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Story Mandrake Thinking Name Change? srlinuxx 13 07/04/2005 - 5:48pm
Story Mandrakesoft Announces Name Change! srlinuxx 1 07/04/2005 - 8:04pm
Story Advanced Micro to launch dual chips early srlinuxx 1 09/04/2005 - 4:17pm
Story DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil srlinuxx 3 10/04/2005 - 12:59am
Story More BS from the Evil One. srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:27pm
Story Linux leaders at open-source summit srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:35pm
Story ATI has released 64-Bit drivers srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:38pm
Story Linux Kernel Security is Lacking? srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:42pm
Story Did SCO end up helping Linux? srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:42pm
Story More Summit Notes srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:43pm

Enterprise DevOps, open source hit Target's bull's-eye

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OSS

No matter how many times we say DevOps is a culture and a mindset, it's hard to deny that it is also a fairly sizeable chest of tools.

Target operates two main data centers to support its retail locations as well as distribution centers. The retail giant moved to an enterprise DevOps model to empower the backend IT team to provide technology services in an entrepreneurial way.

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KDBUS Won't Be Pushed Until The Linux 4.3 Kernel

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Linux

KDBUS was once again heavily debated on the Linux kernel mailing list this week and Linus Torvalds said he looked forward to merging it when ready (and also had some choice words about performance). However, Greg KH has confirmed today that KDBUS isn't ready for merging this cycle.

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Also: The Staging Pull For Linux 4.2: "Big, Really Big"

Android Auto and Android TV

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Android
Reviews
  • Chevrolet Spark running Android Auto: hands-on first look

    We recently got a chance to check out the big Chevrolet event in Detroit, Michigan, which allowed us to take a look at all things Android Auto. While many other auto manufacturers have revealed that a number of their new vehicles would come with Android Auto pre-installed, Chevrolet recently announced that it’s bringing Android Auto to 14 of its new 2016 model vehicles. Today we’re taking a look at the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Spark – an affordable vehicle for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank.

  • Android TV: First Impressions of NVIDIA SHIELD

    The NVIDIA SHIELD is one of the newest Android TV devices to land on the market. Not to mention, it is available in two different (and quite contrasting) size models, a 16GB internal storage version and the much larger 500GB variant. The NVIDIA Android TV option has been a device which has taken its time in coming to the market (at least from the consumer’s perspective) and is one of the more highly awaited devices. We have one here and will be looking at it in more detail over the coming weeks. Not to mention with our major review of the product to come soon. However, in the meantime, we thought it would be a good time to take a quick look at the SHIELD and provide some first and brief impressions of the device.

pfSense 2.2.3 FreeBSD-Based Firewall Distro Patches Important Security Updates

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BSD

Electric Sheep Fencing, through Chris Buechler, has recently had the great pleasure of announcing that the third maintenance release of the stable pfSense 2.2 series is available for download and upgrade to all users of one of the best FreeBSD-based firewall.

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Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.1 Officially Released with the Latest Xfce Desktop

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Slack

The VectorLinux developers were euphoric to announce today, June 27, the immediate availability for download of the final release of the VectorLinux 7.1 operating system derived from Slackware.

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Cinnamon 2.6 Released With New Features & Changes, Install In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid/14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/Other Related Derivatives

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News
HowTos


Cinnamon 2.6 Released With New Features & Changes, Install In Ubuntu 15.04

Cinnamon 2.6 has been officially released with many interesting changes and improvements. Cinnamon 2.6 will be used in Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" that is planned to be released in end of June. In this article I'm going to review this release and tell you how you can install it on Ubuntu or derivatives. I hope you will like to use it. One more thing, when you use it please give your feedback. 
 

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Linux Kernel 4.2 May End Up Being the Biggest Release, Says Linus Torvalds

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Linux

In a recent Google+ post from June 27, the father of Linux, Mr. Linus Torvalds, revealed some interesting information about the next major version of the Linux kernel, for which the development cycle might start in a few days with the first RC (Release Candidate) version.

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Operating Systems in Tux Machines

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Site News

Summary: Some numbers to show what goes on in sites that do not share information about their visitors (unlike Windows-centric sites which target non-technical audiences)

THE common perception of GNU/Linux is that it is scarcely used, based on statistics gathered from privacy-hostile Web sites that share (or sell) access log data, embed spyware in all of their pages, and so on. Our sites are inherently different because of a reasonable -- if not sometimes fanatic -- appreciation of privacy at both ends (server and client). People who read technical sites know how to block ads, impede spurious scripts etc. These sites also actively avoid anything which is privacy-infringing, such as interactive 'social' media buttons (these let third parties spy on all visitors in all pages).

Techrights and Tux Machines attract the lion's share our traffic (and server capacity). They both have dedicated servers. These are truly popular and some of the leaders in their respective areas. Techrights deals with threats to software freedom, whereas Tux Machines is about real-time news discovery and organisation (pertaining to Free software and GNU/Linux).

The Varnish layer, which protects both of these large sites (nearly 100,000 pages in each, necessitating a very large cache pool), handles somewhere between a gigabyte to 2.5 gigabytes of data per hour (depending on the time of day, usually somewhere in the middle of this range, on average).

The Apache layer, which now boasts 32 GB of RAM and sports many CPU cores, handled 1,324,232 hits for Techrights (ranked 6636th for traffic in Netcraft) in this past week and 1,065,606 for Tux Machines (ranked 6214th for traffic in Netcraft).

