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Linux Foundation Events and Long Term Support

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  • The Linux Foundation Introduces Open Source Networking Days to Foster Local Collaboration
  • Linux Foundation to hold global Open Source Networking events, looks to foster local provider, vendor collaboration

    As an effort to drive service provider and vendor collaboration around open networking, the Linux Foundation has launched its Open Source Networking Days (OSN) series of events.

    Hosted and organized by local open source networking communities and The Linux Foundation, the event will feature vendors and projects including ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, DPDK, and PNDA.

  • ​Long Term Support Linux gets a longer lease on life

    At Linaro Connect, a mobile Linux conference, Google senior staff engineer Iliyan Malchev announced that the Linux kernel team had agreed to extend Linux's Long Term Support from two to six years. This is an enormous deal for Android embedded Linux and Linux Internet of Things (IoT) developers.

    Why? Malchev explained for Android programmers: "All Android devices out there [...] are based of the LTS kernel. The problem with LTS is it's only two years. And so, by the time the first devices on a SoC [System on a Chip] hit the market, you have maybe a year, if you're lucky, of LTS support. And, if you're not, it's over. Greg Kroah-Hartman [the Linux kernel maintainer for the Linux stable branch] has given me permission to announce he will extend LTS to six years, starting with kernel 4.4."

GNU/Linux Market Share in News Headlines

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Give old electronics new life with Linux and Raspberry Pi

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Do you have five, 10, or even 15-year-old consumer electronic devices that still work but are not connected to the internet and don't get software updates from the manufacturer? Should you just swap those tired, old devices for new Internet of Things-enabled versions—even though they still work? Of course not! The rise of the open source hardware movement and the availability of free and open source software allows us to bring new life into our retro electronic devices. With off-the-shelf components, we can reduce electronic waste and bring our old TV, stereo receiver system, or air conditioner into the IoT era.

Converting a Raspberry Pi into a smart remote control using the open source add-on board ANAVI Infrared pHAT and open source software is easy.

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Has Linux's market share really doubled in two months?

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That’s a significant bump, putting it within reach of MacOS, which purportedly dominates 6.29 percent of the market. But can it be believed?

Before we dive into the figures, it’s worth talking about NetMarketShare. This service is one of a handful (with rivals including StatCounter, Clicky, and W3Counter) that tries to make sense of the fractured computing landscape.

Its methodology is pretty straightforward. It looks at visitor records from literally tens of thousands of websites, recording hundreds of millions (if not billions) of page visits, in order to determine what operating system and browser people are using.

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Linux Foundation and Kernel: Hyperledger, Diversity Empowerment Summit, Corporate Puff Pieces, and Thunderbolt

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  • What’s the Difference Between the 5 Hyperledger Blockchain Projects?

    The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project, which is focused on open source blockchain technology, divides its work into five sub projects. Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf said Hyperledger’s technical steering committee must approve each new sub project, and it’s looking for projects that “represent different thinking.”

    The first five projects are: Fabric, Sawtooth, Indy, Burrow, and Iroha.

    “Every one of these projects started life outside of Hyperledger, first, by a team that had certain use cases in mind,” said Behlendorf. Each project must bring something unique to the open source group, and its technology must be applicable to other companies.

  • What You Missed at the Diversity Empowerment Summit
  • Comcast: Open Source Program Success Depends on Business Strategy Alignment

    Comcast’s involvement in open source was a gradual process that evolved over time. The company eventually created two open source program offices, one for the NBC business and another for the cable side of the business, which is the subject of this profile.

  • How FinTech Company Europace Is Modeling Its Corporate Structure on Open Source Principles

    Concepts such as decentralizing strategy, delegating direction, and fierce transparency in communication are part of the backbone of successful open source projects. In my presentation at Open Source Summit EU in Prague, I will explore how these concepts are not only applicable to volunteer-run organizations but can also help growing corporations avoid some of the coordination overhead that often comes with growing teams and organizations.

    We’ll look at some of the key aspects of how project members collaborate at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). After that, we’ll take a closer look at German FinTech company Europace AG, which decided to move toward self-organization two years ago. We’ll highlight parallels between Europace AG’s organizing approaches and those of open source projects.

  • Thunderbolt Networking Support For Linux Still Being Worked On

    New kernel patches have been posted for enabling Thunderbolt networking support.

    Among the many features of Thunderbolt is the ability to support networking over the Thunderbolt cable. The Linux kernel, however, has yet to properly support this functionality. Mika Westerberg and others at Intel have been working to add this support.

Timeshift A System Restore Utility Tool Review

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TimeShift is a system restore tool for Linux. It provides functionality that is quite similar to the System Restore feature in Windows or the Time Machine tool in MacOS. TimeShift protects your system by making incremental snapshots of the file system manually or at regular automated intervals.

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Desktops and Devices: Market Share, System76, Raspberry Pi, OSMC, and Ataribox

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  • Steam Linux Usage Put At 0.6% For September, Contrary To Other Inflated Numbers

    Meanwhile the Netmarketshare data showed Linux almost doubling over the past month, but likely due to some flaw in the system or reporting discrepancy with Android/Chrome-OS. In fact, since the earlier drama today, has already been revised lower to 4.83%. Though that number is still likely artificially higher due to Chrome & co.

