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Debian-Based Elive 3.0 Linux OS Is Almost Here, New Beta Adds More Improvements

Fri, 2017-07-21 01:40

The development team behind the Debian-based Elive GNU/Linux distribution was proud to announce today the availability for download of a new Beta version towards the upcoming Elive 3.0 major release.

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Wine 2.0.2

Thu, 2017-07-20 23:31
  • Wine 2.0.2 Released With 62 Bug Fixes

    The Wine project has today announced Wine 2.0.2 as the newest stable update for running Windows programs on Linux, macOS, and other operating systems.

    If you aren't using the Wine 2.x bi-weekly development releases for the bleeding-edge experience to culminate with the stable Wine 3.0 release in a few months, Wine 2.0.2 is the newest and best for the time being.

  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine maintenance release 2.0.2 is now available.

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AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM On Linux 4.13 For AMD GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

Thu, 2017-07-20 20:24

With the Linux 4.13 kernel currently under development there are new module parameters that can make it easier switching from the Radeon DRM default on GCN 1.0 and GCN 1.1 GPUs to instead using the newer AMDGPU DRM driver, but Radeon remains the default. Here's my test experiences and benchmark results of AMDGPU vs. Radeon for GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs.

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Support for Ubuntu 16.10 Ends Today

Thu, 2017-07-20 17:24

Yup, Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak hit end of life (EOL) on July 20.

Released on October 13, 2016, Ubuntu 16.10 is a short-term release with a 9-month support cycle.

That support period is at an end and Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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Netrunner Rolling and Ubuntu Upgrades

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:35
  • Netrunner Rolling Is Back After One and a Half Years, It's Based on Arch Linux

    After one and a half years of silence, the Netrunner Rolling series make a comeback today with the release of version 2017.07, based on Arch Linux and Manjaro operating systems.

    By our count, Netrunner Rolling 2017.07 is here sixteen months after the Netrunner Rolling 2016.01 release, which was unveiled on February 27, 2016, and it's an up-to-date version with all the latest GNU/Linux technologies. The good news is that it's here to stay, and will receive regular updates 3 or 4 for times a year.

  • Clarification and changes to release upgrades

    I’ve recently made some changes to how do-release-upgrade, called by update-manager when you choose to upgrade releases, behaves and thought it’d be a good time to clarify how things work and the changes made.

    When do-release-upgrade is called it reads a meta-release file from changelogs.ubuntu.com to determine what releases are supported and to which release to upgrade. The exact meta-release file changes depending on what arguments, –proposed or –devel-release, are passed to do-release-upgrade. The meta-release file is used to determine which tarball to download and use to actually perform the upgrade. So if you are upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04 to Artful then you are actually using the the ubuntu-release-upgrader code from Artful.

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KDE/Qt: Qt Creator 4.4, GSoC Projects

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:33
  • Qt Creator 4.4 Enters Beta

    The Qt Company has announced the first public beta of the Qt Creator 4.4 integrated development environment.

  • Gsoc Week 5 , 6 , 7
  • Oware - Single player

    There are also some changes in my GSoC plan. I thought of working on computer activity after oware earlier when I made my proposal but with discussions with my mentors we came to a conclusion that musical activities are more important for a child. So I would be working on musical activities now which includes play piano and note names activity which were started in the branch Play piano and were earlier to be done in my last month. My aim would be to complete both these activities.

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Funding for Dremio and Matrix.org

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:29

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BSD: OpenBSD, Benchmarking LLVM/Clang, and AMD Zen Scheduler Model Lands In LLVM

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:27
  • Blog about my blog


    I want to try it again, and this time I decided to create a self-hosted blog. Something that runs on my own server and with httpd, the web server that I wrote for OpenBSD.  


    i That's why I decided to write my articles, including this one, in Markdown and use another tool such as lowdown to generate the XML pages for sblg.


  • Benchmarking LLVM/Clang's New AMD Zen Scheduler Model

    Just prior to LLVM 5.0 being branched yesterday, the AMD Zen scheduler model finally landed in LLVM and has the potential of boosting the performance of generated binaries targeting AMD's Zen "znver1" architecture. Here are some benchmarks of LLVM Clang 4.0 compared to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code when testing with both generic x86-64 optimizations and then optimized builds for the first-generation Zen CPUs, tested on a Ryzen 7 processor.

  • AMD Zen Scheduler Model Lands In LLVM, Makes It For LLVM 5.0

    It was coming down to the wire for the new AMD Zen scheduler model in LLVM 5.0 but now it's managed to land just hours before the LLVM 5.0 branching.

