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LinuxToday: Librem 5 is a Security and Privacy Focused Smartphone Based on Linux

Monday 28th of August 2017 11:00:00 AM

Purism is a company that is well known for making high-end Linux laptops

LXer: Raspberry Slideshow 9.0 released

Monday 28th of August 2017 10:56:43 AM
Raspberry Slideshow is a Raspberry Pi operating system focused on quick-to-set-up media slideshows. It can play all media contained in an inserted USB key, fetched from a Windows (Samba) share, from a Webserver or FTP server.Raspberry Slideshow 9.0 has been released today, featuring a big update of its underlying Raspbain Jessie base operating system. As of now, all Raspberry Pi range of micro-computers is supported.

Phoronix: Intel Haswell Scheduler Updated In LLVM

Monday 28th of August 2017 10:19:51 AM
Last month in LLVM there was new Sandy Bridge scheduler information to improve the instruction scheduling and other hardware detail changes so LLVM can generate more efficient code for those older CPUs. At that time we learned Intel developers were also planning improvements too for LLVM with newer Haswell / Broadwell / Skylake / Skylake-X CPUs. Improvements have now landed for Haswell...

Phoronix: Initial Vulkan SDL Integration Lands

Monday 28th of August 2017 09:50:03 AM
Landing within the SDL (Simple DirectMedia Library) code-base over night is initial Vulkan API support...

LXer: Overclock Your Radeon GPU With AMDGPU

Monday 28th of August 2017 09:36:40 AM
The open source AMDGPU drivers don't have a fancy GUI interface that lets you overclock your card. Actually, they don't come with any kind of control center at all. That's alright, though, you can still overclock your card by modifying a couple of values in configuration files, a perfectly Linux solution if you think about it.

TuxMachines: Open source success starts at zero

Monday 28th of August 2017 08:40:30 AM

This has applicability in a lot of different areas in life. For example, I use it in my volunteer efforts with Cal Fire, where integrating as part of an overall team effort in fire prevention and firefighting is required to get the job done.

Here are concrete ways you can aim to be a zero in an open source project, with your eye toward making +1 contributions in the future.

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LXer: Monitoring Linux performance with Grafana

Monday 28th of August 2017 08:16:37 AM
I've spent a bit of time setting up Linux (in my case, CentOS) as a home router due to frustrations with home routers available on the market. This was both a good exercise and a bit of nostalgia from my early days with Linux. Once I'd finished getting the basics set up, I wanted a way to track various statistics, such as network traffic, disk usage, etc. The venerable Cacti is certainly an option, but that's feeling a bit legacy these more

TuxMachines: Purism's Librem 5, Jolla's Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X, NVIDIA's Jetson TX1 Developer Board

Monday 28th of August 2017 07:51:41 AM
  • Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

    This week Purism announced their plans for the Librem 5 smart-phone as a GNU/Linux smartphone that is privacy-respecting, as open as possible, and costs $599 USD. The company believes they can have the phone ready for release by early 2019 if they raise $1.5 million USD over the next two months. In just about three days they have raised nearly $100,000, but it's not clear if the pacing will continue to reach the milestone in time.

    As of writing this morning, they have raised $93,994 USD since their announcement on Thursday. This includes 134 backers sending in $599 USD to effectively pre-order the device, just six sending in $299 USD for the developer kit, two sending in $1399 for getting the Librem 5 phone with a 24-inch monitor, and four pledging $1699 USD to get the Librem 5 phone with an unnamed 30-inch monitor.

  • Jolla officially launches Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X, but at a hefty price

    Sailfish OS will debut on Xperia X handsets soon, as Sony has tied up with Jolla to optimise the new mobile OS for its flagship series. After a few failed attempts with Intex, Fairphone and TRI, the Sailfish OS is all set for a comeback with a new moniker 'Sailfish X'. It will be offered as a paid software on Xperia X smartphones.

  • NVIDIA Rolls Out Jetson TX1 Developer Board SE At $199 USD

    For those looking for a very capable ARM developer board but have previously been put off by the Jetson TX1 at $579 USD, they now have a $199 developer board.

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TuxMachines: Did SUSE Linux Just Take a Dig at Red Hat Linux?

