|Story||Bored with Distros, China Tries Again, and Recompiling Kernels||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 8:03am|
|Story||Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 3.17 RC2 to Celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of Linux||Rianne Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 8:02am|
|Story||$49 TiVo OTA and streaming DVR targets cordcutters||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 7:59am|
|Story||Android One set for India debut in September; Micromax, Karbonn ready to launch smartphones||Rianne Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 7:58am|
|Story||Kali Tools Website Launched, 1.0.9 Released||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 7:53am|
|Story||Android may have already killed Samsung's Tizen OS||Rianne Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 7:51am|
|Story||Leftovers: Software||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 1:00am|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 12:59am|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||26/08/2014 - 12:58am|
|Story||Haiku debates kernel switch (but it's not happening)||Rianne Schestowitz||25/08/2014 - 10:23pm|
Shortly, I will be going to a meeting where one participant has asked me for help with GNU/Linux on a notebook. She doesn’t like what M$ does for her there. I’ve made up a bootable USB-drive with the Debian installer and a repository of stuff the typical desktop user will need, including Synaptic and gksu so she can customize her notebook when she gets home. I will start her off with a basic installation of Debian GNU/Linux and add the XFCE4 desktop environment with a selection of a few typical applications: FireFox browser, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and Ristretto image viewer. XFCE4 is similar to what she liked from M$: XP. If M$ won’t give her what she wants, I and the FLOSS community will. When random people you meet are interested in desktop GNU/Linux, this is no time to abandon this thriving technology. It works for ordinary people.
The 2014 Linux Jobs report showed that the demand for Linux professionals is on the rise throughout Europe, with developers and system administrators most in demand. Such is the demand that 93% of hiring managers reported difficulty finding professionals with the Linux Systems Management skills they require. Of those unable to fill open positions, 25% have delayed projects as a result.
The “skills gap” reflects the rapid growth of Linux right across the business world. LinuxIT CIO Mike Curtis sees two groups of Linux professionals: the very highly skilled system administrators from corporate computing backgrounds; and then the less skilled employees of smaller organisations or public services who have trained on other operating systems. The second group have learned Linux in their own time and perhaps implemented some systems to handle specific functions for their employer. There is a huge skills gap between the two groups, and it’s not just technical.
China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. China Operating System, abbreviated COS, will first appear on desktop computers, and later reach smartphones. We already caught a glimpse of the mobile version at the beginning of this year, and noted its strong resemblance to Android. However, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which makes COS, said it is not another Chinese Android skin. As for the upcoming desktop version, you’d be forgiven for being a bit skeptical. China has failed miserably at making its own operating systems in the past. But several factors have come together that could help Ni realize his dream of replacing domestic operating systems in the next one to two years.
At the request of many Phoronix readers, here's our first tests of Apple's OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" operating system as we see how the OpenGL performance compares between it and Ubuntu Linux with an updated kernel and Mesa.
With OS X Yosemite still being in development stages, our testing of it is limited and will have out many benchmarks upon its official release, but for those that have been really curious, I ran some quick Intel graphics tests.
Im a way, the book will partly provide an alternative way to consume the content provided by KDE TechBase. Because of that, the HTML version of the book will integrate and cross-link with TechBase. The preferences of what kind of documentation should be in the book or on TechBase are not yet written in stone, and will probably develop over time. The beauty of Free Software is that it also does not matter much – the content is there and may be mixed and remixed as needed.
“It's time to revive our Fluxbox edition! Here is a first beta that is mostly untested for now, so feel free to try it out and post your findings.The Fluxbox edition is designed to bring a minimalist environment to your desktop. The default desktop layout is comprised only from the Fluxbox panel and the right click menu will bring up the Fluxbox menu, so it should be really light on resources. The file manager that is used is PCManFM.”
I’m happy to announce the release of a new version of my project libmygpo-qt. It again has been a while, over one year since the last release. And although it took so long, this release doesn’t include many new features, except one: support for building the library with Qt5.
