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How to price cryptocurrencies

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 10:02:36 AM
to understand the current crypto boom you have to go back to the quiet rise of Linux...

A Beginner's Guide to the GNOME Desktop

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 08:25:24 AM
Of all the desktops available for the Linux operating system, GNOME has managed to become on of the most efficient, stable, and reliable—while still remaining incredibly user-friendly. In fact, most users—regardless of experience—can get up to speed with GNOME with next to no effort.

Spectre Patches, Snap, Happy Birthday LWN and More

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 06:48:11 AM
News updates for January 22, 2018. Are you using protection? Longtime kernel developer, Greg Kroah-Hartman, justposted a simple recipe for users to verify whether they are running a Spectre/Meltdown patched version of the Linux kernel.

Apollo Lake Pico-ITX SBC offers multiple roads to expansion

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 05:10:58 AM
Advantech’s Linux-ready “MIO-3360” Pico-ITX SBC is equipped with a choice of Apollo Lake SoCs, dual display support, mini-PCIe and MIOe expansion connectors, and an optional carrier board. Advantech’s MIO-3360 SBC is a lower-end alternative to the similarly Apollo Lake driven and Pico-ITX form factor MIO-2360.

Canonical Says Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Will Launch with a Boot Speed Boost

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 03:33:46 AM
Canonical's Will Cooke published a new Ubuntu Desktop newsletter today to inform the community on the development progress of the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system.

Microsoft Shields Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Users from Patent Trolls

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 01:50:51 AM
Azure hopes its expansion of open source patent protection to include on-premises as well as cloud use will help efforts to attract enterprise customers.

An overview of the Perl 5 engine

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 12:36:31 AM
As I described in "My DeLorean runs Perl," switching to Perl has vastly improved my development speed and possibilities. Here I'll dive deeper into the design of Perl 5 to discuss aspects important to systems programming.read more

Matrix Voice RPi add-on with 7-mic array relaunches

Monday 22nd of January 2018 11:22:11 PM
Matrix Labs has publicly relaunched its FPGA-driven “Matrix Voice” voice input add-on board for the Raspberry Pi and Up board for $55, or $65 for a standalone model equipped with an ESP32. Matrix Labs has shipped its “mostly open source” Matrix Voice Raspberry Pi add-on board for Linux-compatible voice recognition and voice assistant technologies such […]

How to Create a Docker Image

Monday 22nd of January 2018 10:07:51 PM
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My DeLorean runs Perl

Monday 22nd of January 2018 08:53:31 PM
My signature hobby project these days is a computerized instrument cluster for my car, which happens to be a DeLorean. But, whenever I show it to someone, I usually have to give them a while to marvel at the car before they even notice that there's a computer screen in the dashboard. There's a similar problem when I start describing the software; programmers immediately get hung up on "Why Perl???" when they learn that the real-time OpenGL rendering of instrument data is all coded in Perl.read more

Revisited: Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" KDE

Monday 22nd of January 2018 07:39:11 PM
It's a competent distribution that is surprisingly fast & stable, but it has too many minor issues and consequently doesn't compare well to other Linux Mint editions in being suitable for newbies.

Create your own Website with Joomla (Install Joomla on Linux)

Monday 22nd of January 2018 06:24:51 PM
Joomla is free and open source CMS or content management system used for publishing content online & for creating online applications/Websites. It is said to be one of the best CMS, second only to..

Linux rm Command Explained for Beginners (8 Examples)

Monday 22nd of January 2018 05:10:31 PM
Deleting files is a fundamental operation, just like copying files or renaming/moving them. In Linux, there's a dedicated command - dubbed rm - that lets you perform all deletion-related operations.

Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Monday 22nd of January 2018 03:56:11 PM
A look at some of the many interesting Raspberry Picompetitors.

How to upgrade Debian 8 (Jessie) to 9 (Stretch) safely

Monday 22nd of January 2018 01:38:31 PM
This tutorial shows you how to upgrade your Debian system from Debian Jessie (8) to Debian Stretch (9) in a few simple steps. It also shows useful commands to test if the server is upgradable and how to backup data before you perform the update.

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How Linux became my job

I've been using open source since what seems like prehistoric times. Back then, there was nothing called social media. There was no Firefox, no Google Chrome (not even a Google), no Amazon, barely an internet. In fact, the hot topic of the day was the new Linux 2.0 kernel. The big technical challenges in those days? Well, the ELF format was replacing the old a.out format in binary Linux distributions, and the upgrade could be tricky on some installs of Linux. Read more

Linux 4.16-rc2

It's been a quiet week, and rc2 is out. I take the fairly quiet rc be a good sign for 4.16, but honestly, rc2 is often fairly calm. That's probably because people are taking a breather after the merge window, but also simply because it might take a while to find any issues. But let's be optimistic, and just assume - at least for now - that it's because all is well. The diffstat is fairly odd, but that often happens with small rc's just because then just a couple of pulls will skew things easily in one or two directions. This time the patch is about one third architecture updates (arm64, x86, powerpc), one third tooling (mostly 'perf') and one third "rest". And yes, the bulk of that rest is drivers (gpu, nvme, sound, misc), but those drivers are still distinctly *not* the bulk of the whole patch. Go out and test, it all looks fine. Read more Also: Linux 4.16-rc2 Kernel Released

OpenStreetMap in IkiWiki and Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

  • OSM in IkiWiki
    Since about 15 years ago, I have been thinking of creating a geo-referenced wiki of pubs, with loads of structured data to help searching. I don't know if that would be useful for anybody else, but I know I would use it! Sadly, the many times I started coding something towards that goal, I ended blocked by something, and I keep postponing my dream project.
  • Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble
    That said, while I still believe in the goals of OpenStreetMap, I feel the OpenStreetMap project is currently unable to fulfill that mission due to poor technical decisions, poor political decisions, and a general malaise in the project. I'm going to outline in this article what I think OpenStreetMap has gotten wrong. It's entirely possible that OSM will reform and address the impediments to its success- and I hope it does. We need a Free as in Freedom geographic dataset.

Linux KPI-Based DRM Modules Now Working On FreeBSD 11

Thanks to work done by Hans Petter Selasky and others, this drm-next-kmod port is working on FreeBSD 11 stable. What's different with this package from the ports collection versus the ported-from-Linux Direct Rendering Modules found within the FreeBSD 11 kernel is that these DRM modules are using the linuxkpi interface. Read more