Reddit: Calling all Scientists on r/Linux, what is your free software story and what do you think of it?
About a year ago, I used to be a Windows and Google user+fan. I was unhappy with little control over Windows 10 compared to even Windows 8.1. I came across DuckDuckGo and parallely started using Firefox and customize it. I started to understand the importance of privacy, encryption and open source slowly. Then I realized that I need to change my OS to achieve proper privacy, support open source and have customization. That was when I switched to Ubuntu (with amazon searches off obviously) and stayed (with a bit of distro hopping). And a whole new way of looking at and using software opened up. FOSS approach is simply put, superior and the right way of doing things (I so love repositories concept).
Even though I am new to Linux, I found whatever little I learned too helpful to do work. I want to become an Astrophysicist and I realize the need for the same openness in Science. Most of our cutting edge scientific knowledge as a species is currently locked down to journals owned by shitty private companies. The same political dynamics that we see in software are at play in science too. And as such the same problem of popularizing FOSS ethos is here too. One has to go through only certain "official sources" to gain access to professional knowledge and contribute to the field. I think that's just stupid and only ensures the benefit of the private companies owning the journals.
I want to popularize Science and Science as FOS both because they go hand in hand to make a better civilization, a better species. I don't want to compromise on my FOSS ethos to popualrize science as it wouldn't solve the problem fundamentally. As such, I don't exist on Facebook, Whatsapp, Google products and Twitter. If I use these products to popularize science, I feel it is at the expense of FOSS and Science as FOS both. I want Science to be as open, have an open source, open data journal system in place, etc. But to do that, there's also the need to communicate with people on those networks and there's the paradox. Most Scientists and Science enthusiasts (that I know of at least) don't care about FOSS. They will see a fancy space simulator and will just go for it. So what do I do?
I have noticed that there are many scientists here who believe in FOSS and I would like to know your opinion on this. Do you think its important to spread Science as FOS and what medium to use? What is your FOSS story as a Scientist and where do you stand on all this?submitted by /u/littlecosmonaut
- Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 Released
Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Alpha 2 Released
Today marks the second alpha release for Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" flavors participating in these early development releases.
Participating in today's Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 development milestone are Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin. No Xubuntu or Kubuntu releases to report on this morning.
PSA: Ubuntu 15.10 Hits End of Life Today
It's time to wave a weary goodbye to the Wily Werewolf, as Ubuntu 15.10 support ends today.
Jono Bacon on Life After (and Before) GitHub
Do you want to know what it takes to be a professional community manager? This interview will show you the kind of personality that does well at it, and how Jono Bacon, one of the world’s finest community managers, discovered Linux and later found his way into community management.
Bacon is world-famous as the long-time community manager for Ubuntu. He was so good, I sometimes think his mother sang “you’ll be a community manager by and by” to him when he was a baby. In 2014 he went to XPRIZE, not a FOSS company, but important nevertheless. From there he dove back into FOSS as community manager for GitHub.
Now Bacon is a freelance, self-employed community manager. One of his major clients is HackerOne, whose CEO is Bacon’s and my mutual friend Mårten Mickos. But HackerOne is far from his only client. In the interview he says he recently got back from visiting a client in China, and that he has more work then he can handle.
Once upon a time, there was no Linux. No, really! It did not exist. It was not like today, with Linux everywhere. There were multiple flavors of Unix, there was Apple, and there was Microsoft Windows.
When it comes to Windows, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite adding 20+ gigabytes of gosh-knows-what, Windows is mostly the same. (Except you can't drop to a DOS prompt to get actual work done.) Hey, who remembers Gorilla.bas, the exploding banana game that came in DOS? Fun times! The Internet never forgets, and you can play a Flash version on Kongregate.com.
Apple changed, evolving from a friendly system that encouraged hacking to a sleek, sealed box that you are not supposed to open, and that dictates what hardware interfaces you are allowed to use. 1998: no more floppy disk. 2012: no more optical drive. The 12-inch MacBook has only a single USB Type-C port that supplies power, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, external storage, video output, and accessories. If you want to plug in more than one thing at a time and don't want to tote a herd of dongles and adapters around with you, too bad. Next up: The headphone jack. Yes, the one remaining non-proprietary standard hardware port in Apple-land is doomed.
short story: do integrated and dedicated AMD graphic cards use the same drivers? Or do integrated AMD graphics use their own drivers?
long story: I am looking for a not too expensive stationary pc. I know Intel CPU and integrated graphics (at least HD4400) work fine for me (in linux), no need for a dedicated graphics card. Though AMD CPUs with integrated graphics (is that what you call APU?) are really cheap compared to intel. But I read that AMDs linux drivers are everything but top notch. Does that apply to both integrated and dedicated graphics or is the integrated graphics a different story?submitted by /u/orangeingwer
For the past few laptops I've gotten I've stuck with 1080p since I don't have any issues with it. I've read that gnome and cinnamon and a few others support it pretty well, but then stuff that isn't part of the DE or is dated doesn't scale properly and there are other bugs and issues with it. None of the information seems to be from 2016 or later though, so I'm wondering how people's experience with hidpi has been these days.
Any issues at all would make it seem like it wouldnt be worth it since 1080p seems to be good enough, though 4k and 8k into the future is where we are heading.submitted by /u/_risho_
Scripting in Perl is quick and easy, and its portability makes your scripts amazingly useful.
The first ISO release of ArchStrike Linux distribution comes as a great news for ethical hackers and security researchers. If you are finding the new ArchStrike unfamiliar, let me tell you that it was previously called ArchAssault.
As the name suggests, ArchStrike Linux distro is based on the highly customizable and lightweight Arch Linux distro.
Now, the ArchStrike developers have announced that ISO images have been made available for download as the official installation medium. So, if you are willing to try out the latest ArchStrike Linux distro for hackers, you can go ahead and download ArchStrike 2016.07.21 ISOs for 64-bit and 32-bit CPUs.