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Story Peppermint OS 7 Linux Distribution Officially Released Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 7:56pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:57am
Story GNU/Linux on Servers and PS3 Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:56am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:54am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:53am
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Story Fedora: The Latest Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:49am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 11:47am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 10:14am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 24/06/2016 - 9:10am

Linux recommendations for a novice: Trying out Linux Mint, Manjaro, and PCLinuxOS

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Reviews

My recommendation was a choice of three different distributions: Linux Mint MATE, Manjaro Xfce, or PCLinuxOS MATE. As I am a firm believer in "write about what you do, and do what you write about" (as opposed to "regurgitate press releases and try to sound important"), I went home and got out my own Samsung N150 Plus and loaded all three of those distributions on it.

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OPNFV project

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Linux
Web

[Network Functions Virtualisation=NFV]

  • Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be cool like Facebook

    Network operators have a jealous eye on the likes of Facebook and Google and want to ditch their clunky networks to compete for "cooler" consumer services, the head of the open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) project has said.

    Heather Kirksey is director of the collaborative Linux foundation's OPNFV project – the open source software platform intended to promote the uptake of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).

  • Nokia, Intel collaborate on open source hardware

    Just a week after Nokia (NYSE:NOK) announced an agreement to help China Mobile move to a more flexible cloud network infrastructure, Nokia said it is teaming up with Intel to make its carrier-grade AirFrame Data Center Solution hardware available for an Open Platform Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) Lab.

  • OPNFV Summit: Key Takeaways

    The open source multi-VIM MANO, Cloudify, is giving a sneak preview of its Telecom Edition today at the OPNFV Summit in Berlin. Cloudify is an open source orchestrator used by a growing group of large telecoms and Tier 1 network operators that are pursuing network functions virtualization (NFV).

Microsoft Liars

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Microsoft
  • Microsoft Edge is a system hog and cannot be called 'power efficient'

    IT WAS ONE HELL of a Monday morning. The rain was hammering down with no end in sight, and the usual 'wrong type of rain' and 'leaves on the line' meant that trains from outlying areas into central London were all pretty much stationary.

    When I finally got to the office, I dashed to my desk, powered up my system and launched Microsoft Edge - the window to my Office 365-using world.

    I was met with a big, blank white window that wouldn't shift, no matter how often I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

    It was the final straw after a year of repeated crashes, hangs, random tab locks followed by forced refreshes, and general slow motion performance that's made anguished cries and keyboard thumps a normal occurrence for those around me.

    So after using Edge religiously since Windows 10's launch as an attempt to ‘embed' with the tech I write about, I decided this morning to stop using it entirely.

  • Opera repudiates Microsoft Edge battery-saving claims

    The browser-maker Opera has negated Microsoft’s much-publicised claim that its Windows 10-exclusive Edge browser provides significantly less battery drain than competitors Chrome and Opera – and its own tests put Edge firmly in second place for battery efficiency.

    In a post at the Opera blog today, Błażej Kaźmierczak reveals the result of the company’s own tests, which put Google Chrome in third place at two hours and fifty-four minutes, Edge in second at three hours twelve minutes, and Opera ahead of that by obtaining three hours and fifty-five minutes of battery life under identical tests.

Fedora: The Latest

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Red Hat
  • Upgrade to Fedora 24

    I just updated to Fedora 24 today, just a day after it’s release. Two dnf commands and 30 minutes later, my system is now upgraded to Fedora 24.

  • Example of newer document writing for Fedora-docs
  • Rejection report 2: Korora KDE and GeckoLinux

    This is as bollocky as bollocks go. Korora 23 Gnome actually booted FINE on my G50 machine just the other day. No problem, no sweat. Well, it wouldn't boot from USB, but DVD was fine. Not so with the KDE version. Consistency is such a troubled word. I tried a couple of coasters, even tried a different DVD tray, and then booted the Gnome edition to make sure there's nothing wrong with the hardware. And there isn't.

