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When I stated that the Year of the Linux desktop has already happened, I am speaking about hundreds of individual school-age students who use their Linux computers for day to day work. To our Reglue kids, Linux is a way of life. It is the way they access their computers and hence, the world.

But in the larger sense, in the sense that it will become a household product like Microsoft Windows, I think we all know we’ve lost that war. We were screwed from the gate, as far as ever seeing a competitive version of Linux in the market place goes. Why? Whew, them be lots of reasons.

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Pico-ITX Snapdragon 600 SBC upgrade adds features

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Inforce Computing has announced a major upgrade to its 100 x 70mm, Linux- and Android-friendly, Pico-ITX form factor IFC6410 single board computer, which it introduced in 2013 to showcase Qualcomm’s quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 system-on-chip. The S4 Pro, which is more commonly known as the Snapdragon 600, stays put on the new Inforce 6410Plus SBC, along with the previous 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 4GB of eMMC flash, and $143 price. However you get new MIPI interfaces, a beefier 12V power supply, a new GPS radio, and a shorter 16mm profile, and a new expansion connector aimed at robotics and IoT applications.

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Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela) Release Candidate Available for Download

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After announcing the release of the Cinnamon 2.6.8 desktop environment earlier today for the upcoming Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela) operating system, it would appear that Clement Lefebvre already published the ISO images of the Release Candidate (RC) version on the main servers.

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Best practices to build bridges between tech teams

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Robyn Bergeron makes life awesome for people participating in the Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana communities. Passionate about improving ease of development and deployment of infrastructure and applications, she tirelessly advocates for end-users of open source projects, which why her current title is Operations Advocate at Elastic.

She has been a sysadmin, program manager, and business analyst, and has an ongoing role as mother of two stellar kids. Her most recent gig was as the Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat, where she herded cats through several releases of the Linux distribution.

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Startup Offers Fully Supported Linux Laptops for Lease

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Linux is widely used in the majority of the world’s most critical infrastructure, especially in the military and banking andfinance sectors. Ninety-eight percent of the world’s supercomputers run Linux and open source software so the value and performance is irrefutable. So our thinking was centered around bringing the same functionality, serviceability, affordability, reliability, security, agility and flexibility to businesses across the globe so that they, too, can benefit from Linux without the traditional barriers to entry. Luckily innovation in the cloud helps us see this reality come true.

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Linux servers up as thin clients decline

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In particular, Linux has seen solid growth with a 15.9 per cent year-on-year increase in shipments in Q1 2015.

Eckhardt Fischer, research analyst of European infrastructure at IDC, said: "Linux continues to make positive strides in Western Europe, and its reported 15.9 per cent year-on-year growth in Q1 2015 can be attributed to higher levels of attraction seen by this OS in cloud, HPC, and Big Data scenarios."

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Linux Kernel 3.18.16 LTS Arrives with Tons of x86 and ARM Improvements

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After having released a buggy Linux kernel 3.18.15 LTS version, Sasha Levin announced on June 15 the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.18.16 LTS (Long Term Support).

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Also: Real-Time Linux Kernel 4.0.5 Out Now with PlayStation 3 Compilation Fix

New Features To Look Out For With The Linux 4.2 Kernel

Linux 4.1-rc8

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So I'm on vacation, but time doesn't stop for that, and it's Sunday,
so time for a hopefully final rc.

It turns out it's just as well that I wanted to drag the release out
by a week so that I don't have the merge window while on vacation - we
still have some fixes in md. As Neil Brown put it "Hasn't been a good
cycle for md has it :-(".

The fixes are pretty small, and hopefully we're all good now. But
another week of testing certainly won't hurt, so rc8 is perfectly
appropriate.

There's also various other things going on, including continuing MIPS
fixes as well, along with small ARM, s390 and x86 updates.

But the bulk is (as usual) drivers, and no, that's not from the md
camp (those fixes are very small). Mostly ethernet, slave-dma, and
spund. But some drm fixes and random other noise too.

There's some generic networking fixes as well, and random small stuff.
The shortlog is appended as usual, for people who want to get an
overview of the details.

