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Story Phones: Ubuntu, ZeroPhone, Tizen, and Android Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 5:18pm
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 5:16pm
Story Audiocast/Videos Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 12:55pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 12:52pm
Story KDE Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 12:52pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 12:51pm
Story Mintbox Mini Pro computer with Linux Mint now available for $395 Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 12:20pm
Story Why I switched from OS X to GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 11:38am
Story TedPage: The Case for Ubuntu Phone Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 11:13am
Story MX Linux MX-16 Metamorphosis - Winds of change Roy Schestowitz 15/01/2017 - 10:44am

Valve Does a 180: Valve Steam on Linux Ubuntu a Go

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He did a good job of convincing me that Valve is in the process of developing its products to run natively in Linux…but Valve wouldn’t cop to it. It only admitted it was playing around with Linux. Nothing was official. Interestingly, after the notorious Michael Larabel interview and visit, Valve reps actually insisted in that there was no serious Linux project at all with, anyway.

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Red Hat names King Abdulaziz University as Red Hat Academy Partner in Saudi Arabia

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the King Abdulaziz University has been signed as a Red Hat Academy Partner in Saudi Arabia. Red Hat® Academy is an open source education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials for educational programs in high schools and institutions of higher education worldwide. Starting today, the university will offer Red Hat courses and exams to current students, who will receive hands-on instruction, curriculum and labs, performance-based testing, and instructor support.

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Carey Head: Ubuntu for Everyday Use, How It Worked For Me

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Before diving into the Ubuntu review, here’s a bit of backdrop — and a bonus review. I downloaded and installed Windows 8 Preview several weeks ago. It took me about two days to realize that Microsoft’s desktop OS had jumped the great white for me. I can see how the Metro UI would be really nice on a tablet, but the concept on a desktop screen baffles me. Coincidentally, my 8 year-old’s installation of Windows 7 got corrupted and he needed a reinstall.

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KaOS Linux Starts the New Year with a Fresh New Look, First ISO for 2017 Arrives

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If you're distro hopping, today's trend for people who can't make a decision in choosing the perfect GNU/Linux distribution for their needs, we recommend taking KaOS for a test drive, an elegant and rolling operating system built from scratch.

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Developer claims Linux forced Microsoft to up its Windows game support

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A few years ago, thanks to Valve and Steam, Linux looked like it was going to become a major game platform. That didn't happen. But, the threat may have forced Microsoft to improve its Windows game support.

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Firmware updates for Ubuntu phones on hold

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Ubuntu phone users will be stuck with their current firmware for a while as the company has no plans to issue another over-the-air update until it switches package formats, according to Pat McGowan, an employee of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 beta out now

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Yes, Red Hat's forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 will come with stability and security improvements. That's not the real news. The big story is it supports the next generation of cloud-native applications through an updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 base image.

I've said it before. I'll say it again. Red Hat's foundation is Linux, but its future is in the cloud. This beta release is one more example of Red Hat's vision for tomorrow.

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New CloudLinux 5 Kernel Released to Patch Important Use-After-Free Vulnerability

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CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is informing users of the CloudLinux 5 series of server-oriented operating systems based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 about the availability of a new kernel update that patches an important security vulnerability.

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Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • The move to snap
  • TedPage: Snapping Unity8

    For the last little while we’ve been working to snap up Unity8. This is all part of the conversion from a system image based device to one that is entirely based on snaps. For the Ubuntu Phones we basically had a package layout with a system image and then Click packages on top of it.

  • We Never Said Ubuntu Phone Is Dead. Here’s What We Actually Wrote Line-by-Line

    I didn't want to write this post but a lot of people are raging at us for writing an article we didn't. So, join me as I go through we actually wrote, line-by-line.

  • Redesigning Bluetooth Settings

    At elementary, redesigns don’t necessarily happen purely as sketches or mockups and they may not even happen all at one time. Many times, we design iteratively in code, solving a single problem at a time. Recently we built out a new, native bluetooth settings pane to replace the one we inherited from GNOME. We took this time to review some of the problems we had with the design of this pane and see how we could do better. Pictured below is the bluetooth settings pane as available today in elementary OS Loki...

  • This Year In Solus (2016 Edition)

    2016 was an incredible year for Solus. We went from having our first release in December of 2015, to completely switching to a rolling release model. We had multiple Solus releases, multiple Budgie releases, several rewrites of different components of Solus, ranging from the Installer to the Software Center. We introduced our native Steam runtime and improved both our state of statelessness as well as optimizations.

    When I first started talking about Solus at the beginning of 2016, I used the analogy that what we were building was the engine for our vehicle, one to deliver us to our goals for Solus. While we’re still building that engine, we’re in a drastically better shape than we were in 2016, and we’re more confident, and bolder, than ever.

