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Games: Mad Max, Abandon Ship, RPCS3, Silicon Zeroes, Divided We Fall, Tizen Car Racing Games

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RISC-V Boots Linux at SiFive, LEDE 17.01.3 Released

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Some Fresh Intel Core, AMD Ryzen Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 + Linux 4.13

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For those wanting to see some fresh Linux CPU benchmarks with various AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors, here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 17.10 paired with its Linux 4.13 kernel build.

I've been working on some tests as part of a larger comparison for our upcoming Intel Coffeelake benchmarks. For those just wanting to see how various Intel/AMD CPUs are running on Ubuntu 17.10, here are those numbers. This is also with the latest BIOS on all of the motherboards, including the most updated AGESA code, for those interested in the evolving Ryzen performance.

More benchmarks and more CPU tests coming up shortly on Phoronix in our Coffeelake reviews, so just take this as a teaser or however you wish.

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Also: Considering AMD desktop card

How to Install Multiple Linux Distributions on One USB

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This tutorial shows you how to install multiple Linux distributions on one USB. This way, you can enjoy more than one live Linux distros on a single USB key. Read more

Mozilla funds open source projects with half a million in grants

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Mozilla has announced the latest recipients of its Open Source Support grants, totaling $539,000. The web tech company regularly helps out smaller projects, and this round in particular favored ones aimed at safety and security.

First was $194K to Ushahidi, a platform used to rapidly collect and disseminate local information to people who may need it quickly: blocked streets in a disaster area, police actions or tear gas in a protest, or voter intimidation during elections.

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7 must-have GIMP brushes

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GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is first and foremost, as its name suggests, a photo manipulation program; however, sometimes the lines blur between photo manipulation and airbrushing, material emulation, graphic design, and even layout. In other words, GIMP isn't just for photos.

Artists use and abuse GIMP for all kinds of visual work, and one of the things that makes that possible is its extensibility. You can add to GIMP through plugins, scripts, and brushes. To make it even easier, GIMP happens to accept both GIMP brush files and Adobe Photoshop brush files, so the available selection of brushes is staggering.

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ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola's Curve Balls

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ArchLabs Linux was a very happy discovery. It did a lot to change my impression of Arch Linux. It especially made up for the problems Parabola Linux posed.

I found that the Archlabs distro was an excellent Linux OS option to install on several very old laptops from the post Windows XP era. I have gotten far too comfortable using resource-intensive distros on my newer desktops and laptops. Archlabs Linux is a fun and effective alternative.

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OpenSSH 7.6 and FreeBSD 10.4

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KDE at Ohio Linux Fest 2017, Energy-Saving Plasma

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  • KDE at Ohio Linux Fest 2017

    It's been a long time! I have been very busy with my PhD but this particular semester I have more time to volunteer to KDE so I thought the fact that the Ohio Linux Fest was happening close to me was a good opportunity to do some KDE promo in USA.

    I ended up being caught up in the middle of many deadlines just before the event, so I had very little time to prepare the promo material that I was going to show. I was somehow able to modify some Plasma artwork that was available for ISO sizes just in time for printing for the Ohio Linux Fest. I also borrowed a laptop with modest hardware, where I had Neon 5.10 running.

  • Energy-Saving Plasma

    I’m very pleased with the results: An idle Plasma Desktop doesn’t wake up the CPU, which is something we worked on avoiding for years. Furthermore, idling, I get a battery drain rate of less than 4 watt, which is pretty exceptional. Bottom line: Our work hasn’t been in vain and shows that Plasma is pretty well optimized to get the most out of your battery. This is especially interesting for Plasma Mobile of course, but benefits laptop users as well. It’s a nice example how our work on convergence benefits all users. And polar bears.

Google Pixel 2

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Q4OS 2.3.6 Scorpion, final beta

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We announce the Final Beta release of forthcoming Q4OS Scorpion operating system, allowing anyone to see how it performs. A preliminary release date for the stable new Q4OS Scorpion version is scheduled to October 10, 2017, so if nothing exceptional will occur in the next few days, the new Q4OS Scorpion version will be released very soon.

Anybody is invited to install Q4OS Scorpion and report bugs and glitches for us to be able to make the final release as perfect as possible, you can download the final beta live CD's for x64 and i686-pae CPU architectures from the dedicated Testing releases page.

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Security: Updates, Reproducible Builds, Dnsmasq, Leaks, Kaspersky, and Linux LTS

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Java: Java EE, Java 9, "Confusing" APIs

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  • Under Eclipse, changes to Java EE begin

    For one, Oracle is making the Java EE technology compatibility kits (TCK), which ascertain if an implementation is compliant with Java, available via open source. Eclipse Executive Director Milinkovich called this “a very fundamental change to the dynamics of this ecosystem.”

  • Java 9 Debuts with Jigsaw Modular Approach at JavaOne

    The Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) version 9 is now generally available bringing with it a number of new features to help make Java more modular and efficient. At the JavaOne conference in San Francisco on Oct. 2, Mark Reinhold Chief Architect, Java Platform Group at Oracle outlined some of the new Java 9 enhancements and provided insight on what's next.

