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  • Hyperledger Blockchain Project Is Not About Bitcoin

    The technology concept of blockchain gained notoriety due to the rise of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, but blockchain has much wider implications and uses, according to Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Project.

    In December 2015, the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Hyperledger Project in an effort to build an open-source blockchain platform. Blockchain is an approach that enables a ledger of transactions that can be verified through a distributed model. Among the backers of the Hyperledger project are Accenture, ANZ Bank, Cisco, CLS, Credits, Deutsche Börse, Digital Asset Holdings, DTCC, Eris Industries, Fujitsu, IC3, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, London Stock Exchange Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MFUG), R3, State Street, SWIFT, VMware and Wells Fargo.

    Behlendorf joined the project in May 2016 as executive director helping to lead the effort forward. Behlendorf is well-known in the open-source community as one of the founders of the Apache Software Foundation.

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.7 Has NFS Improvements, Updated Wireless and InfiniBand Drivers

    After announcing the imminent release of Linux kernel 4.8.1, as well as the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.24 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman has informed the community about the launch of the seventh maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

  • Linux Kernel 5.0 to Be Released When We Hit 6M Git Objects, Says Linus Torvalds

    According to a recent Google+ post, Linus Torvalds has teased us with the release of Linux kernel 5.0, which should happen when the project reaches 6 million Git objects.

    It appears that major kernel milestones, such as Linux 3.0 or Linux 4.0, were released when the Git object count was around two and four million marks respectively. As of October 8, 2016, the current Gib object count crossed the 5 million mark, which means that after one more million Git objects, the Linux 5.0 kernel should be released.

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Beta and September Donation Totals

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We are finally nearing the end of the 4.0.0 release cycle. If all goes as planned I will publish a final set of ISO images by the end of the month flagged as stable. These ISO images come with only one known issue and that is the file selector in the theme tool currently does not display selectable files. A work around for the time being is to click the “advanced” button to assign theme components.

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4 versatile boards for fast, inexpensive IoT development

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Want to develop wearable or very compact applications, networked applications, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and prototype your brainstorms quickly and inexpensively? Then this roundup of versatile open source hardware boards is for you. All you need is a few pieces of hardware, basic soldering skills, and some JavaScript know-how.

With the commoditization of chips for connecting to networks, more and more devices can now be controlled via the Internet to do everything from remote temperature sensing to turning off lights in your home while you’re halfway around the world. In years past, however, if you were a JavaScript developer and wanted prototype network-connected devices, you either needed to learn how to develop firmware using a vendor’s custom tool chain, master C or C++ to write Arduino sketches, or partner with a hardware engineer.

Thankfully, with the proliferation of IoT platforms, a vibrant community has emerged and tools have been developed with which anyone can create prototypes using only a few pieces of hardware, some basic soldering skills, and JavaScript code.

Let's take a look at four excellent popular platforms: MbientLab MetaWear, ESP8266, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi.

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Also: Amazon's Alexa Can Now Run on Your Windows, Mac, or Linux Machine

Linuxcon Europe 2016

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  • Slides from Linuxcon Europe 2016
  • LinuxCon Europe 2016 - Veni, Vidi, Vici

    There we are. It feels like a dream. It happened too fast, and I did not get to absorb the full aroma of the conference. But never mind. There will always be another opportunity, and LinuxCon will be there next year, waiting, beckoning. Despite a somewhat less than perfect circumstances, I am quite happy. I enjoyed my session, if I'm allowed to say that, and I think I served my audience well, and their feedback was good and open. There is nothing that would have made it better except a little more time to network, talk to people, pilfer some more free shirts and electronics, and actually see the city.

    Anyhow, I hope you find these little field reports entertaining. And maybe we will meet somewhere next year, and you will come over and say, oh so you are that crazy guy, why are you not wearing a fedora huh? Indeed. 2017, so let the countdown begin. The Final Countdown. By a band called Europe. What can be more appropriate? OMG. See you next autumn.

GNU/Linux Desktop

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  • 6 Great Chrome OS Alternatives You Can Install

    Chrome OS has been taking huge strides off late, what with Android apps finally making an appearance on selected Chromebooks. However, some would argue that wouldn’t an Android build designed for desktop be better than Chrome OS running Android apps. Also, while Android apps add functionality to Chrome OS, the base features remain the same.

  • Putting the Personal Back in Personal Computing

    One thing that open source teaches us is that software is a negotiation, with all of the good and the bad that implies. Sometimes we have to bend and twist software to get things to work. For instance, as a Linux user, I’ve often struggled downloading digital music from Amazon. Right now, as I write this, I’m able to download my purchases like a normal human being, but prior to this recent detente, downloading my Amazon purchases meant configuring my browser to identify as being Firefox on Windows, downloading proprietary .amz files, and using a command line utility to open those files (while it sounds awful, once I figured out the process, it didn’t take much longer than downloading a zipped file of MP3s). Open source taught me resilience and flexibility in terms of using different tools to accomplish my goals, rather than just accepting Amazon’s limitation. I wanted to use Amazon and I wanted to use Linux and I didn’t think the two ideas should be mutually exclusive.

