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Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle

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Gaming

After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3.

Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reached the deal on Friday. Under the terms of the accord, (PDF) which has not been approved by a California federal judge yet, gamers are eligible to receive $55 if they used Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony's claims about "Other OS" functionality.

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Sean Michael Kerner at Dockercon 16

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Linux
Server
OSS
  • Praise Be to the Dockercon 16 Demo Gods : Drink Espresso #dockercon

    Dockercon the primary conference for Docker container has a three year old tradition of appeasing the demo gods prior to any live demo - and Dockercon has lots of live demos.

  • Docker Container Usage Growing

    A trio of new reports show positive trends for Docker container adoption, although there is a concern that Docker is too complex to integrate into organizations' environments.
    As the DockerCon 16 conference gets underway June 20 in Seattle, users and advocates of the open-source container technology are being bolstered by multiple reports that imply adoption is growing, although there are some challenges to adoption.

  • Docker on a Mission to Reduce Developer Deployment Friction

    During the opening keynote for the Dockercon 16 conference, a primary message that was repeated time and again was that that Docker is all about building tools that help developers and operators do their jobs, faster and easier.

  • Docker 1.12 Integrates Orchestration Directly Into Container Engine

    Docker today at DockerCon 2016 here officially announced Docker Engine 1.12, which directly integrates container orchestration technology that previously had required separate technology to implement. Docker first announced the Swarm orchestration technology back in February 2015 as a stand-alone project, requiring separate installation.

As Red Hat aims for $5 billion in revenue, Linux won’t be only driver

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Red Hat

Last year Red Hat, which has been mostly known for selling Linux in the enterprise became the first $2 billion open source company. Now it wants to be the first to $5 billion, but it might not be just Linux that gets it there.

A couple of years ago Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst recognized, even in the face of rising revenue, that the company couldn’t continue growing forever featuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) alone. As successful as RHEL had been, the world was changing and his company like so many enterprise-focused companies had to change too or risk being left behind.

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Anecdotal Comparison of Steam on Linux Vs Windows

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Microsoft
Gaming

After seeing how smoothly Steam ran on the Cinnamon Linux box, we sat together at my house the next day and put Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 LTS on her Dell, installed I might add, without hardly any drama over EUFI. Mint has that handled nicely. I explained to her that while Steam has almost 2,000 games running on Linux, some of the larger game houses haven’t boarded the Linux Steam ship. For her, that was fine. What she plays runs just fine on Linux…at least for now.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Point Linux MATE 3.2 Release Notes

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GNU
Linux

These release notes for Point Linux MATE 3.2 (agni) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Point Linux MATE 3.2.

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GNU/Linux on Servers

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Linux
Server

Linux Kernel 3.12.61 LTS Is a Small Release with CIFS, MIPS, XFS, and EXT4 Fixes

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Kernel developer Jiri Slaby has announced the release of the Linux 3.12.61 LTS kernel, which is the sixty-first maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 3.12 series.

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Meet Emmabuntus Debian Edition, an Educational OS Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5

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Linux
Debian

Softpedia has been informed today, June 21, 2016, by Patrick Emmabuntüs about the first-ever release of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition computer operating system.

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Exploiting Recursion in the Linux Kernel

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On Linux, userland processes typically have a stack that is around 8 MB long. If a program overflows the stack, e.g. using infinite recursion, this is normally caught by a guard page below the stack.

Linux kernel stacks, which are e.g. used when handling system calls, are very different. They are relatively short: 4096 bytes on 32-bit x86, 16384 bytes on x86-64. (The kernel stack size is specified by THREAD_SIZE_ORDER and THREAD_SIZE.) They are allocated using the kernel's buddy allocator, which is the kernel's normal allocator for page-sized allocations (and power-of-two numbers of pages) and doesn't create guard pages. This means that if kernel stacks overflow, they overlap with normal data. For this reason, kernel code must be (and usually is) very careful to not make big allocations on the stack and has to prevent excessive recursion.

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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.12 Snaps Creator with New Parts Ecosystem, More

Today, June 29, 2016, Canonical has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the highly anticipated Snapcraft 2.12 Snappy creator tool for the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Read more

AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.30 Officially Released with Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 29, 2016, AMD released the final version of the AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, bringing support for new technologies like the Vulkan API. Read more

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Peppermint 7 Released

Peppermint 7 launched a few days ago. Peppermint is a lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with an emphasis on speed and simplicity. Although the name is similar to Linux Mint, the projects aren't directly related. Peppermint originally was envisioned as a "spicier" alternative to Mint—whatever that means! Many distros come with a wide assortment of feature-rich applications, and that's great for power users who need those apps. But older machines can struggle to cope with those demanding distros. Peppermint solves the problem by offering a carefully curated suite of web apps that perform tasks traditionally handled by native apps. It's an approach that will be familiar to any Chromebook users reading this article. Read more