viruses that might be slowing it down)?

Also, i know very little about Linux. I've only read the pros/cons lists to switching over and based on that i'm sold. I'm feeling up to challenge to learning a new OS but now i'm just wondering if i can functionally reset my computer when i switch. Can i totally replace Windows and not deal with a dual boot system? Thanks!

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Reddit: KDE neon upgrades to 16.04LTS

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:24:59 AM

Reddit: Book recommendations on implementing basic features of Linux/Unix shells in system calls?

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:23:33 AM

Could you recommend books on implementing basic features of Linux/Unix shells in system calls?

I prefer to read books than the source code directly at the beginning, in order to get the big picture and idea first before becoming lost in the details of the code.

What I mean by basic features are mostly POSIX compatible shell features, e.g. pipe, redirection, making a command run in background, command substitution, commands grouped by parentheses, interpret a command.

The purposes of looking for such books are:

  • better understand how to use a specific shell (e.g. bash) properly
  • learn from examples how to use system calls.


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Reddit: Almost done with a Linux essay I'm writing for my Writing 122 Class

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:21:33 AM

My paper is about why School Districts should implement Linux-based computers as the main computers in schools. My thesis is: Due to its security, stability, cost-efficiency, and admin management capabilities, Linux provides a reasonable alternative to traditional computing and contains added educational benefits. I'll edit this post tomorrow night and I'll have a link to the full essay :) Super nervous though. I'm still in high school, and I TA for the district's tech department (their office is right across from the campus) so I invited one of the guys I practically intern for to come watch my presentation on my paper (a whole 45 minutes worth!) and he says: "Oh that's funny, come to think of it, I'm going to a board meeting that morning and we'll be discussing educational technology, mind if I bring a few guys along" My spirits soared and my cpu heart jumped around in my chest. But of course, yes man me, said "sure!". Yeah, I am really excited (I mean, I might have an influence on board members and show off Linux) to have this opportunity, but there is so much more pressure now. Well, as Sherlock once said, "the game's afoot!" Wish me luck, everyone.

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Phoronix: Broadwell-DE SoC / Xeon D Support Added To Coreboot

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:09:43 AM
While Xeon D (Broadwell-DE) hardware has been available for the past year, support for these SoCs is finally now in mainline Coreboot...

Reddit: so popular on debian right now

Friday 15th of April 2016 02:53:33 AM
root@io:~# dpkg -l | grep xscreensaver ii xscreensaver 5.30-1+b1 i386 Screensaver daemon and frontend for X11 ii xscreensaver-data 5.30-1+b1 i386 Screen saver modules for screensaver frontends root@io:~# apt-get purge xscreensaver-data xscreensaver Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: xscreensaver* xscreensaver-data* 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded. After this operation, 3,593 kB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y (Reading database ... 116292 files and directories currently installed.) Removing xscreensaver (5.30-1+b1) ... Purging configuration files for xscreensaver (5.30-1+b1) ... Removing xscreensaver-data (5.30-1+b1) ... Purging configuration files for xscreensaver-data (5.30-1+b1) ... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58) ... Processing triggers for man-db ( ... Processing triggers for menu (2.1.47) ... root@io:~# submitted by /u/lank3y
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Reddit: Free ebook on how to write manpages

Friday 15th of April 2016 02:32:50 AM

LXer: TripleO Evolves for OpenStack Deployments

Friday 15th of April 2016 02:28:30 AM
There are a lot of different ways to deploy an open-source OpenStack cloud, and one of the best, ironically is with OpenStack itself, with a project known as OpenStack on OpenStack (OOO), or just simply TripleO.

Reddit: Hyper-cheap mobile computer for programming away from home?

Friday 15th of April 2016 02:12:14 AM

For text-editing, IDE/compiling/running simple python stuff is what I'm thinking of right now.

I have a very old vm670 running Android 2.2.2, Qpython isn't supported so I considered rooting it and bumping it up to Android 4+, perhaps even try to put some super-light linux build on it, but I'm not sure if the hardware supports it.

