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Linux User & Developer

No. 196

Linux User and Developer is the UK’s only magazine aimed solely at Linux professionals and IT decision makers. Every month, Linux User and Developer provides the best in tutorials, features, hardware reviews, information and inspiration to help GNU/Linux professionals expand their knowledge base and perform more effectively in the workplace. Written by experts in the field, the magazine also features informative interviews with leading figures from the GNU/Linux scene and high-profile companies that have built their businesses using OpenSource software. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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in this issue

1 min
welcome to issue 196 of linux user & developer

Sad news, readers. After almost 19 years, this will be last issue of Linux User & Developer. While that sinks in, the team would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for reading and being part of our adventures in Linux and the world of open source and free software. The magazine began in 1999 and was handed out to attendees of Linux Expo, and moved to the newsstand a few years later. We recently spoke to Maggie Meer, the original publisher of LU&D, and she recalled how passionate people were and how producing the title felt like being part of a vast community. That sense of community is something we take for granted now, so as LU&D’s little part in Linux history ends, we want to encourage you…

2 min
database maker redis makes its module code proprietary

Redis Labs has announced that its range of Redis Modules are no longer open source. By abandoning the AGPL licence, in favour of combining Apache v2.0 with Commons Clause, in-house modules extending the functionality of the Redis database software are now off-limits to third-party cloud service providers. Modules affected by this change include RediSearch, Redis Graph and ReJSON. Redis Labs cofounder and CTO Yiftach Shoolman justified the development in a blog post, complaining that “Cloud providers have been taking advantage of the open source community for years […]. This discourages the community from investing in developing open source code, because any potential benefit goes to cloud providers rather than the code developer.” To understand the implications of this, we spoke to Shashank Sharma (www.menschlaw.in), a trial lawyer and software licensing expert who…

2 min
steam play brings more windows games to linux

Just months after it seemed Valve might have given up on Linux gaming, a new beta version of Steam Play has been released, bringing compatibility to a big selection of previously Windows-only games. As well as giving Linux Steam users access to a larger catalogue of games, Valve hopes that developers will be able to more easily port projects from other platforms. Whether you use the Steam client on your Linux PC or you’re running Valve’s own Linux-based SteamOS, this development means that a number of top games, such as Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Tekken 7, Fallout Shelter and most of the Doom titles (including the 2016 VR version) can now run on Linux. Steam Play supports Windows games which don’t have a native Linux version to be installed and run within…

1 min
distro feed

Top 10 (Average hits per day, 30 days to 24 August) This month Highlights ArcoLinux Previously known as ArchMerge, this distro is available in a choice of two projects: the main desktop option and a minimal option. SwagArch This German-based distro runs Xfce and uses the Calamares graphical system installer. A number of open source apps are preinstalled. ArchMan/GNU Linux Again using Calamares, this Turkish Linux distro includes a preconfigured desktop environment. The Octopi package manager is also included. Latest distros available: filesilo.co.uk…

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lenovo finally joins the linux vendor firmware service

Running a Linux-powered ThinkPad, the laptop range launched by IBM and acquired by Lenovo in 2005, is a generally pleasing experience. However, without the right firmware updates, which need to be sought out, it’s unlikely to be perfect. Thanks to Lenovo joining the Linux Vendor Firmware Service, this has just become a lot easier. The LVFS enables equipment manufacturers to distribute UEFI firmware directly to users, while making the process as safe and reliable as possible, with the minimum of reboots. According to the LVFS introduction at https://fwupd.org, “The LVFS runs on a dedicated virtual private server and uses a public CDN for metadata. Every month there are over 50 million files being downloaded from 10 million clients. There are currently 281 devices supported on the LVFS with 758 available firmware…

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chrome os 69 to include linux support

Six months on from the announcement of Project Crostini, Chrome OS 69 is set to introduce the ‘Linux (Beta) for Chromebooks’ feature in its 4 September release. Employing virtual machines and sandboxed containers, the feature enables the installation of Linux apps, development environments and other utilities on Google’s Chrome OS. As the release notes for Chrome OS 69 explain: “Linux (Beta) for Chromebooks allows developers to use editors and command-line tools by adding support for Linux on a Chrome device. After developers complete the set up, they’ll see a terminal in the Chrome launcher. Developers can use the terminal to install apps or packages, and the apps will be securely sandboxed inside a virtual machine.” Once running, Chrome OS users will be able to install these apps from the launcher, just like…