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2017 will be the year Linux distros to rise to the top

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According to a report by Jack Wallen, a writer at Linux.com, he expects Parrot Linux to rise in popularity in 2017. This distro is based on Debian, and it offers penetration tools, cryptography tools, cloud and programming tools, and also productivity tools.

In Parrot Linux’s recent DistroWatch distribution release, Parrot Security OS 3.3 contained a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse-engineering, hacking, privacy, and cryptography. The new Parrot 3.3 release also contains fixes for “minor but unpleasant bugs, and introduces many, many updates,” according to DistroWatch.

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Troubleshooting tips for the 5 most common Linux issues

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Although Linux installs and operates as expected for most users, inevitably some users will run into problems. For my final article in The Queue column for the year, I thought it would be interesting to summarize the most common technical Linux issues people ran into in 2016. I posted the question to LinuxQuestions.org and on social media, and I analyzed LQ posting patterns. Here are the results.

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Linux 4.9.2

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I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.2 kernel.

All users of the 4.9 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.9.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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Also: Linux 4.8.17

Linux 4.4.41

Compact DIN-rail IoT gateway runs Linux on i.MX6 UL

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Axiomtek’s rugged “IFB122” IoT gateway features an i.MX6 UL SoC with dual LANs, dual COMs, mini-PCIe expansion, and extended temperature support.

Axiomtek’s IFB222 is a fanless, vertical DIN-rail form-factor gateway with a smaller, 125 x 100 x 31mm footprint than the company’s recent, Intel Atom-based ICO300-MI Gateway. The gateway is even smaller — and much simpler — than the company’s year-old, i.MX6 based rBOX630.

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GNU/Linux Desktop

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  • Want a Windows 10 PC in your pocket? GPD's tiny laptop will also run Ubuntu

    The maker of the GPD WIN, a 5.5-inch Windows 10 handheld game console released last year, is planning to launch a tablet-sized laptop, dubbed 'Pocket', which will run Windows or Ubuntu.

  • Troubleshooting tips for the 5 most common Linux issues

    Although Linux installs and operates as expected for most users, inevitably some users will run into problems. For my final article in The Queue column for the year, I thought it would be interesting to summarize the most common technical Linux issues people ran into in 2016. I posted the question to LinuxQuestions.org and on social media, and I analyzed LQ posting patterns. Here are the results.

  • Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017

    Apple will steal a march on Microsoft this year when for the first time this century shipments of devices powered by its operating systems outnumber those running Windows, research firm Gartner said today.

MX Linux 16

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MX Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution which grew out of a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. The MX distribution strives to provide a fast, friendly desktop environment on the solid base provided by Debian's Stable branch. The distribution includes several utilities to make administering the operating system easier and its installation media is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds.

I downloaded the project's 64-bit build which is 1.1GB in size. Booting from the distribution's media brings up the Xfce desktop environment. There is an icon for launching the project's system installer on the desktop. The desktop panel is placed vertically down the left side of the screen with the application menu and system tray located at the bottom. The desktop background shows off a pleasant ocean-side view.

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Linux Virtualization News

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  • KVM/Linux Nested Virtualization Support For ARM

    The ARMv8.3 specification is adding support for nested virtualization and already kernel developers have been working to take use of this feature on future ARM CPUs within the Linux kernel.

  • [ANNOUNCE] Jailhouse 0.6 released

    Busily fixing and enhancing the partitioning hypervisor Jailhouse over the last year, we basically forgot to release new versions. Here is one, and it's another major step forward towards the production-grade of this hypervisor.

  • Jailhouse v0.6 Hypervisor Released

    A new release is now available of the Jailhouse 0.6 partitioning hypervisor that remains an out-of-tree option for Linux server admins.

Distros News

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  • Best Linux distros for 2017

    Linux.com has listed its ranking of the “best Linux distros for 2017”, detailing which Linux distributions suit which scenarios best.

    The list by the publication is detailed below, predicting which distros will “rise to the top of their respective heaps”.

