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Zorin OS 12.3 Linux Distro Released: Download The Perfect Windows Replacement

Sunday 18th of March 2018 08:06:00 PM
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.

Why a hard drive RAID array can save your bacon

Sunday 18th of March 2018 10:27:01 AM
How valuable is your data? If your storage drive crashed, would it ruin your day? Your week? Your entire career? Only you can answer those questions for yourself and your organization. But I'll tell you, personally, I need my files -- not only to get my day-to-day job done, but to reference older information and even look at personal keepsakes (like all my digital photos).

Google Says Android Is as Secure as Apple's iOS and Wants You to Know That

Sunday 18th of March 2018 08:26:56 AM
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.

Rugged, Kaby Lake based NVR system offers up to eight PoE ports

Sunday 18th of March 2018 06:26:51 AM
Aaeon’s automotive-focused “VPC-5600S” networked video recorder PC runs Linux or Windows on 7th Gen Core chips and offers dual hot-swappable SATA trays and 6x to 10x GbE ports, with 4x to 8x of those supporting PoE. Aaeon has launched a rugged VPC-5600S network video recorder (NVR) embedded computer with up to 10x Gigabit Ethernet ports, of which up to 8x support Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

Creating and Resizing XFS Partitions

Sunday 18th of March 2018 04:26:46 AM
In this article, we will be using VirtualBox to demonstrate how to create a proper partition and format it with XFS filesystem. We also show you how to resize a XFS partition that already exists so you don't have to destroy it and create a new one.

Chinas open source AI, a GitHub tool for licensing, and more news

Sunday 18th of March 2018 02:26:41 AM
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look China[he]#039[/he]s open source AI technology, GitHub making open source licensing easier, the Eclipse Foundation taking over Java EE, and more.Open source news roundup for February 3-17, 2018.

How Open Source Approach is Impacting Science

Sunday 18th of March 2018 12:26:36 AM
How the Linux-based Operating System and Open Source are playing a significant role in the major scientific breakthroughs that are taking place in our daily lives.

Weekend Reading: All Things Bash

Saturday 17th of March 2018 10:26:31 PM
Bash is a shell and command language. It is distributed widely as the default login shell for most Linux distributions. We've rounded up some of the most popular Bash-related articles for your weekend reading.

Chromium and Firefox Web Browsers Are Now Installable as Snaps on Ubuntu Linux

Saturday 17th of March 2018 06:26:21 PM
Canonical has announced recently that the popular Chromium and Mozilla Firefox open-source web browsers are now installable as Snaps on Ubuntu and other Snap-powered operating systems.

How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative

Saturday 17th of March 2018 02:26:11 PM
Many people turn to popular services like LastPass and 1Password to help them wrangle their passwords. While solid, those services are also proprietary and closed source. So where can an open source enthusiast turn to find an alternative? Enter Bitwarden, an application that's aiming to become the go-to open source password manager on the web.

Linus Torvalds slams CTS Labs over AMD vulnerability report

Saturday 17th of March 2018 12:26:06 PM
Linux[he]#039[/he]s creator said he thinks CTS Labs[he]#039[/he] AMD chip security report "looks more like stock manipulation than a security advisory" and questions an industry. CTS Labs, a heretofore unknown Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup, has claimed it's found over a dozen security problems with AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors. Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, doesn't buy it.

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

Saturday 17th of March 2018 10:26:01 AM
Poll says devs wouldn’t write unethical code - probably.. Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely followed by Kotlin, which makes its debut in the survey.

How to Encrypt Files From Within a File Manager

Saturday 17th of March 2018 08:25:56 AM
Many Linux desktops include the ability to easily encrypt or decrypt files, and if that capability is not built in, it’s easy to add. I will walk you through the process of encrypting and decrypting a file from within three popular Linux file managers: Nautilus (aka GNOME Files), Dolphin and Thunar.

Security: 17 Things

Saturday 17th of March 2018 06:25:51 AM
This is a list you can use to secure yourself, your significant other and your non-techie loved ones from the majority of the most-common and easiest-to-pull-off types of crime and cruelty.

