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Phoronix: Intel Pushes Out More Early DRM Testing Code For Linux 4.12

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:06:38 AM
Intel's Daniel Vetter has updated their drm-intel-testing tree with early code to begin testing that should end up being queued for the Linux 4.12 kernel...

Reddit: [ZDNet] What's new in the Skype for Linux beta

Monday 6th of March 2017 11:02:08 AM

TuxMachines: Munich might still stick to Linux agreement

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:46:16 AM

The poster child for the use of Linux by government authorities, the City of Munich, might stick to its commitment to the operating system after all.

There had been ructions in Munich over whether its move to Linux had been such a good idea and if it had saved as much as it thought it had.

Most media have reported that a final call was made to halt the LiMux and switch back to Microsoft software, but the Free Software Foundation Europe says this is fake news.

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Reddit: Kubernetes + Compose = Kompose

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:37:37 AM

LXer: Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages in 2017

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:33:47 AM
TIOBE has been maintaining a popularity index of programming languages since 2001, monitoring multiple channels and job boards for the latest trends in the programming industry. Here is the list of the most popular programming languages in 2017 based on research data as of February 2017:

Reddit: [WATCHFACE] Android Wear Linux Terminal

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:28:34 AM

TuxMachines: Proprietary Software Traps

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:07:51 AM
  • Using proprietary services to develop open source software [Ed: never a good idea. Microsoft attempts to lock in FOSS developers this way.]

    It is now pretty well accepted that open source is a superior way of producing software. Almost everyone is doing open source these days. In particular, the ability for users to look under the hood and make changes results in tools that are better adapted to their workflows. It reduces the cost and risk of finding yourself locked in with a vendor in an unbalanced relationship. It contributes to a virtuous circle of continuous improvement, blurring the lines between consumers and producers. It enables everyone to remix and invent new things. It adds up to the common human knowledge.

  • Why doesn't Microsoft just give up on Skype for Linux? [Ed: because Microsoft wants to spy on (record) everyone?]

    Microsoft released a beta client of Skype for Linux last week but even basic problems with the alpha client — which was around much longer than an alpha client should be — still appear to be dogging the software.

    Every time a new release takes place, I give it a twirl to see what, if anything, has changed.

  • What's new in the Skype for Linux beta
  • Skype Lite Gets Brings Kannada Language Support, Skype for Linux Moves to Beta
  • Spotify on Fedora 25 using Flatpak

    Spotify is a great application where the web version just isn't as useful as the Desktop app. Spotify has a debian installer and no support for rpm distros, typically we'd be SOL on Fedora. But with flatpak it's easy to install Spotify on platforms like Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, etc without deb or rpm!

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TuxMachines: Top 4 JavaScipt code editors

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:04:11 AM

JavaScript is everywhere, and its ubiquitous presence on the web is undeniable. Every app uses it in one form or another. And any developer who is serious about the web should learn JavaScript. If you already know it, be sure to continue learning new frameworks, libraries, and tools, because JavaScript is a living, evolving language.

The JavaScript community has a great open source environment, and that has led to some excellent open source JavaScript IDEs (Integrated Development Environments). The open source movement is strong, and there are many IDEs that you can use to code your JavaScript program.

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TuxMachines: Collabora's Focus on Advancing the Performance of Open Source Graphics in Linux

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:59:45 AM

Collabora's Mark Filion is informing Softpedia about some of the latest developments the company has been working on to improve graphics support in the open source Mesa 3D Graphics Library, as well as the Wayland and Weston technologies.

Also: Mesa 17.0.1 Adds Better Support for "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth," Other Games

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TuxMachines: Fatdog64 Linux review

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:56:13 AM

Do not be mislead by the use of "fat" in the name, Fatdog64 is a very lightweight Linux distribution. It is only "fat" compared to Puppy Linux, which Fatdog originally derived from. The first release of Fatdog was as an expansion package for Puppy Linux before becoming a distribution in its own right. As such, Fatdog releases ship with more pre-installed packages than Puppy Linux, so by comparison it is "fatter."

