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Linux 3.18-rc6

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Steady progress towards final release, although we still have a big
unknown worry in a regression that Dave Jones reported and that we
haven't solved yet. In the process of chasing that one down, there's
been a fair amount of looking at various low-level details, and that
found some dubious issues, but no smoking gun yet. But that explains
some of the patches in rc6..

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Linux Kernel 3.17.4 Is Now the Most Advanced Version Available

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Greg Kroah-Hartman has released a new version of the Linux kernel, 3.17.4, and this is now the most advanced release available for download. It will remain like this for a few more week, at least until the new 3.18 branch will be made available.

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Parted Magic 2014.11.19 Now Has Boot Repair Option

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GNU
Linux

Parted Magic is a Linux distribution that features numerous tools for disk management, such as GParted and Parted. It’s one of the best distros of its kind, but also a commercial OS.

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Linux 3.18 Kernel: Not Much Change With Intel Haswell Performance

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For those wondering whether there will be any exciting improvements with the Intel DRM graphics driver in the Linux 3.18 kernel, here's some OpenGL performance benchmarks.

At least when carrying out performance tests with Mesa Git master (now at Mesa 10.5.0-devel), there doesn't appear to be any significant performance improvements when testing with an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" CPU bearing HD Graphics 4600. When comparing the stable Linux 3.16.0, 3.17.0, and 3.18.0 Git daily kernels for this system with standard HD Graphics 4600, there really isn't exciting about this latest Linux kernel.

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Elive 2.4.5 beta released

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Linux
Debian

The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.4.5

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Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

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Linux
Server

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker.

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More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

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Earlier this week on Phoronix I posted benchmarks indicating potential block/file-system performance regressions using the Linux 3.18 kernel. Since then I've been carrying out more tests looking for any file-system performance problems on other hardware.

The tests earlier this week showed the Flexible I/O Tester (FIO) regressing for EXT4/Btrfs/XFS/F2FS from a OCZ Vertex 3 SATA SSD with Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system. I've been running a few more Linux 3.17 vs. Linux 3.18 Git comparisons looking at the disk performance for other Linux systems:

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12 Awesome Themes for Mint 17.1 Cinnamon

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With Mint 17.1 Rebecca being days away from release, and Cinnamon 2.4 looking so good, here is an overview of some of the best looking themes which allow you to beautify your desktop.

Most of these are available online, and you can install them from Menu -> Preferences -> Themes. There are also some themes from gnome-look.org, and to install those you need to download the archive and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder. I specified the themes which are are from gnome-look.org

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Mageia 3 Is Now Officially Dead

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The Mageia 3 Linux distribution has reached end of life and the developers have announced that the updates and security patches for the operating system have stopped completely.

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Linux-Based Beautiful Jolla Tablet Registers Fantastic Success on Indigogo

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Jolla is a new tablet developed by a team of people who used to work for Nokia and it's powered by a Linux-driver operating system called Sailfish OS. The recently launched crowdfunding campaign has surpassed any expectations.

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