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5 Ways Linux has Changed the World

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While i still stand firm that the day of Desktop Linux has passed, there is no doubt that from its humble beginnings this open operating system not only changed the direction of IT, but have changed the world.

Video Calls on the move.. lots of choices many questions.

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The idea of the video phone has been around for a very long time. I remember attending a phone conference in the 90′s when it was the next big thing. However it has never really taken off.. maybe until now?

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Followup up to the comments on "Has the Linux Desktop had its day" post..

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Yesterday i wrote a post entitled “Has Linux on the Desktop had its day” and it got some responses. It’s not my place to name names however I do feel some of the responses I had in the post are a clear example of some of the problems with the Linux Community.

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Has linux had its day on the desktop?

The stats are in, Linux is everywhere, the problem is, no one is mentioning this fact, and at the same time it appears that take up of the Linux desktop may be on the wane. Its a strange new world which this operating system now finds itself powering huge chunks of the internet and mobile devices. Yet evidently losing ground on the desktop.

Remote Application launching using X11 and SSH.. Oldie but a goodie..

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Howtos

Using WordPress as my central blog platform I’m very happy with it, not much to complain about, some good features, it’s very social and some nice themes. However it’s got me thinking not so much my content i’m now having a “problem” to manage it’s dealing with the replies

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Microsoft just failed with it's latest hardware offering..

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Yes, i know this is a Linux blog, however it's time now of Linux to stand up for we have seen what Micorosoft calls a tablet OS and it falls short on every possible way even this new hardware smoke and mirrors..

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There’s nothing wrong with Windows, as such.

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This week I was sat at a work colleagues desk with a brand new Windows 7 build on a PC trying to get him connected to our VPN something i’ve done over a 100 times in the past yet this time it wasn’t going well.

The main reason for this was a poor 3G single on a dongle however something struck me when trying to deal with the problem which boiled down to the lack of tools Windows comes loaded with out of the box so to speak to troubleshoot problems.

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Technology During the reign of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

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It’s the Diamond Jubilee for the Queen of England today and thats 60 years. This is a long time and a lot has changed in 60 years and the world is a very different different place to the one HRH stepped into as Queen when she stepped out of that Kenyan tree house in 1952

So what has each decade of the queens reign brought us?

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Ubuntu for Android and TV signal strong future

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It is often said that Linux Desktop distros spend half their time playing catchup with the Windows or OSX Desktop environments. I'd agree for many years this has been the truth however something is happening in the world of Linux. I is starting to innovate again.
Some might say that it has been doing this for years, however i think its fair to say with the numbers of Windows users coming over to the desktop it's had to slow down the innovation and focus on the usability aspect.

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Upgrading your Gen 1 Apple TV to CrystalBuntu..

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I recently did a post on cutting the cable which the article explained how you get XBMC 11.0 ontop of the ATV OS. Having run with this for a week or so it turns out that when streaming media from a NAS the playback becomes very choppy and out of sync audio and video occustrs a lot.

Thankfully there is another option however which involves removing the Apple TV OS and putting a Linux based OS onto the box which has been built specifically to work with an AppleTV containing the CrystalHD card.

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Ulteo 3.0 on Ubuntu 10.04.x

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Thin Client computing is the current system of choice in so many enterprise systems today with the big players being VMware and Citrix and even Windows 2008 trying to nudge its way into the act with its Seamless Remote Desktop Applications. All of these systems provide clients which will access the applicaitons which are run from a central server and all of them are well tested and run on thousands of systems.

Not to be left out Opensource is now getting its act together and the rudimentry underpinnings of a thin client infrastructure with the recent release of Ulteo 3.0 and its Open Source Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery solutions

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Why do I use Linux, or rather why I don't like using Windows.

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Anyone who knows me, knows me to be a bit of a Fanboy, I love using Linux I use it on the Desktop, i've migrated may of our servers to it and am a firm advocate for Desktop Linux as an alternative for Windows. Using Linux is an entrance to a whole new world and I don' just mean with Linux, its the gateway to other OS's.

My trip into the wonderful world of *nix operating systems started over 20 years ago when working for the BBC a Sun Indigo was plonked onto my desk. I'd been using different OS's for a while, very early in my career i was using OS/2 instead of Windows 3.1 and this sparked an interested I guess in what was to be come the path for the future.

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XBMCbuntu Eden on the ASRock 330

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The latest release of XBMC my preferred application for viewing my Movie collection on the TV and there has been an updated release just recently. I was urged to give this a whirl as it has an Apple Airplay server built in for streaming video on the TV from the iPad.

