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Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial Software?

LinuxInsider - Fri, 2017-09-08 01:10
San Francisco in January could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. The city voted to pay Slalom $150,000 for its research. Meanwhile, the city this year will pay Dominion Voting Systems $2.3 million to renew its contract for the company's proprietary voting machine software. That system is nearing the end of its life cycle.

Help with getting into Linux?

Reddit - Fri, 2017-09-08 00:49

Hey all, For the past five years or so, I've been trying to get into Linux on and off with little success. For one reason or another, I run into issues, or some limitation that prevents me from being able to stick with it for more than a month or so. I've always been a Windows user, but am big on Privacy & am getting fed up with Micro$oft's antics. Yesterday, I decided to install Solus 3, and although I am getting on rather well with it, it just doesn't feel "right" to me, and I can't really put my finger on the reason why. I am a huge fan of the Budgie desktop environment (I am a graphics / UI designer, so a clean DE is very important to me). I tried installing Ubuntu a few weeks ago (The budgie distro) and ran into all kinds of issues (The mouse/keyboard weren't switching on for about 10 minutePocket A better way to bs after boot, after a few reboots, I had no DE whatsoever), and to back these issues up, the issues are present across all Ubuntu based distros. What I'm asking is for some recommended distros that have a clean UI (preferably Budgie), no useless gimmicks, and preferably something that supports a wide-range of software. Another thing, Do AMD cards just not run well on Linux? Because of all of the games I have tested, I get roughly half the FPS that I was getting on Windows. Thanks in advance! -Alex

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Trying Out Ubuntu 17.10 On A Laptop One Month Ahead Of Release

Phoronix - Fri, 2017-09-08 00:30
Curious around the GNOME Shell desktop and improvements made during the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle in transitioning away from Unity 7 and X.Org to GNOME and Wayland, I took the recently-reviewed Razer Blade Stealth laptop and tried out the very latest Ubuntu desktop daily ISO on this Intel laptop. Here are my initial impressions of the current Ubuntu 17.10 desktop experience as well as some power/boot/performance benchmarks of 17.10 in its daily state compared to Ubuntu 17.04 on this Kabylake system.

How to use speedtest on a Linux server to check, store and report internet speeds graphically

LinuxToday - Fri, 2017-09-08 00:00

HowToForge: How fast is your Linux connection?

Linux 101 tutorial recommendations for just-above-n00b level

Reddit - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:53

Hi. I've used Linux on and off for a number of years and have a rough grasp of the basics; file CRUD, SSH, installing packages etc.

What I lack is a thorough understanding of some of the fundamentals like permissions, processes, networking, filesystems (i.e. the magic of lvm snapshots) and some key tools like grep, awk etc.

Before you say it, I realise these things are eminently google-able, but I find I learn best through structured learning so was wondering if anyone can recommend any online (preferably free) courses / series of tutorials, such as edX, Linux Foundation Certification...?

Thanks

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LTE/GPS tracker board offers Grove, Arduino, and Espruino compatibility

LXer - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:49
Seeed launched an LTE version of its Wio Tracker board that runs Arduino on a faster STM32 MCU, and offers GPS, 6x Grove links, and Espruino compatibility. Earlier this year, Seeed Studios released a GPS-enabled, $24.95 Wio Tracker tracking board that was limited to 2G/GPRS communications. The new, $97.50 Wio Tracker LTE has the same […]

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.5 Debuts with EAPoL Support, Linux Kernel 4.12

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:19

Tomasz Jokiel from Porteus Solutions announced the release of the Gentoo-based Porteus Kiosk 4.5 operating system designed for web terminals, which brings numerous improvements, updated components, and new functionality.

First and foremost, Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0 bumps the Linux kernel version from the long-term supported Linux 4.9 series, which was used in the previous release, to the Linux 4.12 branch, shipping with Linux kernel 4.12.10 by default, thus adding an extra layer of hardware support to the free and open-source kiosk operating system for public access computers.

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GNOME: GNOME Mutter, GNOME 3.26, and Support more than one Build System (Meson and Autotools)

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:15
  • GNOME Mutter 3.25.92 Adds Built-In Screencast / Remote Desktop Capabilities

    GNOME Mutter 3.25.92 has been released and it incorporates some interesting changes for the end of the GNOME 3.26 development cycle.

  • GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Up to RC State, Launches on September 13

    GNOME Project's Javier Jardón announced a few moments ago that the GNOME 3.25.92 milestone of the forthcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now available for public testing, marking the end of the development cycle.