Fatter, of course, is a relative term, so Fatdog64 710, the latest release, is much, much smaller than many other distributions. The ISO is a meagre 377MB. Despite the small download size, it still comes with a decent selection of software packed into the image. It uses Openbox as the default desktop environment with JVM being an alternative option, so no weighty GNOME or KDE, which really helps trim the proverbial fat.

Also: This Week In Solus - Install #41

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TuxMachines: Interviewing Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:52:01 AM

We asked Thomas Pfeiffer (member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.) some questions about the KDE Community ongoing projects and future plans.

Also: KDevelop 5.0.4 Open-Source IDE Released with over 60 Improvements and Bug Fixes

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TuxMachines: 4MLinux 21.0 Distro Hits Stable Channel with Support for Windows Shares, More

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:04:57 AM

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today about the promotion of the 4MLinux 21.0 independently-developed operating system to the stable channel.

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TuxMachines: Maui 17.03 "Cuba Libre" Linux OS Has KDE Plasma 5.9.3, Qt 5.7.1 & Calamares 3.1

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:02:41 AM

The Ubuntu-based Maui operating system has been updated this weekend to the 17.03 version, a major release that appears to add many of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications.

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TuxMachines: Release Notes for siduction 2017.1.0

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:01:47 AM

Today we are proud to release siduction 2017.1.0 with the flavours KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, Xorg and noX. The fact that Debian is in deep freeze for Debian 9 »Stretch« allows us to release the whole stack. As I posted before not too long ago, we planned the release before going to CLT-Conference on 11./12. of March, and voila – here it is.

The released images are a snapshot of Debian unstable, that also goes by the name of Sid, from 2017-05-03. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, a brand new installer and a custom patched version of the linux-kernel 4.10, accompanied by X-Server 1.19.2-1 and systemd 232-19.

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TuxMachines: Security News

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:57:45 AM
  • Arbitrary code execution in TeX distributions

    Many out there use TeX or one of its distributions like TeX Live, LaTex, MiKTeX or teTeX. Sharing TeX files between authors is common, and often conference organizers, journal editors or university institutions offer TeX templates for papers and diploma theses. So what if a TeX file can take over your computer?

  • Security firm issues patch for Windows zero-day

    A security firm has released a patch for a remotely exploitable vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft is expected to patch on 14 March.

    0patch team member Luka Treiber said this was the first time the company had issued code to fix a zero-day exploit.

    He has provided a detailed rundown of his methodology on the firm's website.

    Anyone wishing to use the patch has to download 0patch's patching agent and the obtain the code.

  • The working dead: The security risks of outdated Linux kernels [Ed: IDG says that running old and unpatched Linux kernel is not a good idea, like that wasn't obvious.]

    Linux kernel security vulnerabilities are often in the headlines. Recently it was revealed a serious kernel vulnerability remained undiscovered for over a decade. But, what does this mean in a practical sense? Why is security of the Linux kernel important? And, what effects do vulnerabilities have on older or obsolete kernels that are persistent in many devices?

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TuxMachines: GNU/Linux Desktop: Litebook, Razer, Ryzen, and Linux Club Guide

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:53:21 AM
  • Litebook Launches Cheap, Chromebook-Like Linux Laptop Powered by elementary OS

    Litebook, a small hardware manufacturer that we never heard of before, has recently released a new Linux-powered laptop that's cheap, slim, fast, elegant, light, and designed to rival Chromebooks.

    The Alpha Litebook is a 14.1-inch Full HD (1920x1080) laptop that runs the Ubuntu-based elementary OS distribution and ships with some of the most popular open source applications, including Google Chrome, Steam for Linux, Spotify, Skype, PlayOnLinux, WPS Office office suite, and much more.

  • Razer looking to improve Linux support on their 'Blade' series of laptops

    It seems Razer have been getting a lot of requests for Linux support on their 'Razer Blade' laptop line, so they are looking for feedback.

  • Running The Ryzen 7 1700 At 4.0GHz On Linux

    Many Phoronix readers appear rather intrigued by the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 on Linux as it offers good multi-threaded performance with eight cores / 16 threads and retails for just $329 USD. Making the Ryzen 7 1700 even more appealing to enthusiasts is that it overclocks well. For those curious, here are benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 1700 on Ubuntu Linux running at 4.0GHz.

  • The Linux Club Guide

    This guide tells some of our story, but mostly tries to give you ideas on how to make a Linux club work where you are.

