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Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2016 - 10:43pm
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Story Linux 4.8-rc2 Kernel Released Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 5:20pm
Story Maui 1 “Aurora” released Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 5:49pm
Story Fourth preview of Manjaro Ellada released Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 6:00pm
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Story 5 Best Linux Gaming Distributions That You Should Give a Try Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 6:19pm
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 6:32pm
Story Linux Graphics Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 6:39pm
Story Early Benchmarks Of FreeBSD 11.0 vs. DragonFlyBSD 4.6 vs. Linux Distributions Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2016 - 6:43pm

gOS and a bag full of mostly goodies

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Linux

cookingwithlinux.com: Well, I have to say that I did go and look at gOS Gadgets...and downloaded it...and installed it on my daughter's computer: P4 1.2Ghz or thereabouts, with 768Mb RAM and a 64Mb ATI video card.

Next netbook - thinner, cheaper, better, Linux

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.the451group: I recently had a very interesting talk with Freescale’s Glen Burchers, director of global consumer marketing, regarding netbooks, where Linux stands with this emerging form factor and what we can expect to see as everybody and their grandma pushes innovation of these devices.

"Zubuntu" keeps Zaurus spirit alive

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Ubuntu

linuxdevices.com: Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron) has been ported to the Sharp Zaurus PDA in an open source distribution called "Zubuntu." Developed by hacker Omegamoon, Zubuntu 1.0 uses the LXDE interface, and can now be booted (mostly) from flash memory.

Linux: this year's silver lining?

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: With the new year under way and all of the problems in the old year still largely unsolved, people in the IT sector are looking around for a little good news and some prospects for growth. There are a lot of clouds out there right now, and Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, thinks the rain is going to be good, particularly for Linux.

Kernel Log: 2.6.29 development kicks off, improved 3D support

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Following the release of Linux 2.6.28 on Christmas Eve, the start of the hectic merge window phase of development for the next version was delayed for a few days of peace on earth, before business as usual, with Linus Torvalds begining to collect changes for 2.6.29 on the 28th of December.

TORCS 1.3.1 released

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Gaming

linux-gamers.net: TORCS version 1.3.1 is available for download. The most important changes are reworked cars and tracks, new and better looking opponents, and a lot of little improvements and a few new features.

A call for a Linux powered wearable PC

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the great technologies I've been looking forward to for years is the wearable PC. The idea of a wearable PC has been in the mindset of the general public since at least the early 80's, or possibly sooner.

Meet Google Linux

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: It was only inevitable that Google Android would find its way onto the PC. But what exactly does this mean for Linux? Does it really hold any value or will it be nothing more than a flash in the pan?

Should open source boycott Microsoft?

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: I don’t think so, but then I read headlines like this, from the Manila Bulletin in the Philippines, and I wonder if such a boycott does not already exist.

Fedora 11 release name voting

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Linux

marilyn.frields.org: As was just announced on the announcement mailing list*, the voting ballots for the Fedora 11 release name are now open.

Saving the Planet with Linux

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Linux

jdeeth.blogspot: This is supposed to be a political blog, but it's Linux Monday and that means it's time for a look at the politics of software. Nothing's a hotter issue these days, literally, than global warming, and today we'll see how Linux can save the planet.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 284

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Linux and distributions through the years

  • Statistics: DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking in 2007 and 2008
  • News: Debian clears Lenny firmware issue, Ubuntu proposes new notification agent, openSUSE discusses roadmap for 11.2, Xubuntu and Bayanihan Linux updates
  • Released last week: FreeBSD 7.1, Sabayon Linux 4, sidux 2008-04
  • Upcoming releases: Pardus Linux 2008.2
  • Donations: LXDE receives US$250
  • New distribution: Chakra LiveCD
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Interview With Stormy Peters - GNOME Foundation

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Interviews

howsoftwareisbuilt.com: In this interview we talk with Stormy about History and scope of the GNOME umbrella project, The relationship between GNOME and the public, and Branding an open source project in a world of mixed solutions.

GRUB 2 Receives New Font Engine

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Software

phoronix.com: GRUB 2, the next-generation Linux boot loader, has received a new font engine. Version 2 of the GRand Unified Bootloader introduces this new font engine that's written in C and with a font tool in Java.

