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TuxMachines: The rise of Debian technology

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 08:46:40 AM

Out of 285 active distributions on Distrowatch, 132 are based on Debian and 67 on Ubuntu. This predominance is not only unrivalled in a field as diverse as Linux distros, but has been true now for several years. I've cited it several times, but until now, I haven't addressed the question this observation also raises: how did this state of affairs come about?

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TuxMachines: 9 Useful Gnome Shell Extensions for Linux

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 08:46:10 AM

Gnome Shell allows you to modify it any way you want by installing extensions. There are many, many extensions out there to choose from. Since there are just so many, we’ve created a list containing some of the best.

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Reddit: Installing different distros on different hdds?

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 07:57:26 AM

I'm wondering if anyone in this subreddit have attempted to install different distros in different hdds before? I want to do this because I'm still in the process of choosing the best Linux distribution to play/develop with and I want to explore a few such as Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, CentOS, and even AndroidOS.

If possible how does someone install, and boot hdds with different distros installed on them? Any insight would be appreciated.

Edit: I just stumbled upon this article:

Has anyone done this before? I'd like to confirm if this is the best/only way to approach this.

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LXer: uib gmbh announces the release 4.0.5 of the client management system opsi

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 07:07:25 AM
opsi 4.0.5 comes with several new features as managing Linux-Clients and UEFI Support

TuxMachines: Fedora Good, Bad, & Ugly and Debian's Rise

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:41:01 AM

Pádraig Brady today offered up his assessment of Fedora 21 in comparison to Fedora 16 from which he upgraded. Bruce Byfield is back with a look at the "rise of Debian technology" and Softpedia is reporting that CentOS was used to make the black hole in hit movie Interstellar. Gunnar Hellekson refutes the assertions in a recent GCN article declaring Open Source poorly designed and, finally today, Linux powered submersible says polar caps thicker than estimated.

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TuxMachines: 64-bit ARM FreeBSD Support Is Taking Shape

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:38:11 AM

While Linux/Android on AArch64 is what's usually talked about, FreeBSD developers continue making progress on porting their kernel to 64-bit ARM.

For months FreeBSD developers have been eying 64-bit ARM and the kernel code is taking shape. In a status update posted on Monday, FreeBSD/ARM64 is now booting up into single-user mode on ARM's reference simulator. Work is still underway on porting the remaining kernel drivers and getting the 64-bit ARM userland support in shape.

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TuxMachines: QEMU 2.2-rc3 Released, Final Release Pushed Back By Couple Days

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:34:32 AM

QEMU 2.2-rc3 was released today but there's still a few release-critical bugs that will warrant an unscheduled release candidate and thus push back the official QEMU 2.2 version, hopefully only by a few days.

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TuxMachines: NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:29:36 AM

In partnership with the Apache Software Foundation, the NSA announced on Tuesday that it is releasing the source code for Niagarafiles (Nifi). The spy agency said that Nifi "automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ".

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TuxMachines: Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:21:50 AM

While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet.

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TuxMachines: Docker Update Fixes Pair of Critical Security flaws

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:17:16 AM

The open-source Docker container virtualization technology has emerged as one of the hottest and most hyped technologies of the year. Docker, however, isn't immune from security vulnerabilities, as a pair of recent updates illustrate.

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TuxMachines: Linux-based AUV maps Antarctic sea ice thickness

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:10:22 AM

Woods Hole Oceanographic used a Linux-based “SeaBED” AUV to build the first 3D map of Antarctic sea ice — and found it’s thicker than had been estimated.

Every now and then we see some good news about climate change sprinkled in with all the increasingly dire warnings. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that solar and wind energy are starting to become competitive with natural gas. On the same day, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), based in Massachusetts, announced it had published a paper in Nature Geoscience on experiments run by an autonomous, Linux-based submarine called the SeaBED. The underwater survey indicated that Antarctic sea ice was thicker than had been previously estimated.

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LXer: Open food developers have a message for you

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:10:14 AM
Growstuff is an open source project to build a crop database from growers' knowledge, crowdsourcing information about who plants what food, when and where they plant it, and how they harvest it. Find it on GitHub.

LXer: A review of PC-BSD 10.1

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 05:13:03 AM
In today's open source roundup: reviews PC-BSD 10.1. Plus: The dangers of the Less command for Linux users, and can a Redditor get an entry level sys admin job with no degree?

