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Story Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 5:06pm
Story Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 5:04pm
Story Ubuntu 17.10 Rebased on Linux Kernel 4.12, Final Release to Ship with Linux 4.13 Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 4:59pm
Story RancherOS: A tiny Linux for Docker lovers Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 4:57pm
Story Review: System76’s Galago Pro solves “just works” Linux’s Goldilocks problem Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 4:52pm
Story Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 3 Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 4:50pm
Story GNOME and Debian: Debian Turning 24, GNOME Turning 20 Roy Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 4:02pm
Story Games: Black Mirror, DualShock, Burst The Game, Ashes of the Singularity Roy Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 3:59pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 10:34am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 16/08/2017 - 9:27am

Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Canonical is shifting around the trash can icon on the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release, which might give some a sense of déjà vu.

Apple kicked off the trash in the corner trend in 1983, with an easily accessible icon for storing junk on its Lisa computer. In 1995, Microsoft added a "recycle bin" to the DOS replacement, Windows 95.

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Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday

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Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.

It was this day in 1993 that the late Ian Murdock founded the Debian Project. It's on 16 August each year that the birthday is celebrated, also known as Debian Day or Debian Appreciation Day by its creators and fans.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Rebased on Linux Kernel 4.12, Final Release to Ship with Linux 4.13

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As of today, August 16, 2017, the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system has been rebased on the current stable Linux kernel series, namely Linux 4.12.

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Also: Ubuntu 17.10 to Allow Users to Amplify the Sound on Laptops Through Media Keys

RancherOS: A tiny Linux for Docker lovers

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Like the various Linux server and desktop distributions, the container-oriented Linux distributions mix and match various projects and components to construct a complete container infrastructure. These distros generally combine a minimal OS kernel, an orchestration framework, and an ecosystem of container services. RancherOS not only fits the mold, but takes the minimal kernel and the container paradigm to extremes.

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Review: System76’s Galago Pro solves “just works” Linux’s Goldilocks problem

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The Linux world has long maintained a very specific rite of passage: wiping the default operating system from your laptop and plugging in a USB stick with your favorite distro's live CD. Some of us get a little, dare I say, giddy every time we wipe that other OS away and see that first flash of GRUB.

Of course, rites of passage are supposed to be one-time events. Once you've wiped Windows or OS X a time or two, that giddiness vanishes—replaced by a feeling of annoyance, a kind of tax on being a Linux user.

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 3

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After introducing yesterday a real GNOME vanilla session, let’s see how we are using this to implement small behavior differences and transforming current Ubuntu Artful. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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GNOME and Debian: Debian Turning 24, GNOME Turning 20

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Debian
  • Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday

    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.

  • GNOME desktop environment for Linux and BSD is 20 years old today

    When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer!

    Most computer users will obviously want a graphical UI nowadays, and for BSD and Linux-based operating systems there are many such desktop environments from which to choose. One of the most popular environments is GNOME. Not only is GNOME a DE, but it has evolved into much more, such as a collection of apps and design rules (Human Interface Guidelines). Today, GNOME is celebrating a very important milestone -- it is an impressive 20 years old!

  • Happy birthday, GNOME!

    The GNOME desktop turns 20 today, and I'm so excited! Twenty years is a major milestone for any open source software project, especially a graphical desktop environment like GNOME that has to appeal to many different users. The 20th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!

  • Linux desktop GUI GNOME celebrates its 20th birthday

    By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.

Games: Black Mirror, DualShock, Burst The Game, Ashes of the Singularity

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Security Leftovers

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New LibreELEC Kodi Linux distro update arrives -- download it now!

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Kodi is one of the best media centers available. Its cross-platform nature makes it usable on many different operating systems. Not only is it good for locally stored music and video, but with the use of add-ons, the sky is the limit. Fans of Premier League Football (soccer), for instance, can use Kodi to watch matches.

Where Kodi really shines, however, is with Linux. More specifically, the best experience is when the media center is the star of the show. Luckily, there are some Linux distros that exist solely to run Kodi. One such popular distro is LibreELEC -- a fork of OpenELEC. Today, an update to that operating system becomes available and you can download it immediately. There are images available for Raspberry Pi, WeTek, and of course, x86_64.

