tecmint: tar isn't the only command to deflate a compressed file
I'm looking to upgrade my computer to one with at least 16GB RAM with the capability of possibly expanding to 32GB. I've seen a lot of used Mac Pro computers (specifically 2008-2009 models) for significantly less than what I've seen similarly equipped 'PC' machines and I was wondering about how well Linux works on these machines. In particular are there any hardware compatibility issues (including new hardware, I would like to add a SATA-3 RAID controller, I think these are only SATA-2.) I should be aware of? Or would I be better off just saving up a bit longer for a used Dell or HP workstation or just keeping MacOS on it and running Linux in a VM?
In particular I'm planning on running Mint Linux, although I'm open to considering other distros if another one might work better.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.submitted by /u/Gojs2015
Jiri Kosina sent in the pull requests today for the subsystems he is responsible for, including the HID area.
Not long after gaining OpenGL 4.0 support, Intel's Mesa driver is now able to support OpenGL 4.2 and it's not far off 4.3.
To gain OpenGL 4.3 support, they only need "GL_ARB_robust_buffer_access_behavior".
Really impressive work as always and awesome to see the Intel driver finally supporting some more modern OpenGL. Great news for laptop users.
KDE Frameworks 5.22 was released this week and with this frameworks update comes the addition of KWayland.
KWayland up to now was distributed with Plasma but with KDE Frameworks 5.22 has moved on so it can also be used by other frameworks. Adding it to KDE Frameworks also makes it relevant to anyone working with the Qt toolkit on Wayland, although it's not a replacement for QtWayland.
Just as Adwords changed the face of SEO in the early 2000s, Mintigo has empowered marketers with big data through their self-service platform. Today, the company announced its 5,000th model, awarding Red Hat with its Data Super Hero Award.
We have already covered in our previous article about additional YUM repository such as EPEL, RPMFusion, Copr, etc.., for CentOS/RHEL & Fedora. In this list we are going to add UnitedRPMs – Brand New unofficial Fedora repository. Fedora UnitedRPMs Project was born as a Google+ community made by David Vásquez and they are going to maintain the multimedia and other software and addons which is missing in original repositories of Fedora. UnitedRPMs supports from Fedora 24 & Fedora 25 now.
Distributor Farnell element14 has what it positions as the first all-in-one development platform for industrial IoT applications, the mangOH Green Open Hardware Platform. The “all-in-one Hardware, Software and Cloud-based solution for Industrial IoT applications” uses silicon from Sierra Wireless
Just when we were thinking that the Samsung NX1 and NX500 Tizen Smart Cameras were no longer receiving any firmware updates, then two drop all at once. The NX1 has now been updated to version 1.41 and the NX500 version 1.11. The upgrade was necessary to resolve a bluetooth connection issue with Android version 6.0 marshmallow. You also need to update the Android Samsung Camera Manager App to v1.6.07.160510 or later version in order to connect to the camera.
The headlining feature of the new Varnish Massive Storage Engine (MSE) 2.0 from Varnish Software is cache persistence. This new capability in MSE, an exclusive module of Varnish Plus Web optimization suite, allows Web sites to retain data across restarts and reboots and ensures that, in the case of a system crash, cache content will not be lost. Furthermore, users can repair and maintain their sites as quickly as possible.
Insync, the excellent Google Drive native client, is once again available for free as the company behind the project is currently running a promotion for Gmail users.
Group sharing isn’t easy. From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging. Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links. Group conversations often don’t stay on topic, and things get lost in endless threads that you can’t easily get back to when you need them.
The Debian GNU/Linux distribution will include the ZFS filesystem as a choice from now on, according to an announcement by Petter Reinholdtsen, the developer responsible.
ZFS is a filesystem developed by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The licence under which it is released, the Common Development and Distribution Licence, is not compatible with the GNU General Public Licence under which the Linux kernel is released.
According to Ana Guerrero López, a member of the Debian publicity team, the inclusion of ZFS was announced slightly more than a year ago, in April 2015 by the project leader at the time, Lucas Nussbaum.
