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LinuxInsider: When It's Time for a Linux Distro Change

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 11:18:52 PM
It's common for Linux users to hop between distributions and survey the field, and I recently reached a point where I had to seriously rethink the one I was using most of the time. Between hardware compatibility issues with my old standby and some discouraging missteps with other go-to choices, I felt the time had come to reassess my pool of preferred distributions and repopulate it from scratch. As my journey progressed, I realized that as often as I've discussed the field of Linux-based systems, I had not addressed how to pick one out.

Reddit: QEMU 2.12: another step closer for having a display output with GVT-g

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 11:03:20 PM

After the added GVT-g dma-buf support in kernel 4.16rc1 (see my previous comment) the only piece still missing in order to have a display output with Intel's GVT-g GPU virtualization is QEMU support.

Gerd Hoffmann (Red-Hat?) sent suggested patches to add such support and to allow display output with the GTK UI of QEMU and a Spice client.

This series adds support for a vgpu display to the qemu vfio code.
- rebase to latest master
- drop DeviceState->hotpluggable patch, use separate vfio-pci-display device instead so we can use DeviceClass-hotpluggable.
- add vfio dma-buf patch. Right now this can be tested with '-display egl-headless' only. gtk and spice support is almost ready for merge and should follow soon.

Intel's latest blog post update about GVT-g detailed that with their out-of-tree patches they enabled display output through Spice for both local (Unix socket) and remote (TCP socket), afaik the latter is not available for Virgl, idk if the suggested upstream patches cover also a Spice remote client, I kinda hoped that if Spice remote support is being added for GVT-g then it would be enabled also for Virgl.

I'm guessing SDL and VNC support will follow after the current PRs will be accepted.

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Phoronix: X.Org Server 1.20 Release Candidate Due For Release Tomorrow

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 10:44:58 PM
Indeed it turns out that the landing today of RandR leases and deep color / color depth 30 support for GLAMOR/modesetting is because Red Hat's Adam Jackson is finally wrangling the xorg-server 1.20 release together...

LXer: How to block local spoofed addresses using the Linux firewall

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 10:01:57 PM
Attackers are finding sophisticated ways to penetrate even remote networks that are protected by intrusion detection and prevention systems. No IDS/IPS can halt or minimize attacks by hackers who are determined to take over your network. Improper configuration allows attackers to bypass all implemented network security measures.In this article, I will explain how security engineers or system administrators can prevent these more

LinuxToday: DevOps jobs salaries: 9 statistics to see

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 10:00:00 PM

 EnterprisersProject: 9 stats that DevOps job hunters should bring to the negotiating table

LinuxToday: Where's Xfce 4.14? Current Development, Roadmap & Future

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 09:00:00 PM

FOSSpost: Xfce is one of the most common desktop environments on Linux and other Unix-like systems.

LXer: How to Manage Kubernetes Apps with Helm Charts

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:41:54 PM
containers are easy to move around, but they still need the "mommy" computer. However, containers do carry with them all the environmental dependencies for a given application.

TuxMachines: Can Open-source Hardware Be Like Open-source Software?

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:24:14 PM

Hardware and software are certainly different beasts. Software is really just information, and the storing, modification, duplication, and transmission of information is essentially free. Hardware is expensive, or so we think, because it’s made out of physical stuff which is costly to ship or copy. So when we talk about open-source software (OSS) or open-source hardware (OSHW), we’re talking about different things — OSS is itself the end product, while OSHW is just the information to fabricate the end product, or have it fabricated.

The fabrication step makes OSHW essentially different from OSS, at least for now, but I think there’s something even more fundamentally different between the current state of OSHW and OSS: the pull request and the community. The success or failure of an OSS project depends on the community of people developing it, and for smaller projects that can hinge on the ease of a motivated individual digging in and contributing. This is the main virtue of OSS in my opinion: open-source software is most interesting when people are reading and writing that source.

Also: GreenWaves Intros Open-Source AI Processor GAP8

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TuxMachines: DoD announces open source software experiment

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:19:41 PM

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced the launch of, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects.

DoD is working with GitHub, an open source platform, in an experiment aimed at fostering collaboration between federal employees and private-sector software developers on software projects built within the DoD. The URL directs users to an online repository that will store code written for a range of projects across the DoD for individuals to review and make suggested changes.

