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$200 Linux Laptop Pinebook Pro is Available for Pre-order

Thursday 25th of July 2019 03:49:14 PM
Pinebook Pro is an inexpensive Linux laptop with modest configuration and a price tag of just $200. Pre-order for this device is open now.

Dropbox is Bringing Back Support For ZFS, XFS, Btrfs And eCryptFS On Linux

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 08:16:53 AM
As spotted in the latest beta build of Dropbox, the support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs and eCryptFS is coming back to Linux. It was dropped from Dropbox on Linux in late 2018.

WPS Office on Linux is a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019 10:53:55 AM
If you are looking for a free alternative of Microsoft Office on Linux, WPS Office is one of the best choice. It's free to use and offers compatibility with MS Office document formats.

11 Best Open Source CRM Software

Monday 22nd of July 2019 05:31:58 AM
Here are some of the best open source CRM software available for small & medium sized businesses. You can host them on your own or opt for their hosted versions.

Ubuntu 18.10 Reaches End of Life! Existing Users Must Upgrade Now

Friday 19th of July 2019 06:06:39 AM
Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish has completed its lifespan of 9 months. If you are using Ubuntu 18.10, you must upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04.

ApacheCon Europe 2019 to Focus on Big Data, Community, IoT, Machine Learning and Open Source Design

Thursday 18th of July 2019 03:33:17 PM
ApacheCon Europe 2019 to be held on 22-24 October 2019 at the iconic Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, Germany. It will focus on Big Data, Community, IoT, Machine Learning, and Open Source Design, among other topics.

Epic Games Backs Blender Foundation with $1.2m Epic MegaGrants

Wednesday 17th of July 2019 06:50:54 AM
Epic Games granted Blender Foundation $1.2 million to help improve the development of their free and open-source 3D computer graphics software. Can this help Epic Games win trust of open source people?

SysAdmin Day Sale: Get 60% off on Linux Foundation Certification & Training

Tuesday 16th of July 2019 11:36:54 AM
To celebrate the Sysadmin day, the Linux Foundation is giving 60% off on its training courses on sysadmin, Kubernetes, Hyperledger etc. Advance your career with these certifications.

How to Use BleachBit to Optimize Ubuntu Linux

Monday 15th of July 2019 02:39:25 PM
Looking for a simple way to clean your Ubuntu machine and to protect your personal data? BleachBit might be the tool for you. Here's how to install and use it!

Excellent! Ubuntu LTS Users Will Now Get the Latest Nvidia Driver Updates [No PPA Needed Anymore]

Saturday 13th of July 2019 02:12:32 PM
To get the latest Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu LTS versions, you don’t have to use PPA anymore. The latest drivers will now be available in the repositories of the Ubuntu LTS versions.

ElectronMail – a Desktop Client for ProtonMail and Tutanota

Friday 12th of July 2019 04:28:52 AM
ElectronMail is a desktop client that allows you to use encrypted email services like Tutanota and ProtonMail simultaneously from the same interface.

Start Hacking! Kali Linux is Now Available for Raspberry Pi 4

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 12:26:29 PM
You can take your DIY hacking skills to the next level now. The upgraded Raspberry Pi 4 now gets the Kali Linux support.

Linux Games Get A Performance Boost for AMD GPUs Thanks to Valve’s New Compiler

Sunday 7th of July 2019 08:01:47 AM
Valve's new ACO compiler gives Linux games a performance boost for AMD GPUs. They compilation is now 45% faster resulting in in-game FPS improvement. Read more.

Debian 10 Buster Released! Here are the New Features

Sunday 7th of July 2019 02:20:46 AM
Debian 10 Buster is nearing its release. Excited about the new major release? Here's a list of the new features in Debian 10.

Mozilla Firefox and the ISPA Nomination for Internet Villain Award

Friday 5th of July 2019 04:22:08 PM
Mozilla Firefox is known for protecting user privacy. Who would have thought that would become the reason for Mozilla to get the Internet Villain nomination?

Enable ‘Tap to click’ on Ubuntu Login Screen [Quick Tip]

Thursday 4th of July 2019 03:18:55 PM
The tap to click option doesn't work on the login screen in Ubuntu 18.04 GNOME desktop. In this tutorial, you'll learn to enable the 'tap to click' on the Ubuntu login screen.

