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White House Open-Sources Bot Code

Monday 17th of October 2016 03:00:00 PM

InternetNews: The White House is making the code for its new Facebook Messenger bot freely available

Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Monday 17th of October 2016 02:00:00 PM

Mark Shuttleworth: The naming of Ubuntu releases is, of course, purely metaphorical.

Calibre 2.70 Ebook Manager Adds Tool to Download External Resources for Books

Monday 17th of October 2016 01:00:00 PM

 softpedia: Calibre 2.70 comes two weeks after the release of Calibre 2.69, and it promises two new features.

Is Open Source Design a Thing?

Monday 17th of October 2016 12:00:00 PM

 FreedomPenguin: Designing media and website on Linux using open source tools. Not only is it possible, it's a pleasant experience.

CIOs: Empower everyone in IT to see the bigger picture

Monday 17th of October 2016 11:00:00 AM

To increase the performance of your teams, make sure they understand - and believe in - the higher purpose of your business.

Ubuntu 16.10: The Linux for the cloud and containers arrives

Monday 17th of October 2016 05:00:00 AM

 ZDnet: Ubuntu is still a popular desktop Linux

Red Hat Makes Ansible Galaxy Open Source

Monday 17th of October 2016 01:00:00 AM

DevOps just got a little easier for some, now that Red Hat has open sourced Ansible Galaxy

Top 5 Penetration Testing Linux Distributions

Sunday 16th of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

There are a seemingly endless amount of Linux distros for just about every area of use.

Linux 4.9 rc1

Sunday 16th of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

Linus Torvalds: I usually do the releases on a Sunday afternoon, but occasionally cut the merge window short by a day just to keep people on their toes.

Useful Vim editor plugins for software developers

Sunday 16th of October 2016 01:00:00 PM

 HowToForge: An improved version of Vi, Vim is unarguably one of the most popular command line-based text editors in Linux.

10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak'

Sunday 16th of October 2016 01:00:00 AM

 LinuxandUbuntu: Ubuntu 16.10 was recently released with some improvements.

Parrot Security 3.2 "CyberSloop" Ethical Hacking OS Is Out with Linux Kernel 4.7

Saturday 15th of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

Dubbed CyberSloop and based on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch (Debian Testing) operating system, Parrot Security 3.2 is now powered by Linux kernel 4.7.5.

vlock - A Smart Way to Lock User Virtual Console or Terminal in Linux

Saturday 15th of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

 tecmint: vlock is a utility used to lock one or several user virtual console sessions.

WattOS: A Rock-Solid, Lightning-Fast, Lightweight Linux Distro For All

Saturday 15th of October 2016 01:00:00 PM Everyone in the land of Linux has either heard of or made use of a lightweight Linux distribution.

Tech Comics: How to Get More Data Storage Space

Friday 14th of October 2016 10:00:00 PM

 Datamation: In their desire for more data storage space, users sometimes resort to desperate measures.

Docker Brings Containers to China

Friday 14th of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

eWEEK: A new partnership with Alibaba Cloud provides wide distribution potential for Docker technology.

7 Mistakes New Linux Users Make

Friday 14th of October 2016 08:00:00 PM

 Datamation: Switching to a Linux desktop can be a bewildering experience for those used to proprietary systems.

Build your own Raspberry Pi tornado warning system

Friday 14th of October 2016 07:00:00 PM

A Raspberry Pi can be used to help save lives.

Scan Ruby-based apps for security issues with Dawnscanner

Friday 14th of October 2016 06:00:00 PM

Dawnscanner is an open source static analysis scanner designed to review the security of web applications written in Ruby.

Canonical Yaks about Ubuntu 16.10

Friday 14th of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

ServerWatch: With Juju 2.0, Canonical has worked to make commands in Juju more consistent and logical.

More in Tux Machines

KNOPPIX 7.7.1 Distro Officially Released with Debian Goodies, Linux Kernel 4.7.9

Believe it or not, Klaus Knopper is still doing his thing with the KNOPPIX GNU/Linux distribution, which was just updated to version 7.7.1 to offer users the latest open source software and technologies. Read more

CentOS 6 Linux Servers Receive Important Kernel Security Patch, Update Now

We reported a couple of days ago that Johnny Hughes from the CentOS Linux team published an important kernel security advisory for users of the CentOS 7 operating system. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.