ServerWatch: The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) which itself is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, is expanding its roster of supported projects today with the addition of the gRPC project.
Softpedia was informed today, March 1, 2017, by the Q4OS team about the general availability of the third maintenance update to the Q4OS 1.8 "Orion" stable operating system series.
Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced the release and immediate availability for download of the first Beta release of the upcoming Linux Lite 3.4 open-source computer operating system.
I am impressed with the Zorin OS 12.1 release. Zorin OS is not the same old GNOME distro retread. It has a well integrated and tweaked user interface that justifies the developer's moniker of "Zorin Desktop 2."
Zorin OS 12.1 is an ideal choice for large deployments in businesses, governments, schools and organizations. A key reason for its business and government suitability is the new release schedule. Major releases of Zorin OS happen only once every two years. Minor updates like version 12.1 come every few months as needed.
Users will be spared major disruptions without feeling that their operating system is aging or abandoned. The result is an efficient and healthy balance.
It's the first day of March, which means that Arch Linux users can get their hands on a brand-new install medium of the well-known GNU/Linux distribution with all the latest software updates and security patches.
The KDE project had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the third maintenance update to the recently released KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment stable series.
A Brief History of Blockchain
Many of the technologies we now take for granted were quiet revolutions in their time. Just think about how much smartphones have changed the way we live and work. It used to be that when people were out of the office, they were gone, because a telephone was tied to a place, not to a person. Now we have global nomads building new businesses straight from their phones. And to think: Smartphones have been around for merely a decade.
A Flurry of Open Source Graphics Milestones
The past few months have been busy ones on the open-source graphics front, bringing with them Wayland 1.13, Weston 2.0, Mesa 17.0, and Linux 4.10. These releases have been quite interesting in and of themselves, but the biggest news must be that with Mesa 17.0, recent Intel platforms are fully conformant with the most recent Khronos rendering APIs: OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.2, and Vulkan 1.0. This is an enormous step forward for open-source graphics: huge congratulations to everyone involved!
Mesa 17.0 also includes the Etnaviv driver, supporting the Vivante GPUs found in NXP/Freescale i.MX SoCs, amongst others. The Etnaviv driver brings with it a 'renderonly' framework for Mesa, explicitly providing support for systems with a separate display controller and 3D GPU. Etnaviv joins Mesa as the sixth hardware vendor to have a supported, fully open-source, driver.
TechRadar Pro readers have voted for their preferred Linux distro
Linux is steadily building up steam as a viable platform on all sorts of fronts, including gaming as we’ve seen recently, but which is the most popular of all the many distros out there?
The results of our survey from earlier this month (which had almost 900 participants) have now been totted up, in which we asked you to name the three distros you used the most. And the clear winner – king-of-the-hill, top-of-the-list, a-number-one – was Ubuntu which was cited by 24% of respondents.
The popular OS had a clear lead over second-place Mint, which was used by 14.5% of those surveyed. And the bronze medal was just secured by Fedora which snared 10.1%, only a fraction ahead of Debian which finished on 10% bang-on.
ArchBang Spring Release
Openbox, Tint2 and Conky are back.
Manjaro-Arm Linux for embedded devices shutting down due to lack of contributors
Manjaro-Arm provided a simple out-of-the-box solution for Linux on embedded boards since 2015, but due to its lack of contributor involvement, the project’s sole maintainer announced that it is shutting down.
Hackweek 15 - the YaST Integration Tests
I decided to spend the last SUSE Hackweek with YaST and find a way which would allow us to write and run YaST integration tests easily. See the details in the project Hackweek page.
Some time ago I found the cucumber-cpp project. It is a cucumber support for the C++ programming language.
The reason is that the YaST UI uses the libyui library which is written in C++. If we want to control and check the YaST UI we need to implement it on the libyui level.
- Buy or Sell? What Analysts Recommends: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Global Payments Inc. (GPN)
- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Mean Rating At $1.47
- Free software activities in February 2017
- Technologic Systems integrates Ubuntu Core with Computer on Module
Ubuntu Core ported to an i.MX6 COM, a Dell IoT gateway, and a LimeNET base station
Ubuntu Core is available on Technologic’s i.MX6-based TS-4900 COM, will run on Dell’s Edge Gateway 3000, and will soon appear on a LimeNET base station.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Canonical announced several more takers for its IoT-oriented Ubuntu Core distribution. When Dell unveiled its compact, $399-and-up Edge Gateway 3000 series of Intel Atom-driven IoT gateways, Canonical revealed that the devices will be available with Ubuntu Core when they ship in early summer.
