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Timeline: Microsoft’s major open source announcements so far

LXer - Sat, 2016-04-16 22:29
Lately Microsoft has received a lot of attention for its embracing of Linux and open source, but it may surprise you to know that Microsoft has been doing open source since 2004, the same year Facebook and Ubuntu were launched.

Do microkernels suck?

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-16 22:04

Top 5: Using Docker with project management tools, whats new in MySQL, and more

LXer - Sat, 2016-04-16 20:35
In this week's Top 5, we highlight an interview with 14 year old Keila Banks on open source for teens, 9 beginner-friendly robotics projects, what's new in MySQL, the innovative Vivaldi browser, and the advantages to using Docker with project management tools.

Why is there no VP9 HW-Acceleration?

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-16 19:17

It's been a couple of years since VP9 was released and VP10 will come out this year. Why is it that there is still no HW-Acceleration for VP9? Is this a Linux only thing? (Can't tell as I haven't used Windows in years)

From a desktop standpoint this isn't much of an issue (unless you want to watch 4K 60fps). But due to the high CPU usage a portable device basically loses its portability. Is there away to circumvent this?

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Udoo spins $89 Intel Braswell hacker SBC

LinuxToday - Sat, 2016-04-16 19:00

 hackerboards: Udoo has surpassed its Kickstarter goal for a "Udoo X86" hacker SBC with a quad-core Braswell SoC, 4GB RAM, and Arduino compatibility via a Curie module.

Snapcraft 2.8 Now Live in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Adds Support for Snappy's New Interfaces

LXer - Sat, 2016-04-16 18:41
Canonical informed the Snappy Ubuntu community about the general availability of the Snapcraft 2.8 release in the default repositories of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Iridium browser

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-16 18:34

"...Iridium is not another new browser from scratch. It takes the Chromium code base, which is also used for the official Chrome browser, and enhances its security and sets certain policies by default ...": https://iridiumbrowser.de

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Min - new browser

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-16 18:22

Min is written entirely with CSS and JavaScript: https://palmeral.github.io/min/

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Today in Techrights

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-16 18:09

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Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much Performance Potential

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-04-16 18:06
Karol Herbst has been one of the independent developers leading the charge to improve Nouveau re-clocking support. Within his Git tree he's been queuing up re-clocking and voltage handling improvements for this reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux driver. He's hoping the improved re-clocking code will be ready for the Linux 4.7~4.8 kernel, but I decided to try out his Git tree this week for some benchmarking of this experimental support.

today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-16 17:53

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Leftovers: KDE

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-16 17:51
  • KDE Neon Project Rebased on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Upgrade Now

    Ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell has announced the upgrade of the KDE Neon base packages from Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) branch.

    The developer introduced the KDE Neon project to the Linux community at the end of January, during the FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting) 2016 event, which was welcomed in particular by those who love having the latest KDE technologies on top of an Ubuntu Linux base.

  • Qt 5.7 Beta Is In Sight

    Qt 5.7 continues moving along and due to the concurrent release work with the much-delayed Qt 5.6 that finally shipped in March, the Qt 5.7 beta is already imminent.

    The Qt Company today uploaded Qt 5.7 beta packages for Windows, Linux, Mac, and then the source packages. These Qt 5.7.0 beta packages will be promoted to being the official beta in a few days time if no serious bugs are discovered by early testers.

  • Kolab Systems AG and Collabora's CloudSuite

    The chemistry created by the Kolab Systems-Collabora Productivity partnership enabled CloudSuite, the first 100% open-source, enterprise-grade cloud office suite. Kolab Systems' contribution is its Kolab open-source groupware and collaboration framework; Collabora Productivity is the architect behind LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based office productivity suite. The integration of CloudSuite into Kolab allows users to work on documents simultaneously using a full-featured on-line office suite.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-04-16 17:49
  • Apache Storm 1.0 Packs a Speed Punch, is Set to Compete in the Big Data Space

    Are you familiar with Apache Storm? Not everyone is, but it, along with another Apache tool called Flink, is competing with tools like Apache Spark in the Big Data space. These tools focus on streaming data processing, which is emerging as a huge theme in the data analytics world.

  • Apache Wookie Heads to the Attic

    The last time I wrote about Apache Wookie was May 2012, on the occasion of the open-source project's 0.10.0 release.

  • Coreboot Ported To Run On Lenovo's ThinkPad T420
  • Broadwell-DE SoC / Xeon D Support Added To Coreboot
  • Open Source MANO Group Targets June for 'Release 0'

    OSM was formed under the auspices of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) earlier this year, around the same time as the OPEN-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), a Linux Foundation group that is taking a different approach to unified open source-based orchestration efforts.

  • Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

    Google has released Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update brings several improvements, as well as bug and security fixes, apart from new features. An update for Android and Chrome OS is also expected to roll out soon.

  • Mozilla has asked us to "police" this forum.

    I was contacted by Mozilla with the request to "police" our forum, since we (Pale Moon devs) are in direct control of the things discussed and posted here.

    I'd like to clarify our position on this kind of thing to keep things from becoming unpleasant in both our relationship with you, the community, and our relationship with Mozilla:

    We do not censor your posts, and this will not change in the future -- this is an open forum.

  • ActorDB: an alternative view of a distributed database

    My Percona Live Data Performance Conference talk is called ActorDB: an alternative view of a distributed database. ActorDB is an open source database that was developed using a distributed model: it uses an SQL database that speaks the MySQL client/server protocol.

  • Inside Facebook's Open Source Machine [Ed: openwashing censorship and surveillance company (proprietary)]
  • Give to get: inside Facebook’s open source operation

    Facebook doesn’t sell software, but it’s arguably the largest open source software company in the world.

    In the last few years, the social network has accelerated its contributions to open source, providing not only code it uses in its own operations, such as its artificial intelligence software Torch, but also designs for servers and entire data centers. At the company’s F8 conference for developers and business partners this week, Facebook’s open source leaders announced continued progress on such projects as React Native, which helps developers use the same code on different operating systems.

  • OpenEMR 4.2.1 is released

    The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.1. This new version is 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.1 has numerous new features including 30 language translations and a patient flow board.

  • Open-source phytoremediation project tackles the Tiber River's pollution crisis

    Despite its historic significance, Rome’s Tiber River has become extremely polluted. In a bid to clean up the murky, trash-infested waters, deltastudio designed Albula, an interactive floating structure that combines elements from historic water mills with bio-based techniques like phytoremediation. Even better, the Albula is designed as an open-source and scalable project that can be replicated in a variety of contexts.

  • Follow My Vote Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Verifiable Open-Source Blockchain Voting Software, Making Voting Honest And Convenient For All
  • Mycroft and Building a Future of Open Artificial Intelligence

    Last year a new project hit Kickstarter called Mycroft that promises to build an artificial intelligence assistant. The campaign set out to raise $99,000 and raised just shy of $128,000.

  • Easy installation of Arduino on Linux, MedPi open source health kit, and more news
  • "Open data and citizen participation key to modern government"

    Governments should listen to society in order to connect to and be part of an increasingly open world. Open data and citizen participation, rather than organisations and processes, are now the starting point for creating a government that is in close contact with society, knows what is going on, and defines problems and finds solutions in collaboration with society. So say three Dutch public servants in an article just published on Platform Overheid (Platform Government).

  • A four year, action-packed experience with Wikipedia

    My love for Wikimedia started while I was reading an article about the Bangladesh Liberation war on the English Wikipedia after my 10th board exam (like, an annual exam for 10th grade students in America). By mistake I clicked on a link that took me to an India Wikipedia article, and I started reading. Something was written in Odia on the lefthand side of the article, so I clicked on that, and reached a ଭାରତ/Bhārat article on the Odia Wikipedia. I was excited to find a Wikipedia article in my native language!

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[Server] Hourly, Daily, Weekly backup of specific folders and databases to a remote server. Suggestions?

Reddit - Sat, 2016-04-16 17:36


I have a couple of VPS running at Digitalocean and currently I'm working on setting up a centeral backup server that automatically does pull backups from other servers. As I use git to manage my apps' source code, I'd only like to back up user / client uploaded content e.g product images when it comes to an ecommerce store and the database connected to the given app on an hourly basis, and only do a backup of the app every day.

Ideally the process would look like the following:

  1. The backup server connects to the remote server
  2. It runs a mysqldump and pulls the .sql file along with a given folder e.g. 'public'
  3. Then it creates a tar archive of the two and naming it after the date it was created in a folder appname_backups
  4. It then gets rid of the uncompressed 'public' folder, .sql
  5. Prints the result whether the backup was successful or not into a log file
  6. Removes the oldest backup while keeping the latest X number of backups

I'd like to have 2 types of backups

  • Hourly ( public folder + .sql file in a tar) (latest 24 backups stored)
  • Daily (the app's entire folder including the source code + the .sql) (latest 3 backups stored)

My apps are around 100-500 MB with everything included so storage and bandwidth shouldn't be an issue, that's why I'd like hourly backups as well.

I've read other threads recommending rsnapshot, rdiff, bacula but It seemed to me that these focus on entire snapshot backups which is not the case for me. I'd prefer to have it done as vanilla as possible.

What would you recommend? Is there a solution I've missed after reading tons of threads and posts?

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