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  • SparkyLinux 5.0 'Nibiru' Debian-based rolling release open source distro is here

    There are a lot of Linux-based operating systems in the wild, and I suggest trying as many as you can. Think of it like fruit -- apples are great, but you shouldn't stop after just tasting it. The world is full of different choices, such as mangoes, bananas, and oranges. The more you try, the more your knowledge expands. The same can be said of Linux -- even if you really like, say, Ubuntu, you should also test Fedora, Mageia, and more. Expand your mind!

    Today, yet another distro hits a major milestone; SparkyLinux achieves version 5.0. Called "Nibiru," it is a rolling release operating system that is based on the popular Debian (using modern testing repos). It aims to be lightweight, with choices of three desktop environments that are easy on resources -- LXQt, MATE, and Xfce. In other words, Sparky can breathe new life into aging computers. If you have meager hardware, you should definitely give it a look.

  • New Zenwalk Current ISO for 15 July 2017
  • Mageia 6 Enhances Linux Desktop Experience With Better Tools, New Look
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP now on Google Cloud

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available as the operating system for SAP solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

  • Quantum Computing in the Enterprise: Not So Wild a Dream

    We won’t belabor an attempt at explaining how quantum computing works (if you want to dig into this, see detailed discussions in Schatsky’s content on the Deloitte University site). Schatsky calls it “a fantastical” form of computing” that harnesses that “bizarre properties” of subatomic particles, as described by quantum mechanics, and in so doing “will be able to perform certain kinds of calculations exponentially faster than the fastest computers currently known.” At its core is the elimination of steps that a conventional computer goes through to complete a complex task.

  • Ballistic Overkill updated again to improve matchmaking and auto balance is back

    Ballistic Overkill [Steam], one of the best online shooters on Linux has updated again and it now has better matchmaking, if you don't want to manually pick a server.

  • Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander to get an enhanced “Lightspeed Edition”

    The strategy game in space with RPG elements will be getting a massively reworked edition that’ll be free for existing owners of the game.

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  • Making the most of an SRE service takeover - CRE life lessons

    In Part 2 of this blog post we explained what an SRE team would want to learn about a service angling for SRE support, and what kind of improvements they want to see in the service before considering it for take-over. And in Part 1, we looked at why an SRE team would or wouldn’t choose to onboard a new application. Now, let’s look at what happens once the SREs agree to take on the pager.

  • There Are Now More Than 1,200 Vulkan Projects On GitHub

    It was in April that GitHub crossed the threshold of having 1,000 projects referencing Vulkan while today they have crossed the milestone of 1,200 projects.

    Showing the growing ecosystem around Vulkan, there are now 1,201 projects as of tonight making reference to this high-performance graphics API from The Khronos Group. Not bad for this graphics API that's just about one and a half years old. This consists of game engines, code samples, tooling / debuggers, bindings to a wide variety of programming languages, and more around the Vulkan API.

  • TechnoSec and Ubuntu Core help DE.OL transition to a smart factory

    The industrial internet of things market (IIoT) is estimated to reach US$ 195.47bn by 2022 according to Markets and Markets. A number of companies in this sector recognise the need to modernise their operations – DE.OL, an Italian company who design and manufacture hydraulic cylinders are one of these. Working with TechnoSec, an Italian IIoT start up specialising in M2M technologies, and Ubuntu, DE.OL were able to transition to a smart factory.

  • After Years Of Waiting, Hands On With The AMD ARM Board

    With Zen CPUs turning out very well in the marketplace, AMD appears to have divested some of their interest in ARM-based processors at least for the time being. But after waiting for years, I finally have my hands on an AMD Opteron A1100 ARM-based SBC for testing.

  • Shopping Center App now hits the tizen store
  • G20 Leaders Statement Includes Reference to Industry-Led International Standards

    Following its meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8, the Group of Twenty (G20) released a declaration that includes a positive reference to industry-led international standards.

    The G20 Leaders’ Declaration: Shaping an interconnected world outlines several common goals and objectives for the world’s major economies.

  • US restricts use of Kaspersky products by govt agencies

    The US government has removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved software suppliers for two government-wide purchasing contracts that are used to buy technology services.

