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A love for technology leads to Linux and open source

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Presently, I support about 200 Linux virtual machines at work in a private cloud and am delighted to write software on my operating system of choice.

More than a decade after my first Linux experience, all my computers at home now run it. I use GIMP to edit photographs I capture, listen to songs and watch movies on MPlayer, create and edit documents in LibreOffice, and use KVM and VirtualBox to run other Linux distros in virtualized environments.

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IBM Supports Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Blockchain as Industry Standard, Plans Deployment

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In December Bitcoin Magazine reported that IBM and a group of top tech and finance companies are joining forces to develop a new open source blockchain separated from the Bitcoin blockchain. The group will work with the Linux Foundation to create a public network that lets blockchain applications built on top of it communicate with each other.

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Samsung’s TV Plus service will soon hit Tizen TVs in South East Asia

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Last October Samsung started off a new service in its home country, Korea called the TV Plus. The service essentially emulates the user experience of a regular satellite or set-top-box based TV on its smart Tizen based TVs connected to the internet. The service allows a user to browse through content just like flipping through channels on a normal TV. With a satisfying user response in Korea for the service along with a retention rate of over 80%, Samsung is now eyeing to spread the service to more parts of Asia and announced the Launch of the service recenlty at the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum,2016 held at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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Zorin OS 11 Core and Ultimate Editions Out Now for Windows Refugees - Screenshot Tour

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OS
Linux

On February 3, the Zorin OS team was excited to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the Zorin OS 11 operating system, which is currently being distributed as Core and Ultimate editions.

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today's leftovers

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GNU
Linux
  • Docker 1.10 Designed to Bolster Container Security

    The upcoming Docker 1.10 open-source container engine will include a default seccomp profile, providing improved security controls.
    The open-source Docker container engine technology is set for a major boost this week. The expected release on Feb. 4 of Docker 1.10 includes new features and a strong focus on security, particularly with the integration of secure computing (or seccomp) and user namespace technology.

  • GNU/Linux Wins The Web
  • Illumos Continues To Let OpenSolaris Live On

    It's been more than five years since the launch of Illumos as the concerted, community-based effort around the OpenSolaris code-base. This truly-open Solaris stack continues to be at the heart of OpenIndiana, SmartOS, Dyson, and other operating systems.

  • Building A Low-Cost Btrfs SSD RAID Array For $80

    With the falling prices of solid-state storage, it's becoming increasingly affordable to build a RAID array of SSDs. I have delivered many Btrfs RAID benchmarks on Phoronix over the years while today I have some fresh RAID0 and RAID1 numbers for Btrfs atop the latest Linux 4.5 development kernel when using two low-cost SSDs that retail for just around $40 USD a piece.

  • Dell’s Ubuntu-Flavored Skylake XPS 13 expected to ship soon

    2015 was a wonderful year for computers, especially for Dell, whose XPS 13 laptop we recognized as the best of the year. And fortunately, the company is back for seconds with the “Project Sputnik” Developer Edition of the beloved notebook lineup — this time featuring the cult favorite Ubuntu Linux-based operating system.

  • New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux laptop 'closer' to shipping

    Dell has started offering a discount on the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops, in preparation to release the newer version, with Ubuntu Linux and Intel Skylake processors, according to Computerworld.

  • Chrome 49 Enters Beta, Adds MediaRecorder API To Record Audio & Video

    Google has released the Chrome 49 beta today for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, OS X, and Windows.

    Chrome 49 is bringing support for CSS custom properties to make it easy to define property variables in CSS, background sync support with service workers, improved ECMAScript 2015 support, the keygen element to generate a key-pair as part of an HTML form, a new MediaRecorder API for recording a user's audio and video without the use of any plugins, WebAudio API additions, and a variety of other enhancements.

  • Google Chrome Will Soon Call out Websites Lacking HTTPS Security

    Can you shame website administrators into making their sites more secure? That's what Google will soon start doing through its Chrome browser, which now prominently identifies sites that are not secured with HTTPS encryption.

  • MythTV 0.27.6 Release Brings Bug Fixes

    It's been quite a while since last having anything major to talk about with the MythTV open-source DVR software, but at least today they have put out a new point release.

