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  • Bcachefs Still Being Developed As A Next-Gen Linux File-System

    Announced last year was Bcachefs as a new Linux file-system derived from Bcache that aims for speed while having ZFS/Btrfs-like features. Since doing some early Bcachefs benchmarks last August, we hadn't heard much (anything?) from the project since.

    It turns out Bcachefs is still being developed and its primary author, Kent Overstreet, continues to believe it can compete with the likes of Btrfs and ZFS as a next-generation Linux file-system.

  • Linux 4.7-rc6

    I'd love to tell you that things are calming down, and we're shrinking, but that would be a lie.

  • Linux 4.7-rc6 Released, Bigger Than The Earlier RCs

    Linus noted in the release announcement about 4.7-rc6, "I'd love to tell you that things are calming down, and we're shrinking, but that would be a lie. It's not like this is a huge rc, but it's definitely bigger than the previous rc's were. I don't think that's necessarily a big problem, it seems to be mostly timing - we've just happened to get merges from most subsystems (eg networking from Davem, and all of the usual device driver subsystems from Greg, not to mention the GPU updates and all the random other subsystem maintainers). But networking (both drivers and core) is the most noticeable part."

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 RC6, Things Are Getting Bigger

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Today, July 4, 2016, Linus Torvalds has had the pleasure of announcing the availability of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel, now ready for public testing.

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A simple menu system for blind Linux users

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GNU
Linux
Debian

The Knoppix distribution goes back in time, to the era of text menus, to provide an interface for computer users who are blind.

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The Knoppix Linux distribution has existed since November 2000. It quickly grew in popularity because it was one of the first live operating systems available; you could boot from a CD and use Linux without actually installing it. The disc itself could be your operating system, as long as you saved your data to a hard drive or to a network share. At the time this was a groundbreaking idea, and it still is, given the lack of any such paradigm for non-open source operating systems (even an OS that has since developed a live-like environment for maintenance doesn't intend for you to use that boot disc as your OS).

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Linux Devices

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  • CompuLab Comes Out With New Rugged, Fanless Linux-Friendly PC

    The folks at CompuLab have announced their latest Linux-friendly PC, the fitlet-RM. The Fitlet-RM is described as "the smallest PC for extreme conditions" and is fanless.

    The Fitlet-RM is the successor to the previously-reviewed Fitlet we tested last year. The Fitlet-RM is said to improve heat dissipation by 40% through a redesign of the all-metal housing. The new design is also said to be more rugged, and support a wider temperature range.

  • Top 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards

    Did you know you can adorn your Raspberry Pi with HATs? Of course we're not talking about hats like people put on their heads, but rather HATs: "hardware attached on top". These are add-on circuit boards and accessories that add functionality to your Raspberry Pi.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero Becomes Mighty Miniature Minecraft Machine

    In a clever bit of miniaturization, [JediJeremy] has nearly completed a gyro-mouse controller for a Raspberry Pi Zero! Ultimately this will be a wearable Linux-watch but along the way he had some fun with the interface.

Needed: A Linux Three in One Distro

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So far, that’s worked out well. Because of the work of the Linux developers and the GNU team, I now use a free and open desktop system that in most ways surpasses anything the proprietary folks offer. This has benefited the enterprise too, with data centers across the world filled with Linux serverss, not solely because Linux is free to use, but because in most cases it gets the job done better and cheaper than proprietary server operating systems.

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Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.2 Beta Ships Free of systemd with Linux 4.4.14 LTS

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Linux
Slack

Today, July 3, 2016, the developers of the Slackware-based Vectorlinux GNU/Linux operating system have announced the release of the Beta build of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2 release.

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Linux Australia backflips on Appelbaum stance

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Legal

Linux Australia has done a backflip on its stance over privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum who was recently thrown out of several software groupings following numerous accusations of sexual harassment.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" Gets New Test Build, Adds Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS

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Debian

Approximately two months after the release of the first Test build for the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" operating system series, the project's development team announced today the availability of the second Test build.

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Want to bring that old netbook back to life? Hands-on with Manjaro LXQt and LXLE

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HowTos

Either of these would be a good choice for the N150. If I were making the choice it would be Manjaro LXQt, because I like (and trust) Manjaro, it is smaller overall, it has made a lot of the same choices I would make in packages, and it just feels a bit snappier overall on the N150. But other people might very well prefer LXLE because it is based on Ubuntu and they prefer the package selection. It's all good.

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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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Linux
  • Linux Desktop Marketshare Just Passed 2 Percent [Ed: Microsoft-connected company]

    Worldwide Linux marketshare has passed 2% for the first time, according to data from analytics company Netmarketshare.

  • Our Second Podcast with James Ramey (Codeweavers)

    Following our first podcast with ProfessorKaos64 featuring his work on SteamOS, here is the second episode this time with the president of Codeweavers, James Ramey, recorded just a couple of weeks ago. We have already had the chance to feature James Ramey regarding DX11 support in the past, and it’s a great time to reconnect with his and his team to see what are the prospects for CrossOver/WINE in the near future. Including DX12 support down the road with Vulkan!

  • Why do we use the Linux kernel's TCP stack?

    I'm at PolyConf in Poland today, and I watched this super interesting talk by Leandro Pereira about Lwan, an ~8000 line of code web server. He talked about a bunch of the optimizations they'd done (improve CPU cache performance! be really careful about locking!). You can read more about the performance on the website & the links there.

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    The Document Foundation today announced that Ubuntu parent company Canonical has joined The Document Foundation Advisory Board. The foundation said Canonical is to provide "experience and insights" to increase the use of LibreOffice in the enterprise and government. Canonical joins the likes of KDE, GNOME, Red Hat, SUSE, and Google on the board. The board's main purpose is to represent the foundation's sponsors and their needs to the Board of Directors, although the BoD isn't under obligation to accept or act on any proposals made by the advisory board. The BoD does, on occasion, solicit advice and guidance from the advisory board and the advisory board does make proposals on behalf of their members. Some of the other members on the Advisory Board include those listed above as well as the Free Software Foundation, Collabora, Intel, the French government, CloudOn, City of Munich government, and AMD.

Blackmagic on GNU/Linux

  • Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8.2 is now available on Linux free of charge
    Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion visual effects software is now available on the Linux platform. Linux is extremely popular in the world's leading visual effects production companies and this new Linux release is a major announcement for the visual effects industry. This new Linux version of Fusion and Fusion Studio means visual effects artists can select their preferred computing platform, as Fusion is now available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. All project files are common, so customers can work collaboratively, even when different artists are running different platforms on the same job.
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    Blackmagic Design released a pair of announcements, the first revealing that Fusion visual effects software is now available on the Linux platform, and second that it has release version 1.0.2 of Duplicator.
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