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Prometheus Milestone

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 17:38

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GNU/Linux on Laptops

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 17:19
  • Dell's Thunderbolt TB16 Dock Can Work With Linux & Drive Dual 4K Displays

    When it came to settling on the latest-generation Dell XPS 13 as my main production workhorse with Fedora Workstation 28, besides the laptop's own traits like its build quality, specs relative to price, and other factors, another important requirement was the ability to drive two 4K displays when at my desk. The Dell XPS 13 has no issue driving dual 4K screens via the Dell Thunderbolt TB16 dock.

  • Chrome OS update makes installing Linux apps easier
  • Chrome OS update simplifies installing Linux applications

    A recent Chrome OS update has made the installation of Linux applications as simple as most of the popular distributions.

    Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel and it’s been possible to install applications designed for the latter for some time using tools like Crouton.

    However, installing Linux apps on Chrome OS has never been friendly to beginners and required users to be in developer mode and have some knowledge of the command line. A recent OS update has changed matters.


    Linux distros have been around since the 90s and continue to build up a roster of desktop-optimised apps. For Chrome OS to ever be considered a serious work platform to rival Windows and Mac, it needed to embrace Linux apps.

  • 28 older Chromebooks now support Linux apps

    More Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung have received Linux app support. The change, which landed Thursday, will apply to some Chromebooks that released in 2015-2017, running Intel Braswell architecture and Kernel 3.18.

  • Chrome OS now supports installing arbitrary Linux packages

    Samsung recently presented the Galaxy Tab S4 as the ultimate productivity portable device but initial reviews have been rather scathing. Thanks to its timing, Samsung’s premium tablet is being compared to the likes of the cheaper iPad, the cheaper Surface Go, and, closer to home, Chromebooks. The latter, especially, is getting more and more talented and the latest experimental feature nearly turns it into that ultimate productivity OS. That is if you live and breathe Linux.

  • Linux Apps Coming To Older Braswell Chromebooks

    The addition of Linux apps to Chrome OS via the Crostini Project seems to be expanding at an exponential rate lately. Google has been content not sharing any insight into the project apart from the advantages it brings to developers but the latest update points at a larger target than just techies developing software.

    According to the commit, a decent number of Braswell-powered Chromebooks will soon be getting Linux app support.

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Linux Live Kernel Patching Is On The Way For 64-bit ARM

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 17:15
It's been a while since having any advancements to report on the live kernel patching front for being able to deploy primarily Linux kernel security fixes without having to reboot the system. There is some new progress on that front to report on now and that is the 64-bit ARM (ARM64/AArch64) support getting squared away...

Hardware and Wi-Fi Flaws

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 15:52

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Security updates for Friday

LWN.net - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 15:41
Security updates have been issued by CentOS (java-1.7.0-openjdk, openslp, and yum-utils), Fedora (exiv2, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, libgit2, and thunderbird-enigmail), openSUSE (blueman, cups, gdk-pixbuf, libcdio, libraw, libsoup, libtirpc, mysql-community-server, polkit, python-mitmproxy, sssd, virtualbox, and webkit2gtk3), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (cobbler), SUSE (ceph, firefox, NetworkManager-vpnc, openssh, and wireshark), and Ubuntu (openjdk-7 and openjdk-8).

Intel SSD 660p: 512GB Of NVMe Storage For $99 USD

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 13:20
If you have held off on switching over to NVMe solid-state storage due to the associated costs, times are certainly changing. This week Intel introduced their 660p SSD series that yields 512GB of NVMe storage for $99 USD or 1TB for $200 USD.

Linux 4.19 Certainly Is Going To Be A Big Kernel

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 12:33
At the end of July I outlined some of the changes queued for Linux 4.19 while since then several more notable additions have become aligned for this next kernel cycle following the one week delay of Linux 4.18...

