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Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 1 Out Now with Huge Video Playback, Live TV Improvements

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:40

Kodi's Nathan Betzen announced just a few minutes ago the availability of the first Beta development release of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software.

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Thinking of giving up on Linux. Thoughts?

Reddit - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:38

I always assumed Linux would be too difficult to get into/ too much hassle, but I saw a post on reddit a while back from somebody using Linux Mint Cinnamon saying it was super easy and did everything he needed. I was setting up a media center in my living room and also wanted a Spotify/Youtube machine for my garage, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I installed Linux Mint Cinnamon and at first it was great. It was relatively easy to install, and within minutes I had Youtube up and running. Neat! I tried Netflix and it didn't work, but I googled it, downloaded Chrome and now Netflix works. Neat! I tried playing DVDs and CDs and they didn't work, but I googled it and tried the first couple of suggestions I came across and pretty soon I got VLC working for both. Neat (mostly)! Then I tried Amazon Prime video. After an hour or so of googling and typing in sudo-blah-blah-I-don't-remember I finally got that working too. Cool.

But for the life of me I can't get HBO Go or Spotify working. I've tried multiple fixes and read through tons of comment threads on reddit and elsewhere. I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm just saying it's probably not worth fooling with for me anymore. I'm thinking I've spent enough free time in pointless frustration already. Anybody want to try talking me out of abandoning Linux entirely?

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Latest Slackware Version Doesn't Cut Newbies any Slack

LinuxInsider - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:32
Slackware is one of those Linux distros often described as being difficult to use. The Slackware Project version 14.2 released on July 1 does little to change that view -- at least, as far as installing it is concerned. Its KDE desktop is probably the most contemporary trait. Other than an update under the hood, the latest Slackware release offers little that's new in terms of usability and few new features. If you are comfortable with Debian-style Linux distros, prepare to be uncomfortable.

Linux at 25: What's Behind Its Success and Where It's Going

LXer - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:28
Linux at 25 is a big thing," Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said in his LinuxCon keynote address. "Most things in life don't last as long, and Linux has gone further than anyone could have expected."

Linux noob needing beginners help

Reddit - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:00

I am a total noob to linux but up for the challenge.

Just wanted advice on the cheapest way to setup a standalone rig. Whether rasberry pi or just get an old laptop.

I also would like some advice on the best flavour to start on. I understand repetition is key so maybe something i can learn a lot from but also be able to use day to day

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Linux at 25: What's Behind Its Success and Where It's Going

LinuxToday - Mon, 2016-08-22 23:00

eWEEK: At LinuxCon, keynoters look back at 25 years of Linux, why the future is still bright, and why technology can have tangible benefits on the human condition.

Trying Out Fedora 25 With Wayland, Early Benchmarks Included

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:46

With the news from Friday that Fedora 25 will run Wayland by default I loaded up the current Fedora 25 development packages on a test system this weekend and I used that as my primary system for all of my business/production work this weekend. It went well and included are some early gaming benchmarks of Fedora 25 Workstation GNOME on Wayland and X.Org.

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FOSS Policy in EU, NZ, US and Taiwan

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:42
  • New US Government Source Code Policy Could Provide Model For Europe

    The United States government this month published its new federal source code policy to allow government-wide access to custom source code developed by or for any agency of the federal government. The policy, which aims to reduce duplication, avoid technology “lock-in,” and tap the best minds in or outside government, has caught the attention of free software developers in Europe who are hoping to use it as a basis for change there too.

    “We plan to use that in the next months as an example for European countries,” Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), said in a recent email discussion on the new US policy.

  • Open Source at work, Open Society working in Taiwan

    There was striking evidence that Open Source can lead to Open Society at the first day of OS//OS at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on Monday August 22.

    One of the keynote speakers, Audrey Tang from Taiwan, outlined how a quiet (and unheralded, at least in New Zealand) revolution has completely changed how democracy is practiced in the 23 million people nation sitting off China’s coast.

    It started with a parliamentary sit-in in 2014 – aided and abetted by Taiwan’s digital wizards as informal representatives debated how to use internet tools to ensure that all voices are heard before any new legislation is put in place.

    Eventually parliamentarians agreed that what was proposed by the ‘Sunflower Movement’ was valid.

    Now, the feelings and opinions of many different people (and animals and the environment) are considered. The role of parliament is to enact this debate outcome through legislation.

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[rant]Why is LXC such a pain to use?

Reddit - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:38

I'm on debian 8 and got lxc 2 from backports.

So far got unprivileged containers working based on stgraber's post for ubuntu 14.

So far so good.

Now for networking.

I've got a laptop that has internet access over wifi. Thus I can't easily bridge it without messing with some specific tools for wifi bridging. I know bridging works otherwise because I've done it with a VM with a VM provider on eth0.

I went with libvirtd and its default network instead. I followed a guide, setup dnsmasq on virbr0 and so far dnsmasq and the nat bubble the containers spawn in work half of the time.

The vethXYZ1234 interface gets constantly disabled.

See https://paste.ee/r/pEdeE for details.

I thought the bridge-utils on debian was responsible since it had a script in /etc/network/if-down.d with a bunch of if-defs for downing interfaces. Removed it, rebooted and nothing changed.

I can't seem to make dnsmasq not listen on all interfaces or on 0.0.0.0, if I try, it won't work at all with virbr0.

LXC images with systemd are a pain in the ass. Can't shutdown centos 7 half of the time or debian 8 at all. There was a patch very recently by https://github.com/brauner (pull here https://github.com/lxc/lxc/pull/1086) on github I've found that would change the clean shutdown to the container's systemd as sigpwr3 iirc.

