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The market share of Windows Phone reduced to only 2.5%

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Android
Linux
Microsoft

There used to be a time when GNU/Linux was kept under mysterious 1% market share. Today mobile Linux Android owns over 85% of the market share leaving the once market leading iOS behind. But its not a tragedy for iOS that it’s market share has shrunk, the real tragedy is for Microsoft whose Windows Phone market share has gone down to mere 2.5%; just 1.5% ahead of what Linux used to have on desktops.

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The 5 easiest to use Linux distributions on older hardware

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Linux

This is part 3 in a series aimed at making it easier for people to choose the right Linux distribution for them.

In the first part of the series I listed a number of the best desktop environments and the Linux distributions that use them.

In the second part I listed the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for modern hardware based on their ease of use.

This article lists the 5 Linux distributions I would recommend for older computers based on their ease of use. Note that there will be a further article for the best distributions to run on ancient hardware.

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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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Linux

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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Security Leftovers

  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
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  • Kalyna Block Cipher

Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”

Wine and Games

  • [Wine] Packaging changes
    Today we want to announce some important changes regarding the Wine Staging packages provided at repos.wine-staging.com and dl.winehq.org. We completely reworked our build system to make the packages available sooner after a release and also added some new features, like downloading old packages for Debian / Ubuntu. The complete list of changes can be found in the announcement email on the Wine mailing list.
  • Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Announced for PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
  • Podcast #6 with Ethan Lee, Porter on Fez, Transistor
    Have you ever played Fez on Linux ? Transistor ? Speed Runners ? Shenzen I/O ? Bastion ? or more recently, Owlboy ? Well if you have, you have benefited from the work of Flibitijibibo who is directly responsible for the port of such titles to your platform.

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