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4MLinux Multiboot Edition 9.1 Beta Lets Users Install Debian 7.6, Fedora 20, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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4MLinux Multiboot Edition, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), is now at version 9.1.

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PiFace control & display review

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Designed by a team led by University of Manchester honorary research fellow Dr Andrew Robinson, the PiFace Control & Display does exactly what the name implies: it provides users a means of controlling the Raspberry Pi away from a keyboard and mouse, while also providing a means of displaying its output.

The PiFace C&D takes the form of a piggy-back board, connecting to the general-purpose input-output (GPIO) header at the top-left of the Pi and straddling the USB and Ethernet ports. The fit is a little loose on a Model A, which lacks the tall Ethernet port of the Model B, but is usable – although building a ‘leg’ out of firm non-conductive foam would be advisable to prevent strain on the GPIO connector.

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Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.

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Linux Foundation, edX Offering 'Intro to Linux' MOOC

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Linux
HowTos

In just a few days, anyone will be able to take the Linux Foundation's "Introduction to Linux" course—which previously cost $2,400—for free over the Internet. The MOOC version of the class on the open source operating system, hosted on edX, opens Aug. 1.

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Salix Openbox 14.1

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GNU
Linux

Salix Openbox 14.1 brings the Openbox window manager, teamed with fbpanel and SpaceFM to create a fast and flexible desktop environment. This is the most lightweight edition we have so far among our 14.1 releases and everything has been tweaked to provide a desktop experience comparable to other Salix editions. The development of this edition involved a long and rigorous period of testing and the final release has evolved a lot since the first beta.

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Mozilla at O’Reilly Open Source Convention

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Linux
Moz/FF

Like each previous year, OSCON 2014 didn’t disappoint and it was great to have Mozilla back at the convention after not having a presence for some years. This year our presence was focused on promoting Firefox OS, Firefox Developer Tools and Firefox for Android.

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Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Recently the Debian developers and other stakeholders have been trying to decide between basing Debian 8.0 Jessie's Linux kernel on the 3.14 release, which is Greg KH's latest long-term stable kernel, or to use Linux 3.16. The benefit of Linux 3.16 is that it's intended to be used by Ubuntu 14.10 and thus will receive support from the Canonical/Ubuntu kernel team for the better part of two years after its October debut. Linux 3.16, of course, has many improvements, new drivers, and other hardware support improvements over Linux 3.14.

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Linux 3.16-rc7

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I'm happy to say that things have calmed down a bit, and things look
to be on track.

Which didn't actually seem to be the case at all earlier this week -
we had what appeared to be really nasty core bugs, and together with
rc6 being bigger than previous rc's, I was really not feeling all that
good about this release there for a while.

But the worst "nasty bugs" ended up clearing up and not being kernel
bugs at all. One turned out to be a compiler issue (which is always
very scary and hard to debug and very annoying), and it even had a
fairly simple workaround so that we didn't end up having to blacklist
compilers. Another turned out to be lockdep just being too aggressive,
and a false positive.

We obviously *do* have various real fixes in here, but none of them
look all that special or worrisome. And rc7 is finally noticeable
smaller than previous rc's, so we clearly are calming down. So unlike
my early worries, this might well be the last rc, we'll see how next
week looks/feels.

In numbers, rc7 is about one third arch (xtensa, powerpc, x86, s390,
blackfin), one third drivers (gpu, media, networking), and one third
"random" (networking, mm). But it's all fairly small. Shortlog
appended.

Linus

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How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

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GNU
Linux

Our render farm is all open source and is quite substantial. We have roughly 1000 Linux nodes between the two facilities and the majority of our artists run on Linux as well, though we have a few Mac boxes for Photoshop and other packages that can’t run on Linux.

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Sleep tracker, Deepin Linux

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GNU
Linux

Deepin is a rather interesting distribution of GNU/Linux. It’s especially useful if you haven’t tried out GNU/Linux before. Website makeuseof.com said recently: “It’ll be interesting to see how this distribution progresses… and seriously hope that it gets more popular because it definitely has the potential to be huge. More people just need to hear about it.”

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  • AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel
    Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice! Overnight David Airlie sent in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15 and since then Linus Torvalds was active on the kernel mailing list ranting about AMD header files and other unrelated to DC code. He was also pulling in other PRs... It was getting a bit worrisome, given the DC code not being in pristine shape, but it was exciting as heck to see this evening that he did go ahead and pull in the 132 thousand lines of new kernel code to land this AMDGPU DC. Linus hasn't provided any commentary about DC on the kernel mailing list as of writing.
  • Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git
    It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git.
  • The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support
    Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver.

Raspberry Digital Signage 10

It shows web pages from Internet, LAN or internal sources (a WordPress installation comes already installed by default on the SD card); there is no way to escape this view but rebooting the machine. Marco Buratto has released Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 today, which comes with the latest and greatest Chromium build (featuring advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support and H264/AVC video acceleration), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily. Read more

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