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Story Linux ready COM taps FPGA/ARM Arria 10 SoC Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 10:28pm
Story How To Lift Vector Art From PDF's Using Inkscape on Linux relativ7 11/01/2017 - 7:57pm
Story Explore climate data with open source tools Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 6:00pm
Story Linux Graphics Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 5:34pm
Story SUSE Formalizes Container Strategy with a New Linux Distro, MicroOS Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 5:32pm
Story Huawei Mate 9 Pro Review: Probably The Best Android Phone Of 2016 Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 5:19pm
Story C Compiler News Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 5:00pm
Story FOSS in Networking Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 4:51pm
Story Containers Rising Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 4:47pm
Story Free/Libre Games Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2017 - 4:29pm

Dell’s latest XPS 13 DE still delivers Linux in a svelte package

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GNU
Linux

Over the course of its four-year lifespan, Dell's extremely popular XPS 13 Developer Edition line has become known for one thing—bringing a "just works" Linux experience to the company's Ultrabooks.

Of course, today Dell is just one of many manufacturers producing great Linux machines. System76 makes the Oryx Pro (still my top pick for anyone who needs massive power), and companies like Purism and ZaReason produce solid offerings that also work with Linux out of the box. Even hardware not explicitly made for Linux tends to work out of the box these days. I recently installed Fedora on a Sony Vaio and was shocked that the only problem I encountered was that the default trackpad configuration was terribly slow.

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Tizen/Samsung

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Linux
  • Samsung showcases IoT capabilities as part of Open Connectivity Foundation partnership

    Samsung’s success, in large part, has been due to the power of its partnerships that it forges with other players in the tech scene, and this could be no truer than in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT), a field that connects everything, including door knobs and remote controls, to the internet. While IoT promises to turn every home into a smart home where everything works well together, achieving that reality is more complex than it sounds.

  • Samsung brings iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices
  • Smartphone Game: Blokstok Bow Rescue Archery is available on Tizen Store

    Blokstok Bow Rescue Archery is a game where you have to save your friends from death as they are hanged. Currently, you can get the full version for FREE and the developer, Darksun Technologies Private Limited, has made a few other games eg.Tank Shoot, Math monster blokstok, Flappy crush blokstok, Switch color blokstok and Monku adventure blokstok. You either save your friends by shooting the rope or speed up their death process by ‘accidentally’ shooting them.

Red Hat releases latest version of CloudForms 4.2

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Red Hat

According to the vendor, the new Red Hat CloudForms will enable IT teams to increase service delivery while focusing on critical, business-impacting issues. The Red Hat CloudForms, based on the open source ManageIQ project, provides an advanced open source management platform for physical, virtual and cloud IT environments, including Linux containers. CloudForms helps IT organisations offer composable services through a self-service portal, managing the service lifecycle from provisioning to retirement. It can also define and enforce advanced compliance policies for new and existing IT environments, better enabling operators to optimise the costs of a given environment and system.

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Open-Source Nouveau Linux 4.10 + NvBoost vs. NVIDIA Proprietary Linux Driver Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks showing the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver performance on Linux 4.10 with the new NvBoost capability for finally being able to hit the "boost" clock frequencies with Kepler graphics cards when using this reverse-engineered driver. While the manual re-clocking and enabling NvBoost is able to increase the Nouveau driver's performance, how do these results compare to using the closed-source NVIDIA Linux driver? These benchmarks answer that question.

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What's New in BlankOn X Tambora

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Reviews

BlankOn X operating system finally launched at January 1st 2017 as the 10th release codenamed "Tambora". BlankOn is a GNU/Linux distribution from Indonesia, a low-resource operating system with ultimate aim for desktop end-users. In this Tambora release, BlankOn brings the latest Manokwari desktop with improvements, along with its own BlankOn system installer, and some other stuffs. This Tambora release is a continuation of the BlankOn 9 release in 2014 named Suroboyo. This article sums up what's new for BlankOn in this Tambora version.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming
  • Intel IvyBridge/Haswell/Broadwell/Skylake OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmarks On Linux 4.10 + Mesa 13.1

    With running fresh benchmarks on all of my Intel systems for comparison with my upcoming Kaby Lake desktop CPU Linux reviews, this weekend I have some fresh results of the past few generations of Intel hardware when looking at their HD/Iris Graphics performance when using the latest Linux driver code as of Linux 4.10 Git and Mesa 13.1-devel Git from this week.

