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Reddit: Achieved a 8 year linux goal!

Saturday 9th of July 2016 12:09:07 AM

Since I started using Linux in 2008, I have always wanted to buy a computer from a linux vender that is pre-installed with a Linux distro. Today, my System76 Wild Dog Pro shipped and should be arriving early next week. It's a great feeling to support a Linux vender and also have a computer built for me that I know will support Linux out of the box (and not pay for a windows license I don't need). The difference between the customer support I've received from Dell compared to the service I've received from System76 was huge. Every step of the way has made me happy to be a Linux user and happy to support a company pushing Linux. Here are the specs of my new machine: CPU - i5-6600, 16GB DDR4 Ram, 250GB SSD, and I have two 1TB HDD and a GTX 960 I'm putting in when it gets here. Anyone have any experiences buying from Linux venders? What did you think?

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Reddit: Ubuntu 16.04 Macbook Pro EFI Issues

Saturday 9th of July 2016 12:04:54 AM

Hey guys,

I hate to ask questions like this given the ridiculous number of resources available online but I'm really not having any luck finding what I'm looking for.

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my Macbook Pro today and it runs perfectly fine, but I can't figure out how to modify the boot loader. Right now when I reboot it shoots right into Ubuntu but I'd like it to 1, give me the option to boot to OS X (right now I have to hold down option to even see it), and 2 default to OS X.

Anyone know how to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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LXer: World's smallest quad-core SBC starts at $8

Friday 8th of July 2016 11:25:39 PM
FriendlyARM launched an $8 open source, 40 x 40mm “NanoPi Neo” SBC that runs Ubuntu Core on a quad-core Allwinner H3. It[he]#8217[/he]s Ethernet-ready, but headless. With the NanoPi Neo, FriendlyARM has released what appears to be the world’s smallest quad-core ARM based single-board computer, and one of the smallest ARM SBCs we’ve seen. This open [[he]#8230[/he]]

Reddit: I really want to understand the things going on in r/linux, but I'm not sure what anything is. Where do I start?

Friday 8th of July 2016 10:42:18 PM

I use Linux as my primary desktop OS, and I've tried to keep in touch with all the Linux news so that I'm not always in the dark about certain topics. Thing is, I don't really understand half of the material that's here, and I would really like to get involved in the Linux community. How would you suggest I go about getting familiar with Linux to the point where I'll understand the posts here without needing to look up what it's about?

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TuxMachines: 6 Tips for Leveraging Open Source Technology

Friday 8th of July 2016 10:20:17 PM

To understand the impact that open source technology has made on the enterprise, one need only look to the numbers. With over 35 million GitHub repositories, 1,961,460 lines of code on Hadoop and over a thousand Apache Spark contributors, the open source ecosystem is home to some of the world's most innovative and impressive tech collaborations. With some of the biggest names in tech leading the charge — Apple's Swift programming language, IBM's machine learning technology SystemML and Facebook's Relay JavaScript framework were all made public in the past year — open source technology is set to change the way we process, stream and analyze data.

In this slideshow, IBM VP of Big Data and Analytics on z, Dinesh Nirmal, and IBM VP of Offerings, Big Data and Analytics, Ritika Gunnar, outline several tips to help enterprises make the most of their open source strategy.

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LXer: How to install SilverStripe CMS with Nginx on a Debian 8 VPS

Friday 8th of July 2016 10:11:19 PM
In this tutorial we are going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to install SilverStripe CMS with Nginx on a Debian VPS.SilverStripe is a content management system (CMS) that includes a programming framework used by website developers for creating and maintaining websites and web applications.

Reddit: I want to learn even more about Linux.

Friday 8th of July 2016 10:09:21 PM

Hello, I've just graduated High School and am planning to study Computer Science/Engineering at college starting in August. However, my first two years I won't actually be studying my major and I feel kind of impatient about it. Summer for me ends in late August and it's already July. I feel like I have too much free time so there's no excuse to not be learning even more.

I have a desktop dual-booting Windows and Linux(And Windows is only for gaming) and I spend most of my time in Ubuntu on there. I have a laptop running only Ubuntu that I'm typing on. I just took a Raspberry Pi Zero and attached it to a universal garage door remote so I could open the garage from my phone when I get back from bike rides(The panel we have has always been unreliable). What can I do to learn even more about anything in Linux? I am not happy with the rate I teach myself so if there are any courses between now and August 22nd I could do then that would be awesome.

