The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the August 2016 issue. With the exception of a brief period in 2009, The PCLinuxOS Magazine has been published on a monthly basis since September, 2006. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community.
- What CIOs Should Know About Blockchain
- Reboot Mode Driver Added To Linux 4.8 Kernel
- Nueva mirror wifislax 4.12
Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Delayed for September 7, to Bring Android 6.0 BSP Support
A new OTA (Over the Air) update of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system is in development for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, the OTA-13, which should land in the first week of September 2016.
In the last few days, the Ubuntu Touch developers have managed to land a lot of exciting new features to the rc-proposed channels of the upcoming OTA-13 software update, which the most adventurous Ubuntu Phone and Tablet users can already test drive on their supported devices.
Linux Users Claim That Windows 10 Anniversary Update Deletes Dual-boot Partitions
Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its much-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update loaded with new features. Surprisingly, some Linux users, including Ubuntu Community manager Alan Pope, are reporting that Anniversary Update is deleting their Linux dual-boot partition.
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update deleting Linux partitions?
8 Open Source/Commercial Billing Platforms for Hosting Providers
In this article you will find the most popular billing solutions, both commercial and open-source, which functionality is tailored for business needs of hosting providers.
The Core Technologies for Deep Learning
Given the compute and data intensive nature of deep learning which has significant overlaps with the needs of the high performance computing market, the TOP500 list provides a good proxy of the current market dynamics and trends.
Google Open Sources Its 48V Data Center Rack
Google is sharing Open Rack v2.0, a proposed standard for a data center rack that runs on 48-volt power, with the Open Compute Project (OCP). The company is gathering feedback on the standard before final submission.
Google announced the contribution via a blog post today, noting that it has been collaborating with Facebook on it. If the standard is accepted, it will be Google’s first contributions to the OCP community.
Moving from a single machine with Docker to a cluster of Pi’s
I decided to finally make use of my four Raspberry Pi model 3’s and take the challenge to move all of my home services to them. Previously, I ran a x86 Desktop as a server in my living room. The loud noises coming from the server made it uncomfortable to be in sometimes. The loud noisy box is home to this website and many other applications such as Plex, Transmission, OpenVPN, Jenkins, Samba, and various Node.js projects all running in Docker. Having all of those applications running on a single box is a single point of failure and makes system administration harder when reboots are required.
To make administration easier, I decided that one Pi should be a load balancer for as many applications as possible. Yes, I know that having a single Pi as a load balancer is also a single point of failure but it makes administrating the other Pi’s easier. I researched how to do HTTP and TCP load balancing with NGINX and made a Docker container for it which runs on one Pi.
Now I needed to think about where to run all of these containers and made a mental map of where to run them. I decided the best way for deploying containers would be through a private local registry so I created a Docker registry on one of the Pi’s and pushed all of the images. Let’s take a look at the application architecture to see what each Raspberry Pi is doing.
CORD Project Will Help Service Providers Build Cloud-Like Networks
The new Linux Foundation project will enable telcos to use SDN, NFV and cloud-based technologies along with white-box servers and bare-metal switches.
Service providers and telecommunications companies have a new tool they can use in their efforts to transform their networks into highly scalable, agile and affordable infrastructures similar to those run by cloud providers.
IBM’s Linux Birthday, Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ PSA & More…
IBM and open source: Ian Murphy reminded us on Linux.com this week that it’s been eighteen years since IBM made a big bet on Linux and open source which eventually resulted in Big Blue pouring at least a couple of billion dollars into Linux development.
Audacious 3.8 Beta 1 Released, Available In PPA
Audacious 3.8 beta 1 was released a couple of days ago and is available in the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA. The new version brings support for running multiple Audacious instances, a new plugin for the Qt interface, and various other improvements and bug fixes.
Total System Backup and Recall with Déjà Dup
You will be hard pressed to find an easier, more reliable backup GUI for Linux than Déjà Dup. Although it might not have all the flexibility of some of its command-line counterparts, it is a solution that anyone can depend upon. Install it and schedule a regular backup of your important data...and hope that you never have to use (but rest assured it’s there).
A maintenance release of RcppStreams is now on CRAN. RcppStreams brings the excellent Streamulus C++ template library for event stream processing to R.
Streamulus, written by Irit Katriel, uses very clever template meta-programming (via Boost Fusion) to implement an embedded domain-specific event language created specifically for event stream processing.
The Wine development release 1.9.16 is now available.
- New Commercial Wine Interface CrossOver Brings Impoved Support For Windows Apps
GCC 6.2 Is Coming Quite Soon
Version 6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is expected to come quite soon.
This is important as GCC 6.2 is the first point release to the stable GCC6 compiler under the versioning scheme they rolled out last year: GCC 6.0 was development, GCC 6.1 was the first stable release, and GCC 6.2 is now the first point release. That's important since a number of distribution vendors tend to wait until around this first point release before incorporating a major new version of the GCC compiler.
