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TuxMachines: Kubuntu 17.10 review - Hello darkness my old friend

Friday 17th of November 2017 07:07:04 PM

This must be one of the worst Kubuntu releases I've tried in a long time. Part of the fault lies with the parent distro, and the heartless switch to Gnome, which just shows that the passion to making Ubuntu an important desktop player is gone. This is just inertia and apathy. Still, there's so much wrong with Kubuntu on its own that I feel like a total fool for investing my time in this effort. And it also proves that there is only one good release for every three, showing that distro teams are overstretched roughly by 300%. The whole fast-release bullshit is just the modern-era agile-crap nonsense. It helps no one. Shitty products serve no purpose. Being fast for the sake of it is like running head first into an industrial blender to have your outstretched arms finely chopped by spinning blades.

Kubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark makes me sad. Makes me angry. Zesty was one of the finest distros ever created. This is one of the worst. That makes no sense. How can it be? Where's the modicum of care and diligence to ensure this kind of stuff does not happen? Application crashes, kernel crashes, media bugs, weird artifacts. Horrible.

My suggestion is not to upgrade for now. And even then, the foundation of your sanity is shaken. Come the upgrade, you do not know what will happen. You're hostage to arbitrary code decisions. There's no peace and stability in the Linux desktop. You will always have to dread the update process, not knowing what will break next. That is the essence of amateurism. And I'm right there, advocating Plasma and Kubuntu like the biggest of fools in this universe. Anyway, for the sake of public sacrifice, I'll also check 17.10 in-vivo upgrades on other machines, but my expectations are low. Aardvark gets 4/10. Don't bother for now, give it six months for the bugs to be fixed before a new release erases the slate and the cycle of depression starts again.

Also: First Look At Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Beta

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TuxMachines: Games Leftovers

Friday 17th of November 2017 07:00:31 PM

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Reddit: Firefox 57 Quantum has landed! How is it working for you?

Friday 17th of November 2017 06:41:39 PM

If you need tech support, check out /r/linuxquestions or /r/linux4noobs

Share your opinions here!

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TuxMachines: HTC U11 Life (Android One) review: Keep it simple

Friday 17th of November 2017 06:18:14 PM

Android One has arrived in Europe, and HTC is one of the first manufacturers to ship an affordable, Google-branded phone. The Android One badge made its debut in India and parts of Asia, as Google emphasized quality software on super-cheap hardware. But with its latest round of "One" handsets, the prices are higher, the products more premium, and the hand on the software rudder a little firmer.

The Android One U11 Life — unlike the T-Mobile U.S. version we reviewed separately, running HTC Sense — runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and comes with the promise of timely updates to future versions. It takes the fundamentals of HTC's flagship phone and downscales it into a smaller size, while trimming the specs back to the essentials.

There's a Snapdragon 630 processor — Qualcomm's latest mid-ranger, and the successor to the very capable 625/626 — along with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of storage, plus microSD. I've been using the 3/32GB model for the past couple of weeks, however the UK will be getting the more capacious 4/64GB model when it goes on sale.

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TuxMachines: The power of open source: Why GitLab's move to a Developer Certificate of Origin benefits the developer community

Friday 17th of November 2017 06:12:42 PM

Over the past few years, open source software has transformed the way enterprises operate and ship code. In an era where companies are striving to deliver the next best application, enterprises are turning to the sea of open source contributors to create projects faster and more effectively than ever before. For instance, 65 percent of companies surveyed in The Black Duck Future of Open Source Survey reveal they are contributing to open source projects – with 59 percent doing so to gain a competitive edge. As open source continues to have a positive influence on software development, it’s important for developers to continue to participate in and contribute to open source projects.

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LXer: Open Jam leaves a mark with 45 game entries and 3 big winners

Friday 17th of November 2017 05:23:15 PM
In early October 2017, the inaugural Open Jam, a video game jam focused on open source game development, took place. Creators were given 72 hours to build a video game from scratch using the best of the open source world. It was a fantastic weekend, with 45 games created and entered into the jam, and three outstanding entries making it to the final competition. Read on for a review of the event, lots of pictures, and heaping praise for the creators!read more This Week in Open Source: Linux Demonstrates Superpowers With Supercomputer Domination & More

Friday 17th of November 2017 05:01:15 PM
Title: This Week in Open Source: Linux Demonstrates Superpowers With Supercomputer Domination & More17 NovLearn more

Phoronix: Linux File-System Benchmarks On The Intel Optane 900P SSD

Friday 17th of November 2017 04:34:11 PM
Earlier this week I presented out initial Linux benchmarks of the Intel Optane 900P SSD with this 3D XPoint memory U.2 solid-state drive delivering incredible performance figures. Those tests were done with EXT4 while in this article are more tests with other mainline Linux file-systems and also testing some of the different mount options.