    The new Zen "znver1" scheduler model for LLVM was published by AMD in patch form last week and now this morning it's been merged to mainline LLVM. Funny enough, thanks to an Intel developer with commit rights to LLVM due to the AMD contributor not having access.

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OSS: VirtualBox, AMD EPYC Platform Letdown, Choosing FOSS, Open Source Blockchain Project, and RcppAPT 0.0.4

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:26
  • VirtualBox 5.1.24 Brings a Better Support for AMD Ryzen CPUs

    VirtualBox is a free and an open-source application for virtualization on x86 platforms. VirtualBox development team has announced a new maintenance release VirtualBox 5.1.24.

    The recent release of VirtualBox brought more support for AMD Ryzen processors to run certain guests such as Microsoft Windows XP. Emulating more SSE2 instructions. Fixing multiple issues with the graphical user interface for KDE Plasma, and black screen on reboot for multi-screen setup under certain conditions.

  • AMD EPYC Platform Security Processor Code Will Not Be Open Source

    AMD EPYC has been getting some bad word of mouth due to what Intel has been trying to portray but much has been cleared out in the official presentation. Many users that are worried about security have asked AMD to open source the AMD EPYC Platform security processor code. That will not be the case according to AMD.

    AMD EPYC Platform security processor is designed to keep the user safe from attacks because the OS can’t see what the PSP or IME is doing. Similarly, the user will also not know what the chips are doing. That is all great if the chip is keeping the user safe but it also means that if the defenses are breached then the user will not realize that as well.

  • Open Source: To Use Or Not To Use (And How To Choose)

    You'd like to use open source software, but you're not sure what criteria you should use when deciding whether to rely on it for a specific project or not. I have a long, complicated history with open source software.

  • Japanese Online Giant GMO Launches Open Source Blockchain Project

    Internet giant GMO Internet Inc. of Japan today announced the launch of the GMO Blockchain Open Source Software Project (GMO Blockchain OSS). The system will allow users to develop programs using blockchain as open source. In a first attempt by the company using this platform, the company has developed an open source medical record sharing system and launched it on July 6th, 2017.

  • RcppAPT 0.0.4

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Games and Graphics: Trains & Things, 'The Universim', and AMD

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:24

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Audiocasts/Shows: Unleaded Hangout, Lunduke Hour, and FLOSS Weekly

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:21
  • PulseAudio and Systemd | Unleaded Hangout

    Today on Unleaded, Brandon and Joe join me to discuss PulseAudio, systemd and whether or not adoption of these technologies is the end of all things good in the Linux world.

  • Warning, NSFW: "Book Reading: Linux is Badass" - Lunduke Hour - July 19, 2017
  • FLOSS Weekly 442: Hyperledger

    Hyperledger is a project to maintain a platform for distributed ledger projects and the toolkits at apps that support and use them. It’s intended for building private systems where everyone participating can be identified, so does not have an associated proof-of-work token or the “cryptocurrency” aura that goes with it.

    It may be the tool that finally re-decentralises the Internet. By taking away the shiny gold, people can finally see the power of a distributed ledger whose authority is established by consensus rather than heirarchy. The book Simon mentions, “The Myster of Capital” by Hernando de Soto, is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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Red Hat: Interview With Lynne Chamberlain, Openwashing of Red Hat, and Fedora Updates

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:16
  • Executive Spotlight Interview with Lynne Chamberlain, VP of Business Dev. for Red Hat

    ​Red Hat has grown from $500M to $3B in revenues during this time and Paul Smith’s Public Sector Organization has been a key contributor. ​

    ​We started the Federal Business Development group to pursue government programs in the DOD, Intel, and Civilian Agencies. Today the organization captures both Federal and SLED programs, and supports our System Integrators through a premier partner program. The Business Development organization working with the top 20 System Integrators has successfully teamed to win major programs within Public Sector. Our continual growth of 30%+ YOY, through closing Open Source solutions that include: Linux, Cloud, Containers, Storage, middleware and management software. I have been fortunate to lead the BD organization to include 26 Capture/Alliance Managers, System Architects and BD Marketing.

  • How open is your organization?

    The Open Organization maturity model is a framework any organization can use to become more transparent, inclusive, adaptable, collaborative, and communal. It outlines steps that individuals, teams, and organizations can take to critically examine their organizational practices and chart their progress toward becoming a more open organization. You'll find it online—both at Opensource.com and on GitHub.

  • Three must haves in Fedora 26

    I’ve been using Fedora ever since it came out back in 2003. The developers of Fedora and the greater community of contributors have been doing a amazing job in incorporating features and functionality that subsequently has found its way into the downstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux distributions.

