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LXer: ownCloud Community Comes Up Big Delivering ownCloud 7 Community Edition

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 11:23:23 PM
On the heels of the release last week of ownCloud 7 Community Edition, founder and leader of the ownCloud project Frank Karlitschek today released some startling numbers on the ownCloud community, builders of the world’s most popular open source file sync and share software. According to Karlitschek, ownCloud has had nearly 57,000 commits made by more than 550 contributors, currently developing ownCloud at a speed of about 1,500 commits (changes to code) per month. This makes ownCloud one of the largest open-source teams in the world — in the top 2% of all project teams on Open Hub.

LXer: All-Flock Special Edition of 5 Things in Fedora This Week

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 10:26:12 PM
Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn't comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for August 5th, 2014..

Reddit: The Linux Rain - The GNOME Shell Challenge

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 10:12:56 PM

TuxMachines: Rugged DAQ system runs real-time Linux

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 10:05:39 PM

NI unveiled a rugged 4-slot “CompactDAQ” system for data acquisition and control (DAQ), with real-time Linux, an Atom E3825, and optional sensor modules.

Usually, when you have a choice of Windows or Linux, the Windows version costs more. In the case of the National Instruments (NI) CompactDAQ cDAQ-9134 Controller, however, it’s the Linux version that costs $500 more, at $4,999. That’s because it’s a special real-time Linux variant called NI Linux Real-Time, also available on NI’s CompactRIO cRIO-9068 controller and sbRIO-9651 computer-on-module, both of which are based on the Xilinx Zynq-7020 system-on-chip. The cDAQ-9134 instead runs on a dual-core, 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3825 SoC.

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Reddit: ELI5: What is the Linux kernel and what does it do?

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 10:02:43 PM

I'm fairly new to Linux(started using it six months ago). In that time I still have no idea what the Linux kernel is or does. I was reading the Wikipedia article about that discusses the Linux kernel and I still am unsure what exactly it is. So what exactly is the Linux kernel and what is its purpose?

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Linuxaria: Check how much do you type with WhatPulse on Linux

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 09:57:50 PM

 If, like me, you are a statistics freak you must install this small application on all your computers: WhatPulse

The software tracks a user’s pressed keys, mouse clicks and used bandwidth and the uptime of the system. Periodically, or by hand, the user can upload to the server the number of keystrokes made; this is called “pulsing”.

Users can see where they are in a leaderboard of people who have joined the program and compare themselves against people from their own countries. Users can also join teams, which enables them to compare themselves against people with similar interests (Go Linux Users !!).

There is a basic, and free, version where you can easily see and check all the basic statistics and a premium account where you can see some more stats.

The software is available for Linux, Windows and Mac.


Registration on the website

As first step you have to register your account on the WhatPulse Website or as alternative when you first start the WhatPulse client there is a practical wizard through which each user has the option to create an account to upload their own statistics (you can also log in with Facebook).

You will be prompted to login, once you login, you have to search for your computers name, this is because you can login to several computers with this and they’ll all collectively go to the same statistic count. Once you’ve logged in, a small W will appear in your system tray, that’s it, your set up!

Installation of WhatPulse on Linux

The official website offer on the download page a generic version distributed via a .tar.gz archive (available for 32 and 64 bit) and a debian package.

Personally I’ve installed the debian package on my Mint Qiana and the Aur Package on My Arch Linux, no problems at all.

If you want to go with the generic installation please keep in mind that WhatPulse requires several libraries to function. Mainly Qt, because WhatPulse is built on Qt. Here’s a list of requirements:

- libQtCore
- libQtWebKit
- libqt4-sql
- libqt4-sql-sqlite
- openssl-devel (libssl-dev)
- libQtScript

Input Statistics
The client needs permissions to be allowed to read your keyboard/mouse input. Run the included interactive .sh script to set up these permissions.

Network Statistics
To enable the network measurements, you also need the package libpcap to allow WhatPulse to hook into the network traffic. If WhatPulse does not find libpcap, it will run but it will not display any network statistics.

