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Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Use Linux Kernel 4.13, According to Canonical

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In their latest bi-weekly report, Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel team revealed the fact that they intend to target the Linux 4.13 kernel series for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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Avidemux Video Editor An Easy To Use Video Editor For Linux

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​We all edit videos sometime in our life. It can be your Granny’s video or Mom’s special recipe video or your artist awesome line that you need to upload to youtube. On Linux, we have an awesome video editor which is fairly easy to use and is very much powerful. The editor I am talking about is Avidemux.

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Practical Networking for Linux Admins: TCP/IP

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I have a peeve. OK, more than one. But for this article just one, and that is using "IP" as a shortcut for "IP address". They are not the same. IP = Internet Protocol. You're not managing Internet Protocols, you're managing Internet Protocol addresses. If you're creating, managing, and deleting Internet Protocols, then you are an uber guru doing something entirely different.

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A comparison of Linux VPS Providers for beginner hosting

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Many VPS providers offer similar plans, with SSD Storage, X amount of RAM, Y Number of Cores, and Z Bandwidth. However, others offer things like “Cloud RAM” Which is RAM borrowed from other machines etc. The primary focus will be on “SSD VPS” Solutions, not “Cloud” based solutions. The reasoning for this, is while it’s awesome that some providers do offer services like that, I don’t find it a true comparison to include technologies that some companies offer, others do not – I wouldn’t compare a Honda Civic to an Offroad Dune Buggy for example, because while both are motorized vehicles, both can get you to the grocery store, and both are ‘cars’ for all intents and purposes, the Dune Buggy was designed for features that the Civic was not.

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Deepin 15.4 review - All that glitters is not gold

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So today, I will attempt to run this Chinese Debian-based distro, and see what it can offer. In the past, it has shown some really nice results, the most notable being a very colorful and unique desktop setup, markedly different from most so-called Western systems, and with a touch of appeal and aesthetic one notch above the rest. Shall we?

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Tiny, Linux-friendly i.MX6 module steps up to 5GHz WiFi

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Variscite announced a new “DART-6UL-5G” COM model, featuring an on-board WiFi/BT module with dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac/a/b/g/n support.

Earlier this year Variscite launched a faster, 696MHz v1.2 upgrade to its 50 x 25mm DART-6UL computer-on-module, which includes the option of NXP’s power-efficient i.MX6 ULL SoC in addition to the i.MX6 UL. Now, the company has upped the ante with a DART-6UL-5G model that boasts an on-board, “certified” wireless module that integrates Bluetooth along with dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac/a/b/g/n WiFi.

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Rosa LXQt Edition's Flexibility Sets It Apart

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Mashing traditional LXDE functionality with the added tweaks from Razor-Qt is a big step in a better direction for this lightweight desktop environment. If you want eye-popping visual displays, you will not find them in the LXQt edition. Try out the other desktop options Rosa offers instead.

The Rosa distro's custom software is a big differentiator that sets Rosa apart from other purveyors of Linux.

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Linux, Graphics, and Linux Foundation

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  • What Network Engineers Should Know About Blockchain

    Blockchain enthusiasts claim the technology will do for transactions what the Internet did for communications: essentially upend transactions as we known them.

    “Blockchain is going to become everything,” said Brendan Blumer, CEO of, a company that creates blockchain technologies for businesses. “In my opinion it’s as big as the Internet.”

  • NVMe: Officially faster for emulated controllers!

    When I last wrote about NVMe, the feature to improve NVMe performance over emulated environments was just a living discussion and a work in progress patch. However, it has now been officially released in the NVMe Specification Revision 1.3 under the name "Doorbell Buffer Config command", along with an implementation that is already in the mainline Linux kernel! \o/

    You can already feel the difference in performance if you compile Kernel 4.12-rc1 (or later) and run it over a virtual machine hosted on Google Compute Engine. Google actually updated their hypervisor as soon as the feature was ratified by the NVMe working group, even before it was publicly released.

  • Bindless Textures Land In Mesa Git For RadeonSI
  • DRM Sync Objects Heading To Linux 4.13

    David Airlie has queued up his own work on introducing the "DRM sync objects" concept into DRM-Next for in turn landing with the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel.

  • Intel Haswell May Soon See Less Hangs With Mesa

    If you are running Intel Haswell hardware with integrated graphics and have been seeing hangs under Linux, you're not alone but a fix is in the works.

Events: 2017 Maintainer and Kernel Summit, DebConf 17, PyLadies Pune, and Recent Talks

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  • 2017 Maintainer and Kernel Summit planning

    The Kernel Summit is undergoing some changes this year; the core developers' gathering from previous events will be replaced by a half-day "maintainers summit" consisting of about 30 people. The process of selecting those people, and of selecting topics for the open technical session, is underway now; interested developers are encouraged to submit their topic ideas.

  • DebConf 17 bursaries: update your status now!

    As you might be aware, DebConf 17 is coming soon and it’s gonna be the biggest DebConf in Montréal ever.

    Of course, what makes DebConf great is the people who come together to work on Debian, share their achievements, and help draft our cunning plans to take over the world. Also cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

  • Kushal Das: PyLadies Pune 2017 June meetup

    Last weekend we had the PyLadies Pune June meet up. The day started with Shilpee Chamoli taking a data science 101 with Python. As few people were having trouble in installing Jupyter and the other dependencies, I suggested to use Azure notebooks, and a few of us did that. This was the first time I was attending a pandas workshop, even though I packaged it a few years back for Fedora. The simple problem related to Titanic data was fun to work on.

