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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/16

    Tumbleweed seems to have found its rhythm at around 4 snapshots per week. I will cover the snapshots 0414, 0415, 0416 and 0417. After that, it took unfortunately a bit of effort to get more stagings ready. This then lead now to the fact that the next snapshot (0422) will be rather large. I will mention more about this further down.

  • Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Arrives with New Plasma Discover Software Center, KDE Plasma 5

    The Kubuntu team was proud to announce the official release and general availability of the Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, which has been unveiled yesterday as part of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS launch.

    Just like its bigger brother, Kubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (Long Term Support) version that will receive critical security patches and software updates for a few more years than regular releases, such as Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) whose end-of-life support will be reached around July 2016.

  • Xubuntu 16.04 Screenshot Tour
  • This Teddy Bear Steals Your Ubuntu Secrets

    Ubuntu just came out with the new long-term support version of their desktop Linux operating system. It’s got a few newish features, including incorporating the “snap” package management format. One of the claims about “snaps” is that they’re more secure — being installed read-only and essentially self-contained makes them harder to hack across applications. In principle.

  • Just After EU Goes After Google For Antitrust, Microsoft Agrees To Drop All Antitrust Complaints About Google [Ed: Ballmer’s “F*ing kill Google!” mission accomplished, now trying to pretend to have nothing to do with the outcome]

    Back in 2011, Microsoft officially filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the EU. At the time, we noted how silly this was, given that the company itself had spent years battling EU antitrust regulations. It almost felt like a "well, if we had to go through that hellish process, let's put it on Google too..." kind of thing. Within less than a year, Google filed its own antitrust complaint back against Microsoft. As we noted at the time, both claims seemed kind of ridiculous and overblown -- and it bothered us greatly that these companies were resorting to stupid political games, rather than just competing in the market.

    So, now, just days after the EU officially took that ball and ran with it, Microsoft and Google have announced that they've buried the hatchet and agreed to drop all antitrust complaints against each other around the globe. They insist this has nothing to do with the EU's move earlier this week. In fact, the writing has been on the wall for some time here. The two companies had ended the patent battle last fall, with everyone dropping all complaints and lawsuits. And, just a couple of months ago there were reports that Microsoft was cutting back on supporting the very coalitions that it had put together and funded: ICOMP and FairSearch.

    It had always been obvious and well-known that both groups were Microsoft front groups, and now it's official... and over.

  • Bash on Windows: What Does It Mean?

    One discussion that I see a lot on the social network is whether “Ubuntu for Windows” is going to hurt desktop Linux in the long run. Currently, many Windows users need to dual boot with Linux or run it in VM to be able to use such tools. That need created a user base; it created a mind share.

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  • Linux Top 3: KaOS 2016.04, TurnKey 14.1 and pfSense 2.3

    KaOS is a KDE optimized Linux distribution that is now being updated, with the new Plasma 5.6.2 desktop environment. Additionally the distro benefits from the new Calamares installer framework which has been updated to version 2.2.1.

  • Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI

    It’s becoming increasingly clear to makers that single board computers and the DIY devices based on them need control interfaces that are simpler and faster to use than desktop peripherals or even full-on PCs. Pičugins Arsenijs believes he’s come up with a much simpler alternative.

  • Forking impressive, devs go nuts for Hazelcast

    Operational in-memory computing company Hazelcast -- known for its open source In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) -- has shared its community growth numbers from the Github repository.

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  • Emacs vs VI: Which is better

    Vi(m) proponents complain about Emacs’s startup time. Yes, Emacs is slow to start up, but this is not a big deal: you start Emacs once per session, then connect to the running process with emacsclient. So Emacs’s slow startup is mostly a myth.

    There’s one exception, which is when you log in to a remote machine and want to edit a file there. Starting a remote Emacs is (usually) slower than starting a remote Vim. In some situations you can keep an Emacs running inside Screen. You can also edit remote files from within Emacs, but it does break the flow if you’re in an ssh 0session in a terminal. (Since XEmacs 21 or GNU Emacs 23, you can open an Emacs window from a running X instance inside a terminal.)

  • LEAD Technologies Advances Document, OCR and Medical SDK Technology for Windows and Linux
  • Steam Beta Client Adds New Steam Controller Abilities, SteamVR Refinements
  • Xfce 4.12 mega update coming to EL-7
  • KDE at Augsburger Linux-Tag

    On Saturday, 16 April I had the honor of representing KDE at the 15. Augsburger Linux-Tag, one of the oldest and largest Linux gatherings in southern Germany.

