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  • Beginner’s Guide to the Linux Desktop

    There is much talk in the Linux world about the mythical “average user.” There is no such thing with Linux. First off, people who use Linux usually are those who know a thing or two about computers to begin with and want to take advantage of all the choices Linux offers. Linux has been considered the place for nerds, hackers and programmers for years. These folks are NOT typical at all. Secondly, it is unfortunate but true that most advanced Linux users are completely out of touch with what an average user really is.

    The vast majority Windows and Mac users are those who have learned just enough to get done what they need to get done. They’re clueless about how the machines they use everyday get those tasks accomplished and the idea of popping open a bash terminal to work with configuration files or fix problems is way out of their comfort zones. This does not mean that Linux can’t offer them a safe and friendly environment to work in, far from it. Linux offers a wide variety of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) that make working with a Linux box a point and click affair.

  • tint 0.0.2: Tint Is Not Tufte

    The tint package is now on CRAN. Its name stands for Tint Is Not Tufte and it offers a fresh take on the excellent Tufte-style html (and now also pdf) presentations.

  • Superb Mini Server(SMS) version 2.0.9 released

    Superb Mini Server finally got a new updated version release after a long time period.Yes, After a long awaited time,the previous version of SMS(Superb Mini Server)2.0.8 which was released back in 2015,now in 2016 got a new release of SMS 2.0.9.

    Even if the releases are less-frequent,this slackware based distribution really makes a good amount of users,who works with servers,mostly looks at this fellow distro,because of set of applications available and the environment is completely perfect for those who love to work with the web-server based developments and managements.

  • 2 Stocks Analyst-Opinion Need Close Attention Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT), Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ)
  • Fedora 25 Beta a GO, Last Chance to Test Before Final

    The development cycle of Fedora 25 has suffered two setbacks causing the release dates to slip, the last time with the Alpha. But not today. The release team agreed that the Beta is ready to go on time. This will be the last public build before the Final, so now is the time to report those bugs. Fedora 25 will bring some new features to test, like Ctrl-Shift-e to type in Emoji.

    Jan Kurik posted this afternoon to the developers mailing list that the Fedora 25 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting had ended in a Go. There were five accepted blocker bugs earlier but the fixes are in and the team set about deciding on two proposed. The first concerned the Anaconda installer failing on RAID when it's in a "migrating state." It's reproducible by creating a new RAID-1 set and immediate starting the install. However, the team decided that since the install will complete if the user waits for the initial sync to complete it wasn't serious enough to hold up the Beta. They plan on having it fixed for Final as they've already decided it's an accepted Final blocker.

  • Debian/TeX update October 2016: all of TeX Live and Biber 2.6

    Finally a new update of many TeX related packages: all the texlive-* including the binary packages, and biber have been updated to the latest release. This upload was delayed by my travels around the world, as well as the necessity to package a new Perl module (libdatetime-calendar-julian-perl) as required by new Biber. Also, my new job leaves me only the weekends for packaging. Anyway, the packages are now uploaded and should appear soon on your friendly local server.

  • Will You Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 Next Week?

    The release date of Ubuntu 16.10 is now less than a week away — but do you plan to upgrade to the 'Yakkety Yak' once it arrives?

  • Samsung Z3 gets small firmware update in India – version BP12

    Today, the Samsung Z3 (model SM-Z300H) smartphone got a little software update in India, taking it to version Z300HDDU0BP12. This update only measure in at 5.9MB, so nothing much to really brag about, but still worth updating. This is a maintenance release and does not bring any new features with it and is mainly for performance and bug-fixes. No change log has been provided.

  • Samsung will be acquiring AI firm Viv Labs to build a Virtual assistant

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  • Plasma 5.8 LTS now available in KDE Neon

    KDE Neon, the newly popular distribution produced by KDE and Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and based on Ubuntu is now available in version 5.8. The best part of this latest release? It includes the latest long term stable release of Plasma 5.8. You can get additional details about this release from Jonathan Riddell's blog.

