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Reddit: Is there a real alternative to Android?

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 04:46:32 PM

I'm a newbie in the Linux/Unix-like world, but I'm getting really interested in computer and technology ethics: I'm getting rid of my Apple devices, of my google account and I'm finding Ubuntu and Fedora very reliable, ethic, fast and well-build.

But when we talk about the mobile world… Android is a joke. It has nothing to do with his bigger brothers: it's dumb, slow, battery drainer, awful, filled with trash. I always used iPhones. Last week I tried an LG V20 and a S7 and they were a nightmare. The software and the OS are intrusive (accounts, mails, personal infos), the battery drain supersonic, the interface awful, the software slow, the overall experience was really, really crappy. The LG was better than the S7 but anything near a good performance.

Is there, in your opinion, a real "Linux-way" alternative to Android? I'd like to take my new way in the mobile world too.

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Reddit: Ubuntu Budgie - Tell me why you use it...

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 04:33:06 PM

Hi all. I'm using Ubuntu Gnome quite happily and I love its overview, hot corners, and dock/topbar management (with extensions). It's perfect for my Laptop workflow. Because I'm a Linux user and also have FOMO, I've been watching all of the Budgie excitement. I love listening to Ikey on his podcast and following his Solus and Budgie work and want his efforts to succeed and have donated to Solus. I'm salivating over everything I read him post as to where he wants to take Budgie, so I want to love it, but after playing with it on a VM for a while, I'm not feeling it. I'm wondering if I'm missing something.

Don't get me wrong. It's slick, and attractive, and quite snappy, even in VM. With the new top bar options, it's really quite configurable too. It's also been rock solid, not one bug. But, I'm reading online of people ditching their other DE's for it all over the place, and I'm not getting why. If you're happily using XFCE, KDE, Gnome, MATE, etc, I'm not sure why you'd switch. I can't find a compelling differentiator. It feels like a tyranny of small differences thing, the usual Linux DE elements just slightly reconfigured. The biggest reason I could think switching is if you're wanting a snappy, light-weight DE (whatever that means anymore) and want a tighter and more updated DE than XFCE or something more modern feeling than stock MATE.

So, this is a long-winded way to ask, if you've moved to Budgie as your daily DE, why have you done so and what is it doing for you that your prior DE choice wasn't? How is it better for your workflow?

And I'm speaking solely of the DE on Ubuntu here, not Solus vs other distros. Thanks!

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Reddit: pc build advice for linux beginner

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 04:22:08 PM

I'm looking to put together a pc meeting the following requirements:

1 Small size. The smaller the better. I don't want to see too much clutter beyond the monitor and keyboard, if possible. So maybe a mini computer?

2 Will be running linux exclusively. I have a laptop for other purposes. I am not very experienced with linux, but I do use it on a chromebook through crouton. I don't want another laptop right now, or else I'd try the used thinkpad route so often recommended.

3 Will be used for word processing, light internet searching, and occasional video watching (youtube, netflix, etc.) But mostly dedicated to heavy document work within libreoffice.

4 Would like this to be as cheap as possible, the minimum for lag-free use for the above purposes.

Can anyone help me figure out what options would meet my needs, preferably within a budget of about $300-$600? And something that someone relatively inexperienced could put together?


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Reddit: Reddit moves away from open source

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 04:02:57 PM

LXer: Linux Journal September 2017

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 03:58:52 PM
In this September issue of Linux Journal, you'll see the all-encompassing Linux environment in action.

Reddit: what's a good portable linux os?

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 03:04:17 PM

What do you think about puppy linux? I just "installed it" into my usb flash drive and it seems good but it kinda sucks because it doesn't support most of the software that's available and even if it does you need to install like 10 packages to run it So pls recommend a good portable os under 2/3 gb that runs moderately fast and actually works not unlike puppy linux where you need .pup files to install packages

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Phoronix: Fedora's Yum Could Soon See Retirement

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 02:11:18 PM
With the DNF package manager working out well on recent Fedora releases, Yum could soon see retirement on the Fedora front...