    I can't describe how frustrated I am. It's the same bloody distro with just a few small changes in the visual layout. But then, Fedora boots fine, after a firmware update. Korora Gnome boots fine, but only from DVD. Korora KDE boots not. I am embarrassed to tell people I'm a Linux user. How can this be? We're in 2016. This isn't 1999 anymore. We're not fighting code demons anymore. Seriously, I'm considering starting a petition that says there should be prison time for badly executed and poorly QA-ed distros. The problem is no one cares about petitions.

  • Caching makes me cranky

    Among issues with Ion is its incorrect use of the DMA APIs. I've briefly mentioned this before. My educated opinion is that it's a complete mess and that time travel would be a great solution to fix this this problem.

GNOME News

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GNOME
  • Tool To Customize Numix Theme Colors `Oomox` Sees New Release, Now Available In PPA

    Oomox supports GTK3 and GTK2, and it includes Openbox and Xfwm4 themes. Unity is also supported, though changing the window buttons color is not yet supported.

  • Tracker Search Engine to Adapt to New GKqueue Monitor Mapping for GNOME 3.22

    We reported the other day that the GNOME developers released the third snapshot towards the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, meaning that many of the core components and apps were improved.

    Tracker, the open-source semantic data store software, which is responsible for indexing different sources needed for the search engine integration of the GNOME desktop environment, implemented via GNOME Shell and other apps from the GNOME Stack, has been updated to version 1.9.0.

  • Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 20th, 2016
  • Behind the scenes with the developers

    I had the privilege of sitting in on the GTK+ hackfest in Toronto last week, getting re-energized for my day job by hanging out with developers from Canonical, Collabora, Endless and Red Hat. Toronto is a fabulous city for a hackfest, and Red Hat provided a great workspace.

  • GTK+ hackfest 2016

    A dozen GNOME hackers invaded the Red Hat office in Toronto last week, to spend four days planning the next year of work on our favourite toolkit, GTK+; and to think about how Flatpak applications can best integrate with the rest of the desktop.

  • Bad news: I’m not attending GUADEC
  • Calendar Updates

    The week-view already had good amount of code written for it. So the basic files were already existing.

  • Spreadsheet Function Semantics

    Excel being Excel there are, of course, special cases. “=” does not mean to look for empty strings. Instead it means to look for blank cells. And strings that can be parsed as numbers, dates, booleans, or whatever are equivalent to searching for such values. These are all just examples of run-of-the-mill Excel weirdness.

    The thing that really makes me suspect that Excel designers were under the influence of potent psycho-active substances is that, for no good reason, pattern matching criteria like “foo*bar” mean something different for the two flavours of functions. For the “D” functions it means /^foo.*bar/ in grep terms, whereas for the “if” functions it means /^foo.*bar$/. Was that really necessary?

KDE Development, Randa, and GSoC

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KDE

OSMC Linux Media Center Brings Kodi, Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 to Raspberry Pi Zero

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GNU
Linux
Debian

A new major update has been released for the OSMC open-source media center GNU/Linux distribution, bringing all the updates from the upstream Debian Stable software repositories.

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APT 1.3 Debian Package Manager to Forbid Insecure Repositories by Default

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Debian

The APT 1.3 development continues at a fast pace, and it looks like it has just received yet another snapshot, apt 1.3~exp3, the third one in the series, which brings more goodies to the upcoming major release of the Debian GNU/Linux package manager.

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7 open source terminal games for Linux

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OSS
Gaming

Do fancy graphics really make a game better? Can a text-based game for Linux still keep you entertained?

Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally enjoy playing a AAA game release from a major studio. But as I've gotten older, I've found that I really value gameplay (and nostalgia too, admittedly) far more than how photorealistic my gaming experience is.

