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And Several Months Later....

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GNU
LibO
Linux
GNOME

We are moving our production GNOME desktop to new physical hardware. After some discussions and reviewing work loads, we decided for now to stay with GNOME 2. The older server was cloned and was finally moved to the new hardware. The server is 100% solid state drives with 80 hyperthreaded cores. This increased capacity was needed for the next project:

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4MLinux Server Edition 9.1 Beta Is a Small and Interesting Distro

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GNU
Linux

4MLinux Server Edition, a special distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, is now at version 9.1 Beta.

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Reiser4 Now Available for the 3.15 kernel, so what?

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Linux
Reiser

A recent announcement was made stating that the Reiser4 file system, successor to the ReiserFS, was ported to the 3.15 Linux kernel. Following the 2006 conviction and incarceration of the mastermind that original conceived this project (Hans Reiser), a few dedicated developers continued supporting this file system despite the odds stacked against them. In the last decade, the Linux kernel has seen newer file systems, most of which are integrated into the mainline kernel tree (i.e. btrfs, ext4, etc.). Reiser4 was rejected for inclusion some time back, and most of its developers moved on (one or more of which are currently working on btrfs).

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Camp Shelby to host Linux training

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GNU
Linux

Officials from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center announced Wednesday that the base will host a Linux Professional Institute certification training academy, making it the first-ever military installation to offer the program.

According to a press release sent out from Camp Shelby, Linux — a computer operating system that uses open source software development and distribution model — runs almost 97 percent of supercomputers in the world, including those for scientific research, military, defense intelligence and major corporations.

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Latest Linux kernel version 3.16.1 announced

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Linux

Kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the availability of the first update on top of 3.16.y Linux kernel branch. This is a stable kernel release and the latest version of the kernel as of now given the fact that Linus Torvalds has not opened the merge window for the first release candidate (RC1) of the 3.17 branch yet.

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Valve Just Released A Big Linux Steam Client Update

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Linux
Gaming

Valve just pushed down a big Steam client update that has a number of Linux improvements along with other general improvements.

Non-platform-specific changes for the Steam Linux client includes updates to the desktop user interface styles, a major updated to the embedded web browser, and various fixes. The embedded browser update betters the performance and reliability along with having other security and functionality updates. There's also an assortment of other Big Picture mode enhancements and fixes.

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AMD Quietly Releases Catalyst 14.8 Linux Driver

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Back on 8 August there was evidently the Catalyst 14.8 Linux driver replace to succeed the Catalyst 14.6 Beta that was last updated in mid-July. AMD didn't make any announcement about the 14.8 Linux driver update and we didn't even notice until now when a Phoronix reader stumbled across Catalyst 14.8.

Unfortunately AMD didn't publish a change-log for the Catalyst 14.8 Linux driver update so we're really not sure what (if any) significant changes made it into this latest release, but we would certainly assume there's more Linux game bug-fixes to be found in this newest version. Given it was released at the end of last week, there's not OpenGL 4.5 support expected. It's also likely too soon to expect any Linux 3.16 kernel compatibility.

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Btrfs Changes Rejected For The Linux 3.17 Kernel

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Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs file-system updates today for the Linux 3.17 merge window but it looks like the pull request is being rejected by Linus Torvalds and held off until Linux 3.18.

The Btrfs changes intended by Chris for the Linux 3.17 kernel are mostly "fixes and cleanups" according to the Btrfs creator on the mailing list. In total though there's 92 commits that add over one thousand lines of code to the Btrfs file-system code-base. However, there doesn't appear to be any exciting new end-user features or additions.

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Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

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GNU
Linux

Finally, Linux needs to take a page from the good ol' Book Of Jobs and figure out how to convince the consumer that what they truly need is Linux. In their businesses and in their homes -- everyone can benefit from using Linux. Honestly, how can the open-source community not pull that off? Linux already has the perfect built-in buzzwords: Stability, reliability, security, cloud, free -- plus Linux is already in the hands of an overwhelming amount of users (they just don't know it). It's now time to let them know. If you use Android or Chromebooks, you use (in one form or another) Linux.

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6 Secrets Every Windows User Should Know About Linux

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Linux has progressed quite a bit in recent years to where it has become a better and better alternative for Windows users. If you’re simply tired of Windows, don’t want to pay for new Windows releases, or you’re still running Windows XP, it’s always a good time to take a good look at whether Linux can work for you.

If you’re still a bit unsure, here are six secrets that Windows users may not know about Linux. Knowing these these six secrets should make you more comfortable trying Linux out. Interested? Let’s get started.

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What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux

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