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A Conversation With Linus Torvalds, Who Built The World's Most Robust Operating System And Gave It Away For Free

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Interviews

In 1991, 22-year old Finnish computer programmer Linus Torvalds released his own operating system. Opening with the message “Hello everybody out there,” (a now-iconic phrase among Linux fans), he posted the source code online. People alternately contributed their abilities to improve it where they could or went off to build their own things with it.

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Robolinux 7.5.3 OS Wants to Keep You Safe from NSA

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Debian

Robolinux 7.5.3 is a fast and easy to use Linux distribution based on Debian, and its developer thinks that it can be the solution for people who look to protect their privacy.

If you remember from previous releases of Robolinux, the developer of this particular distribution came up with a working idea on how to move people from the Windows platform to Linux without them having to give up their favorite applications.

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Also: GParted Live 0.19.0 Beta 1 Gets New Debian Base Update

ZBOSS Linux 6.5 Brings ZFS For Storage

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ZBOSS Linux 6.5 was released on Friday as a RHEL-based "enterprise" Linux distribution that ships with the ZFS file-system by default.

ZBOSS by ZETTALANE Systems isn't to be confused with the other ZBOSS, the ZigBee Open Source Stack. ZBOSS isn't also to be confused with Red Hat's JBoss. I was just contacted by ZETTALANE on Friday about the 6.5 release as their apparent Red Hat Enterprise Linux based distribution that ships with ZFS for "unified Software Defined Storage with iSCSI, FC and NAS connectivity. For enterprise-class features it packs unlimited snapshots, data replication and High Availability in active-active mode." ZBOSS is short for the ZettaByte OpenStorage Server.

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SparkyLinux 3.4 LXDE, e17, and Razor-Qt Distros Are Based on Debian Jessie

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Debian

The SparkyLinux 3.34 "Annagerman" system is built on Debian GNU/Linux "Jessie" and is not all that different from the previous versions in the series, at least not in this particular aspect.

The developers of SparkyLinux also provide a number of other flavors for this particular distribution, but the current update covers LXDE, Razor-Qt, and Enlightenment 18. These are desktop environments mostly known for the fact that they are very lightweight.

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Linux Kernel 3.10.41 LTS Is Available for Download

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The amount of changes and enhancements for this branch of the Linux kernel is rather large and the developers have added numerous drivers and other improvements. This is an LTS release and it's likely that it will be updated for a long time.

“I'm announcing the release of the 3.10.41 kernel. All users of the 3.10 kernel series must upgrade.”

“The updated 3.10.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.10.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary,” Greg Kroah-Hartman said in the email announcement.

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Ubuntu MATE Flavor Could Arrive Soon, Prototype Looks Great Already

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu distribution features numerous flavors, like KDE, Xfce, and LXDE, but not all the major desktop environments are used. It looks like a new one is brewing, based on MATE.

Ever since the introduction of Unity, some of the Ubuntu users have been pining after GNOME 2, the desktop environment in use until Ubuntu 11.04 arrives. It looks like it had a lot of fans and a part of the Linux community is still hoping that the good days will return.

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Understanding Intel's RAPL Driver On Linux

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For many months now Intel has been working on RAPL support within the Linux kernel as part of their power-capping framework as a power feature for Intel hardware on Linux.

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Trying Out kGraft Live Kernel Patching On Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

KGraft is the SUSE-developed approach to live-patching the Linux kernel as another reboot-less option similar to Ksplice.

Besides kGraft and Ksplice, Red Hat coincidentally shortly after the release of Ksplice had announced Kpatch as their means of live patching a running kernel. Both Red Hat and SUSE have open-sourced their live patching mechanisms and both hope to have their solution mainlined, or some unified form of both. While no solution has been queued up for merging in the Linux 3.16 kernel, there still is a lot of interest by Linux developers in these solutions.

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World’s first emotional robot runs Linux

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Gadgets

SoftBank and Aldeberan have teamed up on a Linux-based, $1,930 personal robot named Pepper that can read emotions and respond autonomously.

As we gradually approach the “singularity” when robots overtake human intelligence, we often comfort ourselves in believing robots will never duplicate our often troublesome capacity for emotion. Yet such James Kirkian sentiments may prove suspect as roboticists make robots more sensitive to emotions while using emotional expression to communicate.

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Got Linux? Add Proprietary Code

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Linux

Migrating to the Linux platform is not an either/or proposition. Linux as a computing platform is so flexible that it offers users a have-it-your-way menu of software options.

One option is the Linux desktop. Individual users in home computing, SOHO and SMB operations can choose from a variety of enterprise-class Linux distributions. The Linux desktop OS offers a no-cost or low-cost alternative to the frustrations of Microsoft Windows or the limitations of Apple's Unix-based OS X platform for its relatively costly Mac hardware.

