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No Linux, No Docker, No Cloud OS? Think Again

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 15:57 PM - (Enterprise)

OSv, a from-scratch OS for running applications at scale and with high performance, blazes a trail to the cloud that doesn't use Linux or Docker-style containers.

CoreOS and Joyent's SmartOS/Triton have worked to redefine, in radically different ways, what an OS needs to be to run applications at scale in the cloud.

Now another candidate is set to join the ranks of maverick cloud OSes: OSv, open source, hypervisor-optimized, and "designed to run an application stack without getting in the way."

Read more at InfoWorld.

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First Development Builds for GNOME 3.18 to Arrive Next Week

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 15:17 PM - (Software)

GNOME 3.18 is already in the works and developers need to push their first development versions of this new branch soon. This mean that we'll be able to test some very new packages next week. Some very exciting new features have been announced for GNOME 3.18, soon after the launch...

GNOME 3.18 is already in the works and developers need to push their first development versions of this new branch soon. This mean that we'll be able to test some very new packages next week.

Some very exciting new features have been announced for GNOME 3.18, soon after the launch of the 3.16 branch, which... (read more)

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Deep Engine Brings Enterprise-Level Performance to MySQL Databases

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 14:45 PM - (Enterprise)

Deep Information Sciences' plug-and-play storage engine brings HTAP capabilities to MySQL, making it suitable for big data and other data-intensive projects.

Deep Information Sciences' plug-and-play storage engine brings HTAP capabilities to MySQL, making it suitable for big data and other data-intensive projects.

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Hidden Options in Ubuntu 15.04 Can Make It Much Better

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 14:23 PM - (Software)

Ubuntu 15.04 is a complete operating system and can be used just as Canonical has intended, but some very interesting options and features are hidden inside the OS and the not usually accessible, unless you install a couple of applications. Ubuntu is generally a very customizable operating system and numerous...

Ubuntu 15.04 is a complete operating system and can be used just as Canonical has intended, but some very interesting options and features are hidden inside the OS and the not usually accessible, unless you install a couple of applications.

Ubuntu is generally a very customizable operating system and numerous changes can be made, but many of these options are not accessible by default and users need to install at least a couple of applications. To make things clear, some th... (read more)

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Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 14:00 PM - (Software)

Intel Haswell Linux users are greeted by relatively modest performance changes with Ubuntu 15.04 while those using AMD Radeon graphics cards on the open-source R600 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers have much more to look forward to when upgrading to this week's release of Ubuntu 15.04. Here's some Ubuntu 14.10 vs.

Intel Haswell Linux users are greeted by relatively modest performance changes with Ubuntu 15.04 while those using AMD Radeon graphics cards on the open-source R600 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers have much more to look forward to when upgrading to this week's release of Ubuntu 15.04. Here's some Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 OpenGL benchmarks for a range of AMD Radeon graphics cards.

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There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 13:20 PM - (Software)

It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!..

It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!..

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Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Continues the Process of Conquering China

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 13:16 PM - (Software)

Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), the Chinese Linux distribution developed in collaboration with Canonical that's based Ubuntu, has been released and is now ready for download. Ubuntu Kylin is slowly making a name for itself in China, and it's already a long-lived distro. Many promising open-source operating systems have come...

Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), the Chinese Linux distribution developed in collaboration with Canonical that's based Ubuntu, has been released and is now ready for download.

Ubuntu Kylin is slowly making a name for itself in China, and it's already a long-lived distro. Many promising open-source operating systems have come and gone in China, but very few have managed to consistently provide updates and new versions. Canonical is new to the Chinese market, but it's makin... (read more)

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The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 13:13 PM - (Mobile)

Alan Turing was a British pioneer in computer science who gave the name to one of the most complex tests a machine has to undergo so that scientists can determine its ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of humans.

So that’s why we were immediately interested when we heard there was a company called Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) that developed a smartphone, lovingly called the read more)

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Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 13:08 PM - (Software)

It's nearing the end of the Linux 4.1 kernel and Chris Mason has now sent in his pull request of Btrfs file-system updates for this next kernel update...

It's nearing the end of the Linux 4.1 kernel and Chris Mason has now sent in his pull request of Btrfs file-system updates for this next kernel update...

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Raspberry Pi 2 Is the Cheapest Way of Streaming Steam Games to the TV

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 12:20 PM - (Mobile)

Valve already announced that it's launching a $50 (€46) device called Steam Link that will help users stream games from one computer to the TV, but that's already possible with Raspberry Pi.

