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  • Installing Arch Linux. Part 1

    Arch Linux is often rather challenging or scary when it comes to a newbie's first Linux experience. Some reasons you may want to go with Arch would be the Pacman package handler, or the fact that it comes with no bloat software that will allow you to truly make it your own. In the installation process, there is no GUI or "Press Next to Continue" to hold your hand. This usually drives people away. I also found the forums to have lots of impatient people who expect you to magically know what you're doing. Here I will try to provide an in depth guide on how to install and setup your own Arch Linux computer.

  • openSUSE News: openSUSE Conference Day 2

    Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and ownCloud, talked about the importance of federation infrastructure and reaching the critical mass. He pointed out that Free Open Source Software projects that offer similar applications to those that are proprietary fail to gain mainstream acceptance. One of the reasons he gave was trying to balance the balance between privacy and openness. He suggested that more projects should work with one another on a cloud-sharing standard and perhaps there should be a Global User Directory. Users could manage their privacy data that is shared or visible on a GUD as an answer to sharing personal cloud-based content with users running different applications or services.

  • DebCamp16 day 0
  • GSoC-Journey till Mid term
  • Debian/TeX Live 2016.20160623-1

    About one month has passed since we did release TeX Live 2016, and more than a month since the last Debian packages, so it is high time to ship out a new checkout of upstream. Nothing spectacular new here, just lots and lots of updates since the freeze.

  • Raspberry Pi Stays on Top in Survey of 81 Open-Spec SBCs

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  • XCOM 2 - Alien Hunters thoughts, prepare to get frustrated

    So I've been playing through XCOM 2 again, but now with the Alien Hunters DLC enabled and my god it's frustrating.

    To get this out of the way: I freaking love XCOM 2, I think it's an incredibly challenging game, that keeps me coming back for more. I like that it's challenging, I enjoy thinking up different strategies when I've failed numerous times.

  • The nostalgia of Windows is everyday Linux.

    A few days ago, I read a mailing list discussion about the advantages of running a computer in the 1980s. A few, like the lack of Digital Rights Management (DRM), were points well-taken. Others may have been tongue-in-cheek, but might also express personal preferences. However, most of the rest were advantages that I still enjoy (or could enjoy) as a Linux user thirty years later, partly because that is how Linux is designed, and partly because of my personal choices.

  • Kernel hacking workshop

    As part of our "community" program at Collabora, I've had the chance to attend to a workshop on kernel hacking at UrLab (the ULB hackerspace). I never touched any part of the kernel and always saw it as a scary thing for hardcore hackers wearing huge beards, so this was a great opportunity to demystify the beast.

  • More Banks Are Trying Out Ripple’s Blockchain For Fund Transfers

    The San Francisco-based financial technology company Ripple has signed up seven more banks to potentially use its blockchain for cross-border payments.

  • Puppy Linux 6.3.2 "Slacko" Gets New 64-Bit UEFI Boot Capability, F2FS Support

    Today, June 23, 2016, Barry Kauler, the creator of the Puppy Linux distribution, has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of Puppy Linux 6.3.2 "Slacko."

    Puppy Linux 6.3.2 "Slacko" appears to be a point release to the Puppy Slacko 6.3 series, and as usual, it has been built from the binary TXZ packages of the Slackware 64-bit 14.1 GNU/Linux operating system. However, it looks like the distro is now powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.14 LTS series, version 3.14.55.

  • openSUSE Conference – First Impressions of Day One

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. Long awaited openSUSE Conference (oSC) finally started. I arrived half an hour before the keynote to join an impressive crowd at the reception desk. Upon registration, like all attendees, I received the beautiful oSC 2016 T-shirt.f

  • Preparing my Chikiticluster in Frankfurt to my presentation

    I am excited that I will give a poster presentation about my experiences with HPC at #ISC16 I was selected to do it as part of the Women HPC:)

  • I've bought some more awful IoT stuff

    Today we're going to be talking about the KanKun SP3, a plug that's been around for a while. The idea here is pretty simple - there's lots of devices that you'd like to be able to turn on and off in a programmatic way, and rather than rewiring them the simplest thing to do is just to insert a control device in between the wall and the device andn ow you can turn your foot bath on and off from your phone. Most vendors go further and also allow you to program timers and even provide some sort of remote tunneling protocol so you can turn off your lights from the comfort of somebody else's home.

