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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Linux Slashdot - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 23:04
jrepin (667425) writes "The government of the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain) earlier this month made available the next version of Lliurex, a customisation of the Edubuntu Linux distribution. The distro is used on over 110,000 PCs in schools in the Valencia region, saving some 36 million euro over the past nine years, the government says." I'd lke to see more efforts like this in the U.S.; if mega school districts are paying for computers, I'd rather they at least support open source development as a consequence.

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A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

Linux Slashdot - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 22:10
An anonymous reader writes with a link to an intriguing device highlighted at Hackaday (it's an Indiegogo project, too, if it excites you $90 worth, and seems well on its way to meeting its modest goal): The DPT Board is something that may be of interest to anyone looking to hack up a router for their own connected project or IoT implementation: hardware based on a fairly standard router, loaded up with OpenWRT, with a ton of I/O to connect to anything. It's called the DPT Board, and it's basically an hugely improved version of the off-the-shelf routers you can pick up through the usual channels. On board are 20 GPIOs, USB host, 16MB Flash, 64MB RAM, two Ethernet ports, on-board 802.11n and a USB host port. This small system on board is pre-installed with OpenWRT, making it relatively easy to connect this small router-like device to LED strips, sensors, or whatever other project you have in mind.

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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Linux Slashdot - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 19:40
hypnosec (2231454) writes to point out a pointed critique from Linus Torvalds of GCC 4.9.0. after a random panic was discovered in a load balance function in Linux 3.16-rc6. in an email to the Linux kernel mailing list outlining two separate but possibly related bugs, Linus describes the compiler as "terminally broken," and worse ("pure and utter sh*t," only with no asterisk). A slice: "Lookie here, your compiler does some absolutely insane things with the spilling, including spilling a *constant*. For chrissake, that compiler shouldn't have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten. We're talking "sloth that was dropped on the head as a baby" level retardation levels here .... Anyway, this is not a kernel bug. This is your compiler creating completely broken code. We may need to add a warning to make sure nobody compiles with gcc-4.9.0, and the Debian people should probably downgrate their shiny new compiler."

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Minitube 2.2 Fixes Playback Issues, Adds Channel Unsubscribe Option

Omgubuntu - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 16:16

Unofficial and Flash-free desktop YouTube player 'MiniTube' has been updated with playback fixes and minor improvements.

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Get Snapping: Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Wallpaper Contest Now Open

Omgubuntu - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 14:45

The keen photographers, illustrators and graphics ninjas amongst you have the chance to help shape the look and feel of Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 — but only for the next few weeks.

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New Intel Linux Graphics Stack Adds Broadwell Support, Improves Bay Trail

Omgubuntu - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 13:38

The latest Intel Graphics Stack for Linux has been released with Broadwell support and improvements to Bay Trail and Haswell chips.

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Six Clicks: The best Linux desktop environments

Zdnet news - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 14:00
Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, Linux offers a wide variety of desktop environments. Here are my picks of the most important of these PC interfaces.
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How to Fix a Mangled Partition Table on Linux

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 17:07

Use the excellent TestDisk to repair corrupted partition tables and recover your data.

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SysAdmin Day 2014: Best Linux Foundation SysAdmin Quotes

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:45

Happy SysAdmin Day 2014! Over the past three weeks we've been profiling the Linux Foundation's heroic team of system administrators in honor of the amazing work they do behind the scenes to keep this organization and our collaborative projects humming. Here are some of their best quotes, which highlight just how talented, passionate and also fun-loving Linux SysAdmins really are.

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Gallery : Meet the Linux Foundation's System Administrators

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:25

The Linux Foundation is honoring some of its very own SysAdmins in celebration of SysAdmin Day 2014 by profiling them here on Linux.com. 

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Disaster Recovery upstart joins DR 'as a service' gang

The Register - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:03
Quorum joins the aaS crowd with DRaaS offering

Disaster recovery company Quorum uses a customer’s second site or its own cloud site to provide the user with backup and DR location for physical and virtualised server customers, and claims one-click recovery through its on-site onQ appliances.

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Linux Format 187 - Escape Windows

Tux Radar - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:16
Issue 187, Summer 2014 - on sale now Escape Windows

This month we show you how to escape Windows for good with a foolproof guide to installing Linux. Enjoy the power and freedom of the world/'s greatest operating system, with a safe and secure back up guide. We/'ll also show you how to dual-boot to keep all your existing files and programs.

Also this issue we/'ll show you how to master WINE to emulate Windows games and programs in Linux

Discover how to run and install your own virtual private server and use a Raspberry Pi to build and host a wiki server.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.


On the DVD: Linux starter kit: all the distros and tools you need to make the switch! Includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Mint 17 and SystemRescueCD, plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.

 

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

The Register - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:36
Analysis What do you mean, we've ditched Redmond in favour of IBM?!

Freetards are elated: Call-me-Dave’s people in the Cabinet Office have done the right thing and backed the Open Document Format as the default government file format.

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Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Released, 12.04 Users See Upgrade Prompt

Omgubuntu - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 11:01

The first point release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has been made available for download.

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Linux Foundation SysAdmin Eric Searcy Lives By Regex

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 00:07

Eric Searcy is the IT Infrastructure Manager at the Linux Foundation. Here he tells us how he got started as a sysadmin and at the Linux Foundation, describes his typical day at work, and shares his favorite sysadmin tools, among other things.