Fanless system has four PoE and two standard GbE ports

Saturday 17th of March 2018 04:25:46 AM
EFCO’s Linux-ready “SmartMod” box PC offers a 7th Gen Intel Core CPU, SATA and mSATA, 5x USB, 6x serial, 3x mini-PCIe, dual display support, and 6x GbE ports, four of which have PoE. Taiwan-based EFCO, which bills itself as “a world-class supplier of industrial PC, Gaming and EMS solutions,” announced a fanless, embedded SmartMod UP 6-500 Series box PC with six Gigabit Ethernet ports, four of which can be equipped with optional Power over Ethernet (PoE).

NATS Messaging Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Saturday 17th of March 2018 02:25:41 AM
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) voted on March 14 to accept the NATS messaging project as its newest hosted effort. The NATS project is an open-source distributed messaging technology that got its start seven years ago and has already been deployed by multiple organizations including Ericsson, Comcast, Samsung and General Electric (GE).

6 ways a thriving community will help your project succeed

Saturday 17th of March 2018 12:59:54 AM
NethServer is an open source product that my company, Nethesis, launched just a few years ago. The product wouldn't be what it is today without the vibrant community that surrounds and supports it.read more

Linux man Command Tutorial for Beginners (8 Examples)

Friday 16th of March 2018 11:34:08 PM
A very useful aspect of the Linux command line is that the documentation for almost all command line tools is easily accessible. These documents are known as man pages, and you can easily access them through the command line using the man command.

Canonical Releases Spectre/Meltdown Patches for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2

Friday 16th of March 2018 10:08:21 PM
Canonical published two security advisories on Thursday to announce the availability of Spectre mitigations for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture on its Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS systems.

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Graphics: Vulkan and Vega M

  • Vulkan Virgl Has Kicked Off For Supporting This Graphics/Compute API Within VMs
    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
  • AMDVLK Driver Lands Half-Float Additions, Many Other Improvements
    There's been another weekly-ish public code push to the AMDVLK open-source AMD Vulkan Linux driver stack and this time around it's heavy on feature work. There has been a fair amount of changes pertaining to half-float (FP16) support including support for the AMD_gpu_shader_half_float extension, prepping for VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float_fetch, FP16 interpolation intrinsics and register settings, and more.
  • Vega M Graphics On Intel Kabylake G CPUs Are Beginning To Work Under Linux
    We have been covering the Linux driver upbringing of "Vega M" for the Vega/Polaris graphics found in select newer Intel "Kabylake G" processors. The code is still in flight before it will work in all released versions of the Linux driver components, but for those willing to build the code or rely upon third party repositories, Vega M is now working on Linux. As I have covered in various past articles, the open-source driver support for Radeon Vega M is queued into DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel cycle, Mesa 18.1 albeit with new hardware I always recommend using the latest Git (current Mesa 18.2), and there are also binary GPU microcode files needed too.

Plasma 5.13 – Amazing Tux, How Sweet Plasma

Plasma 5.13 is (going to be) a very nice release. It builds on the solid foundation that is the LTS edition, and adds cool, smart touches. The emphasis is on seamless integration of elements, which is what separates professionals from amateurs. It’s all around how the WHOLE desktop behaves, and not individual programs in isolation. And Plasma is making great strides, offering a polished version of an already mature and handsome product, with extra focus on fonts, media and browser connectivity and good performance. There are some rough patches. Apart from the obvious beta issues, those goes without saying, KDE Connect ought to be a true multi-phone product, the network stack really needs to be spotless, and that means full Microsoft Windows inter-operability, Spectacle should allow for configurable shadows and alpha channel, and I want to see if the decorative backend has been cleaned up, i.e. can you search and install new themes and icons without encountering useless errors and inconsistencies. But all in all, I’m quite impressed. The changes are big and noticeable, and above all, meaningful. You don’t just get features for the sake of it, you get things that improve the quality and consistency of the desktop, that maximize fun and productivity, and there’s deep thought in orchestrating it all together. It ain’t just a random bunch of options that happen to work. I like seeing patterns in things, and I’m happy when there’s functional harmony. This spring season of distro testing hasn’t been fun, and Plasma 5.13 is balm for my weary wrists, so hurting from all that angry typing. More than worth a spin, and highly recommended. Full steam on, Tuxers. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 20

Sad News! Development Stopped for Korora and BackSlash Linux

It seems more and more small distributions are facing a had time. Recently we saw the crisis at Void Linux. Now we have two more small Linux distributions calling it quit, albeit temporarily. Read more

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