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Linux Calculated, Faint Shadow of OpenMandriva, Big Bother Absolutely

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Today in Linux news Blogger DarkDuck said that OpenMandriva has become a faint shadow of its namesake. That was despite getting it to work fairly well. Elsewhere, Techphylum offered a brief overview of Calculate Linux and Jack Germain said Absolute Linux was "the equivalent of driving a stick shift automobile with a crank-to-start mechanism." OMG!Ubuntu! reported on that 13 foot robot, that was said to be the "soldier of the future" somewhere, is programmed using Ubuntu and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols warned Linux will become more and more a target of hackers.

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Distro Excitement 2017, Image Viewers, LibO Calendar

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Today in Linux news The Document Foundation offered a 2017 wall calendar to print off and hang on your wall. Elsewhere, OMG!Ubuntu! shared their picks for distros to watch in 2017 and Fedora has 17 image viewers for 2017. Sourceforge and TecMint have resolutions for administrators and developers as Google heads to Linux.conf.au 2017.

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Lotsa Gaming Stuff, RMS Message, Promising Distros of 2017

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Most notable today and yesterday was the number of articles about Linux gaming. From console games to the most popular of the year, folks seem to be gaming out the end of 2016. Elsewhere, Tux4Ubuntu aims to bring the plucky penguin back to Ubuntu and Jack Wallen explored the "small footprint" LXLE. The Linux Experiment shared tips for Linux security and MakeTechEasier highlighted security with Firejail.

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Year of Linux Desktop, Bluestar Report, LibO Extensions

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Today in Linux news Matt Hartley asked if 2017 just might be that fabled "year of the Linux desktop." Ada Ivanova has six suggestions in LibreOffice extensions while Bruce Byfield is afraid MUFFIN is "an over-hyped and misplaced effort." Christine Hall is back with more on Mint and I thought I'd share a few thoughts on my experience in Bluestar Linux.

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Also: 2016 was the Best Year for Linux

OpenMandriva 3.01, Mint Nonreview, Fedora LXQt

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Just before Christmas the OpenMandriva team announced an update to Lx 3.0 complete with Plasma 5.8.4 and Linux 4.9.0. Elsewhere, Christine Hall posted her review/non-review of Mint 18 and Gabriel Cánepa summarizes the top distros of the year. LinuxBSDos.com previewed Fedora 26 LXQt while Phoronix.com looked back at Fedora in 2016.

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Also: OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 – our holidays gift

Fedora's Step-child, KDE Interviews, Debian Auto-Update

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Today in Linux news Debian is considering automatic updates on upcoming releases. Debian isn't the only distro considering the move as security concerns increase. Elsewhere, Dedoimedo interviewed KDE developers Sebastian Kugler and Bhushan Shah who said KDE Plasma is moving in the right direction. Shawn Starr said he's tired of KDE being treated like a red-headed stepchild over there at Fedora and Christian Cawley suggested five distros to try in a virtual machine.

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Also: Debian considering automated upgrades

Debian Eyes Automatic Updates For New Installations

LibreOffice 5.2.4, Mint Upgrading, Weather Forecast

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The Document Foundation is celebrating today with their release of LibreOffice 5.2.4. The announcement also teased upcoming LibreOffice 5.3 that will feature the new MUFFIN interface. Elsewhere, there seems to be some disagreement as to whether Mint's heart is in their upgrades and Jonathan Corbet published his latest Linux Forecast. A couple of sites have gathered some fun activities for the long boring holiday season and, in case you missed it, Fedora 23 reached its end of life Tuesday.

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Best GNOME Distro, Linux All-in-One, PIXEL for PCs

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Today was another busy day in Linux news with the top story being the release of Red Hat's third quarter 2017 financial report. Third quarter revenue missed analysts' expectations and cut full year forecast along with the resignation of CFO all added up to a rough night for Red Hat stock. Elsewhere, Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the release of PIXEL for PC and Mac and The Document Foundation introduced MUFFIN, a "tasty new user interface" for LibreOffice. Blogger Dedoimedo chose the best GNOME distro of the year and Andy Weir covered Acer's new all-in-one PC that's available with Linux.

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Also: GTK 3.89.2 Released With Vulkan Renderer, Continued GDK/GSK Changes

5% Market Share, Linus Upset, Wonderful Bluestar

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Monday was a busy day in the Linux world, there were way too many good headlines to cover. One of the more interesting was a prediction from Jack Wallen who said that Linux should reach 5% market share in 2017. Bad news is, vulnerability discoveries are liable to increase as well. Elsewhere, Mr. Wallen reviewed Bluestar Linux, an Arch derivative featuring a customized Plasma desktop, making it sound so good it will be my next experiment. The Register spotted another scolding from Linus Torvalds and blogger Dedoimedo said Fedora 25 GNOME is "an interesting distro." Bryan Lunduke revived old 1992 BBS gaming and Adobe released an update for Flash.

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Debian vs. Fedora, MX Linux Team, 2016 Top Searches

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Today in Linux news Bruce Byfield compared and contrasted two of "the most influential Linux distributions of all time." While more alike than one imagines, Byfield outlined the differences as why to "pick one over another." Elsewhere, Dedoimedo interviewed the MX Linux team and discussed Xfce distributions in other posts. Michael Larabel reported today that the FBDEV maintainer has quit and Google blogged of the year's top searches.

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  • XWayland Gets Patches For Better EGLStreams Handling
    While the recently released X.Org Server 1.20 has initial support for XWayland with EGLStreams so X11 applications/games on Wayland can still benefit from hardware acceleration, in its current state it doesn't integrate too well with Wayland desktop compositors wishing to support it. That's changing with a new patch series.
  • Intel Mesa Driver Finally Supports Threaded OpenGL
    Based off the Gallium3D "mesa_glthread" work for threaded OpenGL that can provide a measurable win in some scenarios, the Intel i965 Mesa driver has implemented this support now too. Following the work squared away last year led in the RadeonSI driver, the Intel i965 OpenGL driver supports threaded OpenGL when the mesa_glthread=true environment variable is set.
  • Geometry & Tessellation Shaders For Mesa's OpenGL Compatibility Context
    With the recent Mesa 18.1 release there is OpenGL 3.1 support with the ARB_compatibility context for the key Gallium3D drivers, but Marek Olšák at AMD continues working on extending that functionality under the OpenGL compatibility context mode.
  • Mesa Begins Its Transition To Gitlab
    Following the news from earlier this month that FreeDesktop.org would move its infrastructure to Gitlab, the Mesa3D project has begun the process of adopting this Git-centered software.

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

Comment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool. The tool also provides a quick overview of the new GNOME interface, and offers to set up Livepatch (for kernel patching without a reboot). In my review I called the opt-out a ham-fisted decision, but did note that if Canonical wanted to actually gather data, opt-out was probably the best choice. Read more

How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

CERN really needs no introduction. Among other things, the European Organization for Nuclear Research created the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, which was used in discovery of the Higgs boson. Tim Bell, who is responsible for the organization’s IT Operating Systems and Infrastructure group, says the goal of his team is “to provide the compute facility for 13,000 physicists around the world to analyze those collisions, understand what the universe is made of and how it works.” Read more