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Updated Fedora 25 ISOs Ship with Linux Kernel 4.9.6, Latest Security Patches

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Founder of the Fedora Unity Project and Fedora Ambassador Ben Williams is proud to announce the availability of another set of updated Fedora 25 Linux ISO images for all the official spins.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" Operating System to Reach End of Life on March 31

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The Parsix GNU/Linux development team announced today, February 6, 2017, that the Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" operating system will reach end of life on March 31, 2017.

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Enterprise Linux's Big Three

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Not so long ago, Red Hat was about the only serious option for big enterprise customers seeking to make the move to Linux. Times have changed and Red Hat is no longer the only game in town. There are now three major enterprise ready Linux companies vying for corporate business: Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE -- or four if noncommercial CentOS is counted.

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RethinkDB’s Realtime Cloud Database Lands at The Linux Foundation

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation today announced it has purchased the source code to RethinkDB, relicensed the code under Apache, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation.

RethinkDB is an open source, NoSQL, distributed document-oriented database that was previously licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3).

The software is already in production use today by hundreds of technology startups, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, GM, Jive, Platzi, the U.S. Department of Defense, Distractify, and Matters Media. But the AGPLv3 license was limiting the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software.

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Also: RethinkDB finds a new home at the Linux Foundation

CNCF Purchases RethinkDB Source Code and Contributes It to The Linux Foundation Under the Apache License

Try Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS on your PC

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Over the last four years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has put a great deal of effort into optimizing Raspbian, its port of Debian, for Pi hardware, including creating new educational software, programming tools, and a nicer looking desktop.

In September, we released an update that introduced Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight (PIXEL), the Pi's new desktop environment. Just before Christmas, we released a version of the OS that runs on x86 PCs, so now you can install it on your PC, Mac, or laptop.

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Made For Linux, ‘Teres I’ Open Source Laptop Will Test Your DIY Skills

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Teres I is a budget laptop powered by open source hardware and software. While there are many other devices based on open source hardware, this laptop is a little different. You’ll have to assemble Teres I on your own after you unbox it.

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Kali Linux on the Raspberry Pi: 3, 2, 1, and Zero

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This promises to be great fun! I'm going to be combining two of my favorite things: Kali GNU/Linux software and various models of Raspberry Pi hardware. I have been looking forward to doing this since I first heard that there was a Kali Linux installation image for the Raspberry Pi.

The general information about Kali Linux for the Raspberry Pi is included in the Kali Linux Official Documentation. It describes two general concepts of putting Kali on a Pi, either using a pre-built installation image, or by creating a custom build. I will stick to the pre-built version for the time being, but I am sorely tempted to make a custom build of Kali with the i3 desktop for the Raspberry Pi.

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Linux Kernel News

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  • Linux Kernel 4.9.8 Has Many Networking Changes, XFS File System Improvements

    We're back on the track, as only two days after releasing the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman now announced the availability of Linux kernel 4.9.8.

    Linux kernel 4.9.8 is now considered the most advanced stable kernel build there is for GNU/Linux operating systems, and, if you're using a distribution powered by this branch, such as Arch Linux, Solus, openSUSE Tumbleweed, etc., you'll have to update as soon as it lands in the main repositories. According to the appended shortlog, the Linux 4.9.8 kernel is a small patch changing a total of 57 files, with 473 insertions and 273 deletions.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4.47 LTS Improves Mellanox, Renesas and Broadcom Ethernet Drivers

    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.9.8, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman published the forty-seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

  • Systemd should be better than it is, but it is still our best init system

    Some people will see my tweet as a slam on systemd, which is fair, because it is. Some people will see it as sort of praise for systemd, which is also fair, because it is that too. Just like X, systemd is a good illustration of Rob Pike's famous quote that "sometimes when you fill a vacuum, it still sucks".

    Systemd didn't quite fill a vacuum, but then neither did X. Much like the aphorism that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the other forms, systemd is increasingly not particularly appealing while still being the best overall Linux init system that we have. Systemd still gets plenty of things right that other init systems mostly don't, and it's improved in some of those areas since 2012, when I wrote that entry. But at the same time systemd has increasingly picked up bad habits and gotten flabby, among other issues (eg), and it always had an air of brute force 'we will get this done somehow' about it.

4MLinux 20.3 Operating System Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.44 LTS, Security Fixes

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4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki is informing Softpedia today about the immediate availability of the third point release of the 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux distribution.

4MLinux 20.3 is the third point release to the 4MLinux 20.x stable series of the independently-developed Linux-based operating system, bringing some of the latest security updates and a new kernel, namely Linux kernel 4.4.44 LTS.

"This is a minor maintenance release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel. The release ships with the Linux kernel 4.4.44," said Zbigniew Konojacki in the release announcement for the 4MLinux 20.3 release.

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Linux 4.10-rc7

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  • Linux 4.10-rc7

    Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad
    happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the
    last rc.

    Of course, when I actually looked at my calendar, I realized that if
    that actually happens, the next merge window will be awkward for me
    due to travel, so it turns out that I should never have hoped for
    things calming down in the first place. But I've done merge windows
    during travels before, so it's not like it would necessarily be a big
    problem.

    And anything might happen during the next week anyway.

    Anyway, rc7 is pretty small, with about half being driver fixes
    (networking, GPU and HID accounts for most of it), 20% arch updates
    (x86, sparc powerp, some arm64 crypto) and the rest is "misc":
    filesystems, generic networking, VM, genksyms scripting etc.

    It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from
    me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit
    another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by
    it). Shortlog appended for the people who want to get an overview of
    the details.

    Linus

  • Linux 4.10-rc7 Released, 4.10 Kernel Might Be Officially Released Next Week

    The Linux 4.10 kernel is getting close to release with this Sunday's release of Linux 4.10-rc7.

    Linux 4.10-rc7 was released a short time ago. Linus Torvalds commented, "Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the last rc...It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by it)."

  • Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.10 RC7, Final Release Coming February 12

    It's Sunday evening again, and this means Linus Torvalds is announcing the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) build of the forthcoming Linux 4.10 kernel branch, the seventh in the series.

  • If Linus Torvalds works well in airports, Linux 4.10 will land next week

    Last week Linus Torvalds suggested Linux kernel developers should hurry up and calm things down, because he worried that version 4.10 might take longer than he wanted to complete.

    And this week he's all-but recanted that request, because he thinks he may not have time to finish the job.

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GNOME and Other Software

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    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
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