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Phoronix: It's Really Worthwhile For AMDGPU Users On Ubuntu 16.04 To Upgrade Their Kernel, Mesa

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:06:23 AM
For those of you using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in conjunction with the stock AMDGPU driver for open-source driver support on newer graphics cards like the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 285/380, here are some benchmarks showing out the performance you are missing out on by not upgrading your kernel or Mesa after just a few months of development...

Reddit: The problem with LTS distros

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:03:46 AM

Just a thought and saying this as a user...

Main includes in software manager are often terribly outdated. Apparently there's not enough people covering as maintainers to keep up to the last known working versions.

So what do you do? You go to a PPA. And it works great... So now you have something more current than the 3 year old release with a totally different UI and missing 1/4 of the features.

And then what happens? The people in charge of that software are just like "F' it." and stop supporting that Kernel your older distro uses. Thing is all the OS side bugs are ironed out vs. the new Kernel, and AMD support is terrible on the new one. So that's a no-go, as a working computer is better than a non-working one.

So all the work you're doing using the software from the PPA is put to a standstill because some random update made the program disappear as it's "no longer supported" even though it was working fine last time you used it.

Ugh... So this is one of those things that needs to be worked out if LTS is supposed to do what it's supposed to do. It shouldn't pull stuff if it was working. I'd rather live with bugs, even if the answer I get is that they wont get fixed. T'is better than completely losing access to software (or at least a recent version) that you were working with.

I can't be the only one griping about this, can I?

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Reddit: Dell Inspiron B130 and Acer Aspire One

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:02:16 AM

I wanted to install Ubuntu on these machines. Will they be able to handle it? I was going to mainly use them for coding and very light use.

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TuxMachines: Lubuntu 16.10 Beta Out Now with Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS and the Latest LXDE Desktop

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:43:04 AM

As part of today's Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta launch, Simon Quigley from the Lubuntu Linux team released the first Beta build of the upcoming Lubuntu 16.10 operating system.

Also: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta Removes the Heads-Up Display (HUD) Feature

Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Beta 1 Released with GNOME 3.20 and GNOME 3.22 Beta Apps

Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

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LXer: How Core Infrastructure Initiative Aims to Secure the Internet

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:42:21 AM
VIDEO: Nicko van Someren, CTO of the Linux Foundation, discusses how the CII is moving forward to make open-source software more secure.

Reddit: Linux CheatSheet!!

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:14:00 AM

Reddit: How to put a Linux sys admin in a bad mood...

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:10:00 AM

Phoronix: Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:50:23 PM
Today -- on Linux's 25th birthday -- marks the release of Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 for opt-in flavors participating in this "Yakkety Yak" milestone...

LXer: Jay Beale: Linux Security and Remembering Bastille Linux

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:45:10 PM
"Secure by design" doesn't mean that Linux users should take a carefree approach to security. On the Internet, somebody's always hiding behind the firewall trying to pick the lock.

TuxMachines: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta Adds NVDIMM Support, Improves Security

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:39:34 PM

Today, August 25, 2016, Red Hat announced that version 7.3 of its powerful Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system is now in development, and a Beta build is available for download and testing.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta brings lots of improvements and innovations, support for new hardware devices, and improves the overall security of the Linux kernel-based operating system used by some of the biggest enterprises and organizations around the globe. Among some of the major new features implemented in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 release, we can mention important networking improvements, and support for Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules (NVDIMMs).

Also: CentOS 6 Linux OS Receives Important Kernel Security Update from Red Hat

Release of Red Hat Virtualization 4 Offers New Functionality for Workloads

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Reddit: How did linux became more popular than unix?

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:34:03 PM

As far as I know, unix was already pretty much established with its users. Linus clearly didn't mean to make his new system this popular so how did all this happend? Why aren't we all using BSD or something?

My friend explained me how unix moved away from minix and expanded. But linux is different.

(Yes I mean gnu/linux)

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 Released, Available to Download Now

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:33:24 PM

The Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 releases are now available to download.

You know the drill by now: {num} Ubuntu flavors, some freshly pressed ISOs, plenty of new bugs to find and no guarantees that things won’t go boom.

Also: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta Launches for Opt-in Flavors, Adds GCC 6.2 and LibreOffice 5.2

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LXer: 50 Essential Linux Applications

Thursday 25th of August 2016 10:47:59 PM
If you’re a refugee from Windows, you may be finding the Linux world slightly confusing, wondering how you can get the all same functionality you had in Windows, but still enjoy the freedom that Linux offers. Never fear!

Reddit: When was the last time you had a complex issue on linux?

Thursday 25th of August 2016 10:16:39 PM

Here is my litlle tale: I thought I would be free of any problem on my laptop til I buy a new one after it dies. Alas today I upgraded my archlinux and I got a very bad "dashed lines" graphic bug. I just spent all my evening trying to fix this... I almost considered that my PC was just having its last breath. But no, I blamed first the freshly installed radeon drivers, went by the compilation of older xorg radeon, almost tried the old radeonhd drivers. Hopefully backlisting the radeon module allowed me to see the the vesa driver wasn't workng too bad and thus that the GPU might not be dead. I finally had to switch to an older kernel (I suspect a problem with DRM), thanks god there is a LTS in archlinux repositories.

This just remembered me the old times of trial and error with the xorg.conf. This kind of problem still happens today to my newbies friend with ubuntu, he just struggled to have his graphic card properly working. What is your experience with old and new hardware?