I have been running XBMC 10.0 on a Sabayon system for the past few months and it's beeen running well, however always one for the new and change I wanted to give XBMC 11 a bit of a go. The first stage was to see if the Sabayon repositories had an update, they did however it wasn't to the release version it was to the release candidate 2. This doesn't include the airplay functionality so an alternative was needed.

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pfSense is the alternative to the Linux Small Business Server you've been looking for..

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Take a look out at the Linux Distro landscape and there are no end of small business server distributions, these are the distros which provide you with a cheap alternative to create a small business server which in turn provides eMail, DNS, DHCP, Web Servers and many other services you'd need on a server when running a small business.

Usually the scenario would be that you use Microsoft's server products to provide your staff with a reliable back end server system, however over the last few years some of the Linux alternatives have risen like cream does to the top. Everything you could do with a Microsoft server can now be done for free on a Linux Small business distro. Zentayal is an example of this type of Distro. Its polished, there are support options, its well documented, it runs on Ubuntu as a core OS.

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Ubuntu Linux Server is a growing but important part of Canonicals stable moving forward

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Just been reading an interesting piece on zdnet.com by the love him or hate him auther who is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols which talks about the possible rise of Ubuntu as a server platform when compared to RHEL. The article quotes the Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth on some figures from W3Tech.

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Top Android Apps

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I've tried to include a few that are a bit less like on the other lists you might find..

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If Tablets are the way forward why is it so dammed hard to get one on contract?

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Directly on the various Mobile operator sites there seems to be a choice of the iPad 2 going very strong 1 week before the new Ipad release, very little mention of "the new iPad coming soon" and either the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 or Orange are offering their own Tablet or th HTC 7" offering.

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4 Linux and a BSD Distro every Sysadmin should have in their toolbox

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While as a Sysadmin our world is generally speaking goverend by Windows Desktops and servers, Microsoft's OS isn't the best one out there at every task, for some tasks Linux is the answer, I've written on other blogs on a similar topic, about Linux Distros and which ones you will get he most out of. The idea behind most of these Linux Distros is they act as a tool or a set of tools to perform a certain task.
Each one of thses distros is free, downloads as an ISO and can be run (apart from one) booted from a CD without installation.

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Ubuntu 11.10 as an alternative to OSX on the Macbook Pro

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For those users not enamoured by the direction OSX is taking or if you are looking to run a free Opensource alternative there are a couple of choices in the Linux camp. I've covered Sabayon and in this article I take a look at just how easy is it to install Ubuntu on a Macbook Pro as the Only OS.

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Consoles of yesteryear..

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The handheld console unit may very soon become a thing of the past and with games costing upwards of £50 their big brothers the home console unit may not be far behind. It's however pretty safe to say that the future of portable gaming on mobile phones hosting IOS and Android does have a very lucrative future.

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today's leftovers

  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?
    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue. [...] This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.
  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros
    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions. Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.
  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On
    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit. It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.
  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM
    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on trac.webkit.org,
  • Should we drop Vala?
    Is it Vala development a waste of time? Is Vala suitable for long term support libraries?
  • SUSECON 2016: Where Technology Reigns Supreme [Ed: “Article Sponsor: SUSE”]
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/39
  • Free software activities in September 2016

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
    Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.23 LTS Has ARM and MIPS Improvements, Updated Filesystems, More
    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed the community about the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 LTS kernel. The Linux 4.4 kernel is a long-term supported branch, the latest and most advanced one, used in many stable and reliable GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Alpine Linux 3.4. Therefore, it is imperative for it to receive regular updates that bring fixes to the most important issues, as well as other general improvements.
  • From NFS to LizardFS
    If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that we started our data servers out using NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit some load problems, switched to btrfs, hit load problems again, tried a hacky workaround, ran into problems, dropped DRBD for glusterfs, had a major disaster, switched back to NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit more load problems, and finally dropped DRBD for ZFS.
  • IBM's Ginni Rometty Tells Bankers Not To Rest On Their Digital Laurels
  • BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel
    BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit. David Herrmann, one of the BUS1 developers, presented at this week's systemd.conf conference about the new capability-based IPC for Linux. He talked about how BUS1 is superior to KDBUS, how BUS1 is similar to Android's Binder, Chrome's Mojo, Solaris' Doors, and other common IPC implementations.
  • A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant
    In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center. Intel has been developing a new wireless daemon for Linux to potentially replace wpa_supplicant. This new daemon isn't yet public but the code repositories for it will be opened up in the next few weeks. This new daemon has improvements around persistency, WiFi management, reduced abstractions for different operating systems and legacy interfaces, and changes to operation. This daemon is designed to be very lightweight and work well for embedded Linux use-cases especially, including IoT applications.