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Story Red Hat: OpenShift and Awards Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 10:23pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 10:21pm
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 10:15pm
Story Security: Telstra, Google+ and Facebook Incidents, and Latest Updates Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 10:12pm
Story Linus Torvalds is Back Roy Schestowitz 3 22/10/2018 - 9:44pm
Story Variables in BASH - Learn BASH | Part 2 Mohd Sohail 22/10/2018 - 9:36pm
Story Btrfs To Ship Multiple Performance Improvements In The Next Linux Kernel Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 8:48pm
Story Graphics: AMD and Vulkan Roy Schestowitz 22/10/2018 - 8:46pm
Story Mozilla: WebAssembly, WebExtensions, Firefox Starts Testing 3rd-Party VPN Service Roy Schestowitz 1 22/10/2018 - 8:39pm
Story MongoDB Becomes Less Affero GPL-Like Roy Schestowitz 4 22/10/2018 - 8:09pm

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish and More

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  • Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish is officially out. Here’s what you need to know

    It is late October and Ubuntu’s xx.10 release is here, this year; Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish. The previous release, Ubuntu 18.04 was an LTS version meaning it will get security patches and support for the next 4 years, and has since enjoyed really good reviews. 6 months later, Cosmic Cuttlefish is here, hoping to one-up that legacy. But does it have what it takes to do so? What does it bring to the table?

  • Intel's Hades Canyon NUC And Ubuntu Linux 18.10 Are Perfect Together

    In general, Linux kernel 4.18 seems to offer vast improvements for Hades Canyon NUC and specifically AMD's Radeon Vega M graphics hardware. I've seen reports of success from Arch and Fedora users who've upgraded, so it's wonderful news that slick devices like the Hades Canyon NUC -- and by extension future products featuring Radeon Vega M graphics -- should be well supported going forward.

Servers and Databases: PASE Versus ILE, Cassandra and More

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  • PASE Versus ILE: Which Is Best For Open Source?

    Open source has emerged as a driver of innovation in the past 20 years, and has greatly accelerated technological innovation. The proprietary IBM i platform has also benefited from this trend, thanks in large part to the capability to run Linux applications in the PASE runtime. But some members of the IBM i community are concerned that the fruits of the open source innovation have not tasted quite as sweet as they do on other platforms.

    Linux was the original breakout star in open source software, and so it should be no surprise that the vast majority of software developed with the open source method is designed to run on the Linux operating system and associated open source componentry, including the Apache Web Server, MySQL database, and PHP, the so-called LAMP stack (although you can substitute other pieces, like the Postgres and MariaDB databases and languages like Perl, Python, and Node.js to create other clever acronyms).

    The IBM i operating system can run Linux applications through PASE, the AIX runtime that IBM brought to OS/400 so many years ago. Getting Linux applications to run on PASE requires that they’re first ported to AIX, which is often not too much work, since Linux is a variant of Unix, just like AIX.

  • How Instagram is scaling its infrastructure across the ocean

    To prevent quorum requests from going across the ocean, we're thinking about partitioning our dataset into two parts: Cassandra_EU and Cassandra_US. If European users' data stores are in the Cassandra_EU partition, and U.S. users' data stores are in the Cassandra_US partition, users' requests won't need to travel long distances to fetch data.

    For example, imagine there are five data centers in the United States and three data centers in the European Union. If we deploy Cassandra in Europe by duplicating the current clusters, the replication factor will be eight and quorum requests must talk to five out of eight replicas.

    If, however, we can find a way to partition the data into two sets, we will have a Cassandra_US partition with a replication factor of five and a Cassandra_EU partition with a replication factor of three—and each can operate independently without affecting the others. In the meantime, a quorum request for each partition will be able to stay in the same continent, solving the round-trip latency issue.

  • Two software companies, fed up with Amazon, Alibaba and other big cloud players, have a controversial new plan to fight back

    Every year, large cloud companies like Amazon rake in billions of dollars— but some of their most popular cloud services comes from repackaging software projects created by other, smaller companies.

