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tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 09:02

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How to create a filesystem on a Linux partition or logical volume

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 08:55

In computing, a filesystem controls how data is stored and retrieved and helps organize the files on the storage media. Without a filesystem, information in storage would be one large block of data, and you couldn't tell where one piece of information stopped and the next began. A filesystem helps manage all of this by providing names to files that store data and maintaining a table of files and directories—along with their start/end location, total size, etc.—on disks within the filesystem.

In Linux, when you create a hard disk partition or a logical volume, the next step is usually to create a filesystem by formatting the partition or logical volume. This how-to assumes you know how to create a partition or a logical volume, and you just want to format it to contain a filesystem and mount it.

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Sabayon 19.03 - New stable release

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 07:33

The team behind Sabayon is excited to present you the latest stable release: Sabayon 19.03.

Sabayon is a modern and easy to use distribution based on Gentoo, which follows a reliable rolling release model.

Please read on or download your flavour

19.03 is a long awaited release, coming with a lot of new features and enhancements...

Also: Gentoo-Based Sabayon 19.03 - Finally Supports Full Disk Encryption, Python 3 Default

Gentoo-Based Sabayon 19.03 - Finally Supports Full Disk Encryption, Python 3 Default

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Stadia, Web Browsers, GNOME 3.32 & Jetson Nano Dominated Linux Interest In March

Phoronix - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 07:00
During March on Phoronix was 299 original news articles and 22 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark specials in quite an exciting month, though looking ahead to April and Q2'2019 should be quite exciting as well...

Gentoo-Based Sabayon 19.03 - Finally Supports Full Disk Encryption, Python 3 Default

Phoronix - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 05:00
It's been a while since last having any major news to report on Sabayon Linux, the once quite popular Gentoo-based Linux distribution, but they ended out March with a big update as version 19.03...

Review: Solus 4.0

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:52

I very much enjoyed my time with Solus. The project offered an unusually polished experience and presents a breath of fresh air that is all the more impressive considering it is an independent distribution which cannot rely on a parent project to do the heavy lifting. Early on I ran into some minor issues. For instance, the installer cannot handling manual partitioning and will not launch GParted for us. When I tried using the automatic location check, I ended up with the wrong keyboard layout and measurement units.

After these initial hurdles though, and some minor frustration dealing with the inconsistent menus in GNOME applications, I rapidly grew to appreciate the care that has gone into both Budgie and Solus. The theme is unusually consistent, the desktop both well crafted and flexible enough for people like me who want to customize their environment. The default applications are generally some of the best in their categories and worked beautifully.

I really like the software centre and found it pleasantly easy to navigate and uncomplicated. I like that Solus has managed to make one streamlined package manager instead of shipping three different software managers to handle different situations.

Ideally I would have preferred one settings panel instead of two. The GNOME panel offers many more options and deals with operating system configuration while the Budgie panel deals specifically with the user interface. However, there is some overlap between the two and that sometimes meant it took longer for me to find settings I wanted to tweak. That being said, the Budgie settings panel is beautiful in its explanations and simplicity; other desktops could learn from Budgie's example.

In short, all the issues I ran into were minor, more inconveniences than problems. Meanwhile the polish, flexibility, default applications, stability and performance were all top notch. I was happy with my experiences with Solus 4.0 and think it will definitely appeal to new Linux users and more experienced users who want to install their system and just have it work.

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Linux 5.1-rc3 Kernel Released - Bigger Than Normal But Not Bad

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:48

Linus Torvalds has just announced the third weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel.

Linus wrote of 5.1-rc3, "The rc3 release is bigger than normal, which is obviously never anything I want to see, but at the same time it's early enough in the rc series that it's not something I really worry about. Yet. And while it's bigger, nothing really unusual stands out."

