Linus Torvalds, principal developer of the open-source Linux kernel, recently announced Linux 4.6, which he believes is a major release.

linux 4.6 release

Linux 4.6 arrives two months after the previous kernel update, but this one has a few comprehensive changes that end-users will be able to spot in specific devices.

This release, which was developed under the code name “Charred Weasel,” addresses an important issue for owners of select Lenovo laptops that used to operate at high temperatures; this has been resolved. Other portable platforms getting new driver support include Dell, Asus and the esteemed Alienware gaming laptops. (more…)

April 30, 2016

bash on windowsRecently Microsoft announced that it is planning on incorporating the Unix-based Bash shell in Windows. For most users this does not come as very useful or interesting news, but for developers and TTIG server administrators this is big. What does it mean, though?

What is Bash?
Bash is a command line shell for the Unix system. For Windows users, this is something like the “C:\_” prompt you see when you open up the Command Prompt application. Basic functions allow you to manipulate file systems and run programs within those file system. Bash is the Unix equivalent of this. Both Command Prompt and Bash are referred to as shells.

What does it mean?
Great. What does this mean for Windows users or computer users in general? Well, in short, it will allow Windows to run a Unix based system, Ubuntu specifically, natively within a Windows environment. For your average Windows user, this will not change very much. For developers, however, this is huge in that it will let them run and port code to Windows that expects a Unix file system or system calls and responses. Also, for server administrators, it will make interfacing between Windows and Unix based servers much easier. (more…)

April 26, 2016

Thank you, Joe Collins for the great insight.

April 22, 2016

https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/how-to-test-mir-and-unity-8-on-ubuntu-16-04/

Like clockwork, Canonical released it’s latest version of the Ubuntu operating system for Linux this month, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, code named Xenial Xerus. The LTS stands for Long Term Service, which means that Canonical will support this version for 5 years, rather than the 9 months that it supports its non-LTS releases.

One of the more interesting changes in this Ubuntu 16.04 is the Snap application format. Ubuntu will still use traditional deb packages and the snaps, as they are calling them, will coexist together. Some of the features of this new packaging system is its security and ease of use for package developers. Also, Snap offers a more robust and reliable iteration of packages across different Ubuntu flavors in that a user can install an application via Snap and not worry that it will interfere with other applications on the system. (more…)

Many Linux lovers view this operating system as desktop only, but you might be limiting yourself if you haven’t tried to install it on anything else. There are dozens of device types that are compatible with Linux, many of which you can purchase cheaply and some of which you might even have lying around.

The following are just a few devices on which you can install Linux:

Non-Android Smartphone or Tablet

Remember when many techies purchased the original Kindle Fire from Amazon simply so that they could load stock Android or Linux on it? At less than $200, the Amazon Fire was among the cheapest tablets on the market. Used tablets and phones are also a steal on eBay!

A similar line of thinking is useful when it comes to Linux on tablets. You’ll specifically want a non-Android device such as HP’s Touchpad, which will allow you to install Linux. In fact, this tablet is compatible with Ubuntu.

There are many compatible devices with Linux but finding the right one for you may take time and research. Surf the internet or ask an expert in the IT field for feedback on a device before purchasing. PCMag.com, PCWorld.com, and thetechinfogroup.com are a few online resources that can help you determine which device is best for you. (more…)

March 3, 2016

When looking for the best Operating System, two of the most popular choices are Windows and Linux. Today we’ll be comparing the operating systems and looking at which OS is best.

Price – One of the biggest factors when choosing an OS is cost.
  • Windows usually costs at least $100.
  • Most Linux distributions are free. Linux is also Open Source, allowing anyone to view the source code or modify it to create their own distribution.
Support
  • Windows has far more accessible support services and is well documented. Information is easy to access and is well compiled. Windows also has regular updates and is supported directly by Microsoft.
  • There’s far more documentation for Linux than any other OS. However, the information is more fragmented, and not as easy to access. Updates to Linux aren’t as regular as Windows updates, as many distributions are managed by small teams or volunteers.
Ease of Use
  • Windows is a bit easier to use than Linux and supports the most software. It’s built to be user-friendly and hassle free. It’s great for daily use, or for anyone who doesn’t have much experience with computers.
  • Most Linux distributions aren’t as user-friendly as Windows. Although they’re getting close. If you’re looking for an easy to use Linux distribution, then Ubuntu is a great choice and is quite popular. It’s also nearly as easy to use as Windows.

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January 25, 2016
linux foundation

Share, Learn, Collaborate
The Linux Collaboration Summit, occurring this March in beautiful Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, is less a conference than an opportunity. Intentionally kept small to enable collaboration, this gathering attracts the best minds and leaders in open source strategy and implementation from across the country. If you are looking for a fun conference in California where all you do is eat, party and swap war stories, the Linux Collaboration Summit is not for you. If you want to participate in the open source community, learn from experts in the field, strategize with people facing challenges similar to yours and return with fresh ideas and energized plans, apply for an invitation; the Linux Collaboration Summit is a learning opportunity unlike any other.

What you can expect at the Linux Collaboration Summit
The Linux Collaboration Summit provides an environment for sharing information and expertise in open source software and collaborative software. Here, you can meet professionals with goals and projects similar to yours, discuss how you have managed the intricacies of your projects and share approaches so that everyone gains in knowledge and further builds this growing community. Calling this a “working” conference gives the impression that it is simply and extension of your standard business day; consider it rather a prestigious open source summer camp, to which only the best and brightest are admitted, where enthusiasm to learn is equaled by enthusiasm to share.

Participants Welcome
The Linux Collaboration Summit is designed for participants rather than observers or visitors; think more dude ranch than luxury cruise. If you wish to be more of a researcher and student than speaker and collaborator, you may do that also, but you will likely find yourself an active participant as the collaboration infection grows as the conference progresses.

In addition to building relationships with some of the leading minds in the open source collaboration world, you will form more intimate, mutually supportive relationships with your peers as you discuss the salient points of the different presentations. 

Get Energized
Participating in this educational and stimulating event will energize you to return to your project with new ideas, renewed energy and plans to attend every year.