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TuxMachines: Blockchain: Licensing, MARK.SPACE and 'Fatal Flaw of Open-Source Blockchain Protocols'

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:12:51 PM
  • Spotlight On Copyright Issues Of Blockchain Technology

    There is a large number of different open source licenses with significantly different terms (some prominent licenses used for blockchain projects are GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License [LGPL], Apache License 2.0, MIT license). These licenses impact the way of how the software proliferated under the license may be used, modified and redistributed. Particular attention needs to be paid to the redistribution rights and obligations because several open source licenses require that software or at least the derivative part of the software incorporating the open source software is redistributed again under the same open source terms ("copy-left", GNU and LGPL).

  • Blockchain Powered 3D and VR Open Source Platform MARK.SPACE Announces the Launch of CRYPTO.VALLEY Virtual City

    MARK.SPACE is delighted to announce the mega launch of CRYPTO.VALLEY, a new virtual infrastructure project that promises to be a cynosure of the global crypto community as an interactive and informational pool. In its fully functional form, CRYPTO.VALLEY will be a virtual city completely compatible with the 3D and VR technologies.

  • Op-Ed: The Potentially Fatal Flaw of Open-Source Blockchain Protocols

    The most important question to ask any decentralized blockchain protocol is: "How do you protect your protocol from 'incumbent' companies?" While many emerging protocols promise disintermediated commercial interactions between people, it is critical that these protocols are weary of corporate giants with FOMO . After all, most decentralized protocols are open-source - copying their code is free and 100 percent legal.

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Reddit: Falkon 3.0.0 released!

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:12:19 PM

TuxMachines: See ‘Full Linux’ Running on a Samsung Galaxy Phone [Video]

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:11:27 PM

Itching to see more of Samsung’s promising ‘Linux on Galaxy’ initiative? Then you have to watch the following video.

The smartphone giant has uploaded a short clip to YouTube in which it demos ‘Linux on Galaxy’ to a group of Android developers.

Also: The Samsung Galaxy S9 Official Wallpapers are Perfect for Ubuntu

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LinuxToday: LibreOffice 6 review

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 08:00:00 PM

LibreOffice is an office productivity suite that is similar to Microsoft Office Suite.

Phoronix: Falkon 3.0 Released As The Successor To The QupZilla Browser

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 07:25:26 PM
Falkon 3.0 has been released today as the first version since its rebranding from QupZilla as an open-source, Qt-powered web-browser...

TuxMachines: Calamares 3.2 Linux Installer Will Integrate a Module for the KDE Plasma Desktop

Tuesday 27th of February 2018 07:12:44 PM

Calamares is a distribution-independent system installer featuring advanced partitioning with full-disk encryption support used in popular GNU/Linux distros like KaOS, KDE Neon, OpenMandriva, Netrunner, Sabayon, Siduction, Tanglu, Bluestar Linux, Chakra GNU/Linux, GeckoLinux, and others.

Calamares 3.2 will be the next major update of the universal installer framework, promising a plethora of attractive new features and enhancements for OS developers who want to implement it as default graphical installer in their next releases, such as Lubuntu Next 18.04 (Bionic Beaver).

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Fresh Benchmarks Of CentOS 7 On Xeon & EPYC With/Without KPTI/Retpolines

While every few weeks or so we have ended up running benchmarks of the latest Linux Git kernel to see the evolving performance impact of KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) and Retpolines for Meltdown and Spectre V2 mitigation, respectively, a request came in last week from a premium supporter to see some new comparison test runs on CentOS 7 with its older 3.10-evolved kernel. Read more

Reviewing logins on Linux

The last command provides an easy way to review recent logins on a Linux system. It also has some useful options –- such as looking for logins for one particular user or looking for logins in an older wtmp file. The last command with no arguments will easily show you all recent logins. It pulls the information from the current wtmp (/var/log/wtmp) file and shows the logins in reverse sequential order (newest first). Read more

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Feed the dog and close the door with an open source home automation system

As voice assistants, smart bulbs, and other devices increasingly become household staples, more people than ever are bringing smart technology into their homes. But the bewildering assortment of products on the market can present challenges: Remembering which app to use and trying to link things together with automation can get complicated quickly. In this article, I’ll show you a few ways I used an open source home automation platform, Home Assistant, to bring all my devices together. Read more