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Phoronix: Early Benchmarks Of AMDGPU DRM-Next Code For Linux 4.10

Sunday 20th of November 2016 04:05:58 PM
For those curious if the AMDGPU DRM driver changes that are queued in DRM-Next for Linux 4.10 will bring any performance changes, here are some early numbers...

Phoronix: Fedora 26 Planning For Debug Information In Static Libraries

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:56:39 PM
With Fedora 25 set to ship this coming week, feature development for Fedora 26 continues to heat up...

Reddit: How to fix the Cryptsetup vulnerability in Linux

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:49:29 PM

Phoronix: Linux 4.9 Has Tear-Free PRIME Offloading Between Intel & AMDGPU

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:46:11 PM
Quietly landing last week into the mainline Linux kernel as part of the AMDGPU fixes is support for tear-free PRIME offloading between Intel and AMDGPU...

Reddit: New PC doesn't run Linux?

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:19:08 PM

Reddit: The Rise and Fall of Ubuntu

Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:48:04 PM

LXer: Exploring cultures of agility and blamelessness

Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:16:43 PM
Q1: How would you describe DevOps in a single tweet?A1: #DevOps is a culture, mentality, and practice for continual improvement and collaboration #OpenOrgChat

Phoronix: POWER8 Talos Workstation Drops Price Slightly, Long Way From Being Funded

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:40:57 PM
Last month the Talos Secure Workstation launched on crowd-funding as a fully-open libre, modern system powered by a POWER8 processor priced at $4k for the motherboard or $18k for the complete system. They have only raised less than 10% of their funding goal so far but have now cut costs a bit...

Phoronix: Outreachy Winter 2016 Projects/Participants Announced

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:30:10 PM
The accepted participants and their projects for the Outreachy Winter 2016 session were announced earlier this month for helping females and other under-represented groups engage in free software development...

Phoronix: WSL-Distribution-Switcher Swaps Out Ubuntu For Other Distros On Windows

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:19:30 PM
With the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that allows for "Bash on Windows" via the Windows 10 Anniversary update, Ubuntu is the default choice while a new WSL-Distribution-Switcher open-source project makes it easy to now load the distribution of your choice under Windows...

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:10:32 PM
  • GNU/Linux - portrait

    Here is a personal 'portrait' artwork. A bit unusual compare to my previous portraits and probably a bit more 'digital' than 'painting' this time. But it's a concept I had in mind since a long time and wanted to paint it on this rainy Sunday afternoon at home.

  • System76 brings 4K display Ubuntu Linux laptop for Pro users

    Finally, some good news for Apple fans who crashed System76 website a few days back. Apple makes a good laptop. However, they lack the option to add additional RAM or ports or graphics card. The new System76 Oryx laptop has a 4K HiDPI display. If you are a sysadmin, DevOps, or developer, give it a try to System76.

  • Linux Now Runs On 99.6% Of Top 500 Supercomputers

    Linux may have just 2% in the desktop market share, but when it comes to supercomputers, Linux is simply ruling it with over 99% of the share.

  • Ultimate General: Civil War, the tactical war-game will come to Linux

    It's worth noting that their previous game, 'Ultimate General: Gettysburg' also supports Linux.

  • This week in GTK+ – 24

    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 46 commits, with 1541 lines added and 3471 lines removed.

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TuxMachines: Distributions News

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:09:03 PM
  • This Week In Solus - Install #39

    We recently announced our partnership with Unixstickers to provide high-quality Solus stickers for our community and fans. If you have yet to read about it, click here.

  • Solus Announces Partnership With Unixstickers

    The Solus project is happy to announce a partnership with Unixstickers, providers of high quality apparel and accessories for operating systems, programming languages, and software. This quality craftsmanship and their continuous support of the open source community made it the obvious choice for us while determining the best provider for Solus-related merchandise.

  • Storing files with NAS4Free 10.3.0.3

    A phrase I find myself repeating over and over, to family, friends and clients is "Make backups of your data." If a file is not backed up then it is one electrical storm, hardware failure or accidental key press away from no longer existing. This naturally leads people to wonder where copies of their data should be stored. There are any number of solutions from optical media to external hard drives, cloud storage to backup tapes. This week I want to talk about a network attached storage (NAS) solution which uses the NAS4Free operating system to manage disks.

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    Most of the NAS operating systems I have used in the past were built around useful features. Some focused on making storage easy to set up and manage, others focused on services, such as making files available over multiple protocols or managing torrents. Some strive to be very easy to set up. NAS4Free does pretty well in each of the above categories. It may not be the easiest platform to set up, but it's probably a close second. It may not have the prettiest interface for managing settings, but it is quite easy to navigate. NAS4Free may not have the most add-on services and access protocols, but I suspect there are more than enough of both for most people.

    Where NAS4Free does better than most other solutions I have looked at is security. I don't think the project's website or documentation particularly focuses on security as a feature, but there are plenty of little security features that I liked. NAS4Free makes it very easy to lock the text console, which is good because we do not all keep our NAS boxes behind locked doors. The system is fairly easy to upgrade and appears to publish regular security updates in the form of new firmware. NAS4Free makes it fairly easy to set up user accounts, handle permissions and manage home directories. It's also pretty straight forward to switch from HTTP to HTTPS and to block people not on the local network from accessing the NAS's web interface.

    All in all, I like NAS4Free. It's a good, general purpose NAS operating system. While I did not feel the project did anything really amazing in any one category, nor did I run into any serious issues. The NAS ran as expected, was fairly straight forward to set up and easy to manage. This strikes me as an especially good platform for home or small business users who want an easy set up, some basic security and a solid collection of features.

