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Learn the main Linux OS components

Friday 21st of February 2020 01:03:59 PM

Evolved from Unix, Linux provides users with a low-cost, secure way to manage their data center infrastructure. Due to its open source architecture, Linux can be tricky to learn and requires command-line interface knowledge as well as the expectation of inconsistent documentation.

In short, Linux is an OS. But Linux has some features and licensing options that set it apart from Microsoft and Apple OSes. To understand what Linux can do, it helps to understand the different Linux OS components and associated lingo.

Take a look at these terms to discover how the OS works and how it differs from Microsoft and Apple offerings.

[Source: TechTarget]

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How to find what you’re looking for on Linux with find

Friday 21st of February 2020 01:03:54 PM

There are a number of commands for finding files on Linux systems, but there are also a huge number of options that you can deploy when looking for them. For example, you can find files not just by their names, but by their owners and/or groups, their age, their size, the assigned permissions, the last time they were accessed, the associated inodes and even whether the files belong to an account or group that no longer exists on the system and so on.

You can also specify where a search should start, how deeply into the file system the search should reach and how much the search result will tell you about the files it finds. And all these criteria can be handled by the find command.

[Source: Network World]

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Top 10 Most Used Open Source Software: Linux Foundation Report

Friday 21st of February 2020 01:03:49 PM

Accounting for 80-90 percent of all software, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) ecosystem is booming with high dependency usage by all sector companies. Accordingly, The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) in collaboration with Harvard’s Lab for Innovation Science has released a census report titled “Vulnerabilities in the Core, a Preliminary Report and Census II of Open Source Software.”

Concluding the survey, the latest census report focusses on the health and security of foss usage. The result is based on data provided by partner Software Composition Analysis (SCA) companies and other application security companies.

[Source: Fossbytes]

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Pixel 5 surfaces in Android Open Source Project, hints at mid-range chip

Friday 21st of February 2020 01:03:45 PM

Every year, it seems Pixel leak season begins just a little bit earlier, like the holiday shopping season but for smartphone nerds. We’ve already seen an alleged render of the upcoming Google flagship, and possible codenames for the Pixel 5 and 5 XL — Redfin and Bramble — have turned up. Now, a code change submitted to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) contained comments that directly mention the Pixel 5. As spotted by 9to5Google, an AOSP code change regarding Android’s Linux kernel includes a comment about testing the change on a Pixel 4 but not on a Pixel 5.

You can read the comment in full below: “Bounds sanitizer in arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c makes image unbootable for Pixel 4 at 4.14 kernel. I didn’t have a chance to test it on Pixel 5 with 4.19, and preemptively disabling UBSan there now to ensure bootability.” (emphasis mine)

[Source: MobileSyrup]

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GamePad: A New Open Source And 100% Linux-Dedicated Game Platform

Thursday 20th of February 2020 04:58:26 AM

Do you also believe that “Linux is not a gaming platform”? Well, it may not be the first priority of gamers. Still, if you look at the recent contribution by Linux community developers, Linux has improved a lot with support for graphics drivers and new games to provide a better gaming experience.

On that account, GamePad, a new entrant in the open game platform, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its latest Linux gaming platform. Started in April 2019, GamePad is inspired by digital distribution platform, GOG (Good Old Games) for video games and films, to provide 100% Linux dedicated game platform.

[Source: Fossbytes]

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Enterprise open source software is growing within innovative companies

Thursday 20th of February 2020 04:58:24 AM

Red Hat has been at the forefront of the global open source discussion, fighting for software freedom in the U.S Supreme Court, and offering free tech products for cloud infrastructure, automation, AI, and much more. After conducting research and interviewing IT leaders from around the world, Red Hat released a report examining the state of enterprise open source in 2020.

950 IT leaders, unaware that Red Hat was the research sponsor, were surveyed about their practices and opinions on enterprise open source software.

[Source: Jaxenter]

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Amazon and commercial open source in the cloud: It’s complicated

Thursday 20th of February 2020 04:58:22 AM

Like many platform operators, Amazon has a love-hate relationship with those hosted on its platform. This is particularly true for open-source software creators, who see their products on offer on Amazon’s cloud on terms they are not happy with.

It’s a complicated relationship, which touches upon many aspects of technology, law, and social norms. The issue started becoming more pronounced and entering our turf on Big on Data, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) started offering top open-source data management products on its platform.

[Source: ZDNet]

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Top 7 Anime Based Open-Source Projects

Thursday 20th of February 2020 04:58:20 AM

Anime is no longer limited only to Japan and China; it has gone global. It has attracted many people towards it because of its high-end graphics, vivid imaginations for the future, using highly advanced technologies which only find their place in our imaginations and artificial intelligence (AI) depiction in their storylines. Naturally, it serves as a means of entertainment for any kind of audience that watches it and also it could be fun to do projects related to it. And we all know Elon Musk likes anime too. Take a look at some of the popular kinds of open-source projects based on anime, have fun!

