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A curiosity for Linux leads to an unexpected career

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 02:32:26 AM
The first time I saw Fedora, I was 15 or 16 years old. Someone I knew was trying (and failing) to install it on their computer. I[he]#039[/he]d never seen an OS other than Windows. I was intrigued and started asking the person many questions. He told me this OS was free to download and install—and I could even install it on my computer—but I did not believe an OS could be "free as in free beer."

How to Install a MongoDB Sharded Cluster on CentOS 7

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 01:18:05 AM
This tutorial will show you how to install a sharded MongoDB cluster on CentOS 7. Sharding is a MongoDB process to store data-set across different machines. It allows you to do a horizontal scale of data, partition data across independent instances, and it can be 'Replica Sets'.

How to use partclone to create a "smart" partition backup

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 12:03:45 AM
If you ever used Clonezilla to create a backup of your operating system, you have already experienced the power of the partclone. Unlike other tools like dd, partclone knows how to interact with specific filesystems, therefore it can create much smaller backups, cloning only the used space in the partition. In this tutorial we will learn how to use partclone from command line.

Exton|OS Claims to Be First Distribution Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Linux 4.16

Monday 5th of March 2018 10:49:25 PM
Arne Exton announced a new edition of his Exton|OS GNU/Linux distribution that's apparently already based on Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system.

Tips for top: monitoring CPU load in Linux

Monday 5th of March 2018 09:35:05 PM
Worried about overusing your CPU and memory or running unnecessary or rogue processes? top, with its rich, self-updating overview of the processes running on your system, is a great place to start.

goto - a bash utility to navigate faster to aliased directories supporting auto-complete

Monday 5th of March 2018 08:20:45 PM
goto is a utility that allows users to navigate easily to directories via their previously defined aliases. It comes with an auto-complete feature making navigation pretty fast.

A glimpse into R counterculture

Monday 5th of March 2018 07:06:25 PM
Back in 2009, Anne Milley of SAS dismissed the increasing significance of the R language (whose rivals include SAS, Python, and, more recently, Julia) in a New York Times article. She said:read more

Next Tails Anonymous OS Release Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 4.15, Tor 3.2.9

Monday 5th of March 2018 05:52:05 PM
The next release of the open-source Tails incognito amnesic live system a.k.a. Anonymous OS is coming soon with up-to-date components and the latest Tor anonymous network support.

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

Monday 5th of March 2018 04:37:44 PM
Using the Dart language for apps on Android and iOSMWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week.…

Fedora Podcast 002 — Ambassadors, the face of Fedora

Monday 5th of March 2018 03:23:24 PM
The Fedora Marketing Team is continuing with the Fedora Podcast and we have a new episode out. This ongoing series will feature interviews and talks with people who make the Fedora community awesome. These folks work on new technologies found... Continue Reading →

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

Monday 5th of March 2018 02:09:04 PM
Open source dominates the content management system marketThe web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's web sites.…

Where Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Monday 5th of March 2018 12:54:44 PM
?As most of you guys might already know that Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" has entered in Freeze state and we are going to get the very 1st beta build of Ubuntu 18.04 on 8th of this march. I decided to take a quick look at the latest daily build released. There are significant new things to be excited about as well as few bugs which are expected. Now without wasting time, let’s get started.

Getting started with Python for data science

Monday 5th of March 2018 11:40:24 AM
Whether you're a budding data science enthusiast with a math or computer science background or an expert in an unrelated field, the possibilities data science offers are within your reach. And you don't need expensive, highly specialized enterprise software—the open source tools discussed in this article are all you need to get more

Why Do We Do It?

Monday 5th of March 2018 10:26:04 AM
Why does a painter paint? Why does carpenter build? Why does a chef cook? Whydoes an electronic engineer design, and why does a software programmer code?Speaking from my personal experiences, I'm going to answer those questionswith this: tocreate something out of nothing. There is an art to conceiving an idea and,when using the right tools, bringing it to fruition.

