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  • How to run Linux in your browser

    If one of your resolutions for 2016 is “learn/brush-up on Linux”, but you’re (already) feeling too lazy to set up Virtualbox or a HD partition, rejoice, for you can boot up and run Linux (CLI) in a browser tab.

  • How Does the Use of Docker Effect Latency?

    From a latency point of view, Docker's (and any other Linux container's) CPU and memory latency characteristics are pretty much indistinguishable from Linux itself. But the same things that apply to latency behavior in Linux apply to Docker.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS to Be Released on January 10, 2016, Says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few minutes ago, on January 3, 2015 (EST time), Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the eighth and last RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel.

  • Linux 4.4-rc8 Kernel Released

    While the Linux 4.4 kernel is largely ready to go, as alluded last weekend with the 4.4-rc7 announcement, the official Linux 4.4 release is being pushed out by another week due to the holidays. Over the past week, activity on fixes for Linux 4.4 has been light due to Christmas and New Year's.

  • A Modest Proposal on the DCO

    In this post, I discussed why corporations are having trouble regarding the DCO as sufficient for contributions to projects using licences which require patent grants. The fear being that rogue corporations could legitimately claim that under the DCO they were authorizing their developers as agents for copyrights but not for patents. Rather than argue about the legality of this trick, I think it will be much more productive to move the environment forwards to a place where it simply won’t work. The key to doing this is to change the expectations of the corporate players which moves them to the point where they expect that a corporate signoff under the DCO gives agency for both patents and copyrights because once this happens for most of them (the good actors), the usual estoppal rules would make it apply to all.

  • What is good stock portfolio management software on Linux

    If you are investing in the stock market, you probably understand the importance of a sound portfolio management plan. The goal of portfolio management is to come up with the best investment plan tailored for you, considering your risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals. Given its importance, no wonder there are no shortage of commercial portfolio management apps and stock market monitoring software, each touting various sophisticated portfolio performance tracking and reporting capabilities.

  • PlayOnLinux 4.2.10 Released

    For those relying upon PlayOnLinux for playing various Windows games on Linux rather than using CodeWeavers' CrossOver or interacting with Wine directly, the newest version of this open-source program is now available.

  • Interview with SchwarzerAlptraum

    I used the basic brushes that came with Krita. I didn’t need too many brushes as I paint the textures manually unless they’re too small for that. A hard brush and a soft brush for blending are generally all I need for stuff like this. I used alpha inheritance to split the foreground objects from the background objects. It allows me to paint and add lots of coloring and adjustment layers on top of the foreground objects without worrying that it will spill over into the background.

  • It’s Time for ‘What’s Your Distro’ Round One

    Do you think your distro has what it takes to grab the brass ring and come out a champion? Then it’s time to get busy. Get to your distro’s forums, post on your favorite email lists, go social — like a good political boss working out of a smoke filled room in Chicago, it’s up to you to get the vote out for your distro, because if you don’t do it…who will? You don’t have much time. We pulled a surprise attack and put our poll up on Friday, so it’s already been collecting votes for three days already…maybe for distros other than your favorite.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #16
  • Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 15.12 Distro Brings AMDGPU Driver Support, QupZilla

    Alexander Tratsevskiy, the developer of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux operating system, announced this past weekend the availability of the last Calculate Linux release for 2015.

  • Hiking a mountain with Ian Murdock

    “Would you like to hike a mountain?” That question caught me by surprise. It was early in 2000, and I had flown to Tucson for a job interview. Ian Murdock was starting a new company, Progeny, and I was being interviewed for their first hire.

  • RC bugs 2015/53
  • If Your New Year’s Resolution Is ‘Mobile’ (or perhaps, ‘more mobile’) - Mobile mobile, uber alles

    Mobile is one of rare Trillion-dollar sized industries (1,000 Billion dollars in annual revenues).

  • Microsoft CEO Admits Windows Phone Market Share Is Unsustainable: Report

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has admitted what many of us already knew - Windows Phone's market share is in trouble. Noting its diminutive size, Nadella however points to services - not the device - being the key in the rapidly evolving market.

    In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Satya Nadella admitted that Windows Phone's market share is rather small - 'unsustainable' in fact, the publication reports Nadella admitting. "There's no question that in the case of the smartphone, today, we are not that high in share," Nadella was quoted to say.

  • Five Android Tablet Tricks For Your Lounge Room

    Tablets are designed to be portable so you can take them around anywhere, but they’re exceptionally useful in the house as well. There are a range of things you can do with an Android tablet from the comfort of your lounge room. Here are five ways you can use your Android tablet to make life easier without having to lift your butt off the couch.

More in Tux Machines

Linux Mint 18.1 Is The Best Mint Yet

The hardcore Linux geeks won’t read this article. They’ll skip right past it… They don’t like Linux Mint much. There’s a good reason for them not to; it’s not designed for them. Linux Mint is for folks who want a stable, elegant desktop operating system that they don’t want to have to constantly tinker with. Anyone who is into Linux will find Mint rather boring because it can get as close to the bleeding edge of computer technology. That said, most of those same hardcore geeks will privately tell you that they’ve put Linux Mint on their Mom’s computer and she just loves it. Linux Mint is great for Mom. It’s stable, offers everything she needs and its familiar UI is easy for Windows refugees to figure out. If you think of Arch Linux as a finicky, high-performance sports car then Linux Mint is a reliable station wagon. The kind of car your Mom would drive. Well, I have always liked station wagons myself and if you’ve read this far then I guess you do, too. A ride in a nice station wagon, loaded with creature comforts, cold blowing AC, and a good sound system can be very relaxing, indeed. Read more

Make Gnome 3 more accessible for everyday use

Gnome 3 is a desktop environment that was created to fix a problem that did not exist. Much like PulseAudio, Wayland and Systemd, it's there to give developers a job, while offering no clear benefit over the original problem. The Gnome 2 desktop was fast, lithe, simple, and elegant, and its replacement is none of that. Maybe the presentation layer is a little less busy and you can search a bit more quickly, but that's about as far as the list of advantages goes, which is a pretty grim result for five years of coding. Despite my reservation toward Gnome 3, I still find it to be a little bit more suitable for general consumption than in the past. Some of the silly early decisions have been largely reverted, and a wee bit more sane functionality added. Not enough. Which is why I'd like to take a moment or three to discuss some extra tweaks and changes you should add to this desktop environment to make it palatable. Read more

When to Use Which Debian Linux Repository

Nothing distinguishes the Debian Linux distribution so much as its system of package repositories. Originally organized into Stable, Testing, and Unstable, additional repositories have been added over the years, until today it takes more than a knowledge of a repository's name to understand how to use it efficiently and safely. Debian repositories are installed with a section called main that consists only of free software. However, by editing the file /etc/apt/sources.list, you can add contrib, which contains software that depends on proprietary software, and non-free, which contains proprietary software. Unless you choose to use only free software, contrib and non-free are especially useful for video and wireless drivers. You should also know that the three main repositories are named for characters from the Toy Story movies. Unstable is always called Sid, while the names of Testing and Stable change. When a new version of Debian is released, Testing becomes Stable, and the new version of Testing receives a name. These names are sometimes necessary for enabling a mirror site, but otherwise, ignoring these names gives you one less thing to remember. Read more

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