Monday 28th of August 2017 07:48:21 AM
  • Did SUSE Linux Just Take a Dig at Red Hat Linux?

    I am a huge fan of SUSE Linux…. parody videos. I even call SUSE the coolest Linux enterprise for the awesome Linux parody songs they make. I mean, who can forget the catchy Uptime Funk. Even today I sing ‘don’t reboot it just patch’.

  • Video: SUSE Game of Thrones Parody

    More competition is good, right?

  • Red Hat announces latest version of enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform

    Red Hat, Inc. has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, the latest version of Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform.

    Organizations across the globe, like Copel Telecom, are turning towards cloud-native applications as a pathway to digital transformation, but critical IT needs like greater application security, compliance and service consistency must still be answered. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 helps to address these challenges with a new PCI-DSS applicability guide and fine-grained network policy and control, as well as the introduction of new features designed to deliver consistent applications across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

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TuxMachines: Security: Encryption, NSA, and SMTP

Monday 28th of August 2017 07:43:27 AM
  • benchmarking security tokens speed
  • How Quantum Computing Will Change Browser Encryption

    From a protocol point of view, we're closer to a large-scale quantum computer than many people think. Here's why that's an important milestone.

  • If you're surprised the NSA can hack your computer, you need a reality check

    Colour me shocked. It appears the NSA has been collecting a treasure trove of hacks for Windows, both desktop and servers, covering all versions of the OS bar Windows 10. And this toolbox of capabilities, which also included ways to get into banking and other related systems, has leaked to the public.

    I suspect your jaw isn’t gaping in surprise. What’s followed has been just as predictable.

    First, there’s shock that the NSA might have built such a collection of exploits. Sorry, what do you expect the NSA to be doing? Creating toolkits that can be used against undesirables is what it exists for. Injecting custom spyware onto the laptop of a terrorist could bring up incredibly useful intelligence information, after all.

  • Twenty-plus years on, SMTP callbacks are still pointless and need to die

    A rarely used legacy misfeature of the main Internet email protocol creeps back from irrelevance as a minor annoyance. You should ask your mail and antispam provider about their approach to 'SMTP callbacks'. Be wary of any assertion that is not backed by evidence.

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.13 RC7 and a look back at Linux 1.0

Monday 28th of August 2017 07:23:28 AM
  • Linux 4.13-rc7

    Hmm. We had a few issues come up the past week, but nothing that is
    really impacting the release schedule.

    So here's rc7, and I still expect this to the the last rc, although
    the best-laid plans of mice and men..

    rc7 is pretty small, with most of the changes in drivers and
    architecture as usual. That said, this time "most" is only _just_
    true, we have enough other changes that drivers and arch fixes is only
    about 60% of the patch. There's header files, VM, networking, core
    kernel, documentation, scripts..

    A mixed bag, in other words, but all pretty small fixes. You can scan
    the shortlog, nothing stands out to me right now.


  • Linux 4.13-rc7 Kernel Released, Linux 4.13 Likely Coming Next Week

    Just days after Linux turned 26 years old, Linus Torvalds has announced the seventh weekly test candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel.

  • At look back at Linux 1.0

    The Linux Kernel is 26 years old this year. And to mark this anniversary, I took a look back at where it all began. You can find my journey into Linux nostalgia over at

    I discovered Linux in 1993. My first Linux distribution was Softlanding Linux System (SLS) 1.03, with Linux kernel 0.99 alpha patch level 11. That required a whopping 2MB of RAM, or 4MB if you wanted to compile programs, and 8MB to run X windows.

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TuxMachines: Jump-start your career with open source skills

Monday 28th of August 2017 07:10:04 AM

Although attending college is not required for success in software development, college programs can provide a great deal of useful information in a relatively short period of time. More importantly, they are designed to cover all necessary concepts without the knowledge holes some self-taught practitioners suffer. College programs also often include theory and history, which can form the foundation for professional exploration and decision-making.

Yet college graduates entering the workforce often find their coursework has emphasized theory over the practice, technologies, and trends required for success on the job. The reason? Curricula take time to develop, so institutions of higher education often teach technologies and practices that are at the tail end of current usage.

