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  • Classic Emacs editor gets a new-school makeover

    A new distribution of the Emacs editor, called Spacemacs, repackages the classic developer's tool in a new skin for greater usefulness to a new generation of programmers.

    Emacs is one of the oldest text editors in existence. Its most popular variant (now 31 years old) is GNU Emacs, originally developed by Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman. The editor's enduring popularity comes from its extensibility and programmability courtesy of the built-in Emacs Lisp scripting language -- and from the culture of tooling that's sprung up as a result. Extensions for Emacs (and, thus, Spacemacs) provide everything from integration with GitHub to Slack chat windows.

  • OSMC's September update is here

    OSMC's September update is here. These changes come in light, as Kodi Jarvis (v16) is very stable as it nears its end of its life. We have been working on preparing OSMC for Kodi Krypton (v17) and will be offering some test builds for all platforms shortly.

    We have also been working on a new version of the OSMC skin which will be compatible with the upcoming Kodi release. We've taken a lot of community feedback on board and updated the skin to reflect our new brand. As soon as we have some test builds for the new version of Kodi, we will also make our new skin available for public testing.

  • OpenSUSE 42.2 Beta 3 Ships With KDE Plasma 5.8
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Director General Henry Hugh Shelton Sells 15,000 Shares
  • Expert Analysts Perspective for: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fedora Warns Against ‘dnf update’ in Graphical Environment

    He goes on to say that he’s working to get to the root of the issue and hopes to have the issue patched soon. In the meantime, he suggests not running the update from a desktop environment.

    “If you’re using Workstation, the offline update system is expressly designed to minimize the likelihood of this kind of problem, so please do consider using it,” he advised. “Otherwise, at least run ‘dnf update’ in a VT – hit ctrl-alt-f3 to get a VT console login prompt, log in, and do it there. Don’t do it inside your desktop.”

  • Dell refreshes the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops with Kaby Lake processors

    Senior Principal Engineer at Dell Barton George wrote in a recent blog the company unveiled a new version of its XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop in the United States and Europe. As a refresher, this laptop is the result of George’s Project Sputnik initiative to provide an Ubuntu-based solution to developers. The laptop is now in its sixth generation packing a seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and an InfinityEdge display.

    “From the very beginning, the effort was designed to solicit and incorporate input from the developer community as to what they wanted in a laptop,” he said. “With the community’s input, Project Sputnik became an official product and continues to evolve.”

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  • Mellanox Introduces New Driver for Open Ethernet, Spectrum Switch Platforms
  • Mesos and Kubernetes on a hybrid (IBM Power and x86) architecture scenario

    Currently, there are several popular containers clustering system for Linux®, such as Kubernetes, Mesos and so on. Google Kubernetes and Apache Mesos are probably two commonly used tools to deploy containers inside a cluster. Both are created as helper tools that can be used to manage a cluster of containers. However, they differ greatly in their approaches.

    Always, our customs have a hybrid architecture that includes IBM® Power® and x86. So, this article provides the reference solutions about how to apply Mesos and Kubernetes into Linux on a hybrid architecture (including Power and x86) environment.

    See Figure 1 for the reference architecture.

  • Linux Should Soon Start Receiving "Make WiFi Fast" Improvements

    In the months ahead the Linux kernel should start receiving the work out of the "make-wifi-fast" initiative for improving WiFi reliability and performance.

    The Bufferbloat project has been working on the Make-WiFi-Fast project because "the current Linux WiFi stack and drivers are far from optimal." The project aims to reduce latency, develop new packet scheduling and AQM techniques, and improve the stack to allow 802.11ac MU-MIMO to properly work.

  • Apricity OS, a beautiful way to to enter Arch era

    Last time we told you about Manjaro Linux, which is an Arch based linux distribution. Now the point is there is not only one fork but there are others too. Today we will discuss about another fork of Arch in this 12th segment of "Introduction with Linux Distro". The distribution we will see today is one of the most beautiful distributions in linux world and it is named Apricity OS.

  • Ubuntu Software Can Now Show Screenshots of Snap Apps

    A small fix this one, but it’s something that will help Snap apps stand out in the Ubuntu Software store.

    Snap apps are already available to find and install from the GNOME Ubuntu Software app, on both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10. As there’s (still) no way to search for Snap app specifically you need to know the Snap app you want to find before you can find it.

    But until recently Snap apps didn’t display application screenshots, a valuable feature of any app store.

  • ORWL Open Source, Physically Secure Personal Computer $699 (video)

    First unveiled back in 2012 the ORWL open source personal computer has been designed with your data security in mind and is being marketed as the very first open source physically secure computer.

    What’s the promotional two-minute video below to learn more about the ORWL and how it can be used to keep your personal data safe. ORWL is currently in the final days of its crowdfunding campaign and has nearly raised double what the team requires to take the secure personal computer into production. For more information, full specifications and to make a pledge jump over to Crowd Supply via the link below.

  • Linux V4.8 on N900

    Basics work, good. GSM does not work too well, which is kind of a problem. Camera broke between 4.7 and 4.8. That is not good, either.