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GNU/Linux for beginners: How Audio Works

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One of the things that I found pretty confusing about GNU/Linux during my transition from using Windows as my primary OS to using GNU/Linux, was how audio worked.

In Windows, you don’t really have to think about anything, or know how to configure any specific utilities for the most part; audio just works. You might need to install a driver for a new headset or soundcard but that’s about as heavy as things get.

Audio in GNU/Linux has come a long way and nowadays functions fairly well when it comes to the simplicity that users migrating from Windows are accustomed to; but there are still some nuances and terms that new users may not be familiar with.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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Red Hat has banished the Btrfs, the Oracle-created file system intended to help harden Linux's storage capabilities.

The Deprecated Functionality List for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 explains the decision as follows:

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Red Hat updates Red Hat Development Suite

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Red Hat has updated their Red Hat Development Suite to version 2.0, including updates to Red Hat JBoss Development Suite and Red Hat Container Development Kit.

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today's leftovers

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  • AMD Patches MJPEG Decoding For VA-API Gallium3D

    Leo Liu of AMD is out today with another series if video/multimedia related patches for the open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver stack.

  • VDPAU Video Playback For The Radeon RX Vega On Linux

    An oversight from yesterday's AMD Radeon RX Vega Linux review was forgetting to mention the VDPAU video playback capabilities for this Vega graphics card on the open-source driver stack.

  • Benchmarking small file performance on distributed filesystems

    The benchmark I used was compilebench, which was designed to emulate real-life disk usage by creating a kernel tree, simulating a compile of the tree, reading all the files in the tree, and finally deleting the tree. I chose this benchmark because it does a lot of work with small files, very similar to what most file access looks like in our school. I did modify the benchmark to only do one read rather than the default of three to match the single creation, compilation simulation and deletion performed on each client.

  • GNOME turns 20
  • Happy Birthday GNOME!
  • New LibreELEC Kodi Linux distro update arrives -- download it now!

    Kodi is one of the best media centers available. Its cross-platform nature makes it usable on many different operating systems. Not only is it good for locally stored music and video, but with the use of add-ons, the sky is the limit. Fans of Premier League Football (soccer), for instance, can use Kodi to watch matches.

    Where Kodi really shines, however, is with Linux. More specifically, the best experience is when the media center is the star of the show. Luckily, there are some Linux distros that exist solely to run Kodi. One such popular distro is LibreELEC -- a fork of OpenELEC. Today, an update to that operating system becomes available and you can download it immediately. There are images available for Raspberry Pi, WeTek, and of course, x86_64.

  • Qt 4 removal in Debian testing (Buster)/unstable
  • Debian Buster Hopes To Drop Qt4

    Debian developers are still hoping they will be able to remove the Qt4 tool-kit during the Debian 10 "Buster" development cycle.

    While there is still some open and proprietary software continuing to use the Qt4 tool-kit, Debian developers hope they transition soon to Qt5 or another tool-kit.

Server Leftovers

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  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Looking to the Cloud

    Sysadmins will always need core competencies such as networking and security, but increasingly, they can differentiate themselves by mastering new platforms and tools. Previously in this series, we've provided an overview of essentials, evolving network skills, and security. In this article, we'll look at how experience with open cloud computing platforms such as OpenStack can make a difference in your sysadmin career.

  • Top 5 container mistakes that cause security problems

    Given that many companies are still wrapping their arms around the potential of container technology and how to best leverage it, there is still a lot of experimentation with containers.

    Developers are working in their own sandboxes, setting them up on their laptops and then putting them into production. The issue, though, is that if containers are done without security measures in mind, you may not have the agility you want with the right controls.

    As a result, unknown content can end up in containers, even with today's growing marketing container tools. Kristen Newcomer, security strategist at RedHat, says before putting containers into production, you need to ask, "What’s the right process to manage this? How do I make sure things are controlled and managed as I would any other application?"

