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Linux 3.10 EoL, 15,600 Linux Developers

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  • Look back to an end-of-life LTS kernel : 3.10

    The end of the 3.10 branch is a good opportunity to have a look back at how that worked, and to remind some important rules regarding how to choose a kernel for your products, or the risks associated with buying products running unmaintained kernels.

  • The Linux Foundation Releases 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report

    The 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report has now been released by the nonprofit Linux Foundation, with updated statistics on Linux kernel development. The report has analyzed the work done by 15,600 developers over more than ten years, as well as more recent trends in kernel development.

CompuLab Announces The Tiny Fitlet2 Linux PC, Powered By Intel Apollo Lake

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The Linux-friendly folks at CompuLab have just announced their newest industrial-grade, fanless PC: the fitlet2.

The original Fitlet that we reviewed back in 2015 proved to be a tiny, passively-cooled, fanless Linux PC. That original Fitlet was making use of an AMD SoC while now with the Fitlet2 they opted for Intel's latest Apollo Lake hardware.

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Linux 4.14-rc8

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So it's actually been a pretty good week, and I'm not really unhappy
with any of the patches that came in.

But to actually have decided that we don't need an rc8 this release,
it would have had to be really totally quiet, and it wasn't. Nothing
looks scary, but we did have a few reverts in here still, and I'll
just feel happier giving 4.14 another final week.

.. and I really hope that _will_ be the final week, and we don't find
anything new scary.

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Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS Delayed for November 12 as Linus Torvalds Announces 8th RC

Linux 4.14-rc8 Released: Final Next Week Followed By Linux 4.15

Linux, Linux Foundation and Graphics

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  • The Most Interesting Features Of The Linux 4.14 Kernel

    f Linux 4.14 weren't an LTS release with so many changes, it would likely be released today with -rc7 having come last week, but due to the size of this new kernel, 4.14-rc8 will most likely be christened today followed by Linux 4.14 next weekend. Here's a reminder about some of the most technically interesting work in this new kernel update.

  • AT&T, Tech Mahindra to build open source AI platform
  • "Chai" As An Effort For Reverse-Engineered ARM Mali T-Series Graphics

    This project called "Chai" is focusing on the Mali T760 graphics as found bundled in the Rockchip RK3288 SoC. But before getting too excited, the Chai code-base hasn't seen any new commits in three months already. Chai itself is derived from the reverse-engineering work, tooling, and other fundamentals done years ago by the Lima driver project that was all about Mali reverse engineering albeit with older generations of ARM's Mali graphics hardware.

  • Lugdunum Is Another Interesting Open-Source Vulkan 3D Engine, With glTF 2.0 Too

    A few days back I wrote about the Banshee engine picking up Linux support and its maturing Vulkan renderer. A Phoronix reader pointed out another project worthy of a shout-out.

    Lugdunum is a cross-platform 3D engine built around Khronos APIs, not only with Vulkan support but also glTF 2.0 for assets. Lungdunum is coded in C++14.

Enlightenment 22

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  • New Features in Enlightenment 22

    The E22 development cycle has been underway for over a year, and it has included over 1,500 patches to address nearly 200 tickets on our issue tracker. With this has come a number of new features and improvements.

  • Enlightenment 22 Is Packing Much Better Wayland Support, Meson Build System

    With Enlightenment E22 having been in development for one year and queued over 1,500 patches so far, the next release could be near with a great number of new features and improvements.

    With Enlightenment E22 the developers have been working on "greatly improved" Wayland support, continued improvements to their gadget infrastructure, a sudo/ssh password GUI, Meson build system support, tiling window policy improvements, per-window PulseAudio volume controls, and various other additions and bug fixes.

Future Of Linux Operating Systems On Desktop Computers

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Linux operating systems have dominated all aspects of the computing operating systems but one. From servers to supercomputers and even on mobile and embedded devices with Android, Linux is either the only choice or the most popular amongst them. But when it comes to the desktop, Linux has not been able to dominate although it has become quite an important player in this space. Linux on the desktop continues to gain popularity but how far can it go? Join me as I look at the future of Linux on the desktop.

