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Sorry, Windows Fans, but Can You Run 100 Apps at Once and Still Use the PC?

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Microsoft

Linux distributions are always heralded as the most secure operating systems and Windows is usually left in the dust, but it's good to know that it can also perform much better in other areas, like application and memory management.

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Btrfs RAID: Built-In/Native RAID vs. Mdadm

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Last month on Phoronix I posted some dual-HDD Btrfs RAID benchmarks and that was followed by Btrfs RAID 0/1/5/6/10 testing on four Intel solid-state drives. In still testing the four Intel Series 530 SSDs in a RAID array, the new benchmarks today are a comparison of the performance when using Btrfs' built-in RAID capabilities versus setting up a Linux 3.18 software RAID with Btrfs on the same hardware/software using mdadm.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Launches in November with Massive Cinnamon 2.4 Update

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" is scheduled to launch in just a few weeks and it will arrive with a brand new version of Cinnamon, 2.4, which promises to be one of the biggest updates so far.

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Free courseware posted for Yocto on BeagleBone

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Free Electrons has posted free training materials on building an embedded Linux project using Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded on a BeagleBone Black.

The Linux Foundation’s Yocto Project has been largely supported and influenced by Intel, but it has long since evolved into a phenomenon of its own that is as at home on ARM, PowerPC, and MIPS targets as it is on x86. In fact, for its latest training course on Yocto Project and the associated OpenEmbedded build environment, Free Electrons turned to the ARM-based BeagleBone Black single board computer as the target device. The course shows how to boot root filesystems built with the Yocto Project, as well as run and debug the custom applications compiled with it.

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Elive 2.4.0 Beta Is a Combination of Debian and Enlightenment

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Debian

The developers have been hopping from one Beta version to another and it seems that it might take them forever to get to the final version, but they want to make sure that everything will work as it should for the users that will eventually try it.

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Linux 3.18-rc3

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Another week, another rc, and things aren't really shrinking the way I
would hope for...

While the patch itself is much smaller than rc2 was (no new filesystem
this rc!), there are actually more commits and more files affected.
It's all over, too.

That said, I don't think there is anything particularly horrible in
here. Lots and lots of small stuff, with drivers accounting for the
bulk of it (both in commits and in lines), but networking and core
kernel showing up too. Nothing particularly stands out.

Shortlog appended for details, please go forth and test.

Linus

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AMD's New GPU Kernel Driver Could Be Too Late For Linux 3.19

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Red Hat's David Airlie as the Linux kernel's subsystem maintainer has written a status update about his plans and thoughts for DRM graphics driver changes for the next kernel cycle, Linux 3.19.

With Linux 3.18, Airlie started cutting off the DRM-next merge requests early -- around Linux 3.17-rc5~rc6 -- rather than in the past where he's allowed new driver changes to be merged into his -next branch up until the release of the current kernel development cycle. He did this change to try to reduce the number of DRM graphics related regressions and issues that have been somewhat common when upgrading kernels. This change worked out well for Linux 3.18 and so David intends to do the same for Linux 3.19.

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Krita Desktop: A free, open source painting tool, maybe as good as Photoshop

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KDE
Linux
Software

From the One-to-watch Department: If you do any graphics work you should take a look at Krita Desktop, a really impressive painting tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop for features and makes some ways of working much easier.

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Tiny Linux-based AM335x COMs can freeze or fry

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MYIR unveiled two Linux-ready COMs based on the TI Sitara AM335x SoC, each offering -40 to 85°C operation and supported by their own carrier boards.

Like the MYC-AM335X computer-on-module announced back in January, the MCC-AM335X-Y and MCC-AM335X-J COMs are equipped with the Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x system-on-chip, built around a Cortex-A8 core. The new models are smaller than the original, and each offers a different expansion interface, resulting in slightly different I/O for all three COMs. Even the available carrier boards for the three COMs are each different.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Is Now Based On Kernel 3.18 RC2

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Ubuntu

Because Ubuntu 15.04 is in its first days of development, it’s hard to predict which kernel will be used on the final version of Ubuntu Vivid, scheduled for release in April 2014. Recently, the developers have integrated kernel 3.18 RC2, the newest, unstable kernel patch available for now.

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  • Red Hat Beefs Up Platform as a Service Suite
    Red Hat has begun shipping Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, the vendor says expanding its integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.
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Red Hat changes its open-source licensing rules

From outside programming circles, software licensing may not seem important. In open-source, though, licensing is all important. So, when leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License(GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)v2.1 licenses will be expected to supplement the license with GPL version 3 (GPLv3)'s cure commitment language, it's a big deal. Read more

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