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Linux 4.10 rc8

LinuxToday - Mon, 2017-02-13 03:00

Linus Torvalds: Hey, it's another week, and I could have released the final 4.10.

ThinkPad laptop for Linux

Reddit - Mon, 2017-02-13 02:01

I would appreciate suggestions for an older ThinkPad model model suitable for use as a second system for testing/evaluating *nix. This would not be my primary system. It was be a system that I cod wipe/reload and use to learn *nix. A used or refurbished system is the order of the day. Suggestions for model / spec and a target for estimated cost would be helpful. I don't want to go on eBay and overpay.

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Linux Kernel 4.10 Delayed by a Week, Last Release Candidate Is Now Available

LXer - Mon, 2017-02-13 01:19
In an unfortunate turn of events, Linus Torvalds announced just a few minutes ago the availability of another RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.10 kernel series.

ToaruOS 1.0 Released, Hobby OS/Kernel Written From Scratch Over 6+ Years

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-02-13 00:30
In the past on Phoronix we have mentioned ToaruOS a few times. It's a "hobby" kernel and operating system written mostly from scratch yet supports Mesa, GCC, Python, and more. It's been in development since 2011 while now the operating system's 1.0 release finally took place...

New to Linux and Using dd command to clone, but clone is not working

Reddit - Mon, 2017-02-13 00:10

Hi, I am trying to clone a 500GB hard drive to a 1TB using the terminal command dd.

I have checked my devices using : sudo lsblk

and this is what showed up :


sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk

├─sda1 8:1 0 350M 0 part

└─sda2 8:2 0 931.2G 0 part /media/ubuntoclonetest2/B63C552D3C54EA3F

sdb 8:16 0 465.8G 0 disk

└─sdb1 8:17 0 465.8G 0 part /

So next I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/dev/sda status=progress

and it started after around 3 hours it finished, when I restarted and tried booting from the 1TB HDD I got a black screen asking me to select a boot device etc... It didn't work, not a single bit was cloned!

Any idea what I might have done wrong? Thanks a lot!

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Games for GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-02-13 00:08
  • 'The Dweller' is a short and minimalistic but incredibly fun and solid puzzler that I highly recommend

    The Dweller is one of those obscure games that for some reason, despite being well made and original they pass completely unnoticed under the radar, and once you finally play them you not only feel you've spent a couple of hours on a worthy title, but also the fact itself of finding them is totally rewarding.

  • Gunmetal Arcadia released with same-day Linux support

    With so many releases lately, it’s a little hard to keep up with things sometimes. J. Kyle Pittman, creator of Super Win the Game, released his latest game earlier in the week and it combines colorful retro visuals with tightly precise gameplay.

  • Typoman: Revised released for Linux, a puzzle platformer with some word puzzling mixed in

    An indie puzzle platformer, where you must control the world around you with words, by the name of Typoman: Revised has made its way onto Linux via Steam.

    Typoman: Revised is a quite interesting puzzle platformer, where you control a character in a dark and dangerous world. To survive you need to rely on your ability to change the world around you by organizing letters you find into words, which have a physical effect on various aspects of the environment. For example, you can turn on various machinery by forming the word ”ON” or drop down a ladder by forming the word ”DOWN”. Finding the right letters and then figuring out which exact word will help you in any given scenario is fundamentally part of the puzzles.

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Benchmark on Linux

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:49

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TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:48
  • New Users Panel

    The GNOME Control Center redesign goes on. This release we are happy to announce the new Users Panel design. As you can see in the preview video below, we are moving away from a two column panel into a single page concept. These changes make the panel way clearer specially with the new shell.

  • Google Code In at coala

    We have always been active in engaging newcomers and teaching people about Open Source. It is only natural that we think and work towards helping pupils all over the world take this step and learn about contributing to open source. (If you are a teacher and reading this, reach out to us on coala.io/chat – we’re very interested in working with you and are also starting an initiative in germany to connect to schools.)

  • Recipes by mail

    Since I last wrote about GNOME recipes, we’ve mainly focused on completing our feature set for 3.24.

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Red Hat and Fedora

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:48

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Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:46
  • Oracle refuses to accept pro-Google “fair use” verdict in API battle

    Google successfully made its case to a jury last year that its use of Java APIs in Android was "fair use." A San Francisco federal jury rejected Oracle's claim that the mobile system infringed Oracle's copyrights.

    But Oracle isn't backing down. Late Friday, the company appealed the high-profile verdict to a federal appeals court.

    This is the latest stage of a seemingly never-ending legal battle over intellectual property that began in 2010. The conflict has meandered through two federal trials, in addition to multiple trips to the appellate courts and to the Supreme Court.

  • Most Successful Launch in History. Fastest Ever to 1 Billion Dollars. Fastest EVER. Mobile Is the Magical Money-Making Machine. I am talking about Pokemon Go of course

    Lets talk Pokemon Go. Mobile is the Magical Money-Making Machine. It is LITERALLY the fastest way to make money on the planet. The richest company in human history was on the brink of bankruptcy three decades ago. Then it discovered mobile. The second most valuable company in human history was a clueless internet search engine that said quite openly, we don't know how we'll make money but we'll figure it out. They found mobile. And the fastest ever company to become one of the 5 richest in the world, was also lost in its core business struggling to make money with social media. Then it discovered mobile. The secret sauce to why Apple, Google and Facebook are so filthy rich and profitable and valuable, they don't know what to do with their money - the secret is, Mobile. Mobile is the Magical Money-Making Machine! I should know, I literally wrote the book on how this industry makes its money (15 years ago, M-Profits, my second global bestseller, was translated and into multiple printings).

