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Original Articles from 2007

  1. Why Dolphin should have tabs* - Dec 30, 2007
  2. Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use - Dec 12, 2007
  3. How to use the nvidia driver with the KDE Four Live CD* - Dec 12, 2007
  4. Paldo melds source-based and binary in one distro - Dec 11, 2007
  5. First look at Geubuntu 7.10 - Dec 10, 2007
  6. First look at Linux Mint 4.0 - Nov 26, 2007
  7. Gosh, gOS is good - Nov 16, 2007
  8. DSL 4.0: Damn small improvement - Nov 13, 2007
  9. ubuntu vs opensuse - Nov 12, 2007
  10. First look at Ubuntu Studio 7.10 - Nov 05, 2007
  11. From a PCLOS user: Kubuntu Gutsy doesn't totally reek* - Nov 3, 2007
  12. Hans Reiser: Did He or Didn't He? - Nov 03, 2007
  13. Vixta: Nice concept, incomplete execution - Oct 26, 2007
  14. "Why Ubuntu (Still) Sucks"...Why care?* - Oct 24, 2007
  15. Linux Projects' Best Kept Secret - Oct 20, 2007
  16. Battle of the Titans: Mandriva 2008 vs openSUSE 10.3 - Oct 19, 2007
  17. Wine is Getting Good* - Oct 16, 2007
  18. diff Power_Pack Free - Oct 16, 2007
  19. Mandriva 2008.0 Rocks - Oct 12, 2007
  20. openSUSE 10.3 in review: A solid Linux desktop* - Oct 12, 2007
  21. Quick Look at Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate - Oct 12, 2007
  22. First look at Puppy Linux 3.00 - Oct 08, 2007
  23. First look at PC-BSD 1.4 - Oct 01, 2007
  24. openSUSE 10.3 RC 1 Report - Sep 26, 2007
  25. Kind of fond of FaunOS - Sep 25, 2007
  26. KateOS - Getting Better with Age - Sep 19, 2007
  27. ALT: Linux from Russia - Sep 17, 2007
  28. openSUSE 10.3 Beta 3 Report - Sep 10, 2007
  29. Beta Review: Kanotix 2007 "Thorhammer" RC5B* Sep 7, 2007
  30. openSUSE 10.3 Beta (1 &) 2 Report - Aug 26, 2007
  31. Sidux 2007-03.1 "Gaia": A closer look* - Aug 23, 2007
  32. Sidux 2007-03 'Gaia' -- a quick look* - Aug 22, 2007
  33. Freespire aspires, but fails to inspire - Aug 20, 2007
  34. Sabayon Linux: Something for everyone - Aug 14, 2007
  35. Mandriva 2008 Beta 1, "Cassini" -- A few thoughts* -- Aug 11, 2007
  36. Absolute Linux is an absolute winner - Aug 07, 2007
  37. Wolvix 1.1.0 Mini-Review & Screenshots - Aug 06, 2007
  38. openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7 report - Aug 04, 2007
  39. Mini-Review: Puppy Linux 2.17 - July 23, 2007
  40. openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 6 Report - July 20, 2007
  41. With new code base, Supergamer is fun again - July 18, 2007
  42. Mini-Reviews: CentOS 5.0 LiveCD, Berry 0.82, and AntiX "Spartacus" - July 16, 2007
  43. Venerable Slackware 12 gets a sporty new wardrobe - July 10, 2007
  44. First look at Elive 1.0 - July 09, 2007
  45. Slackware 12: The anti-'buntu* - July 08, 2007
  46. A sysadmin toolbox for Web site maintenance - July 5, 2007
  47. Mini Review of a Tiny PCLOS - July 2, 2007
  48. Yoper 3.0 requires some tinkering - June 28, 2007
  49. New AntiX distro makes older hardware usable - June 26, 2007
  50. OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 5 report - June 20, 2007
  51. Alternative GUIs: GoblinX* - June 16, 2007
  52. Granular Linux - What Am I Missing? - June 11, 2007
  53. Alternative GUIs: SymphonyOS* - Jun 9, 2007
  54. Sidux vs. Mint: Can You Live the Pure Open Source Life? - June 4, 2007
  55. Fedora 7 "Moonshine": Freedom vs. Ease-of-Use* - Jun 1, 2007
  56. How-to Edit Grub - May 26, 2007
  57. New PCLinuxOS 2007 looks great, works well - May 23, 2007
  58. VectorLinux SOHO: A better Slackware than Slackware - May 21, 2007
  59. DeLi Linux 0.7.2, a distribution for very old computers - May 21, 2007
  60. openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 report - May 18, 2007
  61. Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - The Crowning Jewel of the Ubuntu Family - May 12, 2007
  62. Mandriva Spring - Beautiful Change of Season - Apr 30, 2007
  63. Blue Belle: Running PCLinuxOS Test 4* - Apr 28, 2007
  64. Linux Minty Fresh - Apr 24, 2007
  65. Fallen Under the Spell of Arch Voodoo - Apr 20, 2007
  66. openSUSE 10.3 alpha 3 Report - Apr 13, 2007
  67. Quick Little Tour of Opera's New Speed Dial - Apr 11, 2007
  68. GoblinX Premium 2007.1 - Apr 10, 2007
  69. Review of Kubuntu 7.04 Beta* - Apr 07, 2007
  70. Linux Mint "Bianca" KDE Edition Beta 020: A Small Review* - Apr 06, 2007
  71. SimplyMepis 6.5 - Simply Wonderful - Apr 05, 2007
  72. PCLinuxOS becomes PCUbuntuOS - Apr 1, 2007
  73. The Lazy Guide to Installing Knoppix on a USB Key* - Mar 28, 2007
  74. SabayonLinux 3.3 Mini on that HP Laptop - Mar 27, 2007
  75. Sam Linux 2007 - For the XFCE Lover - Mar 23, 2007
  76. A New Year, A New Kwort - Mar 21, 2007
  77. A New Open Source Model? - Mar 19, 2007
  78. openSUSE 10.3 alpha 2 report - Mar 17, 2007
  79. Peeking in the Windows of ReactOS 0.3.1 - Mar 14, 2007
  80. Kicking the tires of Mandriva 2007.1 beta 2 - Mar 04, 2007
  81. Quick Cruise Around Fedora 7 Test 2 - Mar 02, 2007
  82. Testdriving Sidux 2007 - Feb 28, 2007
  83. First look at VectorLinux 5.8 SOHO - Feb 27, 2007
  84. Script KATE to Automagically Compile/Execute Programs* - Feb 25, 2007
  85. openSUSE 10.3 alpha 1 Report - Feb 19, 2007
  86. SaxenOS and SimplyMEPIS - bumps in the middle of the road - Feb 19, 2007
  87. Year of the Linux desktop? Who cares!* - Feb 4, 2007
  88. SaxenOS 1.1 rc2 - Feb 4, 2007
  89. 10 reasons to try PCLinuxOS* - Jan 25, 2007
  90. PCLinuxOS 2007 Beta 2 (Test 1) - Jan 20, 2007
  91. NimbleX 2007 - As the Name Implies... - Jan 16, 2007
  92. SabayonLinux 3.26 on my HP Pavilion Laptop - Jan 11, 2007
  93. TestDriving SimplyMepis 6.0-4 Beta 2 - Jan 7, 2007

