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New release: Semi-Automatic OS v. 5

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-09-18 15:09

I have released a new version of the Semi-Automatic OS v. 5, a free virtual machine based on Debian Linux, for the land cover classification of remote sensing images. It includes the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin (SCP) and QGIS, already configured along with all the required dependencies (OGR, GDAL, Numpy, SciPy, and Matplotlib).

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Artificial Intelligence, The Search For The Perfect Slave

LXer - Sun, 2016-09-18 15:04
Artificial Intelligence, IA, is a fantastic scientific and engineering project whose main purpose is to create a perfect slave. It may sound creepy or disrespecful, but the dream is to make a device clever enough so that one can acquire it, get it out of the box, swiftly ensemble it and ask it “get me a good cup of coffee”, just as the best human assistant, recently hired, would do. Of course, the test would be that one can enjoy a delicious coffee within a reasonable time.

Skype Workarounds on Linux

LinuxToday - Sun, 2016-09-18 15:00

 HowToForge: Skype on Linux is a much-debated topic that unfortunately remains largely unchanged.

FreeBSD 11.0 RC3 Released, OS Still Trying To Get Out This Month

Phoronix - Sun, 2016-09-18 15:00
The third release candidate to FreeBSD 11.0 is now available with this release cycle running now a few weeks behind schedule...

As Prelude To Merging Gallium3D Driver, Etnaviv Libdrm Support Lands

Phoronix - Sun, 2016-09-18 14:45
The libdrm support was merged this weekend for Etnaviv, the open-source, reverse-engineered support around Vivante graphics cores. With the libdrm support in mainline, merging the Gallium3D driver into Mesa shouldn't be far behind...

Kodi 17 Steps Closer With Krypton Beta 2

Phoronix - Sun, 2016-09-18 14:37
For those of you making use of Kodi as your PVR/DVR/HTPC software, the second beta of "Krypton" is available for weekend testing...

Android-x86 6.0 Marshmallow Uses Mesa 12.0, Adds F2FS File-System

Phoronix - Sun, 2016-09-18 14:27
While Android 7 "Nougat" is available as the latest upstream from Google, the Android-x86 folks have finally put out their first stable release of Android-x86 6.0 Marshmallow...

Emacs 25.1 Released With Cairo Drawing, Better Network Security

Phoronix - Sun, 2016-09-18 14:19
For those not running the new, feature-packed Vim 8.0, GNU Emacs 25.1 was released on Saturday with several new features and improvements...

Mini-PC review: Beelink Z83

Reddit - Sun, 2016-09-18 13:44

Since my trusty old Mediacenter + NAS is starting to breathe its last breaths, I've been looking for alternatives for my storage and multimedia needs. I thought about taking another approach to the subject this time and use a tiny board instead of a full tower. My demands were the following:

  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 3 or eSATA
  • something with open graphics drivers
  • runs GNU/Linux

Only these will limit your available choices considerably already. Luckily I found a device that seemed to suit these needs: the Beelink Z83 which is a small atom box. It is powered by the Atom X5-Z8300 with its integrated graphics and features Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3 port, 2 USB 2 ports, an HDMI port, an headset jack, Bluetooth, an SD card slot and WLAN for both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz. The device comes with 32GB of eMMC storage and has 2 GB of DDR 3 that is clocked at 1600 MHz IIRC (I don't have the device here since I'm travelling). You can find the device on Gearbest. The manufacturer's website doesn't list it under products, but they discuss it in their forums so it's not a knockoff. It's basically the same as this one, but with less storage. It came preinstalled with Windows 10 but gives you no trouble installing something else. You can choose the UEFI entry freely once you have attached a keyboard.

I installed Arch Linux on it. By default, the following will not work:

  • Sound via HDMI (dealbreaker)
  • WLAN (would be really nice to have for me)
  • SD card reader (I don't care)

I have not tested the following yet:

  • bluetooth but judging dmesg output it should work
  • the headset jack (I think it doesn't)

So after a bit of research it turns out that Intel not only has their HD Audio implementation, but also another method that is currently out of the main kernel tree and initially written for Android as the hardware platform is targeted at tablet devices. Long story short there is a Github repository by an Intel employee with the 4.7 kernel and the sound enabled, you can check it out and apply the 4.7.x patches against it. Just be aware that the intel code will not compile with current GCC without modifications. If anyone is interested, I'll upload the PKGBUILD to the AUR. With the patch applied, you have sound over HDMI.

Both the USB 3 and the Gigabit Ethernet port do as expected. I don't have a recent HDD to test, the one I hooked up to it is about 8 years old already and makes dangerous noises. No problem since it's just for testing but it already puts about 75 MB/s on it so the port is not USB 2 in disguise or something.

I run kodi on the device and it works like a charm. It decodes both H264 and H265 in hardware and up to 4k. I only have a 1080p screen to test though and 4k is only 30 fps as far as I know. Unfortunately I think it doesn't have CEC (I only know of the Raspberry Pi as a device that does) so if you want to use that you need to get yourself one of those splitters. I Under load, the device gets quite warm since it's only cooled passively.

Despite the stuff not working (WLAN, SD card reader, the headset jack), I think it is quite good bang for your buck. For about $90, you get Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, open drivers, a case, a mount, two HDMI cables with different lengths and the power supply (12V 2A). Some multimedia distributions (like librelec) ship with the kernel patches already applied. The WLAN woud be the icing on the cake for me as I'd like to use it as an AP but what can you do.