LXer: Bitkey A Linux Distribution Dedicated For Conducting Bitcoin Transactions

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 01:53:04 PM
Are you looking for a dedicated Linux distro for conducting Bitcoin transactions? You got BITKEY (TURNBITKEY). BITKEY is a bootable system image based on ?Debian? containing everything you need to perform highly secure air-gapped Bitcoin transactions. Under the hood, it comes with a swiss army knife of handy Bitcoin tools that support a wide range of usage models, including a few very secure ones which would otherwise be difficult to perform. BITKEY is based on the Turkey GNU/Linux build system and aims at providing an air-gapped system that is physically disconnected from the internet.

TuxMachines: Openwashing of GPL Violator VMware

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 01:01:49 PM
  • VMware, Google, Pivotal Package Kubernetes for the Enterprise
  • Open Source Leaders: Dirk Hohndel Brings Open Source to VMware [Ed: New openwashing puff piece for VMware, which paid the Linux Foundation to help combat GPL enforcement]

    Dirk Hohndel loves to keep a low-profile in the open source world but he can’t escape the limelight. He can often be seen in keynote discussions with his close friend, Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Both share a love for Linux and beyond. Hohndel is also a fellow scuba diver who dives with Torvalds in deep waters around the globe.

    Their shared love for open source and scuba diving also lead to Subsurface, a scuba dive log program that was created by Torvalds. Now Hohndel is the maintainer of the project. On a lighter note, one big difference between Hohndel and Torvalds can be seen in their underwater photography; while Hohndel could very easily quit VMware and become a full-time ace underwater photographer, Linus is content with blurry butt pictures of underwater creatures.

    Hohndel also occasionally contributes to libdivecomputer, Kirigami, Qt, and a fair number of random small projects that he uses in running the infrastructure for the Subsurface project.

    But Dirk Hohndel’s influence has spread beyond his Github numbers.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 Preview, Budgie Desktop 10.4 for Debian and Ubuntu

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:59:06 PM
  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 3: File Manager

    Here, I show you some screenshots and GIF animations for the Nautilus File Manager 3.25 at Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark". Because the switch from Unity to GNOME, Ubuntu now has some different looks-and-feels when you operate its file manager. So, it's time to see how much it differs. Artful will be released at October 2017 and this article is a preview based on its development version. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Enjoy!

  • Finally, Budgie Desktop 10.4 Is Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04, 17.10

    The latest Budgie Desktop 10.4 is finally available for Ubuntu 17.10, 17.04, and 16.04 LTS. The 17.10 users can install it directly from repo, while 17.04 users can use ubuntubudgie PPA, and 16.04 LTS users can use budgie-remix PPA. Big thanks for David and Ubuntu Budgie Team to package and provide all these binary packages of the latest Budgie!

  • Budgie Desktop v10.4 released for Debian and Ubuntu

    Budgie Welcome has been updated with all the latest translations; all the above applets can be installed from Budgie Welcome.

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TuxMachines: KDE: Google Summer of Code, kdenlive, Neon, Latte Dock, Digikam

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:57:00 PM
  • Farewell GSoC’17

    It has been a great journey, thanks to my mentor, KDE and digiKam coordinators, and great community for the continuous feedback and the encouraging comments. I’m proud to be contributing to this great software and planning to continue.

  • Autumn is here (wait, this is GSoC, not GoT)

    So, as summer is coming to an end, Google Summer of Code is also wrapping up, and the KDevelop Rust plugin is looking good at this point. It now supports semantic highlighting, go-to-definition, renaming declarations, some code completion, debugging, highlighting code errors, and code formatting. I'll go into a bit more detail for the last three since they were the most recent additions. 

    I also focused on a lot of minor improvements this past month to make the plugin easier to build and use, to make it more reliable, etc., so at this point kdev-rust is a solid basis for anyone looking for a Rust IDE.

  • [kdenlive] Design choices ahead

    As many of you may know by now, we are currently doing a code refactoring which will be taking a step forward in making our software more suitable for professional use. In the process, we are facing some critical design choices, and want to hear the opinion of the editors of the community.

