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March 2016

RaspEX Linux for Raspberry Pi 3 Gets Kodi Media Center, Bluetooth Support

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Linux

The RaspEX Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers has been updated today, March 31, 2016, by developer Arne Exton, bringing support for various hardware components on the new Raspberry Pi board.

RaspEX Build 160331 arrives today as a free upgrade for existing users, and includes the Kodi media center software, Wicd network manager, Mozilla Firefox web browser, VNC4Server VNC connection manager, Samba file sharing tool, PulseAudio sound server, and Bluetooth support.

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Also: There Is No Chrome For Pi

Daily Deal: VoCore Mini Linux Computer

Free RHEL for Developers

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Red Hat
  • Red Hat program programme: no-cost RHEL developer subs

    This catalogue of resources now includes access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite as well as the Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio, both available via no-cost developer subscriptions.

    With this suite, developers have access to development tools and in addition to the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server.

  • Red Hat will give away its Linux distro for free to developers

    Two years after making its JBoss suite of middleware tools free for non-production use, Red Hat Inc. is introducing the ability to download its flagship Linux distribution under the same terms. The move should make it much more straightforward for developers to take advantage of the platform, which has until now been fairly tricky to access without a paid support subscription even though it’s open-source.

  • Red Hat Expands Red Hat Developer Program with No-Cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Subscription

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite now available through no-cost developer subscription, helping to streamline the creation of traditional and cloud-native enterprise applications

Ubuntu-Based Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Laptop Launches in Europe

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

We reported earlier this month that Dell launched its highly anticipated XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop in US, as well as the worldwide launch of the Dell Precision line of Ubuntu-based workstations.

And today, March 31, 2016, Dell is happy to announce that the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop, which also ships with the Ubuntu Linux operating system pre-installed, is available in countries around Europe too, including United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

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  • World’s First Ubuntu-Powered Tablet Up for Pre-Order

    Canonical’s open source software finally gets into the mobile devices officially. After being babbling about the mobile experience for years, they finally get to field their Ubuntu US in a tablet device, which has now started entered the pre-order phase.

  • MJ Technology’s Ubuntu tablet hits Indiegogo for $230 and up

    Canonical and BQ may have partnered to create the first Ubuntu tablet to ship with support for both mobile and desktop user interfaces. But if you’re looking for something a bit more powerful than the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet which recently went up for pre-order, a startup called MJ Technology thinks it has the answer.

Top 5 lightweight Linux distros for older PCs

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GNU
Linux

The strange thing about PCs is that as they get older, even though they appear to be working fine, they can eventually become unusably slow. Successive operating systems take up more and more resources until your PC grinds to a halt.

You don’t need to throw your computer away and upgrade to get access to the latest software, though; a lightweight Linux-based operating system will let you have the latest web browser and office software, while running smooth as silk in as little as 256MB RAM. Here's our pick of the best lightweight Linux distros for older computers - and best of all, they're all free.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion sails out of Early Access, Linux supported

    Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion is a pretty big expansion to the really great survival game Don't Starve. It is now fully available and features Linux support.

    I haven't had a chance to look at it yet myself, but the reviews are suggesting it's amazing.

  • 1993 Space Machine, a game originally meant for the Amiga is coming to Linux

    1993 Space Machine a game that was originally supposed to be on Amiga, but never released is out for other platforms. The developer has confirmed it's on its way to Linux.

    It doesn't just look retro, it really is retro. The game was built in 1993 and has been released in 2016. Now this right here is a proper classic game.

  • Hyper Light Drifter Classic Action RPG Now Available on Steam for Linux

    The anticipated Hyper Light Drifter role-playing game that was first spotted on Kickstarter two and a half years ago, has been finally released today on Steam.

  • Hyper Light Drifter released, some thoughts
  • Unreal Engine 4.11 Released With Better Performance & Greater Visuals

    Epic Games is ending out the month by releasing the newest version of UE4, Unreal Engine 4.11.

    Unreal Engine 4.11 delivers a wide variety of performance improvements, greater parallelism thanks to threading improvements. new realistic hair shading, realistic eye shading, improved skin shading, realistic cloth shading, capsule shadows, particle depth of field, improved hierarchical LOD, support for LLVM Clang 3.7 on Linux, and a ton of other improvements.

  • There Is A Steam Linux Game Where Nouveau On Kepler Is Outperforming NVIDIA's Blob

    With yesterday's Nouveau Kepler vs. Maxwell Performance On Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3-dev benchmarks, a number of Phoronix readers expressed their surprise how well the GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" series hardware was performing on the open-source Nouveau driver once manually re-clocking these graphics cards. It's certainly much better than the GTX 900 series performance on Nouveau as the Maxwell GPUs don't have any re-clocking support on Nouveau at all. I'm working on some fresh Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Kepler tests and for one Steam Linux game, this reverse-engineered NVIDIA open-source driver is able to beat out the "binary blob" from NVIDIA.

  • CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver 15.1.0 for Linux and Mac, Based on Wine 1.8.1

    CrossOver developer CodeWeavers has just informed us via an email announcement about the immediate availability of CrossOver 15.1.0 graphical interface for Wine, for both GNU/Linux and Mac OS X platforms.

  • CrossOver 15.1 Released For Linux & OS X Users

    CodeWeavers this morning announced the release of CrossOver 15.1 as the latest version of their software to allow Windows programs to run on Linux and OS X. CrossOver 15.1 is now powered by Wine 1.8.1.

Abot — How To Make Your Own Digital Assistant With This Free And Open Source Tool

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OSS

Ever wished to create your own digital assistant that talks back to you and completes your day-to-day tasks? Now it’s easier than ever with an open source tool Abot that’s written in Go programming language. Know more about it here and start coding one for you.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • Wayland Protocol Extensions Are Being Talked About A Lot This Week

    If you are looking for some Wayland drama, check out the most commented on mailing list thread this week: collaboration on standard Wayland protocol extensions.

    Drew DeVault who has been developing the Sway Wayland compositor as a drop-in replacement to X11's i3 window manager, started this mailing list thread in trying to foster more collaboration over Wayland protocol extensions between the different desktop environments / compositors.

  • More Of OpenGL ES 3.2 Is Getting Finished Up Within Mesa

    It seems we're currently pacing at a rate where almost each day there is new OpenGL 4.x or OpenGL ES 3.2 activity reaching Mesa Git master.

  • GLVND GLX Extension Lands In X.Org Server
  • More Interesting Slides From GDC 2016 Are Now Online

    The interesting slides from this month's Game Developers Conference (GDC) are now available online.

    GDC'16 happened a few weeks back and while there's been the video recordings of some of the sessions to surface online, more of the presentation slides are now available for those not having the time to sit through an entire video presentation.

  • Nominees For The 2016 X.Org Board Elections

    Following a two week delay to the schedule, the list of nominees for the X.Org 2016 Board of Directors elections was published this morning.

    The nominees include Bryce Harrington, Alex Deucher, Egbert Eich, Keith Packard, and Lucas Stach. These five individuals are competing for four board seats with the terms ending for Alex Deucher, Matt Dew, Egbert Eich, and Keith Packard.

Linux now has 2,000 games on Steam, big milestone

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Gaming

I have double checked this, and it seems to be accurate. Linux now has 2,000 games on Steam, and that's a pretty healthy milestone.

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MJ Technology’s Ubuntu tablet hits Indiegogo for $230 and up

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Ubuntu

Canonical and BQ may have partnered to create the first Ubuntu tablet to ship with support for both mobile and desktop user interfaces. But if you’re looking for something a bit more powerful than the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet which recently went up for pre-order, a startup called MJ Technology thinks it has the answer.

Earlier this year MJ Technology announced plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor and Ubuntu software. While the campaign is launching a little later than expected, it’s now live at Indiegogo, and the developer hopes to ship the first tablets in August, assuming the campaign raises at least $200,000.

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More in Tux Machines

Linspire 9.0 Released

Today our development team is excited to announce the release of Linspire 9.0; packed with a TON of improvements and security updates, this is a major update that we’ve been working hard to get out to our faithful users. The global pandemic has delayed its release, but the development team has worked diligently and meticulously behind-the-scenes over the past few months, fine-tuning every detail of what is widely considered to be the premier Linux desktop on the market today. The Linspire 9.0 series will be the last one featuring the 18.04 LTS codebase; upcoming Linspire X will be based on the 20.04 LTS code and kernel. Read more Also: Linspire 9.0 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Linux 5.4 LTS

today's leftovers

  • Fast Bare Metal provisioning and infrastructure automation with MAAS
  • [Updated] Michael Stapelberg: Optional dependencies don’t work

    In the i3 projects, we have always tried hard to avoid optional dependencies. There are a number of reasons behind it, and as I have recently encountered some of the downsides of optional dependencies firsthand, I summarized my thoughts in this article.

  • Benchmarking NetBSD, second evaluation report

    This report was written by Apurva Nandan as part of Google Summer of Code 2020. This blog post is in continuation of GSoC Reports: Benchmarking NetBSD, first evaluation report blog and describes my progress in the second phase of GSoC 2020 under The NetBSD Foundation. In this phase, I worked on the automation of the regression suite made using Phoronix Test Suite (PTS) and its integration with Anita. The automation framework consists of two components Phoromatic server, provided by Phoronix Test Suite in pkgsrc, and Anita, a Python tool for automating NetBSD installation.