Gaming on Linux: I’ll Stick With Wine, Please

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Linux
Gaming

workswithu.com: There’s been some discussion lately about promoting Linux as a gaming platform in order to win the struggle against proprietary operating systems. It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it meshes well with reality. Here’s why.

The world may be unstable but Linux is not

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs/locutus: As the old Chinese curse goes, we live in interesting times. The whole world is in a state of flux and nobody really knows what will happen. One thing I do know is that at least my favourite operating system just keeps on going.

FreeBSD 7.1 released

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BSD

heise-online.co.uk: The FreeBSD project have released FreeBSD 7.1, an update to the FreeBSD 7 series of stable releases. Among the highlights of the release is support for DTrace inside the kernel, which has been imported from OpenSolaris.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Major Win for ODF in Brazil

  • Another perfect Intrepid install
  • Disaster: Ubuntu 8.10
  • fedora 11 feature - proposal
  • YaST Software Management module in openSUSE 11.1
  • Migrating from Windows
  • Please, keep your Gentoo in a consistent state
  • Pinoy open source firm, MS ink unholy alliance
  • Campus Party Brazil - maddog's challenge - multimedia and Free Software
  • Using rsync with no command like [linux]
  • Review: MSI Wind

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Six ways to speed up Yum on Fedora

  • Choosing a Secure Password
  • [HOWTO] Use equery to master portage
  • Understanding Linux /etc/fstab
  • Emacs - a beginner's setup
  • Adding watermark to your images using GIMP

Mozilla chief John Lilly is fired up about making a better Web browser

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Moz/FF

latimes.com: Reporting from San Francisco -- The gig:Chief executive of Mozilla Corp., maker of the Firefox Web browser, which broke Microsoft Corp.'s hold on the market so that it couldn't dominate the Internet the way it does computer operating systems.

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Graphics: AMD, RADV, RadeonSI, Mesa 18.0.1

  • AMDGPU DRM Gets "GFXOFF" Patches To Turn Off Graphics Engine
    AMD's Huang Rui has posted a set of 20 patches providing "GFXOFF" support for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager Linux kernel driver. GFXOFF is a new graphics processor feature that allows for powering off the graphics engine when it would otherwise be idle with no graphics workload. Obviously, this would equate to a potentially significant power savings with that engine being able to be shut-off.
  • RADV Driver Lands Support For Vulkan's New Descriptor Indexing Extension
    Earlier this month with the Vulkan 1.1.72 specification update was the new VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing extension that is quickly being well received by developers. The VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing extension allows for creating large descriptor sets made up of all their combined resources and selecting those resources via dynamic indexes in a shader.
  • RadeonSI Now Appears To Support "RX Vega M" With Intel Core CPUs
    One of the most common Linux hardware questions I've received dozens of times in the past few weeks alone has been over the support for "RX Vega M" Vega-based graphics processors found on select newer Intel Kabylake CPUs. It appears RadeonSI at least should now support these Radeon graphics on Intel CPUs.
  • mesa 18.0.1
  • Mesa 18.0.1 Released With A Number Of Fixes
    In addition to Mesa 17.3.9 being released today, Mesa 18.0.1 also rolled out the door as the first point release to last quarter's Mesa 18.0 series. Mesa 18.0.1 features improvements to its Meson build system support, several RADV Vulkan driver fixes, various fixes to the Gallium3D Nine (D3D9) state tracker, various Intel driver fixes, several core Mesa improvements, and then the other random smothering of fixes collected over the past few weeks.

