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Running DOS on the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 03:09:49 PM
You may be familiar with The FreeDOS Project. FreeDOS is a complete, free, DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded PC applications. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.As the founder and project coordinator of the FreeDOS Project, I'm often the go-to person when users ask questions. And one question I seem to get a lot lately is: "Can you run FreeDOS on the Raspberry Pi?"read more

How Containers Work in OpenStack Queens

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 01:55:29 PM
There are multiple projects within OpenStack now for container deployment and management - do you know what each does?

Review: Asus Tinker Board S – Single-Board Computer

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 12:41:09 PM
The Asus Tinker Board S is an ARM-based, single-board computer (SBC) with a quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and support for 4K video and HD audio. It’s billed as a marvellous computer for DIY enthusiasts and makers.

Eric Raymond's New UPS Project, Ubuntu's Bionic Beaver 18.04 Beta Released, Kernel Prepatch 4.16-rc5 and More

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 11:26:49 AM
News briefs for March 12, 2018.

Former Docker CEO takes over Storj Labs top spot

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 10:12:29 AM
Storj Labs has announced Ben Golub, Docker[he]#039[/he]s co-founder and former CEO, is now Storj Labs[he]#039[/he] executive chairman and interim CEO. Top executives who get open source are rare and far between. So it is that Storj Labs, the leader in decentralized cloud storage, must be pleased as punch to announce that Ben Golub, former CEO and co-founder of Docker, is now Storj's executive chairman and interim CEO.

4 Linux-forward schools

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 08:58:09 AM
It[he]#039[/he]s well known that there[he]#039[/he]s a shortage of qualified candidates to fill IT jobs. Employers are urgently looking for people to fill DevOps, development, sysadmin, and other IT roles...To meet future demand for IT skills, we need to bring open source into the PK-12 classroom today. These schools are leading the way.

SparkyLinux 5.3 Rolling Linux OS Debuts Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 07:43:48 AM
The developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux GNU/Linux operating system announced over the weekend the release of the SparkyLinux 5.3 "Nibiru" Rolling ISO snapshot.

Best Laptop

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 06:29:28 AM
What's the favorite LJ reader laptop? The top three winners are:Lenovo: 32%Dell: 25%System76: 11%

Best Linux Desktop Environment

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 05:15:08 AM
This is a user-active survey to determine which desktop environments are most favoured by Linux users.

Former Docker CEO Joins Open-Source Blockchain Storage Platform Storj Labs

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 04:00:47 AM
Former Docker CEO Ben Golub wants to help enable Storj Labs to become the Airbnb of the storage industry.

How Creative DDOS Attacks Still Slip Past Defenses

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 02:46:27 AM
Distributed denial of service attacks, in which hackers use a targeted hose of junk traffic to overwhelm a service or take a server offline, have been a digital menace for decades. But in just the last 18 months, the public picture of DDoS defense has evolved rapidly.

Chromebooks with Touchscreen Will Soon Get a Brand-New, Android-Like Power Menu

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 01:32:07 AM
Chromium evangelist at Google François Beaufort reports today the availability of a brand-new, Android-like power menu on Google's Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks with a touch screen.

Python, Raspberry Pi how-tos, R programming counterculture, Linux containers, and more

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 12:17:47 AM
Last week Python, Raspberry Pi, Linux, containers, and Kubernetes dominated our list of reader favorites.

Install and Learn to Use Curl on Ubuntu 18.04

Monday 12th of March 2018 11:03:27 PM
CURL is a command line utility to make HTTP requests and get data from web servers. CURL is also used to test REST APIs, as it is very lightweight and can easily be found on any Linux distribution. In this article, I will show you how to install and use CURL on Ubuntu 18.04 for useful tasks.

