2016 Linux Wish List | LAS 399

2016 Linux Wish List | LAS 399

What if your humble hosts could have there way? A wave of their magic wands, whatever they want changed in Linux Land in 2016 would just happen? We spend sometime this week fantasizing about all things we wish would happen this year to make Linux better.

Plus the welcome change in Ubuntu 16.04, Firefox OS finds new life, desktop picks that changed our lives & more!

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Wishlist for Linux Land in 2016:

A new effort to distance android from Google (Chris)

For the desktop, something a lot like: Remix OS is Android for the desktop, and it works with nearly any PC , but community backed, fully out in the open.

I’d like this project to even eventually kick Linux in the butt once or twice, to really get some competition in the open source desktop area. So its not just open source desktop vs commercial.

Collaborative Editing Software (Noah)

Google Docs is great for those who like it. Personally I can’t stand the web based solution. It tries to hard to be a native software solution including things like CTRL C and CTRL V for copy paste. When in a browser though my mind immediately starts acting like it should given that I’m in a browser. What I’d really like is a piece of software that runs on the OS itself and allows for offline editing.

More Frustrated Mac Users switch to Linux (Chris)

For a certain class of user, the Mac OS X desktop can be very frustrating. Its suppose to just work, and a great many things do indeed just work.

But for us geeks, sometimes it crosses a few sacred lined, that must never be crossed.

  • Macports is a royal pain compared to Linux package managers.
  • Brew does not have enough software, is nowhere near the AUR, or Debian/Ubuntu repos.
  • The lack of proper home/end/pgup/pgdown keys is maddening.
  • It has just enough quirks that I can’t say it Just Works significantly more than a well configured Linux desktop.
  • Performance optimization of new software seems to end when it works smoothly on ‘current’ hardware, which means that it doesn’t take long for hardware to get branded ‘old’.
  • Very expensive eco-system, with no real “lockin” iOS devices do not depend on OS X.
  • Switching to Linux

FOSS Linux based Access Points (Noah)

I’ve long been in love with Unifi AP’s ruining busybox but I always have my finger on the pulse of the company for fear that they will some day pull support from Linux. To be fair I don’t think it’s likely since more and more people are deploying controllers on AWS. That said, I would love to see a distro geared to turn consumer grade routers into managed access points. OpenWRT is great until you have to deploy 500 of them.

Ubuntu goes with rolling “fork” or version (Chris)

Those of us that love rolling, but want to play with the latest Ubuntu toys finally have the perfect distro to land on.

Client GUI Sync Client (Noah)

Again, there are plenty of projects that almost fit the bill but what would really set me on fire would be an encrypted syncing client that runs as a small client in the dash communicating with other devices I have syncing. It would rely on no special service, would not require you to configure, or access through a web UI, and would be open source.

Full Syncthing interrelation with Gnome Files. (Chris)

Just imagine it. With a few clicks, all your Gnome desktops syncing, peer to peer. Could be done so simply, so elegantly. True, secure, wonderful file sync at the DE level.

Universal app install (Chris)

Even if it requires btrfs.

A clear path with gnome builder for Dev on-ramping (Chris)

It needs to obvious how companies and indy devs jump into the Linux desktop from an app development, creation, deployment, and support standpoint.

Nvidia steps up with first rate Wayland support (Chris)

I really want to be running Wayland, on a studio machine, by the end of 2016.

Professionally Produced High Quality Kodi Media Player (Noah)

There are loads of android based devices that can be loaded with Kodi and at every turn there is a new way to build a Kodi box. I don’t have the time to install and configure those boxes especially when they crash. I would love to see a premade box that has a reset button that comes pre-loaded with JUST Kodi (Not Android). The market is rich for media players and if everyone rallied around a single software set plugins, and stability, would be soon become issues of the past.

Ubuntu 16.10 ships, Unity8 is looking good. Gaming is NOT impacted negatively (Chris)

Unity traditionally introduces about a 10% frame rate cost when running a game.

Hopefully SteamOS continues to be a great gaming platform for average users. But a lot desktop Linux users are benefiting from the new Steam games, and Ubuntu + Unity should be the “best” experience on desktop Linux for gaming. It would generate a lot of good buzz, and give Unity8 the reputation of being “super fast”.