  • [manjaro] [Stable Update] 2016-11-19 – Mesa, LibDRM, Kernels, KDE Framework, Grub, Firefox

    With KDE Freamework 5.28.0 for example syntax-highlighting got introduced. Also the Wayland support got enhanced with this framework update. For our xorg-stack we updated libdrm and pushed some more updated haskell packages out. Since we are on the move to use alpm hooks also for our kernels, we updated grub to do the same. Additionally we have a lot of rebuilds, some newer kernels, updated Mesa, php and Eric plus the latest Firefox to check out.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.2 And Zorin OS 12 Released With Linux Kernel 4.4
  • [Slackware] Java 7 (openjdk) gets a security update

    Many people who have a need for Java, will already have switched to Java 8. Nevertheless there are still many places where Java 7 is preferred or even required. So, I am riding on the Q4 security updates for OpenJDK and used the recently released icedtea 2.6.8 to compile OpenJDK 7u121_b00 or “Java 7 Update 121 Build 00”. As always, there is a JDK and a JRE package.

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TuxMachines: Linux Devices

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:07:02 PM
  • N900: 2016 Week 47

    On November 8, 2016, the proto_v2 schematics were updated to the current version. We finished the last few improvements and our layouter is scheduling the layout to start in one week. We repeat our invitation to give the schematics a peer review: it's your last chance to peel your eyes on these schematics and be picky about details that our engineering team might have missed.

  • A Glimpse at Nodio, the Blockchain-Based Router

    A new device called Nodio has been recently announced that can run multiple decentralized applications (dApps), a Tor node, and other functionalities. Nodio is a blockchain router that aims to give users a chance to create decentralized solutions.

  • Packet.net strong-ARMs cloud for $0.005 per core per hour

    Packet.net, a bare-metal cloud aimed at developers, has flicked the switch on cloud-running servers powered by a pair of Cavium's 48-core ARMv8-A ThunderX processors.

    CEO Zachary Smith told The Register that the company's cooked up the cloud for a few reasons. Price is one: Packet will offer ARM cores at a tenth of the price it charges for Intel cores, at US$0.50 per hour per server, or $0.005 per core per hour. Smith thinks that will be a head-turner by itself.

  • Samsung Offers Developers $10,000 Per App Via Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program

    In the first half of 2014, Samsung released the Samsung Gear S2 smart watch running on Tizen, an open source, Linux-based operating system. Early in 2015, Samsung released the Samsung Z1 smartphone, which also ran on Tizen, in India for approximately $127. It was followed by the Z3 that got rolled out in Oct. 2015.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:05:48 PM
  • Minoca OS — An Interview With One Of The Engineers Of Open Source Operating System

    Everyone benefits in some way when a new operating system comes out, especially when that operating system is open source. Minoca OS is a case of just that, and what’s more is that it has been written entirely from the ground up, further contributing to the software landscape.

    Evan Green is the CEO of Minoca Corp, the organization currently maintaining Minoca OS, as well as a co-founder and engineer of Minoca OS. Evan has was kind enough to answer some questions about Minoca OS for us.

  • Open source and the problem of pure maintenance

    One of the things that people using open source often wish loudly for (via) is software that's stable and only gets bug fixes, including security updates, with no other changes at all. Oh, and they want this for free as part of an open source project.

    As you may have guessed, there is a fundamental problem with this. Indeed it is a classical fundamental problem in software development in general, namely that doing only maintenance is boring and very few people want to do it (especially for free, such as with open source software). This is why it's really quite hard to find anyone who does a good job of maintenance, especially over the long term and most especially for free. There are people who will provide you with well maintained systems that stay carefully stable for years, but generally they want money (often a fair amount of it).

  • List of RSS Feeds of GNU/Linux & Free Software/Open Source Related Websites

    There are so many websites, planets, or blogs related to Free Software/Open Source (FLOSS) and GNU/Linux in English. It is difficult for someone to grabs many of their RSS feeds one by one. To solve this, I try to collect many URL of RSS feeds of them here. This is not complete by now (November 15th 2016) but I planned to complete the missing links below as soon as possible. I hope this list helps anyone in free software community worldwide.

  • Project proposal: The GNUnet of autonomous Things
  • Is SVG 2 really on life support?

    Between SVG 1.1 W3C Recommendation and SVG 2 in its current form, people have raised kids and sent them off to the college. And yet SVG 2 might arrive sometime in the future without quite a few useful features that have been already developed and tested. What's up with that?

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:03:34 PM

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Reddit: Laptop booting very slow

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:01:02 PM

Hello, my Laptop (ASUS K53BR) is booting very slow, testet on many distros (ubuntu, antergos, xubuntu, and now Cub Linux). I have changed the HDD to an SSD that is (when the system is finaly started up) fast. And i have 8GB DDR3L Ram. I get always timeouts with this Info: "INFO: task plymouthd:827 blocked for more than 120 seconds. Not tainted 4.2.0-34-generic #39~14.04.1-Ubuntu "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disable this message.

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  • Git, Kernels, LightDM, More update in Tumbleweed
    Topping the list of updates for snapshot 20161129 was the update to Light Display Manager 1.21.1, which added an Application Programming Interface (API) version to the greeter-daemon protocol for future enhancements. Other updates in the snapshot include openVPN, which added a recommended utility for network and traffic protocols, and subpackages for systemd relevant for 32-bit users. Desktop manager xfdesktop updated to version 4.12.3 and introduced rotating wallpaper images if the images contain rotation information. The programming language vala, which aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements, updated in the 20161129 and 20161201 snapshots.
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    I’m sure nobody doubted it, but Tumbleweed is back on the roll! And in fact, we did the impossible and released 8 snapshots in a week. This review will cover {1201..1208}.