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Screenshot Tour of Linux Mint 18.2 and Upgrade Instructions

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  • Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon: Quick Screenshot Tour

    Linux Mint is one of the operating systems that release the new versions regularly. However, dislike Ubuntu and Fedora releases, Linux Mint only releases "when ready", more like the Debian operating system.

    The most recent release of Linux Mint was named Sonya and has the version number 18.2. This is the third release in the Linux Mint 18 series that is based on Ubuntu 16.04. It saw the light on the 2nd of July 2017.

  • Linux Mint 18.1 Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya," Here's How

    He promised that it would be only a matter of days until the upgrade path to the recently released Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" operating system is open to users of Linux Mint 18.1 "Sarah," and today Clement Lefebvre made an official statement.

    Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" launched the other day for all its officially supported flavors, including Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce, and while it was made available for download to those who wanted to reinstall or deploy the operating system on new computers, the upgrade path from Linux Mint 18.1 wasn't open.

Why Linux Marketshare Stats Are Wrong

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Linux
Microsoft

Every few months, new statistics about Linux users on desktop platform come out. The methodologies used for each one varies according to its provider. However, they all share one thing: Being wrong.

Measuring number of users who use a certain operating system on desktop is totally different thing from servers or other devices. E.g for web servers, you may have a list of static IP addresses which you can analyze and try to reach. You may check hosting companies or huge enterprises for additional data. Lot of methodologies can be used.

However, for desktop. It seems like most statistics providers don’t have any scientific methodology to rely on so far. What they depend on is that they try to make partnerships with some famous advertising networks (which include thousands of websites) and try to analyze the visitors of those websites to provide them with data.

Such methodology is so far from being accurate. This article tells you why.

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Here’s who won 26 SBCs in our annual Hacker SBC Survey

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Hardware

The 26 winners randomly picked from the 1,705 participants in our annual Hacker SBC Survey have now been confirmed. They’re located in 12 countries.

After randomly selecting 26 names from all of the participants in the recently concluded 2017 Hacker SBC Survey that we cosponsored with the Linux Foundation’s Linux.com community site, we can now reveal the list of boards awarded to each. We have obfuscated the names to protect their privacy, but they’ll know who they are, and will now see which boards they won.

The prizes in this year’s Hacker SBC Survey include several BeagleBone models, including the new BeagleBone Blue robotics kit. Other giveaways include the Qualcomm-backed DragonBoard 410c, the Gumstix Pepper DVI-D, the Intel-backed MinnowBoard Turbot Quad-core, and several Aaeon UP board models. We’ve also included one popular non-Linux board, the Arduino Uno WiFi.

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Linux Lite Users Are the First to Get Linux Kernel 4.12, Here's How to Install

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Linux

Not even a day after the release of the Linux 4.12 kernel, Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced today that users of his Ubuntu-based operating system can now install the new kernel version on their computers.

The developer was quick to compile and optimize Linux kernel 4.12 for both 32-bit and 64-bit variants of his Linux Lite operating system, allowing users to install it on their existing installations with a straightforward command that you can find below. However, he warns users using the proprietary Nvidia graphics driver not to install the new kernel version.

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GNU Linux-libre 4.12 Kernel Released, More Driver Deblobbing

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Linux

The GNU Linux-Libre 4.12 kernel is now available and is the sanitized version of the Linux 4.12 kernel to ensure no binary-only firmware blobs are loaded or used by this trimmed down Linux kernel.

The GNU Linux-Libre kernel continues to focus on "deblobbing" drivers and removing support for the kernel from any drivers relying upon proprietary firmware/microcode files, even if it means reducing hardware support or functionality.

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Direct: GNU Linux-libre 4.12-gnu is now available

What Are Ports? How To Find Open Ports In Linux?

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​A port is an addressable network location implemented in an operating system to help differentiate traffic destined for different services or applications. A port is always associated with an IP address of a host and the protocol type for the communication.

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NFS and Samba Explored

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Which is best and which file sharing method does the crew from the Hangouts use? We explore! Plus, Hangouts decides that I’m not yellow today! FTW! (Watch the show)

Linux 4.13 Features Preview

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Nine Most Privacy-Loving Laptops You Can Buy Today Got Stamped By FSF

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Linux

In an announcement made last week, FSF has certified 15 devices including laptops, Wireless cards, Bluetooth adapters, printers, etc. RYF was first materialized in 2012 and till now the number of devices to get a green signal can count on our fingers.

