A very interesting discussion is taking place in the Haiku mailing list right now. A developer has created a working prototype implementation of the BeOS API layer on top of the Linux kernel, and he is wondering if the project is worth pursuing.
Though personally I don’t like Linux operating system resembling Windows (I had really bad experiences with Windows and lost a lot of data in the past at a critical phase in my student life and OS resembling Windows reminds me of the same), but I have seen Zorin OS to be quite popular among the new users, specially those who are converting from Windows to Linux. Even I used Zorin OS for sometime in the past, but once I upgraded Zorin to the next release, it became Ubuntu and all Zorin specific customization are lost. However, the recent Zorin OS release is supported for 5 years (till April 2019) and possibly you don’t need to upgrade it for quite sometime, given the customization I am recommending in this article.
This week I spoke at LinuxCon North America 2014 in Chicago, which was also my first LinuxCon. I really enjoyed the conference, and it was a privilege to take part and contribute. I'll be returning to work with some useful ideas from talks and talking with attendees.
Matthew Miller is a little concerned. As the new project leader for the Fedora Linux distribution, he thinks Fedora 20 is great and Fedora 21, when it ships, will be the best release ever. But he worries that to everyone else, Fedora – and Linux distros in general – are getting a little, well … boring.
The Linux AIO Team is trying to provide a very simple and obvious service for the users and to gather all the releases for some of the most famous distros and offer them on a single DVD, which might seem like the obvious solution.
As we all know, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Debian developers provide separate images for each flavor of their distribution. Linux Mint has quite a few, the Debian project the same, and Ubuntu has so many it's hard to name them all.
There is a never-ending debate on whether or not Linux is an operating system. Technically, the term "Linux" refers to the kernel, a core component of an operating system. Folks who argue that Linux is not an operating system are operating system purists who think that the kernel alone does not make the whole operating system, or free software ideologists who believe that the largest free operating system should be named "GNU/Linux" to give credit where credit is due (i.e., GNU project). On the other hand, some developers and programmers have a view that Linux qualifies as an operating system in a sense that it implements the POSIX standard.
I'm really interested in open source philosophies. I like the camaraderie of the communities and the open collaboration. I like being able to have a direct effect on the development of products that I use. I like the idea of the freedom behind the licensing. I like the idea of supporting the underdog fighting picaresquely against the corporate giants. I like that the whole point of open source is being allowed to see (and modify) the code. In simple terms, with open source as a development model it allows access to a product's plans/blueprints through using a permissive license.
Last week I ran some performance tests that found Sandy Bridge was faster with the Linux 3.17 kernel and these performance gains with the still in-development kernel extended beyond just graphics. Curious, I ran some tests this weekend to see whether Intel Ivy Bridge processors were also running faster with Linux 3.17 compared to Linux 3.16 stable.
It’s no secret that open development is the key to rapid and continuous technology innovation. Openly sharing knowledge, skills and technical building blocks is something that we in the Linux community have long been promoting and have recognized as a successful model for breeding technology breakthroughs. Much of The Linux Foundation’s and its peerss efforts to date have been centered on fostering openness at the software level, starting right at the source -- the operating system – and building up from there. Traditionally, the agenda has not included a great amount of attention on how to open up at the hardware level. Until now.
Walk into any makerspace around the world and you'll encounter this infectious optimism. You'll see people playing with their Raspberry Pis, their Arduinos, their CNC machines, and their 3D printers. You'll encounter people intently focused on assembling something, their mind so engaged as to be in a state of flow.
What effect does this frame of mind have on a person's mental health? Living in a constant state of hope has a spillover effect into mental health. Beyond that, the sharing of ideas that goes on at makerspaces often creates deeper social bonds between people. People who hang out at makerspaces have a deeper connection to community. This, too, positively impacts mental health.
With the Linux 3.17 kernel, Mesa 10.3, and the newest Radeon microcode files, there's finally working Hawaii GPU support by AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver. The Radeon R9 290 series launched nearly one year ago and finally now the open-source driver is working right, so we've conducted some preliminary tests using the R9 290 compared to AMD's other Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux driver.
Not too many people heard about the new Tanglu operating systems, although the developers are not at their first release. In fact, Tanglu 1.0 (Aequorea Victoria) was made available back in February, 2014. Now, the Tanglu devs have started to work on a second release and everything seems to be going as planned.
The system features a modern desktop and it's based on GNOME (not the default). It seems to be faster than the other distros with the same desktop, but this is still an Alpha release and many things can change in a few months’ time.
Panamax taught me a lot about Docker, and caused me to publish my first two images to the Docker registry, which is more than I expected to gain from trying it out. I’m not sure I’m the target audience – I don’t think I’d want to run production Docker apps under it on a headless server (at least until it’s more stable), which suggests that its main use is as an easy way to experiment with the development of containerized systems. But the friction introduced by the extra CoreOS host seems too great for it to be an awesome development platform for me. I think it’s a solvable problem – if the team can find a way to make the network port forwarding and the filesystem NFS sharing be automatic, rather than manual, and to work with ecryptfs on Ubuntu, it would make a massive difference.
I am impressed with the newfound ability to help someone launch a database-backed Django app without using any terminal commands, even if they’re on Windows and have no kind of dev environment, and would consider recommending Panamax for someone in that situation. Ultimately, maybe what I’ll get out of Panamax is a demystification of Docker’s orchestration concepts. That’s still a pretty useful experience to have.
Make no mistake about it, Red Hat is a Linux power that wants to be a force in the clouds as well. The announcement that Red Hat CloudForms 3.1, its open hybrid cloud management solution, will be available in September 2014 on the opening day of VMworld underlines its cloud intentions.
Mozilla has announced that the first smartphone running its Firefox OS mobile operating system is now on sale in India, following earlier reports that a low-cost phone would arrive there in July.
The phone is called Cloud FX and is built by Intex Technologies, an Indian phone maker. It went on sale on the Snapdeal.com website on Monday for 1,999 rupees (Rs.), or approximately $33.
Mesa 10.3 represents about three months of development work and is nearing completion with its OpenGL 4.0 support, but that wasn't completed in time to mark bumping the version number to Mesa 11.0. Of the Mesa 10.3 highlights include:
- Radeon H.264 video encoding support using the VCE engine on the latest AMD GPUs and implemented by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and the encode interface is exposed using the new OpenMAX Gallium3D state tracker.
- Good support for AMD Hawaii GPUs for those not wanting to use the high-performance Catalyst driver.
It was on this day in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system that would go on to become Linux.
On 25 August 1991 is when Linus Torvalds in Helsinki announced his "free operating system" as a hobby that he had been developing since April. The initial release had GCC 1.40 and Bash 1.08 ported. The work wasn't originally known as Linux but originally was called Freax before being renamed to Linux. While most Phoronix readers have likely already seen that classic email many times, for those that haven't you can see the original posting to comp.os.minix. Happy birthday Linux!
In this introduction to Raw Therapee you will learn how to use its advanced tools for noise reduction and sharpening your digital photos.