Unigine 2.7.2 Brings Improved Particle System, Better Multi-Channel Rendering

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 10:48
Unigine, the beautiful and Linux-friendly engine for games as well as VR and industrial training/simulation applications, has outed their latest engine update...

Solus Linux & Its Budgie Desktop Seeing Summer 2018 Improvements

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 10:22
The Solus Project has shared some of the work they've been engaged in this summer with their Linux distribution as well as their GTK3-based Budgie Desktop Environment...

Patches for PostgreSQL and OpenEMR

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 10:18

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SDL2 Gets Better Support For Xbox / PS4 / Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 10:06
Sam Lantinga of Valve has contributed better support for some popular game controllers to the SDL2 library...

Microsoft EEE and Openwashing

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 09:59

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New LibreOffice Version Offers Fresh Take

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 09:42

Potential LibreOffice adopters should consider possible downsides, urged king. With more than two decades into the "revolution" sparked by Linux and open source solutions, LibreOffice still constitutes a small fraction of the productivity applications and tools market.

Would that be the case if these offerings really were superior? Adopting any new platform requires retraining, and that includes LibreOffice, he said. Most employees arrive knowing at least the rudiments of Word and other Microsoft apps.

Plus, to its credit, Microsoft has addressed many user complaints and Office 365 makes it cheaper and easier to use the company's solutions than ever before, added King.

"So companies have to sort out why they are considering LibreOffice," he suggested, to determine "what potential benefits are actually achievable and whether leaving behind a longtime market leading solution (Office) really makes sense."

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Strawberry: Quality sound, open source music player

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 09:22

I recently received an email from Jonas Kvinge who forked the Clementine open source music player. Jonas writes:

I started working on a modified version of Clementine already in 2013, but because of other priorities, I did not pick up the work again before last year. I had not decided then if I was creating a fork, or contributing to Clementine. I ended up doing both. I started to see that I wanted the program development in a different direction. My focus was to create a music player for playing local music files, and not having to maintain support for multiple internet features that I did not use, and some which I did not want in the program at all… I also saw more and more that I disagree with the authors of Clementine and some statements that have been made regarding high-resolution audio.

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Valve May Soon Release a Native 64-Bit Version of Its Steam for Linux Client

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 01:08

Valve is certainly not the last software developer in the world to still offer 32-bit versions of its applications, but as the world kind of moved to 64-bit apps and operating systems, they will be forced to that too very soon.

Apple already forced their hands with the upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14 operating system, which will be available this fall, by deprecating support for 32-bit apps and urging application developers to move to 64-bit apps.

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Microsoft Still Working To Squeeze More I/O Performance Out Of WSL / Bash For Windows

Phoronix - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 01:05
Windows Subsystem for Linux, a.k.a. WSL or "Bash for Windows", has been an interesting creature out of Microsoft for running Linux binaries on Windows 10 and more recently Windows Server. In our benchmarks WSL has generally been quite performant but the area where it struggles is I/O / storage performance...

Latest ClearFog SBC offers four GbE ports and a 10GbE SFP+ port

tuxmachines.org - Pet, 08/10/2018 - 01:01

SolidRun’s “ClearFog GT 8K” networking SBC runs Ubuntu on a network virtualization enabled quad -A72 Armada A8040 SoC and offers up to 16GB DDR4, 4x GbE ports, a WAN port, a 10GbE SFP+ port, and 3x mini-PCIe slots.

SolidRun has updated its ClearFog line of Linux-driven router SBCs with a ClearFog GT 8K model designed for high-end edge computing, virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), network functional virtualization (NFV), network security, and general networking duty. The SBC runs Linux Kernel 4.4x, Ubuntu 16.04, and Google IoT Core on Marvell’s quad-core, up to 2GHz Cortex-A72 Armada A8040 SoC. Models are available with 8GB eMMC ($209), 128GB eMMC ($304), 8GB eMMC with 16GB RAM ($526), and 128GB eMMC with 16GB RAM ($621).

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Games and Wine

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 08/09/2018 - 23:27

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