    MythTV 0.27.6 is the new point release available this morning, but it's not a feature release, rather just aimed at fixing bugs. MythTV 0.27 itself was released more than two years ago.

  • coala 0.4 – eucalyptus

    I’m happy to announce coala 0.4.0 eucalyptus – the pre-FOSDEM release of the code analysis framework that truly works for any language.

Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
  • Intel Is Now Bringing The Observation Architecture To Their Linux Driver

    While Haswell processors have been available for a few years now, finally work is materializing on supporting the hardware's Observation Architecture.

    The Observation Architecture is a set of performance counters for Haswell and newer. Developers interested in all the technical details on these new performance counters can see this public documentation.

  • RadeonSI/R600g Mesa 11.2-devel Clover OpenCL Benchmarks On Linux 4.5

    Following this morning's article about Russian Super-Computing Users Get Tired Of Catalyst, Start Looking At Open-Source AMD, I decided to run some fresh Radeon open-source OpenCL benchmarks on my own using the Gallium3D Clover state tracker with the HPC researchers also being curious how this very latest open-source AMD graphics stack is performing. Here are some initial results with Mesa 11.2-devel Git built against LLVM 3.9 SVN (thanks Padoka!) and using the Linux 4.5 Git kernel.

  • Adreno 430 Support Coming To Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver

    A Google Chromium engineer has interestingly provided patches for Qualcomm Adreno 430 display support within Freedreno's MSM DRM driver.

  • Someone Wants To Step Up To Take Over The VIA OpenChrome Driver

    The OpenChrome driver for open-source VIA graphics on Linux isn't quite dead yet... There's a new developer wanting to step up and take over maintainership of the X.Org driver.

$40, 64-bit Odroid SBC runs Linux on 2GHz Cortex-A53

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Linux
Ubuntu

Hardkernel unveiled its first 64-bit hacker SBC. The Odroid-C2 has the same layout as the C1+, but has a quad-core, 2GHz Cortex-A53 SoC and a $40 price.

The Odroid-C2’s $40 price may not be as dramatic as that of the similarly 64-bit, ARMv8 Pine A64, which will start shipping to Kickstarter backers later this month starting at $15. However, it’s more affordable than Qualcomm’s $75 DragonBoard 410c, which has a quad-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 410. Clocked at 2GHz, the quad-core, Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905 SoC is likely faster than the 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 or Pine64’s quad-core, 1.2GHz Allwinner A64. The Odroid-C2 SBC also offers more features, especially compared to the Pine A64.

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Wayland News

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  • Wayland 1.10 Beta Released Along With Weston Update

    The Wayland 1.10 beta (v1.9.92) is now available.

    Wayland 1.10 Beta ships with a few fixes over the recent Wayland 1.10 Alpha release. While already part of the previous development release, Wayland 1.10 is bringing the drag and drop actions API, frame events group allow grouping pointer events together for features liek diagonal scrolling, a new buffer damage request to let applications communicate about areas of a surface that should be re-rendered, shared memory buffer changes, other new API additions, and other changes.

  • Enlightenment DR 0.20.4 Release

    This bugfix release improves on the 0.20.3 release and resolves a number of issues.
    NOTE: Wayland compositor support now requires EFL >= 1.17.0. Previous E20 releases will not work with EFL >= 1.17.0.

  • Enlightenment 0.20.4 Released With A Number Of Wayland Fixes

    With the Enlightenment folks back from FOSDEM, Enlightenment 0.20.4 was released today as the latest bug-fix release.

  • Why Enlightenment & Tizen Love Wayland

    Longtime free software developer Carsten Haitzler, better known as Rasterman, presented at last weekend's FOSDEM conference about Enlightenment on Wayland. As part of that, with Samsung's Tizen environment using Enlightenment, they too are after Wayland as being the superior solution to X11.

  • Kodi HTPC Software Drops Wayland Support

Zorin OS 11 Core & Ultimate are here

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GNU
Linux

We’re excited to finally announce the release of Zorin OS 11 with the availability of the Zorin OS 11 Core and Ultimate editions.

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Linux Mint Devs Showcase the First Two X-Apps for Linux Mint 18 "Sarah"

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We reported last week the fact that the Linux Mint developers bragged with a new project called X-Apps for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" computer operating system.

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