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How to Partition and Format a Drive on Linux

On most computer systems, Linux or otherwise, when you plug a USB thumb drive in, you're alerted that the drive exists. If the drive is already partitioned and formatted to your liking, you just need your computer to list the drive somewhere in your file manager window or on your desktop. It's a...
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Internationalizing the Kernel

At a time when many companies are rushing to internationalize their products and services to appeal to the broadest possible market, the Linux kernel is actively resisting that trend, although it already has taken over the broadest possible marketthe infrastructure of the entire world. David...
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Linux kernel
The Linux 4.19 release will be a Long Term Support (LTS) kernel. That is, it will receive updates and patches to keep it safe and maintained for at least a couple of years.

Linux Kernel 4.19 – Long Term Support, USB Type C, and WiFi 6

This was a rather special release due to the fact that, at about half way through the process, Linus Torvalds left the helm of Linux kernel development to take a rare break. However, Greg Kroah-Hartman took over until the release was ready and is now handing the reins back to Torvalds. Another...
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Mbed OS
Arm unveiled a new, IoT focused Mbed Linux OS distribution that combines the Linux kernel with tools and recipes from the Intel-backed Yocto Project.

Arm Launches Mbed Linux and Extends Pelion IoT Service

Politics and international relations may be fraught with acrimony these days, but the tech world seems a bit friendlier of late. Last week Microsoft joined the Open Invention Network and agreed to grant a royalty-free, unrestricted license of its 60,000-patent portfolio to other OIN members,...
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Carnegie Mellon is Saving Old Software from Oblivion

A prototype archiving system called Olive lets vintage code run on today’s computers. Researchers’ growing dependence on computers and the difficulty they encounter when attempting to run old software are hampering their ability to check published results. The problem of obsolescent software is...
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LinuxBoot for Servers: Enter Open Source, Goodbye Proprietary UEFI

LinuxBoot is an Open Source alternative to Proprietary UEFI firmware. It was released last year and is now being increasingly preferred by leading hardware manufacturers as default firmware. Last year, LinuxBoot was warmly welcomedinto the Open Source family by The Linux Foundation. This project...
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How Linux Is Changing The Face Of End-User Computing

End-user computing (EUC) is changing quickly, and dramatically. In my work, I hear just how vital it is that organizations deliver better security, manageability and user experience every day. This is creating increasing pressure on the status quo of operating systems for end-user devices: Windows...
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Auto Industry’s Thirst for Software is Quenched by Open Source

“It is very surprising to people just how much open source software is used in modern software development,” observed Jeff Luszcz, Vice President of Product, Management at US software specialist Flexera, during a recent Automotive World webinar. According to Flexera research, more than 50% of all...
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Zephyr and Fuchsia
At Linux Security Summit, Stephen Smalley (left) and James Carter from the National Security Agency discussed the nascent security stacks of Zephyr and Fuchsia.

Redefining Security Technology in Zephyr and Fuchsia

If you’re the type of person who uses the word “vuln” as a shorthand for code vulnerabilities, you should check out the presentation from the recent Linux Security Summit called “Security in Zephyr and Fuchsia.” In the talk, two researchers from the National Security Agency discuss their...
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A Broad Overview of How Modern Linux Systems Boot

For reasons beyond the scope of this entry, today I feel like writing down a broad and simplified overview of how modern Linux systems boot. Due to being a sysadmin who has stubbed his toe here repeatedly, I'm going to especially focus on points of failure. The system loads and starts the basic...
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