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Phoronix: VA-API Gets Extended With Flexible Encoding Infrastructure

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 12:14:01 PM
Intel added a new extension to the VA-API video acceleration API over the summer called the Flexible Encoding Infrastructure...

TuxMachines: Founder Stories: A Hacker’s Hacker

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:54:12 AM

Monty is a programming genius. At 19, he dropped out of the Helsinki University of Technology to work full time, because there was little more the university could teach him. At 33, he released MySQL, the most popular open-source database in the world, after coding the entire thing up himself with the exception of one library. At 55, he defies ageism and is still the best programmer at his company.

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TuxMachines: Linux Laptops are on the rise: meet the Entroware Zeus

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:48:03 AM

Laptops that run Linux-based Operating Systems out of the box have been on the rise lately. The latest and arguably the most powerful addition to the lineup is the “Zeus” laptop by UK-based computer seller “Entroware.” The Zeus manages to gear powerful specs up its chassis while maintaining impressive portability. This 15.6″ laptop is just 18.6 mm thick while weighing at 1.9 KiloGrams.

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LXer: Diversity and inclusion: Stop talking and do your homework

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:47:16 AM
Open source undoubtedly has a diversity problem. In fact, tech has a diversity problem.read more

Phoronix: Android Support For Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:44:34 AM
Chad Versace, the former Intel Linux graphics driver developer now working at Google, has posted a set of 23 patches for bringing Android support to the Intel open-source Vulkan driver...

TuxMachines: Linux on the GPD Pocket 7: The Return of the Hacker Netbook.

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:38:25 AM

I love netbooks. They’re the mopeds of computing: small, cheap, lightweight and actually kinda cute. They’re also fitted with an actual proper keyboard and therefore my favorite choice when it comes to a portable hacking station. But Netbooks PCs once hailed as the future of mobile computing are almost disappeared from retailer shelves. The most similar devices in the market are those convertible mobile devices running windows. But they are little more than a tablet with a keyboard, and almost nil compatibility with linux.

Also: [Video] Librem 5, Linux-powered smartphone w/Privacy features - Lunduke Show

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Phoronix: Coreutils 8.28 Released With Many Fixes, Few New Features

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 11:36:51 AM
Coreutils 8.28 is now available as the collection of core components found on GNU/Linux systems from cp, mv, df, tail, and many other common commands to command-line users...

TuxMachines: Open Source Jobs Report 2017: open source skills in strong demand

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 10:44:26 AM

Hiring managers are increasingly looking for open source professionals, and two thirds of them say that the numbers of these specialists they hire will increase more than other areas of their businesses. Main drivers are company growth (60%), increasing use of open source technologies (42%), and open source becoming core to the business (30%).

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Reddit: Ubuntu, ubuntu mate, xubuntu and LTS

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 10:32:16 AM

Hello !

I would like to make a dual boot windows10/linux and use linux as my main OS, i play video games, and i program a lot. After some research i don't know what to choose between Ubuntu, Ubuntu mate (basically ubuntu with a windows like style ?) and xubuntu. Also, there is long term support or no long term support, what to choose ? What happens if i choose the latest versions which is not a long term support, what i will have to do when a new version will be created ? Also, what is the best distro between those one for customizing the theme/ui (for example installing a mac os theme or idk) ?

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LXer: Get Started With GNUPlot

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 09:41:28 AM
GNUPlot is an actively developed freely distributed non-open source command line graphing and plotting software tool that was initially released back in 1986. GNUPlot can be useful for a wide spectrum of applications, so here comes a quick guide that will help you understand how it works, get to play with its basic functionality, and learn how to take your first steps with it the easy way.

TuxMachines: The supposed decline of copyleft

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:23:49 AM

Reproducible observations are necessary to the establishment of solid theories in science. Sullivan didn't try to contact Black Duck to get access to the database, because he assumed (rightly, as it turned out) that he would need to "pay for the data under terms that forbid you to share that information with anybody else". So I wrote Black Duck myself to confirm this information. In an email interview, Patrick Carey from Black Duck confirmed its data set is proprietary. He believes, however, that through a "combination of human and automated techniques", Black Duck is "highly confident at the accuracy and completeness of the data in the KnowledgeBase". He did point out, however, that "the way we track the data may not necessarily be optimal for answering the question on license use trend" as "that would entail examination of new open source projects coming into existence each year and the licenses used by them".

In other words, even according to Black Duck, its database may not be useful to establish the conclusions drawn by those articles. Carey did agree with those conclusions intuitively, however, saying that "there seems to be a shift toward Apache and MIT licenses in new projects, though I don't have data to back that up". He suggested that "an effective way to answer the trend question would be to analyze the new projects on GitHub over the last 5-10 years." Carey also suggested that "GitHub has become so dominant over the recent years that just looking at projects on GitHub would give you a reasonable sampling from which to draw conclusions".

