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LXer: Improve your DevOps security game with Ansible Vault

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 12:36:17 PM
You may have your DevOps efforts orchestration nailed down, but you should make improving the operational maturity of such implementations an ongoing effort. One tool I use is Red Hat's Ansible, which is fantastic for orchestration and configuration management. The low barrier to entry and simplicity of Ansible are why so many people that start using it learn to love it.

Reddit: Using Mageia - pleasantly surprised

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 11:47:15 AM

I haven't touched this distro since it was known as "Mandrake", but I re-installed the latest version of this on my laptop, and it "just works". Lots of GUI config, drakx11 is there along with harddrake, and it all Just Works. Hell, I even have flash on it.

I think this a sorely undervalued distro for the "just works" ranks now, and just wanted to put this out there to remind people that its still going, and is looking better with age.

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TuxMachines: OpenMandriva 3.01, Mint Nonreview, Fedora LXQt

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 11:37:10 AM

Just before Christmas the OpenMandriva team announced an update to Lx 3.0 complete with Plasma 5.8.4 and Linux 4.9.0. Elsewhere, Christine Hall posted her review/non-review of Mint 18 and Gabriel Cánepa summarizes the top distros of the year. previewed Fedora 26 LXQt while looked back at Fedora in 2016.

Also: OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 – our holidays gift

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Phoronix: Mesa Hit OpenGL 4.5, Received Vulkan Drivers, Improved Performance & More In 2016

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 11:24:57 AM
Almost any longtime Linux user or Phoronix reader will surely agree with me that Mesa absolutely rocked this year for the open-source graphics stack...

Reddit: Unix tricks for a happy 2017

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 10:49:16 AM

LXer: Magic-Device-Tool App Now Available as a Snap, Will Soon Support Lineage OS

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 10:41:55 AM
Marius Quabeck, the creator of the magic-device-tool software that lets users install or replace their mobile operating systems, announced the fact that the tool is now available as a Snap.

Reddit: VLC: Christmas Edition!

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 10:11:11 AM

TuxMachines: Kids on Computers establishes computer labs in five countries

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 09:44:25 AM

Linux and open source software are not just fueling charities, they are gifting the freedom of education and knowledge to the people the charities are helping because of the low cost, yes, but also the exceptional technology. This sentiment is proven when you look at the work the Linux Foundation does supporting a variety of community initiatives and organizations that are using Linux and open source software.

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TuxMachines: 10 Top Most Popular Linux Distributions of 2016

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 09:22:11 AM

As 2016 draws to a close, it is time for Linux enthusiasts to take a look at the most popular distributions of the year.

In this article we will review the 10 Linux distributions with most hits during the last 12 months as per Distrowatch, and discuss the reasons behind their popularity.

A note for new users: has been a reliable source of information about Linux distributions since 2001. As the use of Linux eventually took off during the early 2000’s, more and more distributions along with other Free and Open Source Software programs have been added to their listings.

That said, here’s the list of the top 10 distributions of 2016, in descending order, as of December 25, 2015.

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LXer: CyanogenMod is dead. Long live LineageOS

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:47:33 AM
Cyanogen has switched gears, leaving the Android variant CyanogenMod in the lurch, CyanogenMod[he]#039[/he]s developers aren't giving up. They're forking the code into LineageOS.

Reddit: Is doudou linux dead?

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:33:13 AM

I'm using this project for my 7-8 year old kids at my school and they love it. However I haven't been able to contact anyone at the project during the last few months of trying. Anyone know what happened?

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Reddit: Linux Keyboard (Amazon)

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 07:57:02 AM

LXer: Best of Law

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 06:53:11 AM
2016 has been quite a year for licensing and technology ownership cases, and we had some interesting articles indeed.One topic that has the attention of many in the open source world is that of GPL enforcement, and so when the GPL enforcement action in Hellwig v. VMware was dismissed many took an interest.

LXer: Tiny Atom-based x86 SBC debuts edge expansion scheme

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 04:58:49 AM
ADL Embedded Solutions unveiled a rugged, Linux-ready SBC with an Atom E3800 and a new, compact 75 x 75mm “Edge-Connect” form factor with dual PCIe. San Diego based ADL Embedded Solutions has long been known for its MIL/AERO oriented PC/104 boards, and has more recently delivered 3.5-inch boards like the 4th Gen Intel Core based ADLQM867HD.

Reddit: Linux in T.V. shows

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 04:57:18 AM

I am curious as to why they always use Linux in shows. I don't mean the kind of thing where they have some exaggerated "high tech" UI just for the looks. I am talking about the more subtle instances. For example, I am a fan of the show Supernatural and every time they show the laptop screen it is obviously some kind of Linux. I have seen it in other shows, I just can't think of any off the top of my head, but I'm guessing there is some kind of legal reason why they can't show the Windows or MacOs on T.V. shows?

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Reddit: Why are we getting rid of x11 while using systemd?

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 04:55:18 AM

It is funny actually: x11 didn’t age well because it was bloated and did more than it ever needed to, so it had to be replaced by something like wayland. We now have to face a painful transition.

But what about systemd? It’s trying to replace everything, even programs like grub, docker and package managers...

x11 showed us this kind of thing simply don’t work. Well, it works on the beginning but 10 years from now software written like that will simply rot and need to be replaced by something else.

I really would like to know the reasoning behind this. What is being done to prevent systemd from becoming the next x11?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a systemd hater or something. I like the fact ~boring~ things are managed equally across some distros but the thing with hard dependency on useless stuff scares me. For instance: Why the hell do I have systemd-boot installed if ubuntu uses grub? And why systemd developers want do develop their own docker/snap/apt implementation? And if they do, that means it would come with systemd, bringing even more bloat and unwanted software.

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  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

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Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more