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LinuxToday: EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet Networking Predictions for 2018

Friday 29th of December 2017 01:00:00 PM

EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: What's ahead for 2018 in networking?

Phoronix: Wayland Made More Inroads In 2017

Friday 29th of December 2017 12:26:18 PM
Wayland had a very successful year with Ubuntu 17.10 now using it by default, more niche/hobbyist Wayland compositors making progress, KDE Plasma on Wayland becoming more usable for day-to-day use, more applications/libraries natively supporting Wayland, GTK4's Vulkan renderer becoming very usable, and other advancements...

Phoronix: RADV Gets A Big Performance Boost Thanks To DCC

Friday 29th of December 2017 11:59:25 AM
Not only is Vega now Vulkan 1.0 conformant with RADV, but it's also much faster if pulling down the very latest Mesa bits...

LXer: Container Basics: Terms You Need to Know

Friday 29th of December 2017 11:45:15 AM
In the previous article, we talked about what containers are and how they breed innovation and help companies move faster. And, in the following articles in this series, we will discuss how to use them. Before we dive more deeply into the topic, however, we need to understand some of the terms and commands used in the container world. Without a confident grasp of this terminology, things could get confusing.

TuxMachines: Canonical/Ubuntu 'Versus' Amazon

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:58:03 AM
  • AWS, Canonical help power self-driving cars, retailers and more

    Digital transformation is sweeping every industry, and the broad accessibility enabled by the cloud allows products and businesses — ranging from self-driving vehicles to nationwide retail — to innovate at light speed. To help these companies thrive in the cloud, Amazon Web Services Inc. offers enterprises a range of supportive virtualization tools and the opportunity to utilize the AWS operating system, which promotes broad flexibility and a high level of security.

    One of Amazon’s key partners, Canonical Ltd, is responsible for providing the foundation that many enterprises build their software as a service offerings on with its operating service Ubuntu.

  • People Searched for Ubuntu more than Amazon Echo this year

    Ubuntu was more popular than Britney Spears, Linux Mint, and the increasingly creepy Amazon Echo this year.

    This fact — fans of frivolous trivia — comes courtesy of the Google Trends website, which lets you compare the volume of searches made for pretty much every topic imaginable.

    Now, you might be wondering why was I trying to discern Ubuntu’s relative popularity against a celebrity and a smart speaker.

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Phoronix: RADV Is Now Effectively Conformant For Vega GPUs With Vulkan 1.0

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:44:52 AM
Since October RADV has officially become a Vulkan 1.0 conformant driver for Volcanic Islands GPUs while Sea Islands and Polaris hardware has also been on this same support level. RADV support for the newer Vega GPUs had been lagging behind, but these latest-generation AMD GPUs are now also effectively conformant...

Phoronix: NVIDIA's New Allocator Library Will Need A Lot Of Work In 2018

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:37:59 AM
Last week NVIDIA sent out an experimental allocator driver for the Nouveau code-base as well as EXT_external_objects support for Nouveau NVC0 in Mesa. So far though many upstream open-source driver developers are not yet convinced about the current design of this Unix Device Memory Allocation library as a potential replacement to GBM...

Phoronix: Git 2.16 Steps Out With Its First Release Candidate

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:20:04 AM
Git 2.16-rc0 has been released as the first test version of this upcoming distributed revision control system update...

Reddit: Why many people use the Open Source as justification?

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:08:47 AM

Every month I see 1-2 posts about "We should migrate to service X because FOSS" and similar like Gitlab promotions. But they also avoid the practical side like the lack of functionality, horrible design and slow UI.

I like FOSS, but think the FOSS community often uses the same marketing bullshit like Microsoft which declared many times here as "absolute evil": "We're going to let customers turn off Cortana's always-listening feature to give them a little more privacy".

So, my opinion: there's a lot of bad code, not matter open or closed, written by natural or LGBT-member with black or yellow ass. Only the fact of open source doesn't make any code better. The best FOSS projects can compete with proprietary analogs - yep, great; vice versa - oh shit. The hard truth is always better.

