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First Time For Everything

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Just talk

Just thought I'd throw this out there. I registered to reply to a comment, and since I've got my own blog...

Anyway, you can check here for my adventures in Slax Linux, as well as whatever else I pick up along the way. I've got great plans for some of the old computers I have lying around, and I'll update as I learn things. I've got things to say, but I don't have so much time to say them... Oh well, that's life when you're in spinlock.

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Site Maintenance and Downtime

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Site News

The site was down in the early part of this morning due to maintenance/system software upgrades. It will go down again tonight at approximately the same time and for about the same length of time as I attempt to upgrade the cms.

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SuSE 10.1 RC3 or Final

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News

The OpenSuSE Roadmap for their 10.1 release schedule has been updated: It now appears that a RC3 might be in the works and possibly released on Apr 28.

YaST (Yet another SUSE 10.1 RC2 Trial), Part 2

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Reviews

Installing Xgl on Suse 10.1 RC2 couldn't be simpler. It does require video acceleration; typically, that means using an nVidia or ATI graphics card with the manufacturer's proprietary drivers installed (see the Xgl page on the Suse wiki for more information).

YaST (Yet another SUSE 10.1 RC2 Trial), Part 1

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Even though I swore I'd keep Fedora Core around for a while, it only took 3 months before I replaced it with Suse (again). It's all Xgl's fault. The Kororaa Live CD is very cool. Since Xgl was created by a Novell engineer, and there are Xgl binaries for Suse, and since Suse is coming out with a new version, and (fintally!) since Xgl hasn't made it into Debian Sid yet, it made sense to install Suse to use as an Xgl testbed.

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To 64 or Not to 64, That Was the Question

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With my nice new motherboard & cpu, I've been quite anxious to test some of my new-found powers. My first thought after the hardware installation was: Gentoo 64-bit! By way of testing, I installed the 64-bit version of SuSE 10.1 rc1 yesterday and had planned on writing this wonderfully informative comparison article of it and the 32-bit version. I was expecting the 64-bit to smoke 32 and had even made preliminary reads into installing the 64-bit version of Gentoo. Since this was my first foray into the world of 64-bit, I expected to be lost and confused. Well, the former may not have come to fruition, but the latter certainly did.

Simple and Easy Linux File System diagram

fscking Drupal Man!

I pull in the rss feed from drupal.org, mainly to be sure to get security updates asap. Well this morning they had this as their opening paragraph:

With 4.7 nearing completition, it has been decided that for the next version we should look for another language as PHP is now blocks our growing. As you will read in the newsletter, we have found many very obscure language obstacles. We worked around them, but this can not go on. Also, in the IRC development channel, it was said for a long time that Drupal will be rewritten in Haskell, so that was a primary option.

tuxmachines' new rig

As many of you know, my old AMD 2800+ system popped a vessel approximately two weeks ago and a friend suggested I post a request for donations to help fund the purchase of new equipment. The response was great and we raised over 200 USD in 3 days. I purchased an Asus A8V motherboard, AMD 64 3700+ and 1 gig of Kingston HyperX DDR400 memory for a final pricetag with shipping of $439.

SUSE 10.1 Beta NINE?

OMG, I see a beta 9 directory showing up on mirrors around the world. Does this mean yet another beta instead of a release candidate? What does this mean for the release schedule?

Tuxmachines Hardware Drive

We have recently suffered the loss of our linux review test system. If you'd like to donate towards the purchase of new equipment, please click the Paypal Donation button located in the right hand column of our site. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Quake3 on BIIIG Screen

It's amazing how much more fun games are when you can play them on really large, high-resolution screens. Our lab also has a 24 monitor display wall, and as you can see from the pictures below, I got Quake 3 running on it. Full Story.

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today's leftovers

Kernel and Graphics: Linux 4.13, FP64, Inputfd

Kubuntu and Ubuntu Leftovers

  • Help needed testing newest bugfix release of Plasma on Kubuntu 17.04
    Are you using Kubuntu 17.04, our current release? Help us test a new bugfix release for KDE Plasma! Go here for more details: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed. Unfortunately that page illustrates Xenial and Ubuntu Unity rather than Zesty in Kubuntu. Using Discover or Muon, use Settings > More, enter your password, and ensure that Pre-release updates (zesty-proposed) is ticked in the Updates tab.
  • Ubuntu Sees Sense, Will Support Indicator Applets in Ubuntu 17.10
    Ubuntu 17.10 will have GNOME Shell indicator applet support by default. Hurrah for sanity! The results of the GNOME desktop user survey made it crystal clear that, alongside a visible desktop dock, Ubuntu uses want legacy system tray icons to sit in the GNOME Shell top bar, alongside the main system menu.
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 517
    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #517 for the week of August 15 – 21, 2017, and the full version is available here.