    Amazon is repackaging what's known as "open source" software, which is software that is given away for free, meaning Amazon has every legal right to use it in this way. For instance, since 2013, Amazon had been offering the open-source database Redis as part of a popular cloud service called ElastiCache.

  • Running Your Own Database-as-a-Service with the Crunchy PostgreSQL Operator

    One reason why enterprises adopt open source software is to help free themselves from vendor lock-in. Cloud providers can offer open source “as-a-service” solutions that allow organizations to take advantage of open source solutions, but this in turn has can create a new type of trap: infrastructure lock-in.

    Many organizations have adopted Kubernetes to give themselves flexibility in where they can deploy their services in the cloud, without being locked into one provider. Some people express concerns that this instead creates “Kubernetes lock-in,” but because Kubernetes is open source and has both widespread support and active development, it should be no different than adopting Linux as your operating system.

Latest About GNU/Linux Software on Chromebooks

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  • Linux Apps Coming To MediaTek-Powered Chromebooks Like The Acer R13

    Google made no mention of Linux apps on Chrome OS at last week’s hardware event in New York. I was a little surprised considering the fact that the Pixel Slate and Chrome OS saw nearly as much stage time as the Pixel phone that brought most of the media to Manhattan.


    Unfortunately, the Chromebook R13 was quickly overshadowed by new flagships from Samsung and ASUS that featured more powerful processors and various features that made them more appealing to consumers. It was a sad happenstance for the Acer Chromebook because honestly, it is still a great device two years later. Seeing Google bring Linux apps to this device could breath much-needed new life into this model.

  • Linux app support coming to MediaTek-based Chromebooks

    Linux apps have arrived in the Chrome OS stable channel, but not all Chromebooks have access to them. The Linux container requires some kernel features that won't be backported to several models, but now Google is bringing the feature to a handful of MediaTek-based Chromebooks.

    Chrome Unboxed discovered a commit that enables Linux app support for the "oak" platform, which a number of Chromebooks were based on.

  • Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

    The software that started out as a strictly web-centric entity — with everything revolving around the Chrome browser and apps that could operate inside it — is now one of modern computing's most versatile operating systems. Contemporary Chromebooks still run all the standard web-based stuff, of course, but they're also capable of connecting to Google's entire Play Store and running almost any Android app imaginable. And if that isn't enough, many models have recently gained the ability to run Linux apps as well.

Latest Lime SDR board builds on Raspberry Pi CM3

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The open spec, 125 x 65mm LimeNET Micro is Lime’s first fully embedded SDR board, featuring the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, MAX 10 FPGA, u-blox GNSS, RF transceiver, Ethernet with PoE, and optional enclosures.

UK-based Lime Microsystems has returned to Crowd Supply to launch its first fully autonomous, embedded software defined radio (SDR) platform, and the first to include integrated PoE and GNSS. The successfully funded LimeNET Micro is available through Dec. 6, starting at $269, including the integrated Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, with shipments due Feb. 25, 2019. Other packages add enclosures and omni-directional antennas.

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Kernel: Hwmon and OOMD

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  • Hwmon Updates Sent To The Kernel Finally Complete AMD Excavator Temperature Readings

    Following this morning's Linux 4.19 release announcement, one of the first pull requests sent in of feature updates for the next 4.20~5.0 feature cycle is the hardware monitoring "hwmon" updates.

    The hwmon subsystem updates as usual include the various monitoring driver improvements. Most notable though is including the patch we talked about back in September for finally reporting CPU temperatures for all AMD Excavator CPU cores. That patch didn't end up getting sent in as a "fix" during Linux 4.19 development but is now sent in for this next kernel cycle.

  • Facebook Developing "OOMD" For Out-of-Memory User-Space Linux Daemon

    While the Linux kernel has its own out-of-memory (OOM) killer when system memory becomes over-committed, Facebook developers have been developing their own user-space based solution for handling this situation.


