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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 837

Monday 21st of October 2019 12:10:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: CentOS 8.0-1905News: Project Trident finds a new base, Debian planning firewall changes, a look back at 15 years of FedoraQuestions and answers: Merging directories of filesTorrent corner: 4MLinux, Android-x86, antiX, Bluestar, Clonezilla, Container, KDE neon, NuTyX, OpenBSD, Pop!_OS, Volumio, ZevenetReleased last week: Ubuntu 19.10, OpenBSD 6.6, NuTyX 11.2Upcoming releases: Tails 3.17, FreeBSD 12.1-RC3Opinion poll: Do you purchase support for your distribution?Reader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 836

Monday 14th of October 2019 12:56:56 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Archman GNU/Linux Xfce 2019-09News: Haiku improves ARM compatibility, UBports team improving their installer and PinePhone support, openSUSE upgrading Plasma for 15.2 release, Trident plans migration to new base, Unix turns 50 years oldQuestions and answers: Finding a home server distro that is easy to set upTorrent corner: ArcoLinux, AUSTRUMI, Clonezilla, EasyOS, IPFire, NethServer, NixOS, Obarun, SmartOS, SparkyLinuxUpcoming releases: Ubuntu 19.10, FreeBSD 12.1-RC2Opinion poll: Does your server run a graphical interface?Reader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 835

Monday 7th of October 2019 12:13:46 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Isotop, Mazon OS, and KduxOSNews: Solus updates supported desktops, OpenMandriva compiles kernel with Clang, Linux Mint makes System Reports proactive, Arch Linux introduces new base packageTips and tricks: How to find files by multiple criteria in LinuxTorrent corner: 4MLinux, Arch, AUSTRUMI, GParted, Project Trident, Raspbian, SparkyLinux, VolumioUpcoming releases: FreeBSD 12.1-RC1Opinion poll: Which Ubuntu flavour should we review?New distributions: OpenStage LinuxReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 834

Monday 30th of September 2019 12:10:07 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: FreedomBox 2019-07-10 "Buster"News: Ubuntu publishes list of popular snaps, DragonFly BSD gains filesystem checks for HAMMER2, UBports updates available apps, CentOS publishes new rolling edition, Librem 5 phones shipping, Redcore updates its package managerQuestions and answers: Refreshed ISO files versus on-line updatesReleased last week: CentOS 8.0.1905, Univention Corporate Server 4.4-2, ReactOS 0.4.12Torrent corner: Bluestar, CentOS, Hyperbola, Q4OS, ReactOS, SmartOS, SolydXK, VolumioUpcoming releases: FreeBSD 12.1-BETA3Opinion poll: Why do you use portable packages?Reader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 833

Monday 23rd of September 2019 12:13:58 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Redcore Linux 1908 LXQtNews: Ubuntu deciding which 32-bit packages should be kept, Debian's Project Leader addresses tensions over init software, elementary plans big update, Richard M Stallman steps down from FSF leadership roleQuestions and answers: Recommending a friendly distro for newcomers and why Linux distributions are freeReleased last week: CentOS 7-1908, PCLinuxOS 2019.09, Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0Torrent corner: CentOS, Clonezilla, ClonOS, EasyOS, Emmabuntus, EndeavourOS, GeeXboX, GhostBSD, KDE neon, Lakka, Parrot, PCLinuxOS, Porteus Kiosk, ReactOSUpcoming releases: CentOS 8, Ubuntu 19.10 BetaOpinion poll: DNS over HTTPSReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 832

Monday 16th of September 2019 12:10:23 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: BlackWeb 1.2News: Fedora to use nftables with firewalld, Debian publishes updated media, DragonFly BSD makes resolving DNS more flexible, OpenBSD disables DoH in FirefoxQuestions and answers: Checking for Wayland and Wayland applicationsReleased last week: LXLE 18.04.3, OSGeoLive 13.0, Funtoo Linux 1.4Torrent corner: ArcoLinux, Debian, EasyOS, Endless, KaOS, Live Raizo, LXLE, Manjaro, KDE neon, OSGeoLive, Slax, SmartOS, Volumio, VoyagerUpcoming releases: Fedora 31 BetaOpinion poll: Applications running on Wayland sessionsReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 831

