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Benchmarks: 2 BSDs vs. 7 Linux Distributions

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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BSD

The operating systems tested for this comparison included CentOS Linux 7, Clear Linux 9710, DragonFlyBSD 4.6.0, Fedora 24, FreeBSD 11.0-Beta 4, Manjaro 16.06.1, OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, and a daily snapshot of Ubuntu 16.10. For those wondering about OpenMandriva Lx 3.0, I'll have tests of that Clang-compiled distribution later in the week. This BSD/Linux OS comparison grew out of curiosity sake when first seeking to test how well DragonFlyBSD 4.6 and FreeBSD 11 are performing.

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3 command line music players for Linux

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One perception that Linux can't seem to shake off is that you can't do anything without using the command line. A number of people in my circle have been using Linux effectively for years, and they've yet to crack open a terminal window.

Having said that, working at the command line can make certain tasks faster and more efficient. If you're using older hardware, command line tools are an excellent alternative to graphical applications since they don't use too many resources.

One of those tasks playing music. You can do that in a terminal. How? Here's a look at three command line music players.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.76 LTS Updates InfiniBand Drivers, Improves EXT4 Support

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After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.1, Linux kernel 4.4.18 LTS, and Linux kernel 4.6.7, which marks the end of the Linux 4.6 series, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 3.14.76 LTS.

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Open source COM and carriers become 3D-printable computers

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Linux
OSS

Rhombus Tech’s Allwinner A20 based, “fully libre” EOMA68 COM and carrier boards can be installed in 3D printed mini-PC or laptop cases.

For the past five years, UK-based Rhombus Tech, led by developer Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, has been developing a fully open source, removable computer-on-module (COM) in a standardized format known as “EOMA68.” Rhombus has now gone to CrowdSupply to help fund an “EOMA68-A20” module based on Allwinner’s A20 SoC, as well as a mini-PC and a 15.6-inch laptop built around the COM.

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SteamOS 2.88 Beta Moves to Linux Kernel 4.1.30 LTS, Updates AMDGPU-PRO Drivers

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Gaming

Valve has just released today, August 18, 2016, a new Beta update of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming-oriented Linux kernel-based operating system the company uses on its Steam Machines.

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Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition Looks Gorgeous, Beta Is Available for Download

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Thanks to a news tip from one of our regular readers, it would appear that the Beta release of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition operating system is now available for download.

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What I Wish I’d Known When I Was an Embedded Linux Newbie

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Here are some tips compiled from our seasoned engineers on what they wish they'd known about embedded Linux back when they were "newbs". Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike should get some good nuggets of information and possibly a fun perspective looking back at our own humble beginnings. We'll try not to overwhelm you as we make our way through the list. We're not here to rewrite the books, but we do want to provide a personal perspective. If you're in the camp of people who've been using desktop Linux, just be aware that embedded Linux is a different animal, especially when it comes to space constraints, different CPU architecture (ARM), resilience to sudden power outages and inability to install any mainline Linux kernel or distribution you please. Or, maybe you're in the microprocessor camp moving toward a more generalized and capable embedded Linux system. Either way, we'll assume you have at least some knowledge of Linux as we walk through this guide.

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Hands-on: Lumina Desktop 1.0.0

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BSD
HowTos

I saw a release announcement for the first official release (1.0.0) of the Lumina Desktop Environment recently. I am always looking for interesting new developments like this, and the announcement said that Lumina could be easily installed on a variety of Linux distributions, many of which I have installed, so I decided to give it a whirl.

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Whatsie - Install & Use Whatsapp In Linux

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HowTos

WhatsApp is popular chat messenger used by 1 billion people around the globe. WhatsApp introduced web based version of Whatsapp called WhatsApp Web. It allows users to use WhatsApp from web browser by synchronizing the mobile device connection. But we can use Whatsapp web in Linux using Whatsie, a free & open source project.

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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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