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Ubuntu 17.04: The Bittersweet Linux Release

It's been a heck of a month for Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company. The company dropped its smartphone and tablet plans. This, in turn, ended to its plans to make Unity its universal default interface. Instead, Gnome will become Ubuntu's once and future desktop. Days later, long-time CEO Jane...
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The Future Of Ubuntu Linux Desktop — What’s Next?

Short Bytes: After announcing that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with GNOME as the default desktop environment, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has shared some details regarding Ubuntu’s future. In a Google+ post, he made clear that Canonical will be investing in Ubuntu GNOME with a motive to...
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The Zephyr Project: An RTOS for IoT

How do you develop and sustain an operating system primed for the continuously evolving nature of the internet of things? You model it, in part, on the highly successful Linux platform, which is exactly the tactic of the Zephyr Project, an open, real-time operating system overseen by the nonprofit...
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What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts? Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use

When Wim Coekaerts is solving problems and building things, he’s happy. When he’s not, he’s not. In his long career, he’s found joy working on early database appliances, and later guiding Oracle’s effort to make Linux, the open source operating system he’d played with since his school days in...
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How Linux Conquered the Data Center

In 1998 Red Hat was continuing to gather together names of new allies and prospective supporters for its enterprise Linux.  Several more of the usual suspects had joined the party: Netscape, Informix, Borland’s Interbase, Computer Associates (now CA), Software AG.  These were the challengers in the...
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Litebook Launches $249 Linux Laptop

A company called Litebook has released a new Linux laptop that is priced to compete with Chromebooks -- if not as cheap as the $89 Pinebook. That's because the Pinebook is bare-boned when it comes to specs, using an ARM CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. The Litebook, on the other hand...
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Learn how to get the best of both worlds and run your favorite Linux distro and Chrome OS side by side in this step-by-step guide.

How to Install Debian, Ubuntu, or Kali Linux on Your Chromebook

Chromebooks are steadily gaining market share. With the arrival of Android apps to the platform, Chromebooks have become an ideal platform for a very large user-base, and Chrome OS is a very important piece of technology in the current consumer space. However, if you are a Linux user, you may need...
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Linus Torvalds on SHA-1 and Git: 'The Sky Isn't Falling'

Yes, SHA-1 has been cracked, but that doesn't mean your code in Git repositories is in any real danger of being hacked. The real worry about Google showing SHA-1 encryption is crackable, as pointed out by Peter Gutmann, a cryptography expert at the at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is "...
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An Introduction to the Linux Boot and Startup Processes

Understanding the Linux boot and startup processes is important to being able to both configure Linux and to resolving startup issues. This article presents an overview of the bootup sequence using the GRUB2 bootloader and the startup sequence as performed by the systemd initialization system. In...
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Optimizing Graphics Memory Bandwidth with Compression and Tiling: Notes on DRM Format Modifiers

Written by Varad Gautam, Consultant Associate Software Engineer at Collabora. Over the past few weeks, I have been working for Collabora on plumbing DRM format modifier support across a number of components in the graphics stack. This post documents the work and the related consequences/...
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