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Elementary Loki Beta 2 shows you can improve on perfection

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Over the past couple of years, I've made no bones about Elementary OS Freya being my go-to Linux distribution for desktops. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Elementary has become my all-time favorite Linux distribution. Why? It offers a beautiful user interface (with a completely unified design scheme) that any level of user would feel an immediate familiarity with.

That's Freya (the current stable release). At some point (there is no set release date) we'll have Loki in our hands and the improvements look to make Elementary OS something you won't want to ignore. In fact, I would argue that Elementary OS Loki could even be an ideal Linux desktop distribution for business.

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PowerShell for Linux, Mint 18 KDE, Fedora 25 Alpha NO-GO

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-s

The top story today must be the open sourcing of Microsoft PowerShell and its availability for Linux. Alpha quality packages are downloadable on GitHub. In other news, Clement Lefebvre said Mint 18 KDE Beta should be available this weekend and Jan Kurik said Fedora 25 Alpha is a "NO-GO." Canonical is now a patron of KDE e.V. and the release of Plasma 5.8 has been bumped up to make openSUSE 42.2.

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SlackEX Linux Live Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7.1, Based on Slackware 14.2

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Slack

Arne Exton informs us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Slackware-based SlackEX GNU/Linux operating system, version 160817, running the latest stable Linux kernel.

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ReactOS 0.4.2 Operating System Lets You Mount and Read Various Unix Filesystems

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OS
Development

The ReactOS team announced recently the release of the second maintenance update for the ReactOS 0.4 series of the free and open-source operating system that based on the design principles of the Windows NT architecture.

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Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Numbers For Intel Skylake On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Gaming

Thus there are some Dota 2 OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks on the Intel Mesa driver below. But no results to share today for The Talos Principle. The Talos Principle menus were no longer rendering far of course as they had been up until at least one month ago, but the in-game benchmark mode was really choppy even with the "lowest" settings. When increasing the settings and restarting the game, the visuals still looked different from their renderings with OpenGL, so this game was omitted from testing today.

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Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) ISO Coming Soon with New LightDM Greeter

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Ubuntu

budgie-remix community coordinator and graphic designer Udara Madubhashana informs Softpedia about the latest news from the world of the GNU/Linux distribution built around the Budgie desktop environment and latest Ubuntu technologies.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.76 LTS Updates InfiniBand Drivers, Improves EXT4 Support

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Linux

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.1, Linux kernel 4.4.18 LTS, and Linux kernel 4.6.7, which marks the end of the Linux 4.6 series, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 3.14.76 LTS.

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Open source COM and carriers become 3D-printable computers

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GNU
Linux
OSS

Rhombus Tech’s Allwinner A20 based, “fully libre” EOMA68 COM and carrier boards can be installed in 3D printed mini-PC or laptop cases.

For the past five years, UK-based Rhombus Tech, led by developer Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, has been developing a fully open source, removable computer-on-module (COM) in a standardized format known as “EOMA68.” Rhombus has now gone to CrowdSupply to help fund an “EOMA68-A20” module based on Allwinner’s A20 SoC, as well as a mini-PC and a 15.6-inch laptop built around the COM.

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Open source, DAQ-enabled hacking platform feels its inner Arduino

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Agilo’s open source, Arduino Mega compatible “Evive” IoT prototyping and DAQ platform offers a 1.8-inch display, breadboard, analog controls, and more.

Agilo Technologies, a startup formed by students at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), is pitching its flagship Evive prototyping product on Indiegogo. The company has achieved only 39 percent of its $30,000 flexible funding goal, with less than a week remaining, but it is committed to manufacturing the product and fulfilling orders. The company has already lined up other funding, as well as manufacturing and component suppliers, according to an email from CEO and co-founder Dhrupal R Shah.