    Facebook's Daniel Xu will be talking about OOMD at the Open-Source Summit Europe tomorrow in Edinburgh. But if you can't make it there are the slides (PDF) already available. The OOMD project is hosted on GitHub under the GPLv2 license.

GNOME: libxmlb, Glade Support for Builder and Vala

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  • libxmlb now a dependency of fwupd and gnome-software

    I’ve just released libxmlb 0.1.3, and merged the branches for fwupd and gnome-software so that it becomes a hard dependency on both projects. A few people have reviewed the libxmlb code, and Mario, Kalev and Robert reviewed the fwupd and gnome-software changes so I’m pretty confident I’ve not broken anything too important — but more testing very welcome.

  • Christian Hergert: Glade Support for Builder

    One of the things we’ve wanted in Builder for a while is a designer. We’ve had various prototypes in the past to see how things would have worked out, and mostly just punted on the idea because it seemed like Glade served users better than we would be able to directly.

    Last week, Juan Pablo, Matthias Clasen and I met up in San Francisco to see what we could do in the short term. We discussed a couple of options that we have going forward.

    Integrate glade 3 into Builder using libgladeui.
    Integrate glade 3 using the external Glade application and use D-Bus to inter-operate.
    Like all projects, we have some constraints.

  • Daniel Espinosa: Vala state: October 2018

    While I think maintainability could be improved, adding to history commits from contributions, apart from the ones coming from current Maintainer. Actually, there are some lot of commits not in history coming from authors outside current ones. Hope with new GitLab GNOME’s instance, this will reflect the correct situation.

    Behind scenes, Vala has to improve its code base to adapt to new requirements like to develop a descent Vala Language Server and more IEDs supporting Vala. At least for me, even GEdit is productive enough to produce software in Vala, because the language itself; write a Class, an Interface and implement interfaces, is 10 times faster in Vala than in C.

    Vala has received lot of improvements in last development cycles, like a new POSIX profile, ABI stability, C Warnings improvements and many other, to be reported in a different article.

    Look at Vala’s repository history, you will see more “feature” commits than “bindings” ones, contrary to the situation reported by Emmanuel, while should be a good idea to produce a graphic on this, but resent improvements could tell by them self the situation has been improved in recent release cycles.

    Lets look at repository’s chart. It reports 2000 commits in the last 3 months, 1.1 average per day, from 101 contributions as for October 19, 2018. Me at 10 commits from the last year, so I’m far to be a core contributor, but push ABI stability to be a reality. My main contributions are to communicate Vala advances and status.

10 Best Free Project Management and Birdtray

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  • 10 Best Free Project Management Tools for You

    Whether you are a single user with many tasks, a startup company, or an already established business looking for an efficient way to plan your workflow and organize your projects, there are several project management tools you can use to get work done.

    They are modern, easy to manage, and best of all, easy to get up to speed with if you’re a newcomer to project management.

    Here is our list of the best project management tools you can use to increase your productivity and that of your team for free.

  • Birdtray: Thunderbird Tray Icon With New Email Notifications For Linux (Firetray Alternative)

    Birdtray adds a system tray icon for Thunderbird email client on Linux (Xorg), which shows the unread email count. Besides this, Birdtray supports snoozing new email notifications, configure for which accounts / email folders to notify of new emails, and more.

    FireTray and other solutions to add a tray icon for Thunderbird that displays an unread email count stopped working with Thunderbird 60. Birdtray checks the unread email status directly by reading the Thunderbird email search database, which makes it immune to Thunderbird API changes. As a result, Birdtray is a great Firetray alternative that shouldn't break on Thunderbird updates.

Open Source 3D Printing and Open Source MIDI Foot Controller

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  • Open Source 3D Printing: Exploring Scientific and Medical Solutions

    3D Printing is not a new thing to hear about. It is a very popular industry right now that began in the early 80s. But how different is Open Source 3D Printing from proprietary designs? How does this affect its applications in Science and Medicine? Let’s read on.

