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Reddit: Rite of Passage? My first step into linux

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 02:01:10 AM

I have broken my first linux device within hours of booting it up. Running Raspian lite (CLI only) on a humble little pi 2b. This isn't a troubleshooting help question, that isn't my reason for posting. Even though i broke it to hell i am just actually excited to keep playing with it until i get a better handle on the system.

For the curious, i am pretty certain i screwed my sudoers file into oblivion when trying to get my user account sudo privelages. I used the visudo command to get in and edit it and it is adamantly denying any sudo commands pitched at it from all accounts. No big deal. Gunna spend some time trying to fix it if not burn it and start over.

This isn't a story of defeat. Just my first bold step into the unknown. Carry on!

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Reddit: Open-source Monitoring System?

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:57:57 AM

Anyone know any easy to implement monitoring system for a small sized company other than Opennms?

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Reddit: A New Development Build Of Mageia 6 Emerges

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:39:11 AM

LXer: Get the most out of GNOME notifications

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:26:29 AM
For many users, GNOME 3, also known as Gnome Shell, is the definitive desktop interface. It[he]#8217[/he]s clean and simple, without too many twinkles or distractions. That said, this article describes some tricks to change the GNOME notifications experience.

Reddit: What software made you think, "wow, how come I didn't know about this sooner?"

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:56:08 AM

I keep finding new things that make me think that. Lately I've been playing with M4. I was wanting a way to use C-style macros in other languages and even tried implementing it native to whatever language I was using. M4 already does what I wanted, and does it well.

I found that it's also useful for standard text processing a la sed, tr, awk etc.. You can do stuff like set a macro name to a single character and replace it with whatever text you want, evaluate math expressions inside it, save your settings to scripts, and a lot more. The learning curve has not been steep either.

I feel like there's probably a lot of stuff I'm missing out on that will make my life a lot easier.

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TuxMachines: Best Linux distros

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:24:07 AM

While it may not be as popular as Windows or MacOS, Linux is often the operating system of choice for those in the know. A combination of power and versatility has made Linux a firm favourite among developers and self-professed tech geeks over the years.

Contrary to popular belief, however, you don't need to be a programmer or a lifelong tech head to start using Linux. Most of the more popular distros are exceedingly easy to use, with heaps of documentation and guides available online. Best of all, Linux is classed as 'open source' software, meaning that it's completely free!

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Reddit: How did we let open source printing support get so poor?

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:23:58 AM

I've recently had my Samsung ML-1865W printer stop working and went shopping for a replacement. I was almost settled on a Brother HL-L2340DW when I realized it required closed source drivers installed from sketchy binaries. So I kept researching and realized there don't seem to be any reasonable cheap laser printers with open-source support anymore. Plenty of people rave about the Brother/HP support but both require binaries you have no reason to trust and probably restrict you to x86. I had no idea it had gotten this bad.

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TuxMachines: Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.2 Official Guide Now Available for Download

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:20:17 AM

The Document Foundation’s Documentation Team was pleased to announce today, March 6, 2017, the general and immediate availability of an updated Getting Started with LibreOffice.

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LXer: CRUX-Based Kwort 4.3.2 Linux OS Is Out with GTK3 Support, Improved Look and Feel

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:17:52 AM
David Cortarello from the Kwort project, a GNU/Linux distribution that's fast, lightweight, modern, and based on CRUX Linux, announced the availability of the second point release to the Kwort 4.3 stable series.

TuxMachines: 9 Reasons to Contribute to an Open Source Project

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:17:27 AM

More individuals and organizations than ever before are contributing to open source projects. According to the Black Duck 10th Annual Future of Open Source Survey, "65 percent of companies are contributing to open source projects, up from 63 percent in 2015." In addition, 67 percent of enterprises actively encourage their staff to work on open source projects.

Similarly, the most recent report on Who Writes Linux found that 5,062 developers had contributed to the open source operating system in the past 15 months, and since 2005, 13,594 developers have written code for the project.

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TuxMachines: Debian-Based siduction 2017.1.0 OS Gets Linux Kernel 4.10, Drops 32-bit Support

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:14:39 AM

To kick off the new year, the developers of the Debian-based siduction GNU/Linux distribution have announced the release and immediate availability of version 2017.1.0.

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TuxMachines: Important Linux Kernel Security Patch Released for CentOS 7, Update Now

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:13:01 AM

An important Linux kernel security patch has been released today, March 6, 2017, for users of the CentOS 7 operating system series, addressing a total of four vulnerabilities discovered recently.

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Reddit: I've got VLC playing a DVD in tty using ascii text. Anyone know how to get hotkeys to work?

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:11:21 AM
vlc --global-key-nav-activate=Enter --global-key-nav-up=w --global-key-nav-down=s --global-key-nav-left=a --global-key-nav-right=d --global-key-play-pause=Space --global-key-quit=Escape --global-key-position=i --global-key-jump-short=Left --global-key-jump+short=Right --global-key-vol-up=Shift+Up --global-key-vol-down=Shift+Down --global-key-vol-mute=Shift+/ dvd:///dev/dvd

This is what I've tried so far. The keys work (except Escape key) in a terminal emulator, but not in tty. Ascii video works just fine with DVDs that automatically play. But once this script runs in tty environment, I'm stuck until I use htop to kill VLC processes. I've also tried them with quotes and used xav to map the keys just to be sure. I'm running a personal distro that I've made with susestudio (OpenSUSE 13.2 32-bit), and I'm working on a CLI menu for the next release for the diehard command line fans.