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:45:43 AM
  • id Tech 4 / Doom 3 Is Being Rewritten In Ada

    For fans of the Ada programming language, id Tech 4 / Doom 3 is being rewritten by an open-source enthusiast in this structured, statically-typed language.

    AdaDoom3 is an effort to rewrite Doom 3's code-base in Ada. The id-Tech-4-BFG open-source code-base is being used as the starting point. Planned goals are Doom 3 BFG level loading support, native ports for SDL, Xbox 360 controller support, multi-monitor windowing, working multi-player, and more.

  • A look at how much RAM you might need as a Linux gamer

    I had a chat on reddit about RAM use and it inspired me to check out multiple games to see just how much RAM you should be looking to have as a Linux gamer. Part of my thought pattern here is that I tend to leave a bunch of applications open when gaming (Discord, Telegram, IRC, Chrome) and I imagined other people did too. So I wondered: Just how much RAM will games use up and is 8GB still okay for now?

  • Roguelite action rpg 'Unexplored' will come to Linux after the Mac build

    I like the simplistic art style, makes it look quite inviting for sure. Looks like a game that's easy to get into, but likely hard to master.

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TuxMachines: Mesa GLSL shader

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:44:44 AM
  • Mesa's Shader Disk Cache Now Enabled By Default

    With the recent roll-out of Mesa's on-disk shader cache, an initial limitation was that the entire cache would be erased if a user switched between 32-bit and 64-bit applications. That's now been fixed. And now the OpenGL GLSL shader cache is enabled by default.

  • The Mesa GLSL shader cache is now enabled by default

    I'm sure plenty of you will be happy with this, as Mesa now has the shader cache enabled by default in Mesa-git to allow for wider testing. It may be turned off for Mesa 17.1, if wider testing shows issues with it.

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LXer: What's new in the Skype for Linux beta

Monday 6th of March 2017 07:39:25 AM
The alpha had enabled you to make video calls to other Linux and Chromebook Skype users, but that was it. This new version let me call cell phones and landline phones with no trouble. The video calls were more troublesome.

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Open source is mission critical for Europe’s air traffic

It is entirely possible to use open source in a highly regulated environment such as air traffic control, says Dr Gerolf Ziegenhain, Head of Linux Competence & Service Centre (LCSC) in Mainz (Germany). Open source service providers can shield an organisation from the wide variety of development processes in the open source community. Read more

today's leftovers

  • DRM display resource leasing (kernel side)
    So, you've got a fine head-mounted display and want to explore the delights of virtual reality. Right now, on Linux, that means getting the window system to cooperate because the window system is the DRM master and holds sole access to all display resources. So, you plug in your device, play with RandR to get it displaying bits from the window system and then carefully configure your VR application to use the whole monitor area and hope that the desktop will actually grant you the boon of page flipping so that you will get reasonable performance and maybe not even experience tearing. Results so far have been mixed, and depend on a lot of pieces working in ways that aren't exactly how they were designed to work.
  • GUADEC accommodation
    At this year’s GUADEC in Manchester we have rooms available for you right at the venue in lovely modern student townhouses. As I write this there are still some available to book along with your registration. In a couple of days we have to a final numbers to the University for how many rooms we want, so it would help us out if all the folk who want a room there could register and book one now if you haven’t already done so! We’ll have some available for later booking but we have to pay up front for them now so we can’t reserve too many.
  • Kickstarter for Niryo One, open source 6-axis 3D printed robotic arm, doubles campaign goal
    A Kickstarter campaign for the Niryo One, an open source 3D printed 6-axis robotic arm, has more than doubled its €20,000 target after just a couple of days. The 3D printed robot is powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System.
  • Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
    Jupiter Broadcasting’s long-running podcast, Linux Action Show, will soon be signing off the air…er, fiber cable, for the last time. The show first streamed on June 10, 2006 and was hosted by “Linux Tycoon” Bryan Lunduke and Jupiter Broadcasting founder Chris Fisher. Lunduke left the show in 2012, replaced by Matt Hartley, who served as co-host for about three years. The show is currently hosted by Fisher and Noah Chelliah, president of Altispeed, an open source technology company located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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