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  • Kubernetes 1.4 Improves Container Security

    The latest release of the open-source container orchestration technology adds new security features, including TLS bootstrap.
    The open-source Kubernetes 1.4 release, which debuted Sept. 26, provides users with a host of enhanced security capabilities for container deployment and orchestration.

    Kubernetes originated at Google and is now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, benefiting from the contributions of multiple vendors.

    Among the new features in Kubernetes 1.4 is TLS bootstrap, which is designed to improve the use of encryption for data in motion across a cluster. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is widely used on the internet today for encryption.

    "The TLS bootstrapping work done in Kubernetes 1.4 is a step toward automating the addition of new hosts to the Kubernetes cluster," Clayton Coleman, Red Hat's lead architect for OpenShift, explained to eWEEK.

  • Linux Journal October 2016

    There was a show a few years back called, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The premise of the show was to find families who needed their houses overhauled, but couldn't afford to do it on their own. Generally, those chosen had sacrificed for others rather than spend time and money on themselves. Then the show would completely redo their houses, making it so nice the happy families no longer could afford the taxes, and they'd soon be homeless. I might have missed the point of the show, but the idea of improving on outdated infrastructure certainly rings true for IT folks. This month, we look at improving our lives by improving on the tech we depend on every day.

  • Xiaomi Notebook Air vs Macbook Air / Linux vs MacOS vs Windows 10
  • The Talos Principle native radv vulkan amdgpu (SI)
  • We Might Never See A New OpenGL Version, At Least Not For A Long Time

    During past Khronos press briefings about OpenGL/Vulkan and in other communications, while Vulkan is the organization's big graphics API focus, it was implied during these conversations that OpenGL would continue to march to its own beat and evolve as needed. While OpenGL continues to be significantly used by cross-platform graphics application/game developers, it turns out there might not be a new official version for a long time - if ever.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #36

    Welcome to the 36th installation of This Week in Solus.

  • What’s New in Elementary OS 0.4 Loki
  • Mesa, Kernel, GNOME, KDE apps update in Tumbleweed

    Another week and another five snapshots for openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed produced updates for openSSL, GNOME 3.22, Mesa and the Linux Kernel.

    Dominique Leuenberger, a core member of the openSUSE release team, informed subscribers of the openSUSE Factory Mailing List about some of the packages that were updated during the week and some packages users can expect over the next couple of weeks.

    Snapshot 20160928 produced an update for openSSL to 1.0.2j, which patched a high severity Online Certificate Status Protocol vulnerability. The same snapshot also gave users the updated 4.7.5 Linux Kernel.

  • Heads up: CentOS 5 goes end-of-life in 6 months

    So you have 6 months left to plan and execute a migration to a newer OS, like CentOS 7 (which'll get you to 2024).

    Let's face it, CentOS 5 has had it's prime and is long due for a more modern replacement. Go and get the benefits of a more up-to-date kernel and packages!

  • The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton
  • PIXEL is the new desktop environment for Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian OS
  • Introducing PIXEL
  • Oracle loses another appeal in never-ending Google Java battle

    ORACLE HAS LOST its appeal in its long-running Java battle with Google, in which it suggested that APIs should be subject to copyright and demanded as much as $9.3bn in compensation from the latter.

    Oracle wanted a new case after a conclusion was again found in Google's favour in May this year, and has repeatedly appealed the decision in the six years since the company first brought the dispute to court.

    In this particular appeal, Oracle has accused Google of failing to disclose its intent to develop tools to run Android on the desktop using the Android App Runtime for Chrome (ARC). It claimed that this invalidated Google's previous argument that its use of Java APIs was limited to mobile devices and could be considered fair use.

    However, San Francisco District Court Judge William Aslup denied Oracle's motion, stating that Oracle and Google had agreed that the case was only concerned with how Java APIs were used Android smartphones and tablets.

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  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?

    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue.

    [...]

    This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.

  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros

    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions.

    Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.

  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On

    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit.

    It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.

  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM

    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on trac.webkit.org,

  • Should we drop Vala?

    Is it Vala development a waste of time? Is Vala suitable for long term support libraries?

  • SUSECON 2016: Where Technology Reigns Supreme [Ed: “Article Sponsor: SUSE”]
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/39
  • Free software activities in September 2016

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  • Security-Oriented Qubes OS 3.2 Improves the Integrated Management Infrastructure

    Today, September 29, 2016, Joanna Rutkowska announced the general availability of the second point release of the Qubes OS 3 stable series of the security-oriented and open-source Linux-based computer operating system.

    Qubes OS 3.2 is a maintenance release, which means that it mostly adds general fixes and improvements to various of the distribution's core components and functionalities, including the integrated management infrastructure that was introduced as part of the previous update, Qubes 3.1, allowing users to also manage the "insides" of a virtual machine.

  • Alpine Linux 3.4.4 Is Out, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.22 LTS, OpenSSL Patches

    Today, September 28, 2016, Alpine Linux creator and lead developer Natanael Cop has the pleasure of announcing the release of the fourth maintenance update to the latest stable Alpine Linux 3.4 server-oriented operating system series.