  • Sayan Chowdhury: PyLadies Pune Meetup – June 2017
  • [Older] Surviving in the Wilderness: Integrity Protection and System Update - Patrick Ohly, Intel GmbH

    Patrick Ohly, a software engineer at Intel, discusses integrity protection schemes and system update mechanisms at the recent Embedded Linux Conference.

  • [Older] Linux You Can Drive My Car - Walt Miner, Linux Foundation

    At the recent Embedded Linux Conference, Walt Miner provided an AGL update and summarized AGL’s Yocto Project based Unified Code Base (UCB) for automotive infotainment.

Q4OS 1.8.6, Orion

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We announce the release of a new Q4OS Orion version. Q4OS GTK+3 themes has been significantly improved in this version, supporting Google Chrome 59, which has definitively moved to GTK+3 libraries. We have made several relevant modifications in Q4OS Orion to be ready for installation under other Debian based operating systems, so anyone is now enabled to gain Q4OS Orion based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus as well as Devuan Jessie, see Q4OS based on Ubuntu and Q4OS setup on Devuan. More under the hood improvements and Q4OS specific fixes are delivered as well. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

As claimed, the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 "Stretch" operating system has entered the final phase of development and should be released in a few days or weeks, so we are currently finishing in making to release new Q4OS Scorpion branch based on Debian Stretch. The new Q4OS Scorpion edition should be available in about a month or two after the official release of Debian Stretch.

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    Let us accept the fact – “Managing Docker on different Infrastructure is still difficult and not portable”. While working on Docker for Mac, AWS, GCP & Azure, Docker Team realized the need for a standard way to create and manage infrastructure state that was portable across any type of infrastructure, from different cloud providers to on-prem. One serious challenge is that each vendor has differentiated IP invested in how they handle certain aspects of their cloud infrastructure. It is not enough to just provision n-number of servers;what IT ops teams need is a simple and consistent way to declare the number of servers, what size they should be, and what sort of base software configuration is required. Also, in the case of server failures (especially unplanned), that sudden change needs to be reconciled against the desired state to ensure that any required servers are re-provisioned with the necessary configuration. Docker Team introduced and open sourced “InfraKit” last year to solve these problems and to provide the ability to create a self healing infrastructure for distributed systems.
  • CMTL Testing First Linux Based Intel® Server Board
    The board is designed for HPC workload environments requiring parallel computing processing performance. Up to 72 cores for optional support and 100Gb/s node interconnect. Six slots for DDR4, 2400Mhz registered ECC DIMMS to achieve a capacity of 384G.
  • [Older] DNS Infrastructure at GitHub
    At GitHub we recently revamped how we do DNS from the ground up. This included both how we interact with external DNS providers and how we serve records internally to our hosts. To do this, we had to design and build a new DNS infrastructure that could scale with GitHub’s growth and across many data centers.
  • ServiceMaster polishes DevOps process for Linux container security
    ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc., which owns consumer brands such as Terminix, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and ServiceMaster Clean and Restore, deploys 75,000 service trucks to residential driveways each day. Five years ago, the company was taken private by an equity firm, and new leadership, including a new CIO, was brought in to modernize its operations. When it returned to the public market in 2014, the company had completely overhauled its approach to IT.
  • My Love Affair with Synology
    In my "Hodge Podge" article in the October 2016 issue, I mentioned how much I love the Synology NAS I have in my server closet (Figure 1). I got quite a few email messages from people—some wanting more information, some scolding me for not rolling my own NAS, and some asking me what on earth I need with that much storage. Oddly, the Linux-running Synology NAS has become one of my main server machines, and it does far more than just store data. Because so many people wanted more information, I figured I'd share some of the cool things I do with my Synology.
  • Certified Ubuntu Cloud Guest – The best of Ubuntu on the best clouds
    Ubuntu has a long history in the cloud. It is the number one guest operating system on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. In fact there are more Ubuntu images running in the public cloud than all other operating systems combined. Ubuntu is a free operating system which means anyone can download an image, whenever they want. So why should cloud providers offer certified Ubuntu images to their customers?
  • Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes: Different Tools
    It’s difficult to compare programming languages and platforms, of course, but this was the analogy that most frequently came to mind last week. Cloud Foundry is unlikely to be as popular as it was shortly after it launched, when it was the only open source PaaS platform available. But this says little about Cloud Foundry, and more about the platform market which – like every other infrastructure market – is exploding with choice to the point of being problematic. It also ignores the ability for the Cloud Foundry foundation to actively embrace this choice via the addition of Kubo.
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Pike Milestone 2
    The Ubuntu OpenStack team is pleased to announce the general availability of the OpenStack Pike b2 milestone in Ubuntu 17.10 and for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS via the Ubuntu Cloud Archive.
  • NeuVector Releases Open Source Tools to Help Enterprises Evaluate Kubernetes 1.6 Deployments for CIS Benchmark Compliance

Chromebook Dual Boot How-to: Ubuntu 17.04 GNOME and Chrome OS

Last year when I got my Acer Chromebook 11 (C740), I wrote a tutorial to teach you guys how to remove Google Chrome OS and install a GNU/Linux distribution of your choice, but things got boring. Read more