For instance, after the last reboot, I can't seem to kill centos 7 containers. Running lxc-stop with -k just hangs. Only way to stop is kill -9 the pid of lxc p.

Centos 7 can't install httpd. Yum dies when tries to unbox the rpm with can't set cap_set_file.

Now I've found some config files in /usr/share/lxc/config, but I can't see any mention of dropping cap_set_file for centos.

I've added lxc.cap.keep = cap_set_file to /usr/share/lxc/config/centos.common.conf and now containers fail to boot saying trying to drop and keep cap_set_file at the same time. Never mind, this seems to be a problem with unprivileged containers and the kernel https://github.com/lxc/lxd/issues/1245.

So do people use lxc? Am I the only one having issues? Is ubuntu the "Made for LXC" distro now?

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NVMe over Fabrics Support Coming to the Linux 4.8 Kernel

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:37

The Flash Memory Summit recently wrapped up its conferences in Santa Clara, California, and only one type of Flash technology stole the show: NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF). From the many presentations and company announcements, it was obvious NVMeF was the topic that most interested the attendees.

With the first industry specifications announced in 2011, Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) quickly rose to the forefront of Solid State Drive (SSD) technologies. Historically, SSDs were built on top of Serial ATA (SATA), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Fibre Channel buses. These interfaces worked well for the maturing Flash memory technology, but with all the protocol overhead and bus speed limitations, it did not take long for these drives to experience performance bottlenecks. Today, modern SAS drives operate at 12 Gbit/s, while modern SATA drives operate at 6 Gbit/s. This is why the technology shifted its focus to PCI Express (PCIe). With the bus closer to the CPU and PCIe capable of performing at increasingly stellar speeds, SSDs seemed to fit right in. Using PCIe 3.0, modern drives can achieve speeds as high as 40 Gbit/s. Leveraging the benefits of PCIe, it was then that the NVMe was conceived. Support for NVMe drives was integrated into the Linux 3.3 mainline kernel (2012).

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Linux 4.4.19

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:35

I'm announcing the release of the 4.4.19 kernel.

All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.4.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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Fedora 24 + Nvidia 980 ti = frozen at startup starting switch root (WARNING: BEDTIME STORY INSIDE :P)

Reddit - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:33

After years of making baby steps in the way of abandoning closed source, proprietary and garbage software, I finally decided it's time to make a real move. Even though I try to strictly use free software(not necessarily money wise), I was shamefully still using Windows on my desktop machine and OSX (which is a bit better but still..) on my laptop. Hence, I thought I would go for Fedora since according to Richard Stallman it's one of the most open among the linux flavors out there. However, my journey stopped even before it began. After downloading the OS, burning the image to USB and booting from it, my screen froze after the line which says "starting switch root". I thought probably Fedora wasn't loving my GPU (Asus strix 980ti), so I unplugged it, and that was it. the OS boot was complete, installed and everything ran smoothly. However, I needed that GPU to work. So I followed this article but unfortunately it didn't work for me (after plugging the gpu back and booting I would still have the same issue). I think I followed every step correctly but probably did something wrong since every comment on that article says it works.

Actually, I wasn't put off by that mishap, on the contrary, I looked at it as a prefect opportunity to learn. But I'm kind of stuck for now. Which means there are two ways to go from here, I either go for another distro which requires less background knowledge to get started and go back to Fedora once I have gained enough experience to troubleshoot effectively. Or find someone to walk me through this. So if you can help with this issue or can recommend another distro, I'm all ears.

\\\original post at https://www.reddit.com/r/Fedora/comments/4z2kq2/fedora_24_nvidia_980_ti_frozen_at_startup/

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NVMe over Fabrics Support Coming to the Linux 4.8 Kernel

LXer - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:31
The Flash Memory Summit recently wrapped up its conferences in SantaClara, California, and only one type of Flash technology stole the show:NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF). From the many presentations and companyannouncements, it was obvious NVMeF was the topic that most interested theattendees.

Up to EUR 200,000 for Austria open source projects

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:30

The Austrian government will award up to EUR 200,000 for open source projects on eGovernent, eHealth, eLearning, eInclusion, or commercial products and services. “Open source has beneficial macroeconomic effects, improving possibilities for use and development”, explained Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Digitisation, in a statement.

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DNF 1.1.10 and DNF-PLUGINS-CORE 0.1.21-3 Released

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:29

Another stability release of DNF and DNF-PLUGINS-CORE has been made. This release should eliminate the most critical bugs, especially the Unicode tracebacks and COPR plugin should work in Korora again. More information about the release can be found in DNF and plugins release notes.

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The Big Android Dev Interview: Maarten Edgar

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:23

Good question! Well, I like [that] it's open source, I like that [in mobile development in particular] you make something and it's "one there." Specifically or Android, I like that it runs on a lot of different things. I've done some commercial Google Glass development — and, you know, it has a skin, but it is Android.

I like that you can do really useful stuff [with Android], it keeps on evolving and getting more interesting, so I like that.

What I don't like is... implementations of Android that are not truly Android — Samsung had this problem where, for example, you'd ask something in the system, you'd do a system call [asking] what kind of resolution it was and it would lie to you! It would say "oh no, I'm HDPI" when really it was an MDPI thing. And that just pisses me off. Incorrect documentation. And what's difficult is all the different device sizes. That is a challenge. Not necessarily something that I hate but it is challenging.

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Full Metal Backup Using the dd Command

LinuxToday - Mon, 2016-08-22 22:00

Linux.com: When you’re looking for a tool to handle a bare metal backup, you may need to look no further than the dd command.

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