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elementary OS 0.4: Review and interview with the founder

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:44

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.

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3 command-line file conversion tools for Linux

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:24

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.

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Take the Future of Cloud Computing Survey

Linux.com - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:23
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Study: ‘Open source coders more aware of security’

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:19

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.

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Midi-Pyrenees French Region remains committed to Free Software

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:17

“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.

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Linux-based smart home hubs advance into AI

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:14

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.

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VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

LXer - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:13
Or 2018 if you're brave. For now, we have a boot screen!VMS Software Inc (VSI), which became the custodian of the venerable OpenVMS in 2014, is getting close to its Holy Grail of running the OS on x86.…

ddrescue and large drives advice

Reddit - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:11

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.

  • Is there a way that I can force finish the partition table and set this as the end point somehow?
  • can I somehow trim or offset these block from the failing drive?
  • Is there an option in ddrescue for situations like these. I did not find anything specific for this scenario in the documentation.
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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" Receives Latest Security Updates from Debian Stable

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:08

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.

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More on *buntu 16.10

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:07

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KDE Applications 16.08.2 Released for KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS with over 30 Bug Fixes

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-10-14 01:05

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.

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Secure Desktops with Qubes: Compartmentalization

LXer - Fri, 2016-10-14 00:16
This is the third article in my series about Qubes. In the first twoarticles, I gave an overviewabout what Qubes is and described how toinstall it.

UBIFS Supports OverlayFS In Linux 4.9, Readying UBI For MLC Support

LinuxToday - Fri, 2016-10-14 00:00

Phoronix: The UBI/UBIFS pull request for the Linux 4.9 kernel for those interested in the Unsorted Block Image tech on Linux.

7 Mistakes New Linux Users Make

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-10-13 23:44

 Datamation: Switching to a Linux desktop can be a bewildering experience for those used to proprietary systems.

Another Fun Day In Mesa Git: RADV, NVC0, RadeonSI

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-10-13 23:39
With the Mesa 13.0 feature freeze expected to happen before the weekend, it's been another exciting day in the Git development tree of landing last-minute features for next month's Mesa release...

How to make animated videos with Krita

LXer - Thu, 2016-10-13 23:19
There are lots of different kinds of animation: hand-drawn, stop motion, cut-out, 3D, rotoscoping, pixilation, machinima, ASCII, and probably more. Animation isn't easy, by any means; it's a complex process requiring patience and dedication, but the good news is open source supplies plenty of high-quality animation tools.read more


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