  • Multiple statistics have shown Linux market-share doing better than ever

    Good news for Linux fans, as multiple big websites showing off statistics have shown Linux is on the rise!

    Note: These should always been taken with a pinch of salt. Even with that said, multiple places are reporting a rise in Linux market-share, which is a good sign when put together.

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    Looks like things are going pretty nicely for Linux in general right now. This is good news for us, as more people using Linux means more people are likely to look into gaming on Linux too.

  • Divinity: Original Sin may soon work with Mesa drivers

    Divinity: Original Sin [Official Site] is one game that the open source Mesa drivers currently cannot run without hacks, but it looks like the Mesa team has been testing it.

    Just today a commit was sent in to Mesa which mentioned "drirc: Allow extension midshader for Divinity: Original Sin (EE)".

What's the best Linux distro for you?

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When it comes to desktop operating systems, there are three main camps into which people fall: Windows, Mac and Linux. In the case of the latter camp things can be confusing because there are endless distros to choose from -- but which is best?

The beauty of Linux is that it can be tweaked and tailored in so many ways. This means that while the plethora of choice can seem overwhelming, it is also possible to find the perfect distro for just about any scenario. To help you make the right choice, here's a helpful list of the best distros to look out for in 2017.

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today's leftovers

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Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Friday
  • Linux KillDisk Ransomware Can't Decrypt

    Disk-wiping malware known as KillDisk, which has previously been used in hack attacks tied to espionage operations, has been given an update. Now, the malware works on Linux as well as Windows systems and also includes the ability to encrypt files, demand a bitcoin ransom and leave Linux systems unbootable.

  • GNU Officially Boots Libreboot

    FSF and GNU decide to grant Libreboot lead developer Leah Rowe’s wishes. The project is no longer a part of GNU says RMS.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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Software
Gaming

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • CyanogenMod's death and rebirth, new open source automotive group, and more news

    In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Cyanogen Inc. pulling the plug on CyanogenMod, Toyota and Ford forming the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, and more.

  • Haiku OS Gaining Ground On UEFI, FreeBSD Compatibility Layer, Remote Debugging

    For those interested in the BeOS-inspired Haiku open-source operating system, they have issued their latest monthly progress report to end out 2016.

  • Call for Presentations at LinuxFest NorthWest, May 6-7, 2017

    Freedom, Friends, Features, First. The theme of this years LinuxFest NorthWest is ‘The Mechanics of Freedom’.

    Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are becoming even more integrated in the lives of regular citizens. Along with these changes comes concern over the trade-offs between convenience and privacy. For example: Privacy in the age of relentless online tracking, How bots can help you onboard new community members, Training driverless vehicles, How the Internet of Things took down DNS.

  • 2016 sees Internet Explorer usage collapse, Chrome surge

    At the start of 2016, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was still the most commonly used browser on the Web; it finished 2015 being used by about 46 percent of Web users, with 32 percent preferring Chrome, and 12 percent using Firefox. But Explorer's days have been numbered ever since Microsoft essentially ended its development. While the venerable browser is still supported and still gets security updates, its features and standard support have been frozen since 2015. Instead, Microsoft shifted active development to Edge, its new browser. While Edge is faster, more secure, and boasts much better support for Web standards, it's only available for Windows 10, which greatly limits its audience.

  • Launching a Site or Blog? Open Source Creation Tools Give You Many Choices

    Late last year, Datamation came out with an extensive evaluation of which open source content management systems (CMS) really stand out, which is a topic near and dear to us here at OStatic. Our site runs on Drupal, which is an open source platform that powers many sites around the web, but there are key differences between CMS offerings, and if you're looking for the right solution, we have some good resources for you.

    The Datamation story provides a nice overview of the open CMS space, but here are some of our newly updated, favorite ways to go about evaluating which is the right CMS for you.

    Marking a true renaissance for tools that can help anyone run a top-notch website or manage content in the cloud, open source content management systems (CMS) have come of age. You're probably familiar with some of the big names in this arena, including Drupal (which Ostatic is based on) and Joomla. As we noted in this post, selecting a CMS to build around can be a complicated process, since the publishing tools provided are hardly the only issue.

  • CES 2017 - Renault create world's first open-source mass market vehicle

    The new vehicle POM, based on Renault's popular Twizy, will be available to start-ups, independent laboratories, private customers and researchers, allowing them to customise the software and driving experience.

  • RcppTOML 0.1.0

    Big news: RcppTOML now works on Windows too!

