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Arch Linux 2017.05.01 Is Available for Download, Powered by Linux Kernel 4.10.13

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Today being the first day of May and all that, Arch Linux users will be glad to hear that a new ISO snapshot of their beloved GNU/Linux distribution is now available for download.

That's right, we're talking about Arch Linux 2017.05.01, which hit the streets earlier today incorporating all the security and software updates that were pushed to the stable repositories of the operating system during the entire month of April 2017. Also, the new ISO image is powered by the latest Linux 4.10.13 kernel.

If you were planning on reinstalling your Arch Linux computer because of various reasons, or you wanted to deploy the lightweight GNU/Linux distro on a new PC without having to download hundreds of MB of updates after installing the OS, Arch Linux 2017.05.01 is here to make things a lot easier for you.

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Btrfs vs. F2FS Multi-SSD Performance On Linux 4.11

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Linux

Last week I posted benchmarks showing off F2FS performance with its multi-drive feature that isn't formal RAID but can still yield better I/O performance. For additional context, here are some results on that same system and with the Linux 4.11 kernel when using Btrfs with its native RAID capabilities.

After carrying out the 1/2/3/4 disk tests with F2FS on Linux 4.11 from the Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E box, I ran some Btrfs tests. For the Btrfs tests was a single disk run, two-disk RAID0, four-disk RAID0, four-disk RAID10, and four-disk RAID1 to yield some additional perspective how it compares to F2FS' multi-drive capability that makes just one big volume but with modified block allocation and background garbage collection differences to boost I/O speed.

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Nine Collabora Developers Have Contributed 44 Patches to the Linux 4.11 Kernel

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Collabora's Mark Filion is informing Softpedia today about the contributions made by a total of nine Collabora developers to the recently released Linux 4.11 kernel.

Linux 4.11 is now the latest stable kernel that's available for Linux-based operating systems who want to adopt the new series announced by Linus Torvalds himself on the last day of April 2017. Linux kernel 4.11 brings a lot of improvements and new features like scalable swapping for SSDs or support for OPAL drives.

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Kernel Space/Linux

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  • BFQ I/O Scheduler Lands Along With New Kyber Scheduler

    We previously reported on the BFQ I/O scheduler finally set to land with the Linux 4.12 mainline kernel. That's now happened along with another new I/O scheduler.

    BFQ is now in the mainline Linux Git tree as the Budget Fair Queueing scheduler that has been maintained out-of-tree for a number of years now. BFQ strives for low latency for interactive applications and soft real-time applications, higher speed for code development tasks, high throughput, and strong fairness/bandwidth/delay guarantees.

  • Linux 4.12 To Enable KASLR By Default

    The Linux 4.12 kernel is to enable KASLR support by default for x86-based systems to further improve the security.

  • GNU Linux-libre 4.11 Kernel Officially Available for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom

    GNU Linux-libre, a non-profit organization chartered to develop and promote a deblobbed, libre Linux kernel for GNU/Linux distributions, announced the official availability of the GNU Linux-libre 4.11-gnu kernel.

  • Linux Kernel 4.11 Now Available for Linux Lite Users, Here's How to Install It

    Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced earlier today that the recently released Linux 4.11 kernel is now available for installation from the distribution's software repositories.

    The Linux 4.11 kernel series is the latest stable available at the moment of writing this article, and it looks like Linux Lite users are among the first to get it. It's available as we speak for both 64-bit and 32-bit installations, and it's the first to include the project's own firmware package called "linux-firmware-image-linuxlite."

Linux and Android Devices

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Linux
  • Rugged Skylake Mini-ITX has 16.5mm profile

    Eurotech’s “CPU-521-17” is a -20 to 70°C ready thin Mini-ITX board that runs CentOS, Ubuntu, or Windows on Intel’s 6th Gen Core CPUs.

    Eurotech has spun a variety of Linux-ready SBCs over the years, such as its i.MX6-based CPU-351-13, but the new 6th Gen Core “Skylake” based CPU-521-17 is the first Eurotech Mini-ITX board we’ve seen. Like the CPU-351-13 and most other Eurotech boards, the rugged, thin Mini-ITX board supports its Everyware Software Framework (ESF), a commercial version of the open source Java/ OSGi “Eclipse Kura” middleware for IoT gateways.

  • Windows 10 usage inches up—but gap with Android widens
  • Turn a spare Android phone into a Google Home

5 of the Best Microsoft Project Alternatives for Linux

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Linux
Software

There are hundreds of Microsoft Project alternatives, and we have covered them before. There are cross-platform and Web alternatives, but in this article I will focus on Microsoft Project alternatives for Linux in particular.

The distinction is a bit tricky because technically Web-based alternatives can be used from Linux, too. Some of the apps I’ve included have a Web version as well, but my main consideration was if they run on Linux or not. So, if an app has a Linux install, it’s included here.

Of course, I can’t include all the project management apps for Linux, so I tried to narrow down my selection to the five I consider the best.

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With LinuxKit, Docker Learns to Love Open Source Once Again

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Server
OSS

Thanks to Docker and LinuxKit, Linux and open source are closer to conquering the world than ever—sort of. Here's how Docker hopes to use LinuxKit, a new Linux Foundation project, to sneak Linux into Windows servers, Mac laptops and even IoT devices.

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Linux Wants to 'Harmonize' Open Source & Standards

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Open source projects and telecom's standards development organizations must work together to speed production of multi-vendor interoperability and automation for NFV and SDN, according to a Linux Foundation whitepaper released today. Such an effort requires close coordination, however, as well as a realization by each side of what it does best and careful attention to legal and intellectual property challenges.

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feren OS 2017.0 is now available for download

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Linux

After a long time of development, pain, tragic loss, and so on, I'm proud to announce, today, the release of feren OS 2017.0 Stable! This release sports a Linux Mint 18.1 base, which contains the latest and greatest of LTS, and more!

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Also: OpenELEC, the lightweight embedded Linux distribution for media centre computers has a fresh release

Linux 4.4.65

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I'm announcing the release of the 4.4.65 kernel.

All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.4.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 3.18.51

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GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
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  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

Fedora and Red Hat

Debian and Derivatives

  • Reproducible Builds: week 108 in Stretch cycle
  • Debuerreotype
    The project is named “Debuerreotype” as an homage to the photography roots of the word “snapshot” and the daguerreotype process which was an early method of taking photographs. The essential goal is to create “photographs” of a minimal Debian rootfs, so the name seemed appropriate (even if it’s a bit on the “mouthful” side).
  • The end of Parsix GNU/Linux
    The Debian-based Parsix distribution has announced that it will be shutting down six months after the Debian "Stretch" release.
  • Privacy-focused Debian 9 'Stretch' Linux-based operating system Tails 3.0 reaches RC status
    If you want to keep the government and other people out of your business when surfing the web, Tails is an excellent choice. The Linux-based operating system exists solely for privacy purposes. It is designed to run from read-only media such as a DVD, so that there are limited possibilities of leaving a trail. Of course, even though it isn't ideal, you can run it from a USB flash drive too, as optical drives have largely fallen out of favor with consumers. Today, Tails achieves an important milestone. Version 3.0 reaches RC status -- meaning the first release candidate (RC1). In other words, it may soon be ready for a stable release -- if testing confirms as much. If you want to test it and provide feedback, you can download the ISO now.