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Blog entry Texas Mint Tea, anyone? revdjenk 24/09/2010 - 8:56pm
Blog entry Debian-Main Locus(t) Error revdjenk 24/09/2010 - 8:27pm
Blog entry echo "Hello World" JULinux 20/09/2010 - 7:02pm
Blog entry Virtualization artwales 08/09/2010 - 8:16pm
Blog entry Amnesia: TDD Ready srlinuxx 08/09/2010 - 2:30pm
Blog entry under the weather srlinuxx 3 15/07/2010 - 2:51am
Blog entry X Window System mywebblog 09/07/2010 - 3:56am
Blog entry Cloud computing on Linux can help small business bigbearomaha 06/07/2010 - 2:53am
Blog entry 5 most interesting linux commands linkin47 02/07/2010 - 3:10pm
Blog entry Make your own linux operating system with archlinux linkin47 02/07/2010 - 2:02pm

Android Leftovers

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Android

You Can Now Run Arch Linux Natively On Pixel C, Here’s How

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Linux

Google’s Pixel C tablet has some killer hardware under the hood, and thanks to XDA user Samt434, that killer hardware is able to run Arch Linux natively. Most implementations of Linux on Android run through an emulator or interpreter, but this method installs the ARM version of Arch Linux directly to the Pixel C’s internal drive, and has to wipe out Android entirely in order to make the device a Linux machine. A lot of things are still broken, but the fact that it’s booting at all is a minor miracle. If you would like to install this build despite that, Samt434 has provided a tutorial showing exactly how to do it, along with the files you’ll need.

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Pinebook and Precision Workstation With GNU/Linux

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GNU
Linux
  • What to Expect From The $89 Pinebook Laptop

    It’s the $89 price tag that makes the Pinebook Linux laptop such a tempting purchase

    But few real-world reviews exist for this cheap and cheerful device — until now.

    Well, sort of.

    Pine64, the company behind the 64-bit ARM-based Pinebook laptop, has begun to ship devices on a buy-to-order (BTO) basis.

    And some these early units have landed in the hands of fans and the tech press.

  • Dell have released the 'Precision Workstation 5720' an 'All-in-One' device, Linux options available

    Dell have been pretty good supporters of Linux with some of their systems in recent years and it's set to continue. They have announced their Precision Workstation 5720 All-in-One device that's now available with Ubuntu 16.04 or RHEL 7.3 (as well as Windows).

  • Dell's new high-end all-in-one PC offers Ubuntu Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    If you know where to look you can find many great Linux-powered laptops. Besides Dell's XPS 13, Dell also offers several other blazing-fast, Ubuntu-Linux powered laptops. System76 specializes in great Ubuntu laptops and ZaReason offers a variety of Linux distributions on laptops and desktops. A top-of-the-line, all-in-one desktop PC? That's much harder to find. Now, Dell is offering a no-compromises all-in-one called the Precision Workstation AIO 5720.

Graphics in Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks

    For those curious if the Radeon RX 580 "Polaris Evolved" graphics card is worthwhile as a Linux gamer, here are the initial Phoronix figures for the RX 580 8GB graphics card that launched yesterday. These initial tests were done with AMDGPU+RadeonSI/RADV under a variety of OpenGL and Vulkan workloads.

  • RADV Shader Prefetching Yields Minor Performance Boost

    Bas Nieuwenhuizen continues being very busy with work on the open-source (unofficial) Radeon Vulkan driver, RADV.

    The latest patch sent out by Nieuwenhuizen today is an 18 line patch for allowing shader pre-fetch support in the RADV driver.

  • Vulkan Crosses 1,000 Projects On GitHub

    For those tracking the growth of the Vulkan graphics API via GitHub, a gratifying milestone was reached today of having 1,000 projects now mentioning Vulkan.

More Firefox 53.0 Coverage

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Moz/FF

Flatpak and Fedora

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Red Hat
  • Flatpak

    Flatpak provides a simple and user-friendly way to run, update and create self-contained desktop applications.

