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Process Management in GNU/Linux for beginners

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Thankfully, it's pretty rare (at least in my experience) that GNU/Linux suffers from applications freezing or hanging. However, it does happen! But besides freezes and hangs, there are other needs for process management in GNU/Linux, and most beginners do not have a clue on how to do it!

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8-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On A Dual Xeon Scalable Gold Server

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

While we routinely run various Linux distribution / operating system comparisons at Phoronix, they tend to be done on desktop class hardware and the occasional servers. This is our look at the most interesting enterprise-focused Linux distribution comparison to date as we see how Intel's Xeon Scalable platform compares on different GNU/Linux distributions when using the Tyan GT24E-B7106 paired with two Dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors. The tested configuration has 96GB of DDR4-2666 memory and 40 cores / 80 threads to see how different modern Linux distributions are affected with the latest-generation Xeon platform.

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Bodhi Linux 4.3.0 Released

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Linux

Today I am pleased to announce the release of Bodhi Linux 4.3.0. This is a normal update release and it comes three months after the release of Bodhi 4.2.0. Existing Bodhi 4.x.y users do not need to reinstall as the primary goal of this update release is to simply keep the current ISO image up to date. This release image includes EFL 1.19.1, Terminology 1.1.0, Ephoto 1.5, and Linux kernel 4.11. As with every release in the 4.x.y Bodhi series it is built on top of the rock solid foundation that is Ubuntu 16.04.

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Richard Stallman – the freedom defender whom we may not deserve but definitely need

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Stallman was always interested in Physics as much as in Maths. For him, the decision to opt for Physics in college was simply a matter of academic requirements. He explains, “To get an honours degree in Mathematics, one had to write a thesis whereas for Physics it didn’t require a thesis. I had an experience in my last year in high school where I had a class which required writing long papers and it was really hard for me.” In practice it didn’t make any big difference because he took classes in both and was happy to do so. But he didn’t take classes of things related to computers because he found another way to work on that.

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GNOME, GUADEC, GSoC, and GTK/GIMP

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GNOME
  • GNOME 20th Birthday Party in Lima, Peru

    This year I was pleased to receive the invitation for the 20th Birthday Party celebrated at the Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry during GUADEC 2017 in Manchester, UK .

  • GUADEC 2017 Manchester

    Really enjoyed this year’s GUADEC. Thanks everyone for coming and the local team for pulling off a perfectly organized conference.

  • GSoC Final Report

    Google Summer of Code 2017 has come to an end, I worked on adding Gamepad and Keyboard Configuration to GNOME Games. This post is a part of my final submission.

  • GSoC '17 - Final Report

    This summer as part of Google Summer of Code 2017, I worked on the project “Pitivi: Color correction interface using three chromatic wheels”. As GSoC concludes, I’m writing this post as part of my final submission.

  • GSoC – Final report

    The Google Summer of Code is almost over and I want to give you a quick update on what has been done in the last months.

    You can have a look on how the integration of the Nextcloud client looks like in Nautilus in the following video. As GNOME will drop the support for status icons on the near future this will be the way for sync clients to give the user a way to access their functionally in the context of the synced folder.

  • GIMP 2.9.6 now in Gentoo

Cucumber Linux 1.0

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Linux

Cucumber Linux is a relatively young project and one of the newest additions to the DistroWatch database. While Cucumber is developed as an independent distribution, the project draws a great deal of inspiration from the Slackware project. Cucumber's website has a similar style to Slackware's and Cucumber uses the same low-level package management utilities. The similarities are also reflected in Cucumber's stance on avoiding automatically configuring the system, the distribution's apparent reluctance to customize upstream software and the project's menu-driven system installer.

Cucumber Linux 1.0 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds for the x86 architecture. I downloaded the 64-bit build which has an ISO file 1.2GB in size. Booting from the installation media brings up a text-based menu where we can choose to launch the project's system installer or drop to a command line shell. There is no live desktop environment available.

