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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 57

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue #57 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this issue: openSUSE@FOSDEM2009, HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project, and How to install KDE 4.2.

Canonical Survey Shows Ubuntu Server as Mission Critical

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Ubuntu

eweek.com: Canonical Ltd. and RedMonk have released findings of a survey of Ubuntu users. The survey, completed by nearly 7,000 respondents, showed that Ubuntu is considered “mission-critical” by most re-spondents.

If Microsoft Loved Open Source, Who Would It Buy?

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Microsoft

Charles Babcock: Could Microsoft take its cash reserves and buy an open source company? Why not? Who expected Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL) and Citrix Systems to become such big investors in open source. Citrix' purchase of XenSource sure has worked out--for Microsoft, in my opinion.

Firefox 3.0.6 security and stability release now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of the Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing security and stability process, Firefox 3.0.6 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users as a free download from getfirefox.com.

Introducing LinuxCon - All Matters Linux

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Linux

linux-foundation.org/weblogs: The Linux Foundation is very excited to announce the launch of LinuxCon, a brand new annual North American technical conference. The 1st Annual LinuxCon is taking place September 21 – 25, 2009 in Portland, OR. Registration and Call for Papers are now open.

Upgrading an existing Ubuntu : the kill-your-desktop machine

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Ubuntu

taletil.eu: Back in 2002, there was no Ubuntu, no OpenSuse, no Fedora and Mandriva was called Mandrake. Installing a Debian was a geekish thing that didn’t detected anything automatically. It’s wonderful to see from how far we come and that, now, we can spend time to polish stuffs. And one big point that need polish is certainly the Ubuntu upgrade process.

Gnome's Text Editor, Gedit: A TextMate-like Editor for Linux

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Software

blog.astrumfutura.com: The humble Gnome editor is often compared to Windows notepad app. A simple editor with minimal features that is pathetic for anything else. Not true!

Which enterprise Linux to choose?

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Linux

itwire.com: Debate abounds between Linux lovers which distribution to choose on the desktop. But what about the server? Yes, all versions of Linux are equally capable of serving your mail and web site, but just what is it in those so-called "enterprise" editions that make them, well, enterprise-y?

Eyeing an Opening for Open-Source

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OSS

computerworld.com: Our security manager is surprised when her boss takes an interest in exploring some open-source security options.

Welcome to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

star-techcentral.com: When it comes to software nothing could be bigger than the operating system that runs the computer — even here, there are freeware operating systems based on Linux that enthusiasts and even casual users can install.

11 reasons to switch to Linux

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Linux

geekzone.co.nz: People like to publish top-10 lists of all sorts. And "reasons to switch to Linux" is no exception. Many of those have been published, and the latest entry is here. However, I think the author completely forgot a very important point.

Linux-driven BitTorrent appliance ships

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Myka is shipping an embedded Linux device that downloads, stores, and plays BitTorrent media files on an attached TV. Available in 80GB, 160GB, and 500GB models, plus a Developer's Edition with a 1TB disk, the Myka appliances offload BitTorrent peer-to-peer duties from a PC.

Mandriva Announces Pulse 2 v1.2

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MDV

news.softpedia.com: Mandriva announced the immediate availability of version 1.2 of their Pulse 2, an Open Source tool for managing workstations, mobile computers and servers. Mandriva Pulse 2's purpose is to make managing of information systems much easier for those who choose to use it.

Also: Mandriva Linux Assembly

Review: Sabayon 4 Lite MCE (Media Centre Edition)

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I have been waiting quite a while for Sabayon 4 Lite MCE: A version of Sabayon Linux which might not leave me feeling quite so overwhelmed.

Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality

theregister.co.uk: It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now. In the middle of this icebox, Dmitry Zavalishin is cooking up a new operating system. He calls it Phantom. Phantom is a different approach on the OS than any other out there, with the primary goal of being immortal.

