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Devices: Debian and Purism

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  • It is complete!

    After last week’s DebConf Video Team sprint (thanks again to Jasper @ Linux Belgium for hosting us), the missing components for the stage box turned up right as I was driving back to Paris, and I could take the time to assemble them tonight.

  • Purism Wants to Teach You How to Create Games for Its Librem 5 Linux Smartphone

    Purism, the computer manufacturer known for its high-quality, privacy-focused laptops powered by a Linux-based operating system, announced an upcoming partnership with GDquest.

    GDQuest, an indie game designing company, will be partnering with Purism in an attempt to teach you how to create games that would be playable on Purism's upcoming Librem 5 Linux smartphone. GDquest's founder Nathan Lovato will be producing several video tutorial for Purism to demonstrate how to create a mobile game for GNU/Linux systems and publish it on the PureOS Store.

  • How to Avoid the Frightful 5 Big Tech Corporations

    You’re starting to question the moral values of Big Tech. You and your friends probably have a growing feeling of creepiness about the tech giants who have — like a poorly-acted villain — told you one thing, and given you another.

    Society – all of us – was told by these rising tech giants that “Everybody’s doing it, it’s easy: just do it,” and even though the masses – again, all of us – were skeptical, also generally thought, “Okay, I may be the product… but I am in control.” Until, of course, you weren’t in control.

    Big Tech have two business models: one is to exploit your private life for profit, the other to lock you into their products and services. Some even have both. Consequently, nearly everyone wants to leave Facebook – it’s just that nobody wants to leave it for Facebook 2.0. And that highlights the larger, deeper, and more menacing issue in digital society: that your digital civil rights are under constant, relentless attacks from Big-Tech.

11 Best Free Linux Bibliography Tools (Updated 2019)

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Bibliographic software (also known as citation software or reference managers) plays a very important role in research. This type of software helps research to be published more quickly. Researchers amass a huge collection of bibliographic references which are pertinent to their field of research, and they need to cite relevant references in their published journal articles.

Consequently, the effective management of bibliographic references is important to these individuals, saving them time to find the required citations. Some of the other ways the process is streamlined is that this type of software helps researchers to organise bibliographies, by formatting citations for academic papers, importing citations from websites and databases, and by taking notes on articles.

A bibliographic manager will typically let the user search academic and non-academic databases, store the reference, annotate them, import / export between different formats, and present the data to standard formats.

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Distros: Sparky, Project Trident, Pop!_OS and Ubuntu

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  • Sparky 5.7~dev20190203

    There are development live/install media of Sparky 5.7 20190203 of the rolling line available for testing.

    The new iso images features improved Advanced Installed which provides a bug fixing around wrong detecting partitions.

    If a number of partitions you have is bigger than 9, and if you choose the first partition as the first choice (swap partition on Bios machines; UEFI partition on machines with UEFI motherboard), sda1 for expample, the installer cut out from a next window all of existing partition with the number starting you already choosen (sda1 – sda10, sda11, sda12, etc.).

  • Project Trident 18.12 with Lumina 1.4.3 Run Through
  • The Latest Okular Available to Install via Snap in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

    KDE Okular document viewer now can be easily installed in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher via the snap package.

    Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. It supports PDF, PS, Tiff, CHM, DjVu, Images, DVI, XPS, ODT, Fiction Book, Comic Book, Plucker, EPub, Fax. It features annotations support, sidebar with contents, thumbnails, reviews and bookmarks.

    Okular snap is a containerized software package offered by KDE. It bundles all required libraries and auto-updates itself.

  • Pop!_OS vs Ubuntu - What's the Difference?

GNU Hurd Can Build Around 75% Of The Debian Packages, But No 64-bit Or SMP Yet

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One of the sessions we look forward to each year at FOSDEM is in regards to the GNU Hurd status update... It's one of the few times per year where we hear anything new presented on the Hurd. GNU Hurd is nearly three decades old and has yet to see its v1.0 milestone reached, but Samuel Thibault and a small group of other free software developers continue working on this GNU micro-kernel.

Samuel Thibault once again presented at the Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) about the state of the Hurd. Recently the Hurd picked up a PCI arbiter, basic ACPI support for power management, and is now able to build roughly 75% of the Debian package set.

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GNU Binutils 2.32 and GNU Make

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  • GNU Binutils 2.32 is now available

    Hi Everyone,

    We are pleased to announce that version 2.32 of the GNU Binutils project
    sources have been released and are now available for download at:

    md5 checksums:
    64f8ea283e571200f8b2b7f66fe8a0d6 binutils-2.32.tar.bz2
    d1119c93fc0ed3007be4a84dd186af55 binutils-2.32.tar.gz
    3f1013fc8c5b18e1c28ba5c018a4110c binutils-2.32.tar.lz
    0d174cdaf85721c5723bf52355be41e6 binutils-2.32.tar.xz

    This release contains numerous bug fixes, and also the following new

    * The binutils now support for the C-SKY processor series.

    * The x86 assembler now supports a -mvexwig=[0|1] option to control
    encoding of VEX.W-ignored (WIG) VEX instructions.

    It also has a new -mx86-used-note=[yes|no] option to generate (or
    not) x86 GNU property notes.

    * The MIPS assembler now supports the Loongson EXTensions R2 (EXT2),
    the Loongson EXTensions (EXT) instructions, the Loongson Content
    Address Memory (CAM) ASE and the Loongson MultiMedia extensions
    Instructions (MMI) ASE.

    * The addr2line, c++filt, nm and objdump tools now have a default
    limit on the maximum amount of recursion that is allowed whilst
    demangling strings. This limit can be disabled if necessary.

