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StormOS Hail Beta - A very stormy experience

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OS

dedoimedo.com: On paper, StormOS is an excellent technological concept: it is based on Nexenta, which itself is based on Solaris, and packaged with Ubuntu user-land and package management system.

Why Microsoft is Being Nicer to Open Source

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Microsoft

itworld.com: If there was any take-away I got from LinuxCon a couple of weeks ago, it was this: open source has finally become mainstream.

Exploring PCLinuxOS Xfce

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PCLOS

bargincomputing.com: Since the HP laptop used for this test only has a 30 gigabyte disk, I split the space used by Fedora 13 between PCLinuxOS Xfce and PCLinuxOS LXDE. With only 512 megabytes of memory, lighter weight desktops are a plus.

Five Reasons Linux Beats Windows for Servers

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Linux

pcworld.com: Rapid growth in the market for x86 servers over the past year brought good news for both Linux and Windows, as research firm IDC reported last week. That's no accident. Linux is eminently better suited to server use than Windows. Why? Let's count the ways.

Back to the ‘buntus

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Ubuntu

openattitude.com: Many of you will consider this a huge step backwards. I consider it a small step forwards, and this fuzzy terminal grab is the reason why. Permit me to explain — but first, a quick refresher…

AMD Officially Retires the ATI Brand

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Hardware

daniweb.com: AMD’s acquisition of ATI has finally come full circle. It is officially time to say goodbye to the ATI brand. In an official announcement today, AMD reveals that they will ditch the ATI moniker in favor of their own.

Firefox 4.0 Freeze Delayed to September 10

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox 4.0 Feature Freeze Delayed to September 10
  • Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4

Red Hat Board Gets Military Leadership

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Linux

pcworld.com: The managing board of enterprise open-source software company Red Hat has elected a retired U.S. Army officer, General Henry Hugh Shelton, to serve as chairman, the company announced Monday. Shelton takes the place of Matthew Szulik, who was the former CEO of Red Hat.

Lightweight Distro Roundup: Day 9 – Peppermint OS

g33q.co.za: Right, we are now at the first of our extra distros, voted in by you folks. Today our victim is Peppermint OS, the newest version based on Ubuntu Lucid.

Operating System Support: How Long Does Yours Last?

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OS

earthweb.com: Key to any operating system buying decision is its lifespan for support and maintenance updates. As it turns out, most of the major operating system vendors offer support lengths that, on the surface, don't differ radically from each other --

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 369

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Under these rocks and stones
  • News: OpenSolaris governing board resigns, Illumos, Mandriva
  • 2010.1 "Xfce Live", Ubuntu 10.10 proposed wallpaper
  • Questions and answers: Sharing files on home network

There IS a Linux for you

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: The thing with proprietary operating systems is that they are all the same. To these companies the operating system they are peddling is simply a product. Nothing more and nothing less.

KDE and NVidia

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KDE
Hardware
Software

kdedevelopers.org: The above combination was never a painless experience, still at some point in past it seemed to be better to have a NVidia card on Linux then anything else, so I continued to buy them whenever my system was upgraded. Lately though...

A bit about Parted Magic 5.3 and UnetBootin

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Linux

cristalinux.blogspot: Today I want to talk about a specialist Linux distro which has saved me from pretty nasty situations more than once, Parted Magic 5.3.

Benchmarks Of ZFS-FUSE On Linux Against EXT4, Btrfs

phoronix.com: Last week we reported that a native ZFS implementation for Linux is soon being released that is based upon the work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to bring Sun's ZFS file-system to Linux as a CDDL-licensed kernel module.

some howtos & stuff:

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News
HowTos
  • Howto enable thinkpad hotkeys in Ubuntu 10
  • Boot ubuntu 10.04 faster
  • une-gconf-default gconf file missing error while updating
  • Join the KDE Game
  • Apple and open source forced to team up
  • My life with Ben, episode 2
  • sudo install, usage and sudoers config file basics
  • A less known thing about cloning git repositories
  • Are these actually PC problems?
  • How to make a Cosmic Wallpaper in GIMP
  • Huawei E1550 in Ubuntu 10.04.1
  • Drupal on the rise in government with ALRC website win
  • OIN seeks to overturn weak patents

Lightspark Flash Player Continues Marching Forward

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Software

phoronix.com: It was just earlier this month that we were talking about Lightspark. This morning the 0.4.4 release has even made it out the door.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Gone Gold

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Gaming

linuxgamingnews.org: We at Frictional Games are happy to announce that Amnesia: The Dark Descent has gone gold. We are extremely pleased with our creation and cannot wait to unleash our bundle of madness on the 8th of September.

Michael Tiemann Opens Up

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Interviews
OSS

muktware.com: Michael Tiemann is the brain behind Cygnus, the first company to offer support to Linux and other assorted Free Software programs.

OpenOffice saves a company budget

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OOo

blogs.techrepublic.com: This past week I was troubleshooting an issue a client had. This issue had been haunting the client for some time and no one could figure out what was going on.