More in Tux Machines

MX Tools - A year later, the toolbox got better

Roughly fourteen full phases of the moon ago, I wrote an article on MX Tools, a unique and useful bunch of dedicated utilities packaged with the MX Linux distribution. This toolbox offered the ordinary (or new) MX Linux user a chance to perform some common configuration tasks with easy and elegance. In general, MX-16 was a great player, and the recent MX-17 is even better - and at a first glance, so is the new version of MX Tools bundled with the system. Good stuff. So I set about testing, to see what has changed, and in what way this set of utilities has improved, if at all. But I'm positive. Let us commence. [...] MX Tools turned out to be a predictable gem, just as I'd expected. Well, I'm cheating, because I wrote this article after some rather thorough testing. But then, if you look across the wider spectrum of Linux home distributions, there aren't that many unique players with distinctive features. Quite often, it's the rehash of old and familiar with some extra color, polish and rebranding. MX Linux goes the extra mile (or kilometer, if you will) in making the newbie experience meaningfully different. Future improvements could potentially include an interactive walkthrough - so users will be actively prompted and helped along in their tasks. Then of course, there's the matter of visual appearance, in the UI itself. But in general, MX Tools TNG is better than we had before. More elegant, more streamlined, better looking, and most importantly, more practical. This is a good and useful toolbox, and it makes a solid distro even more appealing. Well worth testing. So do it. And take care. Read more

The story of Gentoo management

I have recently made a tabular summary of (probably) all Council members and Trustees in the history of Gentoo. I think that this table provides a very succinct way of expressing the changes within management of Gentoo. While it can’t express the complete history of Gentoo, it can serve as a useful tool of reference. What questions can it answer? For example, it provides an easy way to see how many terms individuals have served, or how long Trustee terms were. You can clearly see who served both on the Council and on the Board and when those two bodies had common members. Most notably, it collects a fair amount of hard-to-find data in a single table. Read more

Success for net neutrality, success for free software

We've had great success with the United States Senate voting in support of net neutrality! Congratulations and thank you to everyone in the US for contacting your congresspeople, and all of you who helped spread the word. However, it's not over yet. Here are more actions you can take if you're in the United States. Now that the (CRA) has passed the Senate, it moves to the House of Representatives. Just as we asked you to call your senators, now it's time to call your House representatives. Find their contact info here and use the script below to ask them to support the reinstatement of net neutrality protections. The timing hasn't been set for future votes and hearings yet, but that's no reason to wait: make sure your representatives know how you feel. Read more Also: GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 18 new GNU releases!

today's leftovers

  • 10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream – For The Record
    10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.
  • Linux Works For You
    Linux allows YOUR computer to work for you, not against you. Wearing this shirt/hoodie demonstrates to all who see it that you are not a slave to your PC. You are in control and Linux is the reason for this.
  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
    The Linux Journal mourns the passing of Robin Miller, a longtime presence in our community.
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  • Pidgin / Libpurple SkypeWeb Plugin Sees New Stable Release
    SkypeWeb is a plugin that allows using Skype in Pidgin / libpurple chat clients. The plugin can be used to send instant messages and participate in group chats, but it does not yet support voice / video calling.
  • Feral's GameMode May Soon Have Soft Real-Time Capabilities
    Feral Interactive's Linux system tuning daemon, GameMode since being introduced earlier this year has primarily offered the ability to easily change the CPU scaling governor when gaming but not much more. Though a new feature is now in the works for GameMode.
  • Mini DebConf Hamburg
    Last week I attended the MiniDebConfHamburg. I worked on new releases of dracut and rinse. Dracut is an initramfs-tools replacement which now supports early microcode loading. Rinse is a tool similar to debootstrap for rpm distributions, which now can create Fedora 28 environments aka chroots.
  • Android and Automotive Grade Linux battle, as car becomes a data center
    Volvo’s decision to pick Intel’s Atom automotive system-on-chip (SoC) to run in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) for its new XC40 SUV highlights the intensifying competition among chipmakers in this fast growing sphere. The decision to base the system on Android also illuminates the evolving operating system scene for cars, with Linux the primary alternative in its AGL (Automotive Grade Linux) variant. However, given the complementary strengths of Android and Linux, it looks more likely that both will be deployed by many automobile makers in hybrid packages, so that they can take advantage of Android’s huge app ecosystem, encouraging plenty of third party enhancements, as well as harnessing the independence and enterprise scale of Linux. As cars become mini-data centers or edge compute…
  • Vending machine boardset works with UP or UP Squared boards
    Aaeon’s “AIOT-MSSP01” is a vending machine boardset powered by a PIC32 MCU that’s optimized to work with the UP or UP Squared SBCs. It offers vending-friendly I/O like MDB, EXE, and DEX, as well as motor controllers and 6x USB ports. The AIOT-MSSP01 is an industrial-grade vending machine controller (VMC) solution designed to run 24/7 “without a glitch,” says Aaeon. The boardset is optimized for use with the UP or UP Squared SBCs, but works with standard PCs and “most computer boards on the market.” There’s no mention of OS support for the connected computer, but the UP SBCs support Linux, Android, and Windows.