3 Ansible videos from 2018

Monday 5th of March 2018 08:25:59 AM
The recent conference in Brno, Czechia is a great example of an event by and for developers and open source community members. Hundreds of speakers showed off countless technologies and features advancing the state of open source in Linux and far... Continue Reading →

4 meetup ideas: Make your data open

Monday 5th of March 2018 06:25:54 AM
Open Data Day (ODD) is an annual, worldwide celebration of open data and an opportunity to show the importance of open data in improving our communities.Not many individuals and organizations know about the meaningfulness of open data or why they might want to liberate their data from the restrictions of copyright, patents, and more. They also don't know how to make their data open—that is, publicly available for anyone to use, share, or republish with more

How to Install RPM Packages On Ubuntu

Monday 5th of March 2018 04:25:49 AM
Debian-based systems such as Ubuntu and RedHat-based systems such as CentOS are mostly similar in their design. However, there are a few differences here and there. For example, RedHat-based systems use .rpm files for representing software packages, while Debian-based systems use .deb files. These file types differ from one another in their design, and cannot be installed outside of their respective type of operating systems (e.g. installing a .deb file on CentOS, or installing a .rpm file on Ubuntu). However, there are ways to port these packages to other types of systems.

Setting up and configuring a mail server

Monday 5th of March 2018 02:25:44 AM
Setting up and configuring a mail server is a challenging process, mostly because there are so many different components involved and each component has to be configured to work with the other. In this series, we will show you how to set up a complete virtual user mail system on a Ubuntu server using the following packages: Postfix, Dovecot, Postfixadmin and Rspamd

How to Install Software on Linux

Monday 5th of March 2018 12:25:39 AM
o you’ve made the switch to Linux. Or you’re thinking of making the switch. But you have questions that might be stopping you from fully diving in. One of the biggest concerns most new users have is, “What software is available and how do I install it?”

How to manage your workstation configuration with Ansible

Sunday 4th of March 2018 10:25:34 PM
Configuration management is a very important aspect of both server administration and DevOps. The "infrastructure as code" methodology makes it easy to deploy servers in various configurations and dynamically scale an organization's resources to keep up with user demands. But less attention is paid to individual administrators who want to automate the setup of their own laptops and desktops (workstations).read more

More in Tux Machines

Android/Google: Pixel 2, Xiaomi Kernel Source, David Kleidermacher on Security

  • Google Pixel 2 Portrait Mode Tech Is Now Open Source
    The tech behind the portrait mode on Google Pixel 2  has been made open source by the company. For those who not familiar with it, one of the main draw to the algorithm in the Pixel 2’s camera app is excellent subject isolation without needing additional apparatus such as specialized lens or second camera.
  • Xiaomi releases Oreo kernel source code for the Mi A1
    Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would receive Oreo by the end of 2017, and the company hit a buzzer-beater by rolling out Android 8.0 to the Android One device on December 30th. But the kernel source code was nowhere to be found, a violation of the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), and an affront to the development and enthusiast community. It's about two-and-a-half months late, but Xiaomi has finally released the Android 8.0 Oreo source code for the Mi A1.
  • Google Says Android Is as Secure as Apple's iOS and Wants You to Know That
    Google's Android security chief David Kleidermacher told CNET today that the Linux-based Android mobile operating system the company develops for a wide range of devices is now as secure as Apple's iOS. Google recently published its "Android Security 2017 Year In Review" report where the company talks about how Android security has matured in the last few years and how it fights to find new ways to protect Android users from malware and all the other nasty stuff you obviously don't want to have on your mobile phone or tablet.

If you owned a 'fat' PlayStation 3 you could be entitled to $65 from Sony because of Linux option

