|Story||Qt 5.4 released||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 7:32pm|
|Story||Intel extends its Internet-of-Things ecosystem||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 7:24pm|
|Story||[Video] Tizen OS For Smart Life, Carsten Heitzler, Samsung #Slush2014||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:55pm|
|Story||Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Mate Review: Simply awesome performance!||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:48pm|
|Story||The Linux Setup - Jack Germain, Journalist||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:45pm|
|Story||Best KDE distro of 2014||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:43pm|
|Story||Breaking down the Red Hat QA process||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:43pm|
|Story||Top 10 Semi-Autonomous Robots That Run Linux (With Slideshow)||Rianne Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 6:36pm|
|Story||today's leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 5:25pm|
|Story||Fedora 21 Released, Work on 22 Already Begun||Roy Schestowitz||10/12/2014 - 5:09pm|
Talking to developers and reading about open source I often get the feeling that the general notion is that open source is just about code and commits. Put another way, "If you don't make commits for a project you are not contributing to it." Or so they say. That notion is far from the truth in my eyes. Let me tell you why.
The Nexus 6 is the best Nexus ever and for once a Nexus device is not lacking in any specification. The price reflects the high-end nature of the Nexus 6, but the competition in the Android marketplace is also much stiffer than it was in the past. I still need to use the Nexus 6 a bit more with my T-Mobile SIM to convince myself it isn't the device for me. I enjoy large screen smartphones, but find other offerings to be more compelling.
The final rease of Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE was announced this weekend. I have picked up both versions, and I have installed them on a number of computers around here, with both legacy (MBR) and UEFI boot. The results have been very good, as expected.
As anyone who has been around Linux much probably knows, Linux Mint (numbered) is derived from Ubuntu. However, starting with Mint 17 the releases no longer track the latest Ubuntu releases. Mint is now based on the Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) releases and will update their own distribution as they see fit.
That means that although Ubuntu recently released 14.10, this Mint release is still based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and the new Mint numbering system indicates that (this is 17.1, not 18), although the name change is a bit contrary to that (17.1 is called Rebecca rather than Q..., but I guess Q-names are not easy to come up with.
The Libtool Team is pleased to announce the release of libtool 2.4.4.
GCC 5 already boasts an incredible amount of new compiler features as laid out now over dozens of Phoronix articles, but there's even more abound for this major compiler update due out in 2015.
I was very impressed with Linux Mint 17.1. The common feature upgrades and bug fixes add real value to this distribution. The changes in Update Manager, the Login Screen, Language Settings, Kernel Menu, and artwork should please almost all Linux Mint users. And the huge range of background wallpapers, along with the slideshow feature make it a great choice for those who want frequent changes to the look of their Linux Mint systems.
With the official Fedora 21 release due out soon and the release candidate being available this weekend, I ran some basic performance benchmarks comparing the speed of Fedora 21 64-bit to that of Ubuntu 14.10 on an Intel Xeon workstation.
Fedora 21 Workstation was compared to Ubuntu 14.10 using the x86_64 version of each and maintaining the default settings. Fedora 21 is shipping with the Linux 3.17 kernel, GNOME Shell 3.14.2, X.Org Server 1.16.2, Mesa 10.3.3, and GCC 4.9.2. The package versions this time around aren't too far off from the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn release from back in November with the main change being the use of the Linux 3.16 kernel.
Things are calming down nicely, and everything looks pretty normal.
In fact, if it wasn't for the pending issues with odd watchdog (and
possibly rcu) lockups I'd be pretty happy. As it is, that isn't a
regression from 3.17, but is still very disturbing.
At the same time, with the holidays coming up, and the problem _not_
being a regression, I suspect that what will happen is that I'll
release 3.18 on time in a week, because delaying it will either mess
up the merge window and the holiday season, or I'd have to delay it a
We'll see. Maybe DaveJ will be able to bisect it a bit now that the
false lead of "3.17 was ok" has been shown to be wrong (right now it
looks like the problem seems to have crept in between 3.16 and 3.17).
Annoying, because as mentioned, other than that we seem to be doing
well. The rc7 patch looks very normal, with two thirds being drivers
(spread all over: usb, networking, staging, thermal, gpu, sound..) and
half of the remaining being arch updates (mostly mips, arm, powerpc).
The remaining is mainly networking and some filesystem fixes (nfsd and
- Message to the Corporate Media: Bill Gates is Not an Ebola Expert
- Microsoft Found to Have Broken the Law in China (Tax Evasion), Just Like Practically Everywhere
- The NSA’s Openwashing Efforts Assisted by Apache
- Mozilla Will Relay Firefox User Input (Even Keystrokes) to Microsoft and the NSA Through Yahoo in the US
- The Latest Bug Door in Windows ‘Patched’, But the Patch Breaks Systems
- Links 30/11/2014: Debian Fork, New Mint Linux Releases
- Links 28/11/2014: Debian Fork, Fedora 21 RC, Git 2.2.0
- Links 26/11/2014: Docker Patched, New DragonFlyBSD
- IRC Proceedings: November 9th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014
Users of Debian and its derivatives can soon expect to find systemd 217.
Systemd 217 brings many features and is currently the latest systemd stable release. Systemd 217 brought its experimental user console daemon, support for job timeouts, logind enhancements, udev updates, KDBUS handling improvements, and a plethora of other work.
While I've ran benchmarks of the Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution in the past and found it a convenient way to play with Arch and overall a nice distribution, it seems for users running it day in and day out aren't entirely satisfied with the update strategy of Manjaro.
Manjaro's stable repository isn't frequently updated but the developers strive to update it about bi-weekly and by default there's no continual flow of fresh packages from Manjaro. Right now though Manjaro's stable repository hasn't been updated in over one month -- since 25 October -- and that includes no security fixes.