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TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:18

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Google's FOSS

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:17
  • Google updates Santa Tracker open source code with changes from last Christmas

    Is it Christmas time already? Not quite, but we don't have long before kids start counting down the days to Santa's visit. When they ask, Google is again ready to provide an answer.

    Last April, Google open sourced Santa Tracker and its various components. Then it developed new experiences to show off around Christmas time. Eight months later, that code is now open source as well.

  • More News Arrives on Fuchsia, Google's Mystery Open Source OS

    Everyone loves a mystery and if you're a mystery fan you have to be paying attention to Google's mysterious new open source operating system, which is dubbed "fuchsia," alluding to what you get when you mix purple with pink. While you'll read many reports saying that nothing has been said about fuchsia officially, Google engineers actually have popped up in various online forums descrbing the new OS.

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Btrfs RAID Tests On Linux 4.8

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:14

Recently I've been carrying out a number of Btrfs RAID tests on Linux 4.7 while this past weekend I ran some comparison tests using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel.

The Btrfs feature updates in Linux 4.8 has the big ENOSPC rework as well as other clean-ups and improvements.

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Reddit - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:10

Development: LLVM, Go 1.7

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:09

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Leftovers: Software

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:08
  • NetworkManager 1.4 Feature Update Prepares For Release

    The first release candidate to NetworkManager 1.4 feature update is now available for testing.

    Among the new/improved functionality coming to NetworkManager 1.4 has IPv6 improvements, ability to create configuration checkpoints and rolling back changes after a timeout, support for oFono as modem manager, a new dns-priority property, a smaller sized executable, nmcli command line utility improvements, and various other improvements.

  • Packaging Apps for Linux the Easier Way

    One of the frustrations of developing applications for Linux comes when trying to make an application installable across all distributions. Whether you're developing for the enterprise or the consumer desktop, if you want your application to be readily available to all potential users, you're going to become much more familiar with RPM, dkpg, pacman and other packaging systems than you want to b

  • These Linux Apps Tell You When Your Fave Channels Are Live on Twitch

    With more than 1.5 million broadcast on Twitch each month, with an estimated 100 million people tuning in. Big stats, but with so much activity, so many streams, and so many enviably awesome gamers showcasing their skill i it can be hard to keep track of who’s online and when.

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Intel News

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:02
  • Intel “Aero” drone board runs Yocto on Cherry Trail

    Intel has launched a Linux-on-Atom powered “Aero Compute Board” and quadcopter, promising improved obstacle navigation based on Intel RealSense.

    Even more than last year’s Intel Developer Forum, this week’s IDF is focusing relentlessly on Intel RealSense. The 3D depth sensing camera technology is everywhere at IDF, including the new Windows-focused Project Alloy VR helmet and several Linux-infused drone, robotics, and camera kits. In fact, even the new Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake processors expected to be announced today include built-in support for RealSense. Here, we take a look at the Intel Aero Platform drone products: the Atom-based Intel Aero Compute Board and an Aero Ready To Fly quadcopter based on it.

  • Intel unveils its Joule chip module for the Internet of Things

    Joule is the latest product in Intel’s family of all-in-one chip modules for the Internet of Things.

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the new Joule module during a keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The module is a follow-up to Edison, the prior IoT module introduced in 2014.

  • Intel Launches Project Alloy — An Open-source VR Headset That’s A Full PC [Ed: That’s a lie (even the headline). It’s not “Open Source”, it’s Microsoft rubbish.]

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Ansible as a gateway to DevOps in the cloud

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:00

Sysadmins who think the cloud is a buzzword and a bunch of hype should check out Ansible.

AMDGPU-PRO Radeon RX 460/470/480 vs. NVIDIA Linux GPU Benchmarks

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:52

Last week I published an 18-way GPU Linux comparison featuring the new Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics cards along with other AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. The Radeon tests were done using the very latest open-source Linux driver stack while in this article are similar benchmarks done but using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver stack.

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Terminal prompt is losing colour when SSH'ing [Solarized]

Reddit - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:45

I like the Solarized Color Theme very much for VIM and Terminal. Terminal.app on my Mac, PuTTY on Windows and MATE-Terminal on my Linux System using them. Starting the Terminal, there is no problem but when I ssh'ing to another Server, the prompt is grey and is losing its color. Only PuTTY works perfect. What do I have to do to set a coloured prompt as soon as I ssh to another server?

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How Twitter Avoids the Microservice Version of "Works on My Machine"?

LXer - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:39
Apache Mesos and Apache Aurora initially helped Twitter engineers to implement more sophisticated DevOps processes and streamline tooling, says software engineer David McLaughlin. But over time a whole new class of bespoke tooling emerged to manage deployment across multiple availability zones as the number of microservices grew.

Recommended Linux for first time user going into CS?

Reddit - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:27

I'm looking for any recommendations for a linux distro.

I plan on doing some programming with it. So far I'm playing around with C and python, but I know java is coming up first year. I'd also like to create my own blog and server for fun and learning purposes.

I'd like something that's not to difficult to install and that I can google to fix most of the issues myself lol.

