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TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-26 09:17
  • OBS got the power!

    Old build workers, rack mounted

    Old build workers, rack mounted

    One year after introducing a new kind of Open Build Service worker machines, the “lambkins”, the openSUSE Build Service got a big hardware refresh. The new machines, sponsored by SUSE, are equipped with:

    2,8GHz AMD Opteron Processors (6348)
    256 GB RAM
    one 120 GB SSD

    Four of them are located in a chassis with a height of 2 units and run 12-16 workers on them (virtual machines, that are building packages).

    That new build power allowed us to remove some of old machines from the pool. The unified hardware makes the management of the machines a lot easier now, even if there are still the most powerful old machines left.

  • openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results

    While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.

  • New and improved Inqlude web site

    During last year's Summer of Code I had the honor of mentoring Nanduni Indeewaree Nimalsiri. She worked on Inqlude, the comprehensive archive of third party Qt libraries, improving the tooling to create a better structured web site with additional features such as categorization by topic. She did an excellent job with it and all of her code ended up on the master branch. But we hadn't yet made the switch to change the default layout of the web site to fully take advantage of all her work. As part of SUSE's 15th Hack Week, which is taking place this week, I took some time to change that, put up some finishing touches, and switch the Inqlude web site to the new layout. So here we are. I proudly present the new improved home page of Inqlude.

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Slackware-Based Zenwalk Linux Gets New ISO Snapshot with GTK3 Build of Firefox

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-26 08:40
The development team behind the Slackware-based Zenwalk GNU/Linux distribution have announced the release and general availability of a new ISO snapshot image with all the latest software versions and some exciting new features.

Identifying precarious FOSS projects?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-02-26 08:03

Many FOSS projects that are included in distros seem to be relying mostly on one or two part-time developers, if there are any at all. This is in addition to the usual distro problems of a lack of packagers, maintainers, and bug triagers. This leads to developer burnout, bitrot, contributes to security problems (like Heartbleed in OpenSSL), and an outdated user experience (old GUIs and lack of hardware support). A few projects I know of with this problem are:

  • XSane (scanner front-end for SANE): single dev, last update 2013
  • foo2 (many printer drivers): single dev, seems often frustrated by ghostscript breakage
  • DansGuardian (Web content filter, used by some libraries): no devs?
  • gphoto (digital photography): One active dev?

(I'm not including games because as art they either have mass appeal or they don't, and their abandonment doesn't represent a loss of a fundamental dependency of other programs or expected usability. Steam, Humble Bundle, and GOG.com are solving that problem anyways.)

There is a recurring hypothetical question of what happens if Linus is hit by a truck, but this would have limited impact on kernel development due to the number of active developers. But many other projects which greatly enhance the user experience are at risk of abandonment or already have been.

Obviously some deficiencies become less important with age like drivers (3dfx, soft modems) and some require expertise and resources that are hard to find (OCR, voice recognition). But there seems to be many mainstream projects that are at risk.

Is there any way to identify projects that are at risk? Ubuntu has popcon which shows package popularity by installation and maintainers, but this doesn't show changes from upstream. What I would like to see is a comprehensive list of project development activity and number of developers, ranked by distro popularity.

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Install multiple Odoo instances on a single machine

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-26 06:28
In this tutorial, we will explain how to install multiple Odoo instances on a single Ubuntu 16.04 VPS using a python virtual environment.

5 open source security tools too good to ignore

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-26 04:34
If you haven’t been looking to open source to help address your security needs, it’s a shame—you’re missing out on a growing number of freely available tools for protecting your networks, hosts, and data. The best part is, many of these tools come from active projects backed by well-known sources you can trust...

systemd 233 changes

Reddit - Sun, 2017-02-26 03:53

Top 3 machine learning libraries for Python

LinuxToday - Sun, 2017-02-26 03:00

Learn about three of the most popular machine learning libraries for Python.

What to do when people start hacking your culture

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-26 02:39
I've previously written about the fact the Apache Software Foundation offers an exemplar of large-scale open source governance. Even with those supreme qualities, things can still go wrong. Apache offers some of the best protections for open source contributors but its mature rules can be manipulated by skilled politicians and/or determined agendas. What can we learn from their experience?read more

Help Setup HomeServer

Reddit - Sun, 2017-02-26 02:21

I want to turn one of my PC's to a Home Server. I will be doing several things with it. One of the main thing is to use it as a DNS,Proxy server and monitor what other people connected to my network are doing online. The problem is I tried to turn it into a gateway/router server but failed. Is there anyway I can make this happen. I do have 2 network cards on my pc.

  • Thank You
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How do you deal with slow perf report performance?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-02-26 02:04

perf record --call-graph=lbr gets a lot of data and perf report sometimes becomes very slow. However, profiling less data is too sparse.

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Mesa, Vulkan & Other Driver Talks From 2017 Embedded Linux Conference

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-02-26 01:19
The Linux Foundation's annual Embedded Linux Conference happened this past week in Portland, Oregon. Of interest to Phoronix readers are a few of the graphics-related talks that happened...

Intel chip power consumption states?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-02-26 00:51

I understand that Intel processors have various powersaving states, e.g. ranging from C2 to C3 and C6 to C10. My X1C3 (Broadwell) only hits C2,3,6,7 according to powertop. C8-10 remain at 0.0%. Does this mean there is still room to improve power consumption on Broadwell? Is somebody working on such further optimizations?

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Master the Open Cloud with Free, Community-Driven Guides

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-26 00:45
One of the common criticisms of open source in general, especially when it comes to open cloud platforms such as OpenStack and ownCloud, is lack of truly top-notch documentation and training resources. The criticism is partly deserved, but there are some free documentation resources that benefit from lots of contributors.

Which version of Linux to start off with?

Reddit - Sat, 2017-02-25 23:43

Hi, I recently just tried installing Arch Linux on my computer but I could not get i3-gaps installed on it after many tries. Which distribution of Linux do you guys recommend for someone who is fairly new? I want to be able to use i3-gaps to customize my desktop.

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Text-to-Speech similar to Mac OS X quality?

Reddit - Sat, 2017-02-25 23:23

I used to use TTS to Mac quite often. Now that I am using linux, I haven't been able to find any good replacement.

I am on Fedora and right now festival is broken on the latest release but I have read that it isn't great as far as voice quality goes. I've tried spd-say and espeak but they really doesn't sound great with any of the built in voices.

Anyone have any good suggestions?

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