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Manjaro 0.8.10 Receives Its Twelfth and Final Update Pack

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The Manjaro developers are already preparing to launch a new edition of the operating system, but they are having some problems with a few of the packages they intend to implement. So, in the meantime, they are working to improve the current branch of the OS, 0.8.10. There is nothing really major in the update pack, with the exception of a few kernel updates, but it doesn't mean that it's not a good idea to upgrade nonetheless.

Manjaro 0.8.10 has been around for more than six months and numerous update packs have been made available until now. Some of them have been bigger than others, but the latest is smaller and it should be easy to get.

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Huge Computer Retail Chain in the UK Denies Warranty If Users Install Linux

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GNU
Linux

A customer was denied warranty for a desktop computer, in a major computer store in the UK, because he had deleted the pre-installed Windows OS and had Linux on it.

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla Foundation staged a Mozilla Festival in the UK over the weekend, and one of the projects developers delivered was a port of Firefox OS working to the Raspberry Pi.

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What we talk about when we talk about Linux and systemd

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After the cacaphony erupted over my columns in August and September, I thought I might take a break from the systemd wars for a while, but the battles I’ve seen in forums across the Internet seem to be escalating. As I predicted, the release of RHEL 7 with systemd as the only option for system and process management has reignited the debate.

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Black Lab Linux 6 Released

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Today we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Black Lab Linux 6. Black Lab Linux 6 is the fruit of over a year of labor and brings about many exciting new features and some big changes to the Black Lab Linux platform. In Black Lab Linux 6 we focused on a few core improvements. Usability, by changing to a UI that has strong features, accessibility, and speed. We also have improved driver support and multimedia features that set Black Lab Linux apart from the rest. Black Lab Linux 6.0 has also improved how we deliver updates to our users. Being based on LTS technologies Black Lab Linux 6.0 is supported until April 2020. All incremental updates will be released via apt-get.

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Valve’s SteamOS to Dominate the Living Rooms

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

The Chinese-made SteamOS is considered as the next major threat to the living-room gaming providers according to reports because it has more powerful specs and a cheaper price that will likely hit the world by storm.

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Government transformation and demand for Linux expertise

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GNU
Linux

IT is changing organizations across the globe, impacting enterprises, governments and the wider public sector. Open source in particular is a driver in innovation, giving organizations a competitive edge and an ability to scale and adapt to changing market demands.

According to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, demand for Linux expertise continues to grow, with hiring managers across a number of industries citing Linux talents as one of the top recruitment priorities this year.

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Linux 3.18-rc2

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Another week, another rc - and now the merge window is *definitely* closed.

I had hoped that the rc1 release would mean that a few stragglers
would quickly surface, and then the rest of the rc would be more
normal. But no, I had straggling merge-window pull requests come in
all week, and rc2 is bigger than I'd like.

Oh well. It's not like I'm hugely surprised, but it does mean that I'm
probably going to be unpleasant next week to anybody who tries to get
me to pull things that I think looks like "development" rather than
"fixes". You've been warned. I effectively gave you a full three
weeks of merge window, now it's time for bugfixes, and not random
other noise. Ok?

And to be honest, we've had bigger rc2's in history. Not recently,
though. Both 3.3 and 3.4 had big -rc2 releases, and 3.15 (which was
the largest release ever, iirc) came reasonably close.

At least _part_ of the size is the very long-delayed overlayfs merge
that I already mentioned in the rc1 release message as being pending.
Let's see how much fallout that all causes, but it's been around for a
long time (partly because it needed various vfs-layer things to
integrate cleanly), and I think it's in good shape. Knock wood.

So at least partially as a result of that overlayfs merge, about a
third of the patch is filesystems. It's not _just_ overlayfs, though,
there was a late ext4 merge request that I think is actually bigger,
at least partly due to some extent handling refactoring.

The rest is the more usual driver updates (thermal, watchdog, scsi
target, ACPI & PM, misc other updates) and architecture updates (arc,
arm, powerpc, mips, x86). Some Documentation and include file updates
rounds out the rest.

Shortlog appended for details, I think it's still well within the
mailing list size constraints.

Linus

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What makes Linux so good?

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Linux

With Linux, everybody has access to the source code and everyone has the ability to join in and get involved and this means that through collaboration the software evolves at a faster pace and the end product is usually of a very high standard.

Linux isn't just for programmers though. Linux is for everyone. Most people couldn't care less what is under the hood in the same way that many people drive their cars without being able to tell a spark plug from a dipstick.

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Handy Disk Image Tools

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Hardware
Software

Disk images are computer files of a disk volume or an entire data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical disk (e.g. DVD, CD, Blu-ray), tape drive, USB flash drive, or floppy disk. A disk image represents the content exactly as it is on the original storage device, including both data and structure information.

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Linux: To recurse or not

Linux and recursion are on very good speaking terms. In fact, a number of Linux command recurse without ever being asked while others have to be coaxed with just the right option. When is recursion most helpful and how can you use it to make your tasks easier? Let’s run through some useful examples and see. Read more

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  • MX Linux Review of MX-17 – For The Record
    MX Linux Review of MX-17. MX-17 is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. It’s XFCE based, lightning fast, comes with both 32 and 64-bit CPU support…and the tools. Oh man, the tools available in this distro are both reminders of Mepis past and current tech found in modern distros.
  • Samsung Halts Android 8.0 Oreo Rollouts for Galaxy S8 Due to Unexpected Reboots
    Samsung stopped the distribution of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones due to unexpected reboots reported by several users. SamMobile reported the other day that Samsung halted all Android 8.0 Oreo rollouts for its Galaxy S8/S8+ series of Android smartphones after approximately a week since the initial release. But only today Samsung published a statement to inform user why it stopped the rollouts, and the cause appears to be related to a limited number of cases of unexpected reboots after installing the update.
  • Xen Project Contributor Spotlight: Kevin Tian
    The Xen Project is comprised of a diverse set of member companies and contributors that are committed to the growth and success of the Xen Project Hypervisor. The Xen Project Hypervisor is a staple technology for server and cloud vendors, and is gaining traction in the embedded, security and automotive space. This blog series highlights the companies contributing to the changes and growth being made to the Xen Project and how the Xen Project technology bolsters their business.
  • Initial Intel Icelake Support Lands In Mesa OpenGL Driver, Vulkan Support Started
    A few days back I reported on Intel Icelake patches for the i965 Mesa driver in bringing up the OpenGL support now that several kernel patch series have been published for enabling these "Gen 11" graphics within the Direct Rendering Manager driver. This Icelake support has been quick to materialize even with Cannonlake hardware not yet being available.
  • LunarG's Vulkan Layer Factory Aims To Make Writing Vulkan Layers Easier
    Introduced as part of LunarG's recent Vulkan SDK update is the VLF, the Vulkan Layer Factory. The Vulkan Layer Factory aims to creating Vulkan layers easier by taking care of a lot of the boilerplate code for dealing with the initialization, etc. This framework also provides for "interceptor objects" for overriding functions pre/post API calls for Vulkan entry points of interest.