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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for Raspberry Pi Enters Beta Testing, Here's What's New

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:43

Ubuntu MATE leader Martin Wimpress announced the release of the beta version of the Ubuntu MATE 18.04 operating system for the tiny Raspberry Pi single-board computers.
Martin Wimpress and his team have been working on refreshing the Raspberry Pi edition of the Ubuntu MATE operating system for a few weeks now, finally rebasing it on a newer LTS (Long Term Support) release, namely Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

After a few internal alpha images, the team is now ready to share the upcoming release with the Linux community, inviting them to try out the beta release of Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for Raspberry Pi, which brings lots of new features and improvements since the 16.04.2 release.

"With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version," said Martin Wimpress. "We have done what we can to optimize the builds for the Raspberry Pi without sacrificing the full desktop environment Ubuntu MATE provides on PC."

Also: Gentoo-Based Sabayon Linux Is Still Alive, New Release Adds Full Disk Encryption

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Debian and Sparky Reports for March

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:34
  • Chris Lamb: Free software activities in March 2019

    My activities as the current Debian Project Leader are covered in my Bits from the DPL (March 2019) email to the debian-devel-announce mailing list. Attentive followers of the on-going Debian Project Leader Elections will have noted that I am not running for a consecutive third term, so this was therefore my last such update, at least for the time being…

  • Joerg Jaspert: Miscellaneous, DPL election, Archive changes, Crazyness

    As some may have noticed, I nominated myself for this years DPL election. Crazy times, indeed. Got four other candidates, one has withdrawn in the meantime, so we will have a ballot with 5 options (don’t forget famous NOTA).

    My company helpfully agreed on quite a bunch of time I can take, should I really get elected, which I think will also help the other areas I am active in.

    I won’t bore you with repeating what I said in my platform or on the Debian Vote List, if you are interested in the DPL election business, feel free to read through it all. It is certainly an interesting campaigning period until now.

    Whoever will win in the end, I am sure it will be a good DPL.

  • Jonathan Carter: Free Software Activities (2019-03)
  • Sparky news 2019/03

    The 3rd monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:
    • Sparky Tube received a few improvements
    • Advanced Installed has a new option which lets you choose autologin without password (suggested by Elton)
    • Sparky 5.7 released (LXQt, MinimalGUI/Openbox, MinimalCLI)
    • Sparky 5.7 Special Editions released (GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue)
    • Linux kernel updated up to version 5.0.5 & 4.20.17 (EOL) & 5.1-rc2
    • Added to repos: mkusb, qCalculator, qCamera, Sway, tbsm, mako, bemenu
    • Updated sddm-theme-sparky: replaced existing theme by a new one, which doesn’t need plasma as a dependency any more; added another sddm theme to a new ‘sddm-theme1-sparky’ package

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Red Hat on Desktop (LVFS) and Server

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:32
  • The Linux Vendor Firmware Service Marks a Major Milestone

    Leveraging the LVFS (and the open-source fwupd tool), Linux distributions like Ubuntu allow users to install firmware updates alongside regular software and OS updates.

    The Software app is able to scan the service’s database to find firmware updates for compatible/attached hardware, then offer to download and install it — no manufacturer-specific flashing tools required.

  • LVFS Served Up 500k Firmware Files To Linux Users This Month

    Back in February the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) was celebrating having served more than five million firmware files over the duration of this service for providing BIOS/firmware files to Linux users for different hardware components from different vendors ranging from mice/peripheral firmware to new system/motherboard BIOS from major hardware vendors. That count is quickly shooting up these days and they are now serving 500k files per month.

    Richard Hughes, the lead developer of LVFS/Fwupd at Red Hat, shared they hit a new record of serving 0.5 million firmware files over the past month.

  • The impact of the GDPR - privacy matters

    For anyone working in the privacy space, 2018 can be summed up with four letters: GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation’s implementation date of May 25, 2018, will forever be etched in the minds of many as the date that the European Union adopted a comprehensive and far-reaching privacy law.

