11 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: HandyLinux


HandyLinux is a French distribution designed for novice Linux users. It is based on the latest stable version of Debian GNU/Linux and it uses the Xfce desktop environment.

The main feature of the distribution is a custom start menu with applications and Internet bookmarks grouped in tabs.

HandyLinux integrates the latest versions of the Chromium web browser, LibreOffice office suite, Skype conferencing and messaging client, VLC video player and other popular applications with the stable Debian base.

A simplified application package

Browsing the net, manage mails, a full office suite to work, many software to manage your media’s library (picture / sound / video), an application to discuss with your family and friends, that’s all accessible from the HandyMenu.

An oversized software center

With thousands of applications, the repository of the parent’s distribution Debian GNU / Linux is accessible in few clicks, as all your needs will be covered.

A perfect documentation

Committed to sharing knowledge, HandyLinux community gives you access to detailed documentation of the system, to take charge around an integrated initiation, but also to go further and build your own working environment.

Accessibility tools

Because it would not be right not to consider it, HandyLinux natively integrates tools to combat disabilities, such as screen magnifier, a virtual keyboard or voice synthesis available in Firefox.

Communauty’s governance

An infrequently used in the IT world where developers typically require choices, here, everything is subject to debate, and if the interest is growing for a tool, it will certainly be adopted by the whole community. The real decision is us all together!

Download HandyLinux: https://handylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/en/download

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10 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Ubuntu Studio


Ubuntu Studio is a variant of Ubuntu aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional. The distribution provides a collection of open-source applications available for multimedia creation.

Review of Ubuntu Studio 16.04 LTS codenamed Xenial Xerus, which is a Long Term Support release and will be supported until 2019.

Ubuntu Studio 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) LTS was released on 21.04.2016.

Short list of new features:
– ubuntustudio-controls rewritten from scratch (also in Wily) for administering realtime privilege for user.
– Desktop setup more closely synced with Xubuntu for this release
– Changed from libav to ffmpeg
– A few changes in our multimedia package selection

Ubuntu Studio is a free and open source operative system, and an official flavor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia orientated GNU/Linux distribution in the world. It comes preinstalled with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for the Ubuntu Studio defined workflows: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing.

Ubuntu Studio is released every six months, but a long term release (LTS) version is released only every 2 years.


You can get the ISOs from:

System Requirements:
The minimum RAM memory requirement for Ubuntu Studio is 1GB. It is highly recommended that you have 4GB, or more, as some applications use up a lot of RAM. The absolute minimum Hard Disk space required is at around 10GB, but that is just for installing the system.

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10 Jun 2016

What is the tech ecosystem?

What is a tech ecossytem

What is an Ecosystem


I have been a huge fan of the Apple ecosystem for a while now, and I still am. I first want to explain what an ecosystem is and why it is so important. An ecosystem is a collection of software and devices that help to allow for a seamless OS experience. It allows the information user to easily store and retrieve information as well as represent it from any device anywhere. A person fully committed to the Apple ecosystem may have the following devices:

iPhone 6s Plus

Macbook Pro

Apple TV



Airport Extreme


While it may seem as simple as “buy everything that apple makes and you will be better off,” there is more to it than that. The operating system is very important. There was always opportunities to buy every product line up that a company produced, what changed was the internet and the cloud. Cloud connectivity and apps created the ecosystem. This allowed one to store there information on one device and access it on another. It allowed for using an application on one device, and then picking up the work on another device. This was a huge game changer, and many don’t fully appreciate or even realize the value in ecosystems. It’s the software which really defines and ecosystem. I will argue here that for an ecosystem to be developed in its most rudimentary form, there must be a few key software integrations. Let’s take Apple for example. The following software is key to apples ecosystem:



a browser, Safari


productivity software (in the cloud)

Without these basic components, the ecosystem doesn’t really fully exist, and the cloud is the one critical component that brings it all together.
Thus if there were a proper way to name such ecosystems, it would be the name of their respective clouds that should be used. For instance, instead of the Apple ecosystem, we would have the icloud ecosystem; instead of the Windows ecosystem, it would be the OneDrive ecosystem; instead if the Android or Google ecosystem, we would have the Google Drive ecosystem. This begs the question, does Samsung have an ecosystem? Does LG have an ecosystem. Well the term has been used loosely to describe many similar things, but not quite what we’re talking about here. Do we need a new term? As we discuss this issue in further posts, we will establish some well thought out definition and term to define what is being described here.