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Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Beta 3 Released

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Today we are pleased to announce the first public beta release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5. With this release we have made several enhancements to the Black Lab Enterprise Linux system. We have increased driver capabilities with the inclusion of a new kernel and we now have better performance. We have also worked on web app capability and with the Chromium Web Browser you now have the same functionality as Chrome OS as well as the ability to use standard Linux applications.

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What To Do After Installing Kubuntu 17.10 and GNU/Linux in General

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  • What To Do After Installing Kubuntu 17.10
  • 5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNU/Linux

    So, regardless of what distribution being used, there are things that I do after every single install I do, and I thought perhaps I would share some of them with you; perhaps something I do is missing from your setup and you might like to include it!

    I am going to leave out the things that you find in every other "Download your favourite music player!" as this is redundant, and pointless to list.

    The list includes the following five suggestions: increase audio quality, making sure the firewall is enabled,

Kernel: Link Time Optimizations (LTO), LWN Articles, SMB and SCO

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  • Linux Kernel Patches Add Clang LTO Support

    Patches by an Android security team member at Google allow the Linux kernel to be compiled with Clang using Link Time Optimizations (LTO).

    Sami Tolvanen of Google posted the kernel patches on Friday to support building the Linux kernel with Clang using LTO enabled and paired with GNU Gold with the LLVMgold plug-in for linking the kernel build.

  • Patch flow into the mainline for 4.14 [Ed: these LWN articles are no longer behind a paywall]

    There is a lot of information buried in the kernel's Git repositories that, if one looks closely enough, can yield insights into how the development community works in the real world. It can show how the idealized hierarchical model of the kernel development community matches what actually happens and provide a picture of how the community's web of trust is used to verify c

  • A look at the 4.14 development cycle

    The 4.14 kernel, due in the first half of November, is moving into the relatively slow part of the development cycle as of this writing. The time is thus ripe for a look at the changes that went into this kernel cycle and how they got there. While 4.14 is a fairly typical kernel development cycle, there are a couple of aspects that stand out this time around.

    As of the 4.14-rc5 prepatch, 12,757 non-merge changesets had found their way into the mainline; that makes 4.14 slightly busier than its predecessor, but it remains a fairly normal development cycle overall. If, as some have worried, developers have pushed unready code into 4.14 so that it would be present in a long-term-support release, it doesn't show in the overall patch volume.

    1,649 developers have contributed code in this development cycle, a number that will almost certainly increase slightly by the time the final 4.14 release is made. Again, that is up slightly from 4.13. Of those developers, 240 made their first contribution to the kernel in 4.14. The numbers are fairly normal, but a look at the most active developers this time around shows a couple of unusual aspects.

  • Digging in the kernel dust

    Refactoring the kernel means taking some part of the kernel that is showing its age and rewriting it so it works better. Thomas Gleixner has done a lot of this over the past decade; he spoke at Kernel Recipes about the details of some of that work and the lessons that he learned. By way of foreshadowing how much fun this can be, he subtitled the talk "Digging in Dust".

    Gleixner's original motivation for taking up his spade was to get the realtime (RT) patches into the mainline kernel, which he found involved constantly working around the shortcomings of the mainline code base. In addition, ten years of spending every working day digging around in dust can make you quite angry, he said, which can also be a big incentive to make things better.

  • A block layer introduction part 1: the bio layer

    The term "block layer" is often used to talk about that part of the Linux kernel which implements the interface that applications and filesystems use to access various storage devices. Exactly which code constitutes this layer is a question that reasonable people could disagree on. The simplest answer is that it is all the code inside the block subdirectory of the Linux kernel source. This collection of code can be seen as providing two layers rather than just one; they are closely related but clearly distinct. I know of no generally agreed names for these sub-layers and so choose to call them the "bio layer" and the "request layer". The remainder of this article will take us down into the former while the latter will be left for a subsequent article.

  • Linux kernel 4.13 and SMB protocol version fun

    There’s been a rather interesting change in the Linux kernel recently, which may affect you if you’re mounting network drives using SMB (the Windows native protocol, occasionally also called CIFS).

    There have been several versions of the protocol – Wikipedia has a good writeup. Both servers and clients may support different versions; when accessing a shared resource, the client tells the server which protocol version it wants to use, and if the server supports that version then everyone’s happy and the access goes ahead; if the server doesn’t support that version, you get an error and no-one’s happy.