  • Interest in Kodi Declines After a Turmultuous Few Years of Piracy Headlines

    After many years of being mentioned in the same breath as movie and TV show piracy, interest in the Kodi media player appears to have peaked and is now on the decline. That's according to Google Trends data which suggests that after reaching a high in early 2017, interest via search is now on a continuous downward trend.

Programming Leftovers

  • RcppSimdJson 0.1.1: More Features

    A first update following for the exciting RcppSimdJson 0.1.0 release last month is now on CRAN. Version 0.1.1 brings further enhancements such direct parsing of raw chars, working with compressed files as well as much expanded querying ability all thanks to Brendan, some improvements to our demos thanks to Daniel as well as a small fix via a one-liner borrowed from upstream for a reported UBSAN issue. RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle use per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon (also voted best talk).

  • Jonathan Dowland: Generic Haskell

    When I did the work described earlier in template haskell, I also explored generic programming in Haskell to solve a particular problem. StrIoT is a program generator: it outputs source code, which may depend upon other modules, which need to be imported via declarations at the top of the source code files. The data structure that StrIoT manipulates contains information about what modules are loaded to resolve the names that have been used in the input code, so we can walk that structure to automatically derive an import list. The generic programming tools I used for this are from Structure Your Boilerplate (SYB), a module written to complement a paper of the same name.

  • 9 reasons I upgraded from AngularJS to Angular

    In 2010, Google released AngularJS, an open source, JavaScript-based frontend structure for developing single-page applications (SPAs) for the internet. With its move to version 2.0 in 2016, the framework's name was shortened to Angular. AngularJS is still being developed and used, but Angular's advantages mean it's a smart idea to migrate to the newer version.

  • [Old/Odd] 5 news feautures of PHP-7.2

    Before PHP 7.2 the object keyword was used to convert one data type to another (boxing and unboxing), for example, an array to an object of the sdtClass class and/or vice versa, as of PHP 7.2 the object data type can be used as parameter type or as function return type.

  • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 351

Proprietary Software and Linux Foundation

  • [PCLinuxOS] Opera Browser updated to 70.0.3728.106

    Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. It differentiates itself because of a distinct user interface and other features.

  • Vivaldi Explains Why They Make "Proprietary Garbage"

    It is unfair to say that Vivaldi is not open source at all as someone like Distrotube has done, the way the company behind Vivaldi has decided to handle this application is by using a dual licensing system where the open source portion of the application is licensed under an open source BSD license but that's not the point of today, the point is to explain why they have decided to license their software in such a way.

  • Scientists Forced To Change Names Of Human Genes Because Of Microsoft's Failure To Patch Excel

    Six years ago, Techdirt wrote about a curious issue with Microsoft's Excel. A default date conversion feature was altering the names of genes, because they looked like dates. For example, the tumor suppressor gene DEC1 (Deleted in Esophageal Cancer 1) was being converted to "1-DEC". Hardly a widespread problem, you might think. Not so: research in 2016 found that nearly 20% of 3500 papers taken from leading genomic journals contained gene lists that had been corrupted by Excel's re-interpretation of names as dates. Although there don't seem to be any instances where this led to serious errors, there is a natural concern that it could distort research results. The good news is this problem has now been fixed. The rather surprising news is that it wasn't Microsoft that fixed it, even though Excel was at fault. As an article in The Verge reports:

  • The Linux Foundation Wants Open-Source Tech to Address Future Pandemics

    The Linux Foundation, which supports open-source innovation in blockchain tech, launched the Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPHI) at the end of July. The LFPHI’s goal is to promote the use of open source by public health authorities, which can be scrutinized by anyone, to fight not just COVID-19 but future pandemics as well.

  • LF Edge’s Akraino Project Release 3 Now Available, Unifying Open Source Blueprints Across MEC, AI, Cloud and Telecom Edge

    LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced the availability of Akraino Release 3 (“Akraino R3”). Akraino’s third and most mature release to date delivers fully functional edge solutions– implemented across global organizations– to enable a diversity of edge deployments across the globe. New blueprints include a focus on MEC, AI/ML, and Cloud edge. In addition, the community authored the first iteration of a new white paper to bring common open edge API standards to align the industry.

  • Linux Foundation Launches Jenkins X Training Course

    Linux Foundation has launched a new training course, LFS268 – CI/CD with Jenkins X. Developed in conjunction with the Continuous Delivery Foundation, the course will introduce the fundamentals of Jenkins X.