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AMDGPU-PRO Beta 2 vs. Mesa 11.3 + Linux 4.6: Very Competitive For Linux Gamers

Phoronix - Tue, 2016-05-24 18:20
Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack.

Hadoop Evolution: What You Need to Know

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-05-24 18:00

 EnterpriseAppsToday: Hadoop has been hamstrung by complexity

Additional YUM Repositories for CentOS, RHEL & Fedora Systems

LXer - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:58
Additional YUM Repositories will help users to install packages easily to CentOS, RHEL & Fedora Systems from third party repository such as ELRepo, IUS Community Repository, EPEL Repository, REMI Repository, Repoforg Repository, RPMforge Repository, RPMFusion Repository, Ulyaoth Repository

Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:49
  • Security advisories for Monday
  • What's the point of (InfoSec) Certifications?

    When I did the GSE, I absolutely loved the hands-on lab more than anything-else I'd done in the world of SANS or GIAC, outside of Mike Poor's 503 Packet Work book (if you like packets, this is heaven, literally ) and the "Capture the Flag" exercises created by Ed Skoudis in 504 and 560. I've also had some amazing instructors like Arrigo Triulzi (Arrigo teaching SEC504 actually convinced me that my future was in InfoSec) and Stephen Sims, however, I am questioning more than ever the value of certifications and to a lesser degree the training courses (which are priced to be exclusive to a tiny minority who are already fairly well off or lucky - I often recommend Coursera or the Offensive Security stuff to candidates when cost is a real issue).

  • Linux Kernel Website Kernel.org Banned By Norton

    Symantec’s automated threat analysis system, Norton Safe Web, claims that Linux kernel’s website kernel.org contains 4 threats and shows a red flag to the users. Looking at Norton’s past record, this threat detection could be just another false warning.

  • Oplcarus: An Anonymous Hacker Reveals The Motivation Behind Latest Attacks

    Here is an account of the operation against banks and financial institutes, named “OpIcarus”, by Anonymous. It reveals the purpose of the cyber attacks, their targets, and the future of OpIcarus operation as told by one of the Anonymous hacktivists with an online name of “The Voice” .

  • Systemd Reverts Its Stance On Letting Users Access Frame-Buffer Devices

    Last week's release of systemd 230 ended up shipping with a change that made it more easy for processes running as a user to snoop on frame-buffer devices. That change has already been reverted for the next systemd update.

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Leftovers: Gaming

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:48

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Intel's P-State Driver Does Seem To Be In Bad Shape On Linux 4.6~4.7

Phoronix - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:35
A few days ago when delivering benchmarks of the new CPUFreq "Schedutil" governor in Linux 4.7 the P-State comparison results on this Git kernel looked particularly terrible. I've since done some P-State tests on the same system using the Linux 4.5 and 4.6 kernels that further point towards a regression having taken place...

Antergos 2016.05.24

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:33

Packages updated for the live and minimal install environments.

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Clonezilla Live "Wily"

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:28

One of my favourite open source utilities is Clonezilla Live. The Clonezilla project creates tools to assist people in making copies of their hard drives and disk partitions. This can be useful at home for transferring an operating system from one computer to another. It's also a quick way to backup a system's packages and configuration files. In office environments it can be a big time saver to be able to clone one generic operating system onto multiple computers quickly. While installing, configuring and updating an operating system from scratch might take anywhere from half an hour to several hours, Clonezilla can transfer a copy of an operating system across a network in ten to twenty minutes.

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Year of Linux, Steam on PS4, Linux in Space

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:22

Today in Linux news Linus Torvalds declared the end to "Year of Linux desktop" jokes as loosely Linux-based Chromebooks outsell Macs. The big news over the weekend was of clever hackers who installed Arch then Steam on his PlayStation 4. Mageia extended their version 6 artwork contest deadline and the GIMP project put out the call for upcoming version 2.10 documentation update. Dimstar has the latest on Tumbleweed and Lunduke listed 10 more fun things to do in a terminal.