Ubuntu or Fedora: Which One Should You Use and Why

Monday 1st of July 2019 07:07:31 AM
Ubuntu or Fedora? What's the difference? Which is better? Which one should you use? Read this comparison of Ubuntu and Fedora.

How to Install and Use R on Ubuntu

Friday 28th of June 2019 12:46:30 PM
This tutorial teaches you to install R on Ubuntu. You'll also learn how to run your first R program in Ubuntu using various methods.

Monitoring Network Bandwidth and Speed in Linux

Wednesday 26th of June 2019 06:24:19 AM
In this article, we list some open source utilities to monitor the network traffic, bandwidth and internet speed in Linux.

With Upgraded Specs, Raspberry Pi 4 Takes Aim at Desktop Segment

Monday 24th of June 2019 01:21:12 PM
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B technical specification puts it in entry level desktop segment. You get up to 4GB RAM and you can use two 4K displays. And all this comes at a price tag of $55.

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Graphics: AMD, GNOME Shell on Wayland and NVIDIA Nsight Graphics

  • AMD Pushes Back 3rd Gen Threadripper & Ryzen 9 3950X Until November

    While the Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors were reportedly on track for launching in October with updates as of a few weeks ago, today AMD announced a slight delay in launching these new processors.

  • AMD have delayed the Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd generation Threadripper until November

    Today, AMD sent out a brief statement about a delay in their 16 core Ryzen 9 3950X and the 3rd generation Threadripper. [...] So if you were looking to grab either, keep an eye out in November. Will share any more news when they send it about the expected date and pricing.

  • AMD Sends In Initial Batch Of Fixes To Linux 5.4 - Includes Dali Support

    While just yesterday the big DRM feature pull was sent in for Linux 5.4, AMD has also volleyed out their initial batch of fixes for this next version of the kernel. This new AMDGPU pull isn't strictly fixes but as anticipated does include the recently reported Dali APU support. Dali along with Renoir -- also newly-supported in Linux 5.4 -- are some of AMD's 2020 APUs. Dali will be targeting the lower-end of the spectrum it's expected for value mobile/embedded. From the driver code, Dali looks like a newer revved version of the current-gen Picasso APUs. Both Dali and Renoir are based on the Vega architecture.

  • Linux Plumbers Conference 2019, part 2

    Pain points and missing pieces with Wayland, or specifically GNOME Shell: GNOME Shell is slower Synergy doesn't work(?) - needs to be in the compositor With Nvidia proprietary driver, mutter and native Wayland clients get GPU acceleration but X clients don't No equivalent to ssh -X. Pipewire goes some way to the solution. The whole desktop can be remoted over RDP which can be tunnelled over SSH. No remote login protocol like XDMCP No Xvfb equivalent Various X utilities that grab hot-keys don't have equivalents for Wayland Not sure if all X's video acceleration features are implemented. Colour format conversion and hardware scaling are implemented. Pointer movement becomes sluggish after a while (maybe related to GC in GNOME Shell?) Performance, in general. GNOME Shell currently has to work as both a Wayland server and an X compositor, which limits the ability to optimise for Wayland.

  • NVIDIA's Nsight Graphics 2019.5 Released With Better Vulkan Coverage

    NVIDIA this week released Nsight Graphics 2019.5 as the newest feature update to their proprietary developer tool for graphics profiling and debugging across multiple APIs. The Nsight Graphics 2019.5 release brings support for more than a dozen new Vulkan extensions, a variety of user-interface improvements, compatibility enhancements, and better syntax highlighting.

Ubuntu: Video Encoder Performance, Ubuntu Touch, LZ4 Compression

  • Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 19.10 Video Encoder Performance On The Core i9 9900K

    Often when doing cross-distribution benchmarks, readers often comment on the performance of Clear Linux particularly for video encoding use-cases as surprisingly different from other distributions. Some argue that it's just over the default CPU frequency scaling governor or compiler flag defaults, so here is a look at that with Ubuntu 19.10 daily benchmarked against Clear Linux. On the same Core i9 9900K system I recently ran some benchmarks looking at Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 19.10 and then Ubuntu 19.10 with various common tunables to make it more akin to Clear Linux. Ubuntu 19.10 was used due to its recent software components being at similar versions to Intel's rolling-release distribution.

