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Ubuntu Convergence

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Ubuntu
  • The Race to Convergence: Or is it a Marathon?

    This article, although it was smart to feature Ubuntu as a forerunner, it foolishly tried to give credit to Microsoft for ‘truly being the first’ to do convergence. First, did they? I had no idea. Nor do I care. Nor does anyone else I roll with. If the name has ‘Microsoft’ in it, we flee for the hills. Why? Because it’s compromised out of the box. It is dangerous.

  • Have We Converged Yet?

    Convergence is not about a unified computing experience across all your devices. Although that's an important goal, convergence is more about that point in time where your philosophy that technology should respect people converges with that of a group or company that believes the same.

  • Ubuntu.com Gets a New Look for the Tablet Section, Rest of Website to Follow

    With the new Ubuntu tablet out the door, Canonical also had to upgrade the website to reflect the changes accordingly, so now ubuntu.com has a really nice section dedicated to the BQ Aquaris M10.

    If we don't take Android into account, we can't really say that there are successful Linux-based tablet out there. It's not clear why that came to pass, but until this Ubuntu-powered tablet landed, there wasn't much competition. To be fair, there is not much competition right now, since Apple and Google pretty much dominate the market, but BQ Aquaris M10 is the only one that can double down as a regular PC.

  • BQ Ubuntu Tablet Has 64-bit CPU and Will Be Able to Run 32-bit ARM Apps

    The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet is powered by a 64-bit ARM processor, so the users have already started to ask around if they will be able to run the 32-bit apps from the phone on the tablet. The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it will take a little bit of work.

  • What the Ubuntu Convergence Means for Businesses, Consumers, OEMs, and Devs

    As you may well be aware, Canonical and BQ unveiled the world's first Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which also happens to be the first Ubuntu converged device, which users can transform into a full-fledged PC.

Docker Images Are Moving From Ubuntu To Alpine Linux

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GNU
Linux
Server

Docker is reportedly going to be migrating all of their official images from an Ubuntu base to now using Alpine Linux.

Alpine Linux is the lightweight distribution built atop musl libc and BusyBox while using a GrSecurity-enhanced Linux kernel. Alpine Linux uses OpenRC as its init system. If you are unfamiliar with this "Small. Simple. Secure." distribution, you can learn more via AlpineLinux.org. The image for Alpine is a mere 5MB.

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Also: Docker Founders Hire Alpine Linux Developer to Move the Official Images to Ubuntu

Meaning of Convergence, Exploit Excludes Linux

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-s

The big news yesterday and even into today was the new Ubuntu tablet, which everyone including Canonical touted as "convergence delivered." Well, today Randall Ross scolds news sites for missing the "timely idea" that is convergence. In other news, security researchers have identified a new exploit that specifically avoids Linux. FOSS Force found that Linux users have no interest in anti-virus software and Phoronix reports on Ubuntu performance over the years.

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Tor Browser 5.5.1 Brings a Functional Private Anonymous Browser to Chinese Users

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OSS
Security

The Tor Project announced today, February 5, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the first point release for the Tor Browser 5.5 anonymous web browser for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

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Ubuntu Linux in the Wild: How a French University Uses Unity

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Ubuntu

Is Canonical's Unity interface for Ubuntu Linux ready for use by the masses? Arguably, no. But the administration of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) in Paris apparently likes Unity well enough to deploy it throughout the university's library.

The ENS is one of France's "grandes écoles," or elite universities. It also happens to have one of the only open-stack academic libraries in Paris, which is what brought me there this week.

