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TuxMachines: Understanding the difference: Linux rolling releases versus point releases

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:50:06 PM

That's it for now. As I said the last time I wrote about KaOS, if you are looking for a smaller Linux distribution, and KDE Plasma is your desktop of choice, and you don't mind using QupZilla instead of Firefox or Chrome (or you don't mind installing your browser of choice from the KaOS repositories), and you don't mind using Calligra instead of LibreOffice (or you don't mind installing LibreOffice), then KaOS is definitely worth a try. It's a good distribution and it just keeps getting better and better. The KaOS developers have shown an admirable ability to maintain their focus on what they originally said they wanted to do.

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TuxMachines: Free IoT development and management platform adds Arduino

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:48:14 PM

myDevices announced Arduino support for its web- and mobile-based, Raspberry Pi compatible “Cayenne” drag-and-drop IoT development and management platform.

Cayenne, with which developers, designers, and engineers can “quickly prototype and share their connected device projects,” has expanded support beyond the Raspberry Pi to Arduino boards, says myDevices. Billed as the world’s first drag-and-drop Internet-of-Things Project Builder, the currently free, still Beta-level Cayenne lets users remotely monitor and control IoT projects from the web, including via Android or iOS apps. According to myDevices, Cayenne has 40,000 users who have collectively tracked some 4 billion IoT events such as threshold alerts, sensor history items, and rules engine triggers.

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Phoronix: GNU Binutils 2.27 Released

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:47:18 PM
Version 2.27 of GNU's Binutils has been released...

TuxMachines: Compact networking SBC runs OpenWrt on dual-core Cortex-A9

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:46:10 PM

SolidRun launched an OpenWrt networking-focused ClearFog Base SBC with a Marvell Armada 38x dual-core -A9 SoC, dual GbE ports, SFP, and mikroBus expansion.

Last December when SolidRun launched its ClearFog Pro sandwich-style networking SBC featuring an Armada 38x-based computer-on-module, it also announced a lower-end ClearFog Base model that uses the same COM and was said to be “coming soon.” The ClearFog Base has finally arrived with a $90 price, down from $170 for the Pro. The price includes the cost of the COM, but not options including a microSD card, eMMC, or a power adapter.

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LXer: How To Remain (Mostly) Anonymous Online Using Linux

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 06:48:22 PM
Living in the Age of Information that we live in today brings great convenience and benefit along with great risks. On the one hand, humanity has access to basically the entirety of information and knowledge known in existence at the mere few clicks of a button; but on the other hand, this great power in the hands of a nefarious few can cause great destruction and misery if taken too far. In this article, I'll guide you through the possible steps to secure your private information online.

LinuxInsider: Facebook Nurtures Open Source Projects in Incubator

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 06:21:06 PM
Facebook last week launched its Incubator on GitHub in order to distribute its own open source software projects. Incubator serves as a testing ground for new open source projects from Facebook, which has open sourced almost 400 projects to date. New projects will be posted on Incubator pages to gauge community reaction and rate of adoption. To make the cut, projects have to get community pickup, have good documentation, be easy to integrate with other tools, and show good engagement between Facebook and the community.

Slashdot: Slashdot Asks: What's Your Computer Set-Up Look Like?

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 05:52:48 PM

LXer: Using strategic design to improve user and developer experiences

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 05:51:11 PM
Your organization probably relies on multiple open source projects. Using strategic design to understand the big picture problems your organization faces may allow you to improve the user experience and design of your IT systems.read more

LXer: Managing docker containers with orchestration

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 04:54:00 PM
Docker is a tool for deploying, executing and managing containers. This article provides links to Linux on Power Systems Docker binaries and the steps to install them.

Reddit: Creating Cubuntu Install USB

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 04:08:54 PM

I've installed a few distros before, but all of them have been on the list that Universal USB Installer list. What should I use to make an install disk for Cubuntu?

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LinuxToday: Hackable, educational walking bot can add a Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 04:00:00 PM

Robotical's hackable, mostly open source, WiFi-controlled bipedal bot has a 180MHz Cortex-M4 MCU, and is primarily designed to teach kids about programming using Scratch. It accommodates an internal Raspberry Pi.

Reddit: Can I dual boot with just a keyboard shortcut?

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:58:37 PM

I was just wondering if it was possible to choose which OS I boot into with just a keystroke. Like how you can usually press f2 to boot into your bios. Could I do something like set L to boot into Linux and W into Windows on startup? I did a little poking around but I only saw solutions where you were already in one OS and trying to boot to the other. Thanks!

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LXer: Parrot Security OS 3.1 Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:56:49 PM
Many tools updates; switch from MySQL to MariaDB; include PHP 7 support; include stability improvements; update parrot-core, parrot-menu; update parrot tools selection to include new tools; fix systemd workarounds; fix icon theme; upgrade to Linux kernel 4.6; update support for GCC 4.8.5, 4.9.3, 5.4.0 and 6.1.1; update support for CLANG 3.6 and 3.8; update driver support; include QT-Creator 4.0.2; include Qt framework 5.6.1; fix apt-parrot mirror selection system; modify tasksel to include Parrot flavours; upgrade to zuluCrypt 5.0; upgrade to Anonsurf 2.1; include Tor Browser launcher; fix noscript plugin and Firefox launchers; Conky removed (waiting to fix the theme).

Reddit: Disk Encryption Questions

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:49:48 PM

Question 1: Is it possible to encrypt a disk on a running system?

Question 2: Is there a way to implement disk encryption without having to enter a password on startup? (i.e. on a server, I'd like to make it boot without needing a password input. It needs to be autonomous).

I apologize if this question has been asked before on here, but I didn't see it anywhere. Thanks!

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Reddit: It's 2016 and most distros can't fix screen tearing!

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:49:28 PM

It's 2016 and most distros can't fix screen tearing and you want people to ditch Windows? LOL! For example, the same settings that should fix Nvidia screen tearing on Arch is not working on Ubuntu, because LightDM will override any xorg.conf settings (At leaset in Ubuntu 16.04). Not matter which driver version, flavour. It can't be fixed. Better use Windows than Linux for now. Too many issues with complicated solutions!

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Phoronix: AMD Publishes More Open-Source FreeSync Code

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:11:45 PM
AMD published a patch this week for prepping its X.Org driver for supporting FreeSync...

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