July 29 was System Administration Appreciation Day and OpenSource.com celebrated with five sysadmin horror stories. Tecmint.com put together a list of t-shirts for system administrators and The Register had a round-up of fun things to do. Back in Linuxland, Bits from Debian put out the call for new artwork for upcoming version 9.0 and Ian Murdock was honored at this year's International Free Software Forum. And finally, VarGuy.com contributor Christopher Tozzi looked back at VA Linux today saying it was probably the most successful Open Source company.
André Fabian Silva Delgado proudly announced the availability for download of the live ISO images of the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.07.27 operating system based on Arch Linux.
Motorola and Element14 have launched a development kit for creating add-on modules for the new modular Moto Z smartphone, including an adapter for RPi HATs.
We don’t usually cover smartphones here at HackerBoards because most don’t offer much opportunity for hardware hacking. Yet, Lenovo’s Motorola Mobility subsidiary has spiced up the smartphone space this week by announcing a modular, hackable “Moto Mods” backplate expansion system for its new Android-based Moto Z smartphones.
I wonder if people with SSD drives could have a look at the output of hdparm -I /dev/sdX and report whether "Device Sleep (DEVSLP)" is enabled. I have two laptops and in neither of them the ssd seems to be using DEVSLP, which is a pity as it saves a lot of power.
Thanks!submitted by /u/kitestramuort
Been looking for something to waste some time with. I liked Grimrock, it was well done if a little tedious. I like the old school feel - lands of lore, stonekeep, final fantasy early games, etc. Doesn't have to be free, and I would prefer native apps instead of steam games, but that's not a dealbreaker.submitted by /u/scsibusfault
Is it possible to have an Active Directory domain trust a FreeIPA realm to allow FreeIPA users to access resources in the Active Directory domain? I'm having a hard time finding a definitive answer on this. Everything I find talks about accessing FreeIPA resources using Active Directory users.submitted by /u/med00d
I've tried a lot of DEs in the past including Unity, KDE, XFCE, LXDE and even GNOME-3. I recently tried Ubuntu-MATE for the first time however, and found this to be the most efficient and complete DE experience.
I don't know whether its the DE itself or Ubuntu customizes it that way, but being a minimalist I like the following two qualities of this DE:
- No flashy animations or GUI bloat like you usually find in Unity or GNOME-3. I want a desktop that just works, nothing more or less. Things like the GNOME dash or Unity scopes (or stuff like Strigi/Akonadi in KDE) keep eating large chunks of your RAM like parasites and I don't like that.
- Yet, a truly complete Desktop! Unlike XFCE/LXDE/etc, MATE doesn't feel like a half-assed job done in the name of being "light-weight". It has all the features that GNOME-3 provides like the advanced Caja file manager which is based on Nautilus and fully featured utilities such as the MATE system monitor and Disks utility. Its also the little things that matter like the huge array of backgrounds and themes that come by default in a stock installation and the rock solid stability of apps.
I think these two features make MATE a unique DE in its own right and there is no other DE that matches MATE in this regard.submitted by /u/prahladyeri
Reddit: Grab-Song: Tool for scraping the song data from MPRIS enabled media players under Linux for use in streaming applications like OBS.
Hello, everyone! I originally created this tool for personal use, and through the kindness of my friends, I decided to release it into the wild for anyone to use. It was born of the lack of any tool on Linux that compared to Snip for Windows for writing the metadata from media players to files so they could be used in an overlay for art or gaming streams. Since then, I now have a co-programmer, and a potential third.
Grab-Song is compatible with just about any media player that either supports MPRIS, or has a plugin for MPRIS support.
I hope this is useful to somebody out there.
Feel free to join our Discord Server to ask questions, report bugs, make suggestions, join the team, or just hang out!submitted by /u/aFoxNamedMorris
Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate
As your humble HPC correspondent for The Register, I should probably be running Linux on the array of systems here at the home office suite. But I don't. I've been a Microsoft guy since I bought my first computer way back in 1984.
You, dear readers, can rip me for being a MStard, but it works worked well for my business and personal needs.
I've had my ups and downs with the company, but I think I've received good value for my money and I've managed to solve every problem I've had over the years.