  • Trump administration restricts popular Russian security software

    The Trump administration has discouraged government agencies from using a leading Russian cybersecurity firm’s software amid fears that the firm's products could serve as a Trojan horse for the Kremlin's hackers.

  • How I Survived the Internet of Things [Ed: Well, cameras with identical passwords, open ports?]

    Based on these goals I chose to work on home automation with a focus on security and lighting. After considering many things that could be done I chose to implement monitoring of fire, carbon monoxide, power, temperature, water intrusion, perimeter intrusion, and video monitoring. I also implemented lighting control with the goals of power savings, convenience, and having lights on when you come home. When designing and implementing the various subsystems I chose commercial grade monitoring, sensors and controls.


    In January of 2017, an estimated 70% of the security cameras in Washington DC were compromised by malware and were not able to stream video. Workers had to physically go to each individual camera and do a fresh install of the original firmware to return them to operation.

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  • 5 Misconceptions About Being A Linux User

    ​Ever wondered what Linux is and how it really works? Many of us have asked this question, especially when you are densely populated around with Redmond fans and none of your pals have tried Linux ever! Some people in areas surrounded by FOSS, go ahead with full potential without any issues and for those trying out or curious about GNU Linux then here are the 5 main misconceptions about it.


  • Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust

    Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an Open Container Initiative (OCI) image-compliant container builder that creates "microcontainers" with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool that allows operators to sideload an image with Linux binaries into an existing container; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.

  • Summer 2017 Linux Hardware Statistics From

    Complementing last week's 2017 Linux Laptop Survey results, here are some complementary numbers you may be interested in that are collected by based on Phoronix Test Suite activity.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications Available on Google Cloud Platform to Help Enterprises be More Agile and Efficient

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available as the operating system for SAP solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Customers can now leverage high performance virtual machines with proven price/performance advantages for SAP HANA workloads on GCP powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. It is the first supported Linux for SAP HANA on Google Cloud. SAP solutions running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications via GCP help enterprise customers be more agile and reduce operating costs as they only pay for what they use, deploying business-critical applications more quickly and efficiently.

  • Approaching the exclusive “sub-minute” build time club

    For the first time in at least two years (and probably even longer), debhelper with the 10.6.2 upload broke the 1 minute milestone for build time (by mere 2 seconds – look for “Build needed 00:00:58, […]”). Sadly, the result it is not deterministic and the 10.6.3 upload needed 1m + 5s to complete on the buildds.

    This is not the result of any optimizations I have done in debhelper itself. Instead, it is the result of “questionable use of developer time” for the sake of meeting an arbitrary milestone. Basically, I made it possible to parallelize more of the debhelper build (10.6.1) and finally made it possible to run the tests in parallel (10.6.2).

  • Desperately Seeking Security: 6 Skills Most In Demand

    The last several years have seen a slew of reports coming out lamenting the typical enterprise's ability to recruit and retain quality cybersecurity talent.

    Earlier this year, ISACA's Cybersecurity Nexus survey found that more than one in four organizations take six months or longer to fill priority cybersecurity positions. Respondents to the survey said that 40% of organizations report receiving fewer than five applications for cybersecurity positions. And if things keep going the way they're already headed, the problem is only going to get worse. According to the 2017 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cybersecurity workers of 1.8 million people.

  • Flowhub IoT hack weekend at c-base: buttons, sensors, the Big Switch

    Last weekend we held the c-base IoT hack weekend, focused on the Flowhub IoT platform. This was continuation from the workshop we organized at the Bitraf makerspace a week earlier. Same tools and technologies, but slightly different focus areas.

    c-base is one of the world’s oldest hackerspaces and a crashed space station under Berlin. It is also one of the earliest users of MsgFlo with quite a lot of devices connected via MQTT.

  • Rugged in-vehicle computer keeps on truckin’ with Bay Trail Atom

    Lanner’s Linux-friendly “LVC-2001” in-vehicle PC runs on a Bay Trail Atom, and offers GPS, 2x GbE, SATA, 3x mini-PCIe, and MIL-STD-810G ruggedization.

