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LXer: 3 Linux questions from the community

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:27:20 PM
In the last The Queue, I flipped the script and asked you questions as opposed to answering them. It was so well received, I'm going to keep it going with three more questions this month. I'll resume answering next month, so don't forget you can fill the queue with your questions about Linux, building and maintaining communities, contributing to an open source project, and anything else you'd like to know.read more

Reddit: Poll: Should we rename Minetest?

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:25:53 PM

Reddit: Android: Getting up and running on the iMX6

Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:30:58 PM

Reddit: New Thunderbird themes released (slick ubuntu)

Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:13:22 PM

LXer: FCAIC in the House, part III

Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:13:00 PM
Hello, it’s me. Ok, not that “Hello”. I’ve been writing quarterly updates on what I’m working on to help the Fedora Community. If you’re new to the party, welcome. I have the privilege of being the current Fedora Community Action... Continue Reading →

TuxMachines: Linux 4.10.13

Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:08:45 PM

I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.13 kernel.

All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.10.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

Also: Linux 4.4.64

Linux 4.9.25

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TuxMachines: Linux-on-Sitara embedded computer triplets offer mini-PCIe expansion

Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:01:56 PM

VS Vision Systems has launched a trio of embedded systems that run Debian or OpenWrt on a TI AM3352. and offer mini-PCIe wireless options and optional VPN.

VS Vision Systems GmbH has tapped the tried-but-true, low-power Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352 SoC for its new line of fanless, Linux-driven Baltos iR embedded computers. The 154 × 104 × 50mm Baltos iR 5221 has two more Fast Ethernet ports than the Baltos iR 3220, and adds a USB 2.0 OTG port and CANBus port, but is otherwise identical. The 115 × 73 × 25mm Baltos iR 2110 is a more stripped down version that lacks the other devices’ mini-PCIe and SIM card slots, among other features. The systems are said to support remote monitoring and control applications, as well as general embedded computing.

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Reddit: Shouldn't Linux Mint be just Ubuntu Cinnamon/Cubuntu instead?

Thursday 27th of April 2017 05:35:17 PM

There was a time when one could argue why Linux Mint probably justified existing separate from Ubuntu but lately, there don't seem to be any practical reasons to do so.

  1. Linux Mint security approach is one well known issue. While they have taken some steps to solve the issues after the last attack, some important security updates are still optional. Being an Ubuntu flavor instead would give all the security updates as is expected and will solve the problem altogether.

  2. Linux Mint stopped bundling restricted codecs (for MP3 playback and such) from Mint 18 onwards and is now an optional toggle during installation (which Ubuntu also gives). So that differentiation is no more. A good step though FOSS wise.

  3. Linux Mint has been well know for both Cinnamon (primarily) and MATE editions. Now that Ubuntu MATE is here though since some time and is so visibly successful, Linux Mint MATE doesn't seem like a unique option anymore that adds any value.

  4. The Linux Mint team has switched development from regular + LTS Ubuntu release bases to only LTS ones since quite some time to better allocate resources and have more focus.

  5. Mint Xfce and KDE editions have been releasing late due to less resources and frankly do not offer anything substantial over Xubuntu and Kubuntu.

  6. That only leaves Cinnamon as their main distinction. Well, Cinnamon is already available in the Ubuntu universe repos.

  7. Cinnamon is switching to LightDM as it's default Display Manager and dropping their homegrown MDM. The focus on Cinnamon itself is clear, including the launch of the recent official addons website Cinnamon Spices

  8. Edit: Switching to be an Ubuntu flavor would also help their motto for the Linux Mint Debian editions as they would be moving closer to upstream.

With all that in mind, doesn't it make sense for the Mint team to just be an Ubuntu flavor instead called Ubuntu Cinnamon or Cubuntu and focus all the resources on it?

This would not only help reduce the unnecessary fragmentation but also improve usability for those who want Ubuntu + Cinnamon.

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Phoronix: GNOME Shell & Mutter 3.25.1 Released

Thursday 27th of April 2017 05:32:43 PM
The first development snapshots of GNOME Shell and Mutter in the 3.25 series were released today in preparation for this week's GNOME 3.25.1 milestone...

LXer: SourceForge: Let's hold hands in a post-CodePlex world

Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:58:40 PM
Disappearing platforms problemSourceForge wants tighter ties with other code repositories following Microsoft’s decision to shutter CodePlex.…

Reddit: What's the situation for Linux on Cherry Trail devices?

Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:29:25 PM

Around a year ago I ordered a z8300 laptop, but the order got cancelled by the seller so nothing came of that. At the time Ubuntu was the only distro that kinda-sorta worked, but lacked drivers for a lot of things.

I've now ordered a newer, cheaper z8350 laptop (Jumper EBZook 2). I've Googled around but found conflicting reports. What are the chances of me being able to use Ubuntu (or something else, ideally Mint) on it?

From what I'm reading stock install will have a good few things not working (though apparently audio finally got fixed), but there are workarounds. What I'd like to know is if the workarounds actually work, or if they only kinda-sorta work if you can stomach only having two thirds of a computer.

I have some Linux experience and I can handle the shell, but I'm no guru and I have spectacularly bad luck compiling anything.

I'd really rather run Linux on this thing, but my priority was something really portable and really cheap, so I'll settle for windows if I really have to.

Thanks.

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Phoronix: GStreamer 1.12 RC2 Arrives For Advancing Open-Source Multimedia

Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:19:39 PM
The second release candidate is now available for GStreamer 1.12, the next version of this widely-used, open-source, cross-platform multimedia framework...

