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Story Systemd dominates and Debian, Ubuntu, Git updates – Linux Snippets Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2014 - 8:10am
Story Free cloud access to IBM Power servers for Linux Developers Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2014 - 8:05am
Story Phusion Releases Robust Docker Base Image Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2014 - 7:49am
Story Steam OS, client update brings audio improvements Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2014 - 7:42am
Story OpenDaylight: Open Source Programming to the Software-Defined Network Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 11:18pm
Story What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'? Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 11:11pm
Story Tizen-based Samsung smartwatch rumored Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 9:55pm
Story French local politicians support free software Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 7:45pm
Story Who helps your Linux distribution run smoothly? Thank a packager today Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 7:09pm
Story Linux job market heats up Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 6:51pm

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Featured on 60 minutes

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opsamericas.com: For anyone who was paying attention to this weeks 60 Minutes episode on CBS, you may have seen a clip of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC with a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop sticker on it!

Linux software installation myths

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: In a recent story about Microsoft running scared of Linux, I got a lot of mail saying things like, "when installing programs becomes as easy as Windows then Microsoft will be in trouble....most people couldn't be bothered stuffing around trying to find programs that will work and then figuring out how to install [them]." Ah, hello, it's actually easier to install software in Linux than it is in Windows.

Are Game Developers Finally Seeing the Linux Light?

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dthomasdigital.wordpress: In my last post one of the the feedback responses I received quipped that Linux was not ready for everyone. Among the many reason was that people wanted to play the latest games and that the latest games don’t come on the Linux platform.

Windows 7 no threat to netbook Linux

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Linux

linux-watch.com: I've been nonplussed the last few weeks as ordinarily sane compu-journalists opine that Windows 7 will somehow kill Linux on netbooks. This weekend, I had a chance to actually see XP running on an EEE 900, and I can tell you, Linux has nothing to fear from Redmond.

Could Mepis have been Ubuntu?

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Linux

earthweb.com: Today SimplyMepis is back and in full swing with a beta available of SimplyMepis 8, most people would never know this due to the incredible lack of media coverage. After all, Linux is never spoken of these days without the name Ubuntu accompanying it. With any luck, this article will work to change this.

5 very basic things Windows 7 still isn't any good at

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Microsoft

downloadsquad.com: I've noticed five issues so far that, though minor, leave me wondering if Microsoft is going to be able to pull off a really great OS by its projected mid-2009 release.

The Force Is With Red Hat

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Linux

thevarguy.com: Red Hat has found a way to link open source with Star Wars. Sci-Fi Geeks across the galaxy must be celebrating. And Red Hat is set to more effectively navigate the digital entertainment universe. Here’s the scoop.

Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 8

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: Will the use of Linux void the manufacturer’s warranty of your computer hardware? This is one fear that prevents some people from making the leap to Linux, which is why it is on my Top 10 List of Linux FUD Patterns. The short answer is, it depends; however, there are steps that you can take to increase your probability of receiving service under a warranty.

ATI X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Late last month we published system benchmarks of Ubuntu 7.04 through 8.10 and had found -- at least with the Intel notebook we were using -- that the performance had degraded with time. In our original article we hadn't focused much upon the graphics tests and we were just using ATI's binary driver, but per a request from Canonical's Bryce Harrington, we have carried out some open-source graphics tests on Ubuntu 7.04 through 8.10 and we started with the ATI performance.

Open Source -- Can It Innovate?

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OSS

opensource.org: There's an argument commonly heard these days that open-source software is all very well for infrastructure or commodity software where the requirements are well-established, but that it can't really innovate. I laugh when I hear this.

People of openSUSE: Claes Backstrom

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Interviews
SUSE

opensuse.org: This week on ‘People of openSUSE’ we have interviewed openSUSE Election Committee member, Senior Linux Trainer and VMware Trainer Claes Backstrom. Besides all these titles he has he still has time to package games on openSUSE Build Service, beta testing, and promoting openSUSE in his North European cold country, Sweden.

dBpoweramp's CD Ripper Works Like a Dream Under Linux

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Software

techgage.com: Ever since I posted about dBpoweramp this past March, about how great it was to convert large music collections, I shortly after became equally impressed with their CD ripper. But the problem of course, that it was designed for Windows, nothing else. That tends to be a problem when you have hundreds of CDs to rip and you don't run Windows.

