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postmarketOS is a Touch-Optimized Linux Distro for Smartphones and Tablets

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The same situation does not happen with old computers, though, mainly thanks to GNU/Linux distributions. You can actually take a 2007 computer and install a basic Linux distro on it, and it’ll run through most tasks (including web searching, multimedia playback, social networks and more) without a hitch. You will even get the latest security patches and most new features on your old computer. These distros also keep resource usage to a minimum, so while it definitely won’t be faster than a newer computer, it will work just fine for most of your casual needs. There is a small project hoping to bring that kind of support to Android phones and tablets, and that project is called postmarketOS

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3 Android apps to help you learn Linux

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Everyone learns in different ways. For some the best means is by doing, while for others it's all about reading. No matter your preference, there's an app for that.

Even for learning the Linux operating system.

That's right, Linux. If you're a systems administrator, an understanding of Linux has become unavoidable. To that end, it's time you start boning up on the platform. If you happen to have an Android device in your pocket, take it out and start learning; because I'm going to introduce you to a collection of apps that will help school you on the open source operating system.

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Linux 4.13 Release and Ongoing Developments in Linux 4.14

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  • Linux 4.13 Kernel Launches With Accelerated Security Feature

    The fourth new Linux kernel milestone of 2017 is now available, providing improved performance and security features including Kernel Transport Layer Security.

  • Linux Kernel 4.13 Debuts Officially with Intel Cannon Lake & Coffee Lake Support

    As expected, the Linux 4.13 kernel series was made official this past weekend by none other than its creator, Linus Torvalds, which urges all Linux users to start migrating to this version as soon as possible.

  • Linux Kernel 4.13: Don't Use SMB1

    Linus Torvalds pushed out version 4.13 of the Linux Kernel on Sunday, right on schedule and almost exactly two months after 4.12.

    Among all the changes, Torvalds highlights the one concerning the implementation of the SMB protocol in the kernel: The CIFS behavior in kernel 4.13 defaults to SMB3 as opposed to SMB1, which was the default in previous kernels.

    SMB is a protocol used to access and share files, printers, and other services over a network, and the reason for the switch is that SMB 1 has aged horribly and is rife with vulnerabilities. The number of servers that still use it was one of the reasons the WannaCry ransomware spread like wildfire back in May. However, SMB1 is still accessible from kernel 4.13 for those that really, really have to use it. If you can't make the change (although you are highly encouraged to find a way to do so), you may need to add an explicit

  • EFI In Linux 4.14 Will Better Handle Rebooting Of Buggy Systems

    There are a few notable EFI fixes to find for the in-development Linux 4.14 kernel.

    First up, EFI will now fallback to other poweroff methods if the EFI poweroff process fails. If the EFI_RESET_SHUTDOWN returns without powering off the system during this EFI shutdown process, the kernel will fall back to the traditional power-off process. The EFI-based shutdown process was originally added since some systems otherwise do not shutdown. But it appears that at least some systems/tablets exposing EFI_RESET_SHUTDOWN do not actually behave correctly. In particular, Red Hat's Hans de Goede noted that some Bay Trail devices are not behaving correctly and warranty this transparent fallback during the power-off process.

  • Cgroup2 Thread Support Added For Linux 4.14

    Tejun Heo has submitted the control group changes for the Linux 4.14 kernel.

  • Several ARM64 Changes Queued For Linux 4.14, VMAP_STACK Support

    There are a few noteworthy ARM64 (64-bit ARM) architecture updates worth noting for the ongoing Linux 4.14 merge window.

    First up, ARM64 (AArch64) now supports VMAP_STACK to let kernel stacks be allocated in vmalloc space with a guard page for trapping possible stack overflows. It was back during Linux 4.9 that x86_64 picked up the vmap'ed stack support.

Linux Foundation: Getting Certified, Automotive, and Greg Kroah-Hartman Piece

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  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Getting Certified

    In today’s rapidly changing system administration landscape, skills and credentials count for a lot, but professional certification can also make a difference. With that in mind, let's take a look at five valuable types of certification for sysadmins along with relevant training options.

  • How Open Source is Transforming the Automotive Industry

    One key benefit of open source is its ability to enable rapid innovation. Collaborating on non-competitive pieces of technology frees up resources, enabling companies to focus more on developing new products and services.