  • IBM to deliver 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018; Cray moves to Intel Xeon Phi

    More supercomputer news this week: The US is responding to China’s new Sunway TiahuLight system that was announced Monday, and fast. First, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to take delivery of a new IBM system, named Summit, in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops, Computerworld reports. That would make it almost twice as fast as TaihuLight if the claim proves true. (We had originally reported in 2014 that both Summit and Sierra would achieve roughly 150 petaflops.)

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  • 6WIND and Advantech Offer 40 Gbps NFV Test Drive Platform with Ubuntu OpenStack
  • Science and Tech museums' documents to be 'open by default' by fall, CEO pledges

    In a government town like Ottawa, where information has traditionally been jealously guarded, what Alex Benay is proposing could trigger a bout of cognitive dissonance.

    According to Benay, president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, almost all documents generated by the corporation’s three national museums – Science and Technology, Aviation and Space, and Agriculture and Food – will soon be available to the public through an online portal.

    “Our hope is by the fall, roughly 90 per cent of our information is available to the public in real time,” Benay said in an interview Monday, hours after tweeting that museum documents will be “open by default” by autumn.

    Not everything will be made public: cabinet documents and material dealing with such things as personnel matters or corporate planning will remain confidential.

    But after that, pretty much anything goes, Benay said, including early drafts of historical assessments, exhibition plans and schedules for travelling exhibitions.

  • Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things

    Paulus Schoutsen created Home Assistant in 2013 “as a simple script to turn on the lights when the sun was setting,” as he told attendees of his recent Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit presentation, “Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things.”

  • How DevOps best practices improve team dynamics

    I've spent the past few months writing about the small, incremental behaviors that individuals can employ to be more successful. This month, I'd like to highlight team behaviors that I think are critical to having small successes at work. I spent time with one of the AtomicOpenShift (AOS) teams at Red Hat—the Cockpit project.

    Although I spend a significant amount of my time with the AOS teams, I rarely get the chance to work directly with Cockpit. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit with them for a while when we were all in Brno earlier this year. From an outsider's perspective, the team has an ease of speaking with each other—both on technical topics and personal ones—that makes you take notice. In fact, you might have assumed they all work together in the same office. However, all five engineers and the designer on the team are spread out across Europe and the United States.

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  • Linux 4.7-rc4 Kernel Released

    Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 4.7-rc4 kernel on Sunday night.

    Linus explained in the announcement, "It's been a fairly normal week, and rc4 is out. Go test. The statistics look very normal: about two thirds drivers, with the rest being half architecture updates and half 'misc' (small filesystem updates,. some documentation, and a smattering of patches elsewhere). The bulk of the driver updates are usb and gpu, but there's iio, leds, platform drivers, dma etc)."

  • Oracle Releases Third Beta of VirtualBox 5.1 with 64-Bit Solaris and Qt5 Fixes

    Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM and VirtualBox, has announced the release of the third Beta build of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

    VirtualBox 5.1 promises to be a major release that will introduce a significant number of new features and improvements, among which we can mention a revamped installer based on the latest Qt5 technologies, and the ability to rebuild kernel modules without the Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) framework.

  • Monitor Linux With Netdata

    Netdata is a real-time resource monitoring tool with a friendly web front-end developed and maintained by FireHOL. With this tool, you can read charts representing resource utilization of things like CPUs, RAM, disks, network, Apache, Postfix and more. It is similar to other monitoring software like Nagios; however, Netdata is only for real-time monitoring via a web interface.

  • SoftMaker FreeOffice
  • RDO Triple0 QuickStart HA Setup - Work in progress
  • Qt 5.7 Consolidates Open Source, Commercial Versions Under New Licensing

    The Qt Company has released a new version of its namesake C++ cross-platform app dev tool, featuring new licensing that consolidates the open source and commercial versions of its Qt for Application Development offering.

