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Suse: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:46

ARM TechCon Suse is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers."

In plainer English, Suse has developed an enterprise-grade Linux distribution that runs on 64-bit ARM servers (should you happen to ever find one). Suse claims this software is a world first because it is a finished commercial product, thus beating Red Hat to the punch: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM is still only available as a beta-like development preview.

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"softWaves" will be the default theme for Debian 9

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:40

After the Debian Desktop Team made the call for proposing themes, a total of twelve choices have been submitted, and any Debian contributor has received the opportunity to vote on them in a survey. We received 3,479 responses ranking the different choices, and softWaves has been the winner among them.

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Introducing DNS66, a host blocker for Android

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:39

I’m proud (yes, really) to announce DNS66, my host/ad blocker for Android 5.0 and newer. It’s been around since last Thursday on F-Droid, but it never really got a formal announcement.

DNS66 creates a local VPN service on your Android device, and diverts all DNS traffic to it, possibly adding new DNS servers you can configure in its UI. It can use hosts files for blocking whole sets of hosts or you can just give it a domain name to block (or multiple hosts files/hosts). You can also whitelist individual hosts or entire files by adding them to the end of the list. When a host name is looked up, the query goes to the VPN which looks at the packet and responds with NXDOMAIN (non-existing domain) for hosts that are blocked.

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I am currently using Debian Stable as a desktop OS, is testing good for me?

Reddit - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:29

I have Debian Jessie installed on a computer that I use everyday. Overall I had a good experience with it, however I have to use older software from the repos and if I want to use anything newer (e.g. KDE Plasma 5) I have to wait until the next stable version for it.

I was planning on updating to next stable version (Stretch) next year, but since this is a desktop and not a server, updated packages are more important than stable and outdated. Considering this, should I switch to testing? I want to know real cases of using testing on desktop.

PLEASE do not suggest any other distro, this is only for Debian.

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Red Hat and Fedora

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:20

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OpenStack Summit Emphasizes Security, Interoperability

LXer - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:19
Although the event will highlight use cases at major customers as well as cloud interoperability, securing OpenStack clouds will be a prevailing theme this year.

Configuring WINE with Winecfg

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:00

LinuxConfig: Many programs work under WINE with absolutely no configuration.

Why I will move from Arch (systemd) to Void (runit) and you should do it too

Reddit - Tue, 2016-10-25 20:55

Today I got finally enough of systemd. Not only is systemd a SUITE of libraries and services, but also does it seem like the developers completely fail to maintain it.

One of those examples I saw is from a kernel mail exchange. This is where it started: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1404.0/01327.html

Steven Rostedt, a systemd developer, would rather patch the Linux Kernel to circumvent a systemd issue than patching the systemd package.

No wonder Linus turned his merging down and replied with a very specific tone: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1404.0/01331.html

In the post from Linus, it is revealed that this has been going on for years.

So this is one of the reasons where it started to make sense for me to say goodbye to systemd to embrace good standards and good coding.

The other thing is how systemd slowly becomes a second kernel. This is not supposed to happen! We don't need this. What we need are decoupled applications and libraries, not a monolithic blob of code that is merged into one big package.

I don't understand this. I love Linux. I love the Community. Why would we, as a Community, embrace something that is forcing itself to be there, just for the sake of becoming mandatory?

People say systemd is not only an init system. It is also (fill in your 100 things that you could possibly think that systemd could do at some time in the future because somehow it is supposed to do everything they claim that Linux cannot do correctly as of now, even though that's not true at all).

Yes, you could reason that systemd is bigger because it can do more. And then reason it being bigger with the need of more complexity. Or you simply take a look at other solutions and understand why this is all but required. This problem has been solved already. Years ago. And yet we let systemd spread like a virus becoming a requirement in every package in the future that has anything to do with services.

I vote for systemd-free packages and a future where we don't have to fear about having to patching the kernel just because systemd has a bug that can be circumvented by doing so.

(Note: This is not the only incident, reading posts like https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=76935#c35 reveals a much bigger problem with bug fixing in systemd)


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3 open source time management tools

LXer - Tue, 2016-10-25 20:22
For many people, one of the reasons they cite for using a Linux-based operating system is productivity. If you're a power user who has tweaked your system just to your liking, and particularly if you adept at the command line, chances are you've realized significant gains in productivity.But do you have to be an extreme power user to make use of open source software's ability to boost your productivity? Absolutely not!read more

Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 20:13

I did not do any other testing, no extensive tweaking, no customization. I felt no need or desire to do so. Now, do remember Zorin OS 12 is still in beta, so we can excuse some of the problems we see here. But others are purely Ubuntu, and have been ported over from the parent distro without any discrimination or any improvements and fixes introduced in the last six months. The big offenders include: multimedia and smartphone support, poor software management, and then the somewhat heavy utilization and slow performance.

Zorin is quite pretty but weary on the eyes, it tries perhaps too hard to be more than it is, and overall, the value it brings is negatively offset by the myriad papercuts of its design and the implementation of its unique style, plus the failings of the Ubuntu family. It's an okay choice, if you will, but there's nothing too special about it anymore. It's not as fun as it used to be. Gone is the character, gone is the glamor. This aligns well with the overall despair in the Linux desktop world. Maybe the official release will be better, but I doubt it. Why would suddenly one distro excel where 50 others of the same crop had failed with the exact same problems? Final grade, 5/10. Test if you like the looks, other than that, there's no incentive in really using Zorin. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 Up to Release Candidate State, Raspberry Pi 3 Image Is Out

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-10-25 20:00

For those not in the know, Ubuntu Snappy Core or sometimes called Ubuntu Core is a slimmed down version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-10-25 19:56

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which - after a conspicuous cut in the edit - jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows.

Assuming the hack is authentic - and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely - it's the first time we've seen the PlayStation 4's system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group fail0verflow in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year.

Also: 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Coming To Linux In November, Mac Port On Hold

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Anyone got a guide of how to install KDE Connect on Ubuntu unity?

Reddit - Tue, 2016-10-25 19:52

I am a linux newb, and really would like to install KDE connect on Ubuntu Unity, as Kubuntu has been a bit buggy for me on my hardware. I know that you have to install KDE Connect Indicator. But the read me and install guide is not very user friendly. I have tried to follow the directions but I keep getting warnings in terminal that say I have unmet dependencies. I try to read through these warnings and follow the minimal instructions that the terminal gives me, but its not working. Has anyone actually managed to get KDE Connect indicator and KDE Connect working on regular old ubuntu?

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ArchBang – Best Arch based distro for old or low-end hardware with high performance and low resource utilization

LXer - Tue, 2016-10-25 19:25
ArchBang is one of the best Arch based distro for old or low-end hardware with combination of OpenBox window manager and always up to date.

How To Download A RPM Package With All Dependencies In CentOS

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-10-25 19:00

A simple utility to download a RPM package without installing it in CentOS, RHEL, Fedora.

Keeping up the fight for free software

LXer - Tue, 2016-10-25 18:28
Here's John Sullivan's vision for a more just world: You pop into your favorite electronics retailer and encounter a panoply of new gadgets, each one more alluring and astounding than the last—and each one guaranteed to respect your freedom. Your freedom to inspect its software. Your freedom to modify that software. Your freedom to have that software collect only the data you wish.read more


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