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TuxMachines: Adobe realises too late that GNU/Linux isn’t going away

Saturday 10th of September 2016 01:35:57 AM

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TuxMachines: How Chromebooks Are About to Totally Transform Laptop Design

Saturday 10th of September 2016 01:27:59 AM
  • How Chromebooks Are About to Totally Transform Laptop Design

    Google’s first Chromebook was the kind of laptop you’d design if you didn’t give a damn about laptop design. It was thick, heavy, rubbery, boring, and black. Black keys, black body, black trackpad, black everything. Everything about the Cr-48 was designed to communicate that this device was still an experiment. Even the name, a reference to an unstable isotope of the element Chromium, was a hint at the chaos raging inside this black box. “The hardware exists,” Sundar Pichai told a crowd of reporters at the Cr-48’s launch event in December of 2010, “only to test the software.”

    Moments later, Eric Schmidt took the stage and preached about how the “network computer” tech-heads had been predicting for decades was finally ready to change the world. “We finally have a product,” Schmidt said, “which is strong enough, technical enough, scalable enough, and fast enough that you can build actually powerful products on it.” Apparently already sensing the skeptical feedback Chrome OS would get, he gestured toward the audience and told them “it does, in fact, work.”

  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Chromebook

    Chromebook is a different thing from Netbooks with the fact that it does not have Windows being a huge difference. Chromebooks thus run on a fresh and different operating system that while it is not an old OS it isn’t a desktop kind of OS either but a mobile one.

    Chromebooks have pretty hardware, especially if the Haswell processors they are running on, which are energy efficient, are anything to go by. Nonetheless, there are many reasons why buying Chromebooks make a lot of sense.

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TuxMachines: More on Ubuntu-powered drones

Saturday 10th of September 2016 01:16:54 AM

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LXer: You Can Now Register for the Very First European Ubuntu Conference, UbuCon Europe

Saturday 10th of September 2016 12:57:47 AM
Softpedia has been informed by Marius Quabeck from that the registration for the upcoming UbuCon Europe conference for Ubuntu Linux users and developers is now open.

Reddit: is closed

Saturday 10th of September 2016 12:10:01 AM

Reddit: 10+ year old desktop computer. Should it be running Linux?

Friday 9th of September 2016 11:46:25 PM


My mother owns a 10+ year old Dell computer. ...It's running Windows Vista. I know that it would be much better off running Linux, but my mother is unconvinced. So unconvinced, in fact, that no logical argument I've given has even remotely convinced her.

And so the purpose of this post is this: please tell her why she should let me install Linux. List as many reasons as you feel like listing. My hope is that if she sees that it's not just my opinion, she'll reconsider.

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Phoronix: Trying Out & Failing With OpenIndiana, Solaris 11.3 On The Broadwell-EP System

Friday 9th of September 2016 11:42:53 PM
After testing seven Linux distributions and eight BSDs on the new Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP + MSI X99A WORKSTATION system, I next decided to try getting some fresh Solaris-based results...

Phoronix: Elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" Released

Friday 9th of September 2016 11:40:59 PM
More than one year after the last Elementary OS Linux distribution update that focuses upon design elegance, v0.4 "Loki" was released today...

Reddit: Alternatives to cPanel?

Friday 9th of September 2016 11:25:00 PM

This question was asked 7 months ago here, but it's now archived and can't be commented on.

I do everything through the command line right now and always have, but a problem with my VPS's host has made me make an emergency move. It's a dedicated server and it won't be ready until tomorrow, so I have some time to mull it over. (Typically cPanel and its like have to be installed on a fresh server, or it will mess everything up.)

I'm looking for

  1. Something that will do the dirty work of setting up an email server.
  2. Something full featured enough to be used by a reseller. I'm not a reseller but I'd like to keep my options open.
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LXer: Open source Cortex-M3 board supports Arduino and FreeRTOS

Friday 9th of September 2016 11:03:25 PM
The USB-enabled 55 x 25mm “Explore M3” board is based on NXP’s LPC1768 Cortex-M3 MCU, and supports Arduino IDE, FreeRTOS, and bare metal development. Bangalore India-based startup Explore Embedded has soared past its exceptionally modest $700 CrowdSupply funding goal for its Explore M3 development board.

Reddit: Has anyone got working touchegg in ubuntu gnome 16.04 with elantec touchpad?

Friday 9th of September 2016 10:29:58 PM

I've been Googling around for hours and tried different methods to get touchegg working in my laptop. I have ETPS/2 Elantech touchpad and ubuntu gnome 16.04 installed. I've been trying these steps .

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TuxMachines: Open source Cortex-M3 board supports Arduino and FreeRTOS

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:55:50 PM

The USB-enabled 55 x 25mm “Explore M3” board is based on NXP’s LPC1768 Cortex-M3 MCU, and supports Arduino IDE, FreeRTOS, and bare metal development.

