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AMD Ryzen DDR4 Memory Scaling Tests On Linux

TuxMachines - 35 min 1 sec ago

This week MSI finally released an updated BIOS for the X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM that we've been using for a majority of our Ryzen Linux benchmarks. With that motherboard improving memory compatibility and allowing us to finally run the board at higher DDR4 memory clock frequencies, I've run some fresh AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Ubuntu Linux benchmarks at various memory frequencies.

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Linux Graphics

TuxMachines - 42 min ago

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Holy shit! 10 years of using linux and I just discovered virtual consoles work without a desktop environment.

Reddit - 47 min ago

Running openSUSE Tumbleweed (jeOS) on my Pi 2 and I accidentally hit alt+right. Almost creamed my pants.

How long has this been a thing?

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Games and Emulation

TuxMachines - 47 min 28 sec ago

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Rugged, expandable touch panel PCs come in Skylake and Bay Trail flavors

LXer - 55 min 52 sec ago
Aaeon's two Linux-ready “OMNI” touch-panel computers run on Intel Skylake or Bay Trail chips, and offer a choice of touchscreens and 12 expansion modules. Aaeon launched the first in its line of modular, customizable OMNI Series Box Kit touchscreen panel-PCs with the Intel Bay Trail based OMNI-2155.

Linux Devices

TuxMachines - 58 min 2 sec ago

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Koozali SME Server 8.2 Reaches End of Life on March 31, Upgrade to Koozali SME 9

TuxMachines - 1 hour 19 min ago

Koozali Foundation, through Terry Fage, announced the availability of a final set of updates for the Koozali SME Server 8.2 operating system, which will reach end of life this week.

Patching some of the reported bugs, the new packages released today for Koozali SME Server 8.2 are e-smith-ibays-2.2.0-16.el5.sme.noarch.rpm, e-smith-manager-2.2.0-14.el5.sme.noarch.rpm, smeserver-clamav-2.2.0-15.el5.sme.noarch.rpm, smeserver-locale-*-2.2.0-56.el5.sme.noarch.rpm, and smeserver-yum-2.2.0-26.el5.sme.noarch.rpm.

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Development News

TuxMachines - 1 hour 26 min ago
  • GCC for New Contributors

    I’m a relative newcomer to GCC, so I thought it was worth documenting some of the hurdles I ran into when I started working on GCC, to try to make it easier for others to start hacking on GCC. Hence this guide.

  • #1: Easy Package Registration

    Last month, Brian Ripley announced on r-devel that registration of routines would now be tested for by R CMD check in r-devel (which by next month will become R 3.4.0). A NOTE will be issued now, this will presumably turn into a WARNING at some point. Writing R Extensions has an updated introduction) of the topic.

  • Emacs as C IDE and JHBuild

    Although Builder clearly is The Future as GNOME IDE, I still all my coding in Emacs, mostly because I have been using it for such a long time that my brain is to all the shortcuts and workflows. But Emacs can be a good IDE too. The most obvious everyday features that I want from an IDE are good source code navigation and active assistance while editing. In the first category are tasks like jumping to symbol's definition, find all callers of a function and such things. For editing, auto-completion, immediate warnings and error reporting, semantic-aware re-factoring are a must. Specifically for GNOME related development, I need all this to also work with JHBuild.

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Security News

TuxMachines - 1 hour 41 min ago
  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Cisco learned from Wikileaks that the CIA had hacked its systems

    When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this month that his anti-secrecy group had obtained CIA tools for hacking into technology products made by U.S. companies, security engineers at Cisco Systems swung into action.

    The Wikileaks documents described how the Central Intelligence Agency had learned more than a year ago how to exploit flaws in Cisco's widely used Internet switches, which direct electronic traffic, to enable eavesdropping.

  • Exposed files on Microsoft's document-sharing site

    Confidential documents, passwords and health data have been inadvertently shared by firms using Microsoft's Office 365 service, say researchers.

    The sensitive information was found via a publicly available search engine that is part of Office 365.

    Security researchers said many firms mistakenly thought documents would only be shared with colleagues not globally.

    Microsoft said it would "take steps" to change the service and remove the sensitive data.

  • Russian Hacker Pleads Guilty for Role in Infamous Linux Ebury Malware

    The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that Maxim Senakh, 41, of Velikii Novgorod, Russia, pleaded guilty for his role in the creation of the Ebury malware and for maintaining its infamous botnet.

    US authorities indicted Senakh in January 2015, and the law enforcement detained the hacker in Finland in August of the same year.

  • Changes coming to TLS: Part One

    Transport layer Security version 1.3 (TLS 1.3) is the latest version of the SSL/TLS protocol which is currently under development by the IETF. It offers several security and performance improvements as compared to the previous versions. While there are several technical resouces which discuss the finer aspects of this new protocol, this two-part article is a quick reference to new features and major changes in the TLS protocol.

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Pale Moon A Lightweight, Firefox Based And Cross Platform Web Browser

LXer - 2 hours 15 min ago
?Using browsers on a daily basis is nothing new for all us. We all have our favorite type of browsers like Chrome, Opera, Aurora and more. While as being open source mine and many Linux geek favorite browser is Mozilla Firefox. Today I will discuss one of awesome browser based on firefox named Pale Moon.

Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - 2 hours 20 min ago

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When did it become the year of the Linux desktop?!

Reddit - 2 hours 51 min ago

I just need to share this with someone. I just installed the latest version of Linux Mint about an hour ago and... I'm speechless. Everything just works. I can natively install AAA games via Steam. My hardware is recognized. It all... just works. I click a few buttons and I'm done.

