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Sysget – A Front-end For Popular Package Managers

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 20:22

Are you a distro-hopper who likes to try new Linux OSs every few days? If so, I have something for you. Say hello to Sysget, a front-end for popular package managers in Unix-like operating systems. You don’t need to learn about every package managers to do basic stuffs like installing, updating, upgrading and removing packages. You just need to remember one syntax for every package manager on every Unix-like operating systems. Sysget is a wrapper script for package managers and it is written in C++.

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10 Reasons to Use Manjaro Linux

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 20:10

Manjaro Linux has been trending in Linux communities and even beyond for over a year now. One, for its beauty, and two, for its success at simplifying many of the overly-technical aspects in Arch Linux e.g. installation.

If you are among those on the fence and aren’t sure of why you should switch to using Manjaro Linux then here are 10 reasons to convince you.

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Four Web Browsers for the Linux Command Line

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 20:00

Remember the days when the web was as simple as searchable text. The terminals and low powered personal computers were enough to access the text-based web over snail-paced internet connections. Of course, people then used the command-line web browsers to visit the web; these included the famous Lynx browser as well. Times have changed now, the browser technology has shifted to the graphical and more powerful web-browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and, Safari. Still, there are people who are more Terminal savvy and prefer accessing to-the-point information from the web through Terminal based browsing. Even Terminal based computers also exist and for them, command-line browsers are sometimes the only way to connect to the web. So how do we install and use these text-based browsers through our Linux command-line, the Terminal?

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Kdenlive 18.08.2 released

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 19:40

Kdenlive 18.08.2 is out bringing usability improvements and a crash fix. The Windows version is also becoming more stable with every release and this version brings fixes to the translation installation and the introduction of a crash report.

In other news, the Refactoring is moving steadily ahead and we will release a wider test beta version soon, stay tuned. Also the refactoring branch is now building automatically on KDE’s automated integration system (CI), and all the regressions tests pass. This means that after each change to the source code, the CI will run the tests to check that no regression happens. On the sysadmin front we are cleaning up our bug tracker in preparation for the 18.12 release.

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GCC 6.5 Status Report

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 19:37
  • GCC 6.5 Status Report (2018-10-12)

    It is now time to release GCC 6.5 and close the 6.x branch. If you have regression bugfixes or documentation fixes that should be still backported to the branch, please test them and check them in before Friday, October 19th, when I'd like to create a Release Candidate of 6.5.

  • GCC 6.5 Is Being Prepared As The Last GCC6 Compiler Release

    Version 6.5 of the GNU Compiler Collection will soon be released to end out the GCC6 series.

    GCC8 remains the latest stable series and GCC9 is in development for release in early 2019. For those still relying upon the two-year-old GCC6 stable series, GCC 6.5 is being prepared with a last serving of bug/regression fixes before closing off that branch.

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Games: Vintage Story, Steam Client, Helium Rain, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, Farm Together, SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell, Sudden Strike 4

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 19:08
  • Vintage Story, a beautiful survival and building game on Linux

    Vintage Story is a beautiful survival game that started as an idea for a mod for Minecraft, based on the popular modpack, Terra Firma Craft. It is developed by Anego Studios.

    The game is currently still in early access. Development is happening rapidly, with a stable update coming out more or less every other week, with plenty of experimental builds available in between.

  • A new stable Steam Client update is out, with fixes for Steam Play and more

    Valve continue their usual polishing of the Steam Client, with the latest stable update including some fixes for Steam Play. That's not all of course, there's quite a bit to this update.

    They've adjusted the new Steam Chat system, so now you can test your microphone in the Friends Voice settings dialog, a mute on/off toggle hot-key support for when using open microphone mode, it shouldn't try to open the friends and chat system if you're in offline mode and some bug fixes.

    Steam Link gained the ability to do co-op by streaming to multiple devices and the ability to use an Android phone as a touch controller. There's also various Big Picture fixes and plenty of fixes for Steam Input too, Steam Input also had a Linux-specific fix when using Steam Input for generic gamepads.

  • Space sim 'Helium Rain' has left Early Access, code is open source

    Helium Rain, the space simulation and strategy game from Deimos Games has left Early Access as a rather impressive game.

    I really love what they did with it too, while you can purchase the game to support the developer, the source code is also available under an open source license on GitHub.

  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition levels up and arrives on GOG

    Grab your sword, shield and helmet as Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has arrived on GOG for DRM free gaming goodness.

  • The peaceful casual farming game 'Farm Together' has left Early Access

    For those who're looking to run their very own farm, with a rather sweet visual style Farm Together has now left Early Access.

    Disclosure: Key provided by the developer to our Steam Curator.

