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Mandriva Spring 2008.1

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MDV

lazytechguy.com: Mandriva has just released their 2008.1 spring edition. This release promises a lot. Mandriva has really tried hard to make this release an extremely user friendly one. I tried the Mandriva One KDE edition and am very impressed with it.

Benchmarking Linux filesystems on software RAID 1

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Linux

jejik.com: A couple of months ago I got two Western Digital 500 GB SATA 3.0 drives, which were promptly supplemented with a 3ware 9550XS 4-port hardware RAID card. Immediately I came up with the idea for this article. I though it would be perfect to bench mark the hardware RAID against the software RAID using all kinds of file systems, block sizes, chunk sizes, LVM settings, etcetera.

Mandriva 2008.1 Spring: Close but no Cigar

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techiemoe.com: Mandriva (when it was called Mandrake) was one of my first exposures to Linux. It was solid, it was pretty, and it made Linux feel welcoming and fun. If one thing can be said is the distribution has remained consistently pleasant to look at.

4 days until Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron takes off

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Hardy Heron, the latest version of Ubuntu, arguably the world’s most well known version of Linux, is set to be released in a mere four days. Keen as I am on – shock horror – Windows Vista, and less of a shock, Mac OS X, I await the release of Ubuntu’s newest bird with great anticipation.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux and internal OS caching

  • Find files having permissions 644 in Linux
  • How To Show The Top Largest Files and Directories
  • HUBackup - Backup application for Ubuntu Home Users
  • Encrypting the root & swap partitions on Gentoo with cryptsetup (LUKS)
  • Easily Create Seperate Home partition
  • Linux On A Stick

Red Hat Begs To Clarify Its Desktop Position

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Linux

sys-con.com: In the last 36 hours – thanks to a posting on one of its blogs – Red Hat has gotten itself in a pretty mess over whether it’s in or out of the desktop market, with the influential Wall Street Journal, among others, reporting that “Red Hat Abandons PC Plan.” Well, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens says that’s not exactly true.

Fedora 9 Preview Review

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Linux

montanalinux.org: Yesterday the Fedora Project released a "Preview" of Fedora 9. Today Ubuntu released a "Release Candidate" of 8.04 "Hardy Heron" and the openSUSE team released openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1. Since my preferred Linux distribution for the desktop is Fedora, I've been keeping up with all of the test releases. What follows is some commentary about my experiences.

Oh My gOS!

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Linux

ubuntusite.com: While I’m waiting for the release of Hardy Heron, I got a chance to look for some other distros using the Ubuntu repositories and one distro that I noticed is the gOS All the while I thought that gOS was a distro made really by Google but that wasn’t the case.

A Preview Of Kernel-Based Mode-Setting

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Linux

phoronix.com: There are many new and innovative features brewing within the X.Org development community right now -- among the many are Gallium3D, the TTM memory manager, and MPX (Multi-Pointer X) -- but one of the features that has risen towards the top of the list and delivers visible benefits to the end-user is kernel-based mode-setting.

Off of windows, and feeling fine…

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Linux

smooshspace.com: So I’m still off windows, and for the most part feeling fine. There are some things I have liked and some things that have been a challenge…

No plans for a Mac or Linux version

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OS

aplawrence.com: I was reading Brett Legree's 6 Weeks site and followed a link to Q10 because it sounded interesting. Imagine my surprise when the first text to hit my eyes was this: Q10 runs under Windows. No version for Linux or Mac is planned.

What is Ubuntu still missing

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Ubuntu

igordevlog.blogspot: Ubuntu is just days ahead, I have been using it for about 2 months now, and its really hard to tell "What is Ubuntu missing". So I'll try to list some of the "missing features" and|or "improvements".

SliTaz: A light-weight GNU/Linux distribution

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Linux

linuxinfusion.com: SliTaz, a GNU/Linux distribution which weighs in at only 25 megabytes, recently caught my eye and as a fan of light-weight distributions I had to check it out.

"It Doesn't Work In Linux"

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avatraxiom.livejournal: So, every now and then I see somebody complain, "Oh, Linux is bad because I had to spend X much time getting Y to work, why don't those Linux people fix that?" When something doesn't work on a Mac, people say, "Wow, this doesn't work on a Mac. The vendor should fix that!"

First Look at Fedora 9 Preview

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I’VE spent a few of days in the company of Fedora 9 Preview and my first impressions are very favourable. Installed into an 8GB Virtualbox virtual machine, it’s a snappy release with a high degree of consistency and stability throughout.

20 Coolest Linux Distro-themed Wallpapers

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Linux

junauza.com: Since my list of 25 Coolest Linux Wallpapers unexpectedly became a huge hit, I’m going to share to you some more to keep the Linux pride alive. This time, I have collected some of the coolest, high quality distro-themed wallpapers.

Konsole - KDE 4.1 Changes

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KDE

kdemonkey.blogspot: I had a few emails recently asking for a summary of changes in the terminal and in particular 'Send Input to All' which was missing from KDE 4.0. So here are the changes in 4.1, in addition to the many bug fixes and tweaks.

Intrepid Ibex?

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Ubuntu

distrogue.blogspot: I don't think I need to explain the title. It's been officially announced [that Ubuntu 8.10 will be dubbed Intrepid Ibex]. So what's an ibex?

What Is The Linux Kernel?

