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Rugged, fanless Skylake box-PC has triple GbE and dual HDMI

Friday 16th of September 2016 07:21:39 AM
Aaeon’s rugged, fanless “Boxer-6639” industrial box-PC features 6th Gen Intel (Skylake) processors plus triple GbE, dual HDMI, and six RS-232/422/485 ports. Following its 5th Gen Broadwell based Boxer-6638U, the “entry level” Boxer-6639 industrial PC taps the 6th Gen “Skylake” Core, Pentium, and Celeron chips. Other Skylake industrial computers include Adlink’s MXE-5500 and lower-end MVP-6000, as […]

RaspAnd Project Now Lets You Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Raspberry Pi 3

Friday 16th of September 2016 05:44:27 AM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today about the availability of a new build of his RaspAnd project that lets users run Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system on Raspberry Pi SBCs.

Feral Interactive to Port Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to Linux, SteamOS, and macOS

Friday 16th of September 2016 04:40:03 AM
Feral Interactive was proud to announce that they are working on porting the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game to Valve's SteamOS, and Steam on Linux and macOS.

Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator: Theary Sorn

Friday 16th of September 2016 03:42:52 AM
The Linux Foundation offers many resources for developers, users, and administrators of Linux systems. One of the most important offerings is its Linux Certification Program, which is designed to give you a way to differentiate yourself in a job market that's hungry for your skills.

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Friday 16th of September 2016 02:45:41 AM
New programming language does clever things with caches to hasten parallel processing. 'Milk' claims to help code run four times faster MIT boffins have created a new programming language called “Milk” that they say runs code four times faster than rivals.

RPi-Powered pi-topCEED Makes the Case as a Low-Cost Modular Learning Desktop

Friday 16th of September 2016 01:48:30 AM
It's hard to go a day without seeing interesting and compelling Indiegogoor Kickstarter projects that feature the Raspberry Pi, Pine 64 or the IntelEdison inside some sort of embedded device or standalone computer orlaptop. Last fall, I stumbled across one such project that billed itself as"the first $99 Raspberry Pi desktop", and I felt the need to haveit.

Oracle abandons NetBeans to Apache

Friday 16th of September 2016 12:51:19 AM
Oracle wants to dump its NetBeans Java integrated development environment on the Apache Software Foundation.

Linux Kernel 4.7.4 Updates GPU Drivers, Adds OverlayFS and EXT4 Improvements

Thursday 15th of September 2016 11:54:08 PM
Renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the Linux community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

Marrying Ephemeral Docker Containers to Persistent Data

Thursday 15th of September 2016 10:56:57 PM
Docker containers are ephemeral by design. They come and they go like a herd of hyperactive squirrels, which is great for high availability, but not so great for preserving your data. Kendrick Coleman of EMC {code} demonstrated how to have both ephemeral containers and persistent data in his talk called "Highly Available [he]amp[/he] Distributed Containers" at ContainerCon North America.

Tiny $2 IoT module runs FreeRTOS on Realtek Ameba WiFi SoC

Thursday 15th of September 2016 09:59:46 PM
Pine64’s $2 “PADI IoT Stamp” module is based on Realtek’s new “RTL8710AF” Cortex-M3 WiFi SoC, a cheaper FreeRTOS-ready competitor to the ESP8266. Realtek’s RTL8710AF WiFi system-on-chip began showing up on tiny “B&T” labeled modules in July in China on AliExpress, as described in this Hackaday post. The Realtek SoC offers an even lower cost, and […]

The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time

Thursday 15th of September 2016 09:02:35 PM
This list genuinely contains the top 10 Linux distributions of all time. In fact there are 28 distributions in the list. Did you know only 3 distributions have ever held the number 1 position in Distrowatch? Can you name them? Have you ever heard of Sorceror?

How to Get Started Writing Web Applications with Node.js

Thursday 15th of September 2016 08:05:24 PM
You can use Node.js to create anything from a simple webchat to an app that turns your mobile phone into a game controller. If you are using a videoconferencing utility over the web, the host is probably running on Node.js. If you are accessing your email and day planner through a web browser or playing online games, Node.js is sure to be somewhere in the mix, too...

