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Reddit: @Mostly_Linux Game Giveaways

Monday 9th of April 2018 09:38:38 PM

In February, we gave away five copies of Space Tyrant.

In March we gave away five copies of NeverwinterNights Enhanced Edition.

In April - we've been able to secure TWO giveaways!

The first launches next week and will be announced via the third episode of our (still beta) podcast this coming Sunday.

The second launches later in April day & date with the #Linux release of the game. Yup, and day/date giveaway.

As always we'll provide a few copies here for the subreddit community. Stay posted.

@Mostly_Linux on #Mostly Gaming Podcast Feed | Twitter

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LXer: Linspire 7.0 Service Pack 1 Released

Monday 9th of April 2018 09:10:40 PM
Today we are delivering Linspire 7 SP1 for general release. With this release we have several fixes and changes that we have made to Linspire. With this release we have resolved many of the issues that users had with our first release. Linspire 7 is the only desktop distribution that is supported for 10 years on the desktop. Linspire is deployed by many companies, government agencies and education facilities for their productivity, design and development workstations.

LinuxToday: How Wizards and Muggles Break Free from the Matrix

Monday 9th of April 2018 09:00:00 PM

Linux Journal: The obvious parts of that Matrix are maintained by Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Amazon and so on.

Phoronix: Vulkan CTS 1.1.1 Adds 26,272 New Test Cases

Monday 9th of April 2018 08:21:04 PM
The Vulkan CTS as the conformance test suite for ensuring drivers are properly and fully implementing the Vulkan graphics and compute API continues getting even more in-depth and attempts to cover as many corner-cases as possible...

Reddit: What is the future of the linux desktop?

Monday 9th of April 2018 08:02:16 PM

I'm wondering how you see the linux desktop develop over the course of a few years. Is Wayland going to take over X? Are there any projects you know of that might change the linux desktop as we know it in the course of a few years? Will elementary OS take over Ubuntu as the go to distro for newcomers? Are Arch users ever going to shut up about Arch?

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LinuxToday: Use restic on Fedora for encrypted backups

Monday 9th of April 2018 08:00:00 PM

Restic is a fast, efficient, free and open source backup application that secures your data with AES-256 encryption.

LXer: HP Unveils the Chromebook x2 as World's First Detachable Chromebook

Monday 9th of April 2018 07:56:20 PM
HP unveiled on Monday the HP Chromebook x2 as world's first detachable Chromebook device, a 2-in-1 computer powered by Google's Linux-based Chrome OS operating system.

Reddit: Staying on reddit page when pc is idle uses some amount of CPU resources

Monday 9th of April 2018 07:00:47 PM

I wonder if anyone notices this, when you load a reddit page (whether it's the front page or a subreddit) and you check CPU usage in top in CLI, even though it's idle, it still uses some amount of CPU resources.

This will go away when I shift focus to a new tab.

This does not happen on other websites though. I am on latest firefox version by the way. I wonder only linux has this, or firefox only.

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LinuxToday: MX Linux: A Mid-Weight Distro Focused on Simplicity

Monday 9th of April 2018 07:00:00 PM

Jack Wallen says this distro can make anyone feel right at home on Linux. Image courtesy: MX Linux.

Reddit: Need help choosing USB Bluetooth dongle for bluetooth headset

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:42:32 PM

So I helped my dad switch to linux from windows 8 on his Asus x205TA. Got everything working fine except for the bluetooth. It doesn't work whatever I do. My dad's main use of the laptop is watching videos using bluetooth headset. I was wondering if I could purchase a bluetooth usb dongle but not sure if every model can support audio profile for headset. Any suggestions? I can spend upto 6$ for it.

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LXer: Contribute at the Add-On Modularity and Kernel Test Days

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:42:00 PM
Fedora test days are events where anyone can help make sure changes in Fedora work well in an upcoming release. Fedora community members often participate, and the public is welcome at these events. If you’ve never contributed to Fedora before, this is a perfect way to get started. There are two upcoming test days this […]

Phoronix: Wayland 1.15 & Weston 4.0 Officially Released

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:29:45 PM
Today marks the long-awaited debut of Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 reference compositor...

Reddit: GNU pricing

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:22:20 PM

Reddit: Less optimized wifi?

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:08:23 PM

I run unbuntu on my laptop (asus zenbook UX305FA) for productivity (no games to distract, terminal) and for the most part it's everything I expected and more. (Was told to expect worse battery life due to lack of optimization, found better battery life due to lack of bloat) anyway the only problem has been wifi conmectivity. It's just overall not useful.

Is there any way to get different software thats better for wifi connectivity?

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Phoronix: AMD Posts VP9 VA-API Video Acceleration For Gallium3D

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:28:16 PM
Hitting the Mesa mailing list today from AMD developers are a set of twenty-two patches providing VP9 video acceleration support via the Gallium3D VA-API state tracker...

