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Patent defendants won’t receive a “Get out of East Texas free” card

LXer - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:42
Patent reform advocates who were hoping to "shut down the Eastern District of Texas" face disappointment today, as the top US patent appeals court ruled (PDF) against a venue transfer in a dispute between two food companies.

Vulkan 1.0.12 Specification Update Adds VK_AMD_rasterization_order

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:28
Vulkan 1.0.12 is the latest specification update to the official Vulkan documentation from The Khronos Group...

Full Disk Encryption on Dell Chromebook 13

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:17

Cross-post with archlinux

I'm wondering if anybody out there has managed full disk encryption on the Dell Chromebook 13. Omitting full disk encryption, I'm successfully completing a base Arch install.

I've tried two approaches to full disk encryption, most recently these instructions

In both attempts, I get a lock-up at the grub hand-off to the initramfs image. Attempts to achieve debug output in the hand-off have failed, even up to including hand-edit of the initramfs init script to add echo statements to all early steps. None of the echo statements fire, so I'm not getting even to the init script of the initramfs.

I am running SeaBIOS. I have concerns that the chromebook security features (pre-SeaBIOS execution) may be interfering, but I lack in-depth understanding to know the delta between a vanilla DOS / BIOS boot vs the full disk encryption boot.

Thought I would see if anybody else had success. Else I'll fall back and just encrypt /home I suppose.

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Developers Still Hoping For AMD DAL Support In Linux 4.7

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:06
Open-source developers working on the Radeon Linux graphics driver stack remain hopeful that their massive "DAL" code-base will be ready for merging with Linux 4.7...

Ubuntu 16.04 is just so unstable

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:05

I have been using Ubuntu LTS releases for a really long time. I'm not one to care much for new features and prefer stability. Recently doing a fresh install of 16.04 I was shocked at just how rough it is. X would randomly fail and I'd get logged out. Doing my first apt-get update or now apt update failed even. I'd face random points where my cursor would just stop moving and then follow up. Applications like sabnzbd failed all ssl ability, Installed chromium-browser and the menu icon didn't exist until I did a restart of the system.

Overall as somebody who has been using LTS since 6.06, I have never had a more disappointing experience.

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Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to Enlightenment

LinuxToday - Sat, 2016-04-30 19:00

LinuxInsider: Enlightenment started as a project to build a window manager for X11 in 1996.

Ubuntu 16.04 vs. vs. Clear Linux vs. openSUSE vs. Scientific Linux 7

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-30 18:55

Here are some extra Linux distribution benchmarks for your viewing pleasure this weekend.

Following the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS last week, I was running another fresh performance comparison of various Linux distributions on my powerful Xeon E3-1270 v5 Skylake system. I made it a few Linux distributions in before the motherboard faced an untimely death. Not sure of the cause yet, but the motherboard is kaput and thus the testing was ended prematurely.

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Ubuntu 16.04 vs. vs. Clear Linux vs. openSUSE vs. Scientific Linux 7

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-04-30 18:35
Here are some extra Linux distribution benchmarks for your viewing pleasure this weekend...

Octa-core Cortex-A53 hacker SBC sells for $60

LXer - Sat, 2016-04-30 17:48
FriendlyARM’s $60, open spec “NanoPC-T3” SBC runs Android or Linux on an octa-core Cortex-A53 SoC packed with wireless and media interfaces, plus 8GB eMMC. The over-caffeinated board builders at Guangzhou, China-based FriendlyARM have shipped their highest-end hacker board yet. The NanoPC-T3 is almost identical to the NanoPC-T2 board, but swaps out the quad-core, Cortex-A9 Samsung […]

GhostBSD 10.3 ALPHA1 is now ready for Testing

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-30 17:06

Yes we skip 10.2 for 10.3 since was FreeBSD 10.3 was coming we thought we should wait for 10.3. This is the first ALPHA development release for testing and debugging for GhostBSD 10.3, only as MATE been released yet which is available on SourceForge and for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

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GhostBSD 10.3 Alpha Released With ZFS File-System Support, MATE 1.12

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-04-30 16:32
The first alpha release was made available this weekend of GhostBSD 10.3 Alpha 1, a desktop focused operating system built atop FreeBSD 10.3...

Leftovers: Ubuntu

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-30 16:26
  • Ubuntu-based Smartphones And Tablets Sound Good, On Paper, But...Do They Make Any Sense?

    As I previously stated in a recent article, I'm a huge fan of Ubuntu as a desktop operating system. It's friendly, reliable, consumes little resources and is largely virus-free.

  • Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ expected to be based on Ubuntu 16.04

    Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ coming soon, to be based on Ubuntu 16.04 and have plenty of new features

  • BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet - The heat is on

    Some investments are financial. Some are emotional. When it comes to Linux on tablets, my motives are mostly of the latter kind. I was super-excited to learn BQ was launching a tablet with Ubuntu, something that I have been waiting for a good solid three years now. We had the phone released last spring, and now there's a tablet. The cycle is almost complete.

    Now, as you know, I was only mildly pleased with the Ubuntu phone. It is a very neat product, but it is not yet as good as the competitors, across all shades of the usability spectrum. But this tablet promises a lot. Full HD, desktop-touch continuum, seamless usage model, and more. Let us have a look.

  • Kubuntu-16.04 — a review

    The kubuntu implementation of Plasma 5 seems to work quite well. It’s close to what I am seeing in other implementations. It includes the Libre Office software, rather than the KDE office suite. But most users will prefer that anyway.

    I’m not a big fan of the default menu. But the menu can easily be switched to one of the alternative forms. I’ve already done that, and am preferring the “launcher based on cascading popup menus”. If you are trying kubuntu, I suggest you experiment with the alternative formats to see which you prefer.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review: Very Stable & Improved, Buggy Software Center, Though

    In almost all the occasions that I tested Ubuntu LTS releases, quite rightly so, they’ve always worked better than the non-LTS releases. And this Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the 6th of such release is no exception. This one actually is even more impressive than the others because it has addressed some security related issues and even although not critical, subtle issues that I mentioned in the review.

    As far as the performance was concerned, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was only largely outperformed by the memory usage where there is a large increase in memory usage. Other than that, those numbers look pretty good to me. That ‘.deb’ file issues with the Software Center is the only major concern that I can come up with. But I’m sure it’ll be fixed very soon.

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Devuan Beta, Stumbling Tumbleweed, Ubuntu Too

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-30 16:14

Today in Linux news Debian-fork Devuan is forging ahead with its plans to create a distribution offering init freedom by releasing a beta for testers. Douglas DeMaio posted today that openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots have halted due to glibc upgrade rebuilds. Dedoimedo reviewed the BQ Aquaris M10 and liliputing.com posted of another Ubuntu laptop for sale. And finally, the Hectic Geek reviewed Ubuntu 16.04 and Neil Rickert reviewed Kubuntu 16.04.

Also: Devuan releases beta

Devuan Jessie - beta release announcement

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