Monday 9th of September 2019 12:16:59 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Adélie Linux 1.0 Beta News: Linux Mint team polishes system tray, PinePhone coming soon with Plasma Mobile and UBports, elementary OS gives a preview of desktop features, Manjaro takes "the next step" Tips and Tricks: Command line tips - using ffmpeg, awk and renice Released last week: Condres OS 19.09, Tails 3.16, Kali Linux 2019.3 Torrent corner: Arch, Archman, AUSTRUMI, Bluestar, Clonezilla, Condres, Container, GParted, IPFire, Kali, Septor, Tails Opinion poll: Largest process in memory New additions: FreedomBox New distributions: TTOS Linux Reader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 830

Monday 2nd of September 2019 12:11:17 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: deepin 15.11News: Endless partners with GNOME in coding competition, elementary OS gets a new greeter, exFAT support coming to LinuxQuestions and answers: Working with AppArmor to protect the operating systemReleased last week: Bedrock Linux 0.7.7, Proxmox 6.0 "Mail Gateway", BlackArch Linux 2019.09.1Torrent corner: 4MLinux, BlackArch, Clonezilla, Container, ExTiX, Hanthana, Lite, KDE neon, Scientific, SmartOS, Sparky, Super Grub2Upcoming releases: Tails 3.16Opinion poll: SELinux and AppArmorWebsite news: Persian language updateReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 829

Monday 26th of August 2019 12:10:35 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Drauger OS 7.4.1, and EndeavourOS 2019.07.15News: NetBSD gets its first Wayland application, UBports publishes updates, Kali updates meta-packages, boot environments for DragonFly BSD, GhostBSD changes base repository, FreeBSD status updateTips and tricks: How to check the licenses of kernel modulesReleased last week: Runtu 18.04.3, Netrunner 19.08, EasyOS 2.1Torrent corner: Alpine, AUSTRUMI, BigLinux, Clonezilla, EasyOS, Karoshi, Netrunner, OSGeoLive, OviOS, Raspberry Digital Signage, RuntuOpinion poll: EndeavourOS taking over from AntergosNew distributions: KISS Linux, Doge Linux, AutoTuxReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:05:58 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2News: UBports testing Unity8 desktop changes, Debian getting FreedomBox desktop spin, Slackware tries more direct method of fundraising, FreeBSD phasing out GCC, Fedora project presents new Enterprise Linux channelQuestions and answers: Concerns regarding non-free firmwareReleased last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.05, Neptune 6.0, KNOPPIX 8.6Torrent corner: Clonezilla, Emmabuntus, EndeavourOS, HardenedBSD, KDE neon, KNOPPIX, Neptune, Obarun, OpenMediaVault, Raspberry Digital Signage, Redcore, SmartOS, Project TridentOpinion poll: Open source drivers and firmware versus closed drivers and firmwareNew distributions: distriReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 827

Monday 12th of August 2019 12:08:57 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Q4OS 3.8News: Ubuntu works toward ZFS on root, Haiku team improves performance, OSDisc shuts downTips and tricks: How to find filesReleased last week: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, Ubuntu 18.04.3, Voyager Live 10Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, BeeFree, Endless, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, KDE neon, OSMC, PCLinuxOS, Raspberry Slideshow, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Voyager, Xubuntu, ZeroshellUpcoming releases: Rebellin Linux 4Opinion poll: Methods for finding filesNew distributions: CryptoCurrency OSReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 826

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:13:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Resilient Linux, PrimeOS and BlueLightNews: Librem 5 hardware finalized, Manjaro introduces new package manager, Trident warns of video driver issue, NetBSD reveals 9.0 featuresQuestions and answers: Flagship distributions for desktop environmentsReleased last week: Linux Mint 19.2, SparkyLinux 2019.08, Pardus 19.0Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Arch, Container, HardenedBSD, Mint, KDE neon, Pardus, SmartOS, SparkyLinux, VolumioOpinion poll: Custom desktop versus vanilla desktopNew additions: EndeavourOS, EuroLinuxNew distributions: AlienPupOSReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 825

Monday 29th of July 2019 12:08:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Endless OS 3.6News: Fedora developers discuss optimizations, gNewSense maintainer stepping down, Chris Wright answers questions about Red Hat, Project Trident offers stable branch, Linux can be shipped with a headers moduleTechnology review: UBports 16.04 on a Nexus 5Released last weekTorrent corner: Bicom, GParted, KDE neon, Robolinux, VolumioOpinion poll: GNU/Linux phones in 2019New distributions: PakOS, Delinux, TROM-JaroReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 824