I was surprised upon entering to find that the workstations throughout the library now run Ubuntu (which was not the case when I was last there, circa early 2012). Here's proof:

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The trials of certifying open source software

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OSS

Open source won and, over the past five years or so, we have been seeing the acceleration of a new wave of open source projects that got their starts in corporations. This comes with a set of new challenges, as new corporate participants struggle with some of the realities. Folks generally understand that foundations provide neutrality in some form, but don't necessarily know how to drive the competitive discussions from the room. One of the more disturbing symptoms of this confusion is the discussions beginning around "certification" and what it means to be certified to a particular project. What is Certified Good SoftwareTM? [1]

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Create Your Own Free Software Project

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GNU
OSS

Free software is tremendously democratic. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can get involved – there are no barriers of wealth or social status. Being educated
in computer science helps, but there are plenty of people working on free software at Red Hat, Canonical and Intel who’ve never been to university, and who acquired their positions simply by writing great code.

So anyone can contribute to free software, and anyone can start a new project as well. But how do you turn that great idea in your head into a real-life success? The likes of SourceForge and GitHub are littered with now-abandoned projects with barely 50 lines of code, which initially started as grand ideas to create the next killer music player, email client or game. Yes, free software is awesome, but 95% of projects never get off the ground or are abandoned after a few weeks.

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Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Ubuntu

As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

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The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

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GNU
Linux

Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap.

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Ubuntu Devs Might Skip the OTA-9.5 Hotfix in Favour of a Massive OTA-10 Update

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Ubuntu

We had just been informed by Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical about the latest things happening in preparation for the upcoming OTA updates for Ubuntu Phone devices.

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Samsung begins updating Z1 Smartphone in India to Tizen 2.4 – version Z130HDDU0CPB1

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Linux

Today, we have some good news for our Samsung Z1 readers that are based in India, as their Z1 Smartphones begin receiving the much awaited final release of the Tizen 2.4 Operating System update version Z130HDDU0CPB1. The update will be delivered Over the Air (OTA), so will either use your WiFi or network providers cellular data. It is advised to use WiFi as the update is pretty big. For Tizen 2.3 users the size of the update from BOK2(2.3) is ~262MB. For Tizen 2.4 Beta users who are on COL6 the size of the update is ~17MB.

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Example Uses Of The Linux grep Command

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Linux
HowTos

The Linux grep command is used as a method for filtering input.

GREP stands for Global Regular Expression Printer and therefore in order to use it effectively you should have some knowledge about regular expressions.

In this article I am going to show you a number of examples which will help you understand the grep command.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Readers Say ‘No’ to Antivirus on Linux

    A few weeks back when Ken Starks wrote an anecdotal column on an experience with a false positive from Avast antivirus on GNU/Linux, we started thinking. We run antivirus on our LAMP servers with the intent of protecting poor suckers on Windows, but on our Linux desktops and laptops? Pretty much, no. Some of us had tried the open source ClamAV at one time or another, mainly out of curiosity, but none of us had stuck with it. To our knowledge, until Starks wrote his column none of us even knew anybody who had ever run proprietary AV on Linux boxes.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2016/4 & 5
  • Almost weekend again – what’s in store

    I updated my packages for calibre and chromium with new versions. I updated the set of “compat32” packages for a multilib setup on slackware64-current to match the Slackware packages contained in the new Slackware 14.2 Beta 2.

  • Slackware 14.2 Beta 2 Announced

    Good news for everyone. Slackware 14.2 is getting close to release as Pat now announced Slackware 14.2 Beta 2 on the latest changelog. This update also brings some security changes for all supported Slackware releases back to Slackware 13.0!!!

  • Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with this tiny new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

    If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernel’s Odroid-C2 computer.

    The developer board is an uncased computer like the popular Raspberry Pi 2, which sells for $35. But South Korea-based Hardkernel claims Odroid-C2 has more horsepower than its popular rival and can be a desktop replacement.

Red Hat encourages open source adoption at Asia Pacific Forum in Philippines

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Red Hat
OSS

Red Hat, Inc. yesterday hosted the Red Hat Forum Asia Pacific in Manila, the Philippines. The conference provided an outlet for local businesses to discuss and learn about open source technology innovations, successes, and best practices.