    Alpine Linux 3.4.4 is out as the most advanced version, powered by the recently released, long-term supported Linux 4.4.22 kernel and bringing up-to-date components to make your Alpine Linux-based server(s) more stable and reliable than ever. Most of the core components have been updated, but the most important one is OpenSSL 1.0.2j, which received the latest security fixes, just like in the rest of the GNU/Linux distros.

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  • 'Do you really need to do that?'

    A new postdoc student arrived at our department this semester, and after learning that he uses GNU/Linux for all his computing, I invited him along to TFUG. During some of our meetings people asked “how could I do X on my GNU/Linux desktop?” and, jokingly, the postdoc would respond “the answer to your question is ‘do you really need to do that?’” Sometimes the more experienced GNU/Linux users at the table would respond to questions by suggesting that the user should simply give up on doing X, and the postdoc would slap his thigh and laugh and say “see? I told you that’s the answer!”

    The phenomenon here is that people who have at some point made a commitment to at least try to use GNU/Linux for all their computing quickly find that they have come to value using GNU/Linux more than they value engaging in certain activities that only work well/at all under a proprietary operating system. I think that this is because they get used to being treated with respect by their computer. And indeed, one of the reasons I’ve almost entirely given up on computer gaming is that computer games are non-free software. “Are you sure you need to do that?” starts sounding like a genuine question rather than simply a polite way of saying that what someone wants to do can’t be achieved.

  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 25

    Another development sprint is over. Time flies! In our previous post we already reported about the branching of Tumbleweed and the upcoming releases and about the expected consequences: the landing of some cool features in a less conservative Tumbleweed.

  • Mintbox Mini Pro is a little Linux PC with big specs for $395
  • PepeLine is a 3D puzzle game that will get you addicted instantly
  • GNU Tools Cauldron 2016, ARMv8 multi-arch edition

    That is what my England trip for the GNU Tools Cauldron was, but that only seemed to add to the pleasure of meeting friends again. I flewin to Heathrow and started on an almost long train journey to Halifax,with two train changes from Reading. I forgot my phone on the trainbut the friendly station manager at Halifax helped track it down andgot it back to me. That was the first of the many times I forgotstuff in a variety of places during this trip. Like I discovered thatI forgot to carry a jacket or an umbrella. Or shorts. Or full lengthpants for that matter. Like I purchased an umbrella from Sainsbury’s but forgot to carry it out. I guess you got the drift of it.

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  • Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

    Microsoft has paid the relative of an Alzheimer’s patient for having to scrub his PC clean of Windows 10.

    Jesse Worley said he'd received a cheque for $650 from Microsoft – seen by The Register – which he told us he'd received after threatening the giant with court action over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade.

    Tech consultant Worley sought payment from the vendor for the 10 hours it took to rebuild his grandfather’s custom-build PC, re-installing Windows 7 to resemble Windows XP, in order to banish Windows 10.

    However, Worley – inspired by the case of a Californian woman over the unauthorised upgrade of her PC to Windows 10 – told The Reg he wasn’t interested in the money.

    He’d wanted to Microsoft to acknowledge it had slipped up with its notorious Get Windows 10 (GWX) nagware notifications, which he branded “deliberately misleading”.

    “Had Microsoft not gone out of their way to be deceptive, my grandfather pretty clearly wouldn't have been updated to Windows 10," he said.

  • Why kid hackers should have a Linux computer

    Kids these days are quite amazing in how fast they learn how to use computers. And what better system for a young hacker than a Linux computer? A writer at Medium recently shared the story of how his young nephew got his very own Linux computer.

  • The Linux Setup - Daniel Foré, elementary OS

    Daniel is the founder of elementary OS, the distribution that’s famous for its own look. Daniel came to Linux through a love of customizing Windows XP, so it’s no surprise he also came to appreciate the flexibility of Linux. Interestingly, especially given the strong visual aesthetic of elementary, Daniel’s favorite app is the Scratch text editor!

  • Proxmox VE 4.3 Officially Released with New Reference Documentation, Updated GUI

    Today, September 27, 2016, Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH proudly announced the immediate availability of the Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) 4.3 open source, Linux-based hyper-converged server virtualization solution.

    The biggest new feature of the Proxmox VE 4.3 release appears to be a new reference documentation that users can download in various formats, including as EPUB, PDF or HTML, helping newcomers get started with Proxmox much faster. However, it looks like it is based on the Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie" and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating systems, running LXC 2.0 and Linux kernel 4.4 LTS.

  • SUSE Overhauls Partner Program for Linux, Storage, OpenStack Cloud, Management

    SUSE is launching an overhauled channel partner program to address four key customer needs: Enterprise Linux, software-defined storage (SDS), OpenStack cloud and systems management. The bolstered partner efforts comes only a few weeks after HP Enterprise (HPE) named SUSE as its preferred Linux distribution.

  • Onion Creates a $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Designed for IoT Applications

    Onion has produced a $5 tiny Linux computer that supports JavaScript, Python, PHP and more. In its KickStarter campaign, Onion calls the Omega2 the "World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in."

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