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Linux Networking Efforts Advances with New DPDK and OpenSwitch Releases

3 hours 4 min ago
The OpenSwitch (OPX) project released version 2.3 of its open source network operating system providing users with new management and automation features. The DPDK project released its 18.05 "Venky" update providing improved compression and packet processing capabilities.

Peppermint 9 Officially Released Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Here's What's New

Saturday 23rd of June 2018 05:27:46 AM
Mark Greaves of Team Peppermint announced today the release and general availability of the Peppermint 9 Linux operating system, a release that adds numerous new features and improvements.

Take your computer on the go with Portable Apps

Saturday 23rd of June 2018 03:33:24 AM
Portable Apps lets you access all your go-to apps anywhere, anytime—regardless of whether you are using your own computer or not.With more than 400 apps, 980 million downloads, and available in 55 languages, Portable Apps allows you to access your favorites via a USB flash drive, a cloud folder, or just about any portable storage device. Portable Apps is like having your computer without having your computer.read more

Drawing Feynman Diagrams for Fun and Profit with JaxoDraw

Saturday 23rd of June 2018 01:39:02 AM
In physics, there's a powerful techniquefor visualizing particle interactions at the quantum level. Thistechnique uses something called Feynman diagrams, invented by physicistRichard Feynman. These diagrams help visualize...

How to Check Disk Space on Linux from the Command Line

Friday 22nd of June 2018 11:44:40 PM
Quick question: How much space do you have left on your drives? A little or a lot? Follow up question: Do you know how to find out? If you happen to use a GUI desktop (e.g., GNOME, KDE, Mate, Pantheon, etc.), the task is probably pretty simple. But what if you’re looking at a headless server, with no GUI? Do you need to install tools for the task? The answer is a resounding no. All the necessary bits are already in place to help you find out exactly how much space remains on your drives

Linux Mint 19 Tara Improves Updates with Timeshift

Friday 22nd of June 2018 09:50:18 PM
Popular Linux desktop distribution set to provide users with integrated snapshotting capabilities.

Play Hearthstone On Linux With Lutris

Friday 22nd of June 2018 07:55:56 PM
Hearthstone is a simple card game, but it's a huge deal in the PC gaming world. Aside from being plain old fun, Hearthstone is a highly competitive esports title with mega prizes and entire competitive leagues built around it. Even though it's just a card game, Hearthstone is also one of the most watched games on Twitch.

Getting Started with Awk Command

Friday 22nd of June 2018 03:50:10 PM
If you need to process text based on certain conditions, awk will almost always get the job done quickly. Here’s how to get started.

Cheaper textbooks and better access for higher ed students

Friday 22nd of June 2018 02:35:49 PM
Recently at the Texas Linux Fest, Ross Reedstrom introduced me to OpenStax. I've heard of a lot of open educational resources (OER) but not this particular one. It's certainly a project I'm going to follow now.read more

How to Install Nginx with Let's encrypt and get A+ from SSLLabs Test

Friday 22nd of June 2018 01:21:29 PM
In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to install and configure the Nginx web server with Let's encrypt certificate and how to obtain an A+ rating from SSL Labs for the SSL setup.

Use LVM to Upgrade Fedora

Friday 22nd of June 2018 12:07:09 PM
Most users find it simple to upgrade from one Fedora release to the next with the standard process. However, there are inevitably many special cases that Fedora can also handle. This article shows one way to upgrade using DNF along with Logical Volume Management (LVM) to keep a bootable backup in case of problems. This example […]

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Now Certified on Intel's NUC Mini PCs and IoT Boards

Friday 22nd of June 2018 10:52:49 AM
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system used by millions of computer users worldwide, announced today that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is now certified on Intel's NUCs for IoT device development.

Fanless Skylake embedded PC loads up on PCIe

Friday 22nd of June 2018 08:24:08 AM
Teguar’s fanless, Linux-friendly “TB-5045” embedded PC features a 6th Gen Core CPU, up to 32GB DDR4, triple display support, 4x GbE, 6x USB, 4x serial, 2x external SATA bays, 3x mini-PCIe, and optional dual PCIe slots. Charlotte, North Carolina based Teguar Computers, which is new to the pages of LinuxGizmos, makes a variety of medical PCs, touch-panel computers, and other embedded gear, including a line of Waterproof PCs.

How to install Pip on Debian 9

Friday 22nd of June 2018 07:09:48 AM
Pip is a package management system that simplifies installation and management of software packages written in Python such as those found in the Python Package Index (PyPI). This tutorial will walk you through installing Python Pip on Debian 9 and teach you how to install and manage Python packages with pip.