Until yesterday, that is.
Yesterday was the day that I marked on my calendar as "Upgrade to Windows 10 Day." We currently have four systems in our arsenal here, two laptops and two desktops.
The laptops are Lenovo R61 and W510 systems, and the desktops are a garden variety box based on an Asus P7P55D Pro motherboard. The other desktop is my beloved Hydra 2.0 liquid cooled, dual-processor, monster system based on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. These details turn out to be important in our story.
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Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Available for System76 PCs, Ubuntu 15.10 Users Must Upgrade
As reported by us last week, Canonical announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and it looks like the guys over System76 were pretty quick to push the update to users' computers.
Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS is the latest, most advanced version of the Xenial Xerus operating system, and we recommend that you upgrade to it as soon as possible if you didn't do it already. This is an important point release because it also opens up the upgrade path for users of the Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distribution.
A Reminder Of Why I Hate Ubuntu
Yesterday I was reminded why I hate Ubuntu. I suddenly was unable to SSH into Odroid-C2. From Odroid-C2 I could do everything as normal. It turned out the IP address had changed despite my HOST declaration in Beast’s DHCP server and Odroid-C2 being set to use DHCP, or so I thought. Nope. There was a dhclient.conf file in Odroid-C2 which requested everything and the kitchen sink from DHCP, stuff I had no use of like netbios… The man page for the dhclient.conf file says it all: “The require statement lists options that must be sent in order for an offer to be accepted. Offers that do not contain all the listed options will be ignored. There is no default require list.”
Thin Mini-ITX board taps Braswell SoCs, offers 4K video
IEI’s “tKINO-BW” Mini-ITX board features Intel Pentium and Celeron “Braswell” SoCs, 4K video, triple display support, and optional remote management.
Over the last year, numerous Mini-ITX boards based on Intel’s “Braswell” family of 14nm SoCs have reached market, but there have been far fewer models billed as being “thin.” This somewhat arbitrary term refers to boards with low-profile coastline port layouts, generally for space-constrained embedded applications rather than big gaming boxes.
MicroBadger and the Awesome Power of Container Labels
Containers have the power to change infrastructure architecture, making it more secure and more energy efficient. This is because containerized applications can be started, stopped or juggled from machine to machine in seconds — far faster than applications can be moved on VMs or bare metal. That speed opens up the world to intelligent container-aware tools that can control what’s running in a data center in near real time.
Combined with clever tooling, containers could help make data centers less static and more like an organic body: re-assigning resources or repelling threats as and when required.
But for this vision to come about, those clever tools of the future need information. They need to know things like: is a particular containerized image mission critical? Does it contain a security flaw? Can it be safely stopped? Who should be paged if it crashes?
7 Tips for SysAdmins Considering a Linux Foundation Training Certification
Open source is the new normal for startups and large enterprises looking to stay competitive in the digital economy. That means that open source is now also a viable long-term career path.
“It is important to start thinking about the career road map, and the pathway that you can take and how Linux and open source in general can help you meet your career goals,” said Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training at The Linux Foundation, in a recent webinar.
3 Unique Takes on the Linux Terminal at Your Command
When I first started on my journey with Linux, back in the late 1990s, there was one inevitability: the terminal. You couldn’t escape it. The command line was a part of your daily interaction with the open source platform and that was that. Today’s Linux is a much different beast. New and seasoned users alike can work with the platform and never touch the command line or terminal.
But, on the off-chance you do want to take advantage of the power that is the command line, it’s good to know there are numerous options available, some of which offer unique takes on the task. Those are the terminals I want to highlight today—the ones that offer more than just the ability to enter a command. If you’re looking for a far more efficient interaction with your terminal and OS, or you’re looking for more flexibility with your terminal, one of these will certainly fit your needs.
OpsDev Is Coming
OpsDev means that the dependencies of the various application components must be understood and modeled first before the development process begins.
One DevOps tool for all clouds: Cloudify
Who doesn't want one program to run multiple clouds? I know I do. Cloudify, an open-source orchestration software company, now claims it can support all the top five public clouds and Azure, OpenStack, and VMware, with its latest release, Cloudify 3.4.