So I'm considering getting a hyper-cheap (under $100 total) set up for programming on the go. I've considered a phone + magnifying glass + keyboard, tablet + keyboard, google cardboard + wireless keyboard, and even raspberry pi + cheap display device + keyboard... + battery. Laptops are too big.

Just wondering if any of you have tried any creative solutions to have a dedicated programming device.

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LXer: GNOME 3.20.1 Desktop Environment Officially Released, It's Already in Arch Linux

Friday 15th of April 2016 01:31:19 AM
The GNOME 3.20 desktop environment has just received its first point release, version 3.20.1, bringing numerous small improvements.

LXer: 10 Essential Linux Commands For Navigating The File System

Friday 15th of April 2016 12:34:08 AM
This guide shows 10 essential commands required for navigating the file system using the terminal. Find out where you are, how to move around, how to create folders, remove folders and create links.

Reddit: Why are a lot of Linux users very religious about only using fully free software when it comes to user applications while not even the kernel is 100% free to start with? Honest question no bait or call-out.

Friday 15th of April 2016 12:27:09 AM

I'm not calling anybody out, I'm honestly curious if there is a certain process of thought behind it.

I read the AMA with the CEO of the new Vivaldi web browser and the highest-upvoted question was when they're going to make Vivaldi free software "as in Stallman" (quote).

The answer was that their C++ code is now open source and they'll decide what to do with the remaining code. Followed by a a lot of people (if you count upvotes) stating that this is the reason they don't use Vivaldi.

Yet, not even the mainline Linux kernel is "free as in Stallman" and contains binary blobs which are definitely not free software by any definition other than gratis software. The GNU project recommends almost no mainstream Linux distro as a free operating system and they don't consider "the" Linux kernel maintained by Torvalds to bee free software.

But if you post or recommend any software for Linux which is either not or not fully open source in any Linux community often the only response is that it's not free, sometimes you're even downvoted.

Of course for a lot of applications there are free alternatives but not for all and there also would be an alternative for the not-really-free Linux kernel like the Linux-libre kernel.

I'd be interested in hearing some thoughts or explanations from people who maybe are very strict about using FOSS but use the mainline Linux kernel.

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Phoronix: Mesa 11.2.1 Is Coming With Fixes For Gallium3D Nine, VA-API, Hardware Drivers

Thursday 14th of April 2016 11:42:01 PM
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov at Collabora announced the release candidate today of the forthcoming Mesa 11.2.1...

LXer: Dig into IoT with 41 OpenIoT Summit presentations

Thursday 14th of April 2016 11:36:57 PM
Slide decks from 41 OpenIoT Summit talks are now online, from sessions including AllSeen, Brillo, mBed, Iotivity, Tizen, Weave, Zephyr, and IoT security. Last week, we pointed you to 50 slide decks released by the Linux Foundation from the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), held in San Diego in April 4-6. Now, the non-profit Linux advocacy […]

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    I handled a new LTS sponsor that wanted to see wheezy keep supporting armel and armhf. This was not part of our initial plans (set during last Debconf) and I thus mailed all teams that were impacted if we were to collectively decide that it was OK to support those architectures. While I was hoping to get a clear answer rather quickly, it turns out that we never managed to get an answer to the question from all parties. Instead the discussion drifted on the more general topic of how we handle sponsorship/funding in the LTS project.
  • Initial Planning For Ubuntu 16.10 Today At UOS
    Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Isn't Going To Use Mir / Unity 8 By Default
    Well, another setback for Unity 8 and Mir. Kicking off the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10, it's been confirmed that the Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server will not be the default for the desktop spin. Similar to the current situation with existing Ubuntu releases, Unity 8 and Mir will be available as an opt-in feature for users wanting to upgrade their desktop, but Unity 7 and the faithful X.Org Server is planned to be the default for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
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    After two years in development, a beta release of the Devuan distro has made it into the world (Devuan is a registered trademark of the foundation). Devuan is a very Debian-ish distro. In fact, it basically is Debian, with one notable absence. Devuan doesn't use systemd. In fact, that's its main claim to fame. Devuan was created to offer an alternative to Debian fans who were alienated by the controversial switch to systemd.

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