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today's leftovers

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:57
  • Installing Arch Linux. Part 1

    Arch Linux is often rather challenging or scary when it comes to a newbie's first Linux experience. Some reasons you may want to go with Arch would be the Pacman package handler, or the fact that it comes with no bloat software that will allow you to truly make it your own. In the installation process, there is no GUI or "Press Next to Continue" to hold your hand. This usually drives people away. I also found the forums to have lots of impatient people who expect you to magically know what you're doing. Here I will try to provide an in depth guide on how to install and setup your own Arch Linux computer.

  • openSUSE News: openSUSE Conference Day 2

    Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and ownCloud, talked about the importance of federation infrastructure and reaching the critical mass. He pointed out that Free Open Source Software projects that offer similar applications to those that are proprietary fail to gain mainstream acceptance. One of the reasons he gave was trying to balance the balance between privacy and openness. He suggested that more projects should work with one another on a cloud-sharing standard and perhaps there should be a Global User Directory. Users could manage their privacy data that is shared or visible on a GUD as an answer to sharing personal cloud-based content with users running different applications or services.

  • DebCamp16 day 0
  • GSoC-Journey till Mid term
  • Debian/TeX Live 2016.20160623-1

    About one month has passed since we did release TeX Live 2016, and more than a month since the last Debian packages, so it is high time to ship out a new checkout of upstream. Nothing spectacular new here, just lots and lots of updates since the freeze.

  • Raspberry Pi Stays on Top in Survey of 81 Open-Spec SBCs

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GNU/Linux on Servers and PS3

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:56
  • Nearly 1 in 3 Azure virtual machines now run Linux
  • What a Virtual Network Looks Like: Planning

    Network services don't spring up unbidden from the earth but rather they're coerced out of infrastructure in response to business and consumer opportunities. Every operations and management paradigm ever proposed for networking includes an explicit planning dimension to get the service-to-infrastructure and service-to-user relationships right. On the surface, virtualization would seem to help planning by reducing inertia, but don't you then have to plan for virtualization? How the planning difficulties and improvements balance out has a lot to do with how rapidly we can expect virtualization to evolve.

  • How DevOps Failed 60K Users

    Back in 2006, when I was an operations engineer at Slideshare, I was part of a team that launched a DevOps model to speed processes and stay ahead of our competition.

  • Democratizing Docker: Changing Containers' Competitive Landscape

    At DockerCon 16, approximately 4,000 attendees descended on the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from June 19 to 21 to learn about and experience the phenomenon that is the Docker container ecosystem.

    The big news of the event came on the first day of the conference with the announcement of Docker 1.12 and its integrated orchestration system. In the keynote speeches and in multiple sessions that I attended, that new Swarm mode was a hot topic of technical and business discussion.

  • Apple Opens the iOS 10 Kernel, Sony Compensates Linux Users… [Tech News Digest]
  • Here's How Much You'll Get From Sony's PlayStation 3 Bungle
  • Sony Settles 'Other OS' PS3 Lawsuit
  • Did you install Linux on your PS3? Then Sony owes you $55
  • Sony Settlement Gives PS3 Owners $9 After Company Made Console Less Useful Via Firmware Update

    We've noted countless times how in the modern computing era, you don't really own what you think you own. You don't really own the music or books that can arbitrarily disappear on your devices, and you no longer really own a wide variety of hardware that can be dramatically changed (often for the worse) via firmware update months or years after purchase. If you're extra lucky, you'll shell out $300 for a piece of hardware that one year later simply won't work at all. With intelligent automobiles and the rise of the internet-of-not-so-smart things, that's more true now than ever.

    Case in point: back in 2010 we noted how Sony issued several firmware updates for its Playstation 3 gaming console that effectively made the console less useful. One specifically (PS3 software update 3.21) removed the console owner's ability to load alternative operating systems like Linux. But tinkerers being tinkerers, some users found ways to use the feature to expand the console's functionality in all kinds of creative ways. Fearing a loss of control and potential spike in piracy, Sony decided to make the console significantly less useful.

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Leftovers: Software

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:54
  • Xen Project 4.7 Release Notes
  • Xen Project 4.7 Released

    Xen 4.7 features new security improvements, security hardening, live migration support, usability improvements, reboot-free live patching, improvements to the VMI subsystem, performance improvements, improved interrupt efficiency for Intel hardware, and more.

  • Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7 Brings Non-Disruptive Patching
  • Calibre 2.60 eBook Viewer Improves the Config Dialog for the Kobo Touch Driver

    Today, June 24, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been happy to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the Calibre 2.60.0 open-source ebook library management software for all supported platforms.

  • Pale Moon 26.3.0

    Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own, independently developed source that has been forked off from Firefox/Mozilla code, with carefully selected features and optimizations to improve the browser's speed, resource use, stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the browser truly your own.