    It is possible to run proprietary, big and bloated software like Skype or Spotify on a lightning fast and sleek musl based Void Linux system.

  • Void Linux now has Flatpak support included

    The Void Linux distribution has recently merged-in support for Flatpak, the new packaging format for Linux.

    If you haven't heard of Void Linux, don't fret, there's a lot of distributions and it's quite a task keeping tabs on all of them. Void is another rolling-release distribution, so you don't need to do a big upgrade every few months, it just continually updates.

  • New Fedora 25 Live ISOs Include Linux Kernel 4.10.10, Security Patches, Updates

    Ben Williams from the Fedora Respins-SIG project, an initiative to produce regular Live ISO snapshots of the current stable Fedora Linux release, announced the availability of a new set of updated Fedora 25 ISOs.

  • Java 9 Tech Preview Planned For Fedora 27

    Fedora developers are planning to be prompt in offering Java 9 on their Linux distribution via OpenJDK.

    Java 9 / OpenJDK 9 is planned for release this summer -- at the end of July to be exact. Therefore, Fedora developers are planning to get Java 9 into their release due out in H2'2017, Fedora 27.

    But due to new APIs of Java 9, this updated in OpenJDK in Fedora 27 will just be offered as a technology preview. OpenJDK 8 will continue to be the default in Fedora until at least F28.

Chrome 58 Released

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Google
Web
  • Stable Channel Update for Desktop

    The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 58 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.

  • Chrome 58 Makes Its Debut

    Not long after the Firefox 53 release, Google has promoted Chrome 58 to stable.

    Chrome 58 is now available with a number of fixes, new features, and a number of security fixes too. A list of the CVE fixes can be found in the release announcement.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 58 to Stable Channel with 29 Security Fixes, Improvements

    Google announced a few moments ago the promotion of the Chrome 58 web browser to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Tails 2.12 Anonymous Live OS Is Out, Drops I2P as Alternative Anonymity Network

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Security
Debian

The development team behind the popular and open-source Tails amnesic incognito live system announced today, April 19, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of the Tails 2.12 maintenance update.

Tails 2.12 is the second security update to the Tails 2.x series, and possibly the last one to be published as the development of the major Tails 3.0 release nears its end. Besides addressing various long-standing issues and patching recently discovered security holes, Tails 2.12 ships with the more recent Linux 4.9.13 kernel.

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deepin 15.4 Linux Officially Released with Brand New Design, Smarter Installer

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GNU
Linux
Debian

The development team behind the Debian-based deepin Linux distribution announced today, April 19, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of deepin 15.4.

deepin 15.4 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received several Beta and RC milestone that implemented many of the features users can now finally enjoy on their personal computers if they upgrade from the previous version or reinstall the operating system using the new Live ISO image.

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Wine-Staging 2.6

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Software
  • [Wine-Staging] Release 2.6

    Since a lot of users were confused after reading the development version release notes, we would like to clarify, that the command stream multithreading (CSMT) patchset has not been fully merged yet. There has been a lot of progress during the last weeks, but unfortunately the performance related optimizations are still missing in the development branch. We expect them to be merged in one of the following releases. In the meantime, Wine Staging users can continue to use the CSMT performance improvements as usual (i.e. by enabling the CSMT in the winecfg Staging tab).

  • Wine-Staging 2.6 Released

    Building off last week's Wine 2.6 release that brought partial Command Stream Multi-Threading support is now Wine-Staging 2.6.

Canonical to Make GNOME Default Session in Ubuntu 17.10, Likely Use Wayland

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Ubuntu

As most of you are aware, Canonical decided to no longer develop its Unity user interface for the main flavor of Ubuntu Linux and, instead, switch to the well-known GNOME desktop environment starting with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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53.0 Firefox Release

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Moz/FF

Today's Firefox release makes Firefox faster and more stable with a separate process for graphics compositing (the Quantum Compositor). Compact themes and tabs save screen real estate, and the redesigned permissions notification improves usability. Learn more on the Mozilla Blog.