5 sysadmin horror stories
The job ain't easy. There are constantly systems to update, bugs to fix, users to please, and on and on. A sysadmin's job might even entail fixing the printer (sorry). To celebrate the hard work our sysadmins do for us, keeping our machines up and running, we've collected five horror stories that prove just how scary / difficult it can be.
A guide to scientific computing system administration
When developing applications for science there are times when you need to move beyond the desktop, but a fast, single node system may also suffice. In my time as a researcher and scientific software developer I have had the opportunity to work on a vast array of different systems, from old systems churning through data to some of the largest supercomputers on the planet.
IndieDB is having another 24 hour giveaway with Linux support, the indie platformer 'Prison Run and Gun'
In case you're interested, you have to enter this link and follow the instructions. Be quick, since it's a 24 hour giveaway. Once the time is up, winners will be announced.
Overlord II Now Available For Linux Gamers
One week after Overlord was released for Linux (anc macOS), Virtual Programming has released Overlord II for Linux.
Overlord II is available for purchase from Virtual Programming. Under Linux they state the graphics requirements as "Graphics: nVidia/AMD OpenGL 3.2 compatible."
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Public cloud vendors fueling Red Hat’s growth – Wikibon
An evolution is in progress in the cloud as all the leading public platforms embrace open source software, both as-a-service and as contributions to new Apache projects, writes Wikibon Lead Cloud Analyst Brian Gracely. At its recent Red Hat Summit 2016, Red Hat Inc., highlighted partnerships with several of the leaders in public cloud. This trend is helping it drive continuing growth that, on a percentage basis, exceeds that of most other traditional IT vendors.
Red Hat Satellite 6.2 to focus on container management
North Carolina-based Red Hat that provides open source software solutions to the enterprise community, has made its Satellite 6.2 generally available. Satellite 6.2 is Red Hat’s systems lifecycle management tool across physical, virtual, and private and public cloud environments. The tool introduces remote implementation and extends capabilities for container management and security for container deployment.
According to Red Hat, the Satellite 6.2 is an easy-to-use system management product that helps keep Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments and other Red Hat infrastructure run efficiently, with proper security, and is compliant with various standards. The satellite will be generally available to all Red Hat Satellite customers with a valid subscription.
The company claims that cloud infrastructures continue to shift toward container-based deployments, customers increasingly need an agile management solution for new container setups housing sensitive applications and data and Satellite 6.2 provides scalability and offline support for all the cloud environments.
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Learn from the Experts at The Linux Foundation’s Europe Events
The Linux Foundation has released session details for three major conferences coming up this fall: MesosCon Europe, Embedded Linux Conference / OpenIoT Summit Europe, and LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe.
MesosCon Europe, which will take place August 31-September 1 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is an annual conference organized by the Apache Mesos community, bringing together users and developers for two days of sessions about Mesos and related technologies. This year, the MesosCon program will include workshops to get started with Mesos, keynote speakers from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.
The Firebird Project's Firebird Relational Database
Firebird distills its identity into the phrase "True universal open-source database" and boasts not only of being "free like free beer" but also, fittingly, of being "free like a bird". The latter permits anyone to build a custom version of the Firebird, as long as the modifications are made available for others to use and build upon.
Report: Austria can benefit from Big Data solutions
Big Data solutions can contribute significantly to Austrian public administrations, a working group concludes in a report published in June. Benefits include improved quality of life, finding optimal business locations, and offering better guidance to citizens. The report by the Big Data working group aims to help public administration when considering Big Data solutions, providing legal, economic and technical context.
Report: over half of Spain’s regions now use SaaS
In 2014, 59% of Spain’s regional governments used Software as a Service, according to the 2015 eGovernment report published on 30 June by PAe, Spain’s eGovernment portal. Next most-used cloud computing service is Infrastructure as a Service (40%), and third is Platform as a Service (20%).
The usage of cloud computing is just one of the attributes of and indicators for eGovernment services that are aggregated in the report. The document shows the use of document management systems and support of electronic signatures. The text looks at interoperability, open data portals and eParticipation, lists region’s maturity levels of eGovernment services, from the availability to download forms online to the fully electronic management of applications.
