Networking and server infrastructure is typically managed from a console (e.g. via SSH), a remote desktop interface, or through a web-based interface. However there are other interfaces that can be powerful and are often forgotten, such as baseboard management controllers or 'integrated lights-out' functionality used for out-of-band management of hardware. And of course, there are the protocols which aren't normally used for administration but could be used for administration in some configurations – examples would include the SMB protocol for file shares or SNMP for networking.
We were expecting so see the final release of the Linux 4.11 kernel launch on Sunday evening, but it didn't happen as Linus Torvalds announced the eighth and last Release Candidate (RC) version instead.
According to Linus Torvalds, the release of Linux kernel 4.11 should have happened on Sunday, April 23, 2017, but things don't always go as planned, and it looks like some last minute blockers, such as some nasty issues with the NVMe power management support, were discovered, which is the main reason we see the RC8 build.
Initial support for Radeon RX Vega support in Mesa landed for Mesa 17.1 at the end of March. However, this initial support was limited to OpenGL 3.1 while now patches have come to take Vega up to OpenGL 4.5.
Marek kicked off the new week by posting 61 new patches for Mesa for allowing OpenGL 4.5 on the upcoming Radeon RX Vega hardware. This series also has a number of GFX9 (the graphics part of Vega) fixes (these will also be back-ported to 17.1), LS-HS/tessellation support, ES-GS/geometry shader support, and various other fixes/clean-ups/improvements.
There's a petition going around calling for Canonical to drop GNOME and go for KDE by default since they are dropping Unity.
The petition is currently sitting at 2,725 supporters, which isn't a lot of people voting for something so big.
Plano is a flat theme designed for GNOME and Xfce4 desktops.
Yeah, I know; it seems as though there are now more flat GTK themes for Linux than there are music players! That’s not to say Plano isn’t a nice theme — just look at it! — but it is ‘yet another’ iteration on a design trend du jour.
It's been five almost five months since the developers behind the Debian-based Devuan GNU/Linux operating system launched the second Beta version towards the first stable release of the OS, and they now announced the Release Candidate.
The Devuan project continues its vision of providing a libre Debian fork without using the systemd init system, and the Release Candidate (RC) version brings the GNU/Linux distribution closer to a final release. The interesting fact is that this RC appears to be stable enough to be used for production work.
Partners Canonical, openHAB Foundation and Azul Systems have collaborated hard to drive development of the new openHAB 2.0 smart-home platform as a snap package. An alternative to Apple Homekit and Samsung SmartThings, openHAB from openHAB Foundation is completely free and open source, and acts as a control hub for home IoT setups.