Phoronix: Meizu's Ubuntu Phone Not Expected Until Early Next Year

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 04:28:53 AM
While we heard Meizu would launch an Ubuntu Phone in December, it looks like the first Meizu phone preloaded with Ubuntu's mobile offering will not be released until early next year...

LXer: Survey: Public Clouds, File Syncing and Data Privacy Dangers

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 04:15:52 AM
A survey from enterprise information management company M-Files says a majority of employees use public cloud file-syncing and sharing services for sensitive data.

Reddit: An Idea for selling free software

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 03:31:07 AM

This isn't selling software that's "free" as in beer, but "free" as in freedom, why cant someone sell software that's free except you need to buy the software before you get a license to the source code, this could be a viable business model, am I the only person who has actually thought about this stuff?

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LXer: Canonical Is Still Considering Turning the Phone into a Mini-PC

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 03:18:41 AM
Canonical is working to complete their idea of convergence with the launch of Ubuntu Touch, a new operating system for mobile devices. The desktop flavor of Ubuntu will eventually share the same code with the mobile one, and their plans go even further than that.

Phoronix: DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Drops i386 Support, Improves Graphics

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 03:09:58 AM
The much anticipated release of DragonFlyBSD 4.0 is now available...

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Defending the Free Linux World

Co-opetition is a part of open source. The Open Invention Network model allows companies to decide where they will compete and where they will collaborate, explained OIN CEO Keith Bergelt. As open source evolved, "we had to create channels for collaboration. Otherwise, we would have hundreds of entities spending billions of dollars on the same technology." Read more

And the best distro of 2014 is ...

Looking back at my 2013 summary, I just realized I'm a bloody prophet. I wanted openSUSE to make a nice comeback, and it did. And I wanted Fedora to shine, and it did, and it's version 20 no less. The utter and total dominance of the Ubuntu family has been shattered, and this is a very good thing. Competition is always good. What about Mint, you ask? Well, Linux Mint behaved splendidly, but this year, the few spins I tried weren't as sharp and spectacular as what we saw in 2013. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the best-of is more than just a list of grades. It also packs an emotional element, a surprise element, as well as the overall combination of what the selected distributions have achieved with their given parameters. For instance, CentOS is not supposed to be a desktop system, so when it does that well, it's more interesting than similar results with the stock Ubuntu family members and cousins. Hence, this list and its players. Of course, this is entirely my private, subjective observation, but I think it fits the global shift in the Linux field. With the Mir vs Wayland game, a big delay in Ubuntu Edge, and a general cooling off in the distro space, seeing more effort from outside the Ubuntu range is only natural. And welcome. That said, the big winner is still Trusty, and it shows that even though some years may be rougher than others, Ubuntu has its merit and cannot be easily disregarded, no matter how we feel, or want to feel, even if purely on a reactionary basis. And to prove us all wrong, Canonical has baked a phenomenal LTS release, which should bring much joy and fun to Linux users worldwide for years to come. I hope you've liked this compilation. See you next year. Read more

Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

IBM has had a win in its long court battle with SCO over just who owns Unix and, by extension, whether Linux is an unauthorised clone. Some quick and simplified history: SCO – short for The Santa Cruz Operation – was a software company that offered a version of Unix for x86 chippery. When Linux came along in the late 90s and started turning into a business, SCO more or less sank and it attacked both Novell and IBM for their role in helping to spread Linus Torvalds' brainchild. At stake was whether those who distribute and profit from Linux should share some of their bounty with SCO. If a court had found in SCO's favour, it would have been bad news for Linux. The Novell suit ran for about six years, but SCO lost. After that, SCO endured all manner of financial strife, but managed to crawl from the crypt more than once. Last year, SCO managed to secure approval to re-open the case against IBM. Read more Also: ENOUGH! Says Nuffer

Hands-On with Tanglu 2.0 Bartholomea annulata

Tanglu GNU/Linux is a distribution based on Debian Testing. When I wrote recently about the future of Linux Mint Debian Edition and other distributions based on Debian Testing, what I was concerned about was the fact that they will be changing their base to Debian Stable in the near future. Tanglu has not given any indication that they intend to change, so this could be a good alternative for the future. Read more