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Reddit: Why Not Linux?

Monday 28th of August 2017 03:27:20 AM

So, as someone who has finally made the decision to plunge headforward into Linux and FOSS, I thought I'd ask a question that might be unusual in these parts:

Why should a person not choose Linux?

I've heard and agree (at least in part) with a lot of the main reasons to switch to Linux:

  • free, as in beer ($0 is hard to beat!);

  • free, as in freedom;

  • open source is much better for security audits/etc, harder to be spied on by corporate or government interests;

  • generally lower risk of adware/malware etc, because of lower user base (and possibly self-selecting tech savvy of Linux users);

  • scalability, for pretty much any project you like (individual use, family use, email server, robot programming, company networking, etc, etc, etc), especially attractive when combined with the free (as in beer) positive listed above;

So, then, what are (or are there) actually good arguments not to switch to Linux?

This is what I've come up with:

  • barriers to entry as a deterrent: when you pick Mac or Windows, there is a pretty defined product to pick: the newest one that works well on your hardware. With Linux, there's a hundred most popular versions of Linux on Distro Watcher, and that's nowhere close to all of them. (Never mind the Linux from Scratch variants.)

  • barrier to entry: the need to burn a cd, DVD, or USB stick with an image and follow instructions to get even Ubuntu installed, when likely, the user already has Mac or Windows installed and it's "working just fine" (Oh my god, getting people to follow instructions about anything new is like herding cats);

  • barriers to entry: wanting to feel like that awesome coder in 80s and 90s movies, getting the wrong idea about Linux, trying to start up Arch, Slack, etc and becoming intimidated by the lack of a GUI, or trying to spend multiple weekends reading documentation (for the motivated n00b) to get something to work only to realize that maybe there's a hardware issue they can't fix yet on their own because they're a n00b.

  • barrier to entry: because of the above, wanting something "that just works" and giving up, going back to the familiar, closed-source, proprietary OSes (Mac or Windows).

I think pretty much all of these are mostly problems of marketing/branding and economics. Microsoft and Apple are able to bundle their OSes with Dell, HP, etc's hardware and say "everything you need is all here in this convenient package!", and use profits from those sales to launch ad campaigns to compete for more sales. Linux, being largely free, doesn't have that same model, and on average, can't really make people aware there are other, cheaper (free!) alternatives. I bet if, say, Ubuntu or Mint were bundled with HP or Dell or whatever, consumers would see the lower prices and choose them... Or if they were smart, Dell/HP would jack up the price on such a box because of "supply and demand" or whatever and pocket the difference.

Because the consumer isn't exposed to alternatives, the alternative has to offer something better (which I think Linux does), but Linux tends to suck at communicating to lay public that they are an option, that can be new-user-friendly if they stick to certain distros, etc.

Are there other major counterarguments I missed as to why someone should not switch, even to Ubuntu/Mint/etc?

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Reddit: Skype leaving the webcam on after a call has ended?

Monday 28th of August 2017 02:11:39 AM

Anyone else noticed this? I have the new "skype for linux beta" (v5.3.0.1), and whenever a call has ended but skype is still open, my webcam's LED remains lit.

It's a bit unnerving. Keep having to remember to close skype to put my paranoia to rest.

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LXer: Laverna privacy focused note taking app with sync

Monday 28th of August 2017 01:39:27 AM
The application is open source, and versions of Mac, Windows and Linux are provided currently. These versions use Electron as their base which means that they are quite heavy when it comes to memory usage for instance.

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Red Hat and Fedora: AnsibleFest SF 2017, So-called 'Open Organisation', and Pipewire

