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LXer: Why I love technical debt

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 01:23:14 AM
This is not necessarily the title you'd expect for an article, I guess,* but I'm a fan of technical debt. There are two reasons for this: a Bad Reason and a Good Reason. I'll be upfront about the Bad Reason first, then explain why even that isn't really a reason to love it. I'll then tackle the Good Reason, and you'll nod along in agreement.read more

Reddit: [Video] The Problem with Linux

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:41:52 AM

Phoronix: Valve Now Reports The Steam Linux Marketshare At Just 0.35%

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:15:57 AM
Days ahead of the five year anniversary of Steam being publicly available on Linux and well off the ~2% highs for Steam's Linux marketshare, the numbers for October 2017 are now being reported...

LXer: Arch Linux 2017.11.01 Is Now Available for Download with Linux Kernel 4.13.9

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:57:27 PM
If you're looking to install the lightweight and highly customizable Arch Linux operating system on your personal computer, you should know that a new installation snapshot is now available to download.

TuxMachines: Server: Jobs, Linux Containers, Cloud-Native, and 'DevOp' Careers

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:42:53 PM
  • Demand for Certified SysAdmins and Developers Is On the Rise

    Even with a shortage of IT workers, some employers are still discerning in their hiring requirements and are either seeking certified candidates or offering to pay for their employees to become certified.

    The Linux Foundation’s 2017 Open Source Jobs Report finds that half of hiring managers are more likely to hire a certified professional, while 47 percent of companies are willing to help pay for employees’ certifications. Meanwhile, 89% of hiring managers find it difficult to find open source talent.

    The demand for skills relating to cloud administration, DevOps, and continuous integration/continuous delivery is fueling interest in training and certifications related to open source projects and tools that power the cloud, according to the report. Workers find certification important, too. In fact, 76 percent of open source pros say certifications are useful to their careers.

  • Video: The State of Linux Containers

    Christian Kniep is a Software Evangelist at Docker. With a 10-year journey rooted in the HPC parts of the german automotive industry, Christian started to support CAE applications and VR installations. After getting bored with the small pieces, he became the InfiniBand go-to-guy while operating a 4000 node crash-test cluster and pivoted to the R&D department of Bulls BXI interconnect. When told at a conference that HPC can not learn anything from the emerging Cloud and BigData companies, he became curious and is now pushing for containerization within Sony Interactive Entertainment. Christian likes to explore new emerging trends by containerizing them first and seek application in the nebulous world of DevOps. As an organiser of three workshops at ISC HPC and ISC Cloud as well as talking frequently at HPC Advisory Council events, FOSDEM and MeetUps, Christian has a long standing commitment to share valuable information about Linux Containers in the HPC and BigData community.

  • Cloud-Native, Seven Years On…

    Back in 2010, I published a blog post defining the term cloud-native, based on discussions between I’d had with my colleagues at WSO2. At around the same time, Netflix also started using that term in presentations. Since then the interest in cloud-native has rocketed, including many blog posts, books, and of course the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

    The high-level concept of cloud-native is simple: systems that give users a better experience by virtue of operating in the cloud in a genuinely cloud-centric way. In other words, the cloud may make an existing database easier to start up, but if the database doesn’t support elasticity then it can’t take advantage of the scaling capabilities of the cloud.

  • 20 questions DevOps hiring managers should be prepared to answer
  • 7 Non-Technical Skills You Need To Succeed In A DevOps Career

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TuxMachines: Desktop: Old FUD, Solus, and KDE/Plasma

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:41:02 PM
  • Yes, you can use Linux without knowing the command line

    If there's one thing surrounding Linux usage that bothers me more than anything else, it's when the detractors say you cannot work with Linux without knowing the command line. This is a bit of FUD — fear, uncertainty, and doubt — that keeps new users from giving the open source platform a try. I'm here, right now, to dispel that myth.

  • Solus 4 Is Working On Restoring Wayland Support, NVIDIA Improvements

    The Solus Linux distribution project has shared some of the work they are currently pursuing for their Solus 4 operating system update.

    Solus developers are planning to turn back on Wayland support for the distribution. They are also planning to improve the NVIDIA driver support, including making use of the GLVND library (OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch) so its OpenGL driver can co-exist happily without disturbing the Mesa drivers on the system. They are also looking at enabling EGLStreams support to allow the NVIDIA driver to work under Wayland on their operating system. As part of their GLVND push is also looking to improve NVIDIA Optimus laptop support.

  • Plasma Mobile: Inside KDE’s Plan To Create A Full-featured Linux Smartphone Software

    The Linux smartphone scenario has never been so exciting. Recently, Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone achieved its crowdfunding goal and scored partnerships from GNOME and KDE. On the other hand, postmarketOS is also showing some good promise.

    When KDE partnered with Purism, it announced that Plasma Mobile will be ready for the real world and integrate with a commercial device for the first time. “Slowly, but surely, hardware vendors have discovered that Plasma Mobile is an entirely different software platform to build products on top of,” KDE developer Sebastian Kügler wrote in a blog post.

