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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-09-21 19:31

Besides the new GeForce RTX 2080 series being attractive for developers wanting to make use of new technologies like RTX/ray-tracing, mesh shaders, and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), CUDA and OpenCL benchmarking so far on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is yielding impressive performance -- even outside of the obvious AI / deep learning potential workloads with the Turing tensor cores. Here are some benchmarks looking at the OpenCL/CUDA performance on the high-end Maxwell, Pascal, and Turing cards as well as an AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 for reference. System power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and performance-per-dollar metrics also round out this latest Ubuntu Linux GPU compute comparison.

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Deepin Linux: As Gorgeous As It Is User-Friendly

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-09-21 19:28

Deepin Linux. You may not have heard much about this distribution, and the fact that it’s often left out of the conversation is a shame. Why? Because Deepin Linux is as beautiful as it is user-friendly. This distribution has plenty of “wow” factor and very little disappointment.

For the longest time, Deepin Linux was based on Ubuntu. But with the release of 15.7, that all changed. Now, Deepin’s foundation is Debian, but the desktop is still that beautiful Deepin Desktop. And when I say it’s beautiful, it truly is one of the most gorgeous desktop environments you’ll find on any operating system. That desktop uses a custom-built QT5 toolkit, which runs as smoothly and with as much polish as any I’ve ever used. Along with that desktop, comes a few task-specific apps, built with the same toolkit, so the experience is consistent and integrated.

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Reply to Rick Moen on DNG

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-09-21 19:21

Ah, deliciously vague language. Useful to, in time, get uncooperative maintainers thrown off the project to be replaced by more cooperative, on-message maintainers. Remember that technical merit or quality is not the goal of the author of the Contributor Covenant on which this CoC is directly based.

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Vilnius: “Open source improves our public services”

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-09-21 19:17

The city of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital and with over half a million inhabitants the country’s largest city, is increasingly using open source software. The most recent example is WordPress: in July the city unveiled its new portal built on this content management system. “Open source enables us to improve our public services and empowers us to share our solutions and data,” says Dalius Kazlauskas, senior project manager at Vilnius’ E-City department.

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Cloudflare Secures Time With Roughtime Protocol Service

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-09-21 19:00

eWEEK: As part of its Crypto Week series of announcements, Cloudflare debuts a new service to help organizations cryptographically secure time.

Sway Release 1.0-alpha.6

Reddit - Fri, 2018-09-21 18:26

Top 3 benefits of company open source programs

LXer - Fri, 2018-09-21 18:19
Many organizations, from Red Hat to internet-scale giants like Google and Facebook, have established open source programs (OSPO). The TODO Group, a network of open source program managers, recently performed the first annual survey of corporate open source programs, and it revealed some interesting findings on the actual benefits of open source programs.read more

How to Install openSUSE Tumbleweed with XFCE Under the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Reddit - Fri, 2018-09-21 18:11

Introduction and disclaimer:

The following are the steps I took to achieve a working rolling distribution under WSL. Due to the nature of this configuration, some packages are broken and I am sure that there are plenty of bugs that I have not encountered yet. However, from my limited testing, I have not noticed any system-breaking errors. Any errors that I encountered were resolvable through research and modifications. As a disclaimer, I do not support this configuration and I am just posting this for those who wish to experiment with it. It is almost certainly a bad idea to run this in any environment where system integrity and stability are paramount. Feel free to post any issues you may encounter, but do not expect that I will provide any guidance on how to resolve them. From this point forward, you are on your own.