Programming: nGraph Compiler, JavaScript Trademark, PyPI and Pip

  • Intel Opens Up nGraph Source Code For DNN Model Compiler
    Intel tonight announced they are open-sourcing their nGraph compiler code, which serves as a framework-neutral deep neural network model compiler. Intel claims with nGraph and Xeon Scalable hardware that researchers can obtain up to 10x performance improvements over previous TensorFlow integrations, as one example. Besides TensorFlow, nGraph also supports PyTorch, MXNet, Neon, Caffe2, and CNTK while also planning to support other frameworks moving forward.
  • Why it's finally time to give up on the name JavaScript
    An iOS developer has apparently received a cease and desist notice from Oracle over the use of the word "JavaScript" in the title of their app. The developer, Tyanya Software, shared the notice on perennial internet soapbox Reddit to seek advice on how to fight the order. [...] If user reviews are any indication, the app is not even particularly good, with reviewers stating things such as "Not ready for production," "Does not work as advertised," and "Waste of money, don't buy this." The last update to the app was in 2014, which the changelog notes was only an upgrade to add support for iOS 8. The app developer is at least honest about the intent behind the unwieldy name for the app, saying in a Reddit comment that "we game the App Store ranking by adding all the keywords to the app name." While Oracle has a duty to protect their trademarks, this type of legal bludgeoning underscores a historical problem that has been left unaddressed for too long: JavaScript is a terrible name for the thing being described. It has nothing to do with Java, an actual product developed by Sun (now owned by Oracle). JavaScript was developed at Mozilla, and the name was changed during beta releases of Netscape Navigator 2.0 from "LiveScript" to "JavaScript." It has, for some time, caused confusion among casual web users about the difference between Java and JavaScript. Given that ECMAScript is also a trademarked term, it seems best to revert to calling the language "LiveScript" to undercut trademark-related legal posturing. [...] Oracle declined to comment on this story.
  • New PyPI launched
    The new PyPI has been launched. Browser traffic and API calls (including "pip install") have been redirected from the old pypi.python.org to the new site. The old PyPI will shut down on April 30. LWN covered the new PyPI last week.
  • Pip 10.0 has been released
    The release of pip 10.0 has been announced. Some highlights of this release include the removal of Python 2.6 support, limited PEP 518 support (with more to come), a new "pip config" command, and other improvements.

Meltdown/PTI Mitigation Impact On BSDs vs. Linux

Besides the fresh BSD/Linux disk performance tests, some other tests I ran on various BSDs and Linux distributions this week was looking at the performance impact of Intel Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation on each of them, namely the performance impact of using kernel page-table isolation. On DragonFlyBSD 5.2, TrueOS 18.03, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Clear Linux I ran tests when the mitigation was enabled and then again when it was off for seeing the performance impact. Read more

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

  • Enterprise Node.js on OpenShift, April 19th, 12 p.m. EDT
    The next online DevNation Live Tech Talk is Thursday, April 19th at 12pm EDT. The topic is “Enterprise Node.js on Red Hat OpenShift” presented by Lance Ball, and hosted by Burr Sutter. The popularity of JavaScript on the front end and the JSON format for data has led to a “JavaScript Everywhere” movement with Node.js at the center. Node.js offers developers an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that is perfect for high concurrency, low-latency applications that run across distributed devices. Its reactive architecture makes it an ideal technology for containerized microservices architectures you’ve been hearing so much about.
  • President to President with Luc Villeneuve, Red Hat Canada
    ITWC President Fawn Annan gets to the point with Red Hat’s general manager for Canada. Villeneuve speaks about building the open source technology firm in the country, the unique differences when dealing with the Quebec market, and how he fosters a positive culture in the workplace. Plus, he dishes on how his experience in journey hockey taught him how to build a successful sales team.
  • Be mindful of jumping into an open source project too soon: RedHat CTO
    Open source software has long been seen as a movement towards collaborative development. In a conversation with BusinessLine, Chris Wright, Vice-President & CTO at RedHat, talks about some of the challenges the open source community is facing and why it is important to set expectations right when it comes to promoting open source software. Edited excerpts:
  • DevOps Tool Market Global Manufacturers: Chef, Atlassian, Saltstac, Red Hat and Docker Inc.
  • Two sizzlers stock’s are not to be missed: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Navient Corporation (NAVI)
  • Fedora Community Blog: Fedora meetup at Pune – March 2018
    Long time we did not had any meetup at Pune, Maharashtra, India, so we decided to get started again. Details about this meetup are available at Fedora Wiki page. Planning for meetup started 1 month before. Initially Ompragash proposed to have meetup.com account for Fedora Pune to get more awareness. Later dropped this plan, since this is not only Fedora Pune level topic but applicable for all Fedora events.
  • Fedora 28 Beta – dnf system-upgrade
    Used DNF to remove duplicate rpms, reinstalled the new kernel and libwbclient, and corrected GNOME’s right-click behaviour, and all is well.