How two of the world's largest websites use Linux for high availability

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Linux

itwire.com: Pop quiz: you have a web site and you want it to be popular. It must scale to tens, hundreds of thousands, even millions of visitors. It has to be snappy and responsive. What server platform will you host it on? Here’s what two of the world’s most popular sites – Wikipedia and Digg - went with, and it wasn’t Windows.

Hands on: Songbird 1.0 music app soars

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arstechnica.com: In a desktop media realm dominated by iTunes and Windows Media Player, Songbird is an open source player that dances to its own beat. Built on Mozilla technology, Songbird offers a very customizable interface and integrates a pleasant variety of web services.

Lotus Symphony for Linux: Not Ready for Prime Time

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Software

informit.com: A. Lizard explains why Linux users should avoid Lotus Symphony mainly because of its text font display. See why it's probably best to wait until this package gets to version 2.

Are Consumers Getting Mixed Messages About Linux Netbooks?

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Hardware

ostatic.com: Recently, there's been a lot of noise regarding Linux netbooks -- from how well the devices have sold to the return rates. Sam mentioned in a post that reasonable expectations need to be set for netbooks.

Also: Netbooks: An opportunity for Windows, and a threat to Linux

Review of two best audio player of Linux System

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Software

bestaudioplayers.blogspot: I always try to keep audio and video player separate from each other. Most people don't care until their system gets jammed about memory stuff. But some are too concerned and try to execute whatever takes less memory on their system and still get their job done.

Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth opens up on mobility and design

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Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: The Ubuntu developer community conducted a series of public tutorials and discussions on IRC last week during Ubuntu Open Week. Many of the Open Week sessions offer valuable technical insight into the development process and provide instructions for new contributors.

today's leftovers

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News
  • The Linux Credit Card

  • Installing Ubuntu on the Asus eeepc
  • Experimental ATI Driver Gets DRI2 Support
  • Howto: Update to Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’ using BitTorrent
  • Microsoft's openness stressed
  • Static IP address on Ubuntu 8.10
  • Hadoop: Funny Name, Powerful Software
  • script for configuring file associations in wine
  • OpenOffice.org Conference 2008 – everything is different
  • Gentoo : Managing software packages
  • Firefox Turns Four!
  • Install Lighttpd with PHP FastCGI on Ubuntu 8.10
  • AI Funding for Open-Source Artificial Intelligence
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 8
  • Linux Outlaws 63 - Love at First Skype

Ten Reasons why Linux is really a Religion

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Linux

itwire.com: After browsing through the amazing feedback in response to the many Linux articles on ITWire, I have come to a very clear conclusion – Linux is a religion. Here’s a bunch of reasons why its so.