[Source: Analytics India Magazine]

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How Kubernetes Became the Standard for Compute Resources

Wednesday 19th of February 2020 11:29:59 PM

2019 has been a game-changing year for the cloud-native ecosystem. There were consolidations, acquisitions of powerhouses like Red Hat Docker and Pivotal, and the emergence of players like Rancher Labs and Mirantis.

“All these consolidation and M&A in this space is an indicator of how fast the market has matured,” said Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, a company that offers a complete software stack for teams adopting containers.

Traditionally, emerging technologies like Kubernetes and Docker appeal to tinkerers and mega-scalers such as Facebook and Google. There was very little interest outside of that group. However, both of these technologies experienced massive adoption at the enterprise level. Suddenly, there was a massive market with huge opportunities. Almost everyone jumped in. There were players who were bringing innovative solutions and then there were players who were trying to catch up with the rest. It became very crowded very quickly.

It also changed the way innovation was happening. Early adopters were usually tech-savvy companies. Now, almost everyone is using it, even in areas that were not considered turf for Kubernetes. It changed the market dynamics as companies like Rancher Labs were witnessing unique use cases.

Liang adds, “I’ve never been in a market or technology evolution that’s happened as quickly and as dynamically as Kubernetes. When we started some five years ago, it was a very crowded space. Over time, most of our peers disappeared for one reason or the other. Either they weren’t able to adjust to the change or they chose not to adjust to some of the changes.”

In the early days of Kubernetes, the most obvious opportunity was to build Kubernetes distro and Kubernetes operations. It’s new technology. It’s known to be reasonably complex to install, upgrade, and operate.

It all changed when Google, AWS, and Microsoft entered the market. At that point, there was a stampede of vendors rushing in to provide solutions for the platform. “As soon as cloud providers like Google decided to make Kubernetes as a service and offered it for free as loss-leader to drive infrastructure consumption, we knew that the business of actually operating and supporting Kubernetes, the upside of that would be very limited,” said Liang.

Not everything was bad for non-Google players. Since cloud vendors removed all the complexity that came with Kubernetes by offering it as a service, it meant wider adoption of the technology, even by those who refrained from using it due to the overhead of operating it. It meant that Kubernetes would become ubiquitous and would become an industry standard.

“Rancher Labs was one of the very few companies that saw this as an opportunity and looked one step further than everyone else. We realized that Kubernetes was going to become the new computing standard, just the way TCP/IP became the networking standard,” said Liang.

CNCF plays a critical role in building a vibrant ecosystem around Kubernetes, creating a massive community to build, nurture and commercialize cloud-native open source technologies.

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Linux distro review: Intel’s own Clear Linux OS

Wednesday 19th of February 2020 03:54:03 PM

Intel’s Clear Linux distribution has been getting a lot of attention lately, due to its incongruously high benchmark performance. Although the distribution was created and is managed by Intel, even AMD recommends running benchmarks of its new CPUs under Clear Linux in order to get the highest scores.

There’s not much question that Clear Linux is your best bet if you want to turn in the best possible benchmark numbers. The question not addressed here is, what’s it like to run Clear Linux as a daily driver? We were curious, so we took it for a spin.

[Source: Ars Technica]

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Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

Wednesday 19th of February 2020 03:54:01 PM

Telegram is a private chat system with end-to-end encryption support and cross-platform functionality. It’s privately funded by a guy named Pavel Durov, whose only goal seems to be “fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free.”

Here in February of 2020, Telegram released an update to their mobile private message system with upgrades for profiles, new ways to “thumb” through user media, and quick access to shared media. This latest update also brings a newly redesigned People Nearby section with “fresh ways to forge new friendships.” This latest update is live for Android and iOS users now.

[Source: SlashGear]

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Red Hat’s Susan James: How Open Source is Shaping 5G

Wednesday 19th of February 2020 03:53:59 PM

Open source has been shaping the way service providers collaborate and work together, especially as globalization and 5G’s huge networks demand interoperability. After 27 years at Ericsson working with enterprise, wireline, network, and cloud organizations, telecom veteran Susan James has stepped into the role of senior director of telecommunications strategy at Red Hat. She shared her thoughts with SDxCentral on how open source is transforming the service provider ecosystem.

[Source: SDxCentral]

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Want to be an innovative company? Adopt enterprise open source

Wednesday 19th of February 2020 03:53:58 PM

Nearly all IT professionals (95%) agree that enterprise open source is important, with 75% of professionals citing it as “extremely important,” a Red Hat report found. Enterprise open source isn’t just a trend, but a growing movement, as 77% of respondents expect their organizations to increase open source use in the next 12 months.

“Historically, open source was seen [mainly] in web infrastructure,” said Gordon Haff, Red Hat technology evangelist. “What you’re seeing today is how open source is becoming a space where companies and individuals come together to collaborate in new areas of technology.”