  • Time, Security Cited as Hurdles to Adoption of Containers

    Containers remain a nascent cloud platform choice for many enterprises. But lack of ecosystem maturity and familiarity are seen as early-stage hurdles toward adoption.

    Dustin Kirkland, VP of product at Canonical who’s on the company’s Ubuntu products and strategy team, said one of the biggest issues facing container adoption today is simply time. Containers are still relatively new in the eyes of enterprise customers who have only recently come to understand the benefits of virtual machines (VMs).

  • 4 container adoption patterns: What you need to know

    At this time of digital transformation, it’s crystal clear why today’s businesses desire speed. When a rival uses technology to make an unexpected move, or makes a big acquisition, you must react quickly. For example, the recent Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods demands fast action from supermarket competitors. To achieve that kind of business speed, IT leaders want to flip the 80/20 paradigm, where IT traditionally spent 80 percent of its budget on maintenance and 20 percent on innovation. CIOs seek to allocate more budget to help the business be agile and nimble.

Software: Weblate, Musixmatch, virt-viewer, Conky, Cryptomator, libosinfo, Latte Dock

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  • New projects on Hosted Weblate
  • The MusixMatch Desktop Lyrics App Is Available for Linux

    This weekend I learnt that the Musixmatch desktop app is available for Linux!  Not that Linux users are short of desktop lyrics apps. We’ve written about several before, including ‘Instant Lyrics’ and ‘Lyricfier’, and many open-source music players sport some sort of song words integration. B

  • ANNOUNCE: virt-viewer 6.0 release

    I am happy to announce a new bugfix release of virt-viewer 6.0 (gpg), including experimental Windows installers for Win x86 MSI (gpg) and Win x64 MSI (gpg). The virsh and virt-viewer binaries in the Windows builds should now successfully connect to libvirtd, following fixes to libvirt’s mingw port.

  • 5 Best Linux Conky Themes

    Conky remains one of the coolest ways of customizing your Linux desktop. Conky uses the X window system allowing you to monitor system variables such as CPU usage, swap space, temperatures, network download and upload speeds, time, calendar and much more. 
    Check out this article on how to set up Conky on your Ubuntu desktop. If you got Conky installed already, let us look at some awesome themes to get your desktop sparkling and make your friends jealous. These themes are quite varying in appeal and form and hopefully, there will be one or a few which surely would impress you. There are a ton of Conky themes out there and you can always find some from Deviantart.com and a few other sites. So let’s started.

  • Cryptomator – An Open Source Client-side Encryption Tool For Your Cloud

    Cryptomator is a free, open source, lightweight and multi-platform client-side encryption tool for your Cloud data. It uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) method to encrypt your data. And, Your passphrase is protected against brute-force attacks using scrypt, a password-based key derivation function. It encrypts each file individually, so if you edit just a small text file, only the corresponding encrypted file is changed. Since it is open source, anyone can download the source code and verify it. Cryptomator has won the special award for usable security and privacy at CeBIT 2016. If you’re looking for an easy and reliable way to secure your Cloud data, Cryptomator might be a good choice.

  • ANNOUNCE: libosinfo 1.1.0 release

    I am happy to announce a new release of libosinfo version 1.1.0 is now available, signed with key DAF3 A6FD B26B 6291 2D0E 8E3F BE86 EBB4 1510 4FDF (4096R). All historical releases are available from the project download page.

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  • Latte Dock 0.7 Released with Wayland Tech Preview

    A new version of Latte Dock is available to download.

    The popular desktop dock is designed for, but not exclusive to, the KDE Plasma desktop.

Games: BATTLETECH, Songbringer, Football Manager 2018, The Pillars of the Earth, Realms of Arkania

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  • Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday
    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.
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    When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer! Most computer users will obviously want a graphical UI nowadays, and for BSD and Linux-based operating systems there are many such desktop environments from which to choose. One of the most popular environments is GNOME. Not only is GNOME a DE, but it has evolved into much more, such as a collection of apps and design rules (Human Interface Guidelines). Today, GNOME is celebrating a very important milestone -- it is an impressive 20 years old!
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