OpenSuse Leap Reinforces Linux Faith

By Jack M. Germain

OpenSuse Leap 42.2 goes a long way toward maintaining Suse’s reputation for reliability and stability. That said, new users might need a push to take the leap from their familiar distros to this latest OpenSuse release. Business users can remain confident that upgrading to the latest edition won’t put them too close to the bleeding edge of innovation. There is little cause for worry that upgrading might break their current applications and configurations. Leap 42.2 is a safe way to avoid the pitfalls of upgrading too quickly.

From: Linux Insider

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Google Gives Devs First Look at Android O

By David Jones

Google on Tuesday unveiled a developer preview of the latest version of its mobile operating system, code named “Android O.” The new OS is designed to improve on battery life and interactive performance of devices, according to Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Android, at Google.
The new release puts automatic limits on what applications do in the background in three areas: implicit broadcasts, background services and location updates. Updated developer previews will become available in the coming months.

From: Linux Insider

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Cracking the Shell

By Jonathan Terrasi

If you’ve begun to tinker with your desktop Linux terminal, you may be ready to take a deeper dive. You’re no longer put off by references to “terminal,” “command line” or “shell,” and you have a grasp of how files are organized. You can distinguish between a command, an option and an argument. You’ve begun navigating your system. Now what? File manipulation — that is, allowing users to traverse the directory structure and interact with its contents — lies at the heart of Linux. There is a sizable arsenal of tools at your disposal.

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IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

By David Jones

IBM on Monday unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0. IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said. The platform offers the world’s safest Linux infrastructure, with tamper-responsive hardware security modules, according to IBM.

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Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to Speed Browsing

By David Jones

Google on Thursday announced Guetzli, a new contribution to its evolving set of tools for the open source community. Guetzli is an encoder that allows JPEG files to be compressed as much as 35 percent, resulting in much faster Web page loading. “Guetzli,” which means “cookie” in Swiss German, allows users to create smaller JPEG images while maintaining compatibility with existing Web browsers, image processing applications and the existing JPEG standard, noted Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, software engineers at Google Research Europe.

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Slackel Openbox Plays Hard to Get

By Jack M. Germain

Slackel’s Openbox edition is a lightweight operating system that offers reliable performance once you get the box open. It is not ideal for every user, though. Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox, the latest version of the project’s lightweight distribution, was released by developer Dimitris Tzemos last fall. Slackel is a Linux distro that offers several benefits for users who step away from the typical mainstream Debian-based Linux distros. Based on both Slackware and Salix, it offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup.

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Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services

By Jack M. Germain

Accenture and Docker on Wednesday announced an expanded global alliance and the availability of container services within the Accenture Cloud Factory. The new services provide a faster industrialized on-ramp solution for enterprises moving to the cloud. They focus on container enablement of applications and feature use of Docker Datacenter Enterprise Edition – Standard. Docker Datacenter is an integrated container management platform for development and IT operations that brings security, policy and controls to the software delivery lifecycle.

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