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An introduction to Linux's EXT4 filesystem
In previous articles about Linux filesystems, I wrote an introduction to Linux filesystems and about some higher-level concepts such as everything is a file. I want to go into more detail about the specifics of the EXT filesystems, but first, let's answer the question, "What is a filesystem?" A filesystem is all of the following:read more

Init freedom declared as <code>systemd</code>-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status
Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian JessiePOLL The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…

Difference Between PostgreSQL And MySQL And How To Migrate From MySQL To PostgreSQL
?Databases are a crucial tool for any developer or a development enterprise. If you are a software developer you already know that your application needs a database to store data. One thing to have in the count is to choose the best database for your application. There are two types of databases, SQL and NoSQL databases. The first one being the oldest...

Thin Client Market Embraces Raspberry Pi
Is the Raspberry Pi ready to take over the low-end thin client market? This week, NComputing unveiled the RX-HDX, its second Raspberry Pi based thin client. In addition, ViewSonic announced a software upgrade for the Pi-based SC-T25 thin client that it announced last year.

A Linux distro custom-built for the NHS, open standards in New Zealand, and more
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a Linux distribution custom-built for the UK&#039;s NHS, open standards in New Zealand, and more.Open source news roundup for May 14-27, 2017read more

How to Get Notified of Updates for Your Gnome Shell Extensions
Gnome Shell doesn’t come with a way to inform you of updates for your extensions. Here’s how you can get notified of updates for your Gnome Shell extensions.

Intro to Linux and How to Learn Linux as a Newbie
So you finally decided to start learning and using Linux, but everything seems complicated and overwhelming? We’ll guide you through the learning curve and help you with actionable tips on how to get started with Linux.

The Linux port of Dawn of War III will use both OpenGL and Vulkan
Feral Interactive have just announced some exciting news! The Linux port of Dawn of War III will come with OpenGL as the default, but like with Mad Max you will be able to check a box to enable Vulkan!

Top 5: Internet-in-a-Box on the Raspberry Pi, strengths of the D programming language, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight internet access with the Internet-in-a-Box on the Raspberry Pi, the features of the D programming language that makes it great for collaborative software development, how to use the SquuezePi to create a streaming music system for the home office, a longtime Python developer's software engineering rules and testing best practices, and an introduction to the IRC client, Riot.

This Week in Open Source News: Linux Foundation Welcomes New Chief of Staff, Broad Releases OSS Version of Genomic Analysis Software & More
This week in Linux and open source news, The Linux Foundation welcomes Sheryl Chamberlain as new Chief of Staff as the organization's collection of projects continues to grow, genomic analysis software opens up & more!

Stacer An Alternative To CCleaner And Bleachbit On Linux
See what I stumbled upon, a good looking open-source system optimizer for Linux called Stacer. And after using it for a while, it's become one of my must-have apps on all my Linux desktops. So Stacer is like CCleaner for Linux. Previously, I have used Bleachbit on Ubuntu but then I found Stacer and I am not looking back. Stacer is developed on electron and once again it's just pretty. The app is organized into 5 sections; the Dashboard, System Cleaner, Startup Apps, Services and Uninstaller. Let's look at them one by one.

How to Set up Nginx High Availability with Pacemaker, Corosync, and Crmsh on Ubuntu 16.04
In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to create a High Availability Clustered Nginx Web Server with Pacemaker, Corosync, and Crmsh. We will create an Active-Passive Cluster or Failover-cluster Nginx web server on Ubuntu 16.04.

Ohio LinuxFest 2017
The Ohio LinuxFest is a grassroots conference for the GNU/Linux/Open Source Software/Free Software community that started in 2003 as a large inter-LUG (Linux User Group) meeting and has grown steadily since. It is a place for the community to gather and share information about Linux and Open Source Software.

Raspberry Pi enters thin client mainstream
NComputing’s “RX-HDX” thin client joins ViewSonic’s newly revised “SC-T25” as the second major Citrix HDX ready thin client based on the Raspberry Pi 3. Is the Raspberry Pi ready to take over the low-end thin client market? This week, NComputing unveiled the RX-HDX, its second Raspberry Pi based thin client.]

Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Operating System Slated for Release on June 17, 2017
The long-anticipated Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system now has a release date, as one of the team members announced a few moments ago that the distribution is slated for release on June 17, 2017.

5 myths busted: Using open source in higher education
Have you ever heard someone say, "It&#039;s impossible to do X with Linux"? Me too. This is the story of how I busted the myths about open source in my own head and used Linux to finish my PhD in fine arts.Many people think non-technical students can&#039;t use Linux, and they make a lot of assumptions about people who use it in their advanced degree programs. They scoff and reply with something along the lines of, "Well, of course; those people do &#039;computer stuff,&#039; but in my [lofty, important, unique area] it&#039;s just not possible." Well, it is possible, and I&#039;m proof.read more

Hurray For Init Freedom! Devuan 1.0.0 Stable Just Released!
Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 Stable is a major milestone in the new path drawn by the Devuan project and its development has provided an opportunity to lay down a strong foundation for the Devuan community. As promised, this will also be aLong-Term-Support (LTS) release.Of course, the best part is NO SYSTEMD!!!

5 Arduino projects to upgrade your car
From prohibition-era moonshiners to the 2000s MTV classic Pimp My Ride, people have repairing, upgrading, and modifying their cars for a long time. More recently, low-cost microcontrollers like the Arduino have opened new doors for makers looking to do fun and interesting things with their vehicles.read more

Wine 2.9 released with support for Direct3D tessellation shaders
Wine 2.9 is now officially available and it's a very interesting one. Fantastic work from the Wine developers. The Witcher 3 runs better on Linux now.

15 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.04
Well, last month Canonical released a new version of Ubuntu which is version 17.04. This will be the last version with unity and canonical will be switch back to GNOME. If you are that kind of person that likes to have everything updated to the latest version you should consider upgrading. If you are LTS kind of person, just keep using your LTS version and wait for 18.04 LTS. Below are some tips to do after installing Ubuntu 17.04.