  • Finally, An Open Source MIDI Foot Controller

    MIDI has been around for longer than most of the readers of Hackaday, and you can get off my lawn. In spite of this, MIDI is still commonly used in nearly every single aspect of musical performance, and there are a host of tools and applications to give MIDI control to a live performance. That said, if you want a MIDI foot controller, your best bet is probably something used from the late 90s, although Behringer makes an acceptable foot controller that doesn’t have a whole bunch of features. There is obviously a need for a feature packed, Open Source MIDI foot controller. That’s where the Pedalino comes in. It’s a winner of the Musical Instrument Challenge in this year’s Hackaday Prize, and if you want a MIDI foot controller, this is the first place you should look.

Red Hat underpins the growing importance of Linux and open source

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While you may not spend a lot of time thinking about this, the role Linux plays in the technology that we all use everyday is growing quite significantly. In an effort to more fully appreciate this, I had an opportunity to speak with the new vice resident and general manager of Red Hat's RHEL Business Unit — Dr. Stefanie Chiras — and ask about her vision for RHEL and Linux in general. She was very enthusiastic — not just for Red Hat, but for the open source movement overall and the rising importance of Linux.

Chiras started with Red Hat in July — not quite four months ago — and already describes herself as a “true Red Hatter.” She explained that she has had a serious focus on Linux for the last six years or more. As she points out, we all do development differently these days because of the open source movement. The changes in just the last five years have moved us to very different ways of doing things whether we're working on public or private clouds, containers, or bare metal.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Linux Gaming Benchmarks

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Last week following the launch of the RTX 2070 Turing graphics cards, I carried out some initial RTX 2070 compute benchmarks including of TensorFlow and more common OpenCL/CUDA workloads. The GPU compute performance for this $499+ Turing GPU was quite good and especially for INT16 test cases often beating the GTX 1080 Ti. Available now are the Linux gaming benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 2070 compared to an assortment of other NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards on Ubuntu 18.10.

As a quick recap, the GeForce RTX 2070 has 2304 CUDA cores, 1410MHz base clock, 1620MHz boost clock, and is capable of 42T RTX-OPS and 6 Giga Rays/s for ray-tracing, granted it will likely be some time before seeing any serious Linux games with RTX/ray-tracing support. The GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards rely upon 8GB of GDDR6 video memory yielding 448GB/s of memory bandwidth.

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Review: System76 Oryx Pro Laptop

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I should start by saying that although I'm definitely no newbie to Linux, I'm new to the world of dedicated Linux laptops. I started with Linux in 1996, when Red Hat 4.0 had just adopted the 2.0 kernel and Debian 1.3 hadn't yet been released. I've run a variety of distros with varying degrees of satisfaction ever since, always looking for the Holy Grail of a desktop UNIX that just plain worked.

About 15 years ago after becoming frustrated with the state of Linux on laptop hardware (in a phrase, "nonexistent hardware support"), I switched my laptops over to Macs and didn't look back. It was a true-blue UNIX that just plain worked, and I was happy. But I increasingly found myself frustrated by things I expected from Linux that weren't available on macOS, and which things like Homebrew and MacPorts and Fink could only partly address.

My last MacBook Pro is now four years old, so it was time to shop around again. After being underwhelmed by this generation of MacBooks, I decided to take the risk on a Linux laptop again.

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GNU Gets Its Own 'CoC'

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  • Announcing the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

    Announcing the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

    The GNU Kind Communication Guidelines, initial version, have been
    published in On
    behalf of the GNU Project, I ask all GNU contributors to make their
    best efforts to follow these guidelines in GNU Project discuaaions.

    In August, a discussion started among GNU package maintainers about
    the problem that GNU development often pushes women away.1 Clearly this is
    not a good thing.2

    Some maintainers advocated adopting a "code of conduct" with strict
    rules. Some other free software projects have done this, generating
    some resistance.3 Several GNU package maintainers responded that they
    would quit immediately. I myself did not like the punitive spirit of
    that approach, and decided against it.

