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Linux home directory management is about to undergo major change

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 09:51:35 PM

Prior to systemd every system and resource was managed by its own tool. Now, controlling and managing systems on Linux is incredibly easy. One of the creators, Leannart Poettering, always considered systemd to be incomplete. With upcoming release of systemd 245, Poettering will take his system one step closer to completion.

Read More at TechRepublic

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Choosing an Open Source Stack – And Avoiding a False Economy

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 09:51:30 PM

While more organisations are adopting open source software (over 95 percent), selecting and building an open source stack can be overwhelming, writes Justin Reock, Chief Architect OpenLogic, Perforce Software. There are thousands of open source solutions from which to choose, and it can be hard to know what questions to ask.

Read More at Computer Business Review

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Open source steps up as COVID-19 forces instant digital transformations

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 09:51:19 PM

Businesses that were behind on the cloud journey before the novel coronavirus-19 are really feeling the heat right now. Whether it’s scaling up or down, a lot of businesses are in the middle of a crisis. And true to its open-source ethos, Red Hat is there to help.

Read More at SiliconANGLE

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LiFT Scholarship Success Story: IT Certifications Bring Demonstrable Benefits

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 02:30:16 PM

Back in 2015, Kevin Barry was studying for a Ph.D. in music and was teaching himself programming in his spare time. Inspired by a lecture given by Linux Foundation Fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman, he submitted his first patch for LilyPond. Kevin proceeded to complete the free Intro to Linux course with edX and put that knowledge to use by automating some of his work with shell scripts. He then heard about the Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) Scholarship program and decided to submit an application.

Read More at Linux Foundation Training »

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IBM Research Launches Container-Based Open-Source Projects

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 09:43:59 PM

IBM Research has announced two container-based open-source projects — Encrypted Container Images and Trusted Service Identity — to enable confidentiality of code and data. Encrypted Container Images protects the confidentiality of the workload/code by extending the OCI container image specification with +encrypted media types while Trusted Service Identity protects sensitive data access.

Read More at TFiR

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How a Hardware Genius Turned a 1930s Teletype Into a Linux Terminal

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 09:43:58 PM

YouTuber Marc Verdiell, a.k.a. CuriousMarc, has turned a 1930s teletype machine into a Linux terminal. To do that, he had to make circuitry and programming that translates five-bit Baudot code into eight-bit ASCII code. Let’s take a crash course in the history of over-wire communication.

Read More at Popular Mechanics

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Kolivas Takes Break From Designing COVID-19 Equipment To Release Linux 5.6-ck1 + MuQSS

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 09:43:57 PM

Con Kolivas is out with his Linux 5.6-ck1 optimization patch-set and version 0.199 of the MuQSS scheduler. This re-base against the Linux 5.6 stable kernel is coming late due to Kolivas leading a team making 3D printed COVID-19 equipment in Australia. No major changes this time besides re-basing against the latest stable kernel series.

Read More at Phoronix

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Lenovo is joining Dell in the “OEM Linux Laptop” club

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 09:43:57 PM

It looks like Lenovo may upstage Dell as the big name in OEM Linux laptops—not counting specialty retailers like System76, of course. Red Hat and Lenovo are announcing pre-installed and factory-supported Fedora Workstation on several models of ThinkPad laptops at Red Hat Summit this week.

Read More at Ars Technica

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Free open source hardware could be used to fight against coronavirus

Monday 27th of April 2020 08:47:52 PM

Free open source hardware and 3D printing could help to alleviate the burden of Covid-19 on global health systems, according to scientists at the University of Sussex. FOSH follows an ethos where blueprints for a tool are made freely available so that anyone can study, customize and commercialize them.

Read More at News-Medical.net

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Linux 5.7-rc3 Kernel Released: “In A World Gone Mad, The Kernel Looks Almost Boringly Regular”

Monday 27th of April 2020 08:47:45 PM

Linus Torvalds just released the third weekly release candidate of the forthcoming Linux 5.7 kernel. As we approach the midway point of the RCs for Linux 5.7, Linus noted that “In a world gone mad, the kernel looks almost boringly regular. Which is just how I like it. Thanks, guys and gals.”

Read More at Phoronix

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Micron Unveils Open-Source Storage Engine Designed for SSDs and Storage Class Memory

Monday 27th of April 2020 08:47:41 PM

Micron Technology has launched the first open-source, heterogeneous-memory storage engine (HSE), designed specifically for solid-state drives (SSDs) and storage-class memory (SCM). HSE, originally developed by Micron and now available to the open-source community, is ideal for developers using all-flash infrastructure who require the benefits of open-source software.

