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Linux 3.18.52

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I'm announcing the release of the 3.18.52 kernel.

All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 3.18.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.18.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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A Variety Of KVM Changes For Linux 4.12, Supports MIPS Hardware Virtualization

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The Kernel-based Virtual Machine changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.12 kernel merge window.

There are plenty of KVM changes as usual for this next kernel cycle. Some of the work for KVM on ARM includes improved PMU support and virtual interrupt controller improvements. MIPS meanwhile has picked up basic support for hardware virtualization when using Imagination P5600/P6600/I6400 or Cavium Octeon III hardware.

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A proposal to remerge OpenWRT and LEDE

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Hardware

It appears that the OpenWRT and LEDE communities are about to vote on a proposal covering many of the details behind merging the two projects (which forked one year ago) back together. The plan appears to be to go forward with the OpenWRT name, but with the LEDE repository; domain names would be transferred to SPI.

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Debian-Based OSMC Linux Media Center Updated with Better Raspberry Pi Support

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Debian

While we were waiting for the final Mesa 17.1.0 3D Graphics Library to hit the streets this past weekend, Collabora's Emil Velikov is today announcing the availability of the fourth and last Release Candidate (RC) milestone.

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Raspberry Pi Zero W, hands-on: A very welcome new member of the family

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The Raspberry Pi Zero W was announced on February 28th. I started trying to get one as soon as I saw the announcement. I finally succeeded on May 3rd.

Those two months of delay and frustration say a lot about the overwhelming demand for the Raspberry Pi in general, and the Pi Zero models in particular, so I will start with a brief description of that before getting into the main hands-on portion of this post.

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Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is a 2K Ubuntu Laptop for $329

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Linux

Chinese computer company Chuwi plan to release an Ubuntu powered laptop.

The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is a thin, all-metal clamshell notebook with a 12.3-inch 2K display.

Never heard of Chuwi? Me either.

Though the company is far from a household name it carving out a name for its self making a slate of well-received Windows 10 tablets, and 2-in-1’s — one of which even dual-boots with Android.

And now they’re apparently turning their attention to Ubuntu.

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ExTiX 17.5 Looks to Be the First GNU/Linux OS Shipping with Linux Kernel 4.11

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Linux

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is once again the first to built a Linux-based operating system powered by the latest stable kernel, and today he announced the availability of ExTiX 17.5 Build 170508 using the Linux 4.11 kernel.

To our knowledge, ExTiX 17.5 Build 170508 looks to be the first stable, production-ready GNU/Linux distribution to ship with Linux kernel 4.11. The operating system is dubbed by the developer "The Ultimate Linux System" for a reason, and today's release is based on packages from Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 "Jessie," Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" and Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus).

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Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 Launches with Flatpak Support, GNOME 3.18 Desktop

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Linux

PC/OpenSystems LLC and Black Lab Software are proud to announce today the release and immediate availability for download of the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 operating system.

Now that netOS become Black Lab Enterprise Linux, and that the OS is free for download again, the team prepared the latest release with dozens of exciting new features and several flavors. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 appears to be the first stable series to ship with Black Lab Studio Linux, Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Education, and Black Lab Enterprise Linux for IoT editions.

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Linux 4.10.15, 4.9.27 LTS and 4.4.67 LTS

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Linux 4.12 I/O Scheduler Benchmarks: BFQ, Kyber, Etc

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Among the many new features for Linux 4.12 are two new I/O schedulers in mainline: the long-standing BFQ (Budget Fair Queueing) and Kyber, a new I/O scheduler developed at Facebook. Here are some initial benchmarks of these I/O schedulers on the Linux Git code as of this past week.

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