Moview Review: Snowden (Live)

Thursday 15th of September 2016 07:08:13 PM
I got to see "Snowden" two days prior to national release at a special event dubbed "Snowden Live" because it included a satellite feed of a live Q&A with Oilver Stone and the two leads after the film... and Snowden himself live from Russia via webcam. The review is fairly spoiler free but I do give a few details as well as some information provided from the "Live" portion... and perhaps somewhat inappropriate "Social and Political Analysis" commentary too. Enjoy!

3 open source alternatives to PowerPoint

Thursday 15th of September 2016 06:11:02 PM
PowerPoint is one of those programs whose use has become so ingrained in the corporate world that it is probably running the risk of becoming completely genericized, in the same way that some people use Kleenex to refer to all tissues, or BAND-AIDs to refer to all bandages.read more

What the rise of permissive open source licenses means

Thursday 15th of September 2016 05:13:51 PM
Restrictive licenses such as the GNU GPL are steadily falling out of favor — and lawyers may be to blame.

It's time to make LibreOffice and OpenOffice one again

Thursday 15th of September 2016 04:16:40 PM
Let's talk about OpenOffice. More than likely you've already read, countless times, that Apache OpenOffice is near the end. The last stable iteration was 4.1.2 (released October, 2015) and a recent major security flaw took a month to patch. A lack of coders has brought development to a creeping crawl. And then, the worst possible news hit the ether; the project suggested users switch to MS Office (or LibreOffice).

Carla Shroder: On Farming and Linux

Thursday 15th of September 2016 03:19:29 PM
One of the many things we like about Ms. Shroder is that she makes difficult technology easy to understand. She’s also fun to read. And as you’ll discover in this interview, she’s also a quick wit who won’t be backed into a corner.

The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Thursday 15th of September 2016 02:22:18 PM
The new plan to drastically expand the government’s hacking and surveillance authorities is known formally as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the proposal would allow the government to hack a million computers or more with a single warrant. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation blocking this proposal, the new rules go into effect on December 1.

Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

Thursday 15th of September 2016 01:25:07 PM
Regular readers of The Linux Rain will know that I'm keen on writing simple shell scripts to automate repetitive and complicated tasks. Some of those scripts are for terminal use, others for GUI applications. They all have this in common: they reduce lots of keystrokes and mouse-clicks to a single keyboard shortcut or a single click (on an icon or a menu item).Power users in the corporate world and sysadmins use scripts to save time and effort. Seniors like me do it to save effort and because it's a simpler way to interact with a computer, and we really like keeping things simple.

Automating repetitive tasks for digital artists with Python

Thursday 15th of September 2016 12:27:56 PM
Artists and designers should know how to code. There, I said it.Now, I could go into a good in-depth exposition on how the artist mindset and the developer/engineer mindset aren't all that different, or how the image of the "non-technical artist" is a relatively recent phenomenon. Those are topics for another article. For the purposes of this article, suffice it to say that knowing a little code will not only give you a better understanding of how your digital tools work, but that knowledge will help you create your work more efficiently.read more

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today's leftovers

  • 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

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
    Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.23 LTS Has ARM and MIPS Improvements, Updated Filesystems, More
    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed the community about the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 LTS kernel. The Linux 4.4 kernel is a long-term supported branch, the latest and most advanced one, used in many stable and reliable GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Alpine Linux 3.4. Therefore, it is imperative for it to receive regular updates that bring fixes to the most important issues, as well as other general improvements.
  • From NFS to LizardFS
    If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that we started our data servers out using NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit some load problems, switched to btrfs, hit load problems again, tried a hacky workaround, ran into problems, dropped DRBD for glusterfs, had a major disaster, switched back to NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit more load problems, and finally dropped DRBD for ZFS.
  • IBM's Ginni Rometty Tells Bankers Not To Rest On Their Digital Laurels
  • BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel
    BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit. David Herrmann, one of the BUS1 developers, presented at this week's systemd.conf conference about the new capability-based IPC for Linux. He talked about how BUS1 is superior to KDBUS, how BUS1 is similar to Android's Binder, Chrome's Mojo, Solaris' Doors, and other common IPC implementations.
  • A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant
    In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center. Intel has been developing a new wireless daemon for Linux to potentially replace wpa_supplicant. This new daemon isn't yet public but the code repositories for it will be opened up in the next few weeks. This new daemon has improvements around persistency, WiFi management, reduced abstractions for different operating systems and legacy interfaces, and changes to operation. This daemon is designed to be very lightweight and work well for embedded Linux use-cases especially, including IoT applications.