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SteamOS 2.88 Beta Moves to Linux Kernel 4.1.30 LTS, Updates AMDGPU-PRO Drivers

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Linux
Gaming

Valve has just released today, August 18, 2016, a new Beta update of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming-oriented Linux kernel-based operating system the company uses on its Steam Machines.

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Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition Looks Gorgeous, Beta Is Available for Download

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Linux

Thanks to a news tip from one of our regular readers, it would appear that the Beta release of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition operating system is now available for download.

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From ownCloud to Nextcloud: A Proven Cloud Innovator Launches a Promising New Platform

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OSS

The ever popular ownCloud open source file-sharing and storage platform for building private clouds went through a shakeup not long ago. CTO and founder of ownCloud Frank Karlitschek resigned from the company and penned an open letter, which pointed to possible friction created as ownCloud moved forward as a commercial entity as opposed to a solely community focused, open source project. A few months after that decision, though, Karlitschek revealed a very promising new cloud platform: Nextcloud.

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Gilles Chanteperdrix, 1975-2016

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Obits

It is with deep sorrow that I have to inform you that Gilles Chanteperdrix has passed away on Sunday 7th August. He now rests in the cemetery of Baillargues, in Southern France.

You can extend your sympathy to Gilles’s family by sending a message to im-gilles@xenomai.org.

Gilles will forever be remembered as a true-hearted man, a brilliant mind always scratching beneath the surface, looking for elegance in the driest topics, never jaded from such accomplishment.

According to Paul Valéry, “death is a trick played by the inconceivable on the conceivable”. Gilles’s absence is inconceivable to me, I can only assume that for once, he just got rest from tirelessly helping all of us.

Repose en paix mon ami, l’éclat de ta mémoire dissipera ces heures sombres.

Philippe.

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What I Wish I’d Known When I Was an Embedded Linux Newbie

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Linux

Here are some tips compiled from our seasoned engineers on what they wish they'd known about embedded Linux back when they were "newbs". Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike should get some good nuggets of information and possibly a fun perspective looking back at our own humble beginnings. We'll try not to overwhelm you as we make our way through the list. We're not here to rewrite the books, but we do want to provide a personal perspective. If you're in the camp of people who've been using desktop Linux, just be aware that embedded Linux is a different animal, especially when it comes to space constraints, different CPU architecture (ARM), resilience to sudden power outages and inability to install any mainline Linux kernel or distribution you please. Or, maybe you're in the microprocessor camp moving toward a more generalized and capable embedded Linux system. Either way, we'll assume you have at least some knowledge of Linux as we walk through this guide.

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KDE Applications 16.08 Officially Released for the KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

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KDE

Today, August 18, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the final release of KDE Applications 16.08, the latest stable and most advanced software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment.

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Also: KDE Applications 16.08 Released, Canonical Becomes A Patron

The pros and cons of open source cyber security

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OSS

Open source brings many advantages to enterprises, such as pricing. However, in increasingly security-conscious enterprises it can be unclear how open source software does on cyber security.

CBR looks at some of the major security pros and cons.

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UK government is 'freaking out' about the potential of open source, says Red Hat

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Red Hat
OSS

Whitehall IT leaders are "freaking out" about open source and are keen to use it to drive innovation, according to a senior solutions architect from Red Hat.

Martin Percival said government IT leaders are showing a growing interest in moving to open source solutions.

"The government has got more departments with CTOs who are now saying, 'We want to go completely [open source] and innovate to the nth degree'," he said.

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Windows 10 vs. Linux Radeon Software Performance, Including AMDGPU-PRO & RadeonSI

As alluded to earlier and on Twitter, the past few days I have been working on a fresh Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux graphics/gaming performance comparison. This time it's looking at the latest Radeon performance using an R9 Fury and RX 480. Tests on Windows were obviously done with Radeon Software Crimson Edition while under Linux were the two latest AMD/RTG Linux driver options: the hybrid AMDGPU-PRO driver and the fully open-source driver via Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev. Read more

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