- The GNU C Library version 2.24 is now available
This Is the Police released for Linux, some thoughts on this intriguing strategy and adventure game
The only thing I don't like is the checkpoint save system. You don't get to save the game whenever you like. It appears each day is a new save. I always get frustrated by checkpoint-only saves, so that's the only mark against the game in my personal opinion.
- Classic Disney games, Transport Fever, and more Linux gaming news
Total War: Warhammer Heading To Mac & Linux
Announced through a press release that was sent over earlier today, Total War: Warhammer will be heading towards both Mac and Linux later this year. The video game is developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop where gamers can expect a turn-based campaign filled with real-time battles.
[GSoC] KDev-Embedded, OpenOCD and avrdude
KDev-Embedded now have OpenOCD integration and a new interface to use avrdude in launcher.
With Arduino-Makefile, it's possible to use a makefile to perform compilation of Arduino projects. In the video one the the examples are used to shows how it is possible to use the new avrdude launcher to execute the upload process.
- Kontact build dependencies
WIP: Plasma World Map Wallpaper & World Clock Applet, powered by Marble
The core of Marble, the virtual globe and world atlas, is a library, intended for reuse. Next to exposing its native C++ interface (see API dox of development version of the Marble library), there is also the option to use it in a QtQuick variant.
The Marble code repository itself holds a few application and tools based on the library. Additionally it also has extensions & plugins for other applications & workspaces, like the KIO thumbnailer plugins for previews of KML, KMZ, GPX & GEOJSON files in KIO-using file manager or file dialogs, a Plasma Runner plugin for looking up geo coordinates or a world clock Plasma applet.
GNOME Maps and the tile problem
The GNOME project's Maps application provides access to an array of mapping features (trip routing, address lookup, zoomable maps, etc.) from the desktop. Implementing that feature set requires hooking into a number of online services, but none of them is as prominent as the map tiles—the background images on top of which everything else is added in overlays. Recently, the tile provider that had served GNOME Maps well for several years ended its free service, suddenly cutting off all of GNOME Maps's users and forcing developers to consider new approaches for the future.
Yes, Someone Has Ported The Arc GTK Theme to Windows
Last month we featured an Ubuntu theme for Windows 10 called Maverick — and a lot of you were pretty bemused by it. That theme aimed to bring the familiar look of Ubuntu and its Ambiance theme to the Windows 10 desktop. And, for the most part, does a decent job of aping the appearance.
- State of Cloud Instance Provisioning
- Using NEURON - Part I
- Install Tomcat 9 on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS
- How to deliver Linux desktops using VMware Horizon
- The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit: A Tiny, Low Power, Ultra Fast Computer
- Running Linux on Windows 10 - PCQuest
- Easily Share Files From The Command Line With transfer.sh
- 6 Easy ImageMagick Bulk Processing Command Line Examples
- How to Use Flow Control Statements in Awk – Part 12
- How to Install and Configure PostgreSQL Replication with Hot Standby on Ubuntu 15.04
- Sandboxing X11 for dummies
- How To Install PHP Based Command Line Backup Utility Poppins On CentOS Linux
- My Udev Notify
FreeBSD 11.0 Has Been Pushed Back By One Week
FreeBSD 11.0 has seen a very minor set-back in getting its release out the door.
Due to a problem surrounding ZFS and VFS in 11.0, developers have decided to tack on an extra beta release and delay the branching and release candidates for FreeBSD 11.0.
Sales number for the Free Culture translation, first half of 2016
As my regular readers probably remember, the last year I published a French and Norwegian translation of the classic Free Culture book by the founder of the Creative Commons movement, Lawrence Lessig. A bit less known is the fact that due to the way I created the translations, using docbook and po4a, I also recreated the English original. And because I already had created a new the PDF edition, I published it too. The revenue from the books are sent to the Creative Commons Corporation. In other words, I do not earn any money from this project, I just earn the warm fuzzy feeling that the text is available for a wider audience and more people can learn why the Creative Commons is needed.
Graph Databases for Beginners: Graph Search Algorithm Basics
As has been illustrated above, graph search algorithms are helpful in traversing a set of graph data and providing relevant information. However, they also have their limitations. We have seen that there are many varieties of search algorithms, ranging from the more basic breadth-first and depth-first to uninformed and informed searches to the Dijkstra’s and A* algorithms. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and no one type is better than another.
Intel Has More Cloud Game Than You Think [Ed: Intel is not 'open' and it puts back doors in its shipsets]
When asked to rattle off the names of some of the leading cloud computing companies, would you name Intel to the list? Most people wouldn't, but the company is making a number of important moves in the cloud space. For example, Mirantis, Intel and Google are in partnership to work with the OpenStack community to package OpenStack into Docker containers to be managed by Kubernetes. "Combined open source leadership of Intel and Mirantis will be instrumental in bridging the OpenStack and Kubernetes communities," said Intel VP & GM, Software Defined Infrastructure Group, Jonathan Donaldson.
