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TuxMachines: Entroware Launches Ubuntu-Powered Aether Laptop with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs

Friday 24th of February 2017 10:01:52 PM

Softpedia was informed today, February 24, 2017, by Entroware, a UK-based hardware manufacturer known for building and selling desktops, laptops, and servers with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system pre-installed, about a brand-new product.

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LinuxToday: 4 step Network bonding / teaming configuration in Linux

Friday 24th of February 2017 10:00:00 PM

This article explains what network bonding is in Linux.

TuxMachines: 3 little things in Linux 4.10 that will make a big difference

Friday 24th of February 2017 09:53:23 PM

Linux never sleeps. Linus Torvalds is already hard at work pulling together changes for the next version of the kernel (4.11). But with Linux 4.10 now out, three groups of changes are worth paying close attention to because they improve performance and enable feature sets that weren’t possible before on Linux.

Here’s a rundown of those changes to 4.10 and what they likely will mean for you, your cloud providers, and your Linux applications.

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TuxMachines: SODIMM-style module runs Linux on VIA’s 1GHz Cortex-A9 SoC

Friday 24th of February 2017 09:50:17 PM

VIA unveiled an SODIMM-style COM based on its Cortex-A9 WM8850 SoC, with 512MB RAM and 8GB eMMC, plus Ethernet, CSI, graphics, USB, and serial ports.

The 68.6 x 43mm “SOM-6X50” computer-on-module appears to be VIA’s second-ever ARM COM. Back in Sept. 2015, the company released a 70 x 70mm Qseven form factor QSM-8Q60 COM, based on a 1GHz NXP DualLite SoC.

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Reddit: Using GnuPG and Vim to store passwords?

Friday 24th of February 2017 09:26:56 PM

What are the risks of storing passwords in a file encrypted using GPG and edited using a Vim GPG plugin?

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LXer: Engineer Finds Passion and Community With Kids On Computers

Friday 24th of February 2017 09:00:51 PM
If you love technology, you can find a space for yourself and connect with others around mutual interests, according to Avni Khatri, president of Kids on Computers (KoC), a nonprofit that sets up computer labs using donated hardware and open source software in areas where kids have no other access to technology.  

LinuxToday: Recent open source hardware trends, from SBCs to servers

Friday 24th of February 2017 09:00:00 PM

At ELC Europe, Intel MinnowBoard SBC evangelist John Hawley surveyed open hardware trends, and their impact on OS-enabled device and system development.

Phoronix: RADV Vulkan Performance Appears To Improve With Linux 4.11

Friday 24th of February 2017 08:24:17 PM
A few days ago I posted some results of surprise performance improvements for a Radeon RX 470 when testing the DRM-Next code queued for Linux 4.11. I've now tested that kernel on more systems and can confirm at least benefits more widespread for RADV's Vulkan performance.

LXer: Which is the best programming language for beginners?

Friday 24th of February 2017 07:52:13 PM
What is the best language for a budding programmer to get their start with? There are probably as many opinions about which language is best for beginners as there are languages to choose from. And the options change all of the time. When we asked this question two years ago, Python came out on top as the clear winner. But is it still the best choice today?read more

Reddit: Using badblocks on a LUN from a storage array: read-write test unneccessary?

Friday 24th of February 2017 07:14:26 PM

We had an incident on our storage array recently, that caused random (but not fatal) corruption in a number of LUNs used by our Oracle databases. Some database files were in a state where the database could access them, but any filesystem or app operations that attempted to read a certain block on the file, would result in I/O errors. Our current action plan has been to take each DB down, and run a badblocks scan on the affected filesystems. In our first case, we ran fsck with badblocks enabled, performing a full read-write test (fsck -cc -v /path/to/screwed/volume).

The scan found and repaired a number of blocks, which made the affected files readable again at the filesystem level- but the test took 18 hours to complete, which freaked out management. Some of our other affected database LUNs are much larger, and they don't like the idea of multi-day business impact while we perform filesystem scans.

When discussing the incident with our storage vendor, their SME mentioned that we shouldn't have to perform a full read-write test on the LUN's (logical) blocks, and that a read-only test would be good enough. To paraphrase, he said: "If you can't write to the (logical) block on your filesystem, you wouldn't be able to read from it either... so there is no point spending the time to test for writes against our LUN."

This just doesn't sound right to me. It seemed like he was suggesting that a write test on the logical blocks would be redundant, if the underlying physical blocks are writable according to the storage array. I was interested if anyone else had experiences / opinions on this? Some of our database LUNs are very large, and I don't want to run a check that requires multiple days of downtime if it isn't necessary. In those cases, I would likely do something different, like creating another LUN + filesystem, and using dd to export the files into a new, clean filesystem.

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LinuxToday: What to do when people start hacking your culture

Friday 24th of February 2017 07:00:00 PM

When organizational rules exist, people will try to game them.

LXer: Open Source Hardware: From SBCs to Servers

Friday 24th of February 2017 06:43:36 PM
When you mention open source hardware, people typically think about community-backed hacker boards. However, the open hardware movement is growing on many fronts, including medical devices, rocketry and satellites, 3D printers, cameras, VR gear, and even laptops and servers.

LinuxToday: How To Instantly Share Files And Folders In Arch Linux

Friday 24th of February 2017 06:00:00 PM

Quickserve is a simple http server that allows you to share files quickly between Arch Linux systems and/or other operating systems.

Reddit: User Name Changed in Terminal Without Permission

Friday 24th of February 2017 05:38:59 PM

So here is a weird thing. I'm running Fedora 24 with kernel 4.79.200fc24x86_64. This morning I launched terminal to see steve@renees-iphone instead of steve@home the same thing has changed when I log in as root.

My problem is I have no idea what renees-iphone is, how it got there and what would have installed it. Other than deleting some cache a few days ago I have not logged in as root, and I have not made any changes to the system or installed any software in weeks. Other than switching to Xfinity wifi yesterday, nothing has changed with my computer, and even then I simply connected to a different network.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Phoronix: Fresh RadeonSI Mesa Git Gaming Benchmarks On 7 Linux Desktops

Friday 24th of February 2017 05:35:00 PM
When posting last week our Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon benchmarks and Windows vs. Linux NVIDIA Pascal benchmarks and then the Windows vs. Linux relative performance analysis, as usual, it didn't take long for some to argue that the Linux gaming performance is actually faster but "Unity 7 is slower" and the similar FUD that is usually waged whenever looking at cross-platform performance.

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A Short MATE Desktop 1.17 Review in February 2017

MATE 1.17 is a testing release, it has no official announcement like 1.16 stable release (odd = unstable, even = stable). But what made me interested is because Ubuntu MATE 17.04 includes it by default so I write this short review. The most fundamental news is about MATE Desktop is now completely ported to GTK+3 leaving behind GTK+2. You may be interested seeing few changes and I have tried Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 to review MATE 1.17 below. Enjoy MATE 1.17! Read more Also: What's up with the hate towards Freedesktop?

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Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released, Adding Major Changes

Linux From Scratch is a book which can be used to build an independent Linux distribution which doesn’t use any other Linux distribution as a base. It teaches you how things work under the hood and how to compile software and build your own Linux system. The guide is also free for all. BLFS (Beyond Linux from Scratch) is an additional guide which will take you through graphical user interfaces setup, printing support, networking and more. It also contains a lot of great information. Read more

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