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TuxMachines: ReactOS 0.4.6 released

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:21:23 AM

The ReactOS Project is pleased to release version 0.4.6 as a continuation of its three month cadence.

0.4.6 is a major step towards real hardware support. Several dual boot issues have been fixed and now partitions are managed in a safer way avoiding corruption of the partition list structures. ReactOS Loader can now load custom kernels and HALs.

Printing Subsystem is still greenish in 0.4.6, however Colin Finck has implemented a huge number of new APIs and fixed some of the bugs reported and detected by the ReactOS automated tests.

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Reddit: More stuff developers will be working on during KDE's Randa2017 sprint: Kdenlive, KMyMoney and Kube, Kube, Kube.

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:20:21 AM

More things we are finding out from developers is that they will be working on improving Kdenlive's user interface; pushing forward with Kube, the new email, contacts, calendaring, and tasks software that will take over from Kontact; and KMyMoney, KDE's personal finance assistant, will get a more consistent keyboard behaviour and help with its port to Windows.

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TuxMachines: Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:19:45 AM
  • Monthly News – August 2017

    First, I would like to thank you for your donations and for your support. It’s a real pleasure to work on improving Linux Mint not only because it’s fun to develop and integrate software and technology but also because we see how happy and excited you are about what we do.. and that’s an amazing feeling for us.

  • Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1

    We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) for distribution on October 19th, 2017 With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

  • Free software activities in August 2017
  • New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2017)

    The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

    Ross Gammon (rossgammon)
    Balasankar C (balasankarc)
    Roland Fehrenbacher (rfehren)
    Jonathan Cristopher Carter (jcc)

    The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

    José Gutiérrez de la Concha
    Paolo Greppi
    Ming-ting Yao Wei
    Boyuan Yang
    Paul Hardy
    Fabian Wolff
    Moritz Schlarb
    Shengjing Zhu

  • Ubuntu Rally in NYC

    The Ubuntu Rally, taking place in New York City September 25th-29th, is a forward-thinking five day software hackathon attended by major software vendors, Ubuntu developers working at every level of the stack, and community contributors.

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TuxMachines: Kernel Programming/Development

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:18:05 AM
  • Power-efficient workqueues

    Power-efficient workqueues were first introduced in the 3.11 kernel release; since then, fifty or so subsystems and drivers have been updated to use them. These workqueues can be especially useful on handheld devices (like tablets and smartphones), where power is at a premium. ARM platforms with power-efficient workqueues enabled on Ubuntu and Android have shown significant improvements in energy consumption (up to 15% for some use cases).

    Workqueues (wq) are the most common deferred-execution mechanism used in the Linux kernel for cases where an asynchronous execution context is required. That context is provided by the worker kernel threads, which are woken whenever a work item is queued for them. A workqueue is represented by the workqueue_struct structure, and work items are represented by struct work_struct. The latter includes a pointer to a function which is called by the worker (in process context) to execute the work. Once the worker has finished processing all the work items queued on the workqueue, it becomes idle.

  • Two more approaches to persistent-memory writes

    The persistent-memory arrays we're told we'll all be able to get someday promise high-speed, byte-addressable storage in massive quantities. The Linux kernel community has been working to support this technology fully for a few years now, but there is one problem lacking a proper solution: allowing direct writes to persistent memory that is managed by a filesystem. None of the proposed solutions have yet made it into the mainline, but that hasn't stopped developers from trying; now two new patch sets addressing this issue are under consideration.

  • Static analysis on the Linux kernel

    Typically each tool can take 10-25+ hours of compute time to analyze the kernel source; fortunately I have a large server at hand to do this. The automated analysis creates an Ubuntu server VM, installs the required static analysis tools, clones linux-next and then runs the analysis. The VMs are configured to minimize write activity to the host and run with 48 threads and plenty of memory to try to speed up the analysis process.

  • Redesigning Python's named tuples
  • 5 ways to nurture DevOps culture

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TuxMachines: Software: Chat/IM Solution, Magit, GnuCash and LuaTeX

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:16:11 AM
  • The Quest for a Common Chat/IM Solution

    A Free/ Open Source Software community usually uses several means of communication: Among them are email, forums, code review and bug tracking systems, nowadays also video chat systems, but one of the central communication channels is usually real-time text communication, also known as instant messaging or chat.

    Traditionally, IRC has been the cornerstone of chat in the FOSS world, as it is open, easy for everyone to join (no account needed) and not in control of any single organization. IRC still does what it was designed for perfectly well, but while it is still basically the same as it was 20 years ago, the world of chat and instant messaging around it has evolved significantly in the meantime: Instant messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telegram (or KakaoTalk, WeChat or Line in Asia) are used by pretty much everyone (and their parents, literally) and systems such as Slack are dominating company communication, and those systems have shaped how people expect a chat system to look and behave.

