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Story What is Linux? Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2016 - 7:27am
Story Libreboot, Coreboot Downstream, Becomes A GNU Project Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2016 - 6:38am
Story GNOME 3.21.2 unstable tarballs due (responsible: jjardon) Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2016 - 12:13am
Story Pinguy OS Developer Wants to Pull the Plug On His Ubuntu-Based Operating System Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 9:35pm
Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 9:31pm
Story i.MX7 computer-on-module may be smallest yet Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 9:28pm
Story Kernel Space/Linux Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 9:23pm
Story Mozilla Steps beyond Open Source with Gigabit Internet Funding in Austin Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 8:41pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 8:29pm
Story Sneak peek: Arduino Srl’s Primo and Primo Core IoT duo Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2016 - 7:04pm

LinHES R8.4 Released

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The LinHES Dev team is pleased to announce the release of LinHES R8.4!

LinHES R8.4 updates MythTV to 0.28-fixes as well as updates to the kernel, system libraries, nvidia drivers and many other parts of LinHES.

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Kernel Space: Graphics

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Arch Linux-Based LinHES 8.4 OS Launches with Kodi 16.1, MythTV 0.28, and OpenPHT

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LinHES maintainer Cecil Watson today announced the release of LinHES R8.4, an open source attempt to make the installation of a GNU/Linux operating system and the MythTV media center software as trivial as possible.

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Ubuntu-Based Exton|OS Linux Distribution Now Ships with MATE 1.14, VLC 2.2.3

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Earlier this week, we reported on the release of a new build of the Ubuntu-based Exton|OS Linux distribution, version 160512, which has been rebased on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

However, it was a bit strange that the distro shipped with an older version of the MATE desktop environment, a clone of the old-school GNOME 2 (also known as GNOME Classic) graphical interface, version 1.12.7, despite the fact that MATE 1.14 was released last month.

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GNU/Linux in Education

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  • Students Are Discovering Linux

    Linux is also great for education and learning. Students are learning how to install learning games directly from a command line. Examples include Tuxtype, for fun arcade style typing practice, and Stellarium, which turns your computer into a fully functional planetarium. Children’s Linux distributions include Qimo (like Eskimo), KidX, and Edubuntu. Students at MIS are now learning how to run fully functional versions of Linux Mint and Qimo in VirtualBox right on top of Windows.

  • Learning Linux Through Immersion and Reflection

    One of the challenges of teaching people to use desktop Linux is that immersion is really the best method. I learned Linux by throwing Linux on my laptop and living with it.

  • Google "Reef" Is An Apollo Lake Chromebook, Now Supported By Coreboot [Ed: Chromebooks are hugely popular in US schools]

    Google engineers have been busy this week working on Coreboot: monsterous work at the start of the week, adding in a Qualcomm "Gale" device later in the week, and now today adding in support for another Chromebook.

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu 16.04, Xubuntu 16.04, and the Samsung 950 Pro 256G M.2
  • Cinnamon 3.0 Released, Install in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/15.10 Wily

    Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides many features, including: Desktop effects, including animations, Applets, Desklets, and transition effects; A movable panel equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray; Various extensions; Applets that appear on the panel; Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize: The panel, The calendar, Themes, Desktop effects, Applets, Extensions.

  • ubuntu m10 aquarius tablet

    the new BQ ubuntu m10 convergence tablet - 10 inch - the good the bad the ugly ... plus the logitech keyboard and mouse.

  • Learn About Canonical’s Micheal Hall Exploration of Unity 8 and Mir

    Michael Hall of Canonical is going through an experimental phase with Unity 8 and Mir under 16.04 Xenial Xerus and his tests have revealed more than a few interesting things about the future desktop environment of Ubuntu.

    It’s quite a long documentation that will be continually updated to reflect his latest challenges and experiments, so I’ll basically give you a breakdown on how far his exploration has taken him and you can always visit his blog to fully delve into the lot of his experience with the Unity 8 DE and the Mir display server.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus & Realtek - Various fixes

    If you're as unlucky as I am - although in my case it is purely by choice - then your laptop may have a Realtek Wireless card, in which case you're probably experiencing a load of problems. This is exactly what afflicts my Lenovo G50 machine: intermittent network freezes and other random problems. True for almost EVERY single distro out there.

    I already showed you how to work around the network freeze issue in my article written for Trusty. Now that Ubuntu 16.04 is here, and the problem still persists, it is time to revisit the tutorial. Then, we will handle yet another manifestation of this issue, and that is the total loss of Wireless networking after waking from suspend. I mentioned this in the Xerus distro review, and now we elaborate.