Not an easy feat, with Mir involved.

Native Production Quality Video Conferencing (Noah)

There are plenty of solutions to get your face on someone’s computer. Even solutions that work well on other platforms are crippled to some degree on Linux. Ideally this would utilize XMMP / SIP protocols and communicate directly with a socket not rely on a third party service.


Runs Linux

Life Science Supercomputer RUNS LINUX

The new national supercomputer for life Sciences is physically installed at DTU Risø Campus, where highly redundant power (7 MW) and highly advanced energy efficient and dual redundant cooling technology is available. A dedicated national redundant high-speed network connects the supercomputer to the other DTU Campuses, University of Copenhagen and elsewhere such that it mimics the feel of having the facility in your basement. The machine currently acts as a backbone in the Danish ELIXIR node, where it collaborates across the whole European community on bioinformatics. The infrastructure links up into the European and international infrastructure encouraging the collaboration on the bleeding edge in the technology and life sciences arena.

The supercomputer is built using HP’s next generation of Apollo servers designed for high throughput and contain 16,048 cores of Intel’s state of the art Hashwell architecture, 96TB of global DDR4 high speed memory complemented by an ultra high speed infiniband interconnect. The supercomputer is named “Computerome” with ultra fast 3PB storage that can be expanded to 7.5 PB on the fly. The data is backed onto two 1 PB tape back up robots one on-site and second off-site in Lyngby. An additional layer of online data backup of 2PB is also maintained fully synchronized using long distance secure replication between Risø and Lyngby. The installation has an ultra high-density footprint, and is installed in 2x500KW high-density modular Tier IV containerized data center modules.

The system is designed using the bioinformatics reference architecture developed by CBS over the past 20 years and using the best practices in the industry. It has a full set of comprehensive systems management software tools and hot-spare hardware. The complete site is backed up by the premium support from the vendors. Compared to our current installation we are enlarging the compute capacity by a factor of 10 and the system is the largest of its type in Scandinavia and unique in Europe due to the fact it is specifically designed for life sciences workflows. At the time of writing (Summer 2014) the performance of the system brings it on to 86th place on the Top500 list, which consists of the 500 fastest computers in the world.

Sent by Sune A.

Desktop App Pick


EasyTAG is an utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack, Monkey’s Audio and WavPack files. Its simple and nice GTK+ interface makes tagging easier.

Weekly Spotlight


osTicket is a widely-used and trusted open source support ticket system. It seamlessly routes inquiries created via email, web-forms and phone calls into a simple, easy-to-use, multi-user, web-based customer support platform. osTicket comes packed with more features and tools than most of the expensive (and complex) support ticket systems on the market. The best part is, it’s completely free.

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— NEWS —

Ubuntu ‘Spyware’ Will Be Disabled In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Search terms typed into the Unity 7 Dash search bar will only show local file, folder and app results. No search terms will be sent to Canonical or passed to third party results providers, as is currently the case.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Continuing To Prep ZFS Support

Chad Miller of Canonical shared that “ZFS is right now 90% ready on (what will be) Ubuntu 16.04.” There still are new ZFS packages to land in the Ubuntu 16.04, but Chad has the current packages queued up in a PPA. These packages will allow for installing Ubuntu to a ZFS partition, but an EFI partition is still needed. Additionally, there’s no support in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity graphical installer for setting up an easy ZFS-based system.

EXT4 will obviously be the default file-system still for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Firefox OS will Power New Panasonic UHD TVs Unveiled at CES

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Panasonic announced that Firefox OS will power the new Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs, the first LED LCD TVs in the world with Ultra HD Premium specification, unveiled today at CES 2016.

Mycroft Adapt Intent Parser Released as LGPL

The Adapt Intent Parser is an open source software library for converting natural language into machine readable data structures. Adapt is lightweight and streamlined and is designed to run on devices with limited computing resources. Adapt takes in natural language and outputs a data structure that includes the intent, a match probability, a tagged list of entities. The software was developed at Mycroft AI by a team led by Sean Fitzgerald, formerly one of the developers of both Siri and Amazon Echo.

I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected

On a spring day in 2012, I shutdown my MacBook Air for the last time. From then on, my primary computing environment — at least on a laptop computer — was GNU/Linux.


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