Another migration path is to forgo acclimating office staff to the Linux desktop. Instead, enterprises can opt to run their back-office and server operations on a Linux server. Linux servers have a rigorous giant footprint in the networking and cloud computing worlds. Linux servers are commonplace in many other enterprise settings.

A third migration choice is to run a full Linux shop. Standard office computing software is readily available in open source packages for office suites, Web browsing and graphic production tasks. Open source database applications connect famously with back-end software and servers. Plus, Linux does not need hardware-specific buy-in requirements.

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Google Chrome 36 Beta Brings More Fixes for Linux Aura

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Google

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has just received another update for the 36 Beta branch of the software.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is not the stable branch, which means that you shouldn't rush to replace your current one. There still are a number of stability problems, but the development is progressing quite nicely.

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Many ACPI & Power Management Changes Head Into Linux 3.16

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Rafael Wysocki has sent in his ACPI and power management pull that will target the next Linux kernel release cycle.

Changes queued up for the ACPI/PM pull with the Linux 3.16 kernel include:

- A bulk are ACPICA updates.

- Various internal changes that are important but not end-user facing.

- ACPI video support now defaults to using the native backlight rather than the ACPI backlight interface. This backlight change is designed to help systems with broken Windows 8/8.1 BIOSes.

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Linux is Everywhere....So where do we go from here?

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Linux

We all know that Linux has changed the world....in small ways and large One of the ways it's changed the world is by changing the way work gets done in corporations, big and small, around the world. As with the computer itself, the effects of ever-advancing Linux seem evolutionary and "slow & steady" from day to day. But in the 20 years since its introduction, the impact Linux has made in macro is truly staggering!

Today everything from cars and jets to every supercomputer and most servers in datacenters have Linux somewhere...doing something important. Linux is, indeed everywhere! How'd that happen? And more importantly, what will happen next?

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Sound Support Gets Updated For The Next Kernel Release

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Most of the sound driver updates for Linux 3.16 revolve around ASOC (ALSA System-on-Chip) changes but there's also a number of other noteworthy commits. HD Audio changes include Tegra HDMI support, a ThinkPad T440 dock fix, Realtek codec updates for several chips, Firewire audio support improvements, and various other changes.

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There's Now 500 Games On Steam For Linux

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Gaming

For my birthday two years ago was when the Steam Linux client went into public beta, last Oktoberfest is when SteamOS details became public knowledge, now on the Phoronix birthday is word of 500 games being offered for Linux via Steam!

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble are making a Nook together

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Linux

Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced on Thursday a co-branded device called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch reading-focused tablet designed to compete with the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7. It's the first sign of life in some time for the Nook brand, the lineup of ebook readers and tablets that have been consistently great but never popular enough to unseat Amazon as king of the reading device. Now, however, with the combined retail and marketing weight of Samsung and Barnes & Noble, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook may have the might to find a place once again. (And there's only the slightest irony in the fact that Microsoft owns part of the Nook brand, meaning it now owns yet another Android device.)

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Oracle, Extreme Join OpenDaylight SDN Group

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Oracle and Extreme Networks are the latest companies to join the vendor-driven OpenDaylight Project, which is developing an open-source platform for software-defined network and network-functions virtualization.

Also joining the group June 5 was supply-chain services firm Flextronics, bringing the total number of members in the consortium to 39. The numbers have more than doubled since April 2013, when Cisco Systems, IBM and 16 others announced the formation of OpenDaylight.

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Sound Support Gets Updated For The Next Kernel Release

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Most of the sound driver updates for Linux 3.16 revolve around ASOC (ALSA System-on-Chip) changes but there's also a number of other noteworthy commits. HD Audio changes include Tegra HDMI support, a ThinkPad T440 dock fix, Realtek codec updates for several chips, Firewire audio support improvements, and various other changes.

Within the ASoC area is a lot of fixes and enhancements to existing drivers but there is also new Linux drivers and support for the following hardware: Cirrus CS42L56, Realtek RT5639, RT5642 and RT5651 and ST STA350, Analog Devices ADAU1361, ADAU1381, ADAU1761 and ADAU1781, and Realtek RT5677.

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Linux-based NAS hosts private clouds and VMs

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Qnap unveiled a Linux-based, SOHO-focused “TS-X51 Turbo NAS” device with 2-8 HDD bays, plus private cloud sharing, video transcoding, and virtualization.

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From pre-history to beyond the global thermonuclear war

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Linux

This is a short and vague glimpse to the interfaces that the Linux kernel offers to user space for display and graphics management, from the history to what is hot and new, to what might perhaps be coming after. The topic came current for me when I started preparing Weston for global thermonuclear war.

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