Mint News

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  • Linux Mint Drops Multimedia Codecs From Install Image

    Linux Mint will no longer come with multimedia codecs pre-installed, the project has announced.

    Full out-of-the-box multimedia support had been a key differentiator for the Ubuntu-based distribution, helping it earn recommendations as the ideal choice for newcomers to Linux.

  • Changes coming to Mint 18

    The next version of Linux Mint is expected to launch later this year with the beta for Linux Mint 18 tentatively scheduled for June 2016. The upcoming release will feature a couple of important changes: xapps and a new way multimedia codecs will be handled. Mint's xapps are GNOME-based applications that are designed to provide a consistent user experience across multiple desktop environments.

  • Wallch 4: Wallpaper Manager (Live Clock) for Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA

    Wallch is free wallpaper utility for Linux, it offers user friendly graphical user interface to manage desktop background. Developer introduced live clock and web wallpaper in Wallch 4.0 version. Wallch is open-source application, which allows anyone to download and modify code as per needs. It supports all major Linux desktops such as Unity, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, and Mate.

  • Xtreme Download Manager for Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA

Leftovers: KDE

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Bodhi 3.2.1 Released, Open Source Evolution

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Jeff Hoogland today announced Bodhi Linux 3.2.1 with bug fixes for issues discovered since 3.2.0. Debian thanked Mythic Beast for a hardware load and Chris Hoffman wrote the Ubuntu BQ Aquaris M10 isn't "quite finished." Elsewhere, posted "The Evolution of Open Source" and Sam Varghese said today that the "day of reckoning" has arrived for BitKeeper's Larry McVoy.

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How to get gaming on Linux

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Gaming on Linux has never been better. With over 1,500 games available on Steam alone that support Ubuntu (officially 12.04 LTS and many other distros, unofficially), the breadth of games that you can get on Linux is astonishing: from casual card games and puzzles for whiling away a few hours, to indie games that might be low on budget but are high on inventiveness, and even big budget 'AAA' games are now available.

5 of the most popular Linux gaming distros

Games are also beginning to run better than ever on Linux distros now that many game engines used by some of the biggest names in the gaming industry – such as the powerful CryEngine – have native Linux support.

Gamers switching from the more demanding Windows 10 OS to Linux can also see performance increases, as their system won't have to devote as much of its resources to background processes and instead concentrate on delivering the best gaming experience possible.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Cockpit 0.106

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.106 release.

  • ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2 Adds Notifications for Server Events and Sync Issues

    Today, May 13, 2016, ownCloud has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.0 for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2 is modest release that introduces a handful of new features, such as notifications for server events and sync issues, which will appear when the system administrator would like to put the ownCloud server in maintenance mode, or when the user can accept a new share.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 51, Vivaldi 1.1 Security Update Out Now

    Ruarí Ødegaard informs Softpedia today, May 13, 2016, about the availability of a new snapshot for the upcoming Vivaldi 1.2 web browser, supporting Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X platforms.

    First of all, we would like to inform our readers about the availability of a new stable update for the Vivaldi 1.1 release, version 1.1.453.59, which patches several vulnerabilities discovered recently. Therefore, the latest stable version of the cross-platform web browser is now Vivaldi 1.1.453.59, so you are urged to update as soon as possible.


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systemd.conf and OSCON, Red Hat's Shares

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Leftovers: Debian

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  • TeX Live 2016 (pretest) hits Debian/unstable

    The sources of TeX Live binaries are now (hopefully) frozen, and barring unpleasant surprises, these will be code going into the final release (one fix for luatex is coming, though). Thus, I thought it is time to upload TeX Live 2016 packages to Debian/unstable to expose them to a wider testing area – packages in experimental receive hardly any testing.

  • Changed Debian repository signing key

    After getting complains from apt and users, I've finally decided to upgrade signing key on my Debian repository to something more decent that DSA. If you are using that repository, you will now have to fetch new key to make it work again.

Linux/OSS on Servers

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  • Bitcoin Goes Corporate, or at Least the Blockchain Does

    “The back office in financial services is finally sexy again,” says Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation.

