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Reddit: Qt 5.8 Alpha released

Monday 5th of September 2016 11:14:21 AM

TuxMachines: Peppermint OS 7

Monday 5th of September 2016 10:28:13 AM

The latest release of Peppermint OS was launched back in June and I meant to take it for a test drive then. However, one exciting release after another distracted me until now. Peppermint is a project I pay attention to because it is one of the distributions I have had the most success with when it comes to transitioning people from Windows to Linux. Peppermint's lightweight nature, speed, relatively uncluttered interface and solid hardware support (thanks to its underlying Ubuntu base) have made it an attractive option. Peppermint OS 7 is based on packages available through the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS repositories with a few Linux Mint utilities added for flavour. Peppermint runs the LXDE desktop by default and version 7 offers users GPT, UEFI and Secure Boot support. The distribution is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds for the x86 architecture.

The ISO for the 64-bit build of Peppermint is approximately 1GB in size. Booting from this media displays a menu where we can choose to try the live desktop environment, launch the system installer or check the disc for defects. I took the live desktop option which loads LXDE. The desktop environment is presented with a panel along the bottom of the display. This panel contains our application menu, task switcher and the system tray. The application menu uses unusually large and bold fonts, making the text easy to read. On the desktop we find a single icon we can use to launch the distribution's system installer. The desktop uses a dark theme with brightly coloured icons. Personally, I like the bright icons on a dark background coupled with the large font. I found the combination made it easy to browse the application menu and find launchers I wanted to use.

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LXer: Skylake-H Mini-ITX SBC has 4 GbE, 4 USB 3.0, and 3 HD video ports

Monday 5th of September 2016 10:23:41 AM
Kontron’s Linux-friendly “mITX-SKL-H” is based on Intel Skylake-H processors, and offers generous helpings of GbE, HD graphics, SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, and PCIe. Intel’s 6th Gen Core “Skylake” processors launch last year precipitated a steady stream of announcements by makers of single board computers (SBCs) and computer-on-modules (COMs) aimed at industrial and embedded applications. To […]

TuxMachines: QtCon Ending

Monday 5th of September 2016 10:16:17 AM
  • QtCon Closing Keynote with Julia Reda MEP

    The talks are over after the three days of QtCon Akademy 2016 which means the BoF sessions and hacking days are about to begin. To close the talks at the conference we had a finishing keynote by Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament and member of the Pirate Party.

    She began by saying that on a fundamental level government is all of us, and it provides the infrastructure for our culture. Software used by the government is also a public service and the only philosophy that takes responsibility for that is free and open source software. Getting governments to use free and open source software is more important then ever because of the importance of technology in society. Computers are no longer limited to some parts of our lives, they are integral to everything we do. She gave the example of the VW Dieselgate scandal which is linked to cars being computers on wheels. There are no check that the software that is tested by regulators is the same that is run by the car hardware. Another interesting aspect is limitations on diesel control can be turned off to save the engine which means in practice they do this a lot and don't even need to tell the regulators. VW had a function programmed into the car which turned off the fuel saving if it deviated from the testing procedures.

  • KDE Software Store to Soon Offer Downloads in Snap, Flatpak and AppImage Formats

    Ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell is proud to report on the public availability of a new online service designed as a replacement for the services provided by

    Dubbed The KDE Store, the new software store is exactly that, a store where application developers can publish their open-source projects and share them with the world. Also known as KDE Software Store, the app sharing platform contains many of the code from the website, which appears to no longer be functional.

  • Interviews with QtCon Stall Holders

    KDE Dot News sent its roving reporter Devaja round the stalls at QtCon to ask them what they were promoting and of their experience of the conference.

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LXer: Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 to Be Released on September 14, Add Numerous Improvements

Monday 5th of September 2016 09:06:36 AM
We've been asked by many of our readers what's going on with the development of the next major OTA software update for Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.

TuxMachines: Students take part in MIT workshop on open source software

Monday 5th of September 2016 09:04:33 AM

MIT Group of Academic and Research Institutes celebrated their 25th global Linux day and conducted various exciting programmes.

One day hands-on workshop on Linux was organized under the guidance of Professor Suresh Bhawar.

Vatsal Thakur, an IT expert from Mumbai conducted a seminar on career opportunities in open source software. He said, "Linux is used by big corporate houses as it drives fastest supercomputers and android mobiles. Hence, market requirement for skilled Linux people is huge."

Third year students Sanket Kolnurkar, Nihal Renu, Manpreet Singh, Gauri Bhalerao, Prathamesh Videkar assisted the workshop participants. Santosh Bhosle, Ex principal at MIT briefed students about the evolution of open source software. The members of teaching staff including Nilesh Patil, Hanumant Dharmadhikari Deepak Nehte, Kavita Bhosle and Bhakti Ahirwadkar were also present.

Also: AquaCrop-OS Provides Open-Source Tool for Ag Water Management

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Reddit: Has anyone heard of MyTetra, a good (no, GREAT!) alternative for Onenote and Evernote?