OSS Leftovers

  • Asian telcos forging ahead with open source NFV
    Telcos in Asia Pacific are engaged in what ABI Research describes as an NFV ‘flurry’. It claims the CSPs are actively virtualizing their network architectures and to find that out ABI hints it may have been tracking developments in the way that analysts and technical journalists do in other open source-dominated sectors. By peeking into the open source communities’ repositories and information exchanges to get a feel for what’s going on. Nothing wrong with that. It’s ‘open’ after all and expect to read more of this approach in the months and years ahead as Open Source NFV really starts to take hold.
  • Open source security software on GovCloud
    Netgate, provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, has announced the availability of its pfSense firewall on Amazon’s GovCloud (US). The AWS GovCloud Marketplace enables government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits to discover software that can support their cloud-based regulated workloads. It is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, assisting customers who have government, education, or non-profit compliance requirements.
  • Open source EHR platform tailored to treat Ebola patients
    An open-source electronic health record system developed to treat Ebola patients during the recent epidemic in West Africa is being touted as a potential solution for clinical data collection in highly infectious environments and resource-constrained healthcare settings.
  • Microsoft and Red Hat collaborate to boost enterprise container adoption [Ed: Someone should remind Red Hat about Munich and Microsoft's patent lawsuits]
  • Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 Available on Red Hat’s Linux and Cloud Offerings
  • .NET Core 2 Brings Visual Basic to Linux and macOS [Ed: A .NET 'trial version' (taster for proprietary framework with back doors and telemetry)]
  • When Good Containers Go Bad [Ed: Shame on the Linux Foundation for promoting (for money) an anti-FOSS firm Black Duck. Black Duck gives some money to the Linux Foundation, which then pays someone to write a puff piece for Black Duck.]
  • t2k17 Hackathon Report: Ian Sutton on ARM progress
  • If you’re a startup, you should not use React (reflecting on the BSD + patents license)

    Facebook is nearly alone in the industry in the use of this license. Here is the article. Judge for yourself.

  • 3Blades Launches Open-Source Data Science Platform with Tool-Agnostic Integration at Jupytercon
    Hugo Contreras-Palacios, Ph.D., a Data Scientist at Stanley Black & Decker says, "In this quickly changing environment where ongoing skill development is critical, 3Blades has become an essential learning tool that allows our staff to experience big data technologies and techniques instead of just reading about them. At the end of their course, once they develop big data skills, 3Blades provides a collaborative environment where they can quickly begin applying what they have learned. The open source code base and easy to use API made it simple to integrate 3Blades safely into our internal environment. Thank you, 3Blades!"
  • Sweden Archives assists with govt document reuse
    The National Archives proposes to publish the lists of public sector documents in the country’s national open data portal, Öppna Data.
  • Negotiations with Elsevier: The crucial issues for the FinELib consortium
     

    Unfortunately, there has been no breakthrough in the negotiations. The crucial issues for the negotiations are cost development and open access. The FinELib consortium’s view differs from Elsevier’s on both issues.  

  • Open Source Turtle Rover Robot Land Drone Launches On Kickstarter (video)
    An interesting new open source robot has been launched by a Kickstarter today which takes the form of the Turtle Rover created by Kell Ideas. The robot land drone chassis can be equipped with a wide variety of different modules including a robotic arm, HD camera and more. The remote-controlled robot rover can be used to explore those small unattainable areas and can be programmed using the revolutionary open platform and adapted to suit your very own requirements.
  • Interview with Chris Korda: 3D printing pottery, open-source software and activism
    Chris Korda is an activist, techno musician and software developer. She is credited with developing programs for the world’s first color 3D printer in 2004 during her term at Z Corporation, which was bought by 3D Systems in January 2012.
  • Foundation Java EE: The Community Reacts
    Oracle Corp. grabbed headlines last week with a post on The Aquarium blog, in which the steward of Java proposed moving Java EE to an open source foundation, such as the Eclipse Foundation or the Apache Software Foundation. The post reads: "We believe that moving Java EE technologies, including reference implementations and test compatibility kit, to an open source foundation may be the right next step, in order to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing, and change the governance process."
  • Java EE To Get Open Source Foundation
    Oracle intends to move stewardship of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) to a third party existing foundation after the official release of Java EE 8 later this year.