I used Linux pretty heavily about 10 years ago for my day to day stuff, and it was always rough around the edges, even the more user friendly distros (the last distro I really got to work correctly was Mandrake Linux... yup, it's been a while). I've used it on and off since then (mostly with Crouton on a Chromebook, which kind of worked), and about a year ago I tried installing it on my desktop but ran into some hardware compatibility issues.

Hearing more and more about the privacy issues in Windows 10, I decided to give Linux another go. I'm seriously floored - I was expecting days worth of digging through forums and editing config files.

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findmnt's pairs output is awesome

Reddit - 3 hours 19 min ago

the utility findmnt has an awesome option to set its output to a mode called "pairs". This is activiated with the -P option. For example I do:
rootfs=$(findmnt -P /)

to get info about the root filesystem, into the rootfs variable.
echo $rootfs
results in TARGET="/" SOURCE="/dev/sda1" FSTYPE="ext4" OPTIONS="rw,noatime,discard,data=ordered"
I do eval $rootfs, then I can do echo $OPTIONS and I get
rw,noatime,discard,data=ordered
This makes handling the output much easier in scripts, (especially when handling the possible random spaces in the TARGET field.)

Additionally, the sort command also supports this output, I could sort by the FSTYPE feild, (the third default feild) I can do findmnt -P |sort -k3,3 | head -4 and get

TARGET="/proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc" SOURCE="systemd-1" FSTYPE="autofs" OPTIONS="rw,relatime,fd=27,pgrp=1,timeout=0,minproto=5,maxproto=5,direct,pipe_ino=12772" TARGET="/proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc" SOURCE="binfmt_misc" FSTYPE="binfmt_misc" OPTIONS="rw,relatime" TARGET="/sys/fs/cgroup/systemd" SOURCE="cgroup" FSTYPE="cgroup" OPTIONS="rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,xattr,release_agent=/lib/systemd/systemd-cgroups-agent,name=systemd" submitted by /u/n3rdopolis
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Orange Pi SBCs offer a choice of 32- or 64-bit SoCs for under $20

LXer - 3 hours 34 min ago
The open spec “Orange Pi Zero Plus 2” SBC provides WiFi, BT, HDMI, MIPI-CSI, and a choice of quad-core Allwinner H3 (Cortex-A7) or H5 (-A53) SoCs. Shortly after launching an Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 with a 32-bit, Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3, Shenzhen Xunlong’s open source Orange Pi project shipped an Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 […]

CUPS 2.2.3 Adds Support for PPD Finishing Keywords, IPP Everywhere Improvements

TuxMachines - 3 hours 43 min ago

CUPS 2.2.3 is the third point release to the stable 2.2 series of the project, bringing a bunch of IPP Everywhere improvements, such as support for all print qualities and media types that a printer supports, in the print queues.

Additionally, it makes IPP Everywhere finishings support work correctly with common command-line and UI (User Interface) options, and updates the PPD generator to return helpful error messages. Support for PostScript Printer Description (PPD) finishing keywords was also introduced in this release.

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Opening a directory in the default file manager and selecting a file. New feature for GNU/Linux file managers?

Reddit - 4 hours 14 min ago

I've been using GNU/Linux for about a year now. There is nearly nothing I miss from my previous OS, and there are some things that make me tear up in joy every time I boot my computer (freedom!).

However, what I do miss, is the ability to go to a file (having it selected) in my file browser in a single action. For example, in Firefox, when a download is ready, all it offers is a button to go to the directory of where the file is downloaded. This is rather inconvenient, because my Download folder contains 100s of files. So now I have to go back to Firefox, look at the name of the file, then search for it, and only then I have the file selected.

The problem that Firefox and other apps exhibit this behavior is probably that there is no agreed upon way across different file managers to do this (opening a directory, selecting a file). On top of that, it's not even possible with any of the major file managers.

Now, I'm at least 1% serious when I say that I want to try to convince the developers of Thunar, GNOME/Files and Dolphin to agree on some URI that will not open the file with xdg-open (which is what happens if you do thunar file:/path/to/file.txt), but to select the file in a new window (maybe e.g. thunar :select/path/to/file.txt). Of course, this is just a shot in the dark of how this could be implemented.

Let me know:

  • If I'm making any sense.
  • If you'd be interested in this as well.
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Anyone bought an external drive lately?

Reddit - 4 hours 19 min ago

I'm shopping around to replace my old WD external desktop drive which doesn't have enough storage for me anymore, but it's been years since I've bought a hard drive. As a result, I'm looking for some community wisdom. Which new (released within the last couple of years) external drives do you recommend?

For starters, here are my requirements:

  • 2-4 TB, maybe 5 if the deal is really good

  • I'm looking in the $100-150 range, but the cheaper the better.

  • I'm looking for a self-contained, external drive, but it doesn't necessarily have to be one of the "portable" drives that runs off of USB power. If it is, great, but I'm perfectly happy to plug it into a wall.

After briefly browsing a few of the popular tech publications, it seems like people are recommending the new Seagate Backup Plus as well as the Seagate "portable" drives. This surprised me because I had multiple Seagate drives fail on me and have avoided the brand for the past 10 years. Have they become more reliable since then?

Are there any drives currently on the market that I should specifically avoid due to known hardware issues when used with Linux? I know there have been problems in the past, but I'd hope manufacturers would have moved beyond that by now.

tl;dr: What external hard drive currently on the market do you recommend that has at least 2TB, is under $150, and doesn't have any known Linux hardware compatibility issues?

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