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Linux Unplugged: Linux’s Amazing Year

Linux had a great 2015, and Linux Unplugged summarized it very well in this episode. Worth a watch!

Let's hope for an even better 2016.

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ESR Thinks SJWs are Targeting Prominent Open Source Developers

Are SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) targeting prominent open source figures in an attempt to destroy their lives?

This blog post comes from Eric S. Raymond (ESR), a very prominent open source software developer. If you have a device capable of gps, then you might be using software written by him (gpsd).

Excerpts from the post:

The short version is: if you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be alone with any female, ever, at a technical conference. Try to avoid even being alone, ever, because there is a chance that a “women in tech” advocacy group is going to try to collect your scalp.

The MO was to get alone with the target, and then immediately after cry "attempted sexual assault".

Linus is never alone at any conference. This is not because he lets fame go to his head and likes having a posse around. They have made multiple runs at him.

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Mpv is the Best Media Player for Linux

The mpv-player is just the best thing we have got these last years.
Even if you use madvr, mpc-hc or mpdn, mpv is a good thing for you.
Because mpv is open source, that's fucking awesome.
All these proprietary projects have copied amazing code from mpv.
So just say thanks. ;)


Linux Video Ad in Response to Windows 10 Ads

Linux ad made by reddit user /u/idtownie in response to the recent Windows 10 ads.


Ubuntu 14.10 Has Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04 Now

If you are still using 14.10, get with it:

sudo do-release-upgrade

I find the dist upgrade process to be painful enough to use only the LTS releases just to avoid it.

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Linus Torvalds at DebConf14


KVM VGA-Passthrough

ArchLinux user nbhs's post on his KVM VGA passtrhough set up is probably the best single resource on the topic that I've seen recently. I won't replicated it here, so here's a link:


Debian Announces Long Term Support for Debian 6.0


The Debian project is pleased to announce that although regular security support for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (code name "squeeze") will be terminated on 31 May, long term support for the distribution is going to be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial release. This effort is driven by various interested parties / companies which require longer security support.

Squeeze-LTS will only support i386 and amd64, rather than the full range of architectures. Users of other architectures are encouraged to upgrade to Debian 7 ("wheezy"). Additionally, a few packages will not be supported in the LTS version of the release, primarily some web-based applications which cannot be supported for the additional timeframe. A tool will be provided to detect such unsupported packages.

The release will not be handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a success (with some overlap in people involved). Companies using Debian who are interested in aiding this effort should contact Importantly, the success of Squeeze-LTS will be used to judge the viability of LTS support for Debian 7 ("wheezy") and Debian 8 ("jessie").

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bro pages: an improvement on man pages

bro pages are a highly readable supplement to man pages.
bro pages show concise, common-case examples for Unix commands.


Valve Announcements


New Valve announcement.
Yep, it's SteamBox:

But what's interesting is that it's not just a console made by Valve. They say they've got other manufactures ready to make their own machines running SteamOS. Not to mention that they clarified that SteamOS is meant to be run on any PC hardware, not just especially made hardware. Finally:

Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?

I'm so glad they get it.

So, to sum up the last two announcements: "We made a Linux distro, we are making hardware companies support Linux, and we are selling Linux boxes"