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NASA's Eyes Is Still Being Ported To Linux

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NASA is still said to be porting their "Eyes" visualization software to Linux.

NASA Eyes out of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and California Institute of Technology is designed to provide visualizations of various items on Earth and within the solar system.

Visualizations range from viewing wild fires and hurricanes to having solar system tours. Eyes has been available for macOS, Windows, and mobile platforms but with no Linux support.

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feren OS: A new Snapshot is Now Available! (Changes)

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A new Snapshot of feren OS, codenamed Oxygen, has been released for both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Devices, and it comes with a lot of good changes from after August Snapshot's (NEON's) release.

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4MLinux 22.3 STABLE released.

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This is a minor (point) release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel, which comes with the Linux kernel 4.9.49. The 4MLinux Server now includes Apache 2.4.27, MariaDB 10.2.8, and PHP 7.0.23 (see this post for more details). Additionally, some popular programs (Dropbox, Java, Skype) have been updated, too.

4MLinux 22.3 is the first release that includes the r8168 Realtek Ethernet driver.

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Latest Stats From Microsoft-Connected Firm

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Best Linux Distros for the Enterprise

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In this article, I'll share the top Linux distros for enterprise environments. Some of these distros are used in server and cloud environments along with desktop duties. The one constant that all of these Linux options have is that they are enterprise grade Linux distributions -- so you can expect a high greater degree of functionality and, of course, support.
What is an enterprise grade Linux distribution?

An enterprise grade Linux distribution comes down to the following – stability and support. Both of these components must be met to take any Linux distribution seriously in an enterprise environment. Stability means that the packages provided are both stable to use, while still maintaining an expected level of security.

The support element of an enterprise grade distribution means that there is a reliable support mechanism in place. Sometimes this is a single (official) source such as a company. In other instances, it might be a governing not-for-profit that provides reliable recommendations to good third party support vendors. Obviously the former option is the best one, however both are acceptable.

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Knoppix 8.1 Now Available For A Retro Linux Experience In 2017

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Knoppix 8.1 is now available although no release announcement has yet to hit the wire. As it's been some years since last trying out Knoppix, I decided to fire up this new release.

With recalling fond memories of Knoppix during its early height as being the first/best Debian live CD but somewhat fading away in recent years, I was curious to try out Knoppix 8.1 when being alerted to it by a German Phoronix reader.

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Also: Ubuntu Is Dropping 32-bit Desktop Images

In pursuit of Purism

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For GNU/Linux users wanting a laptop, it’s almost always easier to find the hardware you want and then install the distro of your choice – perhaps with some muttering about the ‘Windows tax’, or even making a stand and getting the Microsoft licence portion of the price refunded.

However, as Purism puts it: “The model of ‘buy hardware, install free software’ is ageing, due primarily to the fact that there is a growing cryptographic bond between proprietary non-free signed binaries and the hardware that they run on.”

There are one or two laptops available from manufacturers with Ubuntu pre-installed, although Dell doesn’t always make it easy to find them, and a few resellers who’ll do the install for you, such as System76 – but the sad truth is that most laptop manufacturers do not care about software freedom, at least not enough to take a risk in standing out from the herd.

If they don’t care, that’s probably because the public don’t exercise themselves much over the issue – although awareness of free and open source software is slowly growing, and the Raspberry Pi has put GNU/Linux into the hands of a new generation.

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Happy birthday to GNU: celebrating 34 years of the free software movement!

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Since the birth of GNU, a rich collaborative community of developers and activists has sprung up and is still going strong, fighting against proprietary software, software patents, Digital Restrictions Management, and other threats to our freedom and privacy.

We're a little too busy to party like we did for GNU's 25th birthday and 30th birthday, but we couldn't possibly let the birthday pass without cake.

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Installing Linux on your PC is super easy - here's how to do it

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The Manjaro Linux developers announced the release of version 17.0.5 last week. My objective today is to use this release to show that Linux can be installed from scratch, configured and used for everyday work without using command line (text console) access, and without having to download, compile, install or otherwise perform any manual tasks to install device drivers or other hardware support.

Best of all, the complete installation and configuration can be done in well under an hour!

First, I want to be absolutely clear about this, if you already have Manjaro Linux installed it is not necessary to reinstall from scratch with this new release. All you need to do is make sure that your system has all the latest patches and updates installed and you will in fact be running this new release.

The purpose of these new ISO images is to roll up all the updates and patches that have been made since the last Manjaro point release, and to update the installer itself to the latest version.

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