THE impetus to learn Linux has never been stronger, given recent industry trends.
Computerworld reported in February that the demand for Linux skills is rising in the United States, and that Linux-certified IT professionals generally get fatter paychecks than most.
Now, thanks to the Linux Foundation, anyone who has an interest in learning about the popular operating system can sign up for free to join Introduction to Linux, a massive open online course on the edX online learning platform.
Developer Andrea Scarpino announced the availability of KDE Frameworks 5 packages for Arch Linux. Currently the packages are available in the extra repository of Arch.
Users can install the under-development version of KDE Frameworks 5 side by side with KDE 4 from the Beta 2 stage. To make this possible the packages are installed under /usr instead of /opt/kf5 as it used to be on the Arch User Repository (AUR) previously. Till date the only exception was the kactivities component because both KDE Frameworks and KDE 4 ship a kactivitymanagerd binary. To make them co-install now both the packages from KDE4 and KDE Frameworks install a kactivities virtual package on the same system under the /usr directory. The packages are grouped into two parts: kf5 and kf5-aids (PortingAids).
Rackspace, Cumulus Networks and CoreOS Join Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation has added three significant names to the list of channel partners that support the non-profit consortium for advancing open source software: Rackspace (RAX), CoreOS and Cumulus Networks are now members of the Foundation, adding to its strengths in networking and cloud computing.
This review is aimed at people who have heard of Linux Mint but who haven't yet given it a go.
If you are a Windows user and you are indecisive about whether Linux is really for you then this review might help you in your decision making process.
I am not advocating that you replace Windows right now with Linux Mint 16 as you would be better off waiting for Linux Mint 17 whereby you would have a supported operating system for years to come...
SlateKit Base has been released for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. SlateKit Base is a basic Linux OS with just having Qt5 running off a frame-buffer. SlateKit Base is very simply designed and within the Qt5 environment is designed primarily for use with QtWebKit-based Slate web-browser.
The latest Linux graphics testing under the microscope at Phoronix is comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Windows 8.1 performance with all available updates. Results from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware is coming up next week while today is a bit of a preview of the AMD numbers when using a Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card. While the open-source AMD Hawaii support remains broken, with the Catalyst 14.4 driver on each operating system, the Linux Catalyst driver with the R9 290 graphics card can outperform Windows 8.1 Pro with some OpenGL games and benchmarks.
There is a silent battle going on behind the curtains between the major operating systems. When it comes to gaming, for example, Windows is still the leader. If we're talking about Linux, then everyone knows that it owns the server market. Mac OS X looks pretty and has a few applications that are still making the system a tool for media production. When it comes to Live systems, neither Windows nor Mac OS X can hold a candle to Linux.
The installer is a very handy tool that is unique to the Intel platform. All the other developers from NVIDIA and AMD don’t even dream of providing a proper installer, but somehow the Intel dev managed to make this a reality.
“The Intel Graphics allows you to stay current with the latest enhancements, optimizations, and fixes to the Intel Graphics Stack to ensure the best user experience with your Intel graphics hardware. The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora,” reads the official announcement.
For this weekend's Linux benchmarks we are looking at the performance of the Intel P-State and ACPI cpufreq drivers and comparing their scaling governor options when testing from an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition system running with the Linux 3.15 development kernel.
Given that there's been renewed concerns recently about Intel's P-State driver causing odd performance problems and other performance issues related to the scaling governor, from the Linux 3.15 kernel this week I did some fresh tests of using both the intel_pstate and acpi_cpufreq drivers while also trying out their various scaling governor choices: performance, powersave, ondemand, conservative.