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Mailbox Framework Comes With Linux 3.18

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In the 3.18 mailbox pull request Jassi Brar explains, "A framework for Mailbox controllers and clients have been cooking for more than a year now. Everybody in the CC list had been copied on patchset revisions and most of them have made sounds of approval, though just one concrete Reviewed-by. The patchset has also been in linux-next for a couple of weeks now and no conflict has been reported. The framework has the backing of at least 5 platforms, though I can't say if/when they upstream their drivers (some businesses have 'changed')."

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ChromeOS Drops Support For EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 File-Systems

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Google

For the past year Google developers have been looking at dropping support for EXT* file-systems from ChromeOS while only today it's making the rounds on the Internet and of course Linux fans are enraged.

While ChromeOS is based on Linux and EXT4 continues to be the most widely used Linux file-system and still is used by default on most Linux distributions, Google developers are dropping support for EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 file-systems from their ChromeOS user-interface.

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Free Linux-Based Firewall Smoothwall Express 3.1 Is One of the Biggest Releases in Years

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Security

Smoothwall Express is a free firewall that is based on a GNU/Linux kernel that comes with an easy to use interface. The latest version available is now 3.1 and its been in the works for a long time.

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TuxArena | IRC Clients for Linux

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Software

Being one of the most flexible, text-based chatting protocol, IRC has been around for over 20 years and it is still heavily used to this day.
Here are five Internet Relay Chat clients with a graphical interface. Terminal-based IRC clients are not covered here. I also didn't include (except for a Firefox extension included as a bonus - ChatZilla) clients which are available in general-purpose instant messaging applications, like Pidgin or Kopete, but if you use these, you should be aware they support IRC too, and for some users it may be a better option to use an application with unified interface for all the chatting protocols instead one separate program for each.

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4MLinux Allinone Edition 10.0 Is Out, Features Touch Screen Support

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Linux

4MLinux Allinone Edition is a Linux operating system built from scratch that aims to be one of the smallest distros in the world that still retain much of the regular functionality of a normal OS. The developer has just released version 10.0 and it comes with some very important features.

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Linux 3.18 Has PCI Support For 64-bit ARM

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Going back two years with the Linux 3.7 kernel was the initial 64-bit ARM support and now eleven kernel releases later the initial enablement is still being battened up. With Linux 3.18 there's finally PCI support for ARM64.

Besides Linux 3.18 being closer to allowing the AArch64/ARM64 kernel code to compile under Clang and many ARM/ARM64 Linux kernel improvements, another 3.18 addition for the new 64-bit ARM architecture is the addition of PCI support.

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Black Lab Linux Finally Decides on GNOME, App Grid Replaces Ubuntu Software Center

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Black Lab Linux started its life as a Windows XP alternative and the developers actually made a big deal about it. Even the interface was designed in such as way that it resembled the Windows XP desktop layout, at least to some degree. They since parted ways with that kind of desktop and statement, but they are still looking for their identity.

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Lunar Linux 1.7.0 (i686 & x86_64) ISO’s released

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Like the phoenix rising from the ashes Lunar Linux is back with a vengeance; a lot of overhauling have been done all over the core tools, packages, installer and the ISO-builder. Even though our journey to reach this milestone have been a long one we hope that the changes and quality improvements we’ve made was worth the wait. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy of Lunar Linux while it is hot!

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Btrfs In Linux 3.18 Has RAID Recovery/Repair Improvements

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Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs pull request on Friday for the Linux 3.18 kernel.

Notable Btrfs file-system changes for Linux 3.18 include cleaning up and improing the RAID recovery/repair support, fsync fixes, and a variety of other fixes and clean-ups. The rest of the changes are really just across the board while there's around 2,000 lines of new code.

More Btrfs Linux 3.18 details can be found via the mailing list pull request.

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BackBox Linux 4 released!

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Linux

The BackBox Team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, the version 4.0!

This release includes features such as Linux Kernel 3.13, EFI mode, Anonymous mode, LVM + Disk encryption installer, privacy additions and armhf Debian packages.

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We have looked several times already at the performance impact of Retpoline support in the Linux kernel, but what about building user-space packages with -mindirect-branch=thunk? Here is the performance cost to building some performance tests in user-space with -mindirect-branch=thunk and -mindirect-branch=thunk-inline. Read more

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Behind the scenes with Pop!_OS Linux

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