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today's leftovers

  • My Experiences Converting Users To GNU/Linux
    My wife, TLW, runs GNU/Linux with few problems. She uses a tablet, an Odroid-C2 ARMed thick client, and a big notebook all running Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu and her Android/Linux smartphone and her scanner and printer all deal with Beast, my GNU/Linux server. I have her file-system plugged in via NFS so she can do IT in bed, in front of the TV, on TV, or in her office and all her thousands of pictures, documents, scans etc. are all in the same place. She doesn’t even have much problem using Ubuntu or XFCE4 on Debian because she mostly uses the same applications all day long. It just works for her and memories of That Other Operating System are fading. She was locked to a single thick client with limited capabilities in those Dark Days. She had repeated crashes and malware. Today, her issues with IT are things like changing the name of a file on the FTP server or how to scan a light image or…, real problems, not problems M$ causes billions of people every day.
  • Shame on Microsoft for Leaving Surface Pro Customers in the Dark
    When Microsoft came out with its first batch of Surface tablets a few years ago, the company took a bath on them. It didn't help that they were conceived around the unpopular Windows 8 and the now-defunct Windows RT and that the prospects for the OS were in question. After Microsoft wrote off $900 million on its money-losing Surface business, the deathwatch was on. But the Intel-based Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 showed a glimmer of hope, and Microsoft finally delivered a solid hit with the Surface Pro 3. After that water­shed release, the Surface division is now an important business that brings in more than $1 billion revenue per quarter. Yet Microsoft isn't showing much appreciation toward the customers who helped put its Surface business on solid footing.
  • A quick introduction to Audacity for teachers
  • SX 2.2 RELEASE
    Skylable is proud to announce immediate availability of SX 2.2. The new release provides a significant performance boost by improving calculation, index usage and maintaining cache of frequently computed values, as well as performing background propagation of all replicas above 1 by default. Additionally, sxfs now enables caching of smaller objects for improved latency. The source code and binary packages are available for download now. SX 2.2 is backward compatible with previous 2.x releases, and all you need to do is to run sxsetup –upgrade on every node after updating it!
  • 3 Awesome Themes For Plank, The Linux Dock App
    Plenty of people use the desktop dock Plank on their Linux desktop — and for good reason. Plank is a nimble, customisable desktop dock for Linux desktops.
  • hackmud, a cyberpunk themed text-based hacking simulator is now out with Linux support
    The game is listed as Single-player and Multi-player, so it's not entirely clear what type of game it is. As it also claims it's an MMO. I think the developer needs to make it much clearer exactly what is online and what is offline.
  • Yooka-Laylee has another trailer, featuring Shovel Knight
  • ContractPatch, Step 2: Understanding the power balance
    At the point you are presented with a job offer, your prospective employer really wants to hire you. Chances are, they’ve screened and interviewed a number of candidates and put a lot of work into the process. Your manager has thought deeply about who they want in the position and has probably imagined how it will all work out with you in the role. Both you and the hiring decision-maker(s) are probably very optimistic about what you’ll accomplish in the role and how well you’ll get along working together. At this point, no one wants to go back to the drawing board and start the process over again. You will be excited to start the new job but it’s worth taking a step back to appreciate the unusual position you are in with your new employer.
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  • Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3 Is Out with Full EFI Support, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    Softpedia was informed today, September 26, 2016, by Black Lab Software's CEO Robert J. Dohnert about the availability of the third Beta development snapshot of the upcoming Black Lab Linux 8 GNU/Linux operating system. Black Lab Linux 8 "Onyx" Beta 3 is here approximately three weeks after the second Beta pre-release and it comes with a major change. It is no longer based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), as the development team decided to switch base and move to the next Ubuntu LTS version, namely Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
  • DevOps: All Development, No Database
    Since the last time I touched working code in a production environment, it’s no exaggeration to say that no part of the development process remains untouched. Over the last decade plus, effectively every aspect of the application development process has been scrutinized, rethought and in many cases reinvented. From version control to build systems to configuration and deployment to monitoring, modern development’s toolchain is multi-part and sophisticated. As it must be. Processes that work for code released in cycles measured in months cannot be expected to handle workflows measured in days or minutes. For all that the process of developing software has evolved, however, the database remains curiously overlooked. Consider the example of Cloud Native. Describing a modern, typically legacy-free approach to building applications appropriate for cloud environments, the term Cloud Native has gone from informal descriptor to accepted industry shorthand in short order – to the extent that it has its own technical foundation. If we look at the membership of that foundation, the CNCF, it would appear that the roster includes no database vendors at the Platinum or Gold membership levels, at least if you assume Google’s involvement is around Kubernetes and not tools such as BigQuery. Of the 41 silver members, meanwhile, two can be considered database vendors: Crunchy and Treasure Data.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • What does it mean to change company culture?