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Also: Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Released, Drops Old Linux CPU Support

Linux desktop operating system: A beginner's guide

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OS
Linux

Linux. What is it? At one point in time it was a niche operating system run by those who wanted to show off their PC prowess and feel more alternative and l33t than the rest. But something happened on the way to the convention — Linux became accepted. Not only did this platform become accepted, it was adopted as a must-have technology by enterprise-level businesses, where reliability, flexibility, and security are key.

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Tinker Board ships in U.S. at $60

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Linux

Asus has launched its Tinker Board SBC in the U.S. for $60, featuring a quad-A17 RK3288 with 2GB RAM, a 40-pin RPi connector, and an updated TinkerOS 1.8.

Asus’ Tinker Board, which launched in the UK in January for 46 Pounds ($58) is now selling on Amazon in the U.S. for $59.99. The Raspberry Pi-like Tinker Board is the first community backed SBC from a major PC manufacturer. The specs do not appear to have changed, but the device now has an updated 1.8 version of Asus’ Debian Linux-based TinkerOS, and Asus has posted some updated detail views since our last story.

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What’s the Difference Between Linux EXT, XFS, and BTRFS Filesystems?

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Linux

Linux supports a range of file systems, including ones used on other operating systems such as Windows FAT and NTFS. Those may be supported by embedded developers but normally a Linux file system like the 4 extended file system (ext4), XFS, or BTRFS will be used for most storage partitions. Understanding the options can help in selecting the right file system for an application.

The Linux file systems covered here include ones that would typically be used in embedded applications. There is also a class of clustered file systems designed for multi-node environments like Red Hat’s Global File System (GFS), GlusterFS, and Lustre.

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Mozilla Cuts

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Moz/FF
  • Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Released, Drops Old Linux CPU Support

    Firefox 53.0 drops pre Pentium 4 and Opteron Linux support. Firefox 53.0 also has support for WebM videos with alpha channel, lightweight theme changes along with new light and dark lightweight/compact theme options shipping, the Reader Mode can now display a time estimate for reading a given web page, and more. Mozilla also decided to remove the Aurora channel from their release cycle. There are also other changes in Firefox 53.0, but mostly affecting macOS and Windows users (like a "Quantum Compositor" being used now by Firefox on Windows)

  • Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

    Mozilla is killing the channel it introduced for developers to test experimental new features in Firefox and keep pace with Chrome.

    The Aurora channel will stop receiving new code releases from 18 April, Mozilla has said.

    New code will revert to the established Firefox Nightly builds from where it will land in beta builds of Firefox Developer Edition.

Graphics in Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Development News: Qt, Clang. MySQL, and Apache Fortress

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Development
  • Uncovering 32 Qt best practices at compile time with clazy

    In a previous blog post we introduced clazy, a clang plugin which makes the compiler understand Qt semantics, allowing you to get compile-time warnings about Qt best practices ranging from unneeded memory allocations to misuse of API, including fix-its for automatic refactoring.

  • Clang-Based Tool Makes It Easy To Show Inefficient Qt Coding Mistakes

    Back in 2015 we wrote about the "Clazy" static analyzer for Clang as a way to uncover various coding shortcomings for KDE/Qt programs. Since then, Clazy has become much more capable.

    KDE developer and KDAB employee Sérgio Martins has written a new blog post about 32 of the best practices that Clazy can now spot at compile-time to point out to developers. He confirmed in a message to Phoronix that most of the issues brought up by Clazy are in regards to performance-sensitive areas that could be improved by the developer analyzing their code with this tool.

  • Automatic MySQL schema management with Skeema

    I first started using MySQL at a college IT job in 2003, and over the years I eventually began tackling much larger-scale deployments at Tumblr and Facebook. I’ve spent most of the past decade working on social networks, where massive high-volume database technology is fundamental to the product. I love the technical challenges present in that type of environment, as well as the huge potential impact of database automation and tooling. In companies with giant databases and many engineers, a well-designed automation system can provide a truly enormous increase in productivity.