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:55:15 AM

I have switched from Windows 7 to Linux Mint 18 XFCE for about a month, the only thing I missed back then was Onenote. I tried most of the available note apps such as zim, rednotebook, cherrytree, treenote and nixnote, but all of them failed me. Several days ago, I discovered MyTetra, and I could not be happier.
These are some of its features:
- The latest version runs on windows, linux, FreeBSD, Android, MacOS (need to compile from source using Qt5)
- Create notebook/sub-notebook/ (the interface is quite similar to the old Keepnote)
- Paste/save images from clipboard/web just like Onenote! (only supported in the latest developmental version on Github, though)
- Default file format is html (there is a simple Html editor integrated so you can change the layout of the note on the fly as you wish)
- Create tags
- Insert/edit table (only add/remove rows/column, lack advanced formatting, but still much better than cherrytree, zimwiki or rednotebook)
- May be setup for syncing (I have not tested this much because I use Mega client for this task, but it is said to be able to sync with Github)
- Support encryption
- Still under development

Here is a screenshot

A little note on how to install MyTetra from source for newbies (on Linux Mint and Ubuntu-based distros):
- First you need to download and install Qt5 from here (scroll down and download the Offline installer version 5.6.1-1, I initially tried to compile using Qt 4.8.7 but failed).
- Download and extract the source of MyTetra from Github.
- Open a terminal in the extracted folder and type these commands:

sudo apt-get install build-essential mesa-common-dev libfontconfig1 libqt5svg5* qt5-default
sudo apt-get install libglu1-mesa-dev -y
qmake -r
make install

  • After that, the icon of MyTetra will appear in the start menu
  • On the first run, MyTetra will ask if you want a standard or portable installation, choose standard (the default location for the data is the ‘data’ folder in your home, you can change this location by navigating to 'Data directory' in menu Tools/preferences/main of MyTetra)
    Hope that MyTetra will be useful to you, and Cheers to the developer!
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TuxMachines: Additional Information About Linux Foundation Breach

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:53:47 AM
  • Linux project mum after man indicted for 2011 breach

    The Linux Kernel Organisation, the non-profit that manages development of the kernel, is still reluctant to make any statement about a breach of its servers that took place more than five years ago, despite the fact that a man from South Florida has been charged with being responsible for the intrusion.

    The same man, named as Donald Ryan Austin by the US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California, was also charged with gaining unauthorised access to the servers of the Linux Foundation, an organisation that employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

    Asked for a response to the development, senior kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman told iTWire: "The process is not complete yet, so sorry, I do not have any comment at this point in time."

  • Hacker behind Linux Kernel’s Mass Trojan Infection Arrested in Florida

    Cert-Bund, a German cyber security group estimated that a third of Linux computers in the U.S., and a tenth of those in the world that were checked, were in fact infected with the Trojan Austin had uploaded into the servers.

    After obtaining the credentials, he used them to make unauthorized changes to those servers by adding messages that automatically appeared when the servers rebooted. He also broke into a private email server of Linux Kernel Founder Peter Anvin, along with the Odin1, Zues1, and Pub3 servers.

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TuxMachines: Richard Stallman: Publishers should let readers buy articles anonymously

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:50:21 AM

Richard Stallman, known for creating the GNU Project and initiating work on the popular Emacs text editor, has proposed that online publishers should allow users to buy individual stories, anonymously. Stallman took the opportunity to mention that the GNU Project is working on a new piece of software that will allow his suggested anonymous payments.

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Reddit: Any love for Lexmark laser printers for Linux?

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:50:12 AM

For the most part, printers (and by extension any multifunction models) seem to have been a thorn in the side of Linux users for quite sometime. There has been some decent support for printers by a few manufacturers in recent years, but one that stood out to me was Lexmark, who started releasing native Linux drivers for their wares as early as 2000.

I have a new-old-stock X464de that I got on an Amazon sale enroute to replace my current X264dn model, which has served me surprisingly well in Linux and is still going strong. Out of the box on Ubuntu 16.04 and Fedora 24, I get crisp printouts with duplexing as well.

Does anyone have any opinion about Lexmark hardware in this day and age, specifically lasers? I know Lexmark Inkjets were notorious for poor serviceability and lower quality in general, but the laser printers they sell seem worth it to me. Yet most places will only suggest HP or Canon and, at least with the latter, I've had poor luck with printing on Linux.

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TuxMachines: Torvalds at LinuxCon Part II: Fragmentation and the GPL

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:27:49 AM

This is the second of a three part series that began last Tuesday on Linux Torvalds’ keynote interview at this year’s LinuxCon. In today’s segment, Torvalds talks about how the GPL has helped prevent fragmentation.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Linus Torvalds said, “we still argue. We’re not all happy people, we don’t love each other.”

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LXer: Install WebERP On Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server

Monday 5th of September 2016 07:12:14 AM
Install WebERP On Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server. webERP is a complete web based accounting and business management system that requires only a web-browser and pdf reader to use.