  • Escuelas ‘School’ Linux 4.4 Released

    The Mexican distro Escuelas, or ‘School,’ Linux was designed to give extended life to aging hardware in financially strapped school districts in Latin America and is based on Bodhi Linux.

    On Monday, a GNU/Linux distro designed to be used in schools, Escuelas Linux, released version 4.4. Just how dedicated to education are the developers of this distro? Plenty. In case your Spanish is as rusty as ours, the Spanish name Escuelas translates to “school” in English.

  • Has Ubuntu become a boring distribution?

    Many new Linux users start out with Ubuntu, and become enthralled with all of the new possibilities Linux has to offer. But has Ubuntu matured to the point where it has become boring? One Linux redditor shared his thoughts after transitioning from Windows to Ubuntu.

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  • Man who allegedly deleted his startup with one line of code is a huge troll

    You might’ve heard the tragic-but-kind-of-funny story of Marco Marsala, who allegedly deleted his entire startup with a single line of code this past week. It was the ultimate case of IT bad luck – or carelessness, as some commenters suggested.

  • What to do with the “rm -rf” hoax question

    It turns out the the recent question regarding the misuse of rm -rf in Ansible was actually just a hoax in some kind of viral marketing effort. It become quite famous on various media and gathered a large number of views.

    Since I don't think we should allow ServerFault to be abused in such way, I deleted the question once I learned about the hoax. However, this will rob the kind people that took the time to answer him of the rep points they earned for this, in particular the Journeyman Geek with 185 upvotes.

  • Party 2 in Review

    Last night (Friday 15th April, 19:00 UTC) we held the second of our Kubuntu packaging parties. Using the new conference server provided by BigBlueButton (BBB), things worked like a dream.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #26

    We now ship locales for Firefox and Thunderbird. This makes it easier to switch to the language you desire / need without having to jump through the hoop of installing addons.

  • Slackware-Based Zenwalk 8.0 Is Coming Soon, First RC Build Released for Testing

    The developers of the Slackware-based Zenwalk GNU/Linux operating system announced this weekend the general availability of the first and probably the last RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0 distro.

    During the past four months, Zenwalk 8.0 has received a total of three Beta releases, and now it has finally reached the RC state, as most of the issues have been fixed by now. Moreover, the development cycle of the Slackware 14.2 operating system is nearing its final stages as the second Release Candidate was announced the other day.

  • Arch Linux Now Uses Kernel 4.5

    As you may know, Arch Linux is among the most popular rolling release Linux systems. On April 14, Arch has received a major kernel upgrade, replacing Kernel 4.4.5 with Kernel 4.5, which has been added to the Testing repositories some time ago.

    The Arch developers have skipped the Kernel 4.4.6 and Kernel 4.4.7 and adopted kernel 4.5 directly. Among others, Kernel 4.5 brings better support for AMD Radeon GPUs, comes with support for the AMD PowerPlay power management technology and brings enhancements to the AMDGPU open-source driver.

  • [OBS] Beta One of Version 2.7 Released

    We are happy to announce the first preview release of the upcoming Open Build Service (OBS) version 2.7. Two highlights that you should check out are the download on demand support which makes it possible to include external software repositories and the new git work flows.

  • UDOO X86 Is Your PC’s Replacement — The Most Powerful Hacker Board Ever Made

    DOO X86 single board computer combines the benefits of a PC and Arduino 101 to become one of the most appealing devices for a maker. This open source board is about 10 times faster than Raspberry Pi 3 and based on Quad-Core 64-bit generation x86 Intel processors.

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  • Teaching New Linux on Old Hardware

    The decision I faced was life-changing either way I went. My inclination was to go back to school and get the certs I needed to work in the Linux administration field. I already had the base knowledge and experience; it was just a matter of jumping through the hoops to get a piece of paper saying I already knew what I was learning. Not that I wouldn’t learn a thing or two along the way.

  • Xfce 4.14 Development Is Focused Around GTK3 Porting

    It will likely be quite some time before the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment is released while the main focus this development cycle is on porting to the GTK+ 3.x tool-kit.

  • Linux Mint 18 will include Cinnamon 3.0 and Mate 1.14 versions

    The Linux Mint developers have been working hard on version 18 of the popular desktop distribution. Linux Mint 18 will offer Cinnamon 3.0 and Mate 1.14 versions when it is released. There are also be some other new goodies that will be included in Linux Mint 18.

  • Little-bitty Ubuntu mini-PC takes quad-core Atom to extremes

    Stealth.com has launched a tiny, Ubuntu-ready “LPC-175F” mini-PC with a quad-core Atom E3845, dual GbE ports, and -20 to 70°C support.