    GNOME 3.26 has been in development since early April, and it's now up to RC (Release Candidate) state, which means that the development cycle is over and the team will begin preparations for the final release of the highly anticipated desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

  • Support more than one Build System

    I’ve tried to add Meson build system to MyHTML, but fail. They prefer the one is used today. That’s OK.

    Support two build systems increase burden on project maintenance, this is the main reason to reject my pull request and is OK. As for GXml, we have both Autotools and Meson. I’m trying to keep both in sync, as soon as a new file is added, but you may forget one or the other.

    While I use GXml on my Windows programs, I need to make sure it will work properly out of the box, like Autotools does, before to remove the later.

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Games: Citadale: The Legends Trilogy, SEED, Unsung Story and More

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:13

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Arch Linux 2017.09.01 Is Available for Download, Powered by Linux Kernel 4.12.8

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:06

A new month, a new ISO snapshot of the popular Arch Linux operating system sees the light of day, offering newcomers or those who want to deploy the OS on new systems an up-to-date installation medium.

Arch Linux 2017.09.01 is the Arch Linux ISO snapshot for September 2017, powered by the Linux 4.12.8 kernel, incorporating all the software updates and security patches, as well as other tweaks that have been released through the official repositories of the GNU/Linux distribution during the entire month of August 2017.

It's the most up-to-date Arch Linux installation medium, and you should download it if you want to deploy the operating system on new hardware or you want to reinstall your broken Arch Linux OS without having to download hundreds of updates from the repositories after the installation.

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Development Tools: Java IDEs, Qt Creator, C++17

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:04
  • What is your favorite open source Java IDE?

    That developers have strong opinions about the tools they use is no secret, and perhaps some of the strongest opinions come out around integrated development environments.

    When we asked our community what their favorite Python IDE is, more than 10,000 of you responded. Now, it's time for Java developers to get their turn.

  • Qt Creator 4.4 Open-Source IDE Released with C++ and CMake Improvements, More

    The Qt Company's Eike Ziller announced the release of the Qt Creator 4.4.0 free and open-source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    More than two months in the making, Qt Creator 4.4 introduces new inline annotations in the build-in editor, which could come in handy if you're using Clang code model or bookmarks, along with the ability for the editor to display Clang errors, bookmarks errors, as well as other warnings at the end of the corresponding text line. The feature can be enabled under Options -> Text Editor -> Display.

  • C++17 Formally Approved, Just Waiting On ISO Publication

    C++17 (formerly C++1z) is ready for its debut. C++17 has been formally approved by its committee and is just waiting on ISO publishing.

    Back in March we reported on "C++17 being done" while work on C++20 is already underway. C++17 hasn't changed since while the last major ballot has now passed with 100% approval and they are now ready to officially publish this latest C++ standard. They just need to make a few editorial comments to the standard for spelling/formatting and then send the firmed up document to the ISO for publishing.

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CyberArk open-sources Conjur

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:03
  • CyberArk open-sources Conjur

    Security vendor CyberArk has released an open-source version of its Conjur secrets management software.

    CyberArk Conjur enables DevOps teams to automatically secure and manage secrets used by machines and users to protect containerised and cloud-native applications across the DevOps pipeline, company officials said.

  • Open-source stewardship key as CyberArk moves to help devs avoid another Heartbleed

    Conjur’s credential-management technology includes specific functionality for securely managing ‘secrets’ – access keys, privileged account credentials, API keys, and other sensitive information – and Lawler expects that the release of CyberArk Conjur Community Edition to the open-source community will drive a flurry of innovation that will further raise the level of open-source security overall.

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Wine Staging 2.16

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:01

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Essential Tools for Producing High Quality Podcasts on Linux

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-09-07 23:00

MakeTechEasier: Yes, there is more to Linux podcasting than just Audacity.

Lenovo Announces New ThinkPads With AMD APUs

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 22:29
For the many of you Linux users that have been desiring an AMD laptop, things could get interesting with Lenovo having just announced the ThinkPad A-Series...

GNOME 3.26 RC2 Released: The Final Step For This Big GNOME Update

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 22:09
GNOME 3.25.92 is available today, marking the last development release before the official GNOME 3.26 debut...

GNU Linux-Libre 4.13 Kernel Launches Officially for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom

LXer - Thu, 2017-09-07 22:07
Alexandre Oliva, the maintainer of the GNU Linux-libre project, an Open Source initiative to provide a 100% free version of the Linux kernel to those who seek 100% freedom, announced the release of GNU Linux-libre 4.13.

Chrome OS Will Soon Allow All Chromebook Owners to Rename USB Flash Drives

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-09-07 22:00

A new "Rename" option has been added to the right-click context menu of the Files app on Chrome OS

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