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Manjaro Linux 17.1.0 Released With Latest Packages — Get This User-friendly Distro Here

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Following the September release of Manjaro Linux 17.0.3, the developers of this Arch Linux-based distro have shipped Manjaro Linux 17.1.0. Released on December 31st, 2017, it marks the last Manjaro offering of 2017. In other words, you can kickstart 2018 with this freshly baked desktop-oriented operating system.

“This marks the last update of Manjaro in 2017. We wish you all the best for next year. Have fun and celebrate with family and friends,” the announcement reads.

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Private Internet Access creator, London Trust Media, acquires Linux Journal

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Over the years, with your help, we have supported many worthy projects and events in the open source space. At the beginning of December, Carlie Fairchild posted a farewell to the Linux community in a post titled “Linux Journal Ceases Publication.” We know that some of our users may have also read this message, given the strong overlap between those that care about privacy and those that care about freedom and open source software. Needless to say, upon reading the news, we immediately reached out to see how we could help.

Many members of our team have been Linux Journal readers for years – even since before they worked with Private Internet Access. We truly believe that Linux Journal needs to be there to chronicle our journey into a more open future. Private Internet Access is proud to announce that our parent company, LTM, has acquired Linux Journal. 2018 is going to be a big year for Linux – and we will continue to play our part in facilitating this.

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Also: Happy New Year- Welcome to Linux Journal 2.0!

Arch Linux 2018.01.01 ISO and More

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  • Arch Linux Kicks Off 2018 with First Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS

    Arch Linux devs don't have time to rest either, so they're kicking off the new year with the first ISO snapshot for 2018, bringing up-to-date components and latest security fixes.

    Arch Linux 2018.01.01 ISO snapshot is here, and it's the first to use the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. While December's Arch Linux ISO snapshot was still powered by a kernel from the now deprecated Linux 4.13 series, January 2018's release is using Linux kernel 4.14.9 for all new installs, while the recently released Linux kernel 4.14.10 is still in testing.

  • Arch monthly December

    Arch Linux Trusted Users, Developers and members of the Security team have been at 34C3 and even held a small meetup. There was also an #archlinux.de assembly where people from the irc channel could meet each other. Seeing how much interest there was this year, it might be worth it to host a self organized session or assembly with more stickers \o/

Kernel Space: FBDEV, Linux 4.16, and Linux in 2017

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  • Generic FBDEV Emulation Proposed For DRM Drivers

    DRM subsystem contributor Noralf Trønnes is proposing a patch-set to provide generic FBDEV emulation support in DRM drivers via exportable dumb buffers.

    Noralf is striving towards getting rid of all FBDEV-related code from the DRM drivers and a big step towards that is getting this generic FBDEV emulation code working, which at this point amounts to just over 600 lines of new code.

  • AMDGPU Gets Its Last Feature Updates For Linux 4.16

    Alex Deucher of AMD has sent in the last feature updates to DRM-Next of new AMDGPU material to be queued for the Linux 4.16 kernel cycle that will begin later in January.

    There was already the first AMDGPU Linux 4.16 feature batch in early December and then more stuff got queued right before Christmas. Now Alex has sent in the last planned feature work for Linux 4.16, with DRM-Next's feature cut-off always happening a few weeks prior to the stable release of the current kernel cycle. Linux 4.15 should be out by mid-January and thus it's around the time for the soft DRM-Next feature freeze.

  • The Linux Kernel Gained 2.5 Million Lines Of Code, 71k Commits In 2017

    Here are some numbers on the Linux kernel development trends for 2017.

Linux Mint-based feren OS GNU/Linux kicking off with yet another new Snapshot!

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  • 2018, kicking off with yet another new Snapshot! (Changes)

    If you're reading this on January 1st, well, Happy New Year! Meanwhile, to kick off 2018, a new snapshot of feren OS has been released for computers with the 32 bit architecture and the 64 bit architecture, and like the previous snapshot, it comes with plenty of updates, and for this release, a seriously big change.

  • feren OS Devs Kick Off 2018 with New ISO Snapshot, Plan Linux Mint 19 Rebase

    While others are still partying like it's 1999, the developer of the Linux Mint-based feren OS GNU/Linux distribution is the first to kick off 2018 with the release of a new ISO snapshot.

    Based on Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia," January 2018's ISO snapshot of feren OS comes with several enhancements and updated components. Among these, we can mention a new set of wallpapers to start the new year fresh and in style, as well as Linux Mint 18.3's brand-new Software Manager to replace GNOME Software.

    Of course, Software Manager comes with Flatpak support so you can install Flatpak apps on feren OS. The new ISO snapshot also delivers on developer's promise to make custom Themer Theme support, allowing users to create and install Themer Themes. There's also now a Themer Store to make installing themes easier.

8 Not-so-Crazy Linux Predictions for 2018

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With a new year upon us we felt it was time to share some of our Linux predictions for 2018.

Whether they are likely to happen, or just hopeful thinking, is up for debate.

But 2017 showed us that nothing is truly predictable. During the previous 12 months we saw:

Linux market share increase to suspiciously high levels
Ubuntu drop Unity and return to the GNOME fold
Big name games launched on Linux
Wayland ship by default on more distributions
Several new Linux kernel releases

And a lot more!

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Linux 4.15-rc6

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One last rc at the end of the year - and a Happy New Year to everybody!

This would have been a very quiet week, if it wasn't for the final x86
PTI stuff - and that shows in the diffstat too. About half the rc6
work is x86 updates. The timing for this isn't wonderful, but it all
looks nice and clean.

Outside of the x86 updates, it's misc driver updates (usb, networking,
rdma, sound), some perf tooling, and misc random stuff (core
networking, some irq fixes).

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Also: Linus Torvalds Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year, Releases Linux Kernel 4.15 RC6

Linux 4.15-rc6 Released To Ring In 2018

Ring in New Year 2018 with Manjaro Linux 17.1.0

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Today is the big day -- New Year's Eve! Tonight, many people will celebrate ringing in the new year at midnight. They will drink champagne, dance, and generally have a fun time.

If you are a nerd like me, however, you won't be leaving the house. Instead, you will probably be watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest while eating low-quality frozen hors d'oeuvres -- there is no shame in that, though. This year, there is actually something very fun you can do while sitting on your couch -- install a Linux distribution! You see, Manjaro Linux 17.1.0 is now ready for download. Hell, installing an Arch-based Linux distro is better than going to a party, right?

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Backup and Clone Your Disk Drives with BakAndImgCD, Now Based on 4MLinux 24.0

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Based on 4MLinux 24.0, which is currently in development, BakAndImgCD 24.0 uses the latest 4MLinux Backup Scripts 24.0 to help anyone who needs a portable live system that eases the backup and cloning of disk drivers.

On top of that, BakAndImgCD 24.0 comes bundled with up-to-date GNU/Linux technologies and open source software projects aimed at any kind of data backup or disk cloning operation on supported filesystems.

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ALT Linux 8.2 Distro Released with Workstation, Server, and Education Editions

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Available for both 32-bit and 64-bit installations, ALT Linux 8.2 is here with critical security fixes for various of its core components, including the Linux kernel, OpenSSL, Samba, and other, along with various bug fixes and improvements.

"BaseALT Ltd announces the release of ALT Server, ALT Workstation and ALT Education distributions version 8.2, aimed for corporate servers and desktops, educational and personal use," reads the release announcement.

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