Valve wants to take over the living room, and one way of doing that is by providing users with a simple, clear way of streaming their games from the PC to the TV. Sure enough, this can be done easily with an HDMI cable or by moving the PC closer to the TV, but who wants to have all that... (read more)

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Webmin 1.740 Released – A Web Based System Administration Control Panel for Linux

Friday, 24 April 2015 - 11:40 AM - (Software)

Webmin is an open source web based system configuration application for Linux system administration. With the help of this tool we can manage internal system configuration such as setting up user accounts, disk quotas.

Webmin is an open source web based system configuration application for Linux system administration. With the help of this tool we can manage internal system configuration such as setting up user accounts, disk quotas,...

 
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Lubuntu 15.04 Is the Last Release to Use LXDE as the Team Prepares for LXQt - Screenshot Tour

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 19:58 PM - (Software)

Canonical had the pleasure of announcing the release of the Ubuntu 15.04 computer operating system, dubbed Vivid Vervet, a major version powered by Linux kernel 3.19 and some of the latest Linux technologies available. Many of the official Ubuntu flavors have been released as well today, April 23, including Kubuntu...

Canonical had the pleasure of announcing the release of the Ubuntu 15.04 computer operating system, dubbed Vivid Vervet, a major version powered by Linux kernel 3.19 and some of the latest Linux technologies available.

Many of the official Ubuntu flavors have been released as well today, April 23, including Kubuntu 15.04, Xubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu MATE 15.04, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04, Ubuntu Studio 15.04, and Ubuntu Kylin 15.04.

Lubuntu 15.04 has also been made available for down... (read more)

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10 Mini-PCs With Pre-Installed Linux

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 17:33 PM - (Mobile)

ASUS ChromebookAs computers shrink in size, the line between mini-PCs and small desktop PCs is getting blurrier every year. As the name suggests, however, mini-PCs, are smaller than usual, usually less than five inches square and a few inches tall, making them easier to carry and hide away on a crowded desktop or behind a signage or kiosk display. They're also usually fanless, which means they're quiet and have one less moving part to break, and they tend to be cheaper, with more limited I/O. That usually translates into lower prices.

Here we take a look at 10 capable mini-PCs that can be purchased pre-installed with a Linux operating system. (Click on the Gallery link below for a slide show of photos and descriptions.) To keep the selection manageable, we are skipping the many, mostly media player oriented devices that ship with Android only, such as the Tronsmart Orion R28. Most of these devices can be used as media players, although most are more generic systems that can be used as desktop replacements or for signage and/or other embedded applications.

Even by restricting our list to under-$600 mini-PCs with pre-installed Linux, there are some great options here. Most of the systems run Ubuntu, although Linux Mint, OpenELEC, and Chrome OS are also seen here.

Your choices expand greatly if you consider barebones, bring-your-own-OS mini-PCs from companies like Gigabyte and Zotac. (Some of the vendors listed here, such as CompuLab, also offer barebone options. Loading your own OS takes more work, but can save you a bit of cash. You can also buy a Windows-based PC and replace Windows with Linux, but you'll usually pay more, so it's probably not worth it unless you want to dual boot.

If you want to use an x86-based mini-PC as both a keyboard-ready desktop PC and a media player, you usually won't find an IR receiver. So if you want to use both a remote and a keyboard, you may need several free USB ports, among other options noted in this recent CNX-Software discussion on the topic.

You can usually replace Android with Linux on a mini-PC, although it's typically harder than replacing Windows. Some vendors make it easier, and post alternative lightweight Linux distributions for download that are suitable for these typically ARM-based systems.

Ugoos just released an Ugoos UT3S media player mini-PC that dual boots Ubuntu and Android. The device runs the Kodi (XBMC) media stack, which tends to run better under Ubuntu than in the new Android-based implementation. Another mini-PC on our list -- SolidRun's CuBoxTV-- runs OpenELEC Linux with Kodi, and can also be set up with Android.

For an entirely different, browser-oriented Linux experience you can find under-$200 Chromeboxes running Chrome OS from Acer, Asus, and HP, as well as a more expensive, business-oriented Dell Chromebox. Here, we've opted for the well-reviewed Asus Chromebox, but they're all decent.

Compared to mainstream PCs and laptops, there are more ARM-based mini-PCs available, although x86 still prevails among those devices that run Linux distros other than Android. One option, especially in the ARM world, is to buy one of the many Linux-ready, open spec SBCs that offer optional enclosures. Voila -- instant mini-PC.

