It's been a couple of months since the latest development release for Oracle Linux, but the developers have had enough time to prepare the distro for the final release, although a precise date hasn't been put forward.
“It's an exciting day for the Oracle Linux team because the Oracle Linux 7 release candidate is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network! Head on over to the OTN Oracle Linux downloads page and have a look at the Oracle Linux Beta Programs section to get it right now,” said the developers in the official announcement.
But the fact is, even if you think you are bound to Windows or some other proprietary operating system, you are probably already a Linux user too. When you visit a website, the chances are that it is using an Apache2 webserver. This is free and designed to integrate with the security and operating system features of Linux. Currently more than 60% of webservers are known to be hosting via Apache.
With the release of Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" Xfce, the collection of Mint flavors is now complete. Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce are the main versions, but the developers have been dabbling for some time in a Mint release based on Debian. We'll have to wait a little more until those experimental OSes make their entrance in this branch.
Just like all the other releases in the new 17 "Qiana" series, the Xfce flavor is also based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a distribution that will be supported until 2019. This extended support period will also be adopted by Linux Mint developers and the next three editions of this distro will use the same base, 14.04 LTS
Enea has unveiled version 4.0 of its networking-oriented Enea Linux embedded distribution, introducing virtualization features and an updated Yocto Project 1.6 foundation. The Swedish telecom software vendor claims version 4.0 is "the most open commercial embedded distribution on the market." We'll await further evidence on that score, while also noting that all the major commercial embedded Linux platforms have become more open in recent years.
Embedded Linux vendors such as Enea, Wind River, MontaVista, and Mentor Graphics promote open source much more than they used to. Not so long ago, the chief pitches were for enterprise support, testing and validation services, and real-time "hardening" of the Linux kernel for deterministic, mission critical applications. These remain prime selling points, but the vendors are also starting to promote their new Yocto-based openness.
Over the course of a discussion about the patch, Alan Cox mentioned that there didn't seem to be anything particularly DRM-specific in David's code. It easily could exist at a yet more generic layer of the kernel. And although David agreed with this, he said the DRM folks were more amenable to taking his patch and that "I've spent enough time trying to get the attention of core maintainers for simple fixes, I really don't want to waste my time pinging on feature-patches every 5 days to get any attention. If someone outside of DRM wants to use it, I'd be happy to discuss any code-sharing. Until then, I'd like to keep it here as people are willing to take it through their tree."
Less fascinating than the old radio technology by “internet radio” we are able to send “radio” communication far beyond the range of “wireless” radio. In the current and in following articles, we would like to approach the topic of radio and audio broadcasting on TCP/IP network and its integration with radio repeaters, in order to build something like “hybrid” radio links. The example proposed in the article is based on Raspberry Pi that is, by now, the preferred platform for our tutorials on GNU/Linux embedded world. In this first issue we are depicting how to build a portable internet “radio”, it is a device suitable for receiving and managing radio and audio streaming carried by an internet connection, both wired and wireless. We will also cover the management of audio track playlists stored on USB keys or on network shared disk drives. Streaming trasmission requires sending a flows of TCP/HTTP packets containing bunches of digitazed audio from production and distribution servers to clients scattered all over internet networks, where the streaming itself will be turned again into audible sounds.
Yesterday I published some performance benchmarks indicating Intel ultrabook performance might be a bit slower on Linux 3.16 when comparing a recent Git kernel against Linux 3.15 stable. Today I have some results from a very different system: numbers on the very high-end Intel Core i7 4790K "Devil's Canyon" desktop rig.
With doing the comparison again of Linux 3.15 stable against Linux 3.16 Git, in a number of tests the performance was measurably slower with the newer code still under development. In a majority of the tests the performance was about the same, but in none of the cases was there any significant performance gains for this system.