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Debian contributors to thank

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  • 16 Debian contributors that you can thank
  • How to install build-essential in Debian

How many Fedora-based distros

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  • Fedora: How many Fedora-based distros are there?
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) EVP, CFO Charles E Jr Peters Sells 22,364 Shares
  • Is Red Hat Ready to Rebound?
  • Windows 7 fails to power down idle disks, Fedora 14 works
  • More Yum Plugins: Security and Package Priority

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 386

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Learning About NetBSD 5.1
  • Statistics: DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics in 2009 and 2010
  • Questions and answers: Online Linux resources
  • Released last week: Puppy Linux 5.0 "Wary", Parted Magic 5.8, SystemRescueCd 2.0.0, Linux Deepin 10.12
  • Upcoming releases: FreeBSD 8.2-RC2

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

A tip for software companies.

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Linux It amazes me that so many times people who are in charge of large and small software companies make dumb decisions. They get nice salaries but often make decisions that come back and bite them later on. One good strategy for any large or small company that is lagging behind on the Windows or Mac OS market is to create software for GNU/Linux.

The differences between Linux IO Schedulers

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Linux The Linux kernel input/output scheduler (IO Schedulers) controls the way the kernel handles read/write to disks. Different I/O schedulers may have different impact on certain workloads. Here are the list of available Linux I/O schedulers:

Linux Mint vs

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  • Linux Mint vs Pinguy OS Review
  • Mint vs. LMDE: Sudden weight gain

Evangelistic Linux

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Linux Step right up! Step right up! Come one, come all. I am reverend Locutus and the Linux train is about to take off. If you are not on board then you will be left behind in the boon docks. For those of you who are still with us then welcome to the LINUX SAVES show.

Linux and open source prognostications for 2011

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OSS Happy new year to everyone! It’s that time again, when every media-type with a keyboard and a sense they “know” what’s coming ’round the bend starts making their predictions for the upcoming year.

Happy New Debian GNU/Linux Release

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Linux Squeeze is not officially released yet but the bug-count is in the same ball-park as the last release, Lenny, and the bugs I have examined are pretty narrow.

MeeGo-Harmattan Is Handling X

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Software While Intel is looking to use Wayland on MeeGo Touch for their mobile/embedded purposes, the Nokia side is still focusing upon X for the time being. But rather than using X, they are working towards using the mainline X.Org Server as found on

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A few thoughts on OpenBSD 5.8

I've been using OpenBSD since way back at release 2.3 in 1998, so I've gone through upgrades that took a fair amount of work due to incompatible changes, like the switch from ipf to pf for host firewalling or the change to ELF binaries. The upgrade from 5.7 to 5.8 was a pretty smooth and easy one, for the most part. The two most painful changes for me were the replacement of sudo with doas and the dropping of support in the rc.conf for the pf_rules variable. While sudo is still available as a package, I like the idea of reducing attack surface with a simpler program, so I made the switch. The two things I miss most about sudo are the ability to authenticate for a period of time and the ability to have a single config file across a whole set of servers. The former I'm just living with, the latter I've adjusted to by having a single config file that has lines commented out depending on which server it's on. I did have one moment of concern about the quality of doas when it incorrectly reported the line number on which I had a syntax error in the config file--fortunately, this was just a failure to increment the line count on continuation lines (ending with a "\") which is fixed in the -current release. Read more

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Phoronix on Graphics

  • Intel Pentium G4400: Benchmarking A ~$60 Skylake Processor
    This CPU certainly isn't meant for any really demanding workloads, but could serve as a potential Linux desktop with basic accelerated graphics via the HD Graphics 510. The Pentium G4400 is still rated to drive up to three displays and can handle 4K via HDMI/DP. Like the other Skylake processors with HD Graphics 530, the hardware can support up to OpenGL 4.4 / DirectX 12 but under Linux the current Mesa driver still only has full OpenGL 3.3 support with the GL 4.x support being a work-in-progress.
  • AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver
    With earlier today showing new OpenGL performance numbers for how the Nouveau driver with working re-clocking compared to NVIDIA's proprietary driver, here are some benchmarks to show how the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver with PowerPlay patches compare to AMD's Catalyst driver for the R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards.
  • NVIDIA Developer Still Working On PRIME Synchronization
    NVIDIA continues to be working on PRIME synchronization support to fix tearing when using this multi-GPU method. There will be support for this functionality within the proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver.
  • Playing With Intel Skylake OpenCL On Ubuntu 15.10
    As it's been a while since last playing with Intel's Beignet project, the open-source effort to allow OpenCL compute capabilities on HD/Iris Graphics under Linux, I decided to try it out on an Ubuntu 15.10 system this weekend with a Skylake processor.