Reddit: GNOME 3.22 - Whats New | GNOME Files (Nautilus)

Monday 5th of September 2016 06:44:23 AM

LXer: Create Your Own Local apt Repository to Avoid "Dependency Hell"?

Monday 5th of September 2016 05:17:52 AM
There are times when you download a .deb file that simply must be installed. Once on your machine, you run the dpkg command on the file only to find yourself in a quagmire of dependencies. Instead of trying to wade through the dependency hell that dpkg can put you through, why not let apt take care of the heavy lifting?

Reddit: Inox vs Google Chrome benchmarks.

Monday 5th of September 2016 04:06:27 AM

Hi, today I decided to try and benchmark inox vs chrome.

For those who don't know, Inox is a patchset for chromium that trys to remove Googles spying, it also has a patch that hardens the sandbox with PIE code to protect against ROP exploits.
Some info about my system:

Inox is installed from prism-overlay, Chromium is from official repos (I don't think this really matters)

Gentoo (stable, I am not using ~amd64)

Kernel 4.7.0 with pf patchset (BFS and BFQ patches)

gcc 4.9.3

glibc 2.22

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Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-5020U CPU @ 2.20GHz

GPU `00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [8086:1616]

(rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [103c:8093] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 44 Memory at c1000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M] Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] I/O ports at 6000 [size=64] [virtual] Expansion ROM at 000c0000 [disabled] [size=128K] Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit- Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2 Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features Kernel driver in use: i915


` *-disk

description: ATA Disk product: HGST HTS545050A7 physical id: 0.0.0 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0 logical name: /dev/sda version: A350 serial: RB250A1C3NUULJ size: 465GiB (500GB) capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt configuration: ansiversion=5 guid=4c57b407-8339-4062-b172-1982e7f98aec sectorsize=4096


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All browser data was cleared after each test. No extensions were installed on either browser.


Google Chrome:

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LXer: Akademy Awards 2016

Monday 5th of September 2016 03:23:30 AM
Winners Kenny, Dan, Christoph, Dominic, Aleix. QtCon talks closed with our annual awards ceremony, the Akademy Awards. Given each year to the most valued and hardest working KDE contributors, they are awarded by the jury from the previous year.

TuxMachines: GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" Desktop Environment Gets Closer, Second Beta Out Now

Monday 5th of September 2016 02:10:04 AM

GNOME developer Matthias Clasen was happy to inform us via an email announcement about the availability of the second and last Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" desktop environment.

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More in Tux Machines

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Linux Graphics

  • The RADV Radeon Vulkan Linux Driver Continues Picking Up Features
  • OpenChrome Maintainer Making Some Progress On VIA DRM Driver
    Independent developer Kevin Brace took over maintaining the OpenChrome DDX driver earlier this year to improve the open-source VIA Linux graphics support while over the summer he's slowly been getting up to speed on development of the OpenChrome DRM driver. The OpenChrome DRM driver was making progress while James Simmons was developing it a few years back, but since he left the project, it's been left to bit rot. It will take a lot of work even to get this previously "good" code back to working on the latest Linux 4.x mainline kernels given how DRM core interfaces have evolved in recent times.
  • My talk about Mainline Explicit Fencing at XDC 2016!
    Last week I was at XDC in Helsinki where I presented about the Explicit Fencing work we’ve been doing on the Mainline Linux Kernel in the lastest few months. There was a livestream of all presentations during the conference and recorded sections are available. You can check the video of my presentation. Check out the slides too.

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.8 gets rc8
    Chill, penguin-fanciers: Linux lord Linus Torvalds is sitting on the egg that is Linux 4.8 for another week. As Torvalds indicated last week, this version of the kernel still needs work and therefore earned itself an eighth release candidate.
  • Linux 4.8-rc8 Released: Linux 4.8 Next Weekend
  • Linux Kernel 4.7.5 Released with Numerous ARM and Networking Improvements
    The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it's a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.
  • Blockchain Summit Day Two: End-Of-Conference Highlights From Shanghai
    Financial services firms and startups looking to be the bridge to blockchain ledgers continued to dominate presentations on the second and final day of the Blockchain Summit, ending International Blockchain Week in Shanghai that also saw Devcon2 and a startup demo competition.
  • Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel
    Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel. After publishing Friday's Intel 600P Series NVME SSD tests of this lower-cost NVM Express storage line-up, I continued testing a few other SSDs and HDDs. These additional reference points are available for your viewing pleasure today. The additional data is also going to be used for reference in a Linux 4.8-based BCache SSD+HDD comparison being published next week. Stay tuned for those fresh BCache numbers.

Behind the GNOME 3.22 Release Video

This is less than usual. The time saving mostly stems from spending less time recording for the release video. At first thought you might think recording would be a breeze but it can be one of the most frustrating aspects of making the videos. Each cycle the GNOME community lands improvement a wide set of GNOME’s applications. So before each release I have to find some way to run a dozen of applications from master. I do this either by: Read more