Bangalore India-based startup Explore Embedded has soared past its exceptionally modest $700 CrowdSupply funding goal for its Explore M3 development board. Early bird packages are gone, but you can still buy in for $19 through Oct. 13, with volume discounts. The Explore M3 is also available with a $20 Soda Debug Adapter and a $49 ARM Starter Kit. Shipments are due Nov. 15.

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LXer: White House appoints first Federal Chief Information Security Officer

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:43:22 PM
... retired Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill will serve as the first federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). "The CISO will play a central role in helping to ensure the right set of policies, strategies, and practices are adopted across agencies and keeping the Federal Government at the leading edge of 21st century cybersecurity"

Reddit: elementary OS Loki Release Event

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:38:09 PM

TuxMachines: Intel Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP Linux Benchmarks

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:06:00 PM

Recently I purchased a Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP processor as a $300 Xeon with eight physical cores but clocked at just 1.7GHz and without any Turbo Boost while the TDP is 85 Watts. Here are some benchmarks compared to other LGA-2011 v3 CPUs in my possession under Linux along with an AMD FX reference point too and followed by some Skylake Xeon benchmarks.

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TuxMachines: Free Software Foundation stresses necessity of full user control over Internet-connected devices

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:00:58 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the integration of Internet technology into a wider range of home devices than previously envisaged by most users. Early adopters of IoT may now have homes with Internet-connected lightbulbs, alarm systems, baby monitors and even coffee machines. Internet integration allows owners to have greater flexibility over their devices, making it possible to turn on their air conditioning as they leave work to cool the house before they return, to have curtains that automatically close based on sunset time, or lights that automatically turn off after the owner has left the house. Each individual benefit may seem marginal, but overall they add significant benefit to the owners.

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LinuxToday: Which Linux compression tool works the best?

Friday 9th of September 2016 09:00:00 PM

 There are lots of different compression tools available for Linux.

TuxMachines: Rugged Cortex A9/M4 hybrid module runs Linux at 2W

Friday 9th of September 2016 08:53:32 PM

F&S has launched a 50 x 40mm “PicoCOMA9X” COM with an NXP Cortex-A9 and -M4 based i.MX6 SoloX SoC, available with a Linux BSP and an optional starter kit.

The PicoCOMA9X computer-on-module uses F&S Elektronik Systeme’s 50 x 40mm PicoCOM form-factor, which features an 80-pin plug connector. It is pin-compatible with other F&S PicoCOM modules such as the NXP Vybrid-F based PicoCOMA5 module. Like the German firm’s larger, 62 x 47mm Efus A9X COM, it incorporates NXP’s i.MX6 SoloX system-on-chip.

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LXer: elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" Officially Released, It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 9th of September 2016 08:23:19 PM
Just a few minutes ago, the guys over elementary announced the release of the elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" GNU/Linux operating system.

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today's leftovers

  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?
    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue. [...] This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.
  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros
    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions. Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.
  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On
    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit. It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.
  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM
    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on,
  • Should we drop Vala?
    Is it Vala development a waste of time? Is Vala suitable for long term support libraries?
  • SUSECON 2016: Where Technology Reigns Supreme [Ed: “Article Sponsor: SUSE”]
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/39
  • Free software activities in September 2016

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
    Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.23 LTS Has ARM and MIPS Improvements, Updated Filesystems, More
    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed the community about the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 LTS kernel. The Linux 4.4 kernel is a long-term supported branch, the latest and most advanced one, used in many stable and reliable GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Alpine Linux 3.4. Therefore, it is imperative for it to receive regular updates that bring fixes to the most important issues, as well as other general improvements.
  • From NFS to LizardFS
    If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that we started our data servers out using NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit some load problems, switched to btrfs, hit load problems again, tried a hacky workaround, ran into problems, dropped DRBD for glusterfs, had a major disaster, switched back to NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit more load problems, and finally dropped DRBD for ZFS.
  • IBM's Ginni Rometty Tells Bankers Not To Rest On Their Digital Laurels
  • BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel
    BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit. David Herrmann, one of the BUS1 developers, presented at this week's systemd.conf conference about the new capability-based IPC for Linux. He talked about how BUS1 is superior to KDBUS, how BUS1 is similar to Android's Binder, Chrome's Mojo, Solaris' Doors, and other common IPC implementations.
  • A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant
    In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center. Intel has been developing a new wireless daemon for Linux to potentially replace wpa_supplicant. This new daemon isn't yet public but the code repositories for it will be opened up in the next few weeks. This new daemon has improvements around persistency, WiFi management, reduced abstractions for different operating systems and legacy interfaces, and changes to operation. This daemon is designed to be very lightweight and work well for embedded Linux use-cases especially, including IoT applications.