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Ubuntu 15.10 Is Rebased on Linux Kernel 4.1, Tracking of Linux Kernel 4.2 Continues

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Canonical's Joseph Salisbury was happy to announce a few minutes ago the summary of the Ubuntu Kernel Team meeting that took place earlier today, July 14, 2015, on the Ubuntu's official IRC channels.

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$79 octacore hacker SBC runs Ubuntu and Android

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Hardkernel unveiled a $74, open-spec “Odroid-XU4″ SBC equipped with an octacore Exynos5422 SoC, 2GB RAM, eMMC flash, a GbE port, and dual expansion headers.

The Odroid-XU4 essentially replaces the similarly community-backed Odroid-XU3, with which it is claimed to be fully software compatible. The Odroid-XU3 won sixth place in our recent open hacker SBC survey at a price of $179, so the smaller Odroid-XU4, which has the same octa-core Samsung Exynos5422 system-on-chip, should be even more popular at a mere $79.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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You Can Now Install Most of the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps on Your Ubuntu Desktop

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Another week has passed, and Canonical's David Planella has sent in his regular report that informs us about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Community Team.

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Unity 8's 3D Task Switcher for the Ubuntu Desktop Is Evolving

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Unity 8 for the desktop is still pretty far away from a working version that you can use on a daily basis, but progress is being made. It might now feel like it's happening fast enough, but it's happening nonetheless.

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Ubuntu Touch to Get Enhanced SMS Capabilities with Next Update

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The Ubuntu Touch platform is getting some major improvements in the coming months, and it looks like the SMS function is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu's Unity 8, Mir, and LXC for Xapps Received Major Improvements

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Once again, Kevin Gunn was more than proud to report on the latest work in the Unity 8 user interface, LXC for Xapps, and the next-generation Mir display server for the Ubuntu Linux and Ubuntu Touch operating systems.

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Numerous NSS Vulnerabilities Closed in All Ubuntu OSes

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Canonical has released details in a security notice about a few NSS vulnerabilities that have been identified and repaired in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, operating systems.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Is Moving to GCC 5

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GCC is an important component in Linux distros and upgrading it is an important step. Any major changes to GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) can bring a host of problems, so any decision in this regard will care a lot of weight.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13 Landed

As of today, the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system is now powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.17 kernel series, which landed in the most recent snapshot released earlier. Tumbleweed snapshot 20180615 was released today, June 17, 2018, and it comes only two days after snapshot 20180613, which added the Mesa 18.1.1 graphics stack and KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment, along with many components of the latest KDE Applications 18.04.2 software suite. Today's snapshot 20180615 continued upgrading the KDE Applications software suite to version 18.04.2, but it also upgraded the kernel from Linux 4.16.12 to Linux 4.17.1. As such, OpenSuSE Tumbleweed is now officially powered by Linux kernel 4.17, so upgrading your installs as soon as possible would be a good idea. Read more

today's howtos and leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • Using Open Source Software in a SecDevOps Environment
    On 21 June 2018 the Open Source Software3 Institute is hosting a discussion that should be of high interest to enterprise technologists in the DC/Northern Virginia, Maryland area. From their invite: Come hear from our panelists about how the worlds of Open Source Software and the Secure Development / Operations (SecDevOps) intersect and strengthen one another. SecDevOps seeks to embed security in the development process as deeply as DevOps has done with operations, and Open Source Software is a major factor in Security, Development, and Operations. Tickets are free, but you need to register soon because seating is limited.
  • TenFourFox FPR8b1 available
    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 8 beta 1 is now available (downloads, release notes, hashes). There is much less in this release than I wanted because of a family member in the hospital and several technical roadblocks. Of note, I've officially abandoned CSS grid again after an extensive testing period due to the fact that we would need substantial work to get a functional implementation, and a partially functional implementation is worse than none at all (in the latter case, we simply gracefully degrade into block-level divs). I also was not able to finish the HTML input date picker implementation, though I've managed to still get a fair amount completed of it, and I'll keep working on that for FPR9. The good news is, once the date picker is done, the time picker will use nearly exactly the same internal plumbing and can just be patterned off it in the same way. Unlike Firefox's implementation, as I've previously mentioned our version uses native OS X controls instead of XUL, which also makes it faster. That said, it is a ghastly hack on the Cocoa widget side and required some tricky programming on 10.4 which will be the subject of a later blog post.
  • GNU dbm 1.15
    GDBM tries to detect inconsistencies in input database files as early as possible. When an inconcistency is detected, a helpful diagnostics is returned and the database is marked as needing recovery. From this moment on, any GDBM function trying to access the database will immediately return error code (instead of eventually segfaulting as previous versions did). In order to reconstruct the database and return it to healthy state, the gdbm_recover function should be used.

Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers
    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer. But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.
  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty
     

    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.