  • Xeon Phi Installation on Gentoo Linux

    Intel Xeon Phi is a coprocessor for high-performance computing that uses Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (MIC) which is x86 compatible multiprocessor architecture (Source: Developer Zone). Intel Xeon Phi has over 50 cores with multiple hardware threads per core and 512-bit SIMD (IMCI-512) instructions. Official support of Linux distributions is limited to two distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The installation procedure on other distributions is not always straightforward, therefore we are going to show you how to install Xeon Phi on Gentoo Linux. We used Gentoo Linux with kernel version 3.12.49, Intel Manycore Platform Software Stack (MPSS) 3.5.2 and two Xeon Phi 31S1P coprocessors.

  • Using Intel's Xeon Phi Under Linux

    If you are interested, they have published a lengthy guide about setting up the Xeon Phi under Linux, getting code offloaded to the device, and they ran a very small synthetic benchmark on the MIC.

  • Container services: Hello from the outside!

    Container services are changing how applications are deployed and managed. But what exactly are they and how do they compare with other ways of delivering platforms?


    Application containers are both an image packaging mechanism that describes what goes in an application component, and an application runtime which specifies how the application component is launched and executed. Not surprisingly, the OCI is working on two specifications: the OCI Runtime Spec, which deals with the application runtime, and the recently announced OCI Image Format Spec which covers the application definition and packaging.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Heroes of Loot 2 dungeon crawler released in Early Access with Linux support

    Heroes of Loot 2 from Orangepixel has released today in Steam's Early Access section. I wasn't a fan of the original, but it looks like the developer may have been able to hook my interest this time around.

  • Blueprint Tycoon has left Early Access, a clever and weird simulation game that supports Linux & SteamOS

    I love Tycoon styled games and Blueprint Tycoon is a weird entry. I mean that in a nice way, as it's great to see some innovation.

    I have yet to play it myself, so this is more of an announcement post in case you haven't seen it before. It's highly rated so far which means it's going on my wishlist to check out sometime.

  • Rocket Fist arena battle game released with Linux & SteamOS support

    Rocket Fist is an indie arena battle game that has just released on Linux, I took a lot thanks to the developer sending in keys.

    I have to say, I enjoyed this game far more than I thought I would. There's something satisfying about being a little robot firing fists around and bumping into other robots.

    Bouncing your fists off walls and have it smash into multiple enemy robots at once is really quite fun. It's an ingenious game and I can imagine it being hilarious at parties on a Steam Machine.

Fedora: The Latest

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  • Installation and Review of Fedora 24 Beta
  • PHP version 5.6.22RC1 and 7.0.7RC1

    Release Candidate versions are available in remi-test repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests. For x86_64 only.

  • Event Report: Fedora Docs FAD

    The Documentation Fedora Activity Day held this past weekend in Raleigh, NC had an impressive collection of stakeholders across the Fedora, Red Hat and CentOS projects. It was certainly not your typical “hackathon” or “DocSprint.” There was much productive discussion, tools vetting, future planning, AND development.

  • UnitedRPMs – New RPMFusion Alternative for Fedora 24/25: Multimedia & Other Software For Unstable Fedora Distributions

    RPM Fusion is bad if you like the unstable releases of Fedora. Yes, it can be used together with Russian Fedora Repository, but this is painful way. I have this experience and must say “don’t try this at home”.

  • Report: Fedora 24 Cloud/Atomic test day

    Last Tuesday we had a Fedora 24 test day about Fedora Cloud, and Atomic images. With help from Adam Williamson I managed to setup the test day. This was first time for me to use the test day web app, where the users can enter results from their tests.

  • 5tFTW: Graphical upgrades, Docs planning, budget discussion…

    By now, you’ve probably seen that the Fedora 24 Beta is here. One feature I’m excited about this time around isn’t really a Fedora 24 feature at all — it’s something coming to Fedora 23 as an update. For the first time, users of Fedora Workstation will get a notification that a new release is available, and will be able to use the graphical Software application to apply the update. It’ll be similar to how you apply security updates and bugfixes now, but you’ll end up seamlessly on the new release.

