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Linux 3.17-rc7 - yes, another rc

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Linux

So I was really hoping that I could have left rc6 as the last rc and
just releasing 3.17 today, but that was not to be. It's not that
anything particularly scary happened, but quite frankly, things just
didn't calm down as I hoped for.

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Secure Linux Systems Require Savvy Users

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Linux
Security

Patches are available to fix the bash vulnerability known as Shellshock, along with three additional security issues recently found in the bash shell. The patches are available for all major Linux distros as well as for Solaris, with the patches being distributed through the various distros.

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RELEASE: Netrunner Rolling 2014.09.1

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GNU
Linux

We are releasing this maintenance shortly after our initial 2014.09 release to fix problems with the nvidia driver, and include a first fix for the bash shell vulnerability.

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The Top Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

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Linux

If all goes well, the Linux 3.17 kernel might be released this weekend. For those not closely following the kernel's development over the past two months, here's a recap of some of the most interesting changes found in this new version of the Linux kernel.

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The Power of Linux (Almost) Everywhere

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GNU
Linux

Linux -- the free open source operating system for enterprise, small business and home computing use -- is not used everywhere yet. However, its user base crosses nearly every industry.

Linux is in many places today. It's in consumer products like TVs and computer networking gear. Linux drives services that users do not even know run Linux. Think in terms of servers, Big Data farms and cloud storage facilities. The analytics and Big Data marketplaces host and run platforms and applications on top of Linux in data centers and in the cloud.

The Linux OS certainly is evolving in the connected car space, for example. Linux also is embedded in many appliances. It often controls the sensors in industrial machines, navigational gear and medical instruments.

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OpenELEC 4.2.0 released

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GNU
Linux

The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 4.2.0.

OpenELEC-4.2 is the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-4.0.

Since OpenELEC 4.0 we have reworked many parts of the underlying OS. This release is the result of 6 months of development and testing and will be the basis for the upcoming OpenELEC-5.0 release series which is planned to release with Kodi-14 later this year.

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Icarus Excel Features 9.7 inch Screen and Android 4.0

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Android
Linux

Netherlands based e-reader company Icarus has just revamped their wildly successful 9.7 inch Excel e-reader with Android 4.0. This will allow users to not only have a very large screen display to take notes but also install their own e-reading apps.

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Also: Chrome APK Packager now in Google Play Store

Oracle Linux 5.11 Features Updated Unbreakable Linux Kernel

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Linux

The new Oracle Linux update is probably the last one in the series. This operating system is based on Red Hat and the company has just pushed out the last update for the RHEL 5x branch, which means that this is the end of the line for the Oracle version as well.

Oracle Linux also comes with a series of features that make it very interesting, like zero-downtime kernel updates with the help of a tool called Ksplice that was originally developed for OpenSUSE, inclusion of the Oracle Database and Oracle Applications, and it's used in all x86-based Oracle Engineered Systems.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Is Running Great On Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The GeForce GTX 980 is NVIDIA's most advanced graphics card to date and is running brilliantly on Linux -- assuming you're okay with binary blobs.

One week ago NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 970/980 graphics cards as their top-end, next-generation hardware built on their Maxwell architecture. Given the successes I've had with their mid-range but very power efficient GTX 750 series hardware that were the first on this new architecture, I've been incredibly anxious to see these high-end NVIDIA GeForce 900 series GPUs running on Linux... Fortunately, today the GTX 980 arrived.

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Linux Users Can Now Buy All Valve Games with a Huge 75% Price Cut

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Linux
Gaming

Valve kept its word, and the entire collection of games developed by their own people is available for Linux. Now, Linux users can buy all the games from the catalog with a huge 75% price cut.

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Samsung unveils 860 PRO and EVO SATA SSDs with improved Linux compatibility

If you haven’t yet upgraded your operating system drive from a mechanical hard disk to a solid state drive, you are really missing out. Prices have dropped dramatically over the years, while at the same time, reliability has improved. Swapping an HDD for an SSD can be very easy too, thanks to cloning software that often comes with the drive. Before you buy some random SSD, please know that they are not all the same. True, SATA models largely have equal speeds these days, but the brand really matters from a reliability standpoint. If you want a dependable solid state drive for your data, you should take a look at Samsung. Its offerings are top notch, and today the company launches its newest SATA models -- the 860 PRO and EVO. Read more