  • Best Linux distros of 2017

    Remember Linux? Once touted as a serious challenger to Windows on the desktop, the open-source operating system remains hugely popular among a small minority of desktop users. And, of course, its use in data centres is undiminished, powering millions of servers around the world — and literally underpinning the Internet.

    Unlike Windows or Apple’s macOS, there are a plethora of distributions — “distros”, or versions — of Linux, each designed with specific uses, and users, in mind.

    Linux.com, a website that writes about open-source software and the Linux community, has published its annual list of what it considers the best Linux distros available today, broken down into a number of categories.

  • Chakra GNU/Linux Users Can Now Install KDE Plasma 5.8.5 & KDE Applications 16.12

    It looks like 2017 will be a good year for users of the Chakra GNU/Linux distribution, a desktop-oriented computer operating system originally based on the popular Arch Linux OS, as they can now install the latest KDE software releases.

    That's right, the KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS desktop environment and KDE Applications 16.12 software suite have hit the stable repositories of the GNU/Linux distribution, along with various other Qt/KDE technologies like Qt 5.7.1, Qt Creator 4.2.0, and KDE Development Platform (also known as kdelibs) 4.14.27.

KaOS Linux Starts the New Year with a Fresh New Look, First ISO for 2017 Arrives

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If you're distro hopping, today's trend for people who can't make a decision in choosing the perfect GNU/Linux distribution for their needs, we recommend taking KaOS for a test drive, an elegant and rolling operating system built from scratch.

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Developer claims Linux forced Microsoft to up its Windows game support

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Gaming

A few years ago, thanks to Valve and Steam, Linux looked like it was going to become a major game platform. That didn't happen. But, the threat may have forced Microsoft to improve its Windows game support.

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  • BSD Mag: Understanding Unikernels by Russell Pavlicek
    The number of tasks which lend themselves to being unikernels is larger than you might think. In 2015, Martin Lucina announced the successful creation of a “RAMP” stack. A variant of the common “LAMP” stack (Linux. Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python), the “RAMP” stack employs NGINX, MySQL, and PHP each built on Rumprun. Rumprun is an instance of a Rump kernel, which is a unikernel system based on the modular operating system functions found in the NetBSD project. So even this very common solution stack can be successfully converted into unikernels.
  • Summary of the preliminary LLDB support project
    Operating systems can be called monitors as they handle system calls from userland processes. A similar task is performed by debuggers as they implement monitors for traced applications and interpret various events that occurred in tracees and are messaged usually with signals to their tracers. During this month I have started a new Process Plugin within LLDB to incept NativeProcessNetBSD - copied from NativeProcessLinux - implementing basic functionality and handling all the needed events in the MonitorCallback() function. To achieve these tasks, I had to add a bunch of new ptrace(2) interfaces in the kernel to cover all that is required by LLDB monitors. The current Process Plugin for NetBSD is capable to start a process, catch all the needed events correctly and if applicable resume or step the process.
  • NetBSD Making Progress On LLDB Debugger Support
    NetBSD developers have been implementing the relevant interfaces needed for the LLVM debugger to effectively monitor and work on the operating system. As part of that they have also improved some of their own documentation, provided new ptrace interfaces, and more. Those interested in LLDB and/or NetBSD can learn more about this debugging work via this NetBSD.org blog post.

Firefox 51 Released With FLAC Audio Support, WebGL 2.0 By Default

Firefox 51.0 just hit Mozilla's FTP servers for those wanting the latest version of this open-source web-browser. Firefox 51 isn't a big feature release for end-users but notably does have support for FLAC audio, at long last! Great to see the web browsers finally shipping support out-of-the-box for this open-source audio codec. Read more

Intel Core i3 7100 Kabylake Linux Benchmarks

Last week I began delivering Linux Kabylake benchmarks with the Core i5 7600K while this week I finally am set to receive the Core i7 7700K. But for those curious how Kabylake is looking on the low-end, I picked up a Core i3 7100 as currently the cheapest Kabylake desktop processor. Here are some initial Linux benchmarks of this Core i3 processor on Ubuntu Linux. Read more