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​The Linux vs Meltdown and Spectre battle continues

So, where are we with fixing the problems? Work is continuing, but the latest update of the stable Linux kernel, 4.14.2, has the current patches. Some people may experience boot problems with this release, but 4.14.13 will be out in a few days.
Patches have also been added to the 4.4 and 4.9 stable kernel trees. But, as Kroah-Hartman added, “This backport is very different from the mainline version that is in 4.14 and 4.15, there are different bugs happening.” Still, he said, “Those are the minority at the moment, and should not stop you from upgrading.”

Shotcut – New Release 18.01

Here are the main fixes and enhancements in this new version:

  • Added Audio Spectrum Visualization filter.
  • Added support for font size and italics to the Text filter.
  • Added a Mask filter.
  • Another important fix for accuracy of XML time values, particularly for non-integer frame rates.

QOwnNotes changelog

Intel’s Hades Canyon NUCs with Radeon Graphics are Official: $799-$999, Shipping in Spring 2018

Unlike Skull Canyon, which has only one SKU (NUC6i7KYK) with the Core i7-6700HQ, Intel is launching Hades Canyon in two versions. The more powerful of the two is the $999 VR-ready NUC8i7HVK sporting the 100W TDP unlocked Core i7-8809G. The other SKU is the $799 NUC8i7HNK with the 65W TDP Core i7-8705G. The rest of the features are identical across the two SKUs.


Scratch is now elementary Code

By rebranding to Code, it lets us focus on what we intended from the start: building a great native code editor for developers on elementary OS

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

Ubuntu without Unity will continue to be a big story in the foreseeable future is that with Ubuntu using GNOME Shell, almost all the major distributions out there now ship primarily with GNOME, making GNOME Shell the de facto standard Linux desktop.


Next Ripple or Ethereum? Telegram to Launch Crypto Bitcoin Alternative

The “Telegram Open Network” that powers the system will be a “third generation” blockchain network, building on the work of previous cryptocurrencies to provide something groundbreaking.

The Return of Linspire?

Pay for Linspire

The Linspire distribution has had a long and mixed history. Linspire (originally named Lindows) is a commercial distribution which has changed hands a few times. Linspire started as a Debian-based project designed to offer a familiar desktop environment for Windows users. Linspire was later re-based on Ubuntu and continued its beginner-friendly mission. However, the Linspire distribution was eventually purchased by Xandros and discontinued back around 2008. At the end of 2017, PC/OpenSystems LLC announced they had purchased Linspire and its community edition, Freespire, and would resume development of these two Ubuntu-based distributions. Linspire is being sold as a commercial product which can be bundled with PC/OpenSystems computers while Freespire can be downloaded free of charge. More information can be found on the PC/OpenSystems Linspire information page.

Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0 released

Linspire is a commercial release which builds on the elegant Freespire foundation. It does include a proprietary software set optimized for business users, students, researchers and developers. It is a capable solution for utilizing cloud-based web apps as well as legacy software from our Debian or Ubuntu’s repositories.

  • This Freespire 3.0 is supported until 2021. Linspire 7.0 is supported until 2025.

Linux Academy

The issue with modern Linux distributions like Debian/Ubuntu/Arch is that they distribute compiled binary packages. Typically this is good enough as compiling every single package you want from scratch is time consuming and most people ain’t got the time for that.
Although the 486 is theoretically supported by the modern Linux kernel, this is not true on the distribution and package level. For example, Debian has dropped support for older 586 32-bit CPUs as of 2016. Thus, the oldest supported x86 CPU by Debian is the 686. The 6th-generation x86 started with the Pentium Pro released in 1995 or its more commonly known variant Pentium 2 was released in 1997.
Therefore, it is no longer possible to directly use a typical modern distribution on a 486 PC. But on an atypical distribution like Gentoo which requires you to compile every package, this might still be possible.

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