  • KDE neon 5.8 Linux Distribution Arrives With Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop
  • Wrapping up Outreachy

    Now that my time as an intern is over, I want to take a moment to thank Outreachy for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience. Also a big thank you to my mentor Jim Hall and the GNOME design team (Allan and Jakub) for the guidance and encouragements they provided throughout these months. And finally, a thank you to GNOME community for being awesome ^_^

  • Linux Lite 3.2 Beta Released With Lite Desktop Widget

    The Linux Lite 3.2 Beta release has arrived for developer testing and to give an idea about the recent changes made to the Linux Lite distro. It now features a new Lite Desktop widget. The GRUB bootloader has been set to its default configuration which enables multibooting other operating systems alongside Linux Lite.

  • The Arch Terminal Desktop

    This linux desktop is an homage to one of our favorite distributions, Arch Linux-and reader KudalGadgil shared it with us in our desktop show and tell pool. Here's how you can get a similar look.

  • Insider Selling: Red Hat Inc. (RHT) EVP Sells 15,000 Shares of Stock
  • Desert Rotor’s Next Generation Drone Controller to Use Logic Supply's ML100 NUC

    Logic Supply informs Softpedia about a recent case study they're doing featuring drone control specialists Desert Rotor, a drone controller company that uses their ML100 industrial PC for its next-gen UAV control system.

    First, we'd like to inform the reader that Logic Supply is the leading industrial and embedded computer hardware manufacturer. The company is being known for creating some of the most powerful industrial products, from mini and rugged panel PCs and thin client computers to dust-resistant, fanless, and ventless units that can be used in virtualization and IoT (Internet of Things) markets, or other applications.

  • Samsung might soon be announcing a partnership with Mediatek

    It is no secret that Samsung uses Spreadtrum’s SOCs for most of its budget and mid range smartphones. Spreadtrum’s current best chip happens to be the SC9860- a 16nm process based 2GHz octacore 64 bit Cortex A53 SOC; these are chipset specifications from the yester-year and the technology is now moving into more powerful heterogeneous architectures involving ARM’s Cortex A73, A72 and A57 standards(and the low powered A53 cores for better battery efficiency). Now, this might not make any sense to a normal user. But over at Samsung, Spreadtrum’s slow development pace for its chips seems to be holding the Korean smartphone giant down from offering better (or more) midrange products.

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  • Classic Emacs editor gets a new-school makeover

    A new distribution of the Emacs editor, called Spacemacs, repackages the classic developer's tool in a new skin for greater usefulness to a new generation of programmers.

    Emacs is one of the oldest text editors in existence. Its most popular variant (now 31 years old) is GNU Emacs, originally developed by Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman. The editor's enduring popularity comes from its extensibility and programmability courtesy of the built-in Emacs Lisp scripting language -- and from the culture of tooling that's sprung up as a result. Extensions for Emacs (and, thus, Spacemacs) provide everything from integration with GitHub to Slack chat windows.

  • OSMC's September update is here

    OSMC's September update is here. These changes come in light, as Kodi Jarvis (v16) is very stable as it nears its end of its life. We have been working on preparing OSMC for Kodi Krypton (v17) and will be offering some test builds for all platforms shortly.

    We have also been working on a new version of the OSMC skin which will be compatible with the upcoming Kodi release. We've taken a lot of community feedback on board and updated the skin to reflect our new brand. As soon as we have some test builds for the new version of Kodi, we will also make our new skin available for public testing.

  • OpenSUSE 42.2 Beta 3 Ships With KDE Plasma 5.8
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Director General Henry Hugh Shelton Sells 15,000 Shares
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  • Fedora Warns Against ‘dnf update’ in Graphical Environment

    He goes on to say that he’s working to get to the root of the issue and hopes to have the issue patched soon. In the meantime, he suggests not running the update from a desktop environment.

    “If you’re using Workstation, the offline update system is expressly designed to minimize the likelihood of this kind of problem, so please do consider using it,” he advised. “Otherwise, at least run ‘dnf update’ in a VT – hit ctrl-alt-f3 to get a VT console login prompt, log in, and do it there. Don’t do it inside your desktop.”

  • Dell refreshes the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops with Kaby Lake processors

    Senior Principal Engineer at Dell Barton George wrote in a recent blog the company unveiled a new version of its XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop in the United States and Europe. As a refresher, this laptop is the result of George’s Project Sputnik initiative to provide an Ubuntu-based solution to developers. The laptop is now in its sixth generation packing a seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and an InfinityEdge display.