    Tools are specific concrete things that a culture has decided is a way to improve a process. Buckminster Fuller has a great quote about tools and thinking: "If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking." In particular, DevOps tools can provide folks new ways to look at things—like delivering code into a production environment, for example. But there's lots of examples where a new tool doesn't influence the thinking of the people who use it, so things don't change.
  • Why Open Beats Closed
  • Google Improves Image Recognition; Releases Project as Open Source Software
    Google says its algorithm can correctly caption a photograph with nearly 94 percent accuracy. The company says the improvements come in the third version of its system named Inception, with the score coming from a standardized auto-caption test named ImageNet. It reports the first version scored 89.6 percent, the second 91.8 percent and the new one 93.9 percent.
  • Contributing to Open Source Projects Not Just For the Experts
    XDA has long been a proponent of open source development, and we’ve seen it flourish over the years. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons our community has grown as fast as it has over these past 13 years, with Android’s core being the driving force. Many people desire to be part of open source and contribute but often don’t know how they can, whether because they think they lack the skills or they just don’t have the time.
  • Firefox Reader Mode is Finally Getting a Keyboard Shortcut
    Among the changes which arrived in the September release of Firefox 49 were an enhanced set of Reader Mode features, including spoken narration and line-width spacing options. All very welcome. But the improvements aren’t stopping there. Firefox 50, which is due next month, will add another sorely needed feature: a keyboard shortcut for Reader Mode. Y
  • Introduction to OpenStack by Rich Bowen
    In this talk, Rich, the OpenStack Community Liaison at Red Hat, will walk you through what OpenStack is, as a project, as a Foundation, and as a community of organizations.
  • How Microsoft Measures Open Source Success [Ed: Wim Coekaerts got a bigger salary offer from Microsoft than from Oracle so now he’s propagandist/EEE in chief]
  • Public licenses and data: So what to do instead?
    Why you still need a (permissive) license Norms aren’t enough if the underlying legal system might allow an early contributor to later wield the law as a threat. That’s why the best practice in the data space is to use something like the Creative Commons public domain grant (CC-Zero) to set a clear, reliable, permissive baseline, and then use norms to add flexible requirements on top of that. This uses law to provide reliability and predictability, and then uses norms to address concerns about fairness, free-riding, and effectiveness. CC-Zero still isn’t perfect; most notably it has to try to be both a grant and a license to deal with different international rules around grants.
  • NIST Releases New 'Family' of Standardized Genomes
    With the addition of four new reference materials (RMs) to a growing collection of “measuring sticks” for gene sequencing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now provide laboratories with even more capability to accurately “map” DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies. The new tools feature sequenced genes from individuals in two genetically diverse groups, Asians and Ashkenazic Jews; a father-mother-child trio set from Ashkenazic Jews; and four microbes commonly used in research. NIST issued the world’s first genome reference material (NIST RM 8398)—detailing the genetic makeup for a woman with European ancestry—in May 2015. Together, all five RMs serve as a collection of well-characterized, whole genome standards that can tell a laboratory how well its DNA sequencing processes are working by measuring the performance of the equipment, chemistry and data analysis involved.
  • ANSI Seeks Organizations Interested in Serving as U.S. TAG Administrator for ISO Technical Committee on Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger
  • Industrial IoT leaders work towards interoperability and open source collaboration

LLVM News

  • Pairing LLVM JIT With PostgreSQL Can Speed Up Database Performance
    Using the LLVM JIT with PostgreSQL can vastly speed up the query execution performance and shows off much potential but it hasn't been mainlined yet. Dmitry Melnik presented at this month's LLVM Cauldron over speeding up the query execution performance of PostgreSQL by using LLVM. Particularly with complex queries, the CPU becomes the bottleneck for PostgreSQL rather than the disk. LLVM JIT is used for just-in-time compilation of queries.
  • LLVM Cauldron 2016 Videos, Slides Published
    The inaugural LLVM Cauldron conference happened earlier this month ahead of the GNU Tools Cauldron in Hebden Bridge, UK. All of the slides and videos from this latest LLVM conference are now available.