Using the Application

By default WhatPulse will start automatically at the login of your graphical session and clicking on the W on your systray you’ll go to the Overview tab that gives a birds-eye view of all the different information gathered about your machine, for instance, the Linux version installed on your PC, processor model, RAM, GPU, total click counts, keystrokes and bandwidth usage. Clicking ‘Pulse’ under these information will upload the gathered data to the main server.

It’s also possible to select when automatically ‘Pulse’ the data to the server, such as every 50.000 clicks or 1 GB downloaded.

For further details, you can switch to each category’s pertaining tab. For example, the Input tab shows you the amount of key strokes and clicks your PC has registered during a certain time period. The time period can be sorted on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and all-time basis. The ‘all’ setting will show stats since the program was installed.

Below the keystrokes, you’ll find the keyboard heat map, which basically uses light and warm colors to shows what keys were used more than others during the selected time period, as shown in the screenshot above. Below that, the app displays the total amount of clicks registered in the selected period.

Under the Network tab, it’s possible to view the daily Internet usage. The application can monitor bandwidth usage of all the network devices, and even shows you bandwidth usage by country. Once again, you can navigate between available data using the arrow buttons at the top-right.

On the website you’ll see the sum of all your computer statistics with the same information available on the client.

Disclaimer: The link above to the WhatPulse website contains my referral link, using it when you register will give me a premium account for some time.

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  1. Collectd, system performance statistics on Linux
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Reddit: Idea: Linux User Group in Romeo, Michigan. Anyone interested?

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 09:54:08 PM

Hello /r/linux!

I am looking into potentially starting a Linux User Group in Romeo, Michigan. While it's not a huge town, there aren't any other groups within 40 or 50 miles of there.

Do any of you fellow Linux users live near Romeo and would be interested in a User Group there? Comment below!

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LXer: Community helps set the OpenStack Summit agenda

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 09:29:01 PM
Who[he]#039[/he]s going to Paris? The OpenStack community! The OpenStack Foundation recently launched their rating tool for presentation proposals for the OpenStack Summit in Paris, November 3-7. And you can help set the open source agenda. The chairs for each track get the final say about presentation topics make the cut, but the community gets to actively participate, much like an unconference, by casting votes ahead of time and making their voices heard.

Reddit: How-to: disable font anti-aliasing in firefox

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:48:15 PM

Reddit: I'm at my wits end with this computer.

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:42:27 PM

So I was given a 20" iMac G5 ALS. It had no hard drive or memory originally, but I managed to track down 1GB of DDR400 and a 500GB SATA. Its got a Radeon 9600 graphics chip.

So, here's my problem: I cannot, for the life of me, get a damn OS on this computer. The many OS X discs I've tried will not install, in fact they don't even see the hard drive in the "Choose A Volume" window, however disk utility sees the drive and will even format it to HFS+. All first aid options fail with no error code.

Finally I gave up after a few days and tried to put a Linux Distro on it. All *buntu flavors hang at the same spot, a solid black screen that has so cursor immediately following the yaboot prompt. I've tried nosplash, PowerPC 64 (w and w/o nosplash) and all the radeon video options, (modeset=0, forcing a resolution, agpmode=-1, etc) on both Alternate and Live discs. No Dice.

Finally I tried to install MintPPC 11, I get the farthest on this one. It lets me choose keyboard layout, language, it downloads additional files, let's me choose a server, but hangs at 0% on the "Detecting Disks and Other Hardware."

My next plan after I get off work was to try plain Debian, since it actively supports PPC, I hesitated on this one at first because it not as user friendly as I'd like it to be, but whatever, I know how to read.

I know a lot of your are gonna say RTFM, but I have. Countless hours of reading documentation and forum searches. Has ANYBODY had success getting Linux on an iMac G5, and if so what the heck am I doing wrong.

Note: NO hotkeys work on this Mac. I've been booting from CD/DL-DVD using the OpenFirmware command "boot CD:,\:tbxi"

Help me, r/Linux, you're my only hope.

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Reddit: Hi /r/linux! I tried dual-booting Ubuntu and OSX, but failed terribly.

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:37:43 PM

When I partitioned my hard drive, at some point the Recovery HD and OS X HD were erased completely. So I was wondering if anyone could help me fix this issue?