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TuxMachines: Linux, Linux Foundation, and Graphics

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:37:06 PM
  • Linux Foundation to host Acumos AI project backed by AT&T

    The Linux Foundation introduced the new Acumos AI project which is still in formation and is expected to be launched in early 2018. The project aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) available to everyone by providing a common framework and platform for the free exchange of machine learning products. The founding organisations include AT&T and Tech Mahindra. Others are invited to participate as members in the coming weeks as the Acumos Project establishes its governance model.

    With the Acumos platform, the organisation said it's working to create an industry standard for making AI applications and models reusable and easily accessible to any developer. The Acumos platform will be user-centric, with an initial focus on creating apps and micro-services.

  • Linux Creates New Open-Source Project for Artificial Intelligence

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has introduced the Acumos Project, which aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) available to everyone – including drone developers – by providing a common framework and platform for the free exchange of machine learning solutions.

  • The Linux Foundation Announces 20 New Silver Members

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced that 20 new organizations have joined the Foundation as Silver members. Linux Foundation members help support development of the greatest shared technology resources in history, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation.

  • Intel Graphics Driver Likely To Re-Enable Fastboot By Default

    For the past five years or so has been work on Intel DRM "Fastboot" support and it's looking like this feature may finally be re-enabled by default.

  • Intel i965 Mesa Driver Finally Lands Its On-Disk Shader Cache

    Intel developers have finally landed their patches for supporting the i965 Mesa OpenGL on-disk shader cache.

    While RadeonSI has implemented its on-disk shader cache since earlier this year, the Intel shader cache that originally pre-dates that work was finally carried over the finish line last night and are now in Git. This work is present for the Mesa 18.0 release due out in early 2018 and not the upcoming Mesa 17.3 update due out in about two weeks.

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TuxMachines: Software: Best Trio of 2017, Terminator, CobiBird and More

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:35:36 PM
  • SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail: Best Trio of 2017

    In 2015 and 2016, I awarded "Best Couple" to two open source commands or program types that, combined, make my world a better place. This year, the "Best Couple" prize has turned into the "Best Trio," because resolving the problem I set out to fix—effective server-side email sorting—took three pieces of software working together. Here's how I got everything to work using SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail, three common and freely available open source software packages.

  • Terminator – A Linux Terminal Emulator Which Support Multiple Resizable Terminal Panels In One Window

    Each Desktop environment has their own terminal emulator app to interact with system through commands. In many reason, you may feel its not suitable for you as its offering the stand features and doesn’t offer robust future such as Tilix, Tilda, Terminator, Upterm, etc,.

  • CobiBird Theme Updated And Available For 17.10/17.04/16.04/Linux Mint 18

    CobiBird theme is designed to work in most of the Linux desktops including Gnome, Unity, Xfce, Lxde, Cinnamon, and Mate. It was based on Greybird theme with dark menus for a while but since version 0.8.2 the creator changed almost everything (from menubar items, menu adjustment, color selection fix, improves insensitive menus, to fixed menu separators) in this theme and now it is not based on Greybird Gtk. The initial version was released way back in 2013 and recently a new version of CobiBird has been released to support Gtk 3.22. We have added it to out PPA and it is now available for Ubuntu 17.10/17.04/16.04/14.04/Linux Mint 18/17. If you find any kind of bug or problem with this theme then report it to creator and it will get fixed in the next update.

  • AdobeAir is now available for Ubuntu 17.10/16.04/16.04/14.04/Linux Mint 18/17/13 [Updated]
  • Write – An Open Source Word Processor for Writing

    Write is a word processor app with which you can write like you would on a paper with a pen using a stylus. It was built by a development team based in the San Francisco Bay area.

    It has lines on top of which you can enter smart text while significantly maintaining your handwriting. Its ability to recognize lines of written text offers users an array of features not excluding easily adding handwritten links, combining sketches with texts, bookmarking, and the standard open document format.

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TuxMachines: GNOME: New Release, GNOME Bug Squash Month, GNOME.Asia Summit 2017

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:33:03 PM
  • GNOME 3.26.2 Released as Last Scheduled Maintenance Update for the Linux Desktop

    GNOME's Michael Catanzaro is announcing today the availability of the second and last scheduled maintenance update for the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment carrying numerous bug fixes.

    GNOME 3.26.2 is out just in time, as initially scheduled, and it's here three weeks after the first point release to improve the stability, security, and reliability of your GNOME 3.26 desktop environment. It will be coming soon to the stable repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distro, so make sure you update as soon as possible.

