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7-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks For July 2019, Including LTO'ed openSUSE Tumbleweed

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:40
As it's been a few weeks since last hosting any Linux distribution comparison and now with the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed enabling LTO by default, here are some fresh Linux distribution comparison results plus tossing the newly-released Debian 10.0 into the mix as well. This round of testing included Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 19.04, Fedora Workstation 30, openSUSE Leap 15.1, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Clear Linux 30450, and Debian 10.0.

Critical flaw in VLC Player affecs Linux, Windows and UNIX apps - The INQUIRER

Google News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 19:59
Critical flaw in VLC Player affecs Linux, Windows and UNIX apps  The INQUIRER

GERMAN SECURITY AGENCY CERT-Bund has uncovered a critical flaw n VLC Media Player that could enable hackers to access and modify data on devices.

Oracle Linux on Btrfs for the Raspberry Pi - Linux Journal

Google News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 19:40
Oracle Linux on Btrfs for the Raspberry Pi  Linux Journal

Enterprise comes to the micro server. Oracle Linux 7 has been released for the Raspberry Pi 3. The release packages Btrfs as the root filesystem on the ...

Should Ubuntu Use The BFQ I/O Scheduler?

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:43
The BFQ I/O scheduler is working out fairly well these days as shown in our benchmarks. The Budget Fair Queueing scheduler supports both throughput and low-latency modes while working particularly well for consumer-grade hardware. Should the Ubuntu desktop be using BFQ by default?..

GTK4 Gets Smoother GPU-Accelerated Scrolling, Modern Cursor Blinking

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:25
GNOME developers continue to be hard at work on GTK4 and trying to ensure this major tool-kit update will be a great success...

GCC 10 Lands OpenRISC Support For Floating Point Instructions

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:16
When it comes to open-source processor ISAs, RISC-V currently captures much of the spotlight but OpenRISC continues chugging along as another open-source CPU architecture. The OpenRISC GCC compiler back-end and other software tooling also continues to move along for this architecture that's been in the works since 2000...

10 resources every sysadmin should know about

opensource.com - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:03

Everybody knows that sysadmins are impossibly busy people. Consequently, it sometimes seems they are superhuman. The sysadmin's dirty secret, the same one shared by many open source users, is that they don't actually do all of the work it looks like they've done. One of the greatest tools in the sysadmin's kit is their ability to reuse work someone else has already done for them.


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System administrator responsibilities: 9 critical tasks

opensource.com - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:02

System administrators are critical to the reliable and successful operation of an organization and its network operations center and data center. A sysadmin must have expertise with the system's underlying platform (i.e., Windows, Linux) as well as be familiar with multiple areas including networking, backup, data restoration, IT security, database operations, middleware basics, load balancing, and more.


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Gift ideas for Sysadmin Appreciation Day

opensource.com - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:00

Sysadmin Appreciation Day is coming up this Friday, July 26. To help honor sysadmins everywhere, we want you to share your best gift ideas. What would be the best way a team member or customer could show their appreciation for you? As a sysadmin, what was the best gift you've ever received? We asked our writers the same question, and here are their answers:


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Linux 5.2-ck1 Released Along With MuQSS 0.193 Scheduler

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:09
Independent Linux kernel hacker Con Kolivas has released his newest "ck1" patch-set for the recently released Linux 5.2 kernel code-base. Complementing these kernel changes is his primary focus: the MuQSS scheduler that continues to aim for better interactivity and performance on mobile/desktop systems...

How to Extend Battery Life On Linux OS? - Toolbox

Google News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:15
How to Extend Battery Life On Linux OS?  Toolbox

It is an interesting fact that there are fewer battery-saving applications for your Linux OS, but you do not even need apps for this purpose. There is another ...

Linux 5.3-rc1 Debuts As "A Pretty Big Release"

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:16
Just as expected, Linus Torvalds this afternoon issued the first release candidate of the forthcoming Linux 5.3 kernel...

Vulkan 1.1.116 Published With Subgroup Size Control Extension

Phoronix - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 04:00
Vulkan 1.1.116 was released today as the latest weekly update to this high performance graphics API and comes with one new extension in tow...

The New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 5.3 Kernel - Phoronix

Google News - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:55
The New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 5.3 Kernel  Phoronix

The Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is expected to close today so here is our usual recap of all the changes that made it into the mainline tree over the past two ...

The New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 5.3 Kernel

Phoronix - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:49
The Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is expected to close today so here is our usual recap of all the changes that made it into the mainline tree over the past two weeks. There is a lot of changes to be excited about from Radeon RX 5700 Navi support to various CPU improvements and ongoing performance work to supporting newer Apple MacBook laptops and Intel Speed Select Technology enablement.

Feral's GameMode 1.4 Adds Flatpak Support, Better I/O Optimization Handling

Phoronix - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:29
Feral developers released a new version of their GameMode Linux game performance optimization daemon/client this weekend in order to allow this update to land in the upcoming Fedora Workstation 31. GameMode 1.4 offers up many features including new interfaces for allowing better GNOME integration and thus the Fedora interest in seeing this version in their autumn Linux distribution update...

KDE Plasma 5.17 Making It Simple To Display A Network's QR Code For Easy Sharing

Phoronix - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:24
With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release, the desktop will make it easy to see a network's QR code for in turn making it super quick and simple for sharing network information with other users and devices...

Linux 5.3 Will Surprisingly Support The Newest Keyboard/Trackpads Of Apple MacBooks

Phoronix - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:46
As a last minute surprise for the Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is support for the keyboard and trackpads on newer Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops...

Linux 5.3 Will Surprisingly Support The Newest Keyboard/Trackpads Of Apple MacBooks - Phoronix

Google News - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:46
Linux 5.3 Will Surprisingly Support The Newest Keyboard/Trackpads Of Apple MacBooks  Phoronix

As a last minute surprise for the Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is support for the keyboard and trackpads on newer Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops.

TWC9: Microsoft Edge for Enterprise, Linux on Azure App Service, Apollo 11 and more - Microsoft - Channel 9

Google News - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:12
TWC9: Microsoft Edge for Enterprise, Linux on Azure App Service, Apollo 11 and more  Microsoft - Channel 9

This Week on Channel 9, Christina is back (wearing the BEST shirt ever) and ready to dive into the latest developer news, including: [00:00] Christina's shirt: ...

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