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NixOS 16.03 Released

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NixOS 16.03 is codenamed "Emu" and it's out today as the latest stable release of this interesting Linux distribution.

NixOS 16.03 isn't the most exciting of releases but has Nix 1.12.2, systemd 229, the Linux 4.4 kernel, GCC 5.3, Glibc 2.23, Binutils 2.26, and other package updates. There's also been work on improving bitwise reproducible builds.

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Apricity OS Is Clean and Classy

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Apricity OS targets newbies and professionals alike. It has a well-thought-out design. Its execution makes both the GNOME and the Cinnamon editions very functional.

The overall performance of the distro is impressive. I am looking forward to the release of the nonbeta version.

Apricity OS is a Linux distro that will make you rethink why you use your existing operating system. It is a distro worth checking out.

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Thoughts on Sailfish OS

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For the better part of the last month I have been using Sailfish OS as the daily operating system on my mobile device. For those who are unfamiliar, Sailfish is a Linux powered mobile operating system that largely builds on Qt technology.

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Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 Lands with a Multitude of Refinements, It's Now Stateless

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Just a few moments ago, March 27, 2016, Josh Strobl from the Solus Project had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of Budgie Desktop 10.2.5.

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The brainBAND project from Samsung with Tizen Micro OS

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The brainBAND project is in its infancy, with many changes ahead, but Samsung’s newest initiative (said to run on Tizen Micro OS, the IoT system expected to be unveiled next month at Samsung’s SDC 2016 Conference) opens up a world of possibilities for athletes and has the potential to ensure that American football remains a beloved national sport for centuries to come. Athletes give us the best of their efforts on the field; they too, have the right to medical treatment that ensures they continue to “play” the sport, not live or die from it.

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A Screencast Look at GalliumOS

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When a group of talented people get together to create a Linux distribution optimized for use on Chromebooks, a suitable way of giving thanks is to install that operating system on a Chromebook and make a screencast showcasing the operating system at work. Back in December 2015, I did that with the outstanding GalliumOS distro.

I would love to buy a laptop with a Chromebook form factor and GalliumOS pre-installed. If any company launches a crowdfunding campaign to make that happen, you’ll likely read about that right here on FOSS Force.

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Lubuntu-Based LXLE 14.04.4 "Posh Paradigm" Linux OS Officially Released

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Today, March 24, 2016, the developers of the LXLE distribution of GNU/Linux have been proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the final LXLE 14.04.4 operating system.

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CoreOS CTO: Containers Are the Next Linux Package Manager

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When they founded CoreOS, Brandon Philips and Alex Polvi set out to essentially redesign the Linux operating system for distributed systems.

They began by looking at the areas where they thought the whole server infrastructure space could be improved. Then zeroed in on one of the hurdles of distributed systems: deployments -- including application lifecycle management. They also realized that managing the lifecycle of all the files on disk -- the traditional job of a package manager -- is really hard.

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Rust's Redox OS could show Linux a few new tricks

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Redox uses Rust for its kernel-level code to provide more memory safety considerations than C allows by default. But the project doesn't simply rewrite Linux in a new language. Redox discards as much from Linux's version of the Unix tradition as it keeps.

As explained in the project's wiki and design documents, Redox uses a minimal set of syscalls -- a deliberately smaller subset than what Linux supports so as to avoid legacy bloat. The OS also uses a microkernel design to stay slender, in contrast to Linux's monolithic kernel.

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Solus OS Linux to Offer a Budgie Desktop UI Tweaked to Your Heart’s Content

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Solus Project's Josh Strobl is back with another installation of the "This Week in Solus" newsletter, letting the community know about what landed in the Solus operating system this week and what the team's plans are for the future of the project.

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FATHOM releases Crystallon

  • FATHOM releases Crystallon, an open-source software for lattice-based design
    Lattice structures are integral to 3D printed designs, and Aaron Porterfield, an industrial designer at additive manufacturing service bureau FATHOM, has developed Crystallon, an open source project for shaping them into structures.
  • FATHOM Introduces Open Source Software Project for Generating 3D Lattice Structures
    California-based FATHOM, which expanded its on-site managed services and announced important partnerships with Stratasys and Desktop Metal last year, is introducing a fascinating new open source project called Crystallon, which uses Rhino and Grasshopper3D to create lattice structures. FATHOM industrial designer Aaron Porterfield, also an Instructables member, developed the project as an alternative to designing lattices with commercially available software. He joined the company’s design and engineering team three years ago, and is often a featured speaker for its Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Training Program – and as the project developer, who better to explain the Crystallon project?

Kernel and Graphics: Machine Learning, Mesa, Wayland/Mir, AMDGPU

  • AI-Powered / Machine Learning Linux Performance Tuning Is Now A Thing
    A year and a half ago I wrote about a start-up working on dynamically-tuned, self-optimizing Linux servers. That company is now known as Concertio and they just launched their "AI powered" toolkit for IT administrators and performance engineers to optimize their server performance. Concertio Optimizer Studio is their product making use of machine learning that aims to optimize Linux systems with Intel CPUs for peak performance by scoping out the impact of hundreds of different tunables for trying to deliver an optimal configuration package for that workload on that hardware.
  • Pengutronix Gets Open-Source 3D Working On MX8M/GC7000 Hardware
    We've known that Pengutronix developers had been working on i.MX8M / GC7000 graphics support within their Etnaviv open-source driver stack from initial patches posted in January. Those patches back at the start of the year were for the DRM kernel driver, but it turns out they have already got basic 3D acceleration working.
  • SDL Now Disables Mir By Default In Favor Of Wayland Compatibility
    With Mir focusing on Wayland compatibility now, toolkits and other software making direct use of Mir's APIs can begin making use of any existing Wayland back-end instead. GTK4 drops the Mir back-end since the same can be achieved with the Wayland compatibility and now SDL is now making a similar move.
  • Mesa 18.1 Receives OpenGL 3.1 With ARB_compatibility For Gallium3D Drivers
    Going back to last October, Marek of AMD's open-source driver team has been working on ARB_compatibility support for Mesa with a focus on RadeonSI/Gallium3D. Today that work was finally merged. The ARB_compatibility support allows use of deprecated/removed features of OpenGL by newer versions of the specification. ARB_compatibility is particularly useful for OpenGL workstation users where there are many applications notorious for relying upon compatibility contexts / deprecated GL functionality. But ARB_compatibility is also used by a handful of Linux games too.
  • AMDGPU In Linux 4.17 Exposes WattMan Features, GPU Voltage/Power Via Hwmon
    AMD's Alex Deucher today sent in the first pull request to DRM-Next of AMDGPU (and Radeon) DRM driver feature material that will in turn be merged with the Linux 4.17 kernel down the road. There's some fun features for AMDGPU users coming with this next kernel! First up, Linux is finally getting some WattMan-like functionality after it's been available via the Windows Radeon Software driver since 2016. WattMan allows for more fine-tuning of GPU clocks, voltages, and more for trying to maximize the power efficiency. See the aforelinked article for details but currently without any GUI panel for tweaking all of the driver tunables, this WattMan-like support needs to be toggled from the command-line.

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