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Fedora 22 Linux to Reach End of Life on July 19, 2016, Move to Fedora 24 Now

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Red Hat

Dennis Gilmore from the Fedora Project has published a reminder informing the community that the Fedora 22 Linux operating system will reach end of life in approximately one month from today, on July 19, 2016.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Is Now Entirely Built Using GCC 6 as Compiler

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SUSE

Last week, we reported on the fact that the GCC 6 migration for the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system was almost over and that the next snapshot would be a massive one moving everything to the GCC 6 compiler.

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

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Android

Just when you thought the platform wars had settled down into a cosy duopoly, Huawei is reported to be working on “an alternative mobile operating system”, according to reports.

“The team working on the project is based in Scandinavia and includes ex-Nokia employees,” The Information scooped.

The secret project is said to be in its infancy, and is intended as a hedge against Google further tightening its grip on Android.

Google is reportedly working on a proprietary binary Android, analyst Richard Windsor told The Register, allowing it to take tighter control of the platform.

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Raspberry Pi 3 takes the cake in 2016 hacker SBC survey

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Linux

Readers selected the Raspberry Pi 3 as their favorite among 81 Linux/Android hacker boards in our 2016 SBC Survey, followed by the Odroid-C2 and BeagleBone.

Earlier this month, HackerBoards.com and Linux.com (the Linux Foundation’s community site) sponsored a 14-day SurveyMonkey survey that asked readers to choose their favorite three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers from a list of 81. As with last year’s 53-board survey, the winner was easy to guess. This year it was the 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 that blew away the 2nd place contender by an even larger margin than the Raspberry Pi 2 did a year ago. Once again an Odroid board and the BeagleBone Black filled the next two slots, although this time it was the Odroid-C2 in second and the BeagleBone third.

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Lessons learned for building an open company with transparent collaboration

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OSS

In the first part of this two-part series, Building a business on a solid open source model, I described how an open source business needs to provide a solid ground for all stakeholders, users, contributors, employees, customers, and of course investors. Foundations, licenses, and trademarks can be helpful in building an open ecosystem. Open source communities need supporting organizations to work transparently, otherwise there are barriers to contribution. Code might be public, but code dumps (like Google tends to do with Android) don't always facilitate collaboration. To encourage collaboration, you must go one step further and be proactive. Development in a place like GitHub or GitLab, and having open feature planning meetings and conferences help toward that goal. But still, open source project leaders can do more.

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libarchive Security Flaws, Novice Linux, Slack's Latest

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-s

Today in Linux news several security flaws were found in libarchive, a library used to decompress several package types present on a great number of Linux systems. In other news Slackware-current has seen a lot of activity the last few days and Red Hat stock took a bit of dip in after hours trading this evening following an earnings report. Jamie Watson shared his recommendations of Linux distributions for novice users and Bruce Byfield today wrote that a lot of the things Windows users nostalgically miss are still a part of Linux.

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Techright’s Roy Schestowitz on All Things Free Tech

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Interviews

Do you love Microsoft? Dr. Roy Schestowitz doesn’t. He also led a “Boycott Novell” movement back when there was a Novell to boycott, and he has crusaded against other tech companies, especially regarding software patents. It is, as they say, “Clean indoor work, but somebody has to do it.” And Roy is that somebody.

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Radeon RX 480 Linux Testing Is Happening Right Now

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Not that I can share any early benchmark figures or anything of the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" graphics card, but the testing commenced today... But I can at least share a couple images.

Yep, AMD sent over a Radeon RX 480 graphics card for being able to provide launch-day Linux benchmarks next week. That day is 29 June when the embargo expires and the RX 480 cards will begin to hit stores for the $199+ price-tag (or slightly more for the 8GB version).

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Michele Casey of Oracle Chats About Oracle Linux

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Red Hat

Michele Casey, Oracle Linux Senior director of Product Management, reached out to provide insight into Oracle Linux and the platform’s place in the evolution of containers for next-generation application development.

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