Read More at HPCwire

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Boston Dynamics gives hospital robot tech to the open source community

Monday 27th of April 2020 08:47:28 PM

Boston Dynamics has released hardware and software designs for robotics potentially valuable in the field for use during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past six weeks, the company’s most famous design, the Spot robot, has been the focus of application architectural development for frontline hospital use.

Read More at ZDNet

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3 out of 5 developers contribute to open source, new Slashdata report claims

Monday 27th of April 2020 08:47:17 PM

It comes as no surprise, but the JavaScript ecosystem is huge. Slashdata reports that roughly 12.2 million developers use it. JS excels in web development, the cloud, and third-party app extension ecosystems. Popular apps such as Duolingo saw success after migrating from Java to Kotlin.

Read More at JAXenter

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These open-source projects are helping to tackle the coronavirus

Saturday 25th of April 2020 01:13:03 AM

Thanks to a wave of engineering innovation to build and test new designs, a huge variety of different projects have sprung up to try and fill the gap caused by coronavirus. Some are seeking to create low-cost open-source designs while others are hoping to repurpose other devices into simple ventilators.

Read More at ZDNet

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Open source meeting tools: 3 things to know

Saturday 25th of April 2020 01:12:59 AM

The current explosion in remote and distributed work has focused a lot of attention on the capabilities of online video meetings platforms like Zoom or the one built into Microsoft Teams, as well as on the challenges of managing online meetings. Here are some factors you might consider in researching open source meeting tool options.

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Open source: Boston Dynamics just opened up this robot tech to help tackle COVID-19

Saturday 25th of April 2020 01:12:51 AM

Boston Dynamics has open-sourced some of its robotics technology to help protect healthcare workers battling the coronavirus. The robotics firm has developed a healthcare toolkit that it hopes will allow mobile robots to carry out essential functions that reduce the exposure of frontline healthcare staff to COVID-19.

Read More at TechRepublic

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Locking Down Linux For The Enterprise

Saturday 25th of April 2020 01:12:47 AM

Canonical looks to extend its open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system deeper into the enterprise and cloud datacenters. The LTS variants of Ubuntu Server are meant to be stable variants that do not change as quickly as the regular release of the Linux variant.

Read More at The Next Platform

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Purism Librem Mini Linux PC Now Just Around the Corner

Saturday 25th of April 2020 01:12:42 AM

Purism announced the Librem Mini Linux PC only a few weeks ago, and at that time, the company set a target goal for pre-orders of $50,000. And now Purism says that demand has been so strong for its new Linux PC that it already exceeded the $50,000 target, with pre-orders currently exceeding $71,000.

Read More at Softpedia News

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Linux Foundation APAC Partners with OSChina to Launch Chinese Open Source Software University

Friday 24th of April 2020 07:23:23 PM

OSChina, a leading media outlet and event host for the Chinese open source community, will partner with Linux Foundation APAC to launch a new initiative, the LF Open Source Software University. This initiative will combine OSChina’s reputation and contacts in the Chinese open source community with The Linux Foundation’s expertise in training and certifying open source professionals.

Read More at Linux Foundation Training »

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Linux Lite 5.0: Everything You Need To Know About The Upcoming Version

Thursday 23rd of April 2020 07:48:27 PM

Linux Lite has released a testing version of their upcoming v5.0. The first release candidate (rc1) of Linux Lite 5.0 is the most feature-rich and complete Linux Lite release till now. So, let’s take a look at the list of new changes that’ll ultimately ship with final v5.0.

Read More at Fossbytes

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More in Tux Machines

KPhotoAlbum 5.7.0 out now

We’re pleased to announce a new release of KPhotoAlbum, the KDE photo management software! This time, it’s mostly a maintenance release with a lot of code cleanup and bug fixes. Nevertheless, there are also some changes and new features. In detail... Read more

Beelink GT-R Review – An AMD Ryzen 5 Mini PC Tested with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.04

One issue I did encounter both in Windows and in Ubuntu was that my 4-port KVM was not properly recognized. I did get a rather poor HDMI signal to the monitor however the USB port was not working and by extension neither were my wireless keyboard and mouse. However, using a USB-C hub (2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x HDMI) worked fine as did using the various HDMI and USB ports directly including wirelessly connected peripherals. Another point to note is that the power cord from the device to the power adapter is slightly shorter than most and the power adapter itself is quite large meaning care needs to be taken when using a US/EU to AU adapter for example. Overall this is a powerful mini PC (relative to similar form factor devices but excluding the higher-end Intel NUCs and comparable models) and the addition of capable graphics makes gaming possible together with light video editing. Equipped with a very good selection of ports and features including multiple configurable storage options, the GT-R makes a great impression as one of the first AMD based mini PCs. The only negative is that the fans are quite noisy when the processor is under load. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Mesa To Join Other Open-Source Projects With "Main" For Primary Code Branch

    This week Mesa developers began drafting plans for transitioning their primary Git branch to "main", following the naming plans of other open-source projects using Git. With Git now allowing a configurable default branch and GitHub working to transition from "master" to "main" as their default Git branch name, various other open-source projects have also been working to change their default Git branch name. Most open-source projects have been settling for "main" as the best and most descriptive default branch name rather than alternatives like trunk, default, etc. Mesa developers are similarly aiming for a "main" transition.

