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What's the big deal with Linux vs GNU/Linux?

Reddit - 35 min ago

I have seen a lot of info online about GNU and Linux, and this tends to be a slightly controversial topic around these parts with some people referring to a distribution as simply Linux vs some people adamantly describing it as GNU/Linux. I understand that Linux is the Kernal. What part does GNU actually play into a popular distribution like Fedora or Ubuntu and why do some people insist on GNU/Linux vs Linux? Aside from the GPL and some tools the OS uses, where does GNU fit into the whole Linux ecosystem?

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Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

LXer - 1 hour 27 min ago
Arduino-fiddling kids, and the rest of us, owe Papert a debt of gratitudeBack when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM radio, or tone generator.…


Reddit - 2 hours 4 min ago

LLVM Clang vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On FreeBSD 11.0

TuxMachines - 2 hours 12 min ago

FreeBSD 11.0 continues to ship the LLVM Clang compiler by default (v3.8) while GCC is available via ports and pkg. For this benchmarking, I compared the Clang 3.8 performance to GCC 6.1, GCC 5.4, GCC 4.8.5m and GCC 4.6.4 as obtained via FreeBSD pkg. All of the tests were done on the same system and no other changes were made to the FreeBSD installation between switching out the used compiler.

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No connection after fresh Arch install.

Reddit - 2 hours 33 min ago

Hello !

I just installed Arch. I had internet during the installation and had no problems. After the installation, XFCE boot and all is working except wifi connection ...

I installed netctl with "wifi-menu", I try to connect to my wifi but I have this message :

• Job for netctl@wlp3s0\x2dSFR\x28ba3.service failed because the control process exited with error code.

• See "systemctl status "netctl@wlp3s0\x2dSFR\x2d8ba3.service"" and "journalctl-xe" for details.

Is somebody able to help me ?

Thank you per advance !


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LLVM Clang vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On FreeBSD 11.0

Phoronix - 3 hours 10 min ago
For those interested in C/C++ compiler performance, for some fun numbers to dive into this weekend are LLVM Clang vs. GCC benchmarks atop FreeBSD 11.0 RC1 AMD64 on an Intel Xeon Haswell system.

Special Anniversary Edition: This Week in Open Source News

LXer - 3 hours 22 min ago
A roundup of this week's news.

Does Android use any bits from GNU?

Reddit - 4 hours 30 min ago

Android uses the Linux kernel, but does it use any bits from GNU? This would affect the way could classify Android.

If we define GNU/Linux (kernel) = Linux (OS), we can call pretty much every distribution Linux and this is the way people commonly use this word. So if Android has GNU+Linux (kernel) we can actually call it Linux (OS). However, if it has <isert_something>+Linux, we cannot call it Linux (Remember how we just defined Linux). It just has the Linux kernel, but not the other stuff that people normally speak of when referring to Linux (OS). Therefore, the real question is: is Android Linux (as in the OS sense, not kernel sense).

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Making Use Of eBPF In The Mainline Linux Kernel

Phoronix - 4 hours 38 min ago
One of the exciting innovations within the Linux kernel in the past few years has been extending the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) to become a more generalized in-kernel virtual machine. The eBPF work with recent versions of the Linux kernel allow it to be used by more than just networking so that these programs can be used for tracing, security, and more...

The EOMA68 Upgradeable ARM Board/Computer Passed Its Funding Goal

Phoronix - 4 hours 51 min ago
The open, upgradeable ARM development board that traces back to the failed KDE Vivaldi project managed to pass its funding goal just in time. This open-source hardware project currently powered by some older Allwinner hardware managed to raise more than $170k...

Intel Lost Another Open-Source Driver Developer To Google Earlier This Summer

Phoronix - 5 hours 5 min ago
There was another long-time Intel open-source Linux graphics driver developer that left the company earlier this summer and is now working at Google on the Chrome/Chromium OS graphics stack...

Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality

LXer - 5 hours 16 min ago
A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes.

LLVM 3.9 RC3 Released, Final Coming Out Soon

Phoronix - 5 hours 19 min ago
LLVM 3.9 isn't being released as it was hoped for, but it appears the final release is still just days away...

Can Linux survive another 25 years?

LinuxToday - 5 hours 40 min ago

Linux's longevity is a testament to the open source community as a whole, and not just one man, such as Linus Torvalds.

What is the earliest version of Linux I can easily install as a virtual machine?

Reddit - 6 hours 19 min ago

I'd like to play around with an early version of Linux and I have VMWare so I'd like to be able to use that, it would be good if it had a simple gui too. Any suggestions?

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KaOS Brings Serious Relevance Back to KDE

LXer - 7 hours 11 min ago
I have to confess, KDE has never succeeded in winning me over. During its 3.x days, I found it too much like Windows. When it finally shifted to the next iteration (4.x, aka Plasma), I thought the new additions were interesting, but, as a whole, the platform suffered from serious stability issues. I also gave 5 a try a few times and found it buggy and slow.


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