* : By others.

More in Tux Machines

GNOME: NVMe Firmware and GSConnect

  • Richard Hughes: NVMe Firmware: I Need Your Data
    In a recent Google Plus post I asked what kind of hardware was most interesting to be focusing on next. UEFI updating is now working well with a large number of vendors, and the LVFS “onboarding” process is well established now. On that topic we’ll hopefully have some more announcements soon. Anyway, back to the topic in hand: The overwhelming result from the poll was that people wanted NVMe hardware supported, so that you can trivially update the firmware of your SSD. Firmware updates for SSDs are important, as most either address data consistency issues or provide nice performance fixes.
  • Gnome Shell Android Integration Extension GSConnect V12 Released
    GSConnect v12 was released yesterday with changes like more resilient sshfs connections (which should make browsing your Android device from the desktop more reliable), fixed extension icon alignment, along with other improvements. GSConnect is a Gnome Shell extension that integrates your Android device(s) with the desktop. The tool makes use of the KDE Connect protocol but without using any KDE dependencies, keeping your desktop clean of unwanted packages.
  • Linux Release Roundup: Communitheme, Cantata & VS Code
    GSconnect is a magical GNOME extension that lets your Android phone integrate with your Linux desktop. So good, in fact, that Ubuntu devs want to ship it as part of the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 release (though last I heard it probably just end up in the repos instead). Anyway, a new version of GSconnect popped out this week. GSconnect v12 adds a nifty new features or two, as well as a few fixes here, and a few UI tweaks there.

