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How Facebook Uses Linux and Btrfs: An Interview with Chris Mason

Chris Mason is the principal author of Btrfs, the open source file system that’s seen as the default file system for SUSE Enterprise Linux. Mason started working on Btrfs at Oracle and then moved to Facebook where he continued to work on the file system as a member of the company’s Linux kernel team. When Facebook has new kernels that need to go out, Mason helps make sure that everything's been properly tested and meets performance needs.

Top 7 Linux games of 2016

In the 2015 Open Source Yearbook I looked at the best open source games. This year, with the continuing growth of Linux gaming, I've rounded up the top Linux games on Steam. On an average day, some of these games are played by almost a million players. I included both free and non-free games on my list read more

Install npm on Ubuntu 16.04

npm is a JavaScript package manager which can be used to install, share, and distribute code as well as to manage dependencies in your projects.

LXLE: A Linux Distribution Light on Resources But Heavy on Function

  • Linux.com; By Jack Wallen (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2016 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Most lightweight Linux distributions are fairly standard: They use a window manager with a small footprint and install a minimal amount of apps to continue with the small size metaphor. In the end, many of those distributions function well...at a cost of functionality.

Here's Ubuntu Budgie 16.10 Linux Operating System Running on an Onda Tablet PC

According to a tweet posted by user Beto Sanchez, it would appear that the Ubuntu Budgie 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system is running on an Onda Tablet PC device, which usually ships with either Windows 10 or Android.

Randa Meetings Team Announces Community Partnership with KDE e.V.

The team behind The Randa Meetings is pleased to announce a community partnership with the KDE e.V. The Randa Meetings is the largest sprint organized by KDE, where roughly fifty KDE contributors meet yearly in the Swiss Alps to enjoy seven days of intense team work, pushing KDE technologies forward.

Kubernetes: A True Cloud Platform

The Kubernetes community is building a platform that will make application development completely cloud infrastructure agnostic. Sam Ghods, co-founder of Box, said Kubernetes’ combination of portability and extensibility put it in a class of its own for cloud application development, during his CloudNativeCon keynote in November. “We finally have a portable abstraction to work against in cloud infrastructure,” he said.

6 of the Best LibreOffice Extensions You Should Use

LibreOffice is already packed with features, and if that is not enough for you, here are some of the best LibreOffice extensions you can use to extend its functionality.

Linus Torvalds' Subsurface 4.6 Open-Source Divelog App Gets First Beta Release

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Dec 29, 2016 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Subsurface 4.6 open-source and cross-platform divelog application developed by Linus Torvalds in collaboration with various other skilled developers is now in the works with a first Beta release out the door.

The Best Linux Desktop Environments for HiDPI Displays

  • Make Tech Easier; By Derrik Diener (Posted by damien on Dec 29, 2016 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
macOS and Windows 10, but not Linux, have good HiDPI support for high-resolution monitors. Here are the best Linux desktop environments to use with HiDPI displays.

Install Etherpad web-based real-time collaborative editor on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux

  • linuxconfig.org; By Essodjolo Kahanam (Posted by linuxer on Dec 28, 2016 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Etherpad is an Open Source, web-based and real-time collaborative editor. It allows multiple persons, using their web browsers to edit a document at the same time. It also offers some cool features like rich text formating and instant messaging.

Chrome will soon mark some HTTP pages as 'non-secure'

  • ZDNet; By John Fontana (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2016 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Beginning next month, the company will tag web pages that include login or credit card fields with the message "Not Secure" if the page is not served using HTTPS, the secure version of the internet protocol.

Add power to your terminal with powerline

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2016 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: Interview
A while ago, Fedora Magazine posted this interview with Rackspace architect Major Hayden where he mentioned the powerline utility. If you often use a terminal, you too might find powerline useful. It gives you helpful status information, and helps you stay... Continue Reading →

KDE Developers Planning on Rebasing Plasma Mobile on AOSP or Lineage OS

KDE contributor Bhushan Shah announced today, December 28, on his personal blog that the development team behind the Plasma Mobile operating system is considering a rebase to either AOSP or Lineage OS.

Saving Application State in the Stateless Container World

  • Linux.com; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2016 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Running applications in our brave new container orchestration world is like managing herds of fireflies; they blink in and out. There is no such thing as uptimes anymore. Applications run, and when they fail, replacements launch from vanilla images. Easy come, easy go. But if your application needs to preserve state, it and must either take periodic snapshots or have some other method of recovering state. Snapshots are far from ideal as you will likely lose data, as with any non-graceful shutdown.

CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

Although open-source software excels at innovation and leverages the immense power of talented developers dedicated to solving difficult problems, the focus is rarely on enterprise capabilities, asserts CloudBees, the hub of enterprise Jenkins and DevOps. Fortunate for Jenkins developers, CloudBees, Inc., has announced CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, a Jen

A business plan for your open source project

Open sourcing your code is only a small part of building a successful open source community. Like any new venture, you need a vision of what you want to achieve and a concrete plan that will take you there. You want to be able to answer questions about your project like: read more

Is 2017 the Year of the Linux Desktop?

Setting aside how often we hear the phrase "year of the Linux desktop" in reference to the coming year, you might find yourself actually wondering what could be different in 2017. In this article, I'll explain why this is less of an issue than you might think and where I think it's headed as we travel into the upcoming year.

How to Setup Docker on Ubuntu Server 16.04

Docker is actually an open source project which provides container technology. A container is a light weight VM(virtual machine) or a process which allows us to install Linux based applications inside it.

Stellarium 0.15.1 Open-Source Planetarium Tool Adds Sardinian as New Sky Culture

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Dec 28, 2016 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Stellarium developer Alexander Wolf announced on the first day of Christmas the availability of the first point release of Stellarium 0.15 open-source, free, and cross-platform planetarium software.

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