  • Linux Weekly Roundup: Ubuntu 20.04.1, LibreOffice 7, Pinta – Aug 8, 2020

    Here’s a recap for the week in the form of weekly roundup, curated for you from the Linux and opensource world on application updates, new releases, distribution updates, major news, and upcoming trends. This week there has been plenty of app updates, distribution release announced. With so many moving items happening all around the Linux and the open-source world, it is not always possible to cover the updates, especially the minor releases of news.

  • How to Apply Blur Effect in Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop
  • Install latest version apache on ubuntu from source
  • Setting Up Amavis and ClamAV on Ubuntu Mail Server
  • The weekend round-up: tell us what play button you've been clicking recently

    What's that? It's the weekend? It can't be already can it? Yes. It's time for the weekend chat about what we've been playing and what you've been playing. There's been so many good Linux supported releases lately I've been a bit spoilt for choice including these just in the last week: DemonCrawl, UnderMine, The Battle of Polytopia, Littlewood, Monster Crown, Core Defense and Hellpoint (plus plenty more I've missed).

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence | Linux Gaming | Ubuntu 20.04 | Steam Play

    A Plague Tale: Innocence running through Steam Play on Linux.

  • Recovering 2.11BSD, fighting the patches

    Well, if we have patch 195, and all 195 patches, what's the problem? Why can't you do a simple for loop and patch -R to get back to original? And for that matter, why were no copies of the original saved?

    Turns out the root of both of these problems can be summarized as 'resource shortage'. Back in the day when this was released, 100MB disks were large. The release came on 2 mag tapes that held 40MB each. Saving a copy of these required a substantial amount of space. And it was more important to have the latest release, not the original release, for running the system. It was more efficient and better anyway.

    In addition to small disk space, these small systems were connected via USENET or UUCP. These connections tended to be slow. Coupled with the small size of the storage on the PDP-11s running 2.11BSD, the patches weren't what we think of as modern patches. The patches started before the newer unified diff format was created. That format is much more efficient that the traditional context diffs. In addition, compress(1) was the only thing that could compress things, giving poor compression ratios. The UUCP transport of usenet messages also mean that the messages had to be relatively short. So, this mean that the 'patches' were really an upgrade process, that often included patches. But just as often, it included instructions like this from patch 4: [...]

  • NetBSD on the NanoPi NEO2

    The NanoPi NEO2 from FriendlyARM has been serving me well since 2018, being my test machine for OpenBSD/arm64 related things.

    As NetBSD/evbarm finally gained support for AArch64 in NetBSD 9.0, released back in February, I decided to give it a try on this device. The board only has 512MB of RAM, and this is where NetBSD really shines. Things have become a lot easier since jmcneill@ now provides bootable ARM images for a variety of devices, including the NanoPi NEO2.

  • Linux kmod tools on macOS

    First, this does not mean you can load Linux kernel modules on macOS. This port is far more boring than that. Recently I migrated from Travis-CI over to GitHub Actions for rpminspect. I took some time to understand how GitHub Actions worked and expanded the CI tests to run across Fedora rawhide, the latest release of Fedora, Debian Testing, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE Leap, OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, CentOS 8, CentOS 7, and Arch Linux. I wanted to prove that the software was portable across different distributions, but then that had me thinking about non-Linux platforms. GitHub Actions offers macOS as a platform, so what if I built things there too? Gaining access to a remote macOS VM (thanks, jbair), I was able to start working on porting rpminspect. The first problem I hit was the lack of libkmod from the Linux kmod project. Makes sense that this would not exist on macOS. All rpminspect does with libkmod is open and read Linux kernel modules, so porting it to macOS is technically possible. So I decided to give that a try.

  • We may wind up significantly delaying or mostly skipping Ubuntu 20.04

    The highest priority machines to upgrade are our remaining Ubuntu 16.04 machines, which will be going out of support in April of next year. Fortunately we don't have very many of them compared to our 18.04 machines, so there is not a huge amount of work to do. Unfortunately, most of our Exim based mail machines are 16.04 and the 20.04 version of Exim is a significantly disruptive upgrade, plus a number of the remaining machines are delicate to upgrade (our Samba server, for example).