Two of the systems listed here -- the recently released, Ubuntu-based System76 Meerkat and ZaReason Zini 1550-- use Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) reference design, and it appears the Penguin Pocket Wee may be NUC-based as well. The NUCs appear to be the only other mini-PCs on our list aside from MintBox 2the Ugoos UT3S with fans, although they're claimed to be "silent."

Intel also offers its own NUC, as well as a new Intel Compute Stick that will be available in a $110 Ubuntu version on May 31. Even if it was shipping now, however, we're not including HDMI stick computers, which are more typically Android-based, have very limited I/O, and are generally focused solely on media player applications.

CompuLab has two devices on our list: the tiny, ARM-based, Ubuntu-ready Utilite2, as well as one of the MintBox line of x86 boxes developed with the Linux Mint community under the Fit-PC brand. A new, lower-end $295 MintBox Mini, with a quad-core AMD A4 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 64GB storage, looks worthy, but is currently sold out. Meanwhile, we've gone with the proven MintBox 2, which offers the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint instead of Mate. This larger, faster system sports an Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, and a 500GB HDD for $599.

Note that the feature listings in the slide show (Gallery) below are not necessarily all inclusive. We don't list HDMI ports, which are provided by all the mini-PCs listed here, and they all have at least one USB port. The prices listed below are the latest starting prices, although many offer more RAM, flash, and other features at higher prices. In some cases, especially with Cloudsto's Linux makeovers of Android-based Rikomagic mini-PCs, there are often several, similar Linux-ready models that are worthy of consideration.

Sources for hunting down Linux-ready and Linux-based mini-PCs include LinuxGizmos, Liliputing, and CNX-Software, to name a few.

Slide Show: 10 Linux Mini-PCs

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Asus Chromebox -- $179

Cloudsto MK902II LE -- £110 ($165)

Cloudsto MK80 LE -- £155 ($232)

CompuLab MintBox 2 -- $599

CompuLab Utilite2 -- $192

SolidRun CuboxTV -- $110

System76 Meerkat -- $499

ThinkPenguin Penguin Pocket Wee -- $499

Ugoos UT3S -- $179

ZaReason Zini 1550 -- $549

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Qubes Open Source Security OS Releases Version 3.0

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 16:20 PM - (Software)

Invisible Things Lab: Finally, we're releasing the first installable ISO for Qubes 3.0, the Release Candidate 1 (3.0-rc1)!

Finally, we're releasing the first installable ISO for Qubes 3.0, the Release Candidate 1 (3.0-rc1)!

Compared to Qubes R2, which we released last year, Qubes OS 3.0 brings major improvements in two distinct areas:

 

  • It implements the new hypervisor-abstracted architecture (which we call: HAL), and introduces a load of new features: Xen 4.4, new qrexec, and brings lots of new VM templates with full Qubes integration: Debian 7 and 8, Whonix 9, and many more.

  • It also provides important modifications and improvements to our build system.

 

Let me spend a while discussing these build system improvements now, as these are quite important for the future of the project, I think.

Read more at Invisible Things Lab Blog.

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This Week in Linux News: VMware's New Linux OS, Citrix Joins OpenStack and More

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 16:04 PM - (Software)

This week in Linux news, a LinuxCon veteran shares 6 reasons why people with disabilities should use Linux, VMware announces its new container-friendly Linux OS, and more. Here are 5 top headlines from this week.


Falkland Islands PenguinsThis week in Linux news, a LinuxCon veteran shares 6 reasons why people with disabilities should use Linux, VMware announces its new container-friendly Linux OS, and more. Here are 5 top headlines from this week.

1) DCOS (a Linux system/application manager from Mesos) announced the addition of Kubernetes, revealing increased container-conciousness.

Mesos Adds Kubernetes, Containers to Data Center Management System- InfoWorld

2) Linux Foundation member and virtualization leader, Citrix, is now a corporate sponsor of the Openstack Foundation.

Citrix Joins OpenStack, Aims at Interoperability in the Cloud- The Inquirer

3) Spencer Hunley, open source assistive technology enthusiast and autistic professional, shares why Linux is a good match for people with disabilities. 

6 Reasons People With Disabilities Should Use Linux- OpenSource.com

4) VMware's new Project Photon is a lightweight Linux OS for containerized applications.

VMware Introduces New Open Source Projects To Enable The Microservices Future- Forbes

5) New vulnerability could allow hackers to crash devices via a malicious wireless peer-to-peer network name.

Wi-Fi Software Security Bug Could Leave Android, Windows, Linux Open to Attack- Ars Technica

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