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Linux Format Summer 2018

Linux Format is your complete guide to the world of Linux. Whether you've just discovered Linux, or you're a full-time guru, Linux Format has everything you need to make the most of your OS. The editorial formula is a mix of features, reviews and practical tutorials that tackle topics as far ranging as installing software to socket programming and network management. Thought-provoking features and interviews also provide a focus on key technologies, trends and issues in the fast-paced world of Free and Open Source software.

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who we are

Jonni Bidwell Hate is such a strong word. And Arch Linux does almost everything so nicely. Having said that, I do hate when Systemd holds up the shutdown process, forcing me to wait 90 seconds or press Ctrl-Alt-Del seven times in two seconds to forcefully reboot. Who comes up with these values and why do they hate (let the hate flow!–ED) me? John Knight Such negativity! I don’t hate anything about Mint itself. However, the Debian packaging system has infuriated me for years. I have the same problems now as I did in 2003, where one little hiccup throws out the entire system! It’s time we came up with something more robust. Nick Peers “I’m still coming to terms with Ubuntu 18,04 LTS, but aside from the switch from Unity to Gnome, there’s nothing that’s…

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cool, calm & collected

Have GNU/Linux distributions fallen into a dull routine of refresh and release? It would be easy for a casual user to get the idea that Linux distros aren’t innovating. Indeed, years can pass between major releases for long-standing distros such as Debian and Slackware. As you’d expect, it’s behind the scenes where there’s constant work on improving, securing and bug squashing. For many users, swan-like stability is key: keep everything on the surface calm and smooth, with frantic development activity well out of sight. There’s no doubt open source distros do offer this, but if you crave new horizons then there’s a continuous swarm of newly developed distros buzzing around the flowering core branches of the distro family tree. In a way, this issue is a tale of two distro types. On…

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eu rejects article 13’s internet copyright

“THE SAVE YOUR INTERNET CAMPAIGN GAINED OVER 700,000 SIGNATURES AGAINST THE PROPOSED LAW” The saga of the EU’s controversial internet copyright reforms rumbles on, with 318 MEPs voting against it, compared to 278 who voted in favour. The Copyright Directive was supposed to be a update to copyright laws in the age of the internet. However, the proposed law’s Article 13 added references to a contentious “upload filter” that would make it mandatory for any uploaded media to be checked for copyright infringement. Photo and video-sharing websites such YouTube and Flickr would be hit by these proposals, while smaller, newer or independent services could go out of business unable to complete. While it could impact personal uploads and creations. The Save Your Internet campaign gained (www.saveyourinternet.eu) over 700,000 signatures against the proposed law,…

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suse linux sold for $2.5 billion

SUSE Linux, and its associated software business, has been sold by Micro Focus International to EQT Partners (www.eqtpartners.com) for the not insubstantial sum of $2.53 billion, which, as Channel News Asia reports is 26.7 times the operating profit of the SUSE software unit for the 12 months before the end of October 2017 for more details see http://bit.ly/LXFSUSEsale. That’s certainly a vote of confidence for SUSE, which was initially created by German students (SUSE is an acronym for Software- und System-Entwicklung). In 2003 it was acquired by Novell for £210 million in a bid to make SUSE an alternative to Microsoft’s OS dominance with Windows. It didn’t succeed, and in 2010 Novell was sold for $2.2 billion to the Attachmate Group (which, ironically, was backed by Microsoft). In 2014 Attachmate was merged…

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more chromebooks are given green light to run linux software

At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google announced that Linux apps will be able to run in ChromeOS, its lightweight operating system that the popular Chromebook devices run on. Since that announcement, a number of Chromebooks have gained the ability to run Linux programs, and now 18 more Chromebooks have been added to that list. The support comes through Google’s developer channel, which enables developers to test out upcoming features. All of the new Chromebooks run on Intel’s Apollo Lake (and a single ARM model) processors, and include popular devices from companies such as Acer, Asus and Dell. Google’s Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook Plus were the first to benefit from Linux compatibility, and we’re glad to see Google is increasing the number of devices, while also bringing the this to…

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boost for gstreamer

“After 17 years of active development, and automated builds existing for some time for Fedora, Debian, MacOS, iOS, Windows and Android, the GStreamer multimedia framework is getting the infrastructure upgrade it deserves. Originally developed for the GNU/Linux desktop, the largest numbers of deployments for GStreamer in recent years have been on embedded devices, yet those scenarios had yet to be included in the GStreamer continuous integration (CI) system. With device manufacturers relying on GStreamer in security cameras, music players, smart televisions and more, the project’s ability to test hardware-accelerated codecs is crucial and that challenge is finally being tackled. While the entire project is in the midst of a migration from Jenkins to GitLab CI, work is underway to integrate embedded devices testing into the GStreamer CI. By integrating actual development boards…