  • Magit for non-Emacs users

    Unfortunately most potential users are not aware of Magit. Others might be aware of its existence, but would not consider giving it a try because it is implemented as an extension to the Emacs text editor, and that’s not what they are using.

    That’s something I intend to change over the next year, beginning with this article, because I think that Magit can be an excellent Git interface even for users of other editors and IDEs. I am under the impression that many Git users want, or would at least appreciate, something like Magit. It seems worthwhile to invest some time to help some of those potential users get over the initial hurdles. And yes, I do hope that some of those people will support the fundraising campaign.

  • Business accounting with GnuCash

    The first stop in the search for a free accounting system that can replace QuickBooks is a familiar waypoint: the GnuCash application. GnuCash has been around for many years and is known primarily as a personal-finance tool, but it has acquired some business features as well. The question is: are those business features solid enough to allow the program to serve as a replacement for QuickBooks?

    The first order of business is importing existing data into the system. That is not a straightforward task, but it can be done; see this article for the gory details. The result was a 1.8MB XML file containing the company's accounting data since the beginning of 2016. Starting GnuCash with that file takes about 20 seconds on a reasonably modern laptop. It's amazing how long 20 seconds can seem sometimes.

  • LuaTeX comes of age

    TeX has been the tool of choice for the preparation of papers and documents for mathematicians, physicists, and other authors of technical material for many years. Although it takes some effort to learn how to use this venerable work of free software, its devotees become addicted to its ability to produce publication-quality manuscripts from a plain-text, version-control-friendly format.

    Most TeX users use LaTeX, which is a set of commands and macros built on top of TeX that allow automated cross-referencing, indexing, creation of a table of contents, and automatic formatting of many types of documents. TeX, LaTeX, a host of associated utilities, fonts, and related programs are assembled into a large package called TeX Live. It's available through the package managers of many Linux distributions, but to get an up-to-date version, one often needs to download it from its maintainers directly.

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Reddit: Takeaways from SRECon17 Europe

Saturday 2nd of September 2017 07:55:37 AM

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Android Leftovers

Baidu puts open source deep learning into smartphones

A year after it open sourced its PaddlePaddle deep learning suite, Baidu has dropped another piece of AI tech into the public domain – a project to put AI on smartphones. Mobile Deep Learning (MDL) landed at GitHub under the MIT license a day ago, along with the exhortation “Be all eagerness to see it”. MDL is a convolution-based neural network designed to fit on a mobile device. Baidu said it is suitable for applications such as recognising objects in an image using a smartphone's camera. Read more

AMD and Linux Kernel

  • Ataribox runs Linux on AMD chip and will cost at least $250
    Atari released more details about its Ataribox game console today, disclosing for the first time that the machine will run Linux on an Advanced Micro Devices processor and cost $250 to $300. In an exclusive interview last week with GamesBeat, Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac (short for Mac Conuladh) said Atari will begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall and launch the Ataribox in the spring of 2018. The Ataribox will launch with a large back catalog of the publisher’s classic games. The idea is to create a box that makes people feel nostalgic about the past, but it’s also capable of running the independent games they want to play today, like Minecraft or Terraria.
  • Linux 4.14 + ROCm Might End Up Working Out For Kaveri & Carrizo APUs
    It looks like the upstream Linux 4.14 kernel may end up playing nicely with the ROCm OpenCL compute stack, if you are on a Kaveri or Carrizo system. While ROCm is promising as AMD's open-source compute stack complete with OpenCL 1.2+ support, its downside is that for now not all of the necessary changes to the Linux kernel drivers, LLVM Clang compiler infrastructure, and other components are yet living in their upstream repositories. So for now it can be a bit hairy to setup ROCm compute on your own system, especially if running a distribution without official ROCm packages. AMD developers are working to get all their changes upstreamed in each of the respective sources, but it's not something that will happen overnight and given the nature of Linux kernel development, etc, is something that will still take months longer to complete.
  • Latest Linux kernel release candidate was a sticky mess
    Linus Torvalds is not noted as having the most even of tempers, but after a weekend spent scuba diving a glitch in the latest Linux kernel release candidate saw the Linux overlord merely label the mess "nasty". The release cycle was following its usual cadence when Torvalds announced Linux 4.14 release candidate 2, just after 5:00PM on Sunday, September 24th.
  • Linus Torvalds Announces the Second Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS
    Development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series continues with the second Release Candidate (RC) milestone, which Linus Torvalds himself announces this past weekend. The update brings more updated drivers and various improvements. Linus Torvalds kicked off the development of Linux kernel 4.14 last week when he announced the first Release Candidate, and now the second RC is available packed full of goodies. These include updated networking, GPU, and RDMA drivers, improvements to the x86, ARM, PowerPC, PA-RISC, MIPS, and s390 hardware architectures, various core networking, filesystem, and documentation changes.

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