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Linux

linuxsolutions.fr: While we hear so much about Linux and the Linux Kernel, what exactly is the Kernel and what does it do? In summary the Linux Kernel is the interface between the operating system and your computer hardware.

5 Reasons to Love Fedora 9

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jonrob.wordpress: The final release of Fedora 9 has been delayed by two weeks, so I thought I’d take this chance to look at what you can expect from Fedora 9 and why you should be excited!

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Security: Amazon, Microsoft, and John Draper

  • Amazon security camera could be remotely disabled by rogue couriers

    However, researchers from Rhino Security Labs found attacking the camera's Wi-Fi with a distributed denial of service attack, which sends thousands of information requests to the device, allowed them to freeze the camera. It would then continue to show the last frame broadcast, rather than going offline or alerting the user it had stopped working.

  • Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon
    A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security firm UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team said in a blog post published Friday. The cache included many posts that appeared to be benign, and in many cases those involved from people in the US, a finding that raises privacy and civil-liberties questions. Facebook was one of the sites that originally hosted the scraped content. Other venues included soccer discussion groups and video game forums. Topics in the scraped content were extremely wide ranging and included Arabic language posts mocking ISIS and Pashto language comments made on the official Facebook page of Pakistani politician Imran Khan.
  • Pirated Microsoft Software Enabled NSA Hack says Kaspersky
    Earlier reports accused Kaspersky's antivirus software which was running on the NSA worker's home computer to be the reason behind the Russian spies to access the machine and steal important documents which belonged to NSA hacking unit, Equation Group.
  • Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface
    John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News, Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men and minors between 1999 and 2007 during so-called "energy" exercises, which sometimes resulted in private invitations to his hotel room. There, Draper allegedly made unwanted sexual advances. As a result of the new revelations, Draper, 74, is now no longer welcome at Defcon. Michael Farnum, the founder of HOU.SEC.CON, told Ars on Friday afternoon that Draper, who had been scheduled to speak in April 2018, was disinvited.

Debian Developers

  • Joey Hess: stupid long route
    Yesterday, I surpassed all that, and I did it in a way that hearkens right back to the original story. I had two computers, 20 feet apart, I wanted one to talk to the other, and the route between the two ended up traveling not around the Earth, but almost the distance to the Moon. I was rebuilding my home's access point, and ran into a annoying bug that prevented it from listening to wifi. I knew it was still connected over ethernet to the satellite receiver. I connected my laptop to the satellite receiver over wifi. But, I didn't know the IP address to reach the access point. Then I remembered I had set it up so incoming ssh to the satellite receiver was directed to the access point.
  • I am now a Debian Developer
    On the 6th of April 2017, I finally took the plunge and applied for Debian Developer status. On 1 August, during DebConf in Montréal, my application was approved. If you’re paying attention to the dates you might notice that that was nearly 4 months ago already. I was trying to write a story about how it came to be, but it ended up long. Really long (current draft is around 20 times longer than this entire post). So I decided I’d rather do a proper bio page one day and just do a super short version for now so that someone might end up actually reading it.
  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2017
    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Programming: GNU Nano, Software Engineering Talent Shortage, HHVM (PHP)

  • GNU Nano Latest Version 2.9.0
    GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-; to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards', makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME for the history files, adds a history stack for executed commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
  • GNU Nano Text Editor Can Now Record & Replay Keystrokes
    GNU Nano 2.9 is now available as the latest feature release of this popular CLI text editor and it's bringing several new capabilities. First up, GNU Nano 2.9 has the ability to record and replay keystrokes within the text editor. M-: is used to start/stop the keystroke recording session while M-; is used to playback the macro / recorded keystrokes.
  • 2018's Software Engineering Talent Shortage— It’s quality, not just quantity

    The software engineering shortage is not a lack of individuals calling themselves “engineers”, the shortage is one of quality — a lack of well-studied, experienced engineers with a formal and deep understanding of software engineering.

  • HHVM 3.23
    HHVM 3.23 is released! This release contains new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, and supporting work for future improvements. Packages have been published in the usual places, however we have rotated the GPG key used to sign packages; see the installation instructions for more information.
  • Facebook Releases HHVM 3.23 With OpenSSL 1.1 Support, Experimental Bytecode Emitter
    HHVM 3.23 has been released as their high performance virtual machine for powering their Hack programming language and current PHP support. As mentioned back in September though, Facebook will stop focusing on PHP 7 compatibility in favor of driving their own Hack programming language forward. It's after their next release, HHVM 3.24, in early 2018 they will stop their commitment to supporting PHP5 features and at the same time not focus on PHP7 support. Due to the advancements made by upstream PHP on improving their performance, etc, Facebook is diverting their attention to instead just bolstering Hack and thus overtime the PHP support within HHVM will degrade.

Linux 4.14 File-System Benchmarks: Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS

Our latest Linux file-system benchmarking is looking at the performance of the mainline Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS file-systems on the Linux 4.14 kernel compared to 4.13 and 4.12. In looking to see how the file-system/disk performance has changed if at all under the newly released Linux 4.14 kernel, I carried out some 4.12/4.13/4.14 benchmarks using Btrfs/EXT4/F2FS/XFS while freshly formatting the drive each time and using the default mount options. Read more Also: Freedreno Gallium3D Supports A Fair Amount Of OpenGL 4.x