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February 2012

Kernel Log: Updates to Intel graphics drivers and util-linux

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Linux

h-online.com: OpenGL 3.0 can only be used with Intel's new graphics driver if a potentially patented technology is enabled in Mesa 3D. A new version of util-linux standard utilities collection adds several new programs.

Raspberry Pi retailers toppled by demand as $35 Linux computer launches

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Linux
Hardware
Web

arstechnica.com: The Raspberry Pi foundation attempted to launch its $35 Linux computer on Tuesday evening, but the organization's retail partners couldn't cope with the massive demand. Two British electronic component distributors that intended to sell the product were unable to do so--their websites went down.

Five Things You Can Do With the New Raspberry Pi

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Linux
Hardware
Software

gizmodo.com: The Raspberry Pi is here at last —now what can you do with it? Here is our pick of the project ideas that you can try with your Pi.

Torvalds blasts openSUSE, security policies

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SUSE

itworld.com: It's not often Linux creator Linus Torvalds makes a public statement about one of the distros he's using. But when he does, it's a doozy.

Firefox 11 readies to fly

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Moz/FF

mybroadband.co.za: Once the darling of the web world Firefox has lost a little of its shine of late. In response the Mozilla Foundation has turned up the heat and is now piling on the changes in an effort to keep up with the competition. Mozilla’s latest offering is a beta version of Firefox 11.

Cinnamon is tasty Linux Mint treat

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Software

zdnet.co.uk: Likewise, on my Linux Minty desktop adventures, I have recently discovered the delights of the Cinnamon desktop, in no small part thanks to Mr Watson. Using it gives me a warm glow, as it inherits the features of the GNOME 2 desktop.

Why Distros Are (or Aren't) Using Ubuntu's Unity

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Linux
Software
Ubuntu

datamation.com: Referring to Ubuntu's emphasis on usability, Mark Shuttleworth described making Unity the default desktop environment as "the biggest leap forward in that mission that Ubuntu has ever taken . . . . We brought something new to the very core of the user experience." That was ten months ago.

Raspberry Pi Orders Now Being Accepted

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Linux
Software

ostatic.com: After months of anticipation, the tiny $25 computer known as Raspberry Pi is available for purchase. Earlier today, the project Website featured a full-page static announcement of the long awaited news.

recent leftovers:

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News
HowTos
  • A Quick Look at SliTaz 4 RC1
  • Gnome Boxes – Manage & Access Remote or Virtual Systems
  • Firefox 10 review
  • How to know if your computer license should be revoked
  • 4 new beautiful conky configs on Gnome
  • WURFL: a cautionary tale
  • Hack and / - Forensics with Ext4
  • Telling the Time on Linux: It’s Harder Than It Looks
  • Setup Network Interfaces in Debian
  • Where are they now?
  • Which Browser Should You Use?
  • The Completely Blank Xfce Desktop
  • Logitech HD Webcam C310 On Linux Mint
  • Build your own Linux based graphics workstation
  • Installing the Takeoff Launcher in KDE 4.8.0
  • How to Use Fdisk to Manage Partitions on Linux
  • New ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ Web browser extension released
  • Linux Outlaws 253 - Goatse Easter Egg

Top features for desktop users of Fedora 17

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Linux

Like previous editions of Fedora, Fedora 17 will ship with several major feature enhancements. Some will be of interest only to enterprise users, while others will be mainly for desktop users. Other features will, of course, appeal to the needs of both enterprise and desktop users.

More in Tux Machines

Best Open Source Gantt Chart Software for Linux

Gantt chart is the simplest way to assign resources, manage timelines, and visualize dependencies. It helps you to avoid confusion and cut unproductive events. With a glance, you can have all activities, allocated assets, and the scheduled dates of each. While a Gantt chart is a must for any complex project, in general, you need this project management tool: Read more

NuTyX 21.10.5 available with cards 2.4.140

The NuTyX team is happy to announce the new version of NuTyX 21.10.0 and cards 2.4.138. The xorg-server graphics server version 21.1.1, the Mesa 3D library in 21.2.5, Gtk4 4.4.0 and Qt 5.15.2. The python interpreters are en 3.10.0 et 2.7.18. The XFCE desktop environment is updated to version 4.16. The MATE desktop environment is a 1.26 version . The GNOME desktop environment is also updated to version 40.1.1 The KDE desktop environment is available in Plasma 5.23.3, Framework 5.88.0 and applications in 21.08.3. Available browsers are: Firefox 94.0.2, Chromium 96.0.4664.45, Epiphany 40.3, etc Many desktop applications have been updated as well like Thunderbird 91.2.0, Scribus 1.5.7, Libreoffice 7.1.5.2, Gimp 2.10.28, etc. Read more

