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Tizen v Android Wear: Which smartwatch OS is right for you?

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Android
Linux

It's fair to say no-one has answered the smartwatch question yet. But in Google's Android Wear and Samsung's Tizen OS, we have two very different attempts.

We pit the two operating systems against each other, looking at hardware, compatibility, interface, health and fitness tracking and apps to help you decide which platform to plump for.

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Linux 4.5 RC2 and AMDGPU

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  • Here Is A Linux 4.5-rc2 Kernel To Play With The New AMDGPU Functionality

    With a report that Linux 4.5-rc2 manages to improve the AMD R9 Fury (Fiji) performance, I spun up a Linux 4.5-rc2 kernel this morning for easing those wanting to test the AMDGPU driver atop Ubuntu.

    While the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA ships with the AMDGPU DRM driver enabled, it doesn't yet enable the new PowerPlay Kconfig option for getting faster performance on hardware like Fiji, Tonga, etc. Their kernel also doesn't ship with the experimental CIK GPU support enabled. Thus I spun a 4.5-rc2 kernel this morning that enables these extra AMDGPU tunables.

  • AMDGPU Driver Said To Be Much Faster With Linux 4.5-rc2 Kernel

    With Linux 4.5-rc2 that was released last night, the new AMDGPU DRM driver is supposedly much faster compared to last week's 4.5-rc1 kernel.

    A Phoronix reader commented, "I read through the changelog and saw that there were several amdgpu patches. I just built this RC, rebooted, and ran some 3d benchmarks an the result is: a) double or quadruple the framerates that I got with RC1, and Cool no more overheating. I have the same model R9 Fury that Michael excluded from the last round of benchmarks due to performance/stability problems."

  • Kernel prepatch 4.5-rc2

Kali Linux Literature

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GNU
Linux
Security
  • Migrating from Kali Linux 2 to Kali Linux 2016.1

    The first edition of Kali Linux Rolling, Kali 2016.1, was released more than a week ago. It marks the end of Kali Linux 2 and the beginning of a new release regime.

    It’s still based on Debian Testing, so existing users don’t have to do anything special but run a few commands to upgrade from Kali Linux 2 to Kali Linux 2016.1. Aside from installation images for the GNOME 3 desktop, there are also installation images for the Light edition, which uses the Xfce desktop environment. And there are also ARM installation images.

  • Kali Linux Cookbook eBook - $24 value, now free!

UEFI Bricks

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Google peddles Linux based load balancer to open sourcers

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Google
OSS

Google has developed an open source infrastructure software build using its Go language.

The ad-flinger has released the Seesaw load balancer for Linux, built to replace two existing systems.

Code has been released to GitHub here.

Google’s site reliability engineer, Joel Sing, blogged that Seesaw would increase the availability of service and reduce the management overhead.

“We are pleased to be able to make this platform available to the rest of the world and hope that other enterprises will be able to benefit,” Sing wrote.

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Hands on with Debian GNU/Linux 8.3

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Linux
Debian
HowTos

The latest point-release update of Debian GNU/Linux (8.3) came out last week, so I decided to take this opportunity to review what distribution media are available, and how/where they can/can't be installed.

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Linux 4.5-rc2 Brings A Surprising Amount Of Changes

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Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.5-rc2 this weekend as was expected as the next weekly test version of this new kernel.

Linus mentions in the 4.5-rc2 announcement that he was happy with how this release was turning out, but since Friday there were many more pull request submitted. The amount of new activity in the past few days though doesn't worry Torvalds and is the result in finding bugs by users/developers in trying out Linux 4.5.

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Also: Linus Torvalds Announces the Second Linux Kernel 4.5 Release Candidate Build

Linux Kernel 3.10.96 LTS Has Networking and Sound Enhancements, Updated Drivers

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Renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman reports at the end of January the release and immediate availability for download of the ninety-sixth maintenance build of the Linux 3.10 long-term supported kernel series.

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AV Linux 2016 Optimizes Debian Testing for Audio Production, Coming Soon

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Glen McArthur, one of the developers working on the AV Linux project, a GNU/Linux operating system dedicated to audio and video professionals, published a video recently to show the world what's coming in AV Linux 2016.

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Simplicity Linux 16.01 is now available for download

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GNU
Linux

It’s that time again! A new release of Simplicity Linux is available for download. Simplicity Linux 16.01 comes in two flavours, Netbook and Desktop, both 32-bit releases. Based on the excellent LXPup distro, we use LXDE window manager and 4.1.6 kernel.

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Hands-On: More adventures with Manjaro-ARM for the Raspberry Pi 2

In my previous post I celebrated the announcement of Manjaro-ARM Linux for the Raspberry Pi 2. I installed it on my Pi 2 with no problems, and I was ready to continue experimenting and investigating with two major objectives - how complete/stable is it, and what are the chances of getting the i3 window manager working on it? Read more

Canonical Will Be Present at MWC 2016 to Showcase Its Ubuntu Convergence

MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 is almost upon us, and one of the biggest attraction there will be, of course, Canonical's latest Ubuntu convergence features, which the company behind the world's most popular free operating system will showcase on the new BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet device. Read more

Benchmarks Of The ODROID-C2 64-Bit ARM Development Board

Earlier this month Hardkernel announced the ODROID-C2 as a 64-bit ARM development board that would begin shipping in March. Fortunately, you don't need to wait until next month to find out how this $40 USD 64-bit ARM development board is performing: here are some benchmarks. Read more

Pinterest open-sources its Teletraan tool for deploying code

As promised last year when the company introduced it, Pinterest today announced that it has released its Teletraan tool for deploying source code on GitHub under an open source Apache license. “Teletraan is designed to do one thing, deploy code,” Pinterest software engineer Baogang Song wrote in a blog post. “Not only does it support critical features such as zero downtime deploy, rollback, staging and continuous deploy, but it also has convenient features, such as displaying commit details, comparing different deploys, notifying deploy state changes through either email or chat room, displaying OpenTSDB metrics and more.” Read more