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[RHSA-2017:0862-01] Low: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Retirement Notice

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Red Hat

This is the final notification for the retirement of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 5. This notification applies only to those customers subscribed to
the channel for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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Also: [CentOS-announce] CentOS Linux 5 EOL

Scientific Linux 5 End of Life

Linux and IoT Security

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How to have a Linux home server on the cheap

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Ask any Linux enthusiast, and they’ll tell you how awesome an operating system Linux can be. (Well, except Bryan Lunduke, who will say it sucks before he says it’s awesome.) For the desktop user, the freedom from worry about most viruses is a big plus, and not spending $100 upgrading Windows is a big plus too.

As awesome as Linux is for desktop use, Linux (and BSD for that matter) truly shines as a server. While providing web-based services is one of those server-y things Linux does really well, Linux can do a lot more than host a blog about family outings.

If you’re looking to host your own services instead of paying for or relying on those in the cloud, running your own home server is one of the best ways to keep your files private.

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Super Grub2 Disk

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Super Grub2 Disk is not a Linux distribution and, in fact, I do not think it entirely qualifies as an operating system. Yet, I believe Super Grub2 Disk (SGD) is one of the more useful projects I have encountered recently, especially for distro-hoppers such as myself. Almost everyone who tries out new operating systems, especially people who switch distributions a lot, has eventually run into a situation where installing a new operating system causes problems with their boot loader. Perhaps the new distribution does not properly detect the old one, excluding it from the boot menu, perhaps a new operating system takes over the system with its own boot loader, maybe we accidentally wipe out the directory where our boot loader was installed. Whatever the cause, installing a new operating system can leave many people in a situation where their system no longer boots properly.

SGD offers a solution for people who have (usually by accident) caused their boot loader to stop working or to no longer recognize their operating system. SGD basically acts like a portable copy of the GRUB boot loader which we can copy to a CD or USB thumb drive. When we encounter a system where the boot loader is not working, we can boot from the SGD media and ask it to detect all the operating systems on our computer. SGD scans our hard drive and presents us with a list of operating systems it has found and can boot. Then we can simply select the operating system we want to load. The operating system boots, just as it normally would, and we can then get work done or go about repairing the damage to our system.

All of this may seem a little abstract so I will walk through an example, recreating a situation I read about recently on a support forum. Someone had been cleaning up files on their hard drive and accidentally deleted their /boot/grub directory. This is the directory which stores the boot loader and its settings; without the files in /boot/grub the operating system will not boot.

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Linux 4.11 Reaches RC5

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  • Linux 4.11-rc5

    Ok, things have definitely started to calm down, let's hope it stays
    this way and it wasn't just a fluke this week.

    Things look fairly normal, with just under 60% of the changes in
    drivers (edac, sound, block, pci, etc), and about 30% in arch updates
    (some misc ptrace fixes, random stuff).

    The only slightly unusual thing is how over half the arch updates are
    for parisc, but that's just a temporary oddity from the fix to the
    parisc user copy routines, which resulted in a fairly big patch (due
    to them just being written as regular assembler code rather than as a
    broken mess of inline assembly with some C mixed in).

    The rest is a random mix of some filesystem fixes (nfs[d], btrfs),
    with some misc core kernel and mm fixes thrown in.

    Shortlog appended for people who like just skimming the details. It's
    not big, just scroll down through it.


  • Linux 4.11-rc5 Kernel Released

    Linus Torvalds has just announced the fifth weekly RC test release to the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel.

  • Linus Torvalds Announces the Fifth Release Candidate of the Linux 4.11 Kernel

    It's Sunday again, at least in the US, which means that some of us we'll get to test drive a new Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel, the fifth in the series.

    Announced a few moments ago by Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.11 Release Candidate 5 comes one week after the previous RC version and appears to be a fairly normal patch consisting of about 60% updated drivers for PCI, EDAC, sound, block, etc., approximately 30% architecture updates, especially for PA-RISC, and the rest of 10% is split between filesystem ( mostly Btrfs and NFS) improvements and core kernel and mm changes.

4MLinux 21.1 Minor Update Fixes Sound Issues with Firefox 52, Adds Linux 4.4.56

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4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki‏ informs Softpedia today about the release and immediate availability of 4MLinux 21.1, a minor update to the 4MLinux 21 stable series of the independently developed Linux-based operating system.

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Distro Releases (Softpedia)

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Asus Tinker Board – Hardware Accelerated RockChip Video Player – Initial Release

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Asus released a new beta of TinkerOS on their website yesterday. One interesting addition is the initial release of a dedicated video player, RK Player. What makes RK Player interesting? Simply, the video app uses the hardware acceleration features found on the Tinker Board to play video encoded using H.264 and H.265.

With the new release of TinkerOS, Asus’s website has prepared a brief support guide to the RK Player. It’s pretty important you read the guide, as you may initially think RK Player hasn’t been installed on the system. This is because the binary file, player, is not stored in a directory listed in the shell’s PATH. It’s not been added to the menu system. Instead it’s’s buried in the filesystem at /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/qt5/examples/multimediawidgets/player/. The guide recommends copying the file to a more convenient location. Alternatively, add the directory to the PATH. I’ll be kind about the unprofessional guide (blurry screenshots, broken English – seriously from Asus?) – clearly Asus is keen on releasing the player at the earliest opportunity so the community can test it out. Let’s take a look at RK Player in action.

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A Look at Desktop Environments: LXDE

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LXDE is known as one of the if not the lightest of the main desktop environments available for GNU/Linux.

LXDE is extremely minimalistic and comes with very little to no special effects, or resource hungry applications and tools.

That being said, LXDE is a great option for taking an old machine and breathing new life into it; I personally have an LXDE based distro installed on an old laptop of mine using a dual core Centrino with 512MB of RAM, and while it obviously can’t hold a candle to my main laptop, it’s been sufficient for surfing the web and doing basic tasks like writing essays for school when my main machine was not an option.

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New Releases of GNU/Linux and Latte Dock

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  • NixOS 17.03 Switches To X.Org Server 1.19, KDE Plasma 5

    For those interested in the NixOS Linux distribution built off the Nix package manager, the 17.03 release is now available.

  • Linux Lite 3.4 Released With New Features — Download Torrent And ISO Files Here

    The latest release of Linux Lite operating system is now available for download. Based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 and Linux kernel 4.4, Linux Lite 3.4 is released after 5 months of development. It comes with new applications like Lite Updates Notify and zRam. The interested users can visit Linux Lite website to grab the ISO files and torrents.

  • The Best KDE Dock App Is Now Stable, Available from KDE Store

    The first stable release of KDE dock app ‘Latte Dock‘ is available to download.

    Latte Dock 0.6 includes a number of bug fixes and performance tweaks, and can be considered more stable (and thus usable) than the earlier beta version we blogged about.

  • KDE/Qt-Focused Latte Dock Released

    For those interested in a fancy dock for your desktop if trying to make it look perhaps more like macOS, the developers behind Now Dock and Candil Dock have joined forces to create a new dock solution called Latte Dock. Today marks the first release of this Qt/KDE-focused Latte Dock offering.

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    Partners Canonical, openHAB Foundation and Azul Systems have collaborated hard to drive development of the new openHAB 2.0 smart-home platform as a snap package. An alternative to Apple Homekit and Samsung SmartThings, openHAB from openHAB Foundation is completely free and open source, and acts as a control hub for home IoT setups.