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The basics of open source quality assurance

Monday 24th of October 2016 08:00:00 PM

Learn about four factors of open source quality assurance: continuous integration tools, automated test frameworks, test days, and bug triage.

Linux Kernel 4.8.4 Released with EXT4 and Btrfs Improvements, Updated Drivers

Monday 24th of October 2016 07:00:00 PM

Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version

Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie", KDE Plasma 5.7

Monday 24th of October 2016 06:00:00 PM

Based on the latest technologies and open source software packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" (Debian Stable) repositories, Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" is here

Top 5 Linux System Rescue CDs

Monday 24th of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

You know those times when things go wrong on your computer, and it won't boot, or you can't login into your system, or there is a rootkit messing up your booting or you just want to recover files from a drive.

Apache on Ubuntu Linux For Beginners

Monday 24th of October 2016 04:00:00 PM You must set up your Apache web server to use SSL, so that your site URL is https:// and not http://.

Browse anonymously in Kali Linux with Anonsurf

Monday 24th of October 2016 03:00:00 PM

Anonsurf makes you anonymous in the InterWebs.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided arrives on SteamOS & Linux on November 3rd

Monday 24th of October 2016 02:00:00 PM

 GamingOnLinux: This is amazing news for Linux gaming.

Microsoft CEO Offers SQL Server for Linux Update

Monday 24th of October 2016 01:00:00 PM

Microsoft's (MSFT) forthcoming SQL Server for Linux is more than a one-product development.

How Apache Kafka is powering a real-time data revolution

Monday 24th of October 2016 12:00:00 PM

Today, 35% of the Fortune 500 and thousands of companies worldwide use Apache Kafka.

How to install a Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Minimal Server

Monday 24th of October 2016 05:00:00 AM

HowToForge: This tutorial shows the installation of a Ubuntu 16.10 minimal server in detail with many screenshots.

Basic Guide To Encrypting Linux Partitions With LUKS

Monday 24th of October 2016 01:00:00 AM

 LinuxConfig: There are plenty of reasons why people would need to encrypt a partition.

5 basic cURL command examples

Sunday 23rd of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

cURL is very useful command line tool to transfer data from or to a server

A look inside the 'blinky flashy' world of wearables and open hardware

Sunday 23rd of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

Two All Things Open speakers share a sneak preview of their talk on fun wearables and open hardware projects.

MySQL and database programming for beginners

Sunday 23rd of October 2016 01:00:00 PM

MySQL's community manager shares tips and resources for beginners and previews his All Things Open talk.

Mhddfs - Combine Several Smaller Partition into One Large Virtual Storage

Sunday 23rd of October 2016 11:00:00 AM

 tecmint: mhddfs is a driver for Linux that combines several mount points into one virtual disk.

Using metrics effectively in OpenStack development

Sunday 23rd of October 2016 01:00:00 AM

The OpenStack Foundation Ecosystem Technical Lead, Ildik Vncsa, explains how OpenStack metrics can be used in software development processes.

Free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks

Saturday 22nd of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

Cisco's Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

Nino Vranesic: Open Source Advocate and Mozilla Rep in Slovenia

Saturday 22nd of October 2016 09:00:00 PM

 FOSSforce: What's it like to advocate for open source and be a rep for Mozilla in Slovenia?

Wedge 100: Facebook's Latest Open Source Hardware Can Deliver 100G

Saturday 22nd of October 2016 05:00:00 PM

 fossbytes: Facebook has announced that the Open Compute Project has accepted the Wedge 100 Specifications for their next-generation open network switch.

How To Patch and Protect Linux Kernel Zero Day Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability CVE-2016-5195

Saturday 22nd of October 2016 01:00:00 PM

 Nixcraft: A very serious security problem has been found in the Linux kernel.

More in Tux Machines

KNOPPIX 7.7.1 Distro Officially Released with Debian Goodies, Linux Kernel 4.7.9

Believe it or not, Klaus Knopper is still doing his thing with the KNOPPIX GNU/Linux distribution, which was just updated to version 7.7.1 to offer users the latest open source software and technologies. Read more

CentOS 6 Linux Servers Receive Important Kernel Security Patch, Update Now

We reported a couple of days ago that Johnny Hughes from the CentOS Linux team published an important kernel security advisory for users of the CentOS 7 operating system. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.