  • Get your shoes and headphones ready for SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell, now on GOG

    SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell, a heavy metal first-person platformer that's all about speed is now on GOG.

    Like all good speedrunners, it's not just about being the absolutely quickest. You also need to be smart, there's a few ways to do some little fancy tricks in each level to give you that extra second of time.

  • Sudden Strike 4 heads to Africa in the new DLC out now, cross-platform multiplayer not coming

    Strategy game Sudden Strike 4 has another DLC today with the release of the Africa: Desert War expansion.

    This new expansion has two "mini-campaigns" with six new singleplayer missions from the North African campaign of World War 2. Africa – Desert War introduces over 30 new vehicles including an all-new medical truck, the Marder II Tank Destroyer, the British Bishop SPG, as well as the Italian Semovente da 105/25 Assault Gun.

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MidnightBSD 1.0 Is Ready To Shine With ZFS Support, Ryzen Compatibility

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 19:05

MidnightBSD 1.0 also brings improvements to its Mport package manager, Bhyve virtualization support is now available, ZFS file-system support (including for root file-system), OpenBSD's doas replacing sudo, and various other software updates and improvements.

The 1.0 release ISOs and more information on MidnightBSD is available from the project site at MidnightBSD.org.

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La Frite: A Libre ARM SBC For $5, 10x Faster Than The Raspberry Pi Zero

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:47

The folks at the Libre Computer Project who have successfully released the Tritium, Le Potato, and other ARM SBCs while being as open-source friendly as possible have now announced La Frite.

La Frite is a low-end offering with their 512MB model shipping for just $5 USD or the 1GB version for $10... In other words, aimed squarely at the Raspberry Pi Zero and intended for IoT use-cases and other purposes.

The $5 ARM SBC is said to be 10x faster than the Raspberry Pi Zero plus having real HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports.

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Graphics: Mir, X.Org Foundation, and AMD

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:40
  • Ubuntu's Bring-Up Of NVIDIA's Driver With Mir Continues

    The Ubuntu developers continuing to work on the Mir display server stack have made headway in their NVIDIA driver enablement effort.

    The code isn't yet merged nor even ready to be merged, but they at least have got the NVIDIA proprietary driver working with Mir to the extent that EGL clients are working, rendering is working without major issues, it doesn't regress the stack for the non-NVIDIA drivers, etc.

  • XDC2019 X.Org / Mesa / Wayland Conference To Be Hosted In Montreal

    The X.Org Foundation Board of Directors decided today that their next annual X.Org/Mesa/Wayland conference will be held in Montreal, Canada.

    X.Org decided to head up to Quebec, Canada for next year's X.Org conference after the successful XDC2018 held last month in Spain. Those bidding to be the XDC2019 host city were between Montreal and Hutchinson in Minnesota.

  • AMD Posts Latest Open-Source Linux Patches For FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync / VRR

    One of the few features not yet provided by the mainline open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver will soon be crossed off the list... FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync / HDMI Variable Refresh Rate support.

    It's been a heck of a long time coming to say the least, but last month AMD began posting new patches for VRR / Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync for their open-source Linux graphics driver. Part of the reason why it's taken so long getting to this point was reaching a consensus with the Intel Linux graphics driver developers and other Linux DRM stakeholders over the design/properties to use in exposing this functionality to user-space so eventually other Linux graphics drivers can choose to implement this support similarly.

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A Look At The Windows 10 October 2018 Update Performance With WSL

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:07

As the first of our Linux vs. Windows benchmarks coming around Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update, today we are exploring the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) performance to see if they have finally managed to improve the I/O performance for this Linux binary compatibility layer and how the WSL performs compared to Ubuntu and Clear Linux.

For those that have missed my previous rounds of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) benchmarking, this Linux binary compatibility layer for Windows is surprisingly performant for most workloads... Microsoft all around has done a surprisingly good job on WSL with its support and performance. The big exception to the strong WSL performance though has been for I/O workloads struggling a great deal due to WSL needing to track the various meta-data separately, backing the I/O by their long-standing NTFS file-system, and other complications between Linux/Windows I/O handling. But they continue to express they are working on improving the I/O performance and as such I was anxious to see if there are any improvements with this October 2018 Update.

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Firefox ESR 60 Is Now Available on Ubuntu as a Snap, Here's How to Install It

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:05

Every six weeks, a new major Firefox release hits the streets, and it's soon available in the Ubuntu repositories, but thanks to Canonical's Snappy technologies, users now have access to the latest ESR versions of Firefox too, which are mostly intended for the company's enterprise partners who want long-term supported Firefox release.

