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Story Mandrakesoft and Conectiva Merger srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:20am
Story Ebay Sued srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:20am
Story FBI Being Spoofed in Email srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:19am
Story Nvidia to release 75 series driver srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:19am
Story NVIDIA Unleashes 6800 Mobile GPU srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:18am
Story Newest Vulnerabilities in php apps srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:18am
Story aKademy 2005 Logo Contest Launched srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 6:29am
Story SCO and The Titanic srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 4:28am
Story IBM backs open-source Web software srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 4:27am
Story Who will take home the Gold? srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 4:25am

Raspberry Pi pulse generator HAT targets motor control

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CNC Design’s “Pulse Train Hat” is a Raspberry Pi add-on that generates variable frequency pulses for automation systems such as stepper/servo motors.

CNC Design Limited has launched a Pulse Train Hat (PTHAT) add-on board for the Raspberry PI designed to “make motor control easy, fast and accurate.” The Raspberry Pi HAT compliant board lets customers use simple serial ASCII commands to generate clean, fast and accurate variable frequency pulses. The chief application is to drive stepper/servo motors that use pulse and direction lines, such as motors found in 3D printers, CNC machines, and robot arms.

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ExTiX 17.4 – “The Ultimate Linux System” – with LXQt 0.11.1, Nvidia 381.09 and kernel 4.10.0-19-exton – Build 170418

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I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 17.4 LXQt Live DVD. (The previous version was 17.2 from 170320).

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Also new: Solus 2017.04.18 Brings Updates, Bulletproof Boot Management

Linux distribution 'Solus' has a new snapshot available with 'Bulletproof Boot Management'

Announcing a new fun venture for me: Our sister site LifeOnLinux

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I've debated for quite some time setting up my own more generalised Linux and technology site, so screw it, I did it. Announcing as a new experiment!

To be clear: GamingOnLinux will stay exactly the same and keep improving as it always does. LifeOnLinux costs nothing extra to run and it's mainly an experiment right now.

It will have the same basic principles as GOL itself: No bullshit, no adverts, no clickbait, SSL for everyone for free and it will keep things simple and to the point as much as possible. It will accept user contributed articles too, just like GOL does.

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Also: A Linux story, why I got into Linux and what it means to me

LLVM Clang 3.9.1, Clang 4.0 & GCC 6.3 With Intel's Clear Linux

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A few days back Intel's Clear Linux updated their LLVM Clang compiler from 3.9.1 to the recent 4.0.0 release, following Beignet getting LLVM 4.0 support. Here are some before/after benchmarks as well as fresh GCC benchmarks.

Clear Linux ships both LLVM Clang and GCC and switches between the default compiler when building its packages/bundles depending upon which compiler is known to do the best for the particular workload. As far as the default compiler exposed, GCC is the default. I ran some tests of Clear Linux 14620 that shipped with GCC 6.3 and and LLVM Clang 3.9.1 followed by upgrading to Clear Linux 14640 to get the distribution's LLVM Clang 4.0 build. (Note there was also a small update to its Linux 4.10 kernel with that build too.)

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today's leftovers

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  • Linux Kernel 4.11 Could Land on April 23 as Linus Torvalds Announces Seventh RC

    The Easter Bunny brought us another Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel, as announced by Linus Torvalds on Sunday evening.

    Linux kernel 4.11 RC7 is here, as expected, one week after the previous Release Candidate build, and, according to Linus Torvalds' announcement, it could also be the last in the series, marking the end of the development cycle for Linux kernel 4.11, which could land as soon as next week if nothing surprising, unexpected happens.

  • Mesa 17.0.4 Launches with Better RadeonSI, r600 Drivers, Mesa 17.1 Gets First RC

    Collabora's Emil Velikov is proud to announce today, April 17, 2017, the release and general availability of the fourth maintenance update to the stable Mesa 17.0 3D Graphics Library for Linux-based operating systems.

    Coming a little over two weeks after the release of Mesa 17.0.3, which brought various improvements to both the Intel OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers, RadeonSI, Nouveau, Galleon, Freedreno, as well as Radeon RADV Vulkan drivers, the Mesa 17.0.4 update is here to implement a total of 29 changes, mostly for Intel i965.

  • Mesa Lands GLVND Support For EGL

    GLVND is the NVIDIA-led effort for the new "Linux OpenGL ABI" or basically the OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library to allow multiple OpenGL drivers to happily co-exist on the same system. Mesa's existing GLVND support has been limited to GLX while now there is EGL support.