    The 145 x 84 x 35mm LPC-175F is one of the smallest mini-PCs ever built by Stealth.com. By comparison, its 250 x 146 x 42mm and up, Intel 3rd Gen. Core based LPC480x mini-PC series seems more like a maxi-PC series.

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  • Vivaldi Browser Hits Version 1.0, Has Roots in Opera and Chromium
  • Tar vs Rsync
  • Configuring a Raspberry Cluster with MPI
  • A profiler of our own

    So now that you are all aware that I’ve been working to modernize Sysprof, you might not be surprised to read that I decided to push things in a bit more interesting of a direction.

  • A Pisi Video!

    This is an animated short video featuring some known characters from Pisi Linux.

  • Fedora nightly image finder

    Finding nightly Fedora builds has always been a bit of a pain. For quite a while we had this page, which just linked to a couple of canned Koji searches. It kinda worked, but it was terribly slow and the results weren’t the nicest thing to look at; it also couldn’t find you installer images, as they don’t come out of Koji. It doesn’t work any more, as the Koji tasks it searches for are no longer correct; it could easily be ‘fixed’ but it’d still be a bad experience.

  • BrickHack 2016 and Fedora: Event Report

    As an event sponsor, the Fedora Ambassadors of North America had a table for the event. The Ambassadors offered mentorship and assistance to BrickHack 2016 programmers, gave away some free Fedora swag, and offered an introduction to Linux, open source, and the community. This report is a recollection of some highlights from the event and also focuses on the impact we made as an event sponsor.

  • Announcing validated Debian packages for Mitaka
  • Finally... power management on Nokia N900

    After long long fight, it seems power management on Nokia N900 works for me for the first time. N900 is very picky about its configuration (you select lockdep, you lose video; you select something else 50mA power consumption... not good). That was the last major piece... I hope. I should have usable phone soon.

  • Dynamsoft’s barcode reader SDK adds PHP support on Linux

    The new PHP barcode reader toolkit for Linux supports PHP x64 version 5.3 to 5.6. Both Thread Safe (TS) and Non Thread Safe (NTS) options are provided. The Dynamsoft toolkit works with Linux Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS operating systems.

  • Standardizing secure by default

    "Privacy by design" and "security by design" have become common terms to describe the process of building privacy and security into technology at the start, rather than bolting it on after the fact. It may seem perplexing to consider security an afterthought, especially to those of us whose careers are dedicated to information security, but -- based on human nature’s desire for functionality first -- developers have a tendency to wait until a technology has reached maturity before integrating security capabilities. This mentality is changing now that data breaches are making headlines on a regular basis, however. We are finally starting to build security into networks, applications and even chips from the get-go.

  • Sweden Military Servers Hacked, Used in 2013 Attack on US Banks

    The servers were used in a so-called DDoS attack (distributed denial of service) which pounded the websites of US financial institutions, among Citigroup, Capital One and HSBC with overwhelming requests for information.

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  • Download Linux Voice issue 17

    Issue 17 of Linux Voice is nine months old, so we’re releasing it under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. You can share and modify all content from the magazine (apart from adverts), providing you credit Linux Voice as the original source and retain the same license.

  • OpenStack 'Mitaka' materialises

    The next version of OpenStack, Mitaka, has materialised.

    The OpenStack-Announce list went into overdrive on Thursday to deliver news of .0 versions of projects galore.

    This time around the OpenStack's made ease of use and scalability its watchwords.

  • Linus Torvalds On Stage at TED2016
  • Linus Torvalds Speaks Openly about Work and Code at TED2016 [Video]

    Torvalds went on to discuss his belief that “code either works or it doesn’t.” He should know. The current Linux kernel is one of the largest collaborative projects ever attempted, with more than 20 million lines of code and more than 12,000 contributors so far. Additionally, an average of 185 changes are accepted into the kernel every day -- nearly 1,300 per week -- and Torvalds ultimately has the final say on what code is accepted.

  • NVIDIA Releases New Vulkan Linux Driver With Better Multi-Threaded Scaling

    While NVIDIA mainlined their Vulkan driver support in the NVIDIA 364 driver series, they issued another Vulkan-focused driver update yesterday for Linux and Windows for developers and enthusiasts wanting to try out the latest support for this high-performance graphics API.

    The NVIDIA 364.16 driver is this special Vulkan driver release and is available for download from developer.nvidia.com rather than the usual channels.

  • Munich Presentation: From OpenGL To Vulkan
  • GUADEC 2017 call for bids

    The GNOME Foundation would like to invite bids for hosting GUADEC 2017.

    GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which takes place in Europe every year, and you could make it happend next year!

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