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LXer: Petition condemns Windows 10 upgrade practices, asks EFF to investigate

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 01:32:04 AM
A petition launched Friday asks the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to investigate Microsoft's aggressive moves to convince and cajole users into upgrading to Windows 10.

Reddit: Creating a system wide Makefile for custom bash scripts.

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 12:37:29 AM

I'm looking for a place to write shell scripts or bash scripts and associate them with one or many projects, or an entire system (or multiple). I want to create tooling that will allow me to write simple one off commands. My vision is that I would use one Makefile that would have a ton of custom scripts in it that ultimately make my life easier. The idea is that no thing would be too small, and ultimately I could install this mega Makefile on my computer and alias a command to run this file. I'm simply interested in automation.

My question is that is there any better way to manage small bash scripts like this? Perhaps make is not the answer, whatever the solution is It needs to be close to unix and bash.

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LXer: Chrome OS vs. Endless OS

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 12:34:53 AM
Over the years, I've seen a number of attempts to create the first truly use anywhere, idiot-proof Linux PC. And until recently, Chromebooks (anything with ChromeOS) was easily the winner.

Reddit: Should I reschedule my first LPIC-1 Exam?

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 12:16:54 AM

I've been using Linux professionally for about a year in a datacenter and studying for the LPIC-1/Linux+ for a few months now. I did both Linux Academy and while reading the Sybex LPIC-1 Study guide. This cert is saught after at my workplace and I plan to shift to the Redhat cert path after this.

I've never taken a cert exam before and I'm pretty nervous. I took the Sybex practice exam and I got a 70%. This doesn't exactly instill confidence in me. Should I reschedule and dive deeper into the study guide or do some more hands on? Any advice is appreciated.

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Reddit: Dell xps 13 DW1820A linux

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 11:41:38 PM


originally I wanted to buy the dev version of the xps 13 with the intel wireless card but since there are really good deals on my local dell site for the windows models I would rather buy one of them. Now I would like to know if the broadcom wifi chips work well under linux nowadays since I've read a lot about problems with them but from the few posts I've seen about the newer xps models it seems like they work with a 4.4+ kernel. Do they work worse than the intel chips or is there no difference anymore?

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LXer: Applying Bitcoin to the IoT Interoperability Conundrum

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 11:37:42 PM
One of the main themes of this year’s Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit was the challenge of bridging the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

LXer: Install Cacti (Monitoring tool) on ubuntu 16.04 server

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 10:40:31 PM
Install Cacti (Monitoring tool) on ubuntu 16.04 server

LXer: Improvements to Tabs and Video on Firefox Make Browsing Faster and Easier

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 09:43:20 PM
In the recent past we have made several improvements to Firefox Accounts that make your browsing better. Those improvements include personalizing your account and the ability to sync passwords, bookmarks and other browsing data between your desktop and mobile devices. … Continue reading

Phoronix: Libjpeg-Turbo 1.5 Released With More Performance Optimizations

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 09:32:50 PM
Version 1.5 of the libjpeg-turbo JPEG library is now available with more performance optimizations...

TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18 Beta Cinnamon and MATE Editions Are Now Available for Download

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 09:10:17 PM

As promised, the Linux Mint team pushed the Beta release of the upcoming and highly anticipated Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system to the official testing channels for public beta testers.

Also: Linux Mint 18 Beta Cinnamon Edition Ships with Cinnamon 3.0 - Screenshot Tour

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TuxMachines: 5 Ways Open Source Programmers and Companies Make Money

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 09:08:13 PM

Open source software is usually free of cost. So how do open source developers and companies make money? Here's a look at different open source business models, and examples of companies and organizations that have successfully endorsed them.

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LinuxToday: Catalog of 81 open-spec, hacker friendly SBCs

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 09:00:00 PM

 hackerboards: It wasn't all that long ago that there were only a handful of Linux boards...

Reddit: can't get awk get me what i want, please help

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 08:50:38 PM
funstuff(){ if [ "$(id -u)" -ne 0 ]; then theCommand=$(history 1| awk '{ $1=""; print $NS}') awk -F"," -v inow="$theCommand" '$2 == inow {print $1}' ~/.logs/commands.csv fi } export PROMPT_COMMAND=funstuff

I have a shell variable theCommand which is set to "the last command use typed" and commands.csv's $2 column has a number of linux commands. So when I use this command in shell this works and matches with the (~) operator so for ls, it would list ls -l , ls-a etc. but the exact match (==) is not working. nothing is matched when i am using == . ls is certainly present in its own in column $2.