  • Devil-Linux 1.8.0 Major Update Implements Google-Authenticator for PAM, HAProxy

    Devil-Linux developer Heiko Zuerker proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of a new major update of his GNU/Linux distribution targeted at routers and firewalls, Devil-Linux 1.8.0.

    Coming five years after the Devil-Linux 1.6.0 stable release, Devil-Linux 1.8.0 appears to be a major overhaul of the independently developed operating system, implementing the Google-Authenticator for PAM Pluggable Authentication Module) and the HAProxy high-performance TCP/HTTP load balancer.

  • Red Hat steps up its Kubernetes game with OpenShift Container 3.5

    Kubernetes, the open-source system for managing Docker and Rkt containers across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, grows every more popular. So, it's no surprise that Red Hat, with its intention to become a cloud power, is embracing OpenShift Container Platform 3.5.

  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Technical Analysis: Support and Resistance on Stock Charts
  • Platform for Chris Lamb

    It has become a cliché to ask rhetorical questions about Debian's role in today's free software ecosystem. Is the project still relevant? Is it lacking focus? What does it stand for?

    Debian will face increasing challenges in the years ahead. We could easily see ourselves relegated to the "glue" underlying the next generation of containerised systems or IoT devices — whilst a success of sorts, we would find it increasingly harder to attract and retain developers. This will compound our perennial problems of manpower but also fail to increase the philosophical, technical and social diversity within our existing membership.

  • Freedom Penguin’s Unleaded – Ubuntu Unity Feedback
  • [Video] No Ubuntu Unity, No Linux Phones? EP368

    Now that Ubuntu has officially stopped working on Unity as it's primary desktop environment, does that mean it's an end to Linux Phones?

  • Cyber crime: British Chambers of Commerce urges firms to ramp up defences after spate of hacks [iophk: "banning Windows finally?"]

    “Firms that don’t adopt the appropriate protections leave themselves open to tough penalties,” he said.

  • HTTPS Certificate Issuance Becomes More Secure Thanks to New CAA Standard

    Last week, the CA/Browser Forum voted to implement CAA mandatory checks before the issuance of new SSL/TLS certificates, as a measure to prevent the misissuance of HTTPS certificates.

    According to CA/Browser Forum ballot 187, 100% of all browser makers and 94% of all certificate authorities voted to implement CAA mandatory checks starting September 8, 2017.

Desktop GNU/Linux:

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  • I reverse engineered a motherboard

    Re­cently, feel­ing re­stric­ted by the hard­ware on my laptop, I built my­self a desktop com­puter based on a re­cently re­leased Ryzen CPUs by AMD. These CPUs are built on a new ar­chi­tec­ture, plug into a new sort of socket and have a whole new eco­sys­tem around them.

  • Apple vs Google vs Microsoft: who will get to the future of PCs first?

    This time it's happening in one specific place: cheap computers. And the fight for it is going to be as brutal and fascinating as the ones we've seen before. The players aren't surprising at all: Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

  • Will Razer Ever Wake Up and Smell the Roses?

    You may consider Linux gamers have many reasons to smile. And to an extent you’re right. Gaming on Linux has come on leaps and bounds from the days of tinkering in Wine and exploiting unorthodox workarounds. When Valve Corporation launched Steam for the open source operating system, the gaming scene transmogrified. Gaming became big business. With a slew of native AAA ports, Linux is blessed with bags of stonking games. Native ports of Dying Light, Civilization 6, XCOM 2 are just a handful of thousands of Linux games available on Steam.


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Leftovers: Software

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  • What’s new with NetworkManager?

    From RHEL 7.2 to RHEL 7.3, NetworkManager moved from v1.0.6 to v1.4.0: a lot of things have changed.

  • GoTTY – Share Your Linux Terminal (TTY) as a Web Application

    GoTTY is a simple GoLang based command line tool that enables you to share your terminal(TTY) as a web application. It turns command line tools into web applications.

    It employs Chrome OS’ terminal emulator (hterm) to execute a JavaScript based terminal on a web browsers. And importantly, GoTTY runs a web socket server that basically transfers output from the TTY to clients and receives input from clients (that is if input from clients is permitted) and forwards it to the TTY.

  • Taskwarrior-Web : A Web Interface for Taskwarrior todo Application

    We have already wrote about Taskwarrior in our previous article. It has all the essential core components which is working natively and fulfill all our expectation.

