New story! Will 2018 Be the Year of the Linux Desktop

  • Make Tech Easier; By Nick Congleton (Posted by damien on Jan 17, 2018 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
The Year of the Linux Desktop is a fabled time when Linux finally rises up and becomes the dominant desktop operating system, supplanting Windows. Will 2018 be the Year of the Linux Desktop? Let’s find out.

New story! Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer

Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into the new year.

New story! Firefox Release, Xen, KDE's Plasma and More

Set your calendars for January 23, 2018, to download the latest Firefox 58 release packed with performance/bottleneck and bug fixes, an even better site source code debugger and more.

New story! Mozilla and Sundance Film Festival Present: VR the People

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2018 2:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
On n Monday January 22, Mozilla is bringing together a panel of the top VR industry insiders in the world to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to explain how VR storytelling is revolutionizing the film and entertainment industry.

New story! Why DevSecOps matters to IT leaders

  •; By Kevin Casey (Posted by crudder on Jan 17, 2018 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
DevSecOps may not be an elegant term, but the results are attractive: Stronger security, earlier in the development cycle.

New story! Linux Journal 2.0 Progress Report

It's been a busy two weeks here at Linux Journal 2.0, and we've been simply overwhelmed with all of your feedback and support—we can't thank you enough for all of it.

New story! GNOME Devs to Users: Desktop Icons Are Moving to GNOME Shell with GNOME 3.28

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jan 16, 2018 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
There appears to be a lot of fuss lately about the removal of an option from the GNOME desktop environment that allows users to display icons on their desktops.

New story! How To Create A Bootable Zorin OS USB Drive

This is a step by step guide to creating a bootable Zorin OS USB drive. It includes everything from listing the different versions, navigating the site, downloading the Etcher software tool and booting into Zorin.

New story! How to Install and Use iostat on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
iostat also known as input/output statistics is a popular Linux system monitoring tool that can be used to collect statistics of input and output devices. It allows users to identify performance issues of local disk, remote disk and system information. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and use iostat on Ubuntu 16.04.

New story! 4 artificial intelligence trends to watch

  •; By Minda Zetlin (Posted by crudder on Jan 16, 2018 7:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2018 is the year AI talk turns into action

New story! Mozilla Files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 6:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Today, Mozilla filed a petition in federal court in Washington, DC against the Federal Communications Commission for its recent decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order. Why did we...

New story! How to Install and Optimize Apache on Ubuntu

  • ThisHosting.Rocks; By ThisHosting.Rocks (Posted by Feenta on Jan 16, 2018 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Apache
Detailed, beginner-friendly instructions on how to install, configure, and optimize Apache on an Ubuntu server.

New story! Why building a community is worth the extra effort

When we launched Nethesis in 2003, we were just system integrators. We only used existing open source projects. Our business model was clear: Add multiople forms of value to those projects: know-how, documentation for the Italian market, extra modules, professional support, and training courses. We gave back to upstream projects as well, through upstream code contributions and by participating in their communities. read more

New story! Valve Releases New SteamOS Beta Update with Linux Kernel 4.14.13, Upgrade Fixes

Valve released on Tuesday a new beta update of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming Linux distribution for Steam Machines and anyone else who wants to run SteamOS on their personal computers.

New story! Barcelona is moving to Linux; why not Dhaka?

The Spanish city of Barcelona just announced a few days ago that it will migrate desktops from MS Windows / MS Office to free alternatives. The question is why countries like Bangladesh are not making similar moves.