  • AnsibleFest SF 2017
    AnsibleFest was amazing, it always is. This has been my Third one and it's always one that I look forward to attending. The Ansible Events Team does an absolutely stellar job of putting things together and I'm extremely happy I was not only able to attend but that I was accepted as a speaker.
  • The eye-opening power of cultural difference
    Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay. When we talk about inclusivity, we should clarify something: Being "inclusive" is not the same as being "diverse." Diversity is a product of inclusivity; you need to create an inclusive community in order to become a diverse one, not the other way around. The degree to which your open organization is inclusive determines how it adapts to, responds to, and embraces diversity in order to improve itself. Interestingly enough, the best way to know which organizational changes will make your group more inclusive is to interact with the people you want to join your community.
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  • Barclays Holds To Rating And Raises Price Target On Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
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  • Red Hat Formally Rolls Out Pipewire For Being The "Video Equivalent of PulseAudio"
    Red Hat has quietly been working on PipeWire for years that is like the "video equivalent of PulseAudio" while now it's ready to make its initial debut in Fedora 27 and the project now has an official website. Pipewire has been talked about a few times in recent months while Red Hat's Christian Schaller wrote a blog post today about Launching Pipewire!

Ubuntu: Applications Survey, Mir support for Wayland, Canonical OpenStack Pike and Bright Computing

  • Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey
    I had the distinct honor to deliver the closing keynote of the UbuCon Europe conference in Paris a few weeks ago. First off -- what a beautiful conference and venue! Kudos to the organizers who really put together a truly remarkable event. And many thanks to the gentleman (Elias?) who brought me a bottle of his family's favorite champagne, as a gift on Day 2 :-) I should give more talks in France!
  • Mir support for Wayland
    I’ve seen some confusion about how Mir is supporting Wayland clients on the Phoronix forums . What we are doing is teaching the Mir server library to talk Wayland in addition to its original client-server protocol. That’s analogous to me learning to speak another language (such as Dutch). This is not anything like XMir or XWayland. Those are both implementations of an X11 server as a client of a Mir or Wayland. (Xmir is a client of a Mir server or and XWayland is a client of a Wayland server.) They both introduce a third process that acts as a “translator” between the client and server.
  • Mir 1.0 Still Planned For Ubuntu 17.10, Wayland Support Focus
    Following our reporting of Mir picking up initial support for Wayland clients, Mir developer Alan Griffiths at Canonical has further clarified the Wayland client support. It also appears they are still planning to get Mir 1.0 released in time for Ubuntu 17.10.
  • Webinar: OpenStack Pike is here, what’s new?
    Sign up for our new webinar about the Canonical OpenStack Pike release. Join us to learn about the new features and how to upgrade from Ocata to Pike using OpenStack Charms.
  • Bright Computing Announces Support for Ubuntu
    right Computing, a global leader in cluster and cloud infrastructure automation software, today announced the general availability of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with Ubuntu. With this integration, organizations can run Bright Cluster Manager Version 8.0 on top of Ubuntu, to easily build, provision, monitor and manage Ubuntu high performance clusters from a single point of control, in both on-premises and cloud-based environments.

Linux Foundation Courses and Events

  • Linux Foundation LFCE Georgi Yadkov Shares His Certification Journey
    The Linux Foundation offers many resources for developers, users, and administrators of Linux systems. One of the most important offerings is its Linux Certification Program. The program is designed to give you a way to differentiate yourself in a job market that's hungry for your skills. How well does the certification prepare you for the real world? To illustrate that, The Linux Foundation is highlighting some of those who have recently passed the certification examinations. These testimonials should help you decide if either the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator or the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer certification is right for you. In this article, recently certified engineer Georgi Yadkov shares his experience.
  • Diversity Empowerment Summit Features Stories from Individual Persistence to Industry-wide Change
    Last week at The Linux Foundation’s first Diversity Empowerment Summit we heard from so many amazing speakers about how they are working to improve diversity in the tech industry. Leaders from companies including Comcast, DreamWorks, IBM, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and many others recounted their own personal struggles to fit in and advance as women and minorities in tech. And they gave us sage advice and practical tips on what women, minorities, and their allies can do to facilitate inclusion and culture change in open source and the broader tech community.
  • Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes
    As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds.

Early Linux 4.14 Kernel Benchmarks Are Looking Promising

I've begun running some Linux 4.14-rc1 kernel benchmarks and in some areas there appears to be nice gains with this in-development kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading and don't know about all of the changes coming for this next kernel release -- which will also be an LTS kernel -- see our Linux 4.14 feature overview that was published this past weekend. Here are just some very early benchmarks while more are on the way. Read more