Linux Journal March 2017
Like most fancy tech terms, "Cloud Computing" has lost its newness, and it's now just a commodity we purchase. It's often so much easier to provision virtual machines than it is to buy and host your own servers. Yes, there are concerns over privacy and security when your data is in the cloud. When you host in your own data center, however, there's still the possibility of a rogue cleaning crew getting to your servers. (We've all seen the movies; it just takes a mop and a blue jumper to get you into the most secure data center.) Regardless of your stance on cloud computing, it's here to stay. This month, we talk a bit about how to live in this bold new world.
10 Popular Apps To Use In 2017 If You Haven't
We all run our favourite apps on your PC. This year you all will be wondering that which apps are updated? Which are the best app to use this year, so let’s take a look at the 10 new best apps for 2017.
Battery Monitor – Keep Track of Your Linux Battery Status
Have you ever been engrossed in work so much so that you forget to check your system battery and it just sleeps on you? Well, all that is a thing of the past now since you know about the lightweight utility app to fix that.
We introduce to you the Battery Monitor; is a tiny tool that will notify you about your system’s battery status which could be Charging, Discharging, Not Charging, Critically Low Battery on Linux.
Danbooru Client 0.6.1 released
It offers a convenient, KF5 and Qt5-based GUI coupled with a QML image view to browse, view, and download images hosted in two of the most famous Danbooru boards (konachan.com and yande.re).
molly-guard – Protects Machines from Accidental Shutdowns/Reboots
molly-guard is a handy utility which protects machines from accidental shutdowns/reboots by asking your hostname. Many of the Linux professional, working more then one system when they have issues. molly-guard was primarily designed to shield SSH connections.
For some reason they want to reboot the system to resolve the issue in production, in such a case they might reboot wrong system instead of actual system. Even i also did the same accidentally many times.
Phoronix Test Suite 7.0 M5 Released
The latest and last planned development release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.0-Ringsaker is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs.
- Skype for Linux Beta Released with Video Call Support
Vimix GTK Theme is a colourful alternative to the Arc theme
It’s no secret that the Arc GTK theme is our go-to recommendation for Linux users bored of their distro’s default design.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by our readers. William emailed us to say recommend a GTK theme that isn’t Arc — and it’s pretty nice!
Hurrah! SuperTuxKart Has Been Greenlit on Steam!
Wave the checkered flag because SuperTuxKart has been greenlit on Steam thanks to thousands of votes from enthusiastic fans of the FOSS racing game.
Smartphone Game: Toon Sniper 3D is available in Tizen Store
Toon Sniper is a game where you have to shoot, nothing else to it (almost.) You have to shoot the terrorists from the rooftop that you are standing on. The controls are simple. On the left bottom corner, you swipe left or right to look around and on the right bottom corner, you tap to shoot. There is also a magnifier icon above where you swipe to look around; this helps you to zoom in on the enemy and it helps your aim. You have a certain amount of people and the time you need to kill them in- on the first level you kill ten people in one minute fifteen seconds.
- How to disable smileys/emojis in WordPress headers to speed up the site
- How to install GlusterFS with a replicated high availability storage volume on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS
- How To Reset root Password in Ubuntu?
- Study Python with Open-Source Books
- How to wipe a signature from a disk device on Linux with wipefs command
- Python 3.6.0 in Fedora 26
- What’s a Linked List, Anyway? [Part 1]
- A Hacker’s Guide to Kubernetes Networking
- Install Linux kernel 4.10.1 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint
- How To Install Kernel 4.10.1 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Other Ubuntu Derivative Systems
- Getting Started in Android Development: Part 3: Reducing Bloat
Jolla announces licensing agreement to bring Sailfish OS to China
Jolla, a Helsinki-based smartphone and operating system developer, showcased its tablet computer in Helsinki in August, 2015.
Jolla announced at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona on Monday that it has signed a licensing agreement for launching its mobile operating system, Sailfish OS, in China.
The Finnish boutique smartphone and operating system developer said it has granted a newly-founded consortium, Sailfish China, the exclusive right to develop an independent operating system based on Sailfish OS for release in China.
- Raspberry Pi Zero W, a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Raspberry Pi Zero W features WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity for IoT
Virtual thin client builds on Raspberry Pi 3, offers HD streaming, dual displays
NComputing’s RPi 3-based “RX300” thin client can be used as client for its vSpace Pro 10 virtualization platform, as well as in standalone Raspbian mode.