  • GNOME Bug squash month
  • GNOME.Asia summit 2017

    GNOME.Asia summit 2017 was held in Chongqing city of China. The venue was the Chongqing University approximately 90 years old with the vast beautiful Eco-friendly campus. I was invited as one of the speakers. The topic of my speech was “Why FOSS in education make sense?”. The message of my talk was to incorporate the open source in the education system. I believe that faculty members in the computer science department in various Universities around the world should be made aware and practice open source software and also if possible contribute to open source project. This way they can guide their students in the best possible way. They can act as the medium between the student and the open source project mentors as the teachers knows their students well. They can direct their students according to their capabilities and interests.

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TuxMachines: Wine and Games

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:31:51 PM

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Reddit: Loki Updates for October – elementary OS

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 11:30:50 PM

Reddit: What will happen to the Linux kernel when Linus will die?

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:59:15 PM

I heard that Linus Torvalds is a "benevolant dictator" and that he has the final decision on what does become part of the kernel. What would happen if he died ? Is there any succession planned ?

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TuxMachines: 4MLinux 23.0 STABLE released.

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:30:47 PM

The status of the 4MLinux 23.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Create your own images with GIMP 2.8.22, edit your documents with LibreOffice 5.4.3.1 and GNOME Office (AbiWord 3.0.2 with Gnumeric 1.12.35), share your files using DropBox 37.4.29, surf the Internet with Firefox 56.0 and Chromium 61.0.3163.100, stay in touch with your friends via Skype 5.5.0.1 and Thunderbird 52.4.0, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 3.9, watch your favorite videos with MPlayer SVN-r37931 and VLC 2.2.6, play games powered by Mesa 17.0.4 and Wine 2.19. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 4.9.52, Apache 2.4.28, MariaDB 10.2.9, PHP 5.6.31 and PHP 7.0.24). Perl 5.24.1 and Python 2.7.13 are also available.

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TuxMachines: Zorin OS 12 Passes One Million Downloads Mark, 60% Are Windows and Mac Users

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:09:49 PM

Seven months after reaching half million downloads, the Zorin OS 12 GNU/Linux operating system passed today the one million downloads mark.

Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution targeted at those who want to migrate from Microsoft's Windows and Apple's macOS computer operating system to an Open Source alternative that offers them a more secure, stable, and reliable computing environment. Zorin OS 12 is the latest stable version of the Linux OS, and it got its second point release in September 2017.

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LXer: 10 obscure (but useful) desktop Linux distros

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:05:54 PM
You’ve likely heard of Ubuntu, Red Hat and Fedora, but there are strange, lesser-known versions of Linux worth knowing about.

LinuxToday: GNOME Project Welcomes Canonical and Ubuntu to GNOME Foundation Advisory Board

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:00:00 PM

Canonical will also support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation.

TuxMachines: 18-Way Radeon GPU Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 With Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 08:09:08 PM

Continuing on in our fresh Radeon Linux graphics benchmarks in commemorating 10 years of AMD's open-source driver strategy with already showing how the driver compares to the old Catalyst/fglrx and Ubuntu 14.04 to 17.10 OpenGL tests, up next is an 18 way graphics card comparison of both old and new Radeon graphics cards while using the very latest Linux driver stack.

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  • Can the new Firefox Quantum regain its web browser market share?
    When Firefox was introduced in 2004, it was designed to be a lean and optimized web browser, based on the bloated code from the Mozilla Suite. Between 2004 and 2009, many considered Firefox to be the best web browser, since it was faster, more secure, offered tabbed browsing and was more customizable through extensions than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. When Chrome was introduced in 2008, it took many of Firefox’s best ideas and improved on them. Since 2010, Chrome has eaten away at Firefox’s market share, relegating Firefox to a tiny niche of free software enthusiasts and tinkerers who like the customization of its XUL extensions. According to StatCounter, Firefox’s market share of web browsers has fallen from 31.8% in December 2009 to just 6.1% today. Firefox can take comfort in the fact that it is now virtually tied with its former arch-nemesis, Internet Explorer and its variants. All of Microsoft’s browsers only account for 6.2% of current web browsing according to StatCounter. Microsoft has largely been replaced by Google, whose web browsers now controls 56.5% of the market. Even worse, is the fact that the WebKit engine used by Google now represents over 83% of web browsing, so web sites are increasingly focusing on compatibility with just one web engine. While Google and Apple are more supportive of W3C and open standards than Microsoft was in the late 90s, the web is increasingly being monopolized by one web engine and two companies, whose business models are not always based on the best interests of users or their rights.
  • Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration.

First Renesas based Raspberry Pi clone runs Linux

iWave’s “iW-RainboW-G23S” SBC runs Linux on a Renesas RZ/G1C, and offers -20 to 85°C support and expansion headers including a RPi-compatible 40-pin link. iWave’s iW-RainboW-G23S is the first board we’ve seen to tap the Renesas RZ/G1C SoC, which debuted earlier this year. It’s also the first Renesas based SBC we’ve seen that features the increasingly ubiquitous Raspberry Pi 85 x 56mm footprint, layout, and RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion connector. The board is also notable for providing -20 to 85°C temperature support. Read more Also: GameShell Is An Open Source And Linux-powered Retro Game Console That You’ll Love