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Phoronix: Core i7 6800K Linux CPU Scaling Benchmarks With Ubuntu 16.10

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:32:19 PM
Earlier today I posted some Linux game CPU scaling benchmarks using a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E For showing how current Linux games make use of (or not) multiple CPU cores, which originated from discussions by Linux gamers following the AMD Ryzen CPU launch with how many cores are really needed. While going through the process of running those Linux game CPU scaling benchmarks, I also ran some other workloads for those curious...

LXer: Understanding 7z command switches - part I

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:09:15 PM
7z is no doubt a feature-rich and powerful archiver (claimed to offer the highest compression ratio). Here at HowtoForge, we have already discussed how you can install and use it. But the discussion was limited to basic features that you can access using the 'function letters' the tool provides.

LXer: The Companies That Support Linux and Open Source: VMware

Monday 6th of March 2017 10:00:38 PM
VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility and has been active in open source development for many years.

LinuxToday: Zorin Desktop Is a Crowd Pleaser

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:00:00 PM

LinuxInsider: Zorin 12.1 follows the introduction three months ago of the project's 12 series.

LXer: MontaVista updates CGX Linux distro for 5G and IoT

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:52:01 PM
MontaVista has upgraded its Yocto Project based Carrier Grade eXpress embedded Linux distro to add 5G, IoT, and NFV technology. Cavium-owned MontaVista Software has advanced its Carrier Grade eXpress (CGX) Linux development platform to version 2.2 with features aimed at 5G, NFV, and IoT.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

  • Blockchain Startups Venture Beyond Bitcoin
    Bitcoin is the most widely-known example of blockchain-based technology, but many of today's startups are looking past the cryptocurrency and towards other, more business-friendly implementations. European blockchain startup incubator Outlier Ventures and Frost & Sullivan have mapped out the blockchain startup landscape, identifying several key areas of activity. It outlines possible paths to success following a busy year for blockchain investments.
  • Another Sandy Bridge Era Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot
    The Sapphire Pure Platinum H61 is the latest motherboard to be supported by mainline Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS.
  • OSI Welcomes the Journal of Open Source Software as Affiliate Member
    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), a global non-profit organization formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and communities, announced that the Journal Of Open Source Software (JOSS), a peer-reviewed journal for open source research software packages, is now an OSI affiliate member.
  • Open source project uses Docker for serverless computing
    Serverless computing has fast become a staple presence on major clouds, from Amazon to Azure. It’s also inspiring open source projects designed to make the concept of functions as a service useful to individual developers. The latest of these projects, called simply Functions as a Service (FaaS) by developer and Linux User contributor Alex Ellis, uses Docker and its native Swarm cluster management technology to package any process as a function available through a web API.
  • PyCharm 2017.1, MicroStrategy 2017.1, Next.js 2.0, and Ubuntu 17.04 final beta released — SD Times news digest: March 27, 2017
  • Open source JavaScript, Node.js devs get NPM Orgs for free
    The SaaS-based tool, which features capabilities like role-based access control, semantic versioning, and package discovery, now can be used on public code on the NPM registry, NPM Inc. said on Wednesday. Developers can transition between solo projects, public group projects, and commercial projects, and users with private registries can use Orgs to combine code from public and private packages into a single project.
  • Slaying Monoliths at Netflix with Node.js
    The growing number of Netflix subscribers -- nearing 85 million at the time of this Node.js Interactive talk -- has generated a number of scaling challenges for the company. In his talk, Yunong Xiao, Principal Software Engineer at Netflix, describes these challenges and explains how the company went from delivering content to a global audience on an ever-growing number of platforms, to supporting all modern browsers, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and beyond. He also looks at how this led to radically modifying their delivery framework to make it more flexible and resilient.
  • Mudlet, the open source MUD client has a new major stable build available
    I don't know how many of you play MUDs, but Mudlet, an open source cross-platform MUD client has hit version 3.0.

today's howtos

Minimal Linux Live

Minimal Linux Live is, as the name suggests, a very minimal Linux distribution which can be run live from a CD, DVD or USB thumb drive. One of the things which set Minimal Linux Live (MLL) apart from other distributions is that, while the distribution is available through a 7MB ISO file download, the project is designed to be built from source code using a shell script. The idea is that we can download scripts that will build MLL on an existing Linux distribution. Assuming we have the proper compiler tools on our current distribution, simply running a single shell script and waiting a while will produce a bootable ISO featuring the MLL operating system. Yet another option the MLL project gives us is running the distribution inside a web browser using a JavaScript virtual machine. The browser-based virtual machine running MLL can be found on the project's website, under the Emulator tab. This gives us a chance to try out the operating system in our web browser without installing or building anything. I decided to try the MLL build process to see if it would work and how long it would take if everything went smoothly. I also wanted to find out just how much functionality such a small distribution could offer. The project's documentation mostly covers building MLL on Ubuntu and Linux Mint and so I decided to build MLL on a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 I had running in a virtual machine. The steps to build MLL are fairly straight forward. On Ubuntu, we first install six packages to make sure we have all the required dependencies. Then we download an archive containing MLL's build scripts. Then we unpack the archive and run the build script. We just need to type four commands in Ubuntu's virtual terminal to kick-start the build process. Read more

GCC Compiler Tests At A Variety Of Optimization Levels Using Clear Linux

For those curious about the impact of GCC compiler optimization levels, a variety of benchmarks were carried out using GCC 6.3 on Intel's Clear Linux platform. Read more Also: LLVM 4.0.1 Planning, Aiming For Better Stable Releases