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A New Raspberry Pi Board

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Raspberry Pi Trading, the company behind the revolutionary Raspberry Pi platform, has announced a new board – Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ [1].

“You can now get the 1.4GHz clock speed, 5GHz wireless networking and improved thermals of Raspberry Pi 3B+ in a smaller form factor, and at the smaller price of $25. Meet the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+,” said Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi project.

The board is powered by Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz; comes with 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM and 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE.

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GNU: New Article by Richard Stallman and New Software Releases

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One Linux Stack To Rule HPC And AI - The Next Platform

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Server

It is amazing how fast open source Linux displaced open systems Unix from the HPC datacenters of the world.

This change, which started in the early 2000s, was not just about having a fully open source operating system, which stands in stark contrast to the closed source Unix variants with a common set of APIs that met the SPEC 1170 common API set. While those common APIs made application portability easier across different Unixes, this capability was nowhere near as friction free as having a single operating system span multiple processor architectures and interconnects.

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Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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An NCC Group graduate trainee who emailed 300 coworkers to ask for help with what she deemed to be "unusual" behaviour from her Kali Linux VM; contacted the firm’s incident response team to complain about a faulty laptop; and said the machine had been "deliberately sabotaged", has had her victimisation claim thrown out by an employment tribunal.

Nga Hoang, who joined NCC in June 2016 on its graduate trainee scheme, claimed to the London South Employment Tribunal that her litany of 13 protected disclosures and 17 "detriments", as defined in employment law (here and here), began just 10 days after she started working for the infosec consultancy.

The tribunal took place in Croydon, south London, from 25 to 29 June this year, and the outcome published this month.

Employment Judge Baron, sitting with two lay members, dismissed her entire case on 1 November (PDF), saying there was "no merit in any of the multiplicity of allegations" Hoang had made. She alleged her work laptop had been hacked from within the company network and that she was sacked for, among other things, revealing this to a laptop repair technician from Dell.

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10 Best Application Launchers for Linux Desktops

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Linux

The less often you use the computer mouse the more productive you become. This is the most important reason why I consciously work with keyboard shortcuts and it is undeniably a workflow improvement.

You will understand better when you launch apps with the convenience of app launchers via keyboard shortcuts and not browsing the app overview/menu.

We are interested in improving your workflow that is why we bring you the best application launchers for Linux Desktops.

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Compilers: Rust and GCC 7.4 RC1

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  • RLSL Continues Maturing For Compiling Rust To SPIR-V For Use With Vulkan Drivers

    One of the most passionate topics by readers in the Phoronix Forums is the Rust programming language. For about one year now "RLSL" has been in the works as a Rust-based shading language that can compile into SPIR-V. While initially I held off on writing about it to see if it would be just another small toy project, RLSL has continued maturing and seeing new functionality added in.

  • GCC 7.4 Status Report (2018-11-22), GCC 7.4 RC1 scheduled for next week
  • GCC 7.4 Is Being Released Soon

    While GCC 9 is releasing in early 2019, for those still depending upon last year's GCC 7 compiler series, the GCC 7.4 point release will soon be out. 

    SUSE's Richard Biener is putting the finishing touches on GCC 7.4. He intends to issue the first release candidate towards the end of this week while the official GCC 7.4.0 compiler release shouldn't be long after that. The GCC 7 branch remains open for bug and documentation fixes.

Essential System Tools: Neofetch – System Information Tool written in Bash

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This is the eleventh in our series of articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. For this article, we’ll look at Neofetch. For details of all tools in this series, please check the table at the bottom of the article.

Neofetch is a command-line interface system information script written in bash 3.2+. The script displays information about your system next to an image, your operating system logo, or any ASCII/image file of your choice. It’s designed to capture information about your system and display it in an aesthetic and visually pleasing way.

The main purpose of Neofetch is to convey to others the operating system or Linux distribution running on a system, together with critical information such as its hardware specifications, desktop environment, theme, icons, and a lot more besides.

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I've got 99 problems but Linux ain't one

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As the global technology evangelist director of Red Hat’s portfolio product marketing group, I have a secondary focus on portfolio architectures. I research customer successes in solution implementation using our open source technologies, then produce generic higher-level architectural content so that others may benefit from these real-life experiences.

If that sounds kind of heavy, it all started innocently enough with my studies at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where Andrew Tanenbaum was teaching networking and operating systems. Most people in our business know that Tanenbaum developed MINIX as a teaching tool, and he got into a bit of a flame war with Linus Torvalds when Linux first hit the scene.

While doing practical programming exercises for my operating systems course in 1998, I was not able to install MINIX at home, so that led me to install Linux on my laptop for the first time. I quickly understood that there were no problems I couldn’t troubleshoot; there were always logs to dig into and more information to discover. The code was available for exploration and fixes could be applied. I was hooked.

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GNU's Father Talks Cryptocurrency

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  • Richard Stallman: Bitcoin Doesn’t Protect Privacy; Better Options Are Yet To Come

    If you keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in the world of cryptocurrency, you must be aware of the fact that Bitcoin is currently facing one of the worst weekly losses since 2013. Currently, it’s trading below $4,000.

    In my view, it’s a perfect time to analyze if the current set of cryptocurrencies is our best bet. In a recent interview with CoinDesk, the Free Software founder Richard Stallman echoed similar sentiments.

  • Is There A Better Option Than Bitcoin? Free Software Movement Founder Believes Better To Come

    Richard Stallman is largely known for being the founder of the free software movement. This movement is over three decades old, and the non-profit organization focuses on supporting software developers to create free software. Recently, Stallman sat down for an interview with CoinDesk, discussing his theories of where the cryptocurrency industry can go from here.

    Stallman spoke abut the way that right-wing comprise much of the Bitcoin pool of early adopters, quickly establishing himself as someone that doesn’t quite favor the technology involved. Though some of the reason seems to be political, it isn’t entirely so. He hasn’t used Bitcoin at all, despite creating a similar technology that allows for digital payments with the GNU Project. Still, he makes it clear that their Taler system is about cryptography and not cryptocurrency. Realistically, this project is meant for a “post-blockchain” world.

Parrot 4.4 Release Notes

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Security

The Parrot 4.4 development process involved the ideas of many people from our community, and the goal of this new update was mainly to target software developers and increase average system stability.

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