PulseAudio 12 Open-Source Sound System Released with AirPlay, A2DP Improvements

Friday 22nd of June 2018 05:55:28 AM
PulseAudio 12.0, a major version of its open-source sound server program designed to work on a wide-range of POSIX operating systems like Linux, BSD, macOS, and others, was released with numerous improvements and new features.

6 Open Source AI Tools to Know

Friday 22nd of June 2018 04:41:07 AM
In open source, no matter how original your own idea seems, it is always wise to see if someone else has already executed the concept. For organizations and individuals interested in leveraging the growing power of artificial intelligence (AI), many of the best tools are not only free and open source, but, in many cases, have already been hardened and tested.

The LJ Password Generator Tool

Friday 22nd of June 2018 03:26:47 AM
In the password generating tool from my last article,at its most simple, you specify the number of characters you want in thepassword, and each is then chosen randomly from a pool of acceptable values.With the built-in RANDOM in the Linux shell, that's super easy to do:

Automotive Grade Linux joins the Van Life with Mercedes-Benz Vans deal

Friday 22nd of June 2018 02:12:27 AM
Mercedes-Benz Vans has tapped the Linux-based AGL infotainment stack for next-gen vehicles equipped with cutting-edge connectivity and robotics technology. The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project announced that Mercedes-Benz Vans is using the open source AGL platform as a foundation for a new onboard OS for its commercial vehicles. The Daimler business unit will […]

How to Easily Install Windows Games on Linux with Winepak

Friday 22nd of June 2018 12:58:06 AM
Installing Windows games on Linux has always been a tricky endeavor. Winepak changes all that.

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Linux Foundation on Value of GNU/Linux Skills

  • Jobs Report: Rapid Growth in Demand for Open-Source Tech Talent
    The need for open-source technology skills are on the rise and companies and organizations continue to increase their recruitment of open-source technology talent, while offering additional training and certification opportunities for existing staff in order to fill skills gaps, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, released today by The Linux Foundation and Dice. 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open-source talent, and nearly half (48%) report their organizations have begun to support open-source projects with code or other resources for the explicit reason of recruiting individuals with those software skills. After a hiatus, Linux skills are back on top as the most sought after skill with 80% of hiring managers looking for tech professionals with Linux expertise. 55% of employers are now also offering to pay for employee certifications, up from 47% in 2017 and only 34% in 2016.
  • Market value of open source skills on the up
    The demand for open source technology skills is soaring, however, 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open source talent, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report which was released this week.
  • SD Times news digest: Linux Foundation releases open-source jobs report, Android Studio 3.2 beta and Rust 1.27
    The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talent is a priority and Linux is the most in-demand open-source skill. In addition, 57 percent of hiring managers are looking for people with container skills and many organizations are starting to get more involved in open-source in order to attract developers.

GNU/Linux Servers as Buzzwords: "Cloud" and "IaaS"

  • Linux: The new frontier of enterprise in the cloud
    Well obviously, like you mentioned, we've been a Linux company for a long time. We've really seen Linux expand along the lines of a lot of the things that are happening in the enterprise. We're seeing more and more enterprise infrastructure become software centric or software defined. Red Hat's expanded their portfolio in storage, in automation with the Ansible platform. And then the really big trend lately with Linux has been Linux containers and technologies like [Google] Cooper Netties. So, we're seeing enterprises want to build new applications. We're seeing the infrastructure be more software defined. Linux ends up becoming the foundation for a lot of the things going on in enterprise IT these days.
  • Why next-generation IaaS is likely to be open source
    This is partly down to Kubernetes, which has done much to popularise container technology, helped by its association with Docker and others, which has ushered in a period of explosive innovation in the ‘container platform’ space. This is where Kubernetes stands out, and today it could hold the key to the future of IaaS.

Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
  • Canonical issues Spectre v2 fix for all Ubuntu systems with AMD chips
    JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HEARD THE END of Spectre, Canonical has released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users that have AMD processors in a bid to rid of the vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were made public at the beginning of this year, affecting literally billions of devices that had been made in the past two decades.
  • A first look at desktop metrics
    We first announced our intention to ask users to provide basic, not-personally-identifiable system data back in February. Since then we have built the Ubuntu Report tool and integrated it in to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS initial setup tool. You can see an example of the data being collected on the Ubuntu Report Github page.

Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more