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Linux Foundation SysAdmin Aric Gardner Avoids a GUI at All Costs

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 00:07

Happy SysAdmin Day! This profile is part of a series on Linux Foundation system administrators over the past three weeeks. Do you have a super-hero sysadmin you'd like to recognize? Send your nomination to editors@linux.com by the end of the day today, July 25, and enter them to win a free ticket to LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America taking place in Chicago August 20-22, 2014. (See the full contest announcement for more details.)

Aric Gardner is a Linux Foundation SysAdmin who works on the OpenDaylight collaborative project. Here he tells the story of how became a sysadmin, shares his specialty in scripting and automation, and describes a typical day at work, among other things.

How long have you been a sys admin?

Aric Gardner: Since 2008. I have what may be an inspiring story about becoming a sysadmin. I had just moved to Montreal, with my then pregnant girlfriend. I was 22 and was working mostly odd jobs unloading shipping containers. My friend had given me his old computer and, let me tell you, Windows XP was not running well. Later that day, I was at the local cafe and I saw an Ubuntu live CD. When I got home I popped it in and was sucked into a world that has yet to spit me out. Three years later on the mlug, Evan Prodromou was looking for a sysadmin for his new startup, identi.ca. I hit the books and taught myself the basics of running a Nagios server. A few weeks later, I met him for an interview, told him I was green but willing, and he took me on. That moment really changed my life. My first task was to create the very Nagios server that would enslave me (happily) for the next three years. A big thanks to the anonymous member of the Linux community that left those live CD's at my cafe, and to Evan for giving me the opportunity to prove myself.

When did you start at the Linux Foundation and how did you get the job?

April 2014. I was working for eNovance and got headhunted by Konstantin. tsk. tsk.

What do you do for the Linux Foundation? What's your speciality?

I'm new here so other than learning the ropes, I've been making myself useful by migrating OpenDaylight's build infrastructure to Rackspace.

I don't like graphical interfaces or repetitive tasks (I know, typical), so I've become good at scripting and automating as much of my job as possible. So far I have scripts that grab snmp passwords and add new machines to our cacti servers, create and populate new puppet manifest, generate and distribute ssh keys for rsyncs, and probably a few others I'm forgetting. Just things that make my day more interesting.

Will you describe a typical day at work for you?

Lately, I've been creating custom machines for Rackspace (their images don't have SELinux) puppetizing them and then migrating existing Jenkins systems on to them. I try to leave something hanging from the day before so that I can hook into the that task and ramp up productivity as soon as I'm done with my first coffee. Barring that, I check the ticket queue and then my weekdone to see if anything is hanging. Since I'm new here I still have a lot of questions, so I also spend a good deal of time on IRC bugging tykeal (Andy).

What's your favorite part of the job/ thing to do and why?

I like to joke around with my coworkers to feel funny, and write scripts to feel clever. I just want to be loved.

A more serious answer is text processing, basically taking output and making it input to remove the teduim from my job.

What is your nightmare scenario? How have you prepared for it?

Oh boy. Clicking the wrong box on a graphical user interface with dire consequences. I try to avoid using them when I can.

What is your favorite sysadmin tool and how do you use it?

Just the regular tool belt. I like to pimp my vim, I recommend using pathogen to load up at least neocomplcache and syntastic, snip mate can be great as well. I'm also a big fan of awk, and writing good bash. If you want to up your game I really recommend this page. http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide

The guide is made by the wizards who hang out in #bash on freenode.

What's your favorite story about working at the Linux Foundation?

Hmm, not sure. I don't have too many stories. Ask me after August's LinuxCon in Chicago.

What do you do for fun, in your spare time?

Weekly I play ice hockey, ride my bike and check out my friends' shows in the local comedy scene. The overall theme of my life is more geared towards spending time on the Ottawa River and trying to tame the wild hearts of my children.

Read more about the Linux Foundation's system administrators:

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Eric Searcy Lives By Regex

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Clint Savage Reminisces on Weeklong Hackfest

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Konstantin Ryabitsev, an SELinux Expert

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Michael Halstead's IT Career Started at Age 15

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Andy Grimberg Loves New Tech and Snowboarding

To Linux Foundation SysAdmin Ryan Day, Elegance is the Best Tool

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Linux Foundation SysAdmin Andy Grimberg Loves New Tech and Snowboarding

Linux.com - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 00:06

Andrew Grimberg is the primary administrator for the OpenDaylight Project's infrastructure. In this Q&A he describes his typical day at work, his love for learning new technologies and for snowboarding, and his favorite sysadmin tool, Vim.

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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Linux Slashdot - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 16:38
For years, Good Old Games has made a business out of selling classic PC game titles completely free of DRM. Today they announced that their platform now supports Linux. They said, We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by ... We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. ... Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. ... For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions.

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Dive in, penguins: Upstart builds Linux virtual SAN

The Register - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 16:24
Flash splash into StorPool

Three Bulgarian engineers who co-founded a firm called StorPool – which builds a virtual SAN using the aggregated storage of Linux KVM servers – are aiming to expand the reach of their three-year-old project.

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GOG.com Linux Support Arrives, 50+ Games Available DRM Free

Omgubuntu - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:35

Say goodbye to your productivity: GOG.com has just made a stash of 50 classic PC games available on Linux.

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