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Linux Container Operating Systems: Thin Is In

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When is less really more? When it's a Linux operating system designed to run containers, such as Red Hat Atomic Host, Ubuntu Snappy, or CoreOS. As developers increasingly embrace containers for building and running apps, these small footprint systems could change the operating system's long-standing role as a catch-all for historic but less-important functions, like fax servers.

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OpenStack and Linux Foundations plan OpenStack skills certification

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Linux
Server

To help plug the OpenStack skills gap, the OpenStack Foundation and the Linux Foundation have been in talks about the creation of professional certification for those working with the open-source cloud project's technologies.

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Also: OpenStack Summit news in brief: day one

Mirantis Teams with Citrix, VMware on OpenStack Partner Program

Will the next generation of Linux Containers knock load balancers off kilter?

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Linux
Server

Modern IT infrastructure needs to be highly flexible as the strain on servers, sites and databases grows and shrinks throughout the day. Cloud infrastructure is meant to make scaling simple by effectively outsourcing and commoditising your computing capacity so that, in theory, you can turn it on and off like a tap. However, most approaches to provisioning cloud servers are still based around the idea that you have fixed-size server “instances”, offering you infrastructure in large blocks that must each be provisioned and then configured to work together. This means your infrastructure scaling is less like having a handy tap and more like working out how many bottles of water you’ll need.

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Makulu Gives Unity a Good Name

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Linux
Ubuntu

Software installation is much easier in Makulu Linux. A variety of installed Personal Package Archives are configured to make finding and installing more software much more convenient than it often is with other distros. Steam and PlayonLinux are both included as well. Want more? How about Netflix and Popcorn Time? Both applications are fully supported.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.43 LTS Includes Dozens of ARM and ARM64 Improvements

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On May 17, we announced that Linux kernel 4.0.4 and Linux kernel 3.10.79 LTS were available for download, but another important kernel was published on the same day - Linux kernel 3.14.43 LTS, which is currently used in various GNU/Linux distributions.

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Also: Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.1 Release Candidate 4

Linux 4.1-rc4 Kernel Arrives A Day Late

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Linus Torvalds released the Linux 4.1-rc4 kernel a short time ago, which is coming a day later than Torvalds' usual tradition of releasing new kernel versions on Sunday afternoons.

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Goodbye, Pi. Hello, C.H.I.P.

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A new mini-computer is on the way, and it looks like it may be the Raspberry Pi killer we've all been waiting for (sorry Pi). C.H.I.P. is its name, and it looks set to wipe the floor with its established competitor on several counts:

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Raspberry Pi E-paper HAT supports multiple display sizes

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Pi Supply has achieved Kickstarter funding for a “Papirus” display HAT that supports E-paper displays up to 2.7 inches on the Raspberry Pi and other SBCs.

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Linux Kernel 3.10.79 LTS Is a Small Release That Updates Drivers

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Immediately after announcing Linux kernel 4.0.4, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about Linux kernel 3.10.79, an LTS (Long Term Support) release that will be updated for a few more years.

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Also: Linux Kernel 4.0.4 Released with More ARM Fixes, Many Updated Drivers

Linux Graphics

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Linux
  • Freedreno Now Supports The A306 GPU

    For users of the Freedreno Gallium3D driver for having unofficial open-source Qualcomm graphics support, the Adreno 306 is the latest graphics processor now supported.

  • AMDGPU Open-Source Driver Code Continues Maturing

    Nearly one month ago AMD published the open-source code to their new "AMDGPU" kernel driver and the necessary user-space driver changes too. That code is continuing to mature for the Linux 4.2 kernel and for supporting the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver that code is continuing to be polished.

  • RandR 1.5 Brings Monitor Objects & Tile Support For X.Org

    The RandR components are updated for version 1.5.0 to take advantage of new functionality in the X.Org Server.

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