Cast your mind back to when Sony released the original PlayStation 3, and you may well remember claims that the console was also a "computer". The claims were such that Sony suggested that owners could install Linux -- which, technically speaking, they could. However, installing Linux on a PS3 also posed something of a security issue, and Sony backtracked on the "Other OS" feature, killing it will a firmware update. Unsurprisingly, a lawsuit followed, and the result of this is that you could in line for a pay-out. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Zorin OS 12.3 Linux Distro Released: Download The Perfect Windows Replacement
    While listing out the best distros for a Linux beginner, the ease of use and installation are the most critical factors. Such qualities make distros like Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Zorin OS the most recommended options. In case you’re also concerned about your privacy and security, a shift to the world of Linux becomes a more obvious option. Calling itself a replacement for Windows and macOS, Zorin OS has been established as a beginner-friendly option that offers a smooth ride while making the transition. The latest Zorin OS 12.3 release works to strengthen the basics of the operating system and polishes the whole experience.
  • Ramblings about long ago and far away
    I had originally run MCC (Manchester Computer Center Interim Linux) in college but when I moved it was easier to find a box of floppies with SLS so I had installed that on the 486. I would then download software source code from the internet and rebuild it for my own use using all the extra flags I could find in GCC to make my 20Mhz system seem faster. I instead learned that most of the options didn't do anything on i386 Linux at the time and most of my reports about it were probably met by eye-rolls with the people at Cygnus. My supposed goal was to try and set up a MUD so I could code up a text based virtual reality. Or to get a war game called Conquer working on Linux. Or maybe get xTrek working on my system. [I think I mostly was trying to become a game developer by just building stuff versus actually coding stuff. I cave-man debugged a lot of things using stuff I had learned in FORTRAN but it wasn't actually making new things.]
  • EzeeLinux Show 18.13 | Running Linux On Junk
    A talk about the advantages of running Linux on junk hardware.
  • Best 50 HD Wallpapers for Ubuntu
    Wallpapers are useful in many ways depending on the visual it contains for example if there is a motivational quote on it, it helps to motivate you. The images are the best type of wallpaper because they have an impact on the mind of a human being. So if you are a working professional and have to work continuously on a computer then your desktop cab be a source of inspiration and happiness. So today we are going to share 50 best HD Wallpapers for your Ubuntu which will keep your desktop fresh.
  • Ubuntu Tried Adding Synaptics Support Back To GNOME's Mutter
    GNOME developers previously dropped support for Synaptics and other input drivers from Mutter in favor of the universal libinput stack that is also Wayland-friendly. Canonical developers tried to get Synaptics support on X11 added back into Mutter but it looks clear now that was rejected. Canonical's Will Cooke reported in this week's Ubuntu happenings that they were trying to add upstream support for Synaptics to Mutter, complementing the libinput support. While it's great Canonical trying to contribute upstream to GNOME, Synaptics support was previously dropped as being a maintenance burden and with libinput support getting into rather good shape.
  • Long live Release Engineering
    y involvement in Fedora goes back to late 2003 early 2004 somewhere as a packager for I started by getting a few packages in to scratch some of my itches and I saw it as a way to give back to the greater open source community. Around FC3 somewhere I stepped up to help in infrastructure to rebuild the builders in plague, the build system we used before koji and that we used for EPEL(Something that I helped form) for awhile until we got external repo support in koji. I was involved in the implementation of koji in Fedora, I joined OLPC as a build and release engineer, where I oversaw a move of the OS they shipped from FC6 to F8, and laid a foundation for the move to F9. I left OLPC when Red Hat opensourced RHN Satellite as “spacewalk project” I joined Red Hat as the release engineer for both, after a brief period there was some reorganisation in engineering that resulted in me handing off the release engineering tasks to someone closer the the engineers working on the code. As a result I worked on Fedora full time helping Jesse Keating. When he decided to work on the internal migration from CVS to git I took over as the lead. [...] Recently I have accepted a Job offer to become the manager of a different team inside of Red Hat.

Linux 4.17 Spring Cleaning To Drop Some Old CPU Architectures and Recent Torvalds Interview

  • Linux 4.17 Spring Cleaning To Drop Some Old CPU Architectures
    Longtime Linux kernel developer Arnd Bergmann is working to drop a number of old and obsolete CPU architectures from the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.17. The obsolete CPU architectures set to be removed include Blackfin, CRIS, FR-V, M32R, MN10300, META (Metag), and TILE. Managing to escape its death sentence is the Unicore32 architecture with its port maintainer claiming it's still actively being used and maintained.
  • [Older] Linus Torvalds Interview by Kristaps

    Interviewer: we all know who Linus is, but not many people know he’s also a proficient diver. Why don’t we start at the beginning: where you first started diving, and when you started to take diving seriously.  

    Actually, it was related to open source, in some way. [...]