  • KDE Desktop project finally fixes 13-year-old bug

    A bug in the KDE Desktop Environment, a popular desktop for Linux users, has been fixed after 13 years, according a post from one developer for the project.

  • GTK's Roadmap Updated, Here's What Is Coming For GNOME 3.22

    This past week the GTK+ road-map was updated during the GTK hackfest with more plans for the future, on top of their new vision for GTK+ 4.0 and beyond.

    The work that remains on the GTK roadmap for the GNOME 3.22 release this fall includes the (already completed) Wayland graphics tablet support along with plans for an image viewing widget, merging GSK, an image viewing widget, moving menu placement to GDK for Mir/Wayland, cleaning up display/screen/monitor code, GtkPathBar improvements, and more.

  • Progress so far
  • Solus 1.2 Linux Distribution Released
  • Solus 1.2 "Shannon" Officially Released, First OS to Ship with Arc Icon Theme

    Softpedia has been informed today, June 20, 2016, by Solus Project's Ikey Doherty, about the release and immediate availability for download of the Solus 1.2 "Shannon" operating system.

    We've talked a lot lately about Solus 1.2 and the fact that it is coming soon. Well, today is that day, the day when you can finally enjoy all the goodies that the great Ikey Doherty and the skillful team of developers behind the Solus Project have prepared for you during the past three months, since the release of Solus 1.1.

  • Handy 2.5 Screenshot Tour
  • Zenwalk 8.0 Is Just Around the Corner, Final Release Candidate Out for Testing

    Zenwalk developer Jean-Philippe Guillemin has informed users of the Slackware-based operating system that the final Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0 release is now available for public testing.

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  • Linux plus CP/M plus assembly equals LASM

    The TRS-80 Model II support in Kermit is missing hardware flow control support however which means that it’s very prone to dropping characters. I started to look into what it might take to add hardware flow control and this sent me down a rabbit hole of trying to figure out how the TRS-80 hardware works, how the Z80 SIO works, learning Z80 assembly, and of course, how the heck you even build CP/M Kermit 4.11 from source.

  • TheAlternative.ch - LinuxDays FS16 - The Power of Linux
  • 30 days in a terminal: Day 0 — The adventure begins

    Last summer, I wrote an article series called "Kicking Google out of my life." It was an attempt to remove all Google services entirely from my daily usage for 30 days—a surprisingly daunting challenge for someone who had become deeply dependent on Google. I was mostly successful. I chronicled my experience—detailing how I approached replacing Google services with non-Google variants—and in the end, my life was better for it.

  • Deutsche Bank moves blockchain project out of proof of concept stage and voices concerns with the distributed ledger technology

    Deutsche Bank has moved its blockchain project out of the proof of concept stage, according to the bank’s head of disruptive technologies, who also warned that the distributed ledger blockchain technology is still five to ten years from widespread use.

  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Yearly EBIT At $288.0481 Millions
  • Share Performance Review for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Were Analysts Bullish Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) This Week?
  • Austin inadvertently promotes open-source ride-sharing

    The idea is to undermine the monopolies of companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and the like with a genuinely cooperative, horizontal and P2P model directly controlled by the users themselves, and cut out the corporate middleman altogether. Advocates for this model have coined the term “Platform Cooperativism” for it (if you search the #PlatformCooperativism hashtag on Twitter, you’ll find links to a lot of great articles on it).

  • RFC: a new solution to Input Method + Keyboard Layout

    This is not related to KDE itself, but I’d like to hear some opinion from keyboard layout users, especially from those who use more than one keyboard layout.

    Right now I’m designing a new feature for fcitx (for people who doesn’t know it, it’s an input method framework under Linux), currently called “input method group”. The goal of this feature is to solve the conflict between keyboard layout and input method (mostly conceptually) . It can also solve some other problem, but the original goal is about keyboard layout.

  • New SELinux shirts are available
  • Venerable Conficker Worm Survives on Obsolete Legacy Systems [Ed: Microsoft Windows.]

    he 8-year-old worm continues to infect in some corners of the Internet, highlighting the difficulty in eradicating more virulent programs.
    On Oct. 23, 2008, Microsoft revealed a critical flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely compromise and infect Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 systems.

