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Month: April 2018

  • We are happy to announce that we have open sourced a WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) sample for Linux distribution maintainers. This sample allows distro maintainers to build WSL distro packages for the Microsoft Store and developers to create custom Linux distro packages for sideloading. You can find the distro launcher repo on GitHub. This project enables: Linux distribution maintainers to package and submit a Linux distribution as an appx that runs on WSL Developers to create custom Linux distributions that can be sideloaded onto their dev machine We know that many Linux distros rely entirely on open source software, so we would like to bring WSL closer to the OSS community. We hope open sourcing this project will help increase community engagement and bring more of your favorite distros to the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Microsoft is working had to open this up to multiple distros not just popular ones like Ubuntu, Debian, and SuSE.
  • April 3, 2018

    Linux 4.16 Released

    So the take from final week of the 4.16 release looks a lot like rc7, in that about half of it is networking. If it wasn’t for that, it would all be very small and calm. We had a number of fixes and cleanups elsewhere, but none of it made me go “uhhuh, better let this soak for another week”. And davem didn’t think the networking was a reason to delay the release, so I’m not. End result: 4.16 is out, and the merge window for 4.17 is open and I’ll start doing pull requests tomorrow. Outside of networking, most of the last week was various arch fixlets (powerpc, arm, x86, arm64), some driver fixes (mainly scsi and rdma) and misc other noise (documentation, vm, perf). The appended shortlog gives an overview of the details (again, this is only the small stuff in the last week, if you want the full 4.16 changelog you’d better get the git tree and filter by your area of interest). LKML Linux 4.16 integrates more of the VirtualBox guest drivers into the kernel, provides AMDGPU DC multi-display synchronization, continues with mitigation improvements for Spectre and Meltdown mitigation
  • April 3, 2018

    OpenBSD 6.3 RELEASED

    We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 6.3. This is our 44th release. We remain proud of OpenBSD’s record of more than twenty years with only two remote holes in the default install. As in our previous releases, 6.3 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system OpenBSD I really like BSD I am more of a FreeBSD guy but open BSD is just as good. Unix is alive and well.
  • April 3, 2018

    Red Hat looks beyond Linux

    The Red Hat Linux distribution is turning 25 years old this week. What started as one of the earliest Linux distributions is now the most successful open-source company, and its success was a catalyst for others to follow its model. Today’s open-source world is very different from those heady days in the mid-1990s when Linux looked to be challenging Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop, but Red Hat is still going strong. To put all of this into perspective, I sat down with the company’s current CEO (and former Delta Air Lines COO) Jim Whitehurst to talk about the past, present and future of the company, and open-source software in general. Whitehurst took the Red Hat CEO position 10 years ago, so while he wasn’t there in the earliest days, he definitely witnessed the evolution of open source in the enterprise, which is now more widespread than every. TechCrunch I am a huge Linux guy I can’t believe Red Hat is 25 years old.
  • Two months ago we launched audiobooks from Google Play to help you fit more books into your life. Today we have a few updates to make it even easier to enjoy a great book, whether you like to listen on the go with your phone or at home with the Google Assistant on Google Home. Never lose your place with Smart Resume.  Revisit your favorite moments with Bookmarks.  Fit in more reading time with routines on the Google Assistant.  Speed it up—or slow it way down—with greater speed controls.  Share with Family Library in 13 new countries.  These new features are rolling out starting today on Android, iOS, and on devices with the Google Assistant. Time to get back to my book.  Google Google is really getting innovative with books glad to see books are alive and well.  
  • April 3, 2018

    5 Best Ways to Improve Mac Performance

    If you conduct a Google search on the ways to improve Mac performance, you will find a number of suggestions. While some of these suggestions could actually work but in turn you will have to spend all your time, trying all these recommendations. But if you really want to speed up your Mac and save time, here are five best ways to improve Mac performance. Get yourself an SSD (Solid State Disk) Solid State Disk is anytime faster than the traditional ones and either the end users or you will definitely notice the enhancement in performance. If you are really grinding to improve Mac performance on your system, particularly if you posses a disk that is possibly failing or if it is operating a 5400RPM drive, its time to upgrade to an SSD. These SSD’s are not only able to write and read faster but they also require less energy, thus expanding the battery life of the mobile laptop. You only need to ensure that your Mac is capable of accommodating the new disk and if you are capable enough to upgrade it on your own. The latest versions of Macs are a little challenging to upgrade but you can nevertheless authorize this task to a certified Apple agent. Ensure that the SSD you choose boasts adequate storage. Usually, SSD’s are comparatively more expensive than HDD’s and they are recommended for situations where large storage capacities are not required. Add more memory Updating the RAM of a Mac aids OS X acquire additional overhead for dealing with the application tasks and operating system, various operations and process thereby, significantly improving the performance. As RAM chips are quite cost efficient, the upgrade can help cash stranded institutions leverage another year or two from purchasing a brand new expensive system.  As each...