  • System76 Galago Pro review


    A high-end laptop that offers a stylish all-aluminium design, lots of processing power, a generous selection of ports and a vibrant HiDPI screen for a reasonable price. Just don’t stray too far from a wall socket as the battery life barely lasts half a day’s work.

  • Little Backup Box Update and FAQ

    I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately. And to fight the battery anxiety syndrome, I’ve bought an Anker PowerCore 20100 mAh power bank. This relatively compact and light pack features two USB charging ports capable of delivering up to 2.4 mAh.

    Now that I have plenty of power when I’m on the move, I no longer need to rely on Raspberry Pi Zero to run the Little Backup Box script. So I upgraded my mobile photo backup box to Raspberry Pi 3.

  • OSMC's September update is here

    OSMC's September update is ready with a wide range of improvements and fixes to keep your OSMC device running in tip-top shape.

  • Atari to release new gaming console that runs Linux

    Atari has recently announces that they are coming back into the console market, and are releasing a console dubbed the “AtariBox” and the kicker is; it runs Linux!

    On Sept. 26, Atari released a new photo of the Ataribox, made of real wood, and I must say that it looks absolutely gorgeous! A video of the device can be found on the Ataribox homepage.

Using the Alpine Linux email client to access messages from any network

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Sometimes when I'm traveling, I have trouble sending email from my devices that typically connect to my ISP at home via hardwire or WiFi. This is because some ISPs do not like outbound email to leave their network unless it is routed through their own email servers. But you need to have an account with the ISP in order to send outbound email through their servers.

This intentional blocking of outbound port 25 for email is usually aimed at preventing hijacked hosts from acting as spambots and sending email over the ISP's network. Such a situation could result in the ISP being flagged as a source of spam and added to spam-blocking websites, thus preventing legitimate email from reaching its proper destination.

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Linux 4.14 RC3 and LTS

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  • Linux 4.14-rc3

    So 4.14 continues to be a somewhat painful release, and I'm starting
    to at least partly blame the fact that it's meant to be an LTS

    The last LTS release we had (4.9) resulted in one of the biggest
    kernel releases we ever had because everybody wanted in; the 4.14
    release doesn't seem to be as large, but it does seem to result in
    some late work happening because people want to prep for 4.14, knowing
    it will be LTS.

    But who knows. Some of this may just be pure coincidence too. But I
    already know of two more pull requests that are still pending that
    will also probably want to be pushed into 4.14.

    Anyway, on to the actual rc3 changes.. Most of them are the normal
    small fixes, but a few things do stand out:

    - some x86 FPU state handling fixes

    - fixed some crypto problems in our internal key handling

    - some smp/hotplug cleanups

    and all of them are bigger than I would have wished for at this stage,
    but all of them had fine reasons for going in now. They all had one
    thing in common, in that they also came with cleanups in order to fix
    the underlying problem (so often the actual commit that _fixes_ it is
    pretty small, but there's a series of cleanups that makes that fix

    The two issues that I know as potentially still pending are some of
    the same kind: a writeback fix and some watchdog fixes, both with the
    majority being cleanups in order to fix things.

    Anyway, this all has the common thread that I'd have loved to get that
    code during the merge window as "obviously good changes", but I'm not
    thrilled to get it during the rc stages.

    Oh well. Enough of the "Woe is me".

    Things don't actually look *bad*. Yes, it's more changes than I would
    have wished for at this stage, but at the same time none of it looks
    like it's really fundamentally problematic for the 4.14 release. Most
    of the x86 FPU state cleanups had already been around for a while just
    because they were needed cleanup, for example, it's just that the bug
    fixes made them get merged at a less than optimal time.

    The various changes do end up making the diffstat look somewhat
    unusual: driver fixes that usually dominate are just a quarter of the
    haul this rc around, with arch fixes (almost all of which are x86) are
    another quarter. The rest is core kernel (much of it the smp/hotplug
    updates), security (the key handling changes) and tooling (much of it
    perf, but also more selftests). Some fs fixes (btrfs and xfs, some
    misc) accounts for the rest.

    It's still early enough in the rc release that I don't know if this
    will impact timing. Right now it still feels like we're fine with the
    usual schedule (ie rc7 being the last rc), but we'll just have to see
    how this release cycle continues.

    Do go out and test, please.


  • Linux 4.14-rc3 Kernel Is Ready For Testing

    Linus Torvalds has continued in his traditional Sunday release cadence of issuing a new kernel update for testing.

    Available this evening is Linux 4.14-rc3 as the third weekly test candidate for the feature-packed Linux 4.14. If you are not familiar with the new features of this kernel update, see our Linux 4.14 feature overview. There is a ton of changes and on top of this it's going to be an LTS release, which now means Linux 4.14 will be supported for a six year span.

  • Linux Kernel LTS Releases Will Now Get 6 Years Support

    This free and open source kernel serves as the base for most of the devices, including millions of Android and other ARM devices. Now, in a major change that involves how the kernel support is provided, the two-year lifecycle of Linux LTS kernel is being bumped to six years.

  • Linux kernel's long-term support releases now last for 6 years, and that's good for Android

    In a recent presentation at Linaro Connect, it was revealed that the Linux kernel would be moving to a six-year LTS. Right now LTS kernels are only supported for two years, which can be a problem when a hardware design pipeline can take more than 12-18 months for a device to make it into a consumer's hands, and that's not even taking into account SoC development. This new change, combined with Google's Project Treble, could further extend device support for Android updates and might spell good news for consumers.

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