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|Story||Etcher - Burn Images To SD Card & Make Bootable USB||Mohd Sohail||20/04/2017 - 3:55pm|
|Story||today's leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:55am|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:55am|
|Story||GNOME News||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:54am|
|Story||Leftovers: Debian/TinkerOS, Ubuntu||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:54am|
|Story||Leftovers: Software||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:53am|
|Story||Red Hat Financial News||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:51am|
|Story||Fedora: The Latest||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:50am|
|Story||Leftovers: OSS||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:48am|
|Story||Security Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||20/04/2017 - 10:45am|
GNU IceCat 52.0.2 was released today as the first new release of this GNU version of Mozilla Firefox since version 45.
Security News This Week: Nasty Microsoft Word ‘Booby Trap’ Loaded PCs With Malware ["latest of a bazillion reminders that you should not click on attachments in emails"; iophk: "no, you should not use mail as a surrogate for file sharing; no, you should not use programs that cannot be used as advertised"]
The lack of credit isn't unprecedented, but it's uncommon, and it's generating speculation that the reporters were tied to the NSA.
I know despite the posts about how great Linux is and why I like it, many of you are probably still hesitant to try Linux. I understand. I remember years ago when I first heard about it, even I was slow to try it at first. After all, Windows just worked. Everything I needed Windows would do, so why bother trying something else that may or may not work for me. Of course, back then, Linux was quite different from what it is today.
Over the years, Linux has evolved to become one of the most powerful operating systems in the world. In addition to computers, did you know that it powers a wide range of devices including routers, switches, your smartphones and even your televisions. That’s right, when your fancy television boots up chances are its running a customized version of Linux. Most web servers today are powered by Linux as well, including the one that is serving this site out to you.
Windows being Windows, a monkey wrench was thrown into the machinery right off. I booted the laptop into Windows, which then refused to connect with the Wi-Fi. It found the on-board Broadcom Wi-Fi just fine, but every time I’d try to get it to connect, it’d throw up an “unknown error” notice and ask if I’d like to enable logging so I could figure it out myself. This was odd, considering I’d used the machine to do my taxes last year, and it connects with the Wi-Fi just fine in Linux. But I wasn’t going to spend the better part of a day trying to fix it — I had no desire to start relearning my way around Windows. Time for Plan B, which was the reverse of Plan A: boot the desktop to Windows and use the laptop in Linux for finding all my facts and figures.
On the whole I enjoyed using Maui, more than I had expected. There was not any one feature or program which really stood out as amazing, but I liked the overall style of the distribution. Maui provides a lot of software and features out of the box, offers a stable core based on an Ubuntu LTS release and includes cutting edge KDE Plasma software. I like that the application menu is full of useful software while avoiding overlap in functionality. I also appreciate how easy it is to use the Calamares installer and how quickly Calamares sets up the operating system. Mostly, I like that the distribution provides distinct windows, large fonts and a high-contrast theme which I found easy to look at over longer periods.
I ran into just two issues or concerns while using Maui. One was the performance of the desktop with its default settings in the virtual test environment. Maui performed well on my desktop computer, but Plasma was slow to respond when running in VirtualBox. It is possible to improve performance by adjusting some items in the System Settings panel, but it would have been nice if the desktop had defaulted to more efficient settings.
My second issue was not a bug, but rather a matter of style. Maui has a friendly look, lots of simple configuration modules and, over all, a very modern and easy to use approach. Everything looks new and tasks are typically performed through slick, graphical wrappers. The one exception I found was Synaptic. The venerable package manager works well, but is a bit cryptic compared to most modern software managers. I like Synaptic for its speed and flexibility, but I think something like GNOME Software or mintInstall might be more in line with Maui's newcomer-friendly approach.
On the whole, I like Maui. The distribution is easy to set up, friendly and generally stayed out of my way while I was working. This seems like a fairly beginner friendly desktop distribution which does a good job of making things easy without distracting the user or doing too much hand holding.
This is a review of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus with both Unity 7 and 8 desktop environments. This release is beautiful as always, ready for serious use, and complete with more than 70000 packages on official repository. It will be supported for 9 months until January 2018. Finally, I hope this review helps people to find how Ubuntu is and what's interesting from 17.04. Enjoy!
This command let you to deal with many display dialog boxes from shell scripts. The command is named whiptail and you can read and see simple examples with this command here.
Just playing with some new colors and window layouts. Three columns make much more sense with 4K. I think I will be posting the layout patch upstream…
In early April AMD released the AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver as their first hybrid proprietary driver update in some time. With this update came support for Ubuntu 16.04.2 (and also 16.10, unofficially) but to little surprise it doesn't work out-of-the-box with this week's Ubuntu 17.04 release. But it can be made to work.
With Mesa 17.1 branching this weekend I figured it would be a fun Easter running benchmarks of Mesa Git compared to previous branches with a Radeon RX 470 Polaris graphics card. Here are these Mesa 17.1 benchmarks while other tests and on more GPUs is forthcoming.
There's another weekly update available to the Vulkan API, but this Easter update is on the small side.