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  • Handling I/O Bursts With QEMU 2.6
    The recent release of QEMU 2.6 has support for allowing guests to do bursts of I/O for a configurable amount of time, whereby the I/O level exceeds the normally allowed limits. Our friends at the consulting firm Igalia have written a blog post about I/O bursts with QEMU 2.6.
  • Shotwell's New Devs Are Doing a Terrific Job, Facebook Integration Works Again
    Shotwell developer Jens Georg announced earlier, May 23, 2016, the general availability of the first point release in the Shotwell 0.23.x stable series of the popular open-source image viewer and organizer software. Shotwell is being used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating system, including the widely used Ubuntu, but it was abandoned by its developers from the Yorba Foundation a while ago, during which it didn't receive any attention. At the end of April 2016, a group of open source developers decided to take over the maintenance of Shotwell from where Yorba left off, and we already reported on the release of the major Shotwell 0.23.0 version.
  • FreeIPMI 1.5.2 Released

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Apache Elevates TinkerPop Graph Computing Framework to Top Level
    As we've been reporting, The Apache Software Foundation, which incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, has been elevating a lot of interesting new tools to Top-Level Status recently. The foundation has also made clear that you can expect more on this front, as graduating projects to Top-Level Status helps them get both advanced stewardship and certainly far more contributions. Now, the foundation has announced that a project called TinkerPop has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). TinkerPop is a graph computing framework that provides developers the tools required to build modern graph applications in any application domain and at any scale. "Graph databases and mainstream interest in graph applications have seen tremendous growth in recent years," said Stephen Mallette, Vice President of Apache TinkerPop. "Since its inception in 2009, TinkerPop has been helping to promote that growth with its Open Source graph technology stack. We are excited to now do this same work as a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation."
  • Why a Buffer developer open sourced his code
    If you look for the official definition of open source, you'll likely stumble upon this outline from the board members of the Open Source Initiative. If you skim through it, you're sure to find some idea or concept that you feel very aligned with. At its heart, openness (and open source) is about free distribution—putting your work out there for others to use. It's really about helping others and giving back. ​When we started to think about open source and how we could implement it at Buffer, the fit seemed not only natural, but crucial to how we operate. In fact, it seemed that in a lot of ways we'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn't start to look more seriously at it. But what I didn't quite realize at the time were all the effects that open source would have on me.
  • How to make a culture change at your company
    I attended an interesting talk by Barry O'Reilly at the Cultivate pre-conference at OSCON 2016 about "how to push through change in an enterprise." Though I think the title should have been: "What the enterprise can learn from open source."
  • Two OSCON Conversations, And A Trip Report Between Them
    My last visit to OSCON was in 2011, when I had worked for the Wikimedia Foundation for under a year, and wanted to build and strengthen relationships with the MediaWiki and PHP communities. I remember not feeling very successful, and thinking that this was a conference where executives and engineers (who in many cases are not terribly emotionally passionate about open source) meet to hire, get hired, and sell each other things.
  • Struggling to open a document or photo? Here’s how to do it
    Things are a bit trickier if you have a file from a productivity application you don’t have access to —such as a Word document and no Word application, either to open it or re-save it. The solution is still simple, though — download Libre Office. Libre Office is a free and fully functional office suite that’s more than a match for Microsoft Office, and it can open (and save in) Office file formats.
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    After hunting for Loongson based hardware for the first half of 2015, I was finally able to find an used Yeeloong in July, in very good condition. Upon receiving the parcel, the first thing I did was to install OpenBSD on this exquisitely exotic machine.
  • Call for GIMP 2.10 Documentation Update
    With the upcoming GIMP 2.10 release we intend to finally close the time gap between releases of source code, installers, and the user manual. This means that we need a more coordinated effort between the GIMP developers team and the GIMP User Manual team. For the past several months we’ve already been working on GIMP mostly in bugfix mode. It’s time to start updating the user manual to match all the changes in GIMP 2.10, and we would appreciate your help with that.
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    On 1 February 2016, ten European partners launched the Mobile Age project. Aiming to develop inclusive mobile access to public services using open government data, Mobile Age targets a group of citizens that are usually marginalised when it comes to technical innovations but which is rapidly growing in number and expectations: European senior citizens. While more and more public services are made available online only, older persons’ needs and wishes towards digital services are rarely understood and taken in account. This deficit is often exacerbated by their lower digital skills and poor access to the internet. In order to cope with this, Mobile Age is based on the concept of co-creation: it will develop mobile open government services that are created together with senior citizens.
  • Protecting IP in a 3D printed future
    3D printing might just change everything. At least John Hornick, who leads Finnegan’s 3D printing working group and wrote 3D Printing Will Rock the World, certainly thinks so. Introduced by Bracewell Giuliani’s Erin Hennessy, Hornick spoke to INTA registrants yesterday morning about the dramatic consequences he believes the proliferation of 3D printing could have for intellectual property.