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Reddit: Wine 1.9.23 Released

Friday 11th of November 2016 06:22:13 PM

Phoronix: AMDGPU+RadeonSI With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, One Week Later

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:30:00 PM
Last week marked the highly anticipated release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Linux. At launch it only offered official support for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux with the AMD support being less than stellar. While the open-source Linux graphics driver Git code is quick to move along and adapt for new games, a new Phoronix Premium member requested some tests for seeing how the latest code is now working for this demanding AAA Linux game ported by Feral Interactive.

Reddit: What is a power user?

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:20:58 PM

I've been considering trying openSUSE Leap but everything I read says that it is only for "power users."

What is the difference between a regular Linux user who uses Linux as my desktop OS of choice and a "power user?"

I'd like to try openSUSE but I don't want it to be too difficult for my skill set.


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LXer: What is hackathon culture?

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:08:19 PM
"It is not who you are nor what you are, but what you do."That's the type of culture codeRIT and BrickHack are about. Race, gender, and how much you know about coding software doesn't matter; what matters is that you want to learn, and you want to better yourself and the more

Reddit: Fedora 25 will use Wayland by default

Friday 11th of November 2016 04:29:39 PM

Reddit: where to get redhat 6.0?

Friday 11th of November 2016 04:11:31 PM

new to linux, at redhat's webpage but there's no download link that i can find to download redhat 6.0 32bit. anyone can help where I can get it from redhat's site? NOT looking for eval mode either. *edit.... back in the days... RedHat is free... is that not the case today?

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LXer: Python Tuples

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:53:59 PM
Tuples are immutable data sets made up of data of different types. While tuples are very similar to lists, they are different in those key ways. Tuples cannot be changed once they are created. The data they hold can be passed to a different tuple, but the original tuple cannot be changed. This means that tuples don't have methods for manipulating them like lists do because they cannot be manipulated.

Reddit: Plasma 5.8. Still not something I can use.

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:43:05 PM

Inspired by all the praise that Plasma has been getting recently, I decided to test KDE Neon last night. I use GNOME, Unity and also i3 in virtual machines; I don't mind any of them, but I do from time to time wish that GNOME and Unity were more configurable. And Plasma is always touted as doing what GNOME can't, so let's see.

I've tested both KDE 3 and 4 in the past, and never really liked either, mostly because I thought it had the looks only its mother could love. Breeze Dark in comparison still doesn't blow me away, but it's nice and clean; certainly, good enough.

I installed Neon, and my first impression was very good. This thing flies on my Toshiba 2 Chromebook, which is no speed demon by any means.

Then the trouble started. Icon only task manager was a must, of course, so I quickly enabled it. Now, since Plasma is so configurable, I needed to get Super+Number keys on pinned applications. No problem, if I can get this in Unity by default and even GNOME via an extension, I'm sure Plasma has an option for this; oh wait... no, nothing like that exists. I can switch to the 20th (!!!!) screen, but I can't configure default shortcuts for launch / focus on programs. That's a little odd, but ok, we're not on wayland yet, I'll install jumpapp and fake it.

Time to install Wine and MS Office. I hate to do it, but this is a standard at my work no matter how much most staff rails against it, so off I go installing Office 2010. All good. Oh oh... I can't actually move the Office applications; they start maximized and once unmaximized just freeze. A quick trip to the Internet later, and I discover there's a hack to make sure this doesn't happen. Hmmm... never a problem elsewhere, but fine.

Ok, now I can move these applications. Wait a minute... all Wine applications are grouped together and cannot be pinned to the taskbar. I remember this being an issue in KDE 4, so colour me surprised this problem was still there. Apparently, this was 'fixed' at some point, but the behaviour has reverted.

It's all well and good that Plasma can be configured to an absolutely ridiculous extent, but these are some issues that I consider rather basic, and never anything I have to fight with GNOME or Unity. Sadly, my experiment with Plasma has proven to be rather short. I wish I could use it, as it is damn fast, but it's a no go.

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Phoronix: NVIDIA Introduces VK_NVX_device_generated_commands Extension To Vulkan

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:30:02 PM
NVIDIA this week announced the introduction of the VK_NVX_device_generated_commands Vulkan extension for allowing the GPU to generate rendering commands on its own... US Government Opens Access to Federal Source Code with

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:00:43 PM

In March of this year, the Obama administration created a draft for Federal Source Code policy to support improved access to custom software code. After soliciting comments from public,  the administration announced the Federal Source Code policy in August.

One of the core features of the policy was the adoption of an open source development model:

LinuxToday: Black Lab Linux 8.0 "Onyx" Officially Released, It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 11th of November 2016 03:00:00 PM

 Black Lab Linux 8.0 "Onyx" is finally available, but only as a commercial product. A free download will be provided to the community on December 15, 2016. This Week in Open Source News: Open Cloud Report, No Dirty Cow Patch for Android, & More

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:52:05 PM
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Phoronix: Croteam Updates Talos Principle With Better Vulkan Performance & Stability

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:50:40 PM
In time for any weekend Linux gaming you might do or Linux GPU driver testing, The Talos Principle has a new public beta available and it offers improvements to its Vulkan renderer...

