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Unboxing the latest Linux laptop from System76 - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:02

I've been on a journey from Mac to Linux since joining the staff at almost two years ago. In a huge step for me, I finally made the call to have my personal laptop also run Linux. Due to the coverage of System76 in our community, I thought I'd give it a shot.

I'm coming from a MacBook Pro as my go-to device, so I went with a near-standard build of the Lemur Pro for a comparable system. A reasonably priced upgrade to more RAM and a speedy NVMe hard drive later, my order was on its way.

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Why I'm enjoying learning Rust as a Java programmer - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:01

It's been a long time since I properly learned a new language—computer or human. Maybe 25 years. That language was Java, and although I've had to write little bits of C (very, very little) and JavaScript in the meantime, the only two languages I've written much actual code in have been Perl and Java.

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How Cloud-init can be used for your Raspberry Pi homelab - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:00

Cloud-init is a standard—it would not be a stretch to say it is the standard—that cloud providers use to provide initialization and configuration data to cloud instances. It is used most often on the first boot of a new instance to automate network setup, account creation, and SSH (secure shell) key installation—anything required to bring a new system online so that it is accessible by the user.

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rdiff-backup – A Powerful Incremental Backup Tool Now Supports Python 3

Tecmint - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 13:46
This improvement was officially released and published on March 15, 2020, with Version 2.0.0 and distributed on the GitHub site. The much appreciated Rdiff-backup application allows users to back up a directory to another...

Kali Linux 2020.2 Released – Download DVD ISO Images

Tecmint - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 13:25
Kali Linux (formerly known as BackTrack Linux) announced the release of Kali Linux Version 2020.2 on May 12th, 2020. Kali Linux is a Debian based distribution specially focused on penetration testing and digital forensics...

Linus Torvalds Switches To AMD Ryzen Threadripper After 15 Years Of Intel Systems

Phoronix - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 07:35
An interesting anecdote shared in today's Linux 5.7-rc7 announcement is word that Linux and Git creator Linus Torvalds switched his main rig over to an AMD Ryzen Threadripper...

Linux 5.7-rc7 Kernel Released With It Looking To Be In Good Shape

Phoronix - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 07:25
While last week's Linux 5.7-rc6 kernel was quite big, Linux 5.7-rc7 is out today and it's on the smaller side of things in reassuring Linus Torvalds that the stable release of this kernel can happen soon...

Linux Work Culminating On A "READFILE" Syscall For Reading Small Files Efficiently

Phoronix - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 06:00
Stemming from recent kernel discussions over a hypothetical new system call for reading small files more efficiently, Greg Kroah-Hartman has been working on the readfile() system call and it's looking like it is taking shape well enough to premiere soon in a new mainline kernel release...

AMD Sensor Fusion Hub Support Is Not Coming With Linux 5.8

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 23:05
For those AMD Ryzen laptop users eager to see the Sensor Fusion Hub driver for supporting the different hardware sensors on these AMD Zen laptops, that driver still isn't going to be merged for the upcoming Linux 5.8 cycle even after the patches were first published months ago...