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Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation review: The Ubuntu Linux laptop for power developers

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Dell describes their Project Sputnik computers as systems developed by and for developers. They're right. They are. While the XPS 13 is the best known of these, it could stand a little improvement. For example, it can only hold 16GBs of RAM. For those who need even more power and memory, you can get a Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation.

You can up the RAM on this powerhouse machine to 32GBs of RAM. For processing punch, the 5520 defaults to an Intel Core i5-7440HQ 2.80GHz processor, but for an extra $322 you can crank it up to a blazing-hot Intel Core Xeon 3 GHz E3-1505M v6 CPU. The I5 7440 Processor comes with the Intel 630 HD Graphics. The other processors come with a snappy Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics processor with 4GBs of video RAM.

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Canonical Releases New Snapd Snappy Daemon Update with New Interfaces, Bug Fixes

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Canonical's Michael Vogt announced today the release and immediate availability of the Snapd 2.26.8 minor update to the Snappy daemon used in Ubuntu Linux and other Snappy-enabled GNU/Linux distributions.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 Might Automatically Mute Music When Taking VoIP Calls

    Ubuntu may re-enable a nifty feature in PulseAudio that pauses or mutes music and video when an incoming VoIP call is received. This feature, which is provided by a PulseAudio plugin called Cork, has been disabled in PulseAudio on Ubuntu until now because it doesn’t play nice with the Qt Skype client.

  • User acceptance testing of snaps, with Travis CI

    Travis CI offers a great continuous integration service for the projects hosted in GitHub. With it you can run tests, deliver artifacts and deploy services on pull requests, when they are merged, or with some other frequency.

    Last week they updated the Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) machines that run these jobs. This update came with a nice surprise for everybody working to deliver software to Linux users, because it is now possible to install snaps in Travis!

  • The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 512

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #512 for the week June 26 – July 2, 2017, and the full version is available here.

Debian/Ubuntu and Derivatives: End of Life, Proxmox, Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpapers, Linux Mint 18.2 Upgrade, and Zorin OS Release

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  • Ubuntu 16.10 Yaketty Yak Support Ends On July 20, Time To Say Goodbye

    If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak on your machine, it’s time for an upgrade. The open source Linux distribution has reached the end of its support cycle after nine months. It has been announced that Canonical will be cutting off all the updates and security patches for Ubuntu 16.10 on July 20.

  • Proxmox Virtual Environment 5.0 Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

    Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) project leader Martin Maurer is pleased to announce today the release and immediate availability for download of the Proxmox VE 5.0 operating system.

    Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, Proxmox 5.0 "Virtual Environment" is here to introduce a bunch of new functionalities and under-the-hood improvements, and the biggest of them all is the implementation of a new Proxmox VE storage replication stack.

  • Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest Is Open for Entries

    Grab your camera, your best lens and head outside because the Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest is now open for entries. Inspired by the Ubuntu wallpaper contests of old, Ubuntu Budgie is seeking out a sumptuous set of stunning scenes to ship as background images by default in its upcoming release.

  • Linux Mint 18.2 in-place upgrade path now ready

    Linux Mint 18.2 was released just a couple of days ago, and already the development team have enabled the upgrade path for users running Linux Mint 18 or Linux Mint 18.1; this is quite surprising as it has usually taken a week or so, in the past, to switch on upgrades.

  • Zorin OS 12 Lite Edition Released as the Biggest Leap Forward for the Distro Yet

    The Zorin OS developers are pleased to announce today the release and immediate availability of the Zorin OS 12 Lite operating system, the biggest leap forward for the lightweight distro designed for old and low-spec computers.

    Based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and powered by the Linux 4.8 HWE kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Zorin OS 12 Lite introduces support for more hardware components, an extra layer of performance improvements, the latest security enhancements, and an updated user experience with up-to-date applications and a refreshed design.

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Operating System Reaches End of Life on July 20, 2017

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We just received an email announcement from Canonical's Adam Conrad where he informs the Ubuntu community that the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system will reach end of life later this month, on July 20, 2017.