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Thursday 25th of August 2016 09:56:13 PM

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TuxMachines: PC-BSD Becomes TrueOS, FreeBSD 11.0 Reaches RC2

Thursday 25th of August 2016 09:55:05 PM
  • More Details On PC-BSD's Rebranding As TrueOS

    Most Phoronix readers know PC-BSD as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD that aims to be user-friendly on the desktop side and they've done a fairly good job at that over the years. However, the OS has been in the process of re-branding itself as TrueOS.

    PC-BSD has been offering "TrueOS Server" for a while now as their FreeBSD-based server offering. But around the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 release they are looking to re-brand their primary desktop download too now as TrueOS.

  • FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 Arrives With Fixes

    The second release candidate to the upcoming FreeBSD 11 is now available for testing.

    FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 ships with various bug fixes, several networking related changes, Clang compiler fixes, and other updates.

    FreeBSD 11.0 is bringing updated KMS drivers, Linux binary compatibility layer improvements, UEFI improvements, Bhyve virtualization improvements, and a plethora of other work. Those not yet familiar with FreeBSD 11 can see the what's new guide.

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TuxMachines: Hosting, Servers, VMs and Containers

Thursday 25th of August 2016 09:53:26 PM
  • Open Source, Containers and the Cloud: News from ContainerCon and LinuxCon

    LinuxCon and ContainerCon, events focused on Linux, containers and open source software, wrapped up this week in Toronto. Here's a round-up of the announcements and insights related to cloud computing that emerged from the meeting.

    LinuxCon and ContainerCon are co-located events. That made for an interesting combination this year because Linux is an established technology, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. In contrast, containers remain a new and emerging enterprise technology. (Yes, containers themselves are much older, but it has only been in the past three years, with the launch of Docker, that containers are becoming a big deal commercially.)

    The two events thus paired discussion of a very entrenched platform, Linux, with one that is still very much in development. But open source, the coding and licensing model behind both Linux and container platforms like Docker, tied everything together.

  • Citrix Enables NetScaler for Containers and Micro-Services

    At the LinuxCon ContainerCon event here, a core topic of discussion is about how to enable enterprises to be able to embrace containers. Citrix has a few ideas on how to help and is announcing enhancements to its NetScaler networking gear to enable load balancing for containers and micro-services.

  • Want to Work for a Cloud Company? Here’s the Cream of the Crop

    What do Asana, Greenhouse Software, WalkMe, Chef Software, and Sprout Social have in common? They’ve been deemed the very best privately held “cloud” companies to work for, according to new rankings compiled by Glassdoor and venture capital firm Battery Ventures.

    For “The 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies,” Glassdoor and Battery worked with Mattermark to come up with a list of non-public companies that offer cloud-based services, and then culled them, making sure that each entry had at least 30 Glassdoor reviews, Neeraj Agrawal, Battery Ventures general partner told Fortune.

  • Red Hat Updates its Kernel-based Virtual Machine

    Red Hat updated its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads.

  • Red Hat Virtualization 4 Takes on Proprietary Competition

    Red Hat continues to move well beyond its core enteprise Linux-based roots with a string of new releases. The company has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4, the latest release of its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) -powered virtualization platform. It fully supports OpenStack’s Neutron – the networking project leveraged in SDNs.

    The company emphasizes that Red Hat Virtualization 4 challenges the economics and complexities of proprietary virtualization solutions by providing a fully-open, high-performing, more secure, and centrally managed platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads. It combines an updated hypervisor, advanced system dashboard, and centralized networking for users’ evolving workloads.

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TuxMachines: Windows, Mac or Linux... Which operating system best suits your business?

Thursday 25th of August 2016 09:52:40 PM

Linux is a free alternative. Apart from the zero-cost factor, it's still less prone to viruses than Windows. Most Linux machines start out as Windows computers that are reformatted. Linux is also adaptable -- Linux is an OS kernel, not a full system, but is the heart of software distributions such as Ubuntu or Fedora.

As for cons, Linux is more complex to learn and use. There are also far fewer programs written for Linux systems. Of course, someone with an advanced online computer science master’s degree will help you make the most of a Linux system by supplying the skills needed to innovate and implement custom solutions for your business environment.

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More in Tux Machines

Q4OS 1.6, Orion

The significant Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' release receives the most recent Trinity R14.0.3 stable version. Trinity R14.0.3 is the third maintenance release of the R14 series, it is intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability. The complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website. New Q4OS 1.6 release includes set of new features and fixes. The default desktop look has been slightly changed, Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu and taskbar has been polished a bit and has got a few enhancements, for example the icons size varies proportionally to the system panel. Native Desktop profiler tool has got new, optimized 'software to install' list. Read more

Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop. Collabora developer Gustavo Padovan presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 conference about explicit fencing support in the mainline kernel with a "new era of graphics." Read more

Ubuntu Leftovers

Leftovers: Software Development

  • fakecloud
  • A new version of pristine-tar
  • Getting RSS feeds for news websites that don’t provide them
    On the technical side, this seems to be one of the most stable pieces of software I ever wrote. It never crashed or otherwise failed since I started running it, and fortunately I also didn’t have to update the HTML parsing code yet because of website changes. It’s written in Haskell, using the Scotty web framework, Cereal serialization library for storing the history of the past articles, http-conduit for fetching the websites, and html-conduit for parsing the HTML. Overall a very pleasant experience, thanks to the language being very convenient to write and preventing most silly mistakes at compile-time, and the high quality of the libraries.
  • Quick Highlight
    Martin Blanchard put together a new “quick highlight” plugin for Builder this last week. It was a great example of how to submit a new feature, so I just wanted to highlight it here. Post to bugzilla, attach a patch, and we will review quickly and help with any additional integration that might be necessary.