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AMD Quietly Releases Catalyst 14.8 Linux Driver

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Back on 8 August there was evidently the Catalyst 14.8 Linux driver replace to succeed the Catalyst 14.6 Beta that was last updated in mid-July. AMD didn't make any announcement about the 14.8 Linux driver update and we didn't even notice until now when a Phoronix reader stumbled across Catalyst 14.8.

Unfortunately AMD didn't publish a change-log for the Catalyst 14.8 Linux driver update so we're really not sure what (if any) significant changes made it into this latest release, but we would certainly assume there's more Linux game bug-fixes to be found in this newest version. Given it was released at the end of last week, there's not OpenGL 4.5 support expected. It's also likely too soon to expect any Linux 3.16 kernel compatibility.

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Btrfs Changes Rejected For The Linux 3.17 Kernel

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Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs file-system updates today for the Linux 3.17 merge window but it looks like the pull request is being rejected by Linus Torvalds and held off until Linux 3.18.

The Btrfs changes intended by Chris for the Linux 3.17 kernel are mostly "fixes and cleanups" according to the Btrfs creator on the mailing list. In total though there's 92 commits that add over one thousand lines of code to the Btrfs file-system code-base. However, there doesn't appear to be any exciting new end-user features or additions.

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Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

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GNU
Linux

Finally, Linux needs to take a page from the good ol' Book Of Jobs and figure out how to convince the consumer that what they truly need is Linux. In their businesses and in their homes -- everyone can benefit from using Linux. Honestly, how can the open-source community not pull that off? Linux already has the perfect built-in buzzwords: Stability, reliability, security, cloud, free -- plus Linux is already in the hands of an overwhelming amount of users (they just don't know it). It's now time to let them know. If you use Android or Chromebooks, you use (in one form or another) Linux.

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6 Secrets Every Windows User Should Know About Linux

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Linux has progressed quite a bit in recent years to where it has become a better and better alternative for Windows users. If you’re simply tired of Windows, don’t want to pay for new Windows releases, or you’re still running Windows XP, it’s always a good time to take a good look at whether Linux can work for you.

If you’re still a bit unsure, here are six secrets that Windows users may not know about Linux. Knowing these these six secrets should make you more comfortable trying Linux out. Interested? Let’s get started.

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Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels

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Linux

A startup called Savioke has unveiled a Linux- and ROS-based SaviOne hospitality robot, currently being tested at a California hotel for room service duty.

Savioke’s “SaviOne” stands three feet tall, weighs less than 100 pounds, and can roll along at a typical human walking pace of 4 mph. The touchscreen-equipped robot lacks arms or legs, but can operate a smart elevator on its own via a wireless signal.

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Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15

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Linux
Reiser

While the Linux 3.16 kernel is now stable, a few days ago the Reiser4 file-system was finally ported to Linux 3.15.

Edward Shishkin released Reiser4 for the Linux 3.15.1 kernel last weekend. Besides being ported to the kernel interface changes for Linux 3.15, there's also two bug-fixes for the out-of-tree file-system. Most of the Reiser4 activity these days continues to just be porting to new kernel versions and bug-fixing. Edward is down to being one of the only main developers left and there's expected to be no effort to mainline the controversial file-system without the support of a major Linux ISV/IHV.

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux

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GNU
Linux

Linux. It's been around since the mid '90s, and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents.
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IBM, Linux Foundation, Universities Partner on Open Source Mainframe Computing

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GNU
Linux
Server

IBM says the channel is in dire need of more professionals with mainframe server administration expertise, and just in time for the new school year, it is promoting a partnership with the Linux Foundation, Marist College and Syracuse University to deliver those skills through a new series of MOOCs on open source operating systems.

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Linux Kernel 3.16.1 Is Out and It's Now the Most Advanced Version Available

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Linux kernel 3.16 was released only a little over a week ago, so it stands to reason that an update was bound to appear sooner or later. Linus Torvalds also skipped the release of the first RC for Linux kernel 3.17 RC1, so this build is actually now the most advanced out there.

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CoreOS Acquires Quay.io for Private Docker Repositories

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GNU
Linux

Linux virtualization startup CoreOS now offers an alternative to the private repositories offered by Docker Inc.

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Events: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017, GStreamer Conference 2017, FSFE Assembly During 34C3

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How to manage casual contributors to open source projects

Increasingly, people want to contribute to projects casually—when they want to, rather than adhering to a schedule. This is part of a broader trend of "episodic volunteering" noted by a wide range of volunteer organizations and governments. This has been attributed not only to changes in the workforce, which leave fewer people able to volunteer with less spare time to share, but also to changes in how people perceive the act of volunteering. It is no longer seen as a communal obligation, rather as a conditional activity in which the volunteer also receives benefits. Moreover, distributed revision-control systems and the network effects of GitHub, which standardize the process of making a contribution, make it easier for people to contribute casually to free/libre/open source software (FLOSS) projects. Read more