SkyOS faces choice of go open source or go away

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: SkyOS, an ambitious operating system for x86 PCs, has halted development and is considering whether to go open source or just close up shop.

Your Pretty Linux GUI Fails and Dumps You to a Console. Now What?

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Software

linuxplanet.com: What can a Linux user do if you've been dumped to a black screen with a terminal prompt with a cursor blinking at you and you REALLY need access to troubleshooting information NOW? No GUI, no Firefox, no Opera.

tuxmachines issues lately

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Site News

I've been putting off blogging what's going on with tuxmachines lately because number 1: I don't really know what happened, and number 2: I don't really know what's gonna happen. But here's what I do know.

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

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Software

phoronix.com: Following today's Compiz Conference Call, it has been decided that both Compiz++ and Nomad (another branch of Compiz) will be merged back into Compiz. After the release of Compiz 0.8, Compiz++ will be merged in and then released in as Compiz 0.9.0.

Google: Friend or Foe of Ubuntu?

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Google
Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Google enjoys a pretty favorable image within the free-software community. In some respects, it deserves this reputation, as it strongly supports many open-source projects. On the other hand, Google is reluctant to open the code of most of its own software. Given this hesitancy, can we trust the company to be always on Ubuntu’s side?

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Linux Foundation on Value of GNU/Linux Skills

  • Jobs Report: Rapid Growth in Demand for Open-Source Tech Talent
    The need for open-source technology skills are on the rise and companies and organizations continue to increase their recruitment of open-source technology talent, while offering additional training and certification opportunities for existing staff in order to fill skills gaps, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, released today by The Linux Foundation and Dice. 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open-source talent, and nearly half (48%) report their organizations have begun to support open-source projects with code or other resources for the explicit reason of recruiting individuals with those software skills. After a hiatus, Linux skills are back on top as the most sought after skill with 80% of hiring managers looking for tech professionals with Linux expertise. 55% of employers are now also offering to pay for employee certifications, up from 47% in 2017 and only 34% in 2016.
  • Market value of open source skills on the up
    The demand for open source technology skills is soaring, however, 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open source talent, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report which was released this week.
  • SD Times news digest: Linux Foundation releases open-source jobs report, Android Studio 3.2 beta and Rust 1.27
    The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talent is a priority and Linux is the most in-demand open-source skill. In addition, 57 percent of hiring managers are looking for people with container skills and many organizations are starting to get more involved in open-source in order to attract developers.

GNU/Linux Servers as Buzzwords: "Cloud" and "IaaS"

  • Linux: The new frontier of enterprise in the cloud
    Well obviously, like you mentioned, we've been a Linux company for a long time. We've really seen Linux expand along the lines of a lot of the things that are happening in the enterprise. We're seeing more and more enterprise infrastructure become software centric or software defined. Red Hat's expanded their portfolio in storage, in automation with the Ansible platform. And then the really big trend lately with Linux has been Linux containers and technologies like [Google] Cooper Netties. So, we're seeing enterprises want to build new applications. We're seeing the infrastructure be more software defined. Linux ends up becoming the foundation for a lot of the things going on in enterprise IT these days.
  • Why next-generation IaaS is likely to be open source
    This is partly down to Kubernetes, which has done much to popularise container technology, helped by its association with Docker and others, which has ushered in a period of explosive innovation in the ‘container platform’ space. This is where Kubernetes stands out, and today it could hold the key to the future of IaaS.

Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
  • Canonical issues Spectre v2 fix for all Ubuntu systems with AMD chips
    JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HEARD THE END of Spectre, Canonical has released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users that have AMD processors in a bid to rid of the vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were made public at the beginning of this year, affecting literally billions of devices that had been made in the past two decades.
  • A first look at desktop metrics
    We first announced our intention to ask users to provide basic, not-personally-identifiable system data back in February. Since then we have built the Ubuntu Report tool and integrated it in to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS initial setup tool. You can see an example of the data being collected on the Ubuntu Report Github page.

Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more