Last month the elementary team released elementary OS “Loki” 0.4.
Needless to say, I wasted no time downloading and installing that bad boy on one of my machines. Even though I tend to use openSUSE on most of my desktops and laptops, I’ve had a soft spot for elementary since its very first release. It’s always been a high-quality, polished system—and the team behind it clearly care a great deal about the user experience.
Recently, a friend innocently asked me how many file formats there are. My semi-serious response was, "Think of a soup bowl filled with beach sand."
OK, there aren't quite that many file formats. That said, you've probably never heard of many of the formats that are commonly used enough to warrant listing on Wikipedia. Chances are, you'll never see and never use most of them. If, however, you want or need to convert between file formats, then there are a quite a few applications for the job.
Let's take a look at three solid file conversion tools for the Linux command line.
Developers of open source software are generally more aware of code security issues than developers working for the European institutions, according to a study for the European Commission and European Parliament. Developers working for the European institutions have more tools available for management and testing of code security, but using them is not yet a standard practice.
“Free software is one of three pillars of our digital strategy”, has confirmed Nadia Pellefigue, the vice-president of the regional council of the Midi-Pyrenees (South-West of France).
“Free software and open source will help the regional industry and employment, because it can mobilise people”, Nadia Pellefigue said. “Public procurement has been spurred but there is still room for improvements”, she added. Cost savings, meaningful local jobs and lower dependencies on foreign firms are the three advantages of free software she listed.
Ms Pellefigue was one of the officials at the Rencontres Régionales du Logiciel Libre (RRLL), which took place in Toulouse in October.
Industrial, rather than home, applications will likely dominate the Internet of Things (IoT) market in the years to come. Yet, in the early going, the home automation market has had the greatest visibility. And it hasn’t always been pretty.
Despite steady growth, retail sales have yet to achieve inflated expectations. Too many companies promised and failed to deliver interoperability with a growing catalog of often buggy smart home products. The lack of essential applications, complex installation, and in many cases, high prices, have also conspired against the segment.
I have an 8tb hard drive that started to fail with the following error.kernel: sd 0:0:0:0: timing out command, waited 360s
From my searching it looked like this was an indicator that the drive is failing. Also, before I picked this error up from Splunk I did experience system hangs when accessing this drive with samba or pretty much anything that was reading/writing to it. Not a huge deal. I do have offsite incremental nightly backup, but this is really irritating me. Here we go....
I started with ddrescue (with log file) with the below command# Rescue Logfile. Created by GNU ddrescue version 1.18.1 # Command line: ddrescue -v -d -f -r3 /dev/sdd /dev/sde /Logz/dd_rescure.log # Start time: 2016-10-13 07:00:53
The rescue ran for over 36+ hours and I did need to restart the machine and continue a few times because the disk was hung and block copy stopped.
(to note, for anyone reading this post make sure you check where the OS mounts your device each time you reboot! Each time it mounted at boot it did so with a different path. So if you start with /dev/sdd it could very well be /dev/sd[bcef] etc... on the next reboot. Of course on a working drive you would have the UUID in your FSTAB and you would probably never notice)
So I waited for 2 days chaperoning this drive copy and when It finally reached 100% I got the following error.ddrescue no space left on device same size drive
Crap! Why! This was an 8TB to 8TB transfer, only difference was the manufacturer... going from Seagate to WD. So I continued digging, and this is what I found.[joe@CERES ~]$ dmesg |grep sd[de] |grep blocks [ 2.810003] sd 0:0:0:0: [sdd] 15628053167 512-byte logical blocks: (8.00 TB/7.27 TiB) <--- Failing Seagate [ 2.810008] sd 0:0:0:0: [sdd] 4096-byte physical blocks [ 2.812180] sd 2:0:0:0: [sde] 15628052480 512-byte logical blocks: (8.00 TB/7.27 TiB) <--- New WD [ 2.812185] sd 2:0:0:0: [sde] 4096-byte physical blocks [joe@CERES ~]$
The new drive has 687 block (about 1/3 mb) LESS!
So the transfer fails and says it is out of space due to 1/3mb.... fabulous.
I know I only have 6.5TB of data on this drive, and likely those last few blocks (if written sequentially) are blank.
For monetary reasons I cant really afford a larger capacity drive (10 TB?)... and I don't want to go with another 8TB seagate.
This was an ext3 partition.
It's been three weeks since the last security updates landed for the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux operating system, and today, October 13, 2016, the development team announced the availability of multiple security updates from Debian Stable.
As part of today's Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) announcement, the Xubuntu team was also pleased to publish an informative story about the immediate availability of the Xubuntu 16.10 operating system.
Also shipping with the recently released Linux 4.8 kernel, which promises to support even more hardware components than the version using in Xubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Xubuntu 16.10 is a normal release that brings an improved Xfce4 desktop environment that ships with multiple packages built against the GTK+ 3.20 technologies.
As expected, KDE announced today, October 13, 2016, the general availability of the second point release of their KDE Applications 16.08 software suite for the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments.
That's right, we're talking about KDE Applications 16.08.2, which comes five weeks after the first maintenance update, promising to address over 30 issues and annoyances that have been reported by users since KDE Applications 16.08.1, which launched last month on the 8th of September.
Phoronix: The UBI/UBIFS pull request for the Linux 4.9 kernel for those interested in the Unsorted Block Image tech on Linux.
Datamation: Switching to a Linux desktop can be a bewildering experience for those used to proprietary systems.