New story! Analyzing the Linux boot process

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The oldest joke in open source software is the statement that "the code is self-documenting." Experience shows that reading the source is akin to listening to the weather forecast: sensible people still go outside and check the sky. What follows are some tips on how to inspect and observe Linux systems at boot by leveraging knowledge of familiar debugging tools. Analyzing the boot processes of systems that are functioning well prepares users and developers to deal with the inevitable failures. read more

New story! Microsoft's Patent Racket Has Just Been Broadened to Threaten GNU/Linux Users Who Don't Pay Microsoft 'Rents'

Microsoft revisits its aggressive patent strategy which it failed to properly implement 12 years ago with Novell; it wants to 'collect' a patent tax on GNU/Linux and it uses patent trolls to make that easier

New story! Toughened up SODIMM module taps i.MX8M

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Android; Story Type: News Story
CompuLab’s rugged, 68 x 42mm “CL-SOM-iMX8” module runs Yocto or Android on NXP’s dual- or quad-core Cortex-A53 i.MX8M, with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, onboard wireless, and PCIe and HDMI 2.0 support. CompuLab’s CL-SOM-iMX8 module, which ships with an optional SBC-iMX8 Evaluation Kit, shares many features with Variscite’s recently announced DART-MX8M module, […]

New story! How to Install MATE Alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint

  • Make Tech Easier; By Bruno Edoh (Posted by damien on Jan 16, 2018 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Mint
Linux Mint comes in different versions, each with a different desktop environments and default applications. If you started with Cinnamon, this will show how you can install Mate alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint.

New story! Dr. Lovesource: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the open

  •; By Mike Bursell (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I used to write code. I don't anymore. There are lots of reasons for this, including the fact that I wasn't very good at it. To clarify, I was, I think, good at writing code,1 but I wasn't very good at writing code.2 It turns out that I'm quite good at a variety of other things, so my career3 moved in a different direction—or, in fact, a variety of different directions.

New story! What’s New in MX Linux 17

MX Linux 17 is the latest release of MX Linux. This release powered by Linux kernel 4.13, based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 “Stretch” and using Xfce 4.12.3 as default desktop environment.

New story! From the Field

Just released on 1-14-2018: the 4.15-rc8 Linux kernel. You can view the commit diff here, and more information is available from The Linux Kernel Archives.

New story! KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Enters Beta, Brings Unified Look and Phone Integration

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jan 15, 2018 11:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KDE Project announced a few moments ago the release of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

New story! 2 scientific calculators for the Linux desktop

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2018 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Every Linux desktop environment comes with at least a simple desktop calculator, but most of those simple calculators are just that: a simple tool for simple calculations. Fortunately, there are exceptions; programs that go far beyond square roots and a couple of trigonometric functions, yet are still easy to use. Here are two powerful calculator tools for Linux, plus a couple of bonus options. read more

New story! Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA3 to secure modern networks

  • Network World; By Andy Patrizio (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
The alliance announced the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3), a new standard of Wi-Fi security that greatly increases the security capabilities of the wireless standard. WPA2, which is the current standard in wireless security, has been around for 14 years, so this is way overdue.

New story! Creating an Internet Radio Station with Icecast and Liquidsoap

Ever wanted to stream prerecorded music or a live event, such as a lecture or concert for an internet audience? With Icecast and Liquidsoap, you can set up a full-featured, flexible internet radio station using free software and open standards.

New story! Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes Now Patched Against Meltdown and Spectre Flaws

After releasing an updated ISO image for Black Lab Enterprise Linux with patches against Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, Roberto J. Dohnert also updated the Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes.

New story! How To Boot Into Linux Command Line

  •; By Mohd Sohail (Posted by MohdSohail on Jan 15, 2018 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The operating system makes use of swap space when its available physical memory (RAM) is running out due to ever demanding applications. In this situation, the operating system moves the inactive pages in physical memory to swap space.

New story! How to Install Java on Ubuntu

  • ThisHosting.Rocks; By ThisHosting.Rocks (Posted by Feenta on Jan 15, 2018 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Easy to follow, step by step, up to date instructions on how to install and set up Java on Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04 and any other release.

New story! How debuggers really work

A debugger is one of those pieces of software that most, if not every, developer uses at least once during their software engineering career, but how many of you know how they actually work? During my talk at 2018 in Sydney, I will be talking about writing a debugger from scratch... in Rust! In this article, the terms debugger/tracer are interchangeably. "Tracee" refers to the process being traced by the tracer. read more

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