The list now has a total of six laptops which can tap their back, as FSF thinks they won’t cause a dent in people’s personal lives and allow them to control every bit.

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Linux and Graphics: Linux 4.13, 4.12, Vulkan, and AMD Vega

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15 ways to empower students with open source tools

Recently I read the fascinating book Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning, by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. The book led me to think more deeply about my teaching methods and how I like to learn. I think learning should be exciting, and I'm happiest when I'm actively engaged in what I'm doing. Why wouldn't students in our schools want anything different than that? And why aren't we doing more to give that experience to them? While many schools today have a 1:1 ratio of computers/tablets to students, most of them use platforms and software that allow little (if any) modification. Students can't tinker with the software or hardware. Yet tinkering and experimenting are at the heart of learning. The authors of Empower say that students in environments that foster "making" take ownership of their learning more readily and tend to be deeper thinkers who are more at home with frustration. Ultimately, they wrote, "makers are better equipped for life." Read more

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OSS: Yandex, The Open Source Way, Machine Learning, and BSD

  • In Other API Economy News: Yandex Open Source Machine Learning Library and More
    We start your weekend off with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We start off with news that Yandex, the Russian search engine company, has announced that they are open-sourcing CatBoost, a machine learning library. The library is based on gradient boosting, a machine learning technique described by TechCrunch as being “designed to help “teach” systems when you have a very sparse amount of data, and especially when the data may not all be sensorial (such as audio, text or imagery), but includes transactional or historical data, too.” Yandex is freely releasing CatBoost for anyone to use under an Apache License. This move is similar to what we saw from Google when they open sourced TensorFlow in late 2015. As the demand for artificial intelligence solutions backed by machine learning platforms continues to grow, moves like this serve to help a wide range of developers take advantage of the technology.
  • CatBoost: Yandex's machine learning algorithm is available free of charge
  • The Open Source Way
    "Open source", in the world of IT, is program code that is meant for collaboration and open contribution. Intended to be modified and shared, because by design and spirit, it is meant for the public at large. It’s been said that “"open source" intimates a broader set of values—what we call "the open source way." Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.” So it is a natural conclusion that in this age of open and transparent government, that the government IT manager or technician would be one of the first to want to embrace this new role of collaborative team member within a larger community. Additionally, as organizations, especially government, continue to emerge from the technology funding embargo of the Great (2008) Recession - an economic force that froze IT purchases and programs and forced many into strict “keep the lights on” operational mode, IT managers and CIO’s are carefully expending their still relatively measly budgets. [...] For IT organizations, especially government, with limited budgets and long procurement processes, time and increased experience with open source products will lead to a growing understanding and acceptance. And as this understanding progresses and becomes more accepted, open source will become a “go to” option to keep up with the fast moving technical environment, and perhaps eventually, as a standard first option, realizing the broader set of open source values by relying on the collective work and minds of a virtual community of IT “hackers”, “geeks” and “nerds”, working globally, 24x7/365 to explore, develop and showcase whatever tech that sparks their individual interest.
  • Top 5 open-source tools for machine learning

    Given the paradigmatic shifts that a true revolution in machine learning could bring, it’s important to maintain tech’s devotion to open-source. These kinds of scientific advancement don’t belong to any one company or corporation, but to the whole world. Making ML open and evenly distributed means everyone can join in this revolution.

  • Release of TinySegmenter 0.3
    Today I released version 0.3 of TinySegmenter, a Japanese Tokenizer in pure Python (released in New BSD license), with a single minor fix for proper install on systems not-using UTF-8 (apparently that still exists! :P). Thanks to Mišo Belica for the patch. Apparently some of his Japanese users are using it for Sumy, his software to extract summary from texts.
  • BSDTW 2017 CFP
     

    BSDTW 2017 will be held on the 11th and 12th of November 2017 (Sat/Sun), in Taipei. We are now requesting proposals for talks. We do not require academic or formal papers. If you wish to submit a formal paper, you are welcome to, but it is not required.

    The talks should be written with strong technical content. Presentations on the use of BSD in products and companies are strongly encouraged but marketing proposals are not appropriate for this venue.