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Nelum-Dev1 Xfce Screenshot Tour

LXer - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:01
Nelum-Dev1-Xfce 2016-05-20 is available. Nelum-Dev1 offers users a live disc with a desktop environment which is based on the Devuan distribution.

OpenSUSE Administation with Zypper

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:00

 HowToForge: Zypper is the command line package manager for openSUSE

SDN Developers Report Key Lessons in Testing OpenDaylight Performance

Linux.com - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:00

OpenDaylight (ODL) is an open source SDN platform designed to serve a broad set of use cases and end user types, mainly service providers, large enterprises, and academic institutions. Uniquely, ODL provides a plethora of network services in all domains--data center, WAN, NREN, metro and access.

Building a Next Generation Mobile Network Using Open Networking Technologies

Linux.com - Tue, 2016-05-24 17:00

SK Telecom envisions transforming itself into a platform company, making the mobile network as a platform where new services can be created and supported including traditional telco applications, media apps, streaming and IoT applications.

Fellow redditors, I'm trying to convince my library to convert one of its labs to Linux. Help me convince them that it is a great idea.

Reddit - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:52

My university has this particular course that we go to the library's lab to learn about library stuff (duh) which is citation, learning to access the library's online directory, and whatnot. The Windows 7 PCs were glacially slow despite having a proper quad-core and 4GB RAM.

I passed an email to convince them to try Linux. They gave the typical conservative reply that they are worried about compatibility issues and whatnot.

Here comes the thorny part, they were implementing Windows with Deepfreeze. For those who do not know, Deepfreeze is a software that restores the entire OS to a default image after a user session, so all user made changes and viruses installed doesnt matter and it saves the sysadmin a lot of work. But it seems that they do not have a sysadmin at all. Firefox is stuck at version 14 (14 for gods sake) and Windows updates are not installed. Whoever set up the computers did their job and ran away. It seems that there is an 'Administrator' account but I guess they were done individually with no proper sysadmin management.

I agree that Deepfreeze is pretty cool, but doesnt a guest session solve everything? Also, the library uses Endnote and SPSS, which I plan to recommend alternatives using PSPP and Zotero. I am torn between using Wine to just get the stuff work or introducing the alternatives, which may involve requiring them to change their course content.

Also, I would like to know if there are any software that allows a sysadmin to manage/push updates remotely to multiple Linux set-ups. It seems that Puppet, Chef and the like are too full featured for my purpose, but I am open to suggestions.

Help me out guys. Successfully convincing them would be a big step for me to reach out to other parts of my university to drop Windows.

Sorry for having my points all over the place. I would do some reformatting if you guys want to.

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AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL vs. NVIDIA 364 Compute Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:47

Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics.

I tested this new AMDGPU-PRO driver on the GCN 1.2-based Radeon R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards and it also worked out fine for the GCN 1.1-based Radeon R9 290. All the tests were done on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.4 kernel. I compared these latest AMD results to the NVIDIA 364.19 results I did from some recent benchmarks on Phoronix.

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Not Just for Computer Nerds: 5 Reasons Linux is a Growing Business Trend

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:46

Linux has come out of oblivion, forcing itself onto the realms of digital climate.

This article brings us closer to Linux in five different yet intriguing ways.

No more is it a measure of geekiness, as Linux drives the entrepreneurial wheel with complete control.

Days are gone when this open-source operating platform was more of a luxury with enthusiasts raving about the flexibilities on offer.

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Raspberry Pi: Unpacking the latest Raspbian release

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:37

Wow, that really is a lot, so I had better get busy! First up, the new Raspbian (and NOOBS) release. This is something I have been waiting for since the Raspberry Pi 3 was announced, because it was obvious that there was still more work to be done to properly support the new hardware. The release announcement from the Raspberry Pi blog outlines the significant changes in the new Raspbian release.

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Systemd Reverts Its Stance On Letting Users Access Frame-Buffer Devices

Phoronix - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:22
Last week's release of systemd 230 ended up shipping with a change that made it more easy for processes running as a user to snoop on frame-buffer devices. That change has already been reverted for the next systemd update...

AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL vs. NVIDIA 364 Compute Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

Phoronix - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:13
Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics...

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