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|Story||Android/Chrome||Roy Schestowitz||21/08/2016 - 6:26am|
|Story||Intel Euclid: a brain, vision, sensor, hotspot module for robots||Rianne Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 8:05pm|
|Story||Android posts highest ever market share in latest mobile data||Rianne Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 7:05pm|
|Story||AMDGPU-PRO vs. Open-Source Gallium3D OpenGL Performance On Polaris Is A Very Tight Race||Rianne Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 5:11pm|
|Story||The Big Android Dev Interview: Jolanda Verhoef||Rianne Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:54pm|
|Story||today's leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:21pm|
|Story||KDE and GNOME||Roy Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:19pm|
|Story||Red Hat and Fedora||Roy Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:17pm|
|Story||Leftovers: OSS and Sharing||Roy Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:16pm|
|Story||Openwashing||Roy Schestowitz||20/08/2016 - 4:15pm|
I have a confession to make—although the word "cloud" is in my job title, there was a time when I used to think it was all buzzwords, hype, and vapor, with no substance. Eventually, Ansible became my gateway to the cloud. In this article, I'll provide an introduction to DevOps with Ansible.
Before Ansible came along, I was a sysadmin, happily deploying bare-metal servers and virtual machines, with each new project requiring its own bespoke infrastructure. Sure, the deployment of the initial operating system was automated with Kickstart, but then came the slew of manual steps to get the servers ready for the application owners. It was a slow process, but I knew when I was done with it, I was handing over a finely tuned system that would run like a champ for years.
I wrote bash scripts for everything, some of which even had proper error checking. I was confident in what I knew and what I did, and saw no reason to change. I was comfortable. Then I started hearing this word more and more from our various vendors: cloud. What did cloud mean? Ask a dozen people to define it, and you'd get a dozen different answers. Without a concrete notion of what it was, my team of sysadmins and I chalked it up as nonsense.
The developers of the open-source and cross-platform MPV video player software have announced the release of version 0.19.0, a new maintenance update that adds a few new features, options, and commands, and fixes lots of bugs.
MPV 0.19.0 is here five weeks after the release of MPV 0.18.1 to improve the build system with and new "--htmldir" option, implement atomics support as a mandatory requirement, as well as to modify the wscript to add proper unversioned SONAME for the Android mobile platform.
It has been almost three months since last Gammu release and it's time to push fixes out to users. This time the amount of fixes is quite small, covering Huawei devices and text mode for sending SMS.
Long running, open source music production software has gotten a new version that introduces Windows support and a new design.
Ardour is a capable DAW that allows you to record, edit and mix your music. It’s gained appeal around the world with it’s open source platform that allows musicians with proficient enough tech knowledge to tune the DAW to their perfect specifications.
The GIMP has long been an important app for those who need to create and edit images, and now there’s a way to make it look and work like Photoshop.
Netflix will work on Firefox 49 for Linux [Ed: yay! DRM!]
In the upcoming release of Firefox 49, Mozilla will include support for Google's Content Decryption Module (CDM), Widevine. With this support, Firefox users on Linux will finally be able to watch Netflix content; previously Linux users had to watch Netflix using Google's Chrome browser.
Mozilla Firefox users on Windows and Mac already had the ability to watch Netflix content as Widevine was switched on earlier for those users. Firefox 49 brings the Linux version up to parity.
The original Raspberry Pi sparked the creativity of many developers and students, but it was woefully underpowered. Through several iterations, however, it slowly became more powerful. While the most recent version -- the Raspberry Pi 3 -- has a much more capable processor, some developers will still want even more horsepower.
Today, Intel announces a maker board that puts the Raspberry Pi 3 to shame. The Joule system-on-module mini-computer features RealSense camera support and runs Ubuntu Linux Core. Best of all, its specs are very impressive for what it is.
There is no such thing as the best Linux distribution for photographers. With some tweaking, any mainstream distro can be turned into a solid platform for managing and processing photos. After all, digiKam, Darktable, gThumb, and other popular photographic tools can be easily deployed on practically any Linux distribution with a minimum of effort.
The devil is in the detail, though, and small things might require some adjustments. My recent migration from Ubuntu to openSUSE Tumbleweed is a case in point. Most of the tools I use in my photographic workflow are available in openSUSE’s official software repositories, so deploying them was a rather straightforward affair. But there were a few things that needed some tweaking.
On August 15, 2016, Nvidia rolled out a new Beta version of its graphics driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems, version 370.23, bringing various new features and improvements.
According to the release notes, the Nvidia 370.23 Beta video driver implemented the ability for users to overclock or underclock their Nvidia GeForce GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). However, it appears that the new feature will only work with certain GPUs from the GeForce GTX 1000 series and later. To see the supported products, please consult the official announcement.
Independent Nouveau developer Karol Herbst continues to be hard at work on improving the re-clocking state of the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver stack.
Herbst today submitted his fifth version of a massive patch set to fix engine re-clocking. These re-clocking fixes should benefit GeForce GTX 400/500 "Fermi" hardware up through the latest Maxwell cards, but don't expect nothing yet for Pascal until NVIDIA releases that signed firmware to provide accelerated hardware support on this open-source driver.
The alpha release of the upcoming Wayland and Weston 1.12 version is now available.
Wayland 1.12 is planned for release in September and release manager Bryce Harrington today announced the alpha release as the first step towards this next version. The feature work will also slow down at this stage.