System Monitoring Center is an Ideal Task Manager & Resource Monitor for Linux

Graphically monitoring the system resources may not be the best experience on Linux. The system monitoring tool that comes baked in with your desktop environment might limit the details. For instance, GNOME’s system monitor does not display the CPU frequency and temperatures. In addition, the default system monitor applications available for Linux usually aim for simplicity instead of providing detailed insights. Read more

today's leftovers

  • How Ubuntu Boosts Developer Desktop Productivity | Ubuntu

    Seventeen years after its first release, Ubuntu is firmly established as the Linux developer desktop of choice around the world. From education through to enterprise, Ubuntu delivers the tools developers need to succeed across their careers. In this blog, we will cover the main aspects that contribute to this success. [...] Developers start their careers with Ubuntu, and 69% of student developers reported that they prefer Ubuntu as an OS. It’s not surprising. With Ubuntu, they gain access to the best of open source, including AI/ML frameworks, such as Pytorch and TensorFlow, ROS for robotics and LXD and multipass for virtualisation. Open source technology is now a critical part of any enterprise, and familiarity with open source is a key consideration in hiring. As a result, getting new developers onboarded and productive quickly is easier with Ubuntu. It’s a system they’re familiar with. It’s flexible and customisable. And, as an operating system, it spans both the workstation and the cloud, providing a consistent development experience across your technology stack.

  • Our 12 favorite Arduino UNO projects | Arduino Blog

    The UNO wasn’t Arduino’s first board, and it won’t be its last. There have been many varieties of microcontroller and maker boards before and after the UNO, but none have been as iconic. As we cross the epic milestone of 10 million UNOs sold and the launch of the UNO Mini Limited Edition, we decided it was time to take a look back at some of our favorite UNO projects from the last 10 years. And we want to hear about yours, too. Join us over on social media to share your favorite UNO projects, whether you built them yourself or marveled at someone else’s electronic creation.

  • Personal computer maker Raspberry Pi plans London listing

    The company behind Britain's best-selling personal computer is preparing the ground for a spring listing which is expected to value it at more than £370m.

    The trading arm of the Raspberry Pi Foundation has hired bankers from Stifel and Liberum to advise on a London float after securing a $45m (£33m) investment in September.

    The Cambridge-based foundation offloaded stakes to Lansdowne Partners and the Ezrah Charitable Trust to fund product development and marketing after seeing booming demand for its miniature personal computers during lockdown.

  • Mozilla Privacy Blog: Mozilla files comments on UK Data Protection Consultation

    Mozilla recently submitted its comments to a public consultation on reforming the UK’s data protection regime launched by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. With the public consultation, titled ‘Data: A New Direction’, the UK government set out to re-evaluate the UK’s approach to data protection after no longer being bound by the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We took this opportunity to share our thoughts on data stewardship and the role effective regulation can play in addressing the lopsided power dynamics between large data collectors and users. For Mozilla, privacy is not optional. It is an integral aspect of our Manifesto, which states that individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. This is why privacy is at the core of our product work and why we have long promoted robust data protection in our policy and advocacy work. Further, Mozilla’s Data Futures Lab is exploring alternative approaches to data governance and promoting data stewardship through original research and support to builders.

  • 42 things I learned from building a production database

    In 2017, I went to Facebook on a sabbatical from my faculty position at Yale. I created a team to build a storage system called Delos at the bottom of the Facebook stack (think of it as Facebook’s version of Chubby). We hit production with a 3-person team in less than a year; and subsequently scaled the team to 30+ engineers spanning multiple sub-teams. In the four years that I led the team (until Spring 2021), we did not experience a single severe outage (nothing higher than a SEV3). The Delos design is well-documented in two academic papers (in OSDI 2020 and SOSP 2021). Delos is currently replacing all uses of ZooKeeper at Facebook.

    Here are some of the things I learned as the tech lead for Delos. My intent in publishing this is to help others in similar roles (leading teams that are building new infra at large companies); much of it may not generalize to different settings.