Kernel and Graphics News

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Linux
  • VMware joins Open-O project targeting NFV, SDN orchestration

    The Linux Foundation-based open source group Open-O snares VMware as “premier” member joining the likes of China Mobile, Huawei.

    The Open-O Project recently welcomed new member VMware to the open source organization hosted by The Linux Foundation.

  • 10 years with util-linux project!

    Yes, we had util-linux before (and many thanks to Adrian Bunk and Andries E. Brouwer), but I believe that with git and close collaboration between Linux distributions and Linux kernel community it better now Smile

  • There Are A Few More Performance Changes With RadeonSI From Mesa Git

    With Marek's optimizations having landed in Mesa Git that targeted Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I ran benchmarks and found Deus Ex: MD is generally much faster and can be 2~3x faster, much more than the 70% originally thought by Marek. Now that more time has passed, I have carried out some more Linux gaming tests.

  • Polaris 12 Support Being Sent In To Linux 4.10 Kernel

    AMD is looking to land initial support for upcoming "Polaris 12" graphics processors into the in-development Linux 4.10 kernel.

    AMD published initial Polaris 12 open-source Linux driver support back in December. This new revision of Polaris is expected to be for lower-end GPUs while waiting for Vega on the high-end. Details on Polaris 12 remain scarce. But in terms of the Linux driver support, it's basically adding in the new PCI IDs and sharing the existing code-paths with Polaris 10/11.

  • RADV Vulkan Driver Gets Its First Fix From A Valve Developer

    It appears Valve Linux developers are doing a bit more tinkering with the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver.

Microsoft Cuts

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Debian News

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Debian
  • Release update: Soft freeze for stretch
  • Debian Stretch Enters Its Soft Freeze, Full Freeze In One Month

    The soft freeze is now upon us for Debian 9.0 "Stretch" while the full freeze will happen in February.

    The soft-freeze means that no new source packages will enter Stretch. The full freeze will then happen on 5 February, after which point all changes will require approval to land.

  • RFH: screen that hurts my eyes

    Two years ago, I bought myself a new fancy motherboard (a Asus B85M-G C2) with a new fancy Intel-based processor with built-in graphics (an Intel Core i7-4770) and memory to go with it. I installed it in the place of my old AMD-based motherboard, keeping everything else (my hoard of hard drives and such) excepted the graphics card, which was not needed anymore. I immediately noticed my eyes were aching when using the computer. I was quite surprised since I had been using the screen very heavily for almost 10 years before that, without any problems. I attributed that to Intel Graphics, so I tried putting back the old graphics card, but it did not help. The situation was very frustrating, since working on the computer for an hour or so was making my eyes hurt for several days. This problem was specific to this computer, I could keep on using my computer at work and my laptop without problems.

  • Getting to know diffoscope better

    Let me just say that I was a Debian user for years when I discovered it is taking part in Outreachy as one of organisations. Their Reproducible Builds effort has a noble goal and a bunch of great people behind it - I had no chances not to get excited by it. Looking for a place where my skills could be of any use, I discovered diffoscope - the tool for in-depth comparassion of files, archives etc. My mentor, Mattia Rizzolo, supported my decision to work on it, so now I am concentrating my efforts on improving diffoscope.

Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • FEDORA and GNOME on VBOX at USIL

    I have started Linux classes at University as a professor this 2017! and the course is a review of the GNU/Linux story, followed by the installation and the use of commands to manage the terminal. At the end of the course, some services are also set to prepare students into the IT Infrastructure world.

  • PHP version 5.6.30RC1, 7.0.15RC1 and 7.1.1RC1
  • Tools I use daily

    I use Fedora rawhide on my laptop, which is my primary client machine. I don’t have a desk and desktop and monitors, just the laptop and a comfy chair. At home I have two dell CS24 servers (one is a test instance and has all my test instances for Fedora maintainers on it, the other is my ‘production’ server and is the firewall and hosts the primary server vm that handles all my email and other services for scrye.com). I have various small arm devices, some of which are on and some of which are off at any given time.

Riot: An open team collaboration tool for everyone

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OSS

How many times have you wished you had a quick access to a collaboration tool in the palm of your hands? And how many times have you wished that same tool could not only reach out to a team of your choosing, but to a community of similar users?

Such is the way of Riot. This particular open source take on collaboration (available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux) makes working with others on ideas and issues as easy as possible. Not only can you join the myriad available rooms, you can create your own rooms and make them either public or private. Riot even allows for room encryption, to ensure security.

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Intel Linux News

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
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