    I did not, however, wish to make that an excuse to ignore the problem.
    So I decided to try a different approach: to guide participants to
    encourage and help each other to avoid harsh patterns of
    communication. I identified various patterns of our conversation
    (which is almost entirely textual, not vocal) that seem likely to
    chase women away -- and some men, too. Some patterns came from events
    that happened in the discussion itself. Then I wrote suggestions for
    how to avoid them and how to help others avoid them. I received
    feedback from many of the participants, including some women. I
    practiced some of these suggestions personally and found that they had
    a good effect. That list is now the GNU Kind Communication

    The current version not set in stone; I welcome comments and
    suggestions for future revision.

    The difference between kind communication guidelines and a code of
    conduct is a matter of the basic overall approach.

    A code of conduct states rules, with punishments for anyone that
    violates them. It is the heavy-handed way of teaching people to
    behave differently, and since it only comes into action when people do
    something against the rules, it doesn't try to teach people to do
    better than what the rules require. To be sure, the appointed
    maintainer(s) of a GNU package can, if necessary, tell a contributor
    to go away; but we do not want to need to have recourse to that.

    The idea of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines is to start guiding
    people towards kinder communication at a point well before one would
    even think of saying, "You are breaking the rules." The way we do
    this, rather than ordering people to be kind or else, is try to help
    people learn to make their communication more kind.

    I hope that kind communication guidelines will provide a kinder
    and less strict way of leading a project's discussions to be calmer,
    more welcoming to all participants of good will, and more effective.

    1. I read that the fraction of women in the free software community
    overall is around 3%, whereas in the software field overall it is over

    2. I disagree with making "diversity" a goal. If the developers in a
    specific free software project do not include demographic D, I don't
    think that the lack of them as a problem that requires action; there
    is no need to scramble desperately to recruit some Ds. Rather, the
    problem is that if we make demographic D feel unwelcome, we lose out
    on possible contributors. And very likely also others that are not in
    demographic D.

    There is a kind of diversity that would benefit many free software
    projects: diversity of users in regard to skill levels and kinds of
    usage. However, that is not what people usually mean by "diversity".

    3. I'm not involved in those projects, even if in some cases I use the
    software they release, so I am not directly concerned about whatever
    internal arrangements they make. They are pertinent here only as
    more-or-less comparable situations.

  • Richard Stallman Announces GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

    Richard Stallman has announced the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines. The GNU founder hopes these guidelines will encourage women to get involved in free software development and be more kind in project discussions.

    The GNU Kind Communication Guidelines is an effort to "to start guiding people towards kinder communication."

    The GNU Kind Communication Guidelines differ from a Code of Conduct in that it's trying to be proactive about kindness around free software development over being rules with possible actions when breaking them.

Linus Torvalds is Back

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  • ​Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux

    At Open Source Summit Europe in Scotland, Linus Torvalds is meeting with Linux's top 40 or so developers at the Maintainers' Summit. This is his first step back in taking over Linux's reins.

    A little over a month ago, Torvalds stepped back from running the Linux development community. In a note to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Torvalds said, "I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely. I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people's emotions and respond appropriately."

  • Linus Torvalds is back in charge as Linux kernel 4.19 is released

    After taking some time out from the Linux community to "change some of [his] behavior", Linux Torvalds is back. In a post to the Linux Kernel Mailing List announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.19, Greg Kroah-Hartman -- his temporary replacement -- handed back the reins.

    After writing about the changes to be found in the latest release, Kroah-Hartman signed off by saying: "Linus, I'm handing the kernel tree back to you. You can have the joy of dealing with the merge window :)".

  • Linux Kernel 4.19 “People’s Front” Released; Linus Torvalds Back For 4.20 Development

    The incidents that preceded (and accompanied) the Linux kernel 4.19 development cycle have has been one of the most critical ones faced by the Linux community. In order to bring some major changes to the community, Linus Torvalds took a break from kernel development and passed the baton to Greg Kroah-Hartman. A new Code of Conduct was also adopted.