  • Linux: Trial by Fire

    I have been learning Linux since the last few weeks. By learning, I mean, delving seriously with books and into the command line, making notes and the like. It has been an interesting experience and I have really learnt a lot of new stuff.

  • Heads up: emails are going out for the PS3 Linux removal class action lawsuit. If you're eligible you may be entitled to $50.
  • Linux & Open Source News Of The Week — Linux 4.8, Plasma 5.8, Mintbox Mini And More

Linux Kernel News

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  • Perf Subsystem Updates Submitted For Linux 4.9
  • A look at the 4.8 development cycle [Ed: no longer behind paywall]

    As of this writing, the 4.8 development cycle is nearing its end. Linus has let it be known that a relatively unusual -rc8 release candidate will be required before the final release, but that still means that the cycle will only require 70 days, fitting into the usual pattern. A look at the development statistics for this release also fits the pattern about now.

    With regard to the release cycle, it has become boringly regular in recent years. The 3.8 kernel, released on February 18, 2013, came out on a Sunday, as has every subsequent release with the exception of 3.11, which was released on Monday, September 2, 2013. In these last few years, the only cycle that has taken longer than 70 days was 3.13, which required 77 days. The extra week that time around was forced by Linus's travels, rather than anything inherent in that cycle itself. Since then, every cycle has taken 63 or 70 days, with the sole exception of 3.16, which showed up in 56 (and one could quibble that it was really a 63-day cycle as well — that was the time Linus experimented with opening the merge window before the previous final release had been made).

  • What Makes the Linux Kernel Media API Documentation so Challenging?

    The first article of this series, described the efforts to provide a better documentation for the Linux Kernel. This article will explain how we handled the conversion of the Linux Media subsystem documentation.

  • MuQSS - The Multiple Queue Skiplist Scheduler v0.105
  • Systemd programming, 30 months later

Linux Kernel News

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AryaLinux 2016.08 Distro Brings Xfce Into a New Light of Freshness and Usability

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After announcing last month the release of his AryaLinux 2016.08 distribution with the MATE 1.15 desktop environment, developer Chandrakant Singh is now proud to announce the Xfce edition.

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LinuxCon in Europe and Blockchain

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  • Open Source Jobs Report Highlights European Trends
  • Google Open Sources Two Far Reaching New Tools
  • Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

    Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery.

    “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux.

    Linux is the Linux Foundation’s oldest and hardest of hard-core projects - a technology fundamental that drives economies.

  • Why J.P. Morgan Chase Is Building a Blockchain on Ethereum

    J.P. Morgan Chase is developing a blockchain, commonly referred to as a public ledger, atop a crypto-network called Ethereum.

    The system, dubbed “Quorum,” is designed to toe the line between private and public in the realm of shuffling derivatives and payments. The idea is to satisfy regulators who need seamless access to financial goings-on, while protecting the privacy of parties that don’t wish to reveal their identities nor the details of their transactions to the general public.

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Yocto driven camera design taps octa-core Snapdragon

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Renesas has launched two Linux-ready R-Car starter kits optimized for AGL and GENIVI: an R-Car H3 based “Premier” and a “Pro” with a lower-end M3 SoC. Later this month, Renesas will begin selling two third-generation starter kits for its 64-bit ARM-based R-Car automotive SoCs. The kits are designed for ADAS, infotainment, reconfigurable digital clusters, and integrated digital cockpits. The two kits are optimized for open source Linux standards like Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and GENIVI, but they also support QNX. Earlier R-Car automotive starter kits include last year’s R-Car H2 ADAS Starter Kit, based on its earlier H2 automotive SoC. Read more

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Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

For your viewing pleasure this Friday are some open-source AMD vs. NVIDIA numbers when using the latest open-source code on each side. Linux 4.9-rc1 was used while Ubuntu 16.10 paired with the Padoka PPA led to Mesa Git as of earlier this week plus LLVM 4.0 SVN. As covered recently, there are no Nouveau driver changes for Linux 4.9 while we had hoped the boost patches would land. Thus the re-clocking is still quite poor for this open-source NVIDIA driver stack. For the Nouveau tests I manually re-clocked each graphics card to the highest performance state (0f) after first re-clocking the cards to the 0a performance state for helping some of the GPUs that otherwise fail with memory re-clocking at 0f, as Nouveau developers have expressed this is the preferred approach for testing. Read more