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today's leftovers: LFS, Games, Shows and Government's Use of Containers

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  • Linux From Scratch (LFS) Stable Version 9.0 Released

    Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code.

    The Linux From Scratch community announces the release of LFS Version 9.0 on Sep 01, 2019.

    Toolchain updates to glibc-2.30, and gcc-9.2.0 is a major changes in this release.

    In total, 33 packages were updated since the last release.

  • Growing Pains, a platformer where you're constantly growing is now on Linux

    Growing Pains, a platformer where you're growing constantly as you rush to finish each level before getting stuck is now available on Linux.

    Originally released on Steam by Smudged Cat Games back in 2014, they didn't actually have any plan to bring it to Linux. However, game porter Ethan Lee recently updated two other Smudged Cat Games titles (Adventures of Shuggy and Gateways) and they announced on Twitter that they ported Growing Pains "just because"—okay then!

  • The non-linear hack-n-slash platformer Blasphemous is still coming to Linux but it's delayed

    After successfully crowdfunding on Kickstarter back in 2017, Blasphemous is now out but sadly the Linux version is currently delayed.

    There seemed to be no mention of this before, which likely would have been quite frustrating if you were a Kickstarter backer. Speaking about it when queried on Steam, the publisher Team 17 said it is coming but they have no current date for when that will happen. The developer, The Game Kitchen, have also today put out a Kickstarter update post to mention "Due to circumstances out of our control, Mac and Linux are not going to be publicly available at launch, but they will be really soon.".

  • SMLR 314 Let’s Talk About Pie

    Tony Bemus, Tom Lawrence, Phil Porada and Jay LaCroix Sound bites by Mike Tanner

  • LHS Episode #301: Pi-Star Deep Dive Part 1

    Welcome to Episode 301 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts have an in-depth talk with Andy Taylor, MW0MWZ, the author and maintainer of the Pi-Star project. Pi-Star is a Linux operating system and application suite for single-board computers which creates a hotspot for digital VHF and UHF operation. We quickly discover this topic requires more than one deep dive so this will be the first in a series on Pi-Star and digital operation. 

  • Best Practices for Using Container Technology in Government

    Far from a passing fad, containers are a logical outgrowth of the huge success of virtualization and can help to solve a wide range of operational problems, including deployment, scalability and patching.

    Government IT managers with a broad portfolio of existing applications should explore how to take advantage of the benefits of container technology. When moving from one computing environment to another, applications may not always run as programmed. But containers collect code and all related dependencies into one virtual package so that an application runs smoothly wherever it’s deployed, from one cloud to another.

    Here are some best practices for optimizing container use to achieve quick wins in your environment.

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