  • RX Vega + AMDGPU-PRO + KDE Neon

    Earlier this week I got my dirty hands on an RX Vega 64 card to run on my daily workstation. With the aim to eventually run open drivers in the future my main goal for now was to get AMDGPU-PRO running for day-to-day activities, possibly also moving to Wayland from X11. I’m very interested in Wayland as Kwin has several Wayland-only enhancements, and even if I wouldn’t use it now I wanted to be ready for testing.  The Vega card would be replacing an Nvidia GTX 1080 card.

  • Latte bug fix release v0.7.1

    Latte Dock v0.7.1  has been released containing many important fixes and improvements for which you can find more details in the end of the article.

  • KDE: Libmediawiki has been released!
  • KDE: New release for Libkvkontakte!

    The release enables distribution packagers to enable the new features in the latest Digikam release.

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TuxMachines: Events: GNOME 3.26 "Manchester", GUADEC 2017, Randa Roundup, and SRECon17 Europe

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:54:23 PM
  • Waiting for GNOME 3.26 Stable Release!

    GNOME 3.26 "Manchester" planned to be released at 13 September 2017. Reading the FeaturePlans and Schedule from its wiki makes me want to run it sooner! I hope Ubuntu will successfully include 3.26 on Artful Aardvark release so I can make a review for it later. However, this short article mentions some of its new feature, new apps, some links from GUADEC 2017's participants, and further GNOME links. Enjoy!

  • GNOME GUADEC 2017: Presentations, Videos, & Links

    GUADEC 2017, the latest GNOME Project annual conference, has been held at 28 July-2 August 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. I collect as many resources as possible here including presentations & videos (so you can download them), poster & template, write-ups by attendees, and of course the links about GUADEC 2017. So, if you didn't attend GUADEC 2017, you still can find the resources here! Enjoy!

  • Randa Roundup - Part I

    Our intrepid developers are getting ready to make their way to Randa, and we are gradually finding out what they will be doing up there in the Swiss mountains.

    As Valorie said in a recent blog post, accessibility is useful for everybody at some point or another. Clear, highly contrasted icons, easy to reach keyboard shortcuts, and scalable fonts are things we can all appreciate most of the time, whether we have any sort of physical disability or not.

    With that in mind, Jean-Baptiste Mardelle will be working on Kdenlive, KDE's video editing software. He'll be reviewing the user interface; that is, the different panels, toolbars, etc., to make it easier to use for people who start editing for the first time. He'll also be working on packaging - creating AppImages and Flatpaks - so the latest versions of Kdenlive can be installed anywhere without having to worry about dependencies.

  • Takeaways from SRECon17 Europe

    As every last three years in a row, I attended SRECon in Europe. I can literally say this year was totally broken comparing with former conferences. I think it’s because I had much higher expectations from this conference. The first shot in 2014 was more than awesome, but year to year it’s getting worse. Almost all talks from Google were like a summary of every chapter in SRE book. We just skipped all the rest of the talks sourced by Google.

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TuxMachines: Software: Enpass, Sublime Text, Renames, Clementine and GPMDP

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:52:25 PM
  • Enpass Is The Free Cross-Platform Password Manager

    Previously we covered KeePassXC password manager which is also free application. Here comes another password manager called Enpass, it is free and cross-platform available for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and iOS.

  • Sublime Text: You May Love This Text/Code Editor

    If you are a developer then you must have your favorite text editor on your system, but it is always a good idea to give a try to new application. Sublime Text Editor is proprietary application and been around since 2008, it is written using C++ and Python programming language, it cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

  • These Rename Utilities Can Help You Rename Batch Files In Linux

    In Linux there are multiple ways to rename files and folders in batch but from command-line it can be difficult for some users. Lets checkout some useful rename utilities that are available for Linux.

  • Oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine

    Is there a perfect media player? Of course not. All right, then how about a reasonable one, combining a pleasant and intuitive interface plus a wide rage of great features? That sounds like a nice, ambitious idea, but I have yet to find the software that ticks all the relevant boxes.