Linux 4.10-rc3

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  • Linux 4.10-rc3

    So after that very small rc2 due to the xmas break, we seem to be back
    to fairly normal. After a quiet period like that, I tend to expect a
    bigger chunk just because of pent up work, but I guess the short break
    there really was vacation for everybody, and so instead we're just
    seeing normal rc behavior. It still feels a bit smaller than a usual
    rc3, but for the first real rc after the merge window (ie I'd compare
    it to a regular rc2), it's fairly normal.

    The stats look textbook for the kernel: just under 2/3rds drivers,
    with almost half of the rest arch updates, and the rest being "misc"
    (mainly filesystems and networking).

    So nothing in particular stands out. You can get a flavor of the
    details from the appended shortlog, but even more importantly - you
    can go out and test.



  • Linux 4.10-rc3 Kernel Released

    Linux 4.10-rc3 is now available as the latest weekly update to the Linux 4.10 kernel.

  • Linus Torvalds Announces a Fairly Normal Third Linux 4.10 Release Candidate

    A few moments ago, Linus Torvalds made his Sunday evening announcement to inform us about the general availability of the third RC (Release Candidate) snapshot of the upcoming Linux 4.10 kernel.

    According to Linus Torvalds, things appear to be back to their normal state, and it looks like Linux kernel 4.10 RC3 is a fairly normal development release that consists of two-thirds updated drivers, and half of the remaining patch are improvements to various hardware architectures. There are also some minor networking and filesystems fixes.

  • Linux Kernel 4.9 Gets Its First Point Released, Updates Drivers and Filesystems

    We've been waiting for it, and it's finally here! The first point release of the Linux 4.9 kernel was announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman this past weekend, which means that most modern GNU/Linux distribution can finally start migrating to the series.

    Yes, we're talking about Linux kernel 4.9.1, the first of many maintenance updates to the Linux 4.9 kernel branch, which is now officially declared stable and ready for production. It's also a major release that changes a total of 103 files, with 813 insertions and 400 deletions, according to the appended shortlog.

Cinnamon 3.2.8 Desktop Out Now for Linux Mint 18.1 with Menu Applet Improvements

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Clement Lefebvre has published a new update of the beautiful, modern and responsive Cinnamon desktop environment, for the latest 3.2 stable series, of course, versioned 3.2.8.

It's been a little over two weeks since the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment received an update, and Cinnamon 3.2.8 is here to add many improvements to the Menu applet, which have all been contributed by Michael Webster. Among these, we can notice that the Menu applet is now capable of constructing only one context menu for recent files.

Of course, this context menu can be re-used for other files as required, and we can't help but notice that the Menu applet will no longer reconstruct recent files, just re-order, remove, or add them, if necessary. When refreshing the installed applications, the Menu applet won't be very destructive.

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Also: Latest Cinnamon Release Lands in Antergos, but Read This Before Updating Python

Meet the GPD Pocket, a 7-inch Ubuntu Laptop

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The GPD Pocket is a 7-inch laptop that’s small enough to fit in to a pocket — and it will apparently be available with Ubuntu!

As reported on Liliputing, GPD (the company) is currently only showing off a few fancy renders right now, but as they have form for releasing other (similar) devices, like the GPD Win, and Android gaming portables, this is unlikely to be outright vapourware.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Symbolic mathematics on Linux

    This article is an introduction to the world of free and open-source applications for symbolic mathematics. These are programs that assist the researcher or student through their ability to manipulate mathematical expressions, rather than just make numerical calculations. I'll give an overview of two large computer algebra packages available for Linux, and a briefer sampling of some of the more specialized tools aimed at particular branches of mathematics.

    This category of software is traditionally called a "computer algebra system", but that description can be misleading. These systems can find analytic solutions to algebraic and differential equations; solve integrals; sum infinite series; and generally carry out nearly any kind of mathematical manipulation that can be imagined. At the least, symbolic mathematics software can replace the bulky handbooks of mathematical information that have been lugged by generations of graduate students.

    Over decades, mathematicians have honed these programs, encoding within them the accumulated mathematical knowledge of centuries: information about special functions, for example, that's so difficult (for some of us) to remember. They have learned to reduce such things as algebraic simplification and calculating derivatives to patterns of symbol manipulation ripe for automation. The earliest of these systems, developed in the 1960s, were based on Lisp, the obvious choice at the time, but development of later systems used a variety of languages.

    Fortunately, most of the best of this software is free and open source, which allows us to look under the hood and examine or alter the algorithms employed.

  • Announcing Alacritty, a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

  • Inkscape Version 0.92 is Released!
  • Top 5 tools to Monitor Your Linux Disk Usage and Partitions

    Monitoring disk usage and storage space in your system is important for you as a stand-alone system owner or as a system admin of a company to know to maintain the efficiency of your Linux system. In this article, we will discuss about the top tools and command line utilities available in Linux to monitor your disk usage to provide information about total size available, total used, file system information and partition information etc. Let’s see how these tools help in retrieving this information:

  • Lightworks 14 Video Editor Beta Updates

    For those in need of a professional-grade Linux video editor, the Lightworks 14 release is near as the latest feature-update that is more than powerful enough if needing to do any simple home video editing or of holiday videos.

today's howtos

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Security News

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  • 6 ways to secure air-gapped computers from data breaches

    How do you avoid this? Depending upon the nature of the data contained within the air-gapped system, you should only allow certain staff members access to the machine. This might require the machine to be locked away in your data center or in a secured room on the premises. If you don't have a data center or a dedicated room that can be locked, house the computer in the office of a high-ranking employee.