    We are seeing this play out now in the automotive industry as automakers are adopting open source software for core technologies like the infotainment operating system. This allows them to focus more resources towards the industry-wide race to develop new technologies, mobility services, and autonomous vehicles.

    According to the 2017 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study, 53 percent of consumers expect vehicle technology to be as robust as their smartphone. Unfortunately, the automotive industry has fallen behind the smartphone in terms of features and functionality. Automotive innovation is too slow, time-to-market is too long, and there’s very little software reuse.

  • Greg Kroah-Hartman: The Commander-in-Chief of the Linux Stable Branch

    In the sometimes-contentious Linux Kernel developer community, the gentle giant of a man Greg Kroah-Hartman is the friendliest face. When you plug a device into a Linux system and it works out of the box, the credit goes to Kroah-Hartman. He travels around the globe, talking to hardware vendors to get Linux to work on their devices.

    But Kroah-Hartman was not a Linux user from the beginning: He evolved over time into one of the most influential kernel developers.

    Kroah-Hartman has been a techie from a very early age. He started programming on his parent’s personal computer that they bought for home use.

Tizen/Samsung News

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PulseAudio 11.0 Released

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Linux Mint 18.3 to Launch with Revamped Backup Tool, Window Progress, and More

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Work on the upcoming Linux Mint 18.3 operating system continues, and Clement Lefebvre recently published the monthly report to give us a glimpse of more of the new features to be implemented in the final release.

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Why nobody's made a successful Linux-based phone yet

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Remember the Ubuntu Phone? Probably not. Why? Because no matter how hard Canonical worked on the device, no matter how much of their resources they threw at it (at the expense of the desktop that made them famous), they simply couldn't get it to work. It wasn't only because the platform was destined to fail out of the gate (the very idea of Scopes was the wrong way to go), but that they couldn't get the backing of a major market. Instead, they were relegated to underpowered hardware crafted by unknown OEMs. Under normal circumstances, that would have been fine. After all, at one point the likes of OnePlus, Huawai, and Miezu were all unknown. But couple that obscurity with an operating system that further hobbled the hardware and you have the makings for absolute failure.

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Rise of GNU/Linux at Windows' Expense

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  • Linux adoption on the rise as Windows market share collapsed once again [Ed: What's significant here: 1. this is a Microsoft propaganda site 2. citing a Microsoft-connected firm 3. claiming Windows "collapse"]

    Despite Microsoft’s Windows 10 is better than its predecessor, Windows market share has witnessed yet another collapse, while Linux adoption is on a rise. A new data published by NetMarketShare reveals that Microsoft’s Windows market share declined to 90.70 percent from 91.45 percent.

  • Linux Doubles Its Market Share Since 2015, Windows And Mac Adoption Slows Down

    The FOSS and Linux community tosses up this idea at the beginning of a new year and expects the Linux adoption to rise exponentially in the upcoming months. While a complete Linux dominance in the desktop scene looks like a far-fetched dream, Tux continues to make slow strides.

    According to the latest data from NetMarketShare, Linux is running on 3.37% desktop computers and laptops. This Linux market share number is from August 2017.

Linux Kernel: Linux 4.14 and Microsoft Catchup

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    Ever since the announcement of Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology there has been external graphics card (eGPU) support. Unfortunately for most of last year, including with Intel’s own Skull Canyon NUC, putting this solution to use was challenging at best. Most motherboards didn’t fully support the technology and those that did typically required a system that was far more expensive. For example, the Skull Canyon NUC at release was $700, unconfigured. Adding SSDs and RAM usually bumped that up well over $1000.
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  • Vivaldi 1.12 Web Browser Debuts with Highly Requested Features, Improvements
    Vivaldi, the Chromium-based web browser designed with the power user in mind, has been recently updated to version 1.12, a release that introduces highly requested features and a whole lot of under-the-hood improvements. There are three big new features implemented in Vivaldi 1.12. The first is a built-in Image Properties feature that works when you right-click on an image on the Web, showing you a bunch of useful information, such as camera model, depth of field, ISO sensitivity, focal length, exposure, histogram, time and date, and white balance.
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    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort posted today on his Google+ profile information regarding the VR (Virtual Reality) capabilities of the open-source web browser, which is the base of Chrome OS and Google Chrome. It would appear that the Chromium team is working on a set of new virtual reality features for the web browser, which means that more VR goodies are coming to popular Chromium-based web browsers like Opera, Vivaldi, and Google Chrome.
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