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ZFS On Linux Adds New Kernel Support, Asynchronous I/O

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A new release of ZFS On Linux is available this week for providing the latest capabilities for this Oracle/Sun ZFS file-system implemented as an out-of-tree, native Linux kernel driver.

The new ZFS On Linux 0.6.4 release is now compatible with kernels up through Linux 4.0. ZFS On Linux 0.6.4 also adds new feature flags of spacemap_histogram, extensible_dataset, bookmarks, enabled_txg, hole)birth, and embedded_data.

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Building Super Small Linux Computers From Scratch

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HowTos

Conventional wisdom says small, powerful embedded Linux like the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, or the Intel Edison are inherently manufactured devices, and certainly not something the homebrew tinkerer can produce at home. [hak8or] is doing just that, producing not one, but two completely different tiny Linux computers at home.

The first is based on Atmel’s AT91SAM9N12 ARM processor, but the entire board is just about two inches square. On board is 64 MB of DDR2 DRAM, a USB host and OTG port, and not much else. Still, this chip runs a stripped down Linux off of a USB drive.

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Linux 4.0 brings Skynet closer to existence, offers reboot-free kernel patching

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Setting aside the head-scratching title, Linux 4.0 isn’t a massive change from Linux 3.19. It would have been named Linux 3.20, but lots of people wanted to see Linux 4.0. As Linus Torvalds himself said, “the strongest argument for some people advocating 4.0 seems to have been a wish to see 4.1.15 - because ‘that was the version of Linux Skynet used for the T-800 Terminator.’”

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Bella OS 2.2 Is a User-Friendly Linux Distro Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

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Linux
Ubuntu

Bella OS 2.2 was announced recently, based on the upstream packages of the Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system. The Bella OS distribution aims to be a beautiful and user-friendly Linux OS tailored for end-users.

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LMDE 2 “Betsy” Cinnamon released!

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Linux
Debian

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu.

LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users.

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Simply put, there is no actual official NVIDIA support for Optimus technology for Linux. Or at least, not completely. Until recently, there was none at all. As of 2013, NVIDIA did start to provide initial support for Optimus, but it is extremely barebones and arguably doesn't actually properly implement the Optimus features as it's meant to be.

But let's look at the current options for running an NVIDIA Optimus-enabled computer with Linux...

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Cinnamon 2.4.8 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

Clemenent Lefebvre published today, April 9, a new maintenance release of the stable 2.4 branch of the acclaimed Cinnamon desktop environment used in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux, including Linux Mint.

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Dead Xbox 360 Converted to a Linux Server

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Converting a dead Xbox 360 to a Linux server is not as difficult as it seems, especially if you only use the case of the console. It's still a nice try, and it will make a nice addition to the living room.

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Samsung 2015 Tizen TV range now available at Curry’s in the UK

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Currys electronics, a UK online and In-store retailer has now got the Tizen based Samsung 2015 TV range In stock and available to buy right now!!! It seems it is only the larger branches that currently have some stock of the UE65JS9000 65″ at £3,999 and UE55JS9000 55″ at £3,099.

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New Solus Operating System to Be Released Annually, First Stable Version in July

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Linux

Evolve OS recently changed its name to Solus and the developers are now trying to put some order into the normal chaos that surrounds most of the distros. They intend to have a precise schedule and to work on several important features.

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