  • Possibly Smart, Possibly Stupid, Idea Regarding Tor & Linux Distributions

    I will admit that I have not fully thought this through yet, so I am
    writing this in the hope that other folk will follow up, share their
    experiences and thoughts.

    So: I have installed a bunch of Tor systems in the past few months -
    CentOS, Ubuntu, Raspbian, Debian, OSX-via-Homebrew - and my abiding
    impression of the process is one of "friction".

    Before getting down to details, I hate to have to cite this but I have been
    a coder and paid Unix sysadmin on/off since 1988, and I have worked on
    machines with "five nines" SLAs, and occasionally on boxes with uptimes of
    more than three years; have also built datacentres for Telcos, ISPs and
    built/setup dynamic provisioning solutions for huge cluster computing. The
    reason I mention this is not to brag, but to forestall

  • [Older] Introducing rkt’s ability to automatically detect privilege escalation attacks on containers

    Intel's Clear Containers technology allows admins to benefit from the ease of container-based deployment without giving up the security of virtualization. For more than a year, rkt's KVM stage1 has supported VM-based container isolation, but we can build more advanced security features atop it. Using introspection technology, we can automatically detect a wide range of privilege escalation attacks on containers and provide appropriate remediation, making it significantly more difficult for attackers to make a single compromised container the beachhead for an infrastructure-wide assault.

  • Diving back into coreboot development

    Let me first introduce myself: I’m Youness Alaoui, mostly known as KaKaRoTo, and I’m a Free/Libre Software enthusiast and developer. I’ve been hired by Purism to work on porting coreboot to the Librem laptops, as well as to try and tackle the Intel ME issue afterwards.

    I know many of you are very excited about the prospect of having coreboot running on your Librem and finally dropping the proprietary AMI BIOS that came with it. That’s why I’ll be posting reports here about progress I’m making—what I’ve done so far, and what is left to be done.

  • Web databases hit in ransom attacks

    Gigabytes of medical, payroll and other data held in MongoDB databases have been taken by attackers, say security researchers.

  • Why HTTPS for Everything?

    HTTPS enables privacy and integrity by default. It is going to be next big thing. The internet’s standards bodies, web browsers, major tech companies, and the internet community of practice have all come to understand that HTTPS should be the baseline for all web traffic. Ultimately, the goal of the internet community is to establish encryption as the norm, and to phase out unencrypted connections. Investing in HTTPS makes it faster, cheaper, and easier for everyone.

Maui Linux 2.1 Blue Tang - Aloha!

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Maui Linux 2.1 Blue Tang is a surprisingly and yet expectedly good Plasma system, using some of that Mint-like approach to home computing. It's what Kubuntu should have been or should be, and it delivers a practical, out-of-the-box experience with a fine blend of software, fun and stability. That's a very sensible approach.

Not everything was perfect. Plasma has its bugs, the printer and the web cam issues need to be looked into, and on the aesthetics side, a few things can be polished and improved. The installer can benefit from having some extra safety mechanisms. But I guess that is the sum of my complaints. On the happy side, you get all the goodies from the start, the application collection is rich, the distro did not crash, and the performance is really decent for a Plasma beastling. A fine formula, and probably the best one we've seen in the last eighteen months or so. Good news if you like KDE. And indeed, this is definitely one of the distros you should try. 9/10. I'm quite pleased. Have a maui day.

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26-Way Intel/AMD CPU System Comparison With Ubuntu 16.10 + Linux 4.10 Kernel

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In preparation for Intel Kaby Lake socketed CPU benchmark results soon on Phoronix, the past number of days I have been re-tested many of the systems in our benchmark server room for comparing to the performance of the new Kaby Lake hardware. For those wanting to see how existing Intel and AMD systems compare when using Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 and the latest Linux 4.10 Git kernel, here are those benchmarks ahead of our Kaby Lake Linux CPU reviews.

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Also: Xeon HD Graphics P530 With OpenGL & Vulkan On Mesa 13.1-dev + Linux 4.10

Games for GNU/Linux

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SipHash Is Being Worked On For Further Security In The Linux Kernel

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Jason Donenfeld who has been working on the WireGuard secure network tunnel for Linux has also been working on another security enhancement: adding the SipHash PRF to the Linux kernel.

Donenfeld is now up to his third version of patches for integrating the SipHash pseudorandom functions into the Linux kernel. For those wanting some background about SipHash, there is an explanation via Wikipedia while a lot more technical information can be found via this SipHash page.

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