  • 5 lessons learned when developing my first web app

    I developed my first web app as part of my final project in college. Instead of developing a web app only for the purpose of completing my project, I chose to develop one that could solve a real-world problem. I decided to create Cyber Manager, an online cyber cafe management system for cyber cafe administrators, which has been downloaded nearly 3,000 times since I first uploaded it on SourceForge.net in 2011. In this article, I'll walk through five lessons I learned during the process, which might help you during and after developing your own web app. I'll end with a quick look at Cyber Manager and how it works.

  • Secure Web Apps with JavaEE and Apache Fortress

    ApacheCon is just a couple months away -- coming up May 16-18 in Miami. We asked Shawn McKinney, Software Architect at Symas Corporation, to share some details about his talk at ApacheCon. His presentation -- “The Anatomy of a Secure Web Application Using Java EE, Spring Security, and Apache Fortress” will focus on an end-to-end application security architecture for an Apache Wicket Web app running in Tomcat. McKinney explains more in this interview.

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Ubuntu and elementary

  • System76 wants to build its own hardware for its Linux-based computers
    System76 is building up quite a name for itself, being one of a very limited number of companies selling only computers running Linux-based operating systems. Now the aim is to branch out; System76 wants to design and build its own hardware, while representing the open source community as it does so. At the moment, the hardware used in System76 systems is outsourced, but in the future this will change. The company says that it is moving into phase three of its development cycle, and this "moves product design and manufacturing in house." And you should set your expectations high: "We're about to build the Model S of computers. Something so brilliant and beautiful that reviewers will have to add an 11 to their scores."
  • AppCenter Spotlight: Beta Testers
    Over the past month we’ve been beta testing the new AppCenter with a number of developers, from elementary OS contributors to backers of our Indiegogo campaign. After testing out the submission process and getting some apps into the store (and seeing rapid updates!), I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the first apps.
  • elementary OS to get improved AppCenter, showing off a few new applications
    I have to hand it to the elementary OS guys, they have a massive focus on design and it does look quite incredible. It is easily one of the best looking Linux distributions, which I do admire. Their new AppCenter, for example, looks extremely clean and clear.

Beijing Zoo is No Place for Pandas

Pandas in Beijing Zoo
Photo credit: Nick Hopkins

I am a Panda lover. I work as a support engineer in an I.T company here in the United Kingdom. Most of my spare time is spent watching different Panda videos -- both old and new videos. Basically, it is my therapy; a 'stress release' for me. I find them to be adorable and precious creatures. As a matter of fact, I would like to volunteer to come to Sichuan. I want to experience and feel what it's like to be a Panda keeper, to be able to interact with them for real. The Panda is China's National Treasure, so it's a shame to watch the Panda videos from Beijing zoo, as the place is disgusting and not ideal for Pandas to live in (and for sure for all the rest of the animals who unfortunately got stuck in this prison cell).

The place looks like a ghost town. Lifeless and languished. Knowing that Pandas wear a thick fur on their body, can you imagine what it feels for them in 30C or 35C (summer temperature)? What it probably feels like all the time? Come on, if you really care, you must do something now, otherwise these Pandas will die. Please bring them back to their sanctuary where they really belong.

Linux 4.11 File-System Tests: EXT4, F2FS, XFS & Btrfs

With the Linux 4.11 kernel potentially being released as soon as today, here are some fresh benchmarks of Btrfs / EXT4 / F2FS / XFS on a solid-state drive and comparing the performance of 4.11 Git back to Linux 4.9 and 4.10. For those wondering if the block/file-system changes of Linux 4.11 have any impact on EXT4/F2FS/XFS/Btrfs for common I/O workloads or how these file-systems are comparing on this latest kernel, here are some benchmarks. Read more

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