  • Droid Lock Screen and Voice Assistant apps now available in Tizen Store

    Somyac Slawomir Baranowski is a popular developer on the Tizen OS platform. He has designed quite a number of apps such as 3D launcher and Nougat Launcher which are available in the Tizen store. Now, two new apps by this developer; Droid Lock Screen and Voice Assistant has just been released to the Tizen Store.


  • ‘Cybersecuring’ the Internet of Things

    I recently had the chance to talk with the legendary Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present and future of the internet, network security and what it would take to successfully, safely and reliably merge the digital and physical worlds, a concept known as the “Internet of Things,” or IoT.

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  • Most popular laptop Linux distros revealed [Ed: Very misleading headline. Phoronix is a site for technical people (often developers), hence not representative of all users.]

    Phoronix’s Linux Laptop Survey revealed that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for laptops, followed by Arch Linux and Debian.

    The Phoronix survey was run over two weeks and attracted 30,171 responses from Linux users.

  • Linux Laptop Survey Reveals The Most Popular Linux Laptop Brands, Distros, & Other Details [Ed: Same as above. Very misleading headline/summary.]
  • Review: Alpine Linux is small, fast, and different

    Alpine Linux is a minimal Linux distribution, originally built with Gentoo, but now independent and self-hosting. In some respects Alpine is conceptually similar to NanoBSD, in that technical users can start with Alpine to build a Linux system with just what is need to accomplish the mission, and nothing more.

    Typically seen embedded in devices or appliances, Alpine got a big boost when it was selected to replace Ubuntu as the base image for Docker. Security, reliability, and solid development practices were the main reasons.

  • ISO Refresh: antergos 17.7
  • Parrot Security OS 3.7 Released With Linux 4.11, Now Based On Debian 10 Testing

    Earlier this year in May, we told you about the Parrot Security OS 3.6 release which came with updated packages and custom Linux kernel 4.9. It was based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 Stretch, whose stable release arrived a few weeks ago.

    Now, after about 2 months of development work, Frozenbox Network has released Parrot Security OS 3.7. For those who don’t know, Parrot Security OS is often listed as one of the best alternatives to popular ethical hacking operating system Kali Linux.

  • Tizen Experts Weekly News Recap – 9th July 2017
  • Xiaomi's India revenue risen by 328% in first half of 2017


    The company, however, didn’t give shipment numbers for India, but Counterpoint Research said the company ships on average four million smartphones a quarter.  

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  • Shadow Icons Looks Great With All Themes, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Shadow icon theme is a new comer for Linux desktop, it looks beautiful with all kind of themes. It is meant to be modern clean and customizable, the primary color of this set most likely bluish and many apps icons are in round shape. So basically this theme is mixture of round and normal (square) shape icons, lets see where this theme will head in the future, it should choose shape what users asks. As creator mentioned this icon theme is his first so please bare any bugs or missing icons. You can report bugs or suggest new icons to include in this set via this link. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

  • Obsidian Icon Theme Based On Faenza And It Revives Desktop

    Obsidian icons are based on Faenza icon theme which is around from some years but the development of Faenza is almost stopped, hope creator again give some time to his popular icons. Obisidian-1 icon theme offers icons for panels, toolbars and buttons and colourful squared icons for devices, applications, folder, files and menu items, there are two version included to fit with light or dark themes. It is in active development which means if you find any missing icon or problem with this icon set then you can report it via linked page and hopefully it will be fixed in the next update. Arc theme suite used in the following screenshots and you can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

  • Input Updates Submitted For Linux 4.13 Kernel

    Dmitry Torokhov submitted the input subsystem updates today for the Linux 4.13 kernel merge window.

  • [Video] Qubes OS Part 1: Overview and Features
  • Success

    In November 2012 I started running an irregular rebuild of all Mageia packages on x86_64, discarding the built packages, to just detect build breakages.

    At first it was running a few times a month, now once a week, except before releases where I run it twice a week.

  • How to install Debian+LXDE on ANY Android Tablet

    Running a linux distro on android devices is a hot topic these days, and why not? After all, android is already based on linux kernel, but a pretty much locked-down and dumbed-down version of it. The OEM doesn’t give you root and in most cases, not even an open source bootloader and/or kernel. That way, its good for maybe the most average user who doesn’t care about the OS and just want to use their phones. But for a power user, that’s not enough.