    This opens up the issue of what Ubuntu version to upgrade these 16.04 machines to. Normally we'd upgrade them to Ubuntu 20.04, but normally we'd already be running less critical machines on 20.04 and getting experience with it; this time they'd be among our first 20.04 machines. On the other side, we're already running Ubuntu 18.04 in general and in some cases running the same services on 18.04 as we currently do on 16.04 (we have a couple of 18.04 Exim machines, for example). This makes upgrading most or all of our 16.04 machines to 18.04 instead of 20.04 a reasonably attractive proposition, especially for Exim based machines. We'd have to upgrade them again in two years when 22.04 comes out and 18.04 starts going out of support, but hopefully in two years the situation will be a lot different.

  • DebConf8

    Also this is my 6th post in this series of posts about DebConfs and for the last two days for the first time I failed my plan to do one post per day. And while two days ago I still planned to catch up on this by doing more than one post in a day, I have now decided to give in to realities, which mostly translates to sudden fantastic weather in Hamburg and other summer related changes in life. So yeah, I still plan to do short posts about all the DebConfs I was lucky to attend, but there might be days without a blog post. Anyhow, Mar de la Plata. When we held DebConf in Argentina it was winter there, meaning locals and other folks would wear jackets, scarfs, probably gloves, while many Debian folks not so much. Andreas Tille freaked out and/or amazed local people by going swimming in the sea every morning. And when I told Stephen Gran that even I would find it a bit cold with just a tshirt he replied "na, the weather is fine, just like british summer", while it was 14 celcius and mildly raining. DebConf8 was the first time I've met Valessio Brito, who I had worked together since at least DebConf6. That meeting was really super nice, Valessio is such a lovely person. Back in 2008 however, there was just one problem: his spoken English was worse than his written one, and that was already hard to parse sometimes. Fast forward eleven years to Curitiba last year and boom, Valessio speaks really nice English now.

  • 9 of the Best Firefox Addons for Social Media Enthusiasts

    Are you active in social media? If you’re using the Firefox browser, there are many extensions that will save you time, connect better with your audience, and boost your overall experience. The following is our shortlisted selection of some of the best Firefox addons for social media enthusiasts. Each has been verified for delivering what it promises and is quite easy to use. 1. Facebook Container For those active on the social scene, using Facebook is easier as a login option. [...] Love them or hate them, emojis may have become the official language of the Internet. If you’re running out of emoji styles to describe a specific mood or reaction, Emoji Cheatsheet just may give you the perfect idea. The emojis you click are automatically saved to your clipboard so that you can paste it on any social media site.

  • U is for Unreliable UI (or: Why Firefox's "Do this automatically this from now on" checkbox is so flaky, and how to work around it)

    It's been a frustration with Firefox for years. You click on a link and get the "What should Firefox do with this file?" dialog, even though it's a file type you view all the time -- PDF, say, or JPEG. You click "View in browser" or "Save file" or whatever ... then you check the "Do this automatically for files like this from now on" checkbox, thinking, I'm sure I checked this last time. Then a few minutes later, you go to a file of the exact same time, and you get the dialog again. That damn checkbox is like the button on street crossings or elevators: a no-op to make you think you're doing something.

NanoPi and Raspberry Pi

  • NanoPi NEO3

    A tiny, headless SBC based on the 64-bit quad-core RockChip RK3328 SoC along with up to 2GB RAM. I/O includes GbE and 3x USB (2x 3.0 + 1x 2.0), plus a 26-pin expansion header various GPIO signals.

  • Raspberry Pi makes Japanese keyboard

    It’s quite a complex keyboard, with three different character sets to deal with.

    ‘Figuring out how the USB keyboard controller maps to all the special keys on a Japanese keyboard was particularly challenging, with most web searches leading to non-English websites,’ say the Pi people, ‘we ended up reverse-engineering generic Japanese keyboards to see how they work, and mapping the keycodes to key matrix locations. We are fortunate that we have a very patient keyboard IC vendor, called Holtek, which produces the custom firmware for the controller.’

  • Raspberry Pi Release Japanese Keyboard Variant

    The Japanese keyboard is the latest layout available. Last month we saw the release of Swedish, Portuguese, Danish and Norwegian layouts of the official keyboard. All of the keyboards come with three USB 2.0 type-A ports, adding much needed extra ports to your Raspberry Pi. Available in two color choices, red and white or black and grey, this new keyboard has been designed to work with all three Japanese character sets.

  • The fastest USB storage options for Raspberry Pi

    After posting my tests concerning UASP support in USB SATA adapters, I got an email from Rob Logan mentioning the performance of some other types of drives he had with him. And he even offered to ship a few drives to me for comparisons!