    “From the very beginning, the effort was designed to solicit and incorporate input from the developer community as to what they wanted in a laptop,” he said. “With the community’s input, Project Sputnik became an official product and continues to evolve.”

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  • Mellanox Introduces New Driver for Open Ethernet, Spectrum Switch Platforms
  • Mesos and Kubernetes on a hybrid (IBM Power and x86) architecture scenario

    Currently, there are several popular containers clustering system for Linux®, such as Kubernetes, Mesos and so on. Google Kubernetes and Apache Mesos are probably two commonly used tools to deploy containers inside a cluster. Both are created as helper tools that can be used to manage a cluster of containers. However, they differ greatly in their approaches.

    Always, our customs have a hybrid architecture that includes IBM® Power® and x86. So, this article provides the reference solutions about how to apply Mesos and Kubernetes into Linux on a hybrid architecture (including Power and x86) environment.

    See Figure 1 for the reference architecture.

  • Linux Should Soon Start Receiving "Make WiFi Fast" Improvements

    In the months ahead the Linux kernel should start receiving the work out of the "make-wifi-fast" initiative for improving WiFi reliability and performance.

    The Bufferbloat project has been working on the Make-WiFi-Fast project because "the current Linux WiFi stack and drivers are far from optimal." The project aims to reduce latency, develop new packet scheduling and AQM techniques, and improve the stack to allow 802.11ac MU-MIMO to properly work.

  • Apricity OS, a beautiful way to to enter Arch era

    Last time we told you about Manjaro Linux, which is an Arch based linux distribution. Now the point is there is not only one fork but there are others too. Today we will discuss about another fork of Arch in this 12th segment of "Introduction with Linux Distro". The distribution we will see today is one of the most beautiful distributions in linux world and it is named Apricity OS.

  • Ubuntu Software Can Now Show Screenshots of Snap Apps

    A small fix this one, but it’s something that will help Snap apps stand out in the Ubuntu Software store.

    Snap apps are already available to find and install from the GNOME Ubuntu Software app, on both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10. As there’s (still) no way to search for Snap app specifically you need to know the Snap app you want to find before you can find it.

    But until recently Snap apps didn’t display application screenshots, a valuable feature of any app store.

  • ORWL Open Source, Physically Secure Personal Computer $699 (video)

    First unveiled back in 2012 the ORWL open source personal computer has been designed with your data security in mind and is being marketed as the very first open source physically secure computer.

    What’s the promotional two-minute video below to learn more about the ORWL and how it can be used to keep your personal data safe. ORWL is currently in the final days of its crowdfunding campaign and has nearly raised double what the team requires to take the secure personal computer into production. For more information, full specifications and to make a pledge jump over to Crowd Supply via the link below.

  • Linux V4.8 on N900

    Basics work, good. GSM does not work too well, which is kind of a problem. Camera broke between 4.7 and 4.8. That is not good, either.

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  • Kubernetes 1.4 Improves Container Security

    The latest release of the open-source container orchestration technology adds new security features, including TLS bootstrap.
    The open-source Kubernetes 1.4 release, which debuted Sept. 26, provides users with a host of enhanced security capabilities for container deployment and orchestration.

    Kubernetes originated at Google and is now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, benefiting from the contributions of multiple vendors.

    Among the new features in Kubernetes 1.4 is TLS bootstrap, which is designed to improve the use of encryption for data in motion across a cluster. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is widely used on the internet today for encryption.

    "The TLS bootstrapping work done in Kubernetes 1.4 is a step toward automating the addition of new hosts to the Kubernetes cluster," Clayton Coleman, Red Hat's lead architect for OpenShift, explained to eWEEK.

  • Linux Journal October 2016

    There was a show a few years back called, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The premise of the show was to find families who needed their houses overhauled, but couldn't afford to do it on their own. Generally, those chosen had sacrificed for others rather than spend time and money on themselves. Then the show would completely redo their houses, making it so nice the happy families no longer could afford the taxes, and they'd soon be homeless. I might have missed the point of the show, but the idea of improving on outdated infrastructure certainly rings true for IT folks. This month, we look at improving our lives by improving on the tech we depend on every day.