Red Hat Leftovers

  • Red Hat Advances Container Storage
    Red Hat has moved to make storage a standard element of a container platform with the release of version 3.1 of Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage (OCS), previously known as Red Hat Container Native Storage. Irshad Raihan, senior manager for product marketing for Red Hat Storage, says Red Hat decided to rebrand its container storage offering to better reflect its tight integration with the Red Hat OpenShift platform. In addition, the term “container native” continues to lose relevance given all the different flavors of container storage that now exist, adds Raihan. The latest version of the container storage software from Red Hat adds arbiter volume support to enable high availability with efficient storage utilization and better performance, enhanced storage monitoring and configuration via the Red Hat implementation of the Prometheus container monitoring framework, and block-backed persistent volumes (PVs) that can be applied to both general application workloads and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) infrastructure workloads. Support for PVs is especially critical because to in the case of Red Hat OCS organizations can deploy more than 1,000 PVs per cluster, which helps to reduce cluster sprawl within the IT environment, says Raihan.
  • Is Red Hat Inc’s (NYSE:RHT) ROE Of 20.72% Sustainable?
  • FPgM report: 2018-33

OSS Leftovers

  • Infineon enables open source TSS ESAPI layer
    This is the first open source TPM middleware that complies with the Software Stack (TSS) Enhanced System API (ESAPI) specification of the Trusted Computing Group . “The ease of integration on Linux and other embedded platforms that comes with the release of the TPM 2.0 ESAPI stack speeds up the adoption of TPM 2.0 in embedded systems such as network equipment and industrial systems,” says Gordon Muehl, Global CTO Security at Huawei.
  • Open source RDBMS uses spurred by lower costs, cloud options
    As the volumes of data generated by organizations get larger and larger, data professionals face a dilemma: Must database bills get bigger in the process? And, increasingly, IT shops with an eye on costs are looking to open source RDBMS platforms as a potential alternative to proprietary relational database technologies.
  • Progress open sources ABL code in Spark Toolkit
    New England headquartered application development company Progress is flexing its programmer credentials this month. The Massachusetts-HQ’d firm has now come forward with its Progress Spark Toolkit… but what is it? The Progress Spark Toolkit is a set of open source ABL code combined with some recommended best-practices.
  • Mixing software development roles produces great results
    Most open source communities don’t have a lot of formal roles. There are certainly people who help with sysadmin tasks, testing, writing documentation, and translating or developing code. But people in open source communities typically move among different roles, often fulfilling several at once. In contrast, team members at most traditional companies have defined roles, working on documentation, support, QA, and in other areas. Why do open source communities take a shared-role approach, and more importantly, how does this way of collaborating affect products and customers? Nextcloud has adopted this community-style practice of mixing roles, and we see large benefits for our customers and our users.
  • FOSS Project Spotlight: SIT (Serverless Information Tracker)
    In the past decade or so, we've learned to equate the ability to collaborate with the need to be online. The advent of SaaS clearly marked the departure from a decentralized collaboration model to a heavily centralized one. While on the surface this is a very convenient delivery model, it simply doesn't fit a number of scenarios well. As somebody once said, "you can't FTP to Mars", but we don't need to go as far. There are plenty of use cases here on Earth that are less than perfectly suited for this "online world". Lower power chips and sensors, vessel/offshore collaboration, disaster recovery, remote areas, sporadically reshaping groups—all these make use of central online services a challenge. Another challenge with centralization is somewhat less thought of—building software that can handle a lot of concurrent users and that stores and processes a lot of information and never goes down is challenging and expensive, and we, as consumers, pay dearly for that effort. And not least important, software in the cloud removes our ability to adapt it perfectly for use cases beyond its owner's vision, scope and profitability considerations. Convenience isn't free, and this goes way beyond the price tag.
  • ProtonMail's open source encryption library, OpenPGPjs, passes independent audit
    ProtonMail, the secure email provider, has just had its credentials re-affirmed after its encryption library, OpenPGPjs, passed an independent security audit. The audit was carried out by the respected security firm, Cure53, after the developer community commissioned a review following the release of OpenPGPjs 3.0 back in March.
  • Uber Announces Open Source Fusion.js Framework
    Uber Announces Fusion.js, an open source "Plugin-based Universal Web Framework." In the announcement, Uber senior software engineer Leo Horie explains that Uber builds hundreds of web-based applications, and with web technologies changing quickly and best practices continually evolving, it is a challenge to have hundreds of web engineers leverage modern language features while staying current with the dynamic nature of the web platform. Fusion.js is Uber's solution to this problem.
  • ASAN And LSAN Work In rr
    AddressSanitizer has worked in rr for a while. I just found that LeakSanitizer wasn't working and landed a fix for that. This means you can record an ASAN build and if there's an ASAN error, or LSAN finds a leak, you can replay it in rr knowing the exact addresses of the data that leaked — along with the usual rr goodness of reverse execution, watchpoints, etc. Well, hopefully. Report an issue if you find more problems.
  • Oracle Open-Sources GraphPipe to Support ML Development
    Oracle on Wednesday announced that it has open-sourced GraphPipe to enhance machine learning applications. The project's goal is to improve deployment results for machine learning models, noted Project Leader Vish Abrams. That process includes creating an open standard. The company has a questionable relationship with open source developers, so its decision to open-source GraphPipe might not receive a flood of interest. Oracle hopes developers will rally behind the project to simplify and standardize the deployment of machine learning models. GraphPipe consists of a set of libraries and tools for following a deployment standard.
  • OERu makes a college education affordable
    Open, higher education courses are a boon to adults who don’t have the time, money, or confidence to enroll in traditional college courses but want to further their education for work or personal satisfaction. OERu is a great option for these learners. It allows people to take courses assembled by accredited colleges and universities for free, using open textbooks, and pay for assessment only when (and if) they want to apply for formal academic credit. I spoke with Dave Lane, open source technologist at the Open Education Resource Foundation, which is OERu’s parent organization, to learn more about the program. The OER Foundation is a nonprofit organization hosted by Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. It partners with organizations around the globe to provide leadership, networking, and support to help advance open education principles.
  • Tomu Is A Tiny, Open Source Computer That Easily Fits In Your USB Port
    There are a number of USB stick computers available in the market at varying prices. One of them that really stands out is Tomu — a teeny weeny ARM processor that can entirely fit inside your computer’s USB port. Tomu is based on Silicon Labs Happy Gecko EFM32HG309 Arm Cortex-M0+ microcontroller that runs at 25 MHz. It sports 8 kb of RAM and 60 kb of flash onboard. In spite of the small size, it supports two LEDs and two capacitance touch buttons.
  • RcppArmadillo
    A new RcppArmadillo release, based on the new Armadillo release 9.100.5 from earlier today, is now on CRAN and in Debian. It once again follows our (and Conrad's) bi-monthly release schedule. Conrad started with a new 9.100.* series a few days ago. I ran reverse-depends checks and found an issue which he promptly addressed; CRAN found another which he also very promptly addressed. It remains a true pleasure to work with such experienced professionals as Conrad (with whom I finally had a beer around the recent useR! in his home town) and of course the CRAN team whose superb package repository truly is the bedrock of the R community.
  • PHP version 7.1.21 and 7.2.9
    RPM of PHP version 7.2.9 are available in remi repository for Fedora 28 and in remi-php72 repository for Fedora 25-27 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 6 (RHEL, CentOS). RPM of PHP version 7.1.21 are available in remi repository for Fedora 26-27 and in remi-php71 repository for Fedora 25 and Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS).

