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Siduction Is the First OS to Adopt the New LXQt Desktop Environement

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“We are very happy to present to you today, straight from LinuxTag conference in Berlin, the first integration of the shiny new desktop environment LXQt into a distribution image. This is clearly labeled as a Dev-Release, so do not trust it, it might kill your kittens, although the developers of LXQt flagged it as being beta status.”

“This means that Siduction is actually the first Linux OS that has implemented the new LXQt solution, but this is a development release and it’s not something that users should adopt for their day to day operations,” said the developer in the announcement.

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Linux Kernel 3.15 development – the kernel column

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Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 3.14, saying that he was “feeling pretty good about it all”. The new 3.14 kernel includes a number of new features, among them deadline scheduling for real-time tasks. Traditional Linux systems have extended the concept of scheduling priorities to thos special tasks that run in the real-time scheduling classes. Like their non real-time brethren, real-time tasks would then be scheduled according to priority, with the highest receiving time first. Unlike regular tasks, real-time tasks running with the SCHED_FIFO class are actually able to lock up a Linux system by hogging all of the available CPU time at maximum priority, which is one reason why real- time scheduling is a privileged operation.

There are alternative approaches to real-time scheduling that can be applied, including the concept of using deadlines in lieu of priorities. The new scheduling policy, SCHED_DEADLINE aims to do just this. Tasks (processes) provide three parameters, known as ‘runtime’, ‘period’, and ‘deadline’. The Linux scheduler will then ‘guarantee’ (subject to various constraints) that a task receives a certain amount of runtime, every period of microseconds, within some deadline margin from the beginning of that scheduling period. Deadline scheduling is hardly new. Research into deadline scheduling has been one of those topics of academic research for many years, but it is interesting that Linux now has some initial support for applying these concepts in real real-time systems. A full rundown of features available in 3.14 kernel is available over at the (always excellent) ‘Kernel Newbies’ website.

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Why a Chromebook is the best Mother’s Day gift

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Google

The last reason why you should get your mom a Chromebook is their value. Currently, the most expensive Chromebook available for purchase is the HP Chromebook 14 at $299 or $349, depending on which version you get. This is the one I purchased, since it has the largest screen for a Chromebook, and has Intel’s new Haswell Celeron processors. (For more on my thoughts of the HP Chromebook 14, click here). Most other Chromebooks only cost $199 to $299, and that is if you purchase it new. Chromebooks can be purchased used, and still seem like a brand new laptop, as long as they look new cosmetically.

This may seem expensive as a mother’s day gift, but do not think about it as a one time gift, but as a long term investment. Your mother will never have to purchase a new computer again, since Chromebooks are built to last forever and come with free updates. She will never have to purchase antivirus again, nor any other software, since most of the apps on the Chrome Web Store are free. (For a guide on the Chrome Web Store, click here). By purchasing your mom a Chromebook, you save her from ever having to worry about her computer again. This saves both your mom and you time and money.

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Sabayon Release [Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 14.05]

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Gentoo

Sabayon 14.05 is a modern and easy to use Linux distributionbased on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by ourbuild servers containing the latest and greatest collection of softwareavailable in the Entropy repositories.
The ChangeLog files related to this release are availableon our mirrors.

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Linux 3.15-rc5

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Yes, I'm aware that this is two days early. The normal schedule has
been for me to do Sunday releases, but this time around I have a
combination of travel (which would have pushed the release to Saturday
morning from the airport as is oft my wont when traveling) and the
fact that rc5 has actually already grown to be larger than rc3 or rc4
were.

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Interview: AMD and Mentor Graphics Partner To Deliver Linux

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Linux

AMD has signed a multi-year agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation, to provide open-source embedded Linux development for heterogeneous and multi-core processors from AMD (Fig. 1). The agreement will provide embedded developers with more supported processor options, robust development tools and greater speed in open platform development.

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D-Link enters IoT space with a smart AC socket

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D-Link has launched itself into IoT space, with a $50 Linux-based smart AC power socket for IP-based monitoring and control of lights and other appliances.

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Linux pros use tweak tools to customize their OS, and so can you

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Where Windows has utilities, Linux has tweak tools. And whether you’re a Linux pro or a recent refugee from Windows XP, they can help you make Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” (the latest and greatest offering from Linux distro pioneer Canonical) really start to feel like home.

Customizability has long been one of Linux’s most compelling features—particularly when compared with proprietary alternatives such as Windows and OS X—but the tweak tools out there today let you refine the OS even further. And if you’re making the migration to Linux on your workplace PCs, tweak tools can help ease the transition.

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MacOs-Linux 11.04 Officially Killed by Its Developer

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Mac

MacOs-Linux 11.04 was a project that seemed to attract problems right from the start. It was a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) that imitated the desktop and a few functionality of the operating system made by Apple.

Many users thought that the distribution will run into various copyright issues and that seem to have been the case. The developer contacted us and said that the Sourceforge listing has been removed and the project has been killed.

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Pidora 2014 Is Now the Most Advanced Raspberry Pi Linux Distro

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Raspberry Pi turned out to be a very successful project and already a number of Linux distributions have made their debut on the new platform, such as Raspbian (based on Debian Wheezy), Pidora (Fedora Remix), OpenELEC (an XBMC Media Centre), RaspBMC (also an XBMC Media Centre), RISC OS (not actually Linux, but based on their own kernel), and Arch Linux, which needs no explanation.

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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