Today, July 4, 2016, Cyril Brulebois from the Debian Project has announced the release of the seventh Alpha build of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system.
Today, July 4, 2016, Linus Torvalds has had the pleasure of announcing the availability of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel, now ready for public testing.
Javier Igea has been using Linux since he bought the first release of Red Hat from a book store. While he was working on his PhD in New York City, his adviser recommended that he switch from Windows to Linux. The reason for this was he was going to be doing serious numerical computations. When asked about his childhood heroes, he joked about being a little bit old. “Tarzan. Do people know about him?” He continued, “I guess I am a little old, I was born in the late 50’s.” Igea’s two favorite movies are Saving Private Ryan and Welcome to the Sticks. Javier also likes fishing for striped bass, which he describes as a strange event.
- Reproducible builds: week 61 in Stretch cycle
My work for Debian in June
At least a little much more time lst month for helping to improve the operating system we're working on.
Debian On Chromebooks
Debian wiki has a section named “Debian On” where users can describe how to install Debian on any hardware. And there are several pages about Chromebooks.
twenty years of free software -- part 7 git-annex
My first Haskell program, and the only software I've written that was inspired by living in a particular place, git-annex has received the lion's share of my time for five years.
It was written just to solve my own problem, but in a general way, that turned out to be useful in lots of other situations. So over the first half a year or so, it started attracting some early adopters who made some very helpful suggestions.
Then I did the git-annex assistant kickstarter, and started blogging about each day I worked on it. Four years of funding and seven hundred and twenty one posts later, the git-annex devblog is still going. So, I won't talk about technical details in this post, they've all been covered.
The Knoppix distribution goes back in time, to the era of text menus, to provide an interface for computer users who are blind.
The Knoppix Linux distribution has existed since November 2000. It quickly grew in popularity because it was one of the first live operating systems available; you could boot from a CD and use Linux without actually installing it. The disc itself could be your operating system, as long as you saved your data to a hard drive or to a network share. At the time this was a groundbreaking idea, and it still is, given the lack of any such paradigm for non-open source operating systems (even an OS that has since developed a live-like environment for maintenance doesn't intend for you to use that boot disc as your OS).
When it comes to chat, you have many choices. Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Whatsapp, Kik, and Slack are all viable options. However, all of these choices are proprietary, and require you to use servers that you can’t run yourself. They’re highly centralized, closed source tools.
In the open source world, IRC has been the go to solution for chat for many years, and for good reason. Anyone can run a server, there’s many clients, and it’s built on open standards. But IRC comes from a pre-mobile world, and relies on clients to maintain persistent connections to the server. It’s not the best experience on a phone.
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has begun training for 3,700 corps members on open source software development programme aimed at developing and empowering fresh graduate with Information Technology skills.
CompuLab Comes Out With New Rugged, Fanless Linux-Friendly PC
The folks at CompuLab have announced their latest Linux-friendly PC, the fitlet-RM. The Fitlet-RM is described as "the smallest PC for extreme conditions" and is fanless.
The Fitlet-RM is the successor to the previously-reviewed Fitlet we tested last year. The Fitlet-RM is said to improve heat dissipation by 40% through a redesign of the all-metal housing. The new design is also said to be more rugged, and support a wider temperature range.
Top 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards
Did you know you can adorn your Raspberry Pi with HATs? Of course we're not talking about hats like people put on their heads, but rather HATs: "hardware attached on top". These are add-on circuit boards and accessories that add functionality to your Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi Zero Becomes Mighty Miniature Minecraft Machine
In a clever bit of miniaturization, [JediJeremy] has nearly completed a gyro-mouse controller for a Raspberry Pi Zero! Ultimately this will be a wearable Linux-watch but along the way he had some fun with the interface.
Me being as stupid as I am, I recently deleted my OS drive partition. There goes my Surface Pro 3. Now it only boots into BIOS. All I have left is my Xbox one and my S7 Edge. I am incredibly doubtful that the Xbox can come of any help but hey, I'm desperate. I need a way to make a bootable usb drive on my phone that I can use to fix my computer. I have no friends with working computers either which makes matters worse. Someone please tell me there's still hope!submitted by /u/jcgsah5
So far, that’s worked out well. Because of the work of the Linux developers and the GNU team, I now use a free and open desktop system that in most ways surpasses anything the proprietary folks offer. This has benefited the enterprise too, with data centers across the world filled with Linux serverss, not solely because Linux is free to use, but because in most cases it gets the job done better and cheaper than proprietary server operating systems.
I've been introduced to linux from 2005, from a mere screenshot in a paintball forum. Back then, there were pdf manuals about running ubuntu and kubuntu 5.10. One of the selling points of linux back then was that it was capable of running much faster on far less resources than XP/Vista such as systems with 128mb ram and a pentium 4.
Nowadays, it seems like that advantage is lost. You can find posts on ubuntu forums saying that you need at least 1GB of ram to run ubuntu. Dolphin on KDE and nautilus in Gnome/Unity seems to take a good 3 seconds to launch, even my "monstrous" specs pc with 64GB DDR3 ram, Raid0 samsung 840 SSD and intel 3820 cpu. In comparison, in win10 and win7, windows explorer launches in less than half a second. The same can be said about firefox, which takes a good 8 seconds to launch in linux, but is snappy on windows 7 and 10.
Is the problem the scheduler? The inherent server architechture of linux? Or is it just that developers have gotten so lazy that our programs are just one framework built upon another, until the software stack has become a tower of frameworks with more framework code than code that does stuff?
Help, linux is unbearably slow.
Written from a laggy 14.04 system running kubuntu 14.04 with 64gb of ram on an intel 3820.submitted by /u/krieg_sc2