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Reddit: Gifting my colleague with Linux goodies/merchandise as a thank you?

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:01:43 AM


I'm currently doing internship as a software engineer at a really awesome company. As thanks for all the things I learned I wanted to gift my instructor/colleague with some IT goodies.

First thing that popped in mind is with some Linux goodies because he's a Linux user and a pretty hardcore geek like me.

He already has enough stickers, so that's not an option. I was thinking of maybe a shirt..? I'm unsure, any awesome ideas?

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LXer: The KDE Community in 2017

Friday 29th of December 2017 09:56:36 AM
It's the time of year for recaps. We already talked about the advancements in KDE's software, and it makes sense we talk about that first. To many people and for many years, "KDE" was synonymous with a desktop environment and its applications. That is, KDE was its software.

TuxMachines: The source code is the license

Friday 29th of December 2017 09:52:07 AM

You can find the license information for open source software by looking at the source code. Different views, or reports, of that license information can be generated to address differing needs.

While providing license information directly in the source code is not a requirement for open source software, the practical benefits of doing so became apparent early. As open source licenses facilitate movement of software, license information that travels with the code simplifies administration by making the statements of the permissions readily available to those who have the code, even if they receive the code indirectly.

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TuxMachines: Open source, sandwich-style CubieAIO SBCs tap the Actions S700 and S500 SoCs

Friday 29th of December 2017 09:42:18 AM

CubieTech unveiled “CubieAIO-S700” and “CubieAIO-S500” SBCs, and opened global sales of the CubieBoard6, which like the recent CubieBoard7, are all based on Actions Sx00 SoCs.

CubieTech’s CubieBoard line of open source ARM SBCs was once a major contender in the hacker board market, but there hasn’t been much shaking over the last few years. That changed in May with an Allwinner A20-based CubieAIO-A20 SBC. In July, CubieTech acquired the application processor unit of Actions Technology. Since then, CubieTech has launched several Actions-based open source SBCs that run Linux and Android.

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Reddit: Is there a Linux distribution that ONLY provides kernel + GNU libraries, a shell and various compilers? Mission impossible?

Friday 29th of December 2017 09:09:39 AM

I'm looking for a Linux distribution with the following requirements:

  • Provides an updated kernel, GNU libs, a shell (bash compatible), gcc, libstdc++, libncurses, zlib and zlib-devel and maybe a bit more but not too much

  • Still active (there are a couple which fit my bill but are now defunct)

  • Old fashioned bsd-style /etc/rc.d config directory

What I'm not looking for is a full blown traditional distibution. I know I can install a very minimal environment from Debian, Centos, Fedora or Slackware, but it's not what I'm looking for. I'm not at the moment looking to make my own distro from LFS (maybe so in the future).

I need such a very neutral environment to build packages from sources with pkgsrc.

This is probably mission impossible and I'm not expecting much feedback, but any input will be appreciated.

Happy new year!

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TuxMachines: Happy 48th Birthday Linus Torvalds! Here are 20 Facts About Him

Friday 29th of December 2017 08:49:12 AM

Some known, some lesser known. Here are 20 facts about the Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux kernel.

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Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Performance With Mesa 18.0

Given the very strong Vulkan vs. OpenGL performance in the recent low-end/older Linux gaming GPU tests with discrete graphics cards, I was curious to run some benchmarks seeing the current state of Intel's open-source OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance. With the Mesa 18.0 release to be branched soon, it was a good time seeing how the Intel i965 OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers compare. Read more

How To Install Themes Or Icons In Elementary OS

After installing Elementary OS, you may feel that you want to customize it to look more than Out-of-the-box system, and more of a personalized Operating system per se. It's very easy to install themes and icons for your Elementary OS. The process is pretty much the same as installing icons and themes in any ubuntu system since it is built upon Ubuntu. Read