With this year’s theme, “Energize Your Enterprise,” the Red Hat Forum focused on the IT solutions enterprises are using to help innovate and transform the way business is done. In addition to Red Hat’s technology vision keynote, speakers covered a range of topics, from containers to the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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Linux
  • Unikernels

    When Linux applications have bugs that are difficult to diagnose (EG buffer overruns that happen in production and can’t be reproduced in a test environment) there are a variety of ways of debugging them. Tools such as Valgrind can analyse memory access and tell the developers which code had a bug and what the bug does. It’s theoretically possible to link something like Valgrind into a Unikernel, but the lack of multiple processes would make it difficult to manage.

  • Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

    Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen — a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing – as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in the mobile community, it’s worth looking further into it. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Robert Hallock, AMD’s Head of Global Technical Marketing, and ask a few questions about what this all means.

  • A Ton Of Direct3D 9 "Nine" State Tracker Improvements Hit Mesa
  • xf86-video-geode 2.11.18

    Yesterday, I pushed out version 2.11.18 of the Geode X.Org driver. This is the driver used by the OLPC XO-1 and by a plethora of low-power desktops, micro notebooks and thin clients. This release mostly includes maintenance fixes of all sorts. Of noticeable interest is a fix for the long-standing issue that switching between X and a VT would result in a blank screen (this should probably be cherry-picked for distributions running earlier releases of this driver). Many thanks to Connor Behan for the fix!

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Kodi 16.0 "Jarvis" Gets Third RC Build, Fixes Possible DVD Menu Problems

    The Kodi development team has just announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the third RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Kodi 16.0 "Jarvis" media center.

  • Support for 8/10/12 bit color depths in HandBrake!

    HandBrake is now using a freshly built x265 library that enables full color depth support at 8, 10 and 12 bits. You can now convert videos in these format! This has been enabled in the 64 bit builds of the x265 library; for both Fedora 23 and CentOS/RHEL 7.

  • bitmath-1.3.0 released

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any bitmath updates (bitmath is a Python module I wrote which simplifies many facets of interacting with file sizes in various units as python objects) . In fact, it seems that the last time I wrote about bitmath here was back in 2014 when 1.0.8 was released! So here is an update covering everything post 1.0.8 up to 1.3.0.

  • Docker 1.10 Linux Container Engine Brings over 100 Changes, Removes LXC Support

    Docker, the open-source and powerful Linux container engine software, has reached today, February 4, a new milestone, version 1.10, which promises to introduce a whole lot of fresh features.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

GNOME and KDE

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Software

GNOME

  • EggColumnLayout

    The widget behind the new preferences implementation in Builder was pretty fun to write. Some of the details were tricky, so I thought I’d make the widget reusable in case others would like to use it. I’m sure you can find uses for something like this.

  • Rio Design Hackfest

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a design hackfest in Rio de Janeiro, which was hosted by the good people at Endless. The main purpose of the event was to foster a closer relationship between the design teams at GNOME and Endless. Those of us on the GNOME side also wanted to learn more about Endless users, so that we can support them better.

  • Endless joins the GNOME Advisory Board

    The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Endless, creator of the Endless computer and operating system, has joined the GNOME Foundation advisory board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. The board includes Google, Intel, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, among others.

KDE

  • KDE Project Br-Print3D at Campus Party Brazil

    Last week, between January 26 and 31, the ninth Campus Party Brazil (promo video on Facebook) was held in Sao Paulo. 8000 people inside an arena, with talks, workshops and hackathons, with the main subject being technology.

    The team from KDE project Br-Print3D was invited to participate of this event. To show our work on the Free Software stage and on the tables there are scattered all over of this arena.

  • Calligra 2.9.11 Office Suite Launches for Linux with New Krita and Kexi Bugfixes

    The developers of the KDE-oriented Calligra office suite have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the eleventh maintenance release in the Calligra 2.9 series of the open-source project.

  • Krita 2.9.11 to Be the Last in the Series, Krita 3.0 Gets Second Alpha Build

    The developers of the awesome Krita digital painting software for Linux, Mac and Windows platforms have announced the release of two new versions of the acclaimed open-source project.

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