  • Serge Hallyn: First experience with Ubuntu Touch

    For the past few weeks I’ve been using a nexus 4 running ubuntu touch as, mostly, my daily driver. I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. In part that’s just the awesome size of the nexus 4. In part, it’s the ubuntu touch interface itself. If you haven’t tried it, you really should. (Sailfish ambiances are so much prettier, but ubuntu touch is much nicer to use – the quick switch to switch between two apps, for instance. Would that I could have both.). And in part it’s just the fact that it really feels like – is – a regular ubuntu system.

  • Ubuntu 19.10 to use LZ4 compression to boot even faster

    anonical’s Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine” will boot even faster than its predecessor, Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” according to Ubuntu’s kernel team. After extensive testing on a variety of compression options on the Ubuntu installation image, Canonical engineers determined that the LZ4 decompression method provided a most appreciable gain in speed.

The Vivaldi 2.8 Release (Proprietary)

  • Vivaldi 2.8 Released with Unified Sync Support for Desktop and Android

    Vivaldi Technologies released today the Vivaldi 2.8 web browser for desktop platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows, an incremental update that adds significant improvements. With Vivaldi 2.8, Vivaldi Technologies continues to give desktop users full control over their browsing experience by adding various improvements across the board, starting with Vivaldi Sync, which now lets you sync bookmarks, passwords, history, notes, and autofill information across desktop and mobile. That's right, starting with Vivaldi 2.8, all your browsing data will be automatically synchronized between your installations of Vivaldi on desktop platforms, such as Linux, Mac, or Windows, and your mobile device where Vivaldi for Android is installed if you use Vivaldi Sync.

  • New Version Vivaldi Web Browser Has Been Released, Install in Ubuntu/Linux

    Vivaldi is the new web browser compare to other famous browsers, the initial release of Vivaldi was in January, 2015. It has improved a lot and evolved since the first release. Basically it is based on the open-source frameworks of Chromium, Blink and Google's V8 JavaScript engine and has a lot of great feature which I will table later. It is known to be the most customizable browser for power users, debuts features that make browsing more personal than ever before. Do we really need another browser? Since we already have a lot of them such as mostly used Firefox, Chrome, Opera and so on. The former CEO of Opera Software Jon Von Tetzchner didn't liked the direction of Opera Web Browser and said "Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors - who helped build the browser in the first place." Then created a web browser which has to be fast, rich feature, highly flexible and puts the user first, so Vivaldi was born.

  • Vivaldi 2.8: Inspires new desktop and mobile experiences

    Today we are launching a new upgrade to our desktop version – Vivaldi 2.8. We’re always focused on giving you complete control over your desktop experience, while also making sure to protect your privacy and security online. Vivaldi on the desktop has been our foundation. And now – our inspiration. It continuously pushes us forward to deliver a browser that is made for you.

  • Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

    Over the summer we opened our blog to guest bloggers eager to share their perspectives on privacy. In this story, Finn Brownbill explains how we can put an end to tracking in search for the purpose of data collection.

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (bird, opendmarc, php7.3, and qemu), Fedora (bird, dino, nbdkit, and openconnect), Oracle (nginx:1.14, patch, and thunderbird), Red Hat (dovecot, kernel, kernel-alt, and kernel-rt), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), and SUSE (kernel, openssl, openssl-1_1, python-SQLAlchemy, and python-Werkzeug).

  • Skidmap malware drops LKMs on Linux machines to enable cryptojacking, backdoor access [Ed: This is not a "Linux" issue any more than Adobe Photoshop malicious files are a "Windows" issue ]

    Researchers have discovered a sophisticated cryptomining program that uses loadable kernel modules (LKMs) to help infiltrate Linux machines, and hides its malicious activity by displaying fake network traffic stats. Dubbed Skidmap, the malware can also grant attackers backdoor access to affected systems by setting up a secret master password that offers access to any user account in the system, according to Trend Micro threat analysts Augusto Remillano II and Jakub Urbanec in a company blog post.

  • Linux for ethical hackers 101

    In order to familiarize yourself with the full range of ethical hacking tools, it is important to be conversant with the Linux OS. As the systems engineer Yasser Ibrahim said in a post on Quora: “In Linux you need to understand from the basics to the advanced, learn the console commands and how to navigate and do everything from your console, also shell programming (not a must, but always preferable), know what a kernel is and how it works, understand the Linux file systems, how to network on Linux.”