An ecosystem is software driven and focused and there must be a cloud at it’s center as a driver and engine, to hold all the software together – to be complemented by additional programs like Canada’s best facility management software for business needs, etc. Device classification is important too, especially as the internet of things become more ingrained; but only important as far as software is concerned. For hardware is only a tool of software. It’s the software that is the most important. We will continue to explore the ecosystem, what it is, what defines it, etc….

Windows Ecosystem (OneDrive)

Windows Ecosystem

Windows Ecosystem

Apple Ecosystem (iCloud)

Apple ecosystem

Apple ecosystem

Google Ecosystem (Google Drive)

Google ecosystem

Google ecosystem


Ubuntu Ecosystem (No Cloud!!!!!! Where is Ubuntu One!!!!!)

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?




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09 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Android x86, UPDATE


Android-x86 is an unofficial initiative to port Google’s Android mobile operating system to run on devices powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors, rather than RISC-based ARM chips. The project began as a series of patches to the Android source code to enable Android to run on various netbooks and ultra-mobile PCs, particularly the ASUS Eee PC.


Chih-Wei Huang has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Android-x86 6.0, an upcoming new version of the project’s unofficial port of Google’s Android to standard desktop and laptop computers. This release is based on Android “Marshmallow” and is the first one to support the x86_64 processor architecture:

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 6.0-rc1 release. This is the first release candidate for the Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86) stable release. The 6.0-rc1 release is based on the latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r46). The key features include: supports both 32-bit and 64-bit kernel and userspace; update Linux kernel to 4.4.12; support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel, AMD (radeon, radeonsi) and NVIDIA (nouveau) chipsets, as well as VMware and QEMU (virgl); support OpenGL ES 3.0 via software rendering for other GPUs or no GPU devices; support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk; able to install to ext4, NTFS and FAT32 file systems via a GUI installer….

Key Features

The 6.0-rc1 release is based on the latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r46). The key features include

  • Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit kernel and userspace.
  • Update kernel to 4.4.12.
  • Support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel/AMD(radeon/radeonsi)/Nvidia(nouveau) chipsets, as well as VMware and QEMU(virgl).
  • Support OpenGL ES 3.0 via software rendering for other GPUs or no GPU devices.
  • Support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk.
  • Be able to install to ext4/ntfs/fat32 filesystems via a text based GUI installer.
  • Upgrading from older android-x86 release is improved. Older release using ext2/ext3 filesystem will be converted to ext4 for better reliability.
  • Support Multi-touch, Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only).
  • Auto-mount external usb drive and sdcard.
  • Support foreign archs (arm / arm64) via the native bridge mechanism. (Settings -> Apps Compatibility)

Powered by the Linux kernel 4.4.12 LTS, Android-x86 6.0 RC1 is based upon the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow release of the mobile operating system. It includes many exciting new features, such as support for both 64-bit and 32-bit kernel and user-space, OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration support for Intel, Nvidia and AMD Radeon GPUs, and SecureBoot (UEFI) support.

Download Android x86: http://www.android-x86.org/download

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08 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Porteus


Porteus is a fast, portable and modular live CD/USB medium based on Slackware Linux. The distribution started as a community remix of Slax, another Slackware-based live CD, with KDE 3 as the default desktop for the i486 edition and a stripped-down KDE 4 as the desktop environment for the x86_64 flavour. The lightweight LXDE is available as an alternative desktop environment.

Porteus is a complete linux operating system that is optimized to run from CD, USB flash drive, hard drive, or other bootable storage media. It’s small (under 300Mb) and insanely fast which allows you to start up and get online while most other operating systems are left spitting dust.
Porteus comes in both 32 & 64 bit and aims to keep on the bleeding edge. It also supports several different languages and the user forum has language sections. Join the community now!
  • Lightning-fast boot time
  • Can be run from USB Flash drives, CDROM’s, DVDROM’s, hard disks, flash card devices, or just about any device you can get your PC to boot from!
  • LZMA2 (xz) compression for modules
  • Changes to the system (customization, downloaded files, browser history and favorites, etc) can be saved persistently to your USB or hard drive, or you can boot into
  • ‘Always Fresh’ mode, and no changes to your system will be saved anywhere
  • Support for dozens of languages
  • A dependency-resolving package manager written just for Porteus, with built-in access to 5 slackware repositories.
  • Porteus-specific scripts for creating and manipulating modules, network configuration (wifi included), language selection, and much more
  • Updated installers for linux and windows
  • “Porteus Settings Centre” which serves as a central location for updating, installing, managing settings, viewing system information, and much more.
  • Graphical Desktop Environment (KDE4, LXQT, MATE, or XFCE)

Download Porteus: http://build.porteus.org/

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07 Jun 2016

WATCH: M10 Ubuntu Tablet




There are a lot of 2-in-1 tablet and laptop devices on the show floor at Mobile World Congress. With BQ’s M10, you can get a similar mobile productive experience on Ubuntu.