[Source: TechRepublic]

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New study from Linux Foundation and Harvard Reveal Hard Truths for Open Source Software Security

Tuesday 18th of February 2020 12:15:57 PM

The Census II analysis and report represent important steps towards understanding and addressing structural and security complexities in the modern day supply chain where open source is pervasive but not always understood. Census II identifies the most commonly used free and open source software (FOSS) components in production applications and begins to examine them for potential vulnerabilities, which can inform actions to sustain the long-term security and health of FOSS.

[Source: Core Infrastructure Initiative]

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Open Source Group Wants Windows 7 Source Code In A Blank Hard drive

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:03:22 PM

Just when Microsoft ended the support for Windows 7, Free Software Foundation filed a petition demanding Windows 7 to be open source. Now, the open-source community went a little further by making another bold move. Reportedly, the FSF mailed a blank upcycled hard drive to Microsoft. The foundation wants Microsoft to send back the hard drive, but after copying Windows 7 source code in it, along with license notice. What’s even more interesting is that the foundation offers its help to Microsoft for the process to go smoother.

“It’s as easy as copying the source code, giving it a license notice, and mailing it back to us. As the author of the most popular free software license in the world, we’re ready to give them all of the help we can. All they have to do is ask,” said the Free Software Organization.

[Source: Fossbytes]

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Download Debian-based MX Linux 19.1 Now

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:03:21 PM

Ever find yourself bored with the same ol’ “mainstream” Linux-based operating system such as Ubuntu, Fedora, or Mint? Yeah, I get it. Sometimes you just want to dig a bit deeper and try out something a tad less known. It can be fun to distro-hop and try new things!

One such excellent Linux distribution is MX Linux. It has become wildly popular in the Linux community lately, but is still largely off the radar of those that aren’t “in the know.” Today, a new version of the operating system, MX Linux 19.1, becomes available for download. The Debian-based distro uses the Xfce desktop environment and comes pre-loaded with some great software, such as Firefox, LibreOffice, and more.

[Source: BetaNews]

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Keep on Android

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:03:18 PM

While it might be difficult to switch away from feature-packed products like Gmail and Google Maps, there are thankfully plenty of competitors to Google Keep. After all, you don’t need millions of data points and industry-leading artificial intelligence to make a note-taking app. In this post, we’ll be checking out some free and open-source alternatives to Google Keep, some of which even have cloud sync.

Nextcloud Notes: It’s a server application that lets you set up your own cloud storage, and with the help of some plugins, you can essentially have your own suite of Google service alternatives. Case in point: if you set up a NextCloud instance and install the free Notes extension, you get a self-hosted clone of Google Keep that you can access from the web.

[Source: Android Police]

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Free From Epic Games Exclusivity, ‘Metro Exodus’ Is Coming To Linux

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:03:14 PM

First the good news. As of Valentine’s Day 2020, Metro Exodus has been liberated from its Epic Games exclusivity agreement and is now available to purchase on Steam. And now the great news, especially for my regular readers: it looks like Deep Silver and developer 4A Games are working on bringing the post-apocalyptic shooter to Linux.

While many Linux gamers appreciate the availability of a native version, Metro Exodus already runs on Linux thanks to “Proton,” a collaboration between CodeWeavers and Valve. “Proton” is a compatibility layer that’s built-in to the Steam for Linux client that allows literally thousands of Windows-exclusive games to be installed and played in the same way as the Steam for Windows client. No messing with Wine, no terminal tweaking.

[Source: Forbes]

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Simplicity Does More Than Simplify Linux

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:03:05 PM

If you want a new Linux distro catering to gaming, check out the Simplicity Linux Gaming release. If you prefer a general-purpose computing platform without a gaming focus, try Simplicity’s revamped release. Either way, you will experience a no-nonsense Linux OS that requires no assembly.

Simplicity Linux, originating in the UK, is a Devuan-based distribution with Cinnamon as the default window manager desktop environment. Devuan is a fork of Debian Linux that replaces the systemd initialization processes. Disgruntled Debian community members rejected a Linux-wide trend to replace older init processes such as Upstart and System V with systemd. Initialization is a background process that starts when the computer boots and runs until the computer shuts down.

[Source: LinuxInsider.com]

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Baidu releases open-source tool to detect faces without masks

Monday 17th of February 2020 07:01:26 PM

Search giant Baidu has released an open-source tool to detect whether individuals in crowds are wearing face masks, as cities around the country impose rules requiring use of such protection in public spaces.

The face-scanning model uses artificial intelligence to identify people in real-time who are not wearing masks or those who are wearing them incorrectly, Baidu said on Thursday. The system can identify non-mask wearers with 96.5% accuracy, which meets the needs of routine inspections, according to the company.

Developers then only need a small amount of data to train the tool for their own use. The model was trained on a dataset of 100,000 faces, Baidu said.

[Source: TechNode]

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