In an email, Nussbaum wrote "We received legal advice from Software Freedom Law Centre about the inclusion of libdvdcss and ZFS in Debian, which should unblock the situation in both cases and enable us to ship them in Debian soon."
While Firefox is currently the default web browser for Ubuntu 16.04, there are many alternative and special-purpose browsers available to install on Linux. If you're looking for a break from Firefox or need a browser to accomplish a special task, there's probably an alternative browser out there for you.
LinkedIn today announced that it has open-sourced Ambry, a piece of software it built to store and serve up media files like photos, videos, and PDFs. The system is available on GitHub under an open source Apache license.
LinkedIn previously relied on a complex architecture involving closed source technology that was not cheap to scale, even as user numbers and data have both kept increasing. It wasn’t easy to expand, either.
Last week alone, investors—aiming to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing apps—poured $63M into container vendors.
The evolving market for application containers isn't just about developer adoption anymore; it's now very much about investors, too.
The week of May 9, in particular, highlights the intense interest that venture capitalists (VCs) have in containers and the potential to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing applications at scale.
When you couple lightning-fast Internet with innovative projects in the realms of education and workforce development, amazing things can happen.
That’s the philosophy behind the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, our joint initiative with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund brings funding and staffing to U.S. cities equipped with gigabit connectivity, the next-generation Internet that’s 250-times faster than most other connections. Our goal: Spark the creation of groundbreaking, gigabit-enabled educational technologies so that more people of all ages and backgrounds can read, write, and participate on this next-generation Web.
The Commission can fine firms up to 10 percent of their annual sales, which in Google's case would be a maximum possible sanction of more than 6 billion euros. The biggest antitrust fine to date was a 1.1 billion-euro fine imposed on chip-maker Intel (INTC.O) in 2009.
The chassis is made to cradle a smartphone. Fire up your favorite videoconferencing software and you have a way to see where you’re going as well as hear (and speak to) your surroundings. Bluetooth communications between the phone and the chassis provides wireless control. That being said, this unit is clearly designed to be able to deal with far more challenging terrain than the average office environment, and has been designed to not only be attractive, but to be as accessible and open to repurposing and modification as possible.
Citizens with a say — or even a vote — in their municipal budgets are part of a silent democratic revolution. Participatory budgeting started 25 years ago in Brazil and, since then, has been spreading slowly but steadily from South America to cities all over the world. At the moment, more than 1,500 municipalities involve their citizens in the budget-making process, according to an article on participatory budgeting recently published in the Dutch online newspaper 'De Correspondent'.
Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. Until quite recently, the word “open” had a fairly constant meaning. The over-use of the word “open” has led to its meaning becoming increasingly ambiguous. This presents a critical problem for this important word, as ambiguity leads to misinterpretation.
The publication of the so-called Panama Papers will only help to further the discussion on open government. "Things like hidden company ownership and strict secrecy have fuelled questions on links between world leaders and offshore jurisdictions," write Koen Roovers, and Henri Makkonen, EU Advocacy Lead and EU Advocacy Intern, respectively, at the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC).
Big Data is a game changer for businesses, Alla Morrison, International Development Specialist, Digital Economy and Solutions at the World Bank, recently wrote in a blog posting. She quoted Harvard professor Michael Porter, a globally recognised authority on competitiveness, who said: "Data now stands on par with people, technology, and capital as a core asset of the corporation and in many businesses is perhaps becoming the decisive asset."
Earlier this month, the Open Government Research Exchange (OGRX) was launched. The portal brings together research on on government innovation, and already indexes hundreds of publications (though many of them are only available for purchase).
Basically, Smart Sterea can be seen as a set of technological tools. Central Greece deployed a data visualisation portal, which mixes data for budgets, political projects and public consultations. This “Open Dashboard of Central Greece” makes use of Open Data to allow citizens to monitor public revenue and expenditure, political programs and their progress, and allocations – among other types of information. Data are updated in real-time.
Ninety dollars, sometimes over a hundred, even. Walking away from the bookstore with a full set of math textbooks for a calculus course can easily set a student back by over two hundred. Add in online components, and that number only grows. The College Board estimates that the average full-time student would have to spend $1,200 alone in books and materials. The textbook industry costs already financially overburdened students massive amounts of money, and the solution is clear: Open source textbooks must become commonplace in De Anza classrooms.