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GnuPG 2.2.0

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Security
  • GnuPG 2.2 Released

    Werner Koch has announced the release of GNU Privacy Guard's GnuPG 2.2 stable series.

  • What’s new in GnuPG 2.1

    GnuPG version 2.1 (now known as 2.2) comes with a bag of new features which changes some things old-timers are used to. This page explains the more important ones. It expects that the reader is familiar with GnuPG version 2.0 and aware that GnuPG consists of gpg, gpgsm, and gpg-agent as its main components.

  • GnuPG 2.2.0 released

    Version 2.2.0 of the GNU Privacy Guard is out; this is the beginning of a new long-term stable series. Changes in this release are mostly minor, but it does now install as gpg rather than gpg2, and it will automatically fetch keys from keyservers by default.

System76's Pop!_OS Weekly Update

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Linux
Ubuntu
  • Pop!_OS Weekly Update: 17.10, Distro Settings, and Default Apps

    At System76 we all work in the same office so keeping the external Pop!_OS community involved and up-to-date is an interesting challenge. So far we’ve been communicating our ideas and work through our chat channel and blog. This week we decided to hold our first System76+Community meeting in Pop!_Chat to discuss default settings and apps. While the overall outcome was fantastic, there are definitely ways we can increase bandwidth between those at System76 HQ and community members around the world. We’re working on some ideas.

  • System76's Pop!_OS Not Using Wayland By Default, Figuring Out Default Apps

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    System76 continues working on their Ubuntu fork called Pop!_OS that they intend to ship on their future laptops and desktops. They have now decided on some of the default applications as well as the decision to not yet ship Wayland by default.

    System76 has been migrating the Pop!_OS base from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 and made improvements around that to reduce the ISO size and memory usage. They have also decided for their initial release they will continue using the X.Org Server while the Wayland session will just be optional. They aren't yet moving to Wayland due to concerns around unsupported applications and confusion to users when applications are running into problems because of Wayland.

Limitations of Darling and Wine (Mac OS X and Windows Software on GNU/Linux)

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Linux
  • Lessons Learned While Building Security.framework

    Security's source code was full of incorrectly capitalized header names. This is because macOS defaults to using Case-Insensitive HFS+ by default, causing these problems to not be noticed until we tried building the source when it is on EXT4, a case-sensitive filesystem. Few people chose the case-sensitive variant of HFS+ and many software suites, including some by Adobe, flat-out refuse to be installed to case-sensitive HFS+. When APFS was announced to be the default filesystem of the upcoming macOS 10.13 High Sierra, we are very disappointed that it will still be case-insensitive by default. This problem confirms that Apple uses case-insensitive filesystems for development.

  • I tried to install SketchUp 2017 in Linux ...

    Back in the day, you really COULD install and use the likes of IE6, Word 2003, WinAmp, and other software. I was able to use SketchUp and LFS. And let's not forget DirectX! Then, Windows moved on and WINE did not. Hey, even IE7 and IE8 were tricky, to say nothing of anything more recent or complex. If you're aiming for serious stuff, you just won't succeed. WINE was designed and meant for Windows XP, and sadly, that is where and when the party ended. The test with SketchUp 2017 just adds another nail to the coffin.

    I think the WINE framework needs a complete revamp. In its current guise, it just gives false hopes to people, or keeps them running super ancient software that, in some cases, makes perfect sense, but in others, it's a complete waste of time and effort. I also find the effort of trying WINE to be painful. I am not interested in errors, messages or manual tweaks. If it can't work automagically, it's not meant to be. Since my version 1.7 test, things have even gotten worse. I might as well give up on WINE for good. I don't know. However, what it does definitely mean, and what I do know, is that for my 3D games, it will have to be Windows, I'm afraid. Article, end of.

New Free Software for GNU/Linux: Audacious 3.9, Calamares 3.1.3, Weblate

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Linux
Software
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