LinuxToday: How to Restore Deleted /tmp Directory in Linux

Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:00:00 PM

tecmint: The /tmp directory contains mostly files that are required temporarily

Phoronix: Qt 5.10 Platform Support Changes Being Discussed

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:50:57 PM
Qt developers have begun a fresh round of discussions over the supported platforms / operating systems of Qt 5.10 that will be released in the later part of this calendar years...

LXer: How to Compare Numbers, Strings and Files in Bash Shell Script

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:44:20 PM
Comparisons in a script are very useful & one of the most used statements, and we must know how we can use them to our advantage.

Reddit: Linux GUI DB app (like Sequel Pro) that works with Vagrant out of the box?

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:33:50 PM

Is there any Linux program for DB management that is easy to use like Sequel Pro on Mac?

I have tried Valentina Studio (doesn't accept basic yes/no (Y/N) values in enum opens a textarea widget instead; even phpMyAdmin has this feature as default)

I have tried DBeaver - it was disaster to setup anything - extremely unintuitive

I have tried MySQL Workbench - extremely unintuitive - basic things takes a lot of times, cluttered, hard to work with - even phpmyadim is more easy to work with.

. . .

I want something somphisticated like Sequel Pro but for Linux. Is there something like there available?

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Linux.com: Pros and Cons of System Update and Integrity Protection Schemes

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:26:34 PM

Given the increasing malware attacks against Linux-based IoT devices, there is growing interest in integrity protection schemes, as well as system update mechanisms that support over-the-air (OTA) field upgrades.

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:18:31 PM
  • Mesa's Shader Cache Will Now Occupy Less Disk Space

    Mesa previously had a hard-coded limit to not take up more than 10% of your HDD/SSD storage, but now that limit has been halved.

    In a change to Mesa 17.2-dev Git and primed for back-porting to Mesa 17.1, Timothy Arceri has lowered the cache size limit to 5% of the disk space. He noted in the commit, "Modern disks are extremely large and are only going to get bigger. Usage has shown frequent Mesa upgrades can result in the cache growing very fast i.e. wasting a lot of disk space unnecessarily. 5% seems like a more reasonable default."

  • Amazon EC2 Cloud Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen, Various AMD/Intel Systems
  • Epiphany 3.25.1 Released, Ported To Meson

    Epiphany 3.25.1 has been released as the latest update for GNOME's Web Browser in what will be part of GNOME 3.26 this September.

    Epiphany 3.25.1 has continued the trend by other GNOME components in porting to the Meson build system. With Epiphany 3.25.1, Meson is present and its Autotools build system has been removed.

  • Tumbleweed Snapshots Update Fonts, Perl, Python Packages

    openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots this week gave many newer versions of Perl and Python packages, but several other packages were updated in the repositories including some open fonts.

    Google and Adobe fonts were updated in snapshots 20170424 and 20170420 with google-croscore-fonts and adobe-sourcehansans-fonts being added to the repositories respectively.

  • 3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04

    April showers bring May flowers, and fresh versions of Ubuntu too. Canonical’s latest official Ubuntu release—17.04—arrived this month after news of the death of Unity 8 and the return to the GNOME desktop in 2018. For now, Ubuntu is still shipping with its Unity desktop.

    I wrote earlier that most users who need stability and support over new features will probably want to stick with Ubuntu 16.04, which was released last April, until Ubuntu 18.04 arrives a year from now. However, there are a few small things in Ubuntu 17.04 that will appeal to users who are keen to get all the newest updates.

  • Linux Security and Isolation APIs course in Munich (17-19 July 2017)

    I've scheduled the first public instance of my "Linux Security and Isolation APIs" course to take place in Munich, Germany on 17-19 July 2017. (I've already run the course a few times very successfully in non-public settings.) This three-day course provides a deep understanding of the low-level Linux features (set-UID/set-GID programs, capabilities, namespaces, cgroups, and seccomp) used to build container, virtualization, and sandboxing technologies. The course format is a mixture of theory and practical.

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GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
  • 3.26 Developments
    My approach to development can often differ from my peers. I prefer to spend the early phase of a cycle doing lots of prototypes of various features we plan to implement. That allows me to have the confidence necessary to know early in the cycle what I can finish and where to ask for help.
  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

Fedora and Red Hat

Debian and Derivatives

  • Reproducible Builds: week 108 in Stretch cycle
  • Debuerreotype
    The project is named “Debuerreotype” as an homage to the photography roots of the word “snapshot” and the daguerreotype process which was an early method of taking photographs. The essential goal is to create “photographs” of a minimal Debian rootfs, so the name seemed appropriate (even if it’s a bit on the “mouthful” side).
  • The end of Parsix GNU/Linux
    The Debian-based Parsix distribution has announced that it will be shutting down six months after the Debian "Stretch" release.
  • Privacy-focused Debian 9 'Stretch' Linux-based operating system Tails 3.0 reaches RC status
    If you want to keep the government and other people out of your business when surfing the web, Tails is an excellent choice. The Linux-based operating system exists solely for privacy purposes. It is designed to run from read-only media such as a DVD, so that there are limited possibilities of leaving a trail. Of course, even though it isn't ideal, you can run it from a USB flash drive too, as optical drives have largely fallen out of favor with consumers. Today, Tails achieves an important milestone. Version 3.0 reaches RC status -- meaning the first release candidate (RC1). In other words, it may soon be ready for a stable release -- if testing confirms as much. If you want to test it and provide feedback, you can download the ISO now.