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LXer: Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:31:50 PM
Larry Ellison’s Oracle bowled out Solaris 11.2 last week – and what does this Unix-like give us? Cloud computing, yes, but also a stab at a datacenter-in-a-(large)-box. It's not too far off the database-as-a-box idea Larry's been banging on about since 1998. Oracle’s Solaris 11.2 announcement is larded with the usual boilerplate about enterprise scale, efficiency, security and compliance. What's new is a degree of software-defined networking (SDN) support. It’s for that reason that version 11.2 marks the latest chapter in Larry's campaign to turn Oracle’s massive-throughput Exalogic Elastic Cloud appliances into one-stop datacenters.

TuxMachines: GNU C Library Exploits Closed in All Ubuntu Supported OSes

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:15:58 PM

The developers have identified some security issues with the GNU C Library and an update has been pushed into the repositories.

“Stephane Chazelas discovered that the GNU C Library incorrectly handled locale environment variables. An attacker could use this issue to possibly bypass certain restrictions such as the ForceCommand restrictions in,” reads the security notice.

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TuxMachines: AMD Radeon Graphics Get Many Changes For Linux 3.17

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:10:39 PM

The Radeon DRM driver changes have been published for queuing into drm-next before hitting the mainline Linux 3.17 kernel tree.

Among the exciting work to be found for the AMD Radeon graphics kernel driver in Linux 3.17 include:

- Good Hawaii support for the AMD Radeon R9 290 series. The R9 290/290X should now work with the open-source driver at long last, but besides Linux 3.17 you'll need newer microcode files and also the latest Gallium3D code. Once 3.17-rc1 has been tagged, I'll move ahead with my open-source Radeon Hawaii benchmarks on the R9 290.

- Support for a new firmware format to make updates easier to manage.

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TuxMachines: What does Docker provide if not virtualization?

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:01:02 PM

Let me start by saying this is absolutely not a Docker bashing article. I actually love Docker, and I think it is an outstanding piece of software that will have great success. But I have to confess, I’m not sure that it deserves the virtualization moniker that so many in the industry are hanging on it.

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Reddit: SFTP and chrooting...

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 08:00:45 PM

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask and if not then if there's a better place please let me know.

We setup a Linux box with SSH and SFTP and I went through the process to setup SFTP only users. My sshd_config file has the following:

Subsystem sftp internal-sftp AllowGroups ssh-users sftponly root sftpadmins Match Group sftponly ChrootDirectory /home/%u ForceCommand internal-sftp AllowTcpForwarding no

This part so far is good. I then use the following script to setup users:

useradd -g sftponly -s /sbin/nologin -M $user; mkdir /home/$user; echo $password | passwd --stdin $user; chown root:root /home/$user; chmod 755 /home/$user; mkdir /home/$user/upload; chown $user:sftponly /home/$user/upload; chmod ugo+rwX /home/$user/upload;

So this is great and it allows users to login with SFTP and be stuck in their own directory. The problem is that I would like to grant rxw to our sftpadmins group on the user's home folder. If I do this:

chown root:sftpadmins /home/$user

when the user attempts to SFTP in, they get an access denied error. My reasoning for this is that I want the user to only be allowed to upload to their /home/$user/upload folder but I want any of the SFTP admins to be able to upload files directly to /home/$user.

Any thoughts?

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LXer: Forked Android devices might be a threat to Google's control

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 07:34:39 PM
In today's Android roundup: The number of forked Android devices has risen to 20%. Plus: Longer Google Play app refund windows? And the Google Now Launcher has been released for Android 4.1 or higher

LXer: What does Docker provide if not virtualization?

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 06:37:28 PM
Let me start by saying this is absolutely not a Docker bashing article. I actually love Docker, and I think it is an outstanding piece of software that will have great success. But I have to confess, I’m not sure that it deserves the virtualization moniker that so many in the industry are hanging on it.

LinuxToday: More Linux Gamers Now Use Steam Despite Apparent Drop in Percentages

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 06:00:00 PM

 softpedia: The Steam for Linux rate of adoption has dropped somewhat in comparison with the previous month, but it still holds around 1.1%.

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