Reddit: AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code - Phoronix • r/Amd

Friday 17th of November 2017 04:13:17 PM

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Bring your popcorn and wait for Linus response...

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Reddit: The VIM Keyboard Cover

Friday 17th of November 2017 04:09:33 PM

LXer: How to use argparse to parse python scripts parameters

Friday 17th of November 2017 03:51:46 PM
In a previous article we have seen how to parse command line arguments using getopts in the context of bash scripts (you can find the article here). Now we will see how to accomplish the same task, in a more powerful way, when writing a python script. How to Install and Use Docker on Linux

Friday 17th of November 2017 03:00:57 PM
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Phoronix: Pale Moon Project Rolls Out The Basilisk Browser Project

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:57:14 PM
The developers behind the Pale Moon web-browser that's been a long standing fork of Firefox have rolled out their first public beta release of their new "Basilisk" browser technology...

Reddit: XUL/XPCOM FANS: Basilisk browser is now available!

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:45:45 PM

This is just a quick notification targeted at all those who can't afford to lose a specific XUL/XPCOM Firefox add-on. As of today the Basilisk browser, developed by the Pale Moon team, is available.

Some notable features include:

  • support for XUL/XPCOM add-ons, also known as legacy add-ons
  • experimental WebExtensions support
  • ALSA support
  • support for NPAPI plug-ins, such as Flash and Java
  • support for unsigned extensions
  • features the Australis (FF29-56) interface
  • e10s is in there, but unsupported by the developer team

System requirements:

  • A modern Linux distribution. This browser may not work well on old or LTS releases of Linux.
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended for heavy use).
  • Dedicated GPU and hardware accelerated video in X strongly recommended.
  • GTK+ 3.4 or higher
  • GLib 2.22 or higher
  • Pango 1.14 or higher
  • X.Org 1.0 or higher (1.7 or higher is recommended)
  • libstdc++ 4.6.1 or higher

The browser seems to be roughly based on Firefox 52.

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GitHub page:

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Firefox 52 ESR:

SeaMonkey (somewhat):

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Phoronix: KDE Applications 17.12 Sees Some New KF5 Ports, Other Apps Dropped

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:36:42 PM
The beta of KDE Applications 17.12 is now available ahead of next month's official debut for this quarterly update to the collection of official KDE programs...

Reddit: [Dedoimedo] Kubuntu 17.10 review

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:31:52 PM

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6-Way Enterprise Focused Linux Distribution Comparison With An Intel Core i9, Dual Xeon Gold Systems

Here's our latest Linux distribution comparison with this time looking at the out-of-the-box performance of six Linux distributions while running a range of enterprise/workstation-focused benchmarks while using two systems. One system is a high-end Core i9 7980XE desktop system and the other a Tyan 1U Xeon Scalable server with dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors. Read more

Security: FOSS Versus Windows

Linux/Android hacker SBC with hexa-core Rockchip SoC debuts at $75

The Vamrs “RK3399 Sapphire” SBC is on sale for $75, or $349 for a full kit. Vamrs is also prepping an RK3399-based “Rock960” 96Boards SBC. Rockchip’s RK3399 is one of the most powerful ARM-based system-on-chips available on hacker boards, featuring two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz and a quad-core Mali-T864 GPU. The hexa-core SoC has appeared on T-Firefly’s Firefly-RK3399 SBC and RK3399 Coreboard computer-on-module, as well as Videostrong’s VS-RD-RK3399 SBC and Theobroma’s RK3399-Q7 Qseven module. Now we have a new contender: Shenzhen based Vamrs, which built the limited edition Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire SBC as the official RK3399 dev board for Rockchip, is now re-launching the board, which features a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible connector, with “many in stock” for a discounted price of $75. Read more