An assembly language is a low-level programming language for a computer, or other programmable device. Assembly language is used by almost all modern desktop and laptop computers. It is as close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal. It is converted into executable machine code by a utility program referred to as an assembler.
An updated version of the Xfce4 session manager was released this Easter weekend.
The xfce4-session 4.13.0 package was released today and it's a significant step forward for Xfce's session manager.
With there being many Rustlang fans reading Phoronix, many of you will probably be interested in Relm: a new GUI library for Rust.
Relm is a new crate/library for developing asynchronous GUI applications in Rust. Using GTK up to now in Rust looks rather messy, but Relm aims to change that and also make the applications more responsive by making the user-interface asynchronous and makes use of the language's futures capability.
You all know the drill by now. We're in the late rc phase, and this
may be the last rc if nothing surprising happens.
Things have been pretty calm this past week (the beginning of the week
seemed particularly calm, and then as usual Friday happened..). We
have a number of reverts for things that didn't work out and aren't
worth trying to fix at this point, that's also normal (and people will
look at it for the next version instead).
So not too big, and things look very normal with two thirds of the
changes being to drivers, and the rest being a mixture of arch updates
(arm, x86, ia64, parisc), networking and filesystems (btrfs, cifs,
orangefs). With a smattering of other stuff (tooling, header files,
Linus Torvalds has announced the seventh weekly test build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel.
In 1983, Richard Stallman kicked off the free software movement with the launch of the GNU Project. From that point onwards, free software was commonly associated with being free in the monetary sense as well.
Most all open source projects, especially those in the world of Linux are available free of charge. And while this is very nice in itself, it can result in developers not being able to fully commit to their projects.
In turn fantastic open source projects going nowhere in development when the lives of the maintainers catch up to them. But there is another way to go about open source!
Over the years we have seen many mobile/smartphone focused Linux efforts come and go from OpenMoko, Moblin/MeeGo, webOS, Firefox OS, and most recently Ubuntu Touch while others like Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile appear to be somewhat stagnate or at least not gaining much marketshare nor advancing rapidly. But what if more of these mobile Linux efforts were to collaborate on a common base? There's a new effort being worked on in this area.
A Phoronix reader involved with this new project codenamed HALIUM shared with us some early details on the work. This open-source project is trying to pool resources and developers from UBports (one of the groups forking Unity 8), Sailfish OS community developers, the open webOS Lune OS project, and KDE Plasma Mobile contributors, among other developers.
- EPO Patent Quality and Quality of Service Have Become a Disaster, Say EPO Stakeholders
- IAM is a Think Tank for Patent Trolls, Software Patents, the EPO, Microsoft, and Whoever Else is Willing to Pay
- An Australian Patent Troll, Global Equity Management (SA) Pty Ltd (GEMSA), is a Bully Not Just in the Patent Sense, Explains the EFF
- Alice Decision and PTAB Are Both Constantly Under Attack From the Patent Microcosm and Its Lobbyists
- Apple’s Legal Actions Against Android and Against Qualcomm Could Eventually Weaken Patents at Two Levels
- IRC Proceedings: March 12th, 2017 – April 8th, 2017
- IRC Proceedings: February 12th, 2017 – March 11th, 2017
- IRC Proceedings: January 15th, 2017 – February 11th, 2017
- Links 15/4/2017: OpenELEC 8.0.1 Released, Windows Security Up in Flames
With the technology advancements that keep on evolving, locating a home-based Linux job is a lot of Linux engineers dream. Unfortunately, there is still a majority of engineers that work in a typical office setting, but the opportunity to work out of the house continues to increase over time. After all, why not? Not having to commute seems to make a lot of sense. If all is done right, the efficiencies that can be gained by telecommuting are significant, for both the employer and employee. Therefore, since it is of great interest to find this work arrangement for many engineers, how does one find such a position? The goal of this article is to hit on some high points that will hopefully help one locate this type of role.
Boostnote is a new Open Source note taking application focused on programmers. It is available for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It is built on electron and is run offline.
As you already know, Wireshark is an open-source protocol analyzer software, very used for monitoring the network traffic.
The latest version available is Wireshark 2.2.6 which has been recently released, bringing many changes.
This is my very first post for KDE blogs and it is also my very first application. So when I sit down to think about what to write about I thought I would like to tell you all about how and why I wanted to start coding and then why I decided to create a (yet another (i know)) music player, specially made for KDE/Plasma.
Today marked another Q&A session in the books. You can find it right over here on our shiny new Youtube channel! The following are the majority of asked questions and a summary of their answers.
The UBports community are among those planning to fork the work on Unity 8 and they've already made ambitious plans like porting Unity 8 to Wayland. More details were revealed today.
The UBports team issued their latest FAQs with some interesting remarks:
An updated 2017 ISO for AV Linux has been released, it features a new Audio Routing system,
many refinements and improvements and probably the most stable and functional collection of
Applications across the board to date! The older AV Linux 2016.8.30 ISO's are currently still
in the FTPs and will be phased out soon, make sure to download the 2017.4.9 release.