  • Xiaomi Notebook Air vs Macbook Air / Linux vs MacOS vs Windows 10
  • The Talos Principle native radv vulkan amdgpu (SI)
  • We Might Never See A New OpenGL Version, At Least Not For A Long Time

    During past Khronos press briefings about OpenGL/Vulkan and in other communications, while Vulkan is the organization's big graphics API focus, it was implied during these conversations that OpenGL would continue to march to its own beat and evolve as needed. While OpenGL continues to be significantly used by cross-platform graphics application/game developers, it turns out there might not be a new official version for a long time - if ever.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #36

    Welcome to the 36th installation of This Week in Solus.

  • What’s New in Elementary OS 0.4 Loki
  • Mesa, Kernel, GNOME, KDE apps update in Tumbleweed

    Another week and another five snapshots for openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed produced updates for openSSL, GNOME 3.22, Mesa and the Linux Kernel.

    Dominique Leuenberger, a core member of the openSUSE release team, informed subscribers of the openSUSE Factory Mailing List about some of the packages that were updated during the week and some packages users can expect over the next couple of weeks.

    Snapshot 20160928 produced an update for openSSL to 1.0.2j, which patched a high severity Online Certificate Status Protocol vulnerability. The same snapshot also gave users the updated 4.7.5 Linux Kernel.

  • Heads up: CentOS 5 goes end-of-life in 6 months

    So you have 6 months left to plan and execute a migration to a newer OS, like CentOS 7 (which'll get you to 2024).

    Let's face it, CentOS 5 has had it's prime and is long due for a more modern replacement. Go and get the benefits of a more up-to-date kernel and packages!

  • The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton
  • PIXEL is the new desktop environment for Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian OS
  • Introducing PIXEL
  • Oracle loses another appeal in never-ending Google Java battle

    ORACLE HAS LOST its appeal in its long-running Java battle with Google, in which it suggested that APIs should be subject to copyright and demanded as much as $9.3bn in compensation from the latter.

    Oracle wanted a new case after a conclusion was again found in Google's favour in May this year, and has repeatedly appealed the decision in the six years since the company first brought the dispute to court.

    In this particular appeal, Oracle has accused Google of failing to disclose its intent to develop tools to run Android on the desktop using the Android App Runtime for Chrome (ARC). It claimed that this invalidated Google's previous argument that its use of Java APIs was limited to mobile devices and could be considered fair use.

    However, San Francisco District Court Judge William Aslup denied Oracle's motion, stating that Oracle and Google had agreed that the case was only concerned with how Java APIs were used Android smartphones and tablets.

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  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?

    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue.

    [...]

    This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.

  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros

    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions.

    Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.

  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On

    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit.

    It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.

  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM

    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on trac.webkit.org,

  • Should we drop Vala?

    Is it Vala development a waste of time? Is Vala suitable for long term support libraries?

  • SUSECON 2016: Where Technology Reigns Supreme [Ed: “Article Sponsor: SUSE”]
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/39
  • Free software activities in September 2016

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  • Security-Oriented Qubes OS 3.2 Improves the Integrated Management Infrastructure

    Today, September 29, 2016, Joanna Rutkowska announced the general availability of the second point release of the Qubes OS 3 stable series of the security-oriented and open-source Linux-based computer operating system.

    Qubes OS 3.2 is a maintenance release, which means that it mostly adds general fixes and improvements to various of the distribution's core components and functionalities, including the integrated management infrastructure that was introduced as part of the previous update, Qubes 3.1, allowing users to also manage the "insides" of a virtual machine.

  • Alpine Linux 3.4.4 Is Out, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.22 LTS, OpenSSL Patches

    Today, September 28, 2016, Alpine Linux creator and lead developer Natanael Cop has the pleasure of announcing the release of the fourth maintenance update to the latest stable Alpine Linux 3.4 server-oriented operating system series.

    Alpine Linux 3.4.4 is out as the most advanced version, powered by the recently released, long-term supported Linux 4.4.22 kernel and bringing up-to-date components to make your Alpine Linux-based server(s) more stable and reliable than ever. Most of the core components have been updated, but the most important one is OpenSSL 1.0.2j, which received the latest security fixes, just like in the rest of the GNU/Linux distros.

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