LXer: 12 Best GTK Themes for Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:27:40 PM
Check out some of the beautiful GTK themes you can use for Ubuntu and other Linux distros that use GNOME

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

OSS, Openwashing and More

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    Open Source Summit Europe is the leading technical conference for professional open source. Join developers, sysadmins, DevOps professionals, architects and community members, to collaborate and learn about the latest open source technologies, and to gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.
  • MariaDB launches Oracle compatible enterprise open source database
    Enterprise computing has often been reliant on proprietary database architecture, but this can be both complex and costly, putting up a barrier to innovation. Now open source database specialist MariaDB is launching its latest enterprise offering with Oracle compatibility. This allows existing Oracle Database users to reuse existing code and established skill sets when migrating applications or deploying new ones. MariaDB TX 3.0 introduces built-in, system-versioned tables, enabling developers to easily build temporal features into applications. This eliminates the need to manually create columns, tables and triggers in order to maintain row history, freeing DBAs to simply create new tables with system versioning or alter existing tables to add it, streamlining the process significantly. Developers can query a table with standard SQL to see what data looked like at a previous point in time, such as looking at a customer's profile history to see how preferences have changed over time.
  • MariaDB TX 3.0 Delivers First Enterprise Open Source Database to Beat Oracle, Microsoft and IBM
    MariaDB® Corporation today announced the release of MariaDB TX 3.0, the first enterprise open source database solution to deliver advanced features that, until now, required expensive, proprietary and complex databases.
  • 5 Open-Source SQL IDEs for You to Learn and Explore
    If you’ve done a lot with SQL, you’ve probably used some form of SQL IDE to help you complete that work. Yes, it’s possible to do everything in SQL from the command line; but creating or even maintaining databases and tables that way is an exercise in masochism. There are some nice commercial IDEs such as dbArtisan and SQL Server’s Management Studio, but IDEs is one area where open-source can do just as well (or in some cases, even better).
  • LibreOffice 6.1 Branches & Now Under Feature Freeze, LibreOffice 6.2 On Master
    LibreOffice has reached its hard feature freeze and branching period with the first beta release being imminent. As of yesterday is now the libreoffice-6-1 branch for continued with on this next open-source office suite while the Git master code is tracking what will later become LibreOffice 6.2.
  • Securing Third-Party and Open Source Code Components: A Primer [Ed: Citing, as usual, firms that try to sell their proprietary software by badmouthing FOSS]
    The increasing popularity of open source code continues to be a boon for developers across the industry, allowing them to increase efficiency and streamline delivery. But there are security risks to be considered when leveraging open source and commercial code components, as each carries with it a significant risk of becoming the enemy within, creating a vulnerability in the program it helps build.
  • FOSSID Awarded Grant for Artificial Intelligence in Open Source Auditing by Sweden's Government Agency for Innovation
  • Intel AI Lab open-sources library for deep learning-driven NLP
    The Intel AI Lab has open-sourced a library for natural language processing to help researchers and developers give conversational agents like chatbots and virtual assistants the smarts necessary to function, such as name entity recognition, intent extraction, and semantic parsing to identify the action a person wants to take from their words. Just a few months old, the Intel AI Lab plans to open-source more libraries to help developers train and deploy artificial intelligence, publish research, and reproduce the latest innovative techniques from members of the AI research community in order to “push AI and deep learning into domains it’s not a part of yet.”
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  • FSFE Newsletter - May 2018
    Following a more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in Barcelona, Spain, as a meeting point for world-leading legal exper...
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Firefox 63 Plans and Mozilla's Error Code Plans

  • Firefox 63 to Get Improved Tracking Protection That Blocks In-Browser Miners
    Mozilla developers are working on an improved Tracking Protection system for the Firefox browser that will land in version 63, scheduled for release in mid-October. Tracking Protection is a feature that blocks Firefox from loading scripts from abusive trackers. It was first launched with Firefox's Private Browsing mode a few years back, but since Firefox 57, released in November 2017, users can enable it for normal browsing sessions at any time.
  • Firefox 63 To Block Cryptojackers With Advanced Tracking Protection
    It has been reported by Bleeping Computer, a security blog, that Firefox 63 will be launched with an improved tracking protection system to ward off the threats and security concerns posed by in-browser miners. With the surge in incidents involving mining malware trying to use your CPU power to perform some CPU-intensive calculations for their own benefit, many browsers have raised their guards by providing additional security features. (You can read more about blocking cryptocurrency mining in your browser in our earlier published article.)
  • What’s the 411 on 404 messages: Internet error messages explained
    Nothing’s worse than a broken website. Well, maybe an asteroid strike. Or a plague. So maybe a broken website isn’t the end of the world, but it’s still annoying. And it’s even more annoying not knowing what those weird error messages mean. That’s why we’ve decoded the most common HTTP error messages.

OpenStack News/Leftovers

  • Canonical founder calls out OpenStack suppliers for ‘lack of focus’ on datacentre cost savings
    The OpenStack supplier community’s reluctance to prioritise the delivery of datacentre cost savings to their users could prove “fatal”, says Canonical co-founder Mark Shuttleworth.
  • OpenStack in transition
    OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of hype around OpenStack as the project went through the usual hype cycle. Now, we’re talking about a stable project that many of the most valuable companies on earth rely on. But this also means the ecosystem around it — and the foundation that shepherds it — is now trying to transition to this next phase.
  • Free OpenStack Training Resources
  • How the OpenStack Foundation Is Evolving Beyond Its Roots
    The OpenStack Foundation is in a period of transition as it seeks to enable a broader set of open infrastructure efforts than just the OpenStack cloud project itself. In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit here, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discussed how the open-source organization is still thriving, even as corporate sponsorship changes and attendance at events declines. At the event, Collier said there were approximately 2,600 registered attendees, which is nearly half the number that came to the OpenStack Boston 2017 event. OpenStack's corporate sponsorship has also changed, with both IBM and Canonical dropping from the Platinum tier of membership.