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Igor Ljubuncic Explores CentOS

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-09-18 13:25
  • The hunt for the perfect CentOS theme

    Here we are, at the end of this article. It serve no purpose really. But it shows that CentOS can be as relevant, stylish, slick, and modern as any other distro. Which is even more amazing when you take into account its age, its relative conservatism, the fact it will be supported for another bunch of years, and that it still competes well and true with all the latest and greatest home distros, with infinitely more stability.

    Just remember this is a server distribution, and its purpose in life is to run code and make money and whatnot. It's not there to entertain your laptop, and yet it can do that pretty well. Everything you need Linux wise is there. Including some fireworks. Maybe this article serves no higher goal, but perhaps you are ever so slightly delighted and entertained. If you have any suggestions on how CentOS can be made even more elegant, please drop me a nice and friendly line. Meanwhile, I'm off to do some more CentOS testing, maybe even on the G50 box. Stay tuned.

    Oh, one more thing. We have only just begun. If you think this is the sum of all pretty, then I have a few surprises up my sleeve - wizard's sleeve, Borat style. You will need to exercise patience for a few more days or weeks, and then I shall reveal unto you. But it will be good. I guarantee that. Now, for real, stay tuned.

  • How to tame and pimp Xfce on CentOS 7

    There you go. This is the ordeal that I had to undergo to finally have a fully working Xfce desktop in CentOS 7.2, loaded with all the right goodies, like software, codecs, and support for my gadgets, plus the necessary aesthetics. Most people take this kind of work for granted, and expect results from distro developers and distributions, which is perfectly legitimate. So if you find this unnecessary, I totally agree with you.

    Except, CentOS is a server distro, and it brings its special perks to the desktop, for the price of some extra work on your behalf. Moreover, you won't need to be repeating yourself, and you won't be plagued with regressions, so your effort won't be wasted. In the end, it comes down to ROI. For me, the technical bits culminate in some expected look & feel tweakology, a new menu, sound and audio changes, and a few other bits and pieces. Much simpler and shorter after you've done this once and know what to expect. Perhaps then, this little exercise won't be an ordeal for you, but a pleasurable little escapade and a long-term investment. I hope you enjoy it.

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GNU/Linux Review: elementary OS 0.4 Loki

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-09-18 13:10

elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" has released at 9 September 2016. I tried elementary OS Loki for 6 days and now it's time for the review. I wrote this review for beginners and first timers in GNU/Linux, especially in elementary OS. I cover shortly 18 aspects such as shortcut keys, memory usage, audio/video support, desktop experiences, and also elementary OS Loki default software applications. As overall (mentioned below), it's really exciting and comfortable experience for me to review and use elementary OS now, in Loki release. I hope this review is really helpful to you.


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How To Google Search In Command Line Using Googler

LXer - Sun, 2016-09-18 10:58
The Googler command line utility, initially intended for Servers running GUI-less Linux distros, allows you to search Google and open the results using commands. You won’t be able to have rich graphics. That’s something the Linux users can sacrifice with ease.

KDE and FSF relationships

Reddit - Sun, 2016-09-18 10:41

KDE is undoubtedly free software, both in word and in spirit. Recently I saw many projects tend to FSF for hosting and certification and of course for ideological reasons.

Why this doesn't happen with KDE? They seem as a solid entity, strong by itself, is this the case? What are relationships of FSF with such big projects as KDE then?

P.S. I know there is no tension between these projects, I see FSF resolution that KDE is finally Free Software back in 200x and KDE site has FSF link in "About" page. Just curious :)

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Advice on installing Linux? :)

Reddit - Sun, 2016-09-18 10:20

Hi there!

So I recently (couple days ago) bought a second-hand notebook, that came with Windows 7 Starter. It is agonisingly slow. After doing some research I decided that my best bet if I wanted to keep using it was to install Linux - specifically a "fast" type like lubuntu. However I have never installed Linux before, nor have I done more than reboot my old Macbook from disk. So I have no idea how to really go about this other than what Google has told me.

I see that apparently I should 1: get hold of a 2 GB USB stick, and format it to FAT16 (my notebook is from 2011). 2: install lubuntu onto said stick, apparently in a way other than copying files over - using UNetbootin? 3: reboot notebook using stick instead of Windows OS.

But then I also want to wipe the hard drive completely because apparently that helps speed things up and also I want nothing to do with Windows 7 or any of the manufacturer programs, so how do I do all this stuff properly?

If anyone could advise me I'd be very grateful :)

Specs: Acer Aspire One D257, Atom N570, 1.66 GHz, 250 GB HDD, 1 GB RAM.

...sudo give me advice?

i dont know how to make linux jokes :(

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Samsung forgets about Chrome OS, advertises Chromebooks ‘Powered by Android’

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-09-18 09:50

Since Chromebooks first hit the scene, Samsung has had options available. The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook was one of the most popular Chromebooks ever, but in the time since Samsung’s Chromebooks have faded into the background a bit with the focus shifted to options from HP, ASUS, Acer, and many others. With Android apps on the horizon, it seems that Samsung is finally pushing its Chromebook lineup yet again, but it might be doing that in the wrong way…

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