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Canonical Invites Ubuntu Users to Test the LibreOffice 5.3.4 Snap on Their OS

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Canonical's Olivier Tilloy reports today on the availability of an updated version of the LibreOffice Snap package for Ubuntu Linux and other Snappy-enabled distributions.

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Ubuntu Snaps and GNOME Shell Transition

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  • Snap Apps Now Appear as ‘Editor’s Picks’ in Ubuntu Software

    It’s now even easier to find Snap apps in Ubuntu Software. The latest stable update to Ubuntu Software in Ubuntu 17.04 (and up) ships with a number of Snap friendly improvements, including spotlighting a selection of Snap apps under the ‘Editor’s Picks‘ section on the home page of the software store app.

  • Ubuntu Developer Shares His Thoughts on the Unity to GNOME Shell Transition

    According to Ubuntu developer Iain Lane, the Ubuntu Desktop team over at Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux-based operating system, has a very big task to accomplish this year for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release.

    As you are aware, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth decided to stop the development of the Unity 8 desktop environment, along with the company's Ubuntu Phone/Tablet and Convergence visions, as well as to no longer support its Unity 7 interface in future Ubuntu releases.

How Canonical approaches the IoT market with Ubuntu Core

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The Internet of Things has enjoyed major growth in recent years, as more and more of the world around us gets smarter and more connected.

But keeping all these new devices updated and online requires a reliable and robust software background, allowing for efficient and speedy monitoring and backup when needed.

Software fragmentation has already become a significant issue across the mobile space, and may threaten to do so soon in the IoT.

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Ubuntu and Derivatives: Ubuntu Core in the Wild, Canonical Design, and Linux Mint 18.2

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  • AZLOGICA use Ubuntu Core for customised IoT agricultural solutions

    Shrimps are now considered as the most lucrative seafood product with demand growing from consumers due to their high nutritional value. This is reflected in the export figures with the two largest exporters of shrimps, Ecuador and India, seeing increases of 7.6% and 10.8% respectively in the first half of 2016. Due to their perishable nature, it is imperative for shrimp producers to maximise their profitability and reduce the risk of wasted stock either from theft, unfavourable weather conditions or a sub-optimal production environment – particularly with increasing demand and high revenue opportunities at stake.

  • Designing

    In January, I was presented with a design challenge. Many open-source software developers use GitHub. Let’s make it as easy as possible for them to build and release their code automatically, as a snap software package for Ubuntu and other Linux systems. The result is now available to the world:

  • Canonical Design Team: June’s reading list
  • Linux Mint 18.2 'Sonya' Ubuntu-based distro is here with Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, and Xfce

    Another day, another distro! Today, Linux Mint 18.2 achieves stable release. While the usual desktop environments, Cinnamon and Mate, are available immediately, so too are both KDE and Xfce. It is nice to see all four of these flavors released at once, as sometimes the Mint Team opts to stagger them.

    Code-named "Sonya," this operating system is based on Ubuntu 16.04 which is a long term support version. This means Linux Mint 18.2 will be supported until 2021. The kernel is fairly modern at version 4.8. To further highlight the continuing death of optical media, the excellent Brasero is no longer being included by default.

  • How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2

    It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 18 and 18.1 to version 18.2.

    If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

    Upgrading to 18.2 is relatively easy.

This little 64-bit NanoPi went to wireless

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The $25 NanoPi Neo Plus2 SBC combines the WiFi, Bluetooth, and 8GB eMMC of the Neo Air with the quad -A53 Allwinner H5 of the Neo2, and boosts RAM to 1GB.