    For the past decade and a half, I've mostly resorted to using whatever default program operating systems throw at me, slowly gravitating toward VideoLAN (VLC) as my app of choice, mostly because of its super-powerful codec backend. But then I've also played with many other software, with a sweet spot for Amarok. Now, I think I may have found my unicorn, and Clementine be its name. Onwards!

  • Do You Use Google Play Service? If Yes, Then Try Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP)

    We don't know why Google do not develop applications for their services for Linux/Unix, there are Google Chrome and Google Earth applications available for Linux but not for all of Google services, many of us want Google Drive. Well, for Google Play service there is an 3rd party application available for all desktop platforms.

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Phoronix: VA-API Gets Extended With Flexible Encoding Infrastructure

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:14:01 PM
Intel added a new extension to the VA-API video acceleration API over the summer called the Flexible Encoding Infrastructure...

TuxMachines: Founder Stories: A Hacker’s Hacker

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:54:12 AM

Monty is a programming genius. At 19, he dropped out of the Helsinki University of Technology to work full time, because there was little more the university could teach him. At 33, he released MySQL, the most popular open-source database in the world, after coding the entire thing up himself with the exception of one library. At 55, he defies ageism and is still the best programmer at his company.

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A year after it open sourced its PaddlePaddle deep learning suite, Baidu has dropped another piece of AI tech into the public domain – a project to put AI on smartphones. Mobile Deep Learning (MDL) landed at GitHub under the MIT license a day ago, along with the exhortation “Be all eagerness to see it”. MDL is a convolution-based neural network designed to fit on a mobile device. Baidu said it is suitable for applications such as recognising objects in an image using a smartphone's camera. Read more

AMD and Linux Kernel

  • Ataribox runs Linux on AMD chip and will cost at least $250
    Atari released more details about its Ataribox game console today, disclosing for the first time that the machine will run Linux on an Advanced Micro Devices processor and cost $250 to $300. In an exclusive interview last week with GamesBeat, Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac (short for Mac Conuladh) said Atari will begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall and launch the Ataribox in the spring of 2018. The Ataribox will launch with a large back catalog of the publisher’s classic games. The idea is to create a box that makes people feel nostalgic about the past, but it’s also capable of running the independent games they want to play today, like Minecraft or Terraria.
  • Linux 4.14 + ROCm Might End Up Working Out For Kaveri & Carrizo APUs
    It looks like the upstream Linux 4.14 kernel may end up playing nicely with the ROCm OpenCL compute stack, if you are on a Kaveri or Carrizo system. While ROCm is promising as AMD's open-source compute stack complete with OpenCL 1.2+ support, its downside is that for now not all of the necessary changes to the Linux kernel drivers, LLVM Clang compiler infrastructure, and other components are yet living in their upstream repositories. So for now it can be a bit hairy to setup ROCm compute on your own system, especially if running a distribution without official ROCm packages. AMD developers are working to get all their changes upstreamed in each of the respective sources, but it's not something that will happen overnight and given the nature of Linux kernel development, etc, is something that will still take months longer to complete.
  • Latest Linux kernel release candidate was a sticky mess
    Linus Torvalds is not noted as having the most even of tempers, but after a weekend spent scuba diving a glitch in the latest Linux kernel release candidate saw the Linux overlord merely label the mess "nasty". The release cycle was following its usual cadence when Torvalds announced Linux 4.14 release candidate 2, just after 5:00PM on Sunday, September 24th.
  • Linus Torvalds Announces the Second Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS
    Development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series continues with the second Release Candidate (RC) milestone, which Linus Torvalds himself announces this past weekend. The update brings more updated drivers and various improvements. Linus Torvalds kicked off the development of Linux kernel 4.14 last week when he announced the first Release Candidate, and now the second RC is available packed full of goodies. These include updated networking, GPU, and RDMA drivers, improvements to the x86, ARM, PowerPC, PA-RISC, MIPS, and s390 hardware architectures, various core networking, filesystem, and documentation changes.