What I know will most likely not function:

  • Anything that utilizes kernel namespaces (namely sandboxed applications)
  • Certain graphical programs (the default web browser in XFCE will fail to launch for example)
  • Most other desktop environments (these can be installed, but will probably be extremely unstable)
  • Certain programs that deal directly with file systems
  • Anything that expects an init system to boot the operating system (systemd is present, but interaction with it will produce errors saying that the system was not booted with it)
  • Anything else that requires a full Linux Kernel (see end of post for details)

Process:

  • Enable WSL:
    • Enable developer mode in Windows by going to “Settings” -> “Updates & Security” -> “For developers” and check the radio box next to developer mode
    • Go to “Settings” -> “Programs & Features” -> “Manage optional features” and enable the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and reboot the system
  • Go to the Windows Store and install openSUSE Leap 42
  • Run the app, wait for it to initialize, and put in your username and password that you wish to use for Linux and choose a different root password if you wish
  • Convert Leap to Tumbleweed following the instructions from here:
  • Installing XFCE:
    • First, acquire an X server for Windows:
      • X410 is available from the Windows Store for a fee, but is easy to set up and anecdotally works better
      • VcXsrv is an open source alternative that is free and I have not noticed any major issues with it
      • Xming is another open source alternative, but it is not updated frequently
      • There are probably more options available, so free to look around
    • Make sure the display server is running on Windows
      • It must be running any time the user wishes to use a graphical program
      • One could set it to start with Windows by setting a task up in the Windows Task Scheduler
    • Next, install the XFCE pattern under openSUSE Tumbleweed by running zypper install -t pattern xfce with root privileges
    • Then, decide if you want openSUSE to connect to the display server at startup, or if you want to manually connect it yourself by running export DISPLAY=127.0.0.1:0.0
      • If this should be done automatically at login, add the above to either the .bashrc or .profile files in the user’s home directory
      • For the first time, run the command directly, as changes to either of the above files will not reload until a logout is performed
    • Then, run xfce4-session and a graphical session should appear in the X server window on Windows
      • There will most likely be many errors in the terminal, some of which can be fixed by installing missing dependencies
      • Other errors will be present, as this is not a supported configuration

Conclusion:

From this point on, you should be able to utilize this configuration to run certain graphical programs and have constant updates to the software running on your system. It is important to run zypper dup with root privileges for updates, as running the generic zypper update command can lead to version mismatches. The final thing that should be noted is that any program, or library, that expects a full Linux Kernel to be present will probably not function as intended. This is because any kernel shipped with a WSL distribution is not actually a kernel. The kernel is provided by Microsoft when the subsystem is installed and it contains mostly proprietary code to translate Linux system calls to Windows system calls (akin to what WINE does on Linux). Thus, many functions taken for granted by programs running under Linux may not be present. While the Windows Subsystem for Linux is amazing, and will most likely improve over time, it is far from a full Linux replacement. I hope this was helpful and that you have a great day.

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How to Encrypt USB Drive on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-09-21 18:00

HowToForge: Learn how to encrypt your USB drive with LUKS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential

Phoronix - Fri, 2018-09-21 17:55
Besides the new GeForce RTX 2080 series being attractive for developers wanting to make use of new technologies like RTX/ray-tracing, mesh shaders, and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), CUDA and OpenCL benchmarking so far on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is yielding impressive performance -- even outside of the obvious AI / deep learning potential workloads with the Turing tensor cores. Here are some benchmarks looking at the OpenCL/CUDA performance on the high-end Maxwell, Pascal, and Turing cards as well as an AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 for reference. System power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and performance-per-dollar metrics also round out this latest Ubuntu Linux GPU compute comparison.

"Master Password" Is A Password Manager Alternative That Doesn't Store Passwords

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-09-21 17:00

LinuxUprising: Master Password is a different way of using passwords.

How Writing Can Expand Your Skills and Grow Your Career

LXer - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:53
“even if you don't consider yourself to be ‘a writer,’ you should consider writing about your open source contributions, project, or community.” Writing can be a great way to share knowledge and engage others in your work, but it has personal benefits as well. It can help you meet new people, learn new skills, and improve your communication style.

Mesa Can Finally Build With Almost No Compiler Warnings

Phoronix - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:36
Quite a feat for modern open-source projects with large C/C++ code-bases developed over the years, Mesa3D can almost be compiled now without any warnings -- there's just one remaining...

Krita developers AMA

Reddit - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:26

Deepin Linux: As Gorgeous As It Is User-Friendly

Linux.com - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:21
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How to Install Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:00

itsFOSS: Learn how to install Cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu.

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