I guess what I am getting at is that I need a course I can follow or a new project to stick to so I can learn using Linux and about anything in general. I have some C++ background and a lot more Java experience. Any recommendations for anything for me to learn would be appreciated. Thank you

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Reddit: What can I do with Arch that I can't do with Ubuntu?

Friday 8th of July 2016 09:23:05 PM


I'm not really new to Linux since I've been using Ubuntu for a while now on my virtual server. I've also tried Ubuntu as a desktop OS a few times. Also, I used to be on Mac OS X so I know my way around gcc and clang and gdb and such.

I'm thinking about switching from Windows 10 to Linux. I don't game all that much anymore so dual boot is fine and Microsoft is doing some shady stuff that I don't like and I think it's time to finally switch.

I have been pretty happy with Ubuntu and I'm just not sure what big advantage Arch or other "advanced" distributions could have over Ubuntu or other "beginner" distributions. What I always liked about Ubuntu was that it just works and I'm not sure if the benefits of Arch, whatever those may be, actually out weight the ease of use of Ubuntu.

So, what are you doing with Arch etc. that would be problematic on Ubuntu?

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LinuxToday: Mesa 12.0.0 3D Graphics Library Released with Vulkan Driver for Intel Hardware

Friday 8th of July 2016 09:00:00 PM

Release highlights of Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 include a Vulkan driver for Intel hardware from Ivy Bridge onward

LXer: Apple's IP Lawyers May Force YouTube MacBook Repair Videos Offline Over Schematic

Friday 8th of July 2016 08:56:59 PM
It's no secret that Apple does not want you to monkey around with your device's innards or to take it anywhere but to its own stores for repairs. The company has continually screwed around with the screws that keep its hardware together in an effort to prevent DIYers and non-Apple-approved repair shops from opening its devices.

LinuxToday: How to Encrypt Directories with eCryptfs on Ubuntu 16.04

Friday 8th of July 2016 08:00:00 PM

 HowToForge: This tutorial shows how to use eCryptfs to encrypt a directory on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

Reddit: Debian Edu 8 for Educational purposes

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:50:05 PM

LXer: Using Vagrant to control your DigitalOcean cloud instances

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:42:39 PM
Learn how to use the vagrant-digitalocean plugin to use Vagrantfiles to maintain cloud instances in Digital Ocean

Reddit: PCLinuxOS preview now available with Plasma 5.7

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:22:20 PM

Download it from here, and run isohybrid on the .iso file before writing it to a USB stick with dd (or else just burn it to a DVD-Rx disc instead).

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TuxMachines: Debian 8.5 vs. Debian Testing Benchmarks - July 2016

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:59:40 PM

Here is the latest look at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 vs. Debian Testing on the same system for showing how the performance is looking for Debian 9 "Stretch" ahead of its release next year.

Originally I was planning to do a Debian GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD comparison too, but the Debian Testing GNU/kFreeBSD installer was yielding problems... So for this article is just a fun look at clean installs of Debian 8.5 versus the current Debian GNU/Linux testing on the same hardware and using each OS release out-of-the-box.

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Reddit: Thanks, Acer

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:54:18 PM

LXer: Greg Kroah-Hartman Gives an Inside Look at the Largest, Fastest Software Project of All