"The ESR version of Firefox is aimed at corporations who want to have more control over the version of Firefox their employees have installed," said Canonical in a blog post. "Mozilla recommends that users stay on the Rapid Release version if they wish the newest product features offered by Firefox."

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[$] I/O scheduling for single-queue devices

LWN.net - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:03
Block I/O performance can be one of the determining factors for the performance of a system as a whole, especially on systems with slower drives. The need to optimize I/O patterns has led to the development of a long series of I/O schedulers over the years; one of the most recent of those is BFQ, which was merged during the 4.12 development cycle. BFQ incorporates an impressive set of heuristics designed to improve interactive performance, but it has, thus far, seen relatively little uptake in deployed systems. An attempt to make BFQ the default I/O scheduler for some types of storage devices has raised some interesting questions, though, on how such decisions should be made.

GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment Development Kicks Off, First Milestone Is Out Now

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 18:01

Work on the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment begun a few weeks ago after the launch of the GNOME 3.30 "Almeria" desktop environment last month, which is currently hitting the stable software repositories of some of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions. GNOME 3.32 will be developed under the GNOME 3.31.x umbrella for the next six months, until its March 13, 2019, launch.

GNOME 3.31.1 is now available as the first development milestone towards the final GNOME 3.32 desktop environment. Being the first development snapshot, GNOME 3.31.1 brings only a few updated core components and apps, without any notable changes, except for the removal of the application menus feature, as we reported earlier this week.

Also: GNOME 3.31.1 Released As The First Step Towards GNOME 3.32

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4 Must-Have Tools for Monitoring Linux

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 17:55

Linux. It’s powerful, flexible, stable, secure, user-friendly… the list goes on and on. There are so many reasons why people have adopted the open source operating system. One of those reasons which particularly stands out is its flexibility. Linux can be and do almost anything. In fact, it will (in most cases) go well above what most platforms can. Just ask any enterprise business why they use Linux and open source.

But once you’ve deployed those servers and desktops, you need to be able to keep track of them. What’s going on? How are they performing? Is something afoot? In other words, you need to be able to monitor your Linux machines. “How?” you ask. That’s a great question, and one with many answers. I want to introduce you to a few such tools—from command line, to GUI, to full-blown web interfaces (with plenty of bells and whistles). From this collection of tools, you can gather just about any kind of information you need. I will stick only with tools that are open source, which will exempt some high-quality, proprietary solutions. But it’s always best to start with open source, and, chances are, you’ll find everything you need to monitor your desktops and servers. So, let’s take a look at four such tools.

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BSD: Michael W. Lucas Talks FreeBSD, Tor on OpenBSD, Call for Testing of OpenSSH 7.9

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 17:07
  • Michael W. Lucas talks FreeBSD (and whatever else he wants)
  • Tor part 1: how-to use Tor

    Installing tor is really easy on OpenBSD. We need to install it, and start its daemon. The daemon will listen by default on localhost on port 9050. On others systems, it may be quite similar, install the tor package and enable the daemon if not enabled by default.

  • Tor part 2: hidden service

    In this second Tor article, I will present an interesting Tor feature named hidden service. The principle of this hidden service is to make available a network service from anywhere, with only prerequisites that the computer must be powered on, tor not blocked and it has network access.

  • Call for testing: OpenSSH 7.9

    OpenSSH 7.9p1 is almost ready for release, so we would appreciate testing on as many platforms and systems as possible. This is a bugfix release.

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A Look At The Windows 10 October 2018 Update Performance With WSL

Phoronix - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 15:55
As the first of our Linux vs. Windows benchmarks coming around Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update, today we are exploring the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) performance to see if they have finally managed to improve the I/O performance for this Linux binary compatibility layer and how the WSL performs compared to Ubuntu and Clear Linux.

Security updates for Friday

LWN.net - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 15:48
Security updates have been issued by Debian (net-snmp), Fedora (php-horde-nag), openSUSE (git, java-1_8_0-openjdk, libxml2, mgetty, moinmoin-wiki, postgresql10, and soundtouch), Oracle (spamassassin), Red Hat (spamassassin), SUSE (apache2, axis, kernel, libX11 and libxcb, and texlive), and Ubuntu (clamav, git, and texlive-bin).

MidnightBSD 1.0 Is Ready To Shine With ZFS Support, Ryzen Compatibility

Phoronix - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 14:51
Especially with TrueOS once again taking a new direction, one of the few current BSDs focused on a great desktop experience is MidnightBSD that is about to mark its 1.0 release...

Intel Whiskey Lake Support Formally Added To Mesa 18.3

Phoronix - Pet, 10/12/2018 - 13:06
The recently posted patch for Intel Whiskey Lake support in Mesa has now been merged for Mesa 18.3...
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