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Linux Tops on Web, AMD's Zeppelin, linux.conf.au

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Today in Linux news Netcraft reported that Linux is still the dominate operating system on the Internet. Linux powered eight out of the top 10 hosting sites in January 2016. Some hardware geeks learned of a new AMD processor from our kernel changelogs and Dell teased their new Linux laptop. This year's linux.conf.au is in full swing and I love Free Software Day is quickly approaching.

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Neon Introduced, PCLOS ChimpBox, rm -rf /

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The top story today in Linux news was the warning not to use rm -rf / anymore. Anymore? In a bit of competition for the MintBox, the PCLinuxOS project announced a new mini computer with their OS factory installed starting at around $300. Jonathan Riddell revealed more about the new Neon project and the GNOME Foundation stated today that Karen Sandler did not bankrupt them.

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Also: Running ‘rm -rf –no-preserve-root /’ Command In Linux Can Kill Some Laptops Permanently

KDE Neon Lives, Kmail Not Dead, Screensavers Should Die

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Today in Linux news, KDE contributor and former Kubuntu release manager Jonathan Riddel teased a new KDE subproject will be introduced this weekend at FOSDEM. In related news, Laurent Montel said, "KDEPIM/Kmail is NOT dead" despite it being "the year of Kube." ownCloud founder Frank Karlitschek today told developers to kill off screensavers once and for all.

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Mint 18's New Themes and Applications, New Mint Box

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Clement Lefebvre today added some additional tidbits from early Mint 18 planning in his monthly newsletter. A few weeks ago he'd said version 18 would finally feature a new theme and today he said they would be developing new applications as well. In addition, a new mini PC featuring Mint was introduced.

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Ian Murdock to be Remembered at FOSDEM 2016

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The Debian Publicity team is planning to hold a memorial for founder Ian Murdock who tragically took his own life December 28 after altercations with police. The event will take place during FOSDEM this coming weekend. The team has been collecting pictures, stories, and video in order to compile a short video for the event in Brussels, Belgium Saturday.

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Mozilla "Push"es Firefox 44, Most Secure Linux Projects

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Firefox 44 was released today with Mozilla touting new Push technology. Push allows websites to push content to users without their having to visit the site directly. Elsewhere, The Linux Homefront Project researched which Linux distributions take user security seriously and some of the results are surprising. Jack M. Germain reviewed Nelum OS and Neil Rickert shared his multi-boot techniques.

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Was Linus Behind LF Membership Changes?

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Writer journalist Vox Day speculated the other day that Linus Torvalds himself may have been behind the Linux Foundation's elimination of individual memberships from their organization. FOSS Force is back with another poll and quiz today and Eric Hameleers released an updated Slackware Live. Debian update 8.3 was announced Saturday and several reviews warrant a mention.

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Fedora N-1 Upgrades Approved, F24 June 7, F25 Nov 8

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At tonight's FESCo meeting, it was decided to go with a three week delay rather than two. Adam Williamson's N-1 upgrades were approved as an officially supported path and Fedora 25 is penciled-in for November. Elsewhere, Jamie Watson was quick to testdrive Kali's new rolling edition and another Linux trojan was identified by researchers.

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LF's Zemlin: Nothing's Changed Quit Complaining

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In response to yesterday's revelation that Section 3.3(a) of the Linux Foundation's governing by-laws was changed to removed individual involvement, Jim Zemlin this evening released a response. In his post Zemlin said that nothing has changed and folks should stop being so nasty on social media about it. In other news, Sam Varghese took Red Hat to task over its continued involvement with the spy and mass surveillance unit National Security Agency.

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Linux Vulnerability and Trojan Causing Headaches

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The news on everyone front page today involves another Linux kernel flaw that allows a local user to gain root privileges. Along those same lines is a trojan recently discovered that takes screenshots and attempts to make recordings through your microphone. In other news, Jeff Hoogland explained why he chooses Ubuntu on which to base Bodhi and Peter Hutterer clarified the importance of the X.Org Foundation.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed: A Linux distribution on the leading edge

So, to summarize: openSUSE Tumbleweed is a good, solid, stable Linux distribution with a wide range of desktops available. It is not anything particularly exotic or unstable, and it does not require an unusual amount of Linux expertise to install and use on an everyday system. To make a very simple comparison, in my experience installing and using Tumbleweed is much less difficult and much less risky than using the Debian "testing" distribution, and it is kept much (much much) more up to date than openSUSE Leap, Debian "stable", Linux Mint or Ubuntu. I don't say that to demean any of those other distributions. As I said at the end of my recent post about point-release vs. rolling-release distributions, if your hardware is fully supported by one of those point-release distributions, and you are satisfied with the applications included in them, then they are certainly a good choice. But if you like staying on the leading edge, or if you have very new hardware which requires the latest Linux kernel and drivers, or you just want/need the latest version of some application (in my case this would be digiKam), then openSuSE could be just what you want. Read more Also: Google Summer of Code 2017

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  • 17 Fresh AMDGPU DC Patches Posted Today
    Seventeen more "DC" display code patches were published today for the AMDGPU DRM driver, but it's still not clear if it will be ready -- or accepted -- for Linux 4.12. AMD developers posted 17 new DC (formerly known as DAL) patches today to provide small fixes for Vega10/GFX9 hardware, various internal code changes, CP2520 DisplayPort compliance, and various small fixes.
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  • Libinput 1.7 Released With Support For Lid Switches, Scroll Wheel Improvements
    Peter Hutterer has announced the new release of libinput 1.7.0 as the input handling library most commonly associated with Wayland systems but also with Ubuntu's Mir as well as the X.Org Server via the xf86-input-libinput driver.
  • Nouveau TGSI Shader Cache Enabled In Mesa 17.1 Git
    Building off the work laid by Timothy Arceri and others for enabling a TGSI (and hardware) shader cache in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver as well as R600g TGSI shader cache due ot the common infrastructure work, the Nouveau driver is now leveraging it to enable the TGSI shader cache for Nouveau Gallium3D drivers.