    Now, after eight release candidates, Greg has released the Linux kernel 4.19. Underlining the ongoing challenges, he wrote in the release post: “It’s been a long strange journey for this kernel release…”

  • [Old] With Linux’s founder stepping back, will the community change its culture? [Ed: Bill Gates-connected site really sticking it in to Torvalds. Just watch carefully who wants him out and why. LF kicked community members out of the Board, gave seats there to Microsoft. So Microsoft now has more influence over the future/direction of Linux than community members (i.e. not large corporations).]
  • Intel's IWD Linux Wireless Daemon Out With Version 0.10

    IWD continues maintaining a very small footprint in order to be suitable for embedded/IoT use-cases with having minimal dependencies though supporting networkd/NetworkManager/ConnMan if present on the system. With the new IWD 0.10 release is support for using an external Embedded Linux Library (ELL). The ELL library is another open-source Intel project providing low-level functionality for Linux system daemons and having no dependencies in turn other than the Linux kernel and C standard library. ELL can scale up from embedded to desktop systems and more while providing a lot of features around D-Bus, signal handling, crypto, and other tasks.

Linux 4.19

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  • Linux 4.19

    Hi everyone!

    It's been a long strange journey for this kernel release...

    While it was not the largest kernel release every by number of commits,
    it was larger than the last 3 releases, which is a non-trivial thing to
    do. After the original -rc1 bumps, things settled down on the code side
    and it looks like stuff came nicely together to make a solid kernel for
    everyone to use for a while. And given that this is going to be one of
    the "Long Term" kernels I end up maintaining for a few years, that's
    good news for everyone.

    A small trickle of good bugfixes came in this week, showing that waiting
    an extra week was a wise choice. However odds are that linux-next is
    just bursting so the next -rc1 merge window is going to be bigger than
    "normal", if there is such a thing as "normal" for our rate of

    And speaking of development, there's that other thing that happened this
    release cycle, that ended up making it such that I'm the one writing
    this instead of Linus. Allow me the guilty pleasure of taking a few
    minutes to talk about that....

    I've been giving my "How the kernel is developed" talk all around the
    world for over a decade now. After the first year or so, I was amazed
    that it kept needing to be given as surely everyone knew how we did this
    type of thing, right? But my wife, someone much smarter than I, then
    told me, "Every year there is a new kindergarten class."

    And we all need to remember that, every year new people enter our
    community with the goal, or requirement, to get stuff done for their
    job, their hobby, or just because they want to help contribute to the
    tool that has taken over the world and enabled everyone to have a solid
    operating system base on which to build their dreams.

    And when they come into our community, they don't have the built-in
    knowledge of years of experience that thousands of us already do.
    Without that experience they make mistakes and fumble and have to learn
    how this all works. Part of learning how things work is dealing with
    the interaction between people, and trying to understand the basic
    social norms and goals that we all share. By providing a document in
    the kernel source tree that shows that all people, developers and
    maintainers alike, will be treated with respect and dignity while
    working together, we help to create a more welcome community to those
    newcomers, which our very future depends on if we all wish to see this
    project succeed at its goals.

    And that goal we all share is the key here. We _ALL_ want to create the
    best kernel that we possibly can. We can disagree on lots of different
    things in other parts of our lives, but we do share this one thing. And
    we should focus on that shared goal as it has pulled us all together in
    a way that has enabled us to create something that no other company or
    group of people has ever been able to accomplish.

    We used to joke that our goal was "Total World Domination", but it
    really wasn't a joke. We achieved that goal, Linux really does rule the
    world. All companies use it, contribute to it, and it has ended up
    making the world a much better place because of all of us working on it.