Rugged transport PC runs Linux on Kaby Lake
Axiomtek’s “tBOX324-894-FL” is an EN 501x-certified transport PC with 7th Gen CPUs, 2x swappable SATA 3 drives, 4x M12 GbE ports, and -40 to 70ºC support.
The tBOX324-894-FL computer is designed for train management, truck fleet management, transportation controller, data transfer, and security surveillance, as well as infotainment controllers in vehicle, railway, and marine markets, says Axiomtek. The rugged device is said to be certified with EN 50155, EN 50121, E-Mark, ISO 7637, and DNV 2.4, and compliant with EN 45545-2 and IEC 60945.
Verizon, Atos, CableLabs join ETSI Open Source MANO project
ETSI Open Source MANO initiative swells to 60 organizations with arrival of Verizon, Atos and CableLabs as new members.
Rise of Open Source IoT Picks Up Steam
The rise of open source Internet of Things (IoT) is inevitable, according to a recent survey by open source software firm Red Hat. The survey found that while enterprises are exploring the potential of IoT, they are not rushing into development and project initiation without caution. In fact, “steady deliberation” seems to be the industry approach to IoT, with a focus on containing development and project costs, overriding the initial excitement around IoT. This indicates a preference for open source development environments going ahead.
As the Software Supply Chain Shifts, Enterprise Open Source Programs Ramp Up
Today’s software supply chain is fundamentally different than it was only a few years ago, and open source programs at large enterprises are helping to drive that trend. According to Sonatype’s 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain enterprises are both turning to existing open source projects to decrease the amount of code they have to write, and increasingly creating their own open source tools.
Is it the end of the traditional resume?
For the past five years, I've been unreasonably excited about a metadata standard known as Open Badges. In October 2016, as part of Mozilla Foundation's plans to transition the maintenance of the standard to the non-profit IMS Global Consortium, the Open Badges website was relaunched with perhaps the most concise definition I've seen: "Connected, verifiable credentials represented in portable image files." We're now at the stage where additional standards are being built upon Open Badges, whether blockchain-related or, as I will outline in this article, relating to ways badges tell stories through learning pathways.
Haiku OS Begins Prepping For Ryzen, Subpixel Rendering
The open-source Haiku OS inspired by BeOS has made much progress this month on several fronts.
Haiku OS has been working on real sub-pixel rendering support now that Microsoft patents pertaining to sub-pixel rendering are expiring. There have also been improvements to Haiku's JSON API, work underway to make Haiku build under GCC 6, and prep support for upcoming AMD Ryzen CPU coverage.
- Keynote: Community Software Powers the Machine by Mark Atwood
Community Software, Science Fiction, and The Machine
Not many presentations can start with a video co-promoting a new computer and the latest Star Trek movie, but Mark Atwood, Director of Open Source Engagement at HP Enterprise, started his LinuxCon Europe keynote with a video about The Machine and Star Trek Beyond.
The Machine uses a new kind of physics for computation and data storage allowing it to be very fast, energy efficient, and agile. The Machine runs Linux, and Atwood says that “the best way to promote the use of any sort of new technology is to make it open source.”
Mozilla Acquires Pocket Developer Read It Later
Mozilla makes its first acquisition, adding online bookmarking and sharing service Pocket to its roster.
On Feb. 27, Mozilla announced its first ever acquisition, announcing that it has acquired Read It Later Inc, which is best known for its Pocket technology that enables users to save, share and discover online links.
- GitHub Shows How to Get Started with Open Source
NPM or Yarn? Node.js devs pick their package manager
Known for faster installation, Yarn gives developers an improved ability to manage code dependencies in their Node.js projects, proponents say. It features a deterministic install algorithm and a lockfile capability that lists exact version numbers of all project dependencies. In this way, Yarn enables installation of thousands of third-party packages from the internet while ensuring code is executed the same on every system.
- WebAssembly consensus and end of Browser Preview
WebAssembly Ends Browser Preview With Initial API & Binary Format
The WebAssembly project that's the cross-browser effort for low-level programming for in-browser client-side execution has reached a major milestone today. WASM can allow compiling C/C++ among other languages down into code supported by Firefox, Chrome, WebKit, and Edge.
The WebAssembly stakeholders agreed that it's the end of the browser preview phase with the initial WebAssembly API and binary format being complete for their initial implementation. Web browsers can now begin shipping WebAssembly support enabled by default.