    On reflection, the GDPR was truly a watershed moment for global privacy law. Not only because of the rights and protections it provides to individuals in the European Union, but because — less than a year later — the GDPR has inspired other governments to consider similar legislation. New privacy laws are coming into effect in California, Brazil and possibly other U.S. states and countries, and these laws share many of the same principles of the GDPR.

  • Red Hat Summit 2019 Labs: Cloud-native app dev roadmap

    Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA, May 7-9 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This event offers everything you need to know about the current state of open source, enterprise-ready software. You’ll find customers talking about leveraging open source in their solutions, and you’ll meet the creators of open source technologies and get to experience their hands-on labs.

    The following labs can be found in the session catalog online, by searching on the session title or filtering on “instructor-led lab” and “cloud-native app dev” content. You can also learn more about the Cloud-Native App Dev track sessions in this article.

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The Debian Project mourns the loss of Innocent de Marchi

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 01:04

The Debian Project recently learned that it has lost a member of its community. Innocent de Marchi passed a few months ago.

Innocent was a math teacher and a free software developer. One of his passions was tangram puzzles, which led him to write a tangram-like game that he later packaged and maintained in Debian. Soon his contributions expanded to other areas, and he also worked as a tireless translator into Catalan.

The Debian Project honors his good work and strong dedication to Debian and Free Software. Innocent's contributions will not be forgotten, and the high standards of his work will continue to serve as an inspiration to others.

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LLVM Clang 9.0 Adds "-ftime-trace" To Produce Useful Time Trace Profiling Data

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 00:53

LLVM has merged a very useful feature for the Clang 9.0 release this autumn: the -ftime-trace feature allows producing time trace profiling data in a friendly format that is useful for developers to better understand where the compiler is spending most of its time and other areas for improvement.

Clang has already supported -ftime-report for printing time summaries for each stage of the compilation process while -ftime-trace yields much more useful data. The output of -ftime-trace is JSON-based profiling outputs that can be loaded into Chrome's chrome://tracing visualizer. This data shows how much time LLVM/Clang is spending on compiling each file, down to the function granularity.

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SDDM v0.18.1

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 00:42

We are happy to release a new SDDM version.

SDDM is a Qt based graphical login manager developed in a collaborative fashion by people from Liri, KDE and LXQt.

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OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 39 Million Test/Suite Downloads & More Tests Coming

Phoronix - Pon, 04/01/2019 - 00:23
This weekend the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org crossed its latest milestone... Serving more than 39 million test profile / test suite downloads to those using our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software!..

Linux 5.1-rc3 Kernel Released - Bigger Than Normal But Not Bad

Phoronix - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 23:09
Linus Torvalds has just announced the third weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel...

Linux Lite 4.4 is ready to replace Microsoft Windows on your aging PC

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 22:37

One of the best things about operating systems based on the Linux kernel is they can sometimes be very lightweight. Why is this important? Well, when an OS uses very few resources, it can breathe new life into an aging PC. In other words, just because Windows 7 or Windows 10 run like molasses on your old computer, that doesn't mean you have to buy a new one. The right Linux distribution can make your older PC feel fast and new.

One of the most popular lightweight Linux-based operating systems is Linux Lite. Heck, the name of the distribution tells you that it is designed to use few resources! Version 4.4 is now available, and as per usual, it is based on the latest Ubuntu LTS -- 18.04. The Xfce desktop environment will feel familiar to those switching from Windows. Those new to Linux will also appreciate the easy access to many popular programs, such as Skype, Steam, and Spotify. Even the excellent Microsoft Office alternative, LibreOffice, is included.

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Indija testno sestrelila satelit

Slo-Tech - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 19:25
Indija testno sestrelila satelit Slo-Tech - Prejšnji teden je Indija z raketo prvič sestrelila svoj satelit v nizki Zemljini orbiti in s tem postala četrta država s protisatelitskimi zmogljivostmi. Dogodek je sprožil različne, pretežno negativne odzive, tako zaradi nevarnosti razbitin, kot strahu pred pospeševanjem militarizacije vesolja. Več na Slo-Techu.
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