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|Story||Red Hat and Fedora||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:35am|
|Story||Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:35am|
|Story||Phones/Devices With Linux||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:34am|
|Story||Android Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:33am|
|Story||Leftovers: OSS and Sharing||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:32am|
|Story||Assimilation That Confuses/Openwashing||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:31am|
|Story||Security Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||29/11/2016 - 12:29am|
|Story||Mesa 13.0.2 Released, Includes Many Intel/RADV Vulkan Driver Fixes||Roy Schestowitz||28/11/2016 - 9:48pm|
|Story||20-Way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Darktable OpenCL Photography Performance||Roy Schestowitz||28/11/2016 - 9:26pm|
|Story||Linux-based YunOS To Beat Apple’s iOS In China||Rianne Schestowitz||28/11/2016 - 9:04pm|
Open source isn't just about opening up your code—it's also about building a supporting infrastructure that invites people to contribute. In order to create a vibrant, growing, and exciting project, the community needs to be able to participate in the governance, the documentation, the code, and the actual structures that keep the project alive. If the overall "hive" is doing well, it attracts more individuals with diverse skills to the project.
Open source software provides an attractive alternative to more costly commercial products, but can open source products deliver enterprise-grade results? To answer this question we tested four open source products: OpenNMS, Pandora FMS, NetXMS and Zabbix. All four products were surprisingly good. We liked Pandora FMS for its ease of installation and modern user interface. In general, we found configuration to be easier and more intuitive with Pandora than the other contenders. NetXMS came in a close second with a nice user interface, easy to configure rules and a solid user manual. Overall, we found all four products suitable for enterprise use, particularly in small-to-midsize environments.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.10 kernel.
All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 4.4.34
There has always been a debate about how close Linux can get to the real operating system (OS), the core proprietary Unix variants that for two decades defined the limits of non-mainframe scalability and reliability.
But times are changing, and the new narrative may be when will Unix catch up to Linux on critical reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features such as hot patching?
Hot patching, the ability to apply updates to the OS kernel while it is running, is a long sought-after but elusive feature of a production OS.
It is sought after because both developers and operations teams recognise that bringing down an OS instance that is doing critical high-volume work is at best disruptive and at worst a logistical nightmare. Its level of difficulty also makes it somewhat elusive.
There have been several failed attempts and implementations that almost worked, but they were so fraught with exceptions that they were not really useful in production.
While I generally wait until a few days/weeks past a Fedora release to upgrade, this past weekend I already switched my main production system over to Fedora 25 ahead of tomorrow's release. That's the first time I've been so ambitious with a Fedora release, but in testing it over the past few weeks (and months) on a multitude of test systems, the quality has been excellent and by far is most favorite release going back to the Fedora Core days -- and there's Wayland by default too, as just the icing on the cake.
Linux overlord Linus Torvalds is both worried and chilled about the progress of Linux 4.9. Or maybe he isn't: his weekly message about the latest release candidate has a bet each way.
“We're getting further in the rc series, and while things have stayed pretty calm, I'm not sure if we're quite there yet,” he posted to the Linux Kernel Mailing List on Sunday evening. But in the next sentence, he calms down, saying “This may be one of those releases that have an rc8, which considering the size of 4.9 is perhaps not that unusual.”
In the next paragraph of his post he again expresses both worry and calm.
Zorin OS 12 is powered by Linux Kernel version 4.4 and is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This means it will be supported with security updates until April 2021, stated the report.
Some Linux distributions make their goal of catering to those familiar with Windows clear, and Zorin OS is no exception. The GNOME-based desktop is designed to mimic Windows in some key areas, such as by having a taskbar at the bottom, and the main system menu located to its left. The clock and other system tray icons can be found towards the opposite end of the taskbar.
Tapping smartphones on high-tech contactless cash machines, bank customers will now be able to withdraw 100 pounds (around Rs 8,414) in cash, reports said. The scheme by Barclays — a British multinational banking and financial services company — is set to start in December and would be the first of its kind, the Telegraph reported on Monday.
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton announced the availability of a new build of his ExTiX distribution, which has been designed to run on the Intel Compute Stick device.
ExTiX Build 161119 is the new version of the Linux-based operating system, powered by the latest Linux 4.8 kernel and using the lightweight LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment as default graphical interface. However, the most important change in this release is that it ships with a kernel engineered to support the Intel Compute Stick mini computer.
"I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.5 LXQt for the Intel Compute Stick. Build 161119 is only for Intel Compute Sticks. i.e. you can’t run the system on other computers," said Arne Exton in the announcement. "Build 161119 uses 'my' kernel 4.8.0-26-exton-IntelAtom with special patches."
We're getting further in the rc series, and while things have stayed
pretty calm, I'm not sure if we're quite there yet. There's a few
outstanding issues that just shouldn't be issues at rc6 time, so we'll
just have to see. This may be one of those releases that have an rc8,
which considering the size of 4.9 is perhaps not that unusual.
That said, nothing particular is bothering me all that much, but we've
had some of the VMALLOC_STACK fixups continue to trickle in, so I
worry that we're not quite done there yet. And let's see what
Thorsten's regression list looks like next week. So no decision yet,
it could still go either way.
The EU’s Android Antitrust Complaints Are Contrived [Ed: Microsoft initiated this]
But the EC’s objections, rooted in an outdated understanding of marketplace dynamics, are a contrivance. They go like this: ‘Google Search is dominant’… if you exclude Amazon and Facebook from its market. ‘Android enjoys a monopoly’… if you forget about iPhones. ‘Google excludes competing apps on Android’ … if you ignore the ease with which users install alternatives.
In other words, Google in effect controls every significant on-ramp to the mobile Internet, and it uses its position to foreclose competition and forestall innovation. Except it doesn’t. In the broader, messier markets of the real world, the way Google licenses its apps to run on Android has none of the anticompetitive significance the Commission claims.