    It took only a week for the Internet's seedier element to create the first malware based on the vulnerability. While initial attacks targeted specific companies and infected fewer than a dozen systems a day, the situation was much worse a month later when an unknown malware developer released a self-propagating worm.

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  • The Microsoft Tax Doesn't Really Exist [Ed: This article is wrong. The Microsoft tax does exist, based on leaked documents in Techrights.]

    When you are considering a switch to a computer with Linux pre-installed, you may be surprised to discover that the hardware is about the same price as a comparable Windows machine. You may have heard of something called the "Microsoft Tax" which refers to the extra price you pay for the cost of Windows on a computer that you buy with the intention of installing Linux on it. As a result, you may think that you should pay less for an equivalent computer with Linux pre-installed. After all, Linux is free and Windows sells for hundreds of dollars. But you don't. That's because the so-called Microsoft Tax doesn't really exist. It's a myth.

  • Entroware have released another beast of a Laptop, worth looking into
  • Acer's CXI2 Chromebox Now Has Upstream Coreboot Support

    Acer's CXI2 Chromebox line-up is now supported by mainline Coreboot.

    The CXI2 has been using Coreboot similar to other Chromebook/Chromebox devices, but wasn't supported by mainline Coreboot. That changed yesterday with the code now working its way into mainline Git.

  • Samsung's Purchase of Joyent Unlocks Cloud Infrastructure, and More
  • Containers are on fire as enterprises ramp up adoption

    Container technology is rapidly transforming the way enterprises develop and deliver applications, and adoption is set to ramp up spectacularly in the next year, even as obstacles towards adoption persist.

  • Nearly Two-Thirds of IT Users Plan to Mainstream Containers in a Year, Global Survey Reveals
  • OSVR's new headset, DeepMind learns gaming, and new Linux releases

    In this week's edition, we take a look at a new headset from OSVR, Google's DeepMind playing Montezuma's Revenge for rewards, and two new games out for Linux.

  • Videos: MontanaLinux CentOS Remix

    As you may know, I've been remixing Fedora for several years for my own personal use... called MontanaLinux. I've also been remixing CentOS and Scientific Linux and thought I'd write a little bit about it.

    The main reason I created the EL7 remixes is because I have a few older HP Proliant servers at work that have the CCISS Raid Controller and Red Hat dropped support for those in RHEL 7. Also, I originally included both GNOME and KDE as part of it but have since decided to make it leaner by switching to XFCE 4.12 that is available in EPEL... and of course it includes all of the available updates as of build time.

  • Linux + Windows : Robolinux 8.5 LTS Arrives With Stealth VM For Running Windows

    Robolinux is a unique Linux distribution that comes with a stealth VM for deep Windows integration. The latest release of this operating system i.e. Robolinux 8.5 LTS “Raptor” is now available for download. This release–featuring Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, and LXDE versions–comes with Steam for Linux client for seamless gaming.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/24

    It has been a very busy week, but it has shown how much enthusiasm every contributor puts into Tumbleweed. There have been again 4 snapshots released (0609, 0611, 0612 and 0613) and this marks the end of ‘Tumbleweed being built using GCC 5’. As usual, one end is just the beginning of something new: starting with Snapshot 0614 (or any higher number, in case openQA won’t agree) the entire distribution is built using GCC 6 as compiler.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Receives Buy Rating from RBC Capital
  • Ubuntu Touch OS with Continuum like Convergence Feature Coming Soon to OnePlus 3

    Ubuntu’s Touch OS powered smartphone have slowly started becoming a reality since the last few years. Meizu MX4 was one of the powerful Ubuntu powered phones launched till date. That aside there are a few other devices that support Ubuntu Touch OS thanks to ports like these. Canonical’s Ubuntu OS however has succeeded to get a head start in the smartphone mainly due to the lack of features over an Android or iOS device.

  • T-Shirt Sale June 15th-21st

    From June 15th-21st you can get a 15% discount on a Bodhi Linux branded T-Shirt with the code TSHIRT16 on our Merchandise store.

  • elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ Beta Released — Download The Most Beautiful Linux Distro

    elementary OS is a very popular and one of the most beautiful Linux distros out there. The upcoming version of the OS i.e. elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’, is coming in next few months. The first beta of this open source operating system is already here and you can download it right now to get started with testing.

  • Mygica Media Streamer First Impressions

    Some of it was streamed from my other Linux computers...

  • Microsoft's Office Plans Are a Confusing Mess

    Last week, I tried to get a subscription to Microsoft Office. I expected to simply find an Office license that included what I needed for a simple price. Instead, I discovered that Microsoft’s Office licenses are infuriatingly complex, making it nearly impossible for anyone to get what they need without overspending.

  • Why LinkedIn Will Make You Hate Microsoft Word

    IF Microsoft has its way, the vast membership of LinkedIn, the business networking site with more than 433 million members, will be instantly available to you while you use Microsoft products like Outlook or Skype. How many of LinkedIn’s members do you want to consult while also using Excel or typing away in Word? Microsoft is betting it’s a lot; this is part of its rationale for its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, announced on Monday.

    The companies’ chief executives, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, explained their reasons for the deal in a PowerPoint presentation distributed to investors. In the center of a graphic titled, “A professional’s profile everywhere,” was a picture of an anonymous LinkedIn “professional” with arrows pointed outward to seven Microsoft products.

  • Microsoft buys Wand to improve chat capabilities

    Satya Nadella wasn't kidding when he said earlier this year that he believed in using chat as a platform for computing. Microsoft just bought Wand, a chat app for iOS, to further that vision.

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  • The Seven Apps I Pay For

    I’m a free and open software lover, but the free I appreciate is the free as in freedom and not the free as in beer.

  • Dispatches from the GTK+ hackfest

    A quick update from the GTK+ hackfest. I don’t really want to talk about the versioning discussion, except for two points:

    First, I want to apologize to Allison for encouraging her to post about this – I really didn’t anticipate the amount of uninformed, unreasonable and hateful reactions that we received.

  • ISO Refresh 2016.06.14
  • GParted Live 0.26.1-1 Released Based on Debian Sid, Kernel 4.6 & GParted 0.26.1

    We’ve reported earlier on the release of the GParted 0.26.1 open-source partition editor, as well the GParted Live 0.26.1-1 distrolette that lets you use the latest GParted release on any personal computer.

  • OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Will Very Soon Have GCC 6
  • New compiler expected in next Tumbleweed snapshot

    A new GNU Compiler Collection for openSUSE‘s rolling release Tumbleweed is scheduled to arrive soon.

    Tumbleweed 20160613 snapshot will be the last snapshot to be based on GCC 5, according to the openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger.

  • First alpha release of reprotest

    The first, very-alpha release of reprotest is now out at PyPi. It should hit Debian experimental later this week. While it only builds on an existing system (as I'm still working on support for virtualization), it can now check its own reproducibility, which it does in its own tests, both using setuptools and debuild. Unfortunately, setuptools seems to generate file-order-dependent binaries, meaning python setup.py bdist creates unreproducible binaries. With debuild, reprotest probably would be reproducible with the modified packages from the Reproducible Builds project, though I haven't tested that yet. It tests 'captures_environment', 'fileordering' (renamed from 'filesystem'), 'home', 'kernel', 'locales', 'path', 'time', 'timezone', and 'umask'. The other variations require superuser privileges and modifications that would be unsafe to make to a running system, so they will only be enabled in the containers.

  • This USB adapter is Microsoft’s final admission that Kinect failed

    Microsoft had a bold vision for its Xbox One console that involved its Kinect accessory. While the Kinect for Xbox 360 was one of the most popular game console accessories of all time, a bundled Kinect with the Xbox One introduced a $100 price premium over the PS4 competition. Despite switching course and unbundling the Kinect, Microsoft hasn't recovered yet in the games console battle, with reports suggesting it has sold 20 million Xbox One consoles vs. Sony's 40 million PS4 shipments.

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