    There are lots to cheer Fedora for. GNOME, NetworkManager, systemd and SELinux just to name a few.

    Of all the cool stuff, I particularly like to call out three must haves.

  • Things To Do After Installing Fedora

    Fedora releases a new version in approximately every 6 months. Each now version is supported with updates for 13 months in total. The distribution is a good place to get the latest stable software and technologies consistently.

    If you are a new Fedora user, you may be wondering about what to do after installation. The guide will help you through this part. No matter the supported Fedora version you use, you can apply everything on this list.

  • New to Fedora: wordgrinder

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Devices: Purism Phone, Sailfish OS, and SparkFun

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:13
  • Is Purism About to Announce a Linux Phone?

    Hardware company Purism is best known for being the driving force behind the goal of creating a truly free software laptop — but are they about to launch a Linux phone? Fuelling speculation that, yes, they are, the company accidentally published a blog post earlier today titled: “Phone Campaign Temporary Page“.

  • Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X single SIM, model F5121

    Interview on the collaboration between Jolla and Sony Open Devices program

    The official version is on its way, targeting to support for example MS Exchange Active Sync, Android apps and 20 MPx resolution for the camera. But an unofficial Sailfish OS for Xperia X might become available even sooner via the porters community.


  • A hands-on look at SparkFun's new Spectacle kit

    Spectacle is based entirely around the idea that artists shouldn't need to spend years studying electronics in order to use them in their art. To aid me in my review, I enlisted the help of Sophia, one of the coolest pre-teens I know. Sophia is a young artist who makes her own costumes and works in a wide variety of other physical mediums.

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Groups/Projects: Open Container Initiative, EdgeX, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and OPC

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:07
  • Open Container Initiative Specifications Reach 1.0 Milestone
  • Open Container Initiative Specifications are 1.0
  • Linux’s EdgeX IoT Group Adds Members, Forms Governing Team

    The Linux Foundation’s open source Internet of Things (IoT) group, EdgeX Foundry, is growing its membership and establishing its governing board that will guide business decisions and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. In addition, the group has launched a series of technical training sessions designed to help developers get up to speed on the project.

  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Joined By Mastercard, Cisco, Et Al.

    On July 18, 2017, the EEA announced its latest additions. Over the last two months, 35 organizations, among them credit card giant Mastercard and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems, have become new members in the EEA. A complete list is available below.

    Initially, some redditors expressed confusion since Mastercard was not listed in the official EEA press release. However, according to Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys, “Mastercard is indeed a new member of EEA. They asked not to be in the press release document but approved being on the EEA official website.”

  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Becomes World’s Largest Open-source Blockchain Initiative

    The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced today that 34 organizations have joined the Blockchain industry group since late May. This brings the total membership to over 150 organizations added since the group’s launch in February of this year.

  • ​Cisco among the 34 new members of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

    Blockchain is a type of digital ledger technology originally conceptualised to facilitate the trading of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. In a nutshell, blockchain allows for the tracking of digital assets so that a level of trust and consensus can be established, and previous transactions agreed upon.

  • Cipher Becomes First Ever OPC Certified Linux Connector

    RtTech Software is proud to announce the recent OPC Foundation Certification of its Cipher Embedded OPC UA Linux Connector. OPC is the interoperability standard for the secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard.

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Security and DRM: Digital Ballots, Windows Disasters, gSOAP, and DRM on the Web

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:03

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Thu, 2017-07-20 13:41

While the rest of the Linux World is wrangling over fast changing paradigms and the plethora of new Linux Distributions that are popping up everywhere, Linux Mint just keeps on plodding along. They keep change to a minimum and endeavor to maintain a consistent user experience while still improving it. The latest version, Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” was officially released just days before this writing and it’s very good, indeed. The best Linux Mint yet.

I didn’t choose to support Linux Mint exclusively through the EzeeLinux Project. It chooses me. So many folks have asked for help getting started with Linux Mint over the last couple of years that I finally decided to focus on it and promote it for new users. It has proven itself to be a great place for newcomers to Linux to start and it also offers the kind of stability that people who want to use a computer to get stuff done. I keep close tabs on the Mint project’s progress and I downloaded and installed the ISO for 18.2 as soon it as it was announced. I was blown away by how polished it was in this very early form and the final release is rock solid. I have already upgraded most of my personal machines and I also have helped many EzeeLinux community members to upgrade… No one has reported any major issues thus far.

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Qt Creator 4.4 Beta released

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:34

This version of Qt Creator features inline annotations for warnings and errors from the code model and for bookmark comments. This way, you can easily see the details of issues while you type, without the need to hover your mouse over underlined text or the marker on the left side.

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