I'm planning on dual-booting my asus laptop, which is running windows 10 at the moment. I'm not sure If I should split my C drive to run both as its an ssd (185gb), or just I put linux on my second drive which is sata (258gb).

Any recommendations on where to start?

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Linux Devices (Arduino, Euclid and routers)

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:26
  • The Positives and Negatives of Arduino

    My introduction to the world of single board computers started with the Raspberry Pi and an attempt to spin up a media server. Once the media server was established, the GPIO pins began to peek my interest and other projects were born. As I learned more about GPIO and electronics, I discovered there existed boards other than the Raspberry Pi that I could program to take my projects to another level.

  • Intel's Project Euclid is a tiny Linux-powered PC for robot makers

    INTEL has unveiled Project Euclid, a pint-sized RealSense PC aimed at robotics makers and developers.

    Project Euclid (below) was announced during the firm’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, and makes it dead simple to create applications, such as self-driving go-karts and 3D printing robots, using Intel's depth-sensing RealSense cameras, the firm said.

    Intel has kicked its Atom chips to the curb in terms of mobile, but Project Euclid comes with an integrated Atom processor, suggesting that that the once-defunct chip still has a future in the world of robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Review: 6 slick open source routers

    Hackers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but the lousy stock firmware your routers shipped with.

    Apart from smartphones, routers and wireless base stations are undoubtedly the most widely hacked and user-modded consumer devices. In many cases the benefits are major and concrete: a broader palette of features, better routing functions, tighter security, and the ability to configure details not normally allowed by the stock firmware (such as antenna output power).

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Linux kernel 4.6 reaches end of life

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:16

Those using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.6 branch have been urged to move to Linux kernel 4.7.

According to a report by Softpedia, users have been advised to install the new Linux kernel 4.7.1 build.

Also: The Linux Foundation Announces 2016 LiFT Scholarship Recipients

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UBOS Beta 8: incremental improvements and bug fixes

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:04

Beta 7 was a major feature release. This time around, the improvements are more incremental. Here are the highlights:

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FOSS Scare

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:02
  • The trouble with open source research on the web

    Every open source research project -- no matter how simple or complex -- starts with browsing the internet. But researchers should know that their identity can be obtained through a number of basic techniques, which could have consequences ranging from modified data to directed cyber attacks or worse.

    Even the simplest of website visits will expose significant details about your location and your device, and pretty much any site you visit will drop code on your computer to track what you’re doing as you traverse the internet. Most of the time, this exchange is benign, but there can be times when content will be modified or attacks launched based on the identity of the user.

    When Tim Berners-Lee released his building blocks for the modern internet, they were designed for the academic research community. Like other initiatives of the time, web protocols (and the browsers to support them) were built to easily share information, not for privacy or security. In order to minimize or even prevent counter-surveillance while conducting open source research, it is important to understand how the underlying protocols exchange information when you visit a web page.

  • Endurance Robots launches fully roboticized open-source platform [Ed: That's not FOSS. Using OpenCV to make a proprietary and Windows-only platform?]

    Finally, we used the standard Microsoft SAPI. This product with various language sets is distributed free of charge.

  • Intel claim open source driven by 'enthusiasts' is 'complete rubbish' says Weaveworks founder [Ed: Intel is badmouthing FOSS while putting secret/proprietary back doors in its chipsets]

    Weaveworks founder and CEO Alexis Richardson delivered a verbal drubbing to an Intel senior architect yesterday after he suggested open source software is still driven by "enthusiasts" who alone don't produce "enterprise-capable product" without distributors 'professionalising' parts of it themselves.

    Richardson, speaking at an open source panel debate hosted by Rackspace, described Markus Leberecht's claim as "complete rubbish", leaving the solutions architect floundering.

    When discussing the increasing relevance of open source software to the enterprise, senior data centre solutions architect Leberecht volunteered the notion that "open source has become a natural thing for enterprise to consume when distributors have professionalised certain parts of [it]".

    "So just to re-emphasise the role that some of the companies on the panel here [companies included MongoDB, Red Hat, and Rackspace, as well as Weaveworks] are taking in this particular way of getting open source to market: by itself open source is attention-driven, enthusiasts driving a certain topic, but that doesn't give us enterprise-capable product."

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5 steps for making community decisions without consensus

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-08-17 20:00

The Xen Project community had such a decision to make in the wake of the XSA-7 security issue about the project's security policy.

How open source helps startups get a big data boost

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-08-17 19:55

Big data isn't new. We've actually had fairly sophisticated data infrastructure long before Hadoop, Spark, and such came into being. No, the big difference in big data is that all this fantastic data infrastructure is open source software running on commodity servers.

Over a decade ago, entrepreneur Joe Kraus' declared that "There's never been a better time to be an entrepreneur because it's never been cheaper to be one," and he was right, though he couldn't have foreseen how much so. Though Kraus extolled the virtues of Linux, Tomcat, Apache HTTP server, and MySQL, today's startups have access to a dazzling array of the best big data infrastructure that money doesn't need to buy.

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Happy Anniversary: What's new, what's missing in Microsoft's giant mobile update

LXer - Wed, 2016-08-17 19:42
Smarter, leaner update. Microsoft has begun to roll out the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 to phones.…


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