  • Not So Fast, Slick or Why Did it Take Devuan Two Years to Replace Systemd?

    Recently, a guy asked me two questions: If it is so easy to uninstall and switch init systems why did it take devuan 2 years to figure it out? Why are so many struggling to make something so easy work?

  • Some Extra Game Tests Showing AMDGPU+RadeonSI Improvements Since Ubuntu 17.04

    In yesterday's Windows 10 Radeon Software vs. Ubuntu 17.04 + Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev comparison I tested both Ubuntu 17.04 out-of-the-box and then upgraded it to the Linux 4.12 kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev. Here are some complementary tests I did with a larger set of Linux games.

    These results show the stock Linux 4.10 + Mesa 17.0.3 performance of Ubuntu 17.04 compared to the same system upgraded to Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev for showing the bleeding-edge Linux gaming experience.

  • Privileged Ports Cause Climate Change

    I'm thirty seven years old, which is like ninety nine in programmer years. I'm old enough to remember the earliest days of the public Internet and the first boutique Internet service providers. My first online account was via one called Internet Access Cincinnati (IAC). It provided dialup modem access to a Sun SparcStation 10 where users could run such venerable old terminal applications as elm (a mail client), emacs, lynx (text-mode web browser), and of course IRC.

    Later they added the ability to dial into a CSLIP (predecessor to PPP) terminal server and connect your own Linux or Trumpet WinSock equipped Windows system directly to the Internet with a real bona-fide IP address.


    This is all probably water under the bridge. Chances are the path forward will be to develop true secure container multi-tenancy and to achieve with containers what should have been achieved by extending the Unix permission model to networking in user space.

    The purpose of this post is to show how small decisions that nobody really thinks about can have dramatic effects on the future evolution of technology (and society). The 1970s decision to use port numbers as an in-band signaling mechanism to implement cross-system security validation might have been, in retrospect, a trillion dollar mistake that pushed the evolution of the Unix platform down a path of significantly greater complexity, resource use, and cost.

    But hey, maybe it's not a done deal yet. There's over a dozen Linux distributions and most of them are doing more or less the same things with a slightly different spin. Implementing something like this would be an interesting way for one of them to differentiate. The first step would be to implement networking permissions something like what was discussed above and to propose it as a kernel patch. For backward compatibility you could make it something enabled via a sysctl setting, or maybe a module (if modules can make changes that deep).

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Still Working Towards Video Acceleration, Unity 7 Woes

    Will Cooke of Canonical has shared another weekly status update for the work going into the GNOME desktop for Ubuntu 17.10 and their other efforts this cycle.

  • Tidbits from Smartphone Wars - Carl Zeiss, HTC, Sammy and look out for Huawei vs iPhone next two quarters.
  • How to fix IPMI KVM JAVA BMCMD5withRSA and is treated as unsigned error
  • How to Handle a Hi-Dpi Screen in Linux
  • Accessing your Linux server from within Microsoft Windows

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  • The changing face of the hybrid cloud

    Depending upon the event you use to start the clock, cloud computing is only a little more than 10 years old. Some terms and concepts around cloud computing that we take for granted today are newer still. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) document that defined now-familiar cloud terminology—such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)—was only published in 2011, although it widely circulated in draft form for a while before that.

  • Choose the best Linux distribution for your enterprise Xen environment

    Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE and Oracle provide some level of enterprise support, but you should review these options carefully to determine the best fit.

  • S10E18 – Piquant Abnormal Yard

    This week we make a green screen webcam, mention upcoming laptop reviews from Entroware and Dell and reveal an Entroware laptop competition is coming soon. Then we discuss the death of the Linux desktop, this weeks command line love is using ffmpeg to create “high quality” animated .gifs and we go over your feedback.

  • Features For OpenSUSE Leap 42.3

    OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 has the finish line in sight and it's scheduled to cross that line by the last week of July. Here's a look at the new features.

  • Ubuntu 16.10 Yaketty Yak Support Ends on July 20: Canonical

    It has already been nine months since Ubuntu 16.10 was released, marking the end of support cycle. Ubuntu’s parent company Canonical has announced that it won’t be providing any support for the users of Yakkety Yak after the nine-month period expires in July.