- Intel’s cloud project looks a lot like OpenStack [Ed: cannot be trusted]
- What's New in the Open Source Atom and Visual Studio Code Editors [Ed: Microsoft-connected network is openwashing the proprietary Visual Studio that embeds surveillance in compiled code]
Moving to GitLab! Yes, it's worth it!
I started evangelizing Git in 2007. It was a very tough sell to make at the time.
Outside of the kernel development almost no one wanted to learn it and we had very worthy competitors, from Subversion, to Mercurial, to Bazaar, to Darcs, to Perforce, and so on. But those of use that dug deeper knew that Git had the edge and it was a matter of time.
Then GitHub showed up in 2008 and the rest is history. For many years it was just "cool" to be in GitHub. The Ruby community drove GitHub up into the sky. Finally it became the status quo and the one real monopoly in information repositories - not just software source code, but everything.
I always knew that we should have a "local" option, which is why I tried to contribute to Gitorious way back in 2009. Other options arose, but eventually GitLab appeared around 2011 and picked up steam in the last couple of years.
PHP 7.1 Beta 2 Released
The second beta of the upcoming PHP 7.1 major release is now available for testing.
The PHP 7.1.0 Beta 2 release has core fixes, various calendar / cURL / GD / PCRE / SPL / Streams fixes, and a variety of other bug fixes.
PHP 7.1.0 Beta 2 Released
The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.0 Beta 2. This release is the second beta for 7.1.0. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.
- New attack steals SSNs, e-mail addresses, and more from HTTPS pages
I just want Linux on my phone. I love Android, it has a decent app ecosystem. I like the idea of Ubuntu Touch but I absolutely don't like the design guidelines. The problem is that both operating systems are missing the things from Linux I like. Technically they both run on a version of the Linux kernel but what I want is the GNU userland, Xorg/Wayland, the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, and my own choice of desktop environment or window manager.
- Friday's security updates
How to Hack an Election in 7 Minute
When Princeton professor Andrew Appel decided to hack into a voting machine, he didn’t try to mimic the Russian attackers who hacked into the Democratic National Committee's database last month. He didn’t write malicious code, or linger near a polling place where the machines can go unguarded for days.
Apache OpenOffice and CVE-2016-1513
The Apache OpenOffice (AOO) project has suffered from a lack of developers for some time now; releases are infrequent and development of new features is relatively slow. But a recent security advisory for CVE-2016-1513 is rather eye-opening in that it further shows that the project is in rough shape. Announcing a potential code execution vulnerability without quickly providing a new release of AOO may be putting users of the tool at more risk than they realize.
Downsizing at Cyanogen Inc. [Ed: good riddance, it's a Microsoft proxy now]
Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik's CyanogenMod has been one of the leading (if not the leading) Android derivatives for the past several years. Started in 2009, the effort was initially a volunteer open-source project that only produced a free, aftermarket version of Google's Android releases. In 2013, the project's leaders branched out and formed Cyanogen Inc., to develop a commercial offering as well. Recently, however, reports have circulated that the company is in financial trouble and may have laid off its operating system (OS) team to refocus its efforts on writing Android apps. Kondik, however, disputes those reports.
- Apple is taking a beating in India, the world's third largest smartphone market
- Apple Isn't Making It in India
- Google’s Android captured 97% Indian smartphone market share in Q2 2016: Report
- No iPhone 7 headphone jack? Here's how to switch to Android
- Android Pay’s New Nearby Tab is Starting to Rollout
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Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements
Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems.
Review: LibreOffice 5.2 — solid, unpolished alternative
LibreOffice is an office suite that rivals Microsoft Office yet costs nothing. There are versions for Windows, OS X and Linux along with a portable edition that works from a USB drive.
If you’re on a tight budget and have a Windows PC, LibreOffice is by far the best alternative to Office. It is more complete than Google Apps and leaves Apache OpenOffice for dead.
OS X users have a good alternative free option. Apple’s iWorks suite is free with new Macs. Even so, you might prefer LibreOffice because it has better Microsoft Office compatibility.
LibreOffice looks and feels more like Microsoft Office than iWorks. If you know Microsoft Office, moving to LibreOffice will be less of a wrench. It also includes a database unlike either the OS X version of Microsoft Office or iWorks. If you need a simple database and have no budget, LibreOffice would be ideal.
Some Linux distributions include LibreOffice either as standard or as an optional download. It’s a more straightforward choice than using a tool like Wine to run Microsoft Office.
Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Review
Every computer needs applications to do any work, and that means more money. Except for open-source software, like OpenOffice, which is free. In the case of OpenOffice, the free software looks and acts like Microsoft Office circa 2003, and includes a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation creator. Not only does OpenOffice look and feel like Office, but it also reads and writes Office files so well that most users could exchange files between the two suites and no one would know the difference.