    * Objdump's --disassemble option can now take a parameter,
    specifying the starting symbol for disassembly. Disassembly will
    continue from this symbol up to the next symbol or the end of the

    * The BFD linker will now report property change in linker map file
    when merging GNU properties.

    * The BFD linker's -t option now doesn't report members within
    archives, unless -t is given twice. This makes it more useful
    when generating a list of files that should be packaged for a
    linker bug report.

    * The GOLD linker has improved warning messages for relocations that
    refer to discarded sections.

    Our thanks go out to all of the binutils contributors, past and
    present, for helping to make this release possible.

    Nick Clifton

  • Binutils 2.32 Released With C-SKY Support, Linker Improvements

    After seeing a new GNU C Library release this week, the GNU toolchain has another update with the availability now of Binutils 2.32.

  • Replace libtool, turn full GNU Make?

    Every once in a while I start pondering ways to get rid of the slowness and overwhelming complexity of the autotools machinery, in particular autoconf and libtool. GNU Make has been a great companion for 20+ years, and automake helps with some of the complexity in getting compiler generated dependency tracking going, build libraries and have (un-)install, check, distcheck rules out of the box.

    But over the years I’ve had to re-implement or extend each one of these rules and features, and for much of the rest automake is more on the side of getting in the way, which makes me ponder if rolling my own Make rules from scratch isn’t the leaner and also easier way. A basic example to get started is Good Makefiles, except for shared library building.

GNU/Linux Releases: 4MLinux 27.2, SystemRescueCd 6.0.0, SwagArch GNU/Linux 19.02

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  • 4MLinux 27.2 released.

    This is a minor (point) release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel, which comes with the Linux kernel 4.14.94. The 4MLinux Server now includes Apache 2.4.37, MariaDB 10.3.12, and PHP 7.2.14 (see this post for more details).

    You can update your 4MLinux by executing the "zk update" command in your terminal (fully automatic process).

  • SystemRescueCd 6.0.0
  • SwagArch GNU/Linux 19.02

LibreELEC (Leia) 9.0.0 RELEASE

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LibreELEC 9.0 (Leia) has finally arrived after a long gestation period. Based upon Kodi v18.0, the Final 9.0 release contains many changes and refinements to user experience and a complete overhaul of the underlying OS core to improve stability and extend hardware support. Kodi v18 also brings new features like Kodi Retroplayer and DRM support that (equipped with an appropriate add-on) allows Kodi to unofficially stream content from services like Netflix and Amazon.

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Also: LibreELEC 9.0 Released - Linux Distribution Built Around Kodi 18.0

10 Cool Command Line Tools For Your Linux Terminal

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In this article, we will share a number of cool command-line programs that you can use in a Linux terminal. By the end of this article, you will learn about some free, open source, and exciting, text-based tools to help you do more with boredom on the Command line.

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MX Tools revisited - A Swiss Army knife of penguins

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MX Tools continues to be one of the best and most unique Linux projects in a long while. It's original, refreshing and highly useful, especially to new users. The repertoire of utilities in this toolbox is very handy. System repair applications, tweak applications, codecs and drivers, and the lovely jubbly Package Installer. If you're not in the mood to work on the command line, you really don't have to.

But there's always more that can be done. Integration into the system settings menu, for instance. Simulated runs. The ability to script actions so that users can have them available for deployment on other systems. The ability to revert actions (and not just to a default reset state). Perhaps MX Tools can be part of a first-run wizard that helps configure the system extras. And then, Xfce feels a bit outdated nowadays, so maybe branching into the world of online stuff wouldn't be bad - a cloud/online section with accounts, storage and such.

All in all, MX Tools is a great feature. I haven't tested everything to the last detail, but from what I did do, I can say that the utilities are rather intuitive and safe, and they work reliably. Even experienced users will benefit from the toolbox, on top of already friendly defaults that Continuum has. The originality angle is another bonus, because there is a real effort of making something new and fun. More than worth testing. There you go.

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10 Best Team Viewer Alternatives for Linux in 2019

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In a recent article, I covered The Best Open Source Software in 2018 (Users’ Choice). Today, I’m covering the best remote desktop access clients for Linux.

TeamViewer is proprietary multi-platform software that enables users to control computers remotely and enjoy other features like desktop sharing, web conferencing, file transfer, and online meetings.

In the true spirit of open source, there are a thousand and one similar software options that are just as good, thus, here is my list of the 10 best TeamViewer alternatives of 2019 for Linux users.

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Fedora's Adoption of Cgroups V2 and Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work

  • Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default
    While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default. Enabling Cgroups V2 by default will allow systemd and the various Linux container technologies along with libvirt and friends to make use of the new features and improvements over the original Cgroups like offering a unified hierarchy. The new implementation also provides better consistency, purpose-driven flexibility, and other design improvements over the original control groups. It's taken a while for CGroups V2 to become the default due to interface changes compared to V1 and all of the important containers/tooling needing to be adapted to make use of it.
  • Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work: Mirrorlist 503's
    The Fedora Project Mirrorlist system has evolved multiple times in the last 10 years. Originally written by Matt Domsch it underwent an update and rewrite by Adrian Reber, et al a couple of years ago. For many years Fedora used a server layout where the front end web servers would proxy the data over VPN to dedicated mirrorlist servers. While this made sense when systems were a bit slower compared to VPN latency, it had become more troublesome over the last couple of years.

GNU FreeDink 109.6

  • GNU FreeDink 109.6
    This is the first official announcement for the new 109.x line with updated technologies (SDL2, OpenGL), WebAssembly support and many fixes and improvements.
  • GNU's RPG/Adventure Game Updated For SDL2, Defaults To OpenGL Rendering
    Of the many free software projects under the GNU umbrella, there aren't many games. One of the only titles is GNU FreeDink, which is out this weekend with its newest update after several active weeks of development.

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