Friday 8th of July 2016 06:28:19 PM
What has 21 million lines of code, 4000 contributors, and more changes per day than most software projects have in months, or even years? The Linux kernel, of course. In this video, Greg Kroah-Hartman provides an inside view of how the largest, fastest software project of all absorbs so many changes while maintaining a high level of quality and stability.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • iTWire - Microsoft to reduce global workforce
  • Microsoft Faces Two Lawsuits For Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Campaign
    The series of lawsuits against Microsoft doesn’t seem to terminate sooner.
  • Controlling access to the memory cache
    Access to main memory from the processor is mediated (and accelerated) by the L2 and L3 memory caches; developers working on performance-critical code quickly learn that cache utilization can have a huge effect on how quickly an application (or a kernel) runs. But, as Fenghua Yu noted in his LinuxCon Japan 2016 talk, the caches are a shared resource, so even a cache-optimal application can be slowed by an unrelated task, possibly running on a different CPU. Intel has been working on a mechanism that allows a system administrator to set cache-sharing policies; the talk described the need for this mechanism and how access to it is implemented in the current patch set.
  • Why Blockchain Matters
    If your familiarity with Bitcoin and Blockchain is limited to having heard about the trial of Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht, you can be forgiven -- but your knowledge is out of date. Today, Bitcoin and especially Blockchain are moving into the mainstream, with governments and financial institutions launching experiments and prototypes to understand how they can take advantage of the unique characteristics of the technology.
  • Our Third Podcast, with Cybik, is Out Now
    Cybik comes back on how he came to know and use Linux in the first place, his gaming habits, how he got involved into the Skullgirls port, and shares with us his outlook on the Linux gaming landscape. The podcast is just an hour long and you can either download it below, and use our RSS feed (that has the additional benefit of making it easy for you to get new episodes from now on):
  • GSoC: final race and multi-disc implementation
    It’s been a while since I wrote a post here. A lot has happened since then. Now Gnome-games fully supports PlayStation games, with snapshoting capabilities. The next thing I’m working on is multi-disc support, specially for PlayStation titles. So far, there’s a working propotity although a lot needs to be re-engineered and polished. This last part of the project has involved working both in UI, persistance and logic layers.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 11
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 22 commits, with 6199 lines added and 1763 lines removed.
  • [Solus] Replacement of Release Schedule
    In the not so distant past, Solus followed a static point release model. Our most current release at this time is 1.2, with a 1.2.1 planned to drop in the near future. However, we also recently announced our move to a rolling release model. As such, these two schools of thought are in contradiction of one another.
  • First release of official ArchStrike ISO files! [Ed: last week]
  • July ’16 security fixes for Java 8
    On the heels of Oracle’s July 2016 security updates for Java 8, the icedtea folks have released version 3.1.0 of their build framework so that I could create packages for OpenJDK 8u101_b13 or “Java 8 Update 101 Build 13” (and the JRE too of course).
  • Pipelight update
    I decided to do an update of my “pipelight” package. I had not looked at it for a long time, basically because I do not use it anymore, but after I upgraded my “wine” package someone asked if I could please write up what could be done for wine-pipelight. As you know, pipelight is a Linux plugin wrapper for Mozilla-compatible browsers which lets you install and use Windows plugins on Linux. This configuration enables you to access online services which would otherwise be unavailable to you on a Linux platform. The pipelight plugin wrapper uses wine to load the Windows software.
  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Current Analyst Ratings
  • Friday Session Wrap for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fedora @ EuroPython 2016 - event report
  • Android 7.0 Nougat could be release as soon as next month
  • Android gains anti-spam caller ID feature
  • Amazon Cloud Revenue Hits $2.9B
  • ServerMania – Discover High Availability Cloud Computing, powered by OpenStack
    Cloud computing is fast growing in the world of computer and Internet technology, many companies, organizations and even individuals are opting for shared pool of computing resources and services. For starters, Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing where users consume hosted services on shared server resources. There are fundamentally three types of cloud computing available today: private, public and hybrid cloud computing.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Student survey data shows Open Source training uptake amongst women and young people remains extreme
    Future Cert, the UK and Ireland representative for the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), is calling for more awareness of Open Source software training amongst the under 21s and especially women, which the industry is so desperately in need of. New figures from a recent Future Cert student survey reveals that the number of women and young people taking LPI Certification in Open Source computing remains extremely low. Of those questioned, 98% were male, and just 2% were female, taking an LPI exam. This figure is significantly less than an already low figure of around 15% to 17% of women in IT careers in general. It raises the question, what does the industry need to do to make an Open Source career attractive to women?