Reddit: Why do people often use XFCE for multiple monitor setup?

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:06:30 PM

I've been watching some videos of multiple monitor / interactive wall display setups and a lot of them are using Linux with XFCE desktop environment. Is there a reason for it or is it just a coincidence?

Recent example: Skip to 2:20 for XFCE

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TuxMachines: Xfce 4.14 and Fedora

Friday 11th of November 2016 01:35:57 PM
  • Many Xfce Package Updates Bring Stable GTK3 Support, Notifyd Gets Do-Not-Disturb

    While it's likely a long time before Xfce 4.14 gets released with full GTK3 tool-kit integration, there are some new Xfce4 package updates available this week.

    Xfce4-settings 4.13 is out and is a development release for the 4.13 series. This initial release marks Xfce Settings being fully-ported to GTK+ 3.x. That's the main change with this release is the port from GTK2 to GTK3 but some bugs do remain. There are some screenshots via this blog post.

  • Fedora Looks At Changing The Default Hostname For F26 & Beyond

    One of the most discussed items this week on the Fedora developers' mailing list is in regards to changing the hostname on Fedora 26 and future versions.

    Fedora has defaulted to localhost.localdomain but this is becoming a problem for systems acting as a client to FreeIPA and Active Directory domain controllers.

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TuxMachines: Linux Foundation and Linux

Friday 11th of November 2016 01:35:11 PM
  • The Code To Intel's New Linux Wireless Daemon Is Now Public

    During this year's systemd conference there was talk of A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant. At that time the code wasn't yet public to this new open-source WiFi daemon developed by Intel, but since then the code has now opened up.

  • Hyperledger's Next Act: A Blockchain Bridge to China

    Immutable, shared ledgers of transactions and goods could come to serve as a reminder that everything we grow, build, buy and sell comes from the same tiny planet.

    But this future is far from guaranteed, and the various blockchain developer groups competing to bring it to life have so far struggled to involve talent from all over the world in this global vision.

    Blockchain consortium Hyperledger, for example, was initially founded with support from companies in almost exclusively Western nations. Yet, the consortium has grown this year to include more than 20 members headquartered in China and 10 from Japan and South Korea, with a spattering of members from other nations represented as well.

  • Nouveau Exposes Performance Counters For Maxwell

    Samuel Pitoiset, one of the few significant contributors to the open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics stack particularly when it comes to the area of performance counters, has now enabled MP performance counters in the NVC0 Gallium3D driver for NVIDIA GTX 750/900 series Maxwell hardware.

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TuxMachines: Networking and Servers

Friday 11th of November 2016 01:34:27 PM
  • ​When to use NGINX instead of Apache

    They're both popular open-source web servers but, according to NGINX CEO Gus Robertson, they have different use cases. And Microsoft? Its web server has dropped below 10 percent of all active websites for the first time in 20 years.

  • Enabling the Digital Revolution: SDN and Beyond

    SDN can create far greater manageability by enabling network managers and developers to access network resources at a programmatic level, treating network resources in much the way they treat other computing resources such as central processing units (CPUs) and memory. It can enable networks to become easier to scale up or down, shorten setup time, increase security, and reduce costs. And SDN can take advantage of programmable network hardware, enabling managers to change the behavior of network devices through software upgrades instead of expensive hardware replacements.

  • Re-Imagining the Container Stack to Optimize Space and Speed
  • Keynote: Blurring the Lines: The Continuum Between Containers and VMs

    Graham Whaley, Sr. Software Engineer at Intel, says there is a continuum of features and benefits across the container/VM spectrum, and you should be able to choose which point on that continuum best suits you.

  • Docker and machine learning top the tech trends for ‘17

    With 2017 fast approaching, technology trends that will keep gathering steam in the new year range from augmented and virtual reality to machine intelligence, Docker, and microservices, according to technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks.

  • AWS Gives Customers On-Premises Linux Option

    Amazon Web Services recently expanded its menu of cloud services to give customers the option of using the Amazon Linux AMI on premises. Customers can use the Amazon Container Image on premises for the purpose of developing and testing workloads, AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr explained. The AMI provides a stable, secure and high-performance environment for applications running on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, he said. "It is built from the same source code and packages as the AMI and will give you a smooth path to container adoption."

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Linux Lite 3.2 Users Get New Versions of Lite Software and Tweaks, Update Now

Jerry Bezencon, the creator of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite operating system for personal computers, kindly informs Softpedia today about an updated version of the in-house built Lite Software app. Read more

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Linux Now Officially Available as 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 Image

openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, proudly informs Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of a 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 image of the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system. Read more

today's leftovers

  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional". An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.
  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016
    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.
  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India
    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version, firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.