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CentOS-Based NethServer 7 Linux Adds Active Directory Integration in Third Alpha

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Today, May 23, 2016, Alessio Fattorini has informed Softpedia about the release and immediate availability for download of the third Alpha build of the upcoming NethServer 7 server-oriented operating system.

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Tiny Core Linux 7.1 Operating System Officially Released with BusyBox 1.24.2

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The Tiny Core Linux 7.1 operating system has been officially released this past weekend as the first update in the 7.x series of one of the smallest, yet extensible GNU/Linux distributions on the market.

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Why Linus Torvalds Doesn’t Like Using Debian Or Ubuntu Linux?

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Red Hat
Debian
Ubuntu

From the past 25 years, Linus Torvalds is working tirelessly to make Linux a more efficient and user-friendly computing platform. His creation is now available to the open source lovers in the form of many Linux distros that serve a wide variety of users.

Linux and open source software support the idea of choice and it acts as their driving force. However, with time, the internet is filled with tons of Linux distros based on Debian and Ubuntu-like feature

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A Minitel Terminal As A USB Linux Terminal

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If you paid a visit to France in the 1980s the chances are you’d have been surprised to see a little brown screen and keyboard sitting next to the telephones wherever you went. At the time, it was another reason apart from the food, wine, and super-fast trains to envy our Gallic cousins. This was Minitel, their take on the cutting-edge of online data services of the day.

Minitel stood apart from similar services of the day in most other countries, because of its business model. Unlike the UK’s Prestel or West Germany’s BTX for which you had to spend significant money on a terminal, the French Minitel terminals were free. Thus in the early 1980s everybody in France was busy using videotext while most of the rest of Europe was still excited by chipping bits of flint into arrow heads. Or at least, that’s how it seemed at the time to those of us who didn’t have Minitel.

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Driving cars into the future with Linux

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Interviews

To find out more, we interviewed two leaders in this emerging field. Specifically, we wanted to know how Linux and open source software are being used and if they are in fact changing the face of the automotive industry. First, we talk to Alison Chaiken, a software engineer at Peloton Technology and an expert on automotive Linux, cybersecurity, and transparency. She previously worked for Mentor Graphics, Nokia, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Then, we chat with Steven Crumb, executive director of GENIVI, who got started in open source in high-performance computing environments (supercomputers and early cloud computing). He says that though he's not a coder anymore, he loves to help organizations solve real business problems with open source software.

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BeagleBone Green Wireless, a Raspberry Pi 3 Competitor, Ships with Built-in WiFi

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SeeedStudio informed Softpedia about the availability of a new single-board computer (SBC) called SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless, the first BeagleBone board with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

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Raspberry Pi-based signage stack gets Snappy

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Ubuntu

The Screenly signage software for the Raspberry Pi is being converted to Ubuntu Snappy Core, enabling OTA updates and transactional rollbacks.

Canonical and Screenly, which makes what it calls “the most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi,” have announced a partnership to build the Screenly signage stack on Ubuntu Snappy Core. Screenly, which is currently available in commercial (Pro) and free, open source “OSE” versions based on Raspbian Linux, is adopting the lightweight, transaction-oriented Ubuntu Core “to give its customers a stable platform that is secure, robust, simple to use and manage,” says Screenly.

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F2FS & Btrfs Get Fixes For Linux 4.7 Kernel

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The Btrfs and F2FS file-system updates were submitted this weekend for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.

The Btrfs pull request from Chris Mason mentions, "Has our merge window series of cleanups and fixes. These target a wide range of issues, but do include some important fixes for qgroups, O_DIRECT, and fsync handling. Jeff Mahoney moved around a few definitions to make them easier for userland to consume. Also whiteout support is included now that issues with overlayfs have been cleared up."

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Debian-Based Q4OS 1.4.10 Distro Improves the Bourbon Start Menu, Adds Tweaks

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Debian

Today, May 23, 2016, the Q4OS development team informs Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of a new stable update for their GNU/Linux operating system, Q4OS 1.4.10 "Orion."

The last update for the Orion branch has been released in the first week of April 2016, based on the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 "Jessie" operating system, the latest Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), and introducing the "Bourbon" Start Menu, a two-panel, highly customizable Applications menu.

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