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TuxMachines: Debian 8.5 vs. Debian Testing Benchmarks - July 2016

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:59:40 PM

Here is the latest look at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 vs. Debian Testing on the same system for showing how the performance is looking for Debian 9 "Stretch" ahead of its release next year.

Originally I was planning to do a Debian GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD comparison too, but the Debian Testing GNU/kFreeBSD installer was yielding problems... So for this article is just a fun look at clean installs of Debian 8.5 versus the current Debian GNU/Linux testing on the same hardware and using each OS release out-of-the-box.

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Reddit: Thanks, Acer

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:54:18 PM

LXer: Greg Kroah-Hartman Gives an Inside Look at the Largest, Fastest Software Project of All

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:28:19 PM
What has 21 million lines of code, 4000 contributors, and more changes per day than most software projects have in months, or even years? The Linux kernel, of course. In this video, Greg Kroah-Hartman provides an inside view of how the largest, fastest software project of all absorbs so many changes while maintaining a high level of quality and stability.

Phoronix: Debian 8.5 vs. Debian Testing Benchmarks - July 2016

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:17:14 PM
Here is the latest look at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 vs. Debian Testing on the same system for showing how the performance is looking for Debian 9 "Stretch" ahead of its release next year...

Phoronix: Skype Claims "Exciting" Linux News Next Week

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:01:01 PM
It's been a while since Microsoft-owned Skype last did a serious update to their Linux client, but it looks like that could be changing.....

TuxMachines: World’s smallest quad-core SBC starts at $8

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:47:07 PM

FriendlyARM launched an $8 open-spec, 40 x 40mm “NanoPi Neo” SBC that runs Ubuntu Core on a quad-core Allwinner H3. It’s Ethernet-ready, but headless.

With the NanoPi Neo, FriendlyARM has released what appears to be the world’s smallest quad-core ARM based single-board computer, and one of the smallest ARM SBCs we’ve seen. This open spec, 40 x 40mm sibling to the $11, 69 × 48mm NanoPi M1 has the same 1.2GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC with 600MHz Mali 400MP2 GPU, and the higher-end, $10 model has the same 512MB of DDR3 RAM. However, in order to slim down, the Neo sacrifices the HDMI port, the camera and CVBS interfaces, DC jack, and Raspberry Pi compatible expansion connector.

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TuxMachines: BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet Review: Remarkably Unsatisfying Review

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:45:19 PM

The only good reason to buy the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is if you've been dying for an Ubuntu tablet and don't want to install the operating system yourself. For $312, you're getting an underpowered tablet with an operating system that you can install on a plethora of other devices for free.

For $155, you can get the Acer Iconia One 10 running Android and install Ubuntu on it yourself (or, of course, use Android). It uses a similar, underpowered processor, but at least you're getting a deal. Those who are interested in a viable desktop mode might want to consider the Microsoft Surface 3 while it's still available. The $386 2-in-1 runs full Windows, works as a tablet and is roughly the same size, at 10.8 inches. You could even install Ubuntu if you're so inclined.

All things considered, almost anything is better than the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition. Between its weak CPU and a suite of apps that lack touch optimization, the company fell woefully short of the mark.

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TuxMachines: Use Linux or Tor? The NSA might just be tracking you

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:37:48 PM

But it seems those intent on keeping pesky government agencies out of their online business may well be shooting themselves in the virtual foot.

As documents related to the XKeyscore snooping program reveal, the US's National Security Agency has started focusing its snooping efforts on Linux Journal readers, Tails Linux, and Tor users.

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TuxMachines: Star Cloud PCG03U is a compact Ubuntu PC for $90

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:33:57 PM

Chinese device maker has been offering tiny Windows and Android computers for a few years, but the company first came to my attention back in 2012 when I learned that the Android-powered Mele A1000 TV box was also able to run Linux.

This year the company started selling some products with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and the latest is the PCG03U, a compact computer/TV box with 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and Ubuntu 14.04 Linux.

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TuxMachines: Fancy an Ubuntu-powered rival to Apple’s Siri?

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:32:33 PM

If you have ever wanted an application like Apple’s Siri working on open-source software and hardware, you are in luck.

Mycroft is just that: open-source software that functions exactly the same way as Siri does, but it is housed within its own hardware operating off of a Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino. The best part, since it’s based on open-source software, is that it runs on Ubuntu’s Snappy Core.

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TuxMachines: Open source effort gives indigenous language an official typeface

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:29:36 PM

Santali, an aboriginal South Asian language, has a brand new freely licensed font and set of cross-platform open source input tools on the way.

More than 6.2 million people in four South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan) speak Santali. In India, it is one of the 22 major languages as mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution. However, Santali is not the official language in regions where it is largely spoken, nor is it widely taught in schools. A large segment of the native speakers are socially and economically disadvantaged, which doesn't help either.

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TuxMachines: openSUSE Tumbleweed Receives Mesa 12.0.0, LibreOffice 5.2 RC1 and PulseAudio 9.0

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:24:02 PM

openSUSE developer Dominique Leuenberger today, July 8, 2016, informed the openSUSE Tumbleweed community about the latest GNU/Linux technologies and software components that landed in the repositories.

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TuxMachines: CentOS Atomic Host Update Adds Docker 1.10.3, Built From Standard CentOS 7 RPMs

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:22:45 PM

CentOS Project's Jason Brooks announced today, July 8, the general availability of a new maintenance update of the CentOS Atomic Host operating system designed to run Docker containers.

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TuxMachines: Linux Lite 3: The Ideal Platform for Old Hardware and New Users

Friday 8th of July 2016 05:17:33 PM

One of the greatest aspects of Linux is its flexibility—it can be whatever you need it to be. It can be a massive server for big data, a desktop for rendering video or editing audio. A graphic designer’s studio. An every-day, get things done machine.

Or something in between.

For every job, you’ll find a distribution. For every need, you’ll find a tool. For every piece of hardware, you’ll find a version of Linux ready to make it work for you. Whether you’re working working with big iron or a low-end, aging desktop or laptop...there’s a Linux for the job.

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Phoronix: Wine 1.9.14 Still Working On Shader Model 5, D3D Command Stream

Friday 8th of July 2016 03:29:23 PM
Wine 1.9.14 was released today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release for running your favorite Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Phoronix: Mesa 12.0 Released With OpenGL 4.3 Support, Intel Vulkan & Many Other Features

Friday 8th of July 2016 03:16:37 PM
While it's coming late, the huge Mesa 12.0 release is now official! Mesa 12.0 is easily one of the biggest updates to this important open-source user-space OpenGL driver stack in quite some time and will offer much better support and features especially for Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA open-source Linux desktop users/gamers.

Phoronix: Radeon/AMDGPU Updates For The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Friday 8th of July 2016 03:02:52 PM
Alex Deucher has submitted the main feature pull request for DRM-Next of the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM driver changes for the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.8...

Reddit: Does linux attempt to umount manually mounted hard drives when you run `poweroff` ?

Friday 8th of July 2016 02:55:09 PM

also, if you are doing things like software raid / lvm / encryption /etc , does it know to shut down each layer in the right order before poweroff?

I am using ubuntu btw.

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