To understand and address issues such as land degradation, deforestation, food security, and greenhouse gas emissions, countries need access to high-quality and timely information. As these challenges have become more urgent over the past decade, the need for more information has also increased. At the recent 2016 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, we introduced a new open source project called moja global, supported by the Clinton Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada and Kenya, that aims to provide the tools necessary to help address these issues.
I want to love Linux. I really do. But far too many simple every day things that other operating systems do seamlessly, Linux seems too pretentious to simply do the right thing for the user.
For a little background, I am a programmer working on lower level systems type things. In this environment, cross compiling code, installing different libraries and configuring builds, Linux cannot be beat. However for my every day machines, I simply cannot stand Linux. Here are some of my biggest gripes:
Want to upgrade the base OS with all new the bells and whistles? It will probably break something basic such as log in, or a configuration.
Using something like the Ubuntu App Store is okay. At least it makes a shortcut for you. But how many times have you compiled something from source, then done a make install, only to have no clue where to launch the app GUI from?
Maybe it's just the version of Kodibuntu I have installed on an old laptop for a makeshift media center and a dedicated Kodi box, but configuring displays and resolutions should not require attempting all display setting permutations to achieve the desired display settings. Also unplugging a monitor should gracefully return the laptop screen to its native resolution, not have it be stuck in a weird hybrid state.
At the end of the day, I want my personal computing devises to work properly and do the right thing on their own. I don't want to sit and fiddle with all sorts of different settings, I don't want all the constant updates to break my system, and I sure as hell don't want to figure out what obscure Cmake flags I need to turn on in order to get a project building for my system.
Maybe all this is too much to ask for from a free operating system, but at its current state I simply cannot use Linux for anything besides work.submitted by /u/bUrdeN555
I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.2 KDE Live DVD. (The previous version was 15.4).
I recently tried AdAway on my Android phone, and was surprised at how effective it was. I already use uBlock Origin on Firefox, but I am interested to know whether there is a way to block ads like this too. It would be great if there was an application that can do that.submitted by /u/PM_ME_SEXY_SCRIPTS
For all the complexity underlying software-defined networking (SDN) — the shift to a DevOps culture, the ending of siloed organizational habits — one recurring gripe is that all these “open” and “standards-based” networking products don’t operate cleanly with one another.
Companies are tackling surging bandwidth requirements by adding bigger network pipes and adopting newer technologies such as cloud and software-defined networking, according to a new study released today.
For JJ Asghar, senior partner engineer of OpenStack at Chef, there is one issue that continues to hamper OpenStack’s success: Operations. It’s no secret in the Ops community that there is a large barrier to entry involved in becoming a part of the OpenStack community. When it comes to submitting bugs, reporting issues, and ensuring one’s OpenStack cloud runs smoothly, operations teams find themselves facing an uphill battle.
When Lew Tucker, vice-president and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco first got Cisco involved with OpenStack, networking wasn't even a separate project, it was just part of the Nova compute project. OpenStack has since evolved with the Neutron networking project and more recently, a large focus on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with some of the world's largest carriers supporting the effort.
As the OpenStack arena consolidates, there are still many business models evolving around it, and OpenStack-as-a-Service is emerging as an interesting choice. Platform9, which focuses on OpenStack-based private clouds, has announced a new release of its Platform9 Managed OpenStack, which is a SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions. The company also updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty.
After taking down the controversial DevShare program in early February, the new owners of popular software repository, SourceForge, have begun scanning all projects it hosts for malware in an attempt to regain trust that was lost by Dice Holdings, the site’s previous owners.
Back in February, the judge presiding over the FBI's case against Jay Michaud ordered the agency to turn over information on the hacking tool it used to unmask Tor users who visited a seized child porn site. The FBI further solidified its status as a law unto itself by responding that it would not comply with the court's order, no matter what.
Unfortunately, we won't be seeing any FBI officials tossed into jail cells indefinitely for contempt of court charges. The judge in that case has reversed course, as Motherboard reports.