  • SCO versus IBM (and Linux) springs back to life after court ruling

    SCO, the Unix operating systems vendor that turned on Linux in a bid to claim proprietorial ownership of the open-source operating system that effectively ate its lunch, has won a surprise victory in the US Court of Appeals against systems giant IBM.

    The victory will spark new life - not a lot, but some - into the effectively defunct company's intellectual property [sic] claims.

Parrot 3.9 “Intruder” Ethical Hacking Linux Distro Released With New Features — Download Here

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In mid-October, The Parrot Project announced that it’s going to be releasing the latest Parrot Security 3.9 operating system for ethical hacking and penetration testing in the upcoming weeks. The team also released its beta release for testers. After the wait of a couple of weeks, the final Parrot 3.9 release is here.

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Mesa 17.3 RC5 and Early Stages of Linux 4.15

  • mesa 17.3.0-rc5
    The fifth release candidate for Mesa 17.3.0 is now available. This is the last planned release candidate before the final release. We still have a couple of regressions in our tracker [1] although I'm anticipating for those to be resolved by EOW.
  • Mesa 17.3-RC5 Released, Official Mesa 3D Update Expected By Next Week
    The Mesa 17.3 release game is in overtime but it should be wrapping up in the days ahead. Emil Velikov of Collabora announced the Mesa 17.3-RC5 release candidate this morning. He anticipates it being the last release candidate, but there still are a few blocker bugs open. As of writing there still are 4 bugs open with one pertaining to Gallium3D Softpipe and the others being Intel driver issues.
  • Extra KVM Changes For Linux 4.15 Bring UMIP Support, AMD SEV Changes Delayed
    As some additional work past the KVM changes for Linux 4.15 submitted last week, a few more feature items have been queued. The second batch of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates sent in today for Linux 4.15 include ARM GICv4 support, x86 bug fixes, the AMD VFIO NFT performance fix, and x86 guest UMIP support. Landing already with Linux 4.15 is Intel UMIP capabilities for User-Mode Instruction Prevention to prevent certain instructions from being executed if the ring level is greater than zero. This latest KVM pull update adds this UMIP support to its space for both real and emulated guests.
  • AMD EPYC Is Running Well On Linux 4.15
    Of the many changes coming for Linux 4.15, as detailed this weekend Radeon GPU and AMD CPU customers have a lot to be thankful for with this new kernel update currently in development. Here are some initial benchmarks of the Linux 4.15 development kernel using an AMD EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread setup. When it comes to EPYC in Linux 4.15, the kernel side-bits have landed for Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), CPU temperature monitoring support now working, and improved NUMA node balancing.

Videos: Akademy 2017 Talk, Upgrading Linux Mint, This Week in Linux

  • Akademy 2017 talk
    The talk by Jean-Baptiste Mardelle’s at Akademy 2017 is released along with many other interesting talks. Akademy is the annual world summit of KDE, one of the largest Free Software communities in the world. It is a free, non-commercial event organized by the KDE Community.
  • How To In-place Upgrade Linux Mint
    This video shows how to upgrade Linux Mint from 17.3 to 18.3 while keeping all of your personal data intact. Please be sure to give EzeeLinux a ‘Like’ on Facebook! Thanks! Also check out for more about Linux.
  • Linux Kernel 4.14, Firefox Quantum, Fedora 27, Munich? Meh | This Week in Linux 14
    On this episode of This Week in Linux. The first 6 Year LTS Linux Kernel was released this week. Huge Update from Mozilla with Firefox Quantum. New distro releases from Fedora and Slax.

LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.2.1 MR

LibreELEC 8.2.1 is a maintenance release that includes Kodi 17.6. It also resolves a minor time-zone issue after recent daylight saving changes, a resume from suspend issue with the Apple IR driver, and it provides two new SMB client configuration options in Kodi settings. You can now set a minimum SMB protocol version to prevent prevent SMB1 from ever being used, and a ‘legacy security’ option forces weak authentication to resolve issues seen with the USB sharing functions on some older router/NAS devices. If updating to LibreELEC 8.2 for the first time PLEASE READ THE RELEASE NOTES below here before posting issues in the forums as there are disruptive changes to Lirc, Samba, and Tvheadend. Read more