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Red Hat News

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:49

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Fedora: The Latest

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:49

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Leftovers: OSS

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:47
  • twenty years of free software -- part 4 ikiwiki-hosting
  • Joe Colantonio: ‘Why Recreate the Wheel — Use Open Source’

    Joe Colantonio wants to “show you how to succeed with all your testing efforts.” He says, “Automation testing, like all development efforts, is difficult. Most projects don’t succeed.” Frankly, it’s all a little over our heads.

  • Apache Libcloud, Focused on Cloud Interoperability, Reaches 1.0 Milestone

    Are you familiar with Apache Libcloud? It's an important open source project in the cloud interoperability arena, which provides a Python library for interacting with many of the popular cloud service providers using a unified API.

  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 2 Released

    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the second beta release of PostgreSQL 9.6 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 9.6, including fixes to many of the issues found in the first beta. Users are encouraged to begin testing their applications against 9.6 beta 2.

  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 2 Released

    Following last month's PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 1 release, a second beta is now available for testing.

    As outlined already on Phoronix when looking at the PostgreSQL 9.6 features, this update brings parallel query support, synchronous replication now supports multiple standby servers, full-text search for phrases, support for remote joins/sorts/updates, "substantial" performance improvements (especially for many-core servers), no more repetitive scans of old data by auto vacuum, and much more.

  • LibreOffice 5.1.4 available for download

    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

  • 6 New Programming Languages You Need To Learn In 2016

    If you are willing to learn a new programming language, you are at the right place. With changing times and the need for more performance, new programming languages like Swift and Go are gaining ground. So, choose your new weapon and start learning one of these in-demand programming languages.

  • Thursday's security advisories

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Leftovers: Gaming

Fri, 2016-06-24 12:14

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Android Leftovers

Fri, 2016-06-24 11:10

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Solus 1.2.1 Is Coming with Vulkan Support for Intel GPUs, Full-Disk Encryption

Fri, 2016-06-24 10:05

Solus' Josh Strobl today, June 23, 2016, shares some of the features coming to the first point release of the just released Solus 1.2 "Shannon" Linux kernel-based operating system.

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Startup 128 Technology offers Linux virtual router software

Fri, 2016-06-24 04:32

Headquartered in suburban Boston, 128 has introduced Linux-based virtual routing software that sends IP traffic on determined paths between source and destination, providing an alternative to the helter-skelter, hop-to-hop journey packets that now travel over the internet.

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7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison For Summer 2016

Fri, 2016-06-24 04:21

Given the recent releases of Fedora 24, Solus 1.2, and other GNU/Linux distribution updates, here is our latest performance testing roundabout of seven popular OS releases on the same Core i5 Skylake system.

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Linux Kernel 3.18.36 LTS Brings Updated Video Drivers for Nouveau, Intel GMA 500

Fri, 2016-06-24 01:18

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.1.27 LTS, kernel developer Sasha Levin informed the community about the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.18.36 LTS.

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Shuttleworth Doesn't Expect Other OSes to Want to Fetch Snaps from Ubuntu Store

Fri, 2016-06-24 01:17

When Canonical announced last week that their Snappy implementation is ready for use on some of the major GNU/Linux operating systems, including Debian, Arch Linux, and OpenWrt, some were revolted and started questioning Canonical's approach to delivering Snaps to other distros.

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Red Hat News

Fri, 2016-06-24 01:14

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Open Source and Crowdsourcing Are Not Synonyms

Fri, 2016-06-24 00:52

OSI Board alumnus Simon Phipps recently provided some clarification to FastCo.Design around common misunderstandings related to "sourcing". We've seen more and more of these, although most often--like this example--innocent enough. However, these do provide great opportunities to remind the public about what open source actually is, and why it is so valuable.

The headline (and resulting slug) of your recent article about Mozilla unfortunately mis-states the nature of the crowdsourcing in which they are engaging by treating "open source" interchangeably with crowdsourcing. Despite sounding the same they are very different; the key difference is the ownership of the outcome.

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Atomic Developer Bundle 2.2.1 Released for CentOS Linux with New Features

Fri, 2016-06-24 00:34

Today, June 23, 2016, CentOS developer Lalatendu Mohanty was happy to announce the release of the Atomic Developer Bundle (ADB) 2.2.1 through CentOS Atomic SIG.

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Linux Kernel 4.1.27 LTS Is a Small Update with Nouveau and PowerPC Improvements

Fri, 2016-06-24 00:33

Linux kernel developer Sasha Levin today, June 23, 2016, announced the release of the twenty-seventh maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel series, along with Linux kernel 3.18.36 LTS.

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Samsung's Reference Design Will Be Used with Red Hat Ceph Storage (RHT)

Fri, 2016-06-24 00:31

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced that its NVMe (SSD) Reference Design will be used with Red Hat Ceph Storage, a software-defined storage platform, in a new high performance Ceph Reference Architecture by Samsung.

Samsung’s NVMe Reference Design platform, together with Red Hat Ceph Storage, can deliver a highly scalable, more efficient TCO reference architecture that supports unified storage for enterprise IT or cloud environments in handling transactional databases, machine-generated data and unstructured data.

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