In February, a judge ordered the FBI to reveal the full malware code it used to identify visitors of a dark web child pornography site, including the exploit that circumvented the protections of the Tor Browser. The government fought back, largely in sealed motions, and tried to convince the judge to reconsider.
Security holes in antivirus software are nothing new, but holes that exist across multiple platforms? That's rare... but it just happened. Google's Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec's antivirus engine (used in both Symantec- and Norton-branded suites) that compromises Linux, Mac and Windows computers. If you use an early version of a compression tool to squeeze executables, you can trigger a memory buffer overflow that gives you root-level control over a system.
The newly announced Apache Milagro (incubating) project seeks to end to centralized certificates and passwords in a world that has shifted from client-server to cloud, IoT and containerized applications.
Though the data regarding connected devices is anything but cohesive, a broad overview of IoT stats affords a clear picture of how quickly our world is becoming a connected ecosystem: In 1984, approximately 1,000 devices were connected to the Internet; in 2015, Gartner predicted 4.9 billion connected things would be in use; and by 2020 analysts expect we’ll have somewhere between 26 and 50 billion connected devices globally. Said Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at Cisco, “In 1984, there were 1,000 connected devices. That number rose up to reach a million devices in 1992 and reached a billion devices in 2008. Our estimates say… that we will have roughly 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020.”
Ziliang Guo from the ReactOS project today announced the availability for download of the first maintenance release of the ReactOS 0.4 open-source operating system.
While not a GNU/Linux distribution, ReactOS is an open source project whose main design goal is to offer users a computer operating system built from scratch that clones the design principles of Microsoft Windows NT's architecture.
Among technology categories creating sweeping change right now, cloud computing and Big Data analytics dominate the headlines, and open source platforms are making a difference in these categories. However, one of the biggest open source stories of the year surrounds newly contributed projects in the field of artifical intelligence and the closely related field of machine learning.
The software is now available on Github where the tech giant hopes developers and researchers will expand its functionalities.
Blockchain, the company behind the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, has been quietly working on an interesting project called Thunder. The Thunder network is an alternative network of nodes that lets you make off-chain bitcoin payments in seconds and settle back to the bitcoin blockchain every now and then. And it makes me excited about bitcoin all over again.
This sounds complicated but it’s quite neat and could be a powerful innovation for bitcoin transactions. But first, let’s take a step back.
If you’ve ever tried sending a couple of bitcoins from one wallet to another, you know it can take ten or twenty minutes before the blockchain confirms the transaction.
First up, if you're looking for my upcoming Vive unboxing video, this isn't it!
When my Vive arrived earlier this month, I'd decided to let it sit in its box for a while. The most recent communication regarding official support was "We are working on it but it's not ready yet," and I had a lot of other work to focus on.
About a month ago, an OSVR contributor had mentioned in the OpenHMD IRC channel that OSVR had a driver that interfaced with Valve's Vive driver and allowed OSVR to support the Vive under Linux. I didn't have time to look into it, but was glad to know that even if Linux support wasn't being advertised as ready by Valve, that there was something tangible to work with.
The Vive's official launch came and went without advertised Linux support and it seemed that those users who did have Vives hadn't managed to jump through the correct hoops to get it functioning on Linux until last night when Linux user and developer SketchStick nudged me to take a look at some successes he'd had.
Shadwen the brand new action and stealth game from Frozenbyte is now officially available. I can't wait to give it a go.
I have requested review codes, so I will have to wait and see if Frozenbyte reply on that. Samsai has a copy so hopefully he will livestream it for you guys on Friday.
Update: Frozenbyte have given me a copy. Thoughts to come when I've put time into it.
It's nice to see Frozenbyte do something a bit different after Trine, so hopefully it's as good as it looks.
Paradox fans may want to know that Hearts of Iron IV is officially available to pre-order and there's a trailer.
It will release on June 6th with a basic price of £34.99 for the smallest edition available right up to £67.99.
I've not played any of the previous games (which don't have Linux support), so I look forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. I am sure quite a number of people are excited by having this on Linux.
For those that don't know, or forgot, the new Unreal Tournament does in fact have a Linux version. I check on it now and then and it's really starting to come together.