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Three Years Later, FBDEV Drivers Still Active In The Linux Kernel

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Just over three years ago was a call by an open-source developer to deprecate the Linux kernel's FBDEV drivers. While more companies these days are investing more into DRM drivers, FBDEV drivers are still maintained by the latest Linux kernel releases.

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Also: A history of modern init systems (1992-2015)

XFS Lands Many Fixes For The Linux 4.3 Kernel

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Overall it seems the file-system driver updates for the Linux 4.3 kernel aren't too exciting with the work mostly consisting of bug fixes -- XFS isn't any different.

The Btrfs, EXT4, and F2FS file-system updates have largely been made up of bug fixes and that is the case too with the new XFS pull.

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Also: Toshiba Laptops To Be Better Supported By Linux 4.3, The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Too

elementary OS 0.3.1 Is Still Beautiful, but It's No Longer Exciting

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GNU
Linux

elementary OS was officially updated to version 0.3.1 a few days ago, and it looks like the project has settled in a status quo, which brings good news and bad news. Stability is always something to be desired, but the project is no longer exciting.

I have recently installed elementary OS and it took quite a lot to get it to work, which is not encouraging. It's a common “nomodeset” problem, but I managed to get passed it. New Linux users might not be able to do that. In any case, I'm currently reviewing the new version, and I've noticed that it sort of lost some of its appeal.

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Intel and Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
  • Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Has Now Been In Development For Two Years

    Intel's xf86-video-intel 3.0 display driver has now been in development for two years, but it doesn't look like they are in a rush to release it before Wayland takes over the Linux desktop.

    This week marks two years since the first xf86-video-intel 3.0 development release with the leading changes being defaulting to SNA acceleration by default rather than UXA and enabling XMir support, but that compatibility with Ubuntu's next-gen display server was later dropped.

  • The Intel Changes For Linux 4.3

    The DRM changes landed in Linux 4.3 already and we've written about the prominent changes for these kernel graphics drivers for the next Linux kernel release.

  • L3 Cache Partitioning Coming For The Intel DRM Driver

Linux AIO Now Offers ISO Images with the Zorin OS's Core and Lite Editions

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GNU
Linux

We're happy to introduce you today to a new Live DVD ISO image from the well-known Linux AIO project, which contains the basic, freely distributed editions of the popular Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution.

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Gorgeous Arch Linux-Based Apricity OS Gets New Beta with Google Chrome 45, More

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GNU
Linux

On September 7, we were informed by the developers of the recently introduced Apricity OS GNU/Linux distribution that a new Beta build was made available for download and testing.

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The Eagerly Awaited Raspberry Pi Display

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Development
Linux
Hardware

In the end we chose an industrial-quality display from our friends at Inelco Hunter based in the UK, who were able to create something very special:

RGB 800×480 display @60fps

24-bit colour

FT5406 10 point capacitive touchscreen

70 degree viewing angle

Metal-backed display with mounting holes for the Pi

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Latest Manjaro Linux Update Brings Linux Kernel 4.2, MATE 1.10, and Nvidia 355.11

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Linux

The Manjaro Linux development team, through Philip Müller, has had the great pleasure of announcing earlier today, September 7, the general availability of a new stable update for the Manjaro Linux operating system.

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Also: Manjaro Linux's Octopi 0.8 Graphical Package Manager Is Almost Ready

How to Install and run Kali Linux on any Android Smartphone

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Android
GNU
Linux
Security
HowTos

Kali Linux is one the best love operating system of white hat hackers, security researchers and pentesters. It offers advanced penetration testing tool and its ease of use means that it should be a part of every security professional’s toolbox.

Penetration testing involves using a variety of tools and techniques to test the limits of security policies and procedures. Now a days more and more apps are available on Android operating system for smartphones and tablets so it becomes worthwhile to have Kali Linux on your smartphone as well.

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Erle-Spider, an Ubuntu-based drone with six legs, launches on Indiegogo

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Erle Robotics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for what it claims is the "first smart robotic spider powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core," which is a "transactionally updated Ubuntu for clouds and devices." The six-legged robot weighs just over 2 kilograms (4.4lbs) and has 45 minutes of autonomy, according to the company.

Indiegogo options include a basic kit for about £250 ($400), and an assembled version for around £420 ($640). If the main Indiegogo goal of $50,000 (about £33,000) is exceeded, the stretch goals include a free Android app to replace the simple wireless gamepad that is included with the system ($100,000 pledged), and the addition of a 5-megapixel camera to all models if $150,000 is pledged. Oddly, there doesn't seem to be a stretch goal to add two extra legs.

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  • An Open Source Load Balancer for OpenShift
    A highly-available deployment of OpenShift needs at least two load balancers: One to load balance the control plane (the master API endpoints) and one for the data plane (the application routers). In most on-premise deployments, we use appliance-based load balancers (such as F5 or Netscaler).
  • Red Hat Beefs Up Platform as a Service Suite
    Red Hat has begun shipping Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, the vendor says expanding its integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.
  • Red Hat ‘Fuses’ Low Code Development and Data Integration
    Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, has announced Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration platform as a service offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, Red Hat is expanding its integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.
  • The GPL cooperation commitment and Red Hat projects
    As of today, all new Red Hat-initiated open source projects that opt to use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1 will be expected to supplement the license with the cure commitment language of GPLv3. The cure language will live in a file in the project source tree and will function as an additional permission extended to users from the start. This is the latest development in an ongoing initiative within the open source community to promote predictability and stability in enforcement of GPL-family licenses. The “automatic termination” provision in GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x is often interpreted as terminating the license upon noncompliance without a grace period or other opportunity to correct the error in compliance. When the Free Software Foundation released GPLv2 in 1991, it held nearly all GPL-licensed copyrights, in part a consequence of the copyright assignment policy then in place for GNU project contributions. Long after the Linux kernel and many other non-GNU projects began to adopt the GPL and LGPL, the FSF was still the only copyright holder regularly engaged in license enforcement. Under those conditions, the automatic termination feature of GPLv2 section 4 may have seemed an appropriate means of encouraging license compliance.
  • Monness Believes Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Still Has Room to Grow
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  • As Red Hat (RHT) Share Value Rose, Calamos Advisors Upped Its Position by $300,831; Chilton Capital Management Increases Stake in Equinix (EQIX)
  • Blair William & Co. IL Buys 23,279 Shares of Red Hat Inc (RHT)

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Red Hat changes its open-source licensing rules

From outside programming circles, software licensing may not seem important. In open-source, though, licensing is all important. So, when leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License(GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)v2.1 licenses will be expected to supplement the license with GPL version 3 (GPLv3)'s cure commitment language, it's a big deal. Read more

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