Before I get into detail about this release, first let me tell you what libmygpo-qt is, because in my last post someone complained that it wasn’t clear enough from the post. So if you already know what it is, you can skip the next two paragraphs. To be able to explain what libmygpo-qt is, I first have to tell you about gpodder.net.
AMD's open-source OpenCL support has been lagging behind the proprietary drivers, but Bridgman says they're trying to improve upon that too. In particular, it seems they may try to open-source more of their proprietary OpenCL driver implementation. Bridgman said, "For OpenCL not sure yet -- we're trying to get more people working on it and open up more code from our proprietary implementation, so rate of progress should improve but I don't know how much yet."
The organization's performance shows that it is getting a great deal of footing in its center Linux business. Truth be told, its first-quarter results have given a fitting answer to critics who were of the notion that Red Hat's Linux business was slowing down because of business saturation. To sustain its force, Red Hat has now entered into a consent to get enovance.
Furthermore, Red Hat is seeing strong interest for its Linux, middleware, and cloud offerings. Actually, it arrived some record breaking deals amid the quarter, inking four deals that were over $5 million and one arrangement that was more than $10 million. It also observed strong a reestablishment rates. Red Hat could replenish each of the 25 deals that were up for restoration at the end of the last quarter.
Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is going to pass through several development stages and the Feature Freeze is just one of them. This means that developers can no longer get new features and major changes into the system, unless it’s important enough to get an exemption.
“As of nowish, Feature Freeze is in effect for utopic (14.10), leading up to the release in October. Don't fret if you have One Last Feature to get uploaded, and don't panic and upload it untested today just to try to beat the clock. We would rather see a feature freeze exception bug and a well-tested upload than something rushed to beat a deadline.”
A quick followup from my previous post about using gnome shell for a week from a sysadmin view. I got a number of responses on irc and via email. Some of them providing handy hints and solutions or at least work arounds to some of the issues I ran into. I am happy to report that everyone who offered me suggestions/workarounds/tips were very polite and many were in agreement that some of these were issues that should get fixed or implemented.
ownCloud is one of the most important free software projects around because we all are moving to the cloud for easy access to our data anywhere, anytime. The ‘so-called’ cloud has it’s own advantages, but it also compromises one’s ownership and control of the data. The moment you put your data on someone else’s cloud you lose the control and ownership over your own data.
This may sound like analyzing yesterday's news, but I think it's important, and more than that I need to put this here as a resource to point certain people to.
If it hasn't been made clear enough in recent months that China would love nothing more than to cut down on its reliance to American technology companies, its just-announced decision to create its own operating system should remedy that. At first, this OS will target the desktop, but eventually, it'll make its way to smartphones and other mobile devices.
At this point, we know very little about what China's OS will look like, or be like for that matter, but we do know that it's being designed to be a proper replacement for Microsoft's and Google's OSes. It seems very likely that China's OS would use Linux as a base, since there's little point in reinventing the wheel, and because of its open-source nature, the country would have complete control over the code. Further, Linux natively supports both x86 and ARM architectures, so that'd help take care of both the desktop and mobile aspect of the OS, and of course, Linux already supports a lot of software
Our benevolent dictator for life recently claimed that he was still aiming at Linux being as prevalent on the desktop as it is in the datacenter or in the cloud. The statement was meant with roaring applause from the crowd, and a few healthy, and a few not so healthy, doses of skepticism from the press. Recently, IT World asked “Does it still make sense for Linus to want the desktop for Linux?”, and Matt Asay from Tech Repubic asked “Can we please stop talking about the Linux desktop?”. Both publishers are critical of the claim that there is still room for Linux on Personal Computers, and point to Android as a Linux success story. What both articles miss though is that the flexibility of Linux, and the permissiveness of it’s open source license may be the thing that saves Linux on the desktop, just not in the way we were expecting.
Zachary DuPon is a 6th grader who will turn 13 years old soon. He used to be an Arch Linux user and is looking forward to installing Gentoo Linux soon.
The story of Zach goes like this – his school organized a project where students were asked to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities, Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero of the modern technology world – Linus Torvalds.