    The open source community provides many non-core components/extension, which basically boost the taskwarrior customization. It supports nearly 340+ extensions and major extension are vim-taskwarrior, bugwarrior, & taskwarrior-web, etc,. Today we are going to discuss about one of the extension called Taskwarrior-Web.

  • Calibre 2.83 Open-Source Ebook Manager Improves PDF and DOCX Output, Fixes Bugs

    After a well-deserved break of almost a month, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced this past weekend the immediate availability for download of Calibre 2.83 maintenance update to the open-source ebook management library app.

Linux Devices

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  • Pico-ITX Apollo Lake SBC offers multiple expansion options

    Axiomtek’s PICO313 Pico-ITX SBC extends Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs with 2x mini-PCIe slots, 2x homegrown connectors, and an I/O board with real-world ports.

    The 100 x 72mm PICO313 can be considered as a more “embedded” spin of the similarly Intel Apollo Lake based PICO312 Pico-ITX board. The only real-world coastline ports are available on a separate I/O expansion card. The new board also removes an HDMI port and adds a second mini-PCIe slot among other variations.

  • 2017-04-17: fencing, NEON, HDMI PM, CoC

    I landed the VC4 V3D fencing code last week. This allows drivers like tinydrm (for the little SPI-attached panels for Raspberry Pi) or PL111 (for my bcm911360 phone) to correctly synchronize display pageflipping to V3D rendering. In the process of writing my V3D code, I found a bug and my reviewers found a cleanup, which I have also submitted for msm and etnaviv.

  • VC4 Fencing, HDMI Runtime PM & More For This Raspberry Pi Driver

    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has shared his latest work on the open-source Linux VC4 driver stack for primarily benefiting the Raspberry Pi.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • How to deal with leaving an open source project

    A few months later, I made an even more difficult decision. The decision was to leave an open source project that I'd helped to start and had been active in running for the past 14 years. I'd been working on the project longer than my last five jobs combined. When I announced that I was leaving the project a lot of people were surprised, mostly because up until that point no one in a leadership position had left the project and no one knew what that meant for the project, especially me. Unlike the previous jobs I'd quit, there was no exit strategy in place and I didn't have a plan for what I would do next.

  • Dell EMC takes on streaming storage with open-source solution, Pravega

    Kaitchuck joined theCUBE at the Flink Forward conference last week in San Francisco to talk about Pravega, a new open-source stream storage system that Dell EMC designed and built from the ground up for modern-day stream processors like Apache Flink, an open-source stream processing framework.

  • Equinix CTO: Open Source Critical for Interconnection

    Open Networking Summit – Equinix sees open source as a critical aspect of its ability to be the place where networks and data centers converge, connect and share data, and that view is fueling its efforts to be an early tester of what the Open Compute Project and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) are developing.

    Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi tells Light Reading in an interview here earlier this month that the next-generation architecture toward which telecom networks are evolving will require massive scaling of the Equinix interconnection model that will depend on open source approaches to manage the disaggregation of hardware and software that virtualization is enabling.

  • Is Mastodon the new social media star, or imploding black hole?

    Mastodon has exploded onto the social scene in the last week and is gaining users at a phenomenal rate. But is the new network an open source geek's dream or Twitter's ultimate nightmare?

  • S4i Systems Embraces Open Source Project

    Open source development on IBM i bodes well for the platform and all those who look to the future as well as recognizing the value of the past. RPG development isn’t threatened by open source options. It’s stimulated by open source. The modernization of RPG, C, or COBOL investments gets a boost from open source. There are people writing applications on IBM i that would not be within shouting distance of the platform if open source language options were not available.

  • Free Webinar: Why and How To Publish Your Work and Opinions

    As part of its goal to cultivate more diverse thoughts and opinions in open source, the April Women in Open Source webinar will discuss why publishing your own research, technical work and industry commentary is a smart move for your career and incredibly beneficial to the industry at large.

  • SPACK: A Package Manager for Supercomputers, Linux, and MacOS

    In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Massimiliano Culpo from EPFL presents: SPACK – A Package Manager for Supercomputers, Linux and MacOS.

  • Palemoon Looking forward in 2017

    This is a general announcement to lay down our rough plans for 2017, since there will be some big changes coming in the Mozilla landscape.

  • Intel Pulls OSIC Funding, Rackspace Cuts 45 Workers

    Intel pulled funding for the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC), which it co-founded with Rackspace in 2015.