  • Mistral Solutions' 820 Nano SOM

    Application development on the 820 Nano SOM is facilitated on Android Nougat and embedded Linux using a feature-rich carrier board that enables quick prototyping. Mistral further offers optional adaptor boards, such as LCD, camera, sensors and battery charger for increased ease of development around the 820 Nano SOM.

  • Stray animals now receives medical services from Samsung’s community service group
  • Samsung Z4 Tizen 3.0 now available on RTL, developers test your apps

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  • TUXEDO Computers to Develop Own Ubuntu-Based Linux Distro Using Xfce Desktop

    Vinzenz Vietzke of TUXEDO Computers announced today that the German electronics manufacturer, which is known for selling laptops and desktop computers that ship pre-loaded with Linux, created their own distro.

    The news comes just a week after System76 computer reseller announced Pop!_OS as their own GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and the GNOME desktop environment, and it now looks like TUXEDO Computers follow suit and announce TUXEDO Xubuntu, their own Xubuntu-based distro, which will power all of their computers in the near future.

  • Developer Replaces His MacBook Pro with a Raspberry Pi 3 Computer for One Week

    Node.js expert and backend software engineer Pierre-Gilles Leymarie has recently lost his precious MacBook Pro in a taxi in Paris, and since he didn't have any other computer at home, he decided to give Raspberry Pi a try.

    MacBook Pro is a powerful computer, running Apple's state-of-the-art macOS operating system, yet Pierre-Gilles Leymarie was using it for coding on his Gladys home assistant based on a Raspberry Pi single-board computer using software like VS Code, Node.js and MySQL, along with some other developer-related tools.

    Since Pierre-Gilles Leymarie was very familiar to Raspberry Pi, as it own a few of them at home to hack on his Gladys project, setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 SBC and convert it into a full-featured desktop PC was quite easy to do by installing Raspbian Jessie, an old wireless mouse, a very old USB keyboard, and a 22-inch HDMI LCD.

  • Post-mortem: Extended Deployment time on June 30, 2017

    On June 30, 2017 we had an extended deployment time of roughly 45 minutes for our reference server because of a couple of problems with one of the data migrations. We implemented a new feature, user notifications via RSS, that included a migration of data in our database. This migration was broken, causing this deployment to go terribly wrong.

    The frontend team afterward met to do a post-mortem to identify the problems, solutions and possible take aways for the future. This is the first post-mortem meeting we held, hopefully but not likely the last. Here goes the report.

  • Life full-time at Red Hat

    I had been talking with my manager, Paul Frields, for some time about transitioning to full-time after college. Long story short, the timing so happened to work out that I could be brought on slightly before I'm officially done with college. To that end, I am planning to finish college out part-time from here on out. I still have to take an Ethics course to finish my computer science degree, and I still have some math classes left, for my math degree. I plan on going <= 6 credit hours per semester until I am done, however long that takes.


  • No coding required: Node-RED on a Raspberry Pi

    Node-RED is a programming tool that lets you quickly connect hardware devices using a browser-based editor. It comes with a wide range of nodes that can be used to build flows in a drag-and-drop manner, significantly reducing your development time. Node-RED is installed with Raspian Jesse for Raspberry Pi, and there is also an option to download Node-RED separately.

  • KDE’s Promising New Email App Has a New Release

    We mentioned KDE Kube, a promising KDE email and PIM suite, earlier this year — and we’re pleased to report that there’s a brand new release available for testing.

  • Episode 54 - Turning into an old person

    Josh and Kurt talk about Canada Day, Not Petya, Interac goes down, Minecraft, airport security and books, then GDPR.

  • Having mouse issues in The Long Dark? Here's a quick fix for now

    The Long Dark [Steam, Official Site] is a beautiful survival game from Hinterland Studio. It's a good game, but it does suffer from one really annoying and game breaking issue on Linux.

  • SKIP grep, use AWK
  • GSoC Week 5: Tests, fallbacks and politics
  • Two great uses for the cp command
  • Attempt to verify patch for "metadata service PicklingError" on TripleO QS Master (Pike) via HA overcloud deployment

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