Version 1.18 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) brings a wealth of new features.
I came across the Oranchelo icon pack for XFCE4 today, and I have to confess: I’m in love. An hybrid icon set, Oranchelo is based on Super Flat Remix and inspired by Cornie icons, an Android theme pack designed by Patryk Goworowski.
Ideally, the most frequent operations in a command-line become muscle memory for the user. Documentation is essential, but users shouldn’t have to keep referring to it in order to get their work done.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.4.18 kernel.
All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 3.14.76
The Linux Foundation has added the Platform for Network Data Analytics – aka PNDA – to its stable of officially supported projects.
PNDA aggregates data from multiple sources on a network, be they-real time performance indicators or static sources like logs, then works with Apache Spark to do the usual Big Data thing of finding useful patterns. The tool's all about making it easy to gather, consume and crunch diverse data sources, rather than having to do custom integrations.
I recently discovered this on YouTube from a few years ago (2013) and had to share.
I'm posting this not because it's Super Mario Bros, and not because it's stop-motion animation. It's because it was done in OpenOffice. An abuse of a spreadsheet, to be sure, but pretty impressive effort with some cool results.
openSUSE is a staple of the Linux community. But even long-time open source advocates find themselves wondering what sets the distro apart. Lacking the clear direction of Ubuntu or the free software advocacy of Fedora, openSUSE can seem to lack vision.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case. There are good reasons openSUSE continues to attract users, and here are some of them. Maybe you will be the next person to fall in love with the Geeko.
Selecting the best Linux distro for business isn't easy. With over three hundred active Linux distributions, choosing one for your business can take some serious time.
Admittedly, you don't have to try all the Linux distro. A few distros, like deepin and elementary, are obviously aimed at desktop users. Probably, too, you won't want Ubuntu Studio, with its emphasis on creativity, or DebianEdu, which is obviously intended for the class room. Yet even if you eliminate the distros that are a personal hobby or most of the dozens derived from Debian or Ubuntu, the choices are still overwhelming.
Instead, you probably need to begin with the question: What business task do you plan to use your choice of distros for?
Peter Manev reports on the release and general availability of the SELKS 3.0 GNU/Linux distribution based on the latest Debian technologies and designed for network security management.
Being the first time we write here about SELKS, we feel obliged to inform our readers about what this distro. Therefore, SELKS is a specially designed ISO image that's always synchronized with the Debian GNU/Linux repos and includes various popular software applications for maintaining and hardening the security of your network.
The Debian Project, through Laura Arjona Reina, has had the great pleasure of announcing that today, August 16, 2016, is Debian GNU/Linux operating system's 23rd anniversary.
Yes, you're reading it right. Exactly 23 years ago, the Debian GNU/Linux distribution saw the light of day. The Debian GNU/Linux 0.01 release was the first development build, announced by the late Ian Murdock, Debian Project's founder and leader for more than 22 years. However, the first official stable release, version 1.0, of Debian GNU/Linux was in 1996, three years later.
Today it is 23 years ago since Ian Murdock published his intention to develop a new Linux distribution, Debian. It also about 20 years since I became a Debian developer and made my first package upload.
Today was Debian Day as fans all over the World celebrated the Linux project's birthday. Debian is 23 today, having been officially recognized as beginning August 16, 1993. Elsewhere, Bruce Byfield posted six Linux suggestions for businesses and Bertel King, Jr. listed six reasons to use openSUSE. Laura Abbott shared some tips for getting started with the Kernel project and My Linux Rig interviewed Andrew Conway, astronomer and Slackware user.
A newcomer in the smallest-ever computer war has arrived in the tiny form factor of the Omega 2 -- a computer the makers want to sell for $5 to coders, IoT enthusiasts, the entire third world and men not against the idea of maybe doing a bit of soldering.
Intel unveiled the Joule IoT module in a keynote talk by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco. The 48 x 24 x 3.5mm module integrates a 64-bit quad-core Atom SoC, up to 4GB RAM and 16GB eMMC, plus Bluetooth and WiFi wireless, 4K video in/out, MIPI CSI/DSI ports, GPIO, and multiple USB and serial ports. Intel supports the Joule module with an open-source generic carrier board and a Yocto Project-based Ostro Linux distribution.
The ReactOS Project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.4.2, again within three months of the previous release. The team sincerely hopes that this new rapid release cycle will hold for future releases as well. If there is one word to describe progress on the project, it would be steady. The project is reaching a point where rapid releases are viable, where disruption from introduction of major components or restructuring has been greatly reduced from the tumultuous early years and even as recently as the late 0.3.x series. This being the case 0.4.2 presents a fairly incremental update from 0.4.1, primarily because no showstoppers appeared that required the team to wait literally years in order to spin it out. This, ultimately, is a good thing.
We are pleased to announce that Mate 1.14 is available in OI now. To facilitate installing, we’ve created pkg:/mate_install meta-package. Unfortunately, when you have both Gnome 2 and Mate installed, both of them try to use the same applications, so you’ll have interesting time removing Gnome 2 applications from Mate and vice versa.
We also prepared test Live DVD ISOs/USB images with MATE, which are available at http://dlc-int.openindiana.org/hipster/20160816/ (OI_MATE_experimental.iso/usb). Note that these USB images don’t longer require 1G/2G header file, and can be directly dd’ed to USB stick.