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Red Hat Woes and Fedora 29 Plans

  • Shares of open-source giant Red Hat pounded on weaker outlook
  • Fedora 29 Aims To Offer Up Modules For Everyone
    The latest Fedora 29 feature proposal is about offering "modules for everyone" across all Fedora editions. The "modules for everyone" proposal would make it where all Fedora installations have modular repositories enabled by default. Up to now the modular functionality was just enabled by default in Fedora Server 28. The modular functionality allows Fedora users to choose alternate versions of popular software, such as different versions of Node.js and other server software components where you might want to stick to a particular version.

GNU Make, FSFE Newsletter, and FSF's BLAG Removal

  • Linux Fu: The Great Power of Make
    Over the years, Linux (well, the operating system that is commonly known as Linux which is the Linux kernel and the GNU tools) has become much more complicated than its Unix roots. That’s inevitable, of course. However, it means old-timers get to slowly grow into new features while new people have to learn all in one gulp. A good example of this is how software is typically built on a Linux system. Fundamentally, most projects use make — a program that tries to be smart about running compiles. This was especially important when your 100 MHz CPU connected to a very slow disk drive would take a day to build a significant piece of software. On the face of it, make is pretty simple. But today, looking at a typical makefile will give you a headache, and many projects use an abstraction over make that further obscures things.
  • FSFE Newsletter June 2018
  • About BLAG's removal from our list of endorsed distributions
    We recently updated our list of free GNU/Linux distributions to add a "Historical" section. BLAG Linux and GNU, based on Fedora, joined the list many years ago. But the maintainers no longer believe they can keep things running at this time. As such, they requested that they be removed from our list. The list helps users to find operating systems that come with only free software and documentation, and that do not promote any nonfree software. Being added to the list means that a distribution has gone through a rigorous screening process, and is dedicated to diligently fixing any freedom issues that may arise.

Servers: Kubernetes, Oracle's Cloudwashing and Embrace of ARM

  • Bloomberg Eschews Vendors For Direct Kubernetes Involvement
    Rather than use a managed Kubernetes service or employ an outsourced provider, Bloomberg has chosen to invest in deep Kubernetes expertise and keep the skills in-house. Like many enterprise organizations, Bloomberg originally went looking for an off-the-shelf approach before settling on the decision to get involved more deeply with the open source project directly. "We started looking at Kubernetes a little over two years ago," said Steven Bower, Data and Infrastructure Lead at Bloomberg. ... "It's a great execution environment for data science," says Bower. "The real Aha! moment for us was when we realized that not only does it have all these great base primitives like pods and replica sets, but you can also define your own primitives and custom controllers that use them."
  • Oracle is changing how it reports cloud revenues, what's it hiding? [iophk: "probably Microsoft doing this too" (cloudwashing)]
     

    In short: Oracle no longer reports specific revenue for cloud PaaS, IaaS and SaaS, instead bundling them all into one reporting line which it calls 'cloud services and licence support'. This line pulled in 60% of total revenue for the quarter at $6.8 billion, up 8% year-on-year, for what it's worth.

  • Announcing the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 for ARM
    Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 for the ARM architecture.
  • Oracle Linux 7 Now Ready For ARM Servers
    While Red Hat officially launched RHEL7 for ARM servers last November, on Friday Oracle finally announced the general availability of their RHEL7-derived Oracle Linux 7 for ARM. Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 is available for ARM 64-bit (ARMv8 / AArch64), including with their new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 based on Linux 4.14.

Graphics: XWayland, Ozone-GBM, Freedreno, X.Org, RadeonSI

  • The Latest Batch Of XWayland / EGLStream Improvements Merged
    While the initial EGLStreams-based support for using the NVIDIA proprietary driver with XWayland was merged for the recent X.Org Server 1.20 release, the next xorg-server release will feature more improvements.
  • Making Use Of Chrome's Ozone-GBM Intel Graphics Support On The Linux Desktop
    Intel open-source developer Joone Hur has provided a guide about using the Chrome OS graphics stack on Intel-based Linux desktop systems. In particular, using the Chrome OS graphics stack on the Linux desktop is primarily about using the Ozone-GBM back-end to Ozone that allows for direct interaction with Intel DRM/KMS support and evdev for input.
  • Freedreno Reaches OpenGL ES 3.1 Support, Not Far From OpenGL 3.3
    The Freedreno Gallium3D driver now supports all extensions required by OpenGL ES 3.1 and is also quite close to supporting desktop OpenGL 3.3.
  • X.Org Is Looking For A North American Host For XDC2019
    If software development isn't your forte but are looking to help out a leading open-source project while logistics and hospitality are where you excel, the X.Org Foundation is soliciting bids for the XDC2019 conference. The X.Org Foundation is looking for proposals where in North America that the annual X.Org Developers' Conference should be hosted in 2019. This year it's being hosted in Spain and with the usual rotation it means that in 2019 they will jump back over the pond.
  • RadeonSI Compatibility Profile Is Close To OpenGL 4.4 Support
    It was just a few days ago that the OpenGL compatibility profile support in Mesa reached OpenGL 3.3 compliance for RadeonSI while now thanks to the latest batch of patches from one of the Valve Linux developers, it's soon going to hit OpenGL 4.4. Legendary open-source graphics driver contributor Timothy Arceri at Valve has posted 11 more patches for advancing RadeonSI's OpenGL compatibility profile support, the alternative context to the OpenGL core profile that allows mixing in deprecated OpenGL functionality. The GL compatibility profile mode is generally used by long-standing workstation software and also a small subset of Linux games.