Software Freedom in Kosovo, Waiting for Xfce Mint & More…
It’s not FOSS, but I reckon the biggest story in tech this week, ignoring claims of Russia hacking for Trump, is the sale of Yahoo to Verizon for $4.8 billion. Considering that traffic watcher Alexa says the site is the fifth most visited address on the web, that seems like something of a bargain to me. Add to that Yahoo’s prime Silicon Valley real estate and the price seems to be in the “it fell of the truck” category. The sale puts Verizon in control of both America Online and Yahoo, so I suspect we’ll be seeing Verizon trying to compete with Google and Bing for a share of the search advertising market.
We’ve also heard from Software Freedom Kosova, which tells us it’s issued this year’s call for speakers, which will be open through September 15. This will be the seventh year for the Kosovo event, which aims to “promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge” — all laudable goals in my estimation. Potential speakers should know “the topic must be related to free software and hardware, open knowledge and culture.” Mike DuPont, the SFK member who made us aware of the event, told FOSS Force, “There might be travel expenses for qualified speakers.” The event will take place October 21-23.
Cloud, open source and DevOps: Technology at the GLA
David Munn, head of IT at the Greater London Authority, explains what technology his organisation has adopted in order to help individuals keep innovating
Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink
Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share
Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we’d be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn’t play in our society.
France’s Insee and Drees publish microsimulation model to increase transparency
Insee (Institut national de la statistique), the French public agency for statistics, and Drees (Direction des études du Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la santé), which is in charge of surveys at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, has published the source code of the microsimulation algorithmic model called Ines.
Plant Sciences pushing open-source berry model
Several of those opportunities appear to lie in the development of so-called ‘open market’ breeding.
Historically, Plant Sciences’ berry varieties have made it into the commercial arena under limited licensing arrangements, with individuals or groups of grower-shippers paying a premium to use them.
While Nelson is eager to point out that this model continues to perform well, his company have decided to structure its business in Europe in such a way that it offers varieties to the “largest audience possible” at the most competitive price.
“Given the price pressures that producers, marketers and retailers are under, we sense that such an approach is needed to remain most viable going forward and bring new varieties forward to the broadest market,” he explained.
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The Global Open Data Index to be updated
Open Knowledge International, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes openness and transparency, has decided to update the survey for its Global Open Data Index. This index measures Open Data publication in 122 countries.
This Startup Created the Ultimate Open-Source Prototyping Product
The world has become a technologically focused place. Unless you’ve set up shop in a cabin in the woods, your life is likely filled with gadgets, wearables, devices, and doodads that control everything from your TV to your laptop. And with all this technology, it’s no wonder tech jobs have become so prevalent in the market. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to learn skills and prototyping projects that will impress even the most critical interviewer. And one startup has built the perfect product to do just that.
Created by a group of students from the India Institute of Technology, evive is an open-source prototyping module that can make creating projects easier than ever. It has a power module, plug and play hardware interface, user interface, data acquisition module, shield stack space and more. It’s even IoT ready so it can connect to more devices than you can count. Plus, it works across multiple platforms like LabVIEW, MATLAB, Scratch, Eclipse, ROS, Python, Arduino IDE and many more.
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Pwnie Express Open Sources Tools to Lock Down IoT/Android Security
Pwnie Express isn't a name that everyone is familiar with, but in the security arena the company has a good reputation for its wired and wireless threat detection technologies. Now, the Boston-based firm has announced plans to open source key tools that it has used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software.
Blue Hydra is a Bluetooth utility that can detect Bluetooth devices, and also work as a sniffer to query devices it detects for threats. Meanwhile, the Android Open Pwn Project (AOPP), is an Android ROM built for security testers. It's based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and community-developed ROMS -- one of which is CyanogenMod. It lets developers on the Android front sniff out threats on mobile platforms.
For nearly everything I've tried running through wine it just doesn't work and even if it does, it's a real hack, like with photoshop, it was just terrible.
Games rarely work on wine for me. Some new error comes up. If linux worked on it's compatability with games, and windows software it could actually take over windows, but people will continue to windows because they can game, they can load things like photoshop etc. I just find next to nothing works on wine.submitted by /u/Lone_Templar