  • Intel cuts funds for OpenStack at Rackspace
  • Report: Intel pulls the plug on OpenStack support


  • Using SlideWiki for OpenCourseWare

    Open source is about much more than free (as in beer and speech) software and hardware designs. It’s being harnessed to do things like bring free or affordable health care to undeveloped nations, and as the underpinning for free education.

  • Z80 Fuzix Is Like Old Fashioned Unix

    Of course, 1980 Unix was a lot different from modern-day Linux, but it is still closer to a modern system than CP/M. Fuzix also adds several modern features like 30 character file names and up-to-date APIs. The kernel isn’t just for the Z80, by the way. It can target a variety of older processors including the 6502, the 6809, the 8086, and others. As you might expect, the system can fit in a pretty small system.

  • Why don't you just rewrite it in X?

    Recently there has been movement to convert tooling used by various software projects in the Gnome stack from a mishmash of shell, Awk and Perl into Python 3. The main reasoning for this is that having only one "scripting" dependency to a modern, well maintained project makes it simple to compile applications using Gnome technologies on platforms such as Windows. Moving between projects also becomes easier.

Android Leftovers

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Latte Dock – An anchor for your Plasma stuff?

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Calling Latte Dock a replacement for traditional panels in Plasma is like calling scooters a replacement for the car. Each has its own merits, and by such it shalt be judged. Specifically, Latte Dock comes with a lot of interesting features, plus a slew of bugs, which are expected for something in the sub-1.0 version era. Luckily, there do not seem to be any cardinal problem. Aesthetic, intuitive, no deal breakers.

No deal sweeteners either. That is THE problem. Overall, Latte works, but it does not have any real advantage over the classic panel, or even other dock solutions out there. Not enough to oust the old guard. After all, there’s a reason why the menu + bar formula has been around for so long. It’s simple and it works. Latte needs an extra shot of awesome if it wants to succeed. To be followed and re-tested.

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Also: Calligra 3.0.1 update released

Windows 10 Battery Notification Pushes a Creators Update User Over the Edge… To Linux

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Of course, he couldn’t resist saying that his opinion won’t be a popular choice. “‘Switch to Linux’ is an unpopular option to raise in a Windows centric subreddit, as the downvotes on my previous comment indicates [sic]. But it is still a valid option for certain people. If any of you reading this are unsatisfied with Windows, and if Linux fits the bill for your use case, give it a shot,” he dared to invite others to the other side too.

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How to move Linux Home to ZFS

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Recently, I had an issue with a P2V VM (physical PC converted to virtual machine) where /home was running out of space and needed to be expanded. My /home in this case was a completely separate virtual disk (sdb) that was 10GB, and I needed to restore a multiple-GB Thunderbird email archive.

Solus GNOME Edition Released Along with New ISO Snapshots of Budgie and MATE

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Solus Project proudly announced a few moments ago the release and immediate availability for download of the Solus 2017.04.18.0 ISO snapshot of the independently developed operating system.

Containing all the latest package updates that have been released on the stable channels of the distribution, Solus 2017.04.18.0 is here today as the most up-to-date installation mediums, allowing users to either reinstall their systems or deploy the OS on new PCs without having to download hundreds of MB of updates.

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Ultimate Edition 5.4 Looks to Be the First Linux Distro Based on Ubuntu 17.04

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Ultimate Edition developer TheeMahn is proud to announce the release of Ultimate Edition 5.4, the latest stable version of his Ubuntu-based operating system designed for Linux newcomers.

Ultimate Edition 5.4 arrives about three months after the launch of the previous stable release of the GNU/Linux distro, namely Ultimate Edition 5.1, which was based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) series and shipped with the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel.

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FFmpeg 3.3

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9-Way RadeonSI GPU Tests On Mesa 17.1 + Linux 4.11

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With the Mesa 17.1 branching now having happened plus in prepping for Radeon RX 500 series Linux graphics benchmarks this week, for your viewing pleasure now are tests on nine different AMD GCN GPUs under a range of Linux gaming tests when using the 4.11 kernel and Mesa 17.1 Git trees. NVIDIA comparison results will follow plus planned RX 560/580 Linux benchmarks.

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Best Python IDEs For Linux

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​Python is one of the first options thrown at beginners who want to learn to code. And rightly so, it is easy to get started with and is powerful enough to begin real-world projects. Python is employed in all areas of development, from software to websites and so much more. Python allows developers to work quickly and integrate systems more effectively. To get started with Python, you need to choose an IDE. There are many python IDEs available but which one do you choose.

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