  • Quality in open source: testing CRIU
    Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace, or CRIU, is a software tool for Linux that allows freezing a running application (or part of it) and checkpointing it to disk as a collection of files. The files can then be used to restore and run the application from the point where it was frozen. The distinctive feature of the CRIU project is that it is mainly implemented in user space. Back in 2012, when Andrew Morton accepted the first checkpoint/restore (C/R) patches to the Linux kernel, the idea to implement saving and restoring of running processes in user space seemed kind of crazy. Yet, four years later, not only is CRIU working, it has also attracted more and more attention. Before CRIU, there had been other attempts to implement checkpoint/restore in Linux (DMTCP, BLCR, OpenVZ, CKPT, and others), but none were merged into the mainline. Meanwhile CRIU survived, which attests to its viability. Some time ago, I implemented support for the Test Anything Protocol format into the CRIU test runner; creating that patch allowed me to better understand the nature of the CRIU testing process. Now I want to share this knowledge with LWN readers. [...] The CRIU tests are quite easy to use and available for everyone. Moreover, the CRIU team has a continuous-integration system that consists of Patchwork and Jenkins, which run the required test configurations per-patch and per-commit. Patchwork also allows the team to track the status of patch sets to make the maintainer's work easier. The developers from the team always keep an eye on regressions. If a commit breaks a tree, the patches in question will not be accepted.
  • Open-source Wire messenger gets encrypted screen-sharing
    Chat app Wire has been rapidly adding feature as of late as it looks to gain some traction against the myriad of competitors out there. The latest trick in its arsenal is screen sharing. Now you can click on the new screen-sharing button to, well, share your screen during a call (if you’re on a desktop, that is). It works during group chats too and, as with all Wire communications, is encrypted end-to-end. Wire believes it’s the first messaging app to include end-to-end encryption.
  • SPI board election results are available
    Software in the Public Interest (SPI) has completed its 2016 board elections. There were two open seats on the board in addition to four board members whose terms were expiring. The six newly elected members of the board are Luca Filipozzi, Joerg Jaspert, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Andrew Tridgell, Valerie Young, and Martin Zobel-Helas. The full results, including voter statistics, are also available.
  • SFK 2016 - Call for Speakers
    Software Freedom Kosova is an annual international conference in Kosovo organized to promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge, now in its 7th edition. It is organized by FLOSSK, a non governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promote software freedom and related philosophies.
  • Microsoft's Next Open Source Target Could Be PowerShell: Report
  • Open-source drug discovery project advances drug development
  • The First-Ever Test of Open-Source Drug-Discovery
  • Open-Source Drug Discovery a Success
  • CNS - Open-Source Project Spurs New Drug Discoveries
    Medicines for Malaria Venture, a nonprofit group based in Geneva, Switzerland, distributed 400 diverse compounds with antimalarial activity — called the Malaria Box — to 200 labs in 30 nations in late 2011. The findings from subsequent studies and analyses were published Thursday in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Distributing the Malaria Box to various labs enabled scientists to analyze the compounds and develop findings that have led to more than 30 new drug-development projects for a variety of diseases. As a stipulation to receiving the samples, the various research groups had to deposit the information from their studies in the public domain.
  • Wire and Launchkit go open source, a water flow monitoring system, and more news
  • Apache, astsu, Biscuit, Python, Puppet 4, systemd & more!
  • The Onion Omega2: The Latest Router Dev Board
  • Build a $700 open source bionic prosthesis with new tutorial by Nicolas Huchet of Bionico
    The 3D printing community has already successfully taken over the market for cosmetic prostheses, as fantastic initiatives like E-NABLE have proven. But the world of bionics is a different place and just a handful of makers have gone there with any form of success, such as the very inspiring Open Bionics. But even 3D printed bionic prostheses are definitely within our reach, as French open source fanatic Nicolas Huchet of Bionico has proven. Though by no means a making expert himself, he 3D printed his own open source bionic hand during a three month residency at FabLab Berlin and has now shared all the files – including an extensive tutorial – online. This means you can now 3D print your very own bionic prosthesis at home for just $700.
  • BCN3D Technologies develops open source 3D printed 'Moveo' robotic arm for schools
    Designed from scratch and developed by BCN3D engineers in collaboration with the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Departament d’Ensenyament (Department of Education), the BCN3D Moveo is an Arduino Mega 2560-powered, 3D printed robotic arm which could enable schools and colleges in Spain and elsewhere to teach students the basics of robotics, mechanical design, and industrial programming. When the Departament d’Ensenyament approached BCN3D one year ago regarding the possibility of an educative robotics project, the tech organization jumped at the chance to get on board.

Security Leftovers

10 hot Android smartphones that got price cuts recently

With numerous smartphone getting launched each month, brands always adjust prices to give slightly competitive edge to older smartphone models and also to clear inventories. Here are 10 smartphones that got price cuts recently. Read more