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MK802 IV Linux mini PC giveaway

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People have been loading Ubuntu and other Linux distributions onto Android TV sticks for about as long as these cheap ARM-based devices have been available. But the Rikomagic MK802 IV LE is one of the first models to come with Ubuntu pre-loaded.

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Linux distro Ubuntu enables SSD TRIM support by default

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The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu will enable TRIM support for SSDs by default in its upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release. For those unfamiliar with what TRIM is, it is a command the OS instructs to the drive to wipe invalid flash blocks when they are no longer needed.

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Paint an old toy for Christmas, revive an old PC with Linux.

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As everything gets more expensive, at times a wonderful low-cost gift is cherished more so than the high priced latest fad gadget, particularly if its thoughtfully done right.

Just about every computer produced in the past ten years is capable of doing most everyday tasks online such as web browsing, email, music, videos, pictures and documents. Unfortunately most of those computers came with Windows XP, Vista, etc.

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A Very Linux Christmas

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My prognosis changed radically from terminal to Stage 3 in a period of a month. A miracle? Who knows? A team of good doctors and an even bigger team of friends from around the globe probably had as much to do with my initial recovery as anything. A crappy initial diagnosis by an inept doctor could have played into it too.

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GM of CA Technologies: 3 mainframes replaced 100's of Linux blades

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Customers are taking advantage of facilities such as Linux and Java to consolidate workloads back to the platform, implement new applications and modernize existing applications all with tremendous operational savings. One of our customers consolidated hundreds of Linux blades to three mainframes running Linux saving millions of dollars in annual operating costs.

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Is Linux Mint the most popular desktop distro?

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Who knew when Linux Mint started out that it would give Ubuntu itself a run for its money? The article notes the negative reaction to Ubuntu's Unity desktop, and the many dissatisfied Ubuntu users that switched to Linux Mint.

Think I'm kidding about that? Take a look at the screenshot below from DistroWatch's rankings. Linux Mint is listed in the number one spot, beating out Ubuntu itself. I know a number of people who abandoned Ubuntu immediately when Unity was released, and they haven't looked back since switching to Linux Mint.

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Interview: Chris Smart of the Korora Project

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I'm just another Linux geek. I love computers and Free and Open Source Software, having been involved in it for over a decade for both work and pleasure. Let me see... I'm an Australian bloke in my 30's, coming from a family of six (evenly split boys and girls), happily married with one child (and another on the way). I'm currently studying part-time Masters of IT at Australian National University and I work for a local firm full-time developing software that runs on Linux based products.

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Chromebooks charge into business market, capture 20% of commercial notebooks

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Google

Sales of Chromebooks exploded from basically nothing in 2012 to more than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial PC market, analyst firm NPD reported on Monday, while Windows PCs and Macs remained flat at best.

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Linux is Everything. We show you exactly where

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” Linux is Everywhere. From Space Stations to Microwave Ovens, Linux powers everything.” You might have heard that a lot and have always wondered ” Is that just a phrase or is it actually true ? “ Be assured, it is true. World’s biggest companies use Linux in one way or another but you are not going to believe unless I take names. Well, get ready for a roller coaster ride across the globe where I show you where and how Linux is used

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The "Most Beautiful & Performant" Linux Distro Failed

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At the beginning of 2013 I wrote about an ambitious Linux distribution that set out to create what its lead developer called would be the most robust, beautiful, and performant Linux operating system out there and ultimately aspired to take on Ubuntu. Well, that distribution is now a matter of the past.

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  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
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Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”