    In these talks I give, I also say that "the only thing that can stop us
    is ourselves, it is up to us to mess this up." And that's truer now
    than when I first started saying that a decade ago. There is no other
    operating system out there that competes against us at this time. It
    would be nice to have something to compete against, as competition is
    good, and that drives us to do better, but we can live with this
    situation for the moment Smile

    These past few months has been a tough one for our community, as it is
    our community that is fighting from within itself, with prodding from
    others outside of it. Don't fall into the cycle of arguing about those
    "others" in the "Judean People's Front" when we are the "We're the
    People's Front of Judea!" That is the trap that countless communities
    have fallen into over the centuries. We all share the same goal, let us
    never loose sight of that.

    So here is my plea to everyone out there. Let's take a day or two off,
    rest, relax with friends by sharing a meal, recharge, and then get back
    to work, to help continue to create a system that the world has never
    seen the likes of, together.

    Personally, I'm going to take my own advice. I'll be enjoying this week
    in Edinburgh with many other kernel developers, drinking some good
    whiskey, and taking some time off of reading email, by spending it with
    the great friends I have made in this community.

    And with that, Linus, I'm handing the kernel tree back to you. You can
    have the joy of dealing with the merge window Smile


    greg k-h

  • The 4.19 kernel is out

    Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the 4.19 kernel. Headline features in this release include the new AIO-based polling interface, L1TF vulnerability mitigations, the block I/O latency controller, time-based packet transmission, the CAKE queuing discipline, and much more.

  • Greg KH Releases Big Linux 4.19 Kernel, Codenamed "People's Front"

    Greg Kroah-Hartman went ahead and released the Linux 4.19 kernel.

    When releasing the Linux 4.19 kernel, he quietly changed the codename to "People's Front" -- a nod to the Code of Conduct happenings and more that have shook the kernel community the past several weeks.

    Greg did note that Linux 4.19 is larger than the past three kernel releases. In terms of why it's so big, see our Linux 4.19 feature overview.

Games: Depth of Extinction Scandal, BATTLETECH, Das Geisterschiff, Entangled, Red Embrace: Hollywood, Rogue Bit and Lutris

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DistroWatch Weekly and For The Record Look at elementary OS 5.0

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  • Review: elementary OS 5.0

    I found a lot to like about Juno. The release announcement is detailed and shows lots of examples and screen shots. The operating system is easy to install, thanks to Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer and there is a nice collection of default software that will likely appeal to inexperienced users.

    The Pantheon desktop and icons are beautiful. I sometimes ran into sluggish moments with the desktop, but usually only when the disk was under load or I had a video playing. I was really impressed by how Pantheon was put together and I like a lot of the little convenience features. The picture-in-picture preview and the shared edge window resizing are great. I also love that tapping the meta key will show a list of desktop short-cuts. It is little details like these which give the distribution a polished, friendly feel.

    I already mentioned the icons look good and it bears repeating. Minimal icon design drives me mildly mad. I don't like functions represented by vague dots or arrows, I want a detailed icon and (preferably) text to let me know what a button does. elementary does a good job of making icons distinct, clear in purpose and typically accompanied by a text label or tooltip.

    There were a few problems. Some of them were fairly minor, like Epiphany using high CPU load, especially in the virtual machine, or X11 gobbling CPU cycles on my workstation. There were other little touches like the release notes link in the installer not working, that are perhaps only worth mentioning because the rest of the experience was generally so polished and showed a lot of attention to detail.

    My few serious complaints were with user accounts. Specifically, there appears to be a guest account enabled, but I could not find any way to sign into it. It is not a big deal to set up another account for guests, but it makes me wonder if the enabled (and hidden) account could be exploited. I also found it disappointing the parental controls did not work to block application access or forbidden websites.

    On the other hand, I think Pantheon includes some great features and I like that it is fairly flexible in its look and behaviour. The flexible notification area and the quick switching between application menu styles were welcome features.

    Generally speaking, I think elementary OS looks and feels professional. I hope it gets picked up by more hardware sellers, like System76, as I think Juno feels polished and looks good. I think it will especially appeal to less experienced users, but many of the features and the Code tool will likely be useful to more advanced users and developers too.

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