  • Google hints at Assistant coming to existing Android devices
  • Why You Shouldn’t Root Your Android Phone
  • Must read: top 10 Android stories

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NixNote An Unofficial Evernote Client For Linux/Ubuntu/Fedora

LXer - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:25
Evernote is arguably the most popular and powerful note-taking tool available. You can save notes in different forms like text, pictures, videos, voice memos and web pages. There are clients available for the web, desktop operating systems (Windows and Mac) as well as mobile devices (Android and iOS) but none for the Linux desktop. There are a few third-party options available including GeekNote, Everpad and NixNote.

Linux 4.10-rc8

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:06

Hey, it's another week, and I could have released the final 4.10.

It's not been all that busy, although we did have a number of small
last-minute regression fixes (some just reverting stuff that caused
problems and needed more thought, others fixing things). But nothing
out of the ordinary, and I wouldn't have felt bad about just doing the
final release today.

But I decided that there's also no huge overriding reason to do so
(other than getting back to the usual "rc7 is the last rc" schedule,
which would have been nice), and with travel coming up, I decided that
I didn't really need to open the merge window. I've done merge windows
during travel before, but I just prefer not to. If it was the second
week of the merge window when the big bulk of stuff had been merged,
that would be one thing, but that's not how the schedule turned out.

Also: Linux 4.10-rc8 Kernel Released, Final Pushed Out By One Week

Linux Kernel 4.10 Delayed by a Week, Last Release Candidate Is Now Available

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Android privacy assistant seeks to stop unwanted data collection

LinuxToday - Sun, 2017-02-12 23:00

Not sure what your phone is collecting about you? A free Android app is promising to simplify the privacy settings on your smartphone, and stop any unwanted data collection.

Linux Graphics

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 22:40
  • Vulkan 1.0.40 Released With Fixes, SMPTE 2086 HDR Metadata Support
  • Intel's Linux Graphics Driver To Enable Atomic Support By Default

    The patch landed in Intel's drm-intel-next-queued branch this week for enabling atomic support by default on the hardware platforms where it's fully supported.

    Following this mailing list discussion, atomic support is now being turned on by default for the Intel Linux DRM driver while it's disabled-by-default support has been in good shape since Linux ~4.9. Though due to the timing of this change-over, this looks like it will be a change for Linux 4.12 as Intel's 4.11 DRM feature work is already over with the 4.11 merge window being imminent.

  • X.Org Server 1.20 Breaks The Video Driver ABI

    Just a quick note for anyone who routinely builds the latest X.Org Server from Git, the video driver ABI has been broken again, thus you'll need to rebuild your dependent DDX drivers assuming they have been modified for this new ABI.

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Leftovers: Software (Ardour 5.6, Parole 0.9 and More)

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-02-12 22:39
  • Ardour 5.6 released

    Another two months of development has rolled by, involving more than 600 commits by developers, and it's time for us to release Ardour 5.6. Although there are no major new features in this release, there is the usual list of dozens of bug fixes major and minor, plus some workflow and GUI enhancements. There has been a significant rearrangement of the transport bar to try to use space more efficiently and effectively. The new design also permits session navigation while using the Mixer tab, and there are numerous optionally visible elements. Similarly, the Preferences dialog was rearranged to try to make it easier to find and browse the many, many available options. Other interesting new features: session archiving, a new General MIDI default synth for MIDI tracks, and direct and immediate control of routing for heavily multichannel (typically multitimbral) synth plugins.

  • Ardour 5.6 Digital Audio Workstation Released

    Available this weekend is the newest release of the Ardour digital audio workstation software for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

    Ardour 5.6 features some speed-up improvements in different areas, a mini-timeline was added to the toolbar, there's the ability to archive a session, various editor improvements, restored save-as support to work as intended, and more. There are also action/binding changes, scripting improvements, plugin improvements, and a wide-range of fixes.

  • Roundup of Recent App Updates: Harmony, Komorebi, Alduin

    Time for our weekly round up of recent app updates that weren’t quite big enough to merit their own dedicated post

    If you’re averse to Electron apps you’re advised to look away now. If an app you love got an update this week chances are it’s because we didn’t know about it, rather than we hate the app.

  • Xfce’s Parole Media Player Gets First Update In Over a Year

    Parole 0.9.0 brings a number of new features to Linux desktops, including a new mini-mode, working ‘play’ and ‘replay’ icons in the content area, and the window title and content title show the filename if no corresponding ID3 tag is detected.

  • Xfce Parole Media Player 0.9 Released

    Xfce developers have restored work on their Parole Media Player as the primary media player for this lightweight desktop environment.

  • Write Markdown with 8 Exceptional Open Source Editors

    By way of a succinct introduction, Markdown is a lightweight plain text formatting syntax created by John Gruber together with Aaron Swartz. Markdown offers individuals “to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)”. Markdown’s syntax consists of easy to remember symbols. It has a gentle learning curve; you can literally learn the Markdown syntax in the time it takes to fry some mushrooms (that’s about 10 minutes). By keeping the syntax as simple as possible, the risk of errors is minimized. Besides being a friendly syntax, it has the virtue of producing clean and valid (X)HTML output. If you have seen my HTML, you would know that’s pretty essential.

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Linux 4.10-rc8 Kernel Released, Final Pushed Out By One Week

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-02-12 22:34
While many were hoping that Linux 4.10 would be released today, instead it's been pushed back to next Sunday...


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