Despite bulking up in one dimension to 52 x 40mm, FriendlyElec’s NanoPi Neo Plus2 is still part of the headless, IoT-oriented Neo family, joining the 40 x 40mm, $8 NanoPi Neo, the wireless enabled, $20 NanoPi Neo Air, and the 64-bit $15 NanoPi Neo2. Like the Neo Air, the $25 Neo Plus2 adds WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 8GB eMMC, and like the Neo2, it advances to the quad-core, Cortex-A53 Allwinner H5 clocked to 1.5GHz. Like other NanoPi boards, there are open schematics and a community website.

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    In a joint collaboration with Microsoft's Azure team, Canonical managed to enable a new Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel in the Ubuntu Cloud Images for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure starting today, September 21, 2017. The Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel is now enabled by default for the Ubuntu Cloud images running the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, and Canonical vows to offer the same level of support as the rest of its Ubuntu kernels until the operating system reaches end of life.

Servers: Kubernetes, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Sysadmin 101

  • Kubernetes Snaps: The Quick Version
    When we built the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes (CDK), one of our goals was to provide snap packages for the various Kubernetes clients and services: kubectl, kube-apiserver, kubelet, etc. While we mainly built the snaps for use in CDK, they are freely available to use for other purposes as well. Let’s have a quick look at how to install and configure the Kubernetes snaps directly.
  • Kubernetes is Transforming Operations in the Enterprise
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  • Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation
    Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined. It’s not every day you see this group of companies agree on anything, but as Kubernetes has developed into an essential industry tool, each of these companies sees it as a necessity to join the CNCF and support its mission. This is partly driven by customer demand and partly by the desire to simply have a say in how Kubernetes and other related cloud-native technologies are developed.
  • The Cloud-Native Architecture: One Stack, Many Options
    As the chief technology officer of a company specialized in cloud native storage, I have a first hand view of the massive transformation happening right now in enterprise IT. In short, two things are happening in parallel right now that make it radically simpler to build, deploy and run sophisticated applications. The first is the move to the cloud. This topic has been discussed so much that I won’t try to add anything new. We all know it’s happening, and we all know that its impact is huge.
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    I hope this description of levels in systems administration has been helpful as you plan your own career. When it comes to gaining experience, nothing quite beats making your own mistakes and having to recover from them yourself. At the same time, it sure is a lot easier to invite battle-hardened senior sysadmins to beers and learn from their war stories. I hope this series in Sysadmin 101 fundamentals has been helpful for those of you new to the sysadmin trenches, and also I hope it helps save you from having to learn from your own mistakes as you move forward in your career.

Databases: PostgreSQL 10 RC1 and Greenplum

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  • PostgreSQL 10 Release Candidate 1 Arrives
    PostgreSQL 10 has been queuing up improvements to declarative partitioning, logical replication support, an improved parallel query system, SCRAM authentication, performance speed-ups, hash indexes are now WAL, extended statistics, new integrity checking tools, smart connection handling, and many other promising improvements. Our earlier performance tests of Postgre 10 during its beta phase showed some speed-ups over PostgreSQL 9.
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Graphics: NVIDIA Progress, VC4/VC5, Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa

  • NVIDIA 384.90 Linux Driver Brings Fixes, Quadro P5200 Support
    One day after releasing updated GeForce Linux legacy drivers, NVIDIA is now out with an update to their long-lived 384 branch. The NVIDIA 384 Linux series is the current latest series for their proprietary driver. Coming out today is the 384.90 update that is primarily comprised of bug fixes but also includes Quadro P5200 support.
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  • The State Of The VC4 Driver Stack, Early Work On VC5
    ric Anholt of Broadcom just finished presenting at XDC2017 Mountain View on the state of the VC4 driver stack most notably used by the Raspberry Pi devices. Additionally, he also shared about his early work on the VC5 driver for next-generation Broadcom graphics.
  • Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa Have Hit Amazing Milestones This Year
    Kaveh Nasri, the manager of Intel's Mesa driver team within the Open-Source Technology Center since 2011, spoke this morning at XDC2017 about the accomplishments of his team and more broadly the Mesa community. Particularly over the past year there has been amazing milestones accomplished for this open-source driver stack.