Monday 22nd of July 2019 12:09:23 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: HexagonOS 1.0News: Mageia publishes media update, Fedora unveils CoreOS and plans to phase out 32-bit repositories, Slackware turns 26Tips and tricks: Limiting a user's disk usage with quotasReleased last week: Q4OS 3.8, Proxmox 6.0 "Virtual Environment", Oracle Linux 8.0Torrent corner: ArcoLinux, Clonezilla, deepin, KDE neon, Mageia, NST, OPNsense, PClinuxOS, Proxmox, Q4OS, Slackel, SmartOS, Sparky, UniventionUpcoming releases: Rebellin Linux 4Opinion poll: Limiting a user's disk usageNew additions: AcademiX GNU/LinuxReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 823

Monday 15th of July 2019 12:07:03 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Debian 10 "Buster"News: Will Cooke discusses Ubuntu's desktop plans, Fedora to remove Snap support from GNOME Software, Red Hat's sale to IBM finalizedQuestions and answers: Checking for 32-bit applications on the operating systemReleased last week: FreeBSD 11.3, Tails 3.15, Clonezilla Live 2.6.2-15, Feren OS 19.07Torrent corner: Alpine, ArchBang, Berry, BunsenLabs, Clonezilla, Debian Edu, Endless, Feren, FreeBSD, KDE neon, RancherOS, Raspbian, Septor, Sparky, Tails, TridentUpcoming releases: Q4OS 3.8Opinion poll: DIY routers and firewallsNew distributions: EndeavourOS, Forensic Hard CopyReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 822

Monday 8th of July 2019 12:10:39 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Mageia 7News: Mint team considers Snap packages, IPFire cannot accept donations, UBports works to maintain access to Google accounts, Ubuntu 18.10 nears its end of life, Red Hat offers upgrade guideTechnology review: Running development branchesReleased last week: Debian 10, Mageia 7, NuTyX 11.1Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Arch, ArchBang, Archman, AUSTRUMI, Debian, IPFire, KaOS, KDE neon, Live Raizo, Mageia, NuTyX, SmartOS, WhonixUpcoming releases: FreeBSD 11.3, Tails 3.15Opinion poll: Mageia and OpenMandrivaReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 821

Monday 1st of July 2019 01:15:27 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: OpenMandriva Lx 4.0News: Improvements to Fedora Workstation, DragonFly BSD shrinks kernel memory usage, Turnkey updates several appliancesQuestions and answers: Ubuntu's plan to drop 32-bit packagesReleased last week: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1, Linux Kodachi 6.1, Raspbian 2019-06-20Torrent corner: ArchBang, Bluestar, Container, GParted, Kodachi, KDE neon, Raspbian, Slax, SwagArch, Tails, Trident, ZorinUpcoming releases: Debian 10Opinion poll: Running 32-bit applicationsReader comments Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

More in Tux Machines

CentOS 8.0-1905

CentOS is a community-run project which builds its distribution from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The project's goal is to provide a binary compatible, nearly identical experience to Enterprise Linux, but without the commercial support provided by Red Hat. This makes CentOS an attractive option for people who want to have a distribution with long-term support and the same technology Red Hat provides, but feel they do not need vendor support. I reviewed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8), briefly covering the distribution's installer, software and settings management, several of its Workstation features, and a few of its server technologies, such as Cockpit. I ran into several issues during that experience - some of them relating to documentation, some dealing with permission problems, some due to missing applications in the official repositories - and I was curious to see if CentOS would provide the same experience, problems and all. One could assume so given CentOS uses the same source code, but CentOS has its own website and repositories so I thought it would be worth giving it a test run and seeing what differences, if any, I could spot. In particular, I planned to focus on the strengths and weaknesses I observed in the conclusion of my RHEL 8 review. Before I get to my experiences with CentOS 8.0.1905, I feel it is worth mentioning that CentOS is now available in two branches: CentOS Linux, the traditional, fixed release operating system based on RHEL; and CentOS Stream. The new Stream branch is described as a rolling release platform which will fit in somewhere between Fedora and RHEL. The idea appears to be that software and concepts will get their initial testing in Fedora. Then Red Hat will fork a version of Fedora to be the basis of a future RHEL release. Changes and improvements that would normally be made internally within Red Hat prior to the next RHEL will become available for the public to try and comment on in CentOS Stream. Ideally, the plan here seems to be that this will give a larger portion of the community a chance to try new ideas and report issues, giving Red Hat more feedback and a chance to polish their commercial offering. Read more

Docker, Podman and Kubernetes

Graphics: Radeon, Mesa and More

  • Open-Source C.A.S. Vulkan Layer - Similar to Radeon Image Sharpening But For Any GPU

    AMD's Radeon Image Sharpening feature is designed to improve image quality with minimal performance costs. However, it is only supported by Radeon Polaris / Vega / Navi graphics cards and only under Microsoft Windows 10. An independent open-source project has implemented contrast adaptive sharpening support for Vulkan that is similar to Radeon Image Sharpening but will work for any Vulkan-enabled GPU -- including NVIDIA GPUs.