The tablet itself has a desktop mode, that acts similarly to how Windows 10 tablets switch. But if you want more screen real estate, the BQ M10 is compatible with Convergence as it has a Micro HDMI port you can use to plug into a monitor. Turning on a paired Bluetooth mouse and keyboard will activate desktop mode automatically. You’ll see the same Scopes interface from Ubuntu’s mobile devices, albeit slightly tweaked to suit a tablet’s standards.


BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

The world’s first Ubuntu Tablet is available to buy, direct from the manufacturer, BQ.

  • 10.1 inch multi-touch screen
  • MediaTek Quad Core MT8163A processor up to 1.5GHz
  • High capacity Li-Po battery (7280mAh)
  • Full HD (1080p) camera for super-sharp video recording
  • 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory
  • MicroSD slot for extra storage (up to 64GB)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 5 megapixel front camera
  • Frontal speakers
  • Micro HDMI slot
  • Dimensions: 246 x 171 x 8.2mm
  • Lightweight at only 470g

BUY A TABLET HERE: https://store.bq.com/gl/ubuntu-edition/?utm_source=Ubuntu.com_devices&utm_medium=Button&utm_campaign=m10-ubuntu-edition-canonical&

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06 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Smart OS

SmartOS is an open-source UNIX-like operating system based on illumos, a community fork of OpenSolaris. It features four technologies – ZFS (a combined file system and logical volume manager), DTrace (a dynamic tracing framework for troubleshooting kernel and application problems), Zones (a lightweight virtualisation solution) and KVM (a full virtualisation solution for running a variety of guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, BSD and Plan9).

SmartOS is designed to be particularly suitable for building clouds and generating appliances.


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05 Jun 2016

Linus Torvalds Announces Second Linux Kernel Release For 4.7 Candidate

The second Release Candidate build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel is now ready for public testing.

Read the entire announcement below:

It’s Sunday afternoon, so it must be time for a release candidate!

Things are looking fairly normal, and there are fixes all over, with
drivers and architecture code leading the charge as usual, but there’s
stuff spread out all over the place, including filesystems,
networking, mm, library helpers, etc etc.

There’s still a known nfs regression pending, but nobody outside of
some explicit stress-testing seems to have noticed, so I made a rc2
release despite knowing of the problem. I’ll get a pull request from
Al later and we’ll have that fixed for rc3. In the meantime I expect
that the only people who would run into it are doing filesystem
stress-testing and they already are testing the fix.

There’s a late non-fix I took even though the merge window is over,
because I’ve been wanting it for a while. I doubt anybody notices the
actual effects of a pty change/cleanup that means that our old
disgusting DEVPTS_MULTIPLE_INSTANCES kernel config option is gone,
because the cleanup means that it is no longer needed. We used to have
the situation that certain distributions wanted that config option
disabled for legacy reasons, and others needed it enabled for modern
behavior. Our /dev/ptmx behavior has been cleaned up and fixed so
that it JustWorks(tm) in both cases, and that nasty wart is just gone.
Plus the code is nicer anyway.

I mention that non-fix probably mainly because I feel a bit guilty
about taking it, since I would probably have shouted at some
submaintainer that tried to call that cleanup a late fix. Quod licet
Iovi, and all that jazz.. But really, no excuses except for “finally”.

Anyway, so there’s a little bit of everything in there, and it’s small
enough that you can peruse the appended Shortlog for details.


Download the Linux kernel 4.7 RC2 sources from the kernel.org website.

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04 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Slackel OS


Tutorial Installing Slackel Linux 6.0.4 and a quick tour, based on Slackware, Ubuntu alternative

Slackel is a Linux distribution and live CD based on Slackware Linux and Salix OS. It is fully compatible with both. It uses the current version of Slackware and the latest version of the KDE desktop. The Slackel disc images are offered in two different forms – installation and live.

Slackel is developed in Greece.

You can download Slackel here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/slackel/files/?source=navbar

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03 Jun 2016

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