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Design contest launched for tiny Linux net server

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linuxfordevices.com: Lantronix announced a design contest based on its recently introduced XPort Pro, touted as the "world's smallest Linux networking server." Lantronix will award prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 to the two top entries for Best Linux Design.

n900, thoughts

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aseigo.blogspot: I received an N900 a couple days ago and was quite excite to unpack it. It came with the usual dizzying array of wires for power, audio, etc. The instruction manual was short but useful. The box was a nice charcoal gray. Yadda yadda yadda. I wanted to see the thing in action!

Throughput Performance with a Disk-Based Journal

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linux-mag.com: Turning from Metadata performance to throughput performance, we examines the impact of journal size on ext4 when the journal is disk-based. Dig into the numbers and see what you can do to improve throughput performance.

A Nouveau 3D Driver That Works For Old NVIDIA Hardware

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phoronix.com: While there is now DRM support in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel for the Nouveau driver that carries the bits for kernel mode-setting, 2D (EXA) acceleration, and other fundamental functions on NVIDIA graphics processors, the Gallium3D driver still is incomplete. However, a new Mesa DRI driver has emerged for Nouveau that provides *working* 3D support for older NVIDIA hardware.

Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?

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  • Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?
  • A Day Later, Hybrid Graphics On Linux Does More
  • Open-Source ATI Evergreen Support Arrives

Hybrid Graphics Comes To Linux In Crude Form

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phoronix.com: While the support for graphics processors on Linux in the free software stack has improved a lot over Linux, there still are entire areas of support missing, such as with supporting NVIDIA's SLI or AMD's CrossFire technologies.

Advice on building a Linux box

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ghacks.net: I get a lot of questions on Linux hardware: “What’s the best piece of hardware X for Linux?” “Should I go route A since I’m using Linux?” Which video card? Which sound card? Which networking card? Processor? Motherboard? Will it all work with Linux?

It's official: Nokia’s Booklet 3G hates Linux.

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I highly doubt that Nokia specifically sought out the awful GMA 500 for their netbook. This is but one of many cautionary tales on the dangers of outsourcing components. Company outsources chips to save money, supplier provides chips but not source code for drivers, Linux community suffers. Lather, rinse and repeat.

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ATX mobo includes USB 3.0 and SATA III

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linuxfordevices.com: MSI announced an ATX-format motherboard based on Intel's P55 chipset that supports LGA1156-socketed Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The "P55-GD85" offers connections including USB 3.0, SATA II, SATA III ports, RAID , PCI Express, PCI, and FireWire, and offers a Linux-based fast-boot OS called "Winki."

Breaking the Nokia Booklet, Part 3: No joy with Jolicloud.

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Jolicloud was especially disappointing for me as one of the lead coders on the Jolicloud project is Canadian superstar Adam McDaniel. And the rest of Jolicloud works so well — WPA-encrypted WiFi, for example — it’s a real shame that the Booklet’s standout feature isn’t available to this OS.

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IBM’s Systems With GNU/Linux

  • IBM Gives Power Systems Rebates For Linux Workloads
    Big Blue has made no secret whatsoever that it wants to ride the Linux wave up with the Power Systems platform, and its marketeers are doing what they can to sweeten the hardware deals as best they can without adversely affecting the top and bottom line at IBM in general and the Power Systems division in particular to help that Linux cause along.
  • Drilling Down Into IBM’s System Group
    The most obvious thing is that IBM’s revenues and profits continue to shrink, but the downside is getting smaller and smaller, and we think that IBM’s core systems business will start to level out this year and maybe even grow by the third or fourth quarter, depending on when Power9-based Power Systems and z14-based System z mainframes hit the market. In the final period of 2016, IBM’s overall revenues were $21.77 billion, down 1.1 percent from a year ago, and net income rose by nearly a point to $4.5 billion. This is sure a lot better than a year ago, when IBM’s revenues fell by 8.4 percent to $22 billion and its net income fell by 18.6 percent to $4.46 billion. For the full 2016 year, IBM’s revenues were off 2.1 percent to $79.85 billion, but its “real” systems business, which includes servers, storage, switching, systems software, databases, transaction monitors, and tech support and financing for its own iron, fell by 8.3 percent to $26.1 billion. (That’s our estimate; IBM does not break out sales this way, but we have some pretty good guesses on how it all breaks down.)

Security News

  • DB Ransom Attacks Spread to CouchDB and Hadoop [Ed: Get sysadmins who know what they are doing, as misconfigurations are expensive]
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  • Return on Risk Investment
  • Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code—patch now!
    The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit.
  • DDoS attacks larger, more frequent and complex says Arbor
    Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more frequent and complex, forcing businesses to deploy purpose-built DDoS protection solutions, according to a new infrastructure security report which warns that the threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets. The annual worldwide infrastructure security report from Arbor Networks - the security division of NETSCOUT - reveals that the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack reported in 2016 was 800 Gbps, a 60% increase over 2015’s largest attack of 500 Gbps.