  • MSM+Freedreno Driver Stack Adding Support For The Adreno 510 GPU

    While the MSM+Freedreno open-source graphics driver stack already supports the Adreno 500 and 600 series, one of the GPUs not seeing support until now was the basic Adreno 510. Kernel patches are pending for A510 enablement while the Mesa support was already merged. The Adreno 510 is the graphics processor within the Snapdragon 650, 652, and 653 models and used in lower-end devices. With the kernel and Mesa patches, the Adreno 510 is now working on the likes of the Sony Xperia X and X Compact smartphones.

  • AMD Lands Greater Direct State Access Support Within Mesa

    Landing this week in Mesa 19.3-devel were more functions being implemented around the big OpenGL EXT_direct_state_access extension. OpenGL's direct state access functions are intended to allow more OpenGL state to be accessed/updated directly aside form the selector commands. Using EXT_direct_state_access allows for various efficiency improvements.

Programming Leftovers

  • Codeplay Launches Open-Source 'SYCL Academy' To Learn This Increasingly Popular Standard

    While SYCL has been around for five years as a Khronos standard providing a single-source C++ programming model for exploiting OpenCL, it has yet to reach its prime but demand for it is picking up with Intel working to upstream their SYCL back-end in LLVM, SYCL becoming part of their programming model with oneAPI and Xe Graphics, and other vendors also jumping on the SYCL bandwagon. Codeplay has now provided an open-source SYCL learning code for those interested in this higher-level alternative to straight OpenCL programming.

  • Open-Source Build and Test Tool Bazel Reaches 1.0

    Derived from Google's internal build tool Blaze, Bazel is a build and test tool that offers a human-readable definition language and is particularly aimed at large, multi-language, multi-repositories projects. Originally open-sourced in 2015, Bazel has now reached 1.0. One of the major implications of reaching version 1.0 for Bazel is the promise of greater stability and backward-compatibility guarantees. This has been a historical pain point for Bazel users, who often found themselves in the situation of having to rewrite part of their build rules due to frequent breaking changes in Bazel or its ecosystem. Accordingly, the Bazel team has committed to following semantic versioning for future Bazel releases, meaning only major versions will be allowed to include breaking changes. Furthermore, the team committed to maintaining a minimum stability window of three months between major versions.

  • DevOps Deeper Dive: DevOps Accelerates Open Source Innovation Pace

    That rate of innovation has increased dramatically in the last few years. However, much of that innovation would not have been possible if large swaths of the open source community hadn’t been able to employ best DevOps practices to collaborate, said CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey. [...] None of this shift has been lost on IT vendors. As the demand for proprietary code slackened, many found it profitable to offer support services for open source software. The more there is to consume, the more the support services contracts grew. Now every vendor from IBM to small IT services providers such as Fairwinds has launched open source projects that help drive demand for IT services expertise. “There’s pain around integrating a lot of disparate open source projects,” said Robert Brennan, director of open source software for Fairwinds. “Organizations may be getting software for free, but there’s usually not a lot of help around.” Now almost every IT vendor in the world is making software engineers available to work on open source projects. All that talent focused on open source projects has led to the development of new platforms such as Jenkins, GitHub, Kubernetes and, more recently, a raft of smaller projects. With the rise of containers and cloud-native applications, open source software projects are entering another era that will see many of those same software engineers leveraging DevOps practices more broadly to drive even more innovative projects at increasingly faster rates.

  • Find your next developer from open source communities

    Meanwhile, demand for data scientists is rising as companies seek AI-based solutions to stay competitive. Demand is reflected in salary offers. Companies competing to hire and retain data experts are offering on average more than US$100,000, making it one of the most highly paid professions in the States. For companies lacking the budget to hire or train in-house staff to fill the role, they may find themselves struggling with maintaining technological infrastructure or moving forward with plans for digitization. Therefore, open source learning and further development of communities could be the solution to this gap. An IBM grant to support open source communities such as Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization offering coding lessons for women in the US, is a step forward to filling in a shortage of software developers.