Anyway, it's not like there is a *ton* of fixes, and most of them are
very small, so I don't think this is particularly worrisome. It's just
that rc8 works out not just because of my timing, but due to
continuing small details cropping up.

Let's make next week really calm, shall we? Because I will very
actively try to avoid having to read email.

Linus

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Also: Linux Kernel 4.1 to Be Released on June 28, Final RC Available for Testing

Linux 4.1-rc8 Marks The Final Test Before The Linux 4.1 Kernel Debut

Cinnamon 2.6 Released : Here’s What’s New

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Cinnamon 2.6, the latest version of cinnamon desktop environment has been released and announced few week ago by linux Mint Developer (Clement Lefebvre) via Linux Mint Segfault blog and it will become as main desktop for upcomming Linux mint 17.2 rafaela will be released end of June, 2015.

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Linux Humor on the Command-line

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The desktop is full of eye candy. It enhances the visual experience and, in some cases, can also increase functionality of software. But it also makes software fun. Working on the command-line does not have to be always serious. If you want some fun on the command-line, there are lots of commands to raise a smile.

Linux is a fun operating system. Linux offers a vast collection of small open source utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out. Check out these 7 small utilities.

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Amazon Linux 2 - Who nicked my cheese?

So far, it's a relatively benign, easy introduction to a new operating system that blends the familiar and new in a timid package. Perhaps that's the goal, because a radical offering would right away scare everyone. Amazon Linux 2 is an appealing concept, as it gives users what Red Hat never quite did (yet) - A Fedora-like bleeding-edge tech with the stability and long-term support of the mainstay enterprise offering. But then, it also pulls a Debian/Ubuntu stunt by breaking ABI, so it will be cubicle to those who enjoying living la vida loco (in their cubicle or open-space prison). Having lived and breathed the large-scale HPC world for many years, I am quite piqued to see how this will evolve. Performance, stability and ease of use will be my primary concerns. Then, is it possible to hook up a remote virtual machine into the EC2 hive? That's another experiment, and I'd like to see if scaling and deployment works well over distributed networks. Either way, even if nothing comes out of it, Amazon Linux 2 is a nice start to a possibly great adventure. Or yet another offspring in the fragmented family we call Linux. Time will tell. Off you go. Cloud away. Read more

Updates From OpenIndiana and LibreOffice (Projects That Oracle Discarded)

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    Modulo some minor details, the transition of our userland to GCC 6 is complete.
  • OpenIndiana Has Upgraded To The GCC 6 Compiler
    The OpenSolaris/Illumos-based OpenIndiana operating system has finally moved past GCC 4.9 as its base user-land compiler and is now using GCC 6.4. This comes while GCC 8.1 should be officially released in the next few weeks and they are already targeting GCC 7.3.0 as their next illumos-gate compiler.
  • LibreOffice 6.0 Open-Source Office Suite Passes 1 Million Downloads Mark
    The Document Foundation announced recently that its LibreOffice 6.0 open-source and cross-platform office suite reached almost 1 million downloads since its release last month on January 31, 2018. That's terrific news for the Open Source and Free Software community and a major milestone for the acclaimed LibreOffice office suite, which tries to be a free alternative to proprietary solutions like Microsoft Office. The 1 million downloads mark was reached just two weeks after the release of LibreOffice 6.0, which is the biggest update ever of the open-source office suite adding numerous new features and enhancements over previous versions.

FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown (and Hugs)

  • FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown
    Landing in FreeBSD today was the mitigation work for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. It's taken a few more weeks longer than most of the Linux distributions to be re-worked for Spectre/Meltdown mitigation as well as DragonFlyBSD, but with FreeBSD Revision 329462 it appears their initial fixes are in place. There is Meltdown mitigation for Intel CPUs via a KPTI implementation similar to Linux, the Kernel Page Table Isolation. There is also a PCID (Process Context Identifier) optimization for Intel Westmere CPUs and newer, just as was also done on Linux.
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Linux: To recurse or not

Linux and recursion are on very good speaking terms. In fact, a number of Linux command recurse without ever being asked while others have to be coaxed with just the right option. When is recursion most helpful and how can you use it to make your tasks easier? Let’s run through some useful examples and see. Read more