GNU/Linux on Laptops and Desktops

  • Endless OS and Asus, Update on L1TF Exploit, Free Red Hat DevConf.US in Boston, Linux 4.19 Kernel Update
    Some of us may recall a time when ASUS used to ship a stripped down version of Xandros Linux with their line of Eee PC netbooks. Last week, the same company announced that Endless OS will be supporting non-OS offerings of their product. However it comes with a big disclaimer stating that ASUS will not officially support the operating system's compatibility issues.
  • The Chromebook Grows Up
    What started out as a project to provide a cheap, functional, secure and fast laptop experience has become so much more. Chromebooks in general have suffered from a lack of street-cred acceptance. Yes, they did a great job of doing the everyday basics—web browsing and...well, that was about it. Today, with the integration of Android apps, all new and recently built Chrome OS devices do much more offline—nearly as much as a conventional laptop or desktop, be it video editing, photo editing or a way to switch to a Linux desktop for developers or those who just like to do that sort of thing.
  • Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing [Ed: Microsoft is still striving to control and master GNU/Linux through malware, Vista 10]
  • What Dropbox dropping Linux support says
    You've probably already heard by now that Dropbox is nixing support for all Linux file systems but unencrypted ext4. When this was announced, much of the open source crowd was up in arms—and rightfully so. Dropbox has supported Linux for a long time, so this move came as a massive surprise.
  • Winds Beautifully Combines Feed Reader and Podcast Player in One Single App
    Billboard top 50 playlist is great for commuting. But I’m a nerd so I mostly prefer podcasts. Day after day, listening to podcasts on my phone has turned into a habit for the better and now, I crave my favorite podcasts even when I’m home, sitting in front of my computer. Thus began, my hunt for the perfect podcast app for Linux. Desktop Linux doesn’t have a huge selection of dedicated podcast applications. Of course, you can use Rhythmbox music player or VLC Media player to download podcasts (is there anything VLC can’t do?). There are even some great command line tools to download podcasts if you want to go down that road.
  • VirtualBox 5.2.18 Maintenance Update fixed VM process termination on RDP client disconnect
    Virtualbox developers released a maintenance update for virtualization solution on the 14th of August, 2018. The latest update raised the version of VirtualBox to 5.2.18. The improvements and additions have been welcomed by several users as it makes the virtualization product even more convenient to use.