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LXer: 5 Ways Open Source Programmers and Companies Make Money

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 08:46:09 PM
Free and open source software can be monetized in many ways by businesses and foundations.

TuxMachines: Manjaro Linux 16.06 Daniella Released

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 08:27:11 PM

Manjaro Linux is based onArch Linux and one of the easiest Linux distributions available. Manjaro Linux provides the distro in most major flavors including, XFCE, KDE, Gnome, LXDE, MATE, Cinnamon and more. The team has recently released its stable release Manjaro 16.06 with all the packages updated to their latest versions.

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Reddit: Am now 100% Linux again (Microsoft forcing my hand, again...)

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 08:14:31 PM

Disclaimer: Apologies if this post just comes out as utter waffling bollocks, I have reached the end of my tether and just need to spew it all out.

tl;dr ditched Windows in 2007 cos it was bad, ditching windows is 2016 because they (Microsoft) are bad.

Me: 42 year old male (no wizard hat or neckbeard... yet...) started programming age 13 in BASIC (Acorn Electron 32k!) First job (early 90s) was programming C on AS400. Worked as Sysadmin on AIX and Linux in the late 90's Early 00's. Currently work with Solaris and Linux as a DBA - Only ever used Windows for gaming.

Backstory: In January 2007 the wife and I installed Windows Vista... What a joke, we then chose to move to Linux, not back to XP.

Here is the Blog rant from the time...

Well firstly i guess i should make my reasons clear for making the change from Windows to Linux. for the past 6 months the wife and I have been using Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit respectively. I had been using XP-Pro 64-bit. The wife had used and in fact received her Acer laptop with XP Media center edition but as her laptop was "Vista ready" she upgraded as she liked the look of Vista.

I have experienced daily issues with Vista, i get a full system lockup every 2-3 days and every now and then it takes 4-5 reboots to get into windows, sometimes i have to use safe mode and then reboot to get in. Sometimes i give up trying.

The wife has the worst issues, her laptop will blue screen crash every day, all her drivers are certified and the errors she gets are quite bizarre, having worked in IT support for 10years+ i am quite good at tracking the root cause for system problems and most of the vista issues appear to be to do with the Vista kernel itself. It certainly isnt a hardware issue as i can fire up any number of Linux live CD's and it runs for hours with not even a hint of a crash

Of course Microsoft say that generally these are driver issues and "check with your hardware vendor for driver updates". From the hardware guys I've spoken too i get the feeling the spec they receive from Microsoft changes every now and then so they go and rewrite their drivers....

So how do we use our PC's, what do we need from them?

The wife uses hers for general web use, surfing, email. She is also the secretary for the schools PTA so does a fair bit of word processing. She also likes to play tetris type games occasionally.

I am pretty similar, i do lots of internet browsing, email sending and a fair bit of programming. I also like playing plenty of games like Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, Quake 4, Company of Heroes. I am also looking forward to Call of Duty 4 which will be out soon.

The first part of moving to Linux though is 'acceptance' you have to accept that Linux is not Windows, you have to accept that nearly all of your software on CD/DVD will not work... However what you also realize quite soon is that there are hundreds and thousands of alternatives freely available for Linux. Games however will be a different issue, native games for Linux are still quite few and far between, but Quake 3/4 and Unreal Tournament run on linux and there is the possibility of using emulation software (wine, cedega) for some windows games.

The good news for the Linux fans out there is that Lenovo, Dell and HP are all starting to ship PC's and laptops with Linux on, mainly due to the piss poor performance of Vista, it seems the giant that is Microsoft has shot itself in the foot.

Having moved back to Windows with the release of Windows 7 (again mainly for gaming) things had been great. I dodged the Windows 8/8.1 apocalypse - but boarded the hype train re: windows 10, however i don't want to upgrade yet... but yes it's being forced down my throat - shame on you Microsoft. I also don't want all my files and network devices spied on - WTF! - this does seem to be a genuine thing!!

So today - now - @ 20:06BST i'm wiping the mother fucking shit that is Microsoft out of my PC for the 2nd and last time in my life.

Linux 100% here we come, and i give zero shits about the hundreds of £ worth of games I can no longer play. ForkYouMicrosoft!


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TuxMachines: Finally there's an open source drop-in replacement for MS Office

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 08:13:32 PM

Personally, I'll be sticking with the one-two punch of Google Docs and LibreOffice...but I have no need to work with MS Office (as my editor now works with LibreOffice as well). However, it's reassuring to know, should I have to open an MS Office password protected file (or a file that LibreOffice doesn't care for), I now have an option.

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