Based on VISITORS Web Log Analyzer, this is what we've had in Techrights:

Windows: (36.2%)
Linux: (31.8%)
Unknown: (e.g. bots/spiders): (23.0%)
Macintosh: (8.8%)
FreeBSD: (0.1%)

As a graph (charted with LibreOffice):

Techrights stats

Tux Machines reveals a somewhat different pattern. Based on grepping/filtering the of past month's log at the Apache back end (not Varnish, which would have been a more sensible but harder thing to do), presenting the top 3 only:

Tuxmachines stats

One month is as far as retention goes, so it's not possible to show long-term trends (as before, based on Susan's summary of data). Logs older than that are automatically deleted, as promised, for both sites -- forever! We just need a small tail of data (temporarily) for DDOS prevention.

today's leftovers

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Misc

Leftovers: Software

Hey gamers! DirectX 11 is coming to Linux thanks to CodeWeavers and Wine

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Gaming

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Red Hat Summit and Fedora

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Red Hat

Red Hat

Fedora

  • Atomic Host Red Hat Summit Lab
  • hitch-1.0.0-beta3 for Fedora and EPEL

    Varnish is a high-performance HTTP accelerator, widely used over the Internet. To use varnish with https, it is often fronted by other general http/proxy servers like nginx or apache, though a more specific proxy-only high-performance tool would be preferable. So they looked at stud.

    hitch is a fork of stud. The fork is maintained by the Varnish development team. stud seems abandoned by its creators, after the project was taken over by Google, with no new commits after 2012. The varnish developers have tried to contact the old stud upstream without success, so they forked and took up development again.

  • Rpm packages test building easy shortcuts

    This is a post oriented to Fedora, Centos and RedHat distributions, although, most of the info is valid for any RPM distribution, with some minor differences

  • Release Tools and Infrastructure FAD

    The Release Tools and Infrastructure Fedora Activity Day happened recently at the Red Hat office in Westford, Massachusetts. The goal was to bring our release tooling and processes up to speed with the current and future demands of the Fedora Project. Since there are a ton of moving parts of the Fedora Release Engineering community that need work, many of us split out into groups to tackle various components.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Coreboot Adds Intel Braswell SoC Support
  • OSI Welcomes Summer Interns

    Recognizing successful open source projects need a variety of "developers" to create everything from code to community, the OSI Internship Program seeks participants from across academic disciplines--Business, Communications, Sociology, Informatics, and of course Computer Science to name a few--the program seeks to provide real life experiences common across open source projects and the communities that support them, giving students first hand experiences as well as opportunities to work with some of the most influential projects and people in open source software and the technology sector.

  • Jewel - Ceph Developer Summit

    The next (virtual) Ceph Developer Summit is coming.

  • Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

    New Chromium builds will no longer download/install the Hotword Shared Module and will automatically remove the module on startup if it was previously installed.

  • BlueData Massages Data for Hadoop and Spark to Leverage

    BlueData Software Inc., an infrastructure startup focused on Big Data, is working on solutions to the problem. The company recently announced that it is adding support for Docker containers on its BlueData EPIC platform. BlueData was founded by VMware veterans, and is focused on making Hadoop and Spark easy to deploy in a lightweight container environment.

  • out with the old, in with the less

    Notes and thoughts on various OpenBSD replacements and reductions. Existing functionality and programs are frequently rewritten and replaced for the sake of simplicity or security or whatever it is that OpenBSD is all about. This process has been going on for some time, of course, but some recent activity is worth highlighting.

  • Oz 0.14.0 Release

    Oz is a program for doing automated installation of guest operating systems with limited input from the user.

  • Introducing Felfil: An Italian Open Source 3D Printing Filament Extruder

    It’s an open source project designed for home use, and Felfil is an extruder for plastic 3D printing filament, designed by a team of young makers from the Politecnico of Turin.

    They say the device was built in answer to a desire by users of 3D printers to produce their own plastic filament. It’s all about reducing the cost of printing, saving on materials, and being able to experience the potential of 3D printing.

  • Google creates cloud code cache

    With an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, Google has decided to hang around the kitchen at the code repository party.

  • 6 time-consuming tasks you can automate with code

    Literacy used to be the domain of scribes and priests. Then the world became more complicated and demanded that everyone read and write. Computing is also a form of literacy, but having it only understood by a priesthood of programmers is not going to be enough for our complex, online world. "Learn to code" has become a mantra for education at all ages. But after clearing away the hype, why do people need to learn to code? What does it get us exactly?

    Not everyone needs to become a software engineer, but almost every office worker uses a laptop as a daily tool. Computers are such a huge productivity booster because they support a large market of programs and apps designed for these workers. But commercial and open source software have a "last mile" problem: that they don't automate every conceivable task. There are still computing chores that require a lot of repetitive (and fairly mindless) typing and clicking. Even if you have an intern to push these tasks on, they're tasks that require a human because there's no software to automate it. These tasks are too small-scale or specific to your organization's workflow for it to be economical for a software company to create a custom solution.

  • libnice is now mirrored on GitHub

    libnice, everyone’s favourite ICE networking library, is now mirrored on GitHub (and GitLab), to make contributing to it easier — just submit a pull request. The canonical git repository is still on freedesktop.org.

96boards goes enterprise

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Linux
Hardware

Linux 4.1

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Linux
  • Attempting To Try Out BCache On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

    A few days ago I set out to try out BCache on the Linux 4.1 kernel now that this caching feature has matured in the mainline Linux kernel for a while. BCache serves as a cache to the Linux kernel's block layer whereby a solid-state drive (or other faster drive) can serve as a cache to a larger-capacity, traditional rotating hard drive.

  • Linux Kernel 4.1 Released

    Version 4.1 of the Linux kernel was released this week, and it includes a number of new features in the following areas.

Ubuntu Touch to Receive a LibreOffice Viewer Core App, Calendar Sync Improvements

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Ubuntu

On June 26, Canonical's David Planella sent in his regular report to inform Ubuntu developers and users alike about the work done by Ubuntu Community Team in the week that passed.

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