    "Java 9 is here," Reinhold said. "That means that Jigsaw is here."

    Project Jigsaw is an effort that Oracle has been talking about since September 2010, just after the company completed its' acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Jigsaw is an effort to turn Java into a more modular stack, including a module subsystem to help make the programming language more efficient.

  • Secure coding in Java: Bad online advice and confusing APIs

    For programmers and software developers, the Internet forums provide a great place to exchange knowledge and seek answers to concrete coding conundrums. Alas, they are not always the source of accurate information.

Events: Open Jam, Moby Summit Los Angeles and GNU Hackers Meeting

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  • Open Jam For Open Source Games

    A three-day games jam with an emphasis on using open source game development tools and a requirement to open source the resulting games starts on October 6th.

  • Moby Summit Los Angeles recap

    Two weeks ago, member of the Docker team and Open Source community were in Los Angeles for a Moby Project Summit alongside Open Source Summit North America (previously known as LinuxCon). This was the 3rd Moby Summit edition since Solomon Hykes introduced the Moby Project: a new open-source project to advance the software containerization movement at DockerCon 2017 in Austin.

    This summit is for container users who are actively maintaining, contributing or generally involved in the design and development of the Moby Project and it’s components: runC, containerd, LinuxKit, Infrakit, SwarmKit, HyperKit, DataKit, VPNKit, Notary, libnetwork, etc.

  • GHM [GNU Hackers Meeting] 2017 videos online

    At last, the GHM 2017 video recordings are now online, along with presentation slides and abstracts.

Red Hat and Fedora: "Enterprise Software", Fedora 27 Beta, Ansible RPMs

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  • Is Red Hat’s Open Source Software Threatening Enterprise Software? [Ed: No, FOSS is "Enterprise Software", but it's clear the author tries to imply otherwise (proprietary software FUD)]

    Earlier in the series, we discussed Red Hat’s (RHT) better-than-expected fiscal 2Q18 earnings as well as its role in the popularization and adoption of open source software. Leading enterprise software companies who were earlier wary of open source software have jumped on the bandwagon. For example, Microsoft (MSFT) is increasingly turning towards Linux and the open source software movement.

  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Stake Lowered by Fiera Capital Corp
  • Alliancebernstein L.P. Has $36.11 Million Position in Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
  • Fedora 27 Beta Released

    After being delayed by two weeks due to bugs, the beta of Fedora 27 is shipping this morning.

    Fedora 27 Beta ships with a variety of updates as outlined in this morning's Fedora 27 feature overview ranging from the latest GNOME components to plenty of "under the hood" work.

  • Announcing the release of Fedora 27 Beta

    From the desk of Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller: The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora 27 Beta, the next big step towards our exciting Fedora 27 release in November.

  • Where is the beta for Fedora Server 27?

    The Fedora Project just released the beta version of Fedora 27, including Fedora Workstation and Fedora Atomic Host. Since Fedora ships with three editions, you may be wondering: where’s Fedora 27 Server beta?

  • Stepping down from the Fedora Project

    Joining the Fedora Project is one of the best choices I have ever made. I am glad I discovered the amazing world of free and open-source software. I am grateful for many opportunities provided. I am proud for my contributions to the project and the community.

    The Fedora Project has an amazing community - its contributors, who connect from all parts of the globe, contribute their time, talent and skills for the benefit of millions of users worldwide.

  • ansible retired from epel7
  • Ansible RPMS are no longer in EPEL-7

    Ansible packages are no longer shipped in EPEL-7 as they have been included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras (and similarly in CentOS-7 and hopefully Scientific Linux 7.4).

Asterisk 15 and Evergreen 3.0.0 Released

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  • Asterisk 15 Debuts Advancing Open Source Collaboration Technology with Video

    Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project, announced the release Asterisk 15 on Oct. 3, pushing the 13 year—old effort into the world of video conferencing.

  • Digium Announces Asterisk 15 Open Source Communications Software

    Asterisk is well known as the standard in open source audio communications and features an expansive ecosystem and installed base. Asterisk 15 extends the power of Asterisk by adding enhanced multi-party video conferencing and collaboration capabilities. With Asterisk 15, business application developers can now create custom audio and video communication solutions within one platform, bridging the gap between modern web-based communications and legacy telephony solutions.

  • Evergreen 3.0.0 released

    The Evergreen community is proud to announce the release of Evergreen 3.0.0, highly-scalable software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries.


    Evergreen 3.0.0 requires PostgreSQL 9.4 or later and OpenSRF 3.0.0 or later.

    Evergreen 3.0.0 represents the culmination of a four-year project to create a web-based staff interface for Evergreen. It includes contributions from at least 45 individuals and 8 funding institutions across the globe.

Why run a digital signage network on Linux OS?

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With its open source nature, Linux gives One Digital Media the ability to finely tune all aspects of their digital signage media players. We are able to remove all but the most important components, leaving a small secure footprint that is able to run on low-cost, low-powered hardware, yet still, deliver high-performance full HD video playback.

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