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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:

    https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/binutils
    https://sourceware.org/pub/binutils/releases/

    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
    features:

    * 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
    function.

    * 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.

    Cheers
    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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Linux
  • 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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Linux
HowTos

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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Linux

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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Software

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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4 Stunning Icon Themes for Your Linux Desktop

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GNOME
Ubuntu

We spotlight 4 stunning new Linux icon themes that will look great on any desktop, Ubuntu or otherwise.

Although the Suru icon theme now ships as Ubuntu’s default icon set, and although GNOME designers are busy working on a major icon revamp of their own, third-party icon themes still have their place.

After all, one size doesn’t fit all; plenty of Linux users prefer to curate and customise the look of their desktop themselves.

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Distros: Sparky LInux, LXQt 0.14.0 on Lubuntu and ArcoLinux 19.01

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  • Sparky news 2019/01

    The 1st this year monthly report of the Sparky project:

    • Sparky 5.6.1 Special Editions released
    • iso images of stable and rolling line updated again: 4.9.2 & 5.6.2
    • added to repos: Franz, MultibootUSB, Rambox, GitKraken, Sparky Tube (downloads videos and converts to audio or video files, thank’s to Elton), WPS Mui (a part of Sparky Office, which installs WPS locale packs; thank’s to Elton)
    • Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.20.6

  • LXQt 0.14.0 on Lubuntu 19.04 Daily Builds
  • ArcoLinux 19.01 overview | an Arch Linux based distro.

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of ArcoLinux 19.01 and some of the applications pre-installed.

20 Years of Linux.conf.au [Memoirs]

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Living on the opposite side of Australia in Perth meant we were intellectually starved of being able to talk face-to-face to key people from this new world of Open Source and Free Software. The distance across the county is almost the same as East to West coast United States, and not many visitors to Melbourne or Sydney make the long trek over the Great Australian Bight to reach Western Australia’s capital.

We found ourselves asking the LCA 2011 organisers if it would be possible in future to run Linux.Conf.Au in Perth one day.

Having had the initial conference (then called the Conference of Australian Linux Users, or CALU) in 1999 in Melbourne, and then Linux.conf.au 2001 in